A Message from Chuck & Joani
March 15, 2020
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,
"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, we will send to your inbox: "Emmanuel at Home Morning Prayer,"with links to scripture, music, and a homily.It will be updated each week. So check your Saturday evening email, in the coming days.
We are following 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 round your kitchen or dining room table, gather in your living room and celebrate God’s good news.
Morning Prayer: Rite II
Third Sunday of Lent
The service continues with these sentences of Scripture.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord."
Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, "I dwell in the high and holy place and also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the
Confession of Sin
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Silence may be kept.
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.
Prayer of acceptance for God’s forgiveness of our sins
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.
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. Amen.
Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
At least two lessons are usually read, followed by a canticle.
Canticle: The First Song of Isaiah
Surely, it is God who saves me;
I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense,
and he will be my Savior.
Therefore, you shall draw water with rejoicing
from the springs of salvation.
And on that day, you shall say,
Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;
Make his deeds known among the peoples;
see that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things,
and this is known in all the world.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy,
for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.
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. Amen.
Canticle: A Song of Praise
Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers;
you are worthy of praise; glory to you.
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name;
we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.
Glory to you in the splendor of your temple;
on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.
Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim;
we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.
Glory to you, beholding the depths;
in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.
Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.
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. Amen.
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. Amen.
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.
God of living water, mend the hearts of those who grieve and draw near to all who are ill
especially Lynne, Christian, the Berry family, Val, Eric, Wilfred, Doug, Carol, Tom, Joanne, Loretta, Clark, Elizabeth, Bonnie, Ralph, Barrett, Jennifer, Laura, Delaram, Abby, Cindy, Evan, Tom, Mike, Shari, Joe, Liam, Ken, Nancy, Stewart, Donald, Leslie, Peggy, Katie, David, Fred, Peter, Chanelle, Larry, Lynda, Howard, Donnie, Beth, Ginny, Kayla, Shirley, Dennis, Susie
and all impacted by the corona virus. Uphold those living with mental illness, struggling with addiction, victims of violence and survivors of abuse. Sustain and support public health officials, medical researchers, healthcare workers and caregivers. Amen.
God of living water, we thank you for those who have walked the dusty roads of this earthly life and now whose journeys have come to end: welcomed into your glorious kingdom where hunger and thirst are no more. We pray especially for the soul of Gregg Rhodes. Amen.
God of living water, we pray for all who live and serve in harm’s way throughout the world especially Jamie, Jim, Byron, Devin, Michael and Ben. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great. Amen.
God of living water, in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the Church of England and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for the congregations, clergy and staff of St. Philip’s in Richmond, St. Peter’s in Richmond and St. Patrick’s in Falls Church. We pray especially for our partner parish Ste. Croix in Léogâne, Haiti and for Emmanuel’s refugee ministry with the Latifi family. Amen.
O 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 Nathaniel, to Carolyn and Dan Jones. Watch over them and bless this new life. Hold us all in the arms of your compassion and love. Amen.
Here you may add your own prayers for family, community, church and world.
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. Amen.
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. Amen.
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. Amen.
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. Amen.
Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.
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. Amen.
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. Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
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