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Worship Bulletin for Sunday, February 7, 2021
 
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All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore * 46 Cherry St., Danvers MA 01923 * 978-774-1150
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February 7, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany
(Please have available a candle, bread, wine or juice)
 
 Jesus Cleanses the Temple, The Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey
 
(Officiant 1) – Convene Worship
 
Prelude
Learning to Walk                                                                 Arr. Joseph M. Martin
 
(Officiant 1) - Rules for the Road in Virtual Worship
 
(Officiant 1) - Opening Hymn 423
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise, vs. 1, 3
 
(Officiant 1) - Opening Acclamation
Officiant: Blessed be God: the One who Creates, Redeems and Sustains us.
People: And blessed be Gods kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
 
(Officiant 1) – Collect
Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Hebrew Testament Lesson                          Sue Dugan
Isaiah 40:21-31
Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God"? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He doe not faint or grow weary; his  understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
 
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
 
Pause to reflect on reading.

Today’s Psalm is Psalm 147:1-12, 12c (please read together the bolded lines).
 
Hallelujah!
How good it is to sing praises to our God!
how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!
 
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
 
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
 
He counts the number of the stars
and calls them all by their names.
 
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
there is no limit to his wisdom.
 
The Lord lifts up the lowly,
but casts the wicked to the ground.
 
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make music to our God upon the harp.
 
He covers the heavens with clouds
and prepares rain for the earth;
 
He makes grass to grow upon the mountains
and green plants to serve mankind.
 
He provides food for flocks and herds
and for the young ravens when they cry.
 
He is not impressed by the might of a horse;
he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;
 
But the Lord has pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who await his gracious favor.
Hallelujah!
 
A Reading from the Greek Testament Lesson                                   Sally Gamble
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel. For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.
 
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
 
What was your aha moment?

(Deacon) - The Gospel                                                                                            Mark 1:29-39
 
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Mark.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
 
After Jesus and his disciples left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
 
The Gospel of the Lord.
 
What was your aha moment? (time for reflection)

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Homily                                                                                          Ginna Coulson
 
(Officiant 1) – Hymn 529
In Christ There is No East or West, vs. 1, 2
 
Prayers of the People                                                                            Allen Hill
Let us pray to God, who is made manifest in Jesus Christ.
 
As the prophet Isaiah rang out, “Arise, shine; for your light has come”; empower your Church, O God, to ring out the Good News of the Light of your son Jesus, which pierces even the deepest darkness. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
 
As a star rose high into the nighttime sky to draw the nations to the Christ-child; send your blessing, O God, on this nation, and every nation, and draw the whole world to your peace and truth. We pray for Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Alan and Gayle, our Bishops, Marya, our priest, Jim, our deacon, and Brett, our seminarian. In our Diocesan cycle of prayer, we ask for prayers for the people and ministry of the Parishes of the Boston Harbor Deanery: Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston; The Crossing; MANNA Community; The Cathedral Chapter; Episcopal Boston Chinese Ministry; and Postulants and Candidates for Holy Orders. In our Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for The Anglican Church of Burundi. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
 
As John the Baptist guided throngs of people to the edge of the wilderness and baptized Jesus in the River Jordan, we pray that you would guide our country and our leaders in the ways of justice and righteousness. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
 
Like the Magi who traveled from afar to bring gifts and celebrate the Savior’s birth; we pray for this community, and for those who celebrate their own birthdays and anniversaries; especially, Deane Smith. Today, we give thanks for the marriage of Daniel Joseph Lemieux, Jr. and Malavika Krishnan last week. Are there other thanksgivings? We will pause while people add their prayers. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
 
As Jesus climbed the mountaintop, and proclaimed blessings on the people of the world; we pray for all who suffer, bless them and honor their presence with us, as we ask for your healing touch for the sick, the homebound, patients, families, and communities affected by substance use, and also by untreated and under-treated pain and chronic diseases, and whose needs are known to you. Today we pray especially for Carol and Ken Bouffard, Carolyn Dennis, Lizzie, Harry, Susan Sahoveyor, Jordan Zennia, Drew Howard, Mary Pettus, Frank and Pat Swasey, the Fiorentino Family, Leah Olendenski, Gail, Paul, Rick, Julie, Tim, Carol Quinn, David and Linda King, Ann Gentry, Amy, Charles Boulanger, Larry Chisholm, Joe Maher, Victoria, Bob Lomprey, Sharon, Peter, Amy and Charlotte, Nora, Susan Schumann, Kristin Blake, Ella, Anne, Marie, Erik, Sonya and Chris.. Are there others? The people add their prayers for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
 
