Saint Francis Episcopal Church
of Southern Ohio
St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

 16 August 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite II

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Seventh Day of Easter

16 May 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God


Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 537                        Christ for the World We Sing                                Moscow

1 Christ for the world we sing! The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal; the poor, and them that mourn, the faint and overborne, sin-sick and sorrow-worn, whom Christ doth heal.

2 Christ for the world we sing! The world to Christ we bring with fervent prayer; the wayward and the lost, by restless passions tossed, redeemed at countless cost from dark despair.            

3 Christ for the world we sing! The world to Christ we bring with one accord; with us the work to share, with us reproach to dare, with us the cross to bear, for Christ our Lord.      

4 Christ for the world we sing! The world to Christ we bring with joyful song; the new-born souls, whose days, reclaimed from error’s ways, inspired with hope and praise, to Christ belong.

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Alleluia.  Christ is risen.

People             The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            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.

 

 

S-280                                                    Glory to God                                     Gloria in excelsis

1 Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

2 Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

3 Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

4 you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

5 you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

6 For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

7 you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

 

A reading from the Book of Acts.

 

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus—for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry. So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.” So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm1                                                                Beatus vir qui non abiit

1          Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *

                        nor lingered in the way of sinners,

                        nor sat in the seats of the scornful!

2          Their delight is in the law of the Lord, *

                        and they meditate on his law day and night.                                Antiphon

3          They are like trees planted by streams of water,

                        bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *

                        everything they do shall prosper.

4          It is not so with the wicked; *

                        they are like chaff which the wind blows away.              Antiphon

5          Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright

                        when judgment comes, *

                        nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.

6          For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, *

                        but the way of the wicked is doomed.                                       Antiphon

 

 

The Epistle:  1 John 5:9-13

 

A reading from the First Letter of John.

 

If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 817  Christ is Risen from the Dead   Early American Tune

1 Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life.

 

 

The Gospel:  John 17:6-19

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Jesus prayed for his disciples saying, “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                                              The Reverend Jed J. Dearing

 

 

The Nicene Creed

 

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People: Form VI

           

The Leader and People pray responsively

 

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence

 

            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; for Kenneth, our Bishop; for Jed, our Clergy Resident; and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

 

            For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions aloud

 

            Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great

 

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

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own thanksgivings aloud

 

            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.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions

 

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

 

Celebrant        Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the Name of your Son: Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as you know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

 

            Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Music                                                                             Diana Graham

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer C

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.

Glory to you for ever and ever.

 

            At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

By your will they were created and have their being.

 

            From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

 

            Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.

By his blood, he reconciled us.

By his wounds, we are healed.

 

            And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

 
S-129                                                Sanctus

 

            And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

            On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

 

            Lord God of our Fathers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

 

            Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN.

 

 

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

            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

S-154                                                Fraction Anthem

 


Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your he arts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread and wine.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

 

Communion Hymn 149                                  Ubi Caritas                                              Taize

1 Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

2 Live in charity and steadfast love, live in charity, God will dwell with you.

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.  Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 778                           We All Are One in Mission                               Nyland

1 We all are one in mission, we all are one in call, our varied gifts united by Christ, the Lord of all. A single, great commission compels us from above to plan and work together that all may know Christ’s love.

2 We all are called for service to witness in God’s name. Our ministries are diff’rent, our purpose is the same: to touch the lives of others by God’s surprising grace, so people of all nations may feel God’s warm embrace.

3 We all behold one vision, a stark reality; the steward of salvation was nailed upon a tree. Yet resurrected Justice gives rise that we may share free reconciliation and hope amid despair. 

4 Now let us be united and let our song be heard. Now let us be a vessel for God’s redeeming Word. We all are one in mission, we all are one in call, Our varied gifts united by Christ, the Lord of all.

 


The Dismissal

Celebrant        Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia. Alleluia.

People             Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

 

Postlude                                          

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Jed J. Dearing

Guest Preacher:  Jonathan Youngman

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Barb Roy

Lectors: Chuck Oduah and Stephan Graham

Altar Guild: Nancy Glass

Ushers/Greeters: Allison Ferriell

Cantor: Stephan Graham

Videographer: Tony Patti

St. Francis Episcopal Church

Ascension Day

13 May 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God



Welcome

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Alleluia.  Christ is risen.

