Sunday, January 14, 2018

An Ordo for the Third Sunday after Epiphany (21 January 2018)

The third Sunday after Epiphany

21 January 2018

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘Sing of Andrew, John’s Disciple’  Common Praise #273 (sung to #44)


Blessed are you, gracious God,
you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts.
Glory to you for ever and ever.  Amen. [i]

Hymn of Praise

 ‘Glory to God on High’  Common Praise #365

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ,
with those you called by the lakeside,
may we follow you,
proclaiming the reign of God,
and sharing your mission to bring good news to all;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading:  Jonah 3.1-5, 10

A reading from the prophet Jonah.

            3.1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2 “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.”  3 So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.  Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across.  4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk.  And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”  5 And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.

            10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm:  Psalm 62.5-12 from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  We pour out our hearts to you, O Holy One.

But O my soul, wait!
Wait for the Holy One,
from whom comes my hope.
Only the Holy One is my Rock,
my Deliverance, my Refuge.
I cannot be broken.
My deliverance and my honour rest only with God;
God is my mighty Rock, where I find refuge.

Refrain:  We pour out our hearts to you, O Holy One.

Always trust the Holy One, all of you!
Pour out your heart before God,
the God who is our refuge.
We mortals are only a passing breath.
All of us are deceitful.

Refrain:  We pour out our hearts to you, O Holy One.

Put all of us on the scales,
we would weigh less than a breath.
Do not trust in extortion,
nor take empty hope in robbery.
Should you become wealthy,
do not set your heart on it.

Refrain:  We pour out our hearts to you, O Holy One.

Once God spoke, twice I heard:
‘Power belongs to God.’
Holy One, to you belong love and loyalty;
you reward us all according to our deeds.

Refrain:  We pour out our hearts to you, O Holy One.

The Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 7.29-31

A reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians.

7.29 I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it.  For the present form of this world is passing away.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Hymn before the Gospel

‘I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light’  Evangelical Lutheran Worship #815 (vv. 1, 2)

The Gospel:  Mark 1.14-20

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            1.14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

            16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen.  17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”  18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him.  19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.  20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

The gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Hymn after the Gospel

‘I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light’  Evangelical Lutheran Worship #815 (v. 3)

The Sermon

The Affirmation of Faith

Let us confess the faith of our baptism.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.


The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘We Are Called’  Evangelical Lutheran Worship #720

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Loving God,
before the world began you called us.
Make holy all we offer you this day,
and strengthen us in that calling.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Christ.  Amen. [iv]

The Thanksgiving at the Table

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

We give you thanks and praise, almighty God,
through your Beloved,  Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Redeemer. 
He is your living Word,
through whom you have created all things.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh from the Virgin Mary
and shared our human nature. 
He lived and died as one of us,
to reconcile us to you, the God and Creator of all.

In fulfilment of your will
he stretched out his hands in suffering,
to bring release to those who place their hope in you;
and so he won for you a holy people.

He chose to bear our griefs and sorrows,
and to give us his life on the cross,
so that he might shatter the chains of evil and death,
and banish the darkness of sin and despair. 
By his resurrection he brings us into the light of your presence.

Now with all creation we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. [v]

Holy and gracious God, accept our praise,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ;
who on the night he was handed over to suffering and death,
took bread and gave you thanks, saying,
“Take, and eat:  this is my body which is broken for you.” 
In the same way he took the cup, saying,
“This is my blood which is shed for you. 
When you do this, you do it in memory of me.”

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we offer you this bread and this cup,
giving thanks that you have made us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

We ask you to send your Holy Spirit
upon the offering of your holy Church. 
Gather into one all who share in these sacred mysteries,
filling them with the Holy Spirit
and confirming their faith in the truth,
so that together we may praise you and give you glory
through your Servant, Jesus Christ.

All glory and honour are yours,
Author of creation and Word of redemption,
with the Spirit of wisdom in the holy Church,
now and for ever.  Amen. [vi]

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sing against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.  Amen. [vii]

The Breaking of the Bread

God of glory,
you nourish us with bread from heaven,
fill us with your Holy Spirit,
so that your light may shine in all the world. [viii]

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion of the Community

The Hymn after Communion

‘Light Shone in the Darkness’  Evangelical Lutheran Worship #307

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

Gracious God,
our hands have taken holy things;
our lives have been nourished by the body of Christ.
May we who have eaten at this holy table
be strengthened for service in your world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord.  Amen. [ix]

Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen. [x]

The Closing Hymn

‘Will You Come and Follow Me’  Common Praise #430

The Dismissal

Go forth into the world in the name of Christ
who has called us in life and light.
Thanks be to God.

[i] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 220 alt.

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 229.

[iv] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 351 alt.

[v] Common Praise #726.

[vi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 196-197 alt.

[vii] Common Praise #744.

[viii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 350 alt.

[ix] The Book of Alternative Services (1986), 351 alt.

[x] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 214.

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