• St. John's

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Sunday, January 10, 2021)

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Prelude: Blessed Jesus We are Here, J. S. Bach

(please stand as you are able)


Organ Processional: On Jordan’s Bank


The Opening Acclamation

Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.


The Collect for Purity

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.


The Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.


Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.


The Liturgy of the Word


The First Lesson: Genesis 1: 1-5

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Psalm: 29, Afferte Domino

1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, * ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.


2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; * worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.


3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; *

the Lord is upon the mighty waters.


4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; * the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendour.


5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; * the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;


6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, * and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.


7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire; the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; *

the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.


8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe * and strips the forests bare.


9 And in the temple of the Lord * all are crying, "Glory!"


10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; * the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore.


11 The Lord shall give strength to his people; *

the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.


The Second Lesson: Acts 19: 15-7

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— altogether there were about twelve of them.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Gospel Acclamation: Mark 1: 4-11

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

Glory to you, Lord Christ


John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.


The Sermon: The Rev’d. Mark Brown


The Renewal of The Baptismal Covenant

(Please stand as you are able)


Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life. I call upon you, therefore, to renew the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and all his works, and promised to serve God faithfully in his holy Catholic Church.


Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

I do.

Do you believe in God the Father?

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.


Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


Do you believe in God, the Holy Spirit?

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting


Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

I will, with God's help.


Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

I will, with God's help.


Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

I will, with God's help.


Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

I will, with God's help.


Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

I will, with God's help.


May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord

Amen.


The Prayers of the People

With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying "Lord, have mercy."


For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For Andrew, Allen, and Mary, our Bishops, and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For this city of New York and this borough of Staten Island, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For seasonable weather, and for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For those who travel on land, on water, or in the air, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For those on our Parish Prayer List and those suffering from Covid-19, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us, O Lord, by thy grace.

Lord, have mercy.


In the communion of St. John and of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God. To thee, O Lord our God.


Silence; the Celebrant adds a concluding Collect and the people respond.


Amen.


The Confession

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbour.

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 neighbours 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.


The Absolution

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.


The Announcements


Offertory Voluntary: Canzona, Frescobaldi


The Great Thanksgiving II


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 our thanks and praise.


We praise you and we bless you, holy and gracious God, source of life abundant. From before time you made ready the creation. Your Spirit moved over the deep and brought all things into being: sun, moon, and stars; earth, winds, and waters; and every living thing. You made us in your image, and taught us to walk in your ways. But we rebelled against you, and wandered far away; and yet, as a mother cares for her children, you would not forget us. Time and again you called us to live in the fullness of your love. And so this day we join with Saints and Angels in the chorus of praise that rings through eternity, lifting our voices to magnify you as we sing.


The Sanctus

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.


The Celebrant continues:

Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God. To deliver us from the power of sin and death and to reveal the riches of your grace, you looked with favor upon Mary, your willing servant, that she might conceive and bear a son, Jesus the holy child of God. Living among us, Jesus loved us. He broke bread with outcasts and sinners, healed the sick, and proclaimed good news to the poor. He yearned to draw all the world to himself yet we were heedless of his call to walk in love. Then, the time came for him to complete upon the cross the sacrifice of his life, and to be glorified by you.


On the night before he died for us, Jesus was at table with his friends. He took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to them, and said: “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”


As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine. Again, he gave thanks to you, gave it to them, and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”


Now gathered at your table, O God of all creation, and remembering Christ, crucified and risen, who was and is and is to come, we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine, and ourselves, a living sacrifice. Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Body and Blood of Christ.


Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth and make us your new creation, the Body of Christ given for the world you have made. In the fullness of time bring us, with blessed Mary the god-bearer, St John and all your saints, from every tribe and language and people and nation, to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world. Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever.

Amen.


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

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 Breaking of the Bread

God of promise, you have prepared a banquet for us,

Happy are those who are called to the Supper of the Lamb.

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

The gifts of God for the people of God.


The Communion


Note: As mandated by The Bishop, only the Celebrant will administer Communion (Bread Only). The Clergy’s hands have been properly washed and sanitized.

Please wait to be directed.


Communion Voluntary: I Call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ, J. S. Bach


The Post Communion Prayer

Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving 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 honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.


The Blessing


Organ Recessional: I Come the Great Redeemer Cries


The Dismissal

Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit

Thanks be to God.


The Postlude: Prelude in A Minor, J. S. Bach

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