St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
GOING FORWARD IN FAITH
April 16, 2017 - Year A -
10:30 AM - Eucharist with Music Sermon
The Rev. Dr. Kwasi A. Thornell, Celebrant & Preacher.
The Holy Gospel
The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to Luke.
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
The Gospel of the Lord
A Prayer Vigil for the Nation
St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
A Prayer attributed to St. Francis - ref. Book of Common Prayer Pg. 833
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
A prayer for Guidance - ref. Book of Common Prayer Pg. 832
O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Human Family - ref. Book of Common Prayer Pg. 815
For our Enemies - ref. Book of Common Prayer Pg. 815
CLICK to Listen Song Amazing Grace... Wintley Phipps
For our Country - ref. Book of Common Prayer Pg. 820
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the President Elect and all in Civil Authority - ref. Book of Common Prayer Pg. 820
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State (or Commonwealth), and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
For Sound Government - ref. Book of Common Prayer Pg. 821 - 822
O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth.
Lord, keep this nation under your care.
To the President and members of the Cabinet, to Governors of States, Mayors of Cities, and to all in administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.
To Senators and Representatives, and those who make our laws in States, Cities, and Towns, give courage, wisdom, and foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to fulfill our obligations in the community of nations.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.
To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.
And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name.
For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Amen.
Preyer for President Obama and Family
We thank you Lord for the service to this nation of President and Mrs.Obama. We pray that you will be with them and guide them through their remaining days in office. We pray that you keep them safe and from all harm. We pray that you will continue to walk with them as they begin the next steps of their life's journey. This is our prayer. Amen
Make us One Lord, Make us One. Holy Spirit Make us One. Let out Love floe so the world will know, we are one in you.
For those who Influence Public Opinion
Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Conservation of Natural Resources - ref. Book of Common Prayer Pg. 827
Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
For the Future of the Human Race - ref. Book of Common Prayer Pg. 828
O God our heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth: Increase our reverence before
the mystery of life; and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race, and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the National life - ref. Book of Common Prayer Page 838
Almighty God, giver of all good things:
We thank you for the natural majesty and beauty of this land. They restore us, though we often destroy them.
For the Diversity of Races and Cultures - ref. Book of Common Prayer Pg. 840
O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
CLICK to Listen In Christ there is no East or West
A Litany of Thanksgiving - ref. Book of Common Prayer Pg. 836
Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.
St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
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|Letter from Fr. Thornell||
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am deeply sorry for not being able to share in the fellowship of the St. Augustine’s family this morning. Although I am not in the hospital, I am experiencing neck and back pain that has prevented me from being there. Hopefully, after my surgery tomorrow morning, I will be ok and be able to enjoy being with you again soon. Read more...
|The Rev. Dr. Kwasi A. Thornell||
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EXTRA READERS ARE NEEDED FOR HOLY WEEK SERVICES
A SIGN UP SHEET IS IN THE SACRISTY
Sunday School & Youth Education
Lessons and Activities each Sunday for young people aged 5-18. Ask an usher or a person sitting near you to bring you into Trinity Chapel to our schoolroom. We begin at 10:30 and end in time for the young people to join you for communion. Children under 5 welcome with an adult. Call or email Susan Ginsky if you have questions.
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The Anita Baskervil -Harris Scholarship Award 2017
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is awarding scholarships ranging from $500.00 to $2,ooo.00 for outstanding African American high school seniors. For applications, please call the church office – 510.832.6462.
Food Pantry Support Item Of The Week
NEXT WEEK please bring cans of soup and Vienna sausages to support our food pantry ministry.
The Church Is Out The House
Weekly actions steps you can do.
This Week Pray for the Nation
Pray for the President
Write your Congressperson, Senator, and the President and ask that they leave the climate change regulations in place in order to save the environment.
They need to hear from you. Otherwise, they will speak for you.
Lenten Series 2017
NOTE: This Wednesday’s Lenten Series will be at St. Augustine’s and begins at 6:30pm.
St. John’s and St. Augustine’s frank and thoughtful discussions about race relations in Oakland and the United States.
Join Us For Dinner & Discussion
6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
April 5 at St. Augustine’s
April 14 Good Friday Action at noon
Social Justice Committee Update
- Join the Social Action Network.
Social Action Network: If you are interested in joining the Social Action Network give us your email address and phone number. We will be sending monthly emails and rapid response text messages for you to stay engaged with the new administration. If you would like to sign up, please see Sushil Jacob.
Click the address for a map. St. John's is located at 1707 Gouldin Road, Oakland, CA in Montclair.
Enter from Gouldin Rd, near Thornhill Road.
Public Transportation: Take AC Transit 59/59A line to Thornhill and Mountain Blvd (if heading from Oakland, or Moraga and Thornhill (if heading toward Oakland), and then use the map below to walk to St. John's. AC Transit information is available on the web at www.actransit.org.
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
“If you desire to praise him, then live what you express. Live good lives, and you yourselves will be his praise.”
To grow God’s church and serve God’s people in our worship, which reflects the richness of the African American culture, and through educational and outreach programs to the community. We welcome all who wish to join us in witness to God’s love, empowerment and mercy.
525 29th Street
Oakland CA 94609