THE WORD OF GOD

VOLUNTARY

All stand for the procession.

HYMN 525
The church’s one foundation
Aurelia

THE OPENING ACCLAMATION
Presider  Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People  And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever.

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS
William Mathias


THE COLLECT OF THE DAY


Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
All sit.

THE FIRST LESSON
Ezekiel 17:22-24

Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind. All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it.

Lector  The Word of the Lord.
People  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 92:1-4,11-14
Plainchant
Sung by the choir.

1 It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, *
 and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High;
2 To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning *
 and of your faithfulness in the night season;
3 On the psaltery, and on the lyre, *
 and to the melody of the harp.
4 For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord; *
 and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
11 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, *
 and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
12 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord *
 shall flourish in the courts of our God;
13 They shall still bear fruit in old age; *
 they shall be green and succulent;
14 That they may show how upright the Lord is, *
 my Rock, in whom there is no fault.

THE SECOND LESSON
2 Corinthians 5:6-10-17

We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord– for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Lector  The Word of the Lord.
People  Thanks be to God.

All stand for the proclamation of the Gospel.

THE GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

All sing the Alleluia then repeat after the verse.


Verse Open my eyes, O Lord, that I may see the wonders of your law.

THE GOSPEL
Mark 4:26-34

Minister  The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
People  Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Minister  The Gospel of the Lord.
People  Praise to you, Lord Christ.

All sit.

THE SERMON

THE NICENE CREED

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,
  was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
  and became truly human.
  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,
 who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
 who 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.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

After each petition, the following is said

Minister  Walk with them today, O God,
People  And keep them on your way.
The Presider says the following collect

Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for A Cathedral for All Generations, our capital campaign. By the prayers of Mary, Mother of God; Blessed John, our patron; and all the faithful departed of this cathedral church: We beseech you to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to your power at work within us.

Presider and People

To you be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

THE CONFESSION and ABSOLUTION

Minister  Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

All kneel and a moment of silence is kept.

Minister and People

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.

Presider

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

THE PEACE

Presider  The peace of Christ be always with you.
People  And also with you.

All sit.

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THE HOLY COMMUNION

OFFERTORY ANTHEM

Hark I hear the harps eternal
Mark Schweizer

Hark I hear the harps eternal ringing on the farther shore; as I near those swollen waters with their deep and solemn roar. Hallelujah! Praise the Lamb! Hallelujah! Glory to the great I AM! And my soul though stained with sorrow, fading as the light of day, passes swiftly o’er those waters to the city far away. Souls have crossed before me saintly, to the land of perfect rest, and I hear them singing faintly, in the mansions of the blest.

All stand.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
Eucharistic Prayer A

Presider  The Lord be with you.
People  And also with you.
Presider  Lift up your hearts.
People  We lift them to the Lord.
Presider  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

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 you are the source light and life, you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

SANCTUS and BENEDICTUS
William Mathias

The people remain standing.

Presider

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, send Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night before he was handed over to suffering and death, 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, we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

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.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

Silence.

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

Presider and People
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.

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

The Presider breaks the consecrated bread.

PASCHA NOSTRUM
William Mathias

THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION

The Gifts of God for the People of God.

Following the invitation to Communion, the Ministers and People receive the Sacrament. For those desiring to receive wine, it is available from the common Cup or you are invited to leave the wafer in your open palm and a chalice minister will intinct for you. Gluten-free bread is available upon request.

ANTHEM
Lead me, Lord
Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face. For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord, only that makest me dwell in safety.

HYMN 302
Father, we thank thee
Rendez a Dieu

THE PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray.

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.

If there are Eucharistic Visitors to be sent forth, the Presider says to them

In the name of this congregation, we send you forth bearing these Holy Mysteries, that those to whom you go may share with us in the communion of Christ’s body and blood.
We who are many are one body, because we all share in one bread, one cup.

THE BLESSING

Presider
You have received the body of Christ, now be the body of Christ broken, poured out, and risen for the life of the world; and the blessing of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity be upon you, and remain with you forever. Amen.

HYMN 657
Love divine, all loves excelling
Hyfrydol

THE DISMISSAL

Minister  Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People  Thanks be to God.

VOLUNTARY

PRESIDER
The Reverend Canon Broderick Greer
Canon Precentor

PREACHER
The Very Reverend Richard Lawson
Dean

DEACON OF THE MASS
The Reverend Jack Karn
Deacon for Community Partnerships

ASSISTING CLERGY
The Reverend Canon Katie Pearson
Canon Pastor

MUSICIANS
Dr. Michael Boney
Director of Music and Organist

Mr. Joseph O’Berry
Associate Director of Music and Organist

Saint John’s Cathedral Choir

LECTORS
Jay McCormick
First Lesson

Merle Chambers
Second Lesson

Peter Bryant
Prayers

ALTAR GUILD
Robin Van Atta
Director

SACRISTAN
Zane Johnson


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