Bulletin June 7, 2020

Trinity Sunday

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

Gathering

Welcome

The ushers and the rector welcome the congregation.

Blessed be God: most holy, glorious, and undivided Trinity.
And blessed be God’s reign, now and forever. Amen. 

Opening Sentence

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

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 ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

Psalm

The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 8. We will read it responsively by verse. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

1  O God our Governor,
how exalted is your Name in all the world!

2  Out of the mouths of infants and children,
your majesty is praised above the heavens.

3  You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries,
to quell the enemy and the avenger.

4  When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,

5  What are we that you should be mindful of us,
mere mortals that you should seek us out?

6 You have made us but little lower than the angels;
you adorn us with glory and honor;

7  You give us dominion over the works of your hands;
you put all things under our feet:

8  All sheep and oxen,
even the wild beasts of the field,

9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.

10 O God, our Governor,
how exalted is your Name in all the world!

Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

A reading from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians (13:11-13)

Finally, brothers and sisters, good-bye. Put things in order, respond to my encouragement, be in harmony with each other, and live in peace—and the God of love and peace will be with you. Say hello to each other with a holy kiss. All of God’s people say hello to you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

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

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew (28:16-40)

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Anthem:

The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Suffrages

Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

The Prayers of the People

Gracious God, we thank you for giving us power through your Holy Spirit to reveal your life to the world; strengthen, bless, and guide us to make you known by word and example. For our companion relationships with Cristosal and the people and church in El Salvador and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for Holy Cross Church in Poplar Bluff. We pray especially for Michael, our Presiding Bishop, for Deon, Bishop-elect of Missouri, and for all bishops and other ministers.

We are your Church, O God. Guide us in your grace.

We thank you for your creation, and pray for the earth which you have given us to cherish and protect; nourish in us your love for all you have made.

We are your stewards, O God. Guide us in your grace.

Guide and bless us in our work and play, and shape the patterns of our political and economic life; for the President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court, and all who are in authority; for the people of the Middle East, Latin America, and all affected by the coronavirus; that all people may be fulfilled through the bounty of your creation.

We are your servants, O God. Guide us in your grace.

Awaken our hearts to your presence in all people: those we love easily and those with whom we struggle, those different from us and those similar to us, those familiar to us and those unfamiliar to us.

We are made in your image, O God. Guide us in your grace.

We thank you for calling us to the glorious heritage of your holy people. Free us from lack of vision, and from inertia of will and spirit. By your life-giving Spirit, lead us out of isolation and oppression, redeem and restore us.

You are the life within us, O God. Guide us in your grace.

We thank you for the gift of life, with all its blessings and sorrows. Shield the joyous, especially those who are celebrating a birthday this week, Ed Hansell and Anthony Cabrera; and for those celebrating an anniversary this week, especially Robert and Chris Carter. Comfort and strengthen those in any need or trouble, especially those who are sick and who are shut-in. Bless those who will be born today. Bless those who have died, that by joining with the company of your saints in light we may rejoice in one unending song of praise.

In you alone we have eternal life, O God. Guide us in your grace.

O God our strength and salvation, hear all our prayers this day, and grant that we may live in the joy of the Resurrection, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer for Serenity

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting, O God, that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you for ever in the next. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, for you live and reign, one God in three Persons, for ever and ever. Amen

Announcements:

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.

Final Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy Hymn 362

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.
Thanks be to God.

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Michael Salsich and Rudy Nickens
Prayers of the People: Jillian Smith
The Lord’s Prayer: Alisa Williams
Greeters/Ushers: Ellis Anderson, Silas Angell, Oscar; Shirley Mensah
Heleluyan performed by: Men of the Holy Communion Choir
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park
Streaming Producer: Tyler Schwartz

Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988

The Psalms and Collect of the Day are from the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible.

The Prayers of the People are adapted from a form composed by The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon for St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square.

