Third Sunday After Epiphany: Bulletin & Readings for January 22, 2023

Bulletin for Epiphany

This bulletin includes the order of service for the Season of Epiphany. The items in bold italics are intended for the congregation’s response.

Opening Hymn

In the name of God: Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of life. Amen.

Call to Worship and Confession of Sin

Light! Light, light and more light!

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of God has risen upon you. Nations shall come to your light, and rulers to the brightness of your rising.

The wonderful light of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

The prophet speaks of the coming light of God which calls all the people of the earth to come together in God’s realm of shalom. Let us confess the ways in which we have rejected God’s vision of wholeness.

God of light and darkness, we have seen the glimmer of your star-light beckoning to us, but we have turned away and followed other paths. We confess that we have not loved you with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  

Forgive us, Holy One. Strengthen our faltering steps and guide us in your holy way of peace.  Amen.

Lift up your eyes and see the grace of God poured out into your lives. The light of God shines through the darkness.  

Our hearts rejoice for Christ is in our midst.

Canticle of Praise for Epiphany

Blessed are you, O Christ, our God;

you were before time began, and came to the world to save us.

Blessed are you, Sun of righteousness;

you shine with the Father’s love and illumine the whole universe.

Blessed are you, Child of Mary;

born a child you shared our humanity.

Blessed are you, Child of David;

born to rule, you received gifts from the wise men.

Blessed are you, Son of Man;

baptised by John, you saved us from ourselves.

Blessed are you, heavenly Christ;

teaching and preaching, healing and comforting, you proclaimed the kingdom.

With all the voices of heaven we celebrate the coming of our Saviour.

Let heaven and earth shout their praise. With all the creatures on earth we sing and dance at your birth. Praise and glory to you, O Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

Collect of the Day

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Ministry of the Word

The First Reading

Reader:  Kiki

Isaiah 9:1-4

1But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. 3You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. 4For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm

Reader:  Pat

Psalm 27:1, 5-13

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
  whom then shall I fear? *
       the Lord is the strength of my life;
       of whom then shall I be afraid?
One thing have I asked of the Lord;
  one thing I seek; *
       that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life;
To behold the fair beauty of the Lord *
       and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; *
       he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
       and set me high upon a rock.
Even now he lifts up my head *
       above my enemies round about me.
Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
  with sounds of great gladness; *
       I will sing and make music to the Lord.

10 Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; *
       have mercy on me and answer me.
11 You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.” *
       Your face, Lord, will I seek.

12 Hide not your face from me, *
       nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13 You have been my helper;
   cast me not away; *
       do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.

The Second Reading 

Reader:  Kiki

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

10Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 12What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” 13Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)

17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. 18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Third Reading

Matthew 4:12-23

12Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15“Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”17From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

18As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Homily

The Prayers

A Celtic Creed

We believe in God above us, maker and sustainer of all life, of sun and moon, of water and earth, of male and female. 

We believe in God beside us, Jesus Christ, the word made flesh, born of a woman, servant of the poor, tortured and nailed to a tree. A man of sorrows, he died forsaken. He descended into the earth to the place of death. 

On the third day he rose from the tomb. He ascended into heaven, to be everywhere present, unleashing a universal realm of love that will come on earth. 

We believe in God within us, the Holy Spirit of fire, life-giving breath of the Church, Spirit of healing and forgiveness, source of resurrection and of eternal life. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Reader: Hannah

We pray for the coming of God’s kingdom.

You sent your Son to bring good news to the poor, sight to the blind, freedom to the captives and salvation to your people: anoint us with your Spirit; rouse us to work in Christ’s name. God, by your Spirit

Bring on your realm.

Send us to bring help to the poor and freedom to the oppressed.

God, by your Spirit 

Bring on your realm.

Send us to tell the world the good news of your healing love.

We pray for those who are ill or suffering, silently or aloud.

God, by your Spirit 

Bring on your realm.

Send us to those who mourn, to bring joy and gladness instead of grief.

We remember those who have died, silently or aloud. God, by your Spirit

Bring on your realm.

Send us to proclaim that the time is here for you to save your people.

God, by your Spirit 

Bring on your realm.

God, use us, imperfect as we are, to bring in your kingdom of mercy, justice, love and peace. Empower us by your Spirit and unite us in your Son, that all our joy and delight may be to serve you, now and for ever. Amen.

The Peace

Announcements

The Holy Communion

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.   Ephesians 5:2

During the Offertory, a hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

Doxology

Praise god from whom all blessings flow. Praise them all creatures here below. Praise god above the heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
(Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), para. of Psalm 117; Music: Old 100th, melody from Pseaumes octante trois de David, 1551, alt.; harm. after Louis Bourgeois (1510?-1561?); Licensed for Use: CCLI Copyright License 20716203; CCLI Streaming License 20716210

Representatives of the congregation bring the people’s offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant. The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar.

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord is here. 

God’s Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.  

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  

It is right to offer thanks and praise.

We give you thanks, O God, for making your love evident since the very beginning of time when you spoke the word which replaced the darkness of chaos with life-giving light. A light which has nurtured generations of people, and plants and creatures, great and small. A light which reveals the fear and powerlessness caused by corrupt and evil actions. 

And so you spoke the Word which would once and for all dispel the darkness of chaotic lives. Through your love for the world the Word became flesh and lived among us full of grace and truth. The angels carolled glory to you in the highest heavens and peace to all people on earth, and we join with them and with all people to praise your holy 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.

To you indeed be glory, almighty God, because on the night before he died, your Son, Jesus Christ, took bread; when he had given you thanks, he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said:

Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you; do this to remember me.

After supper he took the cup; when he had given you thanks, he gave it to them and said:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood poured out for you; do this as often as you drink it to remember me.

And so in this great sacrament we celebrate and proclaim the mystery of our faith.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come in glory.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on all gathered here, that we might be your light in the world. Pour out your Holy Spirit on these gifts of bread and wine, that we might be infused with the gift of your nourishing guidance.

Transform us with your nourishing grace, even as we eat of this bread and drink of this wine. Transfigure us to be your presence in the world, even as we are redeemed and reclaimed by your great love.

By your Spirit, make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at the heavenly banquet.

Through Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever more. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

And now, in the words that Jesus taught us, we pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven. hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kindgom come. Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,
forever and ever.  Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast.

These are the gifts of God for you, the people of God.

The congregation receives communion.

(AT THE COMMUNION: We encounter the Real Presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this Sacrament of Holy Communion. All who desire a closer relationship with God are encouraged to come forward: for a Blessing or, if you are baptized, for the Bread and Wine. NOTE: Until all restrictions have been lifted, only the bread is offered for communion.)

(Please wait for an usher until forming a distanced line in the aisle and come forward to receive from the priest.)

Prayer after Communion

Gracious God, you are the author and giver of all good things. We give you thanks for the gift of life, for the meal we shared, and for reconnecting us as your people. Keep us nourished by this meal and this community. Keep us grounded in the ways in which you feed us, and in the ways we are all hungry. We pray these things through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Blessing

May the path that Christ walks to bring justice upon the earth, to bring light to those who sit in darkness, to bring out those who live in bondage,

to bring new things to all creation: may this path run through our life. May we be the road Christ takes.

Closing Hymn

Dismissal

Prayers taken from The Church of England and https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/11/epiphany-worship-resource-index.html

The Altar Flowers

Jimmy Morgan by Morgan Family

Ministers in this Service

Service Leader: Hank

Altar Guild/Flowers: Susan J

Verger/Tech Vergers: Kiki & Shanna

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