Worship Bulletin for Sunday, May 2, 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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May 2, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
(Please have available a candle, bread, and wine or juice)

Moment of Silence as we prepare for our conversation with God before we worship together.
Tolling of Bell
Prelude on NETTLETON                                                  arr. Michael Burkhardt
(Officiant 1) Rules for the Road in Virtual Worship
Opening Hymn 290
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come, vs. 1 and 4
Opening Acclamation
(Officiant 1- Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
(Officiant 1) - Lord, we would grow with you: new shoots reaching out; hands stretched upward like leaves newly formed, soaking up your light and warmth. In sunshine and rain, in darkness and light; in cold days and summer days. From springtime to winter, we grow with you, and bring forth fruit that is pleasing to you. Fed by your living water, giving sustenance to others; Lord, we would grow with you. Amen.     
—-adapted from
A Reading from the Greek Testament                          Scott McAllister-Dionne
Acts 8:26-40
An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
Pause to reflect on reading.
Psalm 22:24-30 (please read together the bolded lines)
My praise is of him in the great assembly;
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the Lord shall praise him:
"May your heart live for ever!"
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
For kingship belongs to the Lord;
he rules over the nations.
To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship;
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
My soul shall live for him;
my descendants shall serve him;
they shall be known as the Lord's for ever.

They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn
the saving deeds that he has done.
A Reading from the Greek Testament                                         Jeremiah Muriithi
1 John 4:7-21
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, "I love God," and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
(Deacon) The Gospel                                                                             John 15:1-8
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Homily                                                                                                Ginna Coulson
Hymn 662
Abide With Me
Prayers of the People                                                                               Allen Hill
O God, draw us near to You with holy reverence and confidence, as children of God, as we pray for others, knowing You are able and ready to help us as we 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. Anne’s in-the-Fields Church, Lincoln; St. Paul’s Church, Natick; Trinity Chapel, Shirley; St. Mark’s Church, Southborough; and in Congregations: Acolytes. In our Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. 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, 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, fear, food and housing insecurity, and advocating for equity, 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 Grady MacDonald, Jane Maihos, Cindy Taplin, Jean McPherson and Bill Graves. Are there others? May your steadfast love support all who call upon you.
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
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 Michael Burnham, given by Beverly Burnham. The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of John Pettus, given by Elizabeth Losa; in loving memory of Brian Mahoney, given by Jan Briggs; in loving memory of Phyllis Babb, given by Kat and Ray Lemieux; and in loving memory of James Neil, given by Flossie and Jennifer Neil.
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, let us imagine sitting on the hillside with Jesus, filled with love, as He teaches us to 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
Blest Be the Tie That Binds
(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 344
Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing, vs. 1 and 2
(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:             Scott McAllister-Dionne
2nd Lesson:                              Jeremiah Muriithi
Prayers of the People:             Allen Hill
Voice of the People:                 Sue Spencer
Counters:                                 Chris Walker
                                                 Chuck Orphanos
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