The Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany

Join us as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist on the Fourth 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.

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

January 31st, 2021

Christ Episcopal Church Online

Prelude     “Pastorale”     Giuseppe Sammartini

Opening Hymn     “ O, for a thousand tongues to sing”     Hymnal 493 vs, 1, 4, 5

1          O for a thousand tongues to sing my dear Redeemer’s praise,

            the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!

4          He speaks; and, listening to his voice, new life the dead receive,

            the mournful broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.

5          Hear him, year deaf; ye voiceless ones, your loosened tongues employ;

            ye blind, behold, your Savior comes; and leap, ye lame, for joy!

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

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for St. Brigid

O God, whose servant Brigid, kindled with the flame of your love, became a shining light in your church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

First Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20                                                          Read by J. Endress

Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: “If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.” Then the Lord replied to me: “They are right in what they have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet shall die.”

Psalm 111                                                                                                         Read by J. Endress

1 Hallelujah!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, *

in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.

2 Great are the deeds of the Lord! *

they are studied by all who delight in them.

3 His work is full of majesty and splendor, *

and his righteousness endures for ever.

4 He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *

the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

5 He gives food to those who fear him; *

he is ever mindful of his covenant.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works *

in giving them the lands of the nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *

all his commandments are sure.

8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *

because they are done in truth and equity.

9 He sent redemption to his people;

he commanded his covenant for ever; *

holy and awesome is his Name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; *

those who act accordingly have a good understanding;

his praise endures for ever.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13                                                          Read by J. Endress

Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him. Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.” Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. “Food will not bring us close to God.” We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall..

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn    “Lord make us servant of thy peace”    Hymnal 593 vs. 1 & 5

1          Lord, make us servants of your peace:

            where there is hate, may we sow love;

            where there is hurt, may we forgive;

            where there is strife, may we make one.

5          Dying, we live, and are reborn

            through death’s dark night to endless day:

            Lord, make us servants of your peace,

            to wake at last in heaven’s light.

The Gospel: Mark 1:21-28                                                                       The Rev. Deacon Kay Drebert

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

People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.

Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Homily                                                                                           The Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

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 who died 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.

Priest:
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
     “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree”    Sommerset folk song arr. Alan Bullard

            The tree of life my soul hath seen, laden with fruit and always green:

            The trees of nature fruitless be compared with Christ the apple tree.

            His beauty doth all things excel by faith I know, but ne’er can tell,

            The glory which I now can see in Jesus Christ the apple tree.

            This fruit doth make my soul to thrive, it keeps my dying faith alive;

            Which makes my soul in haste to be with Christ the apple tree, the apple tree.

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      “Spread, O spread, thou mighty word”   Hymnal 530 vs. 1 & 5

1          Spread, O spread, thou mighty word, spread the kingdom of the Lord,

            that to earth’s remotest bound all may heed the joyful sound.

5          Word of life, most pure and strong, word for which the nations long,

            spread abroad, until from night all the world awakes to light.

The Dismissal


The event is finished.

Date

Jan 31 2021

Time

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Category
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Ewing

Organizer

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