OUR SERVICE THIS WEEK

A MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE to share on
Sunday 17th January 2021
THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY

Welcome Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace,
from God our Father
The Lord Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit be always with you
And also with you

O Lord open our lips
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise
Give us the joy of your saving help
And sustain us with your life-giving Spirit

Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation to your glory,
hidden through past ages
and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord.

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen

We make our prayerful request to God for his help in this continued time of trouble

In the day of my trouble, I have sought the Lord.
God our shepherd,
You led us and saved us in times of old;
do not forget Your people in their troubles,
but raise up Your power to sustain the poor and helpless;
for the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Hear the Words of Comfort from PSALM 94 verse 19:

“Lord, when doubts fill my mind,
when my heart is in turmoil,
quieten me and give me renewed hope and cheer.”

The Invitation To Confession

We have come together in the name of Christ
To offer our praise and thanksgiving
To hear and receive God’s holy word
To pray for the needs of the world
And to seek the forgiveness of our sins
That by the power of the Holy Spirit
We may give ourselves to the service of God.
And so, let’s confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Most Merciful God
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
We confess that we have sinned
In thought, word and deed.
We have not loved You with our whole heart
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In Your mercy,
Forgive what we have been
Help us to amend what we are
And direct what we shall be.
That we may act justly,
Love mercy
And walk humbly with You, our God.
Amen

We pray that the Father of all mercies
May cleanse us from our sins
And restore us in his image
To the praise and glory of his name 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

The night has passed,
and the day lies open before us;
therefore, let us pray with one heart and mind.

Lord God – Father, Son & Holy Spirit – hear the prayers of your people.

Lord in Your mercy:
Hear Our Prayer

Prayers for this week


Please offer your own prayers to our Lord.





Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,
king of the nations,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
your name is proclaimed in all the world.

As the Sun of Righteousness dawns in our hearts
anoint our lips with the seal of your Spirit
that we may witness to your gospel
and sing your praise in all the earth.
Blessed be you O Lord our God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

THE MAGNIFICAT “The Song of Mary”
Luke 1, 46-55

1 My soul doth magnify the Lord:
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
2 For he hath regarded:
the lowliness of his handmaiden.
3 For behold, from henceforth:
all generations shall call me blessed.
4 For he that is mighty hath magnified me:
and holy is his Name.
5 And his mercy is on them that fear him:
throughout all generations.
6 He hath shewed strength with his arm:
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
7 He hath put down the mighty from their seat:
and hath exalted the humble and meek.
8 He hath filled the hungry with good things:
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
9 He, remembering his mercy, hath holpen his servant Israel:
as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be
World without end. Amen

THE HEBREW SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 3: 1-10

1The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli.
In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.

 2One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.
3The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the LORD, where the ark of God was.

4Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.”

 5And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

 6Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”

7Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.

8A third time the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy.

 9So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” This is the Word of the Lord: Thanks Be To God

OUR FIRST HYMN
(sung by Graham Morris for us on ZOOM)

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?

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.

A Psalm of David. PSALM 139

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvellous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit. 
As it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. 
Amen.

THE BENEDICTUS Luke 1 68-79 “The Song of Zechariah – the father of St John the Baptist”

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel  
Who has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour 
Born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets God promised of old 
To save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us
To show mercy to our ancestors 
And to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:  
To set us free from the hands of our enemies
Free to worship him without fear 
Holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High  
For you will go before the Lord to prepare his way
To give his people knowledge of salvation  
By the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God  
The dawn from on high shall break upon us
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death  
And to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be
World without end. Amen

Reverend Jenni reads the Holy Gospel for the Second Sunday of the Epiphany – according to St John 1:43-51 New International Version: Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me

44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 

45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered“I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord                    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

“Hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us today through the Gospel as recorded by St John” – Reverend Jenni offers reflections.

The COLLECT for the second Sunday of EPIPHANY

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. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Trusting in the compassion of God,
we pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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

At this continuingly deeply troubling time,
Reverend Jenni  & I would like to offer to share the Peace with you

May the peace of God
Which passes all understanding
Keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus

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“The Peace of the Lord
be always with you”   


OUR SECOND HYMN
(sung by Graham Morris for us on ZOOM)

1 I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship,
should set his love upon the sons of men,
or why, as Shepherd, he should seek the wanderers,
to bring them back, they know not how or when.
But this I know, that he was born of Mary
when Bethl’em’s manger was his only home,
and that he lived at Nazareth and laboured,
and so the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is come.

