The Sunday Service in Hagley

 


 

The Parishes of Clent and Hagley

 

Worship for 16 January – Epiphany 2

 

 

 

We will be using this service together on Zoom at 5.00 pm.

 

 

 

 

Call to worship and Opening Prayer

 

 

At the wedding at Cana

Jesus took ordinary water 

and changed it into wine.

We come to worship

asking God to take our ordinary lives

and makes them new.

 

Jesus our Saviour,

as the wedding guests came together at Cana, 
so we come together to celebrate 

your abundant love for us.

 

Creator God, 

in Jesus you turn water into wine,
the ordinary into the extraordinary:
turn our ordinariness
into something extraordinary,

and change us into the people you want us to be,

in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

 

 

 

Hymn                     Jesus, come! for we invite you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp5pGKR5eSA&t=64s

 

 

 

Jesus, come! for we invite you,
Guest and Master, Friend and Lord;
now, as once at Cana's wedding,
speak, and let us hear your word:
lead us through our need or doubting,
hope be born and joy restored.

 

Jesus, come! transform our pleasures,
guide us into paths unknown;
bring your gifts, command your servants,
let us trust in you alone:
though your hand may work in secret,
all shall see what you have done.

 

Jesus, come in new creation,
heaven brought near in power divine;
give your unexpected glory
changing water into wine:
rouse the faith of your disciples – 
come, our first and greatest sign!

 

Jesus, come! surprise our dullness,
make us willing to receive
more than we can yet imagine,
all the best you have to give:
let us find your hidden riches,
taste your love, believe, and live!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praise and thanksgiving                                            

 

 

We thank you, God our Father,

for revealing your love to us,

and or the glimpses you give us of your glory.

We thank you for making your purposes of love

known in and through Jesus,

and that he is ever present with us.

Through your Holy Spirit

touch us and transform us

that we may be changed from glory to glory,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

God of unimaginable love,
whose generosity can never be measured,
we praise you 
with joy and thanksgiving
for all that you have done for us.

May your love fill our lives to overflowing,
and may we share your love generously with others,

through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asking for God’s forgiveness

 

 

Lord, you are so generous to us,
but we do not always reflect your generosity to others.

 

For the times when we do not see the wonders of life with you,

forgive us and renew us.


For the times when we are self-centred and mean-minded,

forgive us and renew us.

 

For the times we do not receive because we do not ask in faith,
forgive us and renew us.


For the times we are not witnesses of your abundant generosity, 

forgive us and renew us.

 

Forgive us, generous God, 

and help us to take hold 
of the abundant life that you promise us. 

 

 

Because of the generosity of a loving God,
and the willingness of a loving Son,
your sins are forgiven.
Amen. Thanks be to God. 

 

 

A Collect

 

Eternal God,
our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation
to your glory, hidden through past ages
and made known
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

A New Testament Reading                 1 Corinthians 12.1-11

 

Concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.

 

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. 

 

 

 

Hymn                     O thou who camest from above 

                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3UYybc7Xa0

 

O thou who camest from above
the fire celestial to impart,
kindle a flame of sacred love
on the mean altar of my heart!

 

There let it for thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return
in humble prayer and fervent praise.

 

Jesus, confirm my heart's desire
to work, and speak, and think for thee;
still let me guard the holy fire,
and still stir up the gift in me.

 

Still let me prove thy perfect will,
my acts of faith and love repeat;
till death thy endless mercies seal,
and make the sacrifice complete.

 

                    

 

 

A Gospel Reading            John 2.1-11

 

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realise where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

 

A Reflection 

 

 

Epiphany is a season which is all about what God has done in coming to us in Jesus becoming known.  It’s about God’s love and God’s glory being revealed, being made manifest.

 

So what did Jesus do first to reveal his glory to the world?  Did he perform some wonderful act of healing?  No.  Did he preach a stunning sermon?  No.  He went around the back of the bar at a wedding and boosted the stocks of the best wine – and by very generous proportions! He got involved in a wedding reception that was going wrong, and made a huge difference.

 

The miracle at Cana is the first of seven signs in John’s Gospel which help us understand the significance of who Jesus is, and which reveal his glory.  The power of this miracle, and of the other signs, lies in what it tells us about Jesus. So what is it that’s worth noting about this story?

 

First of all, the wedding at Cana is an event that’s characterised by joy.  Jesus is always interested in meeting with and engaging with people.  We can only assume that he was pleased to be there because weddings are occasions that bring people together.  He would have wanted to share the joy and the fun of the occasion with his family and friends.  The God who delighted in creating the world and its people, now with us in human form, would delight in being with people on a day of great celebration.  That God, whose whole being is wrapped up in love, would naturally want to share the wonder of a young couple’s love by being at their wedding party. 

 

So joy is an essential part of this story.  Jesus didn’t provide an amount of wine that was just enough for everyone, or of a quality that would just about do.  He produced a staggering quantity of the very best wine there could be.  It was a gracious outpouring of huge proportions.  There was an abundance of joy that day.  That in itself tells us that God wishes us to find joy, too.  The life that God has given us is to be enjoyed in all its fulness, if that’s at all possible. Living a joyful life should be part and parcel of being a follower of Jesus.

 

Secondly, the miracle at Cana shows us that Jesus is interested in the ordinary dramas of which our lives are made.  He engages with people in the ordinary, everyday events and routines of life.  As he does so he reaches out to people who need his help, in all manner of different ways.

 

That says something simple, but important, about our mission as Christians.  We’re called to engage with other people in the everyday business of living, helping wherever we possibly can.  There were no conditions to Jesus’ helping on that day at Cana – and there shouldn’t be any conditions on our reaching out to others, either.  Our giving and our helping should be spontaneous and generous.

 

Thirdly, and slightly more explicitly, this story invites us to see how Jesus needs our help in sharing his extravagant love with others.  He didn’t do this miracle on his own.  He needed his mother to prompt him to do it in the first place.  Perhaps that says something to us about prayer?  He needed the servants who were there to prepare everything for him.  And at the end, Jesus has his disciples putting their faith in him so that his generous work of love can carry on, spread and grow, through them. 

 

You could say that that’s why we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit.  In our New Testament reading, Paul says that everyone who comes to Jesus will be given something good, through the Spirit, to enable them to serve God in their day-by-day lives.  He talks about each of us being given different gifts by the same Spirit. 

 

The prophet Isaiah, in the Old Testament reading set for today, says “As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.”  Those words chime with the story of the wedding at Cana – a story that tells us that God, in Jesus, loves a wedding because he loves people, and he brings joy. Those words become ours when we open ourselves to God’s embrace, and embrace all that God wants to share with his children.   

 

 

 

Hymn           Spirit of the living God 

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYfzcYohWZg

 

 

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

 

                                                  repeat all over again!

 

 

 

 

Intercessions         based on prayers by David Adams

 

 

Blessed are you, Lord our God, giver of joy and life.

To you be praise and glory for ever.

In your presence is the fullness of joy.

We come before you with our prayers.

 

Lord God, strength of the weak

and light to all who walk in darkness,

help us to proclaim your saving power

not only in our words but also through our lives.

Help us to reveal the joy of knowing you and your life to others.

 

Lord of life and love,

renew and refresh us.

 

We pray for the world that its resources may be used properly.

We ask your blessing

on those who are living with the results of natural disasters,

famine, fire or flood.

We pray for all who live in poverty

and all who are without work or proper shelter.

 

Lord of life and love,

renew and refresh us.

 

We give thanks 

for all who supply us with our daily needs,

for our homes and for our loved ones.

We pray for homes where there is division and violence, 

and for households unable to cope

through debt or the fear of eviction.

 

Lord of life and love,

renew and refresh us.

 

We pray for all who are struggling at this time.

We remember those who are unwell, whether at home or in hospital, all who are fearful of the future and anxious about their loved ones. 

May they know your love and presence with them.

 

Lord of life and love,

renew and refresh us.

 

We rejoice in the gift of eternal life and we remember friends and loved ones who are departed from us.

May they share in the joys of your kingdom.

 

As water was turned into wine,

come and turn our ordinary lives into extraordinary ones.

 

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord's Prayer

 

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, 

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

Hymn                     God is working his purpose out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iiuxet4pJ-c

 

God is working his purpose out,
as year succeeds to year:
God is working his purpose out,
and the time is drawing near:
nearer and nearer draws the time,
the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God,
as the waters cover the sea.

 

From utmost east to utmost west,
wherever foot has trod,
by the mouth of many messengers
goes forth the voice of God:
Listen to me you continents,
you islands give ear to me,
that the earth may be filled with the glory of God,
as the waters cover the sea.

 

All we can do is nothing worth
unless God bless the deed;
vainly we hope for the harvest-tide
till God gives life to the seed:
yet ever nearer draws the time,
the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God,
as the waters cover the sea.   

 



 

Closing Prayer and Blessing

 

 

Gracious and loving God,
as we go from this place today, 
fill us with your love and generosity,
so that in the days to come we may glorify you, 
and share abundantly with others,

for Jesus’ sake.

Amen.

 

May Jesus Christ,
changer of water into wine,
taker of the ordinary in our lives,
transform us for his glory,
and make us extraordinary for his sake;

and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

 

Let us go from here
with God’s miraculous grace inside us,
taking with us his abundance of love and power,
and sharing it with everyone we meet.
Amen.

 

 

 

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