People             The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            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 Psalm 113:3

From the rising of the sun. To the going down of the same. The name of the Lord shall be praised.

 

 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Acts 1:1-11

 

A reading from the Book of Acts.

 

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 93                                                                                    

         The Lord is King; he has put on splendid apparel; *
                        the Lord has put on his apparel and girded himself with strength.
         He has made the whole world so sure *
                        that it cannot be moved;

         Ever since the world began, your throne has been established; *
                        you are from everlasting.
         The waters have lifted up, O Lord, the waters have lifted up their voice; *
                        the waters have lifted up their pounding waves.

         Mightier than the sound of many waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea, *
                        mightier is the Lord who dwells on high.
         Your testimonies are very sure, *
                        and holiness adorns your house, O Lord, for ever and for evermore.

 

 

The Wild Geese:  By Wendell Berry

Horseback on Sunday morning, harvest over, we taste persimmon and wild grape, sharp sweet of summer’s end. In time’s maze over fall fields, we name names that went west from here, names that rest on graves. We open a persimmon seed to find the tree that stands in promise, pale, in the seed’s marrow. Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes.  Abandon, as in love or sleep, holds them to their way, clear, in the ancient faith: what we need is here. And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye clear. What we need is here.

 

 

The Gospel:  Luke 24:44-53

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’  Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                                             The Reverend Jed J. Dearing

 

 

The Nicene Creed

 

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.   We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People

           

            Risen and ascended Savior, we wait for the outpouring of your Spirit so that empowered by your grace we may be your faithful witnesses. In our world of change and hope, of fear and adventure, pour out your Spirit:

Empower us for witness, O Christ.

 

            In our wanderings and in our obedience, in our seeking and our finding, pour out your Spirit:

Empower us for witness, O Christ.

 

            Bless Michael our Presiding Bishop, Ken our Bishop and all Bishops, priests, deacons and people; as your Church proclaims your goodness in words and action, pour out your Spirit:

Empower us for witness, O Christ.  

            Inspire and uphold our parish family to be a Christian community dedicated to the love of Jesus Christ and to the truth of His message, and as we strive to discern where you are leading us in our commitment to love our neighbors, pour out your Spirit:

Empower us for witness, O Christ

 

            Guide and direct the leaders of the nations, especially Joseph our President, Mike our Governor, and Jesse our Mayor; and on the common life of our society, in prosperity and need, pour out your Spirit:

Empower us for witness, O Christ.

 

            On our friends and in our homes, pour out your Spirit:

Empower us for witness, O Christ.

 

            In our times of joy, in our days of sorrow, pour out your Spirit:

Empower us for witness, O Christ.

 

            In our strengths and triumphs, in our weakness and at our death, pour out your Spirit:

Empower us for witness, O Christ.

 

            Keep all who have died and the saints in glory in the bliss of eternal life with you, and by the Spirit’s power prepare us for that happy place, that where they are we may also one day be.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours.

 

Celebrant       Jesus Christ, our Risen and Ascended Savior, help us to see that the real footprints of your ascension are to be found, not upon a mountain top near Jerusalem,          but in the witness of your disciples here and now, living and serving in the presence of their Ascended Lord, for you live and reign in the Unity of the Blessed Trinity, One God, now and forever. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

The Holy Communion

 


Offertory

             Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer C

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.

Glory to you for ever and ever.

 

            At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

By your will they were created and have their being.

 

            From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

 

            Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.

By his blood, he reconciled us.

By his wounds, we are healed.

 

            And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

            Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

            Hosanna in the highest.

 

            And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

            On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

 

            Lord God of our Fathers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.


            Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN.

 

 

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

            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

 [Alleluia.] Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. [Alleluia.]

 

 

Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your he arts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread and wine.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.  Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The Dismissal

Celebrant        Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia. Alleluia.

People             Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Jed J. Dearing

Lectors: Teena Baldrige and Jeff Baldrige


St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Sixth Sunday Easter

9 May 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God



Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 51                                     Loving Spirit                                 Omni die

1 Loving Spirit, loving Spirit, you have chosen me to be; you have drawn me to your wonder, you have set your sign on me.

2 Like a mother you enfold me, hold my life within your own. feed me with your very body, form me of your flesh and bone.

3 Like a father you protect me, teach me the discerning eye; hoist me up upon your shoulder, let me see the world from high.

4 Friend and lover in your closeness I am known and held and blessed, in your promise is my comfort, in your presence I may rest.

5 Loving Spirit, loving Spirit, you have chosen me to be; you have drawn me to your wonder, you have set your sign on me.

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Alleluia.  Christ is risen.

People             The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            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.

 

 

S-280                                                  Glory to God                                       Gloria in excelsis

1 Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

2 Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

3 Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

4 you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

5 you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

6 For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

7 you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Acts 10:44-48

 

A reading from the Book of Acts.

 

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 98                                                                         Cantate Domino

 

1          Sing to the Lord a new song, *

                        for he has done marvelous things.

2          With his right hand and his holy arm *

                        has he won for himself the victory.                                             Antiphon

3          The Lord has made known his victory; *

                        his righteousness has he openly shown in

                        the sight of the nations.

4          He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to       the house of Israel, *

                        and all the ends of the earth

                        have seen the victory of our God.                                              Antiphon

5          Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands; *

                        lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.

6          Sing to the Lord with the harp, *

                        with the harp and the voice of song.

7          With trumpets and the sound of the horn *

                        shout with joy before the King, the Lord.                                 Antiphon

8          Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, *

                        the lands and those who dwell therein.

9          Let the rivers clap their hands, *

                        and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord,

                        when he comes to judge the earth.

10        In righteousness shall he judge the world *

                        and the peoples with equity.                                                      Antiphon

 

 

The Epistle:  1 John 5:1-6

 

A reading from the First Letter of John.

 

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 817  Christ is Risen from the Dead                 Early American Tune


1 Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life.

 

 

The Gospel:  John 15:9-17

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Jesus said to his disciples, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                                             The Reverend Jed J. Dearing

 

 

The Nicene Creed

 

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People: Form VI

           

The Leader and People pray responsively

 

            In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence

 

            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; for Kenneth, our Bishop; for Jed, our Clergy Resident; and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

 

            For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions aloud

 

            Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great

 

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

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own thanksgivings aloud

 

            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.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions

 

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

 

Celebrant        On this Mother's Day, we give thanks to God for the divine gift of motherhood in all its diverse forms. Let us pray for all the mothers among us today; for our own mothers, those living and those who have passed away; for the mothers who loved us and for those who fell short of loving us fully; for all who hope to be mothers someday and for those whose hope to have children has been frustrated; for all mothers who have lost children; for all women and men who have been our substitute mothers and we who have done so for those in need; and for the earth that bore us and provides us sustenance. We pray this all in the name of God, our great and loving Mother. Amen.

 

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 


Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

 

            Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Music                                                                             Diana Graham

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer C

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.

Glory to you for ever and ever.

 

            At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

By your will they were created and have their being.

 

            From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

 

            Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.

By his blood, he reconciled us.

By his wounds, we are healed.

 

And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

 


S-129                                                Sanctus

 

            And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

            On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

 

            Lord God of our Fathers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

 

            Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN.

 

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

            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

S-154                                                Fraction Anthem

 


Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your he arts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread and wine.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

 

Communion Hymn 55                      Oh Holy Spirit, Root of Life                           Durell

1 O Holy Spirit, root of life, creator, cleanser of all things, anoint our wounds, awaken us

with lustrous movement of your wings, of your wings.

2 Eternal Vigor, saving one, you free us by your living Word, becoming flesh to wear our pain, and all creation is restored, is restored.

3 O Holy Wisdom, soaring pow’r, encompass us with wings unfurled, and carry us, encircling all, above, below, and through the (world.)  through the world, above, below,

and through the world, through the world, through the world

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.  Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 178     Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord    Alleluia No. 1

Refrain: Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord. Alleluia, alleluia! Give Praise to his Name.

