May 16, 2021

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! 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.

Prelude

The service begins with several minutes of preludes from the Holy Communion music archives.

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.


The Collect of the Day

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

Let us pray.

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.


Opening Hymn

 King of Glory, King of Peace  – Hymnal #382

additional harmonies in virtual choir by Jae Park, used with permission.


The Lessons

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:15-17, 21-26)

During this time, the family of believers was a company of about one hundred twenty persons. Peter stood among them and said, “Brothers and sisters, the scripture that the Holy Spirit announced beforehand through David had to be fulfilled. This was the scripture concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus. This happened even though he was one of us and received a share of this ministry.”

“Therefore, we must select one of those who have accompanied us during the whole time the Lord Jesus lived among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when Jesus was taken from us. This person must become along with us a witness to his resurrection.” So they nominated two: Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.

They prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s deepest thoughts and desires. Show us clearly which one you have chosen from among these two to take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.” When they cast lots, the lot fell on Matthias. He was added to the eleven apostles.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


Alleluia

Celtic Alleluia –


The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John (John 17:6-19)

“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. When I was with them, I watched over them in your name, the name you gave to me, and I kept them safe. None of them were lost, except the one who was destined for destruction, so that scripture would be fulfilled. Now I’m coming to you and I say these things while I’m in the world so that they can share completely in my joy. I gave your word to them and the world hated them, because they don’t belong to this world, just as I don’t belong to this world. I’m not asking that you take them out of this world but that you keep them safe from the evil one. They don’t belong to this world, just as I don’t belong to this world. Make them holy in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. I made myself holy on their behalf so that they also would be made holy in the truth.

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


The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell


Anthem: 

Ol’ Time Religion


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. 

Our Lord lives, for death has no dominion over him. And so we, God’s holy church, proclaim the resurrection, saying: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Created in the image and likeness of God, we pray to see God’s image in one another, especially for those who are celebrating birthdays this week, Mary Bass, Ken Olliff, Julia Holland, Leanna Baudendistel, and Dan Ellis . And for those celebrating anniversaries. May our lives proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Tested in our faith and strengthened by God’s love, we pray for open hearts, that we may live to proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Joining with those who share in the passion of Christ through illness, famine, war, temptation, and trial, we pray for their courage and strength that those who suffer may proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

United in our hope that we and all who die will live again, we pray for family and friends who have died, proclaiming: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Loving and true God. you have glorified Christ Jesus as the pledge of our freedom from sin and death, receive our praise and prayer through Christ our Lord, the great Amen and our Alleluia, now and forever. Amen.


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Concluding Prayers

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

Alleluia Sing to Jesus – Hymnal #460


Dismissal

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.


Postlude


Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Marc Smith
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Donna Baudendistel
The Lord’s Prayer:
Greeters:
Guest Musicians:
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 from an Easter service at Washington National Cathedral.

First Steps Back Into the Building

Join us as we take our first steps back into our church.

The pandemic still requires we practice the utmost care for one another. These plans reflect a slow return to in-person gathering. For the summer, our primary worship will remain online and all business meetings of the church will allow for online attendance, but with vaccination now common in the church community, and numbers coming down in our region, we will begin to take steps toward a new normal.

Worship Options

Through the summer we will provide several options for worship, allowing us time to learn together again how to gather, to make room for those who are still unable to be vaccinated. We hope to increase the number of people allowed in each service as the virus numbers come down, and as we become used to the practices in place in the building.

  • Our Primary worship will remain online at 10:30am each Sunday.
    • Online remains the safest way to worship at this time. We will continue to emphasize the online experience, even as more of the service will be broadcast live on Sunday mornings from the church.
  • 8am service of Holy Eucharist returns on May 16 in the church.
  • 10:30 service of Morning Prayer will be opened to live participants soon
    • When the streaming technology is ready (which we anticipate in the next two weeks), we will also invite up to 30 people to attend the 10:30am service.
    • 10:30 will remain a service of morning prayer and the “primary” audience will be online. This is to provide options for those who are comfortable and not comfortable with communion, and to help us keep services short.
  • We will hold outdoor services of Eucharist one Sunday each month at 4pm through October
    • There has been good attendance at these services, and they allow far more people than we could comfortably allow in the church at this time.
    • Summer holidays mean these will alternate between First and Second Sundays. (See the list of Sundays)

