Sunday Service Bulletin

The First Lesson

The Lighting of the Paschal Candle

   Fire is kindled outside.

Priest: Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Savior Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing the Word and celebrating the Sacraments, we share in Christ’s victory over death.

O God, through your Son you have bestowed upon your people the brightness of your light: Sanctify this new fire, and grant that in this Paschal feast we may so burn with heavenly desires, that with pure minds we may attain to the festival of everlasting light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Paschal Candle is lighted from the newly kindled fire, and the Celebrant, bearing the candle, leads the procession into the sanctuary, pausing three times to sing:   

Priest sings the Light of Christ!

People respond Thanks be to God

The Exsultet

Standing near the Paschal Candle, the priest sings:

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The Paschal Candle will burn during all services from Easter to Pentecost and at all funerals and all baptisms.

Please extinguish handheld candles.

The Liturgy of the Word

First Lesson

A reading from the book of Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21

As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” But Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.”

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them:

“Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;

horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.”

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People Thanks be to God.

Priest: Let us pray.     (Silence)

O God, deliver those who are in bondage, soften the hearts of the hardhearted, and bring us into a world in which we may join your prophet Miriam in singing of our liberation. Amen.

Second Lesson

A reading from Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6

Does not wisdom call,

and does not understanding raise her voice?

On the heights, beside the way,

at the crossroads she takes her stand;

beside the gates in front of the town,

at the entrance of the portals she cries out:

“To you, O people, I call,

and my cry is to all that live.

O simple ones, learn prudence;

acquire intelligence, you who lack it.

Hear, for I will speak noble things,

and from my lips will come what is right;

for my mouth will utter truth;

wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

All the words of my mouth are righteous;

there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

“My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,

and my yield than choice silver.

I walk in the way of righteousness,

along the paths of justice,

endowing with wealth those who love me,

and filling their treasuries.”

To those without sense she says,

“Come, eat of my bread

and drink of the wine I have mixed.

Lay aside immaturity, and live,

and walk in the way of insight.”

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People Thanks be to God.

Let us pray.     (Silence)

O God, help us to seek out your paths of justice, to attend to the voice of Wisdom, and follow in the ways of insight. Amen.

Offertory

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The Holy Communion

The altar candles are now lighted from the flame of the Paschal Candle.  Other lights are turned on.

 Priest: Alleluia. Christ is risen 
People: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Priest:  May God be with you. 
People: And also with you.
Priest: Let us pray.

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Epistle                                           

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans 6:3-11 

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.               

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. 
Response: Thanks be to God.

The Gospel                                              

Matthew 28:1-10

Priest: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Response: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Following the reading

Priest: The Gospel of the Lord.  
Response: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon                      The Rev. Erin Maxfield-Steele

Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Please stand in body or in spirit.

Priest: Dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life. I call upon you, therefore, now that our Lenten observance is ended, to renew the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism.

Celebrant Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

People:              I do.

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Creator?

People:       I believe in God, the Creator almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

Celebrant:    Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People:       I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 Creator. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant   Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People:       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.

Celebrant:  Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People:       I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant:  Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People:       I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant:  Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People:       I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant:  Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People:       I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant:  Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People:       I will, with God’s help.

The Celebrant concludes the Renewal of Vows as follows
May Almighty God who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Prayers of the People

We pray for

…the Universal Church, its members, and its mission
…the Nation and all in authority
…the welfare of the world
…the concerns of the local community
…those who suffer and those in any trouble
…the departed.

The Peace

Priest   The peace of Christ be always with you.

People And also with you.

The Great Thanksgiving

                              Enriching our Worship, Prayer 2

(Please stand in body or in spirit)

Priest: We praise you and we bless you, holy and gracious God…lifting our voices to magnify you as we sing:

Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God…. 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.

The Breaking of Bread                                              

Priest: Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. 
People: Let us keep the feast, Alleluia, Alleluia!

This is Christ’s table. It is Christ who welcomes you. We believe that Jesus is present in the bread & wine that have been blessed, broken, & shared. We receive this holy food in remembrance of all that God has done for us, & in hope that through it we will be renewed & strengthened in faith & service.

