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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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March 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
(Please have available a candle, bread, wine or juice)
 

                                       Gary S. Chapman / Getty Images
 
(Officiant 1) – Convene Worship
 
Lenten Bell Ringing
 
Prelude 
For God So Loved the World                                                                John Stainer
 
(Officiant 1) - Rules of the Road for Virtual Worship in Lent
 
(Officiant 1) - Opening Hymn 671
Amazing Grace, vs.1, 2 and 5, with a short interlude between 2 and 5
Penitential Order
(Officiant 1) - Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins
God’s mercy endures forever.
 
(Officiant 1) - Jesus said, "The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord your God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these."    Mark 12:29-31
 
Decalogue (Officiant 1 and People)
Hear the commandments of God to God’s people:
I am the Lord your God who brought you out of bondage.
You shall have no other gods but me.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
 
You shall not make for yourself any idol.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
 
You shall not invoke with malice the Name of the Lord your God.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
 
Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
 
Honor your father and your mother.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
 
You shall not commit murder.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
 
You shall not commit adultery.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
 
You shall not steal.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
 
You shall not be a false witness.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
 
You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Amen. Lord have mercy.
 
(Officiant 1) - Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor
 
Confession
Gracious God, we know and believe You have a heart of mercy. You bring to light things hidden in darkness, and know the shadows of our hearts, yet You are unfailingly with us, confronting us with your love. Help us unblock those things that prevent us from growing closer to You and following You wherever you may lead. Have mercy on us, and remove from us all habits that lead to a heart of stone. Kindle in us the fire of your love, so that we may nurture a heart of tenderness for You, our neighbors, and Your creation. Amen.
 
Absolution
(Officiant 1) - Almighty God, have mercy upon us, create in us hearts to love, adore, and delight in YOU, as we are strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit to follow in Jesus’' Way of Love. Amen. (With help from the Anglican Churches of Kenya and Canada)
 
Kyrie (Officiant 1 and People)
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
 
(Officiant 1) - The Lord be with you.
(People) And also with you.
Let us pray.
 
(Officiant 1) – Collect
Everliving God, in every generation you cause fresh winds to renew, refresh, and refine your people, and in your Word summon us to live courageously, as Easter people in an often Good Friday world. Defend us in our own day to make no peace with oppression; that boldly following the example of your servant, Barbara Clementine Harris, chosen bishop in your church, we may strive not for ease or fame, but gladly toil and walk with you all along our pilgrim journey; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
 
A Reading from the Hebrew Testament Lesson                               Bob Stains
Judith 15:14, 16:13-16
Judith began this thanksgiving before all Israel, and all the people loudly sang this song of praise. I will sing to my God a new song: O Lord, you are great and glorious, wonderful in strength, invincible. Let all your creatures serve you, for you spoke, and they were made. You sent forth your spirit, and it formed them; there is none that can resist your voice. For the mountains shall be shaken to their foundations with the waters; before your glance the rocks shall melt like wax. But to those who fear you, you show mercy. For every sacrifice as a fragrant offering is a small thing, and the fat of all whole burnt offerings to you is a very little thing; but whoever fears the Lord is great forever
 
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
 
Pause to reflect on reading
 
Today’s Psalm is Psalm 85:7-13 (please read together the bolded lines).
 
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
 
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.[a]
 
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
 
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
 
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
 
The Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
 
Righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps.
 
Pause to reflect on reading
 
A Reading from the Greek Testament Lesson                              Kathy Johnson
Philippians 4:1-9
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
 
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
 
Pause to reflect on reading
 
Vocal Solo Sequence Hymn
Will you come and Follow Me
 
Lord, your summons echoes true if you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I'll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
 
(Deacon) - The Gospel                                                                       John 4:7-15
 
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
 
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.
 
