PeeWee Homes in the News

The Advocate’s PeeWee Homes are featured in an Associated Press story about churches using tiny homes to tackle homelessness. The national story was released Saturday and features our very own Nathaniel “Pee Wee” Lee and former vicar Lisa Fischbeck.

“I thank the Lord because this is mine and nobody can run me out,” Pee Wee says in the article.

The story focuses on national trends among churches of many denominations building tiny homes to help those without housing. Homelessness nationwide has risen every year for the past 4 years.

Check out the full story here!

“Church leaders are not just trying to be more neighborly,” writes reporter Holly Meyer. “The drive to provide shelter is rooted in their beliefs — they must care for the vulnerable, especially those without homes.”

PeeWee Homes began in 2015, when the Advocate was approached by a small group interested in building tiny homes on church property for people with less than 30% of average median income. After much conversation, planning, fundraising and effort, the first residents moved into the Advocate’s three tiny homes in June 2019.

The hope is that PeeWee Homes at the Advocate will be a prototype, a model inspiring other churches and landowners to build PeeWee Homes on their properties as well.

Find out more about the Advocate’s PeeWee Homes and the PeeWee Homes Collaborative.

 

Hybrid church and in-person worship

Come join us in worship — in person or on Zoom!

Click here for hybrid link and liturgy guide

**Update** On Sunday, January 8, we changed to a simpler Zoom setup. This makes things easier on our hard-working volunteers, but Zoom prayers and announcements will no longer be heard in the chapel. Please bear with us as we work out the kinks!

Each Sunday there are a variety of liturgies. As always, please be safe and check out the Covid safety procedures, below. 

Current church schedule:

  • 8:30 AM: Outdoor traditional service (no tech) — Holy Eucharist, the Book of Common Prayer and traditional hymns. Come in person and bring a chair
  • 10:30 AM: Indoor hybrid service — Holy Eucharist, Advocate binders, and music led by piano, voice and guitar. Come in person or on Zoom

Enjoy some fellowship! After the 10:30 service, come enjoy some outdoor fellowship time — bring a salad topping (greens provided) and enjoy hanging out with fellow Advocates around the pond.

COVID Safety procedures:

  • When inside the chapel, please wear a well-fitting mask (if you do not have this type of mask, grab one from the church vestibule)
  • Readers and preachers may remove their masks
  • The priest will wear a mask when presiding at the table
  • You may remove your mask to take the bread and wine during the Eucharist 
  • If you do not feel comfortable removing your mask indoors, the priest can provide bread and wine for you outside after the service
  • Air purifiers will be used inside the chapel during services
  • When outside, masks are optional

Address any questions or concerns to Marion@TheAdvocateChurch.org

Ash Wednesday: Zoom and In-person

On Wednesday, March 2, we will observe Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent.

Receiving ashes in person
During the day Wednesday Marion will be at the chapel for prayer and to impose ashes. As you are led, come by the chapel to join in prayer and reflection during these times:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Ash Wednesday Zoom Liturgy: 6:30 p.m.
We will gather together on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. As we did last year, before the service you are invited to gather dirt from your yard, potting soil, or any sort of dust to have with you. During the service we will scatter that dust upon our feet as we remember that we are made from dust, created by our loving and liberating God.

Click here to join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 826 016 7245
Passcode: Lent2022

 

