• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Sunday Worship for May 15, 2022


The Holy Eucharist

The 5th Sunday of Easter (Year C)

May 15, 2022


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Sunday, May 15, at 9:30 a.m. (or anytime afterward)



The Holy Eucharist: Rite II



The Word of God



Hymn #432: O Praise Ye The Lord

[Verses 1-4]


1 O praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height;

rejoice in his word, ye angels of light;

ye heavens, adore him by whom ye were made,

and worship before him, in brightness arrayed.


2 O praise ye the Lord! Praise him upon earth,

in tuneful accord, all ye of new birth;

praise him who hath brought you his grace from above,

praise him who hath taught you to sing of his love.


3 O praise ye the Lord! All things that give sound;

each jubilant chord re-echo around;

loud organs, his glory forth tell in deep tone,

and sweet harp, the story of what he hath done.


4 O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song

to him be outpoured all ages along!

For love in creation, for heaven restored,

for grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord!


Words: Henry Williams Baker, alt., based on Psalms 148 and 150, Public Domain. Music: Laudate Dominum, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #94300. All rights reserved.



The Opening Acclamation

[BCP, p. 355]

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!



A Collect for Purity

[BCP, p. 355]


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.



Hymn S-280: Glory to God

[See also BCP, p. 356]


Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.


Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.


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.


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.


Words: Public Domain. Music: Robert Powell © 1985, Church Publishing, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #28331. All rights reserved.



The Collect of the Day

[BCP, p. 357, 225]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



A Reading from the Book of Acts (11:1-18)


Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, "Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?" Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, "I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, `Get up, Peter; kill and eat.' But I replied, `By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.' But a second time the voice answered from heaven, `What God has made clean, you must not call profane.' This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, `Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.' And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, `John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?" When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, "Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life."


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 148

[BCP, p. 805]

Read responsively by half-verse (at the asterisk).

1 Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens; * praise him in the heights.


2 Praise him, all you angels of his; * praise him, all his host.


3 Praise him, sun and moon; * praise him, all you shining stars.


4 Praise him, heaven of heavens, * and you waters above the heavens.


5 Let them praise the Name of the Lord; * for he commanded, and they were created.


6 He made them stand fast for ever and ever; * he gave them a law which shall not pass away.


7 Praise the Lord from the earth, * you sea-monsters and all deeps;


8 Fire and hail, snow and fog, * tempestuous wind, doing his will;


9 Mountains and all hills, * fruit trees and all cedars;


10 Wild beasts and all cattle, * creeping things and winged birds;


11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, * princes and all rulers of the world;


12 Young men and maidens, * old and young together.


13 Let them praise the Name of the Lord, * for his Name only is exalted, his splendor is over earth and heaven.


14 He has raised up strength for his people and praise for all his loyal servants, * the children of Israel, a people who are near him. Hallelujah!



A Reading from the Revelation to St. John the Divine (21:1-6)

I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,


"See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away."


And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true." Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life."


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



The People stand, as they are able, for the reading of the Gospel.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. John (13:31-35)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


At the last supper, when Judas had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.' I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



The Sermon

"What God Has Made Clean" by the Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda


Two weeks ago, I preached about a conversion that St. Peter experienced after the resurrection. That wasn’t a conversion in the ordinary sense. It wasn’t the moment he left his job as a fisherman to become a full-time follower of Jesus (Matthew 4:18-20). It wasn’t the moment he got baptized. It wasn’t the moment he professed that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” (Matt 16:16). Instead, it was the moment he apologized for denying Jesus three times (after he was arrested and before he was crucifed). After the Resurrection, Peter had to come face to face with his failure and seek Jesus’ forgiveness. He needed God’s healing in order to answer the call to serve God’s people and lead the Church. He needed to convert.


