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in Jesus' Holy Name

he Episcopal Church Welcomes All
Easter Day Mass on April 12, 2010 at 8 a.m.
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SUNDAY APRIL 18th

READINGS

Year B

 

      

O God, whose blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; through the same thy Son 

Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, 

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Or

                                         

    

 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 forever. Amen.


A Reading from The Acts of the Apostles (3:12-19)

        

        And when Peter saw it he addressed the people, "Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own 

power or piety  we had made him walk? The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob,  God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted you, and killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name, by faith in his name, has made this man strong whom you see and know; and the faith which is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. "And now, brethren, I know  that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth 

of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, has thus fulfilled. 

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, 

that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

 

      Psalm 4

    Cum invocarem

 

1 Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2 "You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
how long will you worship dumb idols
and run after false gods?"


3 Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *
when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4 Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

 

5 Offer the appointed sacrifices *
and put your trust in the Lord.

 

6 Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see better times!" *
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.

 

7 You have put gladness in my heart, *
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

 

8 I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *

for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

 

A Reading from the First Letter of John (3:1-7)


A Reading from The Acts of the Apostles (3:12-19)

And when Peter saw it he addressed the people, "Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name, by faith in his name, has made this man strong whom you see and know; and the faith which is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. "And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
A Reading from The Acts of the Apostles (3:12-19)

And when Peter saw it he addressed the people, "Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name, by faith in his name, has made this man strong whom you see and know; and the faith which is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. "And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
A Reading from The Acts of the Apostles (3:12-19)

And when Peter saw it he addressed the people, "Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name, by faith in his name, has made this man strong whom you see and know; and the faith which is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. "And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

A Reading from The Acts of the Apostles (3:12-19)

      

     And when Peter saw it he addressed the people, "Men of Israel, why do you wonder        at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made        him walk? The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our                            fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the                    presence of Pilate ate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy        and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the            Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his              name, by faith in his name, has made this man strong whom you see and  know; and        the faith which is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence      if you all. And now, brethren, I know you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 

   But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer,       he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,       that times of refreshing may come 

   from the presence of the Lord.


The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (24:36b-48)

 

Jesus himself stood among them. But they were startled and 

frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, 

"Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? 

See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them. Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in 

the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." 

Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and 

said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer 

and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, 

beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

    

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The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Year A
O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy, that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever.  Amen.
Or
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so
pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A Reading from Genesis (29:15-28)
Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?"  Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful and lovely. Jacob loved Rachel; and he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel." Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me." So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed."  So Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) And in the morning, behold, it was Leah; and Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?" Laban said, "It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years." Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to wife.
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Confitemini Domino
1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.
3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
continually seek his face.
5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.
7 He is the Lord our God; *
his judgments prevail in all the world.
8 He has always been mindful of his covenant, *
the promise he made for a thousand generations:
9 The covenant he made with Abraham, *
the oath that he swore to Isaac,
10 Which he established as a statute for Jacob, *
an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11 Saying, "To you will I give the land of Canaan *
to be your allotted inheritance."
45b Hallelujah!
A Reading from The Letter to the Romans (8:26-39)
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?  Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies;  who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Holy Gospel According to Matthew (13:31-33,44-52)
Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened." "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. "Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, 
I am with you always, to the cl
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Powerful & Active Christian Healing Prayer Ministry

Come See & Experience the Power of Healing Prayer

Talk with those who have experienced Healing

Join us Sundays & Thursdays at 10 a.m.






The Reverend Walcott W. Hunter, Rector

The Rev. Mercedes Marshall, Deacon


5326 Charles Street

New Port Richey, Florida 34652

727-849-4330

ststephensnpr@gmail.com


Mission Statement


We are to incarnate the presence and work of 

 Jesus Christ in this place and in our community



OTHER SERVICE TIMES

JOIN US FOR

 

Morning Prayer 
9 -9:30 a.m. Tuesday - Friday 
Lady Chapel

 

Holy Eucharist & Healing Service 

10 a.m. Thursdays  


Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament 

First Friday of each month at 11 a.m.

