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Holy Communion Sunday January 15 2023 - Epiphany 2 - “Untidy Lives: A Gospel Reflection”
Rev.  Alastair Hunting
Rev. Alastair Hunting
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Order of Service with Hymns

NOTE:  Pg #s refer to the BAS

The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. To all who receive him, he gave power to become children of God. ~See John 1

Processional Hymn:  #5  Christ Who’s Glory Fills the Skies

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise!
Triumph o'er the shades of night:
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
unaccompanied by thee;
joyless is the day’s return
till thy mercy’s beams I see,
till they inward light impart,
glad my eyes and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine,
pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
fill me, Radiancy divine,
scatter all my unbelief;
more and more thyself display,
shining to the perfect day.

Welcome & Acknowledgment of Land

Call to Worship 
Sing praises to God, you faithful, give thanks to God’s holy name!
Weeping may linger for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
God turns our weeping to dancing and clothes us in gladness.
May we praise God & not be silent! Thanks to you O God, forever! 
Amen (Seasons of the Spirit)

(We prepare our hearts for worship in silence)

The Gathering of the Community (Service begins on p. 185)

Kyrie Eleison p. 186

Collect  Almighty God, your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world. May your people, illumined by your word and sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Proclamation of the Word   (Led by Chris Chance)
Hebrew Scripture:    ISAIAH 49:1-7
PS 40:1-12      R: Behold, I come to do your will, O God.
The Epistle:        1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-9

Gospel Hymn:  #431  Take up Your Cross

"Take up your cross," the Savior said,
"if you would my disciple be;
deny yourself, the world forsake,
and humbly follow after me."

Take up your cross; let not its weight
fill your soul with vain alarm;
his strength shall bear your spirit up
and brace your heart and nerve your arm.

Take up your cross, nor heed the shame,
and let your foolish pride be still;
your Lord for you endured to die
upon a cross, on Calv'ry's hill.

Take up your cross, then, in his strength,
and calmly ev'ry danger brave:
twill guide you to a better home
and lead to vict'ry o'er the grave.

Take up your cross and follow Christ
nor think till death to lay it down
for only those who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.

The Gospel:        JOHN 1:29-42

Homily: “Untidy Lives: A Gospel Reflection”

Affirmation of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed     p. 189 (please stand as able)

Prayers of the People    (Led by Doug Shantz)

Confession and Absolution p. 191

The Peace    p. 192

Offertory Hymn: #482  Come and Journey

Come and journey with a Saviour
who has called us from our birth,
who has washed us in the waters,
and who loved us on the earth.

Come and journey, come and journey
with a Saviour who has come.
We are all God's sons and daughters;
in the Spirit we are one.

Come and journey, journey inward,
come and seek him deep within,
where he meets us in our living,
in our striving and our sin.  Refrain

Come and journey, journey outward,
telling others of his name,
telling others of his glory,
of his cross and of the shame.   Refrain

Come and journey, journey outward,
where that cross calls us to care,
where injustice and where hunger
and the poor call us to share.   Refrain

Come and journey, journey upward.
Sing his praises, offer prayer.
In the storm and in the stillness
find his presence everywhere.   Refrain

Come and journey, journey onward;
all our gifts we now shall bring
to the building of a city
that is holy, Christ its King.   Refrain

Prayer over the Gifts Living God, you have revealed your Son as the Messiah. May we hear his word and follow it, and live as children of light. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen 

The Celebration of the Eucharist 

The Great Thanksgiving 

The Lord’s Prayer (sung)        p. 211

The Breaking of the Bread (prayer # 4)     p. 212

Lamb of God (sung) #701 Common Praise
The congregation sings bold text.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
grant us peace.

The Communion (all are welcome to receive communion)

Communion Hymn:  When We Gather at the Table
When we gather at the table
wine is poured and bread is broken.
Then love claims us, offering healing,
we hear welcome, gently spoken.

Jesus offers our thanksgiving
blessing God for life we’re given.
From the earth comes grain to feed us
watered by the rains of heaven.

Word of promise claims attention
earth renewed by God’s designing.
All the creatures join in praises,
God’s intended wholeness finding.

Come, invited, now draw nearer,
join this holy celebration.
Here be strengthened, called to justice,
living now God’s new creation.

Christ, your coming and your hosting
gives us place at widening table
now embracing world and neighbour
Spirit strong, by love enabled.

Prayer after Communion:  God of glory, you nourish us with bread from heaven. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, that through us your light may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Doxology (Old 100th): Praise God from whom all blessings flow! 
Praise him all creatures here below! Praise him above ye heavenly
hosts! Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost! Amen

The Blessing

Closing Hymn:   #312  Sing a New Song

Sing a new song unto the Lord;
let your song be sung from mountains high.
Sing a new song unto the Lord,
singing alleluia.

Yahweh's people dance for joy.
O come before the Lord
and play for him on glad tambourines,
and let your trumpet sound. Refrain

Rise, O children, from your sleep;
your Saviour now has come.
He has turned your sorrow to joy,
and filled your soul with song. Refrain

Glad my soul for I have seen
the glory of the Lord.
The trumpet sounds; the dead shall be raised.
I know my Savior lives. Refrain

The Dismissal    p. 215