January 3, 2021 The Second Sunday of Christmas

Holy Eucharist

According to the use of “Enriching Our Worship” Blessed be the one, holy, and living God. Glory to God for ever and ever. Song of Praise: Joy to the World

The Collect of the Day

A Reading from Jeremiah

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

Psalm 84 read in unison.

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.

  • 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.
  • They will climb from height to height, *

and the God of gods will reveal himself in Zion.

  • LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; * hearken, O God of Jacob.
  • Behold our defender, O God; * and look upon the face of your Anointed. 9 For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room, * and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God

than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.

  1. For the LORD God is both sun and shield; * he will give grace and glory;
  2. No good thing will the LORD withhold * from those who walk with integrity. 12 O LORD of hosts, * happy are they who put their trust in you!

A reading from the Letter to the Ephesians.

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

Gospel Song: Love came down at Christmas

Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, Love divine; Love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the sign.

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew The Sermon

A period of silence follows the sermon.

Love shall be our token;

love be yours and love be mine; love to God and others,

love for plea and gift and sign.

Nicene Creed

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, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. 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. Who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who 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.

Prayers of the People

Response            God of Wonder: Hear our prayers.

A period of silence is kept between each petition. Please add your intercessions, either silently or aloud.

The Confession

Silence is kept. 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.

The Absolution

The Peace

The Eucharist

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.

All thanks and praise are yours at all times and in all places…And so as the morning stars sing your praises we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we shout with joy:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The Celebrant continues…

…And so, remembering all that was done for us: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension, longing for Christ’s coming in glory, and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed and human hands have made, we acclaim you, O Christ:

Dying, you destroyed our death. Rising, you restored our life. Christ Jesus, come in glory!

The Celebrant continues…

…Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, we worship you our God and Creator in voices of unending praise.

Blessed are you now and for ever. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

The Breaking of the Bread

Celebrant         We break this bread to share in the Body of Christ.

People             We who are many are one body, for we all share in the one bread.

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion

Holy God: Together with your faithful people gathered at every altar of your Church this day, we offer you thanks and praise. We believe that you are truly present in this Holy Sacrament. Since we cannot at this time receive Communion, we pray you to come into our hearts as we meditate on your Body and Blood. We unite ourselves with you and embrace you with all our hearts, our soul, and our minds. Amen.

Music at Communion: Peace Prayer

Lord make me a means of Your Peace

Where there’s hatred grown

Let me sow Your love

Where there’s injury Lord

Let forgiveness be my sword

Lord make me a means of Your Peace

Post-Communion Prayer

Lord make me a means of Your Peace

When there’s sadness here Let me sow Your joy When the darkness nears

May Your light dispel our fears

Lord make me a means of Your Peace

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with

spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

The Blessing

Closing Song: Hark! The herald angels sing

The Dismissal

Go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit

Thanks be to God.

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