A Message from Chuck & Joani
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 10, 2020
"In my Father's house there are many dwelling places."
The Rt. Reverend Susan Goff, Bishop of Virginia, in response to the spread of Covid-19, has temporarily halted public worship.
According to the CDC,
public health officials, social distancing
is the most effective method to stem the spread of the virus, and the best way to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
But worship can happen wherever you are. With the gift of technology, here is "Emmanuel at Home Morning Prayer" for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, including:
- Scripture, lectionary readings of the day
- Hymns with lyrics including Audrey Assad's "New Every Morning," Allison Kraus's "I Went Down to the River to Pray," and "You Gave Me Love," a musical Mother's Day video created by EEC's Musical Director, Ryan Fitch.
- The Rev. Deacon Pete Nunnally's homily "The Dwelling Place is Here," audio & text
- Blessings over Food & Drink from the Book of Occasional Services
- Offertory, with link to e-giving, for the financial support of Emmanuel's many ministries, to the parish and to the community
- "Emmanuel at Home Coffee Hour" via Zoom
- Pastoral care contact information for the clergy
To add or remove a name from the prayer list, please, email
And for “announcements” check your Thursday inbox, for Emmanuel’s weekly e-news.
“Emmanuel at Home” follows the ancient practice of Jewish and monastic tradition, which the Episcopal Church has long observed, of daily prayer: morning; noon; evening; and night. The service can be led by anyone and can be celebrated anywhere. It is particularly suited to those Sundays, when as a congregation we are unable to gather. So, (possibly even at 8:00 or 10:30 a.m.) gather around your kitchen or dining room table, gather in your living room, on your balcony or in your beautiful backyard.
This service also now includes Easter blessings from the
The Book of Occasional Services
over your food and drink
, Sunday morning breakfast or evening meal. Though we are unable to celebrate the Holy Eucharist together, we are still in communion with Christ and one another.
Morning Prayer: Rite II
Fifth Sunday of Easter
The service continues with these sentences of Scripture.
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
Lord, open our lips. And our mouths shall proclaim your praise. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.
Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed: Come let us adore him. Alleluia.
Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
Know this: The Lord himself is God;
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.
Christ our Passover
1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin,
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death,
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,
so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.
Two or more lessons are read, followed by a canticle
Canticle: The Song of Moses
Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18
I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted;
the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my refuge;
the Lord has become my Savior.
This is my God and I will praise him,
the God of my people and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a mighty warrior;
Yahweh is his Name.
The chariots of Pharaoh and his army has he hurled into the sea;
the finest of those who bear armor have been drowned in the Red Sea.
The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them;
they sank into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might;
your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.
Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods?
who is like you, glorious in holiness,
awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?
You stretched forth your right hand;
the earth swallowed them up.
With your constant love you led the people you redeemed;
with your might you brought them in safety to your holy dwelling.
You will bring them in and plant them
on the mount of your possession,
The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Lord,
the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.
The Lord shall reign
for ever and for ever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.
Canticle: The Third Song of Isaiah
Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.
For behold, darkness covers the land;
deep gloom enshrouds the peoples.
But over you the Lord will rise,
and his glory will appear upon you.
Nations will stream to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawning.
Your gates will always be open;
by day or night they will never be shut.
They will call you, The City of the Lord,
The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Violence will no more be heard in your land,
ruin or destruction within your borders.
You will call your walls, Salvation,
and all your portals, Praise.
The sun will no more be your light by day;
by night you will not need the brightness of the moon.
The Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Prayers of Intercession
Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your minsters with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world:
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten.
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
Uplifted by the promise of hope and healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and all places in praying for the church, the world, and all in need.
Mothering God, you birthed the world at the dawn of creation. Conceive in us the desire and will to faithfully conserve the natural resources of this fragile earth, our island home.
Mothering God, generate within our hearts and minds new ways of being a church in challenging times
We pray especially for the children and youth of our parish, their parents, teachers, leaders and mentors - online and at home.
God, like a mother, like a father, you tend your children with care. With wonder and awe, we give thanks for the birth of baby John "Jack" Guthrie, born to Katie and Lee Anderson; and baby Laughlan, born to Wes and Katie Weller. Watch over these new parents and bless these new lives. Hold them in the arms of your compassion and love.