Kids and Worship

  • Children are still the largest group in our parish who cannot be vaccinated.
    • Our Pandemic Task Force, which is advising on procedures, includes two respected local pediatricians. They continue to advise us to practice utmost care with kids.
    • Children age 6 and older will be required to wear masks.
    • We will make children’s bulletins available at all in-person services, and services will be kept short.
    • At this time we will not re-institute children’s chapel, the nursery, or a “soft space” in the church in order to maintain social distancing. We hope to be able to return to all of these, when the doctors tell us they are safer.
    • Godly Play and Wonder Play will continue online on Saturday mornings.

May 9, 2021

Sixth Sunday of Easter & Mothering Sunday

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! 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.

Prelude

The service begins with several minutes of preludes from the Holy Communion music archives.

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.


The Collect of the Day

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

Let us pray.

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 and people who have mothered others in any way. May we continually be inspired by God to nurture and protect all God’s creation.  Amen.


Opening Hymn

God of the Women – Voices Found Hymnal #21

additional harmonies in virtual choir by Jae Park, used with permission.


The Lessons

A Reading from the First Book of Samuel

Hannah was very upset and couldn’t stop crying as she prayed to the LORD. Then she made this promise: “LORD of heavenly forces, just look at your servant’s pain and remember me! Don’t forget your servant! Give her a boy! Then I’ll give him to the LORD for his entire life. No razor will ever touch his head.” As she kept praying before the LORD, Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah was praying in her heart; her lips were moving, but her voice was silent, so Eli thought she was drunk. “How long will you act like a drunk? Sober up!” Eli told her. “No sir!” Hannah replied. “I’m just a very sad woman. I haven’t had any wine or beer but have been pouring out my heart to the LORD. Don’t think your servant is some good-for-nothing woman. This whole time I’ve been praying out of my great worry and trouble!” Eli responded, “Then go in peace. And may the God of Israel give you what you’ve asked from him.” “Please think well of me, your servant,” Hannah said. Then the woman went on her way, ate some food, and wasn’t sad any longer. They got up early the next morning and worshipped the LORD. Then they went back home to Ramah. Elkanah had sex with his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her. So in the course of time, Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, which means “I asked the LORD for him.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


Anthem
A Prayer of Julian of Norwich

Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you:
you are gentle with us as a mother with her children;

Often you weep over our sins and our pride:
tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.

You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds:
in sickness you nurse us,
and with pure milk you feed us.

Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life:
by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.

Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness:
through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.

Your warmth gives life to the dead:
your touch makes sinners righteous.

Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us:
in your love and tenderness remake us.

In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness:
for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.


Alleluia

Celtic Alleluia –


The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John (John 15:9-17)

“As the Father loved me, I too have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete. This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I don’t call you servants any longer, because servants don’t know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because everything I heard from my Father I have made known to you. You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you could go and produce fruit and so that your fruit could last. As a result, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. I give you these commandments so that you can love each other.

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


The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell with Deborah Nelson-Linck, Karen Payne, and Emilee Walker Cornetta


Anthem: 

Steal Away to Heaven,” trad. arr. by Mark Hayes 

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, Nobody knows but Jesus
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
Glory, Hallelujah!
Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down,  oh yes, Lord. 
Sometimes I’m almost to the ground, oh yes, Lord. 
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child a long way from home. 
Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone way up in the heavenly land, way up in the heavenly land where I’ll
Steal away to Jesus, steal away home. I ain’t got long to stay here. 


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. 

Our Lord lives, for death has no dominion over him. And so we, God’s holy church, proclaim the resurrection, saying: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Created in the image and likeness of God, we pray to see God’s image in one another, especially for those who are celebrating birthdays this week, Lauren Williams, Cassandra Gonzalez, and Michael Salsich. And for those celebrating anniversaries, especially Meg & Brian Goldstein. May our lives proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Tested in our faith and strengthened by God’s love, we pray for open hearts, that we may live to proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Joining with those who share in the passion of Christ through illness, famine, war, temptation, and trial, we pray for their courage and strength that those who suffer may proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

United in our hope that we and all who die will live again, we pray for family and friends who have died, proclaiming: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Loving and true God. you have glorified Christ Jesus as the pledge of our freedom from sin and death, receive our praise and prayer through Christ our Lord, the great Amen and our Alleluia, now and forever. Amen.


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Concluding Prayers


Gracious and loving God, we give you thanks for mothers and for all those who exhibit mothering virtues. We give you thanks for the work of nurture and care that so often happens quietly, that too often goes uncompensated. We give thanks for the birth of Lena Catherine, born to Ryan and Agata Freedle on April 28, and for Olivia Marie, granddaughter of Chester and Elizabeth born on May 4. Give us grace and courage to stand with those who bring life to this world. May we all work in solidarity that our world might be more gracious, more gentle, and more loving. In the name of Jesus, the Word who midwifed the world. Amen.


We Need a God who Bleeds Now-

Poem by Ntozake Shange

“we need a god who bleeds now
a god whose wounds are not
some small male vengeance
some pitiful concession to humility
a desert swept with dryin marrow in honor of the lord

we need a god who bleeds
spreads her lunar vulva & showers us in shades of scarlet
thick & warm like the breath of her
our mothers tearing to let us in
this place breaks open
like our mothers bleeding
the planet is heaving mourning our ignorance
the moon tugs the seas
to hold her/to hold her
embrace swelling hills/i am
not wounded i am bleeding to life

we need a god who bleeds now
whose wounds are not the end of anything”


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

Lord of All Hopefulness – Hymnal #482


Dismissal

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.


Postlude

Fantasia on Hyfrydol
Guest organist: Connor Scott


Service Leaders
Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Markie Jo Crismon, Fran Caradonna
The Lord’s Prayer: Sondra Ellis
Greeters: Lisa Heaner
Guest Musicians: Connor Scott
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 from an Easter service at Washington National Cathedral.
The prayer for Mothers Day was adapted from a prayer by the Rev. Leslie Nipps, published in Women’s UnCommon Prayers.

Sunday May 2 Park Service

If you brought a radio with you, tune it to FM 94.1.

A few “ground-rules” are important to help keep everyone safe.

  • Distancing: As much as we wish we could greet one another, out of love for our neighbor we have to stay distanced. Please maintain 8 or more feet from other households at all times. You are welcome to wave to one another!
  • Masks: Please ensure all members of your household over age 4 are wearing a mask covering both the mouth and nose at all times. Ushers have some masks available, if you forgot yours.
  • Eucharist: Everyone is invited to receive. The ministers will come to you with the host. Each wafer is individually wrapped in a sanitized plastic bag. We will only be receiving in one kind. The bishop’s guidelines do not permit the distribution of wine or juice at this time.
  • Singing: at this time we cannot sing safely as a group. You are welcome to quietly recite the words along with the musician. Please leave your mask on as you speak the words.
  • Donations: We welcome donations to support the work of Holy Communion, whether a payment on a pledge or simply an offering. An offering container is available near the altar, if you would like to make a gift after the service. You can also make a gift online by clicking here.

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold.

Prelude


Welcome and Opening Acclamation

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

Then the Bishop begins:

Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

Let us pray:
Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our
salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation
of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and
immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Song of Praise

Celtic Alleluia


Opening Hymn

God is Love – Hymnal #577


The Gospel

A reading from the Gospel according to John (John 15:1-8 )

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. You are already trimmed because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything. If you don’t remain in me, you will be like a branch that is thrown out and dries up. Those branches are gathered up, thrown into a fire, and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


Homily The Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson


Presentation and Examination of the Candidates

Bishop           The Candidates will now be presented.
Presenters        We present Jacob Swanson, Erin Houry, Jordan Houry, and Tyler Schwartz for Confirmation. We present Anne Pokoski, Mary Chapman, Mary Ann Hatlelid, Michael Salsick, and Nancy Donohoo to be received into this Communion. We present Kristi Mochow and Georgiana Cameron who desire to reaffirm their baptismal vows.

Bishop           Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil?
Candidates      I do.

Bishop           Do you renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?
Candidate       I do, and with God’s grace I will follow him as my Savior and Lord.

After all have been presented, the Bishop addresses the congregation, saying

Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?
People       We will.

The Bishop then says these or similar words
Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.


The Baptismal Covenant

Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He 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,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
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.

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.


Prayers for the Candidates

The Bishop then says to the congregation

Let us now pray for these persons who have renewed their commitment to Christ.

A period of silence follows.

Then the Bishop says

Almighty God, we thank you that by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you have overcome sin and brought us to yourself, and that by the sealing of your Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service. Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism. Send them forth in the power of that Spirit to perform the service you set before them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Candidates are then Confirmed, Received, or Renew their faith. When all the candidates have finished, the Bishop says to the people:

Almighty and everliving God, let your fatherly hand ever be over these, your servants; let your Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of your Word, that they may serve you in this life, and dwell with you in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Peace 

The Peace is then exchanged. Please wave to folks! We must ask you not to approach folks from outside your household.

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


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Eucharistic Prayer                         

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

The presider offers our thanks to God for the grace and mercy made available to us in Christ.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

The presider gives thanks to God for the reconciling work of Christ’s passion and resurrection and prays over the bread and wine.

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

The presider concludes with prayer for the coming of God’s reign.

By Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is
yours, Almighty God, now and forever. Amen


The Breaking of the Bread

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.


Administration of the Sacrament

All are invited to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Gluten Free wafers are available, on request, from the minister. The ministers will come to where you are seated wearing a mask. Each wafer is individually wrapped in a sanitized plastic bag. (The bishop’s guidelines do not permit the distribution of wine at this time.)


Hymn during Communion

Let Us Break Bread Together On Our Knees – Hymnal #325

 I’m a-Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table – Lift Every Voice and Sing #148


Post Communion Prayer  

God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and cup of salvation; you have united us with Christ and one another; and you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.


Hymn

Ain’a That Good News – Lift Every Voice and Sing #180

The service finishes without a dismissal, because our worship will not conclude until Easter.

Service Leaders
Preacher and Presider: The Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson
Assisting: the Rev. Mike Angell and the Rev. Marc Smith.
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Seminarian: Emilee Walker Cornetta
Greeters/Ushers: Rudy Walz, Susan Norris, David Luckes
Musicians: Mary Chapman

Music reprinted with permission by OneLicense # A-704988

Sunday May 2 Livestream

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! 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.

Prelude

The service begins with several minutes of preludes from the Holy Communion music archives.

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.


Song of Praise

Celtic Alleluia –


The Collect of the Day

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

Let us pray.

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.


Opening Hymn

We Walk by Faith – Hymnal #205


The Lessons

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 8:26-40)

An angel from the Lord spoke to Philip, “At noon, take the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) So he did. Meanwhile, an Ethiopian man was on his way home from Jerusalem, where he had come to worship. He was a eunuch and an official responsible for the entire treasury of Candace. (Candace is the title given to the Ethiopian queen.) He was reading the prophet Isaiah while sitting in his carriage. The Spirit told Philip, “Approach this carriage and stay with it.”

Running up to the carriage, Philip heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you really understand what you are reading?”

The man replied, “Without someone to guide me, how could I?” Then he invited Philip to climb up and sit with him. This was the passage of scripture he was reading:

Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
    and like a lamb before its shearer is silent
    so he didn’t open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was taken away from him.
    Who can tell the story of his descendants
        because his life was taken from the earth?

The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, about whom does the prophet say this? Is he talking about himself or someone else?” Starting with that passage, Philip proclaimed the good news about Jesus to him. As they went down the road, they came to some water.

