Services

 

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 

GOING FORWARD IN FAITH 

January 14, 2017     Year B

Second Sunday After The Epiphany

10:00 AM Eucharist with Music and Sermon

 

The Rev. Jeffrey Frost

Celebrant & Preacher

 

The Holy Gospel

John  1: 43-51

The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to John.

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 Gospel of the Lord

 

Call To Worship     

 "We Have Come Into His House”                             LEVAS II, #245\

1
We have come into His house and gathered in His name to worship Him. x 2

We have come into His house and gathered in His name to worship Christ the Lord.

Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

2
So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Him. x 2

So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Christ the Lord.

Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

3
Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His Name and worship Him x 2

Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His Name and worship Christ the Lord

Worship Him, Christ, the Lord

Processional Hymn

"Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Giants”   HYMNAL #436

1

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates; behold the King of glory waits!

The King of kings is drawing near; the Savior of the world is here.

2

O blest the land, the city blest, where Christ the ruler is confessed!

O happy hearts and happy homes, to whom this King of triumph comes!

3

Fling wide the portals of your heart; make it a temple, set apart

from earthly use for heaven’s employ, adorned with prayer and love and joy.

The Opening Sentence                                                                              

The people standing

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

People:  And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen.

 The Prayer of Intent and the Collect for Purity      

 Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you 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.  Amen.

The Gloria        (Sung)  LEVAS II, #243

Refrain

Glory, Glory, hallelujah,

Lord we praise your Holy name,

Glory, Glory hallelujah,

Lord we praise your Holy name.

1 Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God’s people on earth.

2 Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

3 Lord Jesus Christ, only son of the

Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

 Refrain

4 You take away the sin of the world:have mercy on us;

5 You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

6 For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

7  You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.

 Refrain.  Amen.

The Collect                                                                                                   

The Lord be with you.

People      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.

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: look graciously on Saint Augustine's, and so guide the minds of the Vestry who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Ministry of the Word

The 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.

The Word of the Lord

Congregation: Thanks be to God

PSALM  139:1-5, 12-17

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.

 

The Epistle      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.

 The Word of the Lord

Congregation: Thanks be to God

 Sequence Hymn        “I, The Lord Of Sea And Sky”    WPL, #812

1

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 of night, I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

Refrain

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.

2

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?

Refrain

3

I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.

I will set a feast for them, My hand will save.

3 (cont’d)

Finest bread I will provide, Till their hearts be satisfied.

I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send?

Refrain

 The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to John

The Holy Gospel         John 1:43-51

Congregation: Glory to You, Lord Christ

 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 Gospel of the Lord

Congregation: Praise to You, Lord Christ                                                                                   

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Prayers of the People

In peace we pray to you, Lord God

Silence

For all people in their daily life and work;

For our families, friends, and neighbors, and those who are alone.

For this community, the nation, and the world;

For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all those who seek the Truth.

For Michael our Presiding Bishop, and Marc our Bishop,

and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God and God’s Church

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation and those named now;

Ithon Babb, Ruth Barbour, Eleanor Barnes, Gary Baugh, Bill Begg, Olivia Brathwaite, Suzanne Cervantes, Dann Conley, Denise Conley, Marcella Conley, Renee Cousins-King, Joyce Eldridge, Elizabeth and Aiden Evelyn, Barbara Fuller, Nellie Richardson-Gardere, Rodessa Gordon, Kenneth Hart, Dorothy Haynes,  Katy Peters Howard, Faye Johnson, Gregory Jones, The Rev. Zelda  Kennedy, Carol Knight, Peter, Tupac, Trevon Leahy, Regina Lewis, Lois Logwood, LaVergne Malone,  Lamar Marcelle,  Hamisi Marshall, Nan Parsons, Kathy Pither, Clifford Reeves, Deborah Reeves, Tiffany Reeves, Amy Jo Richardson-Edgerly, Belinda Sanders, Monica Selter, Sandra Soderland, Jacqui Thornell, Elmer Troublefield, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Rev. Katherine Ward, Lisa R. White,  Anita Wilkerson, Guy Williams.

Hear us, Lord;

For your mercy is great.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

Silence

The people may add their own thanksgivings

We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your Name for ever and ever.

We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

he people add their own petitions

Lord, let your loving kindness be upon them;

Who put their trust in you.

 “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”        Sung by: The Choir

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

Silence may be kept.

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in you compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may love and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Absolution

Almighty God have mercy on 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.            

Life Celebrations, Thanksgivings, and New Friends

The Peace 

All stand.                  The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People                      And also with you.   

 

The Holy Communion

Offertory Sentence                                                                                                             

Offertory Anthem       “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”      

Doxology                                                                                        HYMNAL #380, vs 3

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.                    

 The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer A

 The people remain standing.

                           The Lord be with you.

People                       And also with you.

Celebrant Lift up your hearts.

People                      We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People                       It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth . . .

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.

The people stand, sit or kneel.

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made know to us in creation . . .  

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 . . . 

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.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to sing,

The Lord's Prayer   LEVAS II, #264                                                   

 Our Father, which 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.


Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast.        

Fraction Anthem    “Make Us One Lord”

Make us one, Lord, make us one

Holy Spirit make us one, let your love flow

So the world will know, we are one in You

 Invitation   

 The Communion     

 Communion Hymn  

 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”              HYMNAL, #56

1

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,

that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

 Refrain

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

shall come to thee, O Israel!

2

O come, thou Wisdom from on high, who orderest all things mightily;

to us the path of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to go.

Refrain

3

O come, O come, thou Lord of might, who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height

in ancient times didst give the law, in cloud, and majesty, and awe.

Refrain

7

O come, Desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of all mankind;

bid thou our sad divisions cease, and be thyself our King of Peace.

Refrain

8

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,

that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

Refrain

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 Celebrant and People

Almighty and everliving God,

we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food

of the most precious Body and Blood

of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;

and for assuring us in these holy mysteries

that we are living members of the Body of your Son,

and heirs of you eternal kingdom.

And now, Father, send us out

to do the work you have given us to do,

to love and serve you

as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

Choral Blessing    “God Be With You”

Announcements

Recessional Hymn      “Soon And Very Soon”      LEVAS II, #14

1

Soon and very soon  we are goin’ to see the King x3

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, we’re goin’ to see the King!

2

No more cryin’ there  we are goin’ to see the King x3

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, we’re goin’ to see the King!

3

No more dyin’ there  we are goin’ to see the King x3

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, we’re goin’ to see the King!

4

Soon and very soon  we are goin’ to see the King x3

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, we’re goin’ to see the King!

The Blessing         

Dismissal                                                                                               

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.

 

 

St. Augustines Episcopal Church

Address

525 29th Street Telegraph Ave.
Oakland CA 94609
Phone: 510-832-6462
Fax: 510-832-6464

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church

“If you desire to praise him, then live what you express. Live good lives, and you yourselves will be his praise.”

Mission

To grow God’s church and serve God’s people in our worship, which reflects the richness of the African American culture, and through educational and outreach programs to the community. We welcome all who wish to join us in witness to God’s love, empowerment and mercy.

Address

525 29th Street
Oakland CA 94609
Phone:
510-832-6462
Fax: 510-832-6464

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