Polish Activists found Not Guilty

The three human rights defenders, Elżbieta, Anna and Joanna have been tried in Poland for ‘offending religious beliefs’ under article 196 of the Criminal Code (C.C.) in relation to the use of posters depicting the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo symbolic of the LGBTI flag around her head and shoulders. They were facing up to two years in prison. Today they were each found Not Guilty.

Holy Communion stood in solidarity with the activists and worked with them in 2019 to feature the icon on t-shirts in celebration of LGBTQI+ Pride Month.

You can learn more about this story here.

T-shirt‘s featuring their artwork are still available here. Proceeds are shared with the activists.

Sunday March 7

The Third Sunday in Lent

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

Prelude

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Welcome

The ushers and the rector welcome the congregation. If you are new to us, consider filling out our “get connected” form, let us get to know you better.


Opening Anthem

Lay Me Low – Music from “Music that Makes Community”


Confession and opening sentences

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
God’s mercy endures forever.
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.


The Collect of the Day

You are invited to light a candle at home with us.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Opening Hymn


The Lessons

A Reading from the book of Exodus (Exodus 20:1-17)

Then God spoke all these words:

I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

You must have no other gods before me.

Do not make an idol for yourself—no form whatsoever—of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. Do not bow down to them or worship them, because I, the Lord your God, am a passionate God. I punish children for their parents’ sins even to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me. But I am loyal and gracious to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Do not use the Lord your God’s name as if it were of no significance; the Lord won’t forgive anyone who uses his name that way.

Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy. Six days you may work and do all your tasks, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Do not do any work on it—not you, your sons or daughters, your male or female servants, your animals, or the immigrant who is living with you. Because the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them in six days, but rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Honor your father and your mother so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Do not kill.

Do not commit adultery.

Do not steal.

Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.

Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s house. Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox, donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


The Psalm (Psalm 19)

The heavens declare your glory, O God,
and the firmament shows your handiwork.

One day tells its tale to another,
and one night imparts knowledge to another.

Although they have no words or language,
and their voices are not heard,

Their sound has gone out into all lands,
and their message to the ends of the world.

In the deep you have set a pavilion for the sun;
it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
it rejoices like a champion to run its course.

It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again;
nothing is hidden from its burning heat.

Your law, O God, is perfect and revives the soul;
your testimony is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.

Your statutes are just and rejoice the heart;
your commandment is clear and gives light to the eyes.

The fear of you is clean and endures for ever;
your judgments are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,
sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.

By them also is your servant enlightened,
and in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can tell how often one offends?
Cleanse me from my secret faults.

Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
let them not get dominion over me;
then shall I be whole and sound,
and innocent of a great offense.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O God, my strength and my redeemer.


The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John (John 2:13-22)

It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple those who were selling cattle, sheep, and doves, as well as those involved in exchanging currency sitting there. He made a whip from ropes and chased them all out of the temple, including the cattle and the sheep. He scattered the coins and overturned the tables of those who exchanged currency. He said to the dove sellers, “Get these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a place of business.” His disciples remembered that it is written, Passion for your house consumes me.

Then the Jewish leaders asked him, “By what authority are you doing these things? What miraculous sign will you show us?”

Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple and in three days I’ll raise it up.”

The Jewish leaders replied, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and you will raise it up in three days?” But the temple Jesus was talking about was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered what he had said, and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

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


The Sermon: the Rev. Mike Angell


Anthem: 


The Prayers

Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.

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.


You may add your prayer requests in the comments at any time. Know that people will pray for you. 

Holy God, in whom all things in heaven and earth have their being,
Have mercy on us.

Jesus the Christ, through whom the world is reconciled to the Father,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, whose glory fills the world and searches the depths of God, Have mercy on us.

Blessed Trinity, source of both unity and diversity,
Have mercy on us.

From blind hearts and petty spirits, that refuse to see the need of all humankind for your love,
Savior, deliver us.

From pride, self-sufficiency and the unwillingness to admit our own need of your compassion,
Savior, deliver us.