Postcommunion Prayer

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.

Closing Hymn    

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Dismissal

Priest: Go in peace to love and serve our God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

  People: Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!

St. George’s Episcopal Church

1 School Road, Asheville, NC 28806

Tel. 828-258-0211

Website: stgeorgeswavl.org

www.facebook.com/stgwestavl/

Email: stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com

-Rev. Erin Maxfield-Steele, Priest in Charge

-Sarah Cayson, Parish Administrator

-Kathy Wallace, Parish Musician

Announcements:

  • Small Group: if you would like to be part of a small group, we will begin “gathering” via Zoom once a week. All you need is a cellphone or a computer, and we’re happy to help you get set up! Please email Sarah with your phone number and what times work best for you: stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com.
  • Social Media Help! We are all learning a lot right now. If you would like to learn how to watch our service on facebook live, find ways to video chat with family and friends, or learn how to set up a social media account, we’d like to help you connect! Email Rev. Erin at erinsaintgeorge@gmail.com .
  • Prayer Chain: We are hoping to start an email prayer chain. If would like to be part of this, please email Rev. Erin at erinsaintgeorge@gmail.com and she will add you to the list. You will be able to share and receive prayer requests, joys, and concerns with other folks from St. George’s and our wider community.
  • Outreach: please see our weekly email for opportunities to help. If you would like to receive our email and do not currently, please email Sarah at stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com.
  • We are updating our directory! If you have a photo you’d like to share with us, please email it to Sarah at stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com.

Some notes about us and about the service

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 are currently only worshipping online or “virtually.” Please join us on Facebook for our live service each Sunday morning at 10:30 am. If you benefit from having closed captions, services posted on our YouTube channel with that option: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa9Zw9-EIC_eTd6wJpMSaGw. We will not gather in person until after restrictions have been lifted and we feel it is safe to gather. We hope you join us at the church when we do!   Families with young children, while we are not meeting physically, Rev. Erin is regularly live streaming a storytime on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/stgwestavl/ When we are in the church, 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 greeter 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 outside. There is a changing table in the hallway bathroom. The liturgy (meaning worship structure & the words we use) comes from The Book of Common PrayerEnriching Our Worship, & The New Zealand Book of Common Prayer (He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa). The Collect for the Season was written by Rev. Erin, as were all changes made to hymn lyrics. 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 italics.       Visitors, please email us your information at stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com, 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. We receive this holy food in remembrance of all that God has done for us, & in hope that through it we will be renewed & strengthened in faith & service. Due to the county and state Stay-at-Home Order, we have suspended communion kit pick up. No matter what, we hope you can break bread together in remembrance of all Christ has done for you.    

We’re glad you joined us- 

May you feel God’s love & grace!

St. George’s Episcopal Church

Easter Sunday

April 12th, 2020

 

The Liturgy of the Word

Opening Hymn     

Bright Morning Stars are Rising

  1. Bright morning stars are rising
    Bright morning stars are rising
    Bright morning stars are rising
    Day is a’ breaking
    In my soul

2. Oh where are our dear fathers?
Oh where are our dear fathers?
They are down in the valley a’praying
Day is a’breaking in my soul

3. Oh where are our dear mothers?
Oh where are our dear mothers?
They are gone to heaven a’shouting
Day is a’breaking
In my soul

4. Bright morning stars are rising
Bright morning stars are rising
Bright morning stars are rising
Day is a’breaking
In my soul

Opening Acclamation                                                    

Priest: Alleluia. Christ is risen.

People: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Collect for Purity                                                   

Priest: 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.

The Collect of the Season  

Priest:  May God be with you. 
People: And also with you.
Priest: Let us pray.

Collect for this Season                    

Priest: May God be with you.

People: And also with you.

Priest: Let us pray.

