Bulletin 1 March 2015 Rite II Prayer A_10 am

The Second Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2015
10:00 AM
Christ Episcopal Church
Montpelier, VT
Christ Church is a Christian faith community that welcomes all, worships together,
transforms lives, and engages in God’s work in greater Montpelier and beyond.
The Holy Eucharist – Rite II – 10:00 am
We invite you to observe silence before the service begins.
On Sundays during the holy season of Lent the organist improvises music during the
procession while the clergy, choir and other ministers enter. The Kyrie Eleison (Lord
Have Mercy) is sung in the original Greek form following the
Confession and Absolution.
Salutation and response
BCP 355
Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
God’s mercy endures for ever.
Confession and Absolution
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in
thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have
left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have
not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we
humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on
us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your
ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord
Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit
keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
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.
Please be seated.
The Word of God
A reading from Genesis
17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:22-30
BCP 611
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. Antiphon.
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!" Antiphon.
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. Antiphon.
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. Antiphon.
A reading from Romans
Sequence Hymn #675, “Take up your cross, the Savior said”
Verses 1-2
The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Sequence Hymn #675, “Take up your cross, the Savior said”
Verses 3-5
The Sermon
Rev. Paul Habersang
The Nicene Creed
BCP 358
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven
and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally
begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God
from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he
came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became
incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he
was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was
buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the
Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand
of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the
dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who
proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son
he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We
acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the
resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Prayers of the People
O God, as we walk with Christ on the way to the transformation of the cross and
grave, and look forward to the glory of the resurrection, grant us humility and
repentance to tread the way with our Lord.
Revitalize your church, its leaders and people with your Spirit, to faithfully follow
where Christ leads and to keep our focus on Him.
As we walk the path of Lent,
Keep our eyes on you, O Lord.
As we step out in faith, give the people of this land a spirit of renewal and hope,
that each person may benefit from the grace that we have received from above.
Bless Barack our President, Peter our Governor, and all those who fulfill the roles
of government in this and every land with wisdom, humility and understanding.
As we walk the path of Lent,
Keep our eyes on you, O Lord.
As the way becomes challenging or difficult, open our hearts to the created beauty
all around us, O Lord, and change our minds as we steward the resources of our
earthly home to your honor and glory.
As we walk the path of Lent,
Keep our eyes on you, O Lord.
When the path becomes lonely, remind us that we never walk alone. Grant us
peace and love toward all those we hold most dear. Remind us of our need to
rejoice in the gift of our friends and family.
As we walk the path of Lent,
Keep our eyes on you, O Lord.
Though our path leads on to you, O Christ, its route intersects with the world.
Remake our hearts and minds, so that we may minister to the suffering that
surrounds us. Today we particularly remember and pray for Mack, Pat and Bob,
Katherine, Catherine, Anne, Sylvia, Elaine and Paul, Brenda, Pat and for those
whom you wish to name either silently or aloud. (After a brief silence, the leader
and people respond.)
As we walk the path of Lent,
Keep our eyes on you, O Lord.
Remind us, Lord, of those who have tread the way before us. Grant us to also
glorify you in this life and to share with them your heavenly peace. We especially
remember those who have died this day in famine, pestilence, oppression and
As we walk the path of Lent,
Keep our eyes on you, O Lord.
The Concluding Collect
The Peace
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
We encourage you to offer your neighbor a sign of peace!
The Holy Communion
All are welcome to receive communion at our Lord’s table!
In addition to traditional consecrated bread and wine,
consecrated gluten free hosts and grape juice are available upon request.
The Offertory
Offertory Anthem: Sicut cervus desiderat
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
As the deer longs for refreshing streams
So my soul longs for you, O God. Psalm 47
Hymnal 380, verse 3
The Great Thanksgiving
BCP 361
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to
you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who was tempted in every way as we are, yet did
not sin. By his grace we are able to triumph over every evil, and to live no longer
for ourselves alone, but for him who died for us and rose again.
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with
all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of
your Name:
Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and,
when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your
mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature,
to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.
He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to
your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.
On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ
took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his
disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for
the remembrance of me.”
After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to
them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you
drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”
Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise
and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you
these gifts.
Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of
your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us
also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity,
constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy
of your eternal kingdom.
All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By him, and with him, and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now
and for ever. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
The Breaking of the Bread
BCP 364
Distribution of Communion
Communion Anthem: Prayer of St. Richard of Chichester
L. J. White (1831-1913)
Communion Hymn #333, “Now the silence, now the peace”
The Postcommunion Prayer
BCP 366
Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the
spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our
Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that
we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your
eternal kingdom and now, Father send us out to do the work you
have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of
Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor
and glory, now and fore ever. Amen.
The Blessing
Recessional Hymn #401, “The God of Abraham praise”
The Dismissal
Postlude: Erbarm’ dich mein, O herre Gott
BWV 721
J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Cynthia Steed is our Lay Eucharistic Minister this morning.