The eunuch said, “Look! Water! What would keep me from being baptized?” He ordered that the carriage halt. Both Philip and the eunuch went down to the water, where Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Lord’s Spirit suddenly took Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. Philip found himself in Azotus. He traveled through that area, preaching the good news in all the cities until he reached Caesarea.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


The Psalm (Psalm 22:24-30)

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 John (John 15:1-8)

Jesus “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. You are already trimmed because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything. If you don’t remain in me, you will be like a branch that is thrown out and dries up. Those branches are gathered up, thrown into a fire, and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples.

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


The Sermon: Emilee Walker-Cornetta


Anthem: 

It is Well with My Soul


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. 

Our Lord lives, for death has no dominion over him. And so we, God’s holy church, proclaim the resurrection, saying: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Created in the image and likeness of God, we pray to see God’s image in one another, especially for those who are celebrating birthdays this week, Lauren Williams, Cassandra Gonzalez, and Michael Salsich. And for those celebrating anniversaries, especially Meg & Brian Goldstein. May our lives proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Tested in our faith and strengthened by God’s love, we pray for open hearts, that we may live to proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Joining with those who share in the passion of Christ through illness, famine, war, temptation, and trial, we pray for their courage and strength that those who suffer may proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

United in our hope that we and all who die will live again, we pray for family and friends who have died, proclaiming: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Loving and true God. you have glorified Christ Jesus as the pledge of our freedom from sin and death, receive our praise and prayer through Christ our Lord, the great Amen and our Alleluia, now and forever. Amen.


Announcements:

Announcements are shared


Concluding Prayers


God of justice, we pray in the midst of injustice. We pray as a pandemic continues to claim lives through disease. We pray as racism continues to claim lives through structural violence. We pray as the epidemic of gun violence continues to plague our streets and communities. In these days of imagining our future, help us to make concrete steps toward Beloved Community. Help us to heal division. Help us to be courageous as we work for change and dismantle unjust systems which are costing lives, and robbing us of promised futures. Help us to remember we belong to one another. 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

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation – Hymnal #518


Dismissal

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.


Postlude

Postlude on Dix – Connor Scott


Service Leaders
Preacher : Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Assisting: The Rev. Marc Smith
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Ellis Anderson, Shirley Mensah
The Lord’s Prayer:
Greeters: The Cummins-Ludwig Family, The Norris-Rose Family
Guest Musicians: Connor Scott
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 from an Easter service at Washington National Cathedral.

Memorial Service Bulletin for Jim Krieg

Saturday May 1, 2021 at 11am (Central Time).

A Memorial Service will be held online for Jim on Saturday May 1 at 11am (Central Time). You will find the service broadcast on the Holy Communion homepage, and on our Youtube, and Facebook pages.

Preludes

The service begins with several minutes of preludes from the Holy Communion music archives.

Ashokan Farewell composed by Jay Unger
Eliana Haig, viola: Alex Stefaniak, piano


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.


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; Jim, and grant him 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.


Opening Hymn

Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal #69 I Come to the Garden Alone


The Liturgy of the Word

A reading from the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 61:1-3)

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
    to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
    and the day of vengeance of our God;
    to comfort all who mourn;
to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
    to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
    the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.

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


Psalm 42:1-7

the congregation is invited to read the psalm together in unison

As the deer longs for the water-brooks,
so longs my soul for you, O God.

My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God;
when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?

My tears have been my food day and night,
while all day long they say to me,
Where now is your God?”

I pour out my soul when I think on these things;
how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God,

With the voice of praise and thanksgiving,
among those who keep holy-day.

Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?
and why are you so disquieted within me?

Put your trust in God;
for I will yet give thanks to him,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God.


The Gospel

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

Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, 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 brother Jim, 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 Jim, 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 brother eternal life.
Hear us, Lord.

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

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

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

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

Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you our brother Jim, who was reborn by water and the Spirit in Holy Baptism. Grant that his 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


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 Jim. 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.


Hymnal 1982 #490 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light


The Dismissal

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


Service Leaders
Preacher and Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Assisting: The Rev. Marc Smith
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lector: Karen Sterbenz
Guest Musicians: Eliana Haig, Alex Stefaniak, the Rev. Brooke Myers, Bria Jones
Director of Music: Mary Chapman

Sunday April 25

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! 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.

