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Sunday Worship on March 10, 2024

Updated: Mar 11


The Holy Eucharist

4th Sunday of Lent (Year B)

March 10, 2024 at 9:30 AM

Presider & Preacher: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector

Deacon: The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon


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The Great Litany & The Holy Eucharist:

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.



Hymn #530: Spread, O Spread, Thou Mighty Word


1 Spread, O spread thou mighty Word,

Spread the kingdom of the Lord,

That in earth's remotest bound

Men may hear thy joyful sound.


2 Tell them how the Father's will

Made the world and keeps it still;

How His only Son He gave

earth from sin and death to save.


3 Word of how the Saviour's love

Earth's sore burden doth remove;

How forever, in its need,

Through his death the world is freed;


4 word of how the spirit came

bringing peace in Jesus' name;

how his never failing love

guides us on to heaven above.


5 Word of life, most pure and strong,

word for which the nations long,

spread abroad, until from night

all the world awakes to light.


[Words: Jonathan Friedrich Bahnmaier; tr. Arthur William Farlander. Music: Gott sei Dank, melody from Geistreiches Gesangbuch, 1704; adapt. and harm. William Henry Havergal.]



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.


I.

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.

 

II.

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.

 

III.

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.

 

IV.

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: Sophia Maiorano (03/10), Jonas McAllister (03/11), Reginald Robinson (03/12), Prentiss McMullen (03/15), Jameel Newton (03/15); and to those celebrating anniversaries, Hear us, O Christ.

 

V.

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: Teresa Blue Clemons, Lazola Cope, Charles Gordon, Marva Harris, David Jones, Donald Jones, Sheila Jones, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Jessica Mathis, Sada Maxwell, John “Butch” Mitchell, Russell Nails, Jabbar Newton, Jeannette Outing, Lee Grant Pearson, Frieda McDew Shorter, 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 Kobie Jones (nephew of Donald Jones), and grant us with them a share in your eternal glory. Hear us, O Christ.

 

VI.

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:


Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



A Reading from the Book of Numbers (21:4-9)


From Mount Hor the Israelites set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.


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

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

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


1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *

and his mercy endures for ever.


2 Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *

that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.


3 He gathered them out of the lands; *

from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south.


17 Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *

they were afflicted because of their sins.


18 They abhorred all manner of food *

and drew near to death's door.


19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *

and he delivered them from their distress.


20 He sent forth his word and healed them *

and saved them from the grave.


21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *

and the wonders he does for his children.


22 Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *

and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.



A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians (2:1-10)

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-- by grace you have been saved-- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God-- not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.


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

Thanks be to God.



Hymn #467: Sing My Soul, His Wondrous Love (verses 1-2)


1 Sing, my soul, his wondrous love,

who, from yon bright throne above,

ever watchful o'er our race,

still to us extends his grace.


2 Heaven and earth by him were made;

all is by his scepter swayed;

what are we that he should show

so much love to us below?


[Words: Anon., 1800, alt. Music: St. Bees, John Bacchus Dykes. Reprinted with permission from ONE LICENSE #232073.]



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

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ According to St. John (3:14-21)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



Hymn #467: Sing My Soul, His Wondrous Love (verse 3-4)


3 God, the merciful and good,

bought us with the Savior's blood,

and, to make salvation sure,

guides us by his Spirit pure.


4 Sing, my soul, adore his Name!

Let his glory be thy theme:

praise him till he calls thee home;

trust his love for all to come.


[Words: Anon., 1800, alt. Music: St. Bees, John Bacchus Dykes. Reprinted with permission from ONE LICENSE #232073.]



The Sermon

“But God” by the Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector


“You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. … But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-- by grace you have been saved-- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God-- not the result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:1-2, 4-9, emphasis added).


Perhaps the most important words in the whole Bible are in this text from the letter to the Ephesians: “But God.” We were dead in our trespasses, we were mired by sin, we were lost and could not find our way out, we were led astray by the Enemy… But God. When we face trials or hardships or even great disappointments, we can rest assured that God is still there for us. We can say “Things are bad, but God;” “Things are scary, but God;” “Things are changing and uncertain, but God.”