From discouragement in the face of pain and disappointment, and from lack of persistence and thoroughness,
Savior, deliver us.

From ignorance, apathy, and complacency that prevent us from spreading the Good news and working for justice,
Savior, deliver us.

Touch our eyes, that we may see your glory in all creation and may work to safeguard the ecosystems which sustain your gift of life.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our ears, that we may hear from every mouth the hunger for hope and stories of refreshment.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our feet, that we may take your Good News into our neighborhoods, communities, and all parts of the world.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our hands, that we may care for our neighbor in Christ’s name.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our voices, that we may lift them in the halls of government. We pray for our president, the members of congress, the Supreme Court, and for all those entrusted with public leadership, that they might heed your call to build justice and equity. Safeguard the rights and dignity of your whole creation.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for our Michael, our presiding bishop, Deon our bishop, and for all who minister in the church. Strengthen and encourage all who work in lonely, dangerous and grief-stricken places.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for our companions at Cristosal working on behalf of human rights in El Salvador. We pray for the Grace Gathering ministry for people of diverse abilities, being planted in our midst. Inspire our minds with a vision of your kingdom in this time and place, and give us courage.
Hear us, O Christ.

We give you thanks for the love of Christ made manifest in our church community, and especially for those celebrating birthdays this week: Lisa Heaner, Bob Niedringhaus, Megan Ondr-Cooper, and Barbara Robinson.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for those who have died: for all who have died of COVID, and for the martyrs and saints who have gone before us. May we, like them, faithfully walk in the way of love. Bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light.
Hear us, O Christ.

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Announcements:

Announcements are shared

Concluding Prayers

In the season of Lent, the presider prays a Solemn Prayer over the people:
Keep this your family, Lord, with your never-failing mercy, that relying solely on the help of your heavenly grace, they may be upheld by your divine protection; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Peace is then exchangedConsider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.


Concluding Hymn


Dismissal

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.


Postlude

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Marc Smith
Assisting: The Rev. Chester Hines and Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Lectors: Lacy Broemel, Andrew Carpentier
The Lord’s Prayer: Shirley Mensah
Greeters: Shannon MacGregor, Rudy Walz
Guest Musicians:
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: John Kelly

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

The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.

The Prayers of the People are adapted the Book of Occasional Services.

Sunday February 28

The Second Sunday in Lent

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

Prelude

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Welcome

The ushers and the rector welcome the congregation. If you are new to us, consider filling out our “get connected” form, let us get to know you better.


Opening Anthem

Lay Me Low – Music from “Music that Makes Community”


Confession and opening sentences

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
God’s mercy endures forever.
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.


The Collect of the Day

You are invited to light a candle at home with us.

Let us pray.

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Opening Hymn

Will You Come and Follow Me, the Summons. Melody by John Bell


The Lessons

A Reading from the book of Genesis (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16)

When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am El Shaddai. Walk with me and be trustworthy. I will make a covenant between us and I will give you many, many descendants.” Abram fell on his face, and God said to him, “But me, my covenant is with you; you will be the ancestor of many nations. And because I have made you the ancestor of many nations, your name will no longer be Abram but Abraham. I will make you very fertile. I will produce nations from you, and kings will come from you. I will set up my covenant with you and your descendants after you in every generation as an enduring covenant. I will be your God and your descendants’ God after you.

God said to Abraham, “As for your wife Sarai, you will no longer call her Sarai. Her name will now be Sarah. I will bless her and even give you a son from her. I will bless her so that she will become nations, and kings of peoples will come from her.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


The Psalm (Psalm 22:22-30)

May all who fear you, O God, give praise;
may the offspring of Israel stand in awe,
and all of Jacob’s line give glory.

For you do not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty,
neither do you hide your face from them,
but when they cry to you, you hear them.

My praise is of you in the great assembly;
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship you.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek you shall praise you:
“May your heart live for ever!”

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to you,
and all the families of the nations shall bow before you.

For yours is the royal power, O God;
you rule over the nations.

To you alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship;
all who go down to the dust fall before you.

