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Worship Bulletin for Sunday, April 25, 2021
 
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All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore * 46 Cherry St. Danvers MA 01923 * 978-774-1150
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April 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
(Please have available a candle, bread, and wine or juice)
 

Prelude
Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us                                            arr. Scott Sturtevant
 
(Officiant 1) Rules for the Road in Virtual Worship
 
Opening Hymn 525
The Church’s One Foundation, vs. 1 and 5
 

Opening Acclamation
(Officiant 1- Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
 
(Officiant 1) - O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
A Reading from the Greek Testament                                             Bruce Symmes
Acts 4:5-12
The rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is `the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;
it has become the cornerstone.' There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved."
 
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
 
Pause to reflect on reading.
 
Psalm 23 (please read together the bolded lines)
 
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not be in want.
 
He makes me lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
 
He revives my soul
and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
 
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
 
You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.
 
Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

A Reading from the Greek Testament                                                   Sally Gamble
1 John 3:16-24
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us-- and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.
 
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
 
(Deacon) The Gospel                                                                             John 10:11-18
 
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
 
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”
 
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 
Homily                                                                                  The Rev. Marya DeCarlen
 
Hymn 664
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
 
Prayers of the People                                                                             Erika Bianchi
O God, with faces touched by the light of a new day, and hearts warmed by our prayers and praises, we come before you to pray for the needs of our world.
 
Into the light of this Easter Season, we offer prayers for our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, and for all bishops, priests, seminarians and deacons, including Alan, Gayle, Marya, Brett and Jim. In our Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for the Parishes of the Concord River Deanery: St. John’s Chapel, Groton School, Groton; St. Michael’s Church, Holliston; St. Paul’s Church, Hopkinton; St. Luke’s Church, Hudson; and Episcopal Church Women. In our Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for The Nippon Sei Ko Kai. May your steadfast love support all who call upon you.
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
 
Into the light of this Easter Season, we raise those who are struggling with illness, with despair over their lives, or with the breakdown of relationships. We pray for those who remain on waiting lists for vaccines, especially those who are living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and elderly housing. Give them strength to continue to keep themselves and others safe. For those who care for the sick, protect them. Let us also pray for our country as we strive for herd immunity from a virus that has politically divided us. Give to the sick your healing, and to the suffering your hope, especially Carol and Ken Bouffard, Carolyn Dennis, Lizzie, Harry, Susan Sahoveyor, Drew Howard, Mary Pettus, Frank and Pat Swasey, Gail, Paul, Rick, Julie, Tim, Amy, Charles Boulanger, Joe Maher, Victoria, Sharon, Peter, Amy and Charlotte, Nora, Anne, Marie, Erik, Sonya, Chris, Lindley, Marge, Anna Bone, Carol Pechinsky, Angie, Brad Gates, Ella and Stacy Williams. Are there others? May your steadfast love support all who call upon you.
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
 
Into the light of this Easter Season, we bring those places in our world where war, violence, poverty and need are the experiences of everyday life. We bring the headline news of this weekend, as hate has become a virus, with gun violence, migrants seeking asylum and minorities seeking equity. May your steadfast love support all who call upon you.
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
 
Into the light of this Easter Season, we pray for all who have died. Are there souls whose names you would like to offer in prayer? May your steadfast love support all who call upon you.
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
 
Into the light of this Easter Season, we bring ourselves, our private struggles, our heart’s yearnings, our hidden dreams and our unfulfilled potential. May your steadfast love support all who call upon you.
May the light of Christ shine upon us.
 
Into the light of this Easter Season we give thanks for the blessings of this life. We pray for those who celebrate birthdays this week, especially James Arthur, Rebecca Lee, John Flint, Amy Blake, and William Sabean. Are there others? May your steadfast love support all who call upon you.
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
 
(Officiant 1) - EASTER SEASON - GIVING THANKS FOR THE WEEK
You are now invited to UNMUTE yourself and call out a single word of thanks for something that happened during the week. Then immediately mute yourself. At the conclusion we will pray:
 
(Officiant 1) – Generous God, we thank you. Hear our prayers for those who are close to our hearts. In your resurrecting power, lift them up and give them renewed strength and hope; and give to us all, new faith by which to live our days with you. Amen
Pause to reflect on the prayers

Offertory Sentences
(Deacon) - God of great gifts: This morning we give you praise, we give you glory, we give you thanks! With resurrection humming in our hearts, our minds are tuned to your song of peace! We joyfully prepare our love feast as a tangible chorus of thanksgiving, a harmony of hope for your reign to come!
 
