The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

Join us as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist on the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. The service will be live via Zoom and live streamed to YouTube. It will be available to watch on demand on the event page and YouTube at the end of the service. Please look out for the Zoom link and the order of service in the Sunday Bulletin.

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 7th, 2021
Christ Episcopal Church Online

Prelude “Voluntary in G” Samuel Wesley

Opening Hymn “Thy strong word did cleave the darkness” Hymnal 381 vs. 1, 2, 4

1 Thy strong word did cleave the darkness;
at thy speaking it was done;
for created light we thank thee
while thine ordered seasons run:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia without end!

2 Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness,
dark as night and deep as death,
broke the light of thy salvation,
breathed thine own life giving breath:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia without end!

4 God the Father, Light Creator,
to thee laud and honor be:
to thee, Light of Light begotten,
praise be sung eternally;
Holy Spirit, Light Revealer,
glory, glory be to thee;
mortals, angels, now and ever
praise the Holy Trinity.

Opening Sentences

Celebrant: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

People: and blessed be God’s kingdom now and forever. Amen.

Collect for Purity

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: 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 Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us pray.

The Collect of the Day

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for our Country

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lessons

First Reading: Isaiah 40:21-31 Read by P. Dutra

Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 147:1-12, 21c Read by P. Dutra

1 Hallelujah!
How good it is to sing praises to our God! *
how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!

2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem; *
he gathers the exiles of Israel.

3 He heals the brokenhearted *
and binds up their wounds.

4 He counts the number of the stars *
and calls them all by their names.

5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; *
there is no limit to his wisdom.

6 The Lord lifts up the lowly, *
but casts the wicked to the ground.

7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; *
make music to our God upon the harp.

8 He covers the heavens with clouds *
and prepares rain for the earth;

9 He makes grass to grow upon the mountains *
and green plants to serve mankind.

10 He provides food for flocks and herds *
and for the young ravens when they cry.

11 He is not impressed by the might of a horse; *
he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;

12 But the Lord has pleasure in those who fear him, *
in those who await his gracious favor.

21 Hallelujah!

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Read by P. Dutra

If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel. For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn “Heal me hands of Jesus” WLP 773 vs. 1, 2, 4

1 Heal me, hands of Jesus,
and search out all my pain:
restore my hope, remove my fear
and bring me peace again.

2 Cleanse me, blood of Jesus,
take bitterness away;
let me forgive as one forgiven
and bring me peace today.

4 Fill, me, joy of Jesus:
anxiety shall cease
and heaven’s serenity be mine,
for Jesus brings me peace!

The Gospel: Mark 1:29-39 The Rev. Deacon Kay Drebert

Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Mark.

People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.

After Jesus and his disciples left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Homily: The Rev. Deacon Kay Drebert

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the People

In Jesus you have announced the fulfillment of your time, O God: Give us courage to answer readily the call to follow you, letting nothing in us interfere with the good news of your kingdom, as we offer our prayers and intercessions, saying:

The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God has come near.

God alone is our rock and our salvation: Uphold your church in your strength, Almighty One, and grant us faithfulness to proclaim the good news of Jesus to all the world. We pray for Justin, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, Presiding Bishop, DeDe our Bishop, Elizabeth, our Rector, Jim, our Priest, Kay, our Deacon, and all who are baptized in Christ.

The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God has come near.

God is our safety and our honor: Put divine trust into the hearts of the leaders of our nation and into the hearts of all in authority, Eternal One, that they may cooperate with your work to build communities of peace throughout the world. We pray for Joe, our President, Andrew, our Governor, Jason, our County Executive, Rich, our Mayor and all our elected officials so that they may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world.

The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God has come near.

Steadfast love is yours, O Gracious One: Look upon the great cities and lonely villages in your creation, and turn us from our wicked ways, that all who suffer may be relieved, and all who work may find satisfaction. We give thanks for all creation and gratitude for those celebrating birthdays or anniversaries in the week ahead.

The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God has come near.

God is our strong rock and our refuge: Be present in our community, O Loving One, that the life of your new world may be manifest in this place. We pray for Binghamton and Broome County.

The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God has come near.

Give your steadfast love to those for whom we pray who suffer in body, mind, or spirit especially In the week ahead, please pray for comfort and healing for: Alli, Anne, Bob, Connor, George, Rose, Millie, Joell, Connie, and Joan.

The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God has come near.

Bring into your fuller presence those who have died, that they may find life within your reign forevermore, especially Sharon Schubert, and Bob Harlost whose funeral was this week

The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God has come near.

(Celebrant gives concluding collect)

The Confession

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

People:
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Celebrant:
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins
through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all
goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in
eternal life. Amen.

The Peace

Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People: And also with you.

Offertory “Lead Me, Lord” S. S. Wesley

Lead me, Lord, lead me in Thy righteousness,
make Thy way plain before my face.
For it is Thou, Lord, Thou, Lord, only,
that makest me dwell in safety.

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.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
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 Communion Prayer

In union, O Lord, with the faithful at every altar of your Church where the Holy Eucharist is and has been celebrated, we desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. We present to you our souls and bodies with the earnest wish that we may always be united to you, and since we cannot now receive you sacramentally in the Bread and the Wine, we ask you to come spiritually into our hearts. We unite ourselves with you, and embrace you with all the love of our souls. Let nothing ever separate you from us. May we live in you, and may you live in us, both in this life and in the life to come. Amen.

The Blessing

Closing Hymn “Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old” Hymnal 567 v. 1-3

1 Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old was strong to heal and save;
it triumphed o’er disease and death o’er darkness and the grave.
To thee they went, the blind, the deaf, the palsied, and the lame,
the leper set apart and shunned, the sick with fevered frame.

2 And lo! Thy touch brought life and health, gave hearing, strength, and sight;
and youth renewed and frenzy calmed owned thee, the Lord of light;
and now, O Lord, be near to bless, almighty as of yore,
in crowded street, by restless couch, as by Gennesaret’s shore.

3 Be thou our great deliverer still, thou Lord of life and death;
restore and quicken, soothe and bless, with thine almighty breath;
to hands that work and eyes that see, give wisdom’s heavenly lore,
that whole and sick, and weak and strong, may praise thee evermore.

The Dismissal


The event is finished.

Date

Feb 07 2021

Time

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Virtual Event

Category
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Ewing

Organizer

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Ewing
Phone
(607) 722-2308
Email
moc.liamg@0181hcruhctsirhcrotcer
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