The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, April 3, 2021 8:30 p.m.

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Celebrant – The Rev. Elisa P. Harres

Preface: John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

The Lighting of the Paschal Candle  (page 285 in the Book of Common Prayer)

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.

The Paschal Candle is then lit. The Priest and people say, three times:

Priest:               The light of Christ.

People:           Thanks be to God.

The cantor sings the Exsultet.

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 praise 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, for ever and ever.

Priest:                The Lord be with you.

People:             And also with you.

Priest:                Let us give thanks to the Lord.

People:             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Cantor:

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 night, when you brought our fathers,
the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt,
and led them through the Red Sea on dry land.

This is the night,
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 night,
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 night, 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 night,
when earth and heaven are joined and man is reconciled to God.

Holy Father, accept our evening 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 for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Priest:

Let us hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, how he saved his people in ages past;
and let us pray that our God will bring each of us to the fullness of redemption.

The Story of Creation

Genesis 1:1–2:3

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights–the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night–and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

Reader:         The Word of the Lord.

People:        Thanks Be to God.

Priest:           O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Flood

Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18, 8:6-18, 9:8-13

The LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and its mate; and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah with his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons entered the ark, they and every wild animal of every kind, and all domestic animals of every kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every bird of every kind– every bird, every winged creature. They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.

The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters.

At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark; and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more.

In the six hundred first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. Then God said to Noah, “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh– birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth- so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives.

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”

Reader              The Word of the Lord.

People            Thanks Be to God.

Priest                Almighty God, you have placed in the skies the sign of your covenant with all living things:  Grant that we, who are saved through water and the Spirit, may worthily offer to you our sacrifice of thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Israel’s Deliverance at the Red Sea

Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21

As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” But Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the LORD will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.”

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.”

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for 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 may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the LORD tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the LORD did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the LORD and believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses.

Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them:

“Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.”

 

Reader              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks Be to God.

Priest                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, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations by the water of Baptism:  Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Salvation offered freely to all                                                                                                                                                                                Isaiah 55:1-11

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;

      and you that have no money, come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
      and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
      and delight yourselves in rich food.

Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.

I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
      my steadfast, sure love for David.

See, I made him a witness to the peoples,

      a leader and commander for the peoples.

See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
      and nations that do not know you shall run to you,

because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel,

      for he has glorified you.

Seek the LORD while he may be found,
      call upon him while he is near;

let the wicked forsake their way,
      and the unrighteous their thoughts;

let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them,
      and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
      nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
      so are my ways higher than your ways

            and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
      and do not return there until they have watered the earth,

making it bring forth and sprout,
      giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
      it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
      and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

  

Reader              The Word of the Lord.

People            Thanks Be to God.

Priest                O God, you have created all things by the power of your Word, and you renew the earth by your Spirit:  Give now the water of life to those who thirst for you, that they may bring forth abundant fruit in your glorious kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Valley of Dry Bones – Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.”

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act,” says the LORD.

Reader              The Word of the Lord.

People              Thanks Be to God.

Priest                Almighty God, by the Passover of your Son you have brought us out of sin into righteousness and out of death into life:  Grant to those who are sealed by your Holy Spirit the will and the power to proclaim you to all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A New Heart and a New Spirit – Ezekiel 36:24-28

Say to the house of Israel, thus says the Lord God: I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Reader              The Word of the Lord.

People              Thanks Be to God.

Priest                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 tranquility 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 Renewal of Baptismal vows (also on page 292 in the Book of Common Prayer)       

Celebrant         Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life.  I call upon you, therefore, now that our Lenten observance is ended, to renew the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and all his works and promised to serve God faithfully in his holy Catholic Church.

Celebrant         Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

People            I do.

Celebrant         Do you believe in God the Father?

People            I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant         Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People            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.

Celebrant         Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People            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.

Celebrant         Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People            I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant         Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to

the Lord?

People            I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant         Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People            I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant         Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People            I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant         Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every

human being?

People            I will, with God’s help.

