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Trinity Episcopal Church

91 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA

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Last Sunday after Pentecost
Christ the King Sunday
November 21,  2021


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

Form III

The Leader and People pray responsively:

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

Silence
 

Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;
That we all may be one.
 

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;
That your Name may be glorified by all people.
 

We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;
That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and
Sacraments.

 
We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
That there may be justice and peace on the earth.
 
Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
That our works may find favor in your sight.
 
Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;
That they may be delivered from their distress.
 
Give to the departed eternal rest.
Let light perpetual shine upon them.
 
We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.
 
Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.

Silence
 

The People may add their own 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 (Omitted if said during Prayers of the People)

A Confession of Sin is said here if it has not been said earlier. On occasion, the Confession may be omitted.
The Confession is omitted during Eastertide. 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 B

The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest,
faces them and sings or says:
 
The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Celebrant Lift up your hearts.
People We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds
It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere
to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth.
 
Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other occasions as appointed.
 
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and
Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever
sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:
 
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 people stand or kneel.
 
Then the Celebrant continues
 
We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love
which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling
of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the
prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your
Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from
the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy
to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error
into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.
 
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 before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took
bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and
gave it to his disciples, 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; and when he had given
thanks, he gave it to them, 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.”
Therefore, according to his command, O Father,
 
Celebrant and People
We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;
 
The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you,
O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this
bread and this wine.
We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon
these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of
Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your
Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him,
being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time,
put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to
that heavenly country where, with [ ___________ and] all your
saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and
daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all
creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.
By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and
for ever. 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.]
 

Prayer of Spiritual Communion:
 
In union with you O God, and all the faithful people in this church and all others, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I offer you praise and thanksgiving. And since I cannot receive you today in this sacrament of bread and wine, I ask you now to come spiritually into my heart. Strengthen me this day and in the days ahead with your spiritual presence and may your loving arms embrace me.
From St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696 –1787)

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:
Last Sunday of Pentecost

Christ the King
RCL

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson
2 Samuel 23:1-7

These are the last words of David:

The oracle of David, son of Jesse,
the oracle of the man whom God exalted,
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
the favorite of the Strong One of Israel:
The spirit of the Lord speaks through me,
his word is upon my tongue.
The God of Israel has spoken,
the Rock of Israel has said to me:
One who rules over people justly,
ruling in the fear of God,
is like the light of morning,
like the sun rising on a cloudless morning,
gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.
Is not my house like this with God?
For he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
ordered in all things and secure.
Will he not cause to prosper
all my help and my desire?
But the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away;
for they cannot be picked up with the hand;
to touch them one uses an iron bar
or the shaft of a spear.

The Psalm(s)
Psalm 132:1-13 (14-19)
Memento, Domine

1 Lord, remember David, *
and all the hardships he endured;
2 How he swore an oath to the Lord *
and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 "I will not come under the roof of my house," *
nor climb up into my bed;
4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep, *
nor let my eyelids slumber;
5 Until I find a place for the Lord, *
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob."
6 "The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; *
we found it in the fields of Jearim.
7 Let us go to God's dwelling place; *
let us fall upon our knees before his footstool."
8 Arise, O Lord, into your resting-place, *
you and the ark of your strength.
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; *
let your faithful people sing with joy.
10 For your servant David's sake, *
do not turn away the face of your Anointed.
11 The Lord has sworn an oath to David; *
in truth, he will not break it:
12 "A son, the fruit of your body *
will I set upon your throne.
13 If your children keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them, *
their children will sit upon your throne for evermore."
14 [For the Lord has chosen Zion; *
he has desired her for his habitation:
15 "This shall be my resting-place for ever; *
here will I dwell, for I delight in her.
16 I will surely bless her provisions, *
and satisfy her poor with bread.
17 I will clothe her priests with salvation, *
and her faithful people will rejoice and sing.
18 There will I make the horn of David flourish; *
I have prepared a lamp for my Anointed.
19 As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; *
but as for him, his crown will shine."]

The Epistle
Revelation 1:4b-8

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Look! He is coming with the clouds;
every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
So it is to be. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

The Gospel
John 18:33-37

Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

REMINDER: 
 
If you have not already done so, we do ask that you return the pledge card indicating your intent so that the Vestry can have adequate time and adequate information to prepare the 2022 budget.  If you have, God Bless You, and thank you for your continued dedication and support
August 26, 2021
COVID-19 and other infectious diseases do not recognize gender, sexuality, demographics or zip codes.  Diseases know neither political affiliation nor religious sensibilities.  Over and over again in the Gospels, Jesus calls us to care for one another, and St. Paul reminds us to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).  Therefore, to wear masks is not a political statement or an impingement on freedom.  To wear masks is to take precaution not to infect another.  It is a Christian moral action, seeking to not be a source of infection and therefore to not bring a burden to another.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
+Gayle 
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris
 

    
Requirements and Recommendations for Churches
  
•  NOW REQUIRED:  Maintain physical distancing (6 ft. or more) between households at all indoor gatherings.
    
