Easter Sunday April 12, 2020

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Easter Sunday

April 12, 2020

Prelude               “The Call: Come my Way, my Truth, my Life”

Ben Silvermintz, baritone           by George Herbert/Ralph Vaughan Williams

Processional Hymn 207          “Jesus Christ is risen today”                   Easter Hymn

(Blue Book)


1 Jesus Christ is risen today,
our triumphant holy day,
who did once upon the cross,
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
2 Hymns of praise then let us sing,
unto Christ, our heavenly King,
who endured the cross and grave,
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
3 But the pains which he endured,
our salvation have procured;
now above the sky he’s King,
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
4 Sing we to our God above
praise eternal as his love;
praise him, all ye heavenly host,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

Words: Latin, 14th cent.; tr. Lyra Davidica, 1708, alt. St. 4, Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Music: Easter Hymn, from Lyra Davidica, 1708; adapt. The Compleat Psalmodist, 1749, alt., desc. Hymns Ancient and Modern, Revised, 1950
Meter: 77. 77 with Alleluias


Opening Acclamation (to be said three times)

Priest                  Alleluia! Christ is risen.

People                 The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!


After the third response bells may be rung joyously.

The Celebrant then continues


Celebrant           There is one Body and one Spirit;

People                     There is one hope in God’s call to us;

Celebrant                One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;

People                     One God and Father of all.



Glory to God                             Gloria in excelsis                                     S278

Glory to God in the highest,

And peace to his people on earth.


Lord God, heavenly King,

Almighty God and Father;

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,


You take away the sin of the world:

Have mercy on us;


You are seated at the right hand of the Father:

Receive our prayer.


For you alone are the Holy One;

You alone are the Lord,


You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

With the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.


 Please kneel or stand as you are able.

The Collect of the Day

Priest          The Lord be with you.

People           And also with you.

Priest            Let us pray.

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

People                 Amen.


The Lessons

Please be seated.

The First Lesson                                                                  Jeremiah 31:1-6

Reader          A Reading from the Book of Jeremiah.


At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.

Thus says the Lord:

The people who survived the sword
found grace in the wilderness;

when Israel sought for rest,
the Lord appeared to him from far away.

I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
O virgin Israel!

Again you shall take your tambourines,
and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.

Again you shall plant vineyards
on the mountains of Samaria;

the planters shall plant,
and shall enjoy the fruit.

For there shall be a day when sentinels will call
in the hill country of Ephraim:

“Come, let us go up to Zion,
to the Lord our God.”

Reader          The Word of the Lord.

People           Thanks be to God.


Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (sung in unison)                                                                   S413


1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
“His mercy endures for ever.”

14 The Lord is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.

15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:

16 “The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!”

17 I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20 “This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter.”

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.



The Second Lesson                                                                  Acts 10:34-43

Reader          A Reading from the book of Acts.


Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other Gentiles: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”


Reader          The Word of the Lord

People           Thanks be to God.


 Please stand.

Sequence Hymn 178            “Alleluia, alleluia!  Give thanks to the risen Lord”   Alleluia No. 1


Please remain standing.

The Holy Gospel                                                                       John 20:1-18

Priest            The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

People           Glory to you, Lord Christ


Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


Priest            The Gospel of the Lord.

People           Praise to you, Lord Christ


The Sermon                                                                The Rev. Leslie Barnes Scoopmire                                                                                                    


Please kneel or stand as you are able.

Prayers of the People for the Easter Season



Jesus Christ is risen today, our triumphant holy day.  Alleluia!  So let us pray to our Lord, saying, to you we offer praise eternal; Alleluia!  Alleluia!


Heavenly King, for us you endured the cross and the grave.  When we were yet sinners, you redeemed and saved us.  May we sing your eternal praises everywhere we go.  We especially pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Wayne our Bishop, Deon our Bishop-Elect, Leslie our priest, and Sally our priest associate. In our Missouri Diocese we pray for the people and ministry of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Ladue.  We pray for their interim priest; and Kelly and Joseph, their Associate Rectors.  In our companion Diocese of Lui, we pray for Singiringwa Parish, and Elinatana, their priest.  To you we offer praise eternal.    Alleluia!  Alleluia!



Incarnate Love, where hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain, call forth new life by your touch.  We especially pray for Diana Hauser, Joan Voit, Carey Lane, Mary Mathai, Karen Nesbit, and Jim Duncan.  Bring forth life in the barren places of this world.  To you we offer praise eternal.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!



Author of Life, you are the ruler of creation.  All things created on earth sing to your glory.  From the death of the winter, raise the fair beauty of earth.  To you we offer praise eternal.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!



Living Savior, you hold the future.  You bless and restore our families, our communities, our world with babies and children.  Though they face uncertain days, we trust them to the certainty of your endless and eternal love.  To you we offer praise eternal.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!



Jesus the health of the world, pour out your balm on our souls and the souls of all in pain or sorrow.  We especially pray for the departed:  Bob Elsperman, husband of D’Arcy Elsperman, Don Ebner, brother of Judy Harbaugh, Jerry Holifield, brother-in-law of Mary K Heyde, and Phyllis Duff, parishioner and Vestry member.  Be the source of life for all people.  To you we offer praise eternal.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!



Purify us, O Lord, from all evil that we may rightly see you in the eternal light of your resurrection.  By your victory, bring us from death to life eternal.  TO you we offer praise eternal.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!


The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light. Hear our prayers which we offer in the hope of eternal glory, and grant that we who have received new life in baptism may live for ever in the joy of the resurrection. Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and always and unto the ages of ages.




The Peace

Priest         The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People        And also with you.


The Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of the Lord.


Welcome and Announcements

Invitation for Birthday & Anniversary Blessings


Prayer for Spiritual Communion

Priest and People: 

In union, O Lord, with the faithful of your Church where the Holy Eucharist is now

being celebrated, we desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. We present to you our souls and bodies with the earnest wish that we may always be united to you. And since we cannot now receive you sacramentally, we beseech you to come spiritually into our hearts. We unite ourselves with you and embrace you with all the love of our souls. Let nothing ever separate you from us. May we live in you, and may you live in us, both in this life and in the life to come. Amen.


The Priest says:

Let us pray.


Priest and people

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.  Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.


Easter Blessing


Do not be afraid, but rejoice that we are called to live a resurrection-shaped life.  May we roll back the stones of our hearts to invite our risen Savior to greet us as friends, calling us by name, and to live within us always.


And the blessing of the Holy Trinity:  Creating, Redeeming, Sanctifying One empower you this day and beyond to proclaim the gospel of love implanted within our hearts by God’s grace.



Final Hymn                                  This Easter Celebration

To the tune of “The Church’s One Foundation”