Morning Prayer for the Second Sunday after The Epiphany, January 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Hymns before the service: 

AAHH 131Guide my feet, Lord
H 660O master, let me walk with thee
L 194 Lead me, guide me along the way
H 707 Take my life and let it be

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude:      Lord, I Want to be a Christian                           arr. Diane Bish (b. 1941)

Opening Sentence

I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.

Isaiah 49:6b

Confession of Sin

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

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.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.  Amen.

The Invitatory and Psalter

V: Lord, open our lips.
R: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

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.

Alleluia.

Antiphon   

The Lord has shown forth his glory:  

Come let us adore him

Jubilate Psalm 100

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

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 Lessons

The Old Testament
A reading from 1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)

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.” [Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”

As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.]

Here ends the reading.

The Response
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17

Domine, probasti

1 Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.

3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4 You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.

5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

12 For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

13 I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

14 My body was not hidden from you, *
while I was being made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.

15 Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
all of them were written in your book; *
they were fashioned day by day,
when as yet there was none of them.

16 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
how great is the sum of them!

17 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.

The Epistle 
A reading from 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

Here ends the reading.

The Gospel

A reading from John 1:43-51

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.” 

Here ends the reading.

The Sermon                                                                                                    The Rev. Stephanie Yancy

Music Meditation:  We Shall Overcome, Traditional                                  Faith Jones, Soprano

The Apostles’ Creed

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

V: The Lord be with you.
R: And also with you.
Let us pray.

Our Father, which 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 debts,

as we forgive our debtors;

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil;

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

Forever.  Amen.

Solidarity Litany

Creating God, you made us for your purpose in this world.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.

Healing Jesus, you showed us the way of love.

Lord, help us follow in your footsteps.

Guiding Spirit, accompany us on this journey as we walk through our neighborhood today.

Lord, guide our steps.

Holy Trinity, One God, you reveal your love for us as a diverse people, and yet one in unity.

Lord, let us truly love our neighbors as you love us.

Help the people of St. Titus’ embrace our history and preserve our legacy of helping our neighbors.  Stir our hearts to truly know our community’s people.

Lord, help us to embrace our rich heritage as we look forward to the change the future will bring.

To our neighbors, old and new, hurting and grieving, we pledge our ministry of holy presence.  We are One as God’s people. Our arms are open to embrace and welcome you.

Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear the needs and concerns of others and give us willing hands and hearts to respond in love.

The tragic and unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless people of color have brought us to this moment of crisis.  We are confronted once again by the sins of racism and racial injustice.

Lord, help us to honestly repent of the sins we have committed, far too often by our silence and indifference.  Create in us new hearts, Lord, that will make no peace with oppression and will tirelessly work to effect true liberty and justice for all.

Be our strength in this time of trial.  Be our hope for the world of love and peace that you intended for us.

Lord, inspire us to seize this moment, this opportunity to love justice, practice mercy and compassion and to walk humbly with you and our neighbors.

We long to see people of all races, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds –your entire human creation-become one, rising together, standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity for equality and justice for all, praying, singing, protesting, marching and witnessing together for the coming of a new day.

Lord, help us to envision and strive for a brighter tomorrow and to advocate for meaningful and lasting change.

We see our faces in another American mirror – glimpses of the best of who we are and what we can be as your faithful, courageous people struggling to be born new.

Lord, give us ears to listen to what is beyond the words; help us to be honest with ourselves and others; help us to act with integrity and an abiding sense that we cannot be free ourselves until each and every one of us is truly free.

Empower us to seize opportunities to repent, reconcile, and work to realize your justice by confronting this ever-present sin of racism and to resolve to find ways to eradicate it forever. Help us to fearlessly and honestly face our racial history and our racial present and to commit our hearts and souls to leaving a legacy of racial justice and harmony for our children. 

Enable us, Lord, to discern how to live together, to genuinely love one another, and to effect and embrace the change that is past due.  Open our hearts to hear the cries of your people everywhere—cries for mercy, justice, equality, and freedom.  These are the cries that you have affirmed from the beginning—that Black Lives Matter.

In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.

Amen.   

Collect for the Day

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Lord our God, see how oppression and violence are our sad inheritance, one generation to the next. We look for you where the lowly are raised up, where the mighty are brought down. We find you there in your servants and we give you thanks this day for your preacher and witness, Martin Luther King, Jr. Fill us with your spirit: where our human community is divided by racism, torn by repression, saddened by fear and ignorance, may we give ourselves to your work of healing. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Mission

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving  

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to 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 love
in 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 you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

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

Postlude:  We are Called                                                                                       David Haas (b. 1957)

We Are Called

Come! Open your heart!

Show your mercy to all those in fear!

We are called to be hope for the hopeless

So hatred and blindness will be no more!

We are called to act with justice,

We are called to loved tenderly,

We are called to serve one another,

To walk humbly with God!

Sing! Sing a new song!

Sing of that great day when all will be one!

God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other

As sisters and brothers united in love!

Words: David Haas (Mic. 6:8)

Music: David Haas (b. 1957) arr. SF Stedman

You are invited to Coffee Hour immediately 

following the service using this zoom link.

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