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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. Fifth Sunday of Easter: Holy Eucharist & Baptism
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.
The Word of God
Processional: Christ is made the sure foundation Hymnal 518
Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: Celebrant:
Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. There is one Body and one Spirit; There is one hope in God’s call to us; One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism; One God and Father of all. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.
Collect of the Day: Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. First Reading:
A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together upon him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Reader: The Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God. The Psalm of the day:
Psalm 31:1-5,15-16 In te, Domine, speravi 1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; * deliver me in your righteousness. Incline your ear to me; * make haste to deliver me. Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; * for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me. Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, * for you are my tower of strength. Into your hands I commend my spirit, * for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. 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.” 1 Peter 2:2-10
Second Reading: A Reading from the First letter of Peter.
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Reader: The Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God. Sequence Hymn: There is one Lord Taizé
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am
going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” Gospeller: People: Sermon: PresenTaTion & examinaTion of The CandidaTes Celebrant: Sponsors: Celebrant: Sponsors: The Candidate for Holy Baptism will now be presented. I present Elizabeth Irene Hining to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. Will you be responsible for seeing that Elizabeth is brought up in the Christian faith and life? I will, with God’s help.
The Candidate is presented by her Parents and Godparents who say,
The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Christ The Rev. Joseph B. Howard
The Celebrant asks the parents & godparents the following questions, who respond for the candidate.
Question: Answer: Question: Answer: Question: Answer: Question: Answer: Question: Answer: Question: Answer:
Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God? I renounce them. Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God? I renounce them. Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God? I renounce them. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior? I do. Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love? I do. Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord? I do.
After these questions the celebrant addresses the congregation, saying
Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support Elizabeth in her life in Christ? People: We will. Celebrant: Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.
The BaPTismal CovenanT Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? 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. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers ? I will, with God’s help. Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? I will, with God’s help. Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? I will, with God’s help. Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: 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 Clergy and People process to the Baptismal font, singing.
Hymn in Procession:
The Prayers for the Candidate Celebrant: Let us now pray for Elizabeth who is to receive the Sacrament of new birth.
A Person appointed leads the following petitions
Leader: People: Leader: People: Leader: People: Leader: People: Leader: People: Leader: People: Leader: People: Celebrant:
Deliver her, O Lord, from the way of sin and death. Lord, hear our prayer. Open her heart to your grace and truth. Lord, hear our prayer. Fill her with your holy and life-giving Spirit. Lord, hear our prayer. Keep her in the faith and communion of your holy Church. Lord, hear our prayer. Teach her to love others in the power of the Spirit. Lord, hear our prayer. Send her into the world in witness to your love. Lord, hear our prayer. Bring her to the fullness of your peace and glory. Lord, hear our prayer. Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.
ThanksGivinG over The WaTer Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People: Celebrant: We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life. We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who
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.
here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
The candidate is presented by name to the Celebrant who then immerses, or pours water upon, the candidate, saying
Elizabeth, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Celebrant: Let us pray. Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon this your servant the forgiveness of sin, and have raised her to the new life of grace. Sustain her, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give her an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.
Then thePriest places a hand on the person’s head, marking on the forehead the sign of the cross using Chrism and saying
Elizabeth, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own for ever. Amen. Celebrant: Let us welcome the newly baptized.
Celebrant and People: We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood. The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.
Then the Ministers and the People may greet one another in the name of the Lord. Announcements
The holy Communion
Offertory music selected by the musician
All stand for the Doxology:
Hymnal 380 (last verse)
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 truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks; for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and for ever. Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance. Countless throngs of angels stand before you to serve you night and day; and, beholding the glory of your presence, they offer you unceasing praise. Joining with them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we acclaim you, and glorify your Name, as we sing: 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, kneel or sit at this time, as best helps you to pray. We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our disobedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you taught us to hope for salvation. Father, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose he gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave, destroyed death, and made the whole creation new. And, that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift for those who believe, to complete his work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all. When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; at supper with them he 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.” Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. Recalling Christ’s death and his descent among the dead, proclaiming his resurrection and ascension to your right hand, awaiting his coming in glory; and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you. We praise you, we bless you, we give thanks to you, and we pray to you, Lord our God Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people, the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your Name. Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic Church, redeemed by the blood of your Christ. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace. Remember all who minister in your Church. Remember all your people, and those who seek your truth.
Remember all who have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to you alone; bring them into the place of eternal joy and light. And grant that we may find our inheritance with the Blessed Virgin Mary, with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and 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.
The BreakinG of The Bread
Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia 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 Christians are welcome to receive communion. If you do not wish to receive, you are invited to come for a prayer of blessing—simply cross your arms over your chest to let the servers know that you will not be receiving. 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: Eat this bread
After Communion, the Celebrant says:
Let us Pray
The minister and people together, 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 for ever. Amen. The Blessing
The Recessional: We know that Christ is raised and dies no more.
Celebrant says the dismissal People: Thanks be to God.
A Note on Today’s Readings The Fifth Sunday of Easter—Year A Welcome to St. Francis Church. We begin today the fifth of the seven weeks of the Christian year set apart to celebrate the dying and rising of Jesus. The Gospel reading today is a discussion between Jesus and his disciples, particularly Thomas and Philip, about the results of his dying and rising. He is revealed to be the Way into eternal life, and in knowing Jesus we know and are known by the Father. Today’s reading from Acts describes the martyrdom of Stephen, the first Christian to suffer death for the name of Christ. This is itself a particularly strong witness to the resurrection of Jesus; as Stephen joins his Lord in dying he sees Jesus raised from the dead and leading him into God’s eternal kingdom. In the second reading today Peter applies to us the words of God to the people of Israel during their Exodus. By virtue of our baptism into Jesus’ dying and rising, we are set apart as “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,” with the vocation of making God’s wonderful deeds known to all people. In the Eucharistic celebration, we are revealed as the royal priesthood. In most religions, the priesthood is a small group of people who stand between God and the rest of the people. Christians, however, all stand before God on behalf of the entire human race; on behalf, indeed, of the whole creation. That priesthood is enacted most clearly as we stand before God in intercession and in thanksgiving in the Eucharistic liturgy.
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.
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: April 19: Evangelism, Episcopal Style: The Very Rev’d Kevin Martin, Dean of the Cathedral of St. Matthew in the Diocese of Dallas will present on the topic of evangelism in a series of workshops at St. George’s Church, Nashville from 8:30 until 2:00. Fr. Jody would like to encourage as many people as possible from St. Francis to attend. We are a Church plant, and this is what we’re all about! See our brochure rack for a registration sheet, or just ask Fr. Jody for more info. April 22: N.T. Wright: The Right Rev’s N.T. (Tom) Wright, the Bishop of Durham in the Church of England, and one of the world’s foremost scholars of the New Testament and defenders of the physical resurection of Christ, will speak on his new book: Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church at West End United Methodist from 7:30-9:30. Visit http://www.westendumc.org for more info. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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), Sexton team (Several members already volunteer their time and energy to help keep St. Francis’ clean and tidy.)
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.
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 Reader: Thom Chittom Acolyte/Crucifer: Adam Waltenbaugh Prayer Station: Tonya Edwards Oblationers: Ralph & Karen Eddy Chalicist: Shelley Sircy 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 email@example.com. _______________________________________________________________________________
St. Francis Church Biblically minded. Mission driven. 812 Meadowlark Ln PO Box 697 Goodlettsville, TN 37072 Phone: 851-0790 http://stfrancis-tn.net
Cover Image: The Stoning of Stephen, Trinity Church, Boston. CCLI License No. 2334637 Oneliscence.net No. A-714717
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