Easter 2

Sunday April 19, 2020

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:6

The church is called to continually offer up prayers and praises to our God -- not only when it is easy or convenient. Having church at home in front of a TV is not easy or convenient, but it is what we are called to do and God is faithful to be present with his people when they gather to worship him.

God does not withhold his blessings from those who are separated from the church due to their circumstances. So in our service we will partake of "spiritual communion", uniting ourselves with the global church gathered around the altar of God, and trusting that God will not deny us himself.

A couple tips as you prepare to worship with us. We have provided everything you will need. The liturgy is available below the video service and a printable version can be downloaded as well. I recommend casting the video to your TV or watching it full screen on a computer and following the liturgy on a printouts or separate devices. If you play any instruments sing a song or two, or sing along to some of your favorite worship songs from your phone or YouTube. As much as possible, encourage your whole household to come to Church at Home together.

For God is seeking people who will worship him, not only at St. Thomas, but in spirit and truth (John 4:23).

Easter 2

Sunday April 19, 2020

Please stand.

Processional Hymn: Crown Him With Many Crowns (Hymnal 494)

Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne;

Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own;

awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee,

and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown him the Son of God before the worlds began,

and ye, who tread where he hath trod, crown him the Son of man;

who every grief hath known that wrings the human breast,

and takes and bears them for his own, that all in him may rest.

Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed over the grave,

and rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save;

his glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high,

who died, eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.


The Word of God

(Stand)

Celebrant: Alleluia, Christ is risen.

People: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The Collect for Purity

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Summary of the Law

Jesus said: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 22:37-40

Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy.

Gloria

(Spoken)

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And with your spirit.

Celebrant: Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



The Lessons of the Day


A reading from Genesis 8:6-16, 9:8-16

6 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7 and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. 10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 11 And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12 Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore. 13 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. 14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. 8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.


Psalm 111

1 Praise the Lord. I will give thanks unto the Lord with my whole heart, *

in the company of the upright and among the congregation.

2 The works of the Lord are great, *

sought out by all who have pleasure in them.

3 His work is worthy to be praised and held in honor, *

and his righteousness endures for ever.

4 He has made his marvelous works to be had in remembrance; *

The Lord is gracious and merciful.

5 He has given food to those who fear him; *

he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works, *

that he may give them the heritage of the nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *

all his commandments are true.

8 They stand fast for ever and ever *

and are done in truth and equity.

9 He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant for ever; *

holy and awesome is his Name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; *

a good understanding have all those who live accordingly; his praise endures for ever.


A reading from 1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

John 20:19-31

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” 24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin,[b] was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Reader: The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon The Rev. Ronald J. Baillie, Rector


Song of Praise: Now We Thank We All Our God (Hymnal 397)

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,

Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;

Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way

With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,

With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;

And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;

And guard us through all ills in this world, till the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,

The Son, and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven—

The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heav’n adore;

For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

The Nicene Creed

All stand to recite the Nicene Creed, the Celebrant first saying:

Let us confess our faith in the words of the Nicene Creed:

(Celebrant and People)

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, visible and invisible.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only-begotten Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and 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.

The Prayers of the People (Please stand or kneel)

Let us pray for the Church and for the world, saying, “hear our prayer.”

For the peace of the whole world, and for the well-being and unity of the people of God.

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.


For the Primates of the Worldwide Anglican Communion; the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and Caroline; Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, Foley Beach and Allison; our Bishop, James Hobby and Shari; for all clergy and other ministers, especially our Rector, Father Ron and Sue; our Associate Rector, Father Chris and Katherine; our assisting clergy, Fr. Terry and Mary Anne; all missionaries, especially The Rev. Alison Barfoot, in Uganda; St. John’s Anglican Church, Franklin, TN; Church of the Epiphany, Nashville, TN; Anglican Province of West Africa; Advance Community Church; and for all the clergy and people of our Diocese and Congregation.

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.


For all those who proclaim the Gospel at home and abroad; for all who teach and disciple others; and for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted for their faith.

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.