Now, we find Peter in the middle of the Book of Acts, probably a few years after Christ died, rose again, and ascended into heaven. Some time has passed since his dramatic Initial Sermon on the Day of Pentecost. Peter has stood before threatening tribunals of people who wanted to beat, arrest, and even kill him. Peter has preached the Gospel and started church communities. He has been living into the call God placed on his life so many years earlier. He has responded to the invitation to forgiveness and conversion that Jesus placed before him on the shores of Galilee as they ate breakfast together after the Resurrection. On the surface, Peter looks like he has it all figured out.


But he doesn’t. In Acts 10, Peter gets smacked upside the head by the Holy Spirit. He is forced once again to confront his sins and prejudices. The story happens in Acts 10, and the author decided that it was so important that he needed to record Peter re-telling the story to the Church leaders in Jerusalem in Acts 11, so you just heard it.


Peter is in Joppa (after raising Tabitha from the dead -- last week’s reading from Acts). He is praying there and has a vision of a large sheet lowering from the sky with all kinds of animals, reptiles, and birds on it. These are all animals that Jewish people are forbidden to eat in their culture and religion. The Law in Leviticus and Deuteronomy (books in the Bible) call these animals unclean, unsuitable for God’s people to eat. So when a voice from heaven tells Peter to kill and eat these animals, he thinks it’s a temptation to sin. He rejects it. But the heavenly voice replies, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane” (Acts 11:9).


As soon as Peter wakes up from the trance, the he has to apply the vision. Messengers come from Caesarea to bring him to the house of a faithful Gentile named Cornelius. Cornelius was a non-Jew, uncircumcised, didn’t follow the cultural and religious customs around food, and (most offensively) he was an officer in the Roman Army, the occupying force that held the Jewish people captive in their own land. But God has reminded him not to pre-judge, not to label people as good or evil, in or out, based on these superficial markers. And as he spoke to Cornelius and his family about Jesus, the Holy Spirit fell upon them and filled them, just like the Spirit fell on Jewish believers like Peter and the other apostles. He concludes, “If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?" (Acts 11:17). And this story convinced the other Jewish believers that God was working in a new way.


Why is this story so important? Why does it show up twice? And why are we reading it now, so many centuries later? Well, for one, it’s about how we, Gentiles, are welcomed into the church. This incident leads to the Church separating Christian faith from Judean and Galilean Jewish cultural practices. It showed that God does not value one culture over another, or one ethnicity over another. It shows that God has made all humanity clean. All of us equal bearers of Image of God. It shows that unity across difference is possible.


And maybe more importantly, this story reminds us that people can change. We can unlearn our prejudices. We can unlearn the hate and repulsion that keeps us apart from one another. We can learn to love and appreciate people even as we acknowledge, respect, and honor our differences. Peter didn’t force Cornelius to act like him, eat like him, or even pray like him. He learned to trust that God can act in surprising ways. God can go where we least expect to find God, to people we least expect to show us God.


That happened in this other conversion story in Acts. But it keeps happening. It seems like every time we put up another barrier between us and them, God steps in to remove it. Whenever we get too comfortable thinking that we’re the good guys and they are bad (whoever they are), God humbles us. God reminds us they are “made clean” and we must not call them profane (Acts 11:9). Black and Hispanic and Native American and Asian and White people are all made clean. People with US citizenship and people without documents are all made clean. Gay, straight, transgender, and cisgender people are all made clean. People who get abortions and those fight for access to reproductive healthcare are made clean. Even our neighbors who don’t worship Jesus or those who don’t worship at all -- God made them clean. The stigmas we attach to those categories are human judgments, not divine ones.


That doesn’t mean that our differences don’t matter. It doesn’t mean they aren’t real. We can disagree, but we must always treat people with respect. As we promise in the Baptismal Covenant, we will “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being … with God’s help” (BCP, 305). The mystery of God is that Christ is found “in all persons,” everyone we meet (BCP, 305). As soon as we start to dismiss someone or deny their dignity, Jesus reminds us that they are made clean. Who am I or anybody else to hinder God? Conversion from our prejudices and judgments is a lifelong process, if we are open to God’s voice in our lives. May God convert me and convert us -- just as God converted Peter -- again and again and again. Amen.