God of our joy and of our sorrow, you entered a world in crisis as the vulnerable child of an occupied people; teach us to live, even as we fear death, to sing, even as we feel silenced, to love, even as we are separated, to act, even when we are afraid. Care for the sick and the suffering, bless the dying, attend to the lonely, release the captive, and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Old Testament                

Jeremiah 31:1-6

At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.

Thus says the Lord:

The people who survived the sword

found grace in the wilderness;

when Israel sought for rest,

the Lord appeared to him from far away.

I have loved you with an everlasting love;

therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

Again I will build you, and you shall be built,

O virgin Israel!

Again you shall take your tambourines,

and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.

Again you shall plant vineyards

on the mountains of Samaria;

the planters shall plant,

and shall enjoy the fruit.

For there shall be a day when sentinels will call

in the hill country of Ephraim:

“Come, let us go up to Zion,

to the Lord our God.”Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. 

Response: Thanks be to God.

Psalm                                                   

Psalm 118
1 Give thanks to the Lord who is good; *
the mercy of the Lord endures for ever.
2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
”The mercy of the Lord endures for ever.”
14 The Lord is my strength and my song, *
and has become my salvation.
15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:
16 ”The mighty hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
the mighty hand of the Lord is exalted!
the mighty hand of the Lord has triumphed!”
17 I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has punished me sorely, *
but did not hand me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.
20 ”This is the gate of the Lord; *
those who are righteous may enter.”
21 I will give thanks to the Lord who answered me *
and has become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing, *
and it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.


(Translation from The Psalter of the Book of Alternative Services, ELCA)

The New Testament

Acts 10:34-43

Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other Gentiles: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”                                                       

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. 
Response: Thanks be to God.

The Gospel                                               

John 20:1-18

Priest: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John.                    

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Response: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Following the reading

Priest: The Gospel of the Lord.  
Response: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon                            

The Rev. Erin Maxfield-Steele

Liturgical Affirmation  

All: You, O God, are supreme and holy. You create our world and give us life. Your purpose overarches everything we do. You have always been with us. You are God.       You, O God, are infinitely generous, good beyond all measure. You came to us before we came to you. You have revealed and proved your love for us in Jesus Christ, who lived and died and rose again. You are with us now. You are God.       You, O God, are Holy Spirit. You empower us to be your gospel in the world. You reconcile and heal; you overcome death. You are our God. We worship you. Amen.

Prayers of the People            

Reader: With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to God, saying, “God, have mercy.”

For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to God.

    All: God have mercy.

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to God.

        God have mercy.

For Michael our Presiding Bishop, José our Bishop, Erin our Priest, and for all clergy and people, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For all global, national, state, and local leaders, and for all in positions of power, that they be held accountable to the people impacted by their decisions, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For this city of Asheville, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to God.

        God have mercy.

For God’s good earth and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For all young people, protect and guide them that may grow in love and hope, and may find your peace and grace throughout their lives.

        God have mercy.

For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

In the communion of saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.

        To thee, O God.

The Confession and Absolution

All: 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.   

The Peace

Priest: The peace of Christ be always with you. 
People: And also with you.

If you would like, send us some peace via a message-

Announcements, Joys & Concerns—

Please send us a message and we will try to read it aloud.

The Holy Communion

Offertory

Hymn

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

  1. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “Come unto Me and rest;
    Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
    Thy head upon My breast.”
    I came to Jesus as I was,
    Weary and worn and sad;
    I found in Him a resting place,
    And He has made me glad.

2. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down, and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in Him.

3. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s Light;
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise,
And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
In Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk,
Till trav’ling days are done.

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The Great Thanksgiving  

                                                  Enriching our Worship, Prayer 2

Priest: We praise you and we bless you, holy and gracious God…lifting our voices to magnify you as we sing:

Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God…. 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.

The Breaking of Bread                                              

Priest: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. 
People: Let us keep the feast.

Communion Hymn

This is Christ’s table. It is Christ who welcomes you. We believe that Jesus is present in the bread & wine that have been blessed, broken, & shared. We receive this holy food in remembrance of all that God has done for us, & in hope that through it we will be renewed & strengthened in faith & service.

