St James, Gatley                                              

Holy Communion

The Second Sunday of Epiphany – 17 January 2021

 

 

The Gathering

 

          In the name of the Father,

          and of the Son,

          and of the Holy Spirit.

All      Amen.

 

          The Lord be with you

All      and also with you.

 

Prayer of Preparation

 

All      Almighty God,

          to whom all hearts are open,

          all desires known,

          and from whom no secrets are hidden:

          cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

          by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

          that we may perfectly love you,

          and worthily magnify your holy name;

          through Christ our Lord.

          Amen.

 

Prayers of Penitence

         

          The grace of God has dawned upon the world

          through our Saviour Jesus Christ,

          who sacrificed himself for us to purify a people as his own.

          Let us confess our sins.

 

All      Most merciful God,

          Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

          we confess that we have sinned

          in thought, word and deed.

          We have not loved you with our whole heart.

          We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

          In your mercy forgive what we have been,                                        

          help us to amend what we are,

          and direct what we shall be;

          that we may do justly,

          love mercy,

          and walk humbly with you, our God.

          Amen.

 

          Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

          Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

          Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

 

          Almighty God,

          who forgives all who truly repent,

          have mercy upon you,

          pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

          confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

          and keep you in life eternal;

          through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All      Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis

 

All      Glory to God in the highest,

          and peace to his people on earth.

          Lord God, heavenly King,

          almighty God and Father,

          we worship you, we give you thanks,

          we praise you for your glory.

          Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

          Lord God, Lamb of God,

          you take away the sin of the world:

          have mercy on us;

          you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

          receive our prayer.

          For you alone are the Holy One,

          you alone are the Lord,

          you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

          with the Holy Spirit,

          in the glory of God the Father.

          Amen.

 

The Collect

 

Almighty 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 heavenly glory;

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.

        

Readings

 

1 Samuel 3.1-10

 

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” ’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’ 

          This is the word of the Lord.

All      Thanks be to God.

Revelation 5.1-10

 

Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’

Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sing a new song:

‘You are worthy to take the scroll

   and to open its seals,

for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God

   saints from every tribe and language and people and nation;

you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God,

   and they will reign on earth.’

 

          This is the word of the Lord.

All      Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

 

John 1.43-end

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

All      Glory to you, O Lord.

 

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

 

          This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All      Praise to you, O Christ.

Reflection

Reflection by Rev Eileen Short

 

Prayers

If you are praying at home you could use the following pattern your prayers…

 

God our Father, we pray for the needs of the world…

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Lord Jesus, we pray for your Church throughout the world…

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Holy Spirit, we pray for our local community…

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of love, we pray for all who are unwell…

We pray by name for Isobel, John, Millie, Sue, Anne, Kath, Mary, Phil, Martina, Christine, Malcolm, Tilly, Norman, Sharon, and all others known to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

God of peace, we commend to you all have died in recent days…

We pray for those whose year’s mind fall this week, remembering from this parish, Doris Thorpe, Thomas Mather, David Pearce

 

You may want to make some personal prayers of your own here

The Peace

          Our Saviour Christ is the Prince of Peace.

          Of the increase of his government and of peace

          there shall be no end.

 

          The peace of the Lord be always with you

All      and also with you.

 

Offertory Prayer

         

          Father, in Christ there has sprung up a light for the righteous;

          accept the offering of your Church

          and grant that Christ may shine in us

          to the praise and glory of your name.

          Amen.

 

The Eucharistic Prayer

 

          If you are praying at home and not following the service online, you can now continue your prayers at the heading ‘Spiritual Communion’ near the end of the service.

         

         

          The Lord is here.

All      His Spirit is with us.

          Lift up your hearts.

All      We lift them to the Lord.

          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All      It is right to give thanks and praise.    

         

          All honour and praise be yours always and everywhere,

          mighty creator, ever-living God,

          through Jesus Christ your only Son our Lord:

          for at this time we celebrate your glory

          made present in our midst.

          In the coming of the magi

          the King of all the world was revealed to the nations.

          In the waters of baptism

          Jesus was revealed as the Christ,

          the Saviour sent to redeem us.

