Second Sunday After Epiphany (Online Service)

Online Worship

Second Sunday after Epiphany
January 17, 2021


Welcome to our online worship service! This service is an interactive liturgy with songs and prayers of adoration, confession, and thanksgiving, and uplifting sermons that focus on the Word of God. We pray that you are deeply blessed as you take part in this gathering.


Opening Prayer


LEADER: O Jesus Christ, we follow You,

PEOPLE: The Way of God before us.

LEADER: O Jesus Christ, we follow You,

PEOPLE: The Truth of God before us.

LEADER: O Jesus Christ, we follow You,

PEOPLE: The Life of God before us.

LEADER: O Jesus Christ, we follow You,

PEOPLE: The Light of God before us.

LEADER: Friends, let us pray….

ALL: Our Lord Jesus, Who is the Way, Truth, and Life of God, we thank You for the light of Joy and Hope that You have been to us. Thank You for guiding us through another week of ups and downs, and thank You for bringing us to this time of rest within Your Word. Receive our sacrifice of praise to You with prayer and song, and keep us as we follow You like the first disciples long ago. In Your gracious name we pray. Amen.


Song of Adoration

Thou Lovely Source Of True Delight


Thou lovely source of true delight
Whom I unseen adore
Unveil Thy beauties to my sight
That I might love Thee more,
Oh that I might love Thee more.

Thy glory o’er creation shines
But in Thy sacred Word
I read in fairer, brighter lines
My bleeding, dying Lord,
See my bleeding, dying Lord.

Tis here, whene’er my comforts droop
And sin and sorrow rise
Thy love with cheering beams of hope
My fainting heart supplies,
My fainting heart’s supplied.

But ah! Too soon the pleasing scene
Is clouded o’er with pain
My gloomy fears rise dark between
And I again complain,
Oh and I again complain.

Jesus, my Lord, my life, my light
Oh come with blissful ray
Break radiant through the shades of night
And chase my fears away,
Won’t You chase my fears away.

Then shall my soul with rapture trace
The wonders of Thy love
But the full glories of Thy face
Are only known above,
They are only known above.


Prayer of Confession


LEADER: Friends, let us confess our sins together saying….

ALL: O Lord Jesus as we look to You as Savior we also call You Teacher and seek to learn Your gracious way. Like the ancient rabbis You beckon us to follow You, but many times we walk a way that goes from Your instructions. Though You tell us to love God, we love the idols we possess. Though you tell us to love all people, we only love the people we like. Though you tell us to forgive, we pardon those deemed worthy. And though you tell us sin no more, we fail to live in righteousness. Lord, in Your mercy, forgive us for our stubbornness and humble us that we might be disciples who can follow You. In Your gracious name we pray. Amen. 

(confess in silence)

Song of Confession

Jesus Cast A Look On Me


Jesus cast a look on me,
Give me sweet simplicity
Make me poor and keep me low,
Seeking only Thee to know.

All that feeds my busy pride,
Cast it evermore aside
Bid my will to Thine submit,
Lay me humbly at Thy feet.

Make me like a little child,
Of my strength and wisdom spoiled
Seeing only in Thy light,
Walking only in Thy might.

Leaning on Thy loving breast,
Where a weary soul can rest
Feeling well the peace of God,
Flowing from His precious blood.

In this posture let me live,
And hosannas daily give
In this temper let me die,
And hosannas ever cry!

Confession of Forgiveness and Faith

(based on Matthew 11:28 and the Apostles Creed)


LEADER: Brothers and Sisters, Jesus tells us, “Come unto Me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. Therefore, having laid our burdens at His feet and having found rest in His grace and love, I declare to you the entire forgiveness of all of our sins. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

ALL: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and made righteous. Thanks be to God!

LEADER: Let us confess our faith together saying….

ALL: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 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 He is seated at the right hand of the Father; He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 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. Amen.

*The word catholic means “universal” or “for all people” (not the Roman Catholic Church).


Sermon

Text: John 1:43-51
Title: Can Anything Good Come From Nazareth?
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of Whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said of Him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”


Thanksgiving

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Song of Thanksgiving

The King Of Love My Shepherd Is


The King of Love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me;
And on His shoulder gently laid,
And home, rejoicing brought me.

In death’s dark vale, I fear no ill
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
Thine unction grace bestoweth;
And O what transport of delight
From Thy pure chalice floweth.

And so through all the length of days,
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
Within Thy house forever.


CLOSING PRAYER

with the Lord's Prayer and Benediction


LEADER: O King of love and Shepherd of grace, we thank You for Your calling; the calling to leave all burdens behind and follow You in righteousness.  Lord, may we leave our burdens at Your feet this hour, and may we go forth in the world as students in Your humble way. Teach us by Your Holy Spirit that we might truly know God’s perfect will, and may Your name be glorified through all of our thoughts, words, and deeds. We ask all this in Your gracious name and pray the prayer that You taught us saying….

ALL: 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, Forever and ever. Amen.