Postcommunion Prayer

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.

Blessing

Priest: The blessing of the Risen One lead you in the pathways of love and everlasting life. Amen.

Closing Hymn       

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Dismissal

Priest: Alleluia! Go in peace to love and serve our God.

       People: Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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Some Notes about the Service

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 are currently only worshipping online or “virtually.” Please join us on Facebook for our live service each Sunday morning at 10:30 am. We will not gather in person until after Holy Week, but we hope you join us at the church when we do!   Families with young children, while we are not meeting physicially, Rev. Erin is live streaming a storytime on our facebook page twice a week: www.facebook.com/stgwestavl/ When we are in the church, 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 greeter 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 outside. There is a changing table in the hallway bathroom. The liturgy (meaning worship structure & the words we use) comes from The Book of Common PrayerEnriching Our Worship, & The New Zealand Book of Common Prayer (He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa). The Collect for the Season was written by Rev. Erin, as were all changes made to hymn lyrics. 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 italics.       Visitors, please email us your information at stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com, 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. We receive this holy food in remembrance of all that God has done for us, & in hope that through it we will be renewed & strengthened in faith & service. Due to the county and state Stay-at-Home Order, we have suspended communion kit pick up. No matter what, we hope you can break bread together in remembrance of all Christ has done for you.    

The Liturgy of the Palms 

Priest: Blessed be the King who comes in the name of the Lord.

People: Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

Priest: Let us pray.

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The First Lesson                      

Matthew 21:1-11

When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

“Tell the daughter of Zion,

Look, your king is coming to you,

humble, and mounted on a donkey,

and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.  
Response: Thanks be to God.

Priest: May God be with you.

Response: And also with you.

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

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

It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by
which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ
our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in
triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who
spread their garments and branches of palm along his way.
Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that
we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King,
and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives
and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and 
for ever. Amen.

The Procession

Processional Hymn   All glory, laud, and honor  H 154

All glory, laud, and honor, 

1 All glory, laud, and honor 

to you, Redeemer, King, 

to whom the lips of children 

made sweet hosannas ring. 

You are the King of Israel 

and David’s royal Son, 

now in the Lord’s name coming, 

the King and Blessed One. 

3 To you before your passion 

they sang their hymns of praise; 

to you, now high exalted, 

our melody we raise. 

As you received their praises, 

accept the prayers we bring, 

for you delight in goodness, 

O good and gracious King! 

Priest: Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Second Lesson                  

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

1 Give thanks to the Lord who is good; *

the mercy of the Lord endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim, *

”The mercy of the Lord endures for ever.”

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *

I will enter them;

I will offer thanks to the Lord. 

20 ”This is the gate of the Lord; *

those who are righteous may enter.”

21 I will give thanks to the Lord who answered me *

and has become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected *

has become the chief cornerstone. 

23 This is the Lord’s doing, *

and it is marvellous in our eyes. 

24 On this day the Lord has acted; *

we will rejoice and be glad in it. 

25 Hosannah, Lord, hosannah! *

Lord, send us now success.

26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord; *we bless you from the house of the Lord.

 27 God is the Lord and has shined upon us; *

form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar. 

28 ”You are my God, and I will thank you; *

you are my God, and I will exalt you.” 

29 Give thanks to the Lord who is good; *

the mercy of the Lord endures for ever.

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.  
Response: Thanks be to God.

The Passion Gospel

Reader: The passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.                  

Matthew 26:14- 27:66

One of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?” He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.”

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written,

‘I will strike the shepherd, 

the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the

elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.” At once he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered. But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end. Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’” The high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you,

From now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?” They answered, “He deserves death.” Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, saying, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?”

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before all of them, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.” When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” Again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.” After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.” Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment the cock crowed. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. He said, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.” After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners. For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price had been set, on whom some of the people of Israel had set a price, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You say so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.” Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” Then the people as a whole answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, ‘I am God’s Son.’” The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

Sermon                      

The Rev. Erin Maxfield-Steele

Prayers of the People  

Reader: With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to God, saying, “God, have mercy.”

