Easter Sunrise Service

April 4, 2021 6am

Welcome! Registration is required to participate in person.

Wherever you are on your journey of faith, there is a place for you at Holy Communion.

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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 invite 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 Lighting of the new fire and Paschal Candle

Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death.

Let us pray.
O God, through your Son you have bestowed upon your people the brightness of your light: Sanctify this new fire, and grant that in this Paschal feast we may so burn with heavenly desires, that with pure minds we may attain to the festival of everlasting light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Making the sign of the cross, the celebrant prays:
Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega. By his holy and glorious wounds, may Christ our Lord guard us and keep us. Amen.

The Celebrant chants 3x, the congregation responds accordingly:

The Exsultet

Please stand
Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels, and let your trumpets shout Salvation for the victory of our mighty King. Rejoice and sing now, all the round Earth, bright with a glorious splendor, for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King. Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church, and let your holy courts, in radiant light, resound with the praises of your people. All you who stand near this marvelous and holy flame, pray with me to God the Almighty for the grace to sing the worthy praises of this great light; through Jesus Christ his Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,

It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our whole heart and mind and voice, to praise you, the invisible, almighty, and eternal God, and your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who at the feast of the Passover paid for us the debt of Adam’s sin, and by his blood delivered your faithful people.

This is the dawn, when you brought our ancestors, the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt, and led them through the Red Sea on dry land. This is the dawn, when all who believe in Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life. This is the dawn, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave.

How wonderful and beyond our knowing, O God, is your mercy and loving-kindness to us, that to redeem a slave, you gave a Son. How holy is this dawn, when wickedness is put to flight, and sin is washed away. It restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to those who mourn. It casts out pride and hatred, and brings peace and concord. How blessed is this day, when earth and heaven are joined and humanity is reconciled to God. Holy God, accept our morning sacrifice, the offering of this candle in your honor. May it shine continually to drive away all darkness. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find it ever burning, he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns.

Three Readings from Salvation History

First Reading:

A reading from the Book of Genesis (Chapter 22 verses 7-18)

Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father?” Abraham said, “I’m here, my son.” Isaac said, “Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the entirely burned offering?” Abraham said, “The lamb for the entirely burned offering? God will see to it, my son.” The two of them walked on together. They arrived at the place God had described to him. Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He tied up his son Isaac and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. Then Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. But the LORD’s messenger called out to Abraham from heaven, “Abraham? Abraham?” Abraham said, “I’m here.” The messenger said, “Don’t stretch out your hand against the young man, and don’t do anything to him. I now know that you revere God and didn’t hold back your son, your only son, from me.” Abraham looked up and saw a single ram caught by its horns in the dense underbrush. Abraham went over, took the ram, and offered it as an entirely burned offering instead of his son. Abraham named that place “the LORD sees”. That is the reason people today say, “On this mountain the LORD is seen.” The LORD’s messenger called out to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I give my word as the LORD that because you did this and didn’t hold back your son, your only son, I will bless you richly and I will give you countless descendants, as many as the stars in the sky and as the grains of sand on the seashore. They will conquer their enemies’ cities. All the nations of the earth will be blessed because of your descendants, because you obeyed me.”

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


“Come Bring Your Burdens to God”
Traditional South African, arranged by John Bell


God of all believers, for the glory of your Name multiply, by the grace of the Paschal sacrament, the number of your children; that your Church may rejoice to see fulfilled your promise to our father Abraham; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Second Reading

A reading from the Book of Exodus (Chapter 14:21-27a)

Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The LORD pushed the sea back by a strong east wind all night, turning the sea into dry land. The waters were split into two. The Israelites walked into the sea on dry ground. The waters formed a wall for them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians chased them and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and cavalry. As morning approached, the LORD looked down on the Egyptian camp from the column of lightning and cloud and threw the Egyptian camp into a panic. The LORD jammed their chariot wheels so that they wouldn’t turn easily. The Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites, because the LORD is fighting for them against Egypt!” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the water comes back and covers the Egyptians, their chariots, and their cavalry.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. At daybreak, the sea returned to its normal depth.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


“Go Down Moses”Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal #228


O God, whose wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day, you once delivered by the power of your mighty arm your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh. And though your people celebrated victory, you do not exult in the death of your children, the Egyptians. Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name Amen.

