Fourth Sunday of Easter                        May 12, 2019, 8 am

                The Word of God        

The People stand as they are able.

Opening prayers                Book of Common Prayer (BCP), 355

The Collect of the Day                BCP, 225

The Lessons (The People sit.)

First reading        Acts 9:36-43        Bible, 1708

Conclusion of reading: The word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.

3 He revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.

4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.

6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Second reading        Revelation 7:9-17        Bible, 1921

Conclusion of reading: The word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

The People stand as they are able.

The Gospel        John 10:22-30        Bible, 1667

Introduction to Gospel reading: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Response: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Conclusion of Gospel reading: The Gospel of the Lord

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon (The People sit.)

The Nicene Creed (The People stand as they are able.)        BCP, 358

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

Bidding:  Hear us, O Lord.        

Response: For your mercy is great.

The Peace

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

People: And also with you. (The People greet one another saying, “Peace be with you,” or something similar.)        

                The Holy Communion

The People may stand, kneel, or sit as desired.

Eucharistic Prayer A                BCP, 361-364

Post-Communion Prayer                BCP, 365

Announcements, Blessing, and Dismissal

Dismissal: Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Response: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

                Welcome to St. Francis Episcopal Church (SFEC)

NEW OR VISITING? We are blessed by your presence. 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 or minister at the end of service.

PARENTS: Nursing mothers, you are welcome to nurse your child wherever you feel comfortable. If you want more privacy the Library is equipped with speakers so that you can hear the service; help yourself to water as well. We welcome children of all ages in worship--yes, they can pray! And we also offer Sunday School and Nursery most Sundays (though not every Sunday, so check with ushers when you arrive). Sunday School will not be offered during the summer; last day is May 26. Youth Group meets following service in the Youth Room. Ask an usher or minister if you have questions.

Wifi Network: SFCOffice, Password: newcreation

Connect

WEBSITE: www.stfrancisnm.org Sermon recordings, events and news, weekly bulletins and readings, online giving, and more.

 E-MAIL: Our weekly e-mail offers educational articles, stories of this community, and information about upcoming events. Sign up for the e-mail  by filling out a visitor card or by contacting the office.

NOT ONLINE? A hardcopy of the weekly e-mail is available on the Narthex (foyer) table.

Grow

Weekly opportunities to grow, including Bible Study, Centering Prayer, and more are highlighted in the weekly e-mail.

                Serve

We believe that every member has gifts by which the Body of Christ is built up and the world experiences God’s grace. To find out about opportunities to engage in ministry and service, contact the office. We’d love to talk with you to help you find a place that fits you!

Give

We are blessed to bless others. Online giving is available through our website. Additionally, offering plates are passed at Sunday worship for cash and checks. For other ways to give, including IRA distributions and third-party giving (e.g. United Way), please contact the office.

Bishop Hunn’s Senior Spring Get Together

Calling all St. Francis Seniors!  Join Bishop Michael Hunn on Friday, May 24 from 11am to 2pm at the Bosque Center for a springtime lunch featuring live Gospel music.  RSVP to Toye Robertson (505-881-0636) by Monday, May 13.

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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Our Vision

To be a people and place of transformation and joy in the Name of the Triune God.