Prelude

The service begins with several minutes of preludes from the Holy Communion music archives.

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.


Song of Praise

Heleluyan – Wonder Love and Praise Hymnal #783
Music: Muscogee (Creek), tr. Charles Webb


The Collect of the Day

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

Let us pray.

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.


Opening Hymn

 Standin’ in the Need of Prayer – Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal #177


The Lessons

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 4:5-12)

The next day the leaders, elders, and legal experts gathered in Jerusalem, along with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others from the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and asked, “By what power or in what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, answered, “Leaders of the people and elders, are we being examined today because something good was done for a sick person, a good deed that healed him? If so, then you and all the people of Israel need to know that this man stands healthy before you because of the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is the stone you builders rejected; he has become the cornerstone! Salvation can be found in no one else. Throughout the whole world, no other name has been given among humans through which we must be saved.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


The Psalm (Psalm 23)

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 Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John (John 10:11-18)

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. When the hired hand sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away. That’s because he isn’t the shepherd; the sheep aren’t really his. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. He’s only a hired hand and the sheep don’t matter to him.

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own sheep and they know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. I give up my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that don’t belong to this sheep pen. I must lead them too. They will listen to my voice and there will be one flock, with one shepherd.

“This is why the Father loves me: I give up my life so that I can take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I give it up because I want to. I have the right to give it up, and I have the right to take it up again. I received this commandment from my Father.”

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


The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell


Anthem: 

Baba Yetu composed by Christopher Tin

The lyrics are the “Lord’s Prayer” in Swahili (see translation immediately below)


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. 

Our Lord lives, for death has no dominion over him. And so we, God’s holy church, proclaim the resurrection, saying: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Created in the image and likeness of God, we pray to see God’s image in one another, we pray especially for Lillian Nancy Tchoukaleff who was born on Tuesday April 20, for those who are celebrating birthdays this week, especially Alison Nash, Rebecca Rugen, Ziggy Potter, and Kellie McCoy. And for those celebrating anniversaries, especially Mary and Matt Chapman; Dan and Kelly Midden; and Lisa and Nick Kritselis and . May our lives proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Tested in our faith and strengthened by God’s love, we pray for open hearts, that we may live to proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Joining with those who share in the passion of Christ through illness, famine, war, temptation, and trial, we pray for their courage and strength that those who suffer may proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

United in our hope that we and all who die will live again, we pray for family and friends who have died, proclaiming: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Loving and true God. you have glorified Christ Jesus as the pledge of our freedom from sin and death, receive our praise and prayer through Christ our Lord, the great Amen and our Alleluia, now and forever. Amen.


Announcements:

Announcements are shared


Concluding Prayers


God of justice, we pray in the midst of injustice. We pray as a pandemic continues to claim lives through disease. We pray as racism continues to claim lives through structural violence. We pray as the epidemic of gun violence continues to plague our streets and communities. In these days of imagining our future, help us to make concrete steps toward Beloved Community. Help us to heal division. Help us to be courageous as we work for change and dismantle unjust systems which are costing lives, and robbing us of promised futures. Help us to remember we belong to one another. 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

Come Down, O Love Divine – 1982 Hymnal #516


Dismissal

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.


Postlude

Fantasia on Hyfrydol
Guest organist: Connor Scott


Service Leaders
Preacher : The Rev. Mike Angell
Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Heidi Olliff and Bryant Cooper
The Lord’s Prayer: Michael Salsich
Greeters: The MacGregor family
Guest Musicians: Connor Scott
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 from an Easter service at Washington National Cathedral.

Memorial Service for Jim Krieg

After a long illness, Jim Krieg died on April 2, Good Friday. A Memorial Service will be held online for Jim on Saturday May 1 at 11am (Central Time). You will find the service broadcast on the Holy Communion homepageYoutube, and Facebook

A digital reception will be held on Zoom after the service (about 11:30 am) To register for the reception (and receive the link for Zoom), or to leave a message in the online guest book, click the link to the virtual guestbook below. 

Sunday April 18

Third 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! 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.

Prelude

Simple Song (from Mass) by Leonard Bernstein

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.