The Serenity Prayer” is based of a prayer by Reinhold Neibuhr, and was expanded by William Griffith Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous; it is widely used by AA and other groups based on AA’s 12-Step program. This inclusive language version comes from The Episcopal Church’s “Daily Prayer for All Seasons”

Memorial Service for Jane Popham

May 28, 2020 at 11am CST

Prelude

Opening Anthem    The Rector welcome the congregation and reads the opening anthem.

I am resurrection and I am life says the Lord.
Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last will stand upon the earth;
and though worms destroy this body,
yet in my flesh shall I see God,
whom I shall see and my eyes behold,
who is my friend and not a stranger.
We do not live to ourselves,
and we do not die to ourselves.
If we live, we live to the Lord,
and if we die, we die to the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die,
we belong to the Lord.
Happy from now on are those who die in the Lord!
So it is, says the Spirit, for they rest from their labor.

Opening Hymn

Hymn 657 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Collect The Presider leads the response and prays the collect.

Presider The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Presider Let us pray.

O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servant; Jane, and grant her an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 

On this mountain, the LORD of heavenly forces will prepare for all peoples a rich feast, a feast of choice wines, of select foods rich in flavor, of choice wines well refined. He will swallow up on this mountain the veil that is veiling all peoples, the shroud enshrouding all nations. He will swallow up death forever. The LORD God will wipe tears from every face; he will remove his people’s disgrace from off the whole earth, for the LORD has spoken. They will say on that day, “Look! This is our God, for whom we have waited— and he has saved us! This is the LORD, for whom we have waited; let’s be glad and rejoice in his salvation!”

Reader:  The word of the Lord.
People:  Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23 the congregation is invited to read the psalm together in unison

The LORD is my shepherd;
    I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
    he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul;
    he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake.
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.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
    thou anointest my head with oil;
    my cup runneth over.
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.

A reading from the Revelation to St. John

 I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “Look! God’s dwelling is here with humankind. He will dwell with them, and they will be his peoples. God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more. There will be no mourning, crying, or pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “All is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will freely give water from the life-giving spring. Those who emerge victorious will inherit these things. I will be their God, and they will be my sons and daughters.

Reader:  The word of the Lord.
People:  Thanks be to God.

Hymn 490 I want to walk as a child of the Light

The Gospel

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.

‘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. 

The Gospel of our Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Homily  The Rev. Mike Angell

The Lord’s Prayer

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 Prayers of the People

The people respond to each petition with Hear us, Lord.

For our sister Jane, let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ who said, “I am Resurrection and I am Life.” 

Lord, you consoled Martha and Mary in their distress; draw near to us who mourn for Jane, and dry the tears of those who weep.
Hear us, Lord.

You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend; comfort us in our sorrow.
Hear us, Lord.

You raised the dead to life; give to our sister eternal life.
Hear us, Lord.

You promised paradise to the thief who repented; bring our sister to the joys of heaven.
Hear us, Lord.

Our sister was washed in Baptism and anointed with the Holy Spirit; give her fellowship with all your saints.
Hear us, Lord.

She was nourished with your Body and Blood; grant her a place at the table in your heavenly kingdom.
Hear us, Lord.

Comfort us in our sorrows at the death of our sister; let our faith be our consolation, and eternal life our hope.   Silence.

Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you our sister Jane, who was reborn by water and the Spirit in Holy Baptism. Grant that her death may recall to us your victory over death, and be an occasion for us to renew our trust in your Father’s love. Give us, we pray, the faith to follow where you have led the way; and where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, to the age of ages. Amen.

The Peace

The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

Welcome and Announcements

A Prayer of Spiritual Communion

Gracious and Loving God, on this day we are not able to gather around your table to celebrate your presence in the sacrament of bread and wine. We are not able to share your peace with one another.
Nevertheless, we lift up our hearts, we join with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven as we proclaim you holy and receive you into our hearts by faith.
Strengthen our love for you. Help us offer our sacrifice with all your faithful people, that we may restore health and wholeness to one another and to all your creation. Give us patience and hope as we long for the day when we can gather and break bread together again. Through Christ our Savior. Amen.

