Pondside Eucharist Lent 2021

Peoples Prelude
Bell
Welcome 
Bell
Silence

Opening statement: 
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of all the lands on which we meet today, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge particularly the Eno, the Shakori, the Occaneechi, the Tutelo, and the Cheraw, the First Peoples of what is now The Triangle of North Carolina, whose descendants are now citizens of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation.

Silence
Bell
Penitential Order

Presider           Blessed be the God of our salvation:
All                   Who bears our burdens and forgives our sins.

A period of silence is kept.

Jesus said, “The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel: 
The Lord your God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love 
your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”    
Mark 12:29-31

Confession      [from Enriching Our Worship]
Presider           Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.          
After a short silence for reflection, all pray together:
All               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.

Absolution       [from The Book of Common Prayer]
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. 
All               Amen.

                  Lord, have mercy.
                  Christi have mercy.
                  Lord have mercy.

Collect of the Day
Presider           The Lord be with you.
People             And also with you.
Presider           Let us pray. 

The presider prays the Collect of the day, and in response, the people say: Amen.

The Lessons

A Reading

At the end of the reading, the lector says, “Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people,” to which the people respond, “Thanks be to God.” 

The Psalm (see psalms below)

The Gospel    (the people are invited to stand as they are able)
Before the reading of the Gospel 
Presider           The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to…
People          Glory to you, Lord Christ.

After the reading of the Gospel 

Presider           The Gospel of the Lord.
People          Praise to you, Lord Christ.

A Homily

The Prayers of the People

Leader             Let us now offer our prayers and thanksgiving to God. 
Before we pray together, let us, in silence, ask the Spirit to bring to our consciousness those things for which we should pray.

After a time of silence the Leader continues:

Creator and Redeemer, help us now to pray. We offer our respect and give thanks for the Traditional Custodians and Elders who have walked this land, for those who may be interred in this land and their descendants among us today. Help us to honor the truth and to seek the peace, justice, recompense and reconciliation you desire for all of your people. Help us to listen compassionately, to speak humbly and to act justly. Give us wisdom, patience and courage to work together for healing and hope.
Silence
Leader             Lord in your mercy
People         Hear our prayer.

Leader             Let us pray for the Church and for the world. Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.
Silence
Leader             Lord in your mercy
People         Hear our prayer.

Leader             Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.
Silence
Leader             Lord in your mercy
People         Hear our prayer.

Leader             Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.
Silence
Leader             Lord in your mercy
People         Hear our prayer.

Leader             Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.
Silence
Leader             Lord in your mercy
People         Hear our prayer.

Leader             Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.
Silence
Leader             Lord in your mercy
People         Hear our prayer.

Leader             We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.
Silence
Leader             Lord in your mercy
People         Hear our prayer.

The Presider adds a concluding Collect:

O God our Maker, who ignites stars and births planets, God who shapes the earth, forming its soils and cycling its waters, God who breathes all life into being when we cannot: Breathe through us here and now as we gather our prayers together. Attach us to this earth you have made, for we are dust bound, here today and gone tomorrow. Make us eager to share in the work of love, grief, and reparation during our short days. This we pray so that by your Spirit moving between, through, and among us, the strained relationships of this more-than-human world might be rewoven toward your justice, the dispossessed custodians of this land might be restored what is theirs, and your earth and all her life might flourish as you dream. Through Jesus Christ who teaches us what it means to live and the Holy Spirit who animates that life among us now, one God, before beginning and after end. Amen.  (written for The Advocate, Lent 2021)

The Peace

Presider           The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People             And also with you.
Presider           Let us share a sign of Christ’s peace with one another.

THE EUCHARIST

The table is prepared

Presider           Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation: through your goodness we have this bread to set before you, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life. 
People         Blessed be God forever.

Presider           Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation: through your goodness we have this wine to set before you, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become for us the cup of salvation. 
People         Blessed be God forever. (Offertory Prayer, Didache 3rd Century)

The Great Thanksgiving

Presider           God the Creator is here.
People          God’s Spirit is with us.
Presider           Lift up your hearts
People                   We lift them to God the Creator
Presider           Let us give thanks to God
People                   It is right to offer our thanks and praise.

Presider:          God the Creator, our Great Spirit, from the depths of our hearts we give you thanks. We say thank you, now and forever. From the place of the rising sun in the East, to the South where the warm winds blow, from the West where the soft rain comes, to the coldness of the North. We unite with all creation from the four directions to join in the everlasting thanksgiving and praise for the gift of Jesus Christ.

