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The Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 17, 2020, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
York, PA

 

Opening Hymn (10:30) [page 10]         We Plow the Fields and Scatter

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 12]     That Easter Day with Joy was Bright

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.

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.

The Lessons

A Reading from Acts 17:22-31

Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

                                                         The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

Psalm 66:7-18  is now said in unison

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.

 

 

A Reading from 1 Peter 3:13-22

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God's will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you-- not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

                                                          The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

 

Hymn (10:30) [page 13]   O Jesus, Crowned with All Renown

 

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

Jesus said, ”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. ”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

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 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 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 15]       As Those of Old Their First Fruits Brought       

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 17]      All Creatures of Our God and King (verses 1-4?)

 

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.