The Second Sunday of Easter

The Second Sunday of Easter

Join us as we celebrate the second 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
The Second Sunday of Easter
Holy Eucharist Rite II — 10:00 A.M

Prelude                                       “Voluntary in D Major”                                           John Alcock

Processional:                 “Good Christians all rejoice and sing”       Hymnal 205 vs. 1, 3, 4, & 5

1 Good Christians all, rejoice and sing!

Now is the triumph of our King!

To all the world glad news we bring:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

3 Praise we in songs of victory

that love, that life which cannot die,

and sing with hearts uplifted high:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

4 Your Name we bless, O risen Lord,

and sing today with one accord

the life laid down, the life restored:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

5 To God the Father, God the Son,

to God the Spirit, always One,

we sing for life in us begun:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The Word of God

Celebrant: Alleluia, Christ is Risen

People: The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia

Gloria [Mathias] (sung by soloist)                                                             Hymnal S278 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant: The Lord be with you

People: And also with you

Celebrant: Let us pray

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.

First Reading: Acts 4:32-35                                                                             Reader: M. Quinn

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord

People: Thanks be to God

Psalm 133 (spoken)

1 Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *

when brethren live together in unity!

2 It is like fine oil upon the head *

that runs down upon the beard,

3 Upon the beard of Aaron, *

and runs down upon the collar of his robe.

4 It is like the dew of Hermon *

that falls upon the hills of Zion.

5 For there the Lord has ordained the blessing: *

life for evermore.

Second Reading: 1 John 1:1-2:2                                                                      Reader: M. Quinn

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life– this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us– we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord

People: Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn              “We walk by faith, and not by sight”           Hymnal 209 vs. 1 & 2

1 We walk by faith, and not by sight; no gracious words we hear

from him who spoken as none e’er spoke, but we believe him near.

2 We may not touch his hands and side, nor follow where he trod;

but in his promise we rejoice; and cry, My Lord and God!”

The Gospel: John 20:19-31                                           Read by The Rev. Deacon Kay Drebert

Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John

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.

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 

Know that whoever you are, wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith there is a place for you.

The Offertory                     

Anthem              “Now the Green Blade Riseth”     Traditional French Carol Soloist: B. Snyder

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

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

The Lord’s Prayer (Spoken)                                      

The Breaking of the Bread                                                                                      Hymnal S154

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                              “Alleluia, Alleluia, give thanks”               Hymnal 178

Refrain: Alleluia, alleluia!  Give thanks to the risen Lord.

  Alleluia, alleluia! Give praise to his Name.

1 Jesus is Lord of all the earth,

He is the King of creation.  


2 Spread the good news o’er all the earth:

Jesus has died and has risen.


3 We gave been crucified with Christ.

Now we shall live for ever.


4 Come, let us praise the living God.

Joyfully sing to our Savior.


Postlude                                              “Sortie”                                                Gustave Tritant 

The event is finished.

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