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St. Chris Weekly

The Third Sunday After Pentecost

June 13, 2021

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Welcome and Opening

                 THE WORD OF GOD

Opening Hymn

The Hymnal-1982  # 427                 “When Morning Gilds the Skies” 
 

1 When morning gilds the skies,
   my heart, awaking, cries,
   may Jesus Christ be praised!
   When evening shadows fall,
   this rings my curfew call,
   may Jesus Christ be praised!  

2 When mirth for music longs,
   this is my song of songs:
   may Jesus Christ be praised!
   God's holy house of prayer
   hath none that can compare with:
   Jesus Christ be praised! 

3 No lovelier antiphon
   in all high heaven is known
   than, Jesus Christ be praised!
   There to the eternal Word
   the eternal psalm is heard: 
   may Jesus Christ be praised!  

4 Ye nations of mankind,
   in this your concord find:
   may Jesus Christ be praised!
   Let all the earth around
   ring joyous with the sound:
   may Jesus Christ be praised!

 

5 Sing, suns and stars of space,

   sing, ye that see his face,
   sing, Jesus Christ be praised!

   God's whole creation o'er,
   both now and evermore

   shall Jesus Christ be praised!
 

Celebrant     Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.                                 
All               
 And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever, Amen.
 

Song of Praise                  
LEVAS #215                           “Great Are You, O Lord”          
                                                                            Gerald Henderson vs. 1, 2, 5  Nelson-Amaker vs 3,4
 
Vs.1        God our Father, we adore you, magnify you.
              God our Father, we adore you, magnify you. Great are you, O Lord.
 
Vs. 2      Heav’n and earth proclaim your power, show your glory.
              Heav’n and earth proclaim your power, show your glory.                           
              Great are you, O Lord.
 
Vs. 3      Jesus, Savior, we adore you, magnify you.
              You’ve redeemed the whole creation, how we love you.                                    
              Great are you, O Lord.
 
Vs. 4     Holy Spirit, we adore you, magnify you.
             Holy Spirit, rise within us, flow forth from us.                                               
             Great are you, O Lord.
 
Vs. 5     Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.                                          
             Great are you, O Lord.         

                                           

The Collect of the day

Leader          The Lord be with you.

Response       And also with you.

                      Let us pray.

Celebrant      Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that                              through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your                          justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and                                reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen. 

First Reading:  Ezekiel 17:22-24

     Thus says the Lord God:  I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a

cedar; I will set it out.  I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.  On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar.  Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind.  All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord.  I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.  I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it. 

Lector            The Word of the Lord
Response     Thanks be to God 

 

Psalm 92:1-4,11-14

1 It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, *
  and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High; 


2 To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning *
   and of your faithfulness in the night season; 


3 On the psaltery, and on the lyre, *
   and to the melody of the harp. 


4 For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord; *
  and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands. 


11 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, *
   and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon. 


12 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord *
   shall flourish in the courts of our God; 


13 They shall still bear fruit in old age; *
   they shall be green and succulent; 


14 That they may show how upright the Lord is, *
   my Rock, in whom there is no fault.

Second Reading:  1 Peter 5:6-11

    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. 

Lector            The Word of the Lord 

Response     Thanks be to God 

 

Praise Before the Gospel:

The Hymnal 1982 # 686              “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

1 Come, thou fount of every blessing,
   tune my heart to sing thy grace!
   Streams of mercy never ceasing,
   call for songs of loudest praise.
   Teach me some melodious sonnet,
   sung by flaming tongues above.
   Praise the mount! O fix me on it,
   mount of God's unchanging love.  

2 Here I find my greatest treasure;
   hither by thy help, I've come;
   and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
   safely to arrive at home.
   Jesus sought me when a stranger,
   wandering from the fold of God;
   he, to rescue me from danger,
   interposed his precious blood.

 

3 Oh, to grace how great a debtor
   daily I'm constrained to be!
   Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
   bind my wandering heart to thee:
   prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
   prone to leave the God I love;
   here's my heart, oh, take and seal it,
   seal it for thy courts above.  

The Holy Gospel:  Mark 4:26-34

Celebrant   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

All               Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

     Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”  
   He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
   With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

 

Celebrant    The Gospel of the Lord.

All                Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Gospel Acclamation                                           

Halle, Halle, Halle-lujah. Halle, Halle, Halle-lujah.

Halle, Halle, Halle-lujah. Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

 

Sermon                                                                                          The Rev. Melana Nelson-Amaker   

Declaring Our Faith: 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, only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, 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.
 

Admitting Our Wrongdoing: Confession 

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

 

                     Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have                         sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole                             heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive                           what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall                       be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God.                           Amen.

 

Absolution/Forgiveness of Sin 

Celebrant     May the God of love and power

                     forgive you and free you from your sins,

                     heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,

                     and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Prayers of the People
The person appointed leads the Prayers of the People.  The People’s responses are printed in bold.

 

We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

Please make us wise to hear your voice and understand your will. 

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

 

We thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask to be equipped to serve you well.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

 

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

Please keep us confident of your love wherever we are.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit. 

 

We thank you for the strength of your Holy Spirit.

We ask to be able to endure and prevail in turmoil

and against the spiritual forces of wickedness.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

 

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

Please bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

 

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work to which you call us.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

 

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

Please reveal in our lives the character of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

 

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.                                                                                                    

We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

 

Generous God, you sent your Holy Spirit upon your Messiah at the river Jordan,

and upon the disciples in the upper room: in your mercy fill us with your Spirit.

Hear our prayer, and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.  Amen.

Concluding Collect

Blessed are you, Creator God, to you be praise and glory for ever.  As your Spirit moved over the face of the waters bringing light and life to your creation, pour out your Spirit on us today that we may walk as children of light and by your grace reveal your presence, through Christ our Savior.  Amen.  

