Saint Francis Episcopal Church
of Southern Ohio

SUNDAY WORSHIP

The Second Sunday after Pentecost, Morning Prayer Rite I

 


Prelude Hymn        401               The God of Abraham Praise                     Leoni

 


The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.   Habakkuk 2:20

 


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.  Allelua!

 

Officiant        Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

People           O come, let us adore him. 



Venite                                                                                Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9, 13
(Together) O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

            let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, *

            and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *

            and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the corners of the earth, *

            and the strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his and he made it, *

            and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down *

            and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord our God, *

            and we are the people of his pasture

            and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *

            let the whole earth stand in awe of him.

For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *

            and with righteousness to judge the world

            and the peoples with his truth.

 


Psalm 116:1, 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.

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       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 Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate. They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.” The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Now Sarah said, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she said, “Who would ever have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

3  The Song of Mary                                                         Magnificat  (Together)

Luke 1:46-55

 

My soul doth magnify the Lord, *

            and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

For he hath regarded *

            the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold from henceforth *

            all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *

            and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him *

            throughout all generations.

 

He hath showed strength with his arm; *

            he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *

            and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things, *

            and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *

            as he promised to our forefathers,

            Abraham and his seed 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 Romans 5:1-8

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

A Reading from the Gospel According to St. Matthew 9:35—10:8-23

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.”  “Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

Sermon:        Fr. David

 

 

Offertory Hymn        495       Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!       In Babilone    



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

Keep, O Lord, we beseech thee, thy household the Church in thy steadfast faith and love, that by the help of thy grace w may proclaim thy truth with boldness, and minister thy justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

Blessing

            The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

 

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

 

SUNDAY WORSHIP

Trinity Sunday, Morning Prayer Rite I

 

 

Prelude Hymn        362        Holy, Holy, Holy!  Lord God Almighty!        Nicaea

 

 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

 

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        Father, Son and Holy Ghost, one God.

People           O come, let us adore him.  

 

 

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.

 

 

Canticle 2                 A Song of Praise                 Benedictus es, Domine

Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers; *

praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou for the Name of thy Majesty; *

praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holiness; *

praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths,

and dwellest between the Cherubim; *

praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy kingdom; *

praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven; *

praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *

praised and exalted above all 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 Genesis 1:1—2:4a

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.


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 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

A Reading from the Gospel According to St. Matthew 28:16-20

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

Sermon: The Holy Trinity                    Fr. David

 

 

Offertory Hymn        365           Come, Thou Almighty King                        Moscow          

 

 

The Nicene Creed (Together)

I believe in one God,

            the Father Almighty,

            maker of heaven and earth,

            and of all things visible and invisible;

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

            the only-begotten Son of God,

            begotten of his Father before all worlds,

            God of God, Light of Light,

            very God of very God,

            begotten, not made,

            being of one substance with the Father;

            by whom all things were made;

            who for us men and for our salvation

                        came down from heaven,

            and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,

                        and was made man;

            and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;

            he suffered and was buried;

            and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,

            and ascended into heaven,

            and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;          

            and he shall come again, with glory,

                        to judge both the quick and the dead;

            whose kingdom shall have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,

            who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;

            who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped

                        and glorified;

            who spake by the Prophets.

            And I believe one holy catholic and Apostolic Church;

            I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins;

            and I look for the resurrection of the dead,

                        and the life of the world to come.  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

Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity: We beseech thee that thou wouldest keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see thee in thy one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest, 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. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

Blessing

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

 

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

 

From the Pilgrim Priest

SUNDAY WORSHIP

The Day of Pentecost, Morning Prayer Rite I

 

 

Prelude Hymn          225            Hail Thee Festival Day            Salve Festa Dies

 

 

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. The Spirit of the Lord filleth the world.

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 104:25-35, 37

25       O Lord, how manifold are your works! *

                        in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

26       Yonder is the great and wide sea

                        with its living things too many to number, *

                        creatures both small and great.                                 

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

                        which you have made for the sport of it.

28       All of them look to you *

                        to give them their food in due season.                    

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

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

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

                        you take away their breath,

                        and they die and return to their dust.                                  

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

                        and so you renew the face of the earth.

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

                        may the Lord rejoice in all his works.

33       He looks at the earth and it trembles; *

                        he touches the mountains and they smoke.             

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

                        I will praise my God while I have my being.

35       May these words of mine please him; *

                        I will rejoice in the Lord.

37       Bless the Lord, O my soul. *

                        Hallelujah!                                                                          

 

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 2:1-21

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

 

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 Corinthians 12:3b-13

No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

A Reading from the Gospel According to St. John 20:19-23

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

Sermon: I Will Not Leave You Orphaned       Fr. David

 

 

Offertory Hymn        531           O Spirit of the Living God               Melcombe          

 

 

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 on this day didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, 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

            May the Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, giving you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and to proclaim the wonderful works of God; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.  Amen.

 

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

 

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.