Saint Francis Episcopal Church
of Southern Ohio

From the Pilgrim Priest

SUNDAY WORSHIP

The Seventh Sunday of Easter, Morning Prayer Rite I

 

 

Prelude Hymn        494          Crown Him With Many Crowns          Diademata

 

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

The Officiant says to the people

 

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

(Together) Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 

Priest: The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Officiant        O Lord, open thou our lips.

People           And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

Officiant        Alleluia. Christ the Lord ascendeth to heaven.

People           O Come let us adore him.  Alleluia!

 

 

Christ our Passover                                                                     Pascha nostrum
I Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; I Corinthians 15:20-22

 

(Together) Alleluia.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us,

            *therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with old leaven,

neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, *

            but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

 

Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; *

            death hath no more dominion over him.

For in that he died, he died unto sin once; *

            but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, *

            but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

 

Christ is risen from the dead, *

            and become the first fruits of them that slept.

For since by man came death, *

            by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, *

            even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

 

 

Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36                                                     Exsurgat Deus

1          Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; *
                        let those who hate him flee before him.

2          Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; *
                        as the wax melts at the fire,                                                                                        

                        so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

3          But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; *
                        let them also be merry and joyful.

4          Sing to God, sing praises to his Name;
                        exalt him who rides upon the heavens; *

                        YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him!

5          Father of orphans, defender of widows, *
                        God in his holy habitation!

6          God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners into freedom; *
                        but the rebels shall live in dry places.

7          O God, when you went forth before your people, *
                        when you marched through the wilderness,

8          The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain,
                        at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, *
                        at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9          You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; *
                        you refreshed the land when it was weary.

10       Your people found their home in it; *
                        in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor.

33       Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; *
                        sing praises to the Lord.

34       He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; *
                        he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.

35       Ascribe power to God; *
                        his majesty is over Israel; his strength is in the skies.

36       How wonderful is God in his holy places! *
                        the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people!
                        Blessed be God!

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

THE LESSONS

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles 1:6-14

When the apostles had come together, they asked Jesus, “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 toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward 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.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

7    We Praise Thee             Te Deum laudamus (Together)

 

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.

All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.

To thee all Angels cry aloud,

the Heavens and all the Powers therein.

To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:

            Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

            Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.

The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.

The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.

The noble army of martyrs praise thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world

                        doth acknowledge thee,

            the Father, of an infinite majesty,

            thine adorable, true, and only Son,

            also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,

thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,

thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.

 We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.

 

            We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,

            whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.

            Make them to be numbered with thy saints,

            in glory everlasting.

 

 

A Reading from 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

A Reading from the Gospel According to St. John 17:1-11

Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.  ”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.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

Sermon: I Will Not Leave You Orphaned       Fr. David

 

 

Offertory Hymn                   711                   Seek Ye First                    Seek Ye First           

 

 

The Apostles' Creed (Together)

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

            maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;

            who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

            born of the Virgin Mary,

            suffered under Pontius Pilate,

            was crucified, dead, and buried.

            He descended into hell.

            The third day he rose again from the dead.

            He ascended into heaven,

            and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.

            From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,

            the holy catholic Church,

            the communion of saints,

            the forgiveness of sins,

            the resurrection of the body,

            and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

Officiant        The Lord be with you.

People           And with thy spirit.

Officiant        Let us pray.

 

 

Officiant and People

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.

 

 

V.        O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;

R.        Govern them and lift them up for ever.

V.        Day by day we magnify thee;

R.        And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

V.        Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;

R.        O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

V.        O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;

R.        As our trust is in thee.

V.        O Lord, in thee have I trusted;

R.        Let me never be confounded.

 

 

Collects

O God, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven: We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless, but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Savior Christ is gone before; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.  Amen.

 

O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People 

Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For those who are guiding our community, state and nation at this time,
and shaping policies to lead us through this pandemic, that they may make wise decisions:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For our Saint Francis family,

That we may be the lights of Christ in a dark and fearful world.

