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Welcome to Christ Episcopal Church
Ascension Sunday — The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Holy Eucharist Rite II — 10:00 A.M.
Voluntary Concerto: Präludium Johann Dietrich Druckmüller (c. 1680)

Druckmüller's "concerto" isn't a concerto at all, since it doesn't feature a solo instrument with orchestra. It is, however, very similar to Bach's transcriptions of Vivaldi concertos, in which the organist plays both the violin solo part and the orchestra part. Listen for the contrast between soloist and orchestra!



Processional Hymn 214 "Hail the day that sees him rise" LLANFAIR

The Opening Sentences

Celebrant: Alleluia, Christ is Risen
People: The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia



Gloria [Mathias] Hymnal S278



The Collect of the Day

Celebrant: The Lord be with you
People: And also with you
Celebrant: Let us pray

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.



First Reading: Acts 1:1-11
In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. "This," he said, "is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." So when they had come together, they asked him, "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."

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God



Psalm 47

1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
shout to God with a cry of joy.

2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared; *
he is the great King over all the earth.

3 He subdues the peoples under us, *
and the nations under our feet.

4 He chooses our inheritance for us, *
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

5 God has gone up with a shout, *
the Lord with the sound of the ram's-horn.

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7 For God is King of all the earth; *
sing praises with all your skill.

8 God reigns over the nations; *
God sits upon his holy throne.

9 The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
with the people of the God of Abraham.

10 The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
and he is highly exalted.



Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God



Sequence Hymn 483 "The head that once was crowned with thorns" ST. MAGNUS



The Gospel: Luke 24:44-53

Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Luke
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said to his disciples, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you-- that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high." Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

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



The Sermon The Rev. Elizabeth Ewing



Nicene Creed BCP p. 358



The Prayers of the People for Eastertide

Verse: Risen Christ
Response: To you we give undying praise.



The Peace BCP p. 358



The Holy Communion



Offertory Anthem "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" Somerset folk song
arr. Alan Bullard



Doxology OLD 100TH



The Great Thanksgiving (The People Stand) BCP p. 372



Holy, holy, holy (Sanctus & Benedictus)[Mathias] Hymnal S128



Memorial Acclamation (Sung) S140

We praise you, we bless you,
we give thanks to you,
and we pray to you, Lord our God.



The Lord’s Prayer Albert Hay Malotte



The Breaking of the Bread



Fraction Anthem Hymnal S154



Communion Hymn 215 "See the Conqueror mounts in triumph" IN BABILONE



The Post Communion Prayer

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed and renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.



The Blessing



The Dismissal



Processional Hymn 599 "Lift every voice and sing" LIFT EVERY VOICE



Voluntary Concerto: Allegro Johann Dietrich Druckmüller

Announcements

Episcopal Pride
The Diocese of Central New York is once again participating in the Syracuse Pride Parade. This year the parade is on June 25th. We are gathering at 9:30 a.m. for a Eucharist in the staging area for the parade. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. Many parishes across the diocese will be marching with us. Please join us in this joyful event!
Recruiting New Vestry Members

Please give prayerful consideration to being a member of the Vestry. The Vestry members whose three year terms are ending are: Mari McCormick; Maryse Quinn; Barb Stanton. Also, Kevin Shea's two year term as Senior Warden is ending.


The unexpired terms of Jim Davidson (two years) and Mark Smith (two years) will also need to be filled.


Mark Smith has agreed to run for the position of Junior Warden.


The Vestry generally meets once a month starting at 7:00 p.m., with the summer months off for good behavior. If you are interested in being on the Vestry, please contact Kevin Shea, the head of the Nominating Committee. We need you.
Annual Meeting
Christ Church will hold its annual meeting on June 12, 2022 opening at 10 a.m. with our worship service. The meeting and worship will be in person and on Zoom.


All members over age 16 are eligible to vote. All members over age 16 who contributed to the finances and service of Christ Church in the past year may run for Vestry.
To run for Warden, a person must also have served on Vestry.
Mass on the Grass

Mass on the Grass is set to begin the first week of June (June 4th). We look forward to seeing you there!
Two Positions Open: Part-time Sexton and Clerk of the Vestry

Christ Church has been blessed with wonderful property team leadership, currently Jim Davidson, who have undertaken or coordinated repair tasks around the church building and have kept an eye on the maintenance and condition of our space.

The Vestry decided to switch to a paid part-time sexton who would regularly check the building and who would coordinate and undertake repairs as needed.

We are working out the full structure, but please let Ed Sarzynski or Mother Elizabeth know if you have someone in mind, including yourself.

Nancy McGorry has served this church and the Vestry admirably as clerk of the Vestry. Accurate minutes and tracking of motions are important to our work. Nancy will be stepping down, and we are seeking someone as the new Clerk of the Vestry.

The main job is attending Vestry meetings and the annual meeting, keeping accurate minutes, sending these out for approval, and maintaining our Vestry notebooks.

If interested, please contact Kevin Shea or Mother Elizabeth.
Vacation Bible School

Christ Church will hold Vacation Bible School either the week of July 11 or July 18. Children and teachers will gather from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the children will take over the Sunday service the following week.

On two evenings, we will hold dinners for the campers and their families and others who would like to attend.

Contact Debbie McLeod if you are interested or have children, grandchildren, cousins, friends who might like to attend.
Cabaret
Saturday May 14th will be Cabaret night at Christ Church! Social time begins at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. BYOB (Bring your own beverage)! Volunteers are needed to make sweet and savory treats. Tickets will be $20 per person.

Tickets can be purchased May 1st, and May 8th after the Sunday service or they can be reserved by contacting Susan MacLennan at via phone at 607-222-2615 or via email at smmaclennan@stny.rr.com
CHOW Update - We need your help!
We need to the following items to our CHOW inventory

• Men’s and Women’s shampoo (i.e. Medium sizes)
• Bars of soap (i.e. Irish spring, Zest)
• Toothpaste (i.e. All sizes of tubes)
• Mouthwash (i.e. Small and medium sizes)
• Razors (i.e. Disposable plastic)
• Toilet Paper

Please leave any donations in the CHOW basket at the entrance to the Sanctuary or in the CHOW pantry door way. Thank you for your giving and kindness!
Katie's Closet
Men's clothes are desperately needed, especially slacks and jeans (used or new) and underwear and socks (new). We ask that no women's sweaters are donated. Volunteers are also needed for a couple of hours a month. Thank you!
Assisting Ukraine

Should you wish to assist people in Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees, here are two opportunities to consider:

1) Episcopal Relief and Development has created a special fund and is working to get assistance in and to refugee communities. Your funds will be matched by the Diocese if you donate through them. https://cnyepiscopal.org. You can also write a check to Christ Church.

2) Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church on 230 Ukrainian Hill Road in Johnson City is sending shipments directly to Europe to assist people.

Christ Church Amazon

Christ Church Amazon: When you're shopping on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and list "Christ Church Binghamton" as your charity of choice. The Church will receive .5 % of your purchase! Over $600 has been given to Christ Church from your Amazon purchases since its program began. Thank you for designating Christ Church to receive these proceeds. Every little bit helps.
Christ Church YouTube Link
You can view our livestream Sunday starting at 10:00 a.m. or watch it any time after via our YouTube page: Christ Episcopal Church Binghamton (link)
Restrictions for Indoor Worship Services

Everyone will wear a mask when entering and exiting the sanctuary and when in line for communion. You may mask throughout the service and please return to distancing.

No offering plate will be passed. Gifts will be collected online or in plates placed near the Church entrance.

Parking in the Metro Center parking lot is available. Press the button and take a ticket to enter. Please leave the entry ticket in the car so that it is readily available when exiting. Ushers will provide a ticket which you will need to exit. Both tickets will be needed in order to exit.
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