THE WORD OF GOD

PRELUDE
The Wilderness Musicians

GATHERING SONG

OPENING ACCLAMATION
Presider Alleluia. Christ is risen.
People The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Presider  There is one Body and one Spirit;
People  There is one hope in God’s call to us;
Presider  One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;
People  One God and Father of all.
ORIENTING SONG
The cantor sings and all repeat.

THE PRAYER OF THE DAY
Presider  God is with you.
People  And also with you.
Presider  Let us pray.
Send down, O God, upon your people the flame of your Holy Spirit, and fill with the abundance of your sevenfold gift the Church you brought forth from your Son’s pierced side. May your life-giving Spirit lend fire to our words and strength to our witness. Send us forth to the nations of the world to proclaim with boldness your wondrous work of raising Christ to your right hand. We make our prayer through our Savior Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in union with the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

People  Amen.

THE READING
Ezekiel 37:1-14

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel.

The Lord’s power overcame me, and while I was in the Lord’s spirit, he led me out and set me down in the middle of a certain valley. It was full of bones. He led me through them all around, and I saw that there were a great many of them on the valley floor, and they were very dry. He asked me, “Human one, can these bones live again?” I said, “Lord God, only you know.” He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, Dry bones, hear the Lord’s word! The Lord God proclaims to these bones: I am about to put breath in you, and you will live again. I will put sinews on you, place flesh on you, and cover you with skin. When I put breath in you, and you come to life, you will know that I am the Lord.” I prophesied just as I was commanded. There was a great noise as I was prophesying, then a great quaking, and the bones came together, bone by bone. When I looked, suddenly there were sinews on them. The flesh appeared, and then they were covered over with skin. But there was still no breath in them. He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, human one! Say to the breath, The Lord God proclaims: Come from the four winds, breath! Breathe into these dead bodies and let them live.” I prophesied just as he commanded me. When the breath entered them, they came to life and stood on their feet, an extraordinarily large company. He said to me, “Human one, these bones are the entire house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope has perished. We are completely finished.’ So now, prophesy and say to them, The Lord God proclaims: I’m opening your graves! I will raise you up from your graves, my people, and I will bring you to Israel’s fertile land. You will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you up from your graves, my people. I will put my breath in you, and you will live. I will plant you on your fertile land, and you will know that I am the Lord. I’ve spoken, and I will do it. This is what the Lord says.”
Reader  Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
People  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 104:25-35, 37
All sing.


God, how fertile your genius!
You shape each thing,
you fill the world with what you do.
I watch the sea, wide and deep,
filled with fish, large and small,
with ships that ply their trade,
and your own toy, Leviathan.
All look to you for food when they hunger;
you provide it and they feed.
You open your hand, they feast;
You turn away, they fear.
You steal their breath,
they drop back into dust.
Breathe into them, they rise;
the face of the earth comes alive!
Let God’s glory endure
and the Lord delight in creating.
One look from God, earth quivers;
one | touch, and mountains erupt.
I will sing to my God, make music for the Lord
as long as I live.
Let my song give joy to God who is a joy to me.
I will bless you, Lord!
Hallelujah!

All stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

The People come forward to the altar reverence, kiss, and touch the Gospel and surround it for the proclamation of the Gospel.

Jesus is Lord of all the earth.

He is the King of creation.

Refrain

Spread the good news o’er all the earth:
Jesus has died and has risen.
Refrain

THE GOSPEL
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Presider  The Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John.
People  Praise and glory to Christ.

“When the Companion comes, whom I will send from the Father—the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father—he will testify about me. You will testify too, because you have been with me from the beginning. But I have said these things to you so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them. “I didn’t say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I go away to the one who sent me. None of you ask me, ‘Where are you going?’ Yet because I have said these things to you, you are filled with sorrow. I assure you that it is better for you that I go away. If I don’t go away, the Companion won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will show the world it was wrong about sin, righteousness, and judgment. He will show the world it was wrong about sin because they don’t believe in me. He will show the world it was wrong about righteousness because I’m going to the Father and you won’t see me anymore. He will show the world it was wrong about judgment because this world’s ruler stands condemned. “I have much more to say to you, but you can’t handle it now. However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you in all truth. He won’t speak on his own, but will say whatever he hears and will proclaim to you what is to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and proclaim it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine. That’s why I said that the Spirit takes what is mine and will proclaim it to you.

Presider  Good News from the Lord.
People  Praise to Christ, the Word.

The People return to their seats.

THE REFLECTION

All stand.

All stand and surround the baptismal font in the chancel.

PRESENTATION AND EXAMINATION OF THE CANDIDATE

Presider  The Candidate for Holy Baptism will now be presented.
Presenters  We present Sohan to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.
Presider  Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?
Presenters  I will, with God’s help.
Presider  Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?
Presider  I will, with God’s help.
Presider  Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?
Presenters  I renounce them.
Presider  Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?
Presenters  I renounce them.
Presider  Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?
Presenters  I renounce them.
Presider  Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?
Presenters  I do.
Presider  Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?
Presenters  I do.
Presider  Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?
Presenters  I do.

The Presider addresses the congregation, saying

Presider  Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support this person in their life in Christ?
People  We will.
Presider  Let us join with this person who is committing himself to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.

THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT

Presider  Do you believe in God the Father?
People  I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Presider  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.
Presider  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, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Presider  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.
Presider  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.
Presider  Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People  I will, with God’s help.
Presider  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.
Presider  Let us now pray for this person who is to receive the Sacrament of new birth.

