May 29, 2022 The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Today is the Seventh Sunday of Eastertide.  The Church celebrates the resurrection with a feast of fifty days.  On Fridays in Eastertide special acts of discipline and self-denial commemorating the crucifixion of the Lord are not practiced.  “Alleluia” is said or sung repeatedly during our liturgy.  The Paschal Candle burns throughout Eastertide.  The central Christian belief is that Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead.  In our worship this is not a past or an abstract reality.  The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is remembered and made present in our worship and in our common life.  “Jesus Christ, yesterday and today, the Beginning and End, Alpha and Omega.  His are all times and ages.  To him be glory and dominion through all eternity.”  “Easter” is the English language name for the Sunday of the Resurrection.  In most languages, the given name is some form of the word “Passover.”  Easter celebrates the “Passover” of Jesus from death to life.

The service is from the red Book of Common Prayer 1979.  All hymns are taken from the blue Hymnal 1982.  All hymns are reprinted with permission under OneLicense.net A713125.

Our Celebrant and Preacher this Sunday is the Reverend Matthew Hoxsie Mead.


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Today’s Propers (Collect & Lections from Holy Scripture)

The Collect
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.   Amen.

The First Lesson
Acts 16:16-34
With Paul and Silas, we came to Philippi in Macedonia, a Roman colony, and, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.” The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

The Psalm
Psalm 97 Dominus regnavit

1 The LORD is King;
let the earth rejoice; *
let the multitude of the isles be glad.

2 Clouds and darkness are round about him, *
righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.

3 A fire goes before him
and burns up his enemies on every side.

4 His lightnings light up the world; *
the earth sees it and is afraid.

5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, *
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare his righteousness, *
and all the peoples see his glory.

7 Confounded be all who worship carved images
and delight in false gods! *
Bow down before him, all you gods.

8 Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
because of your judgments, O LORD.

9 For you are the LORD,
most high over all the earth; *
you are exalted far above all gods.

10 The LORD loves those who hate evil; *
he preserves the lives of his saints
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11 Light has sprung up for the righteous, *
and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.

12 Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, *
and give thanks to his holy Name.

Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20-21
At the end of the visions I, John, heard these words: “See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

The Gospel
John 17:20-26
Jesus prayed for his disciples, and then he said. “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”


Parish Prayer List

Please note that names are listed alphabetically by last name of the person being prayed for (if it is known).  We do not list last names for privacy reasons. For pastoral emergencies call or text one of the clergy: While Father Matt is in the Holy Land, please call Deacon Chisara Alimole (914.338.5194), or call the parish office (914.738.5515).  If you have any updates (birthdays, prayers additions, etc., please let us know.) Please submit names you wish to be included by Tuesday morning, to Marie at: marie@christchurchpelham.org.

Our prayers are asked especially for: Marion, Mark, Marcia, Elizabeth, Zachary, Anne, Scarlett, Rosemarie, Ginny, Ralph, Douglas, Ethan, Barbara, Russell, Fran, Mary, Ralph, Ursla, Marcia, Scot, Sammy, Ted, James, Monica (in hospital), Rebecca, Janet, Jackie, Amina, Celine, Brayden, Alexia Grace, Alison, Nicole, Emma, Pelin, Hildy, Martin, Nate, Yen, Erica, Rosalina, Walter, Susan, Ariana, Danielle, The Salvatore family, Dean, Sue, Xandra, Sigi, Joyce, Julie, Scott, Robert, Sherry, Kathy, Michelle, Rob, Drue, David, Rob, Chuck,  Bill, Sue, Lael, M&D, Sandy, Morris, Eileen, and Katie.

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week and in the coming week: Pamela Lent (May 24), Bill Scherer (May 28), Julie Hansen (June 2) and Charlette Finch (June 4).

And we give thanks for Father Matt’s 7th Anniversary at Christ Church (May 26) and the Anniversary of his first Mass (May 31).

We pray for those in our Armed Services especially: Joseph, Kevin, Jack, Leopold, Philip, Jake, Matthew, Robert, Philip-Jason, Nicholas, Sam, Helen, Mitchel, Alec, Jonah, Tia, Tyrese, and Terrence.

We pray that all elected and appointed officials may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world, especially Joseph our President, and Kathy our Governor.

We pray for those who have died, especially Gary Lesniak.  And for those who have died from COVID-19.

And we pray for the Victims of the School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas and the victims of the shooting in Buffalo, New York.

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord

And let light perpetual shine upon them.

May their souls and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God,

rest in peace.  Amen


Today’s Music

Organ Prelude:    Chorale-Prelude on “St. Magnus”                      Alec Rowley (1892-1958)
(The Head that once was crowned with thorns  is crowned with glory now)

Hymn in Procession: 450 All hail the power of Jesus’ Name; Coronation

Gloria in Excelsis: S-278, William Matthias (1934-1992)

Psalm 97 Dominus regnavit> Anglican chant, Walter Parratt (1841-1924)

Sequence Hymn: 484 Praise the Lord through every nation; Wachet auf

Anthem at the Offertory:  I will not leave you comfortless William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

I will not leave you comfortless, Alleluia. I go and come again to you, Alleluia. And your heart shall rejoice, Alleluia.

– John 14:18 (Proper for the Sunday after Ascension)

Offertory hymn: 494 Crown him with many crowns; Diademata

Sanctus et Benedictus: S-128 William Matthias   
Agnus Dei, S-156 William Matthias

Anthem during Communion: O God, the King of Glory  Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

O God, the King of glory,
who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph into heaven:
We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless;
but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us,
and exalt us unto the same place
where our Saviour Christ is gone before us. Amen.
– Collect for the Sunday after Ascension, Book of Common Prayer (1662)

Hymn in Procession: 608 Eternal Father, Strong to save;     Melita

Organ voluntary: Basse et Dessus de Trompette (Trumpet in Dialogue) Louis Nicolas Clerambault (1676-1749)

Today’s choir is Jeff Bodenmann, Curtis Chase, Brent Morden*, Jann Degnan*, Dennis Doran, Linda Gerra, Cherrie Greenhalgh, Jeanmarie Lally*, José Ruíz*, and Margaret Young
Jeffrey Hoffman, organist & director of music

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