Bullentin: Sunday, May 24, 2020
May 23, 2020, 5:00 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Helena, Arkansas

 

Ascension Sunday

May 24, 2020

 

 

THE HOLY EUCHARIST RITE TWO

 

ASCENSION SUNDAY

 

PRELUDE                                                                          Dr. Gabriel Statom

 

THE WORD OF GOD

 

ENTRANCE RITE

 

Entrance Hymn    Crown him with many crowns    H 494

 

 

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

 

 

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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.

 

 

Celebrant

The Lord be with you.

People

And also with you.

Celebrant

Let us pray.

 

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

 

THE LESSONS

 

First Reading    Acts 1:1-11

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

1In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But 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.” 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They 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.”

 

Reader

The Word of the Lord.

People

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Psalm  47

 

Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
  shout to God with a cry of joy.
2For the Lord Most High is to be feared; *
  he is the great King over all the earth.
3He subdues the peoples under us, *
  and the nations under our feet.
4He chooses our inheritance for us, *
  the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
5God has gone up with a shout, *
  the Lord with the sound of the ram’s-horn.
6Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
  sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7For God is King of all the earth; *
  sing praises with all your skill.
8God reigns over the nations; *
  God sits upon his holy throne.
9The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
  with the people of the God of Abraham.
10The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
  and he is highly exalted.

 

Second Reading            Ephesians 1:15-23

A Reading from Paul's letter to the Church in Ephesus.

15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

Reader

The Word of the Lord.

People

Thanks be to God.

 

 

 Allelua! Sing to Jesus                      H 460

 

Gospel                           Luke 24:44-53

Priest

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

People

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

44[Jesus said to his disciples,] “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
50Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

 

Priest

The Gospel of the Lord.

People

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Sermon                      Rev. Ray Brown

 

The Creed

 

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

The Prayers of the People

With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy.”

For the peace from above, for the loving kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For our Bishop, and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For this city of Helena-West Helena, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to the Lord. We especially pray for the healing of our state, nation and world in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lord, have mercy.

 

That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us, O Lord, by thy grace.

Lord, have mercy.

 

In the communion of  John, and of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.

To thee, O Lord our God.

 

The priest says a concluding Collect

Hasten, O Father, the coming of thy kingdom; and grant that
we thy servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold
thy Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ,
our only Mediator and Advocate.
Amen.

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

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.

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 Peace

Celebrant

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People

And also with you.

 

 

THE HOLY COMMUNION

 

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

 

Offertory music          Ms. Dagmar Bergan

 

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

 

Celebrant

The Lord be with you.

People

And also with you.

Celebrant

Lift up your hearts.

People

We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

For you are the source of light and life; you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

 

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

 

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

 

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. AMEN.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

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,

forever and ever. Amen.

 

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

 

Fraction Anthem                                                                 

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

 

The Gifts of God for the People of God.

 

A prayer for when we cannot physically receive Holy Communion

 

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. I embrace you and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you.  Amen.

 

 

Post-Communion Prayer

Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God,

we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food

of the most precious Body and Blood

of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;

and for assuring us in these holy mysteries

that we are living members of the Body of your Son,

and heirs of your eternal kingdom.

And now, Father, send us out

to do the work you have given us to do,

to love and serve you

as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.

 

Blessing

Holy eternal Majesty,

Holy incarnate Word,

Holy abiding Spirit,

Bless you for evermore. Amen.

 

Post-Communion Hymn        All hail the power of Jesus' Name         H 450

 

Dismissal

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People

Thanks be to God.

 

POSTLUDE                       Dr. Statom

 

 

Welcome to St. John’s.  We are so glad you are joining us for worship today.

Please keep the following in your prayers:

Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Jim Howe, Nancy Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat,  Courtney Turner,  Rita Merritt, Jo Boone Wild,  Gloria Higginbotham,  Vivian Wright, Al Martin, William Brandon, Cedric Franks, Jr, Jeannie McCabe, Karen Foster, Kathleen Gibson, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies,  Pat Wheeler, Carol Spencer, Pat Jeffries,  Tommy & Carrie Galloway, Bonnie & Charles Rowland, Pat Delk, Duncan Highet, Lee McCarty Boyd, Jo Liddy, Riley Kate Haas, Danny Hutchens, Carla Myers, Katrina Justice, Joan Henderson, and the family of Sam Jones.

 

The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry,

Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

The Rt. Reverend Larry R. Benfield, Bishop of Arkansas

The Rev. Ray Brown, Rector

 

The Vestry of St. John’s Church, Helena

 

Mike Fielder, Senior Warden (2021)

Jane Hornor, Junior Warden (2020)

 Gina Pillow (2020), Carla Myers (2020)

 Ben Pittman (2021), Ann Lee (2021)

Michael Allen (2022), Mark Rogers (2022)

 Allison Biederman (2022)

Susan Carter, Clerk, and Walter Morris, Treasurer

 

Sexton, Tony Miles   -   Secretary, Marjie Hamilton

 

 

Pianist, Dagmar Bergan   -   Organist, Dr. Gabriel Statom

 

Readers – Mike Fielder & Susan Carter

 

Videographer – Nolan Dean