The Celebrant concludes the Renewal of Vows as follows

May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and
the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace,
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Celebrant         Alleluia!  Christ is risen!

People            The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

Bells are now rung, and the candles at the Altar may now be lighted from the Paschal Candle

Celebrant:        The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

Celebrant:        Let us pray.

O God, who made this most holy night 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 truth; 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.

The Epistle Romans 6:3-11

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Reader:             The Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God. 

Psalm 114 – we will recite by half verse

Hallelujah! When Israel came out of Egypt, *

      the house of Jacob from a people

           of strange speech,

Judah became God’s sanctuary *

      and Israel his dominion.

The sea beheld it and fled; *

      Jordan turned and went back.

The mountains skipped like rams, *

      and the little hills like young sheep.

What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *

      O Jordan, that you turned back?

You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *

      you little hills like young sheep?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *

      at the presence of the God of Jacob,

Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *

      and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

The Gospel     

Priest:                The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

People:            Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Mark 16:1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Priest:                 The Gospel of our Lord.

People:             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Homily, The Rev. Tom Pumphrey

Prayers of the People 

Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;

     That we all may be one.

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;

     That your Name may be glorified by all people.

We pray for Justin, the Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, our presiding Bishop, Rob, Don, and Paul our Bishops, Tom and Elisa, our priests and we pray for all bishops, priests and deacons;

     That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

We pray for our Nation and its people

     That we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will.

We pray for Joseph, our President and Brian, our Governor and for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;

     That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

     That our works may find favor in your sight.

Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble,

     That they may be delivered from their distress.

Give to the departed eternal rest,

     Let light perpetual shine upon them.

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

     May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our own needs and for those of others. (please add your prayers)

We thank you, Lord, for the blessings of this life. (please add your thanksgivings)

The priest adds a concluding Collect.

The Peace     

Celebrant:          The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People:            And also with you.

 The Liturgy of the Table

Offertory                                                             Voluntary At Length has Dawned the Glorious Day                                 Johann Gottfried Walther

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     Priest:       Praise God, from whom all blessings flow! Alleluia!

     People:    Praise him, all creatures here below! Alleluia!

     Priest:       Praise him above, ye heavenly host! Alleluia!

     People:    Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Amen! Alleluia!

The Great Thanksgiving, Eucharistic Prayer A  (page 361 in the Book of Common Prayer)

Celebrant:    The Lord be with you.

People:       And also with you.

Celebrant:    Lift up our hearts.

People:       We lift them up to the Lord.

Celebrant:    Let us give thanks to the Lord.

People:       It is right to give him 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…….

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 and 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.

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 Fraction

            Alleluia! Christ, our Passover is sacrificed for us;

            Therefore, let us keep the feast! Alleluia!

The Communion

All are welcome at the table either to receive the blessing of the church if you are not baptized (please indicate this by crossing your arms over your chest), or to share in communion with Christ and his church if you are a baptized Christian of any age or any denomination. Gluten free wafers are available upon request.

Communion Music                                               Improvisation on At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing

Post communion Prayer  (please stand as you are able)               

      

Celebrant and People 

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom.  And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.  To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

Blessing

Closing Acclamation:

     Priest:        Alleluia! Christ is risen!

     People:   The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!     

     Priest:        Christ is risen from the dead,
     People:   trampling down death by death, and giving life to those in the tomb.

     Priest:        The Sun of Righteousness is gloriously risen,
     People:   giving light to those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death.

     Priest:        The Lord will guide our feet into the way of peace,
     People:   having taken away the sin of the world.

     Priest:        Alleluia! Christ is risen!

     People:   The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!     

Dismissal

               Priest:         Alleluia, alleluia! Let us go forth in the name of Christ!

               People:     Thanks be to God.  Alleluia, alleluia!

Closing Voluntary                                 Toccata in F from Organ Symphony No. 5                                                            Charles-Marie Widor

 Thank you for worshiping with us!

Prayer Concerns for the week of March 28

Daughters of the King pray daily for all listed below as part of their commitment to service & prayer.

Names listed under prayer concerns appear for six weeks. The long term prayer concerns appear for one year.

