Fourth Sunday of Easter: Bulletin & Readings for May 8, 2022

This bulletin includes the order of service for the Sundays in Easter. The items in bold italics are intended for the congregation’s response.

Opening Hymn

In the name of God: Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of life. Amen.

Opening Sentence

Christ yesterday and today,
the beginning and the end,
Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him, and all ages;
to him be glory and power, through every age and forever. Amen.

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and to you no secrets are hid. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may truly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Lighting the Easter Candle

Member of the Congregation:
This is the day when our Lord Jesus Christ passes from death to life. Throughout the world Christians celebrate the awesome power of God. As we hear this sacred word and proclaim all that God has done, we can be confident that we shall share in Christ’s victory over death and live with God forever.

An acolyte or child lights the Easter Candle.

Member of the Congregation:
May the light of Christ, rising in glory, banish all darkness from our hearts and minds. The light of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Easter Canticle

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!
O Universe, dance around God’s throne!
Jesus Christ, our Lord, is risen!
Sound the victorious trumpet of salvation!
Rejoice, O earth, in glory, revealing the splendour of your creation,
radiant in the brightness of your triumphant Sovereign!
Christ has conquered! Now God’s life and glory fill you!
Darkness vanishes forever!
Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory!
The risen Saviour, our Lord of life, shines upon you!
Let all God’s people sing and shout for joy. AMEN!

Collect of the Day

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

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Ministry of the Word

The First Lesson

Acts 9:36-43 Reader:  Hank

36Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. 37At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. 38Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” 39So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. 41He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. 42This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm

Psalm 23 Reader:  Shanna

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.
He revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;
       for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;
       you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
       and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Epistle

Revelation 7:9-17 Reader:  Hank

9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat;17for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (10:22-30)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”25Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30The Father and I are one.”

Sermon – The Rev. Fletcher Harper

The Prayers

A Contemporary Creed

Now let us recite a creed, an affirmation of our faith:
We believe in God, the power of life, love and being that flows through the universe. We believe in Jesus, who revealed the good news of our connectedness with God and with all people, who was compassionate and stood up for justice,all the way to the end, who gave people an experience of God by demonstrating this power of life, love and being. Through his words and example, we believe that we too have this power, the capacity to give people an experience of God by living life fully, loving with our whole heart, and striving to be all we can be. We believe in the communion of saints, who are a people walking together, engaged in the search for meaning and the quest to be connected with the Source and Sustainer of all that exists. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Reader: Hannah

We know that when we center our minds and hearts in God’s Presence among us, extraordinary things happen.  Let us pray: May each of us be aware of the Spirit of God within us today and respond to the Good News, we pray.

Amen!

Let us pray for world peace.

Amen!

Let us pray for inner peace.

Amen!

Let us pray for an abundance of health, for prosperity, and for joy for all.

Amen!

Let us pray for the intentions within our hearts.  For those who may be sick, suffering or troubled.  For the challenges and dangers that we face. I invite you to add your own petitions, either silently or aloud.
(Silence)

We lift up these prayers in the belief that we are bonded in God’s Spirit with everything that exists. We pray with faith and confidence.  Amen.

Leader: And again, let us greet each other in the name of our Lord Christ. May Christ’s peace be with you, always.

And also with you.

The Peace

The peace of our Savior be always with you.
And also with you.

Announcements

During the upcoming Vestry meeting, the Vestry will be discussing the church’s next steps in transitioning to mask-optional services as COVID numbers continue to decline. Be on the lookout for additional information. The Vestry will also be discuss having indoor coffee hour.

We are happy to bring back “coffee hour” after the church (weather permitting) on the back deck / back yard. Light refreshments will be served (and will be prepackaged goods until we eat through all of them)

The US Military Banner tribute is still accepting applications until June 12, 2022. The banners will be placed around town a few weeks before Veterans Day and then put into storage in December to be displayed the next year. The honoree does not have to be a Secaucus resident. To participate in this program, please contact Sir Knight Sal Manante Sr. at 201-866-2988 or salm50@aol.com

If you have any announcements for the congregation, please email them to: announcements@oursavioursecaucus.church. Announcements will be added to our weekly email and read aloud by an appointed person during the service.

