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Holy Communion Sunday January 29 2023 - Epiphany 4: “In Moses’ Footsteps: Jesus & Moses in St. Matthew”
Rev.  Alastair Hunting
Rev. Alastair Hunting
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Order of Service with Hymns

Note:  Pg #s refer to the Book of Alternative Services

I am the light of the world, says the Lord. Those who follow me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. ~John 8:12

Processional Hymn: #455 Dear God Compassionate and Kind

Dear God, compassionate and kind,
forgive our foolish ways.
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word,
rise up and follow thee!

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity
interpreted by love!

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.

Welcome & Acknowledgment of Land

Bev Worbets - Creation Care

Call to Worship 
Be still, and know that God is. 
Before creation began, God was.
And when all human striving has ceased, God will still be.
From everlasting to everlasting,
God is God, who alone is worthy to be worshipped.
Let us sing praise to our God. 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  Living God, in Christ you make all things new. Transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Proclamation of the Word   (Led by Doug Shantz)

Hebrew Scripture:    MICAH 6:1-8
PSALM 15     R: The just shall dwell on your holy mountain.
The Epistle:    1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-31

Gospel Hymn:  #439 Blest Are the Pure in Heart

Blest are the pure in heart,
for they shall see our God;
the secret of the Lord is theirs,
their soul is Christ's abode.

The Lord, who left the heavens
our life and peace to bring,
to dwell in lowliness with us,
our pattern and our King,

Still to the lowly soul
his presence doth impart
and for a dwelling and a throne
chooseth the pure in heart.

Lord, we thy presence seek;
may ours this blessing be:
give us a pure and lowly heart,
a temple fit for thee.

The Gospel:    MATTHEW 5:1-12

Homily: “In Moses’ Footsteps: Christian Typology & the Gospels”

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

Prayers of the People    (Led by Nancy Booth)

Confession and Absolution p. 191

The Peace    p. 192

Offertory Hymn:  AM 358 Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
The Holy one is here
Come bow before him now
with reverence and fear
In Him no sin is found
We stand on Holy ground
Be still for the presence of the Lord
The Holy one is here.

Be still for the glory of the Lord
Is shinning all around
He burns with Holy fire
With splendor He is crowned
How awesome is the sight
Our radiant King of light
Be still for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.

Be still for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place
He comes to cleanse and heal
To minister His grace
No work too hard for Him
In faith receive from Him
Be still for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place.

Prayer over the Gifts God of steadfast love, may our offering this day, by the power of your Holy Spirit, renew us for your service. 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:  #60 I Come With Joy

I come with joy, a child of God,
forgiven, loved and free,
the life of Jesus to recall,
in love laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ's communion bread.

As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share,
each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends.

The Spirit of the risen Christ,
unseen, but ever near,
is in such friendship better known,
alive among us here.

Together met, together bound
by all that God has done,
we'll go with joy, to give the world
the love that makes us one.

Prayer after Communion:  Source of all goodness, in this eucharist we are nourished by the bread of heaven and invigorated with new wine. May these gifts renew our lives, that we may show your glory to all the world, 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: #619 Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus, 
ruler of all nature, 
O thou of Godhead’s human son, 
Thee will I cherish, 
Thee will I honor, 
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, 
fairer still the woodlands, 
robed in the blooming garb of spring: 
Jesus is fairer, 
Jesus is purer 
who makes the troubled heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, 
fairer still the moonlight, 
and fair the twinkling starry host: 
Jesus shines brighter, 
Jesus shines purer 
than all the angels heaven can boast.

All fairest beauty,
heavenly and earthly,
wondrously, Jesus, is found in thee;
non can be nearer,
fairer, or dearer
then thou, my Saviour, art to me.

The Dismissal   p. 215