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Trinity Episcopal Church
91 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA

News and Updates

Eastertide
May 2, 2020




 
Just so you know…….

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, all of our worship services will continue to come to you virtually through May. We continue to find our way when it comes to providing Sunday worship remotely. Our services can get impacted by wireless signals, reception in our homes, our computers, high volume of Facebook use, and just mysterious things like bandwidth et al. But we won’t quit trying to improve our efforts.
 
If you find it too difficult to log in to view the service or find the interruptions too distracting, you can just watch it later. It will become available for viewing about 30 minutes after the service. Just know, we are so grateful to have you with us in spirit, whether in real time or slightly delayed time  -  John   

 
                                                                                                           May 1 2020
Dear Members of the Trinity Family,
 
I think about you often and hope you are well.
 
During this required and necessary time of social isolation there is an unstated question being asked of us…”what are we each doing to emotionally and spiritually feed ourselves? How are we finding ways to enrich ourselves given our own current life situation…with no clear future path unfolding before us?
Someone expressed it best to me to other day when they said, “I have hit a wall.” I feel like I’ve hit a wall as well, but not a stone wall, but constructed by my having to be separated from others due to Covid-19 virus. Yet is that not what walls do? They can isolate and separate us from one another, no matter what side of the wall we stand on. Walls create barrier’s, they stop the normal ebb and flow of our lives.
I feel like I’m now wedded to my computer. I can only attend Zoom meets as helpful and needed as they are. Yes, I can celebrate Eucharist for you with Kris, our organist, the choir and a reader. And I’m thankful I can do so. But it’s behind the wall of the lens of a camera and you can’t be present. Asking myself, what will be normal in your and my future? We have now coined a new phrase as we point to our future…’New Normal.”  
Yet, in the midst of a place I don’t want to be or asked to be, I had to say to ,myself…”so what? That’s where you are and what are you going to do about it?” So I started climbing my wall and look to the future. As I did so, I found that I have much to be thankful for…my life and good health, my Barbara, my family and friends and this community of Trinity that I’m privileged to share ministry with as you create you future ministry. And never doubt for a moment that you don’t have one. 
So, as some of you may have already done so, is not the challenge before us now but to find a way through and around the wall we find ourselves staring at?
I believe we must rely on our faith and each other.  We must look beyond our own fear, concerns and anxious moments to know that there are others who could be walking in the same shoes as we are. We must engage each other with our hearts and minds. We must look beyond our own anxious moments and fears and realize that there are others out there who need us.
As Christ walked with others, we must do the same now for others: with phone calls, FaceTime, Zoom contacts, Cards, and letters. Let’s make it personal as there’s nothing personal about emails and text messaging except to set up a time for personal interaction. And when we do this, I suggest, we will feed our souls, ourselves, our faith, and those whom we interact with!
 
I saw this sign the other day in capital letters for all to see:
YOU CAN DO THIS
DON’T GIVE UP HOPE
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
 
My God’s spirit and faith strengthening arms embrace us at this time.
 
Faithfully yours,
John
 
 
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The Holy Eucharist Rite Two
The Word of God
 
A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.
The people standing, the Celebrant says:
 
Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
 
People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
 
In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost
 
Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ is risen.
People: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
 
In Lent and on other penitential occasions
 
Celebrant: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
People: His mercy endures for ever.
 
The Celebrant may say:
 
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.
 
When appointed, the following hymn or some other song of praise is
sung or said, all standing:
 
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
On other occasions the following is used
 
Lord, have mercy. Kyrie eleison.
Christ, have mercy. or Christe eleison.
Lord, have mercy. Kyrie eleison.
 
or this
 
Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.
 
The Collect of the Day
The Celebrant says to the people:
 
The Lord be with you.
 
People:            And also with you.
Celebrant:      Let us pray.
The Celebrant says the Collect.
People:           Amen.
 
