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THE DEANERY OF RADNOR & BUILTH
Iona Morning Prayer – 3rd Sunday of Epiphany
24th January 2021
Leader Rev Petra Goodband
Almighty God, as your Son, our Saviour, saved the crisis at the wedding in Cana we too petition you to be with us and protect us and we worship and honour you in our service today.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Grace and peace be with you,
and keep you in the love of Christ.
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning lead by Adeline
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning, dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid; star of the east, the horizon adorning, guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.
Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining; low lies his head with the beasts of the stall; angels adore him in slumber reclining, Maker and Monarch and Saviour of all.
Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion, odours of Edom, and offerings divine, gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean, myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?
Vainly we offer each ample oblation, vainly with gifts would his favour secure: richer by far is the heart’s adoration, dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.
The world belongs to God, THE EARTH AND ALL ITS PEOPLE.
How good it is, how wonderful,
TO LIVE TOGETHER IN UNITY.
Love and faith come together
JUSTICE AND PEACE JOIN HANDS.
If Christ’s disciples keep silent
THESE STONES WOULD SHOUT ALOUD.
Open our lips, O God,
AND OUR MOUTHS SHALL PROCLAIM YOU PRAISE.
Holy God, Maker of all
HAVE MERCY ON US,
Jesus Christ, Servant of the poor
HAVE MERCY ON US,
Holy Spirit, Breath of life
HAVE MERCY ON US,
We say together these words:
Father of glory, holy and eternal,
look upon us now in power and mercy.
May your strength overcome our weakness,
your radiance transform our blindness,
and your Spirit draw us to that love
shown and offered by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Let us in silence confess our faults and admit our frailty.
Before God, with the people of God, I confess to my brokenness:
to the ways I wound my life, the lives of others, and the life of the world.
MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU, CHRIST RENEW YOU,
AND THE SPIRIT ENABLE YOU TO GROW IN LOVE.
Move among us, O God; give us life:
LET YOUR PEOPLE REJOICE IN YOU
Make our hearts clean within us:
RENEW US IN MIND AND IN SPIRIT
Give us again the joy of your help:
WITH YOUR SPIRIT OF FREEDOM SUSTAIN US.
Affirmation of our Faith
We believe that God has a heart for justice. .. because Jesus gave himself as the sacrifice to pay for our sins.
We believe God has a heart for freedom….because Jesus died to set us free from the power of sin.
We believe God has a heart for the poor… because in his words and actions he speaks out for them.
We believe God has a heart for the unloved… because although none of us deserve it, he has poured out his love upon us.
Collect for Today
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways. You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.
The Lord bless you from Zion. May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be: World without end. Amen
First Reading Genesis 14. 17-20
After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said,
‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth;
and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’ And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything.
Second Reading Revelation 19. 6-10
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out:
For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready;
to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure’
(for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.)
And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’
Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’
Hear the Holy Gospel according to St John, Glory to you O Lord.
John 2. 1-11
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’
And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’
His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’
Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’
So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’
Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
This is the gospel of the Lord, Praise to you O Christ
Sermon by Rev Janet Day
Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness lead by Jess Squire
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Bow down before him, his glory proclaim; with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness, kneel and adore him: the Lord is his Name! Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness, high on his heart he will bear it for thee, and comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness, guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.
Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine; for truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness, these are the offerings to lay on his shrine. These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness, he will accept for the Name that is dear; mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness, trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He 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
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again 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.
The Lord be with you
And also with you.
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us.
Intercessions lead by David Childs
End with the family prayer, we boldly say
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, the power and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.
Angle voices ever singing lead by Mark
Angel voices ever singing round Thy throne of light, angel harps, forever ringing, rest not day nor night; thousands only live to bless Thee and confess thee Lord of might.
Thou who art beyond the farthest mortal eye can scan, can it be that Thou regardest songs of sinful man? Can we feel that Thou art near us and wilt hear us? Yea, we can.
Yea, we know Thy love rejoices o’er each work of Thine; Thou didst ears and hands and voices for Thy praise combine; craftsman’s art and music’s measure for Thy pleasure didst design.
Here, great God, today we offer of Thine own to Thee; and for Thine acceptance proffer, all unworthily, hearts and minds and hands and voices in our choicest melody.
Honour, glory, might, and merit Thine shall ever be, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, blessed Trinity: of the best that Thou hast given earth and heaven render Thee.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
Blessings, honour and glory be yours, here and everywhere, now and forever. Amen.
The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be among you and remain with your always.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
WE WILL SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT,
GOD IN COMMUNITY, HOLY AND ONE. AMEN.