Third Reading

A reading from the Book of the prophet Zephaniah (Chapter 14:21-27a)

Rejoice, Daughter Zion! Shout, Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem. The LORD has removed your judgment; he has turned away your enemy. The LORD, the king of Israel, is in your midst; you will no longer fear evil. On that day, it will be said to Jerusalem: Don’t fear, Zion. Don’t let your hands fall. The LORD your God is in your midst—a warrior bringing victory. He will create calm with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing. I will remove from you those worried about the appointed feasts. They have been a burden for her, a reproach. Watch what I am about to do to all your oppressors at that time. I will deliver the lame; I will gather the outcast. I will change their shame into praise and fame throughout the earth. At that time, I will bring all of you back, at the time when I gather you. I will give you fame and praise among all the neighboring peoples when I restore your possessions and you can see them—says the LORD.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


“As I Went Down in the River to Pray”
Traditional American Spiritual


O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Presentation and Examination of the Candidates
(The Rev. Marc Smith)

The Candidates for Holy Baptism will now be presented.

Parents and GodparentsI present Silas Paul Angell to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

Parents and GodparentsI present Mona Kris Walker-Cornetta to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

The Presider asks the parents and godparents Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?

Parents and Godparents I will, with God’s help.

Presider Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?

Parents and Godparents I will, with God’s help.

Then the Presider asks the parents and godparents who speak on behalf of the child

Question      Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?

Answer        I renounce them.

Question      Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?

Answer        I renounce them.

Question      Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?

Answer      I renounce them.

Question      Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?Answer I do.

Question      Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?
Answer   I do.

Question      Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?
Answer        I do.

Please stand. After all have been presented, the Presider addresses the congregation, saying

Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these children in their life in Christ?

We will.

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

Let us now pray for Silas and Mona who are to receive the Sacrament of new birth.

Deliver them, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Open their hearts to your grace and truth.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Fill them with your holy and lifegiving Spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Send them into the world in witness to your love.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving over the Water

Thanksgiving over the Water

The Presider blesses the water, first saying

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life. 

We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism.  In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The Presider prays over the water. Toward the end of the prayer, the Paschal Candle is lowered three times into the font, as the Presider sings “Now sanctify this water we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit on successively higher pitches. As the prayer finishes, the people sing Amen:

Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and for ever.

As the prayer finishes, the people sing:

The Baptism

Each candidate is presented by name to the Celebrant who then pours water upon, them, saying

_____, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Then the Priest anoints each candidate’s head with oil, marking on the forehead the sign of the cross and saying

_____, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own for ever. Amen.

When this action has been completed, the Presider, at a place in full sight of the congregation, prays over them, saying

Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have be- stowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. 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.

Easter Acclamation

The presider chants three times and the people respond:

The Collect for Easter

The Lord be with you
And also with you
Let us pray.
O God, who made this most holy dawn to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truly; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Celtic Alleluia

The Gospel

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

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. They were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. (And it was a very large stone!) Going into the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side; and they were startled. But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him. Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” Overcome with terror and dread, they fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

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

Homily: the Rev. Mike Angell

The rector preaches a brief homily.


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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 Lord’s Prayer

Pray in the language you prefer:

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 Breaking of the Bread

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

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.)

Hymns during Communion

This Little Light of Mine Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal #221

Amazing Grace Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal #181

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.

The Blessing

Go forth into the world in peace. Be of good courage. Hold fast that which is good. Render to no one evil for evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honor all people. And the blessing of the Triune God, Eternal Majesty, Incarnate Word, and Abiding Spirit rest upon you this day and remain with you forever. Amen.

Concluding Hymn

Jesus Christ is Risen Today Hymnal 1982 #207

The Dismissal

Alleluia, Alleluia. Let us go forth in the name of Christ the Lord.
“Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!”

Service Leaders
Preacher and Celebrant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Presider at Baptismal Vows: The Rev. Marc Smith
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Assisting: Seminarian Emilee Walker Cornetta
Lectors: Ellis Anderson, Shirley Mensah, Lisa Heaner
Greeters/Ushers: Jean and Hal Parker, Susan Norris
Musician: Mary Chapman

Music reprinted with permission by OneLicense # A-704988