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 Third Sunday after Pentecost

13 June 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Enriching Our Worship 1


The Word of God


 

 

Prelude

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 525                        The Church's One Foundation                                 Aurelia

 

 

Acclamation

            Celebrant        Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.

            People             Glory to God for ever and ever.

 

 

S-280                                                      Glory to God                                    Gloria in excelsis

 

 

The Collect of The Day

Celebrant        God be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: 1 Samuel 15:3416:13

 

A reading from the Book of 1 Samuel.

 

Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel. The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

 

            Reader             Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm:  Psalm 20                                                                         Exaudiat te Dominus

1          May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble, *

                        the name of the God of Jacob defend you;

2          From God's holy place may you receive help *

                        may God strengthen you out of Zion;

3          May God remember all your offerings *

                        and accept your burnt sacrifice;

4          Grant you your heart’s desire *

                        and prosper all your plans.

5          We will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the name of our God; *

                        may the Lord grant all your requests.

6          Now I know that the Lord gives victory to the anointed one; *

                        out of God's holy heaven will come an answer;

                        the right hand of the Lord works victorious strength.

7          Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, *

                        but we will call upon the name of the Lord our God.

8          They collapse and fall down, *

                        but we will arise and stand upright.

9          Lord, give victory to the king *

                        and answer us when we call.

 

 

The Epistle: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, [11-13], 14-17

 

A reading from the Second Letter of Corinthians.

We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.  Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.  For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

 

            Reader             Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

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

Sequence Hymn 440       Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word   (sing vs. 1)      Liebster Jesu

 


 


 

 

The Gospel:  Mark 4:26-34

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

            People             Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord.

            People             Praise to you, O Lord.

 

 

THE Homily                                                                           The Reverend Jed. J. Dearing

 

 

The people stand to say

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, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. 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, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who 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

 

            In the confidence that God is able to take our small seeds of faith and grow the kingdom of love and peace, let us offer prayers for every person in every place.

 

For this holy gathering and for the people of God in every place.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For our parish community of St. Francis that God will guide us with wisdom, protect us with  strength, and provide for us from God’s bounty.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For all nations, peoples, tribes, clans, and families.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For all that is good and bountiful for the world, and for mercy, justice, and peace.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For all those involved in the education system, that they might better understand themselves, our world and you; and grant those who teach us and our children respect for others’ inventiveness and questioning, and for themselves commitment to truth.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For all those in danger and need: the sick and the suffering, the hungry and the oppressed, travelers and prisoners, and the dying.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For those who rest in the peace of Christ and for all the departed, especially ...

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For ourselves, our families, and those we love, especially ....

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            Lifting our voices with all creation, with the blessed Virgin Mary, St. Francis and all the saints, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ.
To you, O Lord.

 

Celebrant        Our Father in heaven, you can turn the smallest seed into a shade tree: Receive the prayers we offer this day as a seed of faith and provide your healing and peace for all in every danger and every need, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

The Confession

Celebrant        Let us confess our sins to God.

 

Silence may be kept.

People             God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

 

 

The Absolution

Celebrant        Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. 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



Blessing for Students & Educators

            God of journeys, endings, and new beginnings, through the highs and lows, the twists and turns these students and educators have faced along the way, we have faith that your love has guided them from the moment they began up to the last day of school. We give you thanks and praise for the goodness that shines in the relationships formed, knowledge learned, and memories made through the school year. Bless the body, mind, and soul of every student and educator, that they may celebrate your glory in themselves and all creation, and use their education to build your kingdom of peace. Amen.

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

            But do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.                                                                                                                                                        Hebrews 13:14, 15

 

 

Performing Arts Anthem        I am the Vine, You are the Branches            Jeff Baldrige, Reader

 

 

Offertory Hymn 302         Father We Thank Thee Who Has Planted           Rendez a Dieu

 

 

At the Presentation

The people stand for the Doxology

Doxology Hymn 380     Praise God, from whom all blessings flow (verse 3)  Old 100th 

Praise god, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;

praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer 3

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 God thanks and praise.

