Schedule for the 10 AM church services

at St. Luke’s for the  Sundays in November

Rev. Bruce MacDuffie

January 16

January 23

January 30






                                                                  St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Chester, Vermont

                                                                    Second Sunday after the Epiphany

                                                                           January 16, 2022

(The complete service, including hymns, readings, and prayers, is printed in this leaflet.)

(Because, given the temperature forecast, the service is likely to be zoom, if you would like a communion together by zoom, before the service  place  a slice of bread and a small serving of wine for each person attending near the computer you are using.  At the prayers for the bread and wine,  place your hand on the bread and the same for your wine glass.   If you prefer not to receive wind, that is perfectly fine. ) 

Prelude – music played by Anne Goodreau

Entrance hymn 7   The Hymnal 1982


Presider   Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

People     And blessed be God’s reign, now and for ever. Amen.


Presider and people     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.

Song of praise  S-280   The Hymnal 1982

God be with you.

People      And also with you.

Presider   Let us pray.

Collect for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Book of Common Prayer, p. 215)

Presider and people

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Reader    FIRST READING: Isaiah 62:1-5

The people sit.

Reader    A Reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

 1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
  and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
 until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
  and her salvation like a burning torch.
 2The nations shall see your vindication,
  and all the kings your glory;
 and you shall be called by a new name
  that the mouth of the Lord will give.
 3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
  and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
 4You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
  and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;
 but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
  and your land Married;
 for the Lord delights in you,
  and your land shall be married.
 5For as a young man marries a young woman,
  so shall your builder marry you,
 and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
  so shall your God rejoice over you.


Reader The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.


Psalm 36:5-10

5 Your love, O God, reaches to the heavens, * and your faithfulness to the clouds.

6 Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep; * you save all your creatures, O God.

7 How priceless is your love, O God; * your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.

8 They feast upon the abundance of your house; * you give them drink from the river of your delights.

9 For with you is the well of life, * and in your light we see light.

10 Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, * and your favor to those who are true of heart.

11 Let not the foot of the proud come near me, * nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.

12 See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness; * they are cast down and shall not be able to rise

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Reader    A Reading from Paul's First letter to the Church in Corinth.

1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3Therefore 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.
  4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to 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. 11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

Reader The Word of the Lord.

PeopleThanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn 506    The Hymnal 1982

Reader    The Holy Gospel of Our Savior Jesus Christ According to  John (2:1-11)

People      Glory to you, Lord Christ.

1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.



The Gospel of the Lord.

People Praise to you, Lord Christ.


Sermon     The Rev. Bruce L. MacDuffie

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Celebrant        Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your

commitment to Jesus Christ?

People             I do.

Celebrant        Do you believe in God the Father?

People             I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and


Celebrant        Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People             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.

Celebrant        Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People             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.

Celebrant        Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in

    the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People             I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant        Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall

   into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People             I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant        Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of

   God in Christ?

People             I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant        Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your

   neighbor as yourself?

People             I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant        Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and

   respect the dignity of every human being? P

People             I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant     May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen


Prayers of the People  Form VI, Page 392(Book of Common Prayer)

The Leader and People pray responsively

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.


For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

For Michael our Presiding Bishop, and Shannon, our Bishop; and
for all bishops and other ministers;
For all who serve God in his Church.

For the special needs and concerns of the congregation, especially for those

 of those who are ill or in recovery: (names may be spoken here)


Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.


We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

The People may add their own thanksgivings

We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.

We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in
your eternal kingdom.

The People may add their own petitions


Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.

Presider    Lord, hear the prayers of your people; and what we have asked faithfully, grant that we may obtain effectually, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

Silence may be kept.

Leader and People     

God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.


Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.


The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of Christ be always with you.

People             And also with you.


Offertory Sentence 

Walk in love as Christ loved us, and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.

Offertory Hymn 135 The Hymnal 1982

Eucharistic Prayer 3 The people remain standing.

Presider    The Lord be with you.

People       And also with you.

Presider     Lift up your hearts.

People       We lift them to the Lord.

Presider     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People        It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Presider     All thanks and praise are yours at all times and in all places,

our true and loving God; through Jesus Christ, your eternal Word,

the Wisdom from on high by whom you created all things.

You laid the foundations of the world and enclosed the sea when it burst out from the womb; You brought forth all creatures of the earth

and gave breath to humankind. Wondrous are you, Holy One of Blessing,

all you create is a sign of hope for our journey; And so as the morning stars sing your praises we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we shout with joy:

Presider and people  S-125     Service Music, The Hymnal 1982            

The people stand or kneel. 

Glory and honor are yours, Creator of all, your Word has never been silent;

you called a people to yourself, as a light to the nations, you delivered them from bondage and led them to a land of promise.

Of your grace, you gave Jesus to be human, to share our life, to proclaim the coming of your holy reign and give himself for us, a fragrant offering.

Through Jesus Christ our Redeemer,

you have freed us from sin,

brought us into your life,

reconciled us to you,

and restored us to the glory you intend for us.

We thank you that on the night before he died for us Jesus took bread,

and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, gave it to his friends and said: “Take, eat, this is my Body, broken for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends and said:

“Drink this, all of you:

this cup is the new Covenant in my Blood,

poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.”

And so, remembering all that was done for us:

the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension,

longing for Christ’s coming in glory,

and presenting to you these gifts

your earth has formed and human hands have made,

we acclaim you, O Christ:

Presider and people

Dying, you destroyed our death.

Rising, you restored our life.

Christ Jesus, come in glory!

Send your Holy Spirit upon us

and upon these gifts of bread and wine

that they may be to us the Body and Blood of your Christ.

Grant that we, burning with your Spirit’s power,

may be a people of hope, justice and love.

Giver of Life, draw us together in the Body of Christ, and in the fullness of time gather us with blessed Luke, the patron of this congregation, and all your people into the joy of our true eternal home.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ,

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

we worship you our God and Creator

in voices of unending praise.

Blessed are you now and for ever. AMEN.

And now, As our Savior Christ Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

Presider and people

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 Breaking of the Bread

Presider    Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

People      Therefore let us keep the feast.

S164   Service Music Hymnal 1982


Presider  The Holy Gifts of God for the Holy People of God.

This is the table, not of the Church but of Jesus Christ. It is made ready for those who love God and who want to love God more. So come, you who have much faith and you who have little, you who have been here often and you who have not been for a long time or ever before, you who have tried to follow and you who have failed. It is Christ who invites you to be known and fed here.  All are welcome to receive communion. (Special COVID precautions may be voiced here.)

Communion Hymn 490   The Hymnal 1982


post-communion Prayer

Presider      Let us pray.

Presider and People

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

Closing Hymn 371   The Hymnal 1982



The Priest blesses the people, saying

Holy eternal Majesty,

Holy incarnate Word,

Holy abiding Spirit,

Our God Almighty, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit

Bless you for evermore. Amen.



Presider      Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleuia.  Alleluia!

People        Thanks be to God. Alleluia!  Alleluia!