We pray especially for the following [….]

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

 

Celebrant: God of the present moment,

God who in Jesus stills the storm

            and soothes the frantic heart;

            bring hope and courage to all

            who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal

            of whatever lies ahead.

 

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,

            for your will is health and wholeness;

            you are God, and we need you.

 

 

(Together) A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee, and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

Blessing

            The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant: Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight: and the Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you and those you love, now and forever. Amen. Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia!!

 

The Peace of the Risen Christ be always with you. And with thy spirit.

 

SUNDAY WORSHIP

Ascension Day, Evening Prayer Rite II

 

 

Prelude Hymn              460                 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!                 Hyfrydol

 


Seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth: The Lord is his name.


The Officiant says to the people


Dear friends in Christ, here in the presence of Almighty God, let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, so that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

(Together) Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

 

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

 

Officiant        O God, make speed to save us.

People           O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.  Alleluia!

 

 

O Gracious Light                                                   Phos hilaron

 

(Together) O gracious Light,

pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,

O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

 

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,

and our eyes behold the vesper light,

we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,

O Son of God, O Giver of life,

and to be glorified through all the worlds.

 

 

Psalm 47                                                           Omnes gentes, plaudite

1          Clap your hands, all you peoples; *

                        shout to God with a cry of joy.

2          For the Lord Most High is to be feared; *

                        he is the great King over all the earth.

3          He subdues the peoples under us, *

                        and the nations under our feet.

4          He chooses our inheritance for us, *

                        the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

5          God has gone up with a shout, *

                        the Lord with the sound of the ram’s-horn.

6          Sing praises to God, sing praises; *

                        sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7          For God is King of all the earth; *

                        sing praises with all your skill.

8          God reigns over the nations; *

                        God sits upon his holy throne.

9          The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *

                        with the people of the God of Abraham.

10       The rulers of the earth belong to God, *

                        and he is highly exalted.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.  Alleluia!



THE LESSONS

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11

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 during 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 toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward 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.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Song of Mary                                          Magnificat  (Together)

Luke 1:46-55

 

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *

            for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: *

            the Almighty has done great things for me,

            and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *

            in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *

            he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *

            and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *

            and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *

            for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

The promise he made to our fathers, *

            to Abraham and his children for ever.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as It was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.  Alleluia!

 

 

A Reading from Ephesians 1:15-23

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Song of Simeon                             Nunc dimittis  (Together)

Luke 2:29-32

 

Lord, you now have set your servant free *

            to go in peace as you have promised;

For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *

            whom you have prepared for all the world to see:

A Light to enlighten the nations, *

            and the glory of your people Israel.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

 

A Reading from the Gospel According to St. Luke 24:44-53

Jesus said to his disciples, “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 worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

Sermon: Ascension                  Fr. David

 

 

Offertory Hymn        214       Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise         Llanfair          

 

 

The Apostles' Creed (Together)

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

            creator of heaven and earth.

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.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

            the holy catholic Church,

            the communion of saints,

            the forgiveness of sins,

            the resurrection of the body,

            and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

Officiant        The Lord be with you.

People           And also with you.

Officiant        Let us pray.

 

 

Officiant and People

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.

 

 

V. Show us your mercy, O Lord;

R. And grant us your salvation.

V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R. Let your people sing with joy.

V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;

R. For only in you can we live in safety.

V. Lord, keep this nation under your care;

R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

V. Let your way be known upon earth;

R. Your saving health among all nations.

V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;

R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

V. Create in us clean hearts, O God;

R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

 

 

Collects

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

 

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake.  Amen.

 

 

(Together) A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

Officiant        Let us bless the Lord.

People           Thanks be to God.

Officiant        Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever.

 

SUNDAY WORSHIP

The Sixth Sunday of Easter, Morning Prayer Rite I

 


Prelude Hymn         405           All Things Bright and Beautiful            Hyfrydol



Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

The Officiant says to the people

 

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

(Together) Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 

Priest: The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Officiant        O Lord, open thou our lips.