 

            All thanks and praise are yours at all times and in all places, our true and loving God; through Jesus Christ, your eternal Word, the Wisdom from on high by whom you created all things. You laid the foundations of the world and enclosed the sea when it burst out from the womb; You brought forth all creatures of the earth and gave breath to humankind. Wondrous are you, Holy One of Blessing, all you create is a sign of hope for our journey; And so as the morning stars sing your praises we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we shout with joy:


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

           Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

           Hosanna in the highest.

           Blessed is the one who come in the name of the Lord.

           Hosanna in the highest.

 

            Of your grace, you gave Jesus to be human, to share our life, to proclaim the coming of your holy reign and give himself for us, a fragrant offering.

 

            Through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, you have freed us from sin, brought us into your life, reconciled us to you, and restored us to the glory you intend for us.

           

            We thank you that on the night before he died for us Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, gave it to his friends and said: “Take, eat, this is my Body, broken for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends and said: “Drink this, all of you: this cup is the new Covenant in my Blood, poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            Glory and honor are yours, Creator of all, your Word has never been silent; you called a people to yourself, as a light to the nations, you delivered them from bondage and led them to a land of promise.

 

            And so, remembering all that was done for us: the cross, the tomb, the  resurrection and ascension, longing for Christ’s coming in glory, and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed and human hands have made, we acclaim you, O Christ:

 

            Dying, you destroyed our death.

            Rising, you restored our life.

            Christ Jesus, come in glory!

 

            Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine that they may be to us the Body and Blood of your Christ.

            Grant that we, burning with your Spirit’s power, may be a people of hope, justice and love.

 

            Giver of Life, draw us together in the Body of Christ, and in the fullness of time gather us with Blessed St. Francis and all your people into the joy of our true eternal home.

 

            Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, we worship you our God and Creator in voices of unending praise.  Blessed are you now and for ever. 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

Fraction Anthem                                          O Lamb of God

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.


 

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 hearts 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. 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 209              We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight        St. Botolph

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and cup of salvation; you have united us with Christ and one another; and you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue for ever in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

            Live without fear: your Creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Go in peace to follow the good road and may God’s blessing be with you always. Amen.

 

 

Closing Hymn 533                      How Wondrous and Great Thy Works              Lyons

 

 

The Dismissal

            Celebrant        Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Postlude      

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Jed J. Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Jeff Baldrige

Lectors: Allison Ferriell and Jacqui Parker

Altar Guild: Donna Sprowles

Ushers/Greeters: Ron Thomas

Videographer: Tony Patti

 

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

6 June 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Enriching Our Worship 1


The Word of God



 

Prelude

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 569                            God the Omnipotent                                         Russia

 

 

Acclamation

            Celebrant        Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.

            People             Glory to God for ever and ever.

 

 

S-280                                                      Glory to God                                    Gloria in excelsis

 

 

The Collect of The Day

Celebrant        God be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; 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: 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20; (11:14-15)

 

A reading from the Book of 1 Samuel.

 

All the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him,

“You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.” So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers. He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, “No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.” Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship.” So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal. There they sacrificed offerings of well-being before the Lord, and there Saul and all the Israelites rejoiced greatly.

 

            Reader             Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm:  Psalm 138                                                                                  Confitebor tibi

1          I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *

                        before the gods I will sing your praise.

2          I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your Name, *

                        because of your love and faithfulness;

3          For you have glorified your Name *

                        and your word above all things.

4          When I called, you answered me; *

                        you increased my strength within me.

5          All the rulers of the earth will praise you, O Lord, *

                        when they have heard the words of your mouth.

6          They will sing of the ways of the Lord, *

                        that great is the glory of the Lord.

7          The Lord is high, yet the Lord cares for the lowly; *

                        and perceives the haughty from afar.

8          Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *

                        you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;

                        your right hand shall save me.

9          The Lord, you will make good his purpose for me; *

                        Lord, your love endures for ever;

                        do not abandon the works of your hands.

 

 

The Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1

 

A reading from the Second Letter of Corinthians.

 

Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

 

            Reader             Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

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

Sequence Hymn 440       Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word   (sing vs. 1)     Liebster Jesu

 

 

The Gospel:  Mark 3:20-35

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

            People             Glory to you, O Lord.

