Morning Prayer Epiphany 2 16 January 2021

Topic: Morning Prayer Epiphany 2

Time: Jan 17, 2021 11:00 AM Dublin

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Killiskey Parish
Sunday 17th January 2021 @ 11.00am
MORNING PRAYER 1
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

Opening Hymn: CH624 “Speak, Lord, in the stillness”
Speak, Lord, in the stillness
speak your word to me;
help me now to listen
in expectancy.
Speak, O gracious Master,
in this quiet hour;
let me see your face, Lord,
feel your touch of power.
For the words you give me,
they are life indeed;
living bread from heaven,
now on my spirit feed.
Speak, your servant listens –
I await your word;
let me know your presence,
let your voice be heard!
Fill me with the knowledge
of your glorious will;
all your own good pleasure
in my life fulfil.
EM (Grimes) Crawford (1868-1927)
based on 1 Samuel 3: 9

SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, he is faithful
and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1: 8, 9
Let us humbly confess our sins unto almighty God.

A GENERAL CONFESSION
Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have
followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have
left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to
have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare
thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises
declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we
may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.
O Lord, open thou our lips
and our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
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.
Praise ye the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.

A LESSON
from the Old Testament
1 Samuel 3: 1-10, 19
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.’
As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
After the reading silence may be kept.

THE PSALM
Thanks & Praise 110: “O God, you search me and you know me” (Psalm 138)
O God, you search me and you know me.
All my thoughts lie open to your gaze.
When I walk or lie down, you are before me;
ever the maker and keeper of my days.
You know my resting and my rising.
You discern my purpose from afar,
and with love everlasting you besiege me:
in every moment of life or death, you are.
Before a word is on my tongue, Lord,
you have known its meaning through and through.
You are with me beyond my understanding:
God of my present, my past and future too.
Although your Spirit is upon me,
still I search for shelter from your light.
There is nowhere on earth I can escape you:
Even the darkness is radiant in your sight.
For you created me and shaped me,
gave me life within my mother’s womb.
For the wonder of who I am, I praise you:
Safe in your hands, all creation is made new.
Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957)
based on Psalm 139

A LESSON
from the New Testament
1 Corinthians 6: 12-20
‘All things are lawful for me’, but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful for me’, but I will not be
dominated by anything. ‘Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food’, and God will destroy both one and
the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord
and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take
the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a
prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, ‘The two shall be one flesh.’ But anyone united to the Lord
becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator
sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you
have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

Hymn before the Gospel: CH581 “I, the Lord of sea and sky”
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Here I Am Lord,
Is It I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord,
if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have born my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send?
I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them,
my hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide,
till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give My life to them.
Whom shall I send?
Daniel Schutte (b. 1974)
based on Isaiah 6: 8 and 1 Samuel 3

A LESSON
from the Gospels
John 1: 43-51
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.’
After the reading silence may be kept.

JUBILATE Psalm 100
1 O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
2 Be ye sure that the Lord he is God;
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
3 O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving
and into his courts with praise:;
be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
4 For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting,
and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
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 APOSTLES’ CREED
is said
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.

PRAYER
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon 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. Amen.
O Lord, show thy mercy upon us
and grant us thy salvation.
O Lord, guide and defend our rulers
and mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
Endue thy ministers with righteousness
and make thy chosen people joyful.
O Lord, save thy people
and bless thine inheritance.
Give peace in our time, O Lord,
because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
O God, make clean our hearts within us
and take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

THE COLLECTS
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
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 our Lord. Amen.

