The First Sunday after Epiphany
January 8, 2017
8:00 AM Rite II BCP 355
10:00 AM Rite II BCP 355
Prelude Variations on On Jordan's bank the baptist's cry Hal Hopson
Hymn 76 On Jordan’s bank, the Baptist’s cry
The Opening Acclamation
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People: And Blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
The Collect for Purity
Gloria in Excelsis Antonio Vivaldi
The Collect of the Day
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
The First Reading Isaiah 42:1-9
Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.
See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 29 (To be sung by choir)
1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, *
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; *
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders; *
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; *
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; *
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire;
the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; *
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.
9 And in the temple of the Lord *
all are crying, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; *
the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore.
11 The Lord shall give strength to his people; *
the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
The Epistle Acts 10:34-43
Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Hymn 120 The sinless one to Jordan
The Holy Gospel
Deacon: The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
All: Glory to You Lord Christ.
The Gospel Matthew 3:13-17
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
Deacon: The Gospel of The Lord.
All: Praise to You, Lord Christ.
The Sermon The Rev. Richard A. Kunz
The Nicene Creed BCP 358
The Prayers of the People – Form IV BCP 388
Anthem Domine Fili Unigenite Antonio Vivaldi
Hymn 128 We three kings of Orient
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer B BCP 367
The Lord’s Prayer
At The Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
All: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
Voluntary Domine Deus Antonio Vivaldi
Hymn 448 O love, how deep, how broad
Post Communion Prayer BCP 365
The Epiphany Blessing
Hymn 124 What star is this, with beams so bright,
Deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Postlude Prelude on Llanfair Hal Hobson
Acolytes 8:00 AM: Oscar Bunche
10:00 AM: Melanie Jackson, Shirley Spencer, Jean Chambers, Dana Walters, Ruyde
Breach, Maya Daughtry, Shane Daughtry, Priya Kumar, Rohan Kumar
Lectors 8:00 AM: Stuart Madden, Mary Baker
10:00 AM: Marie Barrow, Carolyn Henderson Intercessor: Charlotte Roberson
Ushers: 8:00 AM: Stuart Madden
10:00 AM: Lisa Daley, Hillary Fleming, Ginger Grant, Paxton Louis, Olivet Williams
Coffee Hour Host: Team 4 Ushers Assistants: Judy Hutton, Carole Lashley & Monica Braithwaite
Grace Church is a diverse congregation committed to a common life sustained by Worship. We bear witness to God’s love in Christ through our life together and our service to the wider community. All are welcome!.”
Thank you to all who took the time to sign letters on behalf of those in the world who lack "justice, freedom, and peace." Our Human Rights Day participation resulted in about 250 letters signed and sent!
In Celebration of Black History Month this year we are offering each member an opportunity to purchase a copy of the Lift Every Voice Hymnal which will be placed in the pews. You will have an option to place a dedication, in memory of or in thanksgiving for, with the names you wish to honor on the front page. The cost of the hymnal is $29.00 each. We are limiting the number of hymnals to 100 copies. If you are interested in purchasing a hymnal please place your order by January 24, 2017 so that the dedications can be printed in the hymnal. Order Forms are in the back of the church.
Please give your order to: 8 AM: Oscar Bunche, Mary Baker 10:00 AM: Karen Odom, Marie Barrow
Welcoming Father Moronta
Father Adolfo Moronta will begin his ministry here at Grace/La Gracia next Sunday the 15th. We are arranging a series of coffees in homes in order to give him a chance to meet as many of you as possible. Please keep him in your prayers and he takes leave of his parish in Virginia to begin working with us here in White Plains.
Service Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Next Sunday, on January 15th at 7:00 PM there will be an ecumenical service celebrating the legacy of Dr. King. It will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in their parish hall.
Meet the Candidates
The 2016 Nominating Committee (Michael Heffner, Hillary Fleming) would like to present the candidates for the upcoming Vestry elections to be held on January 29th. 4 Vestry members have terms which ended in 2016 (Hillary Fleming, Joe Gallo, Michael Heffner, and Marisol Ortega). Michael Fischer’s term has 1 year remaining. We thank all of the departing Vestry members for their hard work and service to Grace/La Gracia. We look forward to having you meet the candidates for the class of 2017. The meeting will take place immediately after the 10:00am service on the 22th of January.
Our annual meeting will take place on Sunday morning January 29th. The 10AM service that day will be bi-lingual.
Black History Month
Marie Barrow and Karen Odom have agreed to organize our commemoration of Black History Month. If you would like to be involved, please be in touch with them.
Coffee Hour Update
Good News, All Sundays for the second quarter now have hosts. Thanks again to all parishioners who volunteered. Those who have not hosted this year, please consider volunteering for the last quarter. The signup sheet is posted on the bulletin board.
