St. Chris Weekly


September 27, 2020

        Holy Eucharist  and Healing Prayers       

The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Opening Hymn                                                                                         

Hymnal 1982 # 685                          “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”



Celebrant      Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.                                

Response     And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever.  Amen.

Our Purpose

Celebrant      Beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly                              Father, to set forth his praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and                          on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation.                          At this time we especially intercede on behalf of our torn and troubled nation. And                        so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us kneel in                        silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may                                  obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

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.

A Song of Penitence

O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven, *
    God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
    and of all their righteous offspring:
You made the heavens and the earth, *
    with all their vast array.


All things quake with fear at your presence; *
    they tremble because of your power.
But your merciful promise is beyond all measure; *
    it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.

O Lord, you are full of compassion, *
    long-suffering, and abounding in mercy.
You hold back your hand; *
    you do not punish as we deserve.
In your great goodness, Lord,
you have promised forgiveness to sinners, *
    that they may repent of their sin and be saved.

And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart, *
    and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness.
I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, *
    and I know my wickedness only too well.

Therefore I make this prayer to you: *
    Forgive me, Lord, forgive me.
Do not let me perish in my sin, *
    nor condemn me to the depths of the earth.
For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent, *
    and in me you will show forth your goodness.


Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.  Alleluia.

A Collect for Healing                                                                               

Compassionate God: You so loved the world that you sent us Jesus to bear our infirmities and afflictions. Through acts of healing, he revealed you as the true source of health and salvation. For the sake of your Christ who suffered and died for us, conquered death, and now reigns with you in glory, hear the cry of your people. Hear the cries of this nation. Have mercy on us, make us whole, and bring us at last into the fullness of your eternal life. Amen.


Bringing Our Sins into the Light

Merciful God, our nation has sinned, and we ourselves have sinned against you, against other people, and against creation. Please bring to the forefront of our minds the sins that we need to confess today.

Sins are whispered to God.

A period of silence is kept.

Admitting Our Wrongdoing:  Confession

Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep,
we have followed too much the devices and desires of our
    own hearts,
we have offended against thy holy laws,
we have left undone those things which we ought to
    have done,

and we have done those things which we ought not to
    have done.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
spare thou those who confess their faults,
restore thou those who are penitent,
according to thy promises declared unto mankind
in Christ Jesus our Lord;
and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of thy holy Name.  Amen.

God’s Forgiveness 

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins

through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness,

and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.  Amen.

People Impacted by Our Sin

Holy One, we bring you before people we have hurt or offended, those we are aware of and those we do not recognize.

Names are whispered to God.


We bring before you also those against whom the United States has sinned.

Peoples and groups are quietly named.

A period of silence is kept.

Mercy for Our Harm

Heavenly Father, we cannot change history, nor can we undo the damage we or this nation have caused. Your power is infinite. We thank you for your great love for those we have harmed as well as for us. Hear our plea, Lord our God. Out of your deep mercy, we beg you to heal, restore and provide for those that we have harmed. And grant us grace to change our ways, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Psalm 32

1  Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered. 

2 Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.  

3 While I kept silence, my body wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.  

4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.  

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not hide my iniquity;
    I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the guilt of my sin.  

6 Therefore let all who are faithful
    offer prayer to you;  
    at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
    shall not reach them.  

7 You are a hiding place for me;
    you preserve me from trouble;
    you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.

The Collect of the Day               

Celebrant      The Lord be with you.

Response     And also with you.

Celebrant      Let us pray.  

                      O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant                          us the fullness of your grace that we, running to obtain your promises, may                                    become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who                            lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   Amen. 


First Reading: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

     The word of the Lord came to me: What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge”? As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die.

     Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” O house of Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?

     Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord God. Turn, then, and live.


Lector         The Word of the Lord

All               Thanks be to God


Psalm  25:1-8

1  To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;

     my God, I put my trust in you; *

     let me not be humiliated,

     nor let my enemies triumph over me.


2  Let none who look to you be put to shame; *

    let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.


3  Show me your ways, O Lord, *

    and teach me your paths.


4  Lead me in your truth and teach me, *

    for you are the God of my salvation;

    in you have I trusted all the day long.


5  Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *

    for they are from everlasting.


6  Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *

    remember me according to your love

    and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.


7  Gracious and upright is the Lord; *

    therefore he teaches sinners in his way.


