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Holy Eucharist, Rite II (January 28, 2024)

January 28 2024 Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
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The Holy Eucharist




Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

And blessed be His kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

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.


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 Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Moses said: The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from

among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you

requested of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when

you said: “If I hear the voice of the LORD my God any more, or ever again see

this great fire, I will die.” Then the LORD replied to me: “They are right in what

they have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their

own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak

to them everything that I command. Anyone who does not heed the words

that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. But

any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to

speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to

speak—that prophet shall die.”

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Confitebor tibi

1 Hallelujah!

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, *

in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.

2 Great are the deeds of the LORD! *

they are studied by all who delight in them.

3 His work is full of majesty and splendor, *

and his righteousness endures for ever.

4 He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *

the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

5 He gives food to those who fear him; *

he is ever mindful of his covenant.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works *

in giving them the lands of the nations.


7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *

all his commandments are sure.

8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *

because they are done in truth and equity.

9 He sent redemption to his people;

he commanded his covenant for ever; *

holy and awesome is his Name.

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; *

those who act accordingly have a good understanding;

his praise endures for ever.


Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess

knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to

know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone

who loves God is known by him.

Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the

world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.” Indeed, even though

there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are

many gods and many lords— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from

whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ,

through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have

become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat

as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.

“Food will not bring us close to God.” We are no worse off if we do not eat,

and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not

somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if others see you, who

possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their

conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to

idols? So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are

destroyed. But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound

their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a

cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of

them to fall.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came,

he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his

teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he

cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come

to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked

him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit,

convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all

amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new

teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they

obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding

region of Galilee.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

THE SERMON: The Rev. Hank Tuell


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.


God of heaven and earth, through Jesus Christ you promise to hear us when

we pray to you in faith with thanksgiving.

We pray for one another, for our families and friends, through whom we learn

to love and to be loved. Thank you for all who care for us. Give us grace to

serve Christ by serving our neighbors and our community, loving others as he

loves us.


We thank you for the unfailing love you hold out to everyone in Jesus Christ.

Comfort and heal those in sorrow, need, sickness or any other trouble,

especially those on our parish prayer list, including Jonathan Larsen, Nancy

Larsen, Steven Lemmel, Timothy Lewis, Carl Mariso, Florence Mariso, Brendan

Moran, Brian Orlick, Joan Paravati, Joseph Pignatelli, Kimberly Phillips, Lynn

Phimister, Michael Polito, Kayden Ash Quintana, Diane Ritching, Robert Ross,

Angelina Sacristan, Lindsay Scarangello, John and Sharon Schrag, Marilyn

Shields, Jennifer Sprosty, Christopher Still, James Sutler, Michael Sutler, Elisse

Torchio, Darleene Vesci, Tina Watson, Rose Wakie-Couchon, and all those on

our prayer list.

Give them courage and hope in their distress, and bless those who minister to



We remember with gratitude your many gifts to us in creation and the rich

heritage of this nation. Help us and people everywhere to share with justice

and peace the resources of the earth. Give wisdom to those in authority

among us and to all leaders of the nations.


We pray for your Church throughout the world, thanking you for all who serve

Christ and his kingdom. Today we especially remember the Junior and Senior

Wardens and members of the Vestry of our parish. By your Spirit strengthen your

people for their work and witness in the world. Unite us in your truth and love,

that we who confess your name may also reflect your glory.


We remember with thanksgiving all who have died in Christ, and we rejoice at

the faithful witness of your saints in every age, praying that we may enter with

them into the unending joy of your heavenly kingdom.


Concluding Collect

Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the Name of your Son: Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as you know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

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.

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.



The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.




The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to

you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with

all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of

your Name:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord

God of power and might.

Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest

Blessed is He who come in the name of the Lord

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest,.

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have

made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your

Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh,

Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the

Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have

delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you

have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death

into life.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when

he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said,

“Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance

of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he 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. Whenever you

drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues:

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all;

presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they

may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new

Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable

through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all

things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country

where, with the Virgin Mary, Saint John and all your saints, we may enter the

everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our


By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and

glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. Amen

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to sing,



Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.




Let us pray.

Almighty and ever living God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.




The Mass is ended. Our service now begins. Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

Thanks be to God.

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