Christ Church Cathedral
OCTAVE OF THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
SUNDAY, JUNE 25TH, 2017
Order of Service
(Order of service, Page 98, Book of Common Prayer)
Celebrant: Rev’d Fr. Colin Humes
Organists: Dr. Sparkman Ferguson & Raymond Antonio
Choir: The Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Children's Choir
Mass Setting: Timothy Gibson
Introit Hymn: No. 367 - Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God
The Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist: Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Saviour by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his teaching and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, following his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Third Sunday after Pentecost: O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD
The First Lesson:
A Reading from the Word of God written in Isaiah 40:1-11
Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever. Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” See, the Lord GOD comes with might,
and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
7 Show us your mercy, O Lord, *and grant us your salvation.
8 I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, *for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.
9 Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth have met together; *righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, *and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him, *and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning is now: and shall be forever, Amen.
A Reading from the word of God written in Acts 13:14-26
On the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading of the law and the prophets, the officials of the synagogue sent them a message, saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, give it.” So Paul stood up and with a gesture began to speak: “You Israelites, and others who fear God,
listen. The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. For about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. After he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance for about four hundred fifty years. After that he gave them judges until the time of the prophet Samuel. Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years. When he had removed him, he made David their king. In his testimony about him he said, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after my heart, who will carry out all my wishes.’ Of this man’s posterity God has brought to Israel a Saviour, Jesus, as he promised; before his coming John had already proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his work, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but one is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of the sandals on his feet.” “My brothers, you descendants of Abraham’s family, and others who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent.”
Gradual Hymn: No. 779 - The Great Forerunner Of The Morn
A Reading from the word of God written in Luke 1:57-80
The time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, “No; he is to be called John.” They said to her, “None of your relatives has this name.” Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. Fear came over all their neighbours, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him. Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.” And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.
Preacher: Dean Patrick Adderley
The Nicene Creed
The Act of Penitence
THE GREETING OF PEACE
Hymn for the Peace: No. 842 - Bind Us Together
Offertory Anthem: Over My Head - A. Snyder (The Cathedral Children's Choir)
Offertory Hymn: No. 824- Blessed Feasts Of Blessed Martyrs
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Preparation Hymn: No. 827 - Hark! The Sound Of Holy Voices
Eucharistic Prayer: A
Communion Meditation: Cathy Jirjahlke (Violin)
Communion Hymn: No. 620 - Sweet Sacrament Divine
Communion Anthem: Christ Within Us
Welcome and Notices
COMMUNION AND DISMISSAL
Post Communion Prayer
Recessional Hymn: No. 775 - Lo, From The Desert Homes