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Sunday Worship on February 18, 2024

The Holy Eucharist

First Sunday of Lent (Year B)

February 18, 2024 at 9:30 AM

Presider: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector

Deacon: The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon

Preacher: The Rev. Daudi Jonathan Ndahana, Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen's Church, Kalinzi, Diocese of Western Tanganyika, Anglican Church of Tanzania 

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Enriching Our Worship

Note: In Lent, St. Matthew's will continue to use prayers from Enriching Our Worship 1 (1997). Enriching Our Worship is a series of supplemental worship resources for The Episcopal Church. One of its objectives is to honor the experience of women by providing gender-neutral language for God in its prayers, expanding the Church's vocabulary of prayer from other parts of Scripture and Christian Tradition. There are changes, small and great, throughout the service, so pay attention and ask questions during our Christian Education Hour.

Today's Preacher is the Rev. Daudi J. Ndahana: 

St. Matthew's is blessed to welcome the Rev. Daudi Jonathan Ndahana from the Anglican Church of Tanzania as our guest preacher on Sunday, February 11. Fr. Ndahana is currently the Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen's Church, Kalinzi, in the Diocese of Western Tanganyika. He previously served in multiple capacities on the Staff of his Diocese, the Cathedral staff, and as a college principal. He holds degrees from St. Philip's Theological College (Kongwa, Tanzania) and Nashotah House Theological Seminary (Nashotah, Wisconsin). Fr. Ndahana and his family have been friends with Bishop Frank and Mrs. Victoria Logue since they were both seminarians in 1998 and will be visiting Savannah until February 25.

Caption: The Rev. Daudi Jonathan Ndahana and Mrs. Olivia Ndahana

Hymn #150: Forty days and forty nights

1. Forty days and forty nights

thou wast fasting in the wild;

forty days and forty nights

tempted, and yet undefiled.

2. Should not we thy sorrow share

and from worldly joys abstain,

fasting with unceasing prayer,

strong with thee to suffer pain?

3. Then if Satan on us press,

Jesus, Savior, hear our call!

Victor in the wilderness,

grant we may not faint or fall!

4. So shall we have peace divine:

holier gladness ours shall be;

round us, too, shall angels shine,

such as ministered to thee.

5. Keep, O keep us, Savior dear,

ever constant by thy side;

that with thee we may appear

at the eternal Eastertide.

[Words: George hunt Smyttan, alt. Music: Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, melody att. Martin Herbst, alt; harm. William Henry Monk. Reprinted with permission from ONE LICENSE #84245.]

The Opening Acclamation 

[EOW1, p. 50]

Blessed be the God of our salvation:

Who bears our burdens and forgives our sins. Amen.

The Great Litany

[EOW1, p. 46] 

The people kneel or stand, as they are able.


Holy God, Creator of heaven and earth, Have mercy on us.

Holy and Mighty, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.

Holy Immortal One, Sanctifier of the faithful, Have mercy on us.

Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.



From all evil and mischief; from pride, vanity and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred and malice; and from all evil intent, Savior deliver us.

From sloth, worldliness and love of money; from hardness of heart and contempt for your word and your laws, Savior deliver us.

From sins of body and mind; from deceits of the world, flesh and the devil, Savior deliver us.

From famine and disaster; from violence, murder, and dying unprepared, Savior deliver us.

In all times of sorrow; in all times of joy; in the hour of our death and at the day of judgment, Savior deliver us.

By the mystery of your holy incarnation; by your birth, childhood and obedience; by your baptism, fasting and temptation, Savior deliver us.

By your ministry in word and work; by your mighty acts of power; by the preaching of your reign, Savior deliver us.

By your agony and trial; by your cross and passion; by your precious death and burial, Savior deliver us.

By your mighty resurrection; by your glorious ascension; and by your sending of the Holy Spirit, Savior deliver us.



Hear our prayers, O Christ our God. Hear us, O Christ.

Govern and direct your holy Church; fill it with love and truth; and grant it that unity which is your will. Hear us, O Christ.

Give us boldness to preach the gospel in all the world, and to make disciples of all the nations. Hear us, O Christ.

Enlighten your bishops, priests and deacons, especially Frank, Guillermo, and Ella, with knowledge and understanding, that by their teaching and their lives they may proclaim your word. Hear us, O Christ.

Give your people grace to witness to your word and bring forth the fruit of your Spirit. Hear us, O Christ.

Bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived. Hear us, O Christ.

