ABOUT ST. THOMAS MORE & ST. GEORGE
ST. GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
St. Thomas More Feast day: June 22 Patron of Lawyers 1535 St. Thomas More, Martyr (Patron of Lawyers) St. Thomas More was born at London in 1478. After a thorough grounding in religion and the classics, he entered Oxford to study law. Upon leaving the university he embarked on a legal career which took him to Parliament. In 1505, he married his beloved Jane Colt who bore him four children, andwhen she died at a young age, he married a widow, Alice Middleton, to be a mother for his young children. A wit and a reformer, this learned man numbered Bishops and scholars among his friends, and by 1516 wrote his world-famous book "Utopia". He attracted the attention of Henry VIII who appointed him to a succession of high posts and missions, and finally made him Lord Chancellor in 1529. However, he resigned in 1532, at the height of his career and reputation, when Henry persisted in holding his own opinions regarding marriage and the supremacy of the Pope. The rest of his life was spent in writing mostly in defense of the Church. In 1534, with his close friend, St. John Fisher, he refused to render allegiance to the King as the Head of the Church of England and was confined to the Tower. Fifteen months later, and nine days after St. John Fisher's execution, he was tried and convicted of treason. He told the court that he could not go against his conscience and wished his judges that "we may yet hereafter in heaven merrily all meet together to everlasting salvation." And on the scaffold, he told the crowd of spectators that he was dying as "the King's good servant-but God's first." He was beheaded on July 6, 1535. His feast day is June 22nd.
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Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness. The lady stands for God's holy truth. St. George was a brave martyr who was victorious over the devil. He was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and he was one of the Emperor's favorite soldiers. Now Diocletian was a pagan and a bitter enemy to the Christians. He put to death every Christian he could find. George was a brave Christian, a real soldier of Christ. Without fear, he went to the Emperor and sternly scolded him for being so cruel. Then he gave up his position in the Roman army. For this he was tortured in many terrible ways and finally beheaded. So boldly daring and so cheerful was St. George in declaring his Faith and in dying for it that Christians felt courage when they heard about it. Many songs and poems were written about this martyr. Soldiers, especially, have always been devoted to him. We all have some "dragon" we have to conquer. It might be pride, or anger, or laziness, or greediness, or something else. Let us make sure we fight against these "dragons", with God's help. Then we can call ourselves real soldiers of Christ. .
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JOINT ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE FEBRUARY 13TH 2013 7:00 P.M.
FR. JONATHAN ARCHER Companion Parish Priest St. Paul’s Parish, Long Island
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who live and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
WELCOME TO ST. GEORGES ANGLICAN CHURCH Be thoughtful, be silent, be reverent, for this is the house of God. Before the service speak to the Lord, during the service let the Lord speak to you, after the service speak to one another. Remember too turn off al mobile phones
Friday, February 22nd 2013 St. George’s Anglican Church 7:00 P.M.
FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS. Then if Satan on us press, Jesus, Savior, hear our call! Victor in the wilderness, rant we may not faint or fall!
Sunbeam scorching all the day Chilly dew-drops nightly shed Prowling beasts about Thy way Stones Thy pillow; earth Thy bed.
So shall we have peace divine: holier gladness ours shall be; round us, too, shall angels shine, such as ministered to thee.
Should not we thy sorrow share and from worldly joys abstain, fasting with unceasing prayer, strong with thee to suffer pain?
Keep, O keep us, Savior dear, ever constant by thy side; that we thee we may appear at the eternal Eastertide.
Friday, February 15th 2013 St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church 7:00 P.M.
Venerable G. Kingsley Knowles (St. George) Rev’d Fr Noel Clarke (St. Thomas More) Rev’d Fr. Andrew Toppin (St. George) Rev’d Deacon Dennis Mackey (St. Thomas More)
Forty days and forty nights thou wast fasting in the wild; forty days and forty nights tempted, and yet undefiled.
ST THOMAS MORE & ST GEORGE JOINT OBSERVANCE THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Friday, March 1st 2013 St George’s Anglican Church 7:00 P.M. Friday March 8th 2013 St Thomas More 7:00 P.M. Friday March 15th 2013 St. George’s Anglican Church 7:00 P.M. Friday, March 22nd 2013 St. Thomas More 7:00 P.M.
The opening sentences are said by Rev. Fr. Andrew Toppin
The Sacrifice of God is a trouble spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. For Churches throughout the world, the Stations of the Cross are synonymous with Lent, Holy Week and, especially, Good Friday. This devotion is also known as the "Way of the Cross", the "Via Crucis", and the "Via Dolorosa." It commemorates 14 key events on day of Christ's crucifixion. The majority concern His final walk through the streets of Jerusalem, carrying the Cross.
Blessed be god Father, Son and Holy Spirit. People: And Blessed Be His Kingdom Now and Forever All: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen THE KYRIES Fr. Andrew Toppin: People:
Lord Have Mercy Lord Have Mercy
Fr. Andrew Toppin: People:
Christ Have Mercy Christ Have Mercy
The Stations originated in medieval Europe when wars prevented Christian pilgrims from visiting the Holy Land. European artists created works depicting scenes of Christ's journey to Calvary. The faithful installed these sculptures or paintings at intervals along a procession route, inside the parish church or outdoors. Performing the devotion meant walking the entire route, stopping to pray at each "station." Today, images of the Stations (or simple crosses representing them) are on display in churches. They serve mainly as a focus for Lenten worship services. But the Stations can also be performed privately, at any time of the year, even at home.
