Services for January 24, 2021
Propers: The Feast of The Conversion of St. Paul
Liturgical Year B
Liturgical Colour – White/Gold

The Order of Service
for
The Solemn  High Mass
In celebration of
The Thirty Seventh Anniversary
of Ordination to the Priesthood
Of
The Reverend Canon
Crosley Newton Walkine

Sunday, January 24th 2021
being The Eve of the Feast of the
Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle  (January 25)

 7:15 a.m.
The Celebrant & Preacher: Canon Walkine
The Deacon : Fr. Chester Burton
The Sub Deacon:  Robert Walkine

10:30 a.m.
The Celebrant & Preacher: Canon Walkine

The Deacon : Fr. Chester Burton
The Sub Deacon:  Vonise Bethel

                                                                                         * Indicates the congregation stands

The Hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Celebrant:  Blessed be God:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Alleluia! Alleluia!

All:  And blessed be his Kingdom, now and forever. Amen. Alleluia! Alleluia!

All:
Blessed Lord and Father, we have assembled in your Name and in fellowship with one another.  Enable us by your grace to offer the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; to proclaim and respond to your holy word.  Teach us to pray for your world and your church. Grant that we, confessing our sins, may worthily offer to you our souls and bodies as a living sacrifice and eat and drink of your spiritual food in this Holy Sacrament.  Amen.

The Kyries

Lord, have mercy.  Lord have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.  Lord have mercy.

 The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One; you alone are the Lord: you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

                                                                                                                The Collects:

God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

(Together we pray)
Almighty and merciful God, graciously hear the humble prayers of your servants for Crosley whom you have chosen to serve you in your heavenly mysteries, and that for no merit of his own but only of the infinite abundance of your mercy: and make him to minister worthily in your holy temple; and in such a way that what he utters with his outward lips may by the power of your sanctification be brought to good effect.  Through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lesson:  Janet Walkine / Shaynse Innis

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Acts, chapter 26, verses 9 to 21

Paul said to King Agrippa, “Indeed, I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things against the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is what I did in Jerusalem; with authority received from the chief priests, I not only locked up many of the saints in prison, but I also cast my vote against them when they were being condemned to death. By punishing them often in all the synagogues I tried to force them to blaspheme; and since I was so furiously enraged at them, I pursued them even to foreign cities. “With this in mind, I was traveling to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests, when at midday along the road, your Excellency, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my companions. When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, `Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It hurts you to kick against the goads.’ I asked, `Who are you, Lord?’ The Lord answered, `I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you to serve and testify to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you. I will rescue you from your people and from the Gentiles– to whom I am sending you to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’  “After that, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout the countryside of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and do deeds consistent with repentance. For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.”

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Hymn:   Paul the preacher, Paul the poet

The Epistle: Robert Walkine / Vonise Bethel

 Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in Galatians, chapter 1, verses 11 to 24

I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it. I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days; but I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord’s brother. In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie! Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia, and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea that are in Christ; they only heard it said, “The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God because of me.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Hymn:  We sing the glorious conquest  

                                                                                                                    *The Gospel 

 Please turn to face the Gospel Book as the Gospel is being proclaimed. 
The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are accounts of the time when God came among us in the person of Jesus Christ.  We read the Gospel in the middle of the congregation as a reminder that God came to earth, lived and taught in the midst of his people

A Reading from the word of God written in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 10, verses 16 to 22

Jesus said to the twelve, “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

 The Gospel Response:  Go forth, ye heralds, in My Name

                                                                                                                      The Sermon

                                                                                                              *The Apostle’s Creed 

I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended to the dead.  On the third day He rose again.  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

(10:30 a.m. Mass only)
The Hymn for the Collection:  O God, we thank You for this day    

 The Commissioning of
Lay Readers/Chalice Bearers

                                                                                                               The Act of Penitence

Celebrant
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness     Let us therefore confess our sins.

All
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and one another, in thought, word and deed, and in what we have left undone.  We are sorry and repent of all our sins. For your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your Name.  Amen.