The Commendation

Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

You only are immortal, the creator and maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and to earth shall we return.  For so did you ordain when you created me, saying, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” All of us go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Jane. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your
own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

The Blessing

The peace of God, which passes 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 Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.  Amen.

The Dismissal

Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

Red Pentecost altar frontal

Bulletin May 31, 2020

Pentecost

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

Gathering

Welcome

The rector welcomes the congregation.

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

Opening Sentence

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

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 ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

Psalm

The Psalm appointed for this morning is a portion of Psalm 104. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

O Holy One, how manifold are your works;
in wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

Yonder is the great and wide sea
with its living things too many to number,
creatures both small and great.

There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan,
which you have made for the sport of it.

All of them look to you
to give them their food in due season.

You give it to them; they gather it;
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

You hide your face, and they are terrified;
you take away their breath,
and they die and return to their dust.

You send forth your Spirit, and they are created;
and so you renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of God endure for ever;
may the Holy One rejoice in all creation.

God looks at the earth and it trembles;
God touches the mountains and they smoke.

I will sing to God as long as I live;
I will praise my God while I have my being.

Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1-21)

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples 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

Hymn: There’s a Sweet Sweet Spirit Lift Every Voice and Sing 120

A Reading from the Gospel according to John. (John 20:19-23)

It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” 
Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you don’t forgive them, they aren’t forgiven.”

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

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Suffrages

Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

The Prayers of the People

Gracious God, we thank you for giving us power through your Holy Spirit to reveal your life to the world; strengthen, bless, and guide us to make you known by word and example. For our companion relationships with Cristosal and the people and church in El Salvador and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for St. Thomas Deaf Episcopal Church in Kirkwood. We pray especially for Michael, our Presiding Bishop, for Deon, Bishop-elect of Missouri, and for all bishops and other ministers.

We are your Church, O God. Guide us in your grace.

We thank you for your creation, and pray for the earth which you have given us to cherish and protect; nourish in us your love for all you have made.

We are your stewards, O God. Guide us in your grace.

Guide and bless us in our work and play, and shape the patterns of our political and economic life; for the President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court, and all who are in authority; for the people of the Middle East, Latin America, and all affected by the coronavirus; that all people may be fulfilled through the bounty of your creation.

We are your servants, O God. Guide us in your grace.

Awaken our hearts to your presence in all people: those we love easily and those with whom we struggle, those different from us and those similar to us, those familiar to us and those unfamiliar to us.

We are made in your image, O God. Guide us in your grace.

We thank you for calling us to the glorious heritage of your holy people. Free us from lack of vision, and from inertia of will and spirit. By your life-giving Spirit, lead us out of isolation and oppression, redeem and restore us.

You are the life within us, O God. Guide us in your grace.

We thank you for the gift of life, with all its blessings and sorrows. Shield the joyous, especially those who are celebrating a birthday this week, Ed Hansell and Anthony Cabrera; and for those celebrating an anniversary this week, especially Robert and Chris Carter. Comfort and strengthen those in any need or trouble, especially those who are sick and who are shut-in. Bless those who will be born today. Bless those who have died, that by joining with the company of your saints in light we may rejoice in one unending song of praise.

In you alone we have eternal life, O God. Guide us in your grace.

O God our strength and salvation, hear all our prayers this day, and grant that we may live in the joy of the Resurrection, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit

God of all power and love,
we give thanks for your unfailing presence
and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss.
Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire.
Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world:
a people who pray, worship, learn,
break bread, share life, heal neighbors,
bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit.
Wherever and however we gather,
unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission,
that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Serenity

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting, O God, that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you for ever in the next. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to all peoples and nations by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Announcements:

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.

Closing Hymn

This Little Light

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

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

Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988

The psalm translation is from the Order of St. Helena, and used by permission. The Scripture translation is the Common English Bible.