With hearts lifted, we join with the angels, the guardian spirits, the saints, and all our ancestors as we say

All:              Holy, holy holy Lord, 
God of power and might, 
heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest.


Presider:          O Great Spirit, our Creator from whom all holiness comes, we come before you again today.
Just as in generations past, we come to worship you and acknowledge your greatness. We marvel at your creation.

You sent Jesus into creation because people had turned away from you and no longer loved each other, bringing death and destruction. Sharing our living and dying, Jesus opened our eyes and our hearts to understand that we are all relatives and that you are our Great Spirit the Creator.

Stretching out his arms upon the cross, he became a perfect offering for all, uniting in beauty all that is, with all that has been, and with all that ever will be.

On the night Jesus was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take eat, this is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper Jesus took the cup of wine; gave thanks, 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. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

ALL:             Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Presider:          In this ceremony which Jesus gave us, we celebrate our salvation. In our offering of praise and thanks, we stand in the memory, strength, and love of Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension. Remembering, we make our offering.

By your Holy Spirit, make our gifts holy, so that they may be spiritual food and drink. + Make us holy, so that we respectfully receive this feast and serve you in each other.
(Eucharistic Prayer revised version from the Liturgy of St. John’s, Red Lake, MN)

United in Christ with all who stand before you on earth and heaven, we worship you, God the Creator, our Great Spirit, in songs and dance of infinite praise. Blessing, honor and glory be yours, here and everywhere, now and for ever. Amen. (adapted from NZ Maori PB)

Presider           As our Savior Christ has taught us we now pray.
All               Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name,
                  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
                  Give us today our daily bread.
                  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
                  Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
Now and for ever. Amen.


The Fraction

Presider:          Behold what you are
People:            May we become what we receive

Post Communion Prayer

Presider           Let us Pray
All              
O God of our ancestors,
God of our people, 
before whose face the human generations pass away:
We thank you that in you we are kept safe for ever,
and that the broken fragments of our history 
are gathered up in the redeeming act of your dear Son,
remembered in this holy sacrament of bread and wine.
Help us to walk daily in the Communion of Saints,
declaring our faith in the forgiveness of sins 
and the resurrection of the body.
Now send us out 
in the power of your Holy Spirit
to live and work for your praise and glory.                  Amen.

Blessing       

Announcements

Sending Forth           

Presider           Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power,
the glory, the splendor, and the majesty:
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom:
and you are exalted as head over all.             1 Chronicles 29.11

People                   Thanks be to God.

Psalter for Lent

Lent Two:
Psalm 22:22-30
22 May all who fear you, O God, give praise; *
may the offspring of Israel stand in awe and all of Jacob’s line give glory.

23 For you do not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
         neither do you hide your face from them; *
but when they cry to you, you hear them.

24 My praise is of you in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship you.

25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
         and those who seek you shall praise you: *
“May your heart live for ever!”

26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to you, *
and all the families of the nations shall bow before you.

27 For yours is the royal power, O God; *
you rule over the nations.

28 To you alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before you.

29 My soul shall live for you; my descendants shall serve you; *
they shall be known as the Lord’s for ever.

30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that you have done.

Lent Three
Psalm 19 

1 The heavens declare your glory, O God, *
and the firmament shows your handiwork.

2 One day tells its tale to another, *
and one night imparts knowledge to another.

3 Although they have no words or language, *
and their voices are not heard,

4 Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
and their message to the ends of the world.

5 In the deep you have set a pavilion for the sun; *
it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber; 
         it rejoices like a champion to run its course.

6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens 
         and runs about to the end of it again; *
nothing is hidden from its burning heat.

7 Your law, O God, is perfect and revives the soul; *
your testimony is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.

8 Your statutes are just and rejoice the heart; *
your commandment is clear and gives light to the eyes.

9 The fear of you is clean and endures for ever; *
your judgments are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, *
sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.

11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *
and in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can tell how often one offends? *
cleanse me from my secret faults.

13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; 
         let them not get dominion over me; *
then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my 
         heart be acceptable in your sight, *
O God, my strength and my redeemer.

Additional Notes For Lent 2021

A note about land acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of acknowledging and showing respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of the land on which the Church of The Advocate stands. The acknowledgment fosters the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of the Original Peoples here: the Occaneechi band of the Saponi Nation.