Choir Selection: Make Me An Example

[Words and Music: Isaiah Jones, Jr., © 1973 Davike Music Co. All rights reserved.]



The Nicene Creed

[BCP, p. 358]


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

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

[Adapted from http://www.stlukesewing.org/prayers-of-the-people-easter]


Rejoicing in the mighty acts of God who has delivered the people of God from sin and death through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us lift our voices and pray,

Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us give thanks to God for the multitude of blessings that God showers upon us: for our lives and for those whom we love, for the beauty of this home God has created for us, for our families and our friendships; for Ronnie Taylor (5/15), Zariyah Cope (5/17), Farah Taylor (5/17), Marilyn Jones (5/20), and Altheria Maynard (5/20) on their birthdays; for Donald & Marilyn Jones (5/20) and Timothy & Cheryl Rhett (5/20) on their wedding anniversaries; and for Whitney Robinson’s graduation from Georgia Southern University. Let us give thanks to the God of Life.

Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us pray for the Church, that it may carry forward the redemptive works of God: for our clergy and our bishops, for the many lay people who serve the church and serve the world through the church, and for those gather here in worship and prayer.

Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us pray for the newly baptized, that the joy of Easter may ever grow within them, and that the Spirit may guide them in lives of active faith.

Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us pray for the nations and peoples of the world and for the leaders of our country, state, county, and city, that the powers that oppress and destroy may decline, and that justice, peace, and prosperity be lifted up.

Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us pray for those who are sick, those who suffer, those who struggle, especially those on our Parish Prayer List: Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Christine Brown, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Angie Glover, Annie Bell Greer, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Bette Milledge, Helen Scroggins, and Paulette Sibert; that the hope born of Easter give them peace, acceptance and renewal, and that through their struggles they may come into closer communion with the God who redeems and restores...


Special intentions are offered silently or aloud.


Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us pray for those who have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to you alone; bring them by your resurrecting power into the place of eternal joy and light... especially Craig Maxwell…


Special intentions are offered silently or aloud.


Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


The celebrant adds a concluding collect.

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.



The Peace

[EOW1, p. 56]


The peace of Christ be always with you.

And also with you.



Parish Announcements


A. Craig J. Maxwell (1960-2022): Craig J. Maxwell passed away peacefully in his home on May 9, 2022. The Maxwell family expresses gratitude for the outpouring of prayer and kindness. The family will not accept any visitors or food donations out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19. Cards and/or expressions of kindness may be sent to Mrs. Deidra Williams Maxwell. (Mrs. Maxwell's address and phone number are included in St. Matthew's e-Newsletter, but not published on the blog for her privacy).


Funeral arrangements are still pending, but you can learn the latest by checking with Campbell and Sons Funeral Home: https://www.campbellandsonsfuneralhome.com/obituary/craig-maxwell


B. JUST Nehemiah Action Report: Justice Unites Savannah Together (JUST) held its 2nd Annual Nehemiah Action (and 1st ever in-person) on Monday, May 2, 2022 at the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Almost 400 people from over 20 different congregations (17 from St. Matthew's) attended to demonstrate to our public officials that we care about solving injustices in our community.


Through JUST's public negotiations, City Manager Jay Mulder committed to include at least $2 million in the 2023 City Budget for Savannah's Affordable Housing Trust Fund and to allocate a higher percentage of those funds to people earning less than the area median income. Then, Chatham County District Attorney Shalena Cook Jones committed to seek additional funds for the Early Intervention Program and develop a plan for a central criminal database for our County. In both cases, our work isn't finished. JUST will continue to meet with these and other officials to ensure that they follow through on their commitments.


The next major JUST event is the Annual Celebration Picnic on June 13 from 6:00-8:00 PM at a location to be announced soon.


C. Home Repair Service Projects on June 25: The Savannah Convocation of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia is organizing a service project in collaboration with The City of Savannah's Housing and Neighborhood Services Department. The Home Assistance Repair Program For Homeowners provides necessary repairs to low income homeowners to maintain the safety and decency of homes in our City. Materials and supervision are provided by the City, but most of the labor is provided by volunteers like you! Please join us for this way to give back to our City.


