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The Seventh Sunday of Easter
The Sunday after the Ascension
May 24, 2020, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
York, PA

Opening Hymn (10:30) [page 10]       Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise

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]     Awake, Arise, Lift up Your Voice

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

Glory to God Gloria

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 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, 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.

The Lessons

A Reading Acts 1:6-14

When the apostles had come together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

 

                                                         The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

The Psalm is now said in unison

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!

 

A Reading from 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

                                                          The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

 

Hymn (10:30) [page 12]  The Head that Once Was Crowned with Thorns

 

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

Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. ”I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

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]                When Christ Was Lifted from the Earth

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 Blessing the people saying “Amen” after each petition.

God the Father, who has given to his Son  the name above every name, strengthen you  to proclaim Jesus the Christ, the Son of God. Amen.

God the Son, our great high priest, who has passed into the heavens, clothe you with power from on high. Amen.

God the Holy Spirit, who pours out abundant gifts upon the Church, make you faithful followers of the risen Christ. Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. 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]      Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!

 

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.