We also acknowledge that there are some Peoples from this land whose names are not known unto us, whose voices are silenced or are still working to be heard. Their names are known by and treasured by God. It is acknowledging that only when Mother Earth is well, can her children be well.  It is a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth. It is renunciation of the Doctrine of Discovery in the United States, and the oppression of all Original Peoples in every State. It is recognizing that their struggle is interconnected with the struggles of all oppressed Peoples. It is the beginning of the inclusion of Indigenous voice, diversity exploration, incorporation in all fields, supporting Indigenous nations and organizations, empowering Indigenous peoples—including economic justice, supporting Indigenous-led grassroots campaigns, environmental justice, land and water rights and ultimately land return to Indigenous nations.

In her book Native, Kaitlin Curtice writes: “Land Acknowledgement is about listing, it is about remembering, and it is about rejecting invisibility.”

A Note about Many and Great. One of our songs will include hymn #382 from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982 Many and Great Are Thy Works, a hymn was written in 1942 in the Dakota Native American language by Joseph Renville. 

Our curate Alice Graham Grant reports:
Renville was married to a Dakota and converted to Protestantism from Catholicism. Raymond Glover, editor of The Hymnal 1982 Companion suggests that the melody is a funeral song to be sung in procession, existing before the text was written. The hymn’s utmost significance is considered in light of its historical significance to the Dakota peoples.  

Specifically, the hymn was present at one of the most significant, largest US mass executions: the Hanging of the 38 Dakota Indians in Mankato, Minnesota on December 26, 1862.  Death by hanging for the crimes of theft resulting from desperate people confined to reservations by the government as they faced starvation. None of these people received a fair trial. It is said that Episcopal Bishop Henry Whipple intervened by writing to Abraham Lincoln, as well as traveling to Washington, DC to plead for their lives. Lincoln reviewed the cases and reduced the condemned to 38. Of the 38 executed, 37 were baptized. As they walked to their death, the condemned sang “Many and Great Are Thy Works” in the Dakota Language.

Joseph Renville was a significant political and economic presence in this community, a bridge-builder between cultures, and a partner with Protestant missionaries in the expansion of Christianity in the region. To me, this history underscores the utter messiness of evangelism, and makes me believe that we can sing this hymn only by the grace of God in Jesus. Put differently, we can only sing this tune in Lent in light of Easter.  

A note about the Read, Kaitlin Curtice’s Native.
Goodreads synopsis:
“Native is about identity, soul-searching, and being on the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a member of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice offers a unique perspective on these topics. In this book, she shows how reconnecting with her Native American roots both informs and challenges her Christian faith.

Drawing on the narrative of her personal journey and the poetry, imagery, and stories of the Potawatomi people, Curtice addresses themes at the forefront of today’s discussions of faith and culture in a positive and constructive way. She encourages us to embrace our own origins and to share and listen to each other’s stories so we can build a more inclusive and diverse future for the church. Each of our stories matters for the church to be truly whole. As Curtice shares what it means to experience her faith through the lens of her Indigenous heritage, she reveals that a vibrant spirituality has its origins in identity, belonging, and a sense of place.”

A Prayer for Eco-Penance

An End to Waste

Let us pray for an end to the
Waste and desecration of God’s creation
For access to the fruits of creation
To be shared equally among all people
And for communities and nations to find sustenance
In the fruits of the earth and the water God has given us.

Almighty God, you created the world and gave it
Into our care so that, in obedience to you,
We might serve all people:
Inspire us to use the riches of creation with wisdom,
and to ensure that their blessings are shared by all;
That, trusting in your bounty, all people may be
Empowered to seek freedom from poverty, famine, and oppression.

Amen

Epiphany Pondside Eucharist

Epiphany – Pondside at 4PM

People’s Prelude
Bell
Welcome
A period of silence is kept. During this time we prepare ourselves in heart and in mind to worship God together.
Bell

Opening Acclamation

Presider            Blessed are you, Holy and Living One.  

People          Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the shadows. Shine in your Church gathered today. 

Song of Praise  Third Song of Isaiah  (Said)

People:  
Arise, shine, for your light has come, 
and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.

Reader  
Arise, shine, for your light has come, 
and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you. 
For behold, darkness covers the land; 
deep gloom enshrouds the peoples. 
But over you the Lord will rise, 
and his glory will appear upon you.                     

Reader  
Nations will stream to your light, 
and kings to the brightness of your dawning. 
Your gates will always be open; 
 by day or night they will never be shut. 
They will call you, The City of the Lord, 
The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.                      

