St. Chris Weekly

The Second Sunday of Easter

April 11, 2021

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Welcome and Opening

                 THE WORD OF GOD

Opening Hymn

The Hymnal 1982 #191                      “Alleluia, Hearts and Voices Heavenward Raise”


1. Alleluia, alleluia!

   Hearts and voices heavenward raise:

   sing 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 yield:

   then the golden ears of harvest

   will their heads before him wave,

   ripened by his glorious sunshine,

   from the furrows of the grave. 


4. Christ is risen, we are risen!

   Shed upon us heavenly grace,

   rain and dew and gleams of glory

   from the brightness of thy face;

   that, with hearts in heaven dwelling,

   we on earth may fruitful be,

   and by angel hands be gathered,

   and be ever, Lord, with thee. 


5. Alleluia, alleluia! Glory be to God on high;

   Alleluia! to the Savior, who has won the victory;

   Alleluia! to the Spirit, fount of love and sanctity:

   Alleluia, alleluia! to the Triune Majesty.

Celebrant    Alleluia! Christ is risen.

All               The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia!


Christ Our Passover

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
   therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
   but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
   death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
   but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
   and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ has been raised from the dead, *
   the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
   by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
   so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

The Collect of the day

Leader          The Lord be with you.

Response       And also with you.

                      Let us pray.

Celebrant      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

     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. 


Lector            The Word of the Lord
Response     Thanks be to God 


Psalm 133

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

     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.  

Lector           The Word of the Lord 

Response     Thanks be to God 


Praise Before the Gospel:

The Hymnal 1982 # 490                                        “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”   


1.  I want to walk as a child of the light. 

     I want to follow Jesus. 

     God set the stars to give light to the world. 

     The star of my life is Jesus. 


     Refrain:    In him, there is no darkness at all. 

                      The night and the day are both alike. 

                      The Lamb is the light of the city of God. 

                      Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus. 


2.  I want to see the brightness of God. 

     I want to look at Jesus. 

     Clear sun of righteousness, shine on my path,

     and show me the way to the Father.  Refrain


3.  I'm looking for the coming of Christ. 

     I want to be with Jesus. 

    When we have run with patience the race,

    we shall know the joy of Jesus.  Refrain

The Holy Gospel:  John 20:19-31

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

All               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.  


Celebrant    The Gospel of the Lord.

All                Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon                                                                                             The Rev. Melana Nelson-Amaker

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. 

Admitting Our Wrongdoing: Confession

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father. 
In your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown, things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
to the honor and glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Risen Lord. Amen.

God’s Forgiveness  
 Celebrant    Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins
                     through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness,
                     and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. 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 to Jesus who is present with us to eternity.


Jesus, light of the world,
bring the light and peace of your gospel to the nations …
Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, bread of life,
give food to the hungry …
and nourish us all with your word.
Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, our way, our truth, our life,
be with us and all who follow you in the way …
Deepen our appreciation of your truth
and fill us with your life.
Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, Good Shepherd who gave your life for the sheep,
recover the straggler,
bind up the injured,
strengthen the sick
and lead the healthy and strong to new pastures.
Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.


Jesus, the resurrection and the life,
we give you thanks for all who have lived and believed in you …
Raise us with them to eternal life.
Jesus, Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us,
accept our prayers, and be with us always.  Amen.


A Collect for Grace 
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety 
to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of 
your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


A Prayer in Time of Pandemic                                    The Rev. Dr. Kate Sonderegger
This hour we turn to you, O Lord, in full knowledge of our frailty, our vulnerability, and our great need as your mortal creatures.  We cry to you, as one human family, unsure of the path ahead, unequal to the unseen forces around us, frightened by the sickness and death that seem all too real to us now.  Stir up your strength and visit us, O Lord; be our shield and rock and hiding place!  Guide our leaders, our scientists, our nurses and doctors.  Give them wisdom and fill their hearts with courage and determination.  Make even this hour, O Lord, a season of blessing for us, that in fear we find you mighty to save, and in illness or death, we find the cross to be none other than the way of life.  All this we ask in the name of the One who bore all our infirmities, even Jesus Christ our Risen and Victorious Lord.  Amen.


A Prayer for God’s Creation                                           Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport
Eternal God, whose Spirit moved over the face of the deep bringing forth light and life; by that same Spirit, renew your creation, and restore your image in your people.  
Turn us from careless tenants to faithful stewards, that your threefold blessing of clean air, pure water and rich earth may be the inheritance of everything that has the breath of life and one generation may proclaim to another the wonder of your works;
through Jesus Christ, your living Word, in whom the fullness of your glory is revealed.  Amen.


For the Bereaved
Gracious God, surround us and all who mourning with your continuing compassion.  Do not let grief overwhelm your children, fracture their families, or turn them against you.  When grief seems never-ending, take them one step at a time along your road of death and resurrection in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


For the Sick
God of compassion, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.  In their loneliness, be their comfort; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light.  Console and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.  Amen.


