The Third Sunday After The Epiphany

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MORNING PRAYER FORThe Third Sunday after the EpiphanyJANUARY 24, 2021Episcopal Church of All Saints and AscensionNorthwoods, MO

OPENING SENTENCEOfficiantI will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach tothe end of the earth.OfficiantPeopleAllO God, open our lips.And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: asIt was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.CONFESSION OF SINBCP page 79OfficiantLet us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.Silence may be kept.Most merciful God,we confess that we have sinned against youin 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.OfficiantAlmighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins throughour Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of theHoly Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.THE LITURGY OF THE WORDOfficiantPeopleBlessed be the one, true, living God.Blessed be God for ever. Amen.2

THE PSALM OF THE DAYPsalm 62: 6-14BCP page 6696 For God alone my soul in silence waits; *truly, my hope is in him.7 He alone is my rock and my salvation, *my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.8 In God is my safety and my honor; *God is my strong rock and my refuge.9 Put your trust in him always, O people, *pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.10 Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, *even those of low estate cannot be trusted.11 On the scales they are lighter than a breath, *all of them together.12 Put no trust in extortion;in robbery take no empty pride; *though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.13 God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, *that power belongs to God.14 Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, *For you repay everyone according to his deeds.THE FIRST LESSONJonah 3: 1-5, 10A Reading from the Book of the Prophet JonahThe word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go toNineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” SoJonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. NowNineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days' walk across. Jonah beganto go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, andNineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; theyproclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.3

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, Godchanged his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring uponthem; and he did not do it.PeopleHear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.Thanks be to God.CANTICLE 16 The Song of ZechariahBCP page 92Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *he has come to his people and set them free.He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *born of the house of his servant David.Through his holy prophets he promised of old,that he would save us from our enemies, *from the hands of all who hate us.He promised to show mercy to our fathers *and to remember his holy covenant.This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *to set us free from the hands of our enemies,Free to worship him without fear, *holy and righteous in his sightall the days of our life.You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,To give his people knowledge of salvation *by the forgiveness of their sins.In the tender compassion of our God *the dawn from on high shall break upon us,To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *and to guide our feet into the way of peace.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.THE SECOND LESSON1 Corinthians 7: 29-31A Reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians4

I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from nowon, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and thosewho mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice asthough they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had nopossessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had nodealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.PeopleHear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.Thanks be to God.CANTICLE 20Gloria in excelsisBCP page 94Glory 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.5

THE GOSPELMark 1: 14-20The Gospel according to MarkAfter John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news ofGod, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;repent, and believe in the good news.”As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brotherAndrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus saidto them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediatelythey left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he sawJames son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mendingthe nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee inthe boat with the hired men, and followed him.PeopleThe Gospel of the Lord.Praise to you, O Christ.THE SERMONThe Rev. Renee L. FennerTHE APOSTLES’ CREEDBCP page 96I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth.I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spiritand born of the Virgin Mary.He 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,and is seated at the right hand of the Father.He will come again to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit,the holy catholic Church,6

the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting. Amen.THE PRAYERSOfficiantPeopleOfficiantBCP page 97God be with you.And also with you.Let us pray.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, and the power,and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.SUFFRAGES eaderPeopleLeaderPeopleLeaderShow us your mercy, O Lord;And grant us your salvation.Clothe your ministers with righteousness;Let your people sing with joy.Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;For only in you can we live in safety.Lord, keep this nation under your care;And guide us in the way of justice and truth.Let your way be known upon earth;Your saving health among all nations.Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.Create in us clean hearts, O God;7

PeopleAnd sustain us with your Holy Spirit.THE COLLECTSOfficiantGive us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ andproclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the wholeworld may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns withyou and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son:Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance andhatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us inbonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish yourpurposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you inharmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of ourstruggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred orbitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; throughJesus Christ our Lord. Amen.Gracious God who loves us so perfectly, help us to better love you and each other.We weep for the gun violence that kills children and so many others needlessly.Bless us with the wisdom and strength to put down our weapons and mayviolence cease in the nation and in our world. We ask all this in the Name ofJesus, your Son, and our Redeemer. Amen.PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLEForm IIIBCP page 387The Worship Leader and People pray responsivelyFather, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;That we all may be one.Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;That your Name may be glorified by all people.8

We pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Deon our Bishop, and Renee our Priest.We pray for our Diocese of Missouri, and for the people and ministry of TrinityEpiscopal Church, Central West End. We pray for Jon, their Rector, and Harry, theirDeacon; and for all bishops, priests, and deacons;That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;That there may be justice and peace on the earth.Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;That our works may find favor in your sight.Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;That they may be delivered from their distress.Give to the departed eternal rest.Let light perpetual shine upon them.We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.Let us pray for our own needs and those of others especially:Cleo AndersonJoey BeekerChazetta BlandLorenzo CarterEvans FordAntonio GravesJohnetta MartinMarion RobinsonMary StaffordKimberley BakerRose Marie BellV. Lester BondBessie ClemmonsVivian FoxSuzanne HarrisEzell RobertsLarry SampleCatherine ThropeTerry BakerJourice BishopJuanita CarrollAubrey EscofferyCarman GaydenMary K. JonesThe Roberts FamilySallie SimmonsLarry WilliamsWe pray for all veterans and for those who are currently serving in the militaryespecially:Sgt. Omar Fernandes (Brantley)-United States Air ForceSr. Airman Matthew Heeter- United States Air ForceCaptain Jovonny Carrion-United States ArmyStaff Sgt. Ashley Cole-United States Air ForceChief Warrant Officer 3 Keshar Miller-United States Army Reserve9

O God of all mercy and compassion, hear our prayers in this time of illness andinfection, of isolation, fear, and uncertainty. We pray for the sick, and thoseweighed down by pain, distress, loneliness, and anxiety; and for all who care forthem. We pray for those who have responsibility for public health and socialorder especially all medical staff and hospital workers, medical researchers, socialworkers, all essential workers, and for the leaders of the nations and theirgovernments around the globe that they may make wise decisions in this time ofcrisis. We ask all this and more through your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.SilenceThe People may add their own petitions.The Officiant adds a concluding Collect.Almighty God, to whom our needs are known before we ask: Help us to ask onlywhat accords with your will; and those good things which we dare not, or in ourblindness cannot ask, grant us for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.THE GENERAL THANKSGIVINGAlmighty God, Father of all mercies,we your unworthy servants give you humble thanksfor all your goodness and loving kindnessto us and to all whom you have made.We bless you for our creation, preservation,and all the blessings of this life;but above all for your immeasurable lovein the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,not only with our lips, but in our lives,by giving up our selves to your service,and by walking before youin holiness and righteousness all our days;through Jesus Christ our Lord,10

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.ANNOUNCEMENTSBENEDICTION AND DISMISSALOfficiantThe peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your heartsand minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, beamong you, and remain with you always. Amen.OfficiantPeopleLet us bless the Lord.Thanks be to God.TODAY’S LITURGICAL LEADERSPresider and PreacherThe Reverend Renee L. Fenner,Priest-in-ChargeWorship LeaderMichael WatsonVoice of the PeopleCamryn Moore4520 Lucas and Hunt RoadSaint Louis, Missouri 63121(314) 367-2314allsaintsascension.com11