Reader  
Violence will no more be heard in your land, 
ruin or destruction within your borders. 
You will call your walls, Salvation, and all your portals, Praise. 
The sun will no more be your light by day; 
by night you will not need the brightness of the moon.

The Lord will be your everlasting light, 
and your God will be your glory.                         

People:  Arise, shine, for your light has come, 
and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.

Collect of the Day

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

The presider prays the Collect of the day, and in response, the people say: Amen.

THE LESSONS

Reading 

At the end of the reading, the lector says, “Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people,” to which the people respond, “Thanks be to God.” 

The Psalm  (from the St. Helena’s Psalter)
            

The Gospel      (the people are invited to stand as they are able)

Before the reading of the Gospel 

Presider            The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to…
People          Glory to you, Lord Christ.

After the reading of the Gospel 

Presider            The Gospel of the Lord.
People          Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Homily

The Prayers of the People                                          

The Leader reads the following introduction:

Leader  Let us now offer our prayers and thanksgiving to God. After each bidding, I invite you to share your prayers with the whole congregation, so that we may join our prayers to yours. Before we pray together, let us, in silence, ask the Spirit to bring to our consciousness those things for which we should pray.

The Leader then offers each bidding.  In the silence following each bidding, the people are invited to share their prayers, either silently or aloud. At the end of each intercession, the leader says:

Leader              We pray to the Lord…
People          Lord, hear our prayer.

The biddings follow this order:

I bid your prayers for God’s people throughout the world and for the universal church and its leaders;  

I bid your prayers for peace and justice; 

I bid your prayers for our nation and our state, and for all persons in positions of authority; 

I bid your prayers for the needs and concerns of our counties and our cities;  

I bid your prayers for this congregation, for those who suffer and for those in any kind of trouble; 

I bid your prayers for those who have died;

I bid your prayers of thanksgivings to God

The Presider will then add a concluding collect.

The Confession [from Enriching Our Worship]

Presider            Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.     

After a short silence for reflection, all pray together:

All               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.

Absolution        [New Zealand Book of Common Prayer]

Priest                Through the cross of Christ, God have mercy on you, pardon you, and set you free. Know that you are forgiven, and be at peace. God strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in life eternal.                     

All               Amen. 

The Peace

Presider            The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

Presider            Please exchange signs of Christ’s Peace with one another.

The Offertory 
Presider            Ascribe to God the honor due to God.
 Bring the offerings of your lives and come into God’s courts.

The Great Thanksgiving [Rite II, Prayer B from the Book of Common 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 [our] thanks and praise.

Presider            It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the workd, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing.
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.

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 him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, 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 [all] for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”??

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,??

Presider and People??

We remember his death,?
We proclaim his resurrection,
?
We await his coming in glory;

 Presider continues??

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.?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 [_______ 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.??

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. 

All               Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer      

Presider            As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray:                                     

All               Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your Name, 
your kingdom come, 

your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Try the LEVAS version? (A. Malotte ornt)The Breaking of the Bread

The Priest breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept, then:

Presider            Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

People          Therefore, let us keep the feast.  Alleluia!

Presider            Behold what you are.

People          May we become what we receive.

                        [Adapted from St. Augustine’s Homily #58: On the Eucharist]

The Communion

Jesus welcomes all; therefore all are welcome to receive God’s grace through the Holy Sacrament. In this Covid time, we receive the bread only. A gluten-free bread is available for those who need it.The Bread is given to the communicants with these words
The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you in everlasting life. [Amen.]
or The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven. [Amen.]


Prayer after Communion

Presider            Let us pray.

All                 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.

                   The Blessing    

Presider           May Christ, the Son of God, be manifest in you, that your lives may be a light of the world; And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be 

                                                 among you and remain with you always.

All               Amen.

Sending Forth   [Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music report to the 74th General Convention]

Our worship is ended. Our service in the world now begins. Go forth now in 

the Name of Christ. Go into your own neighborhoods. Go to unknown lands and places. Go 

where God’s name is well known and where it has yet to be known. Go to those who 

welcome you and to those who reject you. Go forth into the world and share the Good News of God’s love. Go in peace. Go in love. Go in joy. Alleluia! Alleluia!

People            Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Christmas 2020 at the Advocate

Join us on live Zoom on Christmas Eve at 5 PM.