The Prayers of the People are adapted from a form composed by The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon for St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square.

The Serenity Prayer” is based of a prayer by Reinhold Neibuhr, and was expanded by William Griffith Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous; it is widely used by AA and other groups based on AA’s 12-Step program. This inclusive language version comes from The Episcopal Church’s “Daily Prayer for All Seasons”

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Shirley Mensah, Ellis Anderson, Grace Gorski, Cecily Hawksworth, Jackson Potter
Soloist: Andrew Wasson
Heleluyan performed by: Men of the Holy Communion Choir
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park
Streaming Producer: Tyler Schwartz

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.

Bulletin May 10, 2020

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

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: 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

Anthem:

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.
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 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:

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.

Hymn

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.

Bulletin May 3, 2020

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

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:
The King of Love My Shepherd Is Hymn 645

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 23

The psalm is chanted. The congregation is invited to sing the refrain.

The LORD is my shepherd;
    I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
    he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul;
    he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake.
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.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
    thou anointest my head with oil;
    my cup runneth over.
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.

The Lessons

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: The Lord is My Shepherd

A Reading from the first letter of Peter

Now, it is commendable if, because of one’s understanding of God, someone should endure pain through suffering unjustly. But what praise comes from enduring patiently when you have sinned and are beaten for it? But if you endure steadfastly when you’ve done good and suffer for it, this is commendable before God.

You were called to this kind of endurance, because Christ suffered on your behalf. He left you an example so that you might follow in his footsteps. He committed no sin, nor did he ever speak in ways meant to deceive. When he was insulted, he did not reply with insults. When he suffered, he did not threaten revenge. Instead, he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He carried in his own body on the cross the sins we committed. He did this so that we might live in righteousness, having nothing to do with sin. By his wounds you were healed. Though you were like straying sheep, you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your lives.

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.

I assure you that whoever doesn’t enter into the sheep pen through the gate but climbs over the wall is a thief and an outlaw. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The guard at the gate opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. Whenever he has gathered all of his sheep, he goes before them and they follow him, because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger but will run away because they don’t know the stranger’s voice.” Those who heard Jesus use this analogy didn’t understand what he was saying.

So Jesus spoke again, “I assure you that I am the gate of the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and outlaws, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Heleluyan

The Sermon: the Rev. Mike Angell

Anthem: My Shepherd, You Supply My Need

American Folk Hymn (words of Psalm 23 paraphrased by Isaac Watts, music from Southern Harmony)

While we can’t pass the plates, we ask that you continue giving by mail or online, if you are able. If you would like to know more about our theology of giving, or how our gifts are used, please visit holycommunion.net/giving or speak to a clergy person.

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 the people and ministry of Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau: 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: Kellie McCoy, Lauren Williams, Cassandra Gonzalez, and Michael Salsich; and for those celebrating anniversaries this week Meg and Brian Goldstein, and Susan Norris and Tom Rose.
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.
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, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Announcements:

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.

Hymn

Lead Me, Guide Me Lift Every Voice and Sing 194

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

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

Worship Leaders

Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev Marc Smith
Deacon: The Rev Chester Hines
Lectors: Shirley Mensah & Cecily Hawksworth
Soloist: Bridget Voda
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.

Bulletin May 24, 2020

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

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:  Alleluia Sing to Jesus Hymnal 460

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 68:1-10, 33-36

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

Arise, O God, and let your enemies be scattered;
let those who hate you flee before you.
Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away;
as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at your presence, O God.


But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before you;
let them also be merry and joyful.
We sing praises to your holy Name;
we exalt the One who rides upon the heavens;
yours is the Name in which we rejoice!


Guardian of orphans, defender of widows,
God, in your holy habitation!
You give the solitary a home and bring forth prisoners into freedom,
but the rebels shall live in dry places.


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


You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance;
you refreshed the land when it was weary.
Your people found their home in it; *
in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor.