Book Club Update
Our discussion of Terrible Virtue by Ellen Feldman will take place on Tuesday, Jan 10th, at 7:00 pm in the church library. Interested in joining the Book Club? Contact Karen Odom email@example.com.
Sight & Sounds Trip - Saturday, March 25th
After the successful trip in November to see Samson, there was positive feedback to return for the next show - Jonah. Please contact Hillary Fleming (914-584-2315) if you are interested. The price for a ticket is $135 and will include transportation, the show and lunch at a local Amish-style restaurant. Cash/checks must be received by Sunday, Feb 26.
Volunteers Are Needed
To help in the Soup Kitchen on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 2017 and on Monday, February 20th for President’s Day. If you have an hour or two between 8:30AM – 11:30 AM to help set-up, serving or clean up, we will be happy to see you. Food contributions like salads, fresh fruit, desserts, snacks and beverages help to make the occasion more festive. Monetary gifts are also welcomed. Signup Sheet is posted on the bulletin board near parish hall.
Remember those you love by signing up for flowers to adorn the Altar for our worship. The signup sheet is posted on bulletin board near parish hall.
Join Our Volunteer Choir
Please consider joining our volunteer choir. We have inspiring, soulful and uplifting music for you to enjoy in the warm company of our dedicated, long time members. This invitation also extends to the younger members of our church community. We are delighted to have our kids sing in the10am service every third Sunday of the month. The children's choir will be practicing every Sunday right after service in the choir room. All are welcome! Dr. Anna Vinnitsky
Nursery Care is available during the 10:00 AM service. We want our congregation to be as welcoming as possible to parents of young children! Although we have two wonderful nursery workers, we are always looking for volunteers to help out. Please talk to Father Rich if you would be willing to be one of our helpers.
HELD IN PRAYER
Ill, at Home, or in any need:
Jo-Ann B. Boylan, Corine Bradley, Canon Percy Braithwaite, Bernice Burton, The Cassidy Family, Gina Corselli, Inez Dale, Don Davet, Kaleigh Delaney, Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, Lee Engel, Sandra Esannason, Joseph Goldman ,Marcelo Gioliante, Stephen Gyetko, Clara Harmon, Louise Holsapple, Marie Huckabry, Ivy John, Margie Koop, Julie McGuinness, Richard McMahon, JoJo Moore, John Noone, Ethel Quinlan, The Quinones Family, Gladstone Reid, Gail Rosen, Erroll Sorrel, Norman Stanton, Louis Vitale, Barbara Vigliotti, Nastasha Vodyanitskaya, Marthe Watkins, Willa Webb, Anthony Wright
Skilled Care Facility/Nursing Homes:
Croton on Hudson: Verna Brown
Cedar Manor, Ossining: Robert Auld, Lucille Breach
Schnurmacher, White Plains: Elizabeth W. Carson
Serving in the Armed Forces: Remembering especially Mark Culbert, Kenny Duffy, Denny J. Edmondson, Lt. Col. Rick Erickson, Melissa Lawrance, David Moran, David Packer, Sgt. Christopher Vigliotti, Gunnery Sgt. Les Yearwood
Please note: Unless we are informed otherwise, after one month an individual’s name will be removed from our ill at home or in any need. However, if you want them to continue please inform us the Tuesday before the Sunday bulletin. Thank you.
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
8:00 AM The Holy Eucharist – Church
9:00 AM Adult Choir Rehearsal – Music Room
9:45 AM Nursery meets on 1st Floor
10:00 AM The Holy Eucharist – Church
10:00 AM Sunday School Classes – Pre K to Grade 6- Upstairs Class rooms
11AM-1PM Nominating Committee Meeting – Rector’s Office – 2nd Floor
11:30 PM Caribbean Ministries – Library
11:30 PM Rite 13 Classes
12:00 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal – Music Room
12:30 PM La Gracia The Holy Eucharist (Spanish) – Church
10:00 AM Santo Rosario (Spanish) – In the Chapel
12:05 PM Mass – In the Chapel
12:10 PM Downtown Music - Church
7:30 PM Bible Study – Library
2:00 PM Santo Rosario (Spanish) – In the Chapel
12:05 PM Mass – In the Chapel
6PM-8PM ECW Potluck Dinner – Parish hall
Monday William McAllister, Jane E. Noel
Tuesday Victoria Carter, Aaron Ross Woodberry
Thursday Taylor Ashley Cunningham
Friday Sorraya Elliott, Carolyn D. Henderson, Samuel David Brown
Saturday Joseph C. Gallo
Sunday Stephen Gyetko, Claudia Walker, Bernice Burton
If you are visiting with us for the first time, we welcome you to Grace Church! Our liturgy is found in the blue Book of Common Prayer. Our communion is open to all baptized Christians. Please take the time to fill out one of our visitor cards which the ushers have available. After the service there is coffee in the parish hall, and you would be welcome to join us. Thanks for being here with us!