Our Lectors this morning are Frank Shiner and Richard Herrman.
Our Ushers this morning are Kathy Meninger.
Kathy Preis and Krista Scheele are preparing the altar for the month of March.
Christ Episcopal Church’s team of preachers reflects a variety of styles by
bringing the Word of God to life in unique and relevant ways.
Your direct feedback is always welcomed and appreciated.
First Sunday’s of the Month: Did you know that on the first Sunday of
every month, cash donations placed in the offertory plate goes to support the
Christ Church Outreach Discretionary Fund? The Discretionary Fund is used to
help those who need financial support with utility bills, prescriptions, gas
vouchers, and groceries. Thank you for your generous support.
Operation Starfish: Food for the Poor, a non-profit founded in 1982 is an
interdenominational ministry working to end the suffering of the poor
throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. This Lent, Food for the Poor is
asking for support through your collections of small change. Boxes for
“Operation Star Fish” are available in the Parish Hall for you to take home.
Throughout the season of Lent, you are asked to place spare change in this box.
At the end of this Lenten season, we will have an ingathering of your
contributions and mail a check as Christ Church’s contribution to Food for the
Poor. Please consider making “Operation Star Fish” a part of your Lenten
offering. Thank you.
Godly Play Church School: For elementary age school children will take
place during the 10:00AM service on both March 1st and March 15th up in the
Taplin Auditorium.
Finance Committee Meeting: A meeting of the Finance Committee will
take place on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 7:00PM in the administrative offices.
Worship Committee Meeting: A meeting of the Worship Committee
will take place on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:00PM in the administrative
How much are Christ Church’s ministries worth to the
Montpelier community? We know the ministries of Christ Church make
a big contribution to Montpelier. Just how much and what goes into figuring this
out? Come hear a report from Rilla Murray on this topic, as an update on the
Partners for Investment in Sacred Places project. Sunday, March 15, 2015 after
the 10:00AM service in the Parish Hall. Everyone is welcome.
Home Visits & Home Communions: Do you know of someone who
would like a visit or the gift of a home communion? Sometimes, a visit can mean
so much to someone who is unable to get out. If you know of anyone who might
need a smile and a warm visit, please contact Cynthia Steed at 802-622-0787.
Repairing the Northwest Corner of the Church: As you know,
the NW corner of our sanctuary needs to be repaired this coming spring.
Professional inspectors and architects have estimated the repair to this granite
wall to total $150-$175,000. To date, we have received grants and contributions
totaling approximately $119,000. If you would like to make a contribution
toward repairing this corner of the church, please speak to Josh Fitzhugh or to
Rev Paul. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.
Christ Church Staff and Leadership
Paul Habersang, Priest-in-Partnership
Auburn Watersong, Priest Associate & Minister for Youth and Families
Beth Ann Maier, Regional Deacon
Carl Schwartz, Associate Organist
Virginia Catone, Senior Warden
Denise Womer, Junior Warden
Dierdre Allen, Administrator
Christ Episcopal Church
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The Missions & Ministries of Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier
Altar Guild
Martha Holden (802-229-9036)
Diane Holland (802-223-2976)
Christ Church Tours
Joan Sabens (802-476-2040)
Jackie Mills Brown (802-223-2243)
Kathy Preis (802-522-8219)
Communications Team
Diocesan Representatives
Bill Beard (802-223-2137)
Cynthia Steed (802-622-0787)
Discretionary Fund for Community Outreach
Ginny Catone, (802-229-9898)
Finance Committee
John Jaworski (802-476-4942)
Food Shelf
Bill Beard (802-223-2137)
Full Ladle Soup Kitchen
Sharon Wilson (802-244-8037)
Hospitality Committee
Ida Lange (802-223-3223)
Lay Eucharistic Ministers/Chalice Bearers/Lectors
Steamer Walke (802-223-3632)
Lay Eucharistic Visitor/Home Communion Cynthia Steed (802-622-0787)
Pastoral Care Committee
Youth and Families Ministry
Vestry (elected leadership team)
Rev. Beth Ann Maier (802-793-4234)
Kathy Preis (802-522-8219)
Pat Carruth (802-223-7050)
Maggie Thompson (802-454-4635)
Rilla Murray (802-229-0416)
Denise Womer (802-778-0218)
Deb Jerard (802-223-0531)
Martha Holden 802-229-9036)
Rev. Auburn Watersong (802-249-9593)
Virginia Catone (802-229-9898)
Usher/Greeter Ministry
Jody Pettersen (802-522-6171)
Worship Committee
Rev. Paul Habersang (802- 223-3631)
Prayer Chain
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Stewardship Committee
Sudan Communion
Would you like to get involved or learn more about these ministries? If so, please
contact the persons listed so you can become active in our ministries