THE SECOND COLLECT For Peace
O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose
service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE THIRD COLLECT For Grace
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day:
Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE SERMON
INTERCESSIONS
In faith let us pray to God our Father,
his Son Jesus Christ,
and the Holy Spirit.
For the Church of God throughout the world,
let us invoke the Spirit.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
For the leaders of the nations,
that they may establish and defend justice and peace,
let us pray for the wisdom of God.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
For those who suffer oppression or violence,
let us invoke the power of the Deliverer.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
That the churches may discover again their visible unity
in the one baptism which incorporates them in Christ,
let us pray for the love of Christ.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
That the churches may attain communion
in the Eucharist around one table,
let us pray for the strength of Christ.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
That the churches may recognize each other’s ministries
in the service of their one Lord,
let us pray for the peace of Christ.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
Into your hands, O Lord,
we commend all for whom we pray,
trusting in your mercy;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

PRAYERS
A Prayer for the President and all in authority
Almighty God, who rulest over the kingdoms of the world; We commend to thy merciful care the people of this land,
that being guarded by thy providence, they may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of this State and to
all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness,
that they may serve thy people faithfully to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Houses of the Oireachtas
Almighty God, source of all authority and wisdom: guide by your Spirit those who represent us in Dáil and Seanad.
As representatives of the people keep them humble, as legislators make them compassionate, and as politicians defend their integrity. So may the proceedings of the Oireachtas serve the truth and promote the common good. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the servant Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for the Clergy and People
Almighty and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels: Send down upon our Bishops and Clergy, and all
People committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon
them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ.
Amen.
O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that
thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially, we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [* especially those for whom our prayers are desired]; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.

Closing Hymn: CH584 “Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult”
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult
of our life’s wild, restless sea
day by day his voice is sounding,
saying “Christian, follow me”:
as of old, apostles heard it
by the Galilean lake,
turned from home and toil and kindred,
leaving all for his dear sake.
Jesus calls us from the worship
of the vain world’s golden store,
from each idol that would keep us,
saying “Christian, love me more!”
In our joys and in our sorrows,
days of toil and hours of ease,
still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love me more than these!”
Jesus calls us! By your mercies,
Saviour, may we hear your call,
give to you our hearts’ obedience,
serve and love you best of all.
Cecil Frances (Fanny) Alexander (1818-1895)
based on Matthew 4: 18-22;
Mark 1: 16-20; John 21: 15

A General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, We thine unworthy servants Do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
For all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation and
all the blessings of this life: But above all, for thine inestimable love In the redemption of the world by our Lord
Jesus Christ; For the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, That our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful,
And that we show forth thy praise, Not only with our lips but in our lives; By giving up ourselves to thy service,
And by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, To
whom with thee and the Holy Spirit Be all honour and glory, World without end. Amen.
A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom
Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
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. 2 Corinthians 13: 13

 

 

Evening Prayer Wednesday 13 January

Topic: Evening Prayer Wednesday 13 January

Time: Jan 13, 2021 07:30 PM

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Wednesday 13 January 2021: Evening Prayer

GREETING
The Lord be with you
and also with you.

SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE
This is what we have heard from him, and the message we announce: God is light; there is no darkness in
him at all.
1 John 1 : 5

PENITENCE
Silent prayer / reflection on the past day.
Let my prayer rise before you as incense,
The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not be in want.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Teach me, Lord, the way of your statutes,
and I shall keep it to the end.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

THE WORD OF GOD
A PSALM
Psalm 12
Refrain: You, O Lord, will watch over us.
1 Help me, Lord, for no one | godly is | left; ♦︎
the faithful have vanished from the | whole | human | race.
2. They all speak falsely | with their | neighbour; ♦︎
they flatter with their lips, but | speak •from a | double | heart.
3 O that the Lord would cut off all | flattering | lips ♦︎
and the | tongue that | speaks proud | boasts!
4 Those who say, ‘With our tongue will | we pre|vail; ♦︎
our lips we will use; | who is | lord | over us?’
You, O Lord, will watch over us.
5. ‘Because of the oppression of the needy,
and the | groaning •of the | poor, ♦︎
I will rise up now,’ says the Lord,
‘and set them in the | safety | that they | long for.’
6 The words of the | Lord are | pure words, ♦︎
like silver refined in the furnace
and purified | seven times | in the | fire.
7 You, O Lord, | will watch | over us ♦︎
and guard us from | this •gene|ration for | ever.
8 The wicked strut on | every | side, ♦︎
when what is vile is exalted by the | whole | human | race.
You, O Lord, will watch over us.