For the Unemployed and the Poor 
Gracious Lord, we hold before you those who have lost their jobs or are otherwise unable to supply their basic needs.  Guide individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to value these our neighbors and to care for them while we are caring for ourselves.  Remind us that to serve the least is to serve you, and bend our practices towards love and justice.  Fulfill you word that the poor are blessed because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.   


A Prayer for Doctors, Nurses and other Medical Personnel         
Sanctify, O Great Physician, all those whom you have called to the study and practice of medicine, to battling disease and pain. Strengthen them each day by your life-giving Spirit; shoulder their burdens; protect them and their families by the power of your Name.  Return to them thirty, sixty, one hundred fold what they are sacrificially giving.  By their ministries may the sick be made well, the health of the community be promoted and your creation be blessed; through the might of Jesus Christ.  Amen.


A Prayer for Essential Personnel
Almighty God, we give thanks for all those who serve the needs of our community, sometimes at great risk to themselves.  We remember our government officials; police officers; firefighters; military; counselors; grocery store workers; pharmacy staff; delivery people; garbage collectors; postal workers; and those who care for the homeless, the abused and the neglected.  Protect them and their families under the shadow of your wings.  Refresh them when they are weary; strengthen them when they are anxious or afraid.  Remind us to value, thank and support them.  Grant that what they give out be returned to them abundantly, good measure, pressed down and running over into their laps, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


Concluding Collect
Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: 
open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good of others 
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father. Amen.


The Peace

Celebrant      The peace of Christ be always with you.        


Visitor’s Welcome and Blessing  


African Praise Choruses



Celebrant      God of life, Savior of the poor, receive with this money gratitude for your                                           goodness, penitence for our pride and dedication to your service in Jesus Christ                             our Lord. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer  D                                                          BCP p 369      


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 God thanks and praise.


Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

                      It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks; for you alone are God,

                      living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and for ever.                                      Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with                          your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance.                                    Countless throngs of angels stand before you to serve you night and day; and,                                beholding the glory of your presence, they offer you unceasing praise. Joining with                        them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we acclaim you, and glorify                        your Name, as we say,

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 that comes in the name of the Lord.     

                   Hosanna in the Highest.

The people stand or kneel. Then the Celebrant continues

We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our disobedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you taught us to hope for salvation.


Father, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be

our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet

without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom;

to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose he gave himself up to death; and, rising from

the grave, destroyed death, and made the whole creation new.


And, that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own best gift for those who believe, to complete his work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to lay a hand upon it, and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any vessel containing wine to be consecrated.  

When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; at supper with them he 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."


Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. Recalling Christ's death and his descent among the dead, proclaiming his resurrection and ascension to your right hand, awaiting his coming in glory; and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise

you and we bless you.

Celebrant and People 

We praise you, we bless you,

we give thanks to you,

and we pray to you, Lord our God.


The Celebrant continues

Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people,

the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ.


Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your Name.


Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic Church, redeemed by the blood of your Christ. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace.


And grant that we may find our inheritance with the Blessed Virgin Mary, with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. AMEN.

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

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                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        Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

All                   Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia. 

Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God.


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

Communion Hymn

LEVAS #150                            “Jesus, the Bread of Life ” 


Refrain:  Jesus, the Bread of life,

                Jesus, the Bread of life. 

                All who eat and drink of Him

                will never die, will never die. 


1.  I am the Bread that came down from heaven,

     I will be your food. 

     All who put their trust in me

     will never die.  Refrain


2.  All who come to me will not hunger,

     Nor will they ever thirst. 

     If you turn to me in faith

     I’ll never turn away.  Refrain


3.  All who love and keep my commandments  

     Will be loved by my Father. 

     And we shall both comfort them

     and make our home in them.     Refrain


Post Communion Prayer                  altered from Common Worship © 2000 Church of England)
           Lord God, you have renewed us with Word and Sacrament;
           by them you nurture our faith, increase our hope, and strengthen our love: teach               us always to hunger for him who is the true and living Bread,
           and enable us to live by every word that proceeds from your mouth; 
           through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 



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

Celebrant   May Christ, who out of defeat brings

                   new hope and a new future, fill you with his new life;

                   and 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 #208                               “The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done”


    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


1. The strife is o'er, the battle done,

    the victory of life is won;

    the song of triumph has begun.



2. The powers of death have done their worst,

    but Christ their legions hath dispersed:

    let shout of holy joy outburst.



3. The three sad days are quickly sped,

    he rises glorious from the dead:

    all glory to our risen Head!



4. He closed the yawning gates of hell,

    the bars from heaven's high portals fell;

    let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!



5. Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,

    from death's dread sting thy servants free,

    that we may live and sing to thee.


    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


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