Strengthen those who stand; comfort and help the fainthearted; raise up the fallen; and finally beat down Satan under our feet. Hear us, O Christ.



Guide the leaders of the nations into the ways of peace and justice. Hear us, O Christ.

Give your wisdom and strength to Joseph, the President of the United States; Brian, the Governor of Georgia, and Van, the Mayor of Savannah, that in all things they may do your will, for your glory and the common good. Hear us, O Christ.

Give to the Congress of the United States, the members of the President’s Cabinet, those who serve in our state legislature, and all others in authority the grace to walk always in the ways of truth. Hear us, O Christ.

Bless the justices of the Supreme Court and all those who administer the law, that they may act with integrity and do justice for all your people. Hear us, O Christ.

Give us the will to use the resources of the earth to your glory and for the good of all. Hear us, O Christ.

Bless and keep all your people, especially those celebrating birthdays: Blair Berksteiner (02/21), Charles Gordon (02/21), Christine Folsome (02/22), JoAnne Mitchell (02/23), Robert Day (02/24), Rev Kelly Steele (02/24); and to those celebrating anniversaries: Gwendolyn & Lawrence Waring (02/14), Richard & Darelle Jordan (02/19), Hear us, O Christ.



Comfort and liberate the lonely, the bereaved and the oppressed. Hear us, O Christ.

Keep in safety those who travel and all who are in peril. Hear us, O Christ.

Heal the sick in body, mind or spirit especially the people of our Parish Prayer List: Anthony Blue Sr., Lazola Cope, Charles Gordon, Marva Harris, Fr. Charles Hoskins, Evalena Hoskins, David Jones, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Charles McMillan, John “Butch” Mitchell, Russell Nails, Jabbar Newton, Jeannette Outing, and Jewel Wheeler; and provide for the homeless, the hungry and the destitute. Hear us, O Christ.

Guard and protect all children who are in danger. Hear us, O Christ.

Shower your compassion on prisoners, hostages and refugees, and all who are in trouble. Hear us, O Christ.

Forgive our enemies, persecutors and slanderers, and turn their hearts. Hear us, O Christ.

Hear us as we remember those who have died, especially Jacqueline Bryant, and grant us with them a share in your eternal glory. Hear us, O Christ.



Give us true repentance; forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance and our deliberate sins; and grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to your word.

Hymn S-102: Holy God (Trisagion)


Holy God,

Holy and Mighty,

Holy Immortal One,

Have mercy upon us

The Collect of the Day

[BCP, p. 357, 234]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Book of Genesis (9:8-17)

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. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 25:1-9

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

1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;

my God, I put my trust in you; *

let me not be humiliated,

nor let my enemies triumph over me.

2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; *

let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.

3 Show me your ways, O Lord, *

and teach me your paths.

4 Lead me in your truth and teach me, *

for you are the God of my salvation;

in you have I trusted all the day long.

5 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *

for they are from everlasting.

6 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *

remember me according to your love

and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.

7 Gracious and upright is the Lord; *

therefore he teaches sinners in his way.

8 He guides the humble in doing right *

and teaches his way to the lowly.

9 All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness *

to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

A Reading from the First Letter of St. Peter (3:18-22)

Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you-- not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

Thanks be to God.

Hymn #144: Lord Jesus, Sun of Righteousness (verses 1-4)

1 Lord Jesus, Sun of righteousness,

shine in our hearts, we pray;

dispel the gloom that shades our minds

and be to us as day.

2 Give guidance to our wandering ways,

forgive us Lord, our sin;

restore us by your loving care

to peace and joy within.

3 Lord, grant that we in penitence

may offer you our praise,

and through your saving

sacrifice receive your gift of grace.

4 Now nearer draws the day of days

when paradise shall bloom,

when we shall be at one with you,

Lord, risen from the tomb.

[Words: Latin; tr. Anne K. LeCroy. © 1982, Anne LeCroy. Music: Cornhill, Harold Darke. By permission of Oxford University Press. Tune: Azmon, #493. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #37113.]

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

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ According to St. Mark (1:9-15)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Hymn #144: Lord Jesus, Sun of Righteousness (verse 5)

5 The universe your glory shows,

blest Father, spirit, son;

we shall acclaim your majesty,

eternal Three in One.

[Words: Latin; tr. Anne K. LeCroy. © 1982, Anne LeCroy. Music: Cornhill, Harold Darke. By permission of Oxford University Press. Tune: Azmon, #493. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #37113.]