LEADER: Receive this blessing….May the blessing of the God of Sarah and Abraham, may the blessing of the Son born of Mary, and may the blessing of the Holy Spirit, Who watches over us as a mother watches over her children, be upon you and with you always.

ALL: Amen!

LEADER: Go in grace! Go in peace! You belong to Jesus!


This service is © All Souls Protestant Church • St. Gallen and East Switzerland

Cover image by Scotty J. Williams


Second Sunday of Christmas (Online Service)

Online Worship

Second Sunday of Christmas
January 3, 2021


Welcome to our online worship service! This service is an interactive liturgy with songs and prayers of adoration, confession, and thanksgiving, and uplifting sermons that focus on the Word of God. We pray that you are deeply blessed as you take part in this gathering.


Opening Prayer


LEADER: Like prophets of the ages past,

PEOPLE: We claim that Christ is ours!

LEADER: Like shepherds watching temple flocks,

PEOPLE: We claim that Christ is ours!

LEADER: Like Mary with a heart of hope,

PEOPLE: We claim that Christ is ours!

LEADER: And like Magi bearing many gifts,

PEOPLE: We claim that Christ is ours!

LEADER: Friends, let us pray….

ALL: Almighty and Everlasting God, Who sent Your Son into this world, we praise You on this Sunday of the joyful Christmas season. Like the saints before His birth and all the saints who witnessed it, we claim the Savior as our own and worship Him as King of Kings. Lord, may You find delight in all the gifts we bring to Him, and with them we present ourselves with gratitude and bless Your name. To You be the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


Song of Adoration

Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine!


Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine;
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.


Prayer of Confession


LEADER: Friends, let us confess our sins together saying….

ALL: O Christ the King, we confess to You that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have claimed Your Kingdom as our own like Herod did in Israel. And we have failed in bringing gifts to You and claiming You as Lord of all. Lord, in Your mercy, forgive us and restore us. We place the crown upon Your head, and bring You gifts that You deserve. In Your holy name we pray. Amen. 

(confess in silence)

Song of Confession

Trisagion


Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy, have mercy on us.

Confession of Forgiveness and Faith

(based on 1 John 1:9 and the 2nd Helvetic Confession)


LEADER: Brothers and Sisters, if we confess our sins, Christ our King is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Therefore, as a called and ordained servant of His holy Church, I declare to you the entire forgiveness of all of our sins. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

ALL: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and made righteous. Thanks be to God!

LEADER: Let us confess our faith together saying….

ALL: We believe in one God, Who created all things, and is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And we believe in the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, as the Word of God and rule of faith. We believe that God should be worshiped alone, through the power of the Spirit and in Jesus’ name. And we believe in the holy universal Church, where sins are forgiven, grace abounds, and eternal life is given to all. Amen.


Sermon

Text: Matthew 2:1-18
Title: Wiseguys
Preacher: Calen Gayle (All Saints Anglican Chaplaincy, Vevey Switzerland)


Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”


Thanksgiving

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Song of Thanksgiving

We Three Kings


We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

Oh-o, Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy Perfect Light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again.
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.

Oh-o, Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy Perfect Light.

Frankincense to offer have I,
Incense owns a deity neigh.
Prayer and praising, all men raising,
Worship Him, God most high.

Oh-o, Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy Perfect Light.

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume,
Breathes of life of gathering gloom.
Sorrow, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.

Oh-o, Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy Perfect Light.

Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and Sacrifice.
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Earth to heaven replies.

Oh-o, Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy Perfect Light.


CLOSING PRAYER

with the Lord's Prayer and Benediction


LEADER: Gracious Father, we thank You for the star that rose in the East, and for the Magi who bravely followed it with gifts for Christ the new born King. Give us the true wisdom that made them to be called the “Wisemen”, where they looked beyond Herod’s mighty court to the humble court in Bethlehem. May we bring all that we have and all that we are before Your Son, and may He shine on us with grace and lead us in the days ahead. We ask all this in His precious name as we pray the prayer that He taught us saying….

ALL: 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, Forever and ever. Amen.

LEADER: Receive this blessing….May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. And may the Lord lift the light of his countenance upon you, and give you His peace, both now and forever.

ALL: Amen!

LEADER: Go in grace! Go in peace! You belong to Jesus!


This service is © All Souls Protestant Church • St. Gallen and East Switzerland

Cover image by Robert Thiemann (free for use under the Unsplash License)


Early Christmas Service 2020

Early Christmas Service

December 2020


On December 20th at 7:00 p.m. (CET), we will have our annual Early Christmas celebration in Kirche Rotmonten. This celebration will feature traditional Christmas carols and Bible readings that tell the story of our Lord’s birth.

For those who are uncomfortable attending public gatherings during this time, the service will be livestreamed. For more information, click on the button below.

Early Christmas 2020

2020 Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

December 2020


If you are looking for a good Advent Calendar, here is one by the Rev. Thomas Mousin of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlestown, Massachusetts. This calendar has daily Scripture readings which will be featured in this month’s Word of the Day posts. To download it, click on the button below.