My soul shall live for you;
my descendants shall serve you;
they shall be known as yours for ever.

They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn
the saving deeds that you have done.


The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Mark (Mark 8:31-38)

Then Jesus began to teach his disciples: “The Human One must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and the legal experts, and be killed, and then, after three days, rise from the dead.” He said this plainly. But Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him. Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, then sternly corrected Peter: “Get behind me, Satan. You are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”

After calling the crowd together with his disciples, Jesus said to them, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me and because of the good news will save them. Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this unfaithful and sinful generation, the Human One will be ashamed of that person when he comes in the Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

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


The Sermon: the Rev. Mike Angell


Anthem: 

“The Color Purple”


The Prayers

Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.

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.


You may add your prayer requests in the comments at any time. Know that people will pray for you. 

Holy God, in whom all things in heaven and earth have their being,
Have mercy on us.

Jesus the Christ, through whom the world is reconciled to the Father,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, whose glory fills the world and searches the depths of God, Have mercy on us.

Blessed Trinity, source of both unity and diversity,
Have mercy on us.

From blind hearts and petty spirits, that refuse to see the need of all humankind for your love,
Savior, deliver us.

From pride, self-sufficiency and the unwillingness to admit our own need of your compassion,
Savior, deliver us.

From discouragement in the face of pain and disappointment, and from lack of persistence and thoroughness,
Savior, deliver us.

From ignorance, apathy, and complacency that prevent us from spreading the Good news and working for justice,
Savior, deliver us.

Touch our eyes, that we may see your glory in all creation and may work to safeguard the ecosystems which sustain your gift of life.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our ears, that we may hear from every mouth the hunger for hope and stories of refreshment.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our feet, that we may take your Good News into our neighborhoods, communities, and all parts of the world.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our hands, that we may care for our neighbor in Christ’s name.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our voices, that we may lift them in the halls of government. We pray for our president, the members of congress, the Supreme Court, and for all those entrusted with public leadership, that they might heed your call to build justice and equity. Safeguard the rights and dignity of your whole creation.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for our Michael, our presiding bishop, Deon our bishop, and for all who minister in the church. Strengthen and encourage all who work in lonely, dangerous and grief-stricken places.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for our companions at Cristosal working on behalf of human rights in El Salvador. We pray for the Grace Gathering ministry for people of diverse abilities, being planted in our midst. Inspire our minds with a vision of your kingdom in this time and place, and give us courage.
Hear us, O Christ.

We give you thanks for the love of Christ made manifest in our church community, and especially for those celebrating birthdays this week: Tim Heaner, Clara Olliff, Marlene O’Brien, Tyler Webb, Brad Currey, Chris Carter, and Dane Glueck.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for those who have died: for all who have died of COVID, and for the martyrs and saints who have gone before us. May we, like them, faithfully walk in the way of love. Bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light.
Hear us, O Christ.

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Announcements:

Announcements are shared

Concluding Prayers

In the season of Lent, the presider prays a Solemn Prayer over the people:
Keep this your family, Lord, with your never-failing mercy, that relying solely on the help of your heavenly grace, they may be upheld by your divine protection; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Peace is then exchangedConsider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.


Concluding Hymn

The God of Abram Praise– Hymnal 688


Dismissal

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.


Postlude

Fantasy on “Dix” – Charles Callahan 
Connor Scott – Guest organist

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Marc Smith
Assisting: The Rev. Chester Hines and Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Lectors: Cecily Hawksworth, Fran Caradonna
The Lord’s Prayer: Kim Hudson
Greeters: Joe Adams, Alisa Williams
Guest Musicians: TJ Muller, Tuba; Maggie Linck, vocals; Marty Eggers, piano
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: Tyler Schwartz

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

The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.

The Prayers of the People are adapted the Book of Occasional Services.

A new call for the Rev. Beth Scriven

With a mix of sadness and joy, we share the news that the Rev. Beth Scriven has accepted a call to be the next Vicar of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Brownsburg, Indiana. The last several years of partnership with Beth and The Rockwell House have been a real blessing for Holy Communion. We are sad to see Beth go, but thrilled for her next steps in ministry. Holy Communion remains committed to partnership with Rockwell. Congratulations Beth! We will miss you.

