St.

Francis Church
The Right Reverend John C. Bauerschmidt--Bishop of Tennessee The Reverend Joseph B. Howard--Vicar

Biblically minded. Mission Driven.

Order of Worship

The vision of St. Francis Church is to be a community dedicated to the transformation of lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Kingdom of God. The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

A note for visitors: We’re thankful that you could join us for worship today, and we pray God blesses you in your time here. The service is printed in your bulletin and insert. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask someone around you! St. Francis Church wants to encourage families to worship together. The practice of dividing families for worship is a modern invention and is often detrimental to the goal of worshipping as a body. In order to be a community where all ages feel welcome, we provide coloring materials for children to use during worship and seek to be a community that understands the specific gifts and challenges that children bring. We encourage you, should you feel comfortable doing so, to sit toward the front with your children, as little-ones are often more attentive if they can see what is happening. That being said, we understand that there may be times when it is best to take advantage of child care, which we have available in the room immediately through the Kitchen off of the entryway. All parents are provided with vibrating beepers to inform them should anything come up requiring their attention. In Preparation for worship: We invite you to take a few moments before the service begins to be still, and rest from the business of your lives. Take time to breathe deeply, and reflect upon the past week. When you’re ready, you might say the following prayer or one like it in preparation for worship. O Almighty God, who pours out on all who desire it the spirit of grace and of supplication: Deliver us, when we draw near to you, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may worship you in spirit and in truth; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A Note on Today’s Readings The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday—Year A Welcome to our parish. Today’s liturgy is in two parts. The Liturgy of the Palms celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the week of his Passion. After we hear Matthew’s account of that event, the celebrant gives thanks over the branches of Palm, which we carry. In many congregations, a procession with branches follows as we enact the event that led directly to Good Friday. The second part of today’s liturgy changes from triumph to tragedy as it focuses on the suffering and death of Jesus. The account of the Lord’s Passion is read from Matthew’s Gospel so that we may have a fuller sense of sharing with him in his redemptive acts of dying and rising for our salvation. The first reading is from Isaiah. This is one of the servant songs in which God’s servant is rejected by the people but he will be vindicated by God. The reading from Philippians is an early Christian hymn announcing that Jesus’ Lordship is revealed not in power and divinity, but in self-giving love to the point of dying for us, his beloved. Today we enter into the celebration of the mighty acts of God that brought about our redemption. During this week we will rediscover what God has done for us, rediscover the meaning of our baptism, rediscover the meaning of our sharing in Eucharist.
From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year. Copyright © 2007 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York. 2

Liturgy of the Palms
The people gather outside so that all may process into the church. The following is said, all standing Celebrant: People: Celebrant: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest. Let us pray.

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Reading: Matthew 21:1-11

When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass.” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.” The Celebrant then says the following blessing Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: 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 right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm along his way. Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. Celebrant: People: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
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Procession Celebrant: Let us go forth in peace. People: In the name of Christ. Amen.
The people will process from outside into the church, all holding palm branches in their hands. We will sing the first verse of All Glory Laud and Honor then say the following prayer: All halt at the door while the Collect is said.

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Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The procession then continues into the church and the people may go to their places in the pews.

Hymn in Procession: All glory, laud, and honor

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The Word of God
Celebrant: People: Celebrant: The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.

Collect of the Day: Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. First Reading:
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Isaiah 50:4-9a

A Reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary. Morning by morning he wakens, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty? Reader: The Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God. The Psalm of the Day:
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Psalm 31:9-16 In te, Domine, speravi 9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; * my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly.

10 For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; * my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are consumed. 11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors, a dismay to those of my acquaintance; * when they see me in the street they avoid me.
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I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; * I am as useless as a broken pot. For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around; * they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life. But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord. * I have said, “You are my God. My times are in your hand; * rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me. Make your face to shine upon your servant, * and in your loving-kindness save me.” Philippians 2:5-11

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Second Reading: A Reading from Paul’s letter to the Church in Philippi.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Reader: The Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God. Passion Gospel Matthew 26:14—27:66