Mothering God, today we celebrate all mothers: our own mothers, those living and those who have passed away; for the mothers who loved us and for those who fell short of loving us fully; for all who hope to be mothers some day and for those whose hope to have children has been frustrated; for all mothers who have lost children; for all women and men who have mothered others in any way and for Mother Earth that sustains us, we give thanks today.
Mothering God, today we celebrate the ministry of the Rev. Deacon Pete Nunally, our seminarian, as he completes his service here at Emmanuel and begins his new call at Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington. A gifted preacher, teacher and pastor, may he continue to equip God's people for the work of ministry and for the building up of the body of Christ. With your Holy Spirit empower Pete in his calling, so that those whom he serves might grow in faith, hope and love.
Mothering God, enfold into your care all who struggle with pain, sorrow and sickness, especially Seth, Lynne, Christian, the Berry family, Eric, Wilfred, Doug, Carol, John, Tom, Loretta, Clark, Elizabeth, Bonnie, Ralph, Barrett, Jennifer, Laura, Delaram, Macey, Abby, Cindy, Evan, Tom, Greg, Shari, Joe, Heather, Liam, Nancy, Leslie, Peggy, Terry, TG, Katie, David, Peter, Chanelle, Larry, Beth, Kayla, Shirley, Matthew and Carey. Uphold those living with mental illness, struggling with addiction, victims of violence and survivors of abuse. We pray especially for all impacted by the spread of the corona virus. Sustain and support public health officials, doctors, nurses, medical personnel, hospital staff and healthcare workers, and research scientists working towards finding effective treatment and a vaccine.
Mothering God, in your house there are many dwellings, and you have welcomed home and prepared a place for Val Berty, a child of God. Comfort and console her family and friends in their grief.
Mothering God, draw us together as we worship at home, mindful of family, friends, and neighbors. Keep before us the concerns of the elderly, homeless and the hungry; children without classrooms and missing meals at school; the isolated and the undocumented; minority communities, immigrants and refugees; the institutionalized and incarcerated; those with no sick leave and the uninsured; struggling businesses and service workers; gig-workers and the unemployed.
Mothering God, uphold all who to go to work each day to keep open essential services. We give thanks especially for first responders; utility, sanitation and custodial workers; online teachers; metro, cab and ride-share drivers; airline and railroad personnel; postal service workers; grocery store employees and food service workers; delivery people and truck drivers; nursing home staff, pharmacists and veterinarians. And any others on your hearts and minds.
Mothering God, inspire the best in our government leaders to speed care wherever there is need, to share medical expertise and to pool critical resources for the health and welfare of all.
Mothering God, we pray for all who live and serve in harm’s way throughout the world especially Jamie, Jim, Byron, Devin, Michael and Ben; and for service members called to duty across the country aiding efforts to combat Covid-19.
Mothering God, in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the Anglican Church in Kenya and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for the congregations, clergy and staff of St. Peter's in Arlington, St. Mary's in Goochland and St. John's in Centerville. We pray especially for our partner parish Ste. Croix in Léogâne, Haiti and for Emmanuel’s refugee ministry with the Latifi family.
Here you may add your own prayers for family, community, church and world.
Collect of the Day
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.
A Collect for Sundays
O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Collect for Grace
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Collect for Guidance
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are
ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Collect for Mission
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name.
Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.
Blessings Over Food (Totally optional!)
Coffee, tea, juice, Diet Coke, milk, wine in moderation, etc.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, creator of the fruit of the vine: Grant that we who share this drink, which gladdens our hearts, may share forever the new life of the true Vine, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God; you bring bread forth from the earth and make the Risen Lord to be for us the Bread of Life; Grant that we who daily seek the bread which sustains our bodies may also hunger for the food of everlasting life, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Over Other Food
Blessed are you, O Lord our God; you have given us the risen Savior to be the Shepherd of your people; Lead us, by him, to springs of living waters, and feed us with the food that endures to eternal life; where with you, O Father, and with the Holy Spirit, he lives and reigns, one God, for ever and every. Amen.
The General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages.
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever.
Alleluia, alleluia. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Alleluia. Alleluia.
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