The Word of God
Opening Hymn Hail the day that sees him rise Hymnal 214
Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
The Collect for Purity
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Refrain
2 Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. Refrain
3 For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God, the Father. Amen! Amen! Refrain
The Collect of the Day
The Lord be with you. And also with you. 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.
The First Reading Acts 1:1-11
In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Psalm 97 (antiphonally by half verse, beginning on the pulpit side)
The Lord is King; let the earth rejoice; * let the multitude of the isles be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him, * righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.
A fire goes before him * and burns up his enemies on every side.
His lightnings light up the world; * the earth sees it and is afraid.
The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, * at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens declare his righteousness, * and all the peoples see his glory.
Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! * Bow down before him, all you gods.
Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, * because of your judgments, O Lord.
For you are the Lord, most high over all the earth; * you are exalted far above all gods.
The Lord loves those who hate evil;
* he preserves the lives of his saintsand delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light has sprung up for the righteous, * and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.
Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, * and give thanks to his holy Name.
The Second Reading Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20-21
At the end of the visions I, John, heard these words: “See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia (The people will sing the refrain before and after the verse.)
The Gospel John 17:20-26
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus prayed for his disciples, and then he said. “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ.
The Homily Mattie Smith A period of silence follows the homily.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Prayers of the People
Prayer Leader: Let us offer prayers to God through Jesus Christ, who was taken up to heaven and intercedes for us at the right hand of God.
For peace from on high and for our salvation. Glory and praise to you, O living God.
For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of the holy churches of God, and for the unity of all.
Glory and praise to you, O living God.
For this holy gathering and for those who enter with faith, reverence, and awe. Glory and praise to you, O living God.
For Zofia and all the newly baptized illumined by the light of Christ. Glory and praise to you, O living God.
For Susan, our Bishop, Lisa, our priest, and all who minister in Christ, and for all the holy people of God. Glory and praise to you, O living God.
For the world and its leaders, our nation and its people. Glory and praise to you, O living God.
For all those in need, the suffering and the oppressed, travelers and prisoners, and those who care for them. Glory and praise to you, O living God.
For ourselves, our families, and those we love. Glory and praise to you, O living God.
Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as Christ loves us. We pray for Rosie, Anne, the Hanchey family, for St. Vincent’s School, Haiti, and for an end to the pandemic. We pray for the dying, all those who have died, especially Howard Hanchey, and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom. Glory and praise to you, O living God.
Please add your own intentions, silently or aloud.
Remembering our most glorious and blessed Virgin Mary, blessed Martin, and all the saints, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ. To you, O Lord.
Celebrant: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, who exalted Christ into glory and granted all who have been
baptized to share in his royal priesthood. Hear our prayers for all your creation and welcome us to the table of your eternal banquet; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Peace & Announcements
The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.
The Holy Communion
The Offertory Anthems Gap of Dunloe by Chris Thomas Mattie & Anthony Smith, violin
Dragonhunter by Richard Meyer
The Offering of Gifts Take, O take
Take, O take me as I am; summon out what I shall be, set your seal upon my heart and live in me.
The Great Thanksgiving Eucharistic Prayer 1, Enriching Our Worship
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is truly right, and good and joyful, to give you thanks, all-holy God, source of life and fountain of mercy, through your dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord, After his glorious resurrection he openly appeared to his disciples, and in their sight ascended into heaven, to prepare a place for us; that where he is, there we might also be, and reign with him in glory. Therefore, joining with Angels and Archangels and with the faithful of every generation, we lift our voices with all creation as we sing:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power, God of might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of the universe and giver of life. You formed us in your own image and called us to dwell in your infinite love. You gave the world into our care that we might be your faithful stewards and show forth your bountiful grace. But we failed to honor your image in one another and in ourselves; we would not see your goodness in the world around us; and so we violated your creation, abused one another, and rejected your love. Yet you never ceased to care for us, and prepared the way of salvation for all people. Through Abraham and Sarah you called us into covenant with you. You delivered us from slavery, sustained us in the wilderness, and raised up prophets to renew your promise of salvation. Then, in the fullness of time, you sent your eternal Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. Born into the human family, and dwelling among us, he revealed your glory. Giving himself freely to death on the cross, he triumphed over evil, opening the way of freedom and life. On the night before he died for us, Our Savior Jesus Christ took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said: “Take, eat: This is my Body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”
Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
Remembering his death and resurrection, we now present to you from your creation this bread and this wine. By your Holy Spirit may they be for us the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy Spirit and live as Christ’s Body in the world. Bring us into the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons, that with Martin and all your saints, past, present, and yet to come, we may praise your Name for ever. Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. AMEN.
The Lord’s Prayer (contemporary words)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.
The Breaking of the Bread
Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
All are invited to the Lord’s table. Wafers and wine are to the left (for sipping only, not intinction) and
Communion kits containing both bread and wine are to the right.
Communion Hymn Isabella Roesch, soloist
The 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 for ever in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.
Closing Hymn We are marching in the light of God Wonder, Love, & Praise 787
The DismissalAlleluia, Alleluia. Let us go forth in the name of the risen Christ. Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.
The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and in celebration of the wedding anniversary of Judy and Paul Lyons.