Passing the Vicar Baton, September 19 – November 21


Our launching Vicar, The Rev. Lisa Fischbeck, is retiring November 21. Our new Vicar, the Rev. Marion Sprott-Goldson, is already here!

To allow for a smooth transition, the Bishop and the Advocate Vestry have developed a model in which the in-coming Vicar and the out-going Vicar will work together for a season.  This is due, in part, to the fact that Advocate does not have an ongoing administrative staff or an established “old guard” to hold the history or the knowledge of the operations of the Advocate day to day and season by season. While the Advocate buildings and grounds are intentionally simple, the Advocate practices of hospitality and liturgy are relatively complex.

In the season of passing the Vicar baton, Lisa and Marion will have many conversations and walkabouts. Lisa will do her best to tell stories and pass along information. They will share leadership of the Sunday liturgy and Christian formation. Marion will start meeting and getting to know the people of the Advocate and how we have been church before and during Covid-tide.

All are invited to join us for the celebration of our Vicary with Lisa on Sunday, November 21. Details will follow.

In a time in which so much in our world is uncertain and shaky, we are hopeful that by God’s grace this model will help us to have a steady transition towards our Vicary with Marion ahead.

Pondside Eucharist Guide with Psalter Ordinary Time 2021

Pondside Ordinary Time I, 2021

GATHERING

People’s Prelude
Welcome
Bell
Silence

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of all the lands from 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

Opening Acclamation           
Presider          In the name of the one, holy, and Living God

People             Glory to God for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn of Praise – An Alleluia

Collect of the Day
Presider          The Lord be with you.
People            And also with you.
Presider          Let us pray.
The Presider reads the Collect, after which the people say: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

The Lessons

First Reading At the end of each 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 is said in unison (see below)

The Gospel

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.
After a period of silent prayer following the bidding, the Leader says:

Leader                         Lord, in your mercy
People respond         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.

Presider: 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     [New Zealand Book of Common Prayer]
Presider          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          Let us share a sign of Christ’s peace with one another.

Peace Song      Peace Salaam Shalom

THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

The Offertory Sentence

The Great Thanksgiving         [Enriching Our Worship Prayer 2]                

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          We praise you and we bless you, holy and gracious God, source of life abundant. From before time you made ready the creation. Your Spirit moved over the deep and brought all things into being: sun, moon, and stars; earth, winds, and waters; and every living thing.  You made us in your image, and taught us to walk in your ways. But we rebelled against you, and wandered far away; and yet, you would not forget us. Time and again you called us to live in the fullness of your love. And so this day we join with Saints and Angels in the chorus of praise that rings through eternity, lifting our voices to magnify you as we sing (say):

All                   Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one
who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

The presider continues:  Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God.
To deliver us from the power of sin and death and to reveal the riches of your grace, you looked with favor upon Mary, your willing servant, that she might conceive and bear a son,  Jesus the holy child of God. Living among us, Jesus loved us.
He broke bread with outcasts and sinners, healed the sick, and proclaimed good news to the poor.
He yearned to draw all the world to himself yet we were heedless of his call to walk in love. Then, the time came for him to complete upon the cross the sacrifice of his life, and to be glorified by you. At the following words concerning the bread, the presider is to hold it, or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing the wine to be consecrated.

On the night before he died for us, Jesus was at table with his friends. He took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to them, and said: “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine. Again, he gave thanks to you, gave it to them, and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins.
Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”
Now gathered at your table, O God of all creation, and remembering Christ, crucified and risen, who was and is and is to come, we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine, and ourselves, a living sacrifice.
Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Body and Blood of Christ. Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth and make us your new creation, the Body of Christ given for the world you have made.
In the fullness of time bring us, with [___________ and] all your saints,
from every tribe and language and people and nation, to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world.
Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever.
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.