We will hold a service day on Saturday, June 25, 2022. The work day will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided. We are gathering volunteers from all the Episcopal parishes in and around Savannah. We will assign people to teams of 8-10 volunteers per house that needs repair. You will find out your work location and volunteer team 1-2 weeks before your work date.


Please register at https://forms.gle/d7gR6qAbUEbRmThcA on or before May 31, 2022.


D. EYCS Scholarship Applications due May 31: The Diocese of Georgia offers scholarships to college students through Episcopal Youth & Children's Services (EYCS). Applicants must be active members of a parish in the Diocese of Georgia, 22 years of age or younger, and enrolled in undergraduate education in the 2022-2023 school year. Applications are due May 31, 2022. Learn more and apply online here: http://eycs.georgiaepiscopal.org/?page_id=11.


E. Coffee Hour Sign Up & New COVID Guidelines: St. Matthew’s Vestry agreed to update its In-Person COVID-19 Safety Guidelines on March 31, 2022. To summarize, when the CDC indicates that Chatham County has a Low or Medium “COVID-19 Community Level,” the Vestry will allow light refreshments to be served at public indoor events, provided that people continue to wear masks whenever they are not eating or drinking. When Chatham County has a High COVID-19 level, food and drink will not be allowed. Chatham County currently has a Low COVID-19 level. You can read the guidance in all its detail here: https://www.stmattsav.org/post/new-covid-19-safety-guidelines-spring-2022.


The Vestry invites individuals and families to serve light refreshments after worship on Sundays in-person. Please sign up for upcoming dates using the poster near the kitchen in Toomer-Walker Hall.


F. Book of Sermons: Della Jones and Sandra Mitchell are looking for parishioners interested in serving on a committee to compile sermons and identify artwork for a book of Fr. Guillermo Arboleda’s sermons. This proposed book project would become a historical document for St. Matthew's and may be sold in the future at a modest price to raise funds for the parish.


If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact either Della Jones or Sandra Mitchell. The first meeting will be held during the week following Easter. Date and time to be determined.


G. T/W/Th Evening Prayer: On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, St. Matthew's invites you to pray Evening Prayer over Zoom. The video will continue to stream to Facebook Live at 5:00 PM. Please join the Zoom call by 4:55 PM. Otherwise, watch the prayer service as you have been on Facebook Live.


Evening Prayer videos will be on hiatus the week of May 15, while Fr. A is away for continuing education.


For security purposes, below is the Meeting ID only; please check your St. Matthew's e-Newsletter for the password (or email FrGAA@StMattSav.org to request it).

Topic: Zoom Evening Prayer

Time: 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Join Zoom Meeting: See e-Newsletter


Meeting ID: 991 8577 8541

Passcode: See e-Newsletter


Dial by your location: +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)

Meeting ID: 991 8577 8541

Passcode: See e-Newsletter



The Offertory

[BCP, p. 377]


Giving to St. Matthew's: We know that many people are feeling the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The church is feeling it too. We still need your support to pay our staff, pay our bills, and provide for these online live streams. There are several ways to give, but the simplest are these:

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“On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” [Psalm 118:24]

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AAHH #154: Oh, What He's Done For Me

[Verses 1-5]


1 Oh, what He's done for me.

Oh, what He's done for me.

Oh, what He's done for me.

I never shall forget what He's done for me.


2 He took my feet out the miry clay,

That's what He's done for me.

He took my feet out the miry clay,

I never shall forget what He's done for me.


3 He feeds me when I'm hungry,

That's what He's done for me.

He feeds me when I'm hungry,

I never shall forget what He's done for me.


4 He picked me up and turned me around,

That's what He's done for me.

He picked me up and turned me around,

I never shall forget what He's done for me.


5 He gave me a home in glory,

That's what He's done for me.

He gave me a home in glory

I never shall forget what He's done for me.

Words: Congregational Praise Song, Public Domain. Music: Congregational Praise Song, Public Domain; arr. Jimmie Abbington © 2000, GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #95016. All rights reserved.



