Saint Francis Episcopal Church
of Southern Ohio

Rector Homilies During Virus Closure

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

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.

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.