1 Jesus is Lord of all the earth. He is the King of creation.

2 Spread the good news o’er all the earth: Jesus has died and has risen.

3 We have been crucified with Christ. Now we shall live for ever.

4 Come, let us praise the living God, joyfully sing to our Savior

 

 

The Dismissal

Celebrant        Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia. Alleluia.

People             Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

 

Postlude                                          

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Jed J. Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Kimmie Sprowles

Lectors: Teena Baldrige and Kimmie Sprowles

Altar Guild: Barb Roy

Ushers/Greeters: Mary Harris

Cantor: Kimmie Sprowles

Videographer: Tony Patti

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Fifth Sunday Easter

2 May 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God



Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 47                        On This Day the First of Days                      Gott sei Dank

1 On this day, the first of days, God the Father’s Name we praise, who, creation’s Lord and spring, did the world from darkness bring.

2 On this day the eternal Son over death his triumph won; on this day the Spirit came with his gifts of living flame.

3 Maker, who didst fashion me image of thyself to be, fill me with thy love divine, let my every thought be thine.

4 Holy Jesus, may I be dead and buried here with thee; and, by love inflamed, arise unto thee a sacrifice.

5 Thou, who dost all gifts impart, shine, blest Spirit, in my heart; best of gifts, thyself bestow; make me burn thy love to know.

6 God, the blessèd Three in One, dwell within my heart alone; thou dost give thyself to me: help me give myself to thee.

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Alleluia.  Christ is risen.

People             The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            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.

 

 

S-280                                                    Glory to God                                     Gloria in excelsis

1 Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

2 Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

3 Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

4 you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

5 you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

6 For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

7 you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Acts 8:26-40

 

A reading from the Book of Acts.

 

An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People              Thanks be to God.

 


The Psalm: Psalm 22:24-30

24        My praise is of God in the great assembly; *

                        I will perform my vows in the presence of those

                        who worship the Lord.

25        The poor shall eat and be satisfied,

                        and those who seek the Lord shall give praise: *

                        “May your heart live for ever!”                                                        Antiphon

26        All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the God, *

                        and all the families of the nations shall bow before the Lord.

27        For sovereignty belongs to the Lord; *

                        who rules over the nations.

28        To the Lord alone all who sleep in the earth

                        bow down in worship; *

                        all who go down to the dust fall before the Lord.                             Antiphon

29        My soul shall live for God; my descendants shall serve the Lord; *

                        they shall be known as the Lord’s for ever.

30        They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *

                        the saving deeds that God has done.                                             Antiphon

 

 

The Epistle:  1 John 4:7-21

 

A reading from the First Letter of John.

 

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.



The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 817  Christ is Risen from the Dead                Early American Tune

 
1 Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life.

 

 

The Gospel:  John 15:1-8

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                     The Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

 

 

The Nicene Creed

 

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People: Form VI

           

The Leader and People pray responsively

 

            In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence

 

            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; for Kenneth, our Bishop; for Jed, our Clergy Resident; for Nancy, Jed's Clergy Mentor; and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

 

            For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions aloud

 

            Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great

 

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

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own thanksgivings aloud

 

            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.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions

 

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

 

Celebrant        Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the Name of your Son: Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as you know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

            Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Music                                                                             Diana Graham

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer C

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.

Glory to you for ever and ever.

 

            At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

By your will they were created and have their being.

 

            From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

 

            Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.

By his blood, he reconciled us.

By his wounds, we are healed.

 

            And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

 

S-129                                                Sanctus

 

            And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

            On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

 

            Lord God of our Fathers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

 

            Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN.

 

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

            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


S-154                                                Fraction Anthem

 

 

Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your he arts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread and wine.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.



Communion Hymn 304               I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord     Land of Rest

1 I come with joy to meet my Lord, forgiven, loved, and free, in awe and wonder to recall his life laid down for me.       

2 I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed, the new community of love in Christ’s communion bread.                 

3 As Christ breaks bread and bids us share, each proud division ends. That love that made us takes us one, and strangers now are friends.                       

