Easter Vigil April 11, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Live on Face Book

Welcome to our Easter Vigil, live on Face Book.


















The Great Vigil

April 11, 2020



Together in song and prayer we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  If Episcopal worship is unfamiliar, do not be nervous about what to do during the liturgy – relax – and let the service unfold for you.


An Easter Reflection


You will not find the word, Easter, in the Bible. The origin of the word dates back to pre-Christian Celtic Eostre celebrations of spring. Yet our celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is profoundly biblically centered. Jesus taught his disciples that he would make all things new. Through his life of obedience to the will of his Father, his suffering, death, and resurrection all creation has a new and wonderful relationship to God. Even the ancient Celtic celebration of Eostre now has a new meaning. This is what we celebrate, for we have become new people through Jesus Christ.


Pause during our worship today to gratefully thank Jesus for what he has done for you. You have been made new in the Blood of the Lamb!





The Book of Common Prayer = BCP

The Hymnal 1982 = Hymnal (S = Service Music in the front of the Hymnal)

Lift Every Voice and Sing II = LEVAS








The Great Vigil


The Lighting of the Paschal Candle                     BCP, PG. 285


In the darkness, fire is kindled; after which the Celebrant addresses the people in these words


Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death.


The Celebrant places coals and incense in the thurible and censes the new fire as she says:

Let us pray.

O God, through your Son you have bestowed upon your people the brightness of your light: Sanctify this new fire, and grant that in this Paschal feast we may so burn with heavenly desires, that with pure minds we may attain to the festival of everlasting light; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


People           Amen.


The Celebrant bears the Pascal Candle and leads the procession to the chancel, pausing three times and singing.



Other candles and lamps in the church, except for those at the Altar, may also be lighted. The Paschal Candle is placed in its stand. Then the Celebrant standing near the Candle, chants the Exsultet, BCP, pg. 286. The lights in the church are dimmed so that all is sung by candle light which represents the new fire.  Participants watching may light their own candles.


Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels,

and let your trumpets shout Salvation

for the victory of our mighty King.



Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth,

bright with a glorious splendor,

for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King.


Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church,

and let your holy courts, in radiant light,

resound with the praises of your people.


All you who stand near this marvelous and holy flame,

pray with me to God the Almighty

for the grace to sing the worthy praise of this great light;

through Jesus Christ his Son our Lord,

who lives and reigns with him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God,



For ever and ever.  Amen.



The Lord be with you.



And also with you.



Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.



It is right to give him thanks and praise.



It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our whole heart and mind and voice, to praise you, the invisible, almighty, and eternal God, and your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who at the feast of the Passover paid for us the debt of Adam’s sin, and by his blood delivered your faithful people.


This is the night, when you brought our fathers, the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt, and led them through the Red Sea on dry land. This is the night, when all who believe in Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life.


This is the night, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave.


How wonderful and beyond our knowing, O God, is your mercy and loving-kindness to us, that to redeem a slave, you gave a Son.


How holy is this night, when wickedness is put to flight, and sin is washed away. It restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to those who mourn. It casts out pride and hatred, and brings peace and concord.


How blessed is this night, when earth and heaven are joined and man is reconciled to God.


Holy Father, accept our evening sacrifice, the offering of this candle in your honor. May it shine continually to drive away all darkness. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find it ever burning––he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns



For ever and ever.  Amen.




It is customary that the Paschal Candle                                      

burn at all services from Easter Day                                

through the Day of Pentecost.                                                   





The Liturgy of the Word

Page 288 in the Book of Common Prayer.


The Celebrant says:

Let us hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, how he saved

his people in ages past; and let us pray that our God will bring each of us to the full-

ness of redemption.


The Story of Creation                Genesis 1:1-2:2


In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights–the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night–and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.


Song Response #395    “Many and great, O God are thy works”   Dakota Indian Chant

(Blue Book)


Many and great, O God are thy works, maker of earth and sky;

thy hands have set the heavens with stars; thy fingers spread the mountains and plains.

