The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Outdoor Service of Koinonia



The Second Sunday after the Epiphany: Year B
17 January 2021


The Welcome



The Opening Acclamation

Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
All: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.


The Collect for Purity


Said in unison.

The Opening Hymn: 497

words: William Mercer (1811-1873), after Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608)

How bright appears the Morning Star,
with mercy beaming from afar;
the host of heaven rejoices;
O righteous Branch, O Jesse’s Rod!
Thou Son of Man and Son of God!
We, too, will lift our voices.
Jesus, Jesus!
Holy, holy, yet most lowly,
draw thou near us;
great Emmanuel, come and hear us.

Though circled by the hosts on high,
he deigned to cast a pitying eye
upon his helpless creature;
the whole creation’s Head and Lord,
by highest seraphim adored,
assumed our very nature;
Jesus, grant us,
through thy merit, to inherit
thy salvation;
hear, O hear our supplication.

Rejoice, ye heavens; thou earth, reply;
with praise, ye sinners, fill the sky,
for this his Incarnation.
Incarnate God, put forth thy power,
ride on, ride on, great Conqueror,
till all know thy salvation.
Amen, amen!
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise be given
evermore, by earth and heaven.


The Collect of the Day


The whole psalm is printed here, with the portions not assigned by the lectionary in brackets.

The Psalm: 139:1-5, 12-17

Lector: A Reading from The Book of Psalms.

  1     Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *
        you know my sitting down and my rising up;
        you discern my thoughts from afar. 

  2     You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
        and are acquainted with all my ways. 

  3     Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
        but you, O Lord, know it altogether. 

  4     You press upon me behind and before *
        and lay your hand upon me. 

  5     Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
        it is so high that I cannot attain to it. 

[  6 Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
        where can I flee from your presence?

  7     If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
        if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

  8     If I take the wings of the morning *
        and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

  9     Even there your hand will lead me *
        and your right hand hold me fast.

10     If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, *
        and the light around me turn to night,”

11     Darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is as bright as the day; *
        darkness and light to you are both alike.]

12     For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
        you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 

13     I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
        your works are wonderful, and I know it well. 

14     My body was not hidden from you, *
        while I was being made in secret
        and woven in the depths of the earth. 

15     Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
    all of them were written in your book; *
        they were fashioned day by day,
        when as yet there was none of them. 

16     How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
        how great is the sum of them! 

17     If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
        to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours. 

[18 Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! *
        You that thirst for blood, depart from me.

19     They speak despitefully against you; *
        your enemies take your Name in vain.

20     Do I not hate those, O Lord, who hate you? *
        and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?

21     I hate them with a perfect hatred; *
        they have become my own enemies.

22     Search me out, O God, and know my heart; *
        try me and know my restless thoughts.

23     Look well whether there be any wickedness in me *
        and lead me in the way that is everlasting.]

Lector: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.


Said in unison.

The Third Song of Isaiah (Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19)

Arise, shine, for your light has come, *
    and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.
For behold, darkness covers the land; *
    deep gloom enshrouds the peoples.
But over you the Lord will rise, *
    and his glory will appear upon you.
Nations will stream to your light, *
    and kings to the brightness of your dawning.
Your gates will always be open; *
    by day or night they will never be shut.
They will call you, The City of the Lord, *
    The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Violence will no more be heard in your land, *
    ruin or destruction within your borders.
You will call your walls, Salvation, *
    and all your portals, Praise.
The sun will no more be your light by day; *
    by night you will not need the brightness of the moon.
The Lord will be your everlasting light, *
    and your God will be your glory.


The Holy Gospel: John 1:43-51

Gospeler: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
All: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

After the reading, the Gospeler says: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Christ.


The Homily


The Prayers of the People

We pray for the church and the world, saying

Intercessor: Lord in your mercy,
All: Hear our prayer.


Those for whom prayers have been requested:

For Immediate Needs: Jessie McGill, Sam Polk, Randy Pollard III, Courtney Rosenthal, Dorothy Tuttle, Diane Woods

Long Term Prayers: R. Huntley Allen, Anne Bao, Penny Barnett, Edgar & Judith Beach, Perry Benton, Virginia Bicksler, David Burge, Michael Carrin, Heather Clark, Sharon Crews, Terry Dornbush, Sarah duBignon, Deborah Ellington, Dan Elson, Jenny Ham, Louise Kan, John Patrick Kelly, Lisa Krysiak, Sandy Land, Carol McDonald, Glenn Miller, Ashley Minear, Royce Mitchell, Laura Moore, Susan Myers, Charlie Neal, Linus Nickel, Marion Palmore, Beth Pitzer, Brenda Pruitt, Garry Pryor, Rowland Radford, Rubye & Wayne Reid, Agnes Elizabeth Robertson, Fred Rudolph, Louis “Skip” Schueddig, Marjorie Singley-Hall, Jeanne Smith, Tommy Truesdale, Faye Van Winkle, Michael Wood

For Family & Friends: Bettina Bass, Bella Bond, David Bond, Lynn Chandler, Roy Eugene Chatham, Andrew Clark, Vickie & Bob Coffman, Marie Corrigan, Robyn Kim Crennan, Konrad Darling, Carleton Fuller, Lamont Glover, Marilynn Hill, Cadel Ingraham, Vivian Johnson, Stephen Jones, Robin Kemp, Grace Lawson, Pete Livezey, Lauren Makhlouf, Pat Martin, Marge Massey, Michelle Maxwell, Judy McLeroy, Katie McRae, Stephano Miele, John Mitchell, Betsy Moore, Mary Nelson, Steven Norman, Domini Re-Darling, James Sands, Patricia Schooley, Steve Shaw, Cindy Snell, Paul Sturtz, Caroline Southerland, Tina Susco, Yvonne Tate, Pierson Thames, Jeffrey Thomas, Wayne Thurman, Roger Traylor, Ron M. Wallace, Whit A. Wright, Hollis Youngner


The Confession

Celebrant: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

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.


The Absolution


The Peace


The Parish Notices


The Lord’s Prayer


The Administration of Communion from the Reserved Sacrament


The Postcommunion Prayer

Gracious Father, we give you praise and thanks for this Holy Communion of the Body of your beloved Son Jesus Christ, the pledge of our redemption; and we pray that it may bring us forgiveness of our sins, strength in our weakness, and everlasting salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.


The Blessing


Said in unison.

The Closing Hymn: 535

words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788), alt.

Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad his wonderful Name,
the Name all-victorious of Jesus extol:
his kingdom is glorious, he rules over all.

God ruleth on high, almighty to save;
and still he is nigh, his presence we have.
The great congregation his triumph shall sing,
ascribing salvation to Jesus our King.

Salvation to God who sits on the throne!
Let all cry aloud, and honor the Son.
The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.

Then let us adore, and give him his right:
All glory and power, all wisdom and might,
and honor and blessing, with angels above,
and thanks never ceasing and infinite love.


The Dismissal