4  And thus with joy we meet our Lord. His presence, always near, is in such friendship better known: we see, and praise him here.

5  Together met, together bound, we’ll go our different ways, and as his people in the world, we’ll live and speak his praise.

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.  Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 125                        I Love to Tell the Story                                       Hankey


Refrain  I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

1 I love to tell the story of unseen things above, of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his   love. I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true; it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

2 I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams. I love to tell the story, it did so much for me; and that is just the reasonI tell it now to thee.

3  I love to tell the story; ’tis pleasant to repeat what seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.  I love to tell the story, for some have never heard the message of salvation from God’s own holy word.

4 I love to tell the story, for those who know it best seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest. And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song, ’twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.


 

The Dismissal

Celebrant        Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia. Alleluia.

People             Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

 

Postlude                                          

 

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Jeff Baldrige

Lectors: Jack Emerson & Chuck Oduah

Altar Guild: Kimmie Sprowles

Ushers/Greeters: Kathi Oaks

Cantor: Stephan Graham

Videographer: Tony Patti

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Fourth Sunday Easter

25 April 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God


Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 645                              The King of Love                                    St. Columba

1 The King of love my shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never; I nothing lack if I am his, and he is mine for ever.

2 Where streams of living water flow, my ransomed soul he leadeth, and where the verdant pastures grow, with food celestial feedeth.

5 Thou spread’st a table in my sight; thy unction grace bestoweth; and oh, what transport of delight from thy pure chalice floweth!

6 And so through all the length of days thy goodness faileth never: Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise within thy house for ever.

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Alleluia.  Christ is risen.

People             The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            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.

 

 

S-280                                                   Glory to God                                     Gloria in excelsis

1 Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

2 Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

3 Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

4 you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

5 you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

6 For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

7 you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 


The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Acts 4:5-12

 

A reading from the Book of Acts.

 

The rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People              Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 23                                                                              Dominus regit me

1          The Lord is my shepherd; *

                        I shall not be in want.

2          You make me lie down in green pastures *

                        and lead me beside still waters.                                     Antiphon

3          You revive my soul *

                        and guides me along right pathways for your name’s sake.

4          Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

                        I shall fear no evil; *

                        for you are with me;

                        your rod and your staff, they comfort me.                                  Antiphon

5          You spread a table before me

                        in the presence of those who trouble me; *

                        you have anointed my head with oil,     

                        and my cup is running over.

6          Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me

                        all the days of my life, 

                        and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.*                    Antiphon

 

 

The Epistle:  1 John 3:16-24

 

A reading from the First Letter of John.

 

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 817  Christ is Risen from the Dead                 Early American Tune

 

1 Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life.

 

 

The Gospel:  John 10:11-18

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                             The Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

 

 

The Nicene Creed

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People: Form VI

           

The Leader and People pray responsively

 

            In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence

 

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; for Kenneth, our Bishop; for Jed, our Clergy Resident; for Nancy, Jed's Clergy Mentor; and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

 

            For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions aloud

 

            Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great

 

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

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own thanksgivings aloud

 

            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.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions

 

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

 

Celebrant        Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the Name of your Son: Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as you know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 


The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

            Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Music                                                                             Diana Graham

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer C

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.

Glory to you for ever and ever.

 

            At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

By your will they were created and have their being.

 

            From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

 

            Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.

By his blood, he reconciled us.

By his wounds, we are healed.

 

            And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

 

S-129                                                Sanctus

 

            And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

            On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

 

            Lord God of our Fathers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

 

            Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN.

 

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

            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

 

S-154                                               Fraction Anthem

 

Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your he arts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread and wine.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

 

Communion Hymn 115                      Sing Alleluia to the Lord                              L. Stassart

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.  Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 182                                   Christ is Alive                                            Truro

1 Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. His cross stands empty to the sky. Let streets and homes with praises ring. His love in death shall never die.

2 Christ is alive! No longer bound to distant years in Palestine, he comes to claim the here and now and conquer every place and time.

3 Not throned above, remotely high, untouched, unmoved by human pains, but daily, in the midst of life, our Savior with the Father reigns.

4 In every insult, rift, and war where color, scorn or wealth divide, he suffers still, yet loves the more, and lives, though ever crucified.

