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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 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
The First Sunday in Lent
(Please have available a candle, bread, wine or juice)

 
 
                                                           artwork by Dan Bonell
 
(Officiant 1) – Convene Worship
 
Prelude 
Let Me Walk with God                                                                   arr. Lani Smith
 
(Officiant 1) - Rules of the Road for Virtual Worship in Lent
 
(Officiant 1) - Opening Hymn
Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley vs.1-3
 
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.
 
Absolution
(Officiant 1) - Almighty God, have mercy upon you, 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. (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
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
A Reading from the Hebrew Testament Lesson                Scott McAllister-Dionne
Genesis 9:8-17
God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
 
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
 
                                                    Pause to reflect on reading
 
Today’s Psalm is Psalm 25:1-9 (please read together the bolded lines).
 
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you;
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
 
Let none who look to you be put to shame;
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
 
Show me your ways, O Lord,
and teach me your paths.
 
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,
for they are from everlasting.
 
Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
 
Gracious and upright is the Lord;
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.

He guides the humble in doing right
and teaches his way to the lowly.
 
All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
 
A Reading from the Greek Testament Lesson                              Sue Spencer
1 Peter 3:18-22
Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring us to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you--not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as a pledge to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
 
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
 
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown; will you let my name by known?
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
 
(Deacon) - The Gospel                                                                        Mark 1:9-18
 
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Mark.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
 
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother, Andrew, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 
Pause to reflect on reading
 
Homily                                                                                                  Brett Johnson
 
(Officiant 1) – Hymn LEVAS 106
Precious Lord, Take My Hand, vs. 1-2
 
Prayers of the People                                                                      Kathy Johnson
 
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 the Parishes of the Cape & Islands Deanery: St. Barnabas’ Church, Falmouth; Christ Church, Harwich Port; St. Andrew’s Chapel, Hyannisport; St. Paul’s Church, Nantucket; and in Congregations: Wardens, Treasurers and Clerks. In our Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for The Church of the Province of Central Africa.
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 Colleen Rooney and Vicki Lord. 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.
Lord, in your mercy,
Show us the path of charity and love.
 
We pray for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. During this Lent, we ask for healing for those who are ill, those enduring untreated and under-treated pain and chronic diseases, those experiencing stress or loneliness, and those whose needs are known only to you. 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, 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,
Sustain them with your bountiful Spirit.
 
We pray for those who have died, and for all who have entered into eternal Light and your abiding peace.
Lord, in your mercy,
Guide us to your eternal light.

Lord Jesus, you proclaimed the Good News in Galilee, saying that the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has come near; grant us the strength and wisdom to repent and believe in the Good News, this day and always. Amen.
 
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!
 
(Officiant 2) - Let us pray.
 
Agape Prayer
(Officiant 2) - 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.
 
(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
(Preacher) - Let us share the feast with each other! Experience the grace of God!
 
(Officiant 2) - The Sanctuary Lamp burns in honor of the Blessed Sacrament and in celebration of Katie (Bouffard) Clarkson’s birthday, given by Carol and Ken Bouffard.
 
Agape Meal Voluntary
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
 
(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
May we find the road that leads to life; may we take the turns that bring right relationships; may we pause to accompany others on the way; and may we journey with God through Lent, and long for the horizon and dawn. AMEN (From —http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/)
 
(Officiant 2) - Closing Hymn LEVAS 70
I Want Jesus to Walk with Me vs, 1-2
 
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 to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
 
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Announcements

Companion Vaccines
If you would like to join one or more people over 75 in obtaining a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, by arranging an appointment for them and yourself online, and providing transportation to and from the vaccination site, please call the office (978-774-1150), and we will contact you so you can be paired with someone over 75 who is in need of support. 
 
Hand Warmers and Hats for the Manna Community in Boston
Each Sunday in February is an opportunity to drop off hand warmers and hats in a bin at the back of Maples Street Church between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. 
 
Annual Reports are available in hard copy in the parish hall conference room.
 
Healing Prayer
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 assistants this morning:
1st Lesson and Psalm:          Scott McAllister-Dionne
2nd Lesson:                          Sue Spencer
Prayers of the People:          Kathy Johnson
Voice of the People:              Bob Stains
Interim Musician:                   John Churchwell
Counters:                              Vicki Lord
                                              Chuck Orphanos
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