THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY:

January 22, 2023

WORDS OF GREETING

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OPENING MUSIC

INVITATION TO WORSHIP

Lord, open our lips,

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Praise to God, Eternal Glory, Incarnate Word and Abiding Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

GOD’S WORD FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

THE FIRST READING

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. (9:1-4)

But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen he will make a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on

the day of Midian.

Psalm 27:1, 4-9

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I

be afraid?

One thing I asked of the Lord, that I will seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to

behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

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For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent: he will

set me high on a rock.

Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts

of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!

“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek.

Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not

cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!

THE SECOND READING

A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Corinthians (1 Cor 1:10-18)

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For the message about the cross is

foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

Thanks be to God
THE GOSPEL INTRODUCTION

THE GOSPEL

A reading from the Gospel of Matthew (4: 12-23)

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea for they were

fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness

among the people.

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Hear what the spirit is saying to the church.

Thanks be to God

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THE HOMILY
THE REVEREND MATTHEW MCMILLAN

Together we affirm our faith.

AFFIRMING OUR FAITH

(Adapted from the New Zealand Book of Prayer | He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa)

You, O God, are supreme and holy. You create our world and give us life.
Your purpose overarches everything we do. You have always been with us. You are God.

You, O God, are infinitely generous, good beyond all measure. You came to us before we came to you. You have revealed and proved your love for us in Jesus the Christ, who lived and died and rose again. You are with us now. You are God.

You, O God, are Holy Spirit.
You empower us to be your gospel in the world. You reconcile and heal; you overcome death. You are our God. We worship you.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE LITANY #2

Let us pray with confidence to God, Eternal Glory, Incarnate Word and Abiding Spirit, saying, Lord, thank you for hearing our prayer.
Lord, thank you for hearing our prayer.
O Lord, guard and direct your Church in the way of unity, service, and praise.

Lord, thank you for hearing our prayer.

Give to all nations an awareness of the unity of the human family.

Lord, thank you for hearing our prayer.

Cleanse our hearts of prejudice and selfishness, and inspire us to hunger and thirst for what is right.

Lord, thank you for hearing our prayer.

Teach us to use your creation for your greater praise, that all may share the good things you provide.

Lord, thank you for hearing our prayer.

Strengthen all who give their energy or skill for the healing of those who are sick in body or in mind.

Lord, thank you for hearing our prayer.

Set free all who are bound by fear and despair.

Lord, thank you for hearing our prayer.

Grant a peaceful end and eternal rest to all who are dying and your comfort to those who mourn.

Lord, thank you for hearing our prayer.

THE PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray.

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Perfect Light of revelation,

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as you shone in the life of Jesus,

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whose epiphany we celebrate,

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so shine in us and through us,

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that we may become beacons of truth and compassion,

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enlightening all creation with deeds of justice and mercy. Amen.

OUR PRAYER FOR ST. PETER’S, COBOURG

Gracious God,

we pray for this our parish church of St. Peter.
We thank you for the richness of our history and all those who have served you through the years. We thank you also for the future into which you are calling us.
Give us faith to go forward with good courage into that future, not knowing where we go,
but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE PRAYER JESUS GAVE US

As Jesus taught us, let us pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as 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 for ever and ever.
Amen.

THE DOXOLOGY

Glory to God,

whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Jesus the Christ, forever and ever.

THE ASSURANCE OF GOD’S BLESSING

God, Eternal Glory, who raised the Christ from the dead, continually shows us his loving kindness.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

God, the Incarnate Word, victor over sin and death, grants us a share in the joy of his resurrection.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

God, Abiding Spirit, giver of light and peace, renews our hearts in love.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

In the name of the light that came into the world, go in peace.

We go into the world in the light of the risen Christ to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Amen!

GOING INTO THE WORLD

We thank you, our creator God,

that again you have brought us together to praise you for your goodness and to rest in your blessing. Give us grace to see your hand in the week that has past and your purpose for us in the week to come.

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CONCLUDING MUSIC

The church of St. Peter’s, Cobourg respectfully acknowledges
that we are in the traditional and treaty territory of the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include:
Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations. The people of St. Peter’s respectfully acknowledge that the Williams Treaties First Nations
have been stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters,
and that today they remain vigilant over their health and integrity for future generations.
We are all treaty people.