YOUR CHURCH ONLINE 2022

UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL, BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY THE VIRGIN, BUCKLAND
SUNDAY 16 JANUARY 2022
THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY
PARISH COMMUNION

The Greeting

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

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.

First Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.1-11 – There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Anthem: O taste and see – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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(The Cambridge Singers conducted by John Rutter)

O taste and see how gracious the Lord is,
blest is the man that trusteth in him.
Words: Psalm 34, v8

Gospel: John 2.1-11 – Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding at Cana

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon

Offertory

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Prayers of Intercession 

In the power of the spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your Son, Jesus Christ, to hear us when we pray in faith.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your love and care for us during these past months of uncertainty, for keeping us in touch with each other, through new and different ways, and for enabling us, during the Christmas holidays. to meet family and friends, remotely or face to face. Guide our leaders, both nationally and locally, to work with the medical authorities and bring us safely to a more open way of life. Give wisdom to all in authority and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and peace, that we may honour one another, and seek the common good. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer                    

We thank you for the guidance we have from Anna, David and Neil in our Churches, and pray for those who, for whatever reason, are unable to meet for worship openly. May we endeavour to be an open and welcoming Christian community, ready to show your love to everyone.  Strengthen all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name, may be united in your truth,  live together in your love and reveal your glory in the world.             Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We thank you for our families and friends, and those who support and help us.  May we be aware of those who may be lonely, or have difficulties they find hard to speak of.  Make us patient and thoughtful of their needs. We bring to you also those who, like at Cana, have taken the step into marriage during these past months. As they adjust to a new way of life, we pray that they will seek your guidance at this important time. We pray too for our young people as they tackle the difficulties of school-life, under the present restrictions, may they be conscious of their responsibilities to each other.  Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours, that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We bring to you, Father, those who are unwell, in hospital, Care homes or being cared for at home. We pray too for all who are coping with the virus, unsure how they have contracted it, and worried about passing this on to elderly family members. Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. Give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.   Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer                                                           

We thank you for the lives of friends and family who have been influential in our upbringing, but are no longer with us. We remember too all who, during this difficult time, passed away without the comfort of having friends and family members close to them. May we remember them, before their illness, in the happy times. Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ, according to your promises, grant us, with them a share in your Eternal Kingdom.  Rejoicing in the fellowship of all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.
Merciful father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Post 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.

Hymn: Songs of thankfulness and praise
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(The Choir of St Edmundsbury Cathedral)

Songs of thankfulness and praise,
Jesu, Lord, to you we raise,
manifested by the star
to the sages from afar;
branch of royal David’s stem
in thy birth at Bethlehem:
Anthems be to thee addrest,
God in man made manifest.

Manifest at Jordan’s stream,
Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;
and at Cana wedding-guest,
in thy Godhead manifest;
manifest in power divine,
changing water into wine;
anthems be to thee addrest,
God in man made manifest.

Manifest in making whole
palsied limbs and fainting soul;
manifest in valiant fight,
quelling all the devil’s might;
manifest in gracious will,
ever bringing good from ill:
anthems be to you addrest,
God in man made manifest.

Sun and moon shall darkened be,
stars shall fall, the heavens shall flee;
Christ will then like lightning shine,
all will see his glorious sign.
all will then the trumpet hear,
all will see the Judge appear:
thou by all wilt be confest,
God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see you, Lord,
mirrored in your holy word;
may we imitate thee now,
and be pure, as pure art thou;
that we like to thee may be
at thy great Epiphany
and may praise thee, ever blest,
God in man made manifest.

Words: Christopher Wordsworth ((1807-1885)
Music: ‘St Edmund’ Charles Steggall (1826-1905)

Blessing

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen
Our worship has now ended, and our service now begins……
Go in the light and peace of Christ.

Organ Voluntary
‘Wie Schon Leuchtet die Morgenstern’ (How lovely shines the morning star) BWV 739 – J S Bach (1685-1750)
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(Organist, Theo Jellema on the organ at Stiftskirche St. Georg, Goslar-Grauhof, Germany which was created by Christoph Treutmann in 1734-1737 and restored to its original state in 1989-92)

We hope you are enjoying the online services which aim to bring the church community together and keep the momentum of faith alive for all generations.
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God Bless.

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