People           And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Officiant        The Lord is risen indeed:

People           Come let us adore him. Alleluia!

 

 

Christ our Passover                                                                     Pascha nostrum
I Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; I Corinthians 15:20-22

 

(Together) Alleluia.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us,

            *therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with old leaven,

neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, *

            but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

 

Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; *

            death hath no more dominion over him.

For in that he died, he died unto sin once; *

            but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, *

            but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

 

Christ is risen from the dead, *

            and become the first fruits of them that slept.

For since by man came death, *

            by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, *

            even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

 

 

Psalm 66:7-18

7          Bless our God, you peoples; *

                        make the voice of his praise to be heard;

8          Who holds our souls in life, *

                        and will not allow our feet to slip.                                         

9          For you, O God, have proved us; *

                        you have tried us just as silver is tried.

10       You brought us into the snare; *

                        you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.

11       You let enemies ride over our heads; we went through fire and water; *

                        but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.         

12       I will enter your house with burnt-offerings and will pay you my vows, *

                        which I promised with my lips

                        and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.

13       I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts with the smoke of rams; *

                        I will give you oxen and goats.                                      

14       Come and listen, all you who fear God, *

                        and I will tell you what he has done for me.

15       I called out to him with my mouth, *

                        and his praise was on my tongue.

16       If I had found evil in my heart, *

                        the Lord would not have heard me;

17       But in truth God has heard me; *

                        he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

18       Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *

                        nor withheld his love from me.                                                  

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

THE LESSONS

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles 17:22-31

Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

7    We Praise Thee             Te Deum laudamus (Together)

 

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.

All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.

To thee all Angels cry aloud,

the Heavens and all the Powers therein.

To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:

            Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

            Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.

The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.

The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.

The noble army of martyrs praise thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world

                        doth acknowledge thee,

            the Father, of an infinite majesty,

            thine adorable, true, and only Son,

            also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,

thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,

thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.

 We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.

            We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,

            whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.

            Make them to be numbered with thy saints,

            in glory everlasting.

 


A Reading from 1 Peter 3:13-22

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

A Reading from the Gospel According to St. John 14:15-21

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

Sermon: I Will Not Leave You Orphaned       Fr. David

 


Offertory Hymn        376          Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee           Ode to Joy

 


The Apostles' Creed (Together)

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

            maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;

            who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

            born of the Virgin Mary,

            suffered under Pontius Pilate,

            was crucified, dead, and buried.

            He descended into hell.

            The third day he rose again from the dead.

            He ascended into heaven,

            and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.

            From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,

            the holy catholic Church,

            the communion of saints,

            the forgiveness of sins,

            the resurrection of the body,

            and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Officiant        The Lord be with you.

People           And with thy spirit.

Officiant        Let us pray.

 

 

Officiant and People

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.

 

 

V.        O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;

R.        Govern them and lift them up for ever.

V.        Day by day we magnify thee;

R.        And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

V.        Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;

R.        O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

V.        O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;

R.        As our trust is in thee.

V.        O Lord, in thee have I trusted;

R.        Let me never be confounded.

 

 

Collects

O God, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding: Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee in all things and above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People 

Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

 

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For those who are guiding our community, state and nation at this time,
and shaping policies to lead us through this pandemic, that they may make wise decisions:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For our Saint Francis family,

That we may be the lights of Christ in a dark and fearful world.

We pray especially for the following [….]

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

 

Celebrant: God of the present moment,

God who in Jesus stills the storm

          and soothes the frantic heart;

          bring hope and courage to all

          who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal

          of whatever lies ahead.

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,

          for your will is health and wholeness;

          you are God, and we need you.

 

(Together) A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee, and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

Blessing

            The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant: Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight: and the Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you and those you love, now and forever. Amen. Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia!!

 

The Peace of the Risen Christ be always with you. And with thy spirit.

