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for First Sunday of Epiphany


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O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness


Loving God,

At this time of crisis when so many are suffering,

We pray for our nation and our world:

Give our leaders wisdom, our Health Service strength, our people hope.

Lead us through these parched and difficult days to the fresh springs of joy and comfort

That we find in Jesus Christ our Lord.



In the beginning...

Ann Maughan reads Genesis 1: 1  5

INSPIRATION  Pam Robson talks about a person who has inspired her.

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As the deer pants for the water

Sung by the Sunday School Choir of the Indian Orthodox Church of St Thomas, Dubai, U.A.E.

1   As the deer panteth for the water
     So my soul longeth after Thee
     You alone are my hearts desire
     And I long to worship Thee
        You alone are my strength, my shield
        To You alone may my spirit yield
        You alone are my hearts desire
        And I long to worship Thee

2   You're my friend and You are my brother
     Even though you are a King
     I love You more than any other
     So much more than anything

        You alone are my strength, my shield...


Jesus is baptised by John in the river Jordan

Mark Godson reads Mark 1: 4  11

SERMON  Preached by Martha

Streams of living water

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When Jesus comes to be baptised

1  When Jesus comes to be baptized,
      he leaves the hidden years behind,
    the years of safety and of peace,
      to bear the sins of humankind.

2  The Spirit of the Lord comes down,
      anoints the Christ to suffering,
    to preach the word, to free the bound,
      and to the mourner comfort bring.


3  He will not quench the dying flame,
      and what is bruised he will not break,
    but heal the wound injustice dealt,
      and out of death his triumph make.

4  O Spirit help us be like Christ:

      to live in love and charity,

    to walk in truth and justice now,

      and grow in Christian dignity.

5  We praise you, God, source of all life,
      we praise you Christ, eternal Word,
    we praise you Spirit, gracious gift,
      Your triune presence fills our world.

Community of Stanbrook Abbey

Words: copyright 1974 and 1995,
Stanbrook Abbey, Wass, York  YO61 4AY UK

PRAYERS  Led by Liz

Let us join with Liz and Francis, saying

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is 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.


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Songs of thankfulness and praise

1 Songs of thankfulness and praise,
      Jesu, Lord, to thee we raise,
    manifested by the star
      to the sages from afar;
    branch of royal David's stem
      in thy birth at Bethlehem:
    anthems be to thee addrest,
      God in man made manifest.

2  Manifest at Jordan's stream,
      Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;
    and at Cana wedding-guest
      in thy Godhead manifest;
    manifest in power divine,
      changing water into wine:
    anthems be to thee addrest,
      God in man made manifest.


3  Manifest in making whole
      palsied limbs and fainting soul;
    manifest in valiant fight,
      quelling all the devil's might;
    manifest in gracious will,
      ever bringing good from ill:
    anthems be to thee addrest,
      God in man made manifest.


4  Sun and moon shall darkened be,
      stars shall fall, the heavens shall flee;
    Christ will then like lightning shine,
      all will see his glorious sign;
    all will then the trumpet hear,
      all will see the Judge appear:
    thou by all wilt be confest,
      God in man made manifest.


5  Grant us grace to see thee, Lord,
      mirrored in thy holy word;
    may we imitate thee now,
      and be pure, as pure art thou;
    that we like to thee may be
      at thy great Epiphany;
    and may praise thee, ever blest,
      God in man made manifest.

Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885)

EPIPHANY BLESSING given by Vernon White


James Stanton plays Fugue in C minor 
by Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier
(1734 - 1794)

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Background illustration: a detail from

Baptism of Christ

by Pietro Perugino, 1448 - 1523

Sistine Chapel

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