St. Columba’s Episcopal Church 1251 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, California 93010
(805) 482-8831 www.stcolumbaca.com The Very Rev. Canon Gregory B. Larkin, rector
Brett Hanley, music director
5th Sunday in Lent
March 21, 2021, 9:30 a.m.
THE WORD OF GOD
Prelude – Brett Hanley
Welcome – Fr. Greg Larkin Opening Hymn – # 495 - “Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!” – Verses 1 & 2
The Penitential Order
P: Bless the God of our salvation, C: Who bears our burdens and forgives our sins.
P: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8, 9
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. C: 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.
P: 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.
P: Lord, have mercy. C: Christ, have mercy. P: Lord, have mercy.
Collect for the Fifth Sunday in Lent
P: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you. P: Let us pray.
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. C: Amen.
First Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34 The prophet foresees a new covenant between God and the people whom he loves. This covenant will be marked by the Lord’s Spirit in their hearts rather than on tablets of stone. Listen now for the word of God:
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.
L: For the Word of God in Scripture, for the Word of God among us, for the Word of God within us.
C: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 119:9-16 In quo corrigit?
9 How shall a young man cleanse his way? * by keeping to your words.
10 With my whole heart I seek you; * let me not stray from your commandments.
11 I treasure your promise in my heart, * that I may not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord; * instruct me in your statutes.
13 With my lips will I recite * all the judgments of your mouth.
14 I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees * than in all manner of riches.
15 I will meditate on your commandments * and give attention to your ways.
16 My delight is in your statutes; * I will not forget your word.
Second Lesson: Hebrews 5:5-10 Through obedience and suffering, Jesus opened the gates of the kingdom. He is named high priest forever. Listen now for the word of God:
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 for ever, 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. L: For the Word of God in Scripture, for the Word of God among us,
for the Word of God within us. C: Thanks be to God.
Gospel: John 12:20-33
Jesus teaches that God will be greatly glorified by the suffering and death of his Son. Following his prayer to God, a voice from heaven is heard. P: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John. C: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
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. P: The Gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Homily – Fr. Greg Larkin
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: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. 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 and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He 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.
Prayers of the People
In peace, let us pray to the Lord, saying Lord, as you give yourself for us, let us give ourselves to you.
Lord of the church, may we bring others to know you, in knowing you to love you, and in loving you to serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom. Guide and strengthen the mission and outreach of your people. We pray for missionary services and the Episcopal Relief & Development agency. Lord, as you give yourself for us, let us give ourselves to you. We pray for leaders of nations, for rulers of peoples, that they may work with sensitivity and in humility. We pray for nations emerging from tyranny, for freedom movements and all who work for liberty. Lord, as you give yourself for us, let us give ourselves to you. We remember all who have been generous to us, all who have shared their resources and their lives. We pray for parents who sacrificed for us, for their giving of time and of attention. We pray for those who have been denied love, for all who have been deprived of well-being. We remember all troubled children and those in need. Lord, as you give yourself for us, let us give ourselves to you. We give thanks for the passion and cross of our Lord, for the gift of redemption. We pray for all troubled souls, those anxious about their health, or their future. We remember all who are being persecuted for their beliefs, or their principles, for all who are suffering at this time. Lord, as you give yourself for us, let us give ourselves to you. Lord, give comfort to the bereaved, give courage to the dying. We pray for all who have entered where sorrow and pain are no more. We remember loved ones who have entered into eternal life, and we join with them to sing your praises. Lord, as you give yourself for us, let us give ourselves to you. Let us pray for our own needs and those of others … [The People may add their own petitions.] P: Lord Jesus Christ, you were lifted up on the cross for us and for our salvation; help us to
triumph over evil and to do good, to give ourselves to you as you give yourself for us, and to live and work to your praise and glory.
C: Amen. (For the season of Lent, our Prayers are by David Adam, Traces of Glory: Prayers for the Church Year.)
P: The peace of the Lord be always with you. C: And also with you.
We pray for the church:
• For our Bishops: Justin (Archbishop of Canterbury), Michael (Presiding Bishop), John, and Diane.
• For St. Columba’s, the Threshold Project, our Children’s Learning Center, our Project Hope food ministries, and our Clergy and Staff.
We pray for those with immediate needs:
Jerry, Gail, Pedro, Jacqui, Ann, John, Marilyn, Sandi, Maggie, Nazar, Timmy, Sandie, Denise, Lynn, Ron, Therese, Dana, Kerry, Robbie, Wendy, Carol, Michele, Guy, Robb, Bill, Richard, Donna, Dick, Aimee, Ted, Vicky, Judy, Ron, Lisa, Mary, Linda, Linda, Savannah, Aracely, Agustin, Loren, Mona, John, Elise, Steven, Terry, Val, Joyce, Ronald, Clark, Danny, Richard, Erin, Ken
and those who need our continuing prayers:
Arlene, Lori, Kate, Kylie, Joy, Brad, Lisa, Sofia, John, Wanda, Jan, Debbie, Roni, Pauline, Marty, Alison, Thea, Bob, Eileen, Taka, Thom, the children at Good Shepherd Mission in Belize, Ingrid, Kalle, Blair, Jill, Betty, Ron, Danielle, Marlene, Leslie, Susan, Cara, Harold, Ben, Evelyn, Frossula, Sharon, Amory, Karen, Belen, Sally, Rob, Clarice, Rex, Justin, Maria, Pam, Mariana, Luana, Jennie
(Italicized names are parishioners.)
