"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength..." Mark 12:30
When we hear the word "worship" many of us think of what happens in church on Sunday morning. While this is indeed worship, at St. Philip we believe worship encompasses all of life - giving back to God all of who we are. Listed here are the Sunday morning events; there are many other opportunities for worship found on the other pages of this site.
The 10:00 a.m. Worship service and Eucharist draws from traditional Anglican liturgy, as well as the Island Liturgy assigned for Vancouver Island. The hymns are taken primarily from the Common Praise hymnal, and sometimes from our own compilation of familiar favorites. We begin by setting our hearts on gathering before God. Then follows the reading of the Word, a short Sermon and Prayers, and finally the Celebration of the Eucharist. We go out into the world with God's Blessing. (Refreshments follow in the church hall.)
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
JANUARY 21, 2018 at 10 am
Holy Eucharist and Sunday School
1st reading: JONAH 3:1-5, 10;
PSALM: PSALM 62: 6-14;
2nd Reading: 1 CORINTHIANS 7:29-31;
Gospel: MARK 1:14-20;
Celebrant: Rev. Susan Hermanson
Intro: Jonah is the archetypical reluctant prophet. Earlier, God has called him to “Go at once to Nineveh ... and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me” but he has tried to escape by sailing to the ends of the earth. God has punished him by having a large fish swallow him.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF JONAH
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, "Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you." So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days' walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, "Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
JONAH 3:1-5, 10
5 They bless with their lips, *
but in their hearts they curse.
6 For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
truly, my hope is in him.
7 He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
8 In God is my safety and my honour; *
God is my strong rock and my refuge.
9 Put your trust in him always, O people, *
pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
10 Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, *
even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11 On the scales they are lighter than a breath, *
all of them together.
12 Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no empty pride; *
though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
Lord God, in a threatening world we look to you as our rock of
hope. Hear us as we pour out our hearts to you, and give us your
grace and protection, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Intro: Paul has written that, in his opinion, the dawn of the new era is close at hand so this is no time to complicate one’s life by changing one’s status or taking on new earthly responsibilities. One should devote all one’s energies to serving God.
A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
1 CORINTHIANS 7:29-31
Intro: After being tempted to misuse his power by the Devil, Jesus has returned to Galilee. He now begins his public ministry with words that summarize his mission.
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea - for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.