• Welcome to this newly forming community. I am Brin Bon, the priest of this community, and I’m grateful that you all are here. I want to say a couple of words about what we’re doing here in this liturgy.
    • Liturgy is the church’s public worship of God. It’s not ‘the priest working while the rest of the people watch,’ nor is it ‘the church doing a private service for insiders only.’ Rather, all are active agents in a church service, and all are invited to join the service. To that end, we encourage you to be fully present. Hear the scriptures as they are read, pray with whoever is leading a prayer, come forward to physically receive the sacrament; these are just some of the ways you can engage all facets of your being as you join in this worshipping community of Christ.
    • Our worship is provided by the Book of Common Prayer, which is on your seat. I will announce the page numbers as we go along so you will know where we are.
    • If this is your first time worshiping like this, or if you are still new to the liturgy, I invite you not to get too hung up on “getting it right.” Rather than worry about following along, just pay attention to the words and flow of this ancient ritual, and you will pick it up as you continue to practice this way of worshiping.

Silence

The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two – p. 355

The Word of God

Celebrant    Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People        And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

The Celebrant says 

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.

The following hymn is sung or said, all standing

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.

The Collect of the Day

The Celebrant says to the people
The Lord be with you.
People           And also with you.
Celebrant      Let us pray.

The Celebrant says the Collect.

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    • Here we will hear the account of God’s faithful acts, and the response of a community that has always struggled to be faithful in return. I invite you to be seated and be fully attentive to the Word of God speaking to you.

The First Lesson | Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Leader:
Job answered the Lord:

Side 1:
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’

Side 2:
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you declare to me.’

Side 1:
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;

Side 2:
therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

Leader:
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then there came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they ate bread with him in his house; they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money and a gold ring.

The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this Job lived for one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children’s children, four generations. And Job died, old and full of days.

The Second Lesson | Hebrews 7:23-28

A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but Jesus holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

After the Reading, the Reader says

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

    • We stand while the Gospel–the story of God’s entrance into the world in the person of Jesus Christ–is proclaimed as the Good News of our faith.

Alleluia – Led by Sarah Diener-Schlitt

The Gospel |Mark 10:46-52

Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
People           Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

After the Gospel the Reader says

The Gospel of the Lord.
People            Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Response 

    • The Creed is a statement of belief pronounced by Christians even as we still walk the path of understanding what it means. It has been handed down generation to generation as a continuation of an ancient faith. Let us stand as we reaffirm this faith together.

The Nicene Creed – p. 358

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.

    • Let us pray for the church, the world, one another, and ourselves.

The Prayers of the People | Form V – p. 389

Please respond to each petition, saying, “Lord, have mercy.”

The Celebrant adds a Collect

    • Jesus came to call not the righteous, but sinners. By grace we are loved by God regardless of our sin, but we are called to sincerely repent of those things that disrupt our relationship with God, with each other, and with ourselves, and to make a right start at a new life.

The Confession of Sin – p. 360

The Deacon or Celebrant says
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Minister and People
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 Bishop, when present, or the Priest, stands and says

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.

    • Having offered our prayers and been given grace to make a fresh start, we now make peace with one another, greeting our neighbors in the name of Christ.

The Peace

The Celebrant says to the people
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People      And also with you.

Blessings + Announcements

    • Birthdays, p. 830
      • Watch over thy child, O Lord, as his days increase; bless and
        guide him wherever he may be. Strengthen him when he
        stands; comfort him when discouraged or sorrowful; raise
        him up if he fall; and in his heart may thy peace which
        passeth understanding abide all the days of his life;
        through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    • Anniversary, p. 431
      • O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage
        that in it is represented the spiritual unity between Christ
        and his Church: Send therefore your blessing upon these your
        servants, that they may so love, honor, and cherish each other
        in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness,
        that their home may be a haven of blessing and peace;
        through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
        and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
  • Instructions about Offertory
    As we process from this space to surround the altar, I invite you to make your financial offering to this ministry by placing money in the basket on the altar. At the Eucharist, along with the Bread and Wine, we offer these as signs of our life and labor to God.

    • Eucharist means “thanksgiving.” During this time we offer our whole lives to God on the altar, and we receive God back, given to us in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ–the bread and wine.
    • Baptism and Eucharist have always been connected to one another in the Christian faith, so while all are welcome at the Lord’s Table, if you are not baptized, I invite you into prayer and conversation about becoming a baptized member of the Body of Christ if you are drawn to receive the Body and Blood of Christ in this sacrament.
    • Communion instructions – line starts with people at the back.

The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer A – p. 361

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 God thanks and praise.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

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

Here a Proper Preface is said by the Celebrant

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

Celebrant and People
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.

Then the Celebrant continues

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:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

The Celebrant continues

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 for ever. AMEN.

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

Celebrant and People

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.

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.

A period of silence is kept.

The Celebrant says
Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
People         Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

The Celebrant says the following Invitation
The Gifts of God for the People of God.

While not able to receive the body and blood of Jesus in this service of Holy Eucharist, we nonetheless ask that Jesus Christ be fully present to us. This prayer of Spiritual Communion has been used by others who, because of war, distance, or other adversity, were not able to receive the elements. You are invited to make this prayer your own or to offer another prayer asking Jesus Christ to be manifest to you in this silence. 

In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.

Silence

Prayer After Communion – p. 365

After Communion, the Celebrant says
Let us pray.

Celebrant and People
Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing

Dismissal – p. 366

Celebrant         Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People              Thanks be to God.

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