St. Andrew & St. John Episcopal Church Southwest Harbor, Maine
ALL SAINTS DAY November 1, 2020 Morning Prayer: Rite Two St. Saviour's and The Episcopal Parishes of Mount Desert Island in The Diocese of Maine Today, we welcome The Reverend Dr. Jennifer Reece as our Officiant and Preacher.
Prelude: "Kyrie" from Mass for the Convents by François Couperin
Hymn: 287 (vss. 1-4) For all the saints who from their labors rest
Opening Sentence Officiant: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:19 )
Confession of Sin Officiant: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. Officiant and People: 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 Officiant says Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Invitatory and Psalter - The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Reece Officiant: Lord, open our lips People: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. Officiant and People: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: Come let us adore him.
Venite: Psalm 95:1-7 Officiant and people Come, let us sing to the Lord; * let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving * and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, * and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the caverns of the earth, * and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, * and his hands have molded the dry land. Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, * and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. * Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice! Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: Come let us adore him.
Psalm 34:1-10, 22 - The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Reece 1 I will bless the LORD at all times; * his praise shall ever be in my mouth. 2 I will glory in the LORD; * let the humble hear and rejoice. 3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; * let us exalt his Name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me * and delivered me out of all my terror. 5 Look upon him and be radiant, * and let not your faces be ashamed. 6 I called in my affliction and the LORD heard me * and saved me from all my troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encompasses those who fear him, * and he will deliver them. 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; * happy are they who trust in him! 9 Fear the LORD, you that are his saints, * for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger, * but those who seek the LORD lack nothing that is good. 22 The LORD ransoms the life of his servants, * and none will be punished who trust in him. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
The First Lesson: Revelation 7:9-17 - Sue Olson A reading from the book of Revelation After this I, John, looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen." Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?" I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Reader The Word of the Lord. People Thanks be to God.
The Response: Canticle 12 part III - The Rev. Scott Planting Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, * praise him and highly exalt him for ever. In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, * praise him and highly exalt him for ever. Let the people of God glorify the Lord, * praise him and highly exalt him for ever. Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, * praise him and highly exalt him for ever. Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, * praise him and highly exalt him for ever. You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, * praise him and highly exalt him for ever. Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; * praise him and highly exalt him for ever. In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, * praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
The Second Lesson: 1:John 3:1-3 - Sue Olson A reading from John See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Reader The Word of the Lord People Thanks be to God.
Canticle N: A Song of God's Love (1 John 4:7-11) - The Rev. Scott Planting Beloved, let us love one another, * for love is of God. Whoever does not love does not know God, * for God is Love. In this the love of God was revealed among us, * that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through Jesus Christ. In this is love, not that we loved God but that God loved us * and sent his Son that sins might be forgiven. Beloved, since God loved us so much, * we ought also to love one another. For if we love one another, God abides in us, * and God's love will be perfected in us.
The Third Lesson: Matthew 5:1-12 - The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Reece A reading from the Gospel of Matthew 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." Reader The Word of the Lord. People Thanks be to God.
The Sermon: "No longer strangers" - Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece
The Apostles' Creed - Officiant and people I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Prayers Officiant The Lord be with you. Officiant and People And also with you. Let us 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.
Suffrages (A) V. Show us your mercy, O Lord; R. And grant us your salvation. V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness; R. Let your people sing with joy. V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; R. For only in you can we live in safety. V. Lord, keep this nation under your care; R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth. V. Let your way be known upon earth; R. Your saving health among all nations. V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. V. Create in us clean hearts, O God; R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
The Collect of the Day Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Collect For Guidance Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hymn: "For all the saints who've shown your love" Words by John Bell, Iona Community 1. For all the saints who've shown your love, in how they live and where they move. For mindful women, caring men, accept our gratitude again. 2. For all the saints who loved your name, whose faith increased the Savior's fame. Who sang your songs and shared your word, accept our gratitude, good Lord. 3. For all the saints who named your will, and showed the kingdom coming still. Through selfless protest, prayer and praise, accept the gratitude we raise. 4. Bless all whose will or name or love reflects the grace of heaven above. Though unacclaimed by earthly powers, your life through theirs has hallowed ours.
Intercessions: Prayers of the People Form II and the Necrology for All Saint's Day - Pat and Roger Samuel I ask your prayers for God's people throughout the world; for our Bishop(s) Thomas and Michael; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people. Pray for the Church. Silence I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Pray for justice and peace. Silence I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. Pray for those in any need or trouble. Silence I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of him. Pray that they may find and be found by him. Silence I ask your prayers for the departed, especially Kevin Baker Joan Bennett Christopher Buzzell Virginia Eaton Carolyn M Johnston William Krenicki Beverly Minafra Louis Minafra Michelle Olson Eric Olson Hank Olson George Osborne Bertha Osborne The Rev. Robert Raymond Agnes Sawyer Robert Sweet Robert Theriault The Rev. George Swanson Winthrop Short Middie Butler Billy Lockhart Vicky Vendrell Mark Campbell Susannah Jones Joan Allen Tristram C. Colket, Jr. Sandra Cote Lucinda Nash Dudley Claire Grindel Col. Edward R. Guthrie The Rev. Malcolm Hughes Gretchen Lane Alcine Reed Brian Reed Marilyn Saunders Voorhies Earl Fletcher
Pray for those who have died. Silence Members of the congregation may ask the prayers or the thanksgivings of those present I ask your prayers for ______________ I ask your thanksgiving for __________. Silence Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day. Silence
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.