That’s why we worship God. That’s why we come together as a church. Because God loves us. God loves us so much that the only Son of God — the Word made flesh named Jesus of Nazareth — lived and died among us and rose again to give us eternal life. We didn’t get eternal life for ourselves. We received it as a freely-given gift of grace. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God-- not the result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph 2:9). We don’t earn our way to God. We don’t have to prove that we’re righteous enough or holy enough or special enough. We don’t have to make all the right decisions. We don’t have to have everything perfectly in place. We need God. God does not need us. That is, the big, important things depend on God, not on us.


So, the church doesn’t “lift up” ordinary people or even extraordinary people like saints. We only lift up Jesus. We only worship Jesus, who is fully God and fully human. Only Jesus is hanging on that cross above my head. Jesus says in the Gospel of John that he will be lifted up so that we can be saved by God’s grace (John 3:14). Jesus is the proof that God so loved the world. Jesus is the center of our faith because he is our Savior from the powers of death. Jesus is how God gives grace and mercy to the whole world, even though we “don’t deserve” it and “didn’t earn” it. Jesus is the reason that our church exists and the reason we will continue to exist. The Church is not about individual leaders or personalities. It’s about Jesus. If we fix our eyes upon Jesus and lift him up for the world to see, we are fulfilling God’s mission for us and God’s grace will grow, glow, and flow through us. 


St. Matthew’s Church recently created new mission and vision statements and developed a three-year strategic plan for the church’s goals in 2023-2026 (“grow and glow in grace”). Unfortunately, as most of you learned this week, I won’t be with you to see that plan to completion. While I am excited for the new opportunity ahead of me, I am genuinely sad to leave you so soon. I know many of you are sad. That grief and sadness in this season of change is okay. There is a lot of uncertainty on the horizon.


But, at the same time, that does not mean that your work was in vain. Like I said from the beginning, the Strategic Planning Process was about discovering what the whole parish is called to do, not just me or what I want. I didn’t set the agenda. I didn’t write most of the plan. I didn’t even come up with the mission statement. The SPT and the Vestry wrote and refined it together while I was away on my sabbatical last year. Grow and Glow in Grace is literally your mission statement. 


As we’ll discuss after worship today and over the next few weeks, I have no right to tell you what to do as a church after April 15 when I officially resign. The parish’s direction will be in the hands of the Vestry, with the support of the Diocese. But I do hope that you won’t feel so discouraged by my departure that you lose sight of your true mission and purpose. This church’s leaders discerned that God was calling us to “grow and glow in grace as we work to restore all people to unity with God in Christ.” Strategic Plans are designed to be flexible, to change over time and adapt to new circumstances. So even though it will be different, I hope you continue to listen for God’s calling on St. Matthew’s Church and follow that path, whether you keep the same phrasing or not. Yes, it’s hard, “but God.” Yes, it hurts, “but God.” Yes, we don’t know how it’s going to work or how it’s going to look, “but God.”


This is a difficult season for St. Matthew’s Church. There are a lot of transitions and changes coming for us. “But God” never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” His love, mercy, and faithfulness are always the same. His mercy endures forever. Our Almighty God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will carry all of us through this and every other obstacle in our paths. 


For the last week or so, as I prepared to share the news of my departure with you, a line from the hymn “Lift Him Up” kept coming to mind (LEV #159). That happens to be one of the hymns we are singing today — at the Offertory in a few minutes — because it is based on this morning’s Gospel reading from John. It’s the words from the third verse of the hymn:


Don’t exalt the preacher

Don’t exalt the pew

Preach the gospel simple, full and free

Prove Him and you will find the words that He said,

“I’ll draw all folk unto me”


Lift Him Up, Lift Him Up 

Still he speaks from eternity: 

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth 

will draw all folk unto me”


[Words: Johnson Oatman, Jr. Music: B. B. Beall. Reprinted with permission from ONE LICENSE #95094.]



