Dear St. James Community,

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Have a great week. Yours in Christ,
The Holy Eucharist: Rite II

All Saints’ Day
November 1, 2020
The Word of God

Opening Hymn When the saints go marching in
We are all traveling in the footsteps
of those that'd come before
and we'll all be reunited
on that new and sunlit shore.

When the saints go marching in,
when the saints go marching in,
Lord, how I want be in that number
when the saints go marching in.

And when the sun refuses to shine;
when the sun refuses to shine,
Lord, how I want to be in that number
when the sun refuses to shine.

Oh, when the saints go marching in,
oh, when the saints go marching in,
Lord, how I want be in that number
when the saints go marching in.

Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call;
when the trumpet sounds its call,
Lord, how I want be in that number
when the trumpet sounds its call.

Oh, when the saints go marching in,
oh, when the saints go marching in,
Lord, how I want be in that number
when the saints go marching in.

Celebrant: Blessed be God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever. Amen.
Officiant: 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.

Celebrant: Lord, have mercy upon us.
People: Christ, have mercy upon us.
Celebrant: Lord have mercy upon us.

The Collects

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
Celebrant: Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Collect for the Nation
Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for Elections
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lessons

A Reading from the First Letter of John 3:1-3
Reader: See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 34:1-10, 22 Benedicam Dominum
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; * 
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2 I will glory in the Lord; * 
let the humble hear and rejoice.
3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; * 
let us exalt his Name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me * 
and delivered me out of all my terror.
5 Look upon him and be radiant, * 
and let not your faces be ashamed.
6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me * 
and saved me from all my troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, * 
and he will deliver them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; * 
happy are they who trust in him!
9 Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, * 
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger, * 
but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.
22 The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, * 
and none will be punished who trust in him.

The Holy Gospel Matthew: 5:1-12
Officiant: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Officiant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
People: Glory to you Lord Christ.

Officiant: When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
"Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon

The Nicene Creed
Celebrant and People together:
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.

Prayers of the People: Form II
In the course of the silence after each bidding, the People may offer their own prayers,
either silently or aloud.

I ask your prayers for God's people throughout the world; for our Bishops Michael, Alan and Gayle; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people. Pray for the Church.
Silence
I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Pray for justice and peace.
Silence
I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. Pray for those in any need or trouble. We pray for all those struggling with the Covid-19 Virus. We pray that all infected with this disease may have a swift recovery.
Silence
I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of God. Pray that they may find and be found by God.
Silence
I ask your prayers for the departed as we pray for the repose of the soul of Charlie Porter, a friend of Liz Iacobucci.
Silence
I ask your prayers for our Congregations.
For the special needs and concerns of our congregations. We pray for those for whom our prayers have been asked of St James: We pray for Peggy, Paul, Betty, Jeff, The DeAlmeida-Spence family, Bob, Marie, Chris, Marge, Denise, Betty, Bill, Rusty, Anna, Kathy, Julie, Doug, Kimberly, Jimmy, Ed, Shirley, Rip, Jacob, Larry, Anna, Hugh, Barbara, Wayne, Victoria, Michael, Christopher, Steve, Liesel, Bill, Charlotte, and Penelope. You know their needs, dear Lord.
We pray for those for whom our prayers have been asked of All Saints’: Lynn, Lori, and all our professors and teachers, stressed as they juggle on-line and safe face-to-face teaching, and for all our students, especially sports teams and parents, that they begin physical distancing and mask-wearing to stop the spread of the virus in our area; Kristen, Herb, Karen, Kevin and Paula, Rick, Harry, Della, Leann, Anne, for Naian's friend seeking asylum in the US; Oscar in Lima, Peru; for our health workers: Melissa, Anne, Lillian’s daughter Sarah, Beth, and Becky; and for our elders: Christine, Sally Eames, John D., Lori's Aunt Lura, and Betsy Knight.
We pray for all Healthcare workers and teachers and professors, especially those in places where the COVID-19 virus is surging and overwhelming.
We pray for all those affected by the wildfires in the west.
We pray for all those affected by Hurricane Zeta.
Silence
I ask your thanksgiving for our ability to gather for worship.
Silence
Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored. Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day.
Silence
Celebrant: Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, "Peace I give to you; my own peace I leave with you": Regard not our sins, but the faith of your Church, and give to us the peace and unity of that heavenly City, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

The Peace
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People: And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Celebrant: Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

Song of Praise Soon and very soon
1. Soon and very soon,
we are going to see the King.
Soon and very soon,
we are going to see the King.
Soon and very soon,
we are going to see the King.
Hallelujah, hallelujah;
we're going to see the King.

2. No more crying there,
we are going to see the King.
No more crying there,
we are going to see the King.
No more crying there,
we are going to see the King.
Hallelujah, hallelujah;
we're going to see the King.

3. No more dying there;
we are going to see the King.
No more dying there;
we are going to see the King.
No more dying there;
we are going to see the King.
Hallelujah, hallelujah;
we're going to see the King.

The Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer B
Celebrant: 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.
Celebrant: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. For in the multitude of your saints you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses, that we might rejoice in their fellowship, and run with endurance the race that is set before us; and, together with them, receive the crown of glory that never fades away. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever say 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.

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.
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 St. James, St. Teresa 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 Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
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.

Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
Celebrant: The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

The Communion
The People remain in their places for Communion. Please wait until after the Celebrant leaves your space before consuming the Bread.

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.

The Blessing
May Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate this festival of all the Saints, be now and evermore your guide and companion in the way. Amen.
May God, who has bound us together in the company of the elect, in this age and the age to come, attend to the prayers of his faithful servants on your behalf, as he hears your prayers for them. Amen.
May God, who has given us, in the lives of his saints, patterns of holy living and victorious dying, strengthen your faith and devotion, and enable you to bear witness to the truth against all adversity. Amen.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

Celebrant: Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Hymn 293 I sing a song of the saints of God
1. I sing a song of the saints of God,
patient and brave and true,
who toiled and fought and lived and died
for the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor, and one was a queen,
and one was a shepherdess on the green:
they were all of them saints of God--and I mean,
God helping, to be one too.

2. They loved their Lord so dear, so dear,
and his love made them strong;
and they followed the right, for Jesus' sake,
the whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier, and one was a priest,
and one was slain by a fierce wild beast:
and there's not any reason, no, not the least
why I shouldn't be one too.

3. They lived not only in ages past,
there are hundreds of thousands still;
the world is bright with the joyous saints
who love to do Jesus' will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea,
in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea;
for the saints of God are just folk like me,
and I mean to be one too.