2 I cannot tell how silently he suffered,
as with his peace he graced this place of tears,
or how his heart upon the cross was broken,
the crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, he heals the broken-hearted
and stays our sin and calms our lurking fear
and lifts the burden from the heavy laden;
for still the Saviour, Saviour of the world is here.

3 I cannot tell how he will win the nations,
how he will claim his earthly heritage,
how satisfy the needs and aspirations
of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see his glory,
and he shall reap the harvest he has sown,
and some glad day his sun will shine in splendour
when he the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is known.

4 I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
when at his bidding every storm is stilled,
or who can say how great the jubilation
when every heart with love and joy is filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
and myriad myriad human voices sing,
and earth to heav’n, and heav’n to earth, will answer,
‘at last the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!’

Our Closing Prayers

Heavenly Father, creator of a universe full of wonder and many still-hidden mysteries. Help us in our modern, sometimes confusing and fast changing world to pause and reflect on your glory and unending grace and in the stillness to listen, like Samuel, for your voice speaking to us alone.

We bring to you now our prayers and concerns for others, confident in the knowledge that our prayers will be both heard and answered.

As we pray for the Church both far and near we remember the “great commission” to go and make disciples of all nations.

Help us through our Zoom services and other ways to support our communities at this challenging time, and to be bold in our professing that Christ is Saviour and Lord of all.

We pray for all who share in the church’s mission in this community. Help us to move forward in faith trusting in the guidance of your Holy Spirit and in your divine purpose for us all.

Lord in Your mercy. – ‘Hear our prayer’

We continue to pray for peace in your world, and especially for those involved in the process of reconciliation and bridge building between peoples, cultures or nations. We pray for a peaceful transition in the United States of America to the Presidency of Joe Biden. Help us wherever and whenever we can in our everyday lives to be instruments of your peace.

We are called to challenge injustice in all its forms and we pray for all aid agencies bringing hope to peoples in desperation, those across the globe facing the Coronavirus and in situations that often seem hopeless.

In our world of “Haves” and “Have-nots” and as we come to terms with new economic realities created by the pandemic help us to remember those who are without even the most basic of the necessities of life and for whom Christ also died.

Lord in Your mercy. – ‘Hear our prayer’

We pray for our own nation, for Elizabeth our Queen, her ministers and for all who serve the people at all levels of government and responsibility.

The current and deepening financial worries created by the pandemic bring uncertainties and hardship at all levels of our society.
And we pray for careful and considered leadership that transcends party politics and works for the betterment of all sections of our diverse society.

Help us all to play our part in creating and maintaining a just, equitable and loving society with Christ at the centre of our lives.

Lord in Your mercy. – ‘Hear our prayer’

Lord Jesus, we turn our thoughts and prayers to those who are in physical, mental or spiritual need.
May our prayers extend to all health and care workers who faithfully and lovingly care for them in whatever location or capacity.
We pray for those who reach out to those in need to help them to know that they are not forgotten.

We bring before you now those known to us who are in any sort of need at this time. In a moment of silence we name them in our hearts and commit them to your loving care (we pray in silence).

Let those for whom we pray feel your healing touch in their lives and that through your unfathomable grace they come to know your peace in their lives.

Lord in Your mercy. – ‘Hear our prayer’

The loss of a loved brings many questions, doubts and mixed emotions which are difficult to express and so we give you thanks Lord for the opportunities in the life of our church to offer support and comfort to those bereaved.

And so as we remember and pray for now those who are having to face the future without the physical presence of a loved one, we are reminded that as Christians we find comfort in the full and certain knowledge that:

Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, a light which no darkness can quench.

We remember before God those who have died and “light a candle in our hearts” to symbolise the light of Christ which eternally shines and brings hope.

You turn our darkness into light; in your light shall we see light.

Lord in Your mercy. – ‘Hear our prayer’

Merciful Father, “Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen”.


We offer now these final prayers for ourselves:

As Philip and Nathanael were called to be your disciples so we too must be prepared to respond to whatever you ask of us knowing that in all things you will be at our side. Amen.

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.  
Amen

THE GRACE

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
And the love of God
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all evermore.
Amen

THE BLESSING FROM REVEREND JENNI

And So We Go in Peace to Love & Serve The Lord!
In the name of Christ, Amen

Prayers for this week

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF THE EPIPHANY
17.1.2021                                        LLM Paul