 

The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord.

            People             Praise to you, O Lord.

 

 

THE Homily                                                        The Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

 

 

The people stand to say

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, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. 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, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who 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

 

            The Spirit of God aids us in our weakness and teaches us to pray. In the power of the Spirit let us offer prayers to God for the needs, concerns, and hopes of all the world.

 

            For peace from on high and for our salvation.  Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of the holy churches of God, and for the unity of all. Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For this holy gathering and for those who enter with faith, reverence, and fear of God. Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For Michael, our presiding Bishop, Kenneth our bishop and the priests, the deacons and all who minister in Christ, and for all the holy people of God. Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For the world and its leaders, our nation and its people. Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For all those in need, the suffering and the oppressed, travelers and prisoners,
and the dying. Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For ourselves, our families, and those we love, especially....  Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For those who rest in the peace of Christ, and for all the departed, especially .....

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            Remembering our most glorious and blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Francis, and all the saints, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ.
To you, O Lord.

 

Celebrant        Blessed are you, O Lord our God, for you transform our lives and makes us new:  Hear our prayers which we offer in confidence and breathe upon us with your Holy Spirit. Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Confession

Celebrant        Let us confess our sins to God.

 

Silence may be kept.

People             God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

 

 

The Absolution

Celebrant        Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. 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

            But do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.                                                                                                                                                            Hebrews 13:14, 15

 

 

Performing Arts Anthem           Improvisation of Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G           Donna Sprowles, Piano

 

 

Offertory Hymn 86                         In the Bulb there is a Flower                           Promise

1 In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!  In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

2 There’s a song in ev’ry silence, seeking word and melody; there’s a dawn in ev’ry darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

3 In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity; in our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

 

 

At the Presentation

The people stand for the Doxology

Doxology Hymn 380     Praise God, from whom all blessings flow (verse 3)  Old 100th 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise hm all creatures here below:

praise him above, heavenly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.



The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer 3

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 God thanks and praise.

 

            All thanks and praise are yours at all times and in all places, our true and loving God; through Jesus Christ, your eternal Word, the Wisdom from on high by whom you created all things. You laid the foundations of the world and enclosed the sea when it burst out from the womb; You brought forth all creatures of the earth and gave breath to humankind. Wondrous are you, Holy One of Blessing, all you create is a sign of hope for our journey; And so as the morning stars sing your praises we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we shout with joy:

 

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

           Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

           Hosanna in the highest.

           Blessed is the one who come in the name of the Lord.

           Hosanna in the highest.

 

            Glory and honor are yours, Creator of all, your Word has never been silent; you called a people to yourself, as a light to the nations, you delivered them from bondage and led them to a land of promise.

 

            Of your grace, you gave Jesus to be human, to share our life, to proclaim the coming of your holy reign and give himself for us, a fragrant offering.

 

            Through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, you have freed us from sin, brought us into your life, reconciled us to you, and restored us to the glory you intend for us.

           

            We thank you that on the night before he died for us Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, gave it to his friends and said: “Take, eat, this is my Body, broken for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends and said: “Drink this, all of you: this cup is the new Covenant in my Blood, poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            And so, remembering all that was done for us: the cross, the tomb, the  resurrection and ascension, longing for Christ’s coming in glory, and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed and human hands have made, we acclaim you, O Christ:

 

            Dying, you destroyed our death.

            Rising, you restored our life.

            Christ Jesus, come in glory!

 

            Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine that they may be to us the Body and Blood of your Christ.

 

            Grant that we, burning with your Spirit’s power, may be a people of hope, justice and love.

 

            Giver of Life, draw us together in the Body of Christ, and in the fullness of time gather us with Blessed St. Francis and all your people into the joy of our true eternal home.

 

            Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, we worship you our God and Creator in voices of unending praise.  Blessed are you now and for ever. 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

Fraction Anthem                                          O Lamb of God

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.


