Prelude:Spring Intermezzo, from Four Seasonal Sketches by Betty Jackson King (1928-1994)
Welcome: Fr. John Burton
Hymn:400 – All creatures of our God and King
Opening Acclamation (BCP pg. 355) Celebrant: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit People: And blessed be God's Kingdom, now and forever. Amen.
Collect for Purity: O God of peace, you have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength. By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Trisagion: Celebrant: Holy God Holy and Mighty Holy Immortal One, People: Have mercy upon us. Celebrant: The Lord be with you. People: And also with you.
The Liturgy of the Word
Collect of the day: Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The First Reading: Jeremiah 22:13–16 Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbours work for nothing, and does not give them their wages; who says, "I will build myself a spacious house with large upper rooms", and who cuts out windows for it, panelling it with cedar, and painting it with vermilion. Are you a king because you compete in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? says the Lord.
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God!
Psalm 148:7–14 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, * you sea-monsters and all deeps; 8 Fire and hail, snow and fog, * tempestuous wind, doing his will; 9 Mountains and all hills, * fruit trees and all cedars; 10 Wild beasts and all cattle, * creeping things and winged birds; 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, * princes and all rulers of the world; 12 Young men and maidens, * old and young together. 13 Let them praise the Name of the Lord, * for his Name only is exalted, his splendor is over earth and heaven. 14 He has raised up strength for his people and praise for all his loyal servants, * the children of Israel, a people who are near him. Hallelujah!
The Second Reading: Galatians 6:14–18 A reading from the book of Galatians May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is every-thing! As for those who will follow this rule--peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen. The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God.
Gradual Hymn: 416 – For the beauty of the earth
The Gospel: Matthew 11:25–30 The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, Lord Christ. Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Homily - The Reverend John Burton
The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12 NRSV) When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Prayers of the People (based on the Canticle of the Sun) The Canticle of the Sun is a prayer/hymn attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. Theologically, it identifies the elements of creation as sisters and brothers to humanity, and calls upon the forces of nature to praise God with us, and us with them. Most high, all powerful, all good Lord! All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing. And, it is to you alone, Most High, that we pray.
You are praised, O Lord by our Brother, Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. May light be shed on your Church, That your faithful people may bear your likeness. O God, hear us. You are praised, O Lord, through our Sister, Moon, and the stars; in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and beautiful. May the nations of the earth, whom they look down upon each night Be blessed with your peace. O God, hear us. You are praised, O Lord, through our Brothers, Wind and Air, and clouds and storms, and all the weather; May you rain down your grace upon our nation, and it's leaders and people. O God, hear us. You are praised, O Lord, through our Sister, Water; Quench the thirst of the poor, the downtrodden, and those who are ill, or in trouble of any kind (especially…) O God, hear us. You are praised, O Lord, through our Brother, Fire, through whom you brighten the night; We pray you to brighten your Kingdom, where the souls of the faithful departed rest. For them, as you, may there be no night. O God, hear us. You are praised, O Lord, through our sister, and Mother, Earth, who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs; Give us the will to care for her, as you created her. O God, hear us. Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of you; through those who endure sickness and trial. Happy those who endure in peace, for by you, Most High, they will be crowned. O God, hear us. O Lord, we praise and bless you, and we give you thanks, and with all of creation, we serve you and pray to you with great humility. Amen.
Confession and Absolution (BCP page 360) 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.
The Holy Communion
Eucharistic Prayer C (BCP page 369) 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. God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise. Glory to you for ever and ever. At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home. By your will they were created and have their being. From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another. Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight. Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace. By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed. And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn: Celebrant and People Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
The Celebrant continues And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, 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, gave thanks, 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." Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving, We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming. Lord God of our Fathers: God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name. Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread. Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest to whom, with you and the holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer
Fraction Anthem: 876 - The disciples knew the Lord Jesus
Prayer of Spiritual Communion: Presider: Since now we are apart, let us pray: In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.
Communion Hymn: Lord, make us servants of your peace Lord, make us servants of your peace; Where there is hate may we sow love; Where there is hurt, may we forgive; Where there is strife, may we make one.
Where all is doubt, may we sow faith. Where all is gloom, may we sow hope; Where all is night, may we sow light; Where all is tears, may we sow joy.
Jesus, our Lord, may we not seek To be consoled, but to console, Nor look to understanding hearts, But look for hearts to understand.
May we not look for love's return, But seek to love unselfishly, For in our giving we receive, And in forgiving are forgiven.
Dying, we live, and are reborn Through death's dark night to endless day; Lord, make us servants of your peace, To wake at last in heaven's light.
Post Communion Prayer Presider: 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 Savior. Amen.
Blessing of the Animals
Closing Hymn: 412 – Earth and all stars
Postlude: Romance No. 2, from Three Romances, Opus 21 by Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
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Give thanks for the life of Mark Campbell and Susannah Jones who died last week. Keep their family and friends in your prayers.
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Participants Celebrant and Preacher: The Reverend John Burton Musician: Stephen Byers Sampson Vocalist: Pamela Smith Readers: Rod Lucas, Jean Evans, Scott Planting Prayers of the People: Marsha and Charlie Lyons Eucharistic Responder: KC Burton Images: Pets Other Assistance: Michele Daley, William Fletcher, Daniel Pyle Broadcast Editor: Jayne Ashworth