The Sixth Sunday in Easter, Year B

This bulletin includes the order of service as well as the readings for Morning Prayer on Sunday May 9, 2021. The items in bold italics are intended for you to speak while you are on the zoom call (while muted), or as you watch along with the video once it has been posted.

Hymn Prelude

H-450 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” Coronation
Played by John Cafaro

Music: Oliver Holden (1765-1844) Used by permission. From Rite Planning.org.; Copyright 2021,
Church Publishing Inc. Licensed for Use: CCLI Copyright License 20716203; CCLI Streaming License
20716210

The Word of God

Opening Acclamation

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Saying together…

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lessons

Readings Lector: Helen A

The First Reading

Reader: A reading from The Book of Acts 10:44-48

44 While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, 47‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ 48So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People: Thanks be to God!

Psalm 98

Voice 1:  Susan J       Voice 2:  Kevin F

1 Sing to the Lord a new song,
       for he has done marvelous things.
2 With his right hand and his holy arm
       has he won for himself the victory.
3 The Lord has made known his victory;
       his righteousness has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
4 He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel,
       and all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
5 Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands;
       lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
6 Sing to the Lord with the harp,
       with the harp and the voice of song.
7 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
       shout with joy before the King, the Lord.
8 Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it,
       the lands and those who dwell therein.
9 Let the rivers clap their hands,
       and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord,
       when he comes to judge the earth.
10 In righteousness shall he judge the world
       and the peoples with equity.

The Second Reading

Readings Lector: Helen A

Reader: The second reading is from the First Letter of John: 5:1-6

1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, 4for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. 5Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

6 This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

Thanks be to God.

The Third Reading from John 15: 9-17

A reading from the book of John.

Glory to you, O Christ.

9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

The word of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon

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 whom 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 truly human. 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.

Prayers of the People

Intercessor Lead:  Verna F      Response:  Lisa D

Called by the risen Christ to love and follow the Lord, let us pray to God for the needs of all believers and of all peoples everywhere.

For the holy churches of God in every place, for Michael our Presiding Bishop, for Carlye our Bishop, for all lay leaders and clergy, and for the unity of all.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

In this season of new life, we pray for new ways to connect to one another and to you, our source of life and joy, O God; for this holy gathering, even while separated and for all who know one another in Christ.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For the world and its leaders, for Joseph/Joe, our President, Phil our Governor, [_ our Mayor]; for our nation and its people.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all those who are suffering during this pandemic, for all victims of COVID-19, including those we
name now . . . ., for all who are sick and for those who are dying.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

Leader: For all victims of violence, for those in danger and need, for the oppressed; for all those who face these
concerns, now magnified; for those who suffer for any reason, for all other illnesses, for all those we name now
. . . , we pray.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all those providing care at this time, for doctors, nurses, staff, technician, for social workers,
counselors, therapists, for all first responders and for all essential workers, that you may safeguard them as they
work on our behalf.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For research scientists and lab technicians; in thanksgiving for the vaccines; for all those continuing to work to improve prevention and treatment for this illness; for healing and restoration.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all the blessings of this life, for those you would name here . . . , and for all those we love.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all those who mourn, for those who grieve, separated at the last hour from their loved one; for those who face death without the consolation of family at their side; for all those who have died, including those we name now . . . , we pray.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

Remembering our most glorious and blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ.

To you, O gracious God.

Service Leader: 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. Amen.

Doxology

(Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), para. of Psalm 117; Music: Old 100th, melody from Pseaumes octante trois de David, 1551, alt.; harm. after Louis Bourgeois (1510?-1561?); Licensed for Use: CCLI Copyright License 20716203; CCLI Streaming License 20716210

The Lord’s Prayer

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

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 Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all
evermore. Amen.

Sending Hymn

WLP-795 “Come Now, O Prince of Peace” O-so-so
Sung by Lisa Masiello

Text: Geonyong Lee; para. Marion Pope, alt.; Music: O-so-so, Geonyong Lee; Used by permission. From Rite
Planning.org.; Copyright 2021, Church Publishing Inc.; Licensed for Use: CCLI Copyright License 20716203;
CCLI Streaming License 20716210

  1. Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body, come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.
  2. Come now, O God of love, make us one body, come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.
  3. Come now and set us free, O God, our Savior, come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile all nations.
  4. Come, Hope of Unity, make us one body, come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile all nations.

Closing Prayer

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and
worthy to be united with Christ for ever. Amen.

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring
you to your eternal inheritance. Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with
you for ever. Amen.

Postlude Hymn

H-657 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” Hyfrydol
Played by John Cafaro

Charles Wesley Charles Wesley (1707-1788); From Rite Planning.org.; Copyright 2021, Church Publishing
Inc. Licensed for Use: CCLI Copyright License 20716203; CCLI Streaming License 20716210

Flowers Today are for:

Ruth Olsen and Helen Graham by theAllen Family
Al Namendorf byJoAnn Namendorf

Ministers in this Service

Celebrant & Preacher:  The Rev’d S. Elizabeth Searle
Lector: Helen A
Psalm Readers: Susan J and Kevin F
Intercessor: Verna F
Responses: tbd
Altar Guild/Flowers: Susan J
Tech Vergers: Hank A, Shanna A, Henry S

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