Sun 24/1/21


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Broadcast & Online services.

Full Morning Prayer with Sermon and Hymns which will be used on ZOOM at 11am to join us email 

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Broadcast and Live-streamed Opportunities for Worship
8.10 am  Radio 4 Sunday Worship for Holocaust Memorial Day 
9.00 am  The Church of England on-line Service marks Christian Unity Week by 'Looking at Difference' and is available from 9.00 am at: Weekly online services | The Church of England
9.30 am A modern style of worship is available from Christ Church Gipsy Hill at: Christ Church Gipsy Hill - Home | Facebook
10.00 am  The Cathedral Eucharist is available from 10.00 am at: Chester Cathedral - YouTube
A wide variety of Book of Common Prayer services are being livestreamed around the country.  These can be accessed through the Prayer Book Society's website at: Online streaming of BCP services - The Prayer Book Society (pbs.org.uk)


A Service of the Word For 
Use on Zoom


OPENING

Leader We come from scattered lives to meet with God. Let us recognise his presence with us.

Silence

Leader As God’s people we have gathered:

All Let us worship him together.


All Lord, direct our hearts, and teach us to pray.  Lift up our hearts to worship you in spirit and truth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


HYMN Hail to the Lord’s anointed


CONFESSION

Leader The grace of God has dawned upon the world with healing for all.
Let us come to him, in sorrow for our sins,
seeking healing and salvation.


All Lord our God,
in our sin we have avoided your call.
Our love for you is like a morning cloud,
like dew that goes away early.
Have mercy on us;
deliver us from judgement;
bind up our wounds and revive us;
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Leader May the God of love
bring you back to himself,
forgive you your sins,
and assure you of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All Amen.

Psalm 128

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn5y_Sj8J58 


Reading Revelation 19: 6 - 10


A Song of Triumph (The Venite)

Leader Come, let us sing to the Lord our God

All raise the roof to the Rock of rescue.


Leader Come into the presence of the Lord with thanks

All raise the rafters with songs of praise.


Leader The Lord is the great God, over all;

All greater than every other power.


Leader He holds the depths of the earth in his hands,

All and the mountain peaks belong to him.


Leader The ocean is the Lords; it was made by God;

All the land was formed by his own hands.


Leader Come, let us bow before the Lord our maker;

All with humble heats we worship God.


Leader The Lord is God and we are his;

All we are the Shepherd’s very own flock

Paraphrase of Psalm 95: 1 - 7

Hymn As man and woman we were made


Reading John 2: 1 - 11



A Sermon for the Third Sunday of Epiphany
Revelation 19: 6 – 10; John 2: 1 – 11


Just imagine the embarrassment.  You’re hosting a wedding, or a special birthday party and somehow the amount of wine needed has been underestimated.   The wine runs out.  It would be a social faux pas if it happened today, but for the unknown bridegroom of Cana, it was far more than that.

Wedding feasts lasted for nights on end.  A lot of wine was needed, and the guests were thirstier than this bridegroom thought they would be.  This is a social faux pas far worse than we can imagine.  Apparently it was not unknown for wedding guests to sue the groom if they did not receive hospitality appropriate to the value of the wedding gift they had given.  

Against this background to Jesus’ performs his first miracle on the third day of his public ministry.  Running out of wine is not a matter of life and death; at worst, the bridegroom would have lived with the social stigma of running out of wine, and a hole in his pocket caused by legal expenses… but it is a memorable first miracle which tells us something important about Jesus and his ministry.

It is no mistake this miracle took place on the Third Day.  John was writing his Gospel after the resurrection; already in Chapter 2, he gives us a hint of resurrection life.  Abundant life which, after the resurrection, can be experienced in unlikely and very ordinary situations.

And what a demonstration of abundance Jesus’ first miracle was.  This is not a few bottles of the very best wine. Here we have enough water being turned into enough wine to fill about 800 bottles with the very best vintage.  There is nothing grudging, or stingy about this miracle.  It overflows with abundant generosity.  The kind of abundant generosity God loves to share with his people.

In the Old Testament, God even challenges us to discover just how abundant his generosity is.  In Malachi 3: 10, God challenges his people to put him to the test by bringing him the full offering so that he might: open the windows of heaven… and pour down an overflowing blessing.

