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Second Sunday of Lent
10:00 am  March 5, 2023
The Holy Eucharist

(During the winter months, services are held in Willard Hall)

Organ prelude: 

selected and played by Karlaine Livingston.

This page will be updated during the week.

The church bell is rung after the prelude.

There will be a 3 minute period of silence before the service begins

Entrance Hymn  (The Hymnal 1982)

Presider: Blessed by the God of our salvation.
People: Who bears our burdens and forgives our sins.
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.


Song of Praise S-280    (Service Music)

Presider: God be with you.
People: And also with you.
Presider: Let us pray.

Collect for the First Sunday in Lent (Revised Common Lectionary Prayers)

Presider and people: Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted of Satan: Make speed to help thy servants who are assaulted by manifold temptations; and, as thou knowest their several infirmities, let each one find thee mighty to save; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The First Reading –  Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Reader: A reading from the book of Genesis

15The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
  3:1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’ ” 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; 5for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

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

People:    Thanks be to God.

Psalm: 32

1 Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, * and whose sin is put away!

2 Happy are they to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, * and in whose spirit there is no guile!

3 While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, * because of my groaning all day long.

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

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you, * and did not conceal my guilt.

6 I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” * Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.

7 Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; * when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.

8 You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; * you surround me with shouts of deliverance.

9 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; * I will guide you with my eye.

10 Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; * who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you.”

11 Great are the tribulations of the wicked; * but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.

12 Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord; * shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

Second Reading  – Romans 5:12-19
Reader: A reading from Romans 

12 Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned—13 sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. 14 Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.
  15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. 16 And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. 17 If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
  18 Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. 19 For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

Reader:   The Word of the Lord.

People:   Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn (The Hymnal 1982)

The Holy Gospel – Matthew 4:1-11
Reader:  The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
People:  Glory to you, O Christ.

1[After Jesus was baptized, he] was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,
 ‘One does not live by bread alone,
  but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
  5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
 ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
  and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
 so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
  8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; 9 and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
 ‘Worship the Lord your God,
  and serve only him.’ ”
11Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

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.

Prayers of the People


Presider: We do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Let us pray to the source of our sustenance, saying, “God, our hiding place, preserve us from trouble.”


Presider: Great God, you have called your people to worship and serve you alone. Instill in us such a singleness of heart that we might perfectly trust you to meet our needs.

Invite the congregation to add their thanksgivings, followed by silence

Presider: God, our hiding place,

People: Preserve us from trouble.


Presider: Great God, we live among many temptations. Free the people of this nation, and this world, from all sinful desires that draw us from the love of God.



Presider: God, our hiding place,

People: Preserve us from trouble.

Presider:  Great Creator, you have surrounded us with blessings; you provide enough to meet our needs. And yet, we strive and scheme for more, always more. Have mercy on us.



Presider: God, our hiding place,

People: Preserve us from trouble.

Presider:  O Lord, we pray for those bound by addiction, those for whom temptation is a constant threat. Set the captive free. Satisfy their cravings with abundant grace.



Presider: God, our hiding place,

People: Preserve us from trouble.

Presider:  Be with the sick and suffering, Great Healer. Be for them a hiding place; preserve them from trouble; surround them with shouts of deliverance.

(Invite the congregation to add their petitions and thanksgivings, followed by silence)


Presider: God, our hiding place,

People: Preserve us from trouble.

Presider: Through the righteousness of Jesus our Christ, give new and abundant life to all. Justify the dying and the dead. Keep them in your strong hands for ever.


Presider: God, our hiding place,

People: Preserve us from trouble.

Confession of Sin

Presider:   Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty 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. 




Priest:   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.

People:  Amen.

The Peace
Presider: The peace of Christ be always with you.
People: And also with you.

Offertory Sentence

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

(The collection is taken up to the altar)

Offertory Hymn 
(Lift Every Voice and sing)

Presider: All things come from thee O Lord

People: And of thine own have we given.

Eucharistic Prayer

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 God thanks and praise.


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; Because you gave Jesus Christ your only Son, to be born for us; who by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, was made perfect man of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother; so that we night be delivered from the bondage of sin, and receive power to become your children. And so as the stars sing your praises we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we shout with joy:

Presider and people: Hymn 133   (Enriching our Music 2)

(The people stand or kneel)
Presider:    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!.”

Presider: 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.

Presider and peopleBlessed are you now and forever.


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.
The Breaking of the Bread
Presider: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.


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.
Communion Hymn (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. 

Closing Hymn (The Hymnal 1982)


Closing Blessing

(The Priest blesses the people, saying)

May Christ be manifest in each of us as well come to know your calling to love and serve in your holy creation, and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always.. 


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


Organ prelude selected and played by Karlaine Livingston

Presider: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia. Alleluia.
People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

PLEASE!! Print and save this service leaflet. Read the scriptures again. Learn a hymn or two. Use the prayers of the people all this coming week. Blessings!
(Until warmer weather, all midweek and Sunday worship will meet in Willard Hall)
Wednesday, March 1:

Midweek Eucharist in Lent

5:30-6:00 PM in Willard Hall

David of Wales, Bishop, c. 544

Sunday, March 5:
2nd Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist, 10-11:15

Wednesday, March 8:

Midweek Eucharist in Lent

5:30-6:00 PM in Willard Hall

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy: Priest, 1929

Sunday, March 12:
3rd Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist, 10-11:15

Wednesday, March 15:

Midweek Eucharist in Lent

5:30-6:00 PM in Willard Hall



Wednesday, March 8th:
6:30pm Vestry meeting
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