Here’s the link to the Advocate Christmas Eve on Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89489989437?pwd=YlNUdGxzNWd6NFFJQlZuVnVJWTFtdz09

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You are invited to have a candle close at hand for the sinigng of Silent Night.
Note that there will also be Compline at 8:30 PM Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and all of the 12 Days of Christmas. 15 minutes of simple fellowship and traditional prayers and readings. Here’s the link for the Compline Zoom each night. Note that this is a new link and we will no longer have the link on the website.
Our regular Sunday schedule will continue on the Sundays of Christmas, December 27 and January 3.

Confronting Racism

As Christians who believe that every human being is created in the image of God and who are called to respect the dignity of every human being, we need to confront the racial inequity in our hearts and in our nation. There are lots of resources and opportunities for thinking about these things, and the list is growing daily. To help provide some focus for our conversations at the Advocate, here are some recommendations:

First, we continue to work with the local chapter of the NAACP to help get out the vote for this year’s elections. If you are able to participate in phone banking in the weeks ahead, please contact Elizabeth Young.

You can join in texting to get out the vote in North Carolina in partnership with Reclaim Our Vote and NC NAACP. The contact will be done through your computer, not your phone. When you open this google doc you will see options for text message training: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfWAMtOjgyfl3zRyeNz1RxLDr9kJprcvfySMe4WhoqenF6Hg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Second, we are hoping that half of the adults of the Advocate will participate in an REI (Racial Equity Institute) workshop, either Groundwater or Phase One. While many of the workshops ahead are already full, we are keeping an eye out for late fall. If you are interested in attending an REI workshop, check the partnership websites listed here for more information and to register.

Available REI Groundwater trainings (3 hour intro or refresher)
All are virtual. Price is $40-$45, depending on who is sponsoring.

Available REI Phase 1 sessions (2-day)
All listed below are virtual. Price is $295 for an individual, $275 per person for a group, $175 student.

The REI website (https://www.racialequityinstitute.com) has most of these options listed as well as others around the country, but does not include all the options (Alamance does not have theirs listed, for example). REI also has a list of all their partnership organizations, and you may find other options for the training by clicking on their links. 

If you need finical assistance, please contact the Vicar at vicar@TheAdvocateChurch.org.

Third, we are continuing a series of book and film conversations in the season ahead.
In September, we met to discuss White Fragility, Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism written by Robin DiAngelo about race relations in the United States.

Sunday, October 25, we will on Zoom at 7 PM to discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson. If you would like to participate in that discussion, please contact vicar@theAdvocateChurch.org.


Let us commit to praying and working together in the seasons ahead.

The Vicarage Presents… Women of the Cloud

Vicar of the Advocate, Lisa Fischbeck, along with producer Grace Camblos, has started a new short video program called The Vicarage. Filmed on location at the Advocate, these videos share stories and prayers of the Church.

In our first season, we focus on the Women of the Cloud, those women who are commemorated by The Episcopal Church and featured in the newly published book, “A Great Cloud of Witnesses.” It’s in part to fill the loss of the midweek Eucharist in this season of COVID, and also to share the stories about our ancestors in the faith that are usually heard only by those who can make it to the midweek Eucharist.

This week in Episode 16 we look back over Season One and explore what it means to be descendants in faith of these inspiring women. And we look forward to Season Two: The Saints Among Us!

In Episode 15 we remember Frances Perkins, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, whose faith inspired her to work for more just labor laws and to advocate for workers’ rights throughout her life:

Previous episodes:

  • Vida Dutton Scudder, an American educator, author, and social gospel movement activist
  • Brigid, one of Ireland’s patron saints, an early Irish Christian nun, abbess, and founder of several monasteries of nuns, including that of Kildare in Ireland
  • Margery Kempe, an English Christian mystic, known for writing through dictation “The Book of Margery Kempe,” a work considered by some to be the first autobiography in the English language
  • Thecla, a saint of the early Christian church, follower of Paul the Apostle, and a martyr and missionary (watch out for the ravenous seals!)
  • Hildegard of Bingen, a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. One of the best-known composers of sacred monophony, many also consider her the founder of scientific natural history in Germany
  • Amelia Jenks Bloomer, an American women’s rights advocate. As the first woman to own, operate and edit a newspaper for women, she helped reform women’s clothing, popularizing the style known as… bloomers!
  • Constance and Her Companions, Episcopal nuns who braved the 1878 yellow fever outbreak in Memphis, TN, to care for the city’s sick and dying
  • Prudence Crandall, a schoolteacher and activist who ran the first school for black girls in the United States
  • Artemisia Bowden, an African-American educator and civil rights activist who played a pivotal role in founding St. Philip’s College in San Antonio
  • Florence Nightingale, a woman inspired by her faith to care for the sick, injured, and dying, and who transformed nursing into the modern field of medicine that we know today
  • Catherine Winkworth, a 19th century poet and advocate for women’s education who translated some of today’s best-loved hymns from German into English
  • Mary, Martha, and the Ordination of Women: friends of Jesus who showed us how we can love God and each other — and the first Episcopal women ordained to the priesthood
  • Sojourner Truth, who preached against slavery, for the women’s vote, and, ahead of her time, against capital punishment
  • Macrina, fourth century monastic and writer…and older sister to two very smart brothers