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

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.
(from the Anglican Church of Kenya’s eucharistic liturgy published in “Our Modern Services,” 2002)

WE GO FORTH

Blessing
Presider: May the Peace of God, which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
And the Blessing of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
be with you, with those you love, and with those you find difficult to love,
This day and forever.
Amen

Presider or Deacon   Let us go forth in the Name of Christ
People             Thanks be to God.
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Psalms for July 4 and July 11

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 4, Proper 9

Psalm 123

1 To you I lift up my eyes, *
to you enthroned in the heavens.

2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

3 So our eyes look to the Holy One our God, *
until God show us mercy.

4 Have mercy upon us, O God, have mercy, *
for we have had more than enough of contempt,

5 Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
and of the derision of the proud.

 

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 11, Proper 10

Psalm 85: 8-13

8 I will listen to what you are saying, *
for you are speaking peace to your faithful people
and to those who turn their hearts to you.

9 Truly, your salvation is very near to those who fear you, *
that your glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth have met together; *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

12 You, O God, will indeed grant prosperity, *
and our land will yield its increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before you, *
and peace shall be a pathway for your feet.

 

 

Easter Season at the Advocate!

The Easter Season has begun, and there are some good things in store around The Advocate!
(be sure to check back for updates!)

First, the Sunday schedule:
         9:15 AM     Kids Christian Ed will resume on Zoom
         10 AM        Our principal liturgy with sermon and song will continue to be on Zoom. Followed by The Screenside Chat.
         5 PM (note the change in time). Pondside Eucharist! Up to 50 people may gather with Covid protocols at the Advocate Pond for a simple Holy Eucharist with a song or three. Write to Vicar@TheAdvocateChurch.org if you plan to attend.

Other notes:
The Screenside Chat in Eastertide
From Acts to Action:
How have Christians come to a place of such divergence on what action to take in the Name of Christ? Sundays in Eastertide we will explore the evolution of Christian action, activism and service, from the Acts of the Apostles to the 21st century.
April 11: Jesus and the Acts of the Apostles
April 18: From Martyrdom to Constantine
April 25: The Reformation and the Word of God
May 2: Liberation Theology in the Black Church and in Central America
May 9:  White Evangelical Christianity, Abortion and Homosexuality
May 16: The Episcopal Church shift from Establishment to “Following Jesus for Real”

The Advocate takes to the trails against hunger! CROP Walk Dispersed, 2021.
This year, a team of people of the Advocate are leading a variety of local ambles and hikes as part of the dispersed CROP walk 2021 to work against hunger in our community and world. Walks will take place the week of April 18-25. Options for all ages and abilities, including a bike trek. See all the options here.
Learn how you can join the fun here.
If you want to make a donation to support the Advocate Team, click here!

The Advo-Groups Return!
Advo-Groups resume in late April!
Advo-Groups are small groups of six to eight people, who meet bi-weekly for four to six meetings, to explore a common interest. Each group includes prayer and the opportunity for story-sharing, as inspired by the subject.
Sign up now to join one of these fun and transformative small groups. Registration closes Sunday, April 18.

Online Book Launch for Behold What You Are: Becoming the Body of Christ. A book by Lisa G. Fischbeck, with forward by Sam Wells. It is, in many ways, a story of the Advocate.Thursday, April 22 at 8 PM Eastern.
Here’s the Zoom link.
More information about the launch can be found here.

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday Pondside 4 PM

LITURGY OF THE PALMS

The people gather with branches/flowers from their gardens

Bell/Welcome/Bell/Silence/Bell

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 Christ according 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

19 Open 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.”

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

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

27 God 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.”

29 Give 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 (Lisa)

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.

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.

The Lord’s Prayer 

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.

 

Passion Year B — The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Mark

First Narrator:  They went to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples,

Jesus:  Sit here while I pray.

First Narrator:  He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated.  And said to them,

Jesus:  I am deeply grieved, even to death.  Remain here, and keep awake.

Second Narrator:  And going a little farther, he threw himself onto the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  He said,

Jesus: Abba, Father, for you all things are possible.  Remove this cup from me, yet, not what I want, but what you want.