The Peace

Celebrant      The peace of Christ be always with you.        

All                 And also with you.​  

               

Visitor’s Welcome and Blessing    

African Praise Choruses    
 

THE HOLY COMMUNION

The Doxology                   
                      Praise God from whom all blessings flow. 
                      Praise him all creatures here below. 
                      Praise him above ye heavenly host: 
                      Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.  
 

Celebrant     God of all life, Savior of the poor, receive with our offering gratitude for your &                             goodness, penitence for our pride, and dedication to your service, through  Jesus                         Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer  D                                                              

Church of the Province of the West Indies, Prayer B 

Celebrant      The Lord be with you.
All                 And also with you.

Celebrant     Lift up your hearts.
All                  We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant      Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All                 It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

Celebrant    It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks o you,                      Father Almighty, everlasting God. For by water and the Holy Spirit, you have made                        us a new people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth your glory in all the world.                        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 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. 

Celebrant   Holy and gracious Father, all creation rightly gives you praise. All life, all holiness,                         comes from you through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,  whom you sent to share                       our human nature,  to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God                             and Father of all. We therefore bring you these gifts, and we ask you to make them                       holy by the power of your Spirit, that they may become the Body and Blood of your                     Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who offered Himself in obedience to your will, the                             Perfect Sacrifice for all humankind. 
 
                   On the night He was betrayed, He took bread, and when He had given thanks to                           you, He broke it and gave it to his disciples and  said: "Take this and eat it: 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.”  

 
Celebrant        
Holy and gracious Father, all creation rightly gives you praise. All life, all holiness,                          comes from you through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,  whom you sent to                                  share our human nature,  to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the                            God and Father of all. We therefore bring you these gifts, and we ask you to                                  make them holy by the power of your Spirit, that they may become the Body and                          Blood of your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who offered Himself in obedience to                            your will, the Perfect Sacrifice for all humankind. 
 
                        On the night He was betrayed, He took bread, and when He had given thanks to                            you, He broke it and gave it to his disciples and  said: "Take this and eat it: 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.”

Response        Christ Jesus is Lord.  He has set us free from the law of sin  and death:  In his                                  name alone is our salvation.
 
Celebrant         Father, calling to mind the death your Son endured for our salvation; his                                         glorious resurrection and ascension; his continual intercession for us in heaven;                           and looking for his coming again in glory, we offer you, in thanksgiving, this holy                           and life-giving sacrifice.  Look with favor on your Church’s offering, and grant                                 that we who eat these holy gifts may be filled with your Holy Spirit, become one                           body in Christ, and serve you in unity, constancy and peace. 

                         May Christ make us a perpetual offering to you and enable us, in communion                               with  the whole company of heaven, to share in the inheritance of your saints.                               With Him, and in Him, and through Him, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we                                   worship you, Father Almighty, with all who stand before you in earth and                                       heaven in songs of everlasting praise:
 
Response all    Blessing and honor and glory and power be yours for ever and ever.  Amen.     

Celebrant         And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

The Lord’s Prayer           spoken in the language of your heart or sung                      LEVAS #264

                                                                    

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 debts,
    as we forgive our debtors.  
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread 

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept.
 

Celebrant       We break this bread to share in the Body of Christ. 
                        Though we are many, we are one Body, 
                        because we all share in one Bread.

                        Some among us are not able to receive Holy Eucharist today, 
                        but all of us have come to worship you.
                        Feed the hunger of their hearts, we pray, with a special blessing.
 
                        The gifts of God for the people of God.
                        Our souls will feast and be satisfied,                                                 
                        and we will sing glad songs of praise to God.
                        Let us together receive heavenly food. 

This is the time to consume Holy Communion from your reserves at home.
 

Communion Hymn

LEVAS #64                                   “I Love to Tell the Story ”                                      
    

1  I love to tell the story 
   Of unseen things above,
   Of Jesus and His glory,
   Of Jesus and His love.
   I love to tell the story,
   Because I know it’s true;
   It satisfies my longings
  As nothing else would do.  

Refrain:
    I love to tell the story;  

    ‘Twill be my theme in glory.
    To tell the old,

    old story of Jesus and His love.  

 

2  I love to tell the story,

   For those who know it best

   Seem hungering and thirsting

   To hear it, like the rest.

   And when, in scenes of glory,

   I sing the new, new song,

   ’Twill be the old, old story

   That I have loved so long.    Refrain  

Post Communion Prayer                  altered from Common Worship © 2000 Church of England)
          Gracious God, lover of all,
          in the Eucharist we are one family in Christ your Son,
          one in the sharing of his Body and Blood
          and one in the communion of his Spirit:
          help us to grow in love for one another
          and come to the full maturity of the Body of Christ.
          We make our prayer through your Son our Savior. Amen.

COMMUNITY NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Blessing and Dismissal      from Common Worship © 2000 Church of England)          

Celebrant   Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your holy fire;
                   strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
                   revive your Church with the breath of love,
                   and renew the face of the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
                   The blessing of Almighty God, Creator,                                                                                                     Redeemer and Sanctifier be with you and remain with you today and always.  

                   Amen.

                                               

Deacon     Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All             Thanks be to God.

Closing Hymn

The Hymnal 1982 # 423  “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” 
 
1 Immortal, invisible, God only wise,

   in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,

   most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,

   almighty, victorious, your great Name we praise.

 

2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,

   nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;

   thy justice like mountains high soaring above

   thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

 

3 To all life thou givest, to both great and small;

   in all life thou livest, the true life of all;

   we blossom and flourish, like leaves on the tree,

   then wither and perish; but nought changeth thee.  

4 Thou reignest in glory, thou rulest in light,
   thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
   all laud we would render: O help us to see
   'tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.

 

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