Worship Bulletin for Sunday, April 11, 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 11, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
The Second Sunday of Easter
(Please have available a candle, bread, and wine or juice)

Eastertide                                                                                    arr. Jack Smith
(Officiant 1) Rules for the Road in Virtual Worship
Opening Hymn 494
Crown Him with Many Crowns, vs. 1 and 2
Opening Acclamation
(Officiant 1- Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

(Officiant 1) - Almighty and everlasting God, we gather as people on a journey. We believe, and we have doubts. We are imperfect humans, and still beloved by God. Though we are full of trust, and full of doubt, we are here. Continue creating us; inspire our hearts; enlighten our minds; and guide our actions. Amen
A Reading from the Greek Testament                                              Kathy Johnson
Acts 4:32-35
Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
Pause to reflect on reading.
Psalm 133 (please read together the bolded lines)
Oh, how good and pleasant it is,
when brethren live together in unity!
It is like fine oil upon the head
that runs down upon the beard,
Upon the beard of Aaron,
and runs down upon the collar of his robe.
It is like the dew of Hermon
that falls upon the hills of Zion.
For there the Lord has ordained the blessing:
life for evermore.
A Reading from the Greek Testament                                                     Bob Stains
1 John 1:1-2:2
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life-- this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us -- we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
(Deacon) The Gospel                                                                             John 20:19-31
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jim:  Imagine with them that they are the disciples on Easter Sunday night hiding out in a locked upper room, wondering about what the women said about Jesus’ tomb being empty, and still afraid the soldiers would come for them too.
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Judeans, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Brett: But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
Jim:  A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him,
Brett:  “My Lord and my God!”
Jim:  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Conversational Homily                                                                    Brett Johnson and
                                                                                                   The Rev. Jim Chapman
Hymn 8
Morning Has Broken! vs. 1 and 3
Prayers of the People                                                                           Ginna Coulson
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 Charles River Deanery: Trinity Church, Newton Centre; Parish of the Good Shepherd, Waban (Newton); St. Andrew’s Church, Wellesley; Life Together Diocesan Intern Program; and the Diocesan Library and
Archives Board. In our Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean.
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, and for all those waiting for vaccines, 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, Carol Quinn, 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 and Ella. 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, especially Larry Burns, vestry member, stewardship team member and head usher at St. Peter’s in Beverly, who died this week from COVID 19. Pray for his family and parish, who loved him mightily. Are there other 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 Ray Lemieux, Matthew Harris, Linda Coddens, Elizabeth Henshaw and James MacDonald. 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 Mary Dempsey, given by Paula and Sam Noyes; in loving  memory of Rita Weil, given by Fran Weil and Gail Arnold; and in loving memory of Sterling McLeod, given by Joann and Richard Henshaw. The altar flowers are given to the glory of God.
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
Fairest Lord Jesus
(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) - May you trust in God’s promises: peace, security and blessing, even when they are difficult to believe. May you know that God’s news is good news, and nourishingly true, even when people tell you it is not. And, when you encounter doubt, may you strengthen your belief, while guided in God’s perfect wisdom and counsel. Amen
Closing Hymn 657
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, vs. 1
(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:                Kathy Johnson
2nd Lesson:                                 Bob Stains
Prayers of the People:                Ginna Coulson
Voice of the People:                    Bill Hooper
Counters:                                    Gail Arnold, Bruce Manning

Altar Flowers are available April 18. Contact Barbara Hooper.
The Rev. Marya DeCarlen will be on vacation until April 17.
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