All may be seated for the reading of the Passion Gospel. At the verse which mentions the arrival at Golgotha all stand. The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew. Narrator: Reader: Narrator: Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain one, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time
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is at hand; I will keep the passover at your house with my disciples.’” Narrator: And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the passover. When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples; and as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Is it I, Master?” He said to him, “You have said so.” Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter declared to him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me
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three times.” Narrator: Reader: Narrator: Jesus: Narrator: Jesus: Narrator: Jesus: Narrator: Jesus: Narrator: Jesus: Narrator: Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples. Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsem’ane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go yonder and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zeb’edee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, thy will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Hail, Master!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, why are you here?” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. And behold, one
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of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest, and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, Jesus: “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But all this has taken place, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook him and fled. Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Ca’iaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. But Peter followed him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end. Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.’” And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his robes, and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” Then they spat in his face, and struck him; and some slapped him, saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a maid came up to him, and said,
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“You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” And when he went out to the porch, another maid saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.” After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.” Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the cock crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death; and they bound him and led him away and delivered him to Pilate the governor. When Judas, his betrayer, saw that he was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned in betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.” So they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price
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had been set by some of the sons of Israel, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.” Narrator: Reader: Narrator: Jesus: Narrator: Reader: Narrator: Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he made no answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge; so that the governor wondered greatly. Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. And they had then a notorious prisoner, called Barab’bas. So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Barab’bas or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much over him today in a dream.” Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the people to ask for Barab’bas and destroy Jesus. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barab’bas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified.” And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more,
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“Let him be crucified.” So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released for them Barab’bas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him. As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyre’ne, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Gol’gotha (which means the place of a skull)

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The people stand they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, Reader: Narrator: Crowd: “This is Jesus the King of the Jews.” Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him; for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the
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ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, Jesus: Narrator: Reader: Narrator: Crowd: Narrator: “Eli, Eli, la’ma sabach-tha’ni?” that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “This man is calling Eli’jah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Eli’jah will come to save him.” And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” There were also many women there, looking on from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him; among whom were Mary Mag’dalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zeb’edee. When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathe’a, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed. Mary Mag’dalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulchre. Next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore order the sepulchre to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the sepulchre secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

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Sermon: The Rev. Joseph B. Howard The Prayers of The PeoPle Leader: Let us pray In our Diocese we pray for Calvary Church, Cumberland Furnace. In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the Bishop of Jerusalem in the province of the Middle East, The Rt. Rev’d Suheil Dawani. Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church; People: That we all may be one. Leader: Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you; People: That your Name may be glorified by all people. Leader: We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons; People: That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments. Leader: We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world; People: That there may be justice and peace on the earth. Leader: Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake; People: That our works may find favor in your sight. Leader: Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble; People: That they may be delivered from their distress. Leader: Give to the departed eternal rest; People: Let light perpetual shine upon them. Leader: We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy; People: May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom. Let us pray for our own needs and those of others. Silence Celebrant: Almighty God, to whom our needs are known before we ask, help us to ask only what accords with your will; and those good things which we dare not, or in our blindness cannot ask, grant us for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.

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The holy Communion
Offertory music selected by the musician All stand for the Doxology: Hymnal 380 (last verse)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow Praise Him all creatures here below Praise Him above ye heav’nly host Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: All things come of thee O Lord. And of thine own have we given thee. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 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. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. For our sins he was lifted high upon the cross, that he might draw the whole world to himself; and, by his suffering and death, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who put their trust in him. 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: The Sanctus: 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. Please stand or kneel at this time, as best helps you to pray. 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
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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 for ever. AMEN. And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by 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.

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The Breaking of The Bread
Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: Have mercy upon us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: Have mercy upon us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: Grant us Thy peace.

The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving. ON RECEIVING COMMUNION: All baptized persons who are in love and charity with their neighbors are welcome to receive communion. If you do not wish to recieve, please come forward and recieve a blessing in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, indicating your intention by placing your arms across your chest. Prayers before receiving can be found on pages 337 (the Prayer of Humble Access) and 834 in the Book of Common Prayer (the red books available under your chairs). Communion music chosen by the musician.

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Hymn after Communion: Let thy blood in mercy poured

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Post-Communion Prayer 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
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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 for ever. Amen. Solemn Prayer over the people Celebrant: Bow down before the Lord.
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Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. Recessional: When I survey the wondrous cross Hymnal 474

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Celebrant says the dismissal People: Thanks be to God.

