The Second Sunday of Easter

April 11, 2021

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Prelude O filii et filiae: Variations I-III Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968)

Hymn 206 O sons and daughters, let us sing O filii et filiae

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!1 O sons and daughters, let us sing! The King of heaven, the glorious King, o’er death and hell rose triumphing. Alleluia!
2 That night the apostles met in fear; amidst them came their Lord most dear, and said, “My peace be on all here.” Alleluia!
3 When Thomas first the tidings heard, how they had seen the risen Lord, he doubted the disciples’ word. Alleluia!
4 “My piercèd side, O Thomas, see; my hands, my feet, I show to thee; not faithless, but believing be.” Alleluia!
5 No longer Thomas then denied, he saw the feet, the hands, the side; “Thou art my Lord and God,” he cried. Alleluia!
6 How blest are they who have not seen, and yet whose faith has constant been, for they eternal life shall win. Alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Words: Att. Jean Tisserand (15th cent.); tr. John Mason Neale (1818-1866); Music: O filii et filiae, melody from Airs sur les hymnes sacrez, odes et noëls, 1623; acc. Richard Proulx (b. 1937)

Opening Sentences

It is true: the Lord has risen. Alleluia! — Luke 24:34

We have been buried with Christ by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. — Romans 6:4

The Invitatory and Psalter

Preces Anthony Piccolo (b. 1946)

O Lord, open thou our lips. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
O God, make speed to save usO Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Praise ye the Lord.The Lord’s name be praised.

Invitatory Pascha nostrum Dorothy J. Papadakos (b. 1960)

Alleluia.Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death that he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia. — 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Psalm 133 Ecce, quam bonum Richard Turle

1 Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *when brethren live together in unity!2 It is like fine oil upon the head *that runs down upon the beard,3 Upon the beard of Aaron, *and runs down upon the collar of his robe.4 It is like the dew of Hermon *that falls upon the hills of Zion.5 For there the Lord has ordained the blessing: *life for evermore.

The Lessons

First Lesson Acts 4:32-35

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Here ends the Lesson. Thanks be to God.

Hymn 193 That Easter day with joy was bright Puer Nobis

1 That Easter day with joy was bright, the sun shone out with fairer light, when, to their longing eyes restored, the apostles saw their risen Lord.
2 His risen flesh with radiance glowed; his wounded hands and feet he showed; those scars their solemn witness gave that Christ was risen from the grave.
3 O Jesus, King of gentleness, do thou thyself our hearts possess that we may give thee all our days the willing tribute of our praise.
4 O Lord of all, with us abide in this our joyful Eastertide; from every weapon death can wield thine own redeemed for ever shield.
5 All praise, O risen Lord, we give to thee, who, dead, again dost live; to God the Father equal praise, and God the Holy Ghost, we raise.
Words: Latin, 5th cent.; ver. Hymnal 1940; Music: Puer nobis, melody from Trier MS., 15th cent.; adapt. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621); harm. Hymns Ancient and Modern, Revised, 1950; alt. acc. John F. Erickson (b. 1938)

Second Lesson John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the authorities, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Here ends the Lesson. Thanks be to God.

Sermon The Rev. Jason Cox

The Apostles’ Creed

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

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Welcome & Announcements

The Prayers

The Lord's Prayer Anthony Piccolo

The Lord be with you. And with thy spirit. Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
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. Amen.
Responses O Lord, show thy mercy upon us. And grant us thy salvation.O Lord save the State. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.Endue thy ministers with righteousness. And make thy chosen people joyful.O Lord save thy people. And bless thine inheritance.Give peace in our time, O Lord. Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.O God, make clean our hearts within us. And take not the Holy Spirit from us.

The Collects

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Anthem Peace to You Robert Pearsall (1795-1856)

Peace to you, my peace be with you.As the Father sent me, now I send you.Receive the Holy Spirit.My peace I give to you, now and for ever. — John 20:21-22

Intercessions and Thanksgivings

Alleluia! God of resurrection, you restore all things in beauty through the victory of Jesus Christ. Let us confidently bring before God the needs of the whole world, believing that new life is possible, for Christ is risen: Amen. Alleluia!

Open our eyes to see God’s image and likeness revealed in all people, for Christ is risen: Amen. Alleluia!

Open our hearts to the poor, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison, and help us share with them the new life you bring, for Christ is risen: Amen. Alleluia!

Strengthen our hands to build the kingdom Jesus proclaimed, a world of justice, love, and peace, for Christ is risen: Amen. Alleluia!

We pray for your saving health to restore all those among us who are ill or in need, especially . . . , and for those we now name, silently or aloud.

May they know the power of the new life you bring, for Christ is risen: Amen. Alleluia!

May we be one in faith with all who have died, especially . . ., and for those we now name, silently or aloud.

Give us hope that all will be made alive in Christ, for Christ is risen: Amen. Alleluia!

We give you thanks for all the blessings of this life, especially . . ., and for those we now name, silently or aloud.

For these and all your gifts O God: We praise your Name for ever and ever.

Intercessor and people

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and giving life to those in the tomb. Loving God, we pray that we will walk in darkness and death no longer, but live forever in the light of your kingdom. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. —2 Corinthians 13:14

Postlude O filii et filiae: Variation IV Jeanne Demessieux

Those in our Prayers: All suffering from COVID19, and those who care for them;Mac Magary, Robin Herman, Derby Brackett, Jim Fraser, Beverly Farish, Maurine Elebash, Julie Ferreira, Tom Love, Masey and her parents Meagan and Gabe, Susan MacKenzie, Teresa Vosper, Jill Miller, Ron Gregory, Shauna Dade Siah, Paul Boshko, Polly Vosper, Leyla Mardin, Harry McWilliam, Georgann Brophy, Cox Ferrall, John Cavallo, the Dargento family
Those in long-term care and concern: Peggy McCurdy, Coleman Burke, Marcy Maloy, Donna Ellis, Jim, Antonia, Bob Johnson, Ross Madden, Andrew Romanoff, Sandra Mazur, Patricia Vivado and Janet Clyne, Bob Glass, Ismet Üner, Mary Peirce, Ron, Roberta D’Anneo, the Belmonte Family, Marjorie Pettyjohn, and Jackelyn Obando
We pray for those who have died and for comfort for their families:
We pray in thanksgiving:

for our Adult Education leaders

When Birthdays are celebrated: Watch over your children, O Lord, as their days increase. Bless and guide them wherever they may be. Strengthen them when they stand, comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful, raise them up if they fall. And in their hearts may your peace, which passes all understanding, abide all the days of their lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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