 

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 hearts 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 Distribution of Gifts

 

 

Communion Hymn 620                      Jerusalem, My Happy Home                    Land of Rest

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and cup of salvation; you have united us with Christ and one another; and you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue for ever in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

            Live without fear: your Creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Go in peace to follow the good road and may God’s blessing be with you always. Amen.

 

 

Closing Hymn 594                     God of Grace and God of Glory                    Cwm Rhondda

 

 

The Dismissal

            Celebrant        Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Postlude      

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Jeff Baldrige

Lectors: Allison Ferriell and Chuck Oduah

Altar Guild: Mary Harris

Ushers/Greeters: Mary Harris

Videographer: Tony Patti

St. Francis Episcopal Church

Trinity Sunday

30 May 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God


Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 362                  Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!                      Nicaea

1 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee: Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity.

2 Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.    

3 Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, though the sinful human eye thy glory may not see, only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love, and purity.  

4 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea; Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity.

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People             And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

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, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8

 

A reading from the Book of Isaiah.

 

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Canticle 13                                              Benedictus es, Domine

            Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; *

                  you are worthy of praise; glory to you.

            Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; *

                        we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.                

                 Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; *

                        on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.

            Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; *

                        we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.                

                 Glory to you, beholding the depths; *

                        in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.

            Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *

                        we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.    



The Epistle: Romans 8:12-17

 

A reading from the First Letter of Romans.

 

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

 

            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 275      Refrain: Lord, Send Out Your Spirit

Lord, send out your spirit! Lord, send out your spirit! Lord, send out your spirit! And renew the face of the earth.


 

The Gospel: John 3:1-17

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

People             Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?  Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord.

            People             Praise to you, O Lord.

 

 

THE Homily                                                                            The Reverend Jed J. Dearing

 

 

The people stand to say

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

 

            Holy Trinity, One God, the whole world is filled with your glory: Hear the prayers of your children as we say: Blessed Trinity, Hear our prayer.

 

            For the Church: especially Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Kenneth, our bishop, & Jed our priest, that we may speak of what we know, and testify to what we have seen: that God is Love. Blessed Trinity, Hear our prayer.

 

            For this parish family, that we who are sealed in the Name of the Trinity, may find new ways to encounter God in friend and stranger, and be voices of peace and justice for all. Blessed Trinity, Hear our prayer.

            For ourselves, that we may follow the Way of Love that seeks the good, the well-being, and the welfare of others, as well as one's self. Blessed Trinity, Hear our prayer.

 

            For greater stewardship of the earth's resources, that we may be good stewards of God's creation, and strive to protect and preserve it for future generations. Blessed Trinity, Hear our prayer.

 

            For an end to violence and injustice, that God will give courage to all who are working for peace, help the voices of those who have experienced injustice to be heard, and turn the hearts of those prone to violence toward new ways of working for change. Blessed Trinity, Hear our prayer.

 

            For an end to the pandemic, that God will defeat the coronavirus, heal those who are sick, and give strength to all those working against it, particularly in India & Southeast Asia. Blessed Trinity, Hear our prayer.

 

            For all those commended to our prayers, remembering especially, . . . . . . . . . . ,  that they may be strengthened by the healing presence of God. Blessed Trinity, Hear our prayer.

 

            For all who have died in the service of our country, and all the departed, remembering especially, . . . . . . . . . , that God will receive them into the heritage of the saints. Blessed Trinity, Hear our prayer.

 

            Lifting our voices with all creation, with Mary, the God-bearer, and all the saints who have borne witness to Christ, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ. To you, O Holy and Blessed Trinity, we give praise and glory.

 

Celebrant        Let our prayers and praises fill your temple, Holy One, and empower us to do the work of your Son and to be signs of your divine presence. Accept our prayers in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 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

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Offertory

Celebrant        Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good your vows to the                                 Most High.                                                                                         Psalm 50:14                           

                       

Offertory Hymn 812                           Here I Am Lord                                      D. Schutte

1 I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry. All who dwell in deepest sin My hand will save. I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.  Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

2 I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain. I have wept for love of  them, They turn away. I will break their hearts of stone, Give them hearts for love alone. I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send?