PRAYERS FOR THE CANDIDATE

Intercessor  Deliver him O Lord, from the way of sin and death.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Intercessor  Open his heart to your grace and truth.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Intercessor  Fill him with your holy and life-giving Spirit.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Intercessor  Keep him in the faith and communion of your holy Church.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Intercessor  Teach him to love others in the power of the Spirit.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Intercessor  Send him into the world in witness to your love.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Intercessor  Bring him to the fullness of your peace and glory.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Presider  Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and forever. Amen.

THANKSGIVING OVER THE WATER

An assistant pours water into the font from a ewer.
Presider  The Lord be with you.
People  And also with you.
Presider  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Presider
We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.
We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

THE BAPTISM

The candidate is presented by name. The Priest pours water upon him, saying
Presider  Sohan, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
People  Amen.
A Priest, using Oil of Chrism, marks the sign of the cross on the forehead of the newly baptized saying,
Presider  Sohan, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.
People  Amen.

When this action has been completed for the candidate, the Presider prays over him saying,

Presider  Let us pray. Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon this your servant the forgiveness of sin and have raised him to the new life of grace. Sustain him, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give him an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.
People  Amen.
After the giving of Light, the Presider says
Presider  Let us welcome the newly baptized.
People  We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood. Amen.
The People welcome the newly baptized with applause.
OPEN SPACE

The People are invited to wander the Cathedral in prayer or remain in their seats.

All stand.
CONCLUDING PRAYER

Presider  God of new creation, we offer to you our joys, concerns, and disappointments, trusting in your promise to hear us.
People  Amen.

THE PEACE

Presider  Christ’s peace is with you.
People  And also with you.

The People greet one another with a sign of Peace and are then seated for announcements.

ANNOUNCEMENTS and STEWARDSHIP

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THE LITURGY OF THE ALTAR

OFFERTORY SONG
The Wilderness Musicians

All stand.

THANKSGIVING AT THE ALTAR

Presider  God is 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 our Lord God.
People  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to praise you, Fountain of Wisdom and Source of Life. The host and company of heaven worship and glorify you night and day, voicing unceasing adoration before your throne of grace. Holy you are, maker of heaven and earth. From the dust of the earth and by the breath of your Spirit, you created us to glorify your name. Joining ourselves to the song of angels and archangels, we sing:

SANCTUS & BENEDICTUS
All sing.

The Presider continues.
In your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, you have released us from the fear of death by the power of his glorious resurrection. To free us from sin and from the curse laid upon us, your Son took both sin and the curse upon himself, crushing the head of the serpent who had long seized your creation, thrusting the devil and all his works into the great abyss. When you shattered the gates of hell and trampled the devil, death’s lord, beneath your feet, you cleared the way for our resurrection. To us who fear you, you gave a sign, the sign of your Holy Cross, to destroy the enemy and infuse new vigor into our lives.
We thank you that on the night before he died for us Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, gave it to his friends and said: “Take, eat, this is my Body, broken for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
After supper Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends and said: “Drink this, all of you: this cup is the new Covenant in my Blood, poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
Great is the mystery of faith:
People  Dying, you destroy our death. Rising, you restore our life. Lord Jesus, come in your glory!
In gratitude, we offer you these gifts of bread and wine, the fruit of the earth and the work of human hands, beseeching your Holy Spirit to make them the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. In your mercy, pour out your Spirit upon us, your holy people cleansed by the water and blood flowing from the pierced side of your Son our Savior.
Eternal God, our refuge since our mother’s wombs; we love you with all our inmost strength and devote ourselves, body and soul, to you. In your Son you broke the power of the flaming sword and restored to paradise the person who hung upon a cross next to him. In your Kingdom, remember us, your holy Church, witnesses to the cross and nails piercing the flesh of your creation. May the dread gulf of death not divide us from your elect nor the slanderer stand between us nor your eyes not rest on our sins, but on the faithfulness of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
And at the last, when we are divested of our mortal bodies, may we stand before you without blemish; blameless and faultless, in joyful expectation of being embraced with your own hands. In concert with Mary, Mother of God; Blessed John, our patron; and all the faithful departed, we give you praise, honor, and glory, Creator God. By Christ, and in Christ, and through Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, we worship and adore you, unto the ages of ages.
Presider and People  Amen.
Silence.

As Jesus taught his friends, we now pray,
Presider and People
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,

now and for ever.
Amen.

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

The Presider breaks the consecrated bread and says,

Be known to us, crucified and Risen One, in the breaking of the bread.

The Presider and assistant break the Bread and fill the chalices with Wine.

THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION

The Table now is ready. Feast on Christ.

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.

MUSIC DURING COMMUNION
The Wilderness Musicians

All stand.

THE PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Presider
Let us pray.

Presider and People
We thank you for feeding us with the bread of heaven and satisfying us with the cup of freedom. Send us from this place as signs of your Presence as we join you in repairing this fractured world. Through our Healer and Friend, Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE BLESSING

Presider
You have received the body of Christ, now become the body of Christ broken, poured out, and risen for the life of the world. The blessing of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity be upon this day and remain with you for ever.

People  Amen.

SENDING SONG

THE DISMISSAL

Presider  Alleluia. Alleluia. We have seen the Lord.
People  Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.
All are invited to a festive reception in Memorial Hall celebrating Ryan McCarthy and Chad Johnson after 13 and 17 years of service to The Wilderness, respectively.
This eucharistic prayer was adapted from the deathbed prayer of St. Macrina the Younger, the fourth century Christian theologian and mystic.

PRESIDER
The Reverend Canon Broderick Greer  Canon Precentor
PREACHER
The Reverend Amy Newell-Large  Curate for Parish Life


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