Beth will be our preacher on Sunday February 21, and she will join us for virtual coffee hour after the service. Join us to hear more about Beth’s call and say thank you for these years of partnership in ministry.

Sunday February 21

The First Sunday in Lent

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

Prelude

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Welcome

The ushers and the rector welcome the congregation. If you are new to us, consider filling out our “get connected” form, let us get to know you better.


Opening Anthem

Lay Me Low – Music from “Music that Makes Community”


Confession and opening sentences

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
God’s mercy endures forever.
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.


The Collect of the Day

You are invited to light a candle at home with us.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Opening Hymn

Precious Lord Take My Hand Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal #106
originally recorded during our March 22, 2020 online worship


The Lessons

A Reading from the book of Genesis (Genesis 9:8-17)

God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “I am now setting up my covenant with you, with your descendants, and with every living being with you—with the birds, with the large animals, and with all the animals of the earth, leaving the ark with you. I will set up my covenant with you so that never again will all life be cut off by floodwaters. There will never again be a flood to destroy the earth.”

God said, “This is the symbol of the covenant that I am drawing up between me and you and every living thing with you, on behalf of every future generation. I have placed my bow in the clouds; it will be the symbol of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will remember the covenant between me and you and every living being among all the creatures. Floodwaters will never again destroy all creatures. The bow will be in the clouds, and upon seeing it I will remember the enduring covenant between God and every living being of all the earth’s creatures.” God said to Noah, “This is the symbol of the covenant that I have set up between me and all creatures on earth.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


The Psalm (Psalm 25:1-9)

To you, O God, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you;
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.

Let none who look to you be put to shame;
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.

Show me your ways, O God,
and teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.

Remember, O God, your compassion and love,
for they are from everlasting.

Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O God.

Gracious and upright are you;
therefore you teach sinners in your way.

You guide the humble in doing right
and teach your way to the lowly.

All your paths are love and faithfulness
to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies.


The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Mark (Mark 1:9-15)

About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. And there was a voice from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.”

At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him.

After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!”

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


The Sermon: the Rev. Beth Scriven


Anthem: 

“Just a Closer Walk with Thee” arr. T.J. Muller Maggie Linck
TJ Muller, Tuba; Maggie Linck, vocals; Marty Eggers, piano


The Prayers

Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.

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.


You may add your prayer requests in the comments at any time. Know that people will pray for you. 

Holy God, in whom all things in heaven and earth have their being,
Have mercy on us.

Jesus the Christ, through whom the world is reconciled to the Father,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, whose glory fills the world and searches the depths of God, Have mercy on us.

Blessed Trinity, source of both unity and diversity,
Have mercy on us.

From blind hearts and petty spirits, that refuse to see the need of all humankind for your love,
Savior, deliver us.

From pride, self-sufficiency and the unwillingness to admit our own need of your compassion,
Savior, deliver us.

From discouragement in the face of pain and disappointment, and from lack of persistence and thoroughness,
Savior, deliver us.

From ignorance, apathy, and complacency that prevent us from spreading the Good news and working for justice,
Savior, deliver us.

Touch our eyes, that we may see your glory in all creation and may work to safeguard the ecosystems which sustain your gift of life.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our ears, that we may hear from every mouth the hunger for hope and stories of refreshment.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our feet, that we may take your Good News into our neighborhoods, communities, and all parts of the world.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our hands, that we may care for our neighbor in Christ’s name.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our voices, that we may lift them in the halls of government. We pray for our president, the members of congress, the Supreme Court, and for all those entrusted with public leadership, that they might heed your call to build justice and equity. Safeguard the rights and dignity of your whole creation.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for our Michael, our presiding bishop, Deon our bishop, and for all who minister in the church. Strengthen and encourage all who work in lonely, dangerous and grief-stricken places.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for our companions at Cristosal working on behalf of human rights in El Salvador. We pray for the Grace Gathering ministry for people of diverse abilities, being planted in our midst. Inspire our minds with a vision of your kingdom in this time and place, and give us courage.
Hear us, O Christ.