3 I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame. I will set a feast for them, My hand will save. Finest bread I will provide Till their hearts be satisfied. I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send?

Refrain  Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me, I will hold your people in my heart.

 

 

At the Presentation

The people stand for the Doxology

Doxology Hymn 380   Praise God, from whom all blessings flow (verse 3) Old 100th 

1  Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

2  Praise him, all creatures here below;

3  Praise him above, ye heavenly host:

4   Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

 

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 791                                  Peace Before Us                               D. Haas

1 Peace before us, peace behind us, peace under our feet.  Peace within us, peace over us, let all around us be peace.

2 Love before us, love behind us, love under our feet.  Love within us, love over us, let all around us be love.

3 Light before us, light behind us, light under our feet. Light within us, light over us, let all around us be light.

4 Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ under our feet.  Christ within us, Christ over us, let all around us be Christ.

5 Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

6 Peace before us, peace behind us, peace under our feet. Peace within us, peace over us, let all around us be peace.

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Almighty and ever living God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Trinity Blessing

            God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of the God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always. 

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 718                             God of Our Fathers                   National Hymn

1 God of our fathers, whose almighty hand leads forth in beauty all the starry band of shining worlds in splendor through the skies, our grateful songs before thy throne arise.

2 Thy love divine hath led us in the past, in this free land by thee our lot is cast; be thou our ruler, guardian, guide, and stay thy word our law, thy paths our chosen way.

3 From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence, be thy strong arm our ever sure defense; thy true religion in our hearts increase, thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

4 Refresh thy people on their toilsome way, lead us from night to never-ending day; fill all our lives with love and grace divine, and glory, laud, and praise be ever thine.

           

                                         

The Dismissal

            Celebrant        Go in peace to love and praise the living God: Father, Son, and

                                    Holy Spirit.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Postlude      

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Jed J. Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Jeff Baldrige

Lectors: Ginny Culp and David Culp

Altar Guild: Donna Sprowles

Ushers/Greeters: Ron Thomas

Videographer: Goose Catalan

 

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Day of Pentecost

23 May 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God


 
 

Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 225                            Hail Thee, Festival Day!                      Salve festa dies

Refrain  Hail thee, festival day! blest day that art hallowed for ever, day when the Holy Ghost shone in the world with God’s grace.                  

1 Lo, in the likeness of fire, on those who await his appearing, he whom the Lord foretold suddenly, swiftly, descends:          

2 Forth from the Father he comes with sevenfold mystical offering, pouring on all human so infinite riches of God:                     

3 Hark! for in myriad tongues Christ’s own, his chosen apostles, preach to the ends of the earth Christ and his wonderful works:             

4 Praise to the Spirit of Life, all praise to the fount of our being, light that dost lighten all, life that in all dost abide:

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Alleluia. Christ is risen.

People             Christ 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, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; 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 2:1-21

 

A reading from the Book of Acts.

 

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

           

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.



The Psalm: Psalm 104:25-35, 37      

25        O Lord, how manifold are your works! *

                        in wisdom you have made them all;

                        the earth is full of your creatures.

26        Yonder is the great and wide sea

                        with its living things too many to number, *

                        creatures both small and great.                                      Antiphon

27        There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, *

                        which you have made for the sport of it.

28        All of them look to you *

                        to give them their food in due season.                            Antiphon

29        You give it to them; they gather it; *

                        you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

30        You hide your face, and they are terrified; *

                        you take away their breath,

                        and they die and return to their dust.                                          Antiphon

31        You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *

                        and so you renew the face of the earth.

32        May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; *

                        may the Lord rejoice in all his works.

33        He looks at the earth and it trembles; *

                        he touches the mountains and they smoke.                                 Antiphon

34        I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; *

                        I will praise my God while I have my being.

35        May these words of mine please him; *

                        I will rejoice in the Lord.

37        Bless the Lord, O my soul. *

                        Hallelujah!                                                                                Antiphon

 

 

The Epistle: Romans 8:22-27

 

A reading from the First Letter of John.

 

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 

            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 275      Refrain: Lord, Send Out Your Spirit

Lord, send out your spirit! Lord, send out your spirit! Lord, send out your spirit! And renew the face of the earth.


