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Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 10, 2020 – Church of the Epiphany

Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 10, 2020

You can access the video of the service HERE. See below for the order of service.


Church of the Epiphany

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2020


Processional                                    The Church’s One Foundation                  Hymn 525


The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord;

she is his new creation by water and the Word:

from heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride;

with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.


Elect from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth,

her charter of salvation, one Lord, one faith, one birth;

one holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,

and to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.


Though with a scornful wonder men see her sore oppressed,

by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed;

yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up, “How long?”

And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.


Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war

she waits the consummation of peace for evermore;

till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blessed,

and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.


Yet she on earth hath union with God, the Three in One,

and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won.

O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we

like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee.


Celebrant   Alleluia. Christ is risen.                                                                   BCP 355

      People       The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.


Celebrant   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                               Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord                         Hymn 178

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Give thanks to the risen Lord,

Alleluia, Alleluia,

give praise to His Name.


Jesus is Lord of all the earth

He is the King of creation.


Spread the good news

o’er all the earth.

Jesus has died and has risen.


We have been crucified with Christ.

Now we shall live forever.


Come let us praise the living God,

Joyfully sing to our Saviour.


The Collect of the Day

Celebrant         The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant         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.

The First Lesson                              Acts 7:55-60

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.


The Psalm                                          Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;

let me never be put to shame; *

deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Incline your ear to me; *

make haste to deliver me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,

for you are my crag and my stronghold; *

for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *

for you are my tower of strength.

5 Into your hands I commend my spirit, *

for you have redeemed me,

O Lord, O God of truth.

15 My times are in your hand; *

rescue me from the hand of my enemies,

and from those who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *

and in your loving-kindness save me.”


Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


The Epistle                                       1 Peter 2:2-10

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture:

“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,

a cornerstone chosen and precious;

and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected

has become the very head of the corner”,


“A stone that makes them stumble,

and a rock that makes them fall.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Once you were not a people,

but now you are God’s people;

once you had not received mercy,

but now you have received mercy.

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.


Gospel Hymn                   Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken                              Hymn 523

Glorious things of thee are spoken,

Zion, city of our God;

he whose word cannot be broken

formed thee for his own abode;

on the Rock of Ages founded,

what can shake thy sure repose?

With salvation’s walls surrounded,

thou may’st smile at all thy foes.


See! the streams of living waters,

springing from eternal love,

well supply thy sons and daughters

and all fear of want remove.

who can faint, when such a river

ever flows their thirst to assuage?

Grace which, like the Lord, the giver,

never fails from age to age.


Round each habitation hovering,

see the cloud and fire appear

for a glory and a covering,

showing that the Lord is near.

thus deriving from their banner,

light by night, and shade by day;

safe they feed upon the manna

which he gives them when they pray.


Blest inhabitants of Zion,

washed in the Redeemer’s blood!

Jesus, whom their souls rely on,

makes them kings and priests to God.

‘Tis his love his people raises

over self to reign as kings:

and as priests, his solemn praises

each for a thank-offering brings.


The Gospel                                        John 14:1-14

Celebrant         The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

Celebrant         The Gospel of the Lord.

People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.


Sermon                                               Fr. Stace Tafoya


The Nicene Creed                                                                                                    BPC 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 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.

Prayers of the People                                                                                             BCP 392

Leader             In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

Leader             For all people in their daily life and work;

People             For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

Leader             For this community, the nation, and the world;

People             For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

Leader             For the just and proper use of your creation;

People             For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

Leader             For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

People             For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

Leader             For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

People             For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

Leader             For Michael our Presiding Bishop, and Kym our Bishop; and for all bishops and other ministers;

People             For all who serve God in his Church.

Leader             For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.                                     Silence

Leader             Hear us, Lord;

People             For your mercy is great.

Leader             We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.                                          Silence

Leader             We will exalt you, O God our King;

People             And praise your Name for ever and ever.

Leader             We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom. Silence

Leader             Lord, let your loving kindness be upon them;

People             Who put their trust in you.

Leader             We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

All                   Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Peace & Announcements

Celebrant         The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.


Recessional                     Christ is Made the Sure Foundation                              Hymn 518

Christ is made the sure foundation,

Christ the head and cornerstone,

chosen of the Lord, and precious,

binding all the church in one;

holy Zion’s help for ever,

and her confidence alone.


All that dedicated city,

dearly loved of God on high,

in exultant jubilation

pours perpetual melody;

God the One in Three adoring

in glad hymns eternally.


To this temple, where we call thee,

come, O Lord of hosts, today;

with thy wonted loving-kindness

hear thy servants as they pray,

and thy fullest benediction

shed within its walls alway.


Here vouchsafe to all thy servants

what they ask of thee to gain;

what they gain from thee, for ever

with the blessed to retain,

and hereafter in thy glory

evermore with thee to reign.

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