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 
Pause to reflect on reading
 
Homily                                                                                 The Rev. Jim Chapman
 
Hymn 686
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, vs. 1 and 3
 
 
The Nicene Creed
 
We give our hearts to you, God Beyond Us,
creator of heaven and earth of all that is seen and unseen.
We give our hearts to you, Jesus Christ,
our model and savior, God Among Us, God from God,
Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made. You were incarnate
by the Holy Spirit and blessed Mary
and became truly human.
You suffered under Pontius Pilate,
were crucified, died, and buried.
On the third day you rose again;
you ascended into heaven,
And are seated at the right hand of God Beyond Us,
and you will come again to judge the living and the dead,
your reign will have no end.
We give our hearts to you, Holy Spirit, God Within Us.
We give our hearts to the community of the church,
to the communion of saints, to the practice of forgiveness,
 to the hope of the resurrection,
and to the promise of life everlasting. Amen.
—Expansive Language Nicene Creed adapted from Expansive Language Apostles Creed, The Rev. Karl Stevens, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Columbus, OH)
 
Prayers of the People                                                                       Bruce Symmes
Have mercy on us, O God, according to your loving kindness; in your great compassion, hear our prayers.
 
We pray for the whole church and for all the holy people of God. In this season of Lent, let your people be purified and set free from all sin, doubt, confusion, and fear. We ask your blessing on all Christian leaders and ministers, especially 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 Parishes of the Cape and Islands Deanery: Church of the Good Shepherd, Wareham; St. James the Fisherman Church, Wellfleet; Church of the Messiah, Woods Hole (Falmouth); Diocesan Congregational Consultants; and for all churches in the Diocese closed or merged. In our Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for Iglesia Anglicana de Chile.
Lord, in your mercy,
Purify your people.
 
We pray for this community, our nation, and for all the nations of the earth. Let our leaders be free from duplicity and self-serving, and may they pursue the common welfare with sincerity and justice. In this Lenten season, we especially ask your blessing on President Biden, and all who hold responsibility for shaping our nation’s path.
Lord, in your mercy,
Guide us to walk together in peace.
 
We pray for all those who celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions for thanksgiving; especially Shirley Cloutman, Michael Harris, Paula Noyes, and Kristine Hanscom. Are there other thanksgivings? We will pause while people add their prayers.
Lord, in your mercy,
Fill our hearts with joy and thanks.
 
We pray for all those who hunger, who thirst, who cry out for justice, who live under the threat of terror, or who have no place to lay their head. In this season of Lent, may they be comforted and their sufferings relieved. Are there others for whom we can pray?
Lord, in your mercy,
Show us the path of charity and love.
 
We pray for all who are suffering in body, mind or spirit. During this Lent, we ask for healing for those who are ill; for those enduring the terror of diagnostic uncertainty; for those enduring persistent untreated and under-treated pain and chronic diseases, for those experiencing stress or loneliness, and for those whose needs are known only to you. We pray especially for 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, Linda King, Amy, Charles Boulanger, Larry Chisholm, Joe Maher, Victoria, Sharon, Peter, Amy and Charlotte, Nora, Susan Schumann, Kristin Blake, Ella, Anne, Marie, Erik, Sonya, Chris, Lindley, Marge, Laurie Mercer, Bishop Alan Gates, and John Losa. Are there others? The people add their prayers for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit.
Lord, in your mercy,
Sustain them with your bountiful Spirit.
 
We pray for those who have died, especially Joan Rentel, stepsister of Erika Bianchi, and David King, and for all who have entered into eternal Light and your abiding peace. We will pause while people add their prayers.
Lord, in your mercy,
Guide us to your eternal light.
 
Gracious God, because of your great love for the world you gave us your son; grant us faith and trust to follow him, so that we may not perish but have eternal life. Amen.
 
Pause to reflect on the prayers
 
Shared Agape Meal (bring Agape food to your Zoom table)
 
(Officiant 2) - Friends, we have acknowledged before God and in each others presence that we depend on God for our lives; that we are sorry for our sins; that we long to be reconciled in the peace of Christ, and that we are ready to turn around and walk in a new way of love. Let us turn in fellowship to one another at our table of love.
 