We give thanks for all members of our St. Columba’s parish family
and we pray for the time when we may worship in person again. We pray for the world:
• For all who are suffering or have died because of the coronavirus pandemic;
• For all victims of violence, and to turn the hearts of those who would do harm;
• For those affected by natural disasters, especially wildfires;
• For peace in the Middle East and all troubled areas of the world;
• For all those serving at home and abroad: Liam O’Brien, Simon Cunningham, Ed Dambach, Matthew Bamberger, Matt Zelinskas, Nathan Halpin, Jonah Hershman, David Barraza, Noah Knights, Garrett Smith, DeLondon Abbott, and Marty Bohm.
To make changes to the prayer list for St. Columba’s, please contact the church office (email@example.com) or 805-482-8831.
I N O U R P R A Y E R S
Offertory – # 170 – “To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord” – Verses 1 and 3 Michele Mulidor, soloist
THE GREAT THANKGIVING
P: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you. P: Lift up your hearts. C: We lift them to the Lord. P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
P: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
You bid your faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and works of mercy, and renewed by your Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which you have prepared for those who love you.
P 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:
P: Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of the universe and giver of life. You formed us in your own image and called us to dwell in your infinite love. You gave the world into our care that we might be your faithful stewards and show forth your bountiful grace.
But we failed to honor your image in one another and in ourselves; we would not see your goodness in the world around us; and so we violated your creation, abused one another, and rejected your love. Yet you never ceased to care for us, and prepared the way of salvation for all people.
P: Through Abraham and Sarah you called us into covenant with you. You delivered us from slavery, sustained us in the wilderness, and raised up prophets to renew your promise of salvation. Then, in the fullness of time, you sent your eternal Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. Born into the human family, and dwelling among us, he revealed your glory. Giving himself freely to death on the cross, he triumphed over evil, opening the way of freedom and life.
On the night before he died for us, Our Savior Jesus Christ took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said: “Take, eat: This is my Body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
As supper was ending, Jesus 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 poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”
Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith: C: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. P Remembering his death and resurrection, we now present to you from your creation
this bread and this wine. By your Holy Spirit may they be for us the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy Spirit and live as Christ’s Body in the world. Bring us into the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons, that with Columba and all your saints, past, present, and yet to come, we may praise your Name for ever.
Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever.
The Lord’s Prayer
P: And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say, C 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 Bread
Prayer of Spiritual Communion (From the Armed Forces Prayer Book)
A spiritual communion is a personal devotion that anyone can pray at any time to express their desire to receive Holy Communion at that moment, but in which circumstances impede them for actually receiving Holy Communion.
The presider invites the following prayer to be said by all: In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. And since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.
C: Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal Kingdom, And now, Father send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Blessing Closing Hymn – # 439 – “What Wondrous Love Is This”
P: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
Postlude – Brett Hanley
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Lent Madness is on Sundays through March 28, at 8:45 a.m., via Zoom. Let Fr. Greg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the office (email@example.com) know if you’d like a copy of the Saintly Scoreboard and the Zoom information.
We’re offering a joint Lenten Study virtually via Zoom, along with Mount Cross, through March 25. We’ll be taking a “Spiritual Journey through Holy Week” as we explore the main texts in all four Gospels and in Paul’s writings that deal specifically with the last week of Jesus’ life and with the resurrection, using a study from the Kerygma program, on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom, followed by Holden Evening Prayer livestreamed from Mount Cross at 7:00. A second option for the class is Thursday mornings at 10:00 via Zoom. There is a Student Workbook for the class ($15.00 cost), available from the parish office. Please call (805-482-8831) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a copy of the book.
For Wednesday classes, to access the Zoom room, please visit http://bit.ly/MCWednesdayNights or call (408) 638 0968. The Meeting ID is 827 1932 0163 and the Passcode is 615543. The Thursday group’s Zoom link is: http://bit.ly/LentThursdayMorning. The Meeting ID is 873 5801 5010.
TODAY, March 21, at 4:00 p.m., the Mount Cross Peace & Justice Team will host A Dive into Anti-Racism. We will discuss the three videos listed below. You can watch all three of them in less than one hour. We ask that you watch the videos prior to March 21 and then join us on that date for an open and respectful discussion on Zoom. The link is http://bit.ly/MountCrossAntiRacism. Meeting ID: 826 5585 0626. Passcode: 081785. For more information, contact email@example.com.
I'm Tired of Talking About Race | Jasmine Roberts | TEDxOhioStateUniversity - YouTube – 10 min. We all have implicit biases. So what can we do about it? | Dushaw Hockett | TEDxMidAtlanticSalon - YouTube – 12
min. Bryan A. Stevenson, Johns Hopkins University's 2018 Commencement Speaker - YouTube – 25 min.
Our new St. Columba’s Pantry is on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m., providing groceries for Camarillo families in need on the weeks when Project Hope is not scheduled.
Mount Cross is offering Drive-Through Communion every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They ask that you please consider your vulnerabilities and risk factors before choosing to participate in drive-through Communion.
The “Upper Room Zoom” is a brief time of prayer and reflection from Noon to 12:15 p.m., on Tuesdays (led by lay leaders, Fr. Greg Larkin, or the Rev. Julie Morris), http://bit.ly/MCUpperRoomZoom OR, people can dial in on a phone. Dial 1 (669) 900-6833. You will be asked for a Meeting ID. It is 843 6917 8221; the Passcode is 131024.