The Seventh Sunday of Easter Year A Service
Delivered By
Dr. Jim Somerville
Delivered On
May 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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


May 24, 2020


Seventh 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: B 214, Hail the day that sees him rise


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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


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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, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Please be seated for the reading of God’s word


The first reading is from the book of Acts 1:6-14

So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?”

He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile.[a] When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying.

Here are the names of those who were present: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the zealot), and Judas (son of James). They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.


Reader: The Word of the Lord


Response: Thanks be to God


Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36


1 Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; *

let those who hate him flee before him.


2 Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; *

as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at

the presence of God.


3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; *

let them also be merry and joyful.


4 Sing to God, sing praises to his Name;

exalt him who rides upon the heavens; *

Yahweh is his Name, rejoice before him!


5 Father of orphans, defender of widows, *

God in his holy habitation!


6 God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners

into freedom; *

but the rebels shall live in dry places.


7 O God, when you went forth before your people, *

when you marched through the wilderness,


8 The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain,

at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, *

at the presence of God, the God of Israel.


9 You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; *

you refreshed the land when it was weary.


10 Your people found their home in it; *

in your goodness, O God, you have made provision

for the poor.

33 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; *

sing praises to the Lord.


34 He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; *

he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.

35 Ascribe power to God; *

his majesty is over Israel;

his strength is in the skies.


36 How wonderful is God in his holy places! *

the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people!

Blessed be God!




The second reading is from 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.

If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God[a] rests upon you.

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen.


Reader: The Word of the Lord

Response: Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn: B 807 – My Country ‘Tis of Thee


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The Lord be with you

And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 17:1-11.


After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.

“I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.

“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.


Glory to you Lord Christ

Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.

People : Praise to you Lord Christ

The Homily : Dr. Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond's First Baptist Church

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;

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 VI


The Leader and People pray responsively

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



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: 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: For all who serve God in his Church.

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: 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: For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.




Leader: Hear us, Lord;

People: For your mercy is great.

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




The People may add their own thanksgivings


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.




The People may add their own petitions


Leader: Lord, let your loving‑kindness be upon them;

People: Who put their trust in you.



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:

Happy Belated Birthday to:

Ed Houck May 2

Nathan Beach May 3

Diana Christian May 5

Garrick Hoadley May 12

Hunter Christian May 12

Dave Webb May 14


Happy Birthday to:

Chris Sadlocha May 30

Deb Beach May 31


Happy Belated Anniversary to:

Gary & Margaret Lackos April 30


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: B 337 And now, O Father, mindful of the love


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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:


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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: 494, Crown him with many crowns


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


People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!


Bulletin Notices:



May 24, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 31, 2020

Day of Pentecost

Acts 1:6-14

Acts 2:1-21

Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36

Psalm 104:25-35, 37

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

John 17:1-11

John 20:19-23



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 the vestry.


Molly Hall

Maureen Ahl


Gail Ashley

Terry Colf



1st Quarterly Mission Report: The first Quarterly Mission collection raised $401.00 dollars for the Compassion International. Thank you to all that contributed.

2nd Quarterly Mission: The Butternut Valley Food Pantry is our 2nd quarterly Mission recipient. Donations will be accepted during the months of April, May and June. Your financial donation goes a long way to help The Butternut Valley Food Pantry, for every dollar they receive, the pantry is able to provide $8.00-$10.00 worth of food to hungry people.


Christ Church Weekly Homily and Bulletin:

Christ Church Weekly Homily and Bulletin:


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05-24-2020 at 10:38 AM
Carol Angelone
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