Jan3rd 2021 Service

Ante Communion

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:  What child is this?                                      Richard Purvis

 

 

 

Hymn : #100 Joy to the world! Verses 1, 2, 3 and 4             Antioch

The Chancel Choir, recorded 12-24-19

 

Opening Prayers and Collects

 

 

 

The Song of Praise:Hymn #96 Angels we have heard V. 1 and 2                                           The Chancel Choir, recorded 12-24-19

From The Hebrew Scriptures                                    Bill Letzkus

 

Jeremiah 31:7-14

Thus says the Lord:

Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;

proclaim, give praise, and say,
"Save, O Lord, your people,
the remnant of Israel."

See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,

among them the blind and the lame, those with child and
those in labor, together;
a great company, they shall return here.

With weeping they shall come,
and with consolations I will lead them back,

I will let them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;

for I have become a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
and declare it in the coastlands far away;

say, "He who scattered Israel will gather him,
and will keep him as a shepherd a flock."

For the Lord has ransomed Jacob,
and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.

They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,

over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and over the young of the flock and the herd;

their life shall become like a watered garden,
and they shall never languish again.

Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
and the young men and the old shall be merry.

I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.

I will give the priests their fill of fatness,
and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty,

says the Lord.

 

Psalm 84:1-8

1 How dear to me is your dwelling, O Lord of hosts! *
My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

2 The sparrow has found her a house
and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; *
by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.

3 Happy are they who dwell in your house! *
they will always be praising you.

4 Happy are the people whose strength is in you! *
whose hearts are set on the pilgrims' way.

5 Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs, *
for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.

6 They will climb from height to height, *
and the God of gods will reveal himself in Zion.

7 Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; *
hearken, O God of Jacob.

8 Behold our defender, O God; *
and look upon the face of your Anointed.

 

#67 The Truth from above   Traditional, arr. by R. Vaughan Williams

The Chancel Choir, recorded 12-22-19

 

This is the truth sent from above,
The truth of God, the God of love,
Therefore don't turn me from your door,
But hearken all both rich and poor.

The first thing which I do relate
Is that God did man create;
The next thing which to you I'll tell
Woman was made with man to dwell.

Thus we were heirs to endless woes,
Till God the Lord did interpose;
And so a promise soon did run
That he would redeem us by his Son

And at that season of the year
Our blest Redeemer did appear;
He here did live, and here did preach,
And many thousands he did teach.

Thus he in love to us behaved,
To show us how we must be saved;
And if you want to know the way,
Be pleased to hear what he did say.

 

 

 

The Gospel                                                     Luke 2:41-52

The parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem every year for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day's journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety." He said to them, "Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

The Homily                                              The Rev. Paul S. Hunt

The Nicene Creed & Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Prayers of the People                                        Bill Letzkus      

 

 

  

Musical Offering:O Fair Art Thouby Alessandro Grandi (1577-1630)

                                                             Laura Zahn, mezzo soprano

 

O fair art thou, lovely child of Mary.

 

Thine eyes are milder than the turtledove’s.

Thy hair is softer than the fleece of the young lamb.

Thy tiny teeth are whiter far than the white swan.

 

O fair art thou, lovely child of Mary.

Not a rose petal grows as ruddy as thy cheeks are.

Thy two lips are brighter than the berry.

And the touch of thy hands, it is softer than the down of the thistle bloom.

 

O fair art thou, lovely child of Mary.

 

Grievous wounds shall pierce thee.

On thy brow so fair a crown of thorns shall rest.

Thou shalt be hung upon the shameful cross.

 

Lovely, lovely child of Mary, O fair art thou.

 

 

 

Postlude: Resonet in laudibus    by    Hermann Schroeder