Season of Pentecost
St. George’s Episcopal Church
1 School Road
Asheville, North Carolina
Welcome to St. George’s!
St. George’s has deep roots in West Asheville. We are an inclusive, queer-affirming, diverse community committed to working for peace, love, & justice.
Congregational responses are in bold. You’ll find more notes about the service (including Covid protocols, Communion, and families with young children) at the end of the bulletin.
Wherever you are in life’s journey, you are welcome here.
May you feel God’s love & grace in this place!
The Liturgy of the Word
After the prelude ends, the bell is rung.
Please stand as you are able as the choir sings and the candles are lit.
Celebrant: Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.
People Glory to God for ever and ever.
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.
Song of Praise Gloria Sung Three times
Collect of the Day*
Celebrant: May God be with you.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
For those we name, whether silently or aloud, and for all those whose lives are closely
linked with ours, let us pray to God.
Please add your prayers either silently or through the “chat” found below the Facebook
God of Love
All: Accept our prayer
The Confession and Absolution
Following a period of silence
God of all mercy,
We confess that we have sinned against you,
Opposing your will in our lives.
We have denied your goodness in each other,
In ourselves, and in the world you have created.
We repent of the evil that enslaves us,
The evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf.
Forgive, restore, and strengthen us
Through our Savior, Jesus Christ,
that we may abide in your love
and serve only your will. Amen.
Priest: Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.
Priest: The peace of Christ be always with you.
People: And also with you.
If you would like, send us some peace via the “chat” function.
The Holy Communion
The Holy Communion
The Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer 3 (from Enriching our Worship)
All thanks and praise are yours at all times and in all places, our true and loving God; through Jesus Christ, your eternal Word, the Wisdom from on high by whom you created all things. You laid the foundations of the world and enclosed the sea when it burst out from the womb; you brought forth all creatures of the earth and gave breath to humankind. Wondrous are you, Holy One of Blessing, all you create is a sign of hope for our journey; and so as the morning stars sing your praises we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we shout for joy:
Glory and honor are yours, Creator of all, your Word has never been silent; you call a people to yourself, as a light to the nations, you delivered them from bondage and led them to a land of promise. Of your grace, you have Jesus to be human, to share our life, to proclaim the coming of your reign and give himself for us, a fragrant offering. Through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, you have freed us from sin, brought us into your life, reconciled us to you, and restored us to the glory you intend for us.
We thank you that on the night before he died for us Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, gave to his friends and said: “Take, eat, this is my Body, broken for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends and said: “Drink this, all of you: this cup is the New Covenant in my Blood, poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
And so remembering all that was done for us: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension, longing for Christ’s coming in glory, and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed and human hands have made, we acclaim you, O Christ:
Dying, you destroyed our death.
Rising, you restored our life.
Christ Jesus, come in glory!
Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine that they may be to us the Body and Blood of your Christ. Grant that we, burning with your Spirit’s power, may be a people of hope, justice, and love. Giver of Life, draw us together in the Body of Christ, and in the fullness of time gather us with [blessed , and] all your people into the joy of our true eternal home.
Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, we worship you our God and Creator in voices of unending praise.
All: Blessed are you now and for ever. AMEN.
And now, as our Savior Jesus Christ has taught us, we are bold to say
All: Our Father* in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
(*Please feel free to substitute “Mother” or “Parent” here as the Spirit moves.)
The Breaking of Bread
Priest: We break this bread to share in the Body of Christ.
People: We who are many are one body, for we all share in one bread.
Prayer for those Not Receiving
Deacon: In union, O God, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, we offer praise and thanksgiving. Even if we do not receive you today in the form of the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, we beseech you to come spiritually into our hearts. Cleanse and strengthen us with your grace, O Jesus, and let us never be separated from you. May we live in you, and you in us, in this life and in the life to come.
Priest: Let us pray.
Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood.
Now send us forth
A people forgiven, healed, renewed;
That we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior.
Deacon Go in peace to love and serve our God!
People Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!
St. George’s Episcopal Church
1 School Road, Asheville, NC 28806
YouTube Channel: St. George’s Episcopal West Asheville
-Rev. Erin Maxfield-Steele,
Priest in Charge
-Rev. Deacon Michael Ashmore, Deacon
-Sarah Cayson, Parish Administrator
-Andy Burke, Senior Warden
A warm welcome to newcomers!
We’re glad you’re here!
Some notes about the service
~ Covid Precautions: Due to the pandemic, please wear a mask whenever you are in the building. We highly recommend taking a home test before attending church. We have suspended congregational singing, and our services are being held on-line and in person. To help maintain social distancing, tonight’s service will be held in both the Sanctuary and live-streamed to the Parish Hall.
~ We are a small church with deep roots. We welcome people of all walks of life. We strive to love & honor one another deeply & authentically, to seek justice & peace in our community, & to extend radical love & hospitality—truly welcoming all.
~ Online worship: due to Coronavirus, we know some of you will not be comfortable joining us in person. Please join us on Facebook for our live service each Sunday morning at 10:30 am. This live-streamed service will offer closed captioning.
~ Families with young children: kids are welcome to move around in the sanctuary, make noise & explore. There are ways to help out: lighting candles, ringing the bell, reading, or helping with the offering. Let the priest or deacon know if a little one would like to help! Kids have a corner of the sanctuary designed with them in mind & they may use the peace garden & playground outside if supervised by a family member. There is a changing table in the hallway bathroom.
~ The liturgy (meaning worship structure & the words we use) comes from The Book of Common Prayer, Enriching Our Worship, & The New Zealand Book of Common Prayer (He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa). We intentionally use expansive language for God & people when possible, meaning that we do not only refer to God as ‘he’ or to people as ‘men.’ Other than the hymns, everything the congregations says & sings is in the bulletin in bold.
~ Visitors, please email us your information at firstname.lastname@example.org, let us know a little about you, if you’d like to be on our email list, and if you’d appreciate a call from our priest. Thanks!
~ Communion— we share the Eucharist weekly. All are welcome to receive. We believe that Jesus is present in the bread & wine that have been blessed, broken, & shared. No matter what, we hope you can break bread together in remembrance of all God has done for you & in hope that through it you will be renewed & strengthened in faith & service.