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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 28, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
The Second Sunday in Lent
(Please have available a candle, bread, wine or juice)
 
 
(Officiant 1) – Convene Worship
 
Lenten Bell Ringing
 
Prelude 
The Old Rugged Cross                                                          arr. Marilyn Hamm
 
(Officiant 1) - Rules of the Road for Virtual Worship in Lent
 
(Officiant 1) - Opening Hymn 473
Lift High the Cross, vs.1
 
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 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. (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
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
A Reading from the Hebrew Testament Lesson                                Kat Lemieux
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
 
Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods people. Thanks be to God.
 
Pause to reflect on reading
 
Today’s Psalm is Psalm 22:22-30 (please read together the bolded lines).
 
Praise the Lord, you that fear him;
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
all you of Jacob's line, give glory.
 
For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither does he hide his face from them;
but when they cry to him he hears them.
 
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.
 
Pause to reflect on reading
 
A Reading from the Greek Testament Lesson                               Mary Gordon
Romans 4:13-25
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) —in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.
 
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 leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scale?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?
 
(Deacon) - The Gospel                                                                    Mark 8:31-38
 
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Mark.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
 
Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
 
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 
Pause to reflect on reading
 
Homily                                                                              The Rev. Marya DeCarlen
 
(Officiant 1) – Hymn Medley on the Cross
 
Near the Cross
         Jesus, keep me near the cross, There's a precious fountain;
         Free to all, a healing stream Flows from Calv'ry's mountain.
         In the cross, in the cross Be my glory ever;
         Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river.
Old Rugged Cross (Chorus)
         So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down:
         I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange is some day for a crown.
 
Beneath the Cross of Jesus
         Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,
         the shadow of a mighty rock with-in a weary land,
         a home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,
         from the burning of the noon-tide heat, and the burden of the day.
 
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 the Virgin 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                                                                           Erika Bianchi
 
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 and Islands Deanery: Trinity Chapel, Oak Bluffs; Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans; St. Peter’s Church, Osterville; Christ Church, Plymouth; and Boston Episcopal Charitable Society. In our Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America.
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 Leonard LeDuc, Saul Eskenas, Cathy Symmes, Janet Kelly and Sally Gamble. 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, especially those suffering in Texas, and other places in our own country, with no electricity or running water. 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 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, and Chris. 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 Bob Cacciola, brother of Marge Cacciola, and for all who have entered into eternal Light and your abiding peace. Are there others?
Lord, in your mercy,
Guide us to your eternal light.
 
Gracious and loving God, your Son battled with the powers of darkness, and grew closer to you in the desert: help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Church of England First Sunday of Lent)
 
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!
 
(Officiant 2) - The Sanctuary Lamp burns in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, and for the healing of Joanne and Will Pirolli, Dave and Brett’s sister, on the 5th anniversary of their son Patrick’s death.
 
(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!
 
Agape Meal Voluntary
Down at the Cross
 
(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
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 LEVAS 188
It is Well with My Soul, vs. 3
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 the age of 75 in obtaining a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, by arranging an appointment for them and yourself online, at a state of MA site, 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. 
 
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 team for the Season of Lent: Brett Johnson and The Rev. Marya DeCarlen, who authored the Confession, Ginna 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:            Kat Lemieux
2nd Lesson:                             Mary Gordon
Prayers of the People:            Erika Bianchi
Voice of the People:               Bruce Symmes
Interim Musician:                    John Churchwell
Counters:                                Phyllis Harris
                                                Carol Bouffard
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