Morning Service Sunday, 9.30am
24th January, 2021

Morning Service Sunday

9.30am  24th  January 2021

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Morning Prayer for the Epiphany

 

O Lord, open our lips:

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

Your light springs up for the righteous:

and all the peoples have seen your glory.

 

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 God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.

 

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

Silence is kept.

 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Psalm 128

 

R Whoever fears the Lord shall indeed be blessed.

 

1 Happy are they all who fear the Lord, and who follow in his ways!

 

2 You shall eat the fruit of your labour; happiness and prosperity shall be yours.

 

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3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive shoots round about your table.

4 Whoever fears the Lord shall thus indeed be blessed.

 

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5 The Lord bless you from Zion, and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of our life.

 

6 May you live to see your children’s children; may peace be upon Israel.

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Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be forever. Amen.

 

First Reading Genesis 14. 17 – 20.

 

After Abram’s return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).  And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High.  He blessed him and said, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth;  and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’ And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything.

 

This is the Word of the Lord.

 

Canticle

 

Above you the Holy One arises,

and above you Gods glory appears.

 

Arise, shine out, for your light has come, ♦

the glory of the Lord is rising upon you.

 

Though night still covers the earth, ♦

and darkness the peoples;

 

Above you the Holy One arises, ♦

and above you God’s glory appears.

 

The nations will come to your light, ♦

and kings to your dawning brightness.

 

Your gates will lie open continually, ♦

shut neither by day nor by night.

 

The sound of violence shall be heard no longer in your land, ♦

or ruin and devastation within your borders.

 

You will call your walls, Salvation, ♦

and your gates, Praise.

 

No more will the sun give you daylight, ♦

nor moonlight shine upon you;

 

But the Lord will be your everlasting light, ♦

your God will be your splendour.

 

For you shall be called the city of God, ♦

the dwelling of the Holy One of Israel.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Above you the Holy One arises,

and above you Gods glory appears.

 

 

GOSPEL John 2.1–11

 

There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’  And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’  His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’  Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim.  He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it.  When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him,  ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’  Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

 

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;

let the whole earth tremble before him.

 

Tell it out among the nations that the Lord is King.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

 

Tell out his salvation from day to day

Let the whole earth tremble before him.

 

Declare his glory among the nations

and his wonders among all peoples.

 

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;

let the whole earth tremble before him.

 

The Benedictus

 

This is the Christ, the Chosen of God,

the one who will bring healing to the nations.

 

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 to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

This is the Christ, the Chosen of God,

the one who will bring healing to the nations.

 

 

Prayers

Intercessions are offered

                                      

The Collect of the day is said

 

Almighty God,

whose Son revealed in signs and miracles

the wonder of your saving presence:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness

sustain us by your mighty power;

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

May Christ, who sends us to the nations,

give us the power of his Spirit.

Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.