May 17th Service 2020:

Ante Communion

This morning, and for the foreseeable future, our Sunday worship offering will be what is commonly referred to as “Ante-Communion.”

Ante-Communion is the “Pro-anaphora;” “pro” meaning “before” and “anaphora” being the theological word for the 2nd half of our traditional service of Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion.  In other words, it is a Eucharist service without the Great Thanksgiving at the altar and the receiving of communion by the people.  Ante-Communion includes the first part of the Eucharist service up through the prayers of the people.

It has an ancient tradition in the Anglican/Episcopal church and is authorized to use on Sunday mornings by a priest who can’t have a congregation present.

Also, I want you to know that I, along with all of you, will not be celebrating nor receiving Holy Communion until we can all gather once again and celebrate together.

Prelude:

Schönster Herr Jesu                                  by Hermann Schroeder

 

 

Hymn #204 Now the green blade riseth        Noël nouvelet

1 Now the green blade riseth, from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

 

3 Forth He came at Easter, like the risen grain,
Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain;
Quick from the dead the risen One is seen:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

 

4 When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Jesus' touch can call us back to life again,
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been: 
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

Opening Prayers and Collects

The Gloria by   Gloria       by John Rutter
Julie May, mezzo soprano

 

From the Book of Acts

 

Acts 17:22-31                                                     Mark Bockrath

Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said,

‘For we too are his offspring.’

Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

 

Psalm 66:7-18

Jubilate Deo

 

7 Bless our God, you peoples; *
make the voice of his praise to be heard;

8 Who holds our souls in life, *
and will not allow our feet to slip.

9 For you, O God, have proved us; *
you have tried us just as silver is tried.

10 You brought us into the snare; *
you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.

11 You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water; *
but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.

12 I will enter your house with burnt-offerings
and will pay you my vows, *
which I promised with my lips
and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.

13 I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts
with the smoke of rams; *
I will give you oxen and goats.

14 Come and listen, all you who fear God, *
and I will tell you what he has done for me.

15 I called out to him with my mouth, *
and his praise was on my tongue.

16 If I had found evil in my heart, *
the Lord would not have heard me;

17 But in truth God has heard me; *
he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

18 Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *
nor withheld his love from me.

Sequence #516  Come down, O Love divine    Down Ampney

1 Come down, O Love divine, 
seek thou this soul of mine, 
and visit it with thine own ardor glowing; 
O Comforter, draw near, 
within my heart appear, 
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing. 

 

2 O let it freely burn, 
till earthly passions turn 
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming; 
and let thy glorious light 
shine ever on my sight, 
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

The Gospel                                       John 14:15-21

Jesus said, ”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Homily                                        The Rev. Paul S. Hunt

“I found among them an altar with the inscription, `To an unknown god.'”

 

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Prayers of the People          Mark Bockwrath

Musical Offering  God shall wipe away all tears  by Sir Arthur Sullivan

                                       Julie May, mezzo soprano

Postlude:                      Koraal                 by Flor Peeters

 

 

 

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