The Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Join us as we celebrate the fifth Sunday of Easter. This is an in-person worship service that will be live streamed via Zoom. It will be available to watch on demand via YouTube after the service ends.

Christ Episcopal Church Online
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Holy Eucharist Rite II — 10:00 A.M .

Prelude “Matinal” George Frederick McKay

Opening Hymn “Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts and voices heavenward raise” Hymnal 191 vs. 1-3

1 Alleluia, alleluia! Hearts and voices heavenward raisesing to God a hymn of gladness, sing to God a hymn of praise.He, who on the cross a victim, for the world’s salvation bled,Jesus Christ, the King of glory, now is risen from the dead.

2 Now the iron bars are broken, Christ from death to life is born,glorious life, and life immortal, on his resurrection morn.Christ has triumphed, and we conquer by his mighty enterprise:we with him to life eternal by his resurrection rise.

3 Christ is risen, Christ, the first fruits of the holy harvest field,which will all its full abundance at his second coming yeild:then the golden ears of harvest will their heads before him wave,ripened by his glorious sunshine from the furrows of the grave.

The Word of God

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

Collect for Purity

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.

Gloria [Mathias] (sung by soloist) Hymnal S278

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant: The Lord be with youPeople: And also with youCelebrant: Let us pray

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.

First Reading: Acts 8:26-40 Reader: L. Trevarthan

An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Celebrant: The Word of the LordPeople: Thanks be to God

Psalm 22:24-30 (spoken)

24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; *I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.

25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: *”May your heart live for ever!”

26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, *and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.

27 For kingship belongs to the Lord; *he rules over the nations.

28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *all who go down to the dust fall before him.

29 My soul shall live for him;my descendants shall serve him; *they shall be known as the Lord’s for ever.

30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *the saving deeds that he has done.

Second Reading: 1 John 4:7-21 Reader: L. Trevarthan

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

Celebrant: The Word of the LordPeople: Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn “In Christ there is no East or West” Hymnal 529

1 In Christ there is no East or West,in him no South or North,but one great fellowship of lovethroughout the whole wide earth.

2 Join hands, disciples of the faith,what e’er your race may be!Who serves my Father as his childis surely kin to me.

3 In Christ now meet both East and West,in him meet South and North,all Christly souls are one in him,throughout the whole wide earth.

The Gospel: John 15:1-8 Reader: The Rev. Deacon Kay Drebert

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

Jesus said to his disciples, ”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

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

The Sermon The Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

Nicene Creed BCP p. 358

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 Eastertide

Verse: Risen ChristResponse: To you we give undying praise.

The Peace BCP p. 358

The Holy Communion

Know that whoever you are, wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith there is a place for you. All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion.

The Offertory

Anthem Five Mystical Songs; No.4. The Call Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSoloist: B. Snyder

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:Such a Way, as gives us breath:Such a Truth, as ends all strife:Such a Life, as Killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast my Strength:Such a Light, as shows a feast:Such a Feast, as mends in length:Such a Strength as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:Such a Joy, as none can move:Such a love, as none can part:Such a Heart, as Joys in love.

The Great Thanksgiving (The People Stand) BCP p. 367

Eucharistic Prayer B BCP p. 367

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.People: And also with you.Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.People: We lift them to the Lord.Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on otheroccasions as appointed.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People

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

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,heaven and earth are full of your glory.Hosanna in the highest.Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.Hosanna in the highest.

The people stand or kneel.

Then the Celebrant continuesWe give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,We proclaim his resurrection,We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with [_____and] all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer (Spoken)

The Breaking of the Bread

All baptized persons are welcome to receive Holy Communion and others to receive a blessing.

Fraction (Soloist) Hymnal S154

Music at Communion [Organ]

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

Closing Hymn “We know that Christ is raised” Hymnal 296

1 We know that Christ is raised and dies no moreembraced by death he broke its fearful hold;and our despair he turned to blazing joy. Alleluia!

2 We share by water in his saving death.Reborn we share with him an Easter lifeas living members of a living Christ. Alleluia!

3 The Father’s splendor clothes the Son with life.The Spirit’s power shakes the Church of God.Baptized we live with God the Three in One. Alleluia!

4 A new creation comes to live and growsas Christ’s new body takes on flesh and blood.The universe restored and whole will sing: Alleluia! Amen.

 “Sortie in D Major” Robert J. Powell

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