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


Fr. Arboleda to Resign after April 14: Fr. Arboleda and the Vestry announce with sadness that Fr. Arboleda will resign as Rector after Sunday, April 14, 2024. He has accepted a call as Program Manager for New Church Starts at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Denominational Center, beginning April 15. There will be a special forum after worship today to field Q&A from the congregation. Please read his full letter to the congregation here: https://www.stmattsav.org/post/a-letter-from-the-rector  


Christ Church Lenten Lecture on Stained Glass - Mar. 10: Christ Church Episcopal member and professor of art history Gary Radke is teaching a four-part Lenten series on the positive power of darkness in Renaissance art on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:00 PM. On March 10, the final lecture titled "Problems with Light" will address racial stereotypes in Christian art and feature a comparison of Christ Church's windows with ours at St. Matthew's.


Fundraising Committee Meeting Mar. 15: All interested members are invite to attend a meeting of the Fundraising Committee on Friday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. Help us plan the next event.


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:

  • Mar. 13: Chapters 6-7

  • Mar. 20: Chapters 8-9 and Appendices 


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.


Newcomer & Episcopal Refresher Class: Fr. Arboleda will lead a class for newcomers and those who want a "refresher" on Episcopal Church basics. The final meeting is 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.


Rev Up Georgia Voter Registration/Education Drive on Mar. 23: Join Rev Up Georgia for a day of Voter Registration and Education on Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at St. Matthew's. Come and spread word about the importance of this election year and come encourage your family and friends to vote. Light refreshments and educational materials will be provided.


Holy Week & Easter Schedule: Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024, and ends with Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024. See below for the complete worship schedule:

  • March 24, Palm Sunday:

    • 9:30 AM Liturgy of the Palms & Passion Sunday Holy Communion 

  • March 25-27, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week

    • 5:00 PM Evening Prayer (Zoom and Facebook only)

  • March 28, Maundy Thursday

    • 5:00 PM Evening Prayer (Zoom and Facebook only)

    • 6:00 PM Maundy Thursday Worship: Holy Communion with Foot Washing, Agapé Meal, and Stripping of the Altar

  • March 29, Good Friday:

    • 12:00 PM Stations of the Cross

    • 5:00 PM Evening Prayer (Zoom and Facebook only)

    • 6:00 PM Good Friday Worship with Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

  • April 8, Holy Saturday:

    • 9:30 AM Holy Saturday Worship

    • Decorating the Church for Easter to follow

  • April 9, Easter Day:

    • 6:00 AM Ecumenical Easter Sunrise at First Congregational Church, 621 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401

    • 9:30 AM Holy Communion with Children's Easter Speeches


Save the Date - Dr. Bertice Berry to be Ordained on Apr. 13: Last weekend, the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia formally approved Dr. Bertice Berry for ordination to the diaconate. Bishop Frank Logue will ordain her to the Sacred Order of Deacons at Christ Church Episcopal, Savannah, on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 11:00 AM.


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]


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If you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your sister or brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your sister or brother, and then come and offer your gift. [Matthew 5:23-24]



LEV #159: Lift Him Up (How to Reach the Masses)


1 How to reach the masses, those of ev’ry birth,

For an answer Jesus gave the key;

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth,

Will draw all men unto Me.”


Refrain:

Lift the precious savior up,

Lift the precious savior up,

Still He speaks from eternity:

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth,

Will draw all men unto Me.”


2 Oh! the world is hungry for the living bread,

Lift the Savior up for them to see;

Trust Him and do not doubt the words that He said,

“I’ll draw all men unto Me.” [Refrain]


3 Don’t exalt the preacher, don’t exalt the pew,

Preach the gospel simple, full and free;

Prove Him and you will find that promise is true,

“I’ll draw all men unto Me.” [Refrain]


4 Lift Him up by living as a Christian ought,

Let the world in you the Savior see;

Then all will gladly follow Him who once taught,

“I’ll draw all men unto Me.” [Refrain]


[Words: Johnson Oatman, Jr. Music: B. B. Beall. Reprinted with permission from ONE LICENSE #95094.]