 

The Gospel:  John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

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

People             Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord.

            People             Praise to you, O Lord.

 

 

THE Homily                                                                            The Reverend Jed J. Dearing

 

 

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Please stand as you are able

 

Celebrant        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, 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.

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.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People

            Let us pray for God to fill us with the Spirit.

 

            Generous God, we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit. We ask that we and those who lead among us may be strengthened to serve you better, remembering especially Michael our Presiding Bishop, Kenneth our diocesan Bishop and Jed our priest.

 

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.

 

            We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit. We ask you to grant us insight to understand your will. Bless with discernment and moderation those who bear the authority of government: especially Joseph our President, Mike our Governor, and John our Mayor.

 

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.

 

            We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit. We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us. Encourage and protect all those working today for the good of their communities and the health of the world.

 

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.

 

            We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit. We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness wherever there is division, sickness, and sorrow. We pray especially this day for all those affected by the deadly conflict between Palestine & Israel, from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to the farthest reaches of your creation.

 

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.

 

            We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit. We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us. Commit this parish afresh to its value of proclaiming the truth of Jesus Christ in our community.

 

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.

 

            We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit. We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

 

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.

 

            We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit, given us by the risen Lord. We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed, in the joy of eternal life.

 

Lord, come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit.

 

Silence

 

Celebrant        Generous God, you sent your Holy Spirit upon your Messiah at the river Jordan, and upon the disciples where you found them: in your mercy fill us with your Spirit; hear our prayer, and make us one in heart and mind to serve you with joy for ever. 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 sacrifice to God.                Ephesians 5:2

 

 

Offertory Hymn 516              Come down, O Love divine               Down Ampney

1 Come down, O Love divine, seek thou this soul of mine, and visit it with thine own ardor glowing; O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear, and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.                

2 O let it freely burn, till earthly passions turn to dust and ashes in its heat consuming; and let thy glorious light shine ever on my sight, and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

3 And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long, shall far outpass the power of human telling; for none can guess its grace, till Love create a place wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

 

 

At the Presentation

The people stand for the Doxology

Doxology Hymn 380   Praise God, from whom all blessings flow (verse 3) Old 100th 

1  Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

2  Praise him, all creatures here below;

3  Praise him above, ye heavenly host:

4   Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

 

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


 

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                         Spirit of the Living God                             D. Iverson

1  Spirit of the living God, Fall fresh on me.

2  Spirit of the living God, Fall fresh on me.

3  Meld me, mold me.  Fill me, use me.

4   Spirit of the living God, Fall fresh on me.


 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Pentecost Blessing

May God, who emboldened the hearts of the disciples by pouring upon them the Holy Spirit, make you full with this blessing, that you will flourish with spritual abundance. Amen.

 

May God, who broadcast the Holy Spirit as flames of fire upon the heads of the disciples, refine your hearts, making you shine with the sacred light of Christ’s presence. Amen.

 

May God, who by the Holy Spirit united people of many tongues to proclaim Jesus as Lord, strengthen your faith go out to bear witness to the love of God in word and deed. Amen.

 

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 114                  Every Time I Hear the Spirit     Traditional Spiritual

Refrain Ev’ry time I feel the spirit, moving in my heart, I will pray.

1 Upon the mountain my Lord spoke, out of his mouth came fire and smoke. All around me looked so fine, asked my Lord if all was mine.

2 Jordan river chilly and cold, chills the body but not the soul. There ain’t but one train runs this track, runs to heaven and runs right back.


 

The Dismissal

            Celebrant        Alleluia! Bless the Lord go forth with the power of the Holy Spirit.

            People             Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

 

 

Postlude      

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Reverend Jed J. Dearing

Assisting: Rev. Nancy Hopkins-Greene

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Stephan Graham

Lectors: Jacqui Parker and Allison Ferriell

Altar Guild: Jacqui Parker

Ushers/Greeters: David Culp

Cantor: Stephan Graham

Videographer: Tony Patti

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Seventh Day of Easter

16 May 2021 at 10:30 a.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 Go