Celebrant:
Almighty God, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

                                                                                                            The Greeting of Peace:

 The Clergy and People greet one another with the sign of Christ’s Peace.  As you do so, you are invited to share your name with those you greet.          

                                                                                                              The Announcements

                                                                                                The Celebration of the Holy Communion

Dear Friends in Christ: This is the table where God intends us to be nourished.  It is the table where Christ himself, blessed and broken, is given to us; where we receive the resurrected life of Christ, the Divine life of God, into our own lives.

But, even more importantly, this is the altar where we come, not just to receive but to do the chief work of the Church.  Through the symbols of bread and wine, this is where we mystically offer ourselves, our intentions for others, and the world itself to the God of all creation for healing and reconciliation.  Through our gift of money, we make an offering that is both practical and symbolic of our conversion from ownership to stewardship of our material blessings.

Element Bearers (sometimes called oblation bearers) offer the bread and the wine at the presentation of the gifts on behalf of the congregation.  The Bearers present the offering to the priest, who then prepares the altar for communion.  Please volunteer for this ministry

The Element Bearers Today

7:15 am
Jasmine Rolle, Gloria Crawford, Joan Mitchell 

10:30 am 
Jennette Miller & family

*The Hymn for the Presentation of the Gifts: A heavenly splendour from on high    

*The Prayer over the gifts

*The Doxology   

The Prayer of Consecration:
The Celebrant continues with one of the following Eucharistic Prayers:  A – E found on pages 131 – 142 BCP

The Communion:

Please Note! The central act of worship in the Anglican tradition is the Holy Eucharist (Communion, or the Lord’s Supper), and so we invite you to come and be nourished at the Lord’s table by this meal of new and unending Life.

The Communion Hymns:  

Something beautiful, something good
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus 
When first I started to seek the Lord  

The Post Communion Prayer:

The Blessing of Birthdays and Anniversaries:

Khadijah Forbes, Tomeko Stanislaus (Today) Raymond Cartwright (Mon) Elizabeth Butler, Layla Rolle (Tue) Gloria Crawford, Shirley Francis, Jasmine Rolle, Jon Issacs, Edmund H. Strachan, Tonia Heastie, John & Branhilda Rahming (Wed) Bradia Armbrister, Blair Cargill, Joan Mitchell (Thu) Craig Butler, Leila Dillette, Demetri Huyler, Arthur Rolle, Krimild Seymour, Michelle Rahming, Lahendra Rolle (Fri)  George Adderley, O’Lanna Crawley, Theresa Cooper, Andrea Culmer, Diana Francis, David Mycklewhyte, Michelle White (Sat)  

Let us pray:
God of all creation, we offer you grateful praise for the gift of life. Hear the prayers for your servants, who recall today the gift of their birth. Bless them with your presence and surround them with your love that they may enjoy many happy years, all of them pleasing to you. We pray now O God of all comfort for those who are sick among us. Look with favor upon your servants and assure them of your mercy. Grant them patience in their sickness, strength of body and spirit, and if it be your will recovery of health. For those who are travelling, we pray that during their journey that you be their companion, guide and protector. Surround them with your holy angels to keep them safe from seen and unseen dangers. By Your divine power grant them a peaceful and successful journey and a safe return home for you are the way, the truth and the life, and to you we give glory thanks and praise forever and ever. Amen

                                                                                                     The Choral Blessing:

Go with us, Lord Jesus, as we leave today: protect us and guide us, and bless us we pray.  Help us, as your agents, be faithful and true: the church in the market-place, working for you.

                                                                                                            The Blessing

Celebrant:  Go in peace and serve the Lord.  Alleluia! Alleluia!

 All:  In the name of Christ. Amen.   Alleluia! Alleluia!

*The Hymn:    There was joy in Heav’n  

                                                                                                  Prayer before leaving the church.

O Thou who art the high and holy one that inhabitest eternity, yet dwellest with the humble in heart: Be pleased to accept the worship which we have now offered in thy house, and prepare us for the service of thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

                                                                                                When The Liturgy Is Over,
                                                                                                        The Service Begins