The Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 26, 2017
8:00 AM Rite II BCP 351
10:00 AM Rite II BCP 351
Prelude Andante Cantabile... Mendelssohn
Hymn 440 Blessed Jesus, at thy word
The Penitential Order BCP 351
Kyrie Eleison Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena Healey Willan
The Collect of the Day
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The First Reading 1 Samuel 16:1-13
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.”
Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God
Psalm 23 Dominus regit me (Read responsively by verse)
1 The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul
and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
The Epistle Ephesians 5:8-14
For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Hymn 490 I want to walk as a child
Rector: The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John
All: Glory to You Lord Christ.
The Holy Gospel John 9:1-41
As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.”Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”
He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”
The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.
Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to You Lord.
The Sermon The Rev. Richard A. Kunz
The Nicene Creed BCP 358
The Prayers of the People, Form III BCP 387
Hymn 567 Thine arm, O Lord in days of old
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer A BCP 361
Sanctus Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena Healey Willan
The Lord’s Prayer
At The Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: Christ our Passover is Sacrificed for Us
People: Therefore let us keep the feast.
Hymn 335 I am the bread of life;
Post Communion Prayer BCP 365
Hymn 408 Sing praise to God who reigns above,
Postlude Fugue (sonata # 3) Mendelssohn
Acolytes 8:00 AM: Brinda Bradley
10:00 AM: Allison Munsch, Sandy McAllister, Ray Williams, Lauren Reid,
Eve Bradford, Cassius Owens, Kaylee Owens, Cameron Owens,
Sam Brown, Aaron Bradford
Lectors 8:00 AM: Barbara Wiggins, Stuart Madden
10:00AM: Delores Brathwaite, Lisa Daley Intercessor: Marissa S. Boylan
Ushers: 8:00 AM: Stuart Madden
10:00 AM: Marissa Boylan, Gloria Chang, Ashley Elliot, Michael Heffner,
Christopher McNeil, Andrea Spencer
Coffee Hour Hosts: George O’Hanlon & Karen Southwick Assistant: Radina Valova
Stations of the Cross Each Wednesday Evening
During Lent, we will be doing the Stations of the Cross at 7:30 PM. From 8:00 PM until 9:00 PM we will be studying a spiritual direction tool called the Enneagram. This is a tool that helps us understand ourselves and others better. Along with that self-understanding comes an increased awareness of both our besetting sins and our unique spiritual gifts. All are welcome!
SAGE will meet on Wednesday April 5th 2017 at 1:30pm. We will meet in the choir room (opposite the library) for a hymn sing. All seniors are welcome!
Easter Dinner Saturday April 15th:
Donations are needed to help feed our Soup Kitchen Guests. Ada Raiford is preparing for Easter
Dinner. She is requesting donations of Hams, Turkeys, Sweet and Mashed potatoes, Salad,
Desserts, Rolls, Soda, Juice, Chocolate candy and Jellybeans. Volunteers are also welcome.
If you can help, please contact Ada at Open Arms 914-948-5044. Thank you.
Lifting Up Westchester Oasis of Hope Gala:
Please join us in attending this annual fundraising event! It will be held on April 20, 6-9:30 PM, at Leewood Golf Club. Tickets are $175 per person. If there are at least 10 people at a table, the ticket price is $160 per person... . If you are interested in attending, or need more information, please either see Walter Simon or Linda Gallo. THANKS!
Sight & Sound
Sight and Sound trip to see Jonah has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Altar Flowers & Paschal Ring
Remember those you love by signing up for flowers to adorn the Altar for our worship. The signup sheets are posted on bulletin board for both Altar Flowers and Paschal Ring near the parish hall.
Volunteers are needed for all services including the Family service, every third Sunday of the month. If you are available for one or both of these services, please provide your contact information on the signup sheet located on the bulletin board near the parish hall. You can also contact Ray Williams or Michael Heffner.
Nursery Care is available during the 10:00 AM service. We want our congregation to be as welcoming as possible to parents of young children! Although we have two wonderful nursery workers, we are always looking for volunteers to help out. Please talk to Father Rich if you would be willing to be one of our helpers.