URGENT Christmas Schedule Change

Dear POTA,
It is with a heavy heart that I announce to you that we will not have any indoor services for Christmas Eve and at least through Christmastide (Dec. 26 and Jan. 2) due to the increasing concern over the Omicron variant.
As you have seen in the news, the Omicron variant is highly contagious and is already in our area. This variant is more contagious than Delta and the potential for spread is swift. Fully vaccinated and boosted folks have protection against the variant, but even then a vaccinated person can become infected and spread the disease.
However, this wave may only last somewhere between 30-40 days. I will continue to monitor this situation and will be in daily prayer for you, for our medical community, and for all those who are impacted by this virus.
The schedule for the next few days and weeks are as follows:
On Christmas Eve, there will be two opportunities for worship. At 4 pm, we will gather together outside at the Advocate for a service of Holy Eucharist with Christmas carols. We will celebrate the birth of our Lord and join our voices together singing hymns of joy and celebration. Because of the short notice and demand on our volunteers, we will not be able to offer this service via Zoom.
For those members of our community who prefer a virtual option, on Christmas Eve at 7pm we will offer a celebration of Holy Eucharist accessible via Zoom. There will be only a few people in the church at that time to ensure our safety, but the liturgy will be the same one that is offered at the earlier outdoor service. Come and gather together as we hear the story of Jesus’ birth that day in Bethlehem. Join with Christians near and far, through bits and bites, as we proclaim the Word made flesh.
Looking ahead to the next few Sundays, we will have one service via zoom at 10:30 am.
How you can help:
Volunteers are needed to help with the 4pm set up and break down to move heaters and chairs. If you have an hour to spare, please let me know.
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.
In peace,
Marion+
Christmas Eve Liturgy & Music Guide:
Christmas Eve Zoom link 7pm
Meeting ID: 438 568 2876
Passcode: Hybrid
Godly Play
Meeting ID: 890 0094 8399
Passcode: R6qrTT
Dec 26, 10:30 Worship
Meeting ID: 438 568 2876
Passcode: Hybrid
Dec 26 Liturgy Guide
Dec 26 Music & Psalm Guide

Changes in worship schedule and location

Dear People of the Advocate,

I come to you on Tuesday November 23, just a few days away from Thanksgiving and the liturgical season of Advent.

The season of Advent is marked by a mix of themes: longing and hope, fear and uncertainty, loss and sadness, and joyful anticipation. It is hard to take in all of these things at once, and perhaps you know what it feels to have a mix of emotions swirling around. We look around us and see a world still in pandemic, yet celebrate the vaccine availability to children ages 5 and up. We look around us and see a justice system that at its core privileges white supremacy. We cry out to God, how long, how long, at the same time grapple with how we can make a difference. We joyfully and tearfully said goodbye to Lisa, Lamar, and Becca and we, at the same time, look to a time with a new vicar and her wife. Advent contains all of this.

And Advent is when we are making a change in our worship at The Advocate. Beginning this Sunday, November 28, two services will be held inside the chapel: one at 8:45 and the other at 10:30 am. Both of these services are Holy Eucharist and the 10:30 service will continue to be hybrid. I know that some of you are more than ready to be inside our beloved chapel. However, I know that for some this means moving back to Zoom. I know that this is a hard decision for some to hear, but one in which I believe is best for our community as a whole. And while it may seem this decision was made hastily, I assure you that since I have been here at the Advocate this has been one of the main conversations we have been engaging. Lisa is fully supportive of this move inside.

Finally, l will link below to the guidelines that the Diocese of North Carolina lays out for our worshipping inside. We will be wearing masks while worshipping. We will have air purifiers running. Please be mindful of your own health and if you are not feeling well, please join that day by zoom. And I and others in the diocese meet weekly for a Covid briefing and we are watching the numbers. I am also meeting bi-monthly with Dr. Wesley Wallace and the clergy of Orange County. Dr. Wallace has been advising the clergy of this area since COVID began. With that in mind, here at the Advocate the following will be a guide: if we reach 7.5% positive test cases in our county we will be moving outside again. If we reach 10% we will move back to zoom.

I close with the collect for the first Sunday in Advent, please join me in prayer:

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Peace,

Marion+

Diocese of North Carolina guidelines

NCDHHS COVID-19 Response Dashboard

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, pond side and on Zoom, at 10:30 AM.

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.
————–

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.

+++

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.

+++

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.

+++

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.

+++

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.

+++

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.

+++

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!