The Last Sunday After the Epiphany

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

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
February 14th, 2021
Christ Episcopal Church Online

Prelude     Variations on Lasst uns erfreuen  Mahlon Balerston

Opening Hymn     Christ is the world’s true Light  Hymnal 542  v. 1, 2, 3

1 Christ is the world’s true Light, its Captain of salvation,

the Day star clear and bright of every race and nation;

new life, new hope awakes, for all who own his sway:

freedom her bondage breaks, and night is turned to day.

2 In Christ all races meet, their ancient feuds forgetting,

the whole round world complete, from sunrise to its setting:

when Christ is throned as Lord all shall forsake their fear,

to ploughshare beat the sword, to pruning hook the spear.

3 One Lord, in one great Name unite us all who own thee;

cast out our pride and shame that hinder to enthrone thee;

the world has waited long, has travailed long in pain;

to heal its ancient wrong, come, Prince of Peace, and reign. 

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

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 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.

First Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-12                                                                        Read by M. Smith

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.” Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.” Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

Psalm 50:1-6                                                                                                     Read by M. Smith

1 The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; *

he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2 Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *

God reveals himself in glory.

3 Our God will come and will not keep silence; *

before him there is a consuming flame,

and round about him a raging storm.

4 He calls the heavens and the earth from above *

to witness the judgment of his people.

5 “Gather before me my loyal followers, *

those who have made a covenant with me

and sealed it with sacrifice.”

6 Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *

for God himself is judge.

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6                                                           Read by M. Smith

Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn    “Christ upon the mountain peak”    Hymnal 129  v. 1, 2, 4

1 Christ upon the mountain peak stands alone in glory blazing;

let us, if we dare to speak, with the saints and angels praise him.  

Alleluia!

2 Trembling at the feet we saw Moses and Elijah speaking.

All the prophets and the Law shout through them their joyful greeting. 

Alleluia!

4 This is God’s beloved Son!  Law and prophets fade before him;

first and last and only One, let creation now adore him! 

Alleluia!

The Gospel: Mark Mark 9:2-9                                                           The Rev. Deacon Kay Drebert

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

People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

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, Connie, George, Joan, Joell, Millie, Rose, and the Groce Family. 

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 Marcella Groce who died this week.

The time is fulfilled, 

and the kingdom of God has come near.

(priest 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     “Alleluia, Allelu!”     Douglas Wagner 

                                    Duet: S. Bowlby & S. MacLennan

Alle, Alleluia, Alleluia, Allelu!

Alle, Alleluia, Alleluia, Allelu!

O be joyful, praise the Lord.  Lift your voices high.

Celebrate with all creation, sing praises to the sky!

Praise we now his name.  Alleluia, Allelu.

We evermore proclaim Alle, Alleluia!

Alle, Alleluia, Alleluia, Allelu!

Alle, Alleluia, Alleluia, Allelu!

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.

Burial of the Alleluias

The Blessing

Closing Hymn    O wondrous type! O vision fairHymnal 137  v. 1, 2, 3

1 O wondrous type!  O vision fair 

of glory that the Church may share,

which Christ upon the mountain shows,

where brighter than the sun he glows!

2 With Moses and Elijah nigh

the incarnate Lord holds converse high;

and from the cloud, the Holy One

bears record to the only Son.

3 With shining face and bright array,

Christ deigns to manifest today

what glory shall be theirs above

who joy in God with perfect love.

The Dismissal


The event is finished.

Date

Mar 14 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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