Lo, at thy word the waters were formed; deep seas obey thy voice.


Grant unto us communion with thee; thou star abiding one;

come unto us and dwell with us; with thee are found the gifts of life.

Bless us with life that has no end; eternal life with thee.


Psalm 36:5-10

 5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgements are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.

7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

10 O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your salvation to the upright of heart!


Prayer                                                                                 BCP, pg. 288

The Celebrant says:


Let us pray.   (Silence)

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.



Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea     Exodus 14:10-15:1


As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” But Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the LORD will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.”

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.”

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.”

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the LORD tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the LORD did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the LORD and believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses.

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD:

“I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.”



Canticle 8                   Canticle of the free                          




I will sing to the Lord, triumphant is he:

The horse and chariot he cast into the sea!



The Celebrant says:


Let us pray.  (Silence)

O God, whose wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day, you once delivered by the power of your mighty arm your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations by the water of Baptism: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.


Salvation offered freely to all      Isaiah 55:1-11


Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;

and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.

Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.

I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.

See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.

See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,

because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.

Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;

let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;

let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,

making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.


Canticle 9 Hymn 679     Surely it is God who saves me”            Thomas Merton

(Blue Book)



Surely it is God who saves me;

trusting him, I shall not fear.

For the Lord defends and shields me
and his saving help is near.
So rejoice as you draw water
from salvation’s living spring;
in the day of your deliverance
thank the Lord, his mercies sing.
2 Make his deeds known to the peoples;
tell out his exalted Name.
Praise the Lord, who has done great things;
all his works his might proclaim.
Zion, lift your voice in singing;
for with you has come to dwell,
in your very midst, the great and
Holy One of Israel.

Words: Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. 1944); para. of The First Song of Isaiah
Music: Thomas Merton, Ray. W. Urwin (b. 1950)
Meter: 87. 87. D



Prayer                                                                             BCP 289

The Celebrant says:


Let us pray.  (Silence)

O God, you have created all things by the power of your Word, and you renew the earth by your Spirit: Give now the water of life to those who thirst for you, that they may bring forth abundant fruit in your glorious kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



A new heart and a new spirit     Ezekiel 36:24-28


Say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.


Song Response #96        “Healing River of the Spirit”              Beach Spring

(Voices Found)

  Healing river of the Spirit,

bathe the wounds that living brings.

  Plunge our pain, our sin, our sadness
  deep beneath your sacred springs.
  Weary from the restless searching
  that has lured us from your side,
  we discover in your presence
  peace that world cannot provide.
2 Wellspring of the healing Spirit,
  stream that flows to bring release,
  as we gain our selves, our senses,
  may our lives reflect your peace.
  Grateful for the flood that heals us,
  may your church enact your grace.
  As we meet both friend and stranger,
  may we see our Savior’s face.
3 Living stream that heals the nations,
  make us channels of your pow’r.
  All the world is torn by conflict;
  wars are raging at this hour.
  Saving Spirit, move among us;
  guide our winding human course,
  till we find our way together,
  flowing homeward to our source.

Words: Ruth C. Duck, from Circles of Care: Hymns and Song
Music: Beach Spring, from The Sacred Harp, Philadelphia, 1844
Meter: 87. 87. D



The Psalm 42:1-7              


1 As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?
3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me continually,
‘Where is your God?’

4 These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,
and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
a multitude keeping festival.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help
6and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep
at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
have gone over me.


The Gathering of God’s People Zephaniah 3:12-20


For I will leave in the midst of you
a people humble and lowly.

They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD–
the remnant of Israel;

they shall do no wrong
and utter no lies,

nor shall a deceitful tongue
be found in their mouths.

Then they will pasture and lie down,
and no one shall make them afraid.

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;
shout, O Israel!

Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!