Psalm-Prayer
Lord, when faith is faint
and speech veils our intentions,
restore us by your word of power and purity,
both now and for ever.
Glory to the Father, and | to the | Son, ♦︎
and | to the | Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be|ginning, is | now, ♦
and shall be for | ever. | A|men.

MAGNIFICAT The Song of the Blessed Virgin Mary Luke 1 : 46-55
Refrain: My soul rejoices in you, O God,
my soul proclaims your greatness.
My soul proclaims the greatness· of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
who has looked with favour on his lowly servant;
from this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his name.
God has mercy on those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
The Lord has shown strength· with his arm
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
God has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel.
to remember the promise of mercy,
The promise made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father, and | to the | Son, ♦︎
and | to the | Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be|ginning, is | now, ♦
and shall be for | ever. | A|men.
Refrain: My soul rejoices in you, O God,
my soul proclaims your greatness.

A READING
John 1: 29-34
The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the
sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was
before me.” I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be
revealed to Israel.’ And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained
on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom
you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen
and have testified that this is the Son of God.

ADDRESS
INTERCESSIONS AND THANKSGIVINGS
Let us pray for Christ’s continuing epiphany
among all who long for his presence.

INTERCESSIONS
For your manifestation among all who long for truth
and are educated and wise in this world,
for those who conduct research and those who teach,
for those who study the stars
and those who give counsel to kings and rulers,
we seek your grace, O wisdom of God.
For your epiphany among all who are open
to your presence in the water and the wine,
and especially among those who have seen your star
but have not yet heard your name,
we seek your grace, O Saviour of the nations.
For your epiphany
among all who are suffering for the cause of righteousness,
for all who are in prison,
for those who are oppressed,
and for those who are hungry, thirsty, and homeless,
we seek your grace, O Son of God.
For your manifestation of your glory
in the course of our daily lives,
in our homes, our schools, our workplaces,
and our facilities for play and entertainment,
we seek your grace, O Lamb of God.

THANKSGIVINGS
Let us praise God for the
manifestation of the Christ in his mission on earth.
Let us praise God for the Magi from the east,
who were sent to Bethlehem
to teach us to honour him
and to offer our gifts.
We praise you, O God.
Let us praise God for the multitudes around the world
who are today using the resources of their customs and cultures
in developing new forms of worshiping the Christ.
We praise you, O God.
Let us praise God for all those
who are presenting themselves to be baptized in the name of Christ
and for all the parents who are bringing their children to the water of Christ.
We praise you, O God.
Let us praise God for the manifestation of Christ in our own time
when the thirsty are given something to drink and the hungry are fed.
We praise you, O God.

CONCLUDING PRAYER
May we continuously follow the light of Christ
so that we may see him in glory.
In his name we pray. Amen.

COLLECT
Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
Grant to us, who are born of water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say:
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.

THE ENDING
DISMISSAL
May Christ, who sends us to the nations,
give us the power of his Spirit. Amen.

BLESSING
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Morning Prayer Baptism of our Lord January 10th

Topic: Morning Prayer Baptism of our Lord

Time: Jan 10, 2021 11:00 AM Dublin

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Killiskey Parish
Sunday 10th January 2021 @ 11.00am
The First Sunday after
the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

SERVICE OF MORNING PRAYER
The Gathering of God’s People

GREETING
This day Jesus is revealed as the Christ in the waters of baptism.
Alleluia. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord be with you
and also with you.

OPENING PRAYER
Grant us, Lord, who behold your glory,
to drink from the waters of the new creation
flowing from the river of life at your baptism.
Give us the wings of the Spirit,
that we may hasten to meet you at your coming,
and praise you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Opening Hymn: CH293 “Breath on me, Breath of God”
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love,
and do what thou wouldst do.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
until my heart is pure;
until with thee I will one will
to do and to endure.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
till I am wholly thine;
until this earthly part of me
glows with thy fire divine.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life
of thine eternity.
Edwin Hatch (1835-89)
based on Job 33: 4

INTRODUCTION
This day Jesus is revealed as the Christ in the waters of baptism.
I will take you from the nations,
and gather you from all the countries.
I will sprinkle clean water upon you,
and you shall be clean from all your uncleanness.
A new heart I will give you,
and put a new spirit within you.
You shall be my people,
and I will be your God.

