St. Chris Weekly

Second Sunday After Epiphany

January 17, 2021

Holy Eucharist, Rite II



Processional Hymn

Hymnal 1982 #660              “O Master , Let Me Walk With Thee”


1 O Master, let me walk with thee

   in lowly paths of service free;

   tell me thy secret; help me bear

   the strain of toil, the fret of care.


2 Help me the slow of heart to move

   by some clear, winning word of love;

   teach me the wayward feet to stay,

   and guide them in the homeward way.


3 Teach me thy patience; still with thee

   in closer, dearer company,

   in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,

   in trust that triumphs over wrong,


4 in hope that sends a shining ray

  far down the future's broadening way,

  in peace that only thou canst give,

  with thee, O Master, let me live.

Celebrant   Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All               And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever.  Amen.       


Celebrant    Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known and from whom 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. 

All               Amen.


8:00 AM Glory to God

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.


Glory to God              “Mass for Grace”   Carl Haywood       
LEVAS #243

Refrain        Glory, glory, halleluiah, Lord we praise your Holy Name.
                    Glory, glory, halleluiah, Lord we praise your Holy Name.
        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.       Refrain
        You take away the sins 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.
        Glory, glory, halleluiah, Lord we praise your Holy Name.
        Glory, glory, halleluiah, Lord we praise your Holy Name.  Amen. 


 The Collect of the Day  

Celebrant      The Lord be with you.

Response     And also with you.

Celebrant       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.

First Reading:  1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)

     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.]  


Lector         The Word of the Lord

All               Thanks be to God

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.

Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 6:12-20

     “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial.  “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.  “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other.  The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power.  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?  Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute?  Never!  Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her?  For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.”  But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.  Shun fornication!  Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself.  Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body. 


Lector         The Word of the Lord

All               Thanks be to God


Praise Before the Gospel  

LEVAS # 129                 “I am Thine, O Lord”


1 I am thine, O Lord, I have heard thy voice,

  And it told thy love to me;

  But I long to rise in the arms of faith,

  And be closer drawn to thee.



   Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed lord,

   To the cross where thou has died,

   Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

   To thy precious bleeding side.  Refrain


2 Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord,

   By the pow’r of grace divine;

   Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,

   And my will be lost in thine.  Refrain


3 Oh, the pure delight of a single hour

   That before thy throne I spend,

   When I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God,

   I commune as friend with friend!  Refrain


4 There are depths of love that I cannot know

   Till I cross the narrow sea;

   There are heights of joy that I may not reach

   Till I rest in peace with thee.  Refrain

Celebrant   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to John                  

All               Glory to you, Lord Christ.  


The Holy 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.” 


Celebrant       The Gospel of the Lord.

Response      Praise to you, Lord Christ.    

Gospel Acclamation

Walk in the light, beautiful light

Walk where the dew drops of mercy shine bright

Shine all around us, by day and by night

Jesus the light of the world



The Nicene Creed                                                                BCP p. 358


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: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.  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.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.  He 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.  

The Prayers of the People

The Leader and People pray responsively.  The People’s responses are in bold type.


Let us pray for our own needs and those of others, especially those on our prayer list.

Silence is kept while individuals add their own petitions in their hearts.


Almighty God, bless and guide our bishops, priests, deacons and other ministers and all your faithful people. Grant wisdom, grace and strength to Presiding Bishop Michael, to our Bishops, Mariann and Chilton; to the leaders of the Diocese; to the Diocesan staff; to Pastor Melana, Father Elliott and Deacon Ebele, our clergy; to Chaplain Rachelle; to our Vestry, to Pauline, Mike and Robert, James, Emilia, Howard, Rachelle and Carmen; to Pastor Rudy and the people of Cristo Viene Ya.  

That you will bless, protect and strengthen them; and equip them for their work.


We pray that Christ may be seen in the life of the Church.
You have called us into the family
of those who are the children of God.
May our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ
be strengthened by your grace. 
Jesus, Lord of the Church, in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be a temple
where the Holy Spirit can dwell.
Give us clean hands and pure hearts
so that our lives will reflect your holiness.
Jesus, Lord of the Church, in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be a light to the world,
so that those in darkness come to you.
May our lives shine as a witness
to the saving grace you have given for all.
Jesus, Lord of the Church, in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be members of your body,
so that when one suffers, all suffer together.
We ask for your comfort and healing power
to bring hope to those in distress.
Jesus, Lord of the Church, in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be the Bride,
where you, Lord, are the Bridegroom.
Prepare us for the wedding feast,
where we will be united with you for ever.
Jesus, Lord of the Church, in your mercy hear us.

Jesus, Lord of the Church,
you have called us into fellowship with all your saints.
We unite our prayers with theirs
and ask for grace to serve you with joy
where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for all eternity.  Amen. 


A Collect for Grace

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Almighty God, by the hand of your servant Moses you led your people out of slavery,

and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


For Social Justice

Grant, O god, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatred cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer For Our Nation                                    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

Almighty God, ruler of all the peoples of the earth,

forgive, we pray, our shortcomings as a nation;

purify our hearts to see and love truth;

give wisdom to our leaders

and steadfastness to our people;

and bring us at last to the fair city of peace,

whose foundations are mercy, justice and goodwill,

and whose builder and maker you are;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A Prayer in Time of Pandemic                 The Rev. Dr. Kate Sonderegger

This hour we turn to you, O Lord, in full knowledge of our frailty, our vulnerability, and our great need as your mortal creatures. We cry to you, as one human family, unsure of the path ahead, unequal to the unseen forces around us, frightened by the sickness and death that are all too real to us now. Stir up your strength and visit us, O Lord; be our shield and rock and hiding place! Guide our leaders, our scientists, our nurses and doctors. Give them wisdom and fill their hearts with courage and determination. Make even this hour, O Lord, a season of blessing for us, that in fear we find you mighty to save, and in illness or death, we find the cross to be none other than the way of life. All this we ask in the name of the One who bore all our infirmities, even Jesus Christ our Risen and Victorious Lord.  Amen.

