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Holy Eucharist, Rite II (June 16, 2024)


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The Holy Eucharist


PRELUDE


THE PROCESSIONAL: THE CHURCH'S ONE


THE OPENING ACCLAMATION

Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.


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 GLORIA IN EXCELSIS


THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.


Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.. Amen.


THE LITURGY OF THE WORD


THE FIRST LESSON: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.


The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.


When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah


The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God!


Psalm 20

Exaudiat te Dominus

1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble, *the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;


2 Send you help from his holy place *and strengthen you out of Zion;


3 Remember all your offerings *and accept your burnt sacrifice;


4 Grant you your heart's desire *and prosper all your plans.


5 We will shout for joy at your victoryand triumph in the Name of our God; *may the Lord grant all your requests.


6 Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed; *he will answer him out of his holy heaven,with the victorious strength of his right hand.


7 Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, *but we will call upon the Name of the Lord our God.


8 They collapse and fall down, *but we will arise and stand upright.


9 O Lord, give victory to the king *and answer us when we call.


THE SECOND LESSON: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:6-17

We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord-- for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.


Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


SEQUENCE HYMN: KING OF GLORY, KING OF PEACE


THE GOSPEL: MARK 4:26-34

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

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”


He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”


With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.


THE SERMON: The Rev’d. Jerry Keucher


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. 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.


THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Let us pray for God's people throughout the world, for this gathering and for all who minister in Christ's name.


For the people of the Church of Christ, that the Spirit may inspire us with new gifts of wisdom, understanding, and fortitude, we pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear our prayer.


For the leaders of the Church, especially our Bishops Matthew, Allen and Mary and our priest Hank, that they may recognize the Spirit’s work, and protect and foster it, we pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear our prayer.


For those in power in the nations of the world, especially Joe our President, Kathy our Governor, and Eric our Mayor, that they may not resist the Spirit’s call for justice and peace, we pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear our prayer.


For those in any trouble, for those who are sick, for those who have lost their faith, and all for whom our prayers are asked, especially Frances, David, Robert, Nancy, Jonathan, Steven, Timothy, Florence, Brendan, Brian, Joan, Joseph, Kimberly, Lynn, Michael, Kayden, Diane, Robert, Carmine, Lindsay, John and Sharon, Marilyn, Margaret, Jennifer, Christopher, James, Michael, Randy, Elisse, Darleene, Tina, Rose, and all those on our prayer list that the Spirit will guide and comfort them in all their afflictions, we pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear our prayer.


For our partners in mission, especially the Richmond Inter-Parish Council, The Episcopal Diocese of New York, and Project Hospitality, that the Spirit will move us and them into unity of faith and action, we pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear our prayer.


For all who have died, that the Spirit will unite us with them in the communion and fellowship of God, we pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear our prayer.


CONCLUDING COLLECT

Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.


THE CONFESSION

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.

Amen.


THE PEACE

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

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.


THE ANNOUNCEMENTS


THE OFFERTORY HYMN: I WANT JESUS TO WALK WITH ME.


THE GREAT THANKSGIVING - A


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 every-

where 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 for ever

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.


THE LORD'S PRAYER


THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore, let us keep the feast, Alleluia!


THE FRACTION ANTHEM S-165


THE COMMUNION

COMMUNION HYMN: TASTE AND SEE


THE POST COMMUNION PRAYER

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.


THE BLESSING

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.

Amen.


THE RECESSIONAL: I LOVE THY KINGDOM, LORD


THE DISMISSAL

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.


THE POSTLUDE



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