St. Chris Weekly 

The Third Sunday of Easter

April 18, 2021

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Opening Hymn   

The Hymnal 1982 #193            “That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright”


1 That Easter day with joy was bright,

   the sun shone out with fairer light,

   when, to their longing eyes restored,

   the apostles saw their risen Lord.


2 His risen flesh with radiance glowed;

   his wounded hands and feet he showed;

   those scars their solemn witness grave.

   that Christ was risen from the grave.


3 O Jesus, King of gentleness,

   do thou thyself our hearts possess

   that we may give thee all our days

   the willing tribute of our praise.


4 O Lord of all, with us abide

   in this, our joyful Easter-tide;

   from every weapon death can wield

   thine own redeemed for ever shield. 


5 All praise, O risen Lord,

   We give to thee, who, dead, again dost live;

   to God the Father equal praise,

   and God the Holy Ghost, we raise. 


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

Leader          The Lord be with you.
Response    And also with you.
Celebrant     Let us pray.
                      O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of                              bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work;                        who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for                            ever.  

First Reading:  Acts 3:12-19     

     Peter addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.
   “And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.”


Lector            The Word of the Lord
All:                Thanks be to God 


Psalm 4

1  Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
    you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.


2  "You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
     how long will you worship dumb idols
     and run after false gods?"


3  Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *
    when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.


4  Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
    speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.


5  Offer the appointed sacrifices *
    and put your trust in the Lord.


6  Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see better times!" *
    Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.


7  You have put gladness in my heart, *
    more than when grain and wine and oil increase.


8  I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
    for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.  


Second Reading:  1 John 3:1-7

     See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
     Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 

Lector             The Word of the Lord 

Response     Thanks be to God 


Praise Before the Gospel

LEVAS #102                             “O I Love Him”   


Refrain:  O I love Him, O I love Him
               because He first loved me, first loved me.


1 My Jesus came to earth from glory,
   and now I love to tell His story
   of His life and love for me.
   He gave himself a ransom free,
   Just to save someone like me.
  That’s why I praise Him each and ev’ry day,
  I praise Him each and ev’ry day. Refrain


2 He said He’s coming back again;
   Will we be free from all our sins
   When Christ, our Lord, returns?
   I know He’s coming by and by
   to take us to His home on high.
   That’s why I praise Him each and ev’ry day,
   I praise Him each and ev’ry day. Refrain


The Holy Gospel:  Luke 24:36b-48


Celebrant:      The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

All:                  Glory to you, Lord Christ.  


     Jesus himself stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, “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.


Celebrant:      The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All:                  Praise to you, Lord Christ.


Gospel Acclamation                                         “He is Lord”

He is Lord, he is Lord.
He has risen from the dead and he is Lord.
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord.


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.
   We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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. The People's responses are in bold type.  

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 are 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: May the Peace of the risen Christ be with us always.  

Visitors’ Welcome and Blessing



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 A


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 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 who 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.

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


The Lord’s Prayer                                                                           


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

The Hymnal 1982 #302                 “Father We Thank Thee”

1 Father, we thank Thee who hast planted
  Thy holy Name within our hearts.
  Knowledge and faith and life immortal
  Jesus Thy Son to us imparts.
  Thou, Lord, didst make all for thy pleasure,
  didst give us food for all our days,
  giving in Christ the Bread eternal;
  thine is the power, be thine the praise.


2 Watch o'er Thy church, O Lord, in mercy,
  save it from evil, guard it still,
  perfect it in thy love, unite it,
  cleansed and conformed unto thy will.
  As grain, once scattered on the hillsides,
  was in this broken bread made one,
  so from all lands thy Church be gathered
  into thy kingdom by thy Son.


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. 


Testimony / Sharing Our Faith 



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 # 195                                         “Jesus Lives!”

1. Jesus lives! thy terrors now

   can no longer, death, appall us;

   Jesus lives! by this we know

   thou, O grave, canst not enthrall us.



2. Jesus lives! for us he died;

   then, alone to Jesus living,

   pure in heart may we abide,

   glory to our Savior giving.



3. Jesus lives! our hearts know well

   nought from us his love shall sever;

   life, nor death, nor powers of hell

   tear us from his keeping ever.



4. Jesus lives! to him the throne

   over all the world is given:

   may we go where he has gone,

   rest and reign with him in heaven.


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