Second Narrator:  He came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter,

Jesus:  Simon, are you asleep?  Could you not keep awake one hour?  Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

First Narrator:  And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.  And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to say to him.  He came a third time and said to them,

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

Second Narrator:  Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived.  And with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders.  Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying,

Judas:  The one I will kiss is the man.  Arrest him and lead him away under guard.

Second Narrator:  So when he came, he went up to him at once and said,

Judas:  Rabbi!

Second Narrator:  and kissed him.  Then they laid hands on him and arrested him.

First Narrator:  But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear.  Then Jesus said to them,

Jesus:  Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit?  Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me.  But let the scriptures be fulfilled.

First Narrator:  All of them deserted him and fled.

Second Narrator:  A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth.  They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.+++

First Narrator:  They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes were assembled.

Second Narrator: Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the guards, warming himself at the fire.

First Narrator:  Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none.  For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree.  Some stood up and gave false testimony against him:

Council:  We heard him say, “I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.”

First Narrator:  But even on this point their testimony did not agree.

Second Narrator:  Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus,

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

Second Narrator:  But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him,

High Priest:  Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?

Jesus:  I am.  And “you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power” and “coming with the clouds of heaven.”

First Narrator:  Then the high priest tore his clothes and said,

High Priest:  Why do we still need witnesses?  You have heard his blasphemy!  What is your decision?

Second Narrator:  All of them condemned him as deserving death.  Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him,

Council:  Prophesy!

First Narrator:  The guards also took him over and beat him.

+++

Second Narrator:  While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by.  When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said,

Servant-Girl:  You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.

First Narrator:  But he denied it, saying,

Peter:  I do not know or understand what you are talking about.

First Narrator:  And he went out into the forecourt.  Then the cock crowed.

First Narrator:  And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders,

Servant-Girl:  This man is one of them.

First Narrator:  But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter,

Bystanders:  Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.

First Narrator:  But he began to curse, and he swore an oath:

Peter:  I do not know this man you are talking about!

First Narrator:  At that moment the cock crowed for the second time.  Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him,

Jesus:  Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.

First Narrator:  And he broke down and wept.

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Second Narrator:  As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council.  They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.  Pilate asked him,

Pilate:  Are you the King of the Jews?

Second Narrator:  He answered him,

Jesus:  You say so.

Second Narrator:  Then the chief priests accused him of many things.  Pilate asked him again,

Pilate:  Have you no answer?  See how many charges they bring against you.

Second Narrator:  But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

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First Narrator:  Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection.  So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom.  Then he answered them,

Pilate:  Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?

First Narrator:  For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over.  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead.  Pilate spoke to them again:

Pilate:  Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?

Everyone:  Crucify him!

Second Narrator:  Pilate asked them,

Pilate:  Why, what evil has he done?

Second Narrator:  But they shouted all the more,  (Pilate prompts congregation again.)

Everyone:  Crucify him!

First Narrator:  So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

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Second Narrator:  Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters).  And they called together the whole cohort.  And they clothed him in a purple cloak.  And after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him.  And they began saluting him:

Council:  Hail, King of the Jews!

Second Narrator:  They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him.  After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him.  Then they led him out to crucify him.

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First Narrator:  They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.  Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull).
(All are invited to stand.)

And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.  And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.

Second Narrator:  It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.  The inscription of the charge against him read,

First Narrator:  “The King of the Jews.”

Second Narrator:  And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.  Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,

Council:  Aha!  You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!

First Narrator:  And in the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying,

Chief Priests:  He saved others.  He cannot save himself.  Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.

Second Narrator:  Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.

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First Narrator:  When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.  At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice,

Jesus:  Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?

First Narrator:  Which means,  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,

Bystanders:  Listen, he is calling for Elijah.

Second Narrator:  And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying,

Someone:  Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.

Second Narrator:  Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

(All are invited to kneel.)

And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said,

Centurion:  Truly this man was God’s Son!

First Woman: There were also women looking on from a distance.

Second Woman:  Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and Jesus, and Salome.

Third Woman:  These used to follow him, and provided for him when he was in Galilee.

All Three Women:  And there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

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Second Narrator:  When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time.  When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph.  Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock.  He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.  Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus saw where the body was laid. 