•  NOW REQUIRED:  Mask wearing by everyone (except children age 2 and under) at all indoor gatherings.
   
•  NOW REQUIRED:  COVID vaccination of all persons, clergy or lay, who are engaged in ministry with the most vulnerable, including children age 12 and under, homebound or immune-compromised persons, and those in hospitals and care facilities.
  
•  EXPECTED:  Monitor guidance from the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and civic authorities in your own communities, and adjust your practices accordingly.  The CDC provides a COVID Data Tracker  at the county level which includes five critical factors to assess risk in your community and inform local decision making.
   
•  VIGILANCE TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE:  For some, including our youngest members, the vaccine is not yet available; for others, underlying medical conditions or history make vaccination inadvisable or less effective. Still others, even if fully vaccinated, are at higher risk for serious illness should they contract COVID-19.
   
•  We strongly urge vaccination against the coronavirus for all our members as soon as they are eligible.  We reiterate, however, that our congregations must not require vaccination, nor documentation thereof, for attendance at worship services.
  
•  We urge you to be in regular conversation with renters and community groups who meet in your buildings to determine appropriate safety precautions.
  
•  Pastoral visits are to be brief.  Minimal physical proximity is safer, especially for those who are most vulnerable due to illness or age.
  
•  Restrictions on the sharing of Holy Communion continue.  Please use wafers for the distribution of Communion in one kind only.  Refrain from using the common cup; individually pre-packaged wine may be used, if desired.
  
•  We strongly urge regular cleaning of high-touch areas, ready availability of hand sanitizer and minimizing use of shared objects.  Prayer books and hymnals are to be removed (photocopied worship leaflets or projected materials are preferable).  An offering basin at a convenient location is preferable to passing offering plates.
  
•  Singing and choral music is permitted, provided the mask requirement for indoor worship, stated above, is observed.
  
•  Coffee hour and other events with food and drinks may take place but plan carefully how food and drinks are served.  Individually wrapped foods and designated servers, as opposed to potlucks or buffets, are a safer option.  Physical distancing between households at such gatherings is strongly recommended.
  
•  We urge careful planning with regard to Christian formation classes and events, especially where they involve young children not yet eligible for vaccination.  You may wish to consult with your local schools or daycare providers about the practices they are observing.
   
•  Nurseries and childcare are allowed, provided the health and safety guidance established by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care is observed.

Jerry Lenihan
Judith Gabriel
John Conn
Kristine Homes
 
We would like to acknowledge our appreciation to all who participate in this vastly needed ministry.  Currently we are fine in the Baby Blanket Department.  Unfortunately, our shawls are running very low.  Any and all help to replenish these, would be so greatly appreciated.  God Bless You All!
-Pat Bates   &   Lynn Fowler
FLOWER CHART - If you would like to request flowers on the altar, please email Sally Lamb at Puck072179@aol.com  If a week you have selected has already been chosen, Sally will contact you so that you can choose another date.  Thank you for your understanding.  Donations to the flower fund are greatly appreciated.  Checks can be made out to Trinity Episcopal church in an envelope marked Flower Fund.

     
Let us continue, this week, to pray for those who have requested our prayers on our prayer list: Arnie, CarolynDale, Kaelyn, Kathy, Kenny, Doug, Paulette, Joan, Matthew, Richard, Jenifer, Dick, Cindy, Sally, Bob, Bill, and Peg.
There will be no Bible Study/Check In on Tuesday November 23rd. We will continue on November 30th, with readings from the first few chapters of the Four Gospels, and prepare for the Season of Advent. Please contact Deacon Kris and send your email address: kristineholmes7@msn.com If you do not have email please contact Deacon Kris at 508 930 5665 with your phone number.
Just so you know…….

Due to the Covid-19 emergency we will continue to have our worship services come to you virtually throughout the foreseeable future. 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   
Steps to view Worship Service after its completion: Click on video and a small screen will come up. Scroll down screen
and service choices will come up.
  • Click on screen of service you want to watch. In the middle of the screen
click on arrow and service will play.
  • If you want to watch the service via full screen. Go to bottom right of your
screen and you will see a small box next to a speaker image. Click on that
and you can view service via full screen.
 
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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Reverend John Conn
  • Phone:  (617) 549-3119
  • Email:  johnhconn@gmail.com
Deacon Kristine Holmes
  • Phone:  (508) 930-5665
  • Email:  kristineholmes7@msn.com
Parish Administrator - Jim Kelliher
  • Office phone: (508) 697-4311
  • Email:      trinitybwoffice@gmail.com
  • Personal: revjwkelliher@gmail.com
  • Office Hours: 9:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. 
 
 


Senior Warden - Jerry Lenihan
  • Phone:  (508) 577-0053
  • Email:  jmlenih@gmail.com
Junior Warden - Judiy Guasconi
  • Phone:  (508) 697-2600
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