Please use this time for reflection about how to give gifts of love to your neighbors and your community.
 
(Deacon) – The Sanctuary Lamp burns in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, and in loving memory of Clem Gunn, given by Ginna Coulson. The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Carol Gaetjens, by Gerry Gaetjens, and in loving memory of my dad, the Rev. Clem Gunn, on his birthday, given by Ginna Coulson
 
Shared Agape Meal (bread and wine or juice before each person)
 
(Preacher) - Today, in faith and love, gathered in this place, we celebrate the brightness of community. Agape is the Greek word for love, and it was a love feast of the early Christians. It was a time for strengthening communal bonds to foster harmony and goodwill. The meal is another way of living out Jesus’ ‘mandatum,’ or commandment, that we love one another with mercy and forgiveness, with which he has loved and still loves
 
(Officiant 2) - Blessed are you, O God, who breaks open wide the tomb of our world, calls life out of death, and leads all creation into life eternal. Blessed is your son, Jesus, who in life and death, revealed your glory. Breaking forth from the grave's stronghold, he pushed back the stone, met us on the road as a beloved stranger, and awakened in us the hope that the earth will be saved from its enemies. Ascended into glory, he is everywhere present, gathering up all things in the surprise of new life and desire fulfilled.
 
(Deacon) - We give thanks for the invitation to be at our tables, for here we are shown our lives.
The daily bread of our work and care, the wine of delight, pressed from the fruits of our creativity, and our brokenness, with all its pain and self-knowledge. We celebrate the life that is ours, for we know we are precious in God’s sight.
 
(Officiant 2) - We have gathered together to celebrate new life in Christ. We are ready to be fed. We take the food and drink of our love feast, the constant presence of the Spirit of Life, mindful of a relationship of love and trust between ourselves and God. Open our graves, unbind our eyes, and name us here; touch and heal all that has been buried in us; that we need not cling to our pain, but may go forth with power to release resurrection in the world. May it nourish our bodies and give us strength to carry out Your plan for peace in our lives.
And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we pray:
 
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.
 
Unmute your microphones while each person takes a portion of bread and a cup for wine or juice.
 
(Officiant 2) - Let us share the feast with each other! Experience the grace of God! Alleluia, Alleluia!!!
 
Agape Meal Voluntary
Jesus, Shepherd of Our Souls
 
(Preacher) - Prayer of Thanksgiving
Loving God, we give thanks for our renewed friendships at this Love Feast! Grant us a heart wide open to the beauty of our relationships with You, Your Risen Son and Enduring Spirit. Save us from being so blind that we pass unseeing, the song birds, the never-resting winds, the salty sea and running waters, the everlasting hills and blessed sun, aflame with your glory. Renew us in body, mind, and spirit to work together for the coming of your reign of justice, love, and peace. Amen.
(Maureen Edwards, printed in Blessed be our Table, Wild Goose 2003)
 
The Passing of the Peace
(Officiant 2) Christ is here right now making peace among us. 
The peace of the Lord be always with you!
And also with you.
 
(Marya) - Announcements and Alleluia Prayers!
 
Final Blessing
(Officiant 2) –
Be a bright flame before me.
Be a guiding star above me.
Be a smooth path beneath me.
Be a kindly shepherd behind me.
Today and evermore. Amen
 
Closing Hymn 518
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation, vs. 1 and 4
 

Benediction
(Mute your microphones and listen to the musical offering)
 
God be with you till we meet again;
By his counsels guide uphold you;
With his sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.
 
(Deacon) – Dismissal
Our meal is ended, but God’s banquet continues. Alleluia Alleluia!
Let us take the banquet into the world, and never give up until all people are fed. Alleluia, Alleluia!
 
(Small pause)
 
(Officiant 2) - As we leave one another today with joyful voices of goodbye, let us remember the words of St. Augustine in his confessions:  “O God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” Stay in love with God as God’s light shines in your lives until we meet again! Alleluia! Alleluia!
 
Special thanks to our worship assistants this morning:
1st Lesson and Psalm:               Bruce Symmes
2nd Lesson:                                Sally Gamble
Prayers of the People:               Erika Bianchi
Voice of the People:                   Bob Stains
Counters:                                   Phyllis Harris
                                                   Erika Bianchi
 
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