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Worship Bulletin for Sunday, February 14, 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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February 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
The Last Sunday After the Epiphany
(Please have available a candle, bread, wine or juice)

 
 
 
 
(Officiant 1) – Convene Worship and introduce transfiguration visuals with prelude
 
Prelude and Transfiguration Art
 
(Officiant 1) - Rules for the Road in Virtual Worship
 
(Officiant 1) - Opening Hymn 460
Alleluia, Sing to Jesus, vs. 1



(Officiant 1) - Opening Acclamation
Officiant: Blessed be God: the One who Creates, Redeems and Sustains us.
People: And blessed be Gods kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
 
(Officiant 1) – Collect
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
A Reading from the Hebrew Testament Lesson                             Mary Gordon
2 Kings 2:1-12
When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.” Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.” Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
 
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
 
Pause to reflect on reading.
 
Today’s Psalm is Psalm 50:1-6 (please read together the bolded lines).
 
The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken;
he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
 
Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty,
God reveals himself in glory.
 
Our God will come and will not keep silence;
before him there is a consuming flame,
and round about him a raging storm.
 
He calls the heavens and the earth from above
to witness the judgment of his people.
 
 
"Gather before me my loyal followers,
those who have made a covenant with me
and sealed it with sacrifice."
 
Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause;
for God himself is judge.
 
A Reading from the Greek Testament Lesson                             Jeremiah Muriithi
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
 
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
 
(Deacon) - The Gospel                                                                             Mark 9:2-9
 
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Mark.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
 
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
 
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 
Homily                                                                                The Rev. Jim Chapman
 
(Officiant 1) – Hymn 383
Fairest Lord Jesus, vs. 1, 3
 
Prayers of the People                                                                           Bill Hooper
Let us pray to God, who is made manifest in Jesus Christ.
 
Holy One, we come before you, many of us feeling like we have climbed just a part of the mountain, and there is so much more of a climb left to even get to point to dream that we might be dazzled by what is Divine. Our loads are heavy, with worry, with regret, with fatigue, with illness, with despair for all in the world that is hurting, in danger, in bondage and more. Lead us, Lord, to the top of that mountain, where we might be dazzled by your Light, lifted by what is Divine, filled by the sheer delight of what is numinous and ethereal and grounded and real. Today we pray for Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Alan and Gayle, our Bishops, Marya, our priest, Jim, our deacon, and Brett, our seminarian. In our Diocesan cycle of prayer, we ask for prayers for the people and ministry of the Parishes of the Cape & Islands Deanery: St. Marys Church, Barnstable; St. Peters-on-the-Canal, Buzzards Bay; St. Christophers Church, Chatham; St. Andrews Church, Edgartown; and the Union of Black Episcopalians. In our Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for The Anglican Church of Canada. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
 
We pray for this community, and for those who celebrate their own birthdays and anniversaries; especially Winnie Mercer, Drew Brotherton, Bob Stains, Michael DeCarlen-Bumiller, Kevin Rooney and Linda Smith. Are there other thanksgivings? We will pause while people add their prayers. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
 
As Jesus climbed the mountaintop, and proclaimed blessings on the people of the world; we pray for all who suffer, bless them and honor their presence with us, as we ask for your healing touch for the sick, the homebound, patients, families, and communities affected by substance use, and also by untreated and under-treated pain and chronic diseases, and whose needs are known to you. Today we pray especially for Carol and Ken Bouffard, Carolyn Dennis, Lizzie, Harry, Susan Sahoveyor, Jordan Zennia, Drew Howard, Mary Pettus, Frank and Pat Swasey, the Fiorentino Family, Leah Olendenski, Gail, Paul, Rick, Julie, Tim, Carol Quinn, David and Linda King, Ann Gentry, Amy, Charles Boulanger, Larry Chisholm, Joe Maher, Victoria, Bob Lomprey, Sharon, Peter, Amy and Charlotte, Nora, Susan Schumann, Kristin Blake, Ella, Anne, Marie, Erik, Sonya, Chris and Bob Cacciola. Are there others? The people add their prayers for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
 
As Jesus called his disciples to leave their nets and boats and follow him, we pray for those who have answered your call to follow Jesus to your Heavenly Kingdom. Give them your peace. Are there others? Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
 
Lord Jesus, Light of the World, hear our prayers, and make us reflections of your Light, that the places of darkness in our world would be pierced by your Light, and that all nations would be drawn to you and be overwhelmed with joy. Amen-by Rick Morley (adapted)
 
Shared Agape Meal (bread and wine or juice before each person)
 
(Officiant 2) - The Sanctuary Lamp burns in honor of the Blessed Sacrament and in celebration of Winnie Mercer’s birthday, given by Clara DeMild. The Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God, and in loving memory of John Burns, by Carol and Ken Bouffard.
 
(Deacon) – Invitation to Share the Feast
Agape is the Greek word for love, and was a love feast of the early Christians. It was a time for sharing nourishment, of food for the body, for thanking God, for prayers, songs, and scripture for the soul, and a time for an offering of money for God's mission in the world.
 
(Preacher) - Agape Prayer
We are viewing and hearing others from the hearths of the gathered to celebrate our love of Jesus, to share our faith in Christ, and to listen to one another. We have gathered together for healing…to be renewed. We are ready to be fed. God of all seasons and senses, grant us the sense of your timing to yield gracefully and rejoice quietly in the turn of the seasons. In this Epiphany season of marvelous light, help us to proclaim God’s justice and love that has overcome the darkness, and brought new life in our lives. Teach us the lessons of companionship with Christ, who has redeemed our world and drawn us into a loving family from every tribe, and family, and culture. Be present to us as the Holy Spirit equips us for service to love our neighbors as we do ourselves, to bring God’s salvation to the ends of the earth. As we pause, assist us in recognizing and knowing Jesus in the sharing of this love feast. 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:

(Preacher) 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.
 
(Preacher)
Let each person take a portion of bread and a cup of wine or juice in their hands
(Preacher) - Let us share the feast with each other! Experience the grace of God! Alleluia, Alleluia!!!
 
Agape Meal
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
 
(Officiant 2) - Prayer of Thanksgiving
God of all grace, may we live in expectation and hope, and may the gifts we have received at this table remind us not only of the gift of your Christ, but of your steady presence among us, that we may act faithfully in response to your love. Amen (Adapted from progressivechristianity.org)
 
(Officiant 2) - The Passing of the Peace
 
(Marya) - Announcements and Prayers for Birthdays and Anniversaries
 
The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
 
(Officiant 2) – Final Blessing
The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Go now as a light to the nations. Honor the Lord; preach what you know of the risen Christ, and fulfill all righteousness. May God strengthen you and bless you with peace; May Christ Jesus bring forth justice for you and among you; And may the Holy Spirit alight on you and affirm you as God’s beloved ones. AMEN By Nathan Nettleton, Laughingbird.net
 
(Officiant 2) - Closing Hymn 401
The God of Abraham Praise, vs. 4, 5

 
Sung Benediction (Mute your microphones and sing along with the Benediction)
God Be with You Till We Meet Again                                                Jeremiah Rankin

         

(Deacon) - Dismissal
Go in peace. Proclaim the Word made flesh. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.
 
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Announcements
There are openings for the sanctuary lamp on February 28. Contact Barbara Hooper.
 
Special thanks to our worship assistants this morning:
1st Lesson and Psalm:           Mary Gordon
2nd Lesson:                            Jeremiah Muriithi
Prayers of the People:           Bill Hooper
Voice of the People:               Erika Bianchi
Interim Musician:                    John Churchwell
Counters:                               Gail Arnold
                                               Bruce Manning
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