Bulletin May 17, 2020

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

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

Gathering

Welcome

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: He Lives Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal #42

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 66:7-18

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

Bless our God, you peoples;
let the sound of praise be heard;
God holds our souls in life,
and will not allow our feet to slip.


For you, O God, have proved us;
you have tried us just as silver is tried.
You brought us into the snare
and laid heavy burdens upon our backs.


You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.
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.


I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts
with the smoke of rams;
I will give you oxen and goats.
Come and listen, all you who fear God,
and I will tell you what God has done for me
.


I called out to God with my mouth,
and high praise was on my tongue.
If I had found evil in my heart,
God would not have heard me;


But in truth God has heard me
and has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer,
nor withheld steadfast love from me.

The Lessons

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

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 first letter of Peter

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Celtic Alleluia  

A Reading from the Gospel according to John.

Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

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

The Sermon: the Rev. Mike Angell

Anthem:

Johannes Brahms Sonata for in f minor for viola and piano, op. 120, No. 1

Andante un poco adagio

Eliana Haig, viola and Alexander Stefaniak, piano

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 St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ferguson,: 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: Julia Holland, Leanna Baudendistal, Dan Ellis, Amanda Diemer, and Grace Gorski, and for those celebrating anniversaries this week: Tricia and Tim Anderson; and Ken and Heidi Olliff.
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, especially Jane Popham who died May 12, 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.
Amen.

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 Collect of the Day

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Announcements:

Announcements are shared

The officiant prays:

Collect for Graduating Seniors

Creator God, surround these graduates, Amanda, Chloe, and Marta, with your grace. Bless them with hope so that they move into the future with eager and open hearts.  Help them to put the knowledge, skills, and insights gained through their education for the good of all humankind. Inspire them to believe in the goodness of life even when faced with challenges and difficulties. As they commence with their lives, may they grow even more grateful and wise.  Amen.


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.

Final Hymn Lord Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing 1982 Hymnal #344

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. Laurie Anzilotti
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors:
Soloist: Eliana Haig and Alexander Stefaniak
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.