As Jesus called his disciples to leave their nets and boats and follow him, we pray for those who have answered your call to follow Jesus to your Heavenly Kingdom, especially Cheryl Repecko, aunt of Ronda Maitland. Give them your peace. Are there others? Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
 
Lord Jesus, Light of the World, hear our prayers, and make us reflections of your Light, that the places of darkness in our world would be pierced by your Light, and that all nations would be drawn to you and be overwhelmed with joy. Amen-by Rick Morley (adapted)
 
Shared Agape Meal (bread and wine or juice before each person)
 
(Officiant 2) - The Sanctuary Lamp burns in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, and in loving memory of Sara Putnam, given by Paula and Sam Noyes. The Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God.
 
(Deacon) – Invitation to Share the Feast
Agape is the Greek word for love, and was a love feast of the early Christians. It was a time for sharing nourishment, of food for the body, for thanking God, for prayers, songs, and scripture for the soul, and a time for an offering of money for God's mission in the world.
  
(Preacher) - Agape Prayer
We are viewing and hearing others from the hearths of the gathered to celebrate our love of Jesus, to share our faith in Christ, and to listen to one another. We have gathered together for healing…to be renewed. We are ready to be fed. God of all seasons and senses, grant us the sense of your timing to yield gracefully and rejoice quietly in the turn of the seasons. In this Epiphany season of marvelous light, help us to proclaim God’s justice and love that has overcome the darkness, and brought new life in our lives. Teach us the lessons of companionship with Christ, who has redeemed our world and drawn us into a loving family from every tribe, and family, and culture. Be present to us as the Holy Spirit equips us for service to love our neighbors as we do ourselves, to bring God’s salvation to the ends of the earth. As we pause, assist us in recognizing and knowing Jesus in the sharing of this love feast. May it nourish our bodies, and give us strength to carry out your plan for peace in our lives. And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we pray:
 
(Preacher) -
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 trespasses,
    as we forgive those
        who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.
 
(Preacher)
Let each person take a portion of bread and a cup of wine or juice in their hands
(Preacher) - Let us share the feast with each other! Experience the grace of God! Alleluia, Alleluia!!!
 
Agape Meal
Jesus Loves Me
 
(Officiant 2) - Prayer of Thanksgiving
God of all grace, may we live in expectation and hope, and may the gifts we have received at this table remind us not only of the gift of your Christ, but of your steady presence among us, that we may act faithfully in response to your love. Amen (Adapted from progressivechristianity.org)
 
(Officiant 2) - The Passing of the Peace
 
(Marya) - Announcements and Prayers for Birthdays and Anniversaries
 
The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
 
(Officiant 2) – Final Blessing
The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Go now as a light to the nations. Honor the Lord; preach what you know of the risen Christ, and fulfill all righteousness. May God strengthen you and bless you with peace; May Christ Jesus bring forth justice for you and among you; And may the Holy Spirit alight on you and affirm you as God’s beloved ones. AMEN By Nathan Nettleton, Laughingbird.net
 
(Officiant 2) - Closing Hymn 610
Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service, vs. 1, 4
 
Sung Benediction (Mute your microphones and sing along with the Benediction)
God Be with You Till We Meet Again                                                Jeremiah Rankin

         

(Deacon) - Dismissal
Go in peace. Proclaim the Word made flesh. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.
 
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Announcements
There is an opening for the sanctuary lamp on February 28. Contact Barbara Hooper.

Special thanks to our worship assistants this morning:
1st Lesson and Psalm:           Sue Dugan
2nd Lesson:                            Sally Gamble
Prayers of the People:           Allen Hill
Voice of the People:               Sue Spencer
Interim Musician:                    John Churchwell
Counters:                               Chris Walker
                                               Sue Dugan
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