Sing to God, O nations of the earth;
sing praises to the Holy One,
Who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens,
who sends forth a voice, a mighty voice.


Ascribe power to God,
whose majesty is over Israel,
whose strength is in the skies.
How wonderful is God in the holy places;
the God of Israel giving strength and power to the people:
blessed be God!

The Lessons

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

As a result, those who had gathered together asked Jesus, “Lord, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now?”

Jesus replied, “It isn’t for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has set by his own authority. Rather, 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 end of the earth.”

After Jesus said these things, as they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going away and as they were staring toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood next to them. They said, “Galileans, why are you standing here, looking toward heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you saw him go into heaven.”

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a sabbath day’s journey away. When they entered the city, they went to the upstairs room where they were staying. Peter, John, James, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James, Alphaeus’ son; Simon the zealot; and Judas, James’ son— all were united in their devotion to prayer, along with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: He is King of Kings Lift Every Voice and Sing 96

A Reading from the first letter of Peter

Dear friends, don’t be surprised about the fiery trials that have come among you to test you. These are not strange happenings. Instead, rejoice as you share Christ’s suffering. You share his suffering now so that you may also have overwhelming joy when his glory is revealed. If you are mocked because of Christ’s name, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory—indeed, the Spirit of God—rests on you.

Therefore, humble yourselves under God’s power so that he may raise you up in the last day. Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. Be clearheaded. Keep alert. Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. Do so in the knowledge that your fellow believers are enduring the same suffering throughout the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, the one who called you into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will himself restore, empower, strengthen, and establish you. To him be power forever and always. Amen.

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.

When Jesus finished saying these things, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, so that the Son can glorify you. You gave him authority over everyone so that he could give eternal life to everyone you gave him. This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you sent. I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I shared with you before the world was created.

“I have revealed your name to the people you gave me from this 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 comes from you. This is because I gave them the words that you gave me, and they received them. They truly understood that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.

“I’m praying for them. I’m not praying for the world but for those you gave me, because they are yours. Everything that is mine is yours and everything that is yours is mine; I have been glorified in them. I’m no longer in the world, but they are in the world, even as I’m coming to you. Holy Father, watch over them in your name, the name you gave me, that they will be one just as we are one.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Heleluyan

The Sermon: the Rev. Laurie Anzilotti

Anthem:

“Blessings”, words and music by Laura Story 

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. Mark’s Episcopal Church in, Portland: for 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: William Dula, Princess Imoukhuede, and Bryant Cooper, and for those celebrating anniversaries this week: Mike Angell & Ellis Anderson, Brad Currey & Julie Farrar.
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 for all of those who died in the service of their country or community: members of the armed services, emergency workers, and medical personnel. 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 officiant prays:

The Collect of the Day

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen

The Collect for the Good Use of Leisure

O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of
refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our
leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our
spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Announcements:

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.

Hymn

O Beautiful, For Spacious Skies Hymnal 719

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: Alisa Williams, Andy Ludwig
Soloist: 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.

Bulletin April 19, 2020

The Second Sunday of Easter

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

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: We Walk by Faith and Not By Sight Hymnal 209

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 16

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

Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;
I have said to the Holy One, “You are my God,
my good above all other.”
All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land,
upon those who are noble among the people.


But those who run after other gods
shall have their troubles multiplied.
Their libations of blood I will not offer,
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.

O God, you are my portion and my cup;
it is you who uphold my lot.
My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

I will bless you, O God, who gives me counsel;
my heart teaches me, night after night.
I have set you always before me;
because you are at my right hand I shall not fall.

My heart, therefore, is glad and my spirit rejoices;
my body also shall rest in hope.
For you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor let your holy one see the Pit.

