Spirit of God, descend upon my heart
I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6b
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.
Lord, open our lips.
Come let us sing to the Lord;*
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving*
For the Lord is a great God,*
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,*
The sea is his, for he made it,*
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,*
For he is our God,
Alleluia. The Lord has shown forth his glory: Come let us adore him. Alleluia.
1Do not fret yourself because of evildoers;
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
Gen. 11:1-9 (NRSV)
1 Now the whole earth had one language and
the same words. 2 And as they migrated from the east, they came
upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they
said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks, and burn
them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and bitumen
for mortar. 4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves
a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make
a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon
the face of the whole earth." 5 The LORD came down to see
the city and the tower, which mortals had built. 6 And the LORD
said, "Look, they are one people, and they have all one language;
and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that
they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let
us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will
not understand one another's speech." 8 So the LORD scattered
them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they
left off building the city. 9 Therefore it was called Babel,
because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth;
and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of
all the earth.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Canticle 8 The Song of Moses Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18
I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; *
Hebrews 6:13-20 (NRSV)
13 When God made a promise to Abraham, because
he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,
14 saying, "I will surely bless you and multiply you."
15 And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the
promise. 16 Human beings, of course, swear by someone greater
than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end
to all dispute. 17 In the same way, when God desired to show
even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable
character of his purpose, he guaranteed it by an oath, 18 so
that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible
that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be
strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. 19 We have
this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that
enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, a
forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest
forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Canticle 20 Glory to God
Glory to God in the highest,
John 4:1-15 (NRSV)
1 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees
had heard, "Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples
than John" 2 -although it was not Jesus himself but his
disciples who baptized- 3 he left Judea and started back to Galilee.
4 But he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a Samaritan
city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given
to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired
out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Phillips Brooks, 23 January 1893
Phillips Brooks is best known today as the author of "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Former generations, however, accounted him the greatest American preacher of the nineteenth century (and not for lack of other candidates). His sermons are still read.
He was born in Boston in 1835 and educated at Harvard and at Virginia Theological Seminary. After ten years of ministry at two churches in Philadelphia, he returned to Boston in 1869 and was rector of Trinity Church there until 1891. He was then elected Bishop of Massachusetts, and died two years later.
written by James Kiefer
O everlasting God, who revealed truth to your servant Phillips Brooks, and so formed and molded his mind and heart that he was able to mediate that truth with grace and power: Grant, we pray, that all those whom you call to preach the Gospel may steep themselves in your word, and conform their lives to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
I believe in Jesus Christ, his
only son, our Lord.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Save us from the time of trial,
For the kingdom, the power,
Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, 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.
Collect of the Day: Second Sunday after the Epiphany
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, worshiped, 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 and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
World Cycle of Prayer
We pray for the people of Comoros.
Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer
We pray for our sisters and brothers members of the Church of North India.
Let us pray now for our own needs and those of others.
A Collect for the Renewal of Life
O God, the King eternal, who divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Peace Among Nations
Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
For Those in the Armed Forces of Our Country
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Conservation of Natural Resources
Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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.
A 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.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be
with us all evermore. Amen.
Hymn: God Be With You