Depart in silence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Launch for Behold What You Are — Thursday April 22 at 8 PM Eastern

All are invited to join the Zoom for the launch of Behold What You Are: Becoming the Body of Christ.
Thursday, Aprill 22
8 PM Eastern

Here’s the Zoom link.

 

Written primarily from her experience as Vicar of the Church of the Advocate, this book is in many ways the story of the People of the Advocate, formed by liturgy to be the Body of Christ, given for the world.

Advocate Sheryl Cornett will serve as host for the Launch, which will include readings from the book as well as shared experiences and learnings from a panel of current and former Advocates: Nathan Kirkpatrick, Sadie Koppelberger, Gabe Lamazares and John Wall.

You’re invited to have a celebratory beverage on hand for the Zoom reception following.

Please join us!

 

Stations of the Cross

The Way of the Cross
from the Book of Occasional Services

Concerning the Service 

The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation to local usage of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death. 

The number of stations, which at first varied widely, finally became fixed at fourteen. Of these, eight are based directly on events recorded in the Gospels. The remaining six (numbers 34679, and 13) are based on inferences from the Gospel account or from pious legend. If desired, these six stations may be omitted. 

Opening Devotions 

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Lord, have mercy. 
Christ, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy. 

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
and deliver us from evil. 

V. We will glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: 
R. In whom is our salvation, our life and resurrection. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The procession goes to the First Station. 


First Station 
Jesus is condemned to death 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation; and they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate. And they all condemned him and said, “He deserves to die.” When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. Then he handed Jesus over to them to be crucified. 

V. God did not spare his own Son: 
R. But delivered him up for us all. 

Let us pray. (Silence) 

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 your Son our Lord. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Second Station 
Jesus takes up his Cross 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing. 

V. The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all:
R. For the transgression of my people was he stricken. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us courage to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. 

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Third Station 
Jesus falls the first time 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped; but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and was born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name. Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our Maker, for he is the Lord our God. 

V. Surely he has borne our griefs: 
R. And carried our sorrows. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Fourth Station 
Jesus meets his afflicted mother 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

To what can I liken you, to what can I compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What likeness can I use to comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? For vast as the sea is your ruin. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. The Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended. 

V. A sword will pierce your own soul also: 
R. And fill your heart with bitter pain. 

Let us pray. (Silence

O God, who willed that in the passion of your Son a sword of grief should pierce the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary his mother: Mercifully grant that your Church, having shared with her in his passion, may be made worthy to share in the joys of his resurrection; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. 

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Fifth Station 
The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

As they led Jesus away, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross to carry it behind Jesus. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” 

V. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me: 
R. Cannot be my disciple. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may minister in his Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Sixth Station 
A woman wipes the face of Jesus 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

We have seen him without beauty or majesty, with no looks to attract our eyes. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised, and we esteemed him not. His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of men. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. 

V. Restore us, O Lord God of hosts:
R. Show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Seventh Station 
Jesus falls a second time 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

Surely, he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth. For the transgression of my people was he stricken. 

V. But as for me, I am a worm and no man: 
R. Scorned by all and despised by the people. 

Let us pray. (Silence

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; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. 

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Eighth Station 
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

There followed after Jesus a great multitude of the people, and among them were women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” 

V. Those who sowed with tears: 
R. Will reap with songs of joy. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

Teach your Church, O Lord, to mourn the sins of which it is guilty, and to repent and forsake them; that, by your pardoning grace, the results of our iniquities may not be visited upon our children and our children’s children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Ninth Station 
Jesus falls a third time 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light. He has besieged me and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation; he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago. Though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes. “Remember, O Lord, my affliction and bitterness, the wormwood and the gall!” 

V. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter:
R. And like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Tenth Station 
Jesus is stripped of his garments 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull), they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And they divided his garments among them by casting lots. This was to fulfill the scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.” 

