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And the LORD changed his mind.
On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 INVITATORY AND PSALTER Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia. Christ Our Passover Pascha nostrum 1 Cor. 5:7-8; Rom. 6:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:20-22 Alleluia. Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; * therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, * but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia. Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; * death no longer has dominion over him. The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; * but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, * and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia. Christ has been raised from the dead, * the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, * by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, * so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia. Psalm 41 1 Happy are they who consider the poor and needy! * the LORD will deliver them in the time of trouble. 2 The LORD preserves them and keeps them alive, so that they may be happy in the land; * the LORD does not hand them over to the will of their enemies. 3 The LORD sustains them on their sickbed * and ministers to them in their illness. 4 I said, “LORD, be merciful to me; * heal me, for I have sinned against you.” 5 My enemies are saying wicked things about me: * asking when I will die, and when my name will perish. 6 Even if they come to see me, they speak empty words; * their heart collects false rumors; they go outside and spread them. 7 All my enemies whisper together about me * and devise evil against me. 8 They say a deadly thing has fastened on me; * that I have taken to my bed and will never get up again. 9 Even my best friend, whom I trusted, who broke bread with me, * has scorned me and turned against me. 10 But you, O LORD, be merciful to me and raise me up, * and I shall repay them. 11 By this I know you are pleased with me, * that my enemy does not triumph over me. 12 In my integrity you hold me fast, * and shall set me before your face for ever. 13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel * from age to age. Amen. Amen. Psalm 52 1 You tyrant, why do you boast of wickedness * against the godly all day long? 2 You plot ruin; your tongue is like a sharpened razor, * O worker of deception. 3 You love evil more than good * and lying more than speaking the truth. 4 You love all words that hurt, * O you deceitful tongue. 5 Oh, that God would demolish you utterly, * topple you, and snatch you from your dwelling, and root you out of the land of the living! 6 The righteous shall see and tremble, * and they shall laugh at you, saying, 7 “This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, * but trusted in great wealth and relied upon wickedness.” 8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; * I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. 9 I will give you thanks for what you have done * and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence of the godly. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. THE LESSONS Exodus 32:1-20 (NRSV) When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the LORD.” They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of wellbeing; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel. The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’” The LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.” But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’” And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people. Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain, carrying the two tablets of the covenant in his hands, tablets that were written on both sides, written on the front and on the back. The tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved upon the tablets. When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a noise of war in the camp.” But he said, “It is not the sound made by victors, or the sound made by losers; it is the sound of revelers that I hear.” As soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses’ anger burned hot, and he threw the tablets from his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. He took the calf that they had made, burned it with fire, ground it to powder, scattered it on the water, and made the Israelites drink it. Canticle: A Song of Hannah 1 Samuel 2:1-8 My heart exults in you, O God; * my triumph song is lifted in you. My mouth derides my enemies, * for I rejoice in your salvation. There is none holy like you, * nor any rock to be compared to you, our God. Do not heap up prideful words or speak in arrogance; * Only God is knowing and weighs all actions. The bows of the mighty are broken, * but the weak are clothed in strength. Those once full now labor for bread, * those who hungered now are well fed. The childless woman has borne sevenfold, * while the mother of many is forlorn. God destroys and brings to life, casts down and raises up; * gives wealth or takes it away, humbles and dignifies. God raises the poor from the dust; * and lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with the rulers * and inherit a place of honor. For the pillars of the earth are God’s * on which the whole earth is founded. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Colossians 3:18-4:6 (NRSV) Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart. Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only while being watched and in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong has been done, and there is no partiality. Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, for you know that you also have a Master in heaven. Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Canticle: A Song of Christ’s Humility Philippians 2:6-11 Though in the form of God, * Christ Jesus did not cling to equality with God, But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, * and was born in human likeness. Being found in human form, he humbled himself * and became obedient to death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted him * and given him the name above every name, That at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, * in heaven and on earth and under the earth, And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, * to the glory of God the Father. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Matthew 5:1-10 (NRSV) When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” THE APOSTLES’ CREED I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 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, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. THE PRAYERS (The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.) 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. Help us, O God our Savior; Deliver us and forgive us our sins. Look upon your congregation; Give to your people the blessing of peace. Declare your glory among the nations; And your wonders among all peoples. Do not let the oppressed be shamed and turned away; Never forget the lives of your poor. Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you; And your favor to those who are true of heart. Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
Collect of the Day: Fourth Sunday of Easter O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. For the Aged Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and, as their strength diminishes, increase their faith and their assurance of your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. For the Mission of the Church Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Chandigarh, North India Monday Morning Prayer List: Most Recent Quinn’s mysterious illness Claire Sullivan, cancer Brian Grimshaw, health scare Pastor Steve, radiation treatments Jeff, inoperable brain tumor Don, palliative care Franklin, hospice John & family, 3rd deployment to Afghanistan Pastor Daniel Davis, Harvard UMC, vocation Please add your own intercessions, supplications and thanksgivings here. A Prayer of St. Chrysostom Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfil now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen. A Dismissal By Maria L. Evans Let us go forth into the world like angels, proclaiming through word and deed, “Be not afraid.” Live without fear, bearing witness to what cannot die. Strive courageously for peace and justice. Comfort the weary, strengthen the weak, welcome the outcast, accompany the lonely. Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia. Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia. May the blessing of the God of Abraham and Sarah, and of Jesus Christ born of our sister Mary, and of the Holy Spirit, who broods over the world as a mother over her children, be upon us and remain with us always. Amen.++ VIDEO: Jesus lives! thy terrors now (#194, St. Albinus; Christian F. Gellert, tr. Frances E. Cox; Henry J. Gauntlett) – St. Catherine’s Choir, Gorseinon, Swansea, Wales, 2010 or if you prefer: