The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Prelude on Down Ampney – Henry G. Ley
Connor Scott, guest organist
The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.
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Hymn of Praise
Arise Shine – Music by Ruth Cunningham, shared through Music that Makes Community
I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may
reach to the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6b
O God, open thou our lips.
And our mouths shall show forth thy praise.
Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
The Collect of the Day
The Presider reads ancient prayers that signify our longing for Christ’s
coming, and the coming of God’s reign as we light the candles on the altar. You are invited to light a candle at home with us.
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Wade in the Water – Lift Every Voice And Sing Hymnal #143
We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Following an ancient pattern originally from Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set calendar for what will be read when.
THE FIRST READING:
A Reading from the second book of Kings (2 Kings 2:1-12)
Now the Lord was going to take Elijah up to heaven in a windstorm, and Elijah and Elisha were leaving Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, because the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
The group of prophets from Bethel came out to Elisha. These prophets said to Elisha, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”
Elisha said, “Yes, I know. Don’t talk about it!”
Elijah said, “Elisha, stay here, because the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”
But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So they went to Jericho.
The group of prophets from Jericho approached Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”
He said, “Yes, I know. Don’t talk about it!”
Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, because the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”
But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So both of them went on together. Fifty members from the group of prophets also went along, but they stood at a distance. Both Elijah and Elisha stood beside the Jordan River. Elijah then took his coat, rolled it up, and hit the water. Then the water was divided in two! Both of them crossed over on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “What do you want me to do for you before I’m taken away from you?”
Elisha said, “Let me have twice your spirit.”
Elijah said, “You’ve made a difficult request. If you can see me when I’m taken from you, then it will be yours. If you don’t see me, it won’t happen.”
They were walking along, talking, when suddenly a fiery chariot and fiery horses appeared and separated the two of them. Then Elijah went to heaven in a windstorm.
Elisha was watching, and he cried out, “Oh, my father, my father! Israel’s chariots and its riders!” When he could no longer see him, Elisha took hold of his clothes and ripped them in two.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
THE PSALM (Psalm 50:1-6)
The God of gods has spoken;
God has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty,
God is revealed in glory.
O God, you will come and will not keep silence;
before you there is a consuming flame,
and round about you a raging storm.
You call the heavens and the earth from above
to witness the judgment of your people.
“Gather before me my loyal followers,
those who have made a covenant with me
and sealed it with sacrifice.”
Let the heavens declare the rightness of your cause,
for you alone are judge.
Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
THE GOSPEL READING
The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Mark (Mark 9:2-9)
Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain where they were alone. He was transformed in front of them, and his clothes were amazingly bright, brighter than if they had been bleached white. Elijah and Moses appeared and were talking with Jesus. Peter reacted to all of this by saying to Jesus, “Rabbi, it’s good that we’re here. Let’s make three shrines—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He said this because he didn’t know how to respond, for the three of them were terrified.
Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice spoke from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I dearly love. Listen to him!” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Human One had risen from the dead.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell
Heleluyan Wonder Love and Praise Hymnal # 783
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Prayers of the People
You may add your prayer requests in the comments at any time. Know that people will pray for you.
Let us pray for the Church and for the world.
God of love, we pray for your church: For Michael our Presiding Bishop; Deon, our bishop; for all lay and ordained ministers; and for all who seek you in the community of the faithful. Equip us with compassion and love, to carry out your work of reconciliation in the world. God of love, Hear our prayers for the church.
God of freedom, we pray for our nation, and all the nations of the world: For equity, and peace across barriers of language, color, and creed; for elected and appointed leaders, especially Joseph, our president, Kamala our vice-president and the whole incoming administration, that they would serve the common good. Inspire all people with courage to speak out against hatred, to actively resist evil. Unite the human family in bonds of love. God of freedom, Hear our prayers for the world.
God of peace, we pray for this community: For our local leaders; for our schools and markets; for our neighborhoods and workplaces. Kindle in every heart a desire for equality, respect, and opportunity for all. Give us courage to strive for justice and peace among all people, beginning here at home. We give you thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week, especially Maryanne Coley, Dorothy Midden, Donna Baudendistel, April Powell, Kenny Powell, and Neil Docherty. And for those celebrating anniversaries this week. God of peace, Hear our prayers for this community.
God of grace, we pray for those who have died: For the faithful in every generation who have worked for justice; for prophets who called us to racial reconciliation; for martyrs who died because of hatred; for those who have died of COVID and for all the communion of saints. Make us faithful to your call to proclaim your Good News, by word and example, and bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light. God of grace, Hear our prayers for those who have died.
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.
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.
The Concluding Prayer is followed by the ancient prayer of Saint Chrysostom.
A Prayer of Pauli Murray:
Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear: that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.
The Peace is then exchanged. Consider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.
Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones – Hymnal 1982 #618
The Deacon dismisses the congregation:
Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.
Fantasy on “Dix” – Charles Callahan
Connor Scott – Guest organist
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Marc Smith
Assisting: The Rev. Chester Hines and Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Lectors: Julie Bennett, Lacy Broemel
The Lord’s Prayer: Janice Nihill
Greeters: Courtney Dula, Rudy Walz
Guest Musicians: Connor Scott
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: Andy Ludwig
Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.
The Prayers of the People are adapted from a resource from the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.
The Concluding Prayer is the Collect for the Feast of Absalom Jones, from Lesser Feasts and Fasts