For those who might be concerned and wondering how young Lily is doing, I just got off the phone with her father, and he reports that they consulted with a nurse; Lily was pretty much okay Sunday afternoon: just a bit low-energy, and not very hungry, for the rest of the day; but he says she went to bed at four o’clock, and slept through the night! Got up the next morning, was back to her normal self, and remains so. The powers of recuperation of young children can be pretty remarkable!
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Hymn numbers for Sunday morning are as follows. Hymns are from The Hymnal 1940.
Processional 537 Christ for the world we sing
Sermon 438 I need thee every hour
Recessional 426 He leadeth me
The Propers for the First Sunday after Easter.
The Book of Common Prayer 1928.
ALMIGHTY Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification; Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 St. John v. 4.
WHATSOEVER is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For [there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And]* there are three that bear witness[ in earth]*, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made hi inn liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son [of God]* hath not life.
The Gospel. St. John xx. 19.
THE same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
Announcements for the Week of April 16th, 2023
If you are visiting us – Welcome to Christ Church Anglican, Southern Pines! Thank you for being with us. We are very pleased to have you, and hope that your worship here is a blessing to you. Please sign the guest book on the table in the narthex, and provide appropriate contact information. Include your email address in order to be placed on our parish email list: you won’t be bombarded with mail, but it’s a good way to keep in touch. And may God bless you!
Easter Lilies – This will be the last week that Easter lilies will be decorating our altar, so if you sponsored one, please feel free to take it home after the service on Sunday, either for yourself or someone else; unclaimed lilies will be available to anyone who wants one.
Adult Christian Education – I am pleased to announce that we will be resuming our ongoing study of “Being an Anglican” this Sunday, April 16th, at 9 o’clock a.m. in the Rector’s Office! Prior to Easter, we focused on the historical aspects; now we shall be addressing the more theological and liturgical elements. Please don’t feel that you can’t join in, because you missed the first half! “Cheat sheets” will be available to bring you up to speed on what you missed.
Eastertide – Although we will be taking down our Easter decorations after this Sunday’s service, remember that “the Great Forty Days” of Easter, in which Christ appeared to His Disciples after His Resurrection, will continue until the Feast of the Ascension (May 18th, this year)! So feel free to continue wishing people Happy Easter (who knows? it might generate an opportunity to talk with someone about the faith, or about our parish), or greeting your Christian friends with “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” (“The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!” being the response).
Wednesday Eucharist – We will, as usual (Lord willing!) have our midweek service of Holy Communion, with the opportunity to receive the laying on of hands and anointing with oil for healing, on Wednesday. We will not, however, have a midweek service on Wednesday, May 3rd, as we will be putting the place back together after having our current flourescent lights replaced with LEDs on the 1st and 2nd. But it will resume the following week!
Hope and pray everyone had a happy Easter, and is enjoying a holy and blessed Eastertide.