5 Christ is alive! His Spirit burns through this and every future age, till all creation lives and learns his joy, his justice, love, and praise.

 

 

The Dismissal

Celebrant        Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia. Alleluia.

People             Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

 

Postlude                                          

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Barb Roy

Lectors: Ginny Culp and David Culp

Altar Guild: Nancy Glass

Ushers/Greeters: Mary Harris

Cantor: Kimmie Sprowles

Videographer: Tony Patti

 


St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Third Sunday Easter

18 April 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God



Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 193                    That Easter Day with Joy was Bright                  Puer nobis

1 That Easter day with joy was bright, the sun shone out with fairer light, when, to their longing eyes restored, the apostles saw their risen Lord.

2 His risen flesh with radiance glowed; his wounded hands and feet he showed; those scars their solemn witness gave that Christ was risen from the grave.

3 O Jesus, King of gentleness, do thou thyself our hearts possess that we may give thee all our days the willing tribute of our praise.

4 O Lord of all, with us abide in this our joyful Eastertide; from every weapon death can wield thine own redeemed for ever shield.

5 All praise, O risen Lord, we give to thee, who, dead, again dost live; to God the Father equal praise, and God the Holy Ghost, we raise.

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Alleluia.  Christ is risen.

People             The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            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.

 

 

S-280                                                      Glory to God                                    Gloria in excelsis

1 Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

2 Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

3 Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

4 you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

5 you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

6 For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

7 you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Acts 3:12-19

 

A reading from the Book of Acts.

 

Peter addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People              Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 4                                                                                     Cum invocarem

1          Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *

                        you set me free when I am hard-pressed;

                        have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2          “You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *

                        how long will you worship dumb idols

                        and run after false gods?”                                                          Antiphon

3          Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *

                        when I cry out, the Lord will hear me.

4          Tremble, then, and do not sin; *

                        speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

5          Offer the appointed sacrifices *

                        and put your trust in the Lord.                                                  Antiphon

6          Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!” *

                        Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.

7          You have put gladness in my heart, *

                        more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

8          I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *

                        for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.                                Antiphon

 

 

The Epistle:  1 John 3:1-7

 

A reading from the First Letter of John.

 

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 817  Christ is Risen from the Dead                 Early American Tune

 
1 Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life.

 

 

The Gospel:  Luke 24:36b-48

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Jesus stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                             The Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

 

 

The Nicene Creed

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People: Form VI

           

The Leader and People pray responsively

 

            In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence

 

            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; for Kenneth, our Bishop; for Jed, our Clergy Resident; for Nancy, Jed's Clergy Mentor; and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

 

            For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions aloud

 

            Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great

 

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

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own thanksgivings aloud

 

            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.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions

 

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

 

Celebrant        Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the Name of your Son: Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as you know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

 

            Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Music                                                                                Diana Graham

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer C

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.

Glory to you for ever and ever.

 

            At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

By your will they were created and have their being.

 

            From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

 

            Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.

By his blood, he reconciled us.

By his wounds, we are healed.

 

            And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

 
S-129                                                Sanctus

 

            And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

            On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

 

            Lord God of our Fathers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

 

            Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN.

 

 

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

            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

S-154                                              Fraction Anthem

 

Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your he arts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread and wine.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

 

Communion Hymn 204                      Now the Green Blade                            Noel Nouvelet

1 Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain, wheat that in dark earth many days has lain; love lives again, that with the dead has been:

2 In the grave they laid him, Love whom hate had slain, thinking that never he would wake again, laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:

3 Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain, he that for three days in the grave had lain,

quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:

4 When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain, thy touch can call us back to life again,

fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:

Refrain   Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.  Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 108                       To God Be the Glory                   F. Crosby/W.H. Doane

Refrain Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice! O come to the Father, through Jesus the son, and give him the glory! Great things he has done!

1 To God be the glory, great things he hath done! So loved he the world that he gave us his son, who yielded his life, an atonement for sin, and opened the life-gate, that all may go in.

2 O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood! To every believer the promise of God! The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus forgiveness receives.