Concept of World View as it pertains to New Testament Christianity

Imagine that you were born and grew up in a family, a neighborhood, a culture, a society, where EVERYONE around you agreed on how you should act and conduct yourself. You learned from family, from neighbors, from schooling, from peers, the “rules” that determined your place in your family and society. You learned what was honorable conduct, and what was dishonorable (indeed shameful) conduct. You learned who carried the weight of honor in your family and culture, and how your actions could either enhance that honor or bring shame to those individuals, your family and culture. There were written texts that guided those who taught you, but for the most part, you knew your place in society by the actions and attitudes of the elders and peers in your society.

Now imagine that you have been “infected” with a new way of life, a way that has brought you far greater hope and joy than you could have possibly imagined in your previous way of living. You quickly discover that many of the actions and attitudes considered honorable in your previous life are considered shameful by your new way of living. Conversely, actions and attitudes accepted as shameful in your previous life are now considered honorable in your new life. Most extraordinarily, those who were considered in your old life of not capable of being bearers of honor are now held up as examples of honor bearers in your new way of life.

As you begin to walk and act in this new way, conducting yourself according to these new understandings of honor and shame, your family, friends, neighbors and culture react with disgust and horror. You are disowned by your family, rejected by your former friends, despised by your neighbors and your culture. There is enormous pressure put upon you to return to your former way of life, in order that you may be accepted again by those closest to you.

Against this enormous pressure, your new associates (who refer to you and to themselves as brothers and sisters) constantly encourage you to conduct yourself not only in accord with your new beliefs, but by the concepts of honor and shame that are sourced in this new way.

You are faced every single day with the struggle between returning to your former way of life, or conducting yourself in accordance with the concepts of honor and shame inherent with the faith of your new way.

Welcome to New Testament Christianity.

SUNDAY WORSHIP

The Fifth Sunday of Easter, Morning Prayer Rite I

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

The Officiant says to the people

 

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

(Together) Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 

Priest: The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Officiant        O Lord, open thou our lips.

People           And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Officiant        The Lord is risen indeed:

People           Come let us adore him. Alleluia!

 

 

Christ our Passover                                                                Pascha nostrum
I Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; I Corinthians 15:20-22

 

(Together) Alleluia.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us,

            *therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with old leaven,

neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, *

            but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

 

Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; *

            death hath no more dominion over him.

For in that he died, he died unto sin once; *

            but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, *

            but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

 

Christ is risen from the dead, *

            and become the first fruits of them that slept.

For since by man came death, *

            by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, *

            even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

 

 

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16                                                             In te, Domine, speravi

1          In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;

                        let me never be put to shame; *

                        deliver me in your righteousness.

 

2          Incline your ear to me; *

                        make haste to deliver me                                                                     

 

3          Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,

                        for you are my crag and my stronghold; *

                        for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

4          Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *

                        for you are my tower of strength.                                         

 

5          Into your hands I commend my spirit, *

                        for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.

 

15       My times are in your hand; *

                        rescue me from the hand of my enemies,

                        and from those who persecute me.

 

16       Make your face to shine upon your servant, *

                        and in your loving-kindness save me.”                          

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

THE LESSONS

 

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles 7:55-60

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

7    We Praise Thee             Te Deum laudamus (Together)

 

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.

All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.

To thee all Angels cry aloud,

the Heavens and all the Powers therein.

To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:

            Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

            Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.

The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.

The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.

The noble army of martyrs praise thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world

                        doth acknowledge thee,

            the Father, of an infinite majesty,

            thine adorable, true, and only Son,

            also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

 

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,

thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,

thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.

 We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.

            We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,

            whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.

            Make them to be numbered with thy saints,

            in glory everlasting.

 

 

A Reading from 1 Peter 2:2-10

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,” and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

A Reading from the Gospel According to St. John 14:1-14

Jesus told his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

Sermon: The Way, The Truth and the Life   Fr. David

 

 

The Apostles' Creed (Together)

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

            maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;

            who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

            born of the Virgin Mary,

            suffered under Pontius Pilate,

            was crucified, dead, and buried.

