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8:00 am - Holy Eucharist

We extend a warm welcome to everyone who has joined us this morning. We pray you experience the presence and love of Christ

as we worship together!

(Episcopal/Anglican) (203) 775-9587 (Office)

www.SaintPaulsBrookfield.com

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 2, 2021

Celebrant & Preacher

The Reverend Joseph Shepley

Welcome *

 Thank you for wearing your mask properly, covering your mouth & nose at all times.  Thank you for following the ushers directions.

 Thank you for being respectful of others needs, their space and beliefs as we comply with the current Connecticut Covid-19 Reopen Guidelines.

* Our in-person worship services are for those people who feel comfortable with being in public and abiding by our safety protocols. If for any reason

Saint Paul’s Parish

174 Whisconier Road

Brookfield, CT

06804

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Prelude “Creator Spirit, By Whose Aid” Charles Callahan

All stand as able for hymns

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The Word of the Lord

Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ is risen.

People: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Celebrant: 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.

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The Collect of the Day

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us pray together.

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lmighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Please be seated for the readings

The First Lesson Acts 8:26-40

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n angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth.

In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation?

For his life is taken away from the earth.”

The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

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Psalm 22:24-30

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y praise is of him in the great assembly; *

I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: * "May your heart live for ever!"

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, * and all the families of the nations shall bow before him. For kingship belongs to the LORD; *

he rules over the nations.

To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; * all who go down to the dust fall before him.

My soul shall live for him;

my descendants shall serve him; *

they shall be known as the LORD’s for ever.

They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn * the saving deeds that he has done.

The Epistle 1 John 4:7-21

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eloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.

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God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, "I love God," and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Response “In Christ there is no East or West” Hymnal 529

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Please remain standing as able for the Gospel

The Gospel John 15:1-8

Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.

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esus said to his disciples, ”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Gospel Response “In Christ there is no East or West” Hymnal 529

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The Sermon The Reverend Joseph Shepley

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows (Please Stand As Able)

Celebrant: Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

People: I do.

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Father?

People: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People: 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.

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

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Celebrant: Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People: I will, with God's help.

Celebrant: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People: I will, with God's help.

Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People: I will, with God's help.

Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People: I will, with God's help.

Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People: I will, with God's help.

The Celebrant concludes the Renewal of Vows as follows

Celebrant: May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Prayers of the People

You may stand, sit or kneel for the prayers

In the course of the silence after each bidding, the People offer their own prayers, either silently or aloud.

I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; for Michael our Presiding Bishop; for our Bishops Ian and Laura, for our Rector Fr. Joe; 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.

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Silence

I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the homeless, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison.

Pray for those in any need or trouble.

Silence

I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of him. Pray that they may find and be found by him.

Silence

We remember the faithful departed, and Nathaniel & Barbara Jeanne Hill, in whose memory the altar flowers are given to the greater glory of God.

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

(Click on blue links to see more prayers)

Birthdays Anniversaries

For Recovery from Sickness For Travelers

For a Person in Trouble or Bereavement For Those to be Baptized

For the Departed Full list of prayers

The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect.

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Announcements Please be seated for the announcements

- May Birthdays & Anniversaries - Period of Instruction

All stand as able for hymns

Offertory Hymn “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!”

Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him, all creatures here below, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Praise him above ye heavenly host, Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

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The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving

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:

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t is It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks; for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and for ever.

Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance.

Countless throngs of angels stand before you to serve you night and day; and, beholding the glory of your presence, they offer you unceasing praise. Joining with them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we acclaim you, and glorify your Name, as we sing,

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You may stand, sit or kneel.

Celebrant: We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our disobedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you taught us to hope for salvation.

Father, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose he gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave, destroyed death, and made the whole creation new. And, that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift for those who believe, to complete his work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the

sanctification of all.

When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; at supper with them he 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." Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. Recalling

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resurrection and ascension to your right hand, awaiting his coming in glory; and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you.

All: We praise you, we bless you, we give thanks to you,

and we pray to you, Lord our God.

Celebrant: Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people, the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your Name.

Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic Church, redeemed by the blood of your Christ. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace.

And grant that we may find our inheritance with the Blessed Virgin Mary, with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, with St. Paul and all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and for ever. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer

Celebrant: And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

All: 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

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The Breaking of the Bread

Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

All: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Fraction Anthem: Lamb of God: Agnus Dei

Spiritual Communion

Celebrant: In communion with those who cannot be with us today, let us pray together:

All: In union, O Lord with the faithful at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated, I desire to offer you praise and

thanksgiving. I present to you my soul and body with the earnest wish that I may always be united to you. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, and embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Let nothing ever separate you from me. May I live and die in your love. Amen.

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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.

Please remain seated at your pew for distribution of the Bread and Wine.

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Communion Hymn “Lord, I want to be a Christian”

(Verses 1, 2, 3, 5)

Postcommunion Prayer

All: Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for

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Blessing

Recessional Hymn “We know that Christ is raised and dies no more”

Dismissal

Celebrant: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia. Alleluia.

People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

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Vaccine: The State of Connecticut has been updating the criteria for receiving the COVID-19

vaccination, with all individuals 16 years of age and older who live, work, or attend school in Connecticut now eligible to be vaccinated. To sign up use this site:

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination-Scheduling-Options

An Appointment Assist Line is available by calling (877) 918-2224.

If you or a parishioner you know don’t have internet access or need assistance in signing up, contact the parish office.

Coffee Gathering - Following this service, join us outside in our meadow for a

socially-distanced coffee hour. Coffee, donuts, etc. will be provided on a picnic table under a tent. Bring your mask, keep your distance, enjoy. And yes, we’ll have some decaf this week.

Sunday School Has Resumed! Our Sunday school program meets weekly for students

in grades K-5. Check-in is outside Crocker Hall starting at 10:15 am and students will return to the service around the time of announcements. Students need to be masked and will be assigned a classroom based on age group. Class sizes will remain small in order to allow for distance between family groups. Please reach out with any questions to Nicole O’Connors at nmoconnors@gmail.com.

Drive Thru Food Collection - Our next Drive-Thru Food Collection will be this

Wednesday, May 5th from 11 am to 1 pm. If you are unable to drop off during these

hours, alternate arrangements can be made prszen@gmail.com.

Make a Meal - Make a Difference - Currently, we provide meals to two individuals.

One individual is diabetic so meals are more restrictive (no pasta; no rice; no red

peppers). When making meals, please: List the ingredients; include your initials; include the date the meal was prepared; and deliver meals individually packaged and frozen to St. Paul’s during our bi-weekly Food Drive. Please feel free to contact Pam Szen with any questions at prszen@gmail.com.

Mothers Day Memorials - Mother’s Day is Next Sunday. Anyone wishing to have

flowers on the altar in loving memory of a mother, please make your check payable to St. Paul’s Church, with the name or names of those to be remembered on the memo line.

All memorials are due today. Contact Gail Winkley ASAP with any questions at 203 775-3343 or gailwinkley@yahoo.com. All women worshipping with us on Mother’s Day will receive a flower.

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Companions in Mission - On Tuesday, May 11 at 7 pm, the Companions in Mission

Ministry Network that Cathy and Bill Schrull are co-chairs of is hosting a Zoom event that features Carrie Amos, President of Jericho Partnership as guest speaker. For more info and to sign up for it go to the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ bringing-hope-to-the-local-tickets-151073885057

Holy Land 2021 – Join with the Revs. Joe & Tara Shepley on our pilgrimage as we

walk on holy ground and experience God’s word come alive in Israel this August. The basic trip leaves on August 12th and returns on the 22nd. Prepare yourself for a life

changing journey to walk where Jesus walked and visit Jerusalem, Galilee, & Samaria. Our Holy Land tour is led by a local guide who is an expert on the historical, cultural, scenic, and spiritual history of Israel. Brochures are available in the back of the church or by contacting David Szen at dszen@yahoo.com. The deadline to join the trip is this week.