Litany before an Election (BCP 821 with addition) O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. Lord, keep this nation under your care. To the President and members of the Cabinet, to Governors of States, Mayors of Cities, and to all in administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties. Give grace to your servants, O Lord. To Senators and Representatives, and those who make our laws in States, Cities, and Towns, give courage, wisdom, and foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to fulfill our obligations in the community of nations. Give grace to your servants, O Lord. To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served. Give grace to your servants, O Lord. To all who have run for elected office, give humility and grace both in victory and in defeat, that they may honor and abide by the will of the people and guide the nation forward in unity and peace. Give grace to your servants O Lord, and keep this nation under your care. Finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name. For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Amen.
The General Thanksgiving Officiant and People Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom Officiant Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
Officiant Let us bless the Lord. People Thanks be to God. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)
Hymn: 526 "Let saints on earth in concert sing"
Postlude: "Dialogue sur les grands jeux" from Mass for the Convents by François Couperin
* The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission. The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
Participants Officiant: The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Reece Music: Dr. Daniel Pyle Reader 1 and 2: Sue Olson The Responses: The Rev. Scott Planting Prayer Leaders and Necrology: Pat and Roger Samuel Videographer: Jim Vallette
St. John the Divine's sanctuary is open for meditation. Please sign in and wear a mask.
If you need help or need to talk with someone, please call Gen MacKenzie, 244-7313 Ted Fletcher, 266-8415
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
At St. John's Keep in your prayers this week:
Geoff Schuller, Bill Krueger, Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Jeremy Harkins, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Theresa Mitchell, David Douglass, George Haborak, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Dorothea Mead, Ray and Susan McDonald, Richard Ramsdell, Cassandra Crabtree, Beth Pfeiffer, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill and Barbara Loveland.
Give thanks for the life of Bob Theriault, who died this past week. Keep his family and friends in your prayers.
Thanks to Stephen Sampson, Jayne Ashworth and Michael Shook, you may enjoy some piano music on the St. Andrew & St. John website. On the menu on the left-hand side of the home page there is now a link titled 'Music,' and clicking on that link brings you to recordings of piano pieces by Stephen Sampson.
Westside Food Pantry
On Sunday, November 1 we will open the Pantry for its 30th distribution season! Since not much has changed on the pandemic front, the need to operate safely-protecting our neighbors and volunteers-from direct, face-to-face contact remains a priority. Last spring and summer's outdoor window pickup has been modified to accommodate late fall and winter weather. We have developed a safe way to accomplish our distribution and registration functions inside the church building. New plexiglass shields at pickup and registration stations will be used to separate neighbors and volunteers from direct exposure to one another. It will be possible to move a limited number of people inside the building to protect from the elements and at the same time maintain face covering and social distancing protocols. It looks like we can achieve this in a manner similar to what is achieved in the Post Office or bank lobby. I estimate that we can operate with four or five volunteers at our busy first Sunday distribution--safely and efficiently.
With regard to the Thanksgiving Basket distribution, this year we will provide a registration form to our neighbors on "this side" to fill out and return to the Bar Harbor Congregational Church by November 6. All baskets must be picked up in Bar Harbor. To compensate those who would be excluded from this we will distribute a Thanksgiving Special Voucher for $25 to each registered Pantry household. This expense is being funded 100% by an anonymous donor.
We invite you to visit the new page for the Westside Food Pantry! On this facebook page you will find periodic announcements and information about the Westside Food Pantry. Please visit the page and like it. You can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/WestsideFoodPantry/
From the Diocese of Maine
As a Parish of the Diocese of Maine, we are part of a church family that extends from Kittery to Fort Kent, and connects us to the rest of the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. We share ministry with our Bishop and with every worshiping community.
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Cathedral of St. Luke Contemplative Prayer, a prayer of silence, is also known as centering prayer, listening prayer, breath prayer, and prayer of the heart. Join us on Thursdays at 4:30 as we open our minds and hearts to God. Join our Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/484179071 Meeting ID: 484 179 071 +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US
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Confidential Prayer Chain: Unlike our published prayer lists, prayer requests that come into the Prayer Chain remain private to the prayer chain itself, which will pray devotedly for one week unless an updated request is made. If you'd like to know more about this or our Pastoral Care Team, please contact our office administrators.
St. Mary and St. Jude The Rev. Stephen Muncie is conducting a Zoom Bible Study on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. He is using the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation of the Bible but you may use any translation you have on hand. For direct dial or URL information for this meeting, click here.
Church of Our Father Music and Chatter: On each Wednesday at 5:30 pm there is a 30 minute program entitled "Music & Chatter". The idea is to keep us all involved and up to date. It can be seen on the MDI Episcopal You Tube channel. Click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-fGpm4_aFoi0mNvMiXhSwg.
A variety of ways exist on Mount Desert Island for people to offer to provide help or to receive help during the current pandemic.
Connecting with the people who are coordinating this effort may happen:
6) Lincoln Millstein has put together a Quietside newsletter -- very interesting: theqsjournal.com
Stephen Byers Sampson, Music Director Michele Daley, Parish Administrator (244-3229) Sr. Warden, Gen MacKenzie (244-7313) Jr. Warden, Ted Fletcher (244-5225) The Church Office is open Monday and Thursday 8:30 - 2:30 (244-3229)