          In the water made wine

          the new creation was revealed at the wedding feast.

          Poverty was turned to riches, sorrow into joy.

          Therefore with all the angels of heaven

          we lift our voices to proclaim the glory of your name

          and sing our joyful hymn of praise:

 

All      Holy, holy, holy Lord,

          God of power and might,

          heaven and earth are full of your glory.

          Hosanna in the highest.

          Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

          Hosanna in the highest.

 

          We praise and bless you, loving Father

          through Jesus Christ, our Lord;

          and as we obey his command,

          send your Holy Spirit,

          that broken bread and wine outpoured

          may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

 

          On the night before he died he had supper with his friends,

          and taking bread, he praised you.

          He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:

          Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

          do this in remembrance of me.

         

          When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.

          Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:

          Drink this, all of you;

          this is my blood of the new covenant,

          which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

          Do this, as often as you drink it,

          in remembrance of me.

         

          So, Father, as we remember all that Jesus did,

          In him we plead with confidence his sacrifice

          made once for all upon the cross.

          Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,

          we proclaim his death and resurrection

          until he comes in glory.           

 

          Great is the mystery of faith:

All      Christ has died:

          Christ is risen:

          Christ will come again.

 

          Lord of all life,

          help us to work together for that day

          when your justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

 

          Look with favour on your people,

          gather us in your loving arms

          and bring us with St. James and all the saints

          to feast at your table in heaven.

 

          Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,

          in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

          all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,

          for ever and ever.

All      Amen.

 

          As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

 

All      Our Father in heaven,

          hallowed be your name,     
          your kingdom come,

          your will be done,

          on earth as in heaven.
          Give us today our daily bread.
          Forgive us our sins

          as we forgive those who sin against us.
          Lead us not into temptation

          but deliver us from evil.
          For the kingdom, the power,

          and the glory are yours now and for ever.
          Amen.

 

Breaking of the Bread

           

          We break this bread

          to share in the body of Christ.

All      Though we are many, we are one body,

          because we all share in one bread.

 

All      Jesus, Lamb of God,

          have mercy on us.

          Jesus, bearer of our sins,

          have mercy on us.

          Jesus, redeemer of the world,

          grant us peace.

 

Giving of Communion

         

          God’s holy gifts

          for God’s holy people.

All      Jesus Christ is holy,

          Jesus Christ is Lord,

          to the glory of God the Father.

 

All      Most merciful Lord,

          your love compels us to come in.

          Our hands were unclean,

          our hearts were unprepared;

          we were not fit

          even to eat the crumbs from under your table.

          But you, Lord, are the God of our salvation,

          and share your bread with sinners.                                           

          So cleanse and feed us

          with the precious body and blood of your Son,

          that he may live in us and we in him;

          and that we, with the whole company of Christ,

          may sit and eat in your kingdom.

          Amen.

 

          If you are following online you could now pray the ‘Spiritual Communion’ prayer below.

 

Prayer after Communion

         

          God of glory,

you nourish us with your Word

who is the bread of life:

fill us with your Holy Spirit

that through us the light of your glory

may shine in all the world.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

All      Amen.

 

All      Father of all,

          we give you thanks and praise,

          that when we were still far off

          you met us in your Son and brought us home.

          Dying and living, he declared your love,

          gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

          May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

          we who drink his cup bring life to others;

          we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.

          Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,

          so we and all your children shall be free,

          and the whole earth live to praise your name;

          through Christ our Lord.

          Amen.

 

Spiritual Communion

 

For those praying at home

 

Lord Jesus, it is not possible for me to share in the sacrament of Holy Communion today, but I want to be united with you and so I receive you into my heart and share in communion with you through the gift of your Holy Spirit. I pray for spiritual nourishment and give thanks that nothing can separate me from your love. Amen.

 

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.
Amen.

 

Blessing

         

          Christ the Son of God perfect in you the image of his glory

          and gladden your hearts with the good news of his kingdom;

          and the blessing of God almighty,

          the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

          be among you and remain with you always.

All      Amen.

 

          Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All      In the name of Christ. Amen.

Gatley VP
St James
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