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The Rev. Salin Low


Jackson Combs Stuart Combs


Jim O'Neil


Lessons: Stephen Olearchek Psalm: Laurie Bessette Intercessor: Jesse Bessette


Rich Adessa Gary Bessette

Altar Guild

Carol Hall Denise Hart


March 18, 2018 The Fifth Sunday of Lent

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson
Jeremiah 31:31-34

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

51:1-13 Miserere mei, Deus

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *

in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness *

and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions, *

and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against you only have I sinned *

and done what is evil in your sight.

5 And so you are justified when you speak *

and upright in your judgment.

6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *

a sinner from my mother’s womb.

7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *

and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *

wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, *

that the body you have broken may rejoice.

10 Hide your face from my sins *

and blot out all my iniquities.

11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, *

and renew a right spirit within me.

12 Cast me not away from your presence *

and take not your holy Spirit from me.

13 Give me the joy of your saving help again *       

and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

The Second Lesson
Hebrews 5:5-10

Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
“You are my Son,  today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever,  according to the order of Melchizedek.”
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

The Gospel
John 12:20-33

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor. “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

The Prayers of the People

Leader  Let us pray for the whole state of Christ‘s Church and the world.

After each petition the response is “Lord hear our prayer.” 


Almighty and ever living God, who in thy holy Word hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for all mankind: Receive these our prayers which we offer unto thy divine Majesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all those who do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love. 

Lord hear our prayer

Give, grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and other ministers that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments. And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. 

Lord hear our prayer


We beseech thee also so to rule the hearts of those who bear the authority of government in this and every land especially Donald our President and Dannel our Governor, that they may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world. 

Lord hear our prayer


Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works, that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, they may honor thee with their substance, and be faithful stewards of thy bounty. 

Lord hear our prayer


And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succor all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. 

Lord hear our prayer


And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear beseeching thee, to grant them continual growth in thy love and service; and to grant us grace so to follow  the good examples of all thy saints, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom.   

Lord hear our prayer


Grant these our prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ‘s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate.  Amen.

Your Prayers Are Asked For:

Mary Macaulay, Polly Chamberlain, Carol Gaylord, Lillian Rookey, Gladys Joseph, Alison Baker, Linda, Donna, Maria, Maddie, Kris, Liz, Angie, Laverne, Bill, Alyz, Nancy, Mary, Bill, Bill, Carol,

Susan S., Fern, Ellena, Mary, Kari, Bobbi, Denise, Kelly, Chris N., Maddie, Diane Elmore, Edda Salza, Stan O’Neil, Deacon Donna, Glenn B., Joe M.,

Bruce MacClintic, Denise Hart, Laurie B., Bruce, Keith, Beverly Boisclair, Annie

...and For Those Serving Our Country

Ben Laroughe, D. J. Balbi, Zane Joseph, Robert Dougherty, Mark Dufresne, J.C. Rodriguez,

Ty Sabellico, Eddie McGaughe, Joe Graveline, Jared Barile, Rob Flournoy, Brad Flournoy,

Brian Carr, Jeffrey Nephew, Christopher Silva, Timothy Winter, Dan Senofonte,

Christopher DesRocher, and Matthew Ellis.

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