Easter VII

The Seventh Sunday of EASTER  
May 24, 2020

Opening Sentence

Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands,
a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to
appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 

(Hebrews 9:24)

Confession of Sin

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.


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 Priest

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 Invitatory and Psalter

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.


Invitatory Psalm, with antiphon

Alleluia.  Christ the Lord has ascended into heaven:
Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

Christ our Passover           Pascha nostrum        BCP 83

1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ has been raised from the dead, *   
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

Alleluia.  Christ the Lord has ascended into heaven:
Come let us adore him.

Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36                                                       Exsurgat Deus

1   Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; *
         let those who hate him flee before him.

2   Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; *
         as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at
         the presence of God.

3   But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; *
         let them also be merry and joyful.

4   Sing to God, sing praises to his Name;
     exalt him who rides upon the heavens; *
         Yahweh is his Name, rejoice before him!

5   Father of orphans, defender of widows, *
         God in his holy habitation!

6   God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners
     into freedom; *
         but the rebels shall live in dry places.

7   O God, when you went forth before your people, *
         when you marched through the wilderness,

8   The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain,
     at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, *
          at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9   You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; *
          you refreshed the land when it was weary.

10  Your people found their home in it; *
         in your goodness, O God, you have made provision
         for the poor.

33  Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; *
         sing praises to the Lord.

34  He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; *
         he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.

35  Ascribe power to God; *
         his majesty is over Israel;
         his strength is in the skies.

36  How wonderful is God in his holy places! *
         the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people!
         Blessed be God!

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 Lessons

The First Lesson

The reader says

A Reading from the 1st chapter of the Acts of the Apostles,
beginning at the 6th verse                           (
Acts 1: 6-14)

When the apostles had come together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is this
the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied,
“It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set
by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit
has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all
Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this,
as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their
sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven,
suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee,
why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken
up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near
Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city,
they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and
James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,
James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain
women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Reader                         The Word of the Lord.
People                         Thanks be to God.

18  A Song to the Lamb             Dignus es  (Revelation 4:11; 5:9-10, 13)

Splendor and honor and kingly power, *
    are yours by right, O Lord our God.

For you created everything that is; *
    and by your will they were created and have their being.

And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, *
    for with your blood you have redeemed for God,

From every family, people, and nation, *
    a kingdom of priests to serve our God

And so, to him who sits upon the throne, *
    and to Christ the Lamb,

Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, *
    For ever and for evermore.

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 Second Lesson

The Reader says: 

A Reading from the 17th chapter of the Gospel of John,
beginning at the 1st verse                                       
(John 17:1-11)

Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify
your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him
authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given
him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing
the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own
presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

”I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world.
They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the
words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received
them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that
you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world,
but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are
yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no
longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father,
protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

Reader        The Word of the Lord.
People        Thanks be to God.


Canticle 19    The Song of the Redeemed   Magna et mirabilia (Revelation 15:3-4)

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done, *
   surpassing human understanding.

Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
    O King of all the ages.

Who can fail to do you homage, Lord,
and sing the praises of your Name? *

    for you only are the Holy One.

All nations will draw near and fall down before you, *
    because your just and holy works have been revealed.

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 Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

Officiant and People together.

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.

Interval Music

The Prayers

Officiant      The Lord be with you.
People        And also with you.
Officiant      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  B

V.  Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R. Govern and uphold them, now and always.

V.  Day by day we bless you;
R. We praise your name for ever.

V.  Lord, keep us from all sin today;
R. Have mercy upon us, Lord, have mercy.

V.  Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R. For we put our trust in you.

V.  In you, Lord, is our hope;
R. And we shall never hope in vain.


The Collect of the Day

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless,
but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place
where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

A Collect for Peace

O God, the author of peace and love of concord, to know
you is eternal life, and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend
us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that
we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of
any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.

A prayer of Chad of Lichfield

Great God of wisdom,
Great God of mercy,
give me of Your fullness
and of Your guidance
at the turning of each pass.


Prayers of the People
(Form II)        BCP 385

In the course of the silence after each bidding, the People offer their
own prayers, either silently, or aloud.

I ask your prayers for God's people throughout the world;
for our Bishop Jennifer; for this gathering; and for all
ministers and people.
Pray for the Church.


I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations;
and for the well-being of all people.
Pray for justice and peace.


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.


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.


I ask your prayers for Ann Grahn, who died in 2010, and
for all the departed. 
Pray for those who have died.


Members of the congregation may ask the prayers or the
thanksgivings of those present

I ask your prayers for____________.

I ask your thanksgiving for_____________


Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  All members of the Anglican Communion around the world:
For the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, and all
primates and bishops; For members of the Anglican Consultative Council;
For the Secretary General, The Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon; and
For the staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London and the UN offices
in Geneva and New York

Diocesan Cycle of PrayerTrinity, Indianapolis: The Rev. Julia Whitworth,
The Rev. Dr. Ben Anthony, The Rev. Erin Hougland

Parish Cycle of Prayer:  Melissa Wasson, Madelynn Watkins,
and Brenda and John Dietrich

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.


O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the
multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all
who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls,
and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and
for ever.  Amen.


The General Thanksgiving        

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 our selves 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

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.

Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely
more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to him from
generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ
Jesus for ever and ever.  Amen.
(Romans 15:13)


The Book of Common Prayer, 1979, © Church Publishing
Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community © Northumbria Community
The Bible: New Revised Standard Version, https://lectionarypage.net