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The Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 29, A.D. 2020

Welcome to worship!  We pray that our time of worship will express praise and thanks to God for the gift of Christ, and help you live a more faithful and abundant life.


The Holy Eucharist:  Rite I

Organ Voluntary                       I call to thee, Lord Jesus Christ             J. S. Bach

Hymn 495                                        Hail, thou once-despised Jesus!          In Babilone

Hail, thou once despisèd Jesus!  Hail, thou Galilean King!

Thou didst suffer to release us; thou didst free salvation bring.

Hail, thou universal Savior, bearer of our sin and shame!

By thy merit we find favor:  life is given through thy Name.


Paschal Lamb, by God appointed, all our sins on thee were laid:

by almighty love anointed, thou hast full atonement made.

All thy people are forgiven through the virtue of thy blood:

opened is the gate of heaven, reconciled are we with God.


Jesus, hail! enthroned in glory, there for ever to abide;

all the heavenly hosts adore thee, seated at thy Father’s side.

There for sinners thou art pleading:  there thou dost our place prepare;

ever for us interceding, till in glory we appear.


Worship, honor, power, and blessing thou art worthy to receive;

highest praises, without ceasing, right it is for us to give.

Help, ye bright angelic spirits, all your noblest anthems raise;

help to sing our Savior’s merits, help to chant Emmanuel’s praise!

--John Bakewell and Martin Madan


A Penitential Order                                                    

Celebrant      Bless the Lord who forgiveth all our sins.

People           His mercy endureth for ever.


Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.                                     

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.  But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name.  Amen.


The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit.  Amen.


Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.


The Collect of the Day 

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

Celebrant        Let us pray. 

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men:  Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


Old Testament Lesson:  Ezekiel 37:1-14                                                                                                                   

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.  He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry.  He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?”  I answered, “O Lord God, you know.”  Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them:  O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.  Thus says the Lord God to these bones:  I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.  I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.” 

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.  I looked, and there were   sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.  Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath:  Thus says the Lord God:  Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.”  I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. 

Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel.  They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’  Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God:  I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.  And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my   spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the Lord.

Reader     The Word of the Lord.

People     Thanks be to God.

Gradual:  Psalm 130        De profundis                                                            


1    Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;

     Lord, hear my voice; *

            let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

2   If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, *

            O Lord, who could stand?

3   For there is forgiveness with you; *

            therefore you shall be feared.

4   I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; *

            in his word is my /hope.

5   My soul waits for the Lord,

     more than watchmen for the morning, *

            more than watchmen for the morning.

6   O Israel, wait for the Lord, *

            for with the Lord there is mercy;

7   With him there is plenteous redemption, *

            and he shall redeem Israel from all their /sins.                                                    


New Testament Lesson:  Romans 8:6-11                                                        

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.      Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Reader     The Word of the Lord.

People     Thanks be to God.


The Holy Gospel:  John 11:1-45                                                                       

Reader      The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

People      Glory be to thee, O Lord.

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.  Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill.  So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”  But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.  

            Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”  The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?”  Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight?  Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world.  But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.”  After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.”  The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.”  Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep.  Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.  For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.  But let us go to him.”  Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” 

 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.  Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.  When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.  Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” 

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”  And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.  Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.  The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out.  They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there.  When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.  He said, “Where have you laid him?”  They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”  Jesus began to weep.  So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”  But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” 

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb.  It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”  Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”  Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  So they took away the stone.  And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth.  Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” 

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

Reader      The Gospel of the Lord

People     Praise be to thee, O Christ.


The Sermon:  The Rev. Dr. Brad Smith


The Nicene Creed                                                                                        

            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.

The Prayers of the People:  Form I                                                                  

With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying "Lord, have mercy."

For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For our Bishop, and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

For our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

For this city, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

For those who travel on land, on water, or in the air, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

For______________ , let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and  captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

In the communion of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Evangelist, and of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God. 

To thee, O Lord our God.

Silence.  The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect.


The Peace                                                                                      

Celebrant:       The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People:            And with thy spirit.  

(All gathered may greet one another in the Name of the Lord.)


The Holy Communion

Offertory Anthem                                           Anima Christi                                                                            Robert J. Powell

Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, refresh me;  Water from the side of Christ, wash me;  Passion of Christ, strengthen me.  O good Jesu, hear me; within thy wounds hide me.  Suffer me not to be separated from thee; from the malicious enemy defend me.  In the hour of my death call me, and bid me come to thee, that with thy saints I may praise thee for ever and ever.  Amen.  --Latin, 14th century, Anonymous English translation


 The Great Thanksgiving, Prayer I                                                          

Celebrant    The Lord be with you.

People         And with thy spirit.

Celebrant    Lift up your hearts.

People         We lift them up unto the Lord.

Celebrant    Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.

People         It is meet and right so to do.


Celebrant   It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God.  Who dost bid thy faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in works of mercy, and renewed by thy Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which thou hast prepared for those who love thee.  Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,


Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts:
Heaven and earth are full of thy Glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

All glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.

For in the night in which he was betrayed, he took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take, eat, this is my Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

Likewise, after supper, he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, "Drink ye all of this; for this is my Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins.  Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me."

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Savior Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, receiving them according to thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ's holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood.

And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant that, by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we, and all thy whole Church, may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion.

And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him.

And although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses, through Jesus Christ our Lord;

By whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end.  AMEN.

And now, as our Savior Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say,

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.