The LORD has taken away the judgments against you,
he has turned away your enemies.

The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
you shall fear disaster no more.

On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:

Do not fear, O Zion;
do not let your hands grow weak.

The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;

he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing
as on a day of festival.

I will remove disaster from you,
so that you will not bear reproach for it.

I will deal with all your oppressors
at that time.

And I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,

and I will change their shame into praise
and renown in all the earth.

At that time I will bring you home,
at the time when I gather you;

for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,

when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes, says the LORD.


Song Response 529            “In the Day of the Lord”           M. D. Ridge


















Psalm 98                                                    BCP 727


O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.  The Lord has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.  He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.  Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.  Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.  With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.  Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it.  Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy  at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.



Prayer                                                                                        BCP 291

The Celebrant says:


Let us pray.  (Silence)

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light:  Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Renewal of Baptismal Vows                                                       BCP 292


The Celebrant leads the people in the Renewal of Baptismal Vows first addressing them with the words: 


Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life.  I call upon you, therefore, now that our Lenten observance is ended, to renew the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and all his works, and promised to serve God faithfully in his holy Catholic Church.


Celebrant        Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

People           I do.


Celebrant        Do you believe in God the Father?

People           I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                 Creator of heaven and earth.


Celebrant        Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People           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.


Celebrant        Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of

bread, and in the prayers?

People           I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant        Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People           I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant        Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People           I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant        Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People           I will, with God’s help.


Celebrant        Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People           I will, with God’s help.


The Celebrant concludes the Renewal of Vows as follows


May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.



The First Celebration of Easter


The Collect

This prayer sums up or collects our thoughts about Christ’s Resurrection.


Celebrant:       The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.


Let us pray.

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

People:           Amen.




The Epistle

The reader says,

A Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. (6:3-11)


Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus


Reader:          The Word of the Lord

People             Thanks be to God.


The Gospel                                                                           Matthew 28: 1-10


Then, all standing, the Priest reads the Gospel, first saying:

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

People           Glory to you, Lord Christ.


After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”


Priest             The Gospel of the Lord.

People           Praise to you, Lord Christ.


 The Sermon                                                     The Rev. Leslie Barnes Scoopmire


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, former 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.



Exchange of Peace          

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People           And also with you.


The ministers and people greet one another in the name of Christ.



Prayer for Spiritual Communion                                                                                    


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 Celebrant says:

Let us pray.


Celebrant 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.






Hymn 207             “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”                Easter Hymn



The Celebrant dismisses them with these words

Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!

People           Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!









Ministers of the Service


Priest                                    The Rev. Leslie Barnes Scoopmire


Music Director/Organist    Denise Marsh


Musicians                            Denise Marsh                                                                   Mother Leslie




St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

15764 Clayton Rd.  •  Ellisville, Missouri  63011

Phone: 636.227.1484




The Rt. Reverend George Wayne Smith, Bishop of Missouri

The Rev. Leslie Barnes Scoopmire, Priest-in-charge, lscoopmire@stmartinschurch.org

The Rev. Sally Weaver, Priest Associate, SallySWeaver@yahoo.com

Janet Theiss, Parish Administrator, jtheiss@stmartinschurch.org

Denise Marsh, Music Director, dmarsh@stmartinschurch.org

Wendy Sain, Assistant to the Clergy, wsain@stmartinschurch.org

Kirt Beckman, Sunday Sexton


The Vestry Page Andersen, Senior Warden (2021)    Laura Limbaugh (2022)

Ray Harbert, Clerk (2022)                            John Lange (2021)

Terrence Bostic (2022)                               Chiazor Jane-Frances Omeni (2022) Gina Slobodzian (2023)                              Austin Riddle (2023)

Loretta Go (2021)


Convention Delegates

Kay Fletcher (2021)                                  Anne Fischer (2023)

John Alden (2023)                                   Loretta Go, Alternate (2023)


*Date in parentheses is the end of the term of service in January of the year not