That might be related to money.  Four friends were spending time together just before Christmas.  Down the stairs floated the sound of children’s voices talking about the Christmas presents they were anticipating.  One of the friends began to cry.  They were her children.  There wasn’t enough money to buy even essential food for the family.  Christmas presents were impossible.  The friends prayed, and 3 of them offered to money as a loan to their friend the next day.

One of those friends was in her first job on a low wage, but wanted to loan the amount that the other friends were offering. At lunchtime the next day, she went to the bank and withdrew a quarter of her wages for the month.  She almost skipped back to work with joy at being able to help her friend.  Needless to say the loan was for an unspecified period, but that young woman never had to ask for the money back.  It didn’t make sense, but what remained in the bank was sufficient for her needs.

That is the kind of warm fuzzy story preachers like to use, but could it really happen.  Well, I was that young woman, and yes, it is. I learned a valuable lesson, not just about the importance of generosity in the giving of money, but in offering everything we have to God, and doing so joyfully.  

In the turning of water into wine, we glimpse the sheer abundance of God’s generosity.  A generosity we have already witnessed when we gathered at the manger to gaze at God’s son; a generosity we have glimpsed as we have gazed at the cross on Good Friday; a generosity we glimpse in the resurrection.

When we reflect this kind of abundant generosity in our own lives, and our attitudes towards everyone, we will come to experience, in so many ways, God’s abundant generosity to us.  Not just in this life,but in the abundant life of heaven at the end of our lives. A time when we will take our place at the marriage feast of heave which we glimpse in the Book of Revelation.

There was not a random act that Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding feast on the third day; It was not random that his first miracle is a demonstration of non-essential generosity.  It is glimpse of our own future at the abundant marriage feast in heaven.  A future which will follow when we mirror the generosity of God in our own lives, and share the abundance of resurrection life with those we meet.  Amen.

S Anne Lawson


Hymn   The trumpets sound, the angels sing


Statement of Faith

Leader Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.


All Though he was divine,
he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself
and was obedient to death,
even death on the cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,
and given him the name above every name:
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
and every voice proclaim that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.


Prayers of Intercession

Leader Drawn here by God,
let us bring to him our concerns
for the Church and the world.

We pray that the Church may be
a vibrant sign of God’s life
in every generation and locality,
serving, listening and loving,
with the human face of ordinary people
lit with the brightness of God.

Direct us, Lord:
All and we will follow.

Leader We pray that the world’s attention
may be refocused on what is of lasting value;
that in humility, all in authority
may hear the real needs,
honour them and act on them

Direct us, Lord:
All and we will follow.

Leader We pray that all the households
and neighbourhoods represented here
may be alerted to the signs of glory around them in the ordinary, daily miracles,
and come to welcome Jesus as Lord

Direct us, Lord:
All and we will follow.


Leader We pray that all who are searching for God
may realise his closeness to them;
that wrong lives may be courageously righted,
and damaged lives and attitudes mended.

Direct us, Lord:
All and we will follow.

Leader We pray that the dying may turn to you
and be safely led through that last journey
to the peace and joy of eternal life.
[We give thanks for those who are already seated at the heavenly banquet, remembering especially….]
We pray that we may all one day experience God’s heaven.

Direct us, Lord:
All and we will follow.

Leader We pray that we may become increasingly
aware of God’s amazing love for each
of us, until our hearts are overflowing,
with thankfulness and praise.

Merciful Father,
All accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

© Susan Sayers (Adapted)


The Collect for the Third Sunday of Epiphany

Leader God of mercy
your Son proclaimed the good news to the poor
release to the captives,
and freedom to the oppressed;
anoint us by your Holy Spirit
and set all your people free
to praise you in Christ our Lord.  Amen.

All Amen

Leader Believing the promises of God, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.


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.

Amen.


Hymn Songs of thankfulness and praise


Closing Prayer

All God of power,
may the boldness of your Spirit 
transform us,
may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,
may the gifts of your spirit equip us to
serve and worship you
now and always.  Amen.



HYMNS

Hail to the Lord’s anointed Hail to the Lord's Anointed [with lyrics for congregations] - YouTube

As man and woman we were made Hymn #642: As Man and Woman We Were Made [September 6 2020] - YouTube

The trumpets sound, the angels sing The Trumpets Sound, The Angels Sing Song Lyrics Video - Divine Hymns - YouTube

Songs of thankfulness and praise Songs of Thankfulness and Praise [with lyrics for congregations] - YouTube