Fourth Sunday of Easter                        May 12, 2019, 10 am

Prelude        Pastorale        J. S. Bach

Processional Hymn        He is risen, he is risen!        Hymnal #180

Opening Acclamation

Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ is risen.

People: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Collect for Purity                

Hymn of Praise        Pascha Nostrum        Orange card in pew bookrack

The Collect of the Day                Book of Common Prayer (BCP), 226

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you

Celebrant: Let us pray...

                The Word of God

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.

Gospel alleluia        Celtic Alleluia        
Contributors: Christopher Walker/Finian O’Carroll
                All rights reserved. Reprinted under #A-720084

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.

Gospel alleluia        Celtic Alleluia        
Contributors: Christopher Walker/Finian O’Carroll
                All rights reserved. Reprinted under #A-720084

The Sermon (The People sit.)

The Nicene Creed (sung)                        Orange card in pew bookrack

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

Bidding:  Hear us, O Lord.        

Response: For your mercy is great.

Recognition & Prayer for Graduates

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

Offertory anthem        My Shepherd Knows        John Purifoy

Offertory hymn        Saviour, like a shepherd lead us        Hymnal #708

Eucharistic Prayer D                BCP, 372

Celebrant:  The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant: It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks… Joining with them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we acclaim you, and glorify your Name, as we sing,

Celebrant: We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love...

...offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you.

People: We praise you, we bless you, we give thanks to you, and we pray to you, Lord our God.

Celebrant: Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts ...

… Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.

People: Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer                BCP, 364

The Breaking of the Bread (sung by all)

First communion hymn        Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ

Suzanne Tolan, RSM CGIA Publications                        All rights reserved. Reprinted under #A-720084
Second communion hymn        The King of love my shepherd is        Hymnal #645

Post-Communion Prayer (The People stand or kneel as they desire.)

Celebrant: Let us pray.

People: Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Community Announcements (The People sit. After announcements, People stand as they are able.)


Closing hymn        Ye servants of God        Hymnal #535


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

Response: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Postlude        O Rejoice, All Christians        Donald Rotermund

Created using riteworship. All musical selections reprinted with the permission of ritesong. All rights reserved. Used with permission. All scripture passages are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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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

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