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.
Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Lord God, in your compassion you granted to the Lady Julian many revelations of your nurturing and sustaining love: Move our hearts, like hers, to seek you above all things, for in giving us yourself you give us all; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Homily by Fr R Christopher Heying“My peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. Not as the world gives peace give I unto you.”
I remember when I heard it—maybe not for the first time but for the first time really heard it—this hymn which we sung just before the gospel reading: “They cast their nets in Galilee” (Hymnal 661).
It was at a vocations retreat in summer of 1994 to which Cindy and I had gone as part of the vetting process to become a priest. The priest who gave the talk used the hymn as a guide to the challenges, which can be faced in priestly ministry, but he could just as well have used it as a talk to vet anyone who thought they might want to become a Christian.
The hymn begins with reference to “simple fisher folk” who were happy, contented, and peaceful just the way they were. They no doubt had family, friends, a decent education, and a good job. Life was sweet enough, filled with value and meaning that most of us, if we are at all reflective, desire.
Then along comes this Galilean carpenter who calls out to us and invites us to follow him, to watch with amazement as he teaches with authority, casts out demons, heals the lame, proclaims the God’s favor, bestows peace.
What was pretty darn good now seems to get even better. It’s seems that it is much like Coca-Cola: everything goes better with Jesus.
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
O Lord, through spiritual discipline you strengthened your servant Monnica to persevere in offering her love and prayers and tears for the conversion of her husband and of Augustine their son: Deepen our devotion, we pray, and use us in accordance with your will to bring others, even our own kindred, to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Uphold your Church, O God of truth, as you upheld your servant Athanasius, to maintain and proclaim boldly the catholic faith against all opposition, trusting solely in the grace of your eternal Word, who took upon himself our humanity that we might share his divinity; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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Almighty God, who gave to your apostles Philip and James grace and strength to bear witness to the truth: Grant that we, being mindful of their victory of faith, may glorify in life and death the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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The May 2013 issue of The Pruden Parish Press, a periodic newsletter containing news and information for parishioners and friends of Emmanuel, is being published this week. The current issue includes:
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Everlasting God, you so kindled the flame of holy love in the heart of blessed Catherine of Siena, as she meditated on the passion of your Son our Savior, that she devoted her life to the poor and the sick, and to the peace and unity of the Church: Grant that we also may share in the mystery of Christ's death, and rejoice in the revelation of his glory; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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Homily by Fr R Christopher Heying
On this Day 29 of the Great Fifty Days of Easter, it is a happy thing that our waning emotional fervor has not tempered in the least the church’s bold Easter proclamation this morning: Jesus is risen from the dead and that changes everything.
We see this in the four visions that the church gives us in this morning’s lessons, three that are straightforward and obvious and one that, while more obscure, has within it the very key to resurrection and its transformation of everything.
Our lessons reveal that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead was not only something that happened about two thousand years ago but has ongoing consequences for us and for the whole world. What we once may have imagined as being not only impossible but even undesirable or unacceptable has come to us with the unqualified stamp of God’s acceptance, God’s approval.
What we thought had been written in stone and unalterable has been utterly transformed by the one who never ceases to make all things new. And that all of these amazing, wondrous and transformative things happen through the one thing that you and I arrogantly thought we knew so much about, only to discover we might have been as tone-deaf as those first disciples who heard, who even saw and touched for themselves, and yet had no understanding at all, but, thankfully, it is not that we love God but that God loves us.
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Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Almighty God, by the hand of Mark the evangelist you have given to your Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God: We thank you for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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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.
O loving God, your martyr bishop Alphege of Canterbury suffered violent death when he refused to permit a ransom to be extorted from his people: Grant that all pastors of your flock may pattern themselves on the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for the sheep; and who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
By Susan Paynter
Wow. Talk about a grand finale! The April 5 Chatham Concert Series season finale, held at Emmanuel, was nothing short of an all-out love fest.
The concert-goers loved Ashley Hall’s charming engagement with the audience as she personally introduced each piece she played: relaying here a story from her own career, there a tale about the composer or a famous performer of the upcoming number.
More important, we were astounded by Hall’s virtuosity on the cornet. Joe, who in his youth dabbled on the trumpet, kept whispering to me, “How does she do that?”
I couldn’t help but glance from time to time at a friend across the aisle who used to play brass in big bands. He was mesmerized, smiling and shaking his head, and he leapt to his feet with applause after the final note before intermission.
But even those of us who’ve never blown a horn knew we were in the presence of something very special. To say the applause was extended doesn’t do it justice: we were smitten!
Then there was Wayne Gallops on the piano. What pizzazz. His background in popular and classical music as well as jazz enabled him to match the temper and style of each piece of the varied program. The two played wonderfully in concert and we were all astounded to hear this was their first performance together.
Hall and Gallops showed their appreciation for each other in that way musicians do during an ovation. You could tell it was anything but a de rigueur gesture. They were genuinely delighted with one another.
And with us. They say there’s nothing a musician values more than an appreciative audience and we certainly gave them that, to their obvious pleasure.
Hall selected a diverse program, designed to display the many moods and colors the cornet is capable of evoking and representing composers of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries from the U.S., the U.K, and Europe.
Each piece had its charm, but if I had to bet on the audience favorites I’d put my money on Jules Levy’s “Grand Russian Fantasia” and Jean-Baptiste Arban’s variations on “Le Carnaval de Venise.” Both were written to show what the cornet is capable of doing and it was thrilling to hear what that instrument, on the lips and in the hands of a master like Hall, can do.
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Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant George Augustus Selwyn, whom you called to preach the Gospel to the people of New Zealand, and Melanesia, and to lay a firm foundation for the growth of your Church in many nations. Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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Bishop of New Zealand, and of Lichfield, 1878.
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O God, by whose grace your servant William Law, kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and shining light in your church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; 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.
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Gracious God, the Beyond in the midst of our life, you gave grace to your servant Dietrich Bonhoeffer to know and to teach the truth as it is in Jesus Christ, and to bear the cost of following him; Grant that we, strengthened by his teaching and example, may receive your word and embrace its call with an undivided heart; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Homily by Fr R Christopher Heying
At times a certain doctrine or a tightly held opinion may seem to unravel before critical examination or growing indifference. What we once were so dang clear about may grow blurry with shifting values and changing norms. Over a long, protracted period, a belief can fade until it disappears into the darkness.
At other times, a crisis of faith may come crashing through the door like a thief in a home invasion who robs us of things we have held so dear, not the valuables but the values, our sense of security, our trust, our good name and carefully guarded reputation, our carefully constructed self-definition. The peg that we have hung our life on can come loose and in a split second our equilibrium is lost.
Be it subtle and slow or definite and immediate, most of us will at some time be confronted with significant challenge to our belief structure.
Such was the case of course not only with Thomas but each of the twelve. Despite repeated teachings that he must suffer and die and then rise again, no one expected the resurrection. It was only through an encounter with the risen Lord, his bidding peace, his showing them his wounds, that they were able to rejoice at seeing the Lord.
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.