AAHH #651: Doxology

[See also Hymn # 380, v. 3]


Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen.

Words: Thomas Ken, Public Domain. Music: Old 100th, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #84260. All rights reserved.



Eucharistic Prayer 1

[EOW1, p. 57]



It is truly right, and good and joyful, to give you thanks, all-holy God, source of life and fountain of mercy …


Preface of Easter [BCP, p. 379]:

But chiefly are we young to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away the sin of the world. By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us everlasting life.


Therefore, joining with Angels and Archangels and with the faithful of every generation, we lift our voices with all creation as we sing:


LEV #254:

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.


[Word: Public Domain. Music: Carl Maultsby, The Saint Mary Mass, © 1989 Malted Milk Music. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00004C1989. All rights reserved.]


The people stand or kneel.


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:


LEV #258:

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Marjorie Gabriel-Burrow © 1992 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.]


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 Blessed Mary, Blessed Matthew, 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

[BCP, p. 364]


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


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 Anthems

[BCP, p. 364]


Hymn S-152:

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Ambrosian chant; adapt. Mason Martens © 1971 Mason Martens, Church Publishing, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #87673. All rights reserved.]


Hymn S-167:

[Words: Public Domain. Music: Mode 6 melody; adapt. Mason Martens © 1971 Mason Martens, Church Publishing, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #52588. All rights reserved.]


The Gifts of God for the people of God.



Hymn #538: God of Mercy, God of Grace

[Verses 1-2, repeat as desired]


1 God of mercy, God of grace,

show the brightness of thy face.

Shine upon us, Savior, shine,

fill thy Church with light divine,

and thy saving health extend

unto earth's remotest end.


2 Let thy people praise thee, Lord;

be by all that live adored.

Let the nations shout and sing

glory to their Savior King;

let all be, below, above,

one in joy, and light, and love.


Words: Henry Francis Lyte, alt., Public Domain. Music: Lucerna Laudoniae, David Evans © 1973, 1982 Oxford University Press. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #24929. All rights reserved.



The Post-Communion Prayer

[Enriching our Worship 2 [2000], pp. 56-57]


Let us pray.


For In-Person Worshippers:

Faithful God,

in the wonder of your wisdom and love

you fed your people in the wilderness with the bread of angels,

and you sent Jesus to be the bread of life.

We thank you for feeding us with this bread.

May it strengthen us

that by the power of the Holy Spirit

we may embody your desire

and be renewed for your service

through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


For Online Worshippers and Those Receiving Spiritual Communion:

Faithful God,

in the wonder of your wisdom and love

you fed your people in the wilderness with the bread of angels,

and you sent Jesus to be the bread of life.

Though we cannot consume now these gifts of bread [and wine],

we thank you that we have received the sacrament of Christ’s presence,

the forgiveness of sins, and all other benefits of Christ’s passion.

By the power of the Holy Spirit,

may we embody your desire

and be renewed for your service

through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.



The Easter Blessing

[Adapted from The Book of Occasional Services 2018, p. 13]


The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in God's sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!




The Parish Prayer List


PRAYER LIST: Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Christine Brown, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Angie Glover, Annie Bell Greer, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Bette Milledge, Helen Scroggins, and Paulette Sibert


BIRTHDAYS: Ronnie Taylor (5/15), Zariyah Cope (5/17), Farah Taylor (5/17), Marilyn Jones (5/20), and Altheria Maynard (5/20)


WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: Donald & Marilyn Jones (5/20) and Timothy & Cheryl Rhett (5/20)


RECENT DEATHS: Craig Maxwell (5/9/22)

May the souls of all the departed rest in peace; and may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.





Note: This service is reproduced from The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), The Hymnal 1982 (Hymn), Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal (LEV), African American Heritage Hymnal (AAHH), Wonder Love and Praise (WLP), and other sources cited. The Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.


Image Credit: https://hoshanarabbah.org/blog/2019/04/16/peters-vision-explained/

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