St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

                                                                            Chester, Vermont

 

                                                           Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 15, 2022

The Holy Eucharist

 

Entrance Hymn 182    The Hymnal 1982 

 

Presider    Alleluia!  Christ is risen!

People     Christ is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

Presider   Let us pray.

Presider and people

 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.

 

Song of Praise    S-280   The Hymnal 1982, Service Music   

God be with you.

People      And also with you.

Presider   Let us pray.

Collect for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, p. 121)

Presider and people

Alpha and Omega, First and Last, glory outshining all the lights of heaven: pour out upon us your Spirit of faithful love and abundant compassion, so that we may rejoice in the splendor of your works while we wait in expectation for the new heaven and the new earth you promise when Christ shall come again.  Amen.

 

The First Reading – Acts Acts 11:1-18

Reader     A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, 3saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” 4Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, 5“I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. 6As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. 7I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 9But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ 10This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. 11At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. 12The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. 13He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; 14he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ 15And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. 16And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” 18When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”

 

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

People      Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 148

1 Alleluia! Praise God from the heavens; * sing praise in the heights.

 

2 Praise God, all you angels; * sing praise, all the heavenly host.

 

3 Praise God, sun and moon; * sing praise, all you shining stars.

 

4 Praise God, heaven of heavens * and you waters above the heavens.

 

5 Let them praise the Name of God, * by whose command they were created.

 

6 God made them stand fast for ever and ever, * and gave them a law which shall not pass away.

 

7 Praise God from the earth, * you sea-monsters and all deeps;

 

8 Fire and hail, snow and fog, * tempestuous wind, doing God’s will;

 

9 Mountains and all hills, * fruit trees and all cedars;

 

10 Wild beasts and all cattle, * creeping things and winged birds;

 

11 Sovereigns of the earth and all peoples, * leaders and all rulers of the world;

 

12 Young men and maidens, * old and young together.

 

13 Let them praise your Name, O God, * for your Name only is exalted; your splendor is over earth and heaven.

 

14 You have raised up strength for your people and praise for all your loyal servants, * the children of Israel, a people who are near you. Alleluia!

 

Second Reading – Revelation 21:1-6

Reader    A reading from the Revelation to John.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” 5And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

 

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

People      Thanks be to God.

 

Sequence Hymn 358 The Hymnal 1982

 

The Holy Gospel    John 13:31-35

Reader     The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John.

People      Glory to you, O Christ.

31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

Reader     The Gospel of the Lord.

People      Praise to you, O Christ.

 

The Sermon     The Rev. Bruce L. MacDuffie

 

Nicene Creed    

 Presider and people

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, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became 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, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who 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    

In peace and in faith, let us offer our prayers, saying, “Christ, have mercy.”

 

For peace and tranquility in the world, and for the salvation of all, let us pray.

Christ, have mercy.

 

For Michael, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, for Shannon, the Bishop of Vermont and for all the People of God, let us pray.

Christ, have mercy.

 

For the people of the Ukraine and for the nation of Russia, as well as for all places of continuing warfare and oppression: Yemen, Ethiopia and Tigray Province, Myanmar, Israel and Palestine, and Syria, that your Spirit of peace and reconciliation may prevail.

Christ, have mercy.

 

For all celebrating birthdays at this time, help us celebrate their presence in our lives.  Especially we name: ____________________

Christ, have mercy.

 

For those who are ill or in recovery, in mental or emotional distress, or suffering from broken or abusive relationships, and for those who have requested our prayers: __________________________________

Christ, have mercy.

 

For those who have died (especially….) and for all who are dying in warfare,

Christ have mercy.

 

For your resurrection presence to be known to us in each other in our homes and schools, in our congregations and communities, we pray.

Christ, have mercy.

 

Loving God, hear the prayers we have offered and continue to offer, and give us strength and wisdom to carry your love to all whom we meet.

Amen.

 

Confession of Sin

Presider      Let us confess our sins to God. Silence may be kept.

 

Minister and People    God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

 

Absolution

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 Peace

Presider   The peace of Christ be always with you.

People   And also with you.

Offertory Hymn 492  The Hymnal 1982

 

Eucharistic Prayer 3 The people remain standing.

Presider    The Lord be with you.

People       And also with you.

Presider     Lift up your hearts.

People       We lift them to the Lord.

Presider     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People        It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Presider     All thanks and praise are yours at all times and in all places,

our true and loving God; through Jesus Christ, your eternal Word,

the Wisdom from on high by whom you created all things.

You laid the foundations of the world and enclosed the sea when it burst out from the womb; You brought forth all creatures of the earth

and gave breath to humankind. Wondrous are you, Holy One of Blessing,

all you create is a sign of hope for our journey; through Jesus Christ our Lord; But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away to sin of the world.  By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us everlasting life.   And so as the morning stars sing your praises we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we shout with joy:

Presider and people  S-125     Service Music, The Hymnal 1982            

The people stand or kneel. 

Glory and honor are yours, Creator of all, your Word has never been silent;

you called a people to yourself, as a light to the nations, you delivered them from bondage and led them to a land of promise.

Of your grace, you gave Jesus to be human, to share our life, to proclaim the coming of your holy reign and give himself for us, a fragrant offering.