You will show me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

The Lessons

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Peter stood with the other eleven apostles. He raised his voice and declared, “Judeans and everyone living in Jerusalem! Know this! Listen carefully to my words! “Fellow Israelites, listen to these words! Jesus the Nazarene was a man whose credentials God proved to you through miracles, wonders, and signs, which God performed through him among you. You yourselves know this. In accordance with God’s established plan and foreknowledge, he was betrayed. You, with the help of wicked men, had Jesus killed by nailing him to a cross. God raised him up! God freed him from death’s dreadful grip, since it was impossible for death to hang on to him. David says about him,

I foresaw that the Lord was always with me;
    because he is at my right hand I won’t be shaken.
Therefore, my heart was glad
    and my tongue rejoiced.
Moreover, my body will live in hope,
        because you won’t abandon me to the grave,
    nor permit your holy one to experience decay.
You have shown me the paths of life;
    your presence will fill me with happiness.

“Brothers and sisters, I can speak confidently about the patriarch David. He died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this very day. Because he was a prophet, he knew that God promised him with a solemn pledge to seat one of his descendants on his throne. Having seen this beforehand, David spoke about the resurrection of Christ, that he wasn’t abandoned to the grave, nor did his body experience decay. This Jesus God raised up. We are all witnesses to that fact.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: Be Thou My Vision Hymnal 488

A Reading from the first letter of Peter

May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. You have a pure and enduring inheritance that cannot perish—an inheritance that is presently kept safe in heaven for you. Through his faithfulness, you are guarded by God’s power so that you can receive the salvation he is ready to reveal in the last time.

You now rejoice in this hope, even if it’s necessary for you to be distressed for a short time by various trials. This is necessary so that your faith may be found genuine. (Your faith is more valuable than gold, which will be destroyed even though it is itself tested by fire.) Your genuine faith will result in praise, glory, and honor for you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you’ve never seen him, you love him. Even though you don’t see him now, you trust him and so rejoice with a glorious joy that is too much for words. You are receiving the goal of your faith: your salvation.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: All Shall Be Well/Another World Ana Hernandez (guitar accompaniment by the Rev. Leslie Scoopmire)

A Reading from the Gospel according to John.

It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you don’t forgive them, they aren’t forgiven.”

Thomas, the one called Didymus, one of the Twelve, wasn’t with the disciples when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger in the wounds left by the nails, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.”

After eight days his disciples were again in a house and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus entered and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. No more disbelief. Believe!” Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus replied, “Do you believe because you see me? Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.” Then Jesus did many other miraculous signs in his disciples’ presence, signs that aren’t recorded in this scroll. But these things are written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Son, and that believing, you will have life in his name.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Celtic Alleluia

Please stand.

The Sermon: the Rev. Marc Smith

Anthem:

O Praise Ye the Lord by Charles H.H. Parry, arr. Mark Schweizer
O praise ye the Lord, praise Him in the height! 
Rejoice in His word, ye angels of light!
Ye heavens, adore Him by whom ye were made,
and worship before Him in brightness arrayed.
O praise ye the Lord, all things that give sound.
Each jubilant chord re-echo around.
Loud organs, His glory forth tell in deep tone,
and sweet harp the story of what He hath done.
O praise ye the Lord and sing a new song,
amid all His saints, His praises prolong.
The praise of their Maker, His people shall sing,
and children of Zion rejoice in their King.
O praise ye the Lord, praise Him upon earth,
in tuneful accord, all ye of new birth.
Praise Him who hath brought you His grace from above.
Praise Him who hath taught you to sing of His love.
O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song to
Him be outpoured all ages along.
For love in creation, for heaven restored;
for grace of salvation, o praise ye the Lord! Amen!

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 that we may go forth in the world to proclaim the risen Christ: 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: Rudy Nickens, Melissa Harris, Ben Rose, and Alison Nash, and for those celebrating anniversaries this week: David Luckes and Karl Stroud, Butch and Karen Sterbenz, and Mary and Matt Chapman.
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.
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 officiant prays:

May we who are merely inconvenienced
remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home,
remember those who have no work.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our
children when their schools close,
remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
remember those that have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the
tumult of the economic market,
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap
our arms around each other,
let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace
of God to our neighbors. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; 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


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.