3 Great things he has taught us, great things he has done, and great our rejoicing through Jesus the son; but purer and higher and greater will be our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see.



The Dismissal

Celebrant        Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia. Alleluia.

People             Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

 

Postlude                                          

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Jeff Baldrige

Lectors: Jacqui Parker and Chuck Oduah

Altar Guild: Jacqui Parker

Ushers/Greeters: David Culp

Cantor: Stephan Graham

Videographer: Tony Patti

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Second Sunday Easter

11 April 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God



Prelude                                     When Morning Gild The Sky                                   L. Smith 

 

 

Welcome

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 205                                  Good Christians All                 Gelobt sei Gott

1 Good Christians all, rejoice and sing! Now is the triumph of our King! To all the world glad news we bring: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2 The Lord of life is risen today! Sing songs of praise along his way; let all the earth rejoice and say: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

3 Praise we in songs of victory that love, that life which cannot die, and sing with hearts uplifted high: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

4 Your Name we bless, O risen Lord, and sing today with one accord the life laid down, the life restored: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

5 To God the Father, God the Son, to God the Spirit, always One, we sing for life in us begun: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Alleluia.  Christ is risen.

People             The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            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.

 

 

S-280                                                   Glory to God                                     Gloria in excelsis

1 Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

2 Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

3 Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

4 you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

5 you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

6 For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

7 you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.



The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Acts 4:32-35

 

A reading from the book of Acts.

 

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People              Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 133                                                                           Ecce, quam bonum!

1          Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *

                        when the community lives together in unity!

2          It is like fine oil upon the head *

                        that runs down upon the beard,

3          Upon the beard of Aaron, *

                        and runs down upon the collar of his robe.                                 Antiphon

4          It is like the dew of Hermon *

                        that falls upon the hills of Zion.

5          For there the Lord has ordained the blessing: *

                        life for evermore.                                                                      Antiphon

 

 

The Epistle:  1 John 1:1—2:2

 

A reading from the First Letter of John.

 

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 817  Christ is Risen from the Dead              Early American Tune


1 Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life.


 

The Gospel:  John 20:19-31

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.           

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                     The Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

 

 

The Nicene Creed

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People: Form VI

           

The Leader and People pray responsively

 

            In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence

 

            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; for Kenneth, our Bishop; for Jed, our Clergy Resident; for Nancy, Jed's Clergy Mentor; and for all bishops and other ministers; For all who serve God in his Church.

 

            For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions aloud

 

            Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great

 

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

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own thanksgivings aloud

 

            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.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions

 

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

 

Celebrant        Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the Name of your Son: Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as you know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

 

            Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Music                                                                             Diana Graham

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer C

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.

Glory to you for ever and ever.

 

            At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

By your will they were created and have their being.

 

            From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

 

            Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.

By his blood, he reconciled us.

By his wounds, we are healed.

 

            And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:


S-129                                                Sanctus

 

            And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

            On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

 

            Lord God of our Fathers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

 

            Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN.

 

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

            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

 

S-154                                               Fraction Anthem

 

Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your he arts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread and wine.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

 

Communion Hymn 119                         Blessed Assurance                  F. Crosby/P. Knapp

Refrain 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.

1 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his spirit, washed in his blood.

2 Perfect submission, perfect delight, visions of rapture now burst on my sight; angels descending, bring from above echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

3 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.

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.  Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 208                           Alleluia! The Strife Is O'er                              Victory

Antiphon: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

1 The strife is o’er, the battle done, the victory of life is won; the song of triumph has begun. Alleluia!

2 The powers of death have done their worst, but Christ their legions hath dispersed: let shout of holy joy outburst. Alleluia!

4 He closed the yawning gates of hell, the bars from heaven’s high portals fell; let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!  Alleluia!

5 Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee, from death’s dread sting thy servants free, that we may live and sing to thee.  Alleluia!

Antiphon: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

 

The Dismissal

Celebrant        Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia. Alleluia.