Through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, you have freed us from sin, brought us into your life, reconciled us to you, and restored us to the glory you intend for us.

 

We thank you that on the night before he died for us Jesus took bread,

and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, gave it to his friends and said: “Take, eat, this is my Body, broken for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

After supper Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends and said: “Drink this, all of you: this cup is the new Covenant in my Blood,

poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

And so, remembering all that was done for us: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension, longing for Christ’s coming in glory,

and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed and human hands have made,

we acclaim you, O Christ:

 

Presider and people

Dying, you destroyed our death.

Rising, you restored our life.

Christ Jesus, come in glory!

 

Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine

that they may be to us the Body and Blood of your Christ.

 

Grant that we, burning with your Spirit’s power, may be a people of hope, justice and love. Giver of Life, draw us together in the Body of Christ, and in the fullness of time gather us with blessed Luke, the patron of this congregation, and all your people into the joy of our true eternal home.

 

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

we worship you our God and Creator in voices of unending praise.

Blessed are you now and for ever. AMEN.

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

 

Presider and people

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

Presider    Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

People      Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

S164   Service Music Hymnal 1982

 

Presider  The Holy Gifts of God for the Holy People of God.

This is the table, not of the Church but of Jesus Christ. It is made ready for those who love God and who want to love God more. So come, you who have much faith and you who have little, you who have been here often and you who have not been for a long time or ever before, you who have tried to follow and you who have failed. It is Christ who invites you to be known and fed here.  All are welcome to receive communion. (Special COVID precautions may be voiced here.)

 

Communion Hymn   577   The Hymnal 1982

Post-communion Prayer

Presider      Let us pray.

Presider and People

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

Closing Hymn 304  The Hymnal 1982

 

Announcements

 

Blessing 

The Priest blesses the people, saying Holy eternal Majesty,

Holy incarnate Word, Holy abiding Spirit, Our God Almighty, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit Bless you for evermore. Amen.

 

Dismissal

Presider      Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia.  Alleluia.

People        Thanks be to God. Alleluia.  Alleluia.

 

PLEASE!!  Take this service leaflet with you.  Read the scriptures again.  Learn a hymn or two.  Use the prayers of the people all this coming week.  Blessings!

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

 

May 18, Wed.  Mid-week Eucharist   Bruce MacDuffie presiding

May 22            Sixth Sunday of Easter     Holy Eucharist Rite Two

                                 Rev. Dr. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

May 25, Wed.   Ascension Day Eve,  Eucharist   Rev. Bruce MacDuffie

May 29            Seventh Sunday of Easter, Holy Eucharist Rite One

                                 Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, presiding

June 1             Mid-week Eucharist     Rev. Bruce MacDuffie

June 5              The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday  Holy Eucharist Rite 2

                                  Rev. Dr. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

June 8              Mid-week Eucharist    Bruce MacDuffie, presiding

     June 12           First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

                                 Holy Eucharist Rite 2   Bruce MacDuffie presiding

Schedule for the 10 AM church services

at St. Luke’s Rev. Bruce MacDuffie Presiding

May 15 Fifth Sunday of Easter     Holy Eucharist Rite One Rev. Dr. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

May 18, Wed.  Mid-week Eucharist   Bruce MacDuffie presiding

May 22 Sixth Sunday of Easter     Holy Eucharist Rite Two  Rev. Dr. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

May 25, Wed.   Ascension Day Eve,  Eucharist   Rev. Bruce MacDuffie presiding

May 29 Seventh Sunday of Easter, Holy Eucharist Rite One

Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, presiding

June 1 Mid-week Eucharist     Rev. Bruce MacDuffie presiding

June 5 The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday  Holy Eucharist Rite 2

 Rev. Dr. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

June 8 Mid-week Eucharist    Bruce MacDuffie, presiding

June 12   First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday Holy Eucharist Rite 2  

Bruce MacDuffie presiding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WORSHIP SCHEDULE

 

May 1             Third Sunday of Easter     Liturgy of the Word or

                              Morning Prayer    John Hoover officiatin

May 8             Fourth Sunday of Easter    Liturgy of the Word or

                              Morning Prayer    John Hoover officiating

 

May 11, Wed.   Mid-week Eucharist, Rev. Bruce presiding

 

May 15            Fifth Sunday of Easter     Holy Eucharist Rite One

                              Rev. Dr. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

 

May 18, Wed.  Mid-week Eucharist   Bruce MacDuffie presiding

 

May 22            Sixth Sunday of Easter     Holy Eucharist Rite Two

                                 Rev. Dr. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

 

May 25, Wed.   Ascension Day Eve,  Eucharist   Rev. Bruce MacDuffie

 

May 29            Seventh Sunday of Easter, Holy Eucharist Rite One

                                 Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, presiding

 

June 1             Mid-week Eucharist     Rev. Bruce MacDuffie

 

June 5              The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday  Holy Eucharist Rite 2

                                  Rev. Dr. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

 

June 8              Mid-week Eucharist    Bruce MacDuffie, presiding

       

June 12           First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

                                 Holy Eucharist Rite 2   Bruce MacDuffie presiding