The Sixth Sunday of Easter Year A Service
Delivered By
Father Michael Renninger
Delivered On
May 17, 2020
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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

 

May 17, 2020

 

Sixth 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: B182 Christ is alive, Let Christians sing

 

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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, 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.

Please be seated for the reading of God’s word

 

The first reading is from the book of Acts 17:22-31

So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.

“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.

“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.

“God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”

 

 

Reader: The Word of the Lord

 

Response: Thanks be to God

 

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.

 

The second reading is from 1 Peter 3:13-22

Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.[c]

So he went and preached to the spirits in prison—those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

Reader: The Word of the Lord

Response: Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn: B405 All things bright and beautiful

 

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The Lord be with you

And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 14:15-21.

 

“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

 

Glory to you Lord Christ

Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.

People : Praise to you Lord Christ

The Homily : Father Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary's Church in Richmond, Virginia

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.

 

Silence

 

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: 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.

 

Silence

 

Leader: Hear us, Lord;

People: For your mercy is great.

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

 

Silence

 

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.

 

Silence

 

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:

 

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: B516 Come down, O Love divine

 

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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

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: B344 Lord dismiss us with thy blessing

 

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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 17, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 24, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acts 17:22-31

Acts 1:6-14

Psalm 66:7-18

Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36

1 Peter 3:13-22

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

John 14:15-21

John 17:1-11

     

 

 

 

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

 



Comments

05-17-2020 at 10:32 AM
Carol Angelone
Beautiful message. Exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you
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