Subscribe to the Advocate’s YouTube Channel to get new episodes every Wednesday!

Jesus the Lord is Risen

The Advocate Virtual Choir is expanding! Working towards a choir of the whole. Here is our “song of praise” for Eastertide. All are invited to sing along!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLCbi6jLP5Q&feature=youtu.be

Surrexit Dominos Vere!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Surrexit Christus Hodie!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Jesus the Lord is risen!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Jesus the Lord is risen today!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

All Who Hunger Gather Gladly

Prepared by an Advocate Virtual Choir for Maundy Thursday, 2020.

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“All who hunger, gather gladly; holy manna is our bread. Come from wilderness and wandering. Here, in truth, we will be fed. You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food. Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

All who hunger, never strangers; seeker, be a welcome guest. Come from restlessness and roaming. Here, in joy, we keep the feast. We that once were lost and scattered in communion’s love have stood. Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

All who hunger, sing together; Jesus Christ is living bread. Come from loneliness and longing. Here, in peace, we have been led. Blest are those who from this table live their lives in gratitude. Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.”
Sylvia Dunstan (1955-1993)

Palm Sunday 2020

LITURGY OF THE PALMS

The people gather with branches/flowers from their gardens

Welcome

Presider           Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel!All                   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!

Presider           Dear Friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal mystery.  Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Savior, to suffer, to die, and to rise again.  Let us go with him in faith that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share in his risen life.

Gospel of the Triumphal Entry

Before the reading of the Gospel

Presider    The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christaccording to Matthew.
People     Glory to you, Lord Christ.

(Matthew 21:1-11)

When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!

After the reading of the Gospel 

Presider     The Gospel of the Lord.
People    Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Blessing of “the Palms”.   People hold up their branches and flowers.

Presider           The Lord be with you.
All                   And also with you.
Presider           Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All                   It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Presider           It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm along his way. Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

All                   Amen.

Presider           Let us go forth in peace!
All                   In the name of the Lord!

“Procession of the Palms “

Hossanah. Hosannah. Hosannah. Hosannah.
Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
Hossanah. Hosannah. Hosannah. Hosannah.
Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
Hossanah. Hosannah. Hosannah. Hosannah.
Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!

“At the door of the Church”

Presider           Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect of the Day

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

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading                                                                                                            Isaiah 50:4-9a

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, 
that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. 
Morning by morning he wakens–
wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 
The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, 
I did not turn backward. 
I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; 
I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. 

The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; 
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 
he who vindicates me is near. 

Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. 
Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 
It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

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

Psalm 118

19Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them; I will offer thanks to God.

20“This is the gate of the Holy One; *
those who are righteous may enter.”

25Hosannah, O God, hosannah! *
O Holy One, send us now success.

26Blest is the one who comes in the name of God; *
we bless you from the house of God.

27God is the Holy One, who has shined upon us; *
form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.

28“You are my God, and I will thank you; *
you are my God, and I will exalt you.”

29Give thanks to God who is good; *
God’s mercy endures for ever.

Second Reading                                                                                                  Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God 
as something to be exploited, 
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave, 
being born in human likeness. 
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself 
and became obedient to the point of death– 
even death on a cross. 
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name 
that is above every name, 
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend, 
in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father.

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

Homily

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 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 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. 
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 [Form 6 BCP]
The Leader and People pray responsively

Presider           In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.
Silence

Leader             For all people in their daily life and work;
People             For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

Leader             For this community, the nation, and the world;
People             For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

Leader             For the just and proper use of your creation;
People             For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.
Leader             For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
People             For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

Leader             For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
People             For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

Leader             For [N. our Presiding Bishop, and N. (N.) our Bishop(s); and for] all bishops and other ministers;
People             For all who serve God in his Church.

Leader             For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.
Silence
The People may add their own petitions
Leader             Hear us, Lord;
People             For your mercy is great.

