Jan17th 2021 Service
This morning, and for the foreseeable future, our Sunday worship offering will be what is commonly referred to as “Ante-Communion.”
Ante-Communion is the “Pro-anaphora;” “pro” meaning “before” and “anaphora” being the theological word for the 2nd half of our traditional service of Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion. In other words, it is a Eucharist service without the Great Thanksgiving at the altar and the receiving of communion by the people. Ante-Communion includes the first part of the Eucharist service up through the prayers of the people.
It has an ancient tradition in the Anglican/Episcopal church and is authorized for use on Sunday mornings by a priest who can’t have a congregation present.
Also, I want you to know that I, along with all of you, will not be celebrating nor receiving Holy Communion until we can all gather once again and celebrate together.
Pre-Prelude Our Church Family
Prelude: I want Jesus to walk with me
Spiritual, arr. by Thomas H. Kerr, Jr.
Hymn #599 Lift every voice and sing Verses 1, 2, 3
Dan Williams, tenor
1 Lift ev’ry voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list’ning 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 forever 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 forever stand,
True to our God, true to our native land.
Opening Prayers and Collects
Gloria: Hymnal S 280 Robert Powell
From The Hebrew Scriptures Todd Hatton
1 Samuel 3:1-20
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. The Lord 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 the Lord 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.” Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”
Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”
As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
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.
Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen
The Second Reading:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. speech on Thursday, March 25
at the Alabama state capitol.
I know you are asking today, “How long will it take?” I
come to say to you this afternoon however difficult the
moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long,
because truth pressed to earth will rise again.
How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever.
How long? Not long, because you reap what you sow.
How long? Not long. Because the arm of the moral
universe is long but it bends toward justice.
How long? Not long, ‘cause mine eyes have seen the
glory of the coming of the Lord, trampling out the vintage
where the grapes of wrath are stored.’ God’s truth is
marching on. God has sounded forth the trumpets that shall never
call retreat. God is lifting up the hearts of humankind before
God’s judgment seat. Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer God.
Be jubilant, my feet. Our God is marching on.
Sequence Hymn: WLP #812 I, the Lord of sea and Sky
I, The Lord Of Sea And Sky,
I Have Heard My People Cry.
All Who Dwell In Deepest Sin,
My Hand Will Save.
I Who Made The Stars at Night,
I Will Make Their Darkness Bright.
Who Will Bear My Light To Them?
Whom Shall I Send?
Here I Am Lord, Is It I, Lord?
I Have Heard You Calling In The Night.
I Will Go Lord, If You Lead Me.
I Will Hold Your People In My Heart.
I, The Lord Of Snow And Rain,
I Have Borne My People’s Pain.
I Have Wept For Love Of Them, They Turn Away.
I Will Break Their Hearts Of Stone,
Give Them Hearts For Love Alone.
I Will Speak My Word To Them
Whom Shall I Send?
The Gospel John 1:43-51
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 toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get 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.”
The Homily The Rev. Paul S. Hunt
The Nicene Creed & Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Prayers of the People Todd Hatton
Dan Williams, tenor
Songwriters: Paul David Hewson, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Dave Evans
Sleep, Sleep tonight
And may your dreams
If the thunder cloud passes rain
So let it rain, rain on him
Postlude: Choral Joseph Jongen