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Holy Eucharist, Rite II (March 9, 2024)

Fourth Sunday of Lent March 10 2024 (1)
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The Holy Eucharist




Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

His mercy endures forever.

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.


Jesus said,

The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our 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 other commandment greater than these.

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 Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to

be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread,

that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the

Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.



From Mount Hor the Israelites set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around

the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people

spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of

Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we

detest this miserable food.” Then the LORD sent poisonous serpents among

the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people

came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and

against you; pray to the LORD to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses

prayed for the people. And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a poisonous

serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and

live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and

whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of

bronze and live.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM 107:1-3, 17-22

Confitemini Domino

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *

and his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let all those whom the LORD has redeemed proclaim *

that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

3 He gathered them out of the lands; *

from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south.

17 Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *

they were afflicted because of their sins.

18 They abhorred all manner of food *

and drew near to death's door.

19 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *

and he delivered them from their distress.

20 He sent forth his word and healed them *

and saved them from the grave.

21 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *

and the wonders he does for his children.

22 Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *

and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.


You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived,

following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air,

the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once

lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh

and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But

God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even

when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with

Christ-- by grace you have been saved-- and raised us up with him and

seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages

to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness

toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith,

and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God-- not the result of works, so

that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ

Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

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

Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the

Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who

believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but

in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him

are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already,

because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And

this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved

darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil

hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be

exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be

clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

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.


In this holy season of Lent, we are called to a journey of self-examination, repentance, and prayer following the example of Jesus our Savior. Let us in our prayers offer to God the yearnings of our hearts.

We pray for the whole church, all leaders and ministers, and all the holy people of God; especially Justin the Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael our Presiding Bishop, Matt, Allen and Mary our Bishops, Hank and all members of the Clergy.

We lift our eyes to the hills, O God.

In you is our help and strength.

We pray for our nation, for all the nations of the earth, and for all who govern and judge; especially Joseph our President, Kathy our Governor, Eric our Mayor, and all Leaders in the nations of the world.

We lift our eyes to the hills, O God.

In you is our help and strength.

We pray for those who put themselves in harm's way and places of danger; those who willingly risk their lives; particularly for those serving in the armed services.

We lift our eyes to the hills, O God.

In you is our help and strength.

We pray for those who hunger, those who thirst, those who cry out for justice, those who live under the threat of terror, and those without a place to lay their head; especially those in Ukraine.

We lift our eyes to the hills, O God.

In you is our help and strength.

We pray for those who are ill, those in pain, those under stress, and those

who are lonely; including Dr. John, Generosa, Jim, Bernard, Harold, Lauren,

Matthew, Gweneth, Trevor, Juli, Ondeene, Carole, George, Paul, Michael,

Francine, Arthur, Anthony, Robert, Dillon, Henrietta, Phillip, Dice, Christopher,

Dan, Teresa, Chris, Frances, David, Robert, and all those on our prayer list.

We lift our eyes to the hills, O God.

In you is our help and our strength.

We pray for your Church throughout the world, thanking you for all who

Serve Christ and his kingdom. Today we especially remember

our Food Pantry volunteers. By your Spirit strengthen your

people for their work and witness in the world. Unite us in your truth and

love, that we who confess your name may also reflect your glory.

We lift our eyes to the hills, O God.

We lift our eyes to the hills, O God.

In you is our help and strength.

We pray in this season of Lent for those who prepare for baptism, confirmation and renewal, and we pray that we all might be given the grace and strength to repent and grow closer to you, O God.

We lift our eyes to the hills, O God.

In you is our help and strength.

We pray for those who have died and all who have entered into the land of eternal Light and your abiding peace.

We lift our eyes to the hills, O God.

In you is our help and strength.


Hear these and all the longings of our hearts O God, whose reign is not distant but breaking in among us: give us time and space to find a new identity, to let go of control and walk the pilgrim way; through Jesus Christ, the good news of salvation. Amen.


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: HOLY FOREVER by Chris Tomlin, Solo by Tony Gonzalez


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.




Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore, let us keep the feast.






Let us pray.

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord Amen.


Bow down before the Lord.

Grant, Almighty God, that your people may recognize their weakness and put their whole trust in your strength, so that they may rejoice forever in the protection of your loving providence; through Christ our Lord. Amen



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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