CONFESSION
Let us confess our sins to God our Father.
Silence is kept.
Heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault;
by what we have done
and by what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us,
forgive us all that is past;
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name. Amen.
Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy on you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Proclaiming and Receiving the Word
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth will proclaim your praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
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.
Praise the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.

The First Reading: Genesis 1: 1-5
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness
covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said,
‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light
from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and
there was morning, the first day.
After the reading silence may be kept.

The Psalm: Psalm 29
1 Ascribe to the Lord, you powers of heaven, ♦︎
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name; ♦︎
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders; ♦︎
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is mighty in operation; ♦︎
the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; ♦︎
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf ♦︎
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord splits the flash of lightning;
the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; ♦︎
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe
and strips the forests bare; ♦︎
in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’
9 The Lord sits enthroned above the water flood; ♦︎
the Lord sits enthroned as king for evermore.
10 The Lord shall give strength to his people; ♦︎
the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
Glory be to the Father, ♦︎
and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, ♦︎
is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Second Reading: Acts 19: 1-7
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the inland regions and came to Ephesus, where he
found some disciples. He said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’
They replied, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ Then he said, ‘Into what then were
you baptized?’ They answered, ‘Into John’s baptism.’ Paul said, ‘John baptized with the baptism of
repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.’ On
hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the
Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied — altogether there were about
twelve of them.
After the reading silence may be kept.

Hymn before the Gospel: CH294 “Come down, O Love divine”
Come down, O Love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.
O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
and let thy glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.
Let holy charity
mine outward vesture be,
and lowliness become mine inner clothing:
true lowliness of heart,
which takes the humbler part,
and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.
And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace,
till Love create a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.
Bianco da Siena (d. 1434)
tr. Richard F Littledale (1833-90)
based on John 14: 16, 26

The Gospel: Mark 1: 4-11
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of
sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to
him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with
camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The
one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong
of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he
was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on
him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’
After the reading silence may be kept.

THE SERMON
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
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 again 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.
The Prayers of the People
The Lord be with you
and also with you.
Kneel
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
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 sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
O Lord, guide and defend our rulers
and grant our government wisdom.
Let your ministers be clothed with righteousness
and let your servants shout for joy.
O Lord, save your people
and bless those whom you have chosen.
Give peace in our time, O Lord,
and let your glory be over all the earth.
O God, make clean our hearts within us
and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

THE COLLECTS
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
Grant to us, who are born of water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

COLLECTS AT MORNING PRAYER
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,
to know you is eternal life, and to serve you is perfect freedom:
Defend us in all assaults of our enemies,
that we, surely trusting in your protection,
may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everliving God,
we give you thanks for bringing us safely to this day:
Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger,
and in all things guide us to know and do your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Closing Hymn: CH310 “Spirit of the living God”
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Break me, melt me,
mould me, fill me,
Spirit of the living God,
fall afresh on me.
Daniel Iverson (1890-1972)
Going Out as God’s People

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.
Father, for your gift of water in creation
we give you thanks and praise.
For your Spirit, sweeping over the waters, bringing light and life
we give you thanks and praise.
For your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, baptized in the river Jordan
we give you thanks and praise.
For your new creation, brought to birth by water and the Spirit
we give you thanks and praise.
For your grace bestowed upon us your children, washing away our sins
we give you thanks and praise.
May we your servants who have been washed in the waters of baptism
be made one with your Son, who took the form of a servant.
Lord, receive our prayer.
May your Holy Spirit, who has brought us to new birth
in the family of your Church,
raise us in Christ, our anointed Lord,
to full and eternal life.
Lord, receive our prayer.
For all might, majesty and dominion are yours, now and for ever.
Alleluia. Amen.

CONCLUDING PRAYERS
May God, who in Christ gives us a spring of water
welling up to eternal life,
perfect in you the image of his glory;
and the blessing of God almighty
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
May the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the Holy Spirit
you may abound in hope.
Amen. Romans 15: 13

DISMISSAL
Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

Evening Prayer – January 6th

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Jan 6, 2021 07:30 PM London

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 GREETING

Welcome in the name of Christ. God’s grace, mercy, and peace be with you.

And also with you.

PREPARATION

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

Howard Thurman.

 PENITENCE

The divisions brought about by human sin and pride are matters of great sorrow for us all. Therefore let us confess our sins, and ask for God’s forgiveness and guidance

Silence is kept

 God be merciful and bless us, and make his face to shine upon us.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 May your ways be known on earth, your saving power to all nations.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 You, Lord, have made known your salvation, and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

The almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon and forgiveness of all our sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 VERSICLES AND RESPONSES

Be with us, Spirit of God;

nothing can separate us from your love.

Breathe on us, breath of God;

fill us with your saving power.

Speak in us, wisdom of God;

bring strength, healing, and peace.

The Lord is here!

The Spirit is with us!

 THE WORD OF GOD

 A READING

St. John 2:1-11

On the third day 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.

ADDRESS

ANTHEM

The Three Kings

Three Kings from Persian lands afar
To Jordan follow the pointing star:
And this the quest of the travellers three,
Where the new-born King of the Jews may be.
Full royal gifts they bear for the King;
Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.
The star shines out with a steadfast ray
The kings to Bethlehem make their way,
And there in worship they bend the knee,
As Mary’s child in her lap they see;
Their royal gifts they show to the King;
Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.

Thou Child of man, lo, to Bethlehem
The Kings are travelling, travel with them!
The star of mercy, the star of grace,
Shall lead thy heart to its resting place.
Gold, incense, myrrh thou canst not bring;
Offer thy heart to the infant King.

PRAISE

God is light.

In God there is no darkness.

If we live in the light,

as God is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another

and the fellowship of Christ, who redeems us from sin.

 PRAYERS

 We pray to the Lord: in faith we pray.

We pray to you our God.

 Silence is kept

 That the rest of this day may be holy, peace full and full of your presence; in faith we pray.

We pray to you our God.

That we may hear and respond to your call to peace and justice; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

That you will sustain the faith and hope of those who are lonely, oppressed and anxious; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

 That you will strengthen us in your service, and fill our hearts with longing for your kingdom; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

God of mercy, you know us and love us and hear our prayer: keep us in the eternal fellowship of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

COLLECT

O God, who by the leading of a star manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith, may at last behold your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 SENDING OUT

Heavenly Father, we share together the blessing of your presence.

Give us in this life knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international Christian
ecumenical observance kept annually between 18th January and 25th
January.
Here are some prayers you might like to offer for Unity:
Eternal Father,
we praise you for sending your Son
to be one of us and to save us.
Look upon your people with mercy,
for we are divided in so many ways,
and give us the Spirit of Jesus to make us one in love.
We ask this gift, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
our only Saviour, the Prince of peace:
give us grace seriously to take to heart
the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions.
We confess our hatred and prejudice
and all else that hinders us from godly union and concord.
As there is but one body and one Spirit,
and one hope of our calling,
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of us all,
so may we henceforth be all of one heart and soul,
united in one holy bond of truth and peace,
of faith and charity,
and with one mouth give you glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father,
you have called us in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ
to continue his work of reconciliation
and reveal you to the world.
Forgive us the sins which tear us apart;
give us the courage to overcome our fears
and to seek that unity which is your gift and your will;
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 Hub January

The Hub was open in December from 1st to 23rd (excluding Sundays).
Sales were brisk. The shop now has extended opening hours, thanks to the
appointment of a Tús worker. Due to Level 5 restrictions, it will now be
closed until restrictions ease.

Can we all play our part?