For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to God.

    All: God have mercy.

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to God.

        God have mercy.

For Michael our Presiding Bishop, José our Bishop, Erin our Priest, and for all clergy and people, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For all global, national, state, and local leaders, and for all in positions of power, that they be held accountable to the people impacted by their decisions, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For this city of Asheville, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to God.

        God have mercy.

For God’s good earth and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For Elvira Sanabria and her family, and for all who are sick and suffering, let us pray to God.

God have mercy.

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For all young people, protect and guide them that may grow in love and hope, and may find your peace and grace throughout their lives.

        God have mercy.

For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

In the communion of saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.

        To thee, O God.

The Confession and Absolution (Following a period of silence)All: 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.    

The Peace

Priest: The peace of Christ be always with you. 
People: And also with you.

If you would like, send us some peace via a message-

Announcements, Joys & Concerns—

Please send us a message and we will try to read it aloud.

The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving   

Enriching our Worship, prayer 2      

(Please stand in body or in spirit)

The Priest continues: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: (All sing:)

The Priest continues:

Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God…

…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.

The Breaking of Bread                                 

Priest:Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. 
People: Let us keep the feast.

Postcommunion Prayer

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. 

Blessing 

Priest: God’s blessing be with you, Christ’s peace be with you, the Spirit’s outpouring be with you, now and always. Amen.

Closing Hymn                   

Just a closer walk with thee

1. I am weak but thou art strong:

Jesus, keep me from all wrong;

I’ll be satisfied as long

as I walk, let me walk close to thee.

Refrain:

Just a closer walk with thee,

grant it, Jesus, is my plea;

daily walking close to thee,

let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

2. Through this world of toil and snares,

if I falter, Lord, who cares?

Who with me my burden shares?

None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee. [Refrain]

3. When my feeble life is o’er,

time for me will be no more;

guide me gently, safely o’er

to thy kingdom shore, to thy shore. [Refrain]

Dismissal

Priest: Go in peace to love and serve our God.

    People: Thanks be to God!

St. George’s Episcopal Church

1 School Road, Asheville, NC 28806

Tel. 828-258-0211

Website: stgeorgeswavl.org

www.facebook.com/stgwestavl/

Email: stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com

-Rev. Erin Maxfield-Steele, Priest in Charge

-Sarah Cayson, Parish Administrator

-Kathy Wallace, Parish Musician

Join us for Zoom Coffee Hour at 12! More details here —

Announcements:

  • Small Group: if you would like to be part of a small group, we will begin “gathering” via Zoom once a week. All you need is a cellphone or a computer, and we’re happy to help you get set up! Please email Sarah with your phone number and what times work best for you: stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com.
  • Social Media Help! We are all learning a lot right now. If you would like to learn how to watch our service on facebook live, find ways to video chat with family and friends, or learn how to set up a social media account, we’d like to help you connect! 

Email Rev. Erin at erinsaintgeorge@gmail.com.

  • Prayer Chain: We are starting a text prayer chain. If you have a cellphone and would like to be part of this, please text “Prayer Chain” to 615-651-1064 and Rev. Erin will add you to the list. You will be able to share and receive prayer requests, joys, and concerns with other folks from St. George’s and our wider community.
  • Outreach: Rev. Erin and Noel Schwartz have been in touch with our friends in the Deaverview Community. Many people there have lost their jobs in the current crisis and are in need of assistance. If you would like to help, please consider contributing to Rev. Erin’s discretionary fund. Checks can be mailed to St. George’s, 1 School Road, Asheville, NC 28806 or you can donate via PayPal on our website: stgeorgeswavl.org
  • We are updating our directory! If you have a photo you’d like to share with us, please email it to Sarah at stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com.