  

Requiem Mass for Departed Loved Ones

11:00 a.m. last Friday of every month 


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RETURNING SOON

Bible Study: Thursdays at 11:15 a.m.

Open to Everyone

&

Last Sunday of the month 

following the 10 a.m. Service

Healing Meditative Prayer 

WHAT IS HEALING 

MEDITATIVE PRAYER?


While in silent prayer we come into Jesus' presence, we experience Jesus' compassion & healing.  

It's resting in the healing rays of almighty God (Hab. 3:4) Healing happens when we pray 


In silent meditative prayer, our prayers go deeper & reach the areas that need spiritual, emotional & physical healing. It can gradually 

(at times, instantly based on God's will) heal

sickness & bring health.


It's relaxing in the Lord's Loving arms


This state of relaxation can rid us of 

anxiety & stress & we can rely on 

God's profound healing grace gradually transforming us into a life of grace.  


You never know, unless God reveals it, 

how much healing can happen! 

As we pray, we are warmed with His love!

It is resting rather than striving.

It's the Holy Spirit's power that 

produces miracles!


It involves appreciation as we thank

God for expected healing.

 Through Meditative Prayer, blocks that we 

unintentionally create are removed by the 

Holy Spirit's power.



LENTEN SERVICES 2020


Join us in Lent 

To Rekindle your Faith in a 

Welcoming Church Environment!

 


Stations of the Cross & Evening Prayer


Followed by Souper Supper & Lenten Program



Wednesdays During Lent



(March 4, 11, 25 & April 1, 8)



During Lent at 5 p. m.

 



LENTEN PROGRAM:




EXPERIENCING GOD



"He gives me new Strength. He leads me on paths 


that are right for the good of His name"


Psalm 23:3



March 4:   God's Work; It's Not About You


March 11:  God's Invitation; It's Very Personal


March 25: God Speaks; With Clarity & Purpose


April 1: God Initiates; You Get Involved


April 8: Making Room to Experience God



PRESENTERS: 


Rev. Fa. Walcott Hunter &

Rev. Dn. Mercedes Marshall



 

Holy Week




Palm Sunday – April 14 



8:00 a.m. 


Holy Eucharist & Distribution of Palms



10:00 a.m. 


Courtyard Blessing of the Palms


Procession into the Church

 

and Holy Eucharist



 

                  Maundy Thursday – April 18


          

                 11:00 a.m. 


                  Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament


   

 7:00 p.m.  

 

The liturgy of Maundy Thursday

 

The Washing of Feet 


Stripping of the Altar and 


Vigil over the Blessed Sacrament 


 

Good Friday – April 19


12:00 Noon


The Liturgy of Good Friday  


Mass  of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts


 

                                          

Easter Vigil – Saturday April 20



 7:00 p.m. 


  Solemn High Mass 


  First Mass of Easter



 

    Sunday April 21– Easter Day


     

       8:00 a. m.  


Easter Day Mass and Holy Eucharist


10 a.m.


Easter Day Mass

 


Followed by


Easter Egg Hunt for the Community


The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Year A

 

 

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy, that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever

and ever.  Amen.

 

Or

 

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so

pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

A Reading from Genesis (29:15-28)

 

Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?"  Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful and lovely. Jacob loved Rachel; and he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel." Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me." So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed."  So Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) And in the morning, behold, it was Leah; and Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?" Laban said, "It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years." Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to wife.

 

 

Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Confitemini Domino

 

1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.

2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.

3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
continually seek his face.

5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,

6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.

7 He is the Lord our God; *
his judgments prevail in all the world.

8 He has always been mindful of his covenant, *
the promise he made for a thousand generations:

9 The covenant he made with Abraham, *
the oath that he swore to Isaac,

10 Which he established as a statute for Jacob, *
an everlasting covenant for Israel,

11 Saying, "To you will I give the land of Canaan *
to be your allotted inheritance."

45b Hallelujah!

 

 

A Reading from The Letter to the Romans (8:26-39)

 

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?  Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies;  who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

 

 

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew (13:31-33,44-52)

 

Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened." "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. "Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."