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The Revd Philip Cochrane
The Revd Philip Cochrane
Sunday, January 2, 2022
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We welcome all and especially newcomers and visitors, whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith. Whenever you see this sign, + before a word or text, you are invited to make the sign of the cross. 

GATHERING THE COMMUNITY

The clergy will enter and kneel to pray. At this point, please move to your seats and conclude conversations quietly. The celebrant then welcomes the gathering informally. 

The Greeting

The celebrant makes the Territorial Acknowledgement.

Celebrant  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. 

All   And also with you. 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant  Let us pray.

The community prays in silence.

Celebrant  Eternal God, who by a star led wise men to the worship of your Son, guide by your light the nations of the earth, that the whole world may know your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

All  Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

Celebrant   Let us prepare ourselves for the Word of God as it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scriptures.

All  Our hearts and minds are open.

First Reading                                                                                     

Reader   A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses' arms. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.                                                                 ISAIAH 60:1-6 

Reader   Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. 

All  Thanks be to God.

Musical Interlude.

Second Reading                                                                              

Reader   A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS

This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles - for surely you have already heard of the commission of God's grace that was given me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God's grace that was given me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the  boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.                EPHESIANS 3:1-12 

Reader   Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. 

All   Thanks be to God.

Musical Interlude. At the conclusion, please stand as you are able for….

The Gospel                                                                                         

Reader  The Lord be with you. 

All   And also with you.

Reader  +The Holy Gospel of Jesus the Christ according to Matthew.

All   Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ. 

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." When King     Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel. '" 

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.                                                             MATTHEW 2:1-12 

Reader   The Gospel of Christ.

All   Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Sermon                                                                                                        

Affirming Our Faith (The Apostles’ Creed)

Celebrant  Let us give voice to our convictions  and substance to our hopes.

All   I 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 Spirit  and 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,  the communion of saints,  the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,  and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers of the People                                                             

Confession and Absolution

Deacon   Dear friends in Christ, God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy;  God welcomes sinners and invites us to this table.  Let us confess our sins, confident in God’s forgiveness. 

We keep a moment of quiet for reflection.

Deacon    Most merciful God,

All    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 neighbours 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 upon you,  +pardon and deliver you  from all your sins,   confirm  and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our  Lord.

All    Amen.

The Peace

Celebrant   Our Saviour Christ is the Prince of Peace. of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end.

All   And also with you.

The deacon will informally give directions.

CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST

The deacon prepares the table.

Prayer over the Gifts

Celebrant   Let us pray

The community prays in silence.

Celebrant  Gracious God, accept the offering of your Church, the hearts of your people
 joined in praise and thanksgiving, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. 

All   Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving 

Celebrant  The Lord be with you.

All  And also with you.

Celebrant   Lift up your hearts.

All   We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

All   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant   Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth;  you have revealed your eternal plan of salvation, and have shown your Son Jesus Christ to be the light of all peoples. Therefore with angels and archangels we raise our voices in joyful praise to proclaim the glory of your name.

Sanctus  (said)

 Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant  We give thanks to you, Lord our God, for the goodness and love you have made known to us in creation; in calling Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus your Son.

For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Saviour and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us  out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness,  out of death into life.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, a death he freely accepted, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “ Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 After supper he took the cup of wine;  and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

 Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

 Therefore, Father, according to his command,

All  we remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory;

Celebrant  and we offer our sacrifice  of praise and thanksgiving to you, Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation,  this bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts, that they may be the sacrament of the body of Christ and his blood of the new covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we, made acceptable in him, may be sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

 In the fullness of time,  reconcile all things in Christ,  and make them new, and bring us to that city of light where you dwell with all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation;  by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.

All  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (said) 

Celebrant   Now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, and each in the language in which you pray, we are bold to say, 

All  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,  your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins  as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread  

The celebrant breaks the consecrated bread. 

Celebrant   Be present, be present, Lord Jesus Christ,  crucified and risen;

All            make yourself known  in the breaking of bread.

The Invitation

Celebrant  This is the table, not of the righteous, but of the poor in spirit. It is made ready for those who love God and who want to love God more. So come, you who have much faith and you who have little, You who have been here often and you who have not been for a long time or ever before, You who have tried to follow and all of us who have failed. Come, not because the Church invites you; It is Christ who invites you to be known and fed here.

The gifts of God for the people of God 

All  Thanks be to God.

The Communion

Everyone is invited to share in the communion through receiving the bread or, if preferred,  a prayer of blessing.  Communion is shared according to local COVID-19 protocols.

THE CONCLUDING RITE

Prayer  After Communion

Celebrant  Let us pray. 

The community prays in silence. 

Celebrant  God of all the nations of the earth,

All  guide us with your light. Help us to recognize Christ as he comes to us in this eucharist and in our neighbours. May we welcome him with love, for he is Lord now and for ever. Amen.

Celebrant Glory to God,

All  whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or  imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in  Christ Jesus  for ever and ever.   Amen.

Announcements

Blessing of the Chalk

Celebrant   Our help is in the name of the Lord. 

All   Who has made heaven and earth.

Celebrant   The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in: 

All   From this time forth for evermore. 

Celebrant  Let us pray. 

 May God, who provided a safe dwelling place for the eternal Word, bless this  chalk, the homes of the faithful, and the people who live there, through Christ  our Lord. Amen. 

See Announcement Bulletin for a resource on how to use the chalk and home prayers.

The Blessing

Celebrant   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 of God almighty, the  Father, the Son, and  the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. 

All  Amen.

The Dismissal 

Deacon  Let us go forth to serve the world as those our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

All    Thanks be to God.

 

 

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