For Members of our Parish Family

Suzy Bristow, Jane Burr, Marie & Bob Clark, the Ford family, Cynthia Hillman,

Tim & Bella Randolph, the Streeter family

For Military Personnel Deployed in Harm’s Way

 Alex Papp, Rylan Davis, Sam Reno 

For Those Who Have Died

†Karola Streeter, mother to Justin Streeter 

†Bill Bingham, friend of Wayne Juers 

For Family Members of our Parish Family

Sylvia Boineau, Sarah Beth Colquitt, Sonya Juers, Peter Protis,Ann Scott, Preston Streeter,

Andrew Swart, Jr., Mike Wisniewski

For Friends of our Parish Family

the Bingham family, Chris Cannon, Judy McDonald, Joe Miciotto, Mary Powell, Randy Richter, Tom

 

For Long Term Prayer Concerns

Evie Adams, Baltz family, Ben and Grace, Michael Bodson, Tony Brace, Todd Bristow, Brooks, Jay Broughton, R, D, & C Brown, Bob Bukofske, Penny Burr, Lucille Cameron, John Chase, Robbie Certain, George Chesnut, Sara Beth Colquitt, Cynde, David and Marilyn Dalrymple, Ray Davis, Tom Davis, Dean, Judd DeBoer, Antoinette Donovan, Ollie Dorr, Lucita Douglas, Carey & Gus Dozier, Jeanne Dozier, Marylou Duffy, Chuck Duncanson, Tom Duncanson, Michelle Dwyer, Connie Dyak, Mike Eaves, Janna Ellen, Becky Everhart, Margaret Ann Fagan, Lorrie Farra, Finn, Luann Fite, Vianna Fite, Evelyn Flanagan, Donna Forestner, Margaret Frost, Macgill Frutchey, Roxanne Garcia, Bret Gibout, Roy and Betsy Gottschalk, Martha Gray, George Griswold II, Steve Hadley, Jason Heinmiller, John Hettinger, Carolyn Hooper, John Hooper, Alice Huffaker, James, Jim and Georgia, Wes Johnson, Bill Joyner, Wayne Juers, Tim & Linda Kepler, Kristi, Ben Land, Jackie Leslie, Jean Lloyd, Mandy Loeber, Molly Martin, Tom Martin, Penny McCaleb, Jeanine Meijers, Michelle, Wheeler Morrison, Justin Nadybal, Ken Norman, Sherry Norman, Paul, Marty Parker, Meredith Prillaman, Juanita Quinn, Reagan Reed, Fr. Bob and Elizabeth Reynolds, Diana Rillera, Lark and Janet Roan, Addie Robinson, Rachel Rojas, Betty (Alice) Rowan, Linda Ruberto, Velma Rudolph, Rob Sapitowicz, Jackson Sawchuk, Steve Shea, Joan & Dave Shepp, Gordon Shumard, Lynne Sieffert, Terry and Connie Smith, Rev. Gary Steber, Bryan Stephenson, Wilanne Stowe, Ken Strahm, Susan, Gordon Swanson, Amy Taylor, Dan Tedder, Tim and Heather, Sue Timms, Rev. Louis Tonsmiere, Janet Vavasour, Fred Watts, Bonnie Willi, James Williams, Susan Wilson, Virginia Wilson, Herb Wimberly, Roger Winton, Caroline Woodruff, Catherine Wyman

Easter Sunday Services

-registration required for all in-person services-

Easter Sunday:

                8:00 AM: Indoors In-Person, with instrumental music

                9:30 AM: Indoors In-Person Service, with instrumental music

                10:30 AM: Online Service, with singing

                11:00 AM: Indoors In-Person Service, with instrumental music

                12:30 PM: Outdoors, In-Person in the pavilion (if it rains, we will move indoors)

Our Mission is Growing Disciples of Jesus Christ.

Clergy & Musician

The Rev. Thomas C. Pumphrey, Rector

The Rev. Elisa P. Harres, Associate Rector

George Chesnut, Director of Music