Archdeacon Kingsley Knowles Christ give your grace to grown in holiness, to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him; and the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. All: Amen. Deacon Mackey: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ All: Thanks be to God RECESSIONAL HYMN: WE ARE ONE IN THE SPIRIT We are one in the Spirit, we are One in the Lord We are one in the Spirit, we are One in the Lord And we pray that all unity will one day be restored And they’ll know we are Christians by our Love, by our Love Yes! They’ll know we are Christians by our Love.
Fr. Andrew Toppin: People:
Lord Have Mercy Lord Have Mercy
Fr. Noel Clarke Let us pray Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who live and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. All: Amen. A reader from St. Thomas More Church. THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON - JOEL 2: 1-2, 12-17 Reader:
A reading from the word of God found in the Book of Joel, Chapter 2:1-2, 12-17
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand-- a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come. `Even now,` declares the LORD, `return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.` Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing-- grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, cal a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the temple porch and the altar. Let them say, `Spare your people, O LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, `Where is their God?'`
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand. We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand. And together we will spread the news that God is in our Land And they’ll know we are Christians by our Love, by our Love Yes! They’ll know we are Christians by our Love. We will work with each other, we will work side by side. We will work with each other, we will work side by side. And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride. And they’ll know we are Christians by our Love, by our Love Yes! They’ll know we are Christians by our Love. All praise to the Father, from whom all things come And all praise to Christ Jesus, His only Son And All praise to the Spirit, who makes us one And they’ll know we are Christians by our Love, by our Love Yes! They’ll know we are Christians by our Love.
Reader: The Word of the Lord People: Thanks be to God. PSALM 103 8-14 (METRICAL PSALTER)
A Reception and time of Fellowship Follows in the Parish Hall Please join us
The Lord is full of love And mercy, slow to wrath; He will not always judge our sins, Nor will his anger last
Our sins are all removed As far as east from west; For as a father loves his child, So is God’s care expressed.
Our wickedness and sins Are not repaired by weight; For as the heavens are high above, So is his mercy great.
For he himself well knows Whereof our lives are made; And he remembers that we are But dust without his aid. 3
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON - 2 CORINTHIANS 5:20B-6:10
God’s acceptable time, the day of salvation, let us pray to the Lord. All: Lord, hear our prayer
A reader from St. George’s Church Reader: A reading from the word of God found in 2nd Corinthians 5: 20b-6:10 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. Reader: The Word of the Lord People: Thanks Be To God. The congregation stands
More sparing, therefore, let us make The words we speak, the food we take Our sleep, our laughter, every sense Learn peace through holy penitence
The law and prophets from of old In figured ways this Lent foretold Which Christ, all ages’ Lord and Guide In these last days has sanctified
Let us avoid each harmful way That lures the careless mind astray By watchful prayer our spirits free From scheming of the enemy.
Archdeacon Kingsley Knowles That those estranged from God or the Church may return, finding God’s blessing awaiting them, and the welcome of God’s people. Let us pray to the Lord. All: Lord, hear our prayer Deacon Dennis Mackey That we may pray, fast and give alms as the gospel teaches, making this Lent the springtime of salvation. Let us pray to the Lord. All: Lord, hear our prayer Fr. Andrew Toppin That our Father who sees in secret may reward the faithful departed, granting them a full share in Christ’s Pascal victory. All: Lord, hear our prayer Fr. Noel Clarke God of infinite compassion, whose creating power called us forth from the dust of the earth and whose redeeming love fashioned us anew in your divine image, in this, the acceptable time, lead us inward to be at peace with you, impel us outward to be reconciled with our neighbor, that we may embrace the sacred discipline of Lent with broken, humbled hearts and so come to the blessed joy of the paschal feast cleaned and renewed. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. All: Amen.
AGAIN WE KEEP THIS SOLEMN (TUNE 442 A&M) Again we keep this solemn fast A gift of faith from ages past This Lent which binds us lovingly To faith and hope and charity
Rev'd Fr. Noel Clarke That the plight of the distressed and afflicted may rend our hardened hearts renewing our resolve to be ambassadors of Christ’s compassion. Let us pray to the Lord. All: Lord, hear our prayer
THE LORD’S PRAYER Deacon Mackey While we were still sinners, Christ died for us, that, with confidence in God’s love for us, we might dare to pray:
We pray, O Blessed Three in One Our God while endless ages run, That this, our Lent of forty days, May bring us growth and give you praise
All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name; your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is 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 trail and deliver us from evil For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever Amen. 4
Fr. Clarke: All:
THE GOSPEL - MATTHEW 6:1-6, 16-21
The peace of the Lord be always with you And also with you.
OFFERTORY HYMN: LET THERE BE LOVE SHARED AMONG US. Let there be love shared among us Let there be love in our eyes May now your love sweep this nation Cause us, O Lord, to arise Give us a fresh understanding, Brotherly love that is real. Let there be love shared among us, Let there be love.
Let there be hope shared among us Let there be hope in our eyes May now your hope sweep this nation Cause us, O Lord