As a new year dawns, the most talked about and seemingly pressing topic
remains Covid19, perhaps followed by the last-minute Brexit/EU deal.
However, an even more urgent problem has not disappeared – the
ominous and ever-present threat of the effects of climate change. It will
come to prominence again when Ireland is hit by a vicious storm, or
blizzard or drought. During Lockdown, many appreciated the quieter skies
and roads and cleaner air, while also enjoying the more obvious signs of
nature and wildlife. This demonstrated clearly how a reduction in human
activities lessened the impact on our environment. It should not be too
difficult for each of us to make a list of how we can live more sustainably –
maybe by turning down the thermostat in our homes and offices while
improving their insulation, investing in warm winter clothes for cold
weather, driving less while cycling and walking more, holidaying closer to
home rather than flying to far-flung destinations (when holidays are
possible again), growing more of our own vegetables and fruit, buying
local, in-season food, reducing the use of plastic, wasting less. The list
goes on. We can all play our part in becoming “greener” citizens.

Ring out, wild bells

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

Epiphany Service of the Word – 3rd January

Topic: Epiphany Service of the Word

Time: Jan 3, 2021 11:00 AM Dublin

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Killiskey Parish
Sunday 3rd January 2021 @ 11.00am
The Epiphany

SERVICE OF THE WORD

Preparation

GREETING
Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
your name is proclaimed in all the world.
The Lord of glory be with you.
The Lord bless you.

INVITATION TO WORSHIP
The Christ child is born!
All you who would find him,
prepare for a journey, as the Magi did.
All you who would praise him,
come with the faith to follow but a star.
All you who would worship him,
come with humility to the child
who shows forth the immeasurable riches of God.

PRAYER OF ADORATION
Almighty Lord God,
you gave your Son, Jesus Christ, to be the light of the world:
We praise and magnify your holy name that in him
you have revealed the wonder of your saving love to all people.
With those of old who brought their tribute to his feet,
confessing him as King of heaven and earth,
we now present the worship of our grateful hearts,
asking you to give us grace to give ourselves to you,
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Opening Hymn: 198 “The first Noel the angel did say”
The first Noel the angel did say
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
in fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
born is the King of Israel.
They looked up and saw a star
shining in the east, beyond them far;
and to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night.
And by the light of that same star
three Wise Men came from country far;
to seek for a king was their intent,
and to follow the star wherever it went.
This star drew nigh to the northwest,
o’er Bethlehem it took its rest;
and there it did both stop and stay,
right over the place where Jesus lay.
Then entered in those Wise Men three,
full reverently upon the knee,
and offered there, in his presence,
their gold and myrrh and frankincense.

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.
Silence
O God, our guide,
who once used a star to lead people to Christ,
we confess our poor sense of direction.
We let ourselves become confused, easily distracted, and lose our way.
We fail to follow the signs you provide.
Forgive our waywardness, O God.
Lead us to the Christ so that we may follow his way to you. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you,
that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him
while we are walking in darkness,
we lie and do not do what is true;
but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:5-7

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
Grateful for the glory revealed through God made flesh, let us pray.
O God,
who by the leading of a star
manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:
Mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith,
may at last behold your glory face to face;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
God of Epiphany,
we long to hear your holy Word in fresh ways.
Open our ears to the call of your voice.
Open our eyes to the dawning of a new day and a new year.
Fill us with anticipation for your future. Amen.

Ministry of the Word
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 60: 1-6
Arise, shine; for your light has,
the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth,
thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
his glory will appear over.
Nations shall come to your light,
kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Lift up your eyes and look around;
all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far,
your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover,
young camels of Midian and Ephah;
those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.

The Psalm: Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-15
1 Give the king your judgements, O God, ♦︎
and your righteousness to the son of a king.
2 Then shall he judge your people righteously ♦︎
and your poor with justice.
3 May the mountains bring forth peace, ♦︎
and the little hills righteousness for the people.
4 May he defend the poor among the people, ♦︎
deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.
5 May he live as long as the sun and moon endure, ♦︎
from one generation to another.
6 May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, ♦︎
like the showers that water the earth.
7 In his time shall righteousness flourish, ♦︎
and abundance of peace
till the moon shall be no more.
10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute; ♦︎
the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts.
11 All kings shall fall down before him; ♦︎
all nations shall do him service.
12 For he shall deliver the poor that cry out, ♦︎
the needy and those who have no helper.
13 He shall have pity on the weak and poor; ♦︎
he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14 He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, ♦︎
and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15 Long may he live;
unto him may be given gold from Sheba; ♦︎
may prayer be made for him continually
and may they bless him all the day long.
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.

The Epistle: Ephesians 3: 1-12
This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— for
surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given to me for you,
and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a
reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In
former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed
to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow-heirs,
members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me
by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given
to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone
see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through
the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and
authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has
carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence
through faith in him.

Hymn before the Gospel: 201 “We three kings of Orient are”
We three kings of Orient are;
bearing gifts we traverse afar,
field and fountain, moor and mountain,
following yonder star.
O star of wonder, star of light,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.
Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,
gold I bring to crown him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
over us all to reign.
Frankincense to offer have I;
incense owns a Deity nigh;
prayer and praising, voices raising,
worshiping God on high.
Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
breathes a life of gathering gloom;
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
sealed in the stone-cold tomb.
Glorious now behold him arise;
King and God and sacrifice:
Alleluia, Alleluia,
sounds through the earth and skies.

The Gospel: Matthew 2: 1-12
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East
came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we
observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this,
he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and
scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In
Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of,
by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
is to shepherd my people.” ’

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star
had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child;
and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When
they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at
its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had
stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary
his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they
offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to
return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

SERMON
COLLECT OF THE WORD
Radiant Morning Star,
you are both guidance and mystery.
Visit our rest with disturbing dreams
and our journeys with strange companions.
Grace us with the hospitality
to open our hearts and homes
to visitors filled with unfamiliar wisdom
bearing profound and unusual gifts. Amen.
Response

SCRIPTURAL AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?
I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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.
Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?
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.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
The wise men knelt before our Saviour. Let us also worship him with great joy, and make our
prayer to his heavenly Father.
Father, the wise men came from the east to worship your Son:
grant to Christians everywhere a true spirit of adoration.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
Father, your Son is the King of kings and Lord of lords:
grant an abundance of peace to your world.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
Father, the Holy Family shared the life of the people of Nazareth:
protect in your mercy our neighbours and families, together with the whole community of which
we are part.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
Father, your Son was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor: show your love for the poor and
powerless, and strengthen those who suffer.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
Father, the wise men presented to your Son gold, incense and myrrh:
accept the gifts we bring, and the offering of our hearts at the beginning of this new year.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
Father, you are the King of heaven, the hope of all who trust in you:
give to all the faithful departed the wonders of your salvation.
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
Rejoicing in the fellowship of wise men, shepherds, and angels,
and of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph,
we commend ourselves
and all Christian people to your unfailing love. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Let us sum up all our prayers and praises
in the words our Saviour Christ has taught us, saying:
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.

Closing Hymn: 189 “As with gladness men of old”
As with gladness men of old
did the guiding star behold,
as with joy they hailed its light,
leading onward, beaming bright;
so, most gracious God, may we
evermore be led to thee.
As with joyful steps they sped,
Saviour, to thy lowly bed,
there to bend the knee before
thee whom heav’n and earth adore;
so may we with willing feet
ever seek thy mercy seat.
As they offered gifts most rare
at thy cradle rude and bare,
so may we with holy joy,
pure and free from sin’s alloy,
all our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to thee, our heav’nly king.
Holy Jesus, ev’ry day
keep us in the narrow way,
and, when earthly things are past,
bring our ransomed souls at last
where they need no star to guide,
where no clouds thy glory hide.
Going out as God’s People

ARCHBISHOP’S NEW YEAR’S REFLECTION
DISMISSAL
The light of God’s purposes has shone upon us.
Carry that light into another week.
The star of God’s promises that led us to worship
now leads us to serve in God’s world.
When we have met God in the light,
we cannot dwell comfortably in the shadows.
We cannot enjoy our abundance and wealth
without thanksgiving and generous sharing.
The glory of God shines on you today.
Others will see your radiance and rejoice with you.
We seek God’s peace that we may share it,
God’s wisdom that we may live by it,
in Christ’s name.
Amen.

BLESSING
Christ the Son be manifest to you,
that your lives may be a light to the world:
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you and remain with you always. Amen.