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Due to COVID concerns for our area, we will not gather together in-person outdoors for Holy Eucharist and will instead worship online only for the next few weeks. Your staff continues to prioritize the safety of our most precious resource - the people of St. Alban's - and will continue to reevaluate plans to worship in person.

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
January 17, 2021
Liturgy of the Word, Rite II

Words in bold, italicized print are words of the gathered assembly.
BCP refers to The Book of Common Prayer (1979). Unless otherwise listed, hymns are from The Hymnal 1982. Holy Scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

Gathering Music        Andante religioso                                           Felix Mendelssohn
                                  Dottie Norman, organist/hymn leader
Hymn 7 “Christ, whose glory fills the skies”

1 Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
  Christ, the true, the only Light,
  Sun of Righteousness, arise!
  Triumph o’er the shades of night:
  Dayspring from on high, be near;
  Daystar, in my heart appear.
2 Dark and cheerless is the morn
  unaccompanied by thee;
  joyless is the day’s return,
  till thy mercy’s beams I see,
  till they inward light impart,
  glad my eyes, and warm my heart.
3 Visit then this soul of mine!
  Pierce the gloom of sin and grief!
  Fill me, radiancy divine;
  scatter all my unbelief;
  more and more thyself display,
  shining to the perfect day.

Opening Acclamation
Celebrant:      Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People:              And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
The Collect for Purity
Celebrant:        Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: 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.
The Gloria
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.
Collect of the Day    
Presider:            The Lord be with you.
People:                And also with you.
Presider:            Let us pray.
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Lessons
The First Reading – 2 Samuel 3:1-10
Reader:                A reading from the second book of Samuel.
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. TheLord 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 theLord 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.’
Reader:               The Word of the Lord.
People:                Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Reading – Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
Reader:               The responsorial reading appointed for today is a portion of Psalm 139. We will pray this responsively by whole verse.
1 Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *
       you know my sitting down and my rising up;
       you discern my thoughts from afar.
2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
       and are acquainted with all my ways.
3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
       but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
4 You press upon me behind and before *
       and lay your hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
       it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
12 For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
       you knit me together in my mother's womb.
13 I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
       your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14 My body was not hidden from you, *
       while I was being made in secret
       and woven in the depths of the earth.
15 Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
       all of them were written in your book; *
       they were fashioned day by day,
       when as yet there was none of them.
16 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
       how great is the sum of them!
17 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
       to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.
The Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Reader:               A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.
‘All things are lawful for me’, but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful for me’, but I will not be dominated by anything. ‘Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food’, and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, ‘The two shall be one flesh.’ But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.
Reader:               The Word of the Lord.
People:                Thanks be to God.
Hymn 371 “Thou, whose almighty word” v. 1 and 2

1 Thou, whose almighty word
  chaos and darkness heard,
  and took their flight;
  hear us, we humbly pray,
  and, where the Gospel day
  sheds not its glorious ray,
  let there be light!
2 Thou who didst come to bring
  on thy redeeming wing
  healing and sight,
  health to the sick in mind,
  sight to the inly blind,
  now to all humankind,
  let there be light!

The Holy Gospel – John 1:43-51
Presider:            The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
People:                Glory to you, Lord Christ.
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.’
Presider:            The Gospel of the Lord.
People:                Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Hymn 371 “Thou, whose almighty word” v. 3 and 4

3 Spirit of truth and love,
  life-giving, holy Dove,
  speed forth thy flight!
  Move on the waters’ face
  bearing the gifts of grace,
  and, in earth’s darkest place,
  let there be light!
4 Holy and blessèd Three,
  glorious Trinity,
  wisdom, love, might;
  boundless as ocean’s tide,
  rolling in fullest pride,
  through the world, far and wide,
  let there be light!

The Sermon                                                                                                                                                                                      The Rev. Anne Hoey
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
     the Father, the Almighty,
     maker of heaven and earth,
     of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
    the only Son of God,
    eternally begotten of the Father,
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God,
    begotten, not made,
    of one Being with the Father.
    Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation
        he came down from heaven:
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
        he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
        and was made man.
    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
        he suffered death and was buried.
        On the third day he rose again
            in accordance with the Scriptures;
        he ascended into heaven
            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
        and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
    who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
    With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
    He has spoken through the Prophets.
    We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
    We look for the resurrection of the dead,
        and the life of the world to come. Amen.

                            And now, as our Savior
                                          Christ has taught us,
                                          we are bold to say,
Celebrant and People:
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,
    and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

The Prayers of the People  Form IV, BCP p. 388
Intercessor:          Let us pray for the Church and for the world.
Grant, Almighty God, that all 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
People:                      Hear our prayer.
Intercessor:          Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.
                                          Lord, in your mercy
People:                      Hear our prayer.
Intercessor:          Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.
                                          Lord, in your mercy
People:                      Hear our prayer.
Intercessor:          Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.
                                          Lord, in your mercy
People:                      Hear our prayer.
Intercessor:          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
People:                      Hear our prayer.
Intercessor:          We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.
                                          Lord, in your mercy
People:                      Hear our prayer.
The leader and people say together the concluding prayer
The Prayer Attributed to St. Francis, BCP p. 833
              Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
                            Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
                            where there is injury, pardon;
                            where there is discord, union;
                            where there is doubt, faith;
                            where there is despair, hope;
                            where there is darkness, light;
                            where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
The Recommissioning of the St. Alban’s Community of Hope
When the congregation is called upon, we respond together: We will, with God’s help.
Confession and Absolution, BCP p. 352
Celebrant:              Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
All:                                  Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Celebrant:              Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Peace
Celebrant:              The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:                      And also with you.
Celebrant:              May Christ, the Son of God, be manifest in you, that your lives may be a light to the world; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
Hymn 599 “Lift every voice and sing” v. 1 and 3

1 Lift every voice and sing
  till earth and heaven ring,
  ring with the harmonies of liberty.
  Let our rejoicing rise
  high as the listening skies;
  let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
  Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;
  sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
  facing the rising sun
  of our new day begun,
  let us march on, till victory is won.
3 God of our weary years,
  God of our silent tears,
  thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
  thou who hast by thy might
  led us into the light;
  keep us for ever in the path, we pray.
  Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee;
  lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee;
  shadowed beneath thy hand
  may we for ever stand,
  true to our God, true to our native land.

The Dismissal
Celebrant:              Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People:                      Thanks be to God.
Sending Music  O God, Beyond All Praising                            Anna Laura Page
St. Alban’s Parish Prayer List
Sarah, Chris, Keith A., Gene and Jill B., the Bujan Family,
Rick C., Tanyia C. and Family,
El Buen Samaritano staff, Addison F., Guyanese Community NY, Sheila H.,
Lady C and Tom I., Menchaca Elementary School staff,
Tony and Tina M., Blake N., Nancy P.,
Fairfax R., the family of Fred Rogers, Margaret W., Alex W.,
Jan W., Connie Y.

Ministry Leaders:

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