            He descended into hell.

            The third day he rose again from the dead.

            He ascended into heaven,

            and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.

            From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,

            the holy catholic Church,

            the communion of saints,

            the forgiveness of sins,

            the resurrection of the body,

            and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Officiant        The Lord be with you.

People           And with thy spirit.

Officiant        Let us pray.

 

 

Officiant and People

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.



V.        O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;

R.        Govern them and lift them up for ever.

V.        Day by day we magnify thee;

R.        And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

V.        Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;

R.        O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

V.        O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;

R.        As our trust is in thee.

V.        O Lord, in thee have I trusted;

R.        Let me never be confounded.

 

 

Collects

O Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leadeth to eternal life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People 

Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

 

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For those who are guiding our community, state and nation at this time,
and shaping policies to lead us through this pandemic, that they may make wise decisions:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For our Saint Francis family,

That we may be the lights of Christ in a dark and fearful world.

We pray especially for the following [….]

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

 

Celebrant: God of the present moment,

God who in Jesus stills the storm

          and soothes the frantic heart;

          bring hope and courage to all

          who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal

          of whatever lies ahead.

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,

          for your will is health and wholeness;

          you are God, and we need you.

 

 

(Together) A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee, and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

Blessing

            The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant: Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight: and the Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you and those you love, now and forever. Amen. Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia!!

 

The Peace of the Risen Christ be always with you. And with thy spirit.

SUNDAY WORSHIP

The Fourth Sunday of Easter, Morning Prayer Rite I

 


Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

The Officiant says to the people

 

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

(Together) Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 


Priest: The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Officiant        O Lord, open thou our lips.

People           And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

 

Officiant and People

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

Officiant        The Lord is risen indeed:

People           Come let us adore him. Alleluia!

 

 

Christ our Passover                      Pascha nostrum
I Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; I Corinthians 15:20-22

 


(Together) Alleluia.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us,

            *therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with old leaven,

neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, *

            but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

 

Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; *

            death hath no more dominion over him.

For in that he died, he died unto sin once; *

            but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, *

            but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

 

Christ is risen from the dead, *

            and become the first fruits of them that slept.

For since by man came death, *

            by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, *

            even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

 

 

 

Psalm 23                                                                                    Dominus regit me

1          The Lord is my shepherd; *

                        I shall not  want.

 

2          He maketh me to lie down in green pastures *

                        he leadeth me beside the still waters.

 

3          He restoreth my soul *

                        He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake.

 

4          Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; *

                        for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

 

5          Thou preparest  a table before me in the presence of  mine enemies; *

                        Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

 

6          Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *

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

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 


THE LESSONS

 

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 


7    We Praise Thee             Te Deum laudamus (Together)

 

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.

All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.

To thee all Angels cry aloud,

the Heavens and all the Powers therein.

To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:

            Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

            Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.

The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.

The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.

The noble army of martyrs praise thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world

                        doth acknowledge thee,

            the Father, of an infinite majesty,

            thine adorable, true, and only Son,

            also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

 

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,

thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,

thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.

 We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.

            We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,

            whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.

            Make them to be numbered with thy saints,

            in glory everlasting.

 


A Reading from 1 Peter 2:19-25

It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

A Reading from the Gospel According to St. John 10:1-10

Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

Sermon: The Contagion of Christ    Fr. David

 

  

The Apostles' Creed (Together)

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

            maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;

            who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

            born of the Virgin Mary,

            suffered under Pontius Pilate,

            was crucified, dead, and buried.

            He descended into hell.

            The third day he rose again from the dead.

            He ascended into heaven,

            and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.

            From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,

            the holy catholic Church,

            the communion of saints,

            the forgiveness of sins,

            the resurrection of the body,

            and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Officiant        The Lord be with you.

People           And with thy spirit.