Hymn

He is Risen Hymn 180

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

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

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.

Maundy Thursday Agape Meal

The Agape Meal (Love Feast) is an ancient tradition, dating back to the early church. Before church was formalized, before the Eucharist became the ceremony we know today, early Christians would gather around their dining tables. They would read scripture, tell stories, and pray. This Maundy Thursday, you are invited into this tradition. At 5pm on Maundy Thursday, we will post a reflection from the Rector, introducing the tradition and the story of Maundy Thursday.

Preparation

Choose and prepare together a “special” meal; perhaps a favorite recipe or a special dish you normally reserve only for holidays.

Set the table as you would when welcoming a special guest to dinner.

Have a Bible with you to read the story of Jesus’ last supper.

Candles are ceremonially lit at the beginning of the meal. Be prepared with unlit candles and lighter.

Be prepared to clear your table completely at the conclusion of the service.

Gathering

A brief silence is kept, perhaps standing around the table. The candles are lighted.

Blessed be our God.

For ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, gave freely of himself

to his beloved in the washing of feet and in instituting the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that as we gather in our households we may remember these great gifts of love by Jesus Christ our Lord, and follow his great command to love one another as he eternally loves us all; who has given himself for the whole world, and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

All are seated for the meal.

Holy God, draw us into worship with a spirit of humility. Let us gather with open hearts prepared to love, even to the point of breaking, as we seek to receive this story with our whole selves. In drawing closer to Christ and his crucified love, may we draw closer to you and your beloved world. Amen.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe.

You have blessed the earth to bring forth food to satisfy our hunger. Let this food strengthen

us in the fast that is before us, that following our Savior in the way of the cross, we may come to the joy of his resurrection. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and for ever. Amen.

You may be seated for the meal.

Read the Gospel of John Chapter 13.

As you eat: 

Take the opportunity to contemplate/share why this night is special. 

Some ideas: tell the story of the Exodus; tell the story of Jesus washing his friend’s feet. Remember the name of someone you wish were at the table with you tonight. If you feel comfortable, share why. 

Take the opportunity to contemplate/share what it looks like to serve others in a time when physical distancing is in place. Washing someone’s feet isn’t just service, it is about mutual vulnerability.  What does it look like to be vulnerable to someone else at this time? How could you choose to be vulnerable to show love?

Consider: Jesus invited his friends to experience bread and wine in a new way. 

How has Communion fed you? Do you remember any particular service of communion? Remembering Jesus’ last supper, we see bread and wine in a new way: is God inviting you to see or experience anything else life in a new way?

At the end of the meal 

Pray some (or all) of the following prayers:

United with Christians around the globe on this Maundy Thursday, let us pray for the church, the earth, our troubled world, and all in need, responding to each petition with the words Your mercy is great.

Blessed are you, holy God, for the church. Gather all the baptized around your presence in the Word. Strengthen the body of your people even when we cannot assemble for worship. Give our bishops and all our clergy faithfulness and creativity for their ministry in this time, and accompany those preparing for baptism.

Hear us, holy God.

Your mercy is great

Blessed are you, bountiful God, for this good earth and for the flowering of springtime. Save dry lands from destructive droughts. Protect the waters from pollution. Allow in this time the planting of fields for food. Make us into care-givers of your plants and animals.

Hear us, bountiful God.

Your mercy is great

Blessed are you, faithful God, for you accompany suffering humanity with love. Abide wherever the coronavirus has struck. Visit all who mourn their 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. Support physicians, nurses, and home health aides; medical researchers; and the World Health Organization.

Hear us, faithful God.

Your mercy is great

Blessed are you, gracious God, for you care for the needy. We beg you to feed the hungry, protect the refugee, embrace the distressed, house the homeless, nurse the sick, and comfort the dying. Especially we pray for those we name before you now, either silently or aloud…

Hear us, gracious God.

