The Holy Eucharist: Rite One

                        Second Sunday in Lent, March 17, 2019, 8 am

                        The Word of God

Celebrant: Bless the Lord who forgiveth all our sins.

People: God’s mercy endureth forever.

The Ten Commandments                Book of Common Prayer (BCP), 317-318

The Confession                BCP, 320

Celebrant: Lord, have mercy upon us.

People: Christ, have mercy upon us.

Celebrant: Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Collect of the Day                        BCP, 166

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us pray. . . .

The Lessons (The People sit.)

First Reading        Genesis 15:1-12,17-18        Bible, 20  

Response after the reading: Thanks be to God.                                      

Psalm 27                              

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?

2 When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who stumbled and fell.

3 Though an army should encamp against me, yet my heart shall not be afraid;

4 And though war should rise up against me, yet will I put my trust in him.

5 One thing have I asked of the Lord; one thing I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life;

6 To behold the fair beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

7 For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock.

8 Even now he lifts up my head above my enemies round about me.

9 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with sounds of great gladness; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

10 Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me.

11 You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.” Your face, Lord, will I seek.

12 Hide not your face from me, nor turn away your servant in displeasure.

13 You have been my helper; cast me not away; do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.

14 Though my father and my mother forsake me, the Lord will sustain me.

15 Show me your way, O Lord; lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.

16 Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, and also those who speak malice.

17 What if I had not believed that I should see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

18 O tarry and await the Lord's pleasure; be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; wait patiently for the Lord.

 Second Reading         Philippians 3:17-4:1        Bible, 1828

Response after the reading: Thanks be to God.

The people stand as they are able.

The Gospel         Luke 13:31-35        Bible, 1621

Response before the Gospel: Glory be to thee, O Lord.

Response after the Gospel: Praise be to thee, O Christ.

The Sermon (The People sit.)

The Nicene Creed (The People stand as they are able.)        BCP, 326

The Prayers of the People (The People stand, kneel, or sit as desired.)

A time of silence is left during each prayer for people to add their specific requests. Then each prayer is concluded by the leader saying, “Lord, in your mercy,” and the People responding, “Hear our prayer.”               

The Peace

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

People: And with thy spirit. (The People greet one another, saying, “Peace be with you.”)

                The Holy Communion

Eucharistic Prayer II                BCP, 340

The Breaking of the Bread                         BCP, 337

Prayer of Humble Access                BCP, 337

Announcements, Blessing, and Procession


Celebrant: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Response: Thanks be to God.

St. Francis Happenings

Welcome to St. Francis Episcopal Church (SFEC)

We are blessed by your presence. If you are new, consider filling out a visitor card, so that we can get to know you better and keep you up to date on SFEC events. You can drop the card in an offering plate as it is passed, or give it to an usher at the end of service.

Wifi Network: SFCOffice, Password:  newcreation

Worship bulletins and Scripture readings can be found at our website, and downloaded for use in service.

Please join us for coffee hour in the parish hall  following the 10am service

Information for Parents

Children are always welcome in worship. In addition:

Ages 12-18, Youth Group, Sundays @ 11:45am

Ages, 4-11, Sunday School @ 10-10:30am - 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays

Ages 0-3, Nursery (as volunteers are available; check schedule on the door of the nursery)

Nursing mothers: you are welcome to nurse wherever you feel comfortable. The foyer/narthex and the library are equipped with speakers that allow you to hear the service if you wish to nurse there.

Weekly Service Times

Daily, 6:30am, A.A.

Sundays, 8:00 & 10:00 AM, Holy Eucharist

Wednesdays, 5 PM, Centering Prayer

Thursdays, 9:30 AM, Morning Prayer

Thursdays, 10 AM, Bible Study

Rite of Reconciliation (Confession) by appointment.

Connect with us 

WEBSITE: Sermon recordings, events and news, weekly bulletins and readings, and more. A way to stay rooted in God, especially when you are away and cannot worship here on Sundays.

E-MAIL & NEWSLETTER: Our weekly e-mail and our monthly newsletter, The Messenger, offer educational articles, stories about the life of this community, and information about upcoming events. Sign up for the e-mail with the office, or request a hardcopy of the Messenger.

                It’s “Lent Madness” Time

Who will win the coveted Golden Halo? Don't forget to turn in your brackets today, or get them to the office this week. Brackets can be found on the Narthex Table, or visit for more information and to print a bracket.

Lent Soup Suppers Continue Wednesday 3/20

Join us this Wednesday, March 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm in the narthex as we experience the Parables, the stories Jesus told, in a new way.  This is an intergenerational event, so bring the whole family!  Sign up on the whiteboard in the narthex to bring soup, salad, bread, or for clean up.  Those preparing for baptism, renewal of baptismal vows,  confirmation, or reception please contact the Parish Office and make plans to attend these suppers.

Women’s Outing

You are invited to join us Friday, March 22nd as we venture north to Santa Fe to visit Meow Wolf.  We will carpool from the church parking lot, departing by 8:45 am.  The admission is $20 for NM residents 65 and older; $25 for adults.  We plan to have lunch while in Santa Fe, returning home mid afternoon.  Please RSVP to Chris Robertson at

This Week at St. Francis 

Daily - 6:30am - A.A. - Parish Hall

Monday, March 18 - 11am- 1pm - Clare’s Closet Open

Tuesday, March 19 - 7pm - Boy Scouts - Narthex

Wednesday, March 20 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Lenten Soup Supper - Narthex

Wednesday, March 20  - 6:30pm - Cub Scouts

Wednesday,  March 20 -  5pm - Centering Prayer - Chapel

Thursday, March 21  - 9:30 - 10am- Morning Prayer - Chapel

St. Francis Staff

Father Alexander Lenzo, Priest

Mother Jean Campbell, Asst. Priest, Liturgist in Residence

Lisa Lane, Parish & Business Administrator

Beverly Simmons, Minister of Music

St. Francis Episcopal Church ● 2903 Cabezon Blvd. SE ● Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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from Martin Luther’s Short Catechism

The First Commandment: You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean? We are to fear, love, and trust God above all things.