HELD IN PRAYER
Ill, at Home, or in any need: The Barry Family, Shannon Blackwell, Jo-Ann B. Boylan, Corine Bradley, Canon Percy Braithwaite, Lucille Breach,Joe Brown, Bernice Burton, The Cassidy Family, Gina Corselli, Inez Dale, Don Davet, Kaleigh Delaney, Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, Lee Engel, Sandra Esannason, Joseph Goldman ,Marcelo Gioliante, Barbara Griffith, Clara Harmon, Marie Huckabry, Ivy John, Charlie Kosior, Margie Koop, John Letizia, Bill McAllister, Julie McGuinness, Richard McMahon, JoJo Moore, Collen Nelson, John Noone, George Paletta, Ethel Quinlan, The Quinones Family, The Reid Family, Gladstone Reid, Leroy Reid, Renee Reid, Gail Rosen, Erroll Sorrel, Norman Stanton, John Stemberga, Rita Stemberga, Sean Varona, Barbara Vigliotti, Nastasha Vodyanitskiy, Marthe Watkins, Anthony Wright
Skilled Care Facility/Nursing Homes:
Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: Verna Brown
Cedar Manor, Ossining: Robert Auld,
Schnurmacher, White Plains: Elizabeth W. Carson
R.I.P. Julie McGuinness
Serving in the Armed Forces: Remembering especially Mark Culbert, Kenny Duffy, Denny J. Edmondson, Lt. Col. Rick Erickson, Melissa Lawrance, David Moran, David Packer, Sgt. Christopher Vigliotti, Gunnery Sgt. Les Yearwood
Please note: Unless we are informed otherwise, after one month an individual’s name will be removed from our ill at home or in any need. However, if you want them to continue please inform us the Tuesday before the Sunday bulletin. Thank you.
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
8:00 AM The Holy Eucharist – Church
9:45 AM Nursery meets on 1st Floor
10:00 AM The Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Sunday School Classes meet
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM SYC mtg: Alumni present to eligible campers/parents : shop & assemble
Easter Baskets for ECW.
12:30 PM La Gracia – La Santa Eucaristía
12:05 PM Mass – In the Chapel
2:00 PM Santo Rosario (Spanish) Chapel
7:30 PM Vestry Meeting - Library
12:10 PM Downtown Music – Church
3:00 PM Ada’s Rainbow Outreach – Parish hall
7:30 PM Stations of the Cross – Church
8:00 PM The Study of The Enneagram - Library
12:05 PM Mass – In the Chapel
2:00 PM Santo Rosario (Spanish) Chapel
7:00 PM La Gracia Bible Study (Spanish) Via Crusis-Estaciones 10-12 Mision Parroquial
San Marcos/Christ Church 43 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
3/26 Sunday Isabella Preston
3/28 Tuesday Jahaira Perez, Tiffany Reid
4/1 Wednesday Eileen McClean, Shirley Spencer
Holy Week and Easter Dates
Palm Sunday - April 9, 2017
Liturgy of the Palms and Eucharist - 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM
Domingo de Ramos Misa en Español - 12:30 PM
Maundy Thursday – April 13, 2017
Maundy Thursday / Jueves Santo: Bilingual Solemn Liturgy - 7:00 PM
Good Friday - April 14, 2017
Good Friday Service: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Viernes Santo Liturgia Solemne: 7:00PM
Holy Saturday - April 15, 2017
Holy Saturday: The Great Virgil of Easter - 7:00 PM
Easter Sunday - April 16, 2017
Easter Sunday: Said Mass – 8:00AM, Festival Eucharist – 10:00 AM
Domingo de Pascua Misa en Español – 12:30 PM
If you are visiting with us for the first time, we welcome you to Grace Church! Our liturgy is found in the Book of Common Prayer. Our communion is open to all baptized Christians. Please take the time to fill out one of our visitor cards which the ushers have available. After the service there is coffee in the parish hall, and you would be welcome to join us. Thanks for being here with us!
Grace Church is a diverse congregation committed to a common life sustained by Worship. We bear witness to God’s love in Christ through our life together and our service to the wider community.
All are welcome!”