Mother Donna's Homily for 4/26/2020
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Delivered By
The Reverend Donna Steckline
Delivered On
April 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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.”

April 26, 2020

Third 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.







Opening Hymn: Proc: B 180 - He is Risen, He is Risen!

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:

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Please be seated for the reading of God’s word

The first reading is from the book of Acts 2:14a,36-41


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.

“So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”

Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away --- all who have been called by the Lord our God.” Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”

Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

Reader: The Word of the Lord

Response: Thanks be to God

Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17


1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of

my supplication, *

because he has inclined his ear to me whenever

I called upon him.


2 The cords of death entangled me;

the grip of the grave took hold of me; *

I came to grief and sorrow.


3 Then I called upon the Name of the Lord: *

“O Lord, I pray you, save my life.”

10 How shall I repay the Lord *

for all the good things he has done for me?


11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *

and call upon the Name of the Lord.

12 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

in the presence of all his people.


13 Precious in the sight of the Lord *

is the death of his servants.


14 O Lord, I am your servant; *

I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;

you have freed me from my bonds.


15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *

and call upon the Name of the Lord.


16 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

in the presence of all his people,


17 In the courts of the Lord’s house, *

in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.




The second reading is from 1 Peter 1:17-23

And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters.[a] Love each other deeply with all your heart.[b]

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

Reader: The Word of the Lord

Response: Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn: B 208 - Alleluia! The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done


The Lord be with you

And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 24:13-35.

Glory to you Lord Christ

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat,[b] he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.


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: Lord, Guide us at Christ Church as we discern our way forward in search of our new Shepherd. Give us your chosen person to move us forward and prepare the way for them to join in our fellowship.

People: That we may hear and follow your guidance.


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 the Corona virus. Protect all those who respond to the ill, and care for them. Keep us healthy and strong Lord as we follow you. Provide for the necessary equipment, medicines, and supplies to keep everyone safe and healthy. Lord we ask for patience and forbearance as we await the ‘all clear’ to join together again. Give our leaders your discernment in guiding our country.

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)



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: G 642 - Abide With Me

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



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): G 465 - Baptized in Water, Sealed With the Spirit


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


People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Bulletin Notices:



April 26, 2020

Third Sunday of Easter

May 3, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a,36-41

Acts 2:42-47

Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17

Psalm 23

1 Peter 1:17-23

1 Peter 2:19-25

Luke 24:13-35

John 10:1-10



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.


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(List from last year used)


Given in memory of:

Given in memory of the loved ones of:




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



Canham family

Colf family

Howard & Steckline families

Nichols & Ashley Families

Porter & Benedict families

Stebbins family







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