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Women of Valor Celebration

(First Sunday after Easter)

We invite you to maintain a spirit of silence as the prelude begins our service

OUR APPROACH TO GOD
Prelude 
Introit "He Lives!” A. Ackley

Welcome

Call to Worship:  Liturgy of the Hours
This is the day that the Lord has made!
LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD: ALLELUIA!
On the evening of the first day of the week, the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors; suddenly Jesus stood among them and said:
PEACE BE WITH YOU, ALLELUIA!

*Hymn 226 "The Day of Resurrection"

Let us be before our God in silence.

Unison Prayer:
JESUS, REDEEMER OF HUMANKIND,

JESUS, CONQUEROR OF SIN AND SATAN,
JESUS, TRIUMPHANT OVER DEATH,
JESUS, THE HOLY AND THE JUST,
JESUS, THE RESURRECTION & THE LIFE,
JESUS, THE GIVER OF GRACE,
JESUS, THE JUDGE OF THE WORLD,
WHO DIDST LAY DOWN THY LIFE FOR THY SHEEP,
WHO DIDST RISE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY,
WHO DIDST MANIFEST THYSELF TO THY CHOSEN, VISITING THY BLESSED MOTHER,
APPEARING TO MAGDALEN WHILE SHE WEPT,
SENDING THY ANGELS TO THE HOLY WOMEN,
COMFORTING THE ELEVEN,
SAYING TO THEM, PEACE,
BREATHING ON THEM THE HOLY GHOST,
CONFIRMING THE FAITH OF THOMAS,
COMMITTING THY FLOCK TO PETER,
SPEAKING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD,
HAVE MERCY ON US!


A Word of Assurance: Isaiah 60:19

The Summary of God's Law (Mark 12:29b-31)
This is the first commandment:
HEAR O ISRAEL, 
THE LORD OUR GOD, 
THE LORD IS ONE!  
THEREFORE YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD 
WITH ALL YOUR HEART, 
WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, 
WITH ALL YOUR MIND, 
AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.

This is the second commandment:
YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
There is no greater commandment than these.

Anthem "The Lord's Prayer" A. Malotte


THE WORD OF GOD
*Responsive Reading: T.S. Eliot

O Light invisible, we praise thee!
Too bright for mortal vision.
O Greater Light, we praise Thee for the less;
The eastern light our spires touch at morning,
The light that slants upon our western doors at evening,
The twilight over stagnant pools at batflight,
Moon light and star light, owl and moth light,
Glow-worm glowlight on a grassblade.
O Light invisible, we worship Thee!

We thank Thee for the lights that we have kindled,
The light of altar and of sanctuary;
Small lights of those who meditate at midnight
And lights directed through the coloured panes of windows
And light reflected from the polished stone,
The gilded carven wood, the colored fresco.
Our gaze is submarine, our eyes look upward
And see the light that fractures through unquiet water.
We see the light but see not whence it comes.
O Light Invisible, we glorify Thee!

In our rhythm of earthly life we tire of light. We are glad when the day ends, when the play ends; and ecstasy is too much pain.
We are children quickly tired: children who are up in the night and fall asleep as the rocket is fired; and the day is long for work or play.
We tire of distraction or concentration, we sleep and are glad to sleep,
Controlled by the rhythm of of blood and the day and the night and the seasons.
And we must extinguish the candle, put out the light and relight it;
Forever must quench, forever relight the flame.

Therefore we thank Thee for our little light, that is dappled with shadow.
We thank Thee who has moved us to building, to finding, to forming at the ends of our fingers and beams of our eyes.
And when we have built an altar to the invisible Light, we may set thereon the little lights for which our bodily vision is made.
And we thank Thee that darkness reminds us of light.
O Light Invisible, we give Thee thanks for Thy great glory!

*Gloria Patri (Hymn No. 623)
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER 
AND TO THE SON 
AND TO THE HOLY GHOST.  
AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, 
IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE, 
WORLD WITHOUT END, 
AMEN, AMEN!


Announcements and Children's Moment

Scripture Lessons:
First Reading: Acts 4:32-37
Epistle: Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19
Alleluia! ALLELUIA!
Gospel: John 20:19-31
Sermon

The Presentation of the 2004 Women of Valor Awards
                                                Louise Fabiszak, Mary Shields, Esther Kim

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD
*Hymn "Sing a Song of Women"

The Offering 

*Doxology (625) and Prayer
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW; 
PRAISE GOD ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW; 
PRAISE GOD ABOVE YE HEAVENLY HOSTS; 
PRAISE FATHER (CREATOR), SON (CHRIST) AND HOLY GHOST. AMEN.

A Time of Giving Thanks & Praise
The Prayer of the People & the Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn BB 545 "Lord of the Dance"
*Benediction
*Response to the Benediction
Postlude 

*Please stand if you are able.

News - 18th April 2004

 

 

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