Some notes about the service

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 are currently only worshipping online or “virtually.” Please join us on Facebook for our live service each Sunday morning at 10:30 am. We will not gather in person until after Holy Week, but we hope you join us at the church when we do!   Families with young children, while we are not meeting physicially, Rev. Erin is live streaming a storytime on our facebook page twice a week: www.facebook.com/stgwestavl/ When we are in the church, 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 greeter 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 outside. There is a changing table in the hallway bathroom. The liturgy (meaning worship structure & the words we use) comes from The Book of Common PrayerEnriching Our Worship, & The New Zealand Book of Common Prayer (He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa). The Collect for the Season was written by Rev. Erin, as were all changes made to hymn lyrics. 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 italics.       Visitors, please email us your information at stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com, 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. We receive this holy food in remembrance of all that God has done for us, & in hope that through it we will be renewed & strengthened in faith & service. Due to the county and state Stay-at-Home Order, we have suspended communion kit pick up. No matter what, we hope you can break bread together in remembrance of all Christ has done for you.    

We’re glad you joined us- 

May you feel God’s love & grace!

The Liturgy of the Word 

Opening Hymn  

Abide with me                                    

Opening Acclamation                                    

Priest: Blessed be the God of our salvation

People: Who bears our burdens and forgives our sins.

Collect for Purity    

Priest: 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

Collect for this Season                     

Priest: May God be with you.

People: And also with you.

Priest: Let us pray. 

God of our joy and of our sorrow, you entered a world in crisis as the vulnerable child of an occupied people; teach us to live, even as we fear death, to sing, even as we feel silenced, to love, even as we are separated, to act, even when we are afraid. Care for the sick and the suffering, bless the dying, attend to the lonely, release the captive, and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Old Testament                                          

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the Lord.

ReaderHear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.               

Response: Thanks be to God.

Psalm                                                               

Psalm 130

1 Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;

Lord, hear my voice; *

let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

2 If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, *

O Lord, who could stand?

3 For there is forgiveness with you; *

therefore you shall be feared.

4 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; *

in his word is my hope.

5 My soul waits for the Lord,

more than watchmen for the morning, *

more than watchmen for the morning.

6 O Israel, wait for the Lord, *

for with the Lord there is mercy;

7 With him there is plenteous redemption, *

and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

The Epistle                                        

Romans 8:6-11

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law– indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.     

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.         

Response: Thanks be to God.

The Gospel                                                 

John 11:1-45

Priest: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Response: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

Priest: The Gospel of the Lord.   
Response: Praise to you, Lord Christ. 

Sermon                 The Rev. Erin Maxfield-Steele

Liturgical Affirmation   

All: You, O God, are supreme and holy. 

You create our world and give us life. 

Your purpose overarches everything we do. 

You have always been with us.                  

You are God.

You, O God, are infinitely generous, good beyond all measure. 

You came to us before we came to you. 

You have revealed and proved your love for us in Jesus Christ, who lived and died and rose again.

You are with us now. 

You are God.   

You, O God, are Holy Spirit. 

You empower us to be your gospel in the world. 

You reconcile and heal; you overcome death. 

You are our God. We worship you. Amen.

Prayers of the People             

Reader: With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to God, saying, “God, have mercy.”

For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to God.

    All: God have mercy.

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to God.

        God have mercy.

For Michael our Presiding Bishop, José our Bishop, Erin our Priest, and for all clergy and people, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For all global, national, state, and local leaders, and for all in positions of power, that they be held accountable to the people impacted by their decisions, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For this city of Asheville, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to God.

        God have mercy.

For God’s good earth and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For all young people, protect and guide them that may grow in love and hope, and may find your peace and grace throughout their lives.

        God have mercy.

For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to God.

         God have mercy.

In the communion of saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.

        To thee, O God.

The Confession and Absolution 

(Following a period of silence)

All: 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.    

The Peace

Priest: The peace of Christ be always with you. 
People: And also with you.

If you would like, send us some peace via a facebook message-

Announcements, Joys & Concerns—

Please send us a message and we will try to read it aloud. Please add “No name” if you’d like us to read it but not say your name.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn  

Where the Soul of Man Never Dies

Offerings can be made by clicking the donate button below or on the main page of the website.