We give you thanks for the love of Christ made manifest in our church community, and especially for those celebrating birthdays this week: Shirley Mensah, Mike Angell, Ron Bullock, Angie Burroughs Kelly, Paul Roesler and Karen Sterbenz.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for those who have died, especially Tricia Anderson whose Memorial service was held yesterday, for all who have died of COVID, and for the martyrs and saints who have gone before us. May we, like them, faithfully walk in the way of love. Bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light.
Hear us, O Christ.

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Announcements:

Announcements are shared

Concluding Prayers

In the season of Lent, the presider prays a Solemn Prayer over the people:
Grant, Almighty God, that your people may recognize their weakness and put their whole trust in your strength, so that they may rejoice for ever in the protection of your loving providence; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Peace is then exchangedConsider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.


Concluding Hymn

A Mighty Fortress is Our God – Hymnal 688


Dismissal

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.


Postlude

Fantasy on “Dix” – Charles Callahan 
Connor Scott – Guest organist

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Marc Smith
Assisting: The Rev. Chester Hines and Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Lectors: Julie Farrar, Jacob Swanson
The Lord’s Prayer: Michael Salsich
Greeters: Kara Cummins, Courtney Dula
Guest Musicians:
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: Tyler Schwartz

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

The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.

The Prayers of the People are adapted the Book of Occasional Services.

Memorial Service Bulletin for Tricia Anderson

February, 20 2021 at pm Central Time

A Memorial Service will be held online for Tricia on February 20, 2021. You will find the service broadcast on the Holy Communion homepage, and on our Youtube, and Facebook pages.

The Service Begins after several minutes of Preludes


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

It is Well With My Soul – Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal 188


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; Tricia, 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

First Reading read by Gwendolyn Hart

A reading from the book of Wisdom 3:1-5,9

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;

Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.

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


Second Reading read by Carl Howard

A reading from the Revelation to John (21:2-7)

I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

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


The Gospel

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (14:1-6)
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. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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


Homily 

The Rev. Mike Angell


Anthem:

Psalm 121 composer: Judith Bingham
Commissioned by the Holy Communion and St. Peter’s Episcopal Churches, Third Baptist Church, the St Louis Chamber Chorus, Washington University Music Department and Congregation Shaare Emeth in honor of the late Sarah Bryan Miller. Sung by the combined choirs. Used by permission.
(This recording will only play during the live service, and will not be archived.)


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 Tricia, 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 Tricia, 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 Tricia, 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.

The Peace is then exchangedConsider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who also loved Tricia. You can also sign the virtual guestbook.


Welcome and Announcements

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 humankind; 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 Tricia. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him 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.

A Mighty Fortress is Our God – Hymnal 1982 #688

The Dismissal

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

Service Leaders
Presider and Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Assisting: The Rev. Marc Smith
Gospel: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Gwendolyn Hart, Carl Howard
Hymns and Anthems: The Choir of Holy Communion
Director of Music: Mary Chapman

Ash Wednesday

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

Prelude

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Welcome

The ushers and the rector welcome the congregation. If you are new to us, consider filling out our “get connected” form, let us get to know you better.

You are invited to light a candle in your own home with us, as we pray.


The Exhortation 

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
God’s mercy endures for ever.

Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Opening Hymn

Lay me Low – Lift Every Voice And Sing Hymnal #


The Readings

We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Following an ancient pattern originally from Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set calendar for what will be read when.

THE FIRST READING:

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Joel (Joel 2:1-2,12-17)

Blow the horn in Zion;
    give a shout on my holy mountain!
Let all the people of the land tremble,
    for the day of the Lord is coming.
It is near—
    a day of darkness and no light,
    a day of clouds and thick darkness!
Like blackness spread out upon the mountains,
    a great and powerful army comes,
        unlike any that has ever come before them,
        or will come after them in centuries ahead.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


THE GOSPEL READING

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Matthew (Matthew 6:1-6,16-21)
Glory to You, Lord Christ.

