On this special occasion of celebrating the feast of St. Michael and All Angels with the whole congregation on a Sunday morning, I thought it would be fun to share our liturgy here. The Communion rite we’re using is the Anglican Standard Text, as usual.
OPENING HYMN: Christ the fair glory of the holy angels
ACCLAMATION: Worthy is the Lord our God: / To receive glory and honor and power.
COLLECT FOR PURITY, SUMMARY OF THE LAW, KYRIE,
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS sung to the setting #784 in the Book of Common Praise 2017
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY MOMENT
- Revelation 12:7-12, followed by a 1-minute Children’s sermon
- explanation: my church has two children, ages 2 and 4, so they spend most of the liturgy playing in a separate room. I’m a big believer in including young children in the liturgy, but sometimes they need space to move around, and our context is so small that it wouldn’t work so well at the moment. Soon the older will be able to sit/draw/play/read quietly in the worship space with the adults, and this addition to the liturgy will be removed.
Normally, this ministry moment includes a few-verse Bible reading followed by a one-minute teaching, but on this occasion the short reading is actually the same as the Epistle Lesson, so it’s just being moved up here wholesale. Yes it’s a strange way to tinker with the liturgy, and no I’m not crazy about it, but I’ve got to minister to everyone I can with the very limited resources and manpower available.
HYMN: Ye holy angels bright
COLLECT OF THE DAY, OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Genesis 28:10-17
PSALM: 103, SEQUENCE HYMN: Life and strength of all thy servants
GOSPEL LESSON: John 1:47-51
THE SERMON, THE NICENE CREED, THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION OF SIN, THE PEACE
OFFERTORY HYMN: Bread of heav’n on thee we feed
THE SURSUM CORDA, leading to the Preface for Trinity Sunday
THE SANCTUS, THE PRAYER OF CONSECRATION, THE LORD’S PRAYER
THE FRACTION, THE PRAYER OF HUMBLE ACCESS, THE AGNUS DEI
THE MINISTRATION OF COMMUNION
POST-COMMUNION CANTICLE: #6 Dignus es (from page 84)
THE POST-COMMUNION PRAYER, THE BLESSING
CLOSING HYMN: Ye watchers and ye holy ones