Sunday May 2 Park Service

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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 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.


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.


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