The liturgy in Lent has as its central concern the preparation of the church for the main event of Easter: Christian initiation. Lent itself came into being as the time of final preparation for those chosen for Holy Baptism, at a time when all Baptisms were done at Easter. The candidates, who had been in an intense period of training for Christian living—lasting three years in most cases—were solemnly admitted as candidates at the beginning of Lent. They, their sponsors, and the whole church spent that period in prayer and fasting, additional instruction, and performing works of mercy in preparation for the Baptisms at the Easter Vigil. It was also a period in which those who had been excommunicated for serious sin did penance in order to be restored to communion at Easter. This remained the pattern for many centuries. Once most people in Christendom were baptized, however, and the Baptism of infants became the norm, such an extended period of instruction began to fade. Nevertheless, the season of Lent had become ingrained and it persisted. Shorn of its original focus, it became a time for the members of the church to renew their commitment to Christ as they anticipated the great feast at Easter. Many of the liturgical customs of Lent stem from those earlier times and can best be understood in that light. Some customs, in fact, need that understanding or else they will be contradictory to the central meaning of Lent and Easter. This is because many of the customs, having lost their original purpose, were distorted. In the past fifty years the liturgical churches have been reforming their rites for Lent, seeking particularly to recover the baptismal emphasis of the season and of Easter. The Book of Common Prayer as revised in 1979 embodies much of that, as do the revised rites in the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Churches, and others. Another important factor is the dramatic increase in recent years of adult candidates for Baptism, the churches adopting once again an intense preparation for the Baptism of adults like that of earlier days, and the restoring of the Great Vigil of Easter as the primary liturgy of the year. A number of Lenten customs have distorted Christian faith and living, because they so easily play into the hands of popular misconceptions which dominate Western society and religion. Those misconceptions include individualistic and often nostalgic piety, sentimentality, and, in this country, a do-it-yourself mentality borrowed in religion from American culture. The effect of all this on Lent has been unfortunate. It has produced an attitude of seeking to carry out the Lenten obligations as personal religious exercises with little relationship to the larger Christian community; of greater concern for one’s personal salvation than with ministry to others; of attempting to make up for past failures with extra religious activities; and an over-emphasis on activities and services geared primarily to the production of religious feelings rather than growth in knowledge of God and the deepening of our reliance on divine grace. The liturgies of Lent in the Book of Common Prayer which are the center of our Lenten observance are the means of correcting such distortions. They can, when understood and used, rescue us from individualistic piety, from sentimentality, and from the futility of attempting to save ourselves. They will inform and enrich our prayer, fasting, and works of mercy. They will aid us in deepening our experience of the saving acts of God in the past and thereby strengthen our faith, enabling us to recognize the actions of God in our world, our culture, and our lives. Above all, a serious and committed participation in the liturgies of Lent will enable us to
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The Liturgy in Lent

discover anew the meaning of Baptism and to renew—and have renewed in us—what God accomplished in us when we were baptized.

Ash Wednesday
The church’s liturgy on Ash Wednesday invites us “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” This first day of Lent sets the pattern for our Lenten observance: one which leads directly to our recognition that we are mortal, we will die and, indeed, are in the process of dying all the time. Our sin is not the primary focus of our attention. Instead, our recognition that we are sinful moves us to an awareness of our need to change and be changed. Our repentance becomes not an end in itself but a renewed relationship of children to God opening us to accept God’s love, mercy, and peace. As a result, prayer, fasting, and self-denial are saved from being mere good works for our own benefit, and instead free us and our time and our resources to a new and deeper scope of ministry to others. Finally, in the scriptures we recover once again the story of God’s mighty acts of salvation for the entire human race: we discover once again that we are part of a vast company of believers in every age on pilgrimage into God’s kingdom. When we receive the ashes on the first day of Lent, we do so within the Body of Christ. Here, in the company of our fellow sinners, we are not in danger of taking pride in our penitence because we are all alike in our sinfulness. We should consider carefully, however, the words Christ addresses to us in the Gospel reading on this day, asking ourselves, “Can I wear these ashes into the world without feeling a kind of selfrighteousness about them? Should I heed the Lord’s word and wash my face before going out from the Body into the world?” The Lenten Sundays On the Sundays in Lent, much of the festive nature of the liturgy is missing. Music is restrained, and the Great Litany may be used in the entrance rite. The decoration of the building and the use of color is reduced and restrained. Many use the old English custom of the Lenten Array: unbleached linen vestments, unbleached material covering the crosses and pictures, and only simple symbols stenciled in black on the vestments and veils. The word Alleluia is missing from the liturgy. But above all, the Word of God read in the liturgies has a different focus. It is the reading from the Old Testament which sets the theme rather than the reading from the Gospel. These readings present us with a short course in the history of salvation: definitive moments in the past in which God’s intention to save the human race is revealed. Each year the Old Testament readings are as follows: • Lent I: A story of the origin of the human race or the origin of the Hebrew people. • Lent II: A story of Abraham and Sarah. • Lent III: A story from the exodus of Israel. • Lent IV: A story of God restoring Israel and reaffirming the covenant. • Lent V: A prophetic vision of the kingdom yet to come. These passages are our story and our hope. They are the heritage of the people of God, and they were fulfilled in the dying and rising of Jesus. In Jesus the cross becomes the tree of life and the flood becomes the saving waters of Baptism; the promise to Abraham and Sarah is fulfilled when God offers the only-begotten Son in sacrifice; Jesus becomes the New Covenant; our exile from God is ended as Jesus brings us home in the Resurrection; the promise made through the prophets is realized.
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These passages are fulfilled in Baptism, when we are joined with Jesus in his death and resurrection. They are relived and celebrated in the Eucharist, when we are made one with him and he in us; when we are remade into the Body of Christ. There are also three special Gospel readings used in Year A of the lectionary cycle: the Samaritan Woman at the Well, the Man Born Blind, and the Raising of Lazarus. In each of these passages the gradual process of enlightenment which characterizes those preparing for Baptism, and which characterizes also the spiritual journey of all believers, is revealed. In fact, in parishes where there are candidates preparing for Baptism, these three Gospel readings may replace the usual ones every year.