Officiant        Let us pray.

 


Officiant and People

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.

 


V.        O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;

R.        Govern them and lift them up for ever.

V.        Day by day we magnify thee;

R.        And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

V.        Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;

R.        O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

V.        O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;

R.        As our trust is in thee.

V.        O Lord, in thee have I trusted;

R.        Let me never be confounded.

 


Collects

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of thy people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calleth us each by name, and follow where he doth lead; who, with thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 


Prayers of the People 

Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

 

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For those who are guiding our community, state and nation at this time,
and shaping policies to lead us through this pandemic, that they may make wise decisions:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For our Saint Francis family,

That we may be the lights of Christ in a dark and fearful world.

We pray especially for the following [….]

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

 

Celebrant: God of the present moment,

God who in Jesus stills the storm

          and soothes the frantic heart;

          bring hope and courage to all

          who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal

          of whatever lies ahead.

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,

          for your will is health and wholeness;

          you are God, and we need you.

 


(Together) A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee, and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

 

Blessing

            The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant: Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight: and the Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you and those you love, now and forever. Amen. Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia!!

 

The Peace of the Risen Christ be always with you. And also with you.

SUNDAY WORSHIP

The Third Sunday of Easter

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

The Officiant says to the people

 

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of
Almighty God our heavenly Father, to set forth his praise, to
hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf
of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our
salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and
mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with
penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may
obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

(Together) Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

 

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

 

Officiant        Lord, open our lips.

People           And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant and People

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as
it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed:

Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

 

Christ our Passover                      Pascha nostrum
1 Corinthians 5:7-8;  Romans 6:9-11;  1 Corinthians 15:20-22

 

(Together) Alleluia.
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
    therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
    but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

 

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
    death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
    but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
    and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

 

Christ has been raised from the dead, *
    the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
    by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
    so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

 

Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17                              Dilexi, quoniam

 

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *
because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.

2 The cords of death entangled me;
the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
I came to grief and sorrow.

 

3 Then I called upon the Name of the Lord: *
"O Lord, I pray you, save my life."

 

10 How shall I repay the Lord *
for all the good things he has done for me?

 

11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *
and call upon the Name of the Lord.

 

12 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *
in the presence of all his people.

 

13 Precious in the sight of the Lord *
is the death of his servants.

 

14 O Lord, I am your servant; *
I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
you have freed me from my bonds.

 

15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and call upon the Name of the Lord.

 

16 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *
in the presence of all his people,

 

17 In the courts of the Lord'S house, *
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Hallelujah!

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

THE LESSONS

 

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles 2:14a, 36-41

Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, “Let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”


Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

8    The Song of Moses    Cantemus Domino
         Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18

I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; *
    the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my refuge; *
    the Lord has become my Savior.
This is my God and I will praise him, *
    the God of my people and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a mighty warrior; *
    Yahweh is his Name.
The chariots of Pharaoh and his army has he hurled into the sea; *
    the finest of those who bear armor have been drowned in the Red Sea.
The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; *
    they sank into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might; *
    your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.
Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods? *
    who is like you, glorious in holiness,
    awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?
You stretched forth your right hand; *
    the earth swallowed them up.
With your constant love you led the people you redeemed; *
    with your might you brought them in safety to
                             your holy dwelling.

You will bring them in and plant them *
    on the mount of your possession,
The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Lord, *
    the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.
The Lord shall reign *
    for ever and for ever.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

A Reading from 1 Peter 1:17-23

 

If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.

 

Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

A Reading from the Gospel According to St. Luke 24:13-35

 

Now on that same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

 

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

 

 

Sermon: The Contagion of Christ    Fr. David

 

The Apostles' Creed

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth;
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.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Officiant        The Lord be with you.

People           And also with you.

Officiant        Let us pray.

 

Officiant and People

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.