For all the men and women in our Armed Forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; and give them courage to face the perils that beset them; and help them to know that nothing can separate them from your love.

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.


For our nation, for those in authority, and for all in public service especially, our Congress, Supreme Court and our President, Donald Trump.

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.


For all affected by the coronavirus. For those suffering with symptoms, whether hospitalized or at home; for those who have died, provide rest for their souls and comfort for their families as they grieve. Protect and secure all health care workers and those who provide essential services, as well as those who have lost jobs and those discouraged and depressed from isolation and loneliness. Help and guide those seeking to discover a vaccine. Heal us.

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.

For all those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity especially…

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.


For all those who have departed this life in the certain hope of the resurrection, especially...

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.


We thank you for all the blessings of this life…

(The people are invited to share their thanksgivings aloud)

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.


That the negotiations with the Episcopal Diocese regarding this property be fruitful and that your will be done.

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.


For our vestry, especially our wardens, Dave and Jeremy, that as your appointed leaders they may faithfully serve you and this church.

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.


For the special needs and concerns of this congregation, especially…

(The people may share their petitions silently or aloud)

Reader: Risen Lord,

People: hear our prayer.


The Celebrant concludes with this or some other appropriate Collect.

Heavenly Father, grant these our prayers for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Peace

Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People: And with your spirit.

Send your greetings of peace to

peace@SaintThomasAnglican.org

Spiritual Communion

The Celebrant continues

Hear what St. Paul says: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we can ask or imagine, according to his power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21

The Lord's Prayer

The Celebrant then says:

And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:

Celebrant and People together pray

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

The Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

grant us your peace.

The Act of Spiritual Communion

The Celebrant may say the following invitation

The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:8-9

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

Let us pray.

The family prays together, or, if possible, each individual prays silently in their heart.

Dear Jesus,

I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament.

I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul,

and since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,

I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart.

I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people,

gathered around every altar of your Church,

and I embrace you with all the affections of my soul.

Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

Silence is kept. Each member of the family may silently read and reflect on this prayer or otherwise meditate on Christ’s spiritual presence.

Eat This Bread (Instrumental)

Eat this bread, drink this cup,

come to him and never be hungry.

Eat this bread, drink this cup,

trust in him and you will not thirst.

Jesus Christ, bread of life,

those who come to you will not hunger.

Jesus Christ, Risen Lord,

those who trust in you will not thirst.


The Anima Christi

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People together say or sing the following,

Soul of Christ, be my salvation,

Body of Christ, my consecration;

Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;

Water from Christ’s side, wash my stains;

Passion of Christ, my comfort be;

O good Jesus, listen to me;

Within your wounds I long to hide,

Ne’er to be parted from your side.

O guard me when the foe assails me,

Guide me when my feet shall fail me;

Bid me come to you above,

With all your saints to sing your love,

Now and forever. Amen.

The Blessing

A Kenyan Blessing: the people accompany the first three responses with a sweep of the arm towards the cross behind the Holy Table, and their final response with a sweep towards heaven.

Celebrant: All our problems,

People: We send to the cross of Christ.


Celebrant: All our difficulties,

People: We send to the cross of Christ.


Celebrant: All the devil's works,

People: We send to the cross of Christ.


Celebrant: All our hopes.

People: We set on the risen Christ.


Celebrant: Christ the Sun of Righteousness Shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path: And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you, always. Amen.


Recessional Hymn: The Day of Resurrection (Hymnal 210)

The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad;

the Passover of gladness, the Passover of God.

From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky,

our Christ hath brought us over, with hymns of victory.

Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright

the Lord in rays eternal of resurrection light;

and, listening to his accents, may hear so calm and plain

his own "All hail!" and, hearing, may raise the victor strain.

Now let the heavens be joyful, let earth her song begin,

the round world keep high triumph, and all that is therein;

let all things seen and unseen their notes in gladness blend,

for Christ the Lord hath risen, our joy that hath no end.



The Dismissal

Celebrant: Let us go forth in to the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit. ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

People: Thanks be to God. ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA