Sunday Orders of Service

Spiritual Communion for the 2nd Sunday of Epiphany

17th January, 2021

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¶  Welcome & Gathering

     

          Grace, mercy and peace
          from God our Father
          and the Lord Jesus Christ
          be with you

All:     and also with you.       

 

Hymn

All hail the power of Jesus’ name

 

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem and crown him Lord of all.

 

Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
ye ransomed from the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,

and crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace,

and crown him Lord of all.

 

Lord of all, you are Lord of all - Jesus -
Lord of all, you are Lord of all.


Let every kindred, every tribe
on this terrestrial ball -
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.

 

 

Text: Edward Perronet (1726-1792)

Tune: Diadem

Marantha! Singers

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Prayer of Preparation

 

          Almighty God,
          to whom all hearts are open,
          all desires known,
          and from whom no secrets are hidden:
          cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
          by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
          that we may perfectly love you,
          and worthily magnify your holy name;
          through Jesus Christ our Lord.
          Amen.  

 

Prayers of Penitence

 

          The grace of God has dawned upon the world
          through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
          who sacrificed himself for us to purify a people as his own.
          Let us confess our sins.

         
          You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:
          Lord, have mercy.

All:     Lord, have mercy.

 

         You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:
          Christ, have mercy.

All:     Christ, have mercy.

 

         You make on by your Spirit the torn and divided:
          Lord, have mercy.

All:     Lord, have mercy.

  

          Absolution

 

          Almighty God,
          who forgives all who truly repent,
          have mercy upon you,
          pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
          confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
          and keep you in life eternal;
          through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:     Amen.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

(Tune: At the name of Jesus: Camberwell)

 

All:     Glory in the highest to the God of heaven!

          Peace to all your people, through the earth be given:

          Mighty God and Father, thanks and praise we bring,

          Singing alleluyas to our heavenly King.

 

          Jesus Christ is risen, God the Father’s Son:

          With the Holy Spirit, you are Lord alone!

          Lamb once killed for sinners, all our guilt to bear,

          Show us now your mercy, now receive our prayer.

 

          Christ the world’s true Saviour, high and holy one,

          Seated now and reigning, from your Father’s throne:

          Lord and God, we praise you; highest heaven adores:

          In the Father’s glory, all the praise be yours!

 

 

The Collect

 

          Let us pray:

 

A period of silent prayer is kept.

 

          Almighty God,
          in Christ you make all things new:
          transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
          and in the renewal of our lives
          make known your heavenly glory;
          through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
          who is alive and reigns with you,
          in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
          one God, now and for ever.

All:     Amen.

  

 

¶  The Liturgy of the Word

 

First Reading

1 Samuel 3:1-10


Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.


At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” ’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.


Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’

         

At the end:

          This is the Word of the Lord.

All:     Thanks be to God.

 

Gradual Hymn

Blessèd Assurance

 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine:
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God;
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

 

This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour all the day long.

This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour all the day long.

 

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending, bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

 

This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour all the day long.

This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour all the day long.

 

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blest;
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

Text: Fanny J Crosby (1820-1915)

Music: Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1839-1908)

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Gospel Reading

John 1:43-end

         

          Alleluia, alleluia.
          Christ was revealed in flesh, proclaimed among the nations
          and believed in throughout the world.

All:     Alleluia.

 

          Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. Alleluia!

All:     Glory to you, O Lord. Alleluia!

 

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

 

At the end:

          This is the Gospel of the Lord. Alleluia!

All:     Praise to you, O Christ. Alleluia!

 

Reflection

(Norman Johnson)

 

Affirmation of Faith

 

All:      We believe and trust in God the Father,
            source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist.

 

          We believe and trust in God the Son,
            who took our human nature, died for us and rose again.

 

          We believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
            who gives life to the people of God
            and makes Christ known in the world.

 

          This is the faith of the Church.

            This is our faith.

          We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

Prayers of Intercession 

     

To the bidding ‘Jesus, Lord of the Church’, the response is:

All:     in your mercy hear us.   

 

 

          Jesus, Lord of the Church,
          you have called us into fellowship with all your saints.
          We unite our prayers with theirs
          and ask for grace to serve you with joy
          where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
          one God, now and for all eternity.

All:     Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

         
Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

 

All:     Our Father, who art in heaven,
          hallowed be thy name,
          thy kingdom 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.
          And lead us not into temptation;
          but deliver us from evil.
          For thine is the kingdom,
          the power and the glory,
          for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

Hymn

Will you come and follow me (The Summons)

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Recorded remotely by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-fields

 in their homes (June 2020).

 

Will you come and follow me
if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you
and you in me?

 

Will you leave yourself behind
if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind
and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare
should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you
and you in me?

 

Will you let the blinded see
if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free
and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean,
and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you
and you in me?

 

Will you love the ‘you’ you hide
if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside
and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found
to reshape the world around
through my sight and touch and sound
in you and you in me?

 

Lord, your summons echoes true
when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you
and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go
where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow
in you and you in me.

Text: John L Bell and Graham Maule

Music: traditional Scottish melody

Text © Copyright 1987 WGRG, Iona Community

 

Closing Prayer

 

          God of glory,
         you nourish us with your Word
         who is the bread of life:
         fill us with your Holy Spirit
         that through us the light of your glory
         may shine in all the world.
         We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  

All:     Amen.

 

Blessing

 

          Christ the Son of God perfect in you the image of his glory
         and gladden your hearts with the good news of his kingdom;
         and the blessing of God almighty,
         the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
         be among you and remain with you, today and always.

All:     Amen.  

 

          Dismissal

          Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All:     In the name of Christ. Amen.

   

 Voluntary

 

Director of Music: James Lilwall,
 

 


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