Services for April 11, 2021
Propers: Second Sunday of Easter
Liturgical Year B
Liturgical Colour – Gold/White
The Holy Eucharist and Sermon
The Celebrant & Preacher: Fr. Burton
The Celebrant: Canon Walkine
* Indicates the congregation stands
The Hymn: Let Easter alleluias fill this place
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lesson: Castino Sands / Alton McKenzie
Reader: A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Acts, chapter 4, verses 32 to 35
Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
Reader: The word of the Lord
The Hymn: We welcome glad Easter
The Epistle: David Knowles / Anthony Dean
Reader: A Reading from the word of God written in 1 John, chapter 1, verses 1 to verse 2 of chapter 2
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life– this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us– we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
Reader: The word of the Lord
The Hymn: Welcome, happy morning
Please turn to face the Gospel Book as the Gospel is being proclaimed.
The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are accounts of the time when God came among us in the person of Jesus Christ. We read the Gospel in the middle of the congregation as a reminder that God came to earth, lived and taught in the midst of his people
A Reading from the word of God written in the Gospel of John, chapter 20, verses 19 to 31
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
The Gospel Response: We walk by faith and not by sight
I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
(10:30 a.m. Mass only)
The Hymn for the Collection: Alleluia! Alleluia! hearts to heaven
The Intercessions: Thomas Evans / Lawrence Antonio
Leader: In peace, we pray to you, Lord God. [Pause …………….]
Leader: For all people in their daily life and work;
All: for our families, friends and neighbours, and for those who are alone.
Leader: For this community, our country, and the world;
All: for all who work for justice, freedom and peace.
Leader: For the just and proper use of your creation;
All: for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice and oppression.
Leader: For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
All: for those who minister to the sick, the friendless and the needy.
Leader: For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
All: for all who proclaim the gospel, and for all who seek the truth.
For the Anglican Church in the Province of The West Indies, especially for the Church in the Bahamas; for Howard, Bishop of Jamaica and our Archbishop, Laish our Bishop, Drexel and Gilbert, our Assistant Bishop; for Crosley and Chester, our Clergy; for our Lay Readers and Eucharistic Ministers; for members of the parish vestry, and for all who hold office in this congregation;
All: for all who serve God in the church.
Leader: For our own needs, and for others for whom you have called us to pray. [Pause …………………]
Leader: Hear us, Lord;
All: For your mercy is great.
Leader: We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of life. [Pause ……………….]
Leader: We exalt you, O God our king;
All: and praise your name for ever and ever.
We give thanks for all those who have died in the peace of Christ, and for the promise of your eternal kingdom. [Pause………………..]
Leader: In Christ you have called us to eternal glory;
All: to you be praise for ever and ever. Amen.
The Act of Penitence
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness Let us therefore confess our sins.
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and one another, in thought, word and deed, and in what we have left undone. We are sorry and repent of all our sins. For your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Greeting of Peace:
The Clergy and People greet one another with the sign of Christ’s Peace. As you do so, you are invited to share your name with those you greet.
The Celebration of the Holy Communion
Dear Friends in Christ: This is the table where God intends us to be nourished. It is the table where Christ himself, blessed and broken, is given to us; where we receive the resurrected life of Christ, the Divine life of God, into our own lives.
But, even more importantly, this is the altar where we come, not just to receive but to do the chief work of the Church. Through the symbols of bread and wine, this is where we mystically offer ourselves, our intentions for others, and the world itself to the God of all creation for healing and reconciliation. Through our gift of money, we make an offering that is both practical and symbolic of our conversion from ownership to stewardship of our material blessings.
Element Bearers (sometimes called oblation bearers) offer the bread and the wine at the presentation of the gifts on behalf of the congregation. The Bearers present the offering to the priest, who then prepares the altar for communion. Please volunteer for this ministry
The Element Bearers Today
Felix & Ormanic Bien-Aime & family
Lynden & Nadia Bethel & family
*The Hymn for the Presentation of the Gifts: When our futures are uncertain
*The Prayer over the gifts
The Prayer of Consecration:
The Celebrant continues with one of the following Eucharistic Prayers: A – E found on pages 131 – 142 BCP
Please Note! The central act of worship in the Anglican tradition is the Holy Eucharist (Communion, or the Lord’s Supper), and so we invite you to come and be nourished at the Lord’s table by this meal of new and unending Life.
The Communion Hymns:
The strife is o’er, the battle done
When my life work is ended and I cross the swelling tide
Bread of heaven on thee we feed
The Post Communion Prayer:
The Blessing of Birthdays and Anniversaries:
Aaron Armstrong, Petri Davies, Megan Lockhart, Janelle Pyfrom (Today) Edith Powell, Zoe Butler (Mon) Lecious Hall (Tue) Barry Stuart, Torry & Lynn Armstrong (Wed) Emily Colebrook, Shelly Darville, Raven Davis, Regan Davis, Laurie Lowe (Thu) Michelle Carey, Tonia Maynard, David & Tonya Maynard (Fri) Felix & Ormanic Bien-Aime, Lynden & Nadia Bethel (Sat)
Let us pray:
We thank you, Heavenly Father, for all your mercies during the years that are past, and pray for your continued blessing upon these your servants gathered at this altar, through the days to come. Some have come just to give you thanks for being their Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Some have come seeking your Divine grace and healing and others your Divine protection. As you have been mindful of them, so make them always mindful of you. Their times are in your hand, and you are their hope and strength. We beseech you, to abide with them, guide and keep them until at last they come to your everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Choral Blessing:
Risen Lord Jesus, the light of your people: give us your blessing as we go our way. Life of true service, and death sacrificial: come and inspire us on this Easter Day.
The Regina Coeli
Celebrant: Go in peace and serve the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia!
All: In the name of Christ. Amen. Alleluia! Alleluia!
*The Hymn: When Thomas heard from Jesus
Prayer before leaving the church.
I thank you loving Jesus, for having this day allowed me to take part in this Holy Mystery and to receive the Sacrament of your Body and Blood. Forgive me any inattention or wandering thoughts and help me to lead a good life in this world, so that I may at last see you face to face with your saints in Heaven. Amen.
When The Liturgy Is Over,
The Service Begins