“Be careful that you don’t practice your religion in front of people to draw their attention. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

“Whenever you give to the poor, don’t blow your trumpet as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets so that they may get praise from people. I assure you, that’s the only reward they’ll get. But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing so that you may give to the poor in secret. Your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you.

“When you pray, don’t be like hypocrites. They love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners so that people will see them. I assure you, that’s the only reward they’ll get. But when you pray, go to your room, shut the door, and pray to your Father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you.

“And when you fast, don’t put on a sad face like the hypocrites. They distort their faces so people will know they are fasting. I assure you that they have their reward. When you fast, brush your hair and wash your face. Then you won’t look like you are fasting to people, but only to your Father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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


The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell


Litany of Penitence

Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,
We confess to you, Lord.

Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;
Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.

Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
That we may show forth your glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.


The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Peace is then exchangedConsider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.

Announcements:

Announcements are shared


The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.

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, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


Imposition of Ashes and Concluding Prayers

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that
we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

If you have a container of ashes, you are invited to impose them after the service. Whether or not you have physical ashes to impose, hear in these ancient words the truth of your mortality and the assurance of everlasting life with God.

Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

After a brief silence, the presider prays:
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.


Concluding Hymn

Eternal Lord of Love Behold your Church – Hymnal #149


The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.


Postlude

Service Leaders
Preacher & Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Assisting: The Rev. Marc Smith, The Rev. Chester Hines and Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Director of Music: Mary Chapman

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

The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.

The Prayers of the People are adapted from a resource from the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

Sunday February 14

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

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

Prelude

Prelude on Down Ampney – Henry G. Ley
Connor Scott, guest organist

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Welcome

The ushers and the rector welcome the congregation. If you are new to us, consider filling out our “get connected” form, let us get to know you better.


Hymn of Praise

Arise Shine – Music by Ruth Cunningham, shared through Music that Makes Community


Opening Sentences

I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may
reach to the end of the earth.    Isaiah 49:6b

O God, open thou our lips.
And our mouths shall show forth thy praise.
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.


The Collect of the Day

The Presider reads ancient prayers that signify our longing for Christ’s
coming, and the coming of God’s reign as we light the candles on the altar. You are invited to light a candle at home with us.

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Opening Hymn

Wade in the Water – Lift Every Voice And Sing Hymnal #143


The Readings

We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Following an ancient pattern originally from Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set calendar for what will be read when.

THE FIRST READING:

A Reading from the second book of Kings (2 Kings 2:1-12)

Now the Lord was going to take Elijah up to heaven in a windstorm, and Elijah and Elisha were leaving Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, because the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”

But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

The group of prophets from Bethel came out to Elisha. These prophets said to Elisha, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”

Elisha said, “Yes, I know. Don’t talk about it!”

Elijah said, “Elisha, stay here, because the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”

But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So they went to Jericho.

The group of prophets from Jericho approached Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”

He said, “Yes, I know. Don’t talk about it!”

Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, because the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”

But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So both of them went on together. Fifty members from the group of prophets also went along, but they stood at a distance. Both Elijah and Elisha stood beside the Jordan River. Elijah then took his coat, rolled it up, and hit the water. Then the water was divided in two! Both of them crossed over on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “What do you want me to do for you before I’m taken away from you?”

Elisha said, “Let me have twice your spirit.”

Elijah said, “You’ve made a difficult request. If you can see me when I’m taken from you, then it will be yours. If you don’t see me, it won’t happen.”

They were walking along, talking, when suddenly a fiery chariot and fiery horses appeared and separated the two of them. Then Elijah went to heaven in a windstorm.

Elisha was watching, and he cried out, “Oh, my father, my father! Israel’s chariots and its riders!” When he could no longer see him, Elisha took hold of his clothes and ripped them in two.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


THE PSALM (Psalm 50:1-6)

The God of gods has spoken;
God has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty,
God is revealed in glory.