For the Bereaved

Gracious God, surround us and all who are mourning with your continuing compassion.  Do not let grief overwhelm your children, fracture their families, or turn them against you.  When grief seems never-ending, take them one step at a time along your road of death and resurrection in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A Prayer for Doctors, Nurses and other Medical Personnel                  

Sanctify, O Great Physician, all those whom you have called to the study and practice of medicine, to battling disease and pain. Strengthen them each day by your life-giving Spirit; shoulder their burdens; protect them and their families by the power of your Name.  Return to them thirty, sixty, one hundred fold what they are sacrificially giving.  By their ministries may the sick be made well, the health of the community be promoted and your creation be blessed; through the might of Jesus Christ.  Amen.


A Prayer for Essential Personnel

Almighty God, we give thanks for all those who serve the needs of our community, sometimes at great risk to themselves.  We remember our government officials; police officers; firefighters; military; morticians; counselors; grocery store workers; pharmacy staff; delivery people; sanitation workers; postal employees; and those who care for the homeless, the abused and the neglected.  Protect them and their families under the shadow of your wings.  Refresh them when they are weary; strengthen them when they are anxious or afraid.  Remind us to value, thank and support them.  Grant that what they give out be returned to them abundantly, good measure, pressed down and running over into their laps, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


For the Unemployed and the Poor

Gracious Lord, we hold before you those who have lost their jobs or are otherwise unable to supply their basic needs.  Guide individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to value these our neighbors and to care for them while we are caring for ourselves.  Remind us that to serve the least is to serve you, and bend our practices towards love and justice.  Fulfill you word that the poor are blessed because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Concluding Collect

Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

Confession of Sin

Celebrant       We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins. 

Silence may be 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. 


Absolution/Forgiveness of Sin

Celebrant     Almighty God have mercy upon 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

Celebrant     The peace of Christ be with us always.

All                And also with you.


Welcome and Blessing of Visitors



LEVAS #56          “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow” 


                   Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

                   Praise God all creatures here below;

                   Praise God above ye heavenly host.

                   Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.


                   God of life, Savior of the poor, receive with our offering gratitude

                   for your goodness, penitence for our pride and dedication to your                    

                   service through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer B              BCP p. 367


Celebrant        The Lord be with you.                                                                                 

Response      And also with you.

Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

Response      We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Response      It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Celebrant        It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to                              you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Because you sent your                                        beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of                                  everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to
                        judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing.

                       Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with                           all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of                             your Name:

Celebrant and People

                      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.

Then the Celebrant continues

                     We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made                               known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word                               spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your                             Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be                       the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and                       made us worthy to stand before you.

                     In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness,                           out of death into life.

                     On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he                         had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat:

                    This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."

                    After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to                          them, and said, "Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which                        is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do                        this for the remembrance of me."

                   Therefore, according to his command, O Father,


                   Celebrant and People

                   We remember his death,

                   We proclaim his resurrection,

                   We await his coming in glory;

                   And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all;

                   presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

                   We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may

                   be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us

                   to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified

                   by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your                             Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with Christopher and all your                         saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through                         Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the                         author of our salvation.

                  By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is                    yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.  AMEN.

Celebrant  As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say      

The Lord’s Prayer  in the language of your heart                                                            


 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 debts,
     as we forgive our debtors.   
And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
     and the power, and the glory,
     forever.  Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept.

Then may be sung or said


Celebrant       Alleluia.  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

All                  Therefore let us keep the feast.  Alleluia.    

Celebrant       The Gifts of God for the People of God.

Communion Music                                   

LEVAS #71  "In Times Like These"


Post Communion Prayer


All                God our Father, in this night you have made known to us again the coming of                       our Lord Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the                                           Sacrament of his Body. Confirm our faith and fix our eyes on him until the                             day dawns and Christ the Morning Star rises in our hearts. To him be glory                             both now and for ever.  Amen.

Testimony/ Sharing Our Faith

Blessing and Dismissal


          May the joy of the angels,

          the eagerness of the shepherds,

          the perseverance of the wise men,

          the obedience of Joseph and Mary,

          and the peace of the Christ-child

          be yours this Christmas;

          and the blessing of Almighty God

          the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

          surround you and remain with you forever. AMEN.  

Closing Hymn                                                                                                           

Hymnal 1982  #493        “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing  


1 O for a thousand tongues to sing

   my great Redeemer's praise,

   the glories of my God and King,

   the triumphs of his grace!


2 My gracious Master and my God,

   assist me to proclaim,

   and spread through all the earth abroad

   the honors of thy Name.


3 Jesus! the Name that charms our fears

   and bids our sorrows cease;

   'tis music in the sinner's ears,

   'tis life and health and peace.


4 He speaks; and, listening to his voice,

   new life the dead receive,

   the mournful broken hearts rejoice,

   the humble poor believe.


5 Hear him, ye deaf; ye voiceless ones,

   your loosened tongues employ;

   ye blind, behold your Savior comes;

   and leap, ye lame, for joy!


6 Glory to God and praise and love

   be now and ever given

   by saints below and saints above,

   the church in earth and heaven


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The Rev. Melana Nelson-Amaker, Rector/Pastor


St. Christopher's Episcopal Church

8001 Annapolis Road

New Carrollton, MD 20784


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