Memorial Day Outreach - The Brookfield Memorial Day Parade is back! On Sunday

May 30th at 2 pm our front lawn outreach will be in full swing as we welcome our neighbors and wider community with free food, prayer and the love of Christ. Check with Patrick O’Connors to see how you can get involved. Food donations will be needed and volunteers required for set up and during the event. For more information contact Patrick at www.patrickoconnors.com.

Tuesday Night Ladies Bible Study - Meets weekly on Tuesday nights on Zoom from

7-8 pm. They are currently studying 1 Samuel with plans to study various Psalms

throughout the summer. Check our website for the link to the Zoom meeting or contact Carol Wheeler for more info at cmeadwheeler@hotmail.com.

Ladies Tuesday AM Bible Study - The Ladies Tuesday AM Bible Study is now

studying, The Sermon on the Mount, via Zoom weekly at 9:30 am - 11am. Check Sword

Points for details or contact Debbi Pomeroy by email at debbi415@aol.com for more info.

Men’s Bible Study - The men meet every Monday night on Zoom from 7—8 pm,

currently studying the Book of Revelation. Check Sword Points for details. The link is on the St. Paul’s website.

Our Facilities - Our restrooms are located downstairs at the rear of our parish hall.

Take the stairway to the right as you exit the sanctuary. They are located in the far left corner of the parish hall, across from the kitchen. A temporary play area for our young ones is also set up in the parish hall as well as live streaming and audio of the service on a

wide screen TV. In addition, Holy Communion is distributed to those worshipping in

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Calendar For The Week

(We welcome and encourage parishioners to come to any of these ministries.) (Check website for up to date Zoom links - www.SaintPaulsBrookfield.com

Sun., May 2 8:00 am - Traditional Holy Eucharist (YouTube Live)

9:45 am - First Communion Class 10:15 am - Sunday School

10:30 am - Contemporary Holy Eucharist (YouTube Live)

12:00 pm - What’s Cooking St. Paul’s? via Zoom Mon, May 3 7:00 pm - Men’s Bible Study via Zoom

7:00 pm - Stephen Ministry Meeting via Zoom Tue., May 4 8:00 am - PraiseKicks via Zoom

9:30 am - Ladies Tuesday AM Bible Study via Zoom 7:00 pm - Tuesday Night Ladies Bible Study via Zoom Wed., May 5 10:00 am - Healing Prayer with Fr. Joe (Facebook Live)

11 - 1:00 pm - Drive Through Food Collection Thu., May 6 8:00 am - PraiseKicks via Zoom

7:30 pm - Property Meeting

Sat., May 8 7:30 am - John 21:12 Group, Theo’s Diner, New Milford 10:00 am - PraiseMoves Live! via Zoom

Sun., May 9 8:00 am - Traditional Holy Eucharist (YouTube Live)

10:15 am - Sunday School

10:30 am - Contemporary Holy Eucharist (YouTube Live)

Next Sunday - Sixth Sunday of Easter

Holy Eucharist at 8:00 & 10:30 am Preacher: The Reverend Joseph Shepley

Readings for May 9th

Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17

Saint Paul’s Staff

Rector The Reverend Joseph Shepley

Wardens Lois Hunt and George Stowell

Vestry Members Chuck Allen-Treasurer, David Williams-Clerk, Dan Bacon, Lin Bennett,

George Blass, JoAnn Hornak, Max Kronberg, Dan Meyer, Jim Miller, Lisa Richardson, Lyndon Thomas, Sandra Visser

Organist and Choirmaster Kirsten Peterson

Coord. of Contemporary Worship & Family Ministries Patrick O’Connors

Sunday School Administrator Nicole O’Connors

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