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The Third Sunday of Easter
April 18, 2021
Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Words in bold, italicized print are words of the gathered assembly.
BCP refers to The Book of Common Prayer (1979). Unless otherwise listed, hymns are from The Hymnal 1982. Holy Scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

Prelude                           In Thee is Gladness                                                                Kenneth Kosche
                                                                           Dottie Norman, organist/hymn leader
Welcome
 
Hospitality Blessing “For Welcoming” by Ms. Valecia Harriman in Women’s Uncommon Prayers
 
Holy Spirit, living within us, guide our hearts and minds as we welcome today all those who worship with us at St. Alban’s. Give us discerning hearts so that everyone who crosses our threshold feels welcomed in the spirit of your love. Help us to recognize each person as an individual sent by you who will enrich our lives. And most of all, O God, let this be a place of love and acceptance of all your children; in the name of your Child, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. 
 
THE WORD OF GOD
 
Hymn 182 “Christ is alive! Let Christians sing” v. 1-3
See p. 10 of the bulletin.
 
Opening Acclamation
Celebrant:      Alleluia. Christ is risen.
People:             The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
 
The Collect for Purity
Celebrant:       Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Christ our Passover     Pascha nostrum

Alleluia.
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
    therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
    but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

 
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
    death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
    but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
    and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

 
Christ has been raised from the dead, *
    the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
    by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
    so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

 
Collect of the Day 
Presider:           The Lord be with you.
People:              And also with you.
Presider:           Let us pray.
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
The Lessons
The First Reading – Acts 3:12-19
Reader:             A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
 
When Peter saw the man who had been lame from birth walking, he addressed the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. ‘And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.
 
Reader:             The Word of the Lord.
People:              Thanks be to God.
 
 
Responsorial Reading – Psalm 4
Reader:             The responsorial reading appointed for today is Psalm 4. We will pray this responsively by whole verse.
 
1 Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
       you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
       have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 “You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
       how long will you worship dumb idols
       and run after false gods?”

3 Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *
       when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
4 Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
       speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

5 Offer the appointed sacrifices *
       and put your trust in the Lord.
6 Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!” *
       Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.

7 You have put gladness in my heart, *
       more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
8 I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
       for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

 
The Second Reading – 1 John 3:1-7
Reader:             A reading from the First Epistle of John.
 
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
 
Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
 
Reader:             The Word of the Lord.
People:              Thanks be to God.
 
Hymn 440 “Blessed Jesus, at thy word” v. 1-2
See p. 11 of the bulletin.
 
The Holy Gospel – Luke 24:36b-48
Presider:           The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
People:              Glory to you, Lord Christ.
 
While they were talking about Jesus’ appearance to the disciples on the road to Damascus, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence.
 
Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
 
Presider:          The Gospel of the Lord.
People:              Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 
Hymn 440 “Blessed Jesus, at thy word” v. 3
See p. 11 of the bulletin.
 
The Sermon                                                                                                                                        The Rev. Anne K. Hoey
 
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 IV, BCP p. 388
 
Intercessor:         Let us pray for the Church and for the world.
 
Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.
 
Silence
 
                                   Lord, in your mercy
People:                   Hear our prayer.
 
Intercessor:         Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.
 
Silence
 
                                   Lord, in your mercy
People:                   Hear our prayer.
 
Intercessor:         Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.
 
Silence
 
                                   Lord, in your mercy
People:                   Hear our prayer.
 
Intercessor:         Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.
 
Silence
 
                                   Lord, in your mercy
People:                   Hear our prayer.
 
Intercessor:         Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.
 
Silence
 
                                   Lord, in your mercy
People:                   Hear our prayer.
 
Intercessor:         We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.
 
Silence
 
                                   Lord, in your mercy
People:                   Hear our prayer.
 
Celebrant adds concluding collect.
 
Confession and Absolution, BCP p. 352
Celebrant:            Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
All:                            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.
Celebrant:            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 Peace
Celebrant:            The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:                   And also with you.
 
Birthday, Anniversary, and Baptismal Anniversary Blessings
 
Offertory Hymn “The Doxology”  (sung a capella to the tune of Hymn 618)
 
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
Oh, praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Oh, praise Him! Oh, praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
 
THE HOLY COMMUNION
 
The Great Thanksgiving Eucharistic Prayer A, BCP p. 361
Celebrant:            The Lord be with you.
People:                   And also with you.
Celebrant:            Lift up your hearts.
People:                   We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant:            Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:                   It is right to give him thanks and praise.
 
Celebrant:            It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
 
                                   But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away the sin of the world. By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us everlasting life.
 
                                   Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever say this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:
Celebrant and People:                                                                                                                                                                   Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant:            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:
 
Celebrant and People:
                                   Christ has died.
                                   Christ is risen.
                                   Christ will come again.
 
Celebrant:            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.
 
                                   And now, as our Savior
                                   Christ has taught us,
                                   we are bold to say,
 
Celebrant and People:
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
Celebrant:            Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People:                   Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
 
Celebrant:            The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.
 
Communion
Please look to the Verger and Usher for guidance.
 
Rev. Anne will stand in the center of the parking lot. The Usher and Verger will motion to you when it’s time to line up. Please maintain more than 6 ft. between the household in front of you.
 
You will not remove your mask; please lift it up from the bottom to put the wafer in your mouth and secure your mask before returning to your seat.
 
Post-Communion Prayer
Celebrant:            Let us pray.
Celebrant and People:    
                                   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 for ever. Amen.
 
Blessing
Celebrant:            The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
 
Hymn 208 “Alleluia! The strife is o’er, the battle done" Antiphon, v. 1-3, Antiphon
See p. 12 of the bulletin.
 
The Dismissal 
Celebrant:            Alleluia, alleluia! Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People:                   Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!
 
Postlude               Hornpipe                                                              G.F. Handel
 
 
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St. Alban’s Parish Prayer List
Keith A., Gene and Jill B.,
Mark C., Shaley C., Bev D.,
El Buen Samaritano staff, Shane H., Addison F.,
Lady C and Tom I., Menchaca Elementary School staff,
Jerry S., Marla S., Margaret W., Alex W., Connie Y.

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