2020 Advent Calendar

Zürich Christmas Service

Zürich Christmas Service.


On November 30th Pastor Scotty preached at a Christmas carol service for the Zürich International Prayer Group. This service took place in the Fraumünster Cathedral, and you can watch it on the Youtube video below.


Pastor's Desk: Advent explained

Advent explained

Everything you need to know about this special season


6. December 2020In Pastor's deskBy Scotty Williams1 Minute

As a congregation that follows the Church Calendar we often get questions about its celebrations, and one celebration that we are asked about is the season called Advent. Though I could write an article explaining Advent in great detail, there are others who have made concise explanations that are much more fun and engaging. So for this year’s Advent Pastor’s Desk I will let others answer the questions, and I hope that you will better understand and cherish this beautiful season.

Blessings,

-Pastor Scotty


What Is Advent?



What Is An Advent Wreath?



Where Do Advent Calendars Come From?



What is St. Nicholas Day?




Meet the Congregation: Bima

Interview with Bima

All Souls alumni


15. November 2020In InterviewsBy Scotty Williams1 Minutes

This week we interviewed Bima. He comes from Indonesia and was a part of All Souls from 2019 to 2020.

Since leaving St. Gallen where have you gone?
Denmark.

What is your favorite memory of All Souls?
The Pancake Day before the season of Lent; there were green pancakes and a Bible quiz!

As you know, the mission of All Souls at this moment is fighting pandemic fatigue. What has personally helped you to fight this fatigue?
Taking a stroll in the park

What word of encouragement would you like to give to those in All Souls and the city of St. Gallen?
Be patient and strong! The walk with Him is not always easy, but He is always there for us.


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Who's your buddy?

Encouraging one another through the second COVID-19 wave.


8. November 2020In NewsBy Scotty Williams1 Minutes

To help All Souls get through the second COVID-19 wave, the Council of Elders has come up with a plan. Part of this plan is a “buddy system” where two people would agree to contact each other once a week (via phone, text message, email, or social media) and simply ask, “How are you doing?” They would also agree to pray for each other once a week, and to offer words of encouragement to lift each others spirits.

This week the Buddy System will be launched, and the Council encourages everyone to think about who could be their Buddy and reach out to them. If you can’t think of anyone and need help, please feel free to contact Pastor Scotty or an Elder via email or by calling the Church Office. In this time everyone must work together to encourage one another and care for the community, and the Council has full confidence that this can be done.


Meet the Congregation: Sarah

Interview with Sarah

All Souls alumni


7. November 2020In InterviewsBy Scotty Williams4 Minutes

This week we interviewed Sarah. She comes from England and was a part of All Souls from 2017 to 2018.

Since leaving St. Gallen where have you gone?
Germany.

What is your favorite memory of All Souls?
I have so many great memories of All Souls that it is difficult to pick one favorite. However, some of my most memorable of times are as follows….

  • Grabbing lunch with members of the congregation after a Church Service
  • Scotty’s 35th Birthday (with great entertainment, drums, music and food!)
  • Outside service and walking with the Palms on Palm Sunday
  • The Table Talk Services… the potluck dinner and many great discussions
  • Watching the World Cup with Scotty and Geoffrey

As you know, the mission of All Souls at this moment is fighting pandemic fatigue. What has personally helped you to fight this fatigue?
The ways I’m fighting pandemic fatigue are….

  • Keeping Busy; I create myself a schedule or an agenda to do, complete and look forward to each day. The feeling of accomplishment keeps me in a positive mind set. Some items might even be simple things such as watching a film or an Episode of a series I am into.
  • Keeping fit; I am a dancer so keeping fit and staying healthy is an essential part of my life and career. By doing homework, and online dance classes enables me to stay focus, fit and also gives me a dose of those endorphins!
  • Keeping in contact with friends and family via video chats and messages; Staying as social as possible, I believe, is paramount! Support from people from a positive support network will help not only you but those in the circle around you.
  • Spending time and planning evening occasions with my flatmate; my flatmate is one of my best friends (luckily!) and so we have a few nights where we will cook for each other, have a game night, film night …these sort of things. Also having chats and talking about the situation helps to keep us grounded and
  • A DOG!; my flatmate recently got a rescue dog, called Belle. She is very calm and keeps us occupied training her, looking after her and discovering a new personality. She is also very cuddly!!!

What word of encouragement would you like to give to those in All Souls and the city of St. Gallen?
I would encourage to keep yourself busy. My mum always said to me “Don’t get down, Get busy”. For me this is one of the best pieces of advice I have received in keeping positive and to keep pushing forward. Also, trying out new creative outlets or learning a new skill such as painting, drawing, learning a new instrument, new language. Doing something that will keep you busy but could also be useful for your future self. If all else fails. I highly recommend getting a dog or pet.

So basically just try and keep busy and motivated, and if you’re not don’t worry about it, accept that today is not a good day and try again tomorrow!