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The Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 10, 2020, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
York, PA

 

Opening Hymn (10:30) [page 10]       Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing

Our worship begins/continues with the presider saying

          Alleluia! Christ is risen!
People The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

The Presider continues

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 (10:30 a.m.) [page 11]     Good Christians all, Rejoice and Sing!

The following Anthem is said in unison (8:30 a.m.)

Christ our Passover     Pascha nostrum
1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Alleluia.
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
    therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
    but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
    death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
    but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
    and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ has been raised from the dead, *
    the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
    by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
    so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

The Collect of the Day

The Celebrant says to the people

 

The Lord be with you.

People

And also with you.

Celebrant

Let us pray.

The Celebrant says the Collect.

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lessons

A Reading from Acts 7:55-60

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

                                                         The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

  

Psalm 31:1-5; 15-16  is now said in unison

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame; *
deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Incline your ear to me; *
make haste to deliver me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
for you are my tower of strength.

5 Into your hands I commend my spirit, *
for you have redeemed me,
O Lord, O God of truth.

15 My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me."

 

A Reading from 1 Peter 2:2-10

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner”, and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

                                               

The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

 

Hymn (10:30) [page 12]  Thou Art the Way to Thee Alone

 

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 14:1-14
People          Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
People           Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

The Homily

The Creed is now said in unison

The Nicene Creed

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.

 

  

The Prayers of the People for Easter

The presider introduces the prayers as follows

With all our hearts and with all our minds let us pray to the Lord saying “Christ is risen!”

The intercessor continues with the prayers

For the faithful who profess Jesus Christ as the Son of God throughout the world, may we ever strive to live a life centered on Christ and the Good News for which he lived and died and rose again. With joy and hope we proclaim

Christ is risen.

For those who have been called to any position of leadership in our Church, in the nations of the world, in our communities and organizations: may they be faithful to justice, seek Peace and harmony, and work to dissolve all division.  With joy and hope we proclaim,

Christ is risen.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic we pray for those who have contracted this virus and are seeking to be healed; we pray for those who care for those who are sick: nurses, doctors, and all medical professionals; we pray for those who work to keep our life-sustaining businesses open and our first responders and Good Samaritans; we pray for all who are living their lives in a manner to reduce the spread of this virus. In the light of the Resurrection and with joy and hope we proclaim,

Christ is risen.

We pray for those throughout the ages who have died and especially those who have died as a  result of COVID-19.  We pray that they, with Andrew and all the Saints, may go from strength to strength in the presence of the one whose resurrection with joy and hope we proclaim, Jesus Christ,

Christ is Risen.

The presider adds the concluding prayer

Risen Christ, on the night before you died for us you said to your disciples, “Peace I give to you, my own peace, I leave with you,” help us embrace that peace in our lives at this time. As  you promised after your Resurrection to be with us always even to the ends of ages, anchor us in that assurance of your eternal and abiding presence. And we pray in your goodness, love and mercy to hear the prayers which we have now offered and to answer them in accordance with our needs.  All this we offer to the throne of heaven where you live and reign eternally with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Peace

The presider says to the people

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People

And also with you.

 

We great one another in the name of the Risen Christ.

Announcements

 

The Offertory
Information follows at the end of this Order of Service with more information.

Hymn (10:30 a.m.) {page 13]      Father, We Praise Thee      

The Lord’s Prayer

Presider          And now as our Saviour Christ as taught us we are bold to say:

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.

 

A Prayer of Spiritual Communion

 

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there, and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

 

A Prayer at the Conclusion of Worship

 

Grant, we beseech you, Almighty God, that the words which we have heard this day with our outward ears, may, through your grace, be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may
bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honor and praise of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  

The Easter Blessing the people saying “Amen” after each petition.

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing. Amen.

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for ever. Amen.

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance. Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.  Amen.

 

Dismissal

                             Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
          People          Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

Hymn (10:30 a.m.) [page 14]      (vs. 1-4) Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

 

 Information on Financial Giving

 

You may follow the link below to contribute financially the Ministry and Mission of St. Andrew’s.  This is a convenient way to keep up with your pledge and giving as you are able at this time.


https://diocesecpa.org/stewardship/


Scroll down until you see “York – St. Andrew’s.”  Click the box and provide the requested information.  If you have a giving-envelope number, please include that in the comments box.  You do not need an envelope number to contribute online.

You may also send checks to the church office.  We are still regularly checking the mail:  
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1502 Fourth Ave., York, PA 17403.