People             Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

 

Postlude                                              Postlude in G                          G. Peterson

 

 

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Kimmie Sprowles

Lectors: Teena Baldrige and Stephan Graham

Altar Guild: Kimmie Sprowles

Ushers/Greeters: Allison Ferriell

Videographer: Tony Patti

 

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day

4 April 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God

 

 

Prelude                                                        Gloria                                             W. A. Mozart

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 207                        Jesus Christ is risen today                                  Easter Hymn

1 Jesus Christ is risen today, our triumphant holy day, who did once upon the cross, suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

2 Hymns of praise then let us sing, unto Christ, our heavenly King, who endured the cross and grave, sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

3 But the pains which he endured, our salvation have procured; now above the sky he’s King,

where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

4 Sing we to our God above praise eternal as his love; praise him, all ye heavenly host, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Alleluia.  Christ is risen.

People             The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

 

 

S-280                                                   Glory to God                            Gloria in excelsis

 

 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons  

The people sit for

The Old Testament Reading: Acts 10:34-43

 

A reading from the book of Acts.

 

Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other Gentiles: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm:  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24                                                        Confitemini Domino

1          Give thanks to the, for he is good;*

                        his mercy endures for ever.

2          Let Israel now proclaim,*

                        “His mercy endures for ever.”                                       Antiphon

14        The Lord is my strength and my song,*

                        and he has become my salvation.

15        There is a sound of exultation and victory*

                        in the tents of the righteous:

16        “The right hand of the Lord has triumphed!*

                        the right hand of the Lord is exalted!

                        the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!”                                Antiphon

17        I shall not die, but live,*

                        and declare the works of the Lord.

18        The Lord has punished me sorely,*

                        but he did not hand me over to death.                            Antiphon

19        Open for me the gates of righteousness;*

                        I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20        “This is the gate of the Lord;*

                        he who is righteous may enter.”

21        I will give thanks to you, for you answered me*

                        and have become my salvation.                                                 Antiphon

22        The same stone which the builders rejected*

                        has become the chief cornerstone.

23        This is the Lord’s doing,*

                        and it is marvelous in our eyes.                                     Antiphon

24        On this day the Lord has acted; *

                        we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

 

The Epistle:  1 Corinthians 15:1-11

 

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.

 

Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain. For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 817  Christ is Risen from the Dead   Early American Tune

 

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death,

and on those in the tombs bestowing life.

 

The Gospel:  John 20:1-18

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

           

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

THE Homily                                                                            The Reverend Jed J. Dearing

 

 

            Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life. I call upon you, therefore, now that our Lenten observance is ended, to renew the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and all his works, and promised to serve God faithfully in his holy Catholic Church.

 

 

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 earth.

 

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?

People             I will, with God's help.

 

The Celebrant concludes the Renewal of Vows as follows

            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.

 

 

Thanksgiving Over the Water

The Presider blesses the water, first saying or singing

 

Presider           The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Presider           Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People             It is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

Presider           We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

 

            We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

At the following words, the Presider touches the water.

 

            Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior.

 

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

The People are sprinkled with baptismal water, in the rite of “asperges.” 

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People

 

            Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.

    

           

            Merciful God, we pray for your holy catholic Church;

That we all may be one.

 

            Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;

That your Name may be glorified by all people.

 

            We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons; for Michael our Presiding Bishop, for Kenneth our Bishop, for Jed our priest, for Nancy Hopkins-Greene, Jed's Clergy Mentor; and for all the clergy and people.

That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

 

            We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;

That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

 

            Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

That our works may find favor in your sight.

 

            Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;

That they may be delivered from their distress.

 

            Give to the departed eternal rest;

Let light perpetual shine upon them.

 

            We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

 

            Let us pray for our own needs and those of others...

 

            We  pray for those of our parish family serving in the military ...

 

Celebrant        Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people's shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us.  Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

 

Offertory

            Celebrant        On this day the Lord has acted; Jesus Christ is risen! 

                                    Let us rejoice and be glad!

 

 

The people will stand on the last verse

Offertory Hymn 180                             He is Risen                     Unser Herrscher

1 He is risen, he is risen! Tell it out with joyful voice: he has burst his three days’ prison; let the whole wide earth rejoice: death is conquered, we are free, Christ has won the victory.

2 Come, ye sad and