In Lent we will frequently hear a word unfamiliar to English-speaking Christians, but one which, if we learn to use and understand it, will open our hearts and minds to the celebration of our redemption. The word is pascha. It is the ancient biblical word for Passover and is used in the Holy Scriptures both for the exodus/Passover event which saved Israel in the time of Moses, and for the death and resurrection of Jesus, which we celebrate at Easter and on every Lord’s Day. Indeed in many languages the name of Easter is some variation of pascha—see particularly French, Italian, and Spanish. Liturgists and theologians speak of the “Paschal Mystery,” a phrase heard often in the liturgy during Lent and Eastertide. Its meaning is brought home by William Pregnall, former Dean of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He describes the Paschal Mystery as the saving event by which God in all times and in all places saves the human race. It has been specially manifested at four points in history: 1. In the Passover/Exodus, which freed Israel from slavery in Egypt, and journeying to the promised land; 2. In the death and resurrection of Jesus, which saves us from slavery to sin and death and leads us into the promised land of God’s kingdom; 3. In Holy Baptism, when we each become participants in the dying and rising of Jesus, and partakers of its benefits; 4. In our participation in the Eucharist, where all of these past events become present to us again and we are active participants in them. Lent is not a gloomy time, a sad time, or a depressing time for those who are remembering what God has done for them. Our self-examination, which reveals our sin, prepares us to recognize our need for God. Then we gather Sunday by Sunday in the liturgy where our story as the people of God reminds us that God has met and still meets our need. Our fasting and self-denial give us the resources with which we can join Christ in his struggle against evil and death. Joining him in that struggle, we also join him in his victory.
From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year. Copyright © 1998 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.

The Paschal Mystery

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Announcements Welcome to our guests! We’re very happy that you chose to worship with us this morning. Please join us after the service for snacks and conversation, to take some time to get to know us and for us to get to know you. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Upcoming events & service opportunities: Acolyte Training: We have several young people who are interested in being Junior Acolytes. We will be having our acolyte training on Saturday April 5th from 10:30 until 12:00. If you or your child(ren) are interested in participating in this, please let Fr. Jody know. Volunteer opportunities at St. Francis: If you are interested in any of the following ministries, please let Fr. Jody know after the service or via email: frjody@stfrancis-tn.net . Reader/Lector (Read the lessons and lead prayers) Newsletter & website team (basically contributing to both of these, helping to organize them, not doing it all. The more the merrier) Scheduling (you would basically set up the server schedule each month, email it to the servers and post it on the bulletin board and web site.) Sexton team (Several members already volunteer their time and energy to help keep St. Francis’ clean and tidy. If you would like to join them and volunteer your time, sign on to this ministry) Schedule for Holy Week The following is the schedule of Holy Week Services at St. Francis March 20th: Maundy Thursday service (with foot washing) @ 6:00 21st: Good Friday service @ 6:00 (Stations of the Cross will begin at 5:45 for those who would like to join us immediately preceding the Good Friday liturgy) Easter Service will be at 10:30 on Sunday the 23rd If you would like to make a specific offering of thanksgiving or memorial for a loved one to go toward the cost of the Easter lillies, please indicate this with a note on your check or in your offering envelope. If you would like to have your loved ones remembered in our Easter Sunday bulletin, please write a note with the name of the person to be remembered and their relationship to you. If you have an announcement that you would like in the bulletin, please email it to Fr. Jody by Wednesday the week before so it can be included.

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Bishop of Tennessee The Rt. Rev. John C. Bauerschmidt Vicar The Rev. Joseph B. Howard Mission Council Ralph Eddy Linda Palmer Thom Chittom Shelley Sircy clerk: Nanci Frey Accompanist Thomas Duffy

Schedule of Ministry: Preacher & Celebrant: The Rev. Joseph B. Howard Narrator: Dave Gaines Reader: Acolyte/Crucifer: none Prayer Station: Tonya Edwards Oblationers: Ralph & Karen Eddy Chalicist: Anna Howard To check the schedule online, visit: http://stfrancis-tn.net and go to congregational resources-->schedule

To get in touch with Fr. Jody for any reason, you can reach him at the Church, 851-0790, his cell, 440-6492 or via email at frjody@stfrancis-tn.net. _______________________________________________________________________________
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