Rite II Sunday Service with Holy Communion

(Taken from the BCP pgs. 355-360, 367ff) 


Liturgy of the Word  [BCP 355-360]


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

PEOPLE:          And blessed be God's kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen.

PRESIDER:       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 Jesus      Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [BCP 355]

ALL:     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.  [BCP 356]

PRESIDER:       The Lord be with you.  


PEOPLE:  And also with you.

PRESIDER:       Let us pray.  O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. [4 Pentecost Collect]

LECTOR:          A Reading from I Samuel  *I Sam. 17:4-11, 32-39 is read.  (See separate sheet)

PRESIDER:       The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 9:9-20.  Let us say this Psalm responsively by whole verse.  [BCP 593-594]

The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed,*

a refuge in time of trouble.



Those who know your Name will put their trust in you,*

for you never forsake those who seek you, O LORD.

Sing praise to the LORD who dwells in Zion;*

proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.


The Avenger of blood will remember them;*

he will not forget the cry of the afflicted.


Have pity on me, O LORD;*

see the misery I suffer from those who hate me,

O you who lift me up from the gate of death;


So that I may tell of all your praises

and rejoice in your salvation*

in the gates of the city of Zion.


The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug,*

and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.


The LORD is known by his acts of justice;*

the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.


The wicked shall be given over to the grave,*

and also all the peoples that forget God.


For the needy shall not always be forgotten,*

and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.


Rise up, O LORD, let not the ungodly have the upper hand;*

let them be judged before you.


Put fear upon them, O LORD;*

let the ungodly know they are but mortal.

LECTOR:          A Reading from Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians.  *2Cor. 6:1-13 is read.

Gradual Music

PRESIDER:       The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark. 

PEOPLE:          Glory to you, Lord Christ. 


*Mark 4:35-41 is read.

PRESIDER:       The Gospel of the Lord.

PEOPLE:  Praise to you, Lord Christ.

*Homily by Heidi Edson+

*The Nicene Creed is recited by ALL--

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 Pontus 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 worshipped 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.  [BCP 358]

*Prayers of the People.  [BCP 387, Form III]

PRESIDER:       Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;

PEOPLE:          That we all may be one.

PRESIDER:       Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;

PEOPLE:          That your Name may be glorified by all people.

PRESIDER:       We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons.  In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we        pray for The Church of North India.  In the Diocese of VT Cycle of Prayer we pray for St.  Mary's Parish, Northfield and The Rev'd Empy Schneider.

PEOPLE:          That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

PRESIDER:       We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;

PEOPLE:          That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

PRESIDER:       Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

PEOPLE:          That our works may find favor in your sight.

PRESIDER:       Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;

PEOPLE:          That they may be delivered from their distress.

PRESIDER:       Give to the departed eternal rest;

PEOPLE:          Let light perpetual shine upon them.

PRESIDER:       We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

PEOPLE:          May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.


PRESIDER:       Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.  *Please feel free to offer prayers aloud.

PRESIDER:       Almighty God, to whom our needs are known before we ask:  Help us to ask only what accords with your will; and those good things which we dare not, or in our blindness cannot ask, grant us for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.         [BCP 394-5, #4]

PRESIDER:       Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

ALL:     Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.

PRESIDER:       Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.  Amen

PRESIDER:       The Peace of Christ be always with you.

 PEOPLE:  And also with you.  [BCP 360]       

Liturgy of Holy Communion [BCP367-369, Prayer B]

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:       It is right, and good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.  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:

ALL:     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.  [BCP 367]

PRESIDER:       We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son.  For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.  In Christ, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you.  In Christ, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

           On the night before he died for us, 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.  Do this for the remembrance of me."

PRESIDER:       Therefore, according to his command, O God,

ALL:     We remember his death, We proclaim his resurrection, We await his coming in glory.

PRESIDER:       We pray you gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and His Blood of the new Covenant.  Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with the Blessed Virgin Mary and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.  [BCP 368-9]

PRESIDER:       And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray,

*Praying together, ALL 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, the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever.  Amen.


PRESIDER:       The Gifts of God for the People of God.  (*All may come forward to front table       and take a Kit.  Please hold on to it and we will consume together.)

Communion Music

PRESIDER:       The Body of Christ, the Bread of heaven.  (*All consume the wafer.

The Blood of   Christ, the Cup of Salvation.  (*All consume the wine.)

PRESIDER:       Let us pray.

ALL:     Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.  Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

PRESIDER:       The Blessing of God Almighty be upon you and remain with you always.

PRESIDER:       Let us bless the Lord.   PEOPLE:         Thanks be to God. [BCP 364-6]

Postlude Music