Song of Praise

Heleluyan –


The Collect of the Day

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

Let us pray.

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Opening Hymn

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation – Hymnal #518


The Lessons

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 3:12-19)

Seeing this, Peter addressed the people: “You Israelites, why are you amazed at this? Why are you staring at us as if we made him walk by our own power or piety? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of our ancestors—has glorified his servant Jesus. This is the one you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence, even though he had already decided to release him. You rejected the holy and righteous one, and asked that a murderer be released to you instead. You killed the author of life, the very one whom God raised from the dead. We are witnesses of this. His name itself has made this man strong. That is, because of faith in Jesus’ name, God has strengthened this man whom you see and know. The faith that comes through Jesus gave him complete health right before your eyes.

“Brothers and sisters, I know you acted in ignorance. So did your rulers. But this is how God fulfilled what he foretold through all the prophets: that his Christ would suffer. Change your hearts and lives! Turn back to God so that your sins may be wiped away.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


The Psalm (Psalm 4)

Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause;
you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

“You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory;
how long will you worship dumb idols
and run after false gods?”

Know that God does wonders for the faithful;
when I call, God will hear me.

Tremble, then, and do not sin;
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

Offer the appointed sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Most High.

Many are saying,
“Oh, that we might see better times!”
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O God.

You have put gladness in my heart,
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep;
for only you, God, make me dwell in safety.


The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Luke (Luke 24:36b-48)

While they were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” They were terrified and afraid. They thought they were seeing a ghost.

He said to them, “Why are you startled? Why are doubts arising in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet. It’s really me! Touch me and see, for a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones like you see I have.” As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. Because they were wondering and questioning in the midst of their happiness, he said to them, “Do you have anything to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish. Taking it, he ate it in front of them.

Jesus said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law from Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. He said to them, “This is what is written: the Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and a change of heart and life for the forgiveness of sins must be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

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


The Sermon: The Rev. Marc Smith


Anthem: 

Down in the River to Pray arr. Michael Peasall


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. 

Our Lord lives, for death has no dominion over him. And so we, God’s holy church, proclaim the resurrection, saying: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Created in the image and likeness of God, we pray to see God’s image in one another, we pray especially for those who are celebrating birthdays this week, especially Rudy Nickens, Melissa Harris, and Ben Rose. And for those celebrating anniversaries, especially David Luckes & Karl Stroud, and Butch & Karen Sterbenz. May our lives proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Tested in our faith and strengthened by God’s love, we pray for open hearts, that we may live to proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Joining with those who share in the passion of Christ through illness, famine, war, temptation, and trial, we pray for their courage and strength that those who suffer may proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

United in our hope that we and all who die will live again, we pray for family and friends who have died, proclaiming: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!

Loving and true God. you have glorified Christ Jesus as the pledge of our freedom from sin and death, receive our praise and prayer through Christ our Lord, the great Amen and our Alleluia, now and forever. Amen.


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Concluding Prayers


God of justice, we pray in the midst of injustice. We pray as a pandemic continues to claim lives through disease. We pray as racism continues to claim lives through structural violence. We pray as the epidemic of gun violence continues to plague our streets and communities. In these days of imagining our future, help us to make concrete steps toward Beloved Community. Help us to heal division. Help us to be courageous as we work for change and dismantle unjust systems which are costing lives, and robbing us of promised futures. Help us to remember we belong to one another. 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

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy – Hymnal #470


Dismissal

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.


Postlude

Old French Song No. 4 – Eliana Haig and Alex Stefaniak


Service Leaders
Preacher & Officiant: The Rev. Marc Smith
Assisting: Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Peter Tchoukaleff, Lacy Broemel
The Lord’s Prayer: Kim Hudson
Greeters: Marvin Alexander, Megan Ondr-Cooper
Duet: Eliana Haig and Alex Stefaniak
Guest Musicians: Connor Scott
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.

Down in the River to Pray
Copyright 2001 by Michael PeasallUSED BY PERMISSION

The Prayers of the People are from an Easter service at Washington National Cathedral.