Church of the Cross
Connecting with God, one another, and the world
9:30 AM; Sunday, January 21
Third Sunday of Epiphany
Serene Hills Elementary School
3301 Serene Hills Drive

The Liturgy of the Word

All:         Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid:  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Opening Song:  “Lord, You Give the Great Commission”

Song of Praise:  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

Opening Prayer:
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and to share with all people the Good News of his love, 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.

The First Reading:           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.

Reader:                The word of the Lord.
People:                Thanks be to God.

Gradual:              “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”

The Gospel:        Mark 1:14-20

Reader:                The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
People:                Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Now 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 lake—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.

Reader:                The Gospel of the Lord.
People:                Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Message

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:  by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets. 

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

The Prayers of the Community

Prayer Leader:   Loving Lord, we are your people, gathered in prayer.  We love you.  We pray for our bishops, Andy, Dena, Jeff, and Hector; for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; for all the local congregations; and for our brothers and sisters throughout the world.  We pray for your Church.
People:                That we all may be one.

Prayer Leader:   Give us a listening heart to hear your call and respond.  Help us to follow.  Grant us the grace to do your will, and truly and humbly serve you.
People:                That all may know your love.

Prayer Leader:   We place before you in prayer the world for which you came.  We pray for our nation and our state; for the Greater Austin Community; for our neighborhoods and households.  And we pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world.
People:                That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Prayer Leader:   We pray for all in search of healing; for those with no clean water, or enough to eat, or no safe place to rest their head this night.  We pray for those who are cold, or afraid, or alone.  We pray for those we have promised to pray for; those we have forgotten to pray for; and those prayed for by no one else.  We place before you, either silently or aloud, what rests upon our hearts…

An open space to offer our own prayers, either silently or aloud.

Prayer Leader:   Have compassion, merciful God, one those who suffer from any grief or trouble.
People:                That they may be delivered from their distress.

Prayer Leader:   Give to the departed eternal rest.
People:                Let light perpetual shine upon them.

Prayer Leader:   We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy.
People:                May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Prayer Leader:   We thank you for every grace; for the gift of Sabbath; for the blessing of worship together, and the privilege of being your people sent into the world.  We thank you for the hospitality of the Serene Hills Elementary School, and pray for all students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators.  We love you, Lord.
People:                And we thank you.

Prayer Leader:   Before coming to your table, we pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins:
All:                        Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.

Presider:              Almighty God has mercy on you, forgives you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthens you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keeps you in eternal life.  Amen.

The Peace

Presider:              The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:                And also with you.

The people greet one another with a sign of Christ’s Peace…

Making our Offering

Song of Offering:             “Be Thou My Vision”

The Great Thanksgiving

Presider:              The Lord be with you.
People:                And also with you.

Presider:              Lift up your hearts.
People:                We lift them up to the Lord.

Presider:              Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:                It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Presider:              It is always right to give you thanks and praise, Loving Lord, especially at this table.  With full and grateful hearts, we thank you for everything…for the goodness and love you have made known in Creation; in the calling, and gathering, and sending of your people; in your Word revealed in the scriptures; and your revelation fully and completely, in Jesus, the Word made flesh.  For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.  In him, you delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you.  In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

As we do whenever we are together, we pray this ancient story:  On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat:  This is my Body, which is given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you:  This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,
We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory.

Presider:              And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you; presenting to you this bread and this wine.  They represent the work, and will, and wisdom you have given us.

Send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the New Covenant.  Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being made your holy people gathered and sent by your Spirit.  In the fullness of time, unite all things under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.
All:         AMEN!

The Lord’s Prayer:
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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Presider breaks the consecrated loaf…

Bishop:                Alleluia!  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!
People:                Therefore let us keep the feast!  Alleluia!
Bishop:                The gifts of God for the people of God.  Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

The blue chalice immediately next to the bread distributor contains regular wine.  The outside, white chalice contains non-alcoholic wine for persons who may wish to refrain from consuming regular wine.  If you would like to receive a gluten-free wafer, please let the presider know when you come forward to receive.

Songs during Communion:          “At the Cross”  “10,000 Reasons”

Closing Prayer:  Lord, make us instruments of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.  Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.

 The Blessing

Closing Song:     “Lead On, O King Eternal”

Presider:              Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit!
People:                Thanks be to God!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!


The Episcopal Church of the Cross
Worshiping every Sunday at 9:30 AM at the Serene Hills Elementary School
3301 Serene Hills Drive, Lakeway
Professional and trained child-care available at every worship service.
The People of Church of the Cross, Ministers of the Gospel
The Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle, Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison and the Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher, Suffragan Bishops
The Rt. Rev. Hector Monterroso, Assistant Bishop
Leigh Anne Diaz, Office Administrator;
Paul Johnson, Vicar;
Dave Madden, Director of Music