(Officiant 2) - Out of darkness came light.
People:  And the power of God was revealed in the running wave and the flowing air, in the quiet earth and the shining stars.
 
(Officiant 2) - Out of the dust came life;
People:  And the image of God was revealed in the human face and the gentle heart; in the warmth of flesh and the depth of soul.
 
(Officiant 2) - Out of justice came freedom
People: And the wisdom of God was revealed in the need to grow, and the will to love; in the chance to know and the power to choose.
 
(Officiant 2) - And God looked at the creation and saw that it was good.

Prayer of Adoration
(Officiant 2) - I will bless the Lord at all times; Gods praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34)
People:  I will keep on thanking God with constant words of prayer. I will glory in the living God. The humble will hear and be glad! Amen
 
(Deacon) - The Sanctuary Lamp burns in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, and in thanksgiving for all organ donors, given by Diane Manning.
 
(Officiant 2) - Let us pray.
 
Agape Prayer
(Deacon) - Gracious and ever-living God, we come before your table with thanksgiving. This is your table, your love table, in which everyone is invited. We celebrate our agape food as it represents our Lord Jesus Christ's love for us. We give thanks for those who harvest the seeds from our mother earth, and the fruits for our drink. We are all one through our Lord Jesus Christ. This love feast is a sign that God loves us, and we love the ever-living Spirit that flows through us. During this time of Lent, when we are reminded there are dark and beautiful days coming, we ask you to bless us in our darkness, and in our beauty. Let this meal fill us with the goodness of your peace, that we may always be helpful toward the needs of others. We pray this through our crucified and risen Christ, and we give you thanks.  Amen
(Officiant 2) – And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now 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.
 
Let each person take agape food in their hands
(Deacon) - Let us share the feast with each other! Experience the grace of God!
 
Agape Meal Voluntary
Jesus, Lover of My Soul
 
(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)
 
(Deacon) - The Passing of the Peace
 
(Marya) - Announcements and Prayers for Birthdays and Anniversaries and Healing Prayers
 
The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
 
Settle into your seats and close your eyes. Visualize a place of imagination that offers you comfort and peace. Imagine your presence there. Now imagine that with you is the presence of Jesus as a glimmer of light. Stay there a moment and listen to this prayer:
 
(Officiant 2) For God so loved the World that God gave God’s only begotten child
For God so loved the World that God gave
For God so loved the World
For God so loved
So loved
The World
God
 
(Officiant 2) – Final Blessing
Whatever wilderness the Spirit has brought you to:
walk in boldness, as a beloved child of God
walk in peace, under the shelter of the Most High
walk in faith, knowing Christ walks with you. Amen.
 
(Officiant 2) - Closing Hymn 82
Of the Father’s Love Begotten, vs. 1, 4
 
 
(Deacon) - Dismissal
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
 
(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!
 
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Announcements
 
Annual Reports are available in hard copy in the parish hall conference room.

Healing Prayers
We believe that God is a Healer. God’s heart is, and always has been, to HEAL, RESTORE, AND RECONCILE us to new life. During Advent, after our Zoom worship concluded, usually before 11:00 am, worshippers were invited to join folks in Zoom break-out rooms for confidential healing prayer. We will resume this special prayer time again each Sunday in Lent. Please join us.
 
Special thanks to our worship team for the Season of Lent: Brett Johnson and The Rev. Marya DeCarlen, who authored the ConfessionGinna Coulson, who authored the Agape Meal Prayer, The Rev. Jim Chapman who authored the Prayers for the People.
 
Special thanks to our worship assistants this morning:
1st Lesson and Psalm:           Bob Stains
2nd Lesson:                            Kathy Johnson
Prayers of the People:           Bruce Symmes
Voice of the People:               Sue Spencer
Interim Musician:                    John Churchwell
Counters:                              Gail Arnold, Bruce Manning (Monday)
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