The Breaking of the Bread

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast.


O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.


My Jesus, I believe that thou art truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  I love thee above all things, and I desire to possess thee within my soul.  Since I am unable now to receive thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  I embrace thee as being already there, and unite myself wholly to thee; never permit me to be separated from thee.  Amen. 

 –A prayer of St. Alphonsus de Ligouri


Communion Hymn 149         Eternal Lord of love, behold your Church                    Old 124th

Eternal Lord of love, behold your Church walking once more the pilgrim way of Lent,

led by your cloud by day, by night your fire, moved by your love

and toward your presence bent:  far off yet here—the goal of all desire.


So daily dying to the way of self, so daily living to your way of love,

we walk the road, Lord Jesus, that you trod, knowing ourselves baptized into your death:

so we are dead and live with you in God.


If dead in you, so in you we arise, you the first-born of all the faithful dead;

and as through stony ground the green shoots break,

glorious in springtime dress of leaf and flower,

so in the Father’s glory shall we wake.

--Thomas H. Cain, Copyright ©1982.  Reprinted under  # A-711238.


Postcommunion Prayer                                                                              

Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom.  And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end.  Amen.                                                                                                                            The celebrant may bless the people.

Hymn 473                                            Lift high the cross!                                               Crucifer


Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

till all the world adore his sacred Name.

Led on their way by this triumphant sign,

the hosts of God in conquering ranks combine.  Refrain


Each new-born servant of the Crucified

bears on the brow the seal of him who died.  Refrain


O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,

as thou hast promised, draw the world to thee.  Refrain


So shall our song of triumph ever be:

praise to the Crucified for victory.  Refrain

--George William Kitchin; alt. Michael Robert Newbolt.  By permission of Hymns Ancient and Modern.  Reprinted under  # A-711238.


The Dismissal:  Let us bless the Lord.

                           Thanks be to God.


Voluntary                                         Hail, thou only-begotten Son                J. S. Bach


Looking ahead to the Sunday of the Passion:  Palm Sunday, April 5

Matthew 21:1-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-17, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 27:11-54



Prayer List

Please note that names on the printed prayer list will appear in the bulletin for four weeks but will continue to remain on the Intercessory Prayer Group’s ongoing list until they are notified to remove the name.

Pray for members:  Pat Adams, Joyce Newton, Bruce Betts, Jeanne Reynolds, Bob Cooley, Lila Koss, Peter Hatten, Nancy MacMillan, Christ & Marge Koconis, Nancy Mahaffey, Woody Winslow, Sid Leeds, Julian Albergotti, Bobbie Cox, David Beard, Tom Albergotti, Susan Hughes, Judy DiGregorio, Vann Taylor, Melissa Miller, Megan Gravely Scala, Gladys Neff, Fred Brunck, Charlie Dickinson, Barry Armstrong, Carolyn Morris

Pray for friends and relatives:  Margaret & Louis George (parents of Sharon George), Tom Williams (father of Matt Williams), Catherine Martin (daughter of Bill & Mary Jo Dudley), Cliff Brown (former member of SJE), Patricia Church (sister in law of Georgia Brunck), John Carraway (father of Justine McAbee), Mary Lou Gamble (mother of Jim Gamble), Cheryl Bruno (friend of Tracy Reed), Martha Frantz (mother of Barbara Comin), Agnes Love (friend of Janie & DG McIntyre), John Mitchell (friend of David Payne), Chip Fincher (friend of Martha & Roddey Player), Michael Hacker (brother in law of Bev Hacker), Peter Steelman (friend of Rawles Kelly), Cynthia Myers (friend of Nancy & David Dwyer), Davis Winkie (friend of Emma Burri), Howard Secrist (brother of Don Secrist), Thelma Childers & Lindsay Matthews (relatives of Rhett Leake)

Pray for those in military service:  Frederick Huiet, Ryan Livingston, Dan Sullivan, Greg Jones, Jim Myrick, Bernard David, Damien Mitchell, Kevin Dellicker, Michael Berger, Mark Lenhart, Geoff Sey, Thomas Everett, Evan John, Brandon Wilson, Lt. Col. Tim Sellers, Aaron Bomar, Michael Taylor McCormick, James Simpson, David Bell, Steven Placke, Thomas Jones, Jr., Curtis Mabry, Thomas Cooper, Tyler Thomas, Pat Carter, Joe Rader, Kyle Norton, Adam Stein,  Tommy Heagney, Sarah Maness, Luciano Provazano, Angelo DeMatteo, Ryan Harwell, John Pineda, Jonathan Conlan, Aidan McKenna, Tom Clapp

Pray for those who have died:  Bruce Betts, Lois Venezia (friend of Lillian Hollmann), Jason Pfeifer (nephew of Dan & Charlotte Pfeifer), Red & Patsy Hacker (relatives of Bev Hacker)

Pray in thanksgiving for birthdays and anniversaries –March 29-April 4

Birthdays:  Will Asby, Dale Bass, Paige Bergman, Pierre Bourgognon, Mindy Greene, Fred Gresset, Jaclyn John, Rod Johnson, Jordan Kelly, Ryan McCurry, Cate Miner, Maryanne O’Neill, Sutton Peacock, Trux Pratt, HP Shaw, Amanda Simpson, Cindy Soliday, Kevin Sugrue

Anniversaries:  Alan & Sarah Augustine, Jeff & Lindy Gignac