The Great Thanksgiving   

Enriching our Worship, prayer 2      

(Please stand in body or in spirit)

The Priest continues: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: (All sing:)

The Priest continues:

Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God…

…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.

* “Father” is the dominant, but by no means the only metaphor for God. Other words may be used, such as: “Mother,” “God,” “Creator,” or “Source.”

The Breaking of Bread                               

Priest: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. 
People: Let us keep the feast.

Postcommunion Prayer

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. 

Blessing 

Priest: God’s blessing be with you, Christ’s peace be with you, the Spirit’s outpouring be with you, now and always. Amen.

Closing Hymn    

I want Jesus to walk with me                     WLP 805   

1 I want Jesus to walk with me.
I want Jesus to walk with me.
All along my pilgrim journey,
O, I want Jesus to walk with me.

2 In my trials, Lord, walk with me.
in my trials, Lord, walk with me.
When my heart is almost breaking,
O, I want Jesus to walk with me.

3 When I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me.
When I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me.
When my head is bowed in sorrow,
O, I want Jesus to walk with me.

Dismissal

Priest: Go in peace to love and serve our God.

    People: Thanks be to God!

St. George’s Episcopal Church

1 School Road, Asheville, NC 28806

Tel. 828-258-0211

Website: stgeorgeswavl.org

www.facebook.com/stgwestavl/

Email: stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com

-Rev. Erin Maxfield-Steele, Priest in Charge

-Sarah Cayson, Parish Administrator

-Kathy Wallace, Parish Musician

A warm welcome to newcomers!

We’re glad you’re here!  

Join us for Zoom Coffee Hour at 11:30! More details here —

Announcements:

  • Small Group: if you would like to be part of a small group, we will begin “gathering” via Zoom once a week. All you need is a cellphone or a computer, and we’re happy to help you get set up! Please email Sarah with your phone number and what times work best for you: stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com.
  • Social Media Help! We are all learning a lot right now. If you would like to learn how to watch our service on facebook live, find ways to video chat with family and friends, or learn how to set up a social media account, we’d like to help you connect! 

Email Rev. Erin at erinsaintgeorge@gmail.com.

  • Prayer Chain: We are starting a text prayer chain. If you have a cellphone and would like to be part of this, please text “Prayer Chain” to 615-651-1064 and Rev. Erin will add you to the list. You will be able to share and receive prayer requests, joys, and concerns with other folks from St. George’s and our wider community.
  • Outreach: Rev. Erin and Noel Schwartz have been in touch with our friends in the Deaverview Community. Many people there have lost their jobs in the current crisis and are in need of assistance. If you would like to help, please consider contributing to Rev. Erin’s discretionary fund. Checks can be mailed to St. George’s, 1 School Road, Asheville, NC 28806 or you can donate via PayPal on our website: stgeorgeswavl.org
  • We are updating our directory! If you have a photo you’d like to share with us, please email it to Sarah at stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com.

Some notes about the service

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 are currently only worshipping online or “virtually.” Please join us on Facebook for our live service each Sunday morning at 10:30 am. We will not gather in person until after Holy Week, but we hope you join us at the church when we do!   Families with young children, while we are not meeting physicially, Rev. Erin is live streaming a storytime on our facebook page twice a week: www.facebook.com/stgwestavl/ When we are in the church, 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 greeter 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 outside. There is a changing table in the hallway bathroom. The liturgy (meaning worship structure & the words we use) comes from The Book of Common PrayerEnriching Our Worship, & The New Zealand Book of Common Prayer (He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa). The Collect for the Season was written by Rev. Erin, as were all changes made to hymn lyrics. 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 italics.       Visitors, please email us your information at stgeorgeoffice28806@gmail.com, 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. We receive this holy food in remembrance of all that God has done for us, & in hope that through it we will be renewed & strengthened in faith & service. Due to the county and state Stay-at-Home Order, we have suspended communion kit pick up. No matter what, we hope you can break bread together in remembrance of all Christ has done for you.    

We’re glad you joined us- 

May you feel God’s love & grace!