Your mercy is great

Blessed are you, eternal God, for all who have died in the faith, and those whom we name before you now…

At the end, bring us with them into your everlasting glory.

Your mercy is great

Receive, merciful God, our prayers, for the sake of Jesus Christ, the host of our meal of life, who died and rose that we might live with you, now and forever. Amen.

Following the Psalm, you might collect up the dishes in silence and take them to the kitchen. Wash the dishes (maybe even by hand). When the table is clear and all the dishes are washed and put away, extinguish the candles in silence.

Consider: At the end of the meal, Jesus washed the feet of his friends. 

If you live with other folks, consider washing one another’s feet after the meal.

Easter Day April 12, 2020

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

Prepare your Sacred Space for the celebration of Easter Day. Flowers, additional candles, artwork and other symbols of new life may be added to the Sacred Space.

Dress up! Easter Day is a special day in the life of faith. Even at home, feel free to put on your “Easter best” to set apart this day from all others. During virtual coffee hour we’ll have a “parade of easter hats.” (Sign in is in the latest email).

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

Gathering

Welcome

The rector 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: Awake, Arise, Lift up Your Voice Hymnal 212

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 114

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

Give thanks to God who is good; *
God’s mercy endures for ever.
Let Israel now proclaim *
“God’s mercy endures for ever.”

God is my strength and my song *
and has become my salvation.
There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:

“The right hand of the Most High has triumphed; *
the right hand of the Most High is exalted;
the right hand of the Most High has triumphed!”
I shall not die, but live *
and declare the works of God.

God has punished me sorely, *
but did not hand me over to death.
Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them; I will offer thanks to God.

“This is the gate of the Holy One; *
those who are righteous may enter.”
 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.

The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.
 This is God’s doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

On this day the Holy One has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

The Lessons

A Reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah

At that time, declares the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people. The LORD proclaims: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness. As Israel searched for a place of rest, the LORD appeared to them from a distance: I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. And so with unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself. Again, I will build you up, and you will be rebuilt, virgin Israel. Again, you will play your tambourines and dance with joy. Again, you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; farmers will plant and then enjoy the harvests. The time will come when the watchmen shout from the highlands of Ephraim: “Get ready! We’re going up to Zion to the LORD our God!”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: That Easter Morn Voices Found 45

A Reading from Paul’s letter to the Colossians

Therefore, if you were raised with Christ, look for the things that are above where Christ is sitting at God’s right side. Think about the things above and not things on earth. You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. 

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: At The break of Day Three Women Came Voices Found 50

A Reading from the Gospel according to Matthew.

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Celtic Alleluia

Please stand.

The Sermon: the Rev. Mike Angell

Anthem:

“God’s Son has Made me Free”- Edvard Grieg

God’s Son has made me free from Satan’s tyranny
From fear of death, and bonds of sin, from all that plagues my soul within.
The holy One divine, became a friend of mine.
From heaven high, from starry sky. He came to give, to die.
O boundless love, He came, He died, He rose the glorified!
He came to give, to die, that I might live with Him eternally.
God Son’s has made me free!

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: for their bishops and clergy; for the newly baptized; for the 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, 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.
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 officiant prays:

May we who are merely inconvenienced
remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home,
remember those who have no work.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our
children when their schools close,
remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
remember those that have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the
tumult of the economic market,
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap
our arms around each other,
let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace
of God to our neighbors.

The Collect of the Day

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen

Announcements:

The rector shares announcements


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 Easter Blessing:

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us God’s children
through the resurrection of Christ our Lord, bestow upon you the riches
of his blessing. Amen.

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into
newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for
ever. Amen.

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting
freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance. Amen.

And the blessing of the Triune God, Eternal Majesty, Incarnate and Risen Word, and Abiding Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.
Amen.

Hymn

This Little Light of Mine: (With some help from Gene Dobbs Bradford)

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

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

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.