 

V.    Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R.    Govern and uphold them, now and always.
V.    Day by day we bless you;
R.    We praise your name for ever.
V.    Lord, keep us from all sin today;
R.    Have mercy upon us, Lord, have mercy.
V.    Lord, show us your love and mercy;

R.    For we put our trust in you.
V.    In you, Lord, is our hope;

R.    And we shall never hope in vain.

 

Collects

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

 

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayers of the People 

Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

 

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For those who are guiding our community, state and nation at this time,
and shaping policies to lead us through this pandemic, that they may make wise decisions:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For our Saint Francis family,

That we may be the lights of Christ in a dark and fearful world.

We pray especially for the following [….]

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

 

Celebrant: God of the present moment,

God who in Jesus stills the storm

          and soothes the frantic heart;

          bring hope and courage to all

          who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal

          of whatever lies ahead.

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,

          for your will is health and wholeness;

          you are God, and we need you.

 

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom (Together)

 

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication to you; and you
have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two

or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the
midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions
as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of
your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

Blessing

            The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant: Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight: and the Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you and those you love, now and forever. Amen. Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia!!

 

The Peace of the Risen Christ be always with you. And also with you.

Celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter morning by joining us on live stream via Zoom on Sunday, April 12 at 10:30 am. During this period of coronavirus outbreak, we are planning to
worship as a community this Easter Sunday.

We hope to lighten your Easter day during this difficult time by joining together in prayer
and worship. 

St. Francis will also hold a "trial" Zoom meeting on Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 am so that people can
try signing in before Easter.  The service will be a Holy Saturday service.

As we experience God’s self sacrifice on the cross, we pray that the Lord will manifest his presence

in our hearts and lives. May we personally experience the miracle of Easter morning.  This Easter,

may our hearts be filled with joy, as we respond in faith, “Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord

is risen indeed, Alleluia!”

Easter Worship

 

Celebrant         Alleluia! Christ is Risen!!

People              The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!!

 

The 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 the Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Glory to God

            Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, 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, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


Scriptures

 

Acts 10:34-43

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

 

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

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

                        his mercy endures for ever.

2          Let Israel now proclaim,*

                        “His mercy endures for ever.”                                 

14        The Lord is my strength and my song,*

                        and he has become my salvation.

15        There is a sound of exultation and victory*

                        in the tents of the righteous:

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

                        the right hand of the Lord is exalted!

                        the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!”       

17        I shall not die, but live,*

                        and declare the works of the Lord.

18        The Lord has punished me sorely,*

                        but he did not hand me over to death.               

19        Open for me the gates of righteousness;*

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

20        “This is the gate of the Lord;*

                        he who is righteous may enter.”

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

                        and have become my salvation.                               

22        The same stone which the builders rejected*

                        has become the chief cornerstone.

23        This is the Lord’s doing,*

                        and it is marvelous in our eyes.        

24        On this day the Lord has acted; *

                        we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

John 20:1-18

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

 

Easter Sermon "The Contagion of Christ"

 

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.

 

Prayers of the People 

Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

 

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For those who are guiding our community, state and nation at this time,
and shaping policies to lead us through this pandemic,
that they may make wise decisions:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For our Saint Francis family,

That we may be the lights of Christ in a dark and fearful world.

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

 

[Adapted from the Church of England]

 

Celebrant: God of the present moment,

God who in Jesus stills the storm

            and soothes the frantic heart;

            bring hope and courage to all

            who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal

            of whatever lies ahead.

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,

            for your will is health and wholeness;

            you are God, and we need you.

 

-Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765

 

Blessing

            The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant: Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight: and the Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you and those you love, now and forever. Amen.

 

The Peace

            The Peace of our Risen Lord be always with you.

