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The Reverend John Allison

The Third Sunday after Epiphany

January 24, 2021

9 AM

Todays service is also aired live on Facebook and

will be available for viewing after the service.


Prelude:  Prelude in E Flat, Willan                          

Processional Hymn: Mit Freuden zart, Hymnal 408        

Salutation: Book of Common Prayer Page 355                                   

Gloria: BCP Page 356

The Collect

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: Jonah 3:1-5, 10

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.

The Response: Psalm 62:6-14 

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 honor; *
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.

13 God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, *
that power belongs to God.

14 Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, *
for you repay everyone according to his deeds.

The Epistle: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 

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.


Gradual: Lyons, Hymnal 533


The Gospel: Mark 1:14-20  

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.

The Sermon: The Reverend John Allison

The Nicene Creed: BCP Page 358

Prayers of the People:  Form IV, BCP Page 388

The Confession and Absolution: BCP Page 360

The Peace


Offertory Hymn: Maryton, Hymnal 660 

The Great Thanksgiving – Prayer B, BCP Page 367

Sanctus: BCP Page 367                                                                              

The Lord’s Prayer: BCP Page 364

Communion Hymn: Repton, Hymnal 653

Post Communion Prayer: BCP Page 365

Recessional Hymn: Ton-y-Botel, Hymnal 381

Postlude: Prayer, Willan

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The altar flowers are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Bishop Allen and Helen Brown by Sandra and Stewart Gill. 

Please warmly welcome The Reverend John Allison as Celebrant and Preacher for Christ Church.

Hymns:  We will not be singing hymns. They will be played on the organ, and we can follow the words in the hymnals.  We are following the latest guidance for church services to protect everyone’s health.

Pastoral Emergencies:  The Reverene Kathleen Killian,  718-775-6069

Prayer: We pray for an end to Covid-19, for safety, healing, and good health for all people.  We also pray for all who have lost employment and in need; and for the safety of health care workers, first responders, and essential service personnel.  We thank God for you and for your compassion, commitment and courage.

Discretionary Sunday is the last Sunday of each month.  Please remember those in need. Checks should be written to “Rector’s Discretionary Fund.”

The Prayer List: Any names of loved ones to be placed on the Prayer List should be given to Claire Behr by calling her at: 518.672.7349.

The Day by DayBooklets for November, December, and January are in the back of the church.

The Christ Church Emergency Food Shelf needs this week:

Soup (Beefaroni); Chili w/beans; Kidney/Black Beans; Canned Peas, Canned Corn; Canned Fruit; Canned Tuna.

Thank you for your generosity!

Quote of the Week

For a day in the courts of the Lord is better than a thousand elsewhere. (Psalm 84:10)  “One day of harmony and hope is better than years of division and despair. Work and pray for harmony and hope.”  Daily Meds, Jim Burns


Lay Eucharistic Minister: Peggy Gearity

Greeters:  Jamie Parry and Wayne Weber

Lector:  Garry Stevenson

Attendance Last Sunday: 32 


Happy Birthday to: Phil Abitabile 1/24, Esther Zukowski 1/25, Kathy Harter 1/28, and Phyllis Mottoshiski 1/30.

Please remember those whose Anniversary of Death is this week: Frederick Dwyer, Mabel Holsapple, Pauline Race, and M. Gertrude Armstrong.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.   

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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