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Holy Communion Sunday January 22 2023 - (Week of Prayer for Christian Unity) Ephipany 3: “A Divided Gospel?: A Reflection on Christian Unity”
Rev.  Alastair Hunting
Rev. Alastair Hunting
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Order of Service with Hymns

NOTE: Pg #s refer to the BAS

Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom and healed every infirmity among the people. ~see Matthew 4:23

Processional Hymn: #453  Living Lord of Love’s Dominion

Living Lord of Love's dominion, 
sovereign Savior, bless you Church 
call us still as you disciples- 
loving, serving, while we search.
Gathered: feed our deepest being 
prophet's truth and godly nerve;
scattered: let our lives' fruition 
nourish others while we serve.

Visit towns and inner cities, 
penetrate our steel and stone
with a love that melt our coldness, 
making mission here our own.
We will seek you, love transfigured, 
in our neighbor's need until 
deep with in our daily service 
love draws forth our utmost skill.

With your bread, your wine, your Spirit, 
nurture, us for your intent;
let your will be our vocation 
lived as song and sacrament.
May compassion lead to service 
till we join the saints above;
grant us hope for each tomorrow; 
fill our faith with vibrant love!

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, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Proclamation of the Word   (Led by Jessie Scott)
Hebrew Scripture:    ISAIAH 9:1-4
PSALM 27:1, 5-13; R: The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The Epistle:        1 CORINTHIANS 1:10-18

Gospel Hymn:  # 430  Will you Come and Follow Me

Will you come and follow me 
if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know 
and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? 
Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown 
in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind 
if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind 
and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare 
should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer 
in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see 
if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free 
and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean 
and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean 
in you and you in me?

Will you love the "you" you hide 
if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside 
and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found
 to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound 
in you and you in me?

Lord your summons echoes true 
when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you 
and never be the same.
In Your company I'll go 
where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow
in you and you in me.

The Gospel:        MATTHEW 4:12-23

Homily: “A Divided Gospel?: A Reflection on Christian Unity”

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

Prayers of the People    (Led by Tim Ray)

Confession and Absolution     p. 191

The Peace    p. 192

Offertory Hymn: # 435 Take My Life, and Let it Be

Take my life and let it be 
consecrated, Lord, to Thee
Take my moments and my days, 
let them flow in ceaseless praise

Take my hands and let them move
 at the impulse of Thy love
Take my feet and let them be 
swift and purposeful for Thee

Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from Thee
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose

Take my will and make it Thine, 
it shall be no longer mine
Take my heart, it is Thine own, 
it shall be Thy royal throne

Take my love, my Lord I pour 
at Your feet, it's treasure store
Take myself and I will be 
ever, only, all for Thee

Prayer over the Gifts  Loving God, before the world began you called us. Make holy all we offer you this day, and strengthen us in that calling. 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

Agnes Dei (sung) O Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us…

The Communion (all are welcome to receive communion)

Communion Hymn:  # 57 Thou, Who at Thy First Eucharist

Thou, who at thy first eucharist didst pray
that all thy church might be for ever one,
grant us at every eucharist to say
with longing heart and soul, "Thy will be done."
O may we all one bread, one body be,
through this blest sacrament of unity.

For all thy church, O Lord, we intercede;
make thou our sad divisions soon to cease;
draw us the nearer each to each, we plead,
by drawing all to thee, O Prince of Peace.
Thus may we all one bread, one body be,
through this blest sacrament of unity.

So, Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease,
may we be one with all thy church above,
one with thy saints in one unbroken peace,
one with thy saints in one unbounded love;
more blessed still, in peace and love to be
one with the Trinity in Unity.

Prayer after Communion:  Gracious God, our hands have taken holy things; our lives have been nourished by the body of your Son. May we who have eaten at this holy table be strengthened for service in your world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. 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:  # 484 In Christ there Is No East or West

In Christ there is no east or west,
in Christ no south or north,
but one great fellowship of love
throughout the whole wide earth.

In Christ shall true hearts ev’rywhere
their high communion find.
whose service is the golden cord
close-binding humankind.

Join hands, disciples of the faith,
whate’er your race may be;
who serves my god in truth and love
is surely kin to me.

In Christ now meet both east and west,
in Christ meet south and north.
All faithful souls are joined as one
throughout the whole wide earth.