Online Service Sunday 24th January 2021
Welcome to the Service for the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany: Also available via YouTube
Morning Praise 24th January 2021 – Created and Led by John Page
If watching online - We say together the words printed in bold.
Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.
All: and also with you.
All: Lord God,
we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore to us the joy of your salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
May the Father of all mercies
cleanse us from our sins,
and restore us in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let everything be said and done in the name of the Lord Jesus,
All: giving thanks to God through Jesus Christ.
In our hearts let us sing psalms, hymns and sacred songs:
All: let us sing to God with thankful hearts.
Open our lips, Lord:
All: and we shall praise your name.
The Venite – a Song of Triumph
We all say:
1 O come, let us sing to the Lord; ♦
let us heartily rejoice in the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving ♦
and be glad in him with psalms.
3 For the Lord is a great God ♦
and a great king above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth ♦
and the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it, ♦
and his hands have moulded the dry land.
6 Come, let us worship and bow down ♦
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7 For he is our God; ♦
we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
A hymn may be sung
Ministry of the Word.
Reading: John 2:1-11 -Jesus Changes Water Into Wine
2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
After the reading this response may be used
This is the word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Its hard to imagine this wedding in Cana – today Wedding breakfasts during C19 are discouraged and number’s at a Wedding limited if permitted at all. It would have been very embarrassing for the ‘social committee’ of this wedding in Cana, to allow the wine to run out. So, it is that Mary turns to Jesus to help the people out of their problem.
Jesus answer is not encouraging! He’s almost saying ‘Am I bovvered’ as Catherine Tate might have said. Yet he does respond – and it takes the stewards, the catering committee to work and act and follow the guidelines given to them. Then and only then, the miracle of water into wine takes place.
As we move into yet another period of time when public worship is suspended, I recognise within myself a certain disappointment and fatigue. Structurally and organisationally things have to change but our relationship with God is unaffected by our lack of Common Worship.
This is a lesson that maybe we might have already know , but is certainly brought home by our Lockdown context. Three words are being circulated by our national church leaders about our post Covid 19 church life. They say we need to be smaller, simpler and humbler.
Smaller – It is unlikely the church will be able to continue in the way we did before. We will need to think of what is important and necessary – and what is not.
Simpler – the diocese has lost revenue – and so it will need to restructure thinking about the church institution itself and how we demonstrate what the word ‘Church’ means at its core.
Humbler – we cannot go back, to rewind the DVD of church life as it used to be – tempting as it is.
We need to recall the Water into wine messiah and be obedient to him as our first priority as a Christian – however the wider church structures change in size and shape.
‘I am with you ( N…..) always’ Matt 28v20 – whatever the outward changes to church. Amen
All: I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Prayers of Intercession:
This response is used at the end of each bidding prayer
Online – use at the end of each prayer
Offline – say your own bidding prayers for God’s Church, world and our families
Loving God, we look to you.
All: Receive our prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer: -As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
All: 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.
The Collect, the prayer of the day, is said.
Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. AMEN.
The service ends with the Grace:
All:The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
A service from New Patterns for Worship. Compilation copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2002.