Holy Saturday Worship

 

The Collect of the Day

            O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Scriptures

 

Job 14:1-14

A mortal, born of woman, few of days and full of trouble, comes up like a flower and withers, flees like a shadow and does not last. Do you fix your eyes on such a one? Do you bring me into judgment with you? Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one can. Since their days are determined, and the number of their months is known to you, and you have appointed the bounds that they cannot pass, look away from them, and desist, that they may enjoy, like laborers, their days. For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stump dies in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant. But mortals die, and are laid low; humans expire, and where are they? As waters fail from a lake, and a river wastes away and dries up, so mortals lie down and do not rise again; until the heavens are no more, they will not awake or be roused out of their sleep. Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would conceal me until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me! If mortals die, will they live again? All the days of my service I would wait until my release should come.

 

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16                        In te, Domine, speravi

1          In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;

                        let me never be put to shame; *

                        deliver me in your righteousness.

2          Incline your ear to me; *

                        make haste to deliver me.

3          Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,

                        for you are my crag and my stronghold; *

                        for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

4          Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *

                        for you are my tower of strength.

15        My times are in your hand; *

                        rescue me from the hand of my enemies,

                        and from those who persecute me.

16        Make your face to shine upon your servant, *

                        and in your loving-kindness save me.”

 

1 Peter 4:1-8

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin), so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God. You have already spent enough time in doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you no longer join them in the same excesses of dissipation, and so they blaspheme. But they will have to give an accounting to him who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was proclaimed even to the dead, so that, though they had been judged in the flesh as everyone is judged, they might live in the spirit as God does. The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.

 

John 19:38-42

After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

 

In the midst of life

            In the midst of life we are in death; from whom can we seek help? From you alone, O Lord, who by our sins are justly angered. Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and merciful Savior, deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death. Lord, you know the secrets of our hearts; shut not your ears to our prayers, but spare us, O Lord. Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and merciful Savior, deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death. O worthy and eternal Judge, do not let the pains of death turn us away from you at our last hour. Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and merciful Savior, deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death.

PSALM 139 (1-17) [BCP 1979]

 

LORD, you have searched me out and known me;

you know my sitting down and my rising up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

 

Your trace my journeys and my resting-places

and are acquainted with all my ways.

 

Indeed, there is not a word on my lips,

but you, O LORD, know it altogether.

 

You press upon me behind and before

and lay your hand upon me.

 

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

 

Where can I go then from your Spirit?

where can I flee from your presence?

 

If I climb to heaven, you are there;

if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

 

If I take the wings of the morning

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea.

 

Even there your hand will lead me

and your right hand hold me fast.

 

If I  say, “Surely the darkness will cover me,

and the light around me turn to night,”

 

Darkness is not dark to you;

the night is as bright as the day;

darkness and light to you are both alike.

 

For you yourself created my inmost parts;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

 

I will thank you because I am marvelously made;

your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

 

My body was not hidden from you,

while I was being made in secret

and woven in the depths of the earth.

 

Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;

all of them were written in your book;

there were fashioned day by day,

when as yet there was none of them.

 

How deep I find your thoughts,  O God!

how great is the sum of them!

 

If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand;

to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.


Morning WORSHIP (Rite 1) – March 22, 2020
4th Sunday in LENT

ST FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH SPRINGBORO OHIO
Morning WORSHIP (rite 1) – March 22, 2020
4th Sunday in LENT

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8,9)

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from they ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done, But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

O Lord, open thou our lips.

And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: O come let us adore him.

Venite Psalm 95:1-7, 96:9, 13

The Lessons:

Old Testament: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23

New Testament: Ephesians 5: 8-14

Gospel: John 9: 1-41

The Homily (see atch’d)

The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried, He descended into hell, The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty, From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting, Amen.

The Prayers
The Lord be with you
And with thy spirit
Let us pray.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer.

Suffrage
O Lord save thy people
Govern them and lift them up for ever,
Day by day we magnify thee;
And worship thy Name ever, world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;
As our trust is in thee,
O Lord, in thee have I trusted;
Let me never be confounded.

Collect of the Day A Collect for Guidance
O heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being; We humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by the Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget thee, but may remember that we are ever walking in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

A Prayer of St Chrysostom
Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee, and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fillfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of they servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting, Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.