8  He guides the humble in doing right *

    and teaches his way to the lowly.  

Second Reading:  Philippians 2:1-13      

     If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-- even death on a cross.

     Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,

so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

     Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 


Lector         The Word of the Lord

All               Thanks be to God


Praise Before the Gospel 

LEVAS # 145                                          “Have Thine Own Way Lord ”


The Holy Gospel:  Matthew 21:23-32


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

All                  Glory to you, Lord Christ 

     When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

     “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him. 

Celebrant    The Gospel of the Lord.  

All                Praise to you, Lord Christ.


Gospel Acclamation  



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.


Luke 6:27-28

Jesus said

“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” 


I invite you to name before God people who have harmed you.

Names are whispered to God.

A Prayer of Forgiveness

O God, we come before you recalling people who have wounded our bodies, minds or spirits. Some harm has been done to us personally, some to people we love, some to whole groups or societies. Whether the actions have been accidental, thoughtless, purposeful, or with true malice and evil intent, damage has been done. Our Savior showed us real forgiveness; give us godly power to forgive these people who have wronged us.  We turn over to you our feelings of anger and bitterness and the desire to retaliate. Release these people and us from the bondage that this pain has caused. Pour out the healing that we and they need. We ask you to care for the deepest needs of those who have injured us. Give us the grace and the strength to walk in the forgiveness of Jesus and to do good to hurtful people. We ask these things in the name of him who died and rose for the sins of the world. Amen.

Christ’s Healing Work Continues

Holy Scripture teaches us that Jesus healed many who were sick as a sign of the reign of God come near, and he sent the disciples to continue this work of healing through prayer in his name, that the afflicted might be raised up and their sins forgiven, bringing them to eternal salvation. The disciples witnessed to the marvelous power and presence of God. We pray that as we follow their example, we may experience Christ’s unfailing love.

A period of silence is kept.


John 14:12

Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.


Inner Healing

I invite you to name before God the mentally ill, those who are addicted, and those whose souls

are sick.

Names are whispered to God.

Matthew 8:16-17

That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”


Physical Healing

I invite you to name before God people who are sick.

Names are whispered to God.


Luke 7:21-23

Jesus had just then cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind.  And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them.  And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”


I invite you to name before God the brokenhearted, the fearful, the grief-stricken and the abused.

Names are whispered to God.


Psalm 25:16-18

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,

    for I am lonely and afflicted.

17 Relieve the troubles of my heart,

    and bring me out of my distress.

18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,

    and forgive all my sins.

Healing of Communities

I invite you to name before God families or groups of people that are in need of healing.

Names are whispered to God.

Matthew 9:35-37

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Litany of Healing The persons appointed lead the prayers.


Holy God, source of health and salvation,

Hear and have mercy.


Holy and Mighty, wellspring of abundant life,

Holy Immortal One, protector of the faithful,

Holy Trinity, the source of all wholeness,

Hear and have mercy.


Blessed Jesus, your Holy Name is medicine for healing and a

promise of eternal life,

Hear and have mercy.


Jesus, descendant of David, you healed all who came to you in faith,

Hear and have mercy.


Jesus, child of Mary, you embraced the world with your love,

Hear and have mercy.


Jesus, divine physician, you sent your disciples to preach the

Gospel and heal in your name,

Hear and have mercy.


Jesus our true mother, you feed us the milk of your compassion,

Hear and have mercy.


Jesus, Son of God, you take away our sin and make us whole,

Hear and have mercy.


Jesus, eternal Christ, your promised Spirit renews our hearts and minds,

Hear and have mercy.


Grant your grace to heal those who are sick, we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Give courage and faith to all who are disabled through injury or

illness, we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Comfort, relieve, and heal all sick children, we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Give courage to all who await surgery, we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Support and encourage those who live with chronic illness,

we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Strengthen those who endure continual pain, and give them hope,

we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Grant the refreshment of peaceful sleep to all who suffer, we pray

to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Befriend all who are anxious, lonely, despondent, or afraid,

we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Restore those with mental illness to clarity of mind and hopefulness

of heart, we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Give rest to the weary, and hold the dying in your loving arms,

we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Help us to prepare for death with confident expectation and hope

of Easter joy, we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Give your wisdom and compassion to health care workers, that

they may minister to the sick and dying with knowledge, skill,

and kindness, we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Uphold the family members and friends of the sick, we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Guide those who search for the causes and cures of sickness and

disease, we pray to you, O God,

Hear and have mercy.


