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Holy Eucharist, Rite II (April 6, 2024)

Second Sunday of Easter April 7 2024
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The Holy Eucharist

PRELUDE: CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS with Richard Sagona, piano



Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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 Lord be with you.

And also with you.

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.



Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and

no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they

owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their

testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them

all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or

houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at

the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Ecce, quam bonum!

1 Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *

when brethren live together in unity!

2 It is like fine oil upon the head *

that runs down upon the beard,

3 Upon the beard of Aaron, *

and runs down upon the collar of his robe.

4 It is like the dew of Hermon *

that falls upon the hills of Zion.

5 For there the LORD has ordained the blessing: *

life for evermore.


We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard,

what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched

with our hands, concerning the word of life-- this life was revealed, and we

have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was

with the Father and was revealed to us-- we declare to you what we have

seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our

fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing

these things so that our joy may be complete.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God

is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have

fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do

what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have

fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from

all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is

not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our

sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not

sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But

if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the

righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only

but also for the sins of the whole world.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of

the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews,

Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After

he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples

rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with

you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he

breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive

the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are


But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them

when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put

my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with

them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them

and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger

here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not

doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus

said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are

those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are

not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to

believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through

believing you may have life in his name.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

THE SERMON: The Rev’d Hank Tuell


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. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He 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.


Gathered as believers in Christ, made one body through baptism, let us offer

prayers to God for the living hope of all the world.

For peace from on high and for our salvation.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

For this parish family of Saint John’s, that we will faithfully bear witness to the

risen Christ in word and deed.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of the holy churches of God,

and for the unity of all. Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

For this holy gathering and for those who enter with faith, reverence, and fear

of God. For our new brothers and sisters illumined by the light of Christ.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

For Mathew, Allen and Mary our bishops and Hank our priest, and all who

minister in Christ, and for all the holy people of God.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

For the world and its leaders, our nation and its people.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

For all those in need, the suffering and the oppressed, travelers and prisoners,

and the dying.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

For those who have gone before us under the sign of faith, and for all the


Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

For ourselves, our families, and those we love, especially Jonathan, Nancy,

Steven, Timothy, Florence, Brendan, Brian, Joan, Joseph, Kimberly, Lynn,

Michael, Kayden, Diane, Robert, Angelina, Lindsay, John and Sharon, Marilyn,

Margaret, Jennifer, Christopher, James, Michael, Elisse, Darleene, Tina, Rose,

and all those on our prayer list.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

Remembering our most glorious and blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John and all the

saints, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ.

To you, O Lord, our God.


Blessed are you, O Lord our God, who gives us the Easter word of peace

through Jesus Christ. Hear the prayers, which we offer in the hope of glory, and

breath upon us with your Holy Spirit. Glory to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

now and always and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought,

word and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake

of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may

delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

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.



The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.


THE OFFERTORY HYMN: Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts and Voices


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to

you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with

all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of

your Name:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord

God of power and might.

Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest

Blessed is He who come in the name of the Lord

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest,.

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, 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 many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. 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.



Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore, let us keep the feast, Alleluia!





Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual

food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;

and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the

Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send

us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as

faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be

honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, through the

power of the Holy Spirit; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the

Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you now, and remain with you always.




The Mass is ended. Our service now begins! Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit!

Thanks be to God.


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