November 14, 2021 | Feast of Saint Martin of Tours | 10:00 a.m.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church | Williamsburg VA   Holy Eucharist Rite II & Confirmation  

Prelude     Breathe on me, Breath of God                                   Liturgical Dancers 

Opening Hymn     Saint Martin, with Apostle’s zeal    

Saint Martin, with Apostle’s zeal, you were prepared to live or die

as pleased God best.  Smile down on us as lovingly to you we cry.

In spirit walk the earth once more guide shepherds and their flocks as well.

Increase the beauty of God’s church, restrain and curb the pow’rs of hell.

Three times you stole from death its prey so now raise up those fallen low,

and as you shared your cloak on earth true virtue on our souls bestow.

All glory to the Trinity in whom our hope and love find rest.

May Martin win us grace to prove by deeds the faith which he professed.

Opening Acclamation

Blessed be God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

There is one Body and one Spirit; There is one hope in God’s call to us;

One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism; One God and Father of all.

The Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Let us pray.

Lord God of hosts, you clothed your servant Martin the soldier with the spirit of sacrifice, and set him as a bishop in your Church to be a defender of the catholic faith: Give us grace to follow in his holy steps, that at the last we may be found clothed with righteousness in the dwellings of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Reading     Isaiah 58:6-12

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Psalm 15  (in unison)

Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? * who may abide upon your holy hill?  Whoever leads a blameless

life and does what is right, * who speaks the truth from his heart.  There is no guile upon his tongue; he does no evil to his friend; * he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.  In his sight the wicked is rejected, * but he honors those who fear the Lord.  He has sworn to do no wrong * and does not take back his word.  He does not give his money in hope of gain, * nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.  Whoever does these things * shall never be overthrown.

The Gospel Acclamation     In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

      In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord I will rejoice!  Look to God, do not be afraid;

     Lift up your voices, the Lord is near; lift up your voices, the Lord is near.

The Gospel     Matthew 25:31-40

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

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

The Sermon                                                                            The Right Reverend Susan B. Haynes

Presentation & Examination of the Candidates

Bishop             The Candidates will now be presented.

Presenters      I present these persons for Confirmation. (Or, to be received into this Communion.)

Bishop             Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil?

Candidates     I do.

Bishop             Do you renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

Candidates     I do, and with God’s grace I will follow him as my Savior and Lord.

After the Candidates 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.

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

Bishop   Let us now pray for all who have renewed their commitment to Christ.

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 life-giving 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.

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 have 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.

Confirmation, Reception & Reaffirmation

The Bishop lays hands upon and prays for each one, and then concludes with this prayer.

Almighty and everlasting 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 & Announcements

The peace of the Lord be always with you.  And also with you.

The Offertory Sentence

The Holy Communion

The Offertory     Let all things now living                                                                         

The Offering of Gifts     The Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;

Praise him above, ye heavenly host:  praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Prayer Over 2022 Pledges

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer A

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 right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth. Because in the obedience of your saints you have given us an example of righteousness, and in their eternal joy a glorious pledge of the hope of our calling. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

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.

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.  On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper he 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 shed for you and for many 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.

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom. All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer  

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.

Communion Hymns

Canticle of the Turning

My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of my heart is great,

and my spirit sings of the wondrous things that you bring to the ones who wait.

You fixed your sight on your servant’s plight and my weakness you did not spurn,                

so from east to west shall my name be blest, could the world be about to turn?

     Refrain: My heart shall sing of the day you bring, let the fires of your justice burn.

Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near and the world is about to turn!

Though I am small, my God, my all, you work great things in me

And your mercy will last from the depths of the past to the end of the age to be.

Your very name puts the proud to shame and to those who would for you yearn.

You will show your might put the strong to flight for the world is about to turn.   Refrain

St. Martin’s Hymn                                            Tune: Puer nobis Words: the Rt. Rev. Frank Griswold

1. Twas on a cold and wint’ry night
The snow was falling swift and white.
Along the road a soldier came
In cloak dark blue of Roman fame.

2. As he did pass along the way,
A voice cried out, “Brave soldier, stay!”
And in a ditch the road beside,
A man near death, the soldier spied.

3. Quick down he leapt and cut in two
His woolen cloak of Roman Blue.
“Good fellow, may this wool you warm,
And keep you safe from further harm.”

4.Then all at once, the man did rise,
And change before the soldier‘s eyes.
“My Brother, Martin, good and true,
I am the Lord, and I need you.

5. You shall bear witness to my love,
And by your life, my presence prove;
To all in need, both friend and foe,
My Father’s mercy you shall show.”

6. Baptized was Martin straight away,
Then to the woods he went to pray.
But soon from Tours the people came,
And made him bishop in Christ’s name.

7. As priest and shepherd of the town,
He ministered to all around.
May we, like him, go forth in love,
And by our lives, Christ’s presence prove.

8. O God of Saints! to you we cry;
O Savior! plead for us on high;
O Holy Spirit! guide and friend,
Grant us your grace ‘til life shall end.

The Post-Communion Prayer

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing

The Closing Hymn     We are marching

     We are marching in the light of God, we are marching in the light of God.

     We are marching in the light of God, we are marching in the light of, the light of God.

The Dismissal

Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.  Thanks be to God.

“Alleluia, alleluia” is only said during Easter season.

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