Bulletin May 10, 2020

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

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The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us!



The presider welcomes the congregation.

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

Opening Sentence

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord
Jesus Christ.

Opening Hymn: O Praise ye the Lord 1982 Hymnal 432

O Lord, Open our lips.
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.
Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: as it was in the
beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Psalm Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

Saint Helena Psalter Read responsively by whole verse. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

In you, O God, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
Incline your ear to me;
make haste to deliver me.

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.
Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me,
for you are my tower of strength.

Into your hands I commend my spirit,
for you have redeemed me, O God of truth.
My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.

Make your face to shine upon your servant,
and in your loving-kindness, save me.”

The Lessons

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

But Stephen, enabled by the Holy Spirit, stared into heaven and saw God’s majesty and Jesus standing at God’s right side. He exclaimed, “Look! I can see heaven on display and the Human One standing at God’s right side!” At this, they shrieked and covered their ears. Together, they charged at him, threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses placed their coats in the care of a young man named Saul. As they battered him with stones, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, accept my life!” Falling to his knees, he shouted, “Lord, don’t hold this sin against them!” Then he died.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: God of the Women Voices Found Hymnal 21

A Reading from the first letter of Peter

Instead, like a newborn baby, desire the pure milk of the word. Nourished by it, you will grow into salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Now you are coming to him as to a living stone. Even though this stone was rejected by humans, from God’s perspective it is chosen, valuable. You yourselves are being built like living stones into a spiritual temple. You are being made into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Thus it is written in scripture, Look! I am laying a cornerstone in Zion, chosen, valuable. The person who believes in him will never be shamed. So God honors you who believe. For those who refuse to believe, though, the stone the builders tossed aside has become the capstone. 

This is a stone that makes people stumble and a rock that makes them fall. Because they refuse to believe in the word, they stumble. Indeed, this is the end to which they were appointed. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light. Once you weren’t a people, but now you are God’s people. Once you hadn’t received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn:  All Shall Be Well/Another World music written by Ana Hernandez. Words St. Julian of Norwich and Arundhati Roy.

A Reading from the Gospel according to John.

“Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too. You know the way to the place I’m going.”

Thomas asked, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have really known me, you will also know the Father. From now on you know him and have seen him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father; that will be enough for us.”

Jesus replied, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been with you all this time? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I have spoken to you I don’t speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me does his works. Trust me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or at least believe on account of the works themselves. I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do. They will do even greater works than these because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father can be glorified in the Son. When you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Heleluyan Wonder Love and Praise Hymnal #783 Music: Muscogee (Creek)

The Sermon: the Rev. Laurie Anzilotti


A Tribute for Mothers’ Day

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and 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.

The Prayers

In this most holy season, we pray for the church, the earth, the world, those in need, and all the members of God’s family, responding to each petition with the words Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, for all the churches around the globe and in our Missouri diocese for Christ Episcopal Church in, Rolla: for Wayne our bishop, Deon our bishop elect, for all bishops and clergy; for the newly baptized; for believers who cannot assemble for worship; for faithful endurance during this time of sorrow and distress; and for a deepening sense of your presence among us.
O God, you are our Temple: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, even in this time of distress, with thanksgiving for the joys of life, for those celebrating birthdays this week: Sara Green, Priscilla Harris, Dan Midden, Theresa Alsup, Mary Bass, and Ken Olliff, and for those celebrating anniversaries this week: Cecily and Nick Hawksworth.
O God, you are the shield of the joyous: in your mercy,
Hear our Prayer.

We pray, O God, for the well-being of creation: for the health of seas and rivers and lakes; for the Missouri and the Mississippi; and for the will to care for your earth.
O God, you are our Rainbow of promise: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, for peace and justice in the world: for an end to war and international turmoil; for concord in our troubled society; for heads of state, legislators, and local civic leaders, that they enact wise procedures to deal with the coronavirus.
O God, you are our Mighty Fortress: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God for all who are facing the coronavirus: for all who mourn the dead; all who have contracted the virus; those who are quarantined or stranded away from home; those who have lost their employment; those who fear the present and the future.
We pray for physicians, nurses, and home health aides; medical researchers; and the World Health Organization.
Fill the aching in our hearts with your merciful power.
O God, you are our Everlasting Arms: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, for all in need: for those suffering for the faith; for those who are poor, hungry, and homeless; for those who are sick and those awaiting death; and for those we name before you:

You are invited to add your own prayers silently or aloud.

O God, you are the Healer of our every ill: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Receive our thanks for all who died in the faith, and bring us at the final resurrection into your everlasting life, where sorrows will be no more.
O God, our Beginning and our End, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Into your gracious and mighty hands, O God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

The Lord be with you
And also with you
Let us pray

Our Father, who art in heaven,
     hallowed be thy Name,
     thy kingdom come,
     thy will be done,
         on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
     as we forgive those
         who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
     and the power, and the glory,
     for ever and ever. Amen.

The officiant prays:

Collect at the Prayers for Mother’s Day

adapted from a prayer by The Rev. Leslie Nipps 

On this Mother’s Day, we give thanks to God for the divine gift of motherhood in all its diverse forms. Let us pray for all the mothers among us today; for our own mothers, those living and those who have died; for the mothers who loved us and for those who fell short of loving us fully; for all who hope to be mothers someday and for those whose hope to have children has been frustrated; for all mothers who have lost children; for all women and men who have mothered others in any way. May we continually be inspired by God to nurture and protect all God’s creation. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

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


Announcements are shared

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.


The Church is Wherever Voices Found 164

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Alleluia Alleluia, go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Presider: The Rev. Mike Angell
Preacher: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: John Kelly and Alisa Williams
Soloists: Bria Jones, Cecily Hawksworth, and Mary Chapman
All Shall be Well sung by: Rebecca Boester and Juliet Jackson
Heleluyan performed by: Men of the Holy Communion Choir
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park

Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
Prayers adapted from the service for the Easter Vigil by Gail Ramshaw and Gordon Lathrop.