THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY

The Benefice of Ampleforth with Oswaldkirk, Gilling East and Stonegrave

Morning Prayer Third Sunday of Epiphany

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
For to us a child is born
to us a Son is given.
His name will be called
Wonderful counsellor, mighty God,
the everlasting Father,
the Prince of Peace.
Glory to God in the highest
and peace to his people on earth.

Hymn   The God of Abraham praise
sung by St Martin’s Voices

1       The God of Abraham praise
         who reigns enthroned above,
         Ancient of everlasting Days,
         and God of love:
         To him uplift the voice,
         At whose supreme command
         From earth we rise and seek the joys
         At his right hand.

2       There dwells the Lord our King,
         the Lord our Righteousness,
         triumphant o’er the world of sin,
         the Prince of Peace:
         on Sion’s sacred height
         his kingdom he maintains,
         and glorious with his saints in light
         for ever reigns.

3       The God who reigns on high
         the great archangels sing,
         and ‘Holy, Holy, Holy.’ cry,
         ‘almighty King,
         who was, and is the same,
         and evermore shall be:
         eternal Father, great I AM,
         we worship thee.’

4       The whole triumphant host
         give thanks to God on high;
         ‘hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost’,
         they ever cry:
         hail, Abraham’s God, and mine,
         (I join the heavenly lays)
         all might and majesty are thine,
         and endless praise.

Yigaddel Elohim chay weyishtabach
Daniel Ben Judah (fl 14th century), Thomas Olivers (1725-1799)

The sun of righteousness has dawned
with healing in his wings.
Let us come to the light of Christ,
confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

God our Father,
you sent your Son full of grace and truth:
forgive our failure to receive him.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus our Saviour,
you were born in poverty and laid in a manger:
forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Spirit of Love,
your servant Mary responded joyfully to your call:
forgive the hardness of our hearts.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Blessed are you, sovereign God,
creator of heaven and earth,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As your living Word, eternal in heaven,
assumed the frailty of our mortal flesh,
may the light of your love be born in us
to fill our hearts with joy as we sing:
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

The Word of life which was from the beginning
we proclaim to you.
The darkness is passing away
and the true light is already shining;
the Word of life which was from the beginning.
That which we heard, which we saw with our eyes,
and touched with our hands,
we proclaim to you.
For our fellowship is with the Father,
and with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Word of life which was from the beginning
we proclaim to you.

The Word of God 

 

 

 

 

Revelation 19.6-10

A Song of the Messiah

To us a child is born,
to us a son is given.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
upon them the light has dawned.
You have increased their joy and given them great gladness;
they rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest.
For you have shattered the yoke that burdened them;
the collar that lay heavy on their shoulders.
For to us a child is born and to us a son is given,
and the government will be upon his shoulder.
And his name will be called: Wonderful Counsellor;
the Mighty God;
the Everlasting Father; the Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness.
From this time forth and for evermore;
the zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

To us a child is born,
to us a son is given.

Hymn   Songs of thankfulness and praise
sung by St Martin’s Voices

1       Songs of thankfulness and praise,
         Jesu, Lord, to thee we raise,
         manifested by the star,
         to the sages from afar;
         branch of royal David’s stem
         in thy birth at Bethlehem:
         anthems be to thee addressed
         God in Man made manifest.

2       Manifest at Jordan’s stream,
         Prophet, Priest and King supreme;
         and at Cana wedding-guest
         in thy Godhead manifest;
         manifest in power divine,
         changing water into wine:
         anthems be to thee addressed,
         God in Man made manifest.

3       Manifest in making whole
         palsied limbs and fainting soul;
         manifest in valiant fight,
         quelling all the devil’s might;
         manifest in gracious will,
         ever bringing good from ill:
         anthems be to thee addressed,
         God in Man made manifest.

4       Grant us grace to see thee, Lord,
         mirrored in thy holy word;
         may we imitate thee now,
         and be pure, as pure art thou;
         that we like to thee may be
         at thy great Epiphany;
         and may praise thee, ever blest,
         God in Man made manifest.

Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885), and Compilers of ‘Rejoice and Sing’
 John 2.1-11

 

To us is born a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,
and all the heavenly hosts now sing,
Glory to God in the highest.

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,  
 who has come to his people and set them free
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, 
 
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets God promised of old 
 
to save us from our enemies,
 
from the hands of all that hate us,
To show mercy to our ancestors,  
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet;
of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now
and shall be for ever.
Amen.

To us is born a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,
and all the heavenly hosts now sing,
Glory to God in the highest.

 

Anthem: Author of Life Divine – Richard Shephard
sung by St Martin’s Voices

Author of life divine,
Who hast a table spread,
Furnished with mystic wine
And everlasting bread,
Preserve the life thyself hast given,
And feed and train us up for heaven.

Our needy souls sustain
With fresh supplies of love,
Till all thy life we gain,
And all thy fullness prove,    

And, strengthened by thy perfect grace,
Behold without a veil thy face.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

The Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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 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.

Prayers          

 

 

 

 

Intercessions

Collect

Benefice Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

HYMN  Christ is the King! O friends rejoice
sung by St Martin’s Voices

1       Christ is the King! O friends rejoice;
         brothers and sisters, with one voice
         tell all the world he is your choice.
         Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2       O magnify the Lord, and raise
         anthems of joy and holy praise
         for Christ’s brave saints of ancient days.
         Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

3       O Christian women, Christian men,
         all the world over, seek again
         the way disciples followed then.
         Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

4       Let love’s unconquerable might
         your scattered companies unite
         in service to the Lord of light.
         Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

5       So shall God’s will on earth be done,
         new lamps be lit, new tasks begun,
         and the whole Church at last be one.
         Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

George K A Bell (1883-1958)
© Oxford University Press

May God, who has called us out of darkness
into his marvellous light,
bless us and fill us with peace.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

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