Topic: Sunday, April 19
Time: Apr 19, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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The Second Sunday in Easter
April 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Our worship begins 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.
The following Anthem is said in unison
Christ our Passover Pascha nostrum
1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
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.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
The Celebrant says the Collect.
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.
A Reading from Acts 2:14a,22-32
Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ “Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.’ This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.” -- The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
Psalm 16 is now said in unison
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.
A Reading from 1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith-- being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire-- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 20:19-31
People Glory to you, Lord Christ.
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
The Gospel of the Lord.
People Praise to you, Lord Christ.
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 in Easter
The presider introduces the prayers as follows
With all our heart and with all our mind 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 agin. 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 as 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 presider says to the people
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
We great one another in the name of the Risen Christ.
Coming up the week of April 20 – 26
Wednesday, April 22, -- Midweek Worship @ 10:00 a.m.; -- Bible Study @ 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 22, -- Fellowship Check in @ 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 23, -- Bible Study: the Book of Ruth @ 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, -- 8:30 a.m. Zoom Worship; 10:30 a.m. live stream service.
Information follows at the end of this Order of Service with more information.
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.
Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
People Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.
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.
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.