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

Amen.


[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 #321: My God, Thy Table Now is Spread


1 My God, thy table now is spread,

thy cup with love doth overflow;

be all thy children thither led,

and let them thy sweet mercies know.


2 O let thy table honored be,

and furnished well with joyful guests:

and may each soul salvation see,

that here its sacred pledges tastes.


3 Drawn by thy quickening grace, O Lord,

in countless numbers let them come

and gather from their Father's board

the Bread that lives beyond the tomb.


4 Nor let thy spreading Gospel rest

till through the world thy truth has run,

till with this Bread shall all be blessed

who see the light or feel the sun.


[Words: Sts. 1-3, Philip Doddridge, alt.; st. 4, Isaac Watts, alt. Music: Rockingham, melody from Second Supplement to Psalmody in Miniature, ca. 1780; harm. Edward Miller; adapt. Samuel Webbe Jr.]



LEV #111: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing


1 Come, Thou fount of every blessing,

Tune my heart to sing thy grace;

Streams of mercy never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above.

Praise the mount, O fix me on it.

Mount of God’s unchanging love.


2 Here I raise my Ebenezer,

Hither by thy help I’m come;

And I hope, by thy good pleasure,

Surely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wand’ring from the fold of God.

He, to save my soul from danger,

Interposed His precious blood.


3 O, to grace how great a debtor,

Daily I’m constrained to be;

Let that grace, Lord, like a fetter,

Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,

Prone to leave the God I love.

Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it,

Seal it from thy courts above.


[Words: Robert Robinson. Music: Nettleton, melody from Repository of Sacred Music, Part II, 1813; harm. Carl Haywood, from Songs of Praise, harm. Copyright © 1992. Reprinted with permission from ONE LICENSE #94974.]



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.



Lenten Solemn Prayer over the People

[BOS22, pp. 12-14]


Deacon:

Let us bow down before the Lord.


Presider (Lent 4):

Look down in mercy, Lord, on your people who kneel before you; and grant that those whom you have nourished by your Word and Sacraments may bring forth fruit worthy of repentance; through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Hymn #690: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah


1 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,

pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak, but thou art mighty;

hold me with thy powerful hand;

bread of heaven, bread of heaven,

feed me now and evermore,

feed me now and evermore.


2 Open now the crystal fountain,

whence the healing stream doth flow;

let the fire and cloudy pillar

lead me all my journey through;

strong deliverer, strong deliverer.

be thou still my strength and shield,

be thou still my strength and shield.


3 When I tread the verge of Jordan,

bid my anxious fears subside;

death of death, and hell's destruction,

land me safe on Canaan's side;

songs of praises, songs of praises,

I will ever give to thee,

I will ever give to thee.


[Words: Wiliam Williams; tr. Peter Williams, alt. Music: Cwm Rhonda, John Hughes. Reprinted with Permission under ONE LICENSE #97969.]



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]


Let us bless the Lord!

Thanks be to God!





The Parish Prayer List


PRAYER LIST: Teresa Blue Clemons, Lazola Cope, Charles Gordon, Marva Harris, David Jones, Donald Jones, Sheila Jones, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Jessica Mathis, Sada Maxwell, John “Butch” Mitchell, Russell Nails, Jabbar Newton, Jeannette Outing, Lee Grant Pearson, Frieda McDew Shorter, and Jewel Wheeler


BIRTHDAYS: Sophia Maiorano (03/10), Jonas McAllister (03/11), Reginald Robinson (03/12), Prentiss McMullen (03/15), Jameel Newton (03/15)

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: N/A


RECENT DEATHS: Kobie Jones (nephew of Donald Jones) (2/26/24)


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. Cover Image: https://www.kcmifm.com/blog/2019/9/24/why-is-jesus-compared-to-a-snake-in-the-book-of-john


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