Jesus, Lamb of God,

Jesus, bearer of our sins,

Jesus, redeemer of the world,

Hear and have mercy.  

Matthew 11:27-28

All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For Ourselves

I invite you to name before God your personal worries, your fears and your needs.

Burdens are whispered to God.

Psalm 28:6-9

6 Praise be to the Lord,

    for he has heard my cry for mercy.

7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;

    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.

My heart leaps for joy,

    and with my song I praise him.

8 The Lord is the strength of his people,

    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

9 Save your people and bless your inheritance;

    be their shepherd and carry them forever.


Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  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 for God’s Creation                      Rt. Rev. 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.

A Prayer for the Nation

Lord God Almighty, who has made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you

in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength
of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer for Social Justice

Almighty God, who hast created us in thine own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the increase of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  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.

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.

For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time,

all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Mission

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in our vocation and ministry we may truly and devoutly serve you. Bless and guide our bishops, priests, deacons and other ministers and all your faithful people. Grant wisdom, grace and strength to Presiding Bishop Michael, to our Bishops, Mariann and Chilton; to the leaders of the Diocese, to the Diocesan staff; to Pastor Melana and Father Elliott, to James; to Chaplain Rachelle; to Howard; to our Vestry, to Pauline, Mike and Robert, and Emilia; to Rachelle and Carmen; to Pastor Rudy and the people of Cristo Viene Ya, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Honoring God with our Resources:  Offering Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you that you are God, and there is no other, you are God, and there is none like you.  You love us with an eternal love and we give you our offerings as an expression of our love for you.  We pray that our gifts be useful in strengthening our congregation and advancing your kingdom.  May you, the God of all grace, who has called us into eternal glory by Christ Jesus, make us holy, strong and filled with peace.  To you be glory and honor for ever and ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.  

A Prayer to Our Changeless God

O God, you are the LORD, the Compassionate One, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love. You have done marvelous things, surpassing understanding. We praise you for your mighty acts of the past. In the name of Jesus, we ask you to exercise your loving power again among us, and among those for whom we pray. We thank you for all that you have done, all that you are doing, and all that you will do. Amen.


The Peace

Celebrant   May the Peace of Christ be with us always.

                   At the outdoor service we stay in place, greeting by waves and gestures.

Visitors Welcome and Blessing



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 A, the Book of Common Prayer, TEC


Celebrant       The Lord be with you.                                                                              

Response     And also with you.

Celebrant       Lift up your hearts.

Response     We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant       Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Response     It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant     It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to                               you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, through Jesus Christ our great                           High Priest; in whom we are built up as living stones of a holy temple, that we                                 might offer before you a sacrifice of praise and prayer which is holy and pleasing in                       your sight.  

                    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:  


                   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: In your infinite love you made us for yourself,  and, when                       we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you,  in your  mercy,                           sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and                       die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

                   He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your                     will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world. 


                   On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, 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 we proclaim the mystery of faith:  

                   Christ has died.
                   Christ is risen.
                   Christ will come again.  

                   The Celebrant continues

                   We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise                           and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you                             these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and                             Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify                     us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity,                           constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of                       your eternal kingdom.

                   All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: 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                           forever. Amen.

Celebrant    As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray

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 trespasses,
     as we forgive those
         who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
     and the power, and the glory,
     for ever and ever.  Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

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

                       Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
All                  Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.


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

Communion Hymn

Post Communion Prayer 

                      Almighty God, we thank you for the sacramental Body and Blood of our Lord                          Jesus Christ.  May we who share his Body, live his risen life; we who have                                received his gifts bring life to others; we upon whom your Spirit shines give                            light to the world. Help us continue in faithful witness to your Word, so we                            and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your                              Name, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Lectors are needed for next Sunday’s in-person worship service.

Please contact Pastor Melana if you are available.

Closing Hymn                 

LEVAS # 64                         “I Love to Tell the Story” 

Blessing and Dismissal

Priest            May the love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself,

                      the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service,

                      the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;

                      and the blessing of God Almighty,

                      the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

                      be among you and remain with you always.  Amen. 


Celebrant       Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Response      Thanks be to God.  


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The Rev. Melana Nelson-Amaker, Rector/Pastor


St. Christopher's Episcopal Church

8001 Annapolis Road

New Carrollton, MD 20784


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