Mother Donna's Homily for 4/19/2020
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Delivered By
The Reverend Donna Steckline
Delivered On
April 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM
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Christ Church

Gilbertsville, New York

“We will demonstrate God’s unconditional love and forgiveness daily, following the example of His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

 

 

www.christchurchgilbertsville.org

 

April 19, 2020

 

Second Sunday of Easter

You are invited to pray the following prayer for the presence of the Holy Spirit:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the Hearts of Your faithful and kindle in us the Fire of

Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be recreated-And You will

renew the face of the earth.

 

O God, Who did instruct the hearts of Your faithful people by the Light of

Your Holy Spirit, grant that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever

rejoice in His consolation. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Our prayer today is that this special time of worship will be a time when you truly

feel closer to God and that through the experience of both Word and Sacrament

you will come into the presence of the saving love of Jesus Christ.

 

BE STILL AND KNOW…

 

BEFORE THE LITURGY, IN SILENCE, TALK TO GOD

 

DURING THE LITURGY, LET GOD SPEAK TO YOU

 

AFTER THE LITURGY, SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER

 

Opening Hymn: In Christ Alone (Virtual Choir #3 / A Cappella)

Celebrant Alleluia, Christ is risen!
People the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

The Celebrant says:

 

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 of Praise: B-S280 Gloria

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

 

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

 

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Lord be with you

And also with you

Let us pray:

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.

Please be seated for the reading of God’s word

The first reading is from the book of Acts 2:14a,22-32

 

Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this.

“People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip. King David said this about him:

‘I see that the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad,
and my tongue shouts his praises!
My body rests in hope.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead[
b]
or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
You have shown me the way of life,
and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’[
c]

 

“Dear brothers, think about this! You can be sure that the patriarch David wasn’t referring to himself, for he died and was buried, and his tomb is still here among us. But he was a prophet, and he knew God had promised with an oath that one of David’s own descendants would sit on his throne. David was looking into the future and speaking of the Messiah’s resurrection. He was saying that God would not leave him among the dead or allow his body to rot in the grave.

“God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this.

 

Reader: The Word of the Lord

 

Response: Thanks be to God

 

Psalm 16

 

1 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *

I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord,

my good above all other.”

2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *

upon those who are noble among the people.

 

3 But those who run after other gods *

shall have their troubles multiplied.

 

4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, *

nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.

 

5 O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; *

it is you who uphold my lot.

 

6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *

indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

 

7 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; *

my heart teaches me, night after night.

 

8 I have set the Lord always before me; *

because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.

 

9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *

my body also shall rest in hope.

 

10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, *

nor let your holy one see the Pit.

 

11 You will show me the path of life; *

in your presence there is fullness of joy,

and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

The second reading is from 1 Peter 1:3-9

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

Reader: The Word of the Lord

Response: Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn: Hallelujah (Easter Version)

The Lord be with you

And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 20:19-31.

 

Glory to you Lord Christ

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

 

Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.

People : Praise to you Lord Christ

The Homily : The Reverend Donna Steckline

A moment of silent reflection follows…

 

As the family of God, together let us profess our faith in the words of the Nicene Creed

(You’re invited to stand) BCP p.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;

  1. 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 Form III

 

The Leader and People pray responsively

 

Leader: Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;

People: That we all may be one.

 

Leader: Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;

People: That your Name may be glorified by all people.

 

Leader: We pray for our Leaders: Michael our Presiding Bishop, William our Bishop, Donna our Priest; for Archbishop Justin and Bishop Moses in South Sudan; for all Bishops, Priests and Deacons and all who are called to your service.

People: That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

 

Leader: We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;

People: That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

 

Leader: Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

People: That our works may find favor in your sight.

 

Leader: Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;

People: That they may be delivered from their distress.

 

Leader: Lord, we ask that you would stop the spread of this awful virus. Protect and keep healthy all who are in the medical field as they continue to care for all of our needs. Please help all who are sick to recover; contain the virus so it won't affect others. May it STOP soon. Help us to be PREPARED and strengthen us as intercessors to fight this spiritual battle. Decrease fear because You are in control, even when we do not see or feel it.

People: We believe Lord, help our unbelief.

 

Leader: Give to the departed eternal rest;

People: Let light perpetual shine upon them.

 

Leader: We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

People: May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

 

Leader: Let us pray for our own needs and those of others. (after the intercessory list is read, additional intercessions may be added aloud or in silence)

 

Silence

The People may add their own petitions.

 

Lord help us to boldly demonstrate Your unconditional love and forgiveness daily, following the example of Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN

 

The Celebrant: Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

People And also with you.

The people may greet one another in the name of our Lord

 

Birthday and Anniversary Celebrations:

 

Offertory sentence: I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)

 

Offertory Hymn: Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone Chris Tomlin

 

Please remember to mail in your stewardship offerings.

The church needs to maintain our normal operations and without your offerings we will not be able to do so.

Please mail to: Christ Church Po Box 345 Gilbertsville, NY 13776

The celebrant receives the people’s offering as the doxology is sung:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost

AMEN

 

All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own have we given you. AMEN

(1 Chronicles 29:14)

 

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

 

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. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty Father, Son and Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you forever. AMEN

 

Closing Hymn (Full verse intro): Alleluia! Alleluia! Give Thanks

Celebrant: Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

 

People: Thanks be to God.

 

Bulletin Notices:

 

 

April 19, 2020

Second Sunday of Easter

April 26, 2020

Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a,22-32

Acts 2:14a,36-41

Psalm 16

Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17

1 Peter 1:3-9

1 Peter 1:17-23

John 20:19-31

Luke 24:13-35

     

 

All Bible Studies, meetings and gatherings are postponed for the indefinite future. Please stay tuned in for further instructions. We will post as we have more information. As we go forward, we will continue to post bulletins with the portion of the service along with music and a sermon or meditation and announcements. Please continue to draw close to God and He will draw close to you. Any questions or needs contact mail Mtr. Donna or the vestry as printed in the bulletin.

 

Christ Church Weekly Homily and Bulletin:

 

Fill your spiritual cup - each Sunday morning, Mother Donna’s Homily and the weekly Bulletin will be sent via e-mail, posted to Christ Church website and announced with link on our Facebook page.

 

If you have trouble opening the attachments in the e-mail, to listen to Mother Donna's homily and view bulletin:

  1. Go to our website: https://christchurchgville.org/
  2. Click on the Sermons tab
  3. Click on "Mother Donna's Homily for the appropriate date for the sermon you wish to hear.”
  4. Click on the attachment for bulletin

 

(List from last year used)

 

Given in memory of:

Given in memory of the loved ones of:

Leona Ahl

Andrew Angelone

Russell Angelone

Thomas & Marjorie Carter

Joe Caffery

Cliff & Betty Coder

Ray Greising

Dorothy Hall

Bertha Holbert

Maxine Johnson

Lym Johnson

Katherine & John Kobuszewski

John & Namcy Lackos

William Norton

Daniel O'Hara

Mathew O'Hara

Scheryl Pelos

Edmund Sadlocha

Joseph & Joan Scalise

Flora Taylor

Russell & Grace Theis

Timothy

 

Canham family

Colf family

Howard & Steckline families

Nichols & Ashley Families

Porter & Benedict families

Stebbins family

 

 

 

 

 

 

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