Missed the service? Didn’t hear the announcements? Loved the sermon and want to hear it again? Be sure to check out our YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/CoSServices

Important Dates

5/1 – 5/30 – Collection of items for babies for North Porch

If you have any announcements, please email them to: announcements@oursavioursecaucus.church

Prayer List

Daniel McDonough

Add a name to the prayer list by sending an email to prayers@oursavioursecaucus.church

Birthdays

5/5 Christine

5/6 Keishna

If we missed your birthday, you can let us know when it is through the member portal, tell Hank, Susan or Shanna, or send an email to webmaster@oursavioursecaucus.church

Flowers

Ruth Olsen and Helen Graham by Allen Family

The Holy Communion

Walk in love, as Christ loves us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.   Ephesians 5:2

During the Offertory, a hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

Doxology

Praise god from whom all blessings flow. Praise them all creatures here below. Praise god above the heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
(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

Representatives of the congregation bring the people’s offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant. The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar.

At the Presentation 

All things come of you, O Lord;
And of your own have we given you. 

The Great Thanksgiving

May God be with you
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Now let us give thanks to God.
Our Sustainer, Healer and Redeemer.

We give thanks and rejoice that Jesus lived, loved, died and lives on in God and among those who follow him. We rejoice that Jesus lives, as we all will, in the reality we call God.

We believe that death is not the end, but rather a transformation into new possibilities. Nothing that exists is ever completely destroyed. A star exploding or a leaf falling: both offer new possibilities and live on in ways unknown to stars and leaves.

Winter gives way to spring. What is once lifeless now abounds with life, new possibilities and delights. We, too, experience new possibilities arising from our failures or disappointments or what has come to an end.

We give thanks for all the influences in our lives that have helped us see beyond the present, that have called us to live in hope and trust whatever endings we have experienced.

We give thanks for Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Christ, who inspired us to put our hope and trust in Life and Love. We give thanks for the way he opened our minds and hearts to see and appreciate the deep and never-ending presence of God, who is Love.

We give thanks for the spirit of new life active in our lives as it was in the life of Jesus.

At this Easter gathering, we take bread, as Jesus took bread, and we remember, as Jesus remembered, God’s constant presence, as we say together the words he said:

Take, eat. This is my body, given for you.  Do this to remember me.

Blessed Jesus, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I offer my praise and thanksgiving. I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.

We take wine and drink, as Jesus invited his friends to drink, mindful that God is love and trust, as we say together the words he said:

Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, poured out for you.  Drink this to remember me.

We believe, with Jesus, that beyond pain and darkness and death is life unending, fresh, new meaning.

We believe that God sends a sacred spirit on these gifts that we offer, and turns them into God’s own body and blood.

We break and share this bread, as Jesus broke and shared it.

We share it as our pledge of openness to God in our midst, in acknowledgment of our eternal connection with the spirit of life.

Mindful of God’s great compassion, let us fill our hearts with compassion – towards ourselves and towards all living beings.

May all living beings realize that they are kin, all nourished from the same source of life.

May we ourselves cease to be the cause of suffering to each other.

May we live in a way which will not deprive other beings of air, water, food, shelter, or the chance to live.

With humility, with awareness of the existence of life, and of the sufferings that are going on around us, let us pray for the establishment of peace in our hearts and on earth.

For the journey that life has been, Amen.
for all that life is for us now, Amen.
for all that the future holds, Amen.
and for the mystery of life beyond death. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

And now, in the words that Jesus taught us, we pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven. hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kindgom 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.
Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,
forever and ever.  Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast.

These are the gifts of God for you, the people of God.

The congregation receives communion.

(AT THE COMMUNION: We encounter the Real Presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this Sacrament of Holy Communion. All who desire a closer relationship with God are encouraged to come forward: for a Blessing or, if you are baptized, for the Bread and Wine. NOTE: Until all restrictions have been lifted, only the bread is offered for communion.)

(Please form a distanced line in the aisle and come forward to receive from the priest.)

Post-Communion Prayer 

Precious Savior, out of your abundance you have fed us what we need, sparing none of your good gifts in Jesus Christ. Thank you, Lord. Now may we live as you taught us to, open to the depth of your presence in our lives and the lives of all, and ready to follow where You lead. AMEN.

Blessing

Let’s extend our hands over one another for a final blessing:
May we all the power to live life fully, The grace and passion to love generously, and the courage to be all we can be!

And the blessing of God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of all, be with you now and always. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God, alleluia.

Credits

Portions taken from:
https://progressivechristianity.org/resources/namaste-easter-liturgy/
https://www.presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/a_thanksgiving_great_prayer_of_thanksgiving.pdf
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship/churchs-year/times-and-seasons/easter

Ministers in this Service

Service Leader: Fletcher

Altar Guild/Flowers: Susan J

Verger/Tech Vergers: Kiki

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