The Feast of the Holy Name

January 1, 2023

St. Titus’ Episcopal Church

400 Moline Street, Durham, NC 27707

The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis, Interim Rector

The Reverend Sarah Woodard, Parish Deacon

Welcome to St. Titus’ Episcopal Church

Whether you are here for the first time or your family has been part of St. Titus’ for generations, whether you’re here in person or watching online, the Holy Spirit has brought you to this place.We’re glad you’re here! Our Mission and Vision Statements are printed below. You can learn more about this faith community on our website, sttitusdurham.org. Our interim rector, Rev. Alicia or our deacon, Rev. Sarah, would be happy to talk with you about who we are and what we do at St. Titus’. We invite you to join us on our journey of faith.

Our Mission Statement

St. Titus’ is a diverse and growing community committed to walking with Christ by serving others, pursuing justice and welcoming all.

Our Vision Statement

God dreams for St. Titus’ to be sacred ground where all of God’s children experience the unconditional love of Jesus. In faithful response, we will offer Spirit-filled worship where people from diverse backgrounds encounter God. As an intergenerational community, we will deepen our faith through sharing scripture, Christian tradition and our own experience. We will be open and authentic with one another, and respond to the needs of our neighbors with compassion and creativity. Our passion for God’s justice and peace will compel us to become agents for social, political, and economic transformation. St. Titus’ will be Beloved Community.

 10:30 a.m.
CelebrantThe Rev. David Stanford
PreacherThe Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis
DeaconThe Rev. Sarah Woodard
Eucharistic MinisterPatricia Valentine
First LessonYvette Matthews
EpistleDiane Hundley
IntercessorRobyn Furges
Altar GuildHazel Brown, Patricia Valentine
Tech TeamLivio Carnera, Yvette Matthews
UshersValerie Quiett, Kenneth Valentine

The Feast of the Holy Name

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

January 1, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.



Processional Hymn      All hail the power of Jesus name                   The Hymnal 1982 #450

Celebrant       Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People            And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

The Celebrant says

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.

Glory to God                                                                                     LEVAS II #243


            Glory, Glory, hallelujah,

            Lord we praise your Holy name,

            Glory, Glory hallelujah,

            Lord we praise your Holy name.

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.                             



The Celebrant says to the people

The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant       Let us pray.

Collect for the Feast of the Holy Name

Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our

salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our

Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory

everlasting. Amen.

First Reading             Numbers 6:22-27

Reader            A Reading from the Book of Numbers

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall

bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,

The LORD bless you and keep you;

the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.

Reader            The Word of the Lord

People             Thanks be to God

Psalm 8                       Domine, Dominus noster

1 O LORD our Governor, *

how exalted is your Name in all the world!

2 Out of the mouths of infants and children *

your majesty is praised above the heavens.

3 You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *

to quell the enemy and the avenger.

4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *

the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,

5 What is man that you should be mindful of him? *

the son of man that you should seek him out?

6 You have made him but little lower than the angels; *

you adorn him with glory and honor;

7 You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *

you put all things under his feet:

8 All sheep and oxen, *

even the wild beasts of the field,

9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *

and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.

10 O LORD our Governor, *

how exalted is your Name in all the world!

Second Reading        Galatians 4:4-7

Reader            A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Galatians

When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the

law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as

children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,

crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an

heir, through God.

Reader            The Word of the Lord

People             Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn        There’s something about that name      LEVAS II #107

Gospel    Luke 2:15-21

The Deacon says

            The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another,

“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has

made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child

lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about

this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary

treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned,

glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. After

eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the

name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

After the Gospel the Deacon says

The Gospel of the Lord.

People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon                                                                           The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis 

The 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 the course of the silence after each bidding, the People offer their own prayers, either silently or aloud.

I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; for our Bishop Sam; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people.


I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Pray for justice and peace.


I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison.

Pray for those in any need or trouble.

We pray for:

Toby, Ama, Dorothy, Lawrence, Ann, Murphy, Karen, Derek, Walter, Mary, Vivian, Danita, Lionell, Vincent, Howard, Sydney, Carol, Robert, and Beverly


I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of him.

Pray that they may find and be found by him.


I ask your prayers for the departed.

Pray for those who have died.


Members of the congregation may ask the prayers or thanksgivings of those present, saying:

            I ask your prayers for ____

            I ask your thanksgiving for ____


Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored.

Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day.


A Prayer for a Rector Search

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The celebrant adds a concluding collect.

Almighty God, to whom our needs are known before we ask: Help us to ask only what accords with your will; and those good things which we dare not, or in our blindness cannot ask, grant us for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The deacon says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. [The people may stand or kneel.]

[Silence may be kept.]

Minister and 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.

The Priest stands and says

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.

The Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of the Lord.

Welcome and Announcements

The Holy Communion

Offertory Sentence   

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:2

Offertory Hymn         Blessed be the Name!                        LEVAS II  #78

The Great Thanksgiving (Eucharistic Prayer B)

Celebrant       The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant       Lift up your hearts.

People            We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant       Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Because you gave Jesus Christ, your only Son, to be born for us; who, by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, was made perfect Man of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother; so that we might be delivered from the bondage of sin, and receive power to become your children.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Holy, Holy, Holy                                                                                    LEVAS II #255  

Holy, holy, holy, holy,

holy Lord God of hosts,

heaven and earth are full of your  glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in

the name of the Lord, of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna in the highest.

Then the Celebrant continues

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of 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 Savior 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.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or to lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated.

On the night before he died for us, 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, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O 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 may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with St. Titus and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer

(The congregation is invited to raise their hands when singing “For thine is the kingdom”)

The Celebrant says

As our Savior Christ has taught us we are bold to sing

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,

    for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

Celebrant       Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

People             Therefore let us keep the feast.

The Priest invites the people to Communion

The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

Administration of Communion

At the time of communion, you are invited to come forward and receive the bread and wine. The priest will place a wafer in your hand. You may then receive wine either by direct consumption from a chalice (Common Cup) or you may give the wafer to the Eucharistic minister who will dip the wafer in the wine and place the wafer on your tongue. You may also still come forward to receive a blessing. Simply cross your arms over your chest before the priest for the blessing. After receiving communion or a blessing, you may return to your seat.

Communion Hymn      One bread, One body                      LEVAS II #151

For those of you who are participating in this celebration of Holy Eucharist from a different location, we invite you to pray with these words during the distribution of the holy sacrament:

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion             

In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.

Post-communion Prayer

The celebrant says           

Let us pray.

The celebrant and people say together

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Christmas Blessing

The Celebrant says

May Almighty God, who sent his Son to take our nature upon him, bless you in this holy season, scatter the darkness of sin, and brighten your heart with the light of his holiness. Amen.

May God, who sent his angels to proclaim the glad news of the Savior’s birth, fill you with joy, and make you heralds of the Gospel. Amen.

May God, who in the Word made flesh joined heaven to earth and earth to heaven, give you his peace and favor. Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

Recessional Hymn    To the name of our salvation                      The Hymnal 1982 #248

Deacon           Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People             Thanks be to God.



Calling young adults! This new year, a new small group is forming for St. Titus young adults. This will be a quite open form chance for young adults to gather together and share about life experience, pray, and read a small bit from Scripture. Please contact Jenifer Brown (brownjen03@gmail.com) or Henry Kennelly (hbkennelly@gmail.com) if you are interested!

Coffee Hour today sponsored by Greg Jacobs. Thank you, Greg!