Leader             We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.
Silence
The People may add their own thanksgivings
Leader             We will exalt you, O God our King;
People             And praise your Name for ever and ever.

Leader             We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.
Silence
The People may add their own petitions
Leader             Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
People             Who put their trust in you.

Leader             We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins. 
  Silence may be kept.
All                   Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; 

in your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown,
things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live and serve you in newness of life, 
to the honor and glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Presider concludes with an absolution or a suitable Collect.

The Peace   

Presider     The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People       And also with you.
Presider     Let us share a sign of Christ’s peace with one another.

Humbly I Adore Thee

1Humbly I adore thee, Verity unseen,
who thy glory hidest ’neath these shadows mean;
lo, to thee surrendered, my whole heart is bowed,
tranced as it beholds thee, shrined within the cloud.
2Taste and touch and vision to discern thee fail;
faith, that comes by hearing, pierces through the veil.
I believe whate’er the Son of God hath told;
what the Truth hath spoken, that for truth I hold.

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew

NARRATOR:  Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples,

JESUS:  Sit here while I go over there and pray.

NARRATOR:  He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them,

JESUS:  I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.

NARRATOR:  And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed,

JESUS:  My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.

NARRATOR:  Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter,

JESUS:  So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?  Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

NARRATOR:  Again he went away for the second time and prayed,

JESUS:  My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.

NARRATOR:  Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.  So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.  Then he came to the disciples and said to them,

JESUS: Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.

NARRATOR:  While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying,

JUDAS:  The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.

NARRATOR:  At once he came up to Jesus and said,

JUDAS:  Greetings, Rabbi!

NARRATOR:  and kissed him.  Jesus said to him,

JESUS:  Friend, do what you are here to do.

NARRATOR:  Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him.  Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear.  Then Jesus said to him,

JESUS:  Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?

NARRATOR:  At that hour Jesus said to the crowds,

JESUS:  Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit?  Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me.  But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.

NARRATOR:  Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

NARRATOR:  Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered.  But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he st with the guards in order to see how this would end.  Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward.  At last two came forward and said, 

SCRIBE & ELDER:  This fellow said, “I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.”

NARRATOR:  The high priest stood up and said,

CAIAPHAS:  Have you no answer?  What is it that they testify against you?

NARRATOR:  But Jesus was silent.

NARRATOR:  Then the high priest said to him,

CAIAPHAS:  I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.

NARRATOR:  Jesus said to him,

JESUS:  You have said so.  But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.

NARRATOR:  Then the high priest tore his clothes and said,

CAIAPHAS:  He has blasphemed!  Why do we still need witnesses?  You have now heard his blasphemy.  What is your verdict?

NARRATOR:  They answered,

SCRIBE AND ELDER:  He deserves death.

NARRATOR:  Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, saying,

SCRIBE AND ELDER:  Prophesy to us, you Messiah!  Who is it that struck you?

NARRATOR:  Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard.  A servant-girl came to him and said, 

SERVANT GIRL 1:  You also were with Jesus the Galilean.

NARRATOR:  But he denied it before all of them, saying,

PETER:  I do not know what you are talking about.

NARRATOR:  When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders,

SERVANT GIRL 2:  This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.

NARRATOR:  Again he denied it with an oath,

PETER:  I do not know the man.

NARRATOR:  After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter,

BYSTANDERS :  Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.

NARRATOR:  Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath,

PETER:  I do not know the man!

NARRATOR:  At that moment the cock crowed.  Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said:

JESUS & PETER:  Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.

NARRATOR:  And he went out and wept bitterly.

NARRATOR:  When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death.  They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.  When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.  He said,

JUDAS:  I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.

NARRATOR:  But they said,

CAIAPHAS & ELDER:  What is that to us?  See to it yourself.

NARRATOR:  Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself.  But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said,

CAIAPHAS & ELDER:  It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.

NARRATOR:  After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners.  For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.  Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, 

JEREMIAH:  And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price has been set, on whom some of the people of Israel had set a price, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.

NARRATOR:  Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him,

PILATE:  Are you the King of the Jews?

NARRATOR:  Jesus said,

JESUS:  You say so.

NARRATOR:  But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer.  Then Pilate said to him,

PILATE:  Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?

NARRATOR:  But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.  Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowed, anyone whom they wanted.  At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas.  So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them,

PILATE:  Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?

NARRATOR:  For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over.  While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him,

PILATE’S WIFE:  Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.

NARRATOR:  Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed.  The governor again said to them,

PILATE:  Which of the two do you want me to release for you?

NARRATOR:  And they said,

CROWD:  Barabbas!

NARRATOR:  Pilate said to them,

PILATE:  Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?

NARRATOR:  All of them said,

CROWD:  Let him be crucified!

NARRATOR:  Then he asked,

PILATE:  Why? What evil has he done?

NARRATOR:  But they shouted all the more,

CROWD:  Let him be crucified!

NARRATOR:  So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying,

PILATE:  I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.

NARRATOR:  Then the people as a whole answered,

CROWD:  His blood be on us and on our children!    

NARRATOR:  So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him.  They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head.  They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying,

SOLDIERS:  Hail, King of the Jews!

NARRATOR:  They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head.  After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him.  Then they led him away to crucify him.  As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross.

(ALL STAND AS YOU ARE ABLE)

NARRATOR:  And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.  And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him.  Over his head they put the charge against him, which read,

NARRATOR:  This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.

NARRATOR:  Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right & one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,

PASSERSBY:  You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!

BYSTANDERS:  If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.

NARRATOR:  In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying,

SCRIBE:  He saved others; he cannot save himself.

ELDER:  He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him.

CAIAPHAS:  He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, “I am God’s Son.”

NARRATOR:  The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way. 

NARRATOR:  From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.  And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice,

JESUS:  Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?

NARRATOR:  that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,

BYSTANDERS:  This man is calling for Elijah.

NARRATOR:  At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink.  But the others said,

PASSERSBY:  Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.

NARRATOR:  Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.

(ALL KNEEL AS YOU ARE ABLE.)

NARRATOR:  At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.  After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many.  Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said,

BYSTANDERS & PASSERSBY: Truly this man was God’s Son!

NARRATOR:  Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him.  Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

NARRATOR:  When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus.  He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.  So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock.  He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.  The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said,

CAIAPHAS:  Sir, we remember what that imposter said while he was still alive, “After three days I will rise again.”  Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, “He has been raised from the dead,” and the last deception would be worse than the first.

NARRATOR:  Pilate said to them,

PILATE:  You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.

NARRATOR:  So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

Depart in silence

Prayers for Holy Saturday

(from the Book of Common Prayer, p. 283)

We invite you, as you are able, to take some time on Holy Saturday, April 11, to read and pray:

The Collect of the Day
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Job 14:1-14

Job said, “A mortal, born of woman, few of days and full of trouble,
comes up like a flower and withers, 
flees like a shadow and does not last. 

Do you fix your eyes on such a one?
Do you bring me into judgment with you? 

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
No one can.

Since their days are determined,
and the number of their months is known to you,
and you have appointed the bounds that they cannot pass, 

look away from them, and desist,
that they may enjoy, like laborers, their days. 

“For there is hope for a tree,
if it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
and that its shoots will not cease. 

Though its root grows old in the earth,
and its stump dies in the ground, 

yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth branches like a young plant. 

But mortals die, and are laid low;
humans expire, and where are they? 

As waters fail from a lake,
and a river wastes away and dries up, 

so mortals lie down and do not rise again;
until the heavens are no more, they will not awake 
or be roused out of their sleep. 

Oh that you would hide me in Sheol,
that you would conceal me until your wrath is past, 
that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me! 

If mortals die, will they live again?
All the days of my service I would wait 
until my release should come.”

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16

In te, Domine, speravi

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame; *
deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Incline your ear to me; *
make haste to deliver me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
for you are my tower of strength.

15 My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me.”

1 Peter 4:1-8

Since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin), so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God. You have already spent enough time in doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you no longer join them in the same excesses of dissipation, and so they blaspheme. But they will have to give an accounting to him who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was proclaimed even to the dead, so that, though they had been judged in the flesh as everyone is judged, they might live in the spirit as God does.

The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Matthew 27:57-66

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, `After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, `He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

An Anthem:
In the midst of life we are in death;
from whom can we seek help?
From you alone, O Lord,
who by our sins are justly angered.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty,
Holy and merciful Savior,
deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death.

Lord, you know the secrets of our hearts;
shut not your ears to our prayers,
but spare us, O Lord.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty,
Holy and merciful Savior,
deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death.

O worthy and eternal Judge,
do not let the pains of death
turn us away from you at our last hour.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty,
Holy and merciful Savior,
deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your Name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
    as we forgive those
        who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
    and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
    and the glory are yours,
    now and for ever. Amen.

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