January 16, 2022 | 10 a.m. | Second Sunday after the Epiphany | Morning Prayer

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church | Williamsburg VA

Opening Sentence

I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.   Isaiah 49:6b

Confession of Sin

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God to set forth God’s praise, to hear God’s holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship God, let us begin in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by God’s infinite goodness and mercy.

God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

The Invitatory and Psalter

O God, let our mouth proclaim your praise. And your glory all the day long.  Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:  as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.  

The Holy One is in our midst:  O come let us worship.

Hymn of Praise    Let all things now living

     1   Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving to God the Creator triumphantly raise,

          who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us, who still guides us on to the end of our days.

          His banners are o’er us, His light goes before us, a pillar of fire shining forth in the night.

          Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished as forward we travel from light into light.

     2   His law he enforces, the stars in their courses and sun in its orbit obediently shine;

          The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains, the deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.

          We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing; with glad adoration a song let us raise

          Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving: “To God in the highest, Hosanna and praise!”

Psalm 36:5-10 (in unison)

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, * and your faithfulness to the clouds.

Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep; * you save both man and beast, O LORD.

How priceless is your love, O God! * your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.

They feast upon the abundance of your house; * you give them drink from the river of your delights.

For with you is the well of life, * and in your light we see light.

Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, * and your favor to those who are true of heart.

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

The Word of God

The First Lesson     Isaiah 62:1-5

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. Thanks be to God.

Canticle 11      The Third Song of Isaiah

     Refrain        Arise, shine for your light has come,  and the glory of the Lord is upon you

                        Arise, shine for your light has come,  and the glory of the Lord is upon you

The Second Lesson   1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.  

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. Thanks be to God.

Canticle 9       The First Song of Isaiah

     1   Surely it is God who saves me; trusting him, I shall not fear.

         For the Lord defends and shields me and his saving help is near.

          So rejoice as you draw water from salvation’s living spring;

          in the day of your deliverance thank the Lord, his mercies sing.

     2   Make his deeds known to the peoples; tell out his exalted Name.

          Praise the Lord, who has done great things; all his works his might proclaim.

          Zion, lift your voice in singing; for with you has come to dwell,

          in your very midst, the great and Holy One of Israel.

The Gospel     John 2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.  Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.  Thanks be to God.

Hymn     The Wedding Song                          

The Sermon                                                                                                             The Rev. Lisa Green

     A period of silence follows the sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 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, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. 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. Amen.

The Prayers

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Let us pray.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Show us your mercy, O God;  And grant us your salvation.

Clothe your ministers with righteousness;  Let your people sing with joy.

Give peace, O God, in all the world; For only in you can we live in safety.

Keep this nation under your care;  And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

Let your way be known upon earth;  Your saving health among all nations.

Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;  Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Create in us clean hearts, O God;  And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

The Collects

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  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.

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn     Christ be our light

     1   Longing for light, we wait in darkness.  Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see.

      Refrain:   Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today.

     2  Many the gifts, many the people, many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another, making your kingdom come.  

The Prayers of the People

Prayer Leader:   Clothed in the beauty of Christ, let us approach the Lord with prayers for all peoples.

For the church of Jesus Christ in every place.  Lord, have mercy.

For Susan, our bishop, Cathy and Lisa, our priests, and all who minister in Christ.  Lord, have mercy.

For this holy gathering and for all the people of God.  Lord, have mercy.

For this country, for all nations and their leaders, and for those who guard the peace.  Lord, have mercy.

For all those in danger and need: the sick and the suffering, prisoners, captives, and their families, the hungry, homeless, and oppressed.  Lord, have mercy.

For ourselves, our families, and those we love.  Lord, have mercy.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as Christ loves us.  We pray for Lisa, John, Sue and Scott, Ray, Tom and Vicki, Jan, for St. Vincent’s School, Haiti, and for an end to the pandemic. We pray for the dying and those who have died, and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.  Lord, have mercy.  

Please add your own intentions, silently or aloud.

Remembering our most glorious and blessed Virgin Mary, blessed Martin, and all the saints, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ. To you, O Lord.

Celebrant:   O God, who sent Jesus among us, hear the prayers of your people, and make us into new wine for the glory of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.


Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

Dismissal and Closing

Let us bless the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever.

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God.

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