Office closed Monday, January 2 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

Support St. Titus’:  If you would like to support our ministries you can make an online donation here by following the QR code or by visiting our homepage: sttitusdurham.org. You can also mail or hand-deliver a check to St. Titus’ at 400 Moline St., Durham, NC, 27707. Thank you

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Leaders Needed for Wednesday Evening Prayer

During Covid, we began streaming Evening Prayer on Wednesdays using Facebook and Zoom. Parishioners are welcome (and needed) to lead Evening Prayer on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Deacon Sarah Woodard, and she will schedule a time to meet with you: sarah.woodard@duke.edu

Upcoming Events

Diocesan Book & Video Study: How to Fight Racism

The Diocese of North Carolina is offering a 10-part video and book study of Jemar Tisby’s second book, How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey toward Racial Justice. Tisby provides a practical framework for pursuing racial justice with hands-on suggestions bolstered by real-world examples of change. The study takes place on Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m. via Zoom. Remaining meeting dates are: January 17, 24 31

This book study is for anyone who believes it is time to stop compromising with racism and courageously confront it. NO COST to attend this event; registration is required. For more information, contact Jenny Beaumont, missioner for adult and lifelong formation, at jenny.beaumont@episdionc.org. Our own Rev. Dr. Althea Alton is one of the leaders of this program.

Annual Parish Meeting with Vestry Election, Sunday, January 22, 2023 after the 10:30 service (one service only that day)

Martin Luther King Service Day Monday, January 16, 2022. Shifts:  9 a.m.-11 a.m.  and from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Duke School for Children located at 3716 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705

Transformation, Renewal and Revival 2023
It’s Stewardship Time!

In this season when we celebrate the greatest gift of all, let us offer to God our gifts of time, talent, and treasure.  Your Vestry has developed a budget for 2023 that allows us to accommodate our search for a new rector but is still conservative. 

Pledge cards are in the mail and will also available in the Narthex this Sunday.  Your faithful and timely response would be greatly appreciated. If at all possible, returning your pledge card in the Offering Plate would be a lovely way to honor our Lord in the season of his birth. If you are traveling over the holidays, please return your pledge card by January 8, 2023.

Clergy & Staff

Interim Rector: The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis              (336) 541-3161       st.titusrevalexis@gmail.com

Deacon: The Rev. Deacon Sarah Woodard             (919) 599-5227       sarah.woodard@duke.edu

Administrator: Vacant                                                                       st.titussecretary@gmail.com

Choir Director: Ramon Holloway                            (919) 886-5325      sainttitusmusic@yahoo.com

Vestry Roster

Senior Warden   Diane Hundley              2022     dianehundley@bellsouth.net

Junior Warden   Keith Bishop                 2023     KeithBishop@keithbishoplaw.com

                        Meisha Davis                 2022     meisha.davis1@gmail.com

                        Marguerite Peebles         2022     apeeblesmarguerit@bellsouth.net

                        Gloria Drew                  2023     gdrew41@att.net

                        Chuck Hennessee           2023     wllmhennessee@aol.com

Treasurer          Mary Hawkins                           st.titustreasurer@gmail.com

Church Organizational Leaders

Altar Guild                                            Hazel Brown                  hazelyb24@gmail.com

Acolyte Warden                                     Vincent Quiett               quiettv@msn.com

Benevolent Team Coordinator                 Willette Crews               willettec@legalaidnc.org

Card Ministry                                        Alexine Miller                alexinemiller@yahoo.com

Communications Ministry                       Mary Hawkins               pisces0835@gmail.com

Episcopal Church Women                      Valerie Quiett                quiettv@msn.com

Episcopal Church Women                      Vickie Miller                  vickiemiller746@yahoo.com

Memorial Garden Warden                       James Barnes                 jbarnl3719@aol

Parish Outreach Coordinator                   Willette Crews               willettec@legalaidnc.org

Parish Outreach Coordinator                   William Hennessee         wllmhennessee@aol.com

St. David’s Usher Guild                          Dwight Peebles              dapeebles@bellsouth.net

Invite.Welcome.Connect Committee        Sarah Woodard              sarah.woodard@duke.edu

Youth Coordinator                                 (open)  

St. Titus’ Episcopal Church

400 Moline St., Durham, NC 27707

 (919) 682-5504


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