O God, you will come and will not keep silence;
before you there is a consuming flame,
and round about you a raging storm.

You call the heavens and the earth from above
to witness the judgment of your people.

“Gather before me my loyal followers,
those who have made a covenant with me
and sealed it with sacrifice.”

Let the heavens declare the rightness of your cause,
for you alone are judge.

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.


THE GOSPEL READING

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Mark (Mark 9:2-9)
Glory to You, Lord Christ.

Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain where they were alone. He was transformed in front of them, and his clothes were amazingly bright, brighter than if they had been bleached white. Elijah and Moses appeared and were talking with Jesus. Peter reacted to all of this by saying to Jesus, “Rabbi, it’s good that we’re here. Let’s make three shrines—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He said this because he didn’t know how to respond, for the three of them were terrified.

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice spoke from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I dearly love. Listen to him!” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Human One had risen from the dead.

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


The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell


Anthem: 

 Heleluyan Wonder Love and Praise Hymnal # 783


Announcements:

Announcements are shared


Prayers of the People

You may add your prayer requests in the comments at any time. Know that people will pray for you. 

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

God of love, we pray for your church: For Michael our Presiding Bishop; Deon, our bishop; for all lay and ordained ministers; and for all who seek you in the community of the faithful. Equip us with compassion and love, to carry out your work of reconciliation in the world. God of love, Hear our prayers for the church.

God of freedom, we pray for our nation, and all the nations of the world: For equity, and peace across barriers of language, color, and creed; for elected and appointed leaders, especially Joseph, our president, Kamala our vice-president and the whole incoming administration, that they would serve the common good. Inspire all people with courage to speak out against hatred, to actively resist evil. Unite the human family in bonds of love. God of freedom, Hear our prayers for the world.

God of peace, we pray for this community: For our local leaders; for our schools and markets; for our neighborhoods and workplaces. Kindle in every heart a desire for equality, respect, and opportunity for all. Give us courage to strive for justice and peace among all people, beginning here at home. We give you thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week, especially Maryanne Coley, Dorothy Midden, Donna Baudendistel, April Powell, Kenny Powell, and Neil Docherty. And for those celebrating anniversaries this week. God of peace, Hear our prayers for this community.

God of grace, we pray for those who have died: For the faithful in every generation who have worked for justice; for prophets who called us to racial reconciliation; for martyrs who died because of hatred; for those who have died of COVID and for all the communion of saints. Make us faithful to your call to proclaim your Good News, by word and example, and bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light. God of grace, Hear our prayers for those who have died.

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.

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, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


Concluding Prayers

The Concluding Prayer is followed by the ancient prayer of Saint Chrysostom.

A Prayer of Pauli Murray:

Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear: that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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.

The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Peace is then exchangedConsider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.


Concluding Hymn:

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones – Hymnal 1982 #618


The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Postlude

Fantasy on “Dix” – Charles Callahan 
Connor Scott – Guest organist

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Marc Smith
Assisting: The Rev. Chester Hines and Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Lectors: Julie Bennett, Lacy Broemel
The Lord’s Prayer: Janice Nihill
Greeters: Courtney Dula, Rudy Walz
Guest Musicians: Connor Scott
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: Andy Ludwig

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

The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.

The Prayers of the People are adapted from a resource from the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

The Concluding Prayer is the Collect for the Feast of Absalom Jones, from Lesser Feasts and Fasts

Ash Wednesday 2021

It will come as no surprise, but in the midst of a pandemic, our Ash Wednesday Celebrations will need to look a bit different. But we will mark the start of a Holy Lent, safely. Lent is a time for intentionally giving up and letting goal. We will continue to make sacrifices for the health of our community.

Online Services

Holy Communion will broadcast our Ash Wednesday services at 12noon and 6pm on Ash Wednesday. The service will be available on our homepage, YouTube or Facebook pages. (On facebook a number of our parishioners comment live, and it’s fun to say “hi” to one another and pass the peace virtually).

Archived service from 6pm:

Click here for a bulletin.