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The Church Of the Good Shepherd
The Rev. Larry C. Morrison, Rector
|Epiphany Four||January 29, 2012|
|The Order for Holy Communion|
|Processional Hymn||Am I a soldier of the cross [Tune: “Marlow” Arr. from John Chetham’s Psalmody, 1718] [Words: by Isaac Watts, 1724, alt.] 550†|
|Psalm of the month - Psalm 98||Music “Desert” or “Desert” or “Desert” Thomas Jarman p 360†|
|Collect for Purity||Prayer Book 67|
|The Decalogue and Summary of the Law||68|
|Collect for the Day||p 114|
ogod, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through jesus christ our lord. amen.
|Old Testament, 1st Samuel 10:17-25*||p 310|
|Psalms 120 and 121||p 646|
|The Epistle, Romans 13:1-14*|
|Metrical Psalm 120||Music “Dundee” Damon’s Psalter, 1591 p 285†|
|The Gospel, Matthew 20*||p 970|
|Metrical Psalm 121||Music “French” Scottish Psalter, 1615 p 286†|
|The Nicene Creed||71|
|Prayer for the Whole State of Christ’s Church||74|
|Invitation, Confession and Absolution||75|
|The Comfortable Words||76|
|Sursum Corda and Sanctus||76|
|Prayer of Consecration||80|
|The Lord’s Prayer||82|
|The Prayer of Thanksgiving||83|
|Gloria in Excelsis||84|
|Recessional Hymn||Come Labor On 576†|
|Closing Prayer and Organ Postlude|
*All Scripture readings are taken from the Trinitarian Bible Society Bibles (KJV) in the pews.
†To view, print, and listen to the music scores please download and install the NoteWorthy Viewer.
Psalms 120 & 121
Theme — The Songs of the Steps
The collection of Psalms from Psalm 120 to Psalm 134 form a group of Psalms that were probably used by pilgrims as they went up to the feasts at Jerusalem (Deut 16:16). In the King James Version they are called “The Songs of Degrees.” They are also known as “The Songs of Ascents” and as “The Gradual Psalms.” The word, Gradual, comes from the Latin word, “gradus,” or step.
Historically, Christians have applied the “Psalms of Degrees” to the Christian Pilgrimage. Christians are on a journey toward the Heavenly Jerusalem - toward the Temple of god in Heaven.
Psalm One Hundred and Twenty
Theme — Longing for God
In my distress to God I cry’d
and he gave ear to me.
From lying lips, and guileful tongue,
O Lord, my soul set free.
Psalm 120 is the first of the “Songs of Ascent” (ps. 120-134) sung by the pilgrims journeying to the holy hill of Zion. Compared with this sacred ground (of Zion), the whole world is barbarous. The exile feels that he is in Mesech (in the Caucasus, Gen. 10:2) or amongst the fierce tribes of the Arabian deserts (Kedar, Gen 13:13) god will judge the lying mouth and the hostile intentions that surround the pilgrim.
This song can be sung in a Christian “key”. As Rowland Ward says, “jesus christ is the tuning–fork by which we pitch the Psalms correctly.” jesus says: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which dispitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matt 5:44-45) The enemies of the Christian soul are spiritual. The weapons of Christian warfare are spiritual. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (not of the flesh, not physical), but mighty through god to the pulling down of strong holds.” (2 Cor 10:4) We pray that god will rain down judgments upon our enemies within who wage deceitful, treacherous, constant war. We pray against our own selfish selves.
Psalm One Hundred and Twenty-one
Theme — The Pilgrim’s Song
The Pilgrim lifts his face towards The Temple on the height of Zion. It is the earthly home of the One god, the tireless guardian of Israel. We, too, journey to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem with which the old Jerusalem of stone cannot compare. “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” (Heb 13:14) Now in that city is one who prays:
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world,… Holy Father.… I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
To that height and so to that shrine we confidently lift our eyes and sing our prayer.
Attention Readers and Cantors
Psalm of the Month — Andrew St Jean
Ten Commandments — Steve Ritter
Old Testament — Steve McLeod
Responsive Psalm — Robert Thoburn
Epistle — Steven St. Jean
Metrical Psalm Precentor: Steven St Jean
Prayers of the People — Andrew St. Jean
Intercessioins — Bobby Thoburn, and Philip St Jean
Acolytes — Joseph Ritter and Philip St Jean
Commentary on Readings
1 Samuel 10 — Geneva Notes, Matthew Henry (concise), Matthew Henry (complete)
Psalm 120 — Geneva Notes, Matthew Henry (concise), Matthew Henry (complete)
Psalm 121 — Geneva Notes, Matthew Henry (concise), Matthew Henry (complete)
Romans 12 — Geneva Notes, Matthew Henry (concise), Matthew Henry (complete)
Matthew 20 — Geneva Notes, Matthew Henry (concise), Matthew Henry (complete)
Net Ministries — A pronunciation guide including audio is found here.
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