St Mary’s Ecclesfield

 

       Following Jesus, Celebrating Life, Welcoming All

 

                         Parish Worship

            The 2nd Sunday of Epiphany

                      17th January 2021

 

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

May the light and peace of Jesus be with you.

And also with you.

 

May God be gracious to us and bless us,

and make His face to shine upon us:

 

that your way may be known upon earth,

and your saving power among all nations:

 

let the peoples praise you, O God:

let all the peoples praise you.

                                    (Psalm 67:1-3)

 

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hidden:

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

 

 

Confession

 

During this season of Epiphany, let us seek the renewal of our lives in the light of God’s love for us, revealed by Jesus Christ:

 

Jesus, Saviour of all, who revealed the breadth of god’s love, forgive us when we fail to show care to those who are different.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Jesus, Son of God, who revealed the depth of God’s love, forgive us when we are too busy to pray, or to seek the Father’s will.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

Jesus, Son of man, who revealed the cost of God’s love, forgive us when we make light of our sins.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

Gloria in Excelsis

As a forgiven people we join in the Gloria in Excelsis.

 

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

 

 

The Collect

 

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 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

 

 

Reading: 1 Sam 3:1-10

 

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.”

 

 

Gospel: 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 toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get 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.”

 

 

Sermon

 

 

The Nicene Creed. (Please stand)

 

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,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and 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,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who 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.

 

 

The Peace, (please stand)

 

Christ is our peace.

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation.

The old has passed away: behold, everything has become new.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you and also with you.

 

 

Intercessions

 

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

 

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.

 

At the end of the prayers:

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Silence is kept

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Believing in the promises of God, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught 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.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Eternal Lord,

our beginning and our end:

bring us with the whole creation

to your glory, hidden through past ages

and made known

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

 

Blessing

 

Christ the Son of God perfect in you the image of his glory

and gladden your hearts with the good news of his kingdom;

and the blessing …

 

Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the Name of Christ. Amen.