The Lessons
The people sit. One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read,
the Reader first saying:
A Reading (Lesson) from ____________ .
A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.
After each Reading, the Reader may say
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
or the Reader may say: Here ends the Reading (Epistle).
 
Silence may follow.
A Psalm, hymn, or anthem may follow each Reading.
Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying
 
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to ____________ .
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
 
After the Gospel, the Reader says
 
The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 
The Sermon
 
On Sundays and other Major Feasts there follows, all standing
 
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
 
The Prayers of the People
 
Prayer is offered with intercession 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 (with commemoration of a saint when appropriate)
See the forms beginning on page 383.
 
Prayers of the People Intercession

Let us pray to God who alone enables us to dwell in safety:
 
For our Bishops and all clergy who are striving to provide spiritual support and comfort to the people in all of our congregations. 
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For all who are affected by the Covid-19 virus, through illness or isolation or anxiety, that they may find relief and recovery.
Lord , graciously hear us.
 
For all those who are guiding our nation at this time, and shaping our national policies, that they may make wise decisions and take right actions.
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For all doctors, nurses, first responders, medical researchers and all those who support them, that through their skills, insights and commitment many will be restored to health. For all others who are extending and risking themselves to provide needed services to us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For the vulnerable and fearful, those who are sick in our midst, especially those we now name.
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For the gravely ill and dying, that they may know in some way that they are dearly loved and that they may experience your spiritual presence.
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For all who have died from the Covid-19 virus, and for all those who are suffering from the loss of their loved one, may they feel God’s loving arms around them. 
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For our homes and families, our schools and young people and for all who are experiencing any kind of distress or fear about their future.
Lord, graciously hear us 
 
For a blessing on our local communities, that our neighborhoods may be places of trust and friendship, where all are known, respected and cared for.
Lord, graciously hear us. 
 
As we continue to live through these challenging and uncertain days know O’God that we are not a people of fear: we are a people of courage. We are a caring people, a people of compassion and generosity. We commend ourselves and all for whom we pray, to your healing love and protection.
Gracious God accept these prayers and heartfelt petitions.
  
If there is no celebration of the Communion, or if a priest is not available,
the service is concluded as directed on page 406.
 
Confession of Sin
A Confession of Sin is said here if it has not been said earlier. On occasion, the Confession may be omitted.
One of the sentences from the Penitential Order on page 351 may be said.
 
The Deacon or Celebrant says
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
 
Silence may be kept.
 
Minister and People
 
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
 
The Bishop when present, or the Priest, stands and says
 
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins
through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all
goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in
eternal life. Amen.
 
The Peace
 
All stand. The Celebrant says to the people
 
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People And also with you.
 
Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of the Lord.
 
The Holy Communion
 
The Celebrant may begin the Offertory with one of the sentences on page 376, or with some other sentence of Scripture. During the Offertory, a hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung. Representatives of the congregation bring the people’s offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant. The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar.
 
Eucharistic Prayer C
 
In this prayer, the lines in italics are spoken by the People.
The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest, faces them and sings or says
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
 
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
 
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
 
Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds
God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of
glory and praise.
Glory to you for ever and ever.
 
At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of
interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses,
and this fragile earth, our island home.
By your will they were created and have their being.
 
From the primal elements you brought forth the human race,
and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us
the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed
your trust; and we turned against one another.
Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.
 
Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets
and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the
fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to
fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.
By his blood, he reconciled us.
By his wounds, we are healed.
 
And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly
chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all
those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to
proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:
 
Celebrant and People
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
 
The Celebrant continues
And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and
made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before
you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the
Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it,
or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or
place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be
consecrated.
 
On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the
blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and
said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do
this for the remembrance of me.”
After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and
said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new
Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the
forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the
remembrance of me.”
 
Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to
you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,
We celebrate his death and resurrection,
as we await the day of his coming.
 
Lord God of our Fathers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our
eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver
us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace
only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for
renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one
body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the
world in his name.
Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.
 
Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus
Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the
Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship,
from generation to generation. AMEN.
 
And now, as our Savior As our Savior Christ
Christ has taught us, has taught us,
we are bold to say, we now pray,
People and Celebrant
 
Our Father, who art in heaven,                       Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,                                  hallowed be your Name,
thy kingdom come,                                        your kingdom come,
thy will be done,                                            your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.                              on earth as in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.                   Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,                       Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those                                        as we forgive those
who trespass against us.                                 who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation,                    Save us from the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.                                 and deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,                               For the kingdom, the power,
and the power, and the glory,                         and the glory are yours,
for ever and ever. Amen.                               now and for ever. Amen.
 
The Breaking of the Bread
 
The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.
A period of silence is kept.
Then may be sung or said
 
[Alleluia.] Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. [Alleluia.]
 
In Lent, Alleluia is omitted, and may be omitted at other times except during Easter Season. In place of, or in addition to, the preceding, some other suitable anthem may be used.
 
Facing the people, the Celebrant says the following Invitation
 
The Gifts of God for the People of God. and may add Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.
 
The ministers receive the Sacrament in both kinds, and then immediately deliver it to the people. .The Bread and the Cup are given to the communicants with these words:
 
The Body (Blood) of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you in everlasting life. [Amen.]
or with these words
 
The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven. [Amen.]
The Blood of Christ, the cup of salvation. [Amen.]
 
During the ministration of Communion, hymns, psalms, or anthems may be sung. When necessary, the Celebrant consecrates additional bread and wine, using the form on page 408.

After Communion, the Celebrant says
 
Let us pray.
 
Celebrant and People
 
Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
or the following
 
Almighty and everliving God,
we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
of the most precious Body and Blood
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;
and for assuring us in these holy mysteries
that we are living members of the Body of your Son,
and heirs of your eternal kingdom.
And now, Father, send us out
to do the work you have given us to do,
to love and serve you
as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.
To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
 
The Bishop when present, or the Priest, may bless the people. The Deacon, or the Celebrant, dismisses them with these words
 
Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People Thanks be to God.
 
or this
Deacon Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
 
or this
Deacon Let us go forth into the world,
rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.
People Thanks be to God.
 
or this
Deacon Let us bless the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
 
From the Easter Vigil through the Day of Pentecost “Alleluia, alleluia” may be added to any of the dismissals.
 
The People respond Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.
 
 
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the  
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Year A
RCL
The Collect
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.

The First Lesson
Acts 2:42-47
Those who had been baptized devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

The Response
Psalm 23
Dominus regit me
1 The Lord is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The Epistle
1 Peter 2:19-25
It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

The Gospel
John 10:1-10
Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
 

     
Let us continue, this week, to pray for those who have requested our prayers on our prayer list: Myron, Matthew, Kathleen, David, Kay, Brenda, Mario, Kendall, Eileen, Eddie, JoAn, Doris, Art, Linda, Joseph, Edwin, Leo, Nick, Kath, Keri, Bill, Jake, Julie, Jeff, Eileen, Bob, Cameron, Cynthia, Ace, Arnie, Ken, Katie, Grace, Jean, Paulette, Kathy, Rick, Jackie, Peg, Alan, Sarah, Heather, Claudia, Wayne, and Patti.

Bible Study will continue each Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30pm .  Please contact Nick Baker and send your email address: nick_baker@att.net If you do not have email please contact Deacon Kris at 508 930 5665 with your phone number... we will be studying Acts ... please join us...
 
 
As we try to care for one another, and remain in touch, please feel free to email me directly.  During this challenging time, more then ever, we need to be in touch, and connected to one another.  If you have any information, notices, bulletins, and etc., for the good of the group, please email me at: revjwkelliher@gmail.com and I will get it out as soon as possible.

Remember we are truly all connected and in this together,  Let's not forget to 'be kind to one another'

"God Bless us all....Everyone" -Tiny Tim

Faithfully,
Jim Kelliher
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