V. They gave me gall to eat:
R. And when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

 

Eleventh Station 
Jesus is nailed to the Cross 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

When they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him; and with him they crucified two criminals, one on the right, the other on the left, and Jesus between them. And the scripture was fulfilled which says, “He was numbered with the transgressors.” 

V. They pierce my hands and my feet: 
R. They stare and gloat over me. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. 

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Twelfth Station 
Jesus dies on the Cross 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And when Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished!” And then, crying with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” And he bowed his head, and handed over his spirit. 

V. Christ for us became obedient unto death: 
R. Even death on a cross. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen. 

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Thirteenth Station 
The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

All you who pass by, behold and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow. My eyes are spent with weeping; my soul is in tumult; my heart is poured out in grief because of the downfall of my people. “Do not call me Naomi (which means Pleasant), call me Mara (which means Bitter); for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.” 

V. Her tears run down her cheeks: 
R. And she has none to comfort her. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Fourteenth Station 
Jesus is laid in the tomb 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

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

V. You will not abandon me to the grave: R. Nor let your holy One see corruption. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, your blessed Son was laid in a tomb in a garden, and rested on the Sabbath day: Grant that we who have been buried with him in the waters of baptism may find our perfect rest in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty, 
Holy Immortal One, 
Have mercy upon us. 

Concluding Prayers before the Altar 

Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us:
Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech you, O Lord. 

Let us pray. (Silence)

We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

To Christ our Lord who loves us, and washed us in his own blood, and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

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You may take this booklet with you or return it to the box on the well.

All are invited and welcomed to join the Advocate in walking the Way of Jesus through Holy Week.

For more information, visit TheAdvocateChurch.org.

Pondside Eucharist Lent 2021

Peoples Prelude
Bell
Welcome 
Bell
Silence

Opening statement: 
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land 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.
                  Christ 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 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

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
Presider           Let us give thanks to God
People                   It is right to offer our thanks and praise.

Presider          We praise you and we bless you, holy and gracious God, source of life abundant. From before time you made ready the creation. Your Spirit moved over the deep and brought all things into being: sun, moon, and stars; earth, winds, and waters; and every living thing.
You made us in your image, and taught us to walk in your ways. But we rebelled against you, and wandered far away; and yet, you would not forget us. Time and again you called us to live in the fullness of your love. 
 And so this day we join with Saints and Angels in the chorus of praise that rings through eternity, lifting our voices to magnify you as we sing (say):

All                   
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one
who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

The Presider continues
Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God. 
To deliver us from the power of sin and death and to reveal the riches of your grace, you looked with favor upon Mary, your willing servant, that she might conceive and bear a son,  Jesus the holy child of God.
Living among us, Jesus loved us. 
He broke bread with outcasts and sinners, healed the sick, and proclaimed good news to the poor. 
He yearned to draw all the world to himself yet we were heedless of his call to walk in love.
Then, the time came for him to complete upon the cross the sacrifice of his life, and to be glorified by you.

On the night before he died for us, Jesus was at table with his friends. 
He took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to them, and said:
“Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.”

As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine. Again, he gave thanks to you, gave it to them, and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. 
Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Now gathered at your table, O God of all creation, and remembering Christ, crucified and risen, who was and is and is to come, we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine, and ourselves, a living sacrifice.

Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Body and Blood of Christ. Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth and make us your new creation, the Body of Christ given for the world you have made.

In the fullness of time bring us, with all your saints, 
from every tribe and language and people and nation, to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world. 

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. 

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.

The Breaking of the Bread

The Priest breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept, then:
Presider          Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People             Therefore, let us keep the feast. 

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 IV

Psalm 119:9-16

9 How shall young ones cleanse their ways? *
By keeping to your words.

10 With my whole heart I seek you; *
let me not stray from your commandments.

11 I treasure your promise in my heart, *
that I may not sin against you.

12 Blest are you, O God; *
instruct me in your statutes.

13 With my lips will I recite *
all the judgments of your mouth.

14 I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees *
than in all manner of riches.

15 I will meditate on your commandments *
and give attention to your ways.

16 My delight is in your statutes; *
I will not forget your word.

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.