Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 17, 2020

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Church of the Epiphany

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 17, 2020

Processional                                    Be Thou My Vision                                                       Hymn 488

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

all else be nought to me, save that thou art–

thou my best thought, by day or by night,

waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

 

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;

I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

thou my great Father; thine own may I be;

thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

 

High King of heaven, when victory is won,

may I reach heaven’s joys, bright heaven’s Sun!

Heart of my heart, whatever befall,

still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

 

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.

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Lesson                              Acts 17:22-31

Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’

Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

 

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

The Psalm                                          Psalm 66:7-18

7 Bless our God, you peoples; *

make the voice of his praise to be heard;

8 Who holds our souls in life, *

and will not allow our feet to slip.

9 For you, O God, have proved us; *

you have tried us just as silver is tried.

10 You brought us into the snare; *

you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.

11 You let enemies ride over our heads;

we went through fire and water; *

but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.

12 I will enter your house with burnt-offerings

and will pay you my vows, *

which I promised with my lips

and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.

13 I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts

with the smoke of rams; *

I will give you oxen and goats.

14 Come and listen, all you who fear God, *

and I will tell you what he has done for me.

15 I called out to him with my mouth, *

and his praise was on my tongue.

16 If I had found evil in my heart, *

the Lord would not have heard me;

17 But in truth God has heard me; *

he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

18 Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *

nor withheld his love from 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 3:13-22

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For 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.

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Hymn                                    Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song                              Hymn 513

Like the murmur of the dove’s song

Like the challenge of her flight

Like the vigour of the wind’s rush

Like the new flame’s eager might

Come Holy Spirit come

 

To the members of Christ’s Body

To the branches of the Vine

To the church in faith assembled

To her midst as gift and sign

Come Holy Spirit come

 

With the healing of division

With the ceaseless voice of prayer

With the power to love and witness

With the peace beyond compare

Come Holy Spirit come

 

The Gospel                                        John 14:15-21

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

People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

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

Celebrant         The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

 

Recessional                                      He is Risen                                                                   Hymn 180

He is risen, he is risen!

Tell it out with joyful voice:

he has burst his three days’ prison;

Let the whole wide earth rejoice:

Death is conquered, we are free,

Christ has won the victory.

 

Come, ye sad and fearful-hearted,

With glad smile and radiant brow!

Death’s long shadows have departed;

Jesus’ woes are over now,

and the passion that he bore–

Sin and pain can vex no more.

 

Come, with high and holy hymning,

hail our Lord’s triumphant day;

Not one darksome cloud is dimming

yonder glorious morning ray,

Breaking o’er the purple east,

Symbol of our Easter feast.

 

He is risen, he is risen!

He hath opened heaven’s gate:

We are free from sin’s dark prison,

Risen to a holier state;

And a brighter Easter beam

On our longing eyes shall stream.

 

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Processional                                    Be Thou My Vision                                                       Hymn 488

 

 

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

all else be nought to me, save that thou art–

thou my best thought, by day or by night,

waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

 

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;

I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

thou my great Father; thine own may I be;

thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

 

High King of heaven, when victory is won,

may I reach heaven’s joys, bright heaven’s Sun!

Heart of my heart, whatever befall,

still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

 

 

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.

 

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

The First Lesson                              Acts 17:22-31

 

Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’

 

Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

 

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

The Psalm                                          Psalm 66:7-18

 

7 Bless our God, you peoples; *

make the voice of his praise to be heard;

 

8 Who holds our souls in life, *

and will not allow our feet to slip.

 

9 For you, O God, have proved us; *

you have tried us just as silver is tried.

 

10 You brought us into the snare; *

you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.

 

11 You let enemies ride over our heads;

we went through fire and water; *

but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.

 

12 I will enter your house with burnt-offerings

and will pay you my vows, *

which I promised with my lips

and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.

 

13 I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts

with the smoke of rams; *

I will give you oxen and goats.

 

14 Come and listen, all you who fear God, *

and I will tell you what he has done for me.

 

15 I called out to him with my mouth, *

and his praise was on my tongue.

 

16 If I had found evil in my heart, *

the Lord would not have heard me;

 

17 But in truth God has heard me; *

he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

 

18 Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *

nor withheld his love from 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 3:13-22

 

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For 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.

 

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Gospel Hymn                                    Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song                              Hymn 513

 

 

Like the murmur of the dove’s song

Like the challenge of her flight

Like the vigour of the wind’s rush

Like the new flame’s eager might

Come Holy Spirit come

 

To the members of Christ’s Body

To the branches of the Vine

To the church in faith assembled

To her midst as gift and sign

Come Holy Spirit come

 

With the healing of division

With the ceaseless voice of prayer

With the power to love and witness

With the peace beyond compare

Come Holy Spirit come

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gospel                                        John 14:15-21

 

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

People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

 

“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

 

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

 

Celebrant         The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

 

 

Recessional                                      He is Risen                                                                   Hymn 180

 

 

He is risen, he is risen!

Tell it out with joyful voice:

he has burst his three days’ prison;

Let the whole wide earth rejoice:

Death is conquered, we are free,

Christ has won the victory.

 

Come, ye sad and fearful-hearted,

With glad smile and radiant brow!

Death’s long shadows have departed;

Jesus’ woes are over now,

and the passion that he bore–

Sin and pain can vex no more.

 

Come, with high and holy hymning,

hail our Lord’s triumphant day;

Not one darksome cloud is dimming

yonder glorious morning ray,

Breaking o’er the purple east,

Symbol of our Easter feast.

 

He is risen, he is risen!

He hath opened heaven’s gate:

We are free from sin’s dark prison,

Risen to a holier state;

And a brighter Easter beam

On our longing eyes shall stream.

 

 

 

Announcements

 

 

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