Season of Easter
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: Alleluia. Christ is risen.
People The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Song of Praise Gloria Sung Three times
Collect of the Day*
Celebrant: May God be with you.
People: And also with you.
Leader: Risen One,
All: Hear our prayer.
In the communion of saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our
life, to God.
All: Risen One, hear our prayer.
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
The Confession and Absolution
Following a period of silence
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.
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 1 (from Enriching our Worship)
We praise you and we bless you, holy and gracious
God, source of life abundant. From before time you
made ready the creation. Your Spirit moved over the
deep and brought all things into being: sun, moon, and
stars; earth, winds, and waters; and every living thing.
You made us in your image, and taught us to walk in
your ways. But we rebelled against you, and wandered
far away; and yet, as a mother cares for her children,
you would not forget us. Time and again you called us
to live in the fullness of your love.
And so this day we join with Saints and Angels in the
chorus of praise that rings through eternity, lifting our
voices to magnify you as we sing:
Celebrant and People sing
Celebrant It is truly right, and good and joyful, to give you thanks, all-holy God, source
of life and fountain of mercy. You have filled us and all creation with your blessing and
fed us with your constant love; you have redeemed us in Jesus Christ and knit us into
one body. Through your Spirit you replenish us and call us to fullness of life.
Therefore, joining with Angels and Archangels
and with the faithful of every generation, we lift our voices with all creation as we sing:
The Celebrant continues
Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of the universe and giver of life. You formed us
in your own image and called us to dwell in your infinite love. You gave the world into
our care that we might be your faithful stewards and show forth your bountiful grace.
But we failed to honor your image in one another and in ourselves; we would not see
your goodness in the world around us; and so we violated your creation, abused one
another, and rejected your love. Yet you never ceased to care for us, and prepared the
way of salvation for all people. Through Abraham and Sarah you called us into
covenant with you. You delivered us from slavery, sustained us in the wilderness, and
raised up prophets to renew your promise of salvation. Then, in the fullness of time,
you sent your eternal Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. Born into the human family,
and dwelling among us, he revealed your glory. Giving himself freely to death on the
cross, he triumphed over evil, opening the way of freedom and life.
On the night before he died for us, Our Savior Jesus Christ took bread, and when he
had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said: “Take, eat:
This is my Body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
As supper was ending, Jesus 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 poured out for you and for all 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.
The Celebrant continues
Remembering his death and resurrection, we now present to you from your creation
this bread and this wine. By your Holy Spirit may they be for us the Body and Blood of
our Savior Jesus Christ. Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy
Spirit and live as Christ’s Body in the world. Bring us into the everlasting heritage of all
your children, that with all your saints, past, present, and yet to come, we may praise
your Name for ever.
Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be
honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. AMEN.
And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say:
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: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
Priest: These are the Gifts of God for you the People of God. Take them in
remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with
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.
All: God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and cup of
salvation; you have united us with Christ and one another; and you have made
us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. Now send us forth in the
power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and
continue forever in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.
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.