The Sermon

by the Rev. Daudi Jonathan Ndahana, Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen's Church, Kalinzi, Diocese of Western Tanganyika, Anglican Church of Tanzania

The Nicene Creed

[EOW1, p. 53]

All standing as they are able, the People pray:

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,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and became truly human.

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,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who 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 Confession of Sin

The Deacon (or Celebrant) says

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9).

Let us confess our sins to God.

Silence may be kept. All pray together, kneeling, as they are able,

God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ,that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

The Bishop, when present, or the Priest, stands and says:

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

The Peace

[EOW1, p. 56]

The peace of the Christ be always with you.

And also with you.

Parish Announcements

Stations of the Cross on Fridays in Lent: St. Matthew's will hold in-person Stations of the Cross services at 12:00 noon on every Friday in Lent (February 16 - March 29). Please see Deacon Davis with any questions.

Chicken Dinner Fundraiser Report: The Chicken Dinner Sale on February 3 earned $2400.00 for the St. Matthew's Capital Building Fund. Many thanks to all who donated the ingredients, supplies, time, and cooking talent to plan to execute the event. Anyone interested in organizing future fundraising events may submit proposals to the Rector and Vestry for approval.

Newcomer & Episcopal Refresher Class: Fr. Arboleda will lead a class for newcomers and those who want a "refresher" on Episcopal Church basics. The next three meetings are February 25, March 3, and March 17. If you are interested in becoming a member and/or getting baptized, confirmed, or received soon, this class is required. See Fr. Arboleda with any scheduling concerns.

Lent Wednesday Study on Everything Happens for a Reason: St. Matthew’s will host a dinner and book study on most Wednesdays in Lent from 5:30-7:00 PM about Dr. Kate Bowler’s memoir Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved). At the age of 34, Duke Divinity School professor Kate Bowler learned she had stage IV colon cancer. An able guide through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Kate is a faithful follower of Jesus who reminds us that none of us is spared coming to terms with our mortality. Stripped of certainty, Kate discovers that life is difficult, but beautiful in a way it never has been before. Books are available for purchase for $15 in the church. Download the discussion guide here. The reading and meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Feb. 21: Preface - Chapter 3

  • Mar. 6: Chapters 4-5

  • Mar. 13: Chapters 6-7

  • Mar. 20: Chapters 8-9 and Appendices 

Anne & Emmett Play at St. Matthew’s on Feb. 28: The Savannah Jewish Federation is sponsoring a performance of Janet Langhart Cohen’s critically-acclaimed play Anne & Emmett at St. Matthew’s Church on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 PM. This play explores the connections between Holocaust victim Anne Frank and lynching victim Emmett Till. This is a free event, but please register here; there will be an offering collected for the Savannah Jewish Federation. Learn more here.

The Philadelphia Eleven Documentary Showing on Feb. 29: On Thursday, February 29 at 5:45 PM, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Skidaway Island) will host a showing of the documentary film The Philadelphia Eleven, which tells the story of the first eleven women ordained as priests in The Episcopal Church. This is a free event, no tickets required, and snacks will be provided. (St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411)

Jacqueline Bryant Memorial Service on Mar. 2: St. Matthew’s will honor the life and legacy of Mrs. Jacqueline Hill Bryant on Saturday, March 2, at 11:00 AM. More details to be announced here and by Adams Funeral Services.

Yearly Giving Statements and Pledge Statements Available Now: 2023 Year-End Giving Statements have been mailed to all donors for whom we have addresses. Giving and Pledge Statements have also been sent via email if we have your email in our Realm accounting system. If you would like to save paper and have the office send future pledge and giving statements by email only in the future, please contact Pat Lanchester at

Grow and Glow in Grace Gear!: St. Matthew's is producing branded clothes and other merchandise with our new Grow and Glow in Grace mission logo! Order T-shirts for $25, embroidered Polo shirts for $40, Mugs for $15, Pens for $2 each, and more! All proceeds will go to the Building Capital Campaign (for remodeling the kitchen, preserving the stained glass windows, replacing the roof, and more)! Order forms are available in church now. 

T/W/Th Evening Prayer on Zoom/Facebook: On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, St. Matthew's invites you to pray Evening Prayer with us over Zoom at 5:00 PM. If you want to be in the Zoom call, please join by 4:55 PM using the link in the e-Newsletter.

The Offertory

[BCP, p. 376]

Giving to St. Matthew's:

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Nations shall come to your light, O Lord, and kings to the brightness of your rising. [Isaiah 60:3, alt..]

LEV #207: We'll Understand It Better By and By

1 We are often tossed and driv’n

on the restless sea of time,

Somber skies and howling tempest

oft succeed a bright sunshine;

In that land of perfect day,

when the mists have rolled away,

We will understand it better

by and by, by and by.


By and by when the morning comes,

When the saints of God are gathered home,

We’ll tell the story how we’re overcome;

For we’ll understand it by and by, by and by.

2 We are often destitute

of the things that life demands,

Want of food and want of shelter,

thirsty hills and barren lands;

We are trusting in the Lord,

and according to His word,

We will understand it better

by and by, by and by. [Refrain]

3 Trials dark on ev’ry hand,

and we cannot understand,

All the ways that God would lead us

to that blessed promised land;

But He guides us with His eye

and we’ll follow till we die.

For we’ll understand it better

by and by, by and by. Refrain

4 Temptations, hidden snares

often take us unawares,

And our hearts are made to bleed

for many a thoughtless word or deed;

And we wonder why the test

when we try to do our best,

But we’ll understand it better

by and by, by and by. [Refrain]

[Words: Charles A. Tindley. Music: Charles A. Tindley; arr. F.A. Clark, c. 1906. Reprinted with Permission from ONE LICENSE #OLOFOB491.]

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Circling through earth so all may grow

Vanquishing fear so all may give

Widening grace so all may live


[Words: Eric H. F. Law, Copyright © 2015 Eric H. F. Law. Music: Old 100th, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission from Kaleidoscope Institute. All rights reserved.]

Eucharistic Prayer 1

[EOW1, p. 57]

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 our 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 ... [The Presider inserts a proper preface] ... Therefore, joining with Angels and Archangels and with the faithful of every generation, we lift our voices with all creation as we sing:

Hymn S-130:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might

Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!

[Music: Franz Peter Schubert from Deutsche Messe; arr. Richard Proulx, Copyright © 1985, 1989 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00210. 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.

[Music: Hezekiah Brinson, Jr., Copyright © 1990 Hezekiah Brinson, Jr. 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 the Mother of God, Blessed Matthew our Patron, 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.

LEV #264: The Lord’s Prayer

[Compare BCP, p. 364]

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

Our Father, which 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

[Music: Albert Hay Malotte; arr. Fred Bock, Copyright © 1934 (renewed) G. Schirmer, Inc. All Rights Reserved.]

The Breaking of the Bread

Silence may be kept.

The Fraction Anthems

[EOW1, p. 69]

We break this bread to share in the Body of Christ.

We who are many are one body, for we all share in the one bread.

Hymn S-164:

Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us

Jesus, Bearer of our Sins: have mercy on us

Jesus, Redeemer, Redeemer of the World:

Give us your peace, give us your peace!

[Words: Traditional. Music: Franz Peter Schubert from Deutsche Messe; arr. Richard Proulx, Copyright © 1985, 1989 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00614. All rights reserved.]

Look! Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The Gifts of God for the people of God.

The Distribution of Holy Communion

All baptized Christians of any denomination are invited to come forward to participate fully in Communion. Baptized children may receive at the discretion of their parents.

You may receive Communion kneeling or standing. Please extend your hands forward to receive the Body of Christ (bread). If you would like to receive the Blood of Christ (wine), the minister will take the bread from your hand and dip (intinct) it in the wine for you, then place it in your mouth. If you would only like to receive the bread, you may consume it and return to your seat.

If you need gluten-free bread for Communion, please raise your hand when you are at the altar rail.

If you would not like to receive Communion for any reason, please cross your arms over your chest, and the Priest will say a blessing over you.

If you are worshipping online, you may pray to receive spiritual communion using the following prayer:

In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.

Hymn #121: Christ, When For Us You Were Baptized

1. Christ, when for us you were baptized,

God's spirit on you came,

as peaceful as a dove and yet

as urgent as a flame.

2. God called you his beloved Son,

called you his servant true,

sent you his kingdom to proclaim,

his holy will to do.

3. Straight-way and stead-fast until death

you then obeyed his call

freely as Son of Man to serve

and give your life for all.

4. Baptize us with your spirit, Lord,

your cross on us be signed,

that, like-wise in God's service

we may perfect freedom find.

[Words: F. Bland Tucker, rev. Music: Caithness, melody from The Psalmes of David in Prose and Meeter, 1635; harm. The English Hymnal, 1906. Reprinted with permission from ONE LICENSE #63375.]

Hymn #559: Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us

1 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

o'er the world's tempestuous sea;

guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,

for we have no help but thee,

yet possessing every blessing,

if our God our Father be.

2 Savior, breathe forgiveness o'er us;

all our weakness thou dost know;

thou didst tread this earth before us;

thou didst feel its keenest woe;

yet unfearing, persevering,

to thy passion thou didst go.

3 Spirit of our God, descending,

fill our hearts with heavenly joy;

love with every passion blending

pleasure that can never cloy;

thus provided, pardoned, guided,

nothing can our peace destroy.

[Words: James Edmeston, alt. Music: Dulce carmen, melody from An Essay on the Church Plain Chant, 1782; adapt. Collection of Motetts or Antiphons, ca. 1840; harm. William Henry Monk.]

The Post-Communion Prayer

[EOW1, p. 69; Enriching our Worship 2 (2000), pp. 56-57]

Let us pray.

For In-Person Worshippers:

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of 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.

A Prayer for Black History Month

Spirit of Abundance, God of Grace, Mother of Hope,

We pause now to remember those stories that are all around us, but so often passed over,

Those stories that when told are shared because of what someone is, not who they are.

This month in our nation's calendar is Black History month.

Help us to realize that Black history is all our histories.

May the day come when these stories are so wildly taught that no month need be separately divided.

We know this day will not come until we as a people make different choices.

We pray now for those new choices.

May we come to see a day where the prison system becomes redemptive, not punitive.

A day where the legal system learns to focus more squarely on the facts, and not the colors of our skin.

A day where our schools are as well funded, as the needs demand.

May our role models be allowed to excel when they thrive, and not be taken down for their rich heritage.

We know this will require a shift in power, and this can be scary for some.

Give those full of fear - hope.

May we come to know grace,

So that our hearts will not be hardened to the pain around us.

There are so many beautiful stories needing to be told.

And we need to get the chance to hear them.

Widen our vision so that the history that is shared this month, and every month, may come to be known as everyone’s history.

We are most human when we see the humanity in others.

As you give us yourself in the Bread of Hope and the Cup of Mercy, show us how to give ourselves to those who are without hope and to those who cry for mercy.

Lord God, rule over our spirit in this hour that we will go from this worship with the freedom of those who trust in you.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Lenten Solemn Prayer over the People

[BOS22, pp. 12-14]


Let us bow down before the Lord.

Presider (Lent 1):

Grant, Almighty God, that your people may recognize their weakness and put their whole trust in your strength, so that they may rejoice for ever in the protection of your loving providence; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn #446: Praise to the Holiest in the Height

1 Praise to the Holiest in the height,

and in the depth be praise;

in all his words most wonderful,

most sure in all his ways!

2 O loving wisdom of our God!

When all was sin and shame,

a second Adam to the fight

and to the rescue came.

3 O wisest love! that flesh and blood,

which did in Adam fail,

should strive afresh against the foe,

should strive, and should prevail;

4 and that the highest gift of grace

should flesh and blood refine:

God's presence and his very self,

and essence all-divine.

5 Praise to the Holiest in the height,

and in the depth be praise;

in all his words most wonderful,

most sure in all his ways!

[Words: John Henry Newman, alt. Music: Newman, Richard Runciman Terry. Reprinted with Permission under ONE LICENSE #30138502.]

The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]

Let us bless the Lord!

Thanks be to God!

The Parish Prayer List

PRAYER LIST: Anthony Blue Sr., Lazola Cope, Charles Gordon, Marva Harris, Fr. Charles Hoskins, Evalena Hoskins, David Jones, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Charles McMillan, John “Butch” Mitchell, Russell Nails, Jabbar Newton, Jeannette Outing, and Jewel Wheeler

BIRTHDAYS: Blair Berksteiner (02/21), Charles Gordon (02/21), Christine Folsome (02/22), JoAnne Mitchell (02/23), Robert Day (02/24), Rev Kelly Steele (02/24)

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: Gwendolyn & Lawrence Waring (02/14), Richard & Darelle Jordan (02/19)

RECENT DEATHS: Donald Ray Baynes (1/13/2024), Jacqueline Bryant (1/24/2024)

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

Permissions and Credits: This service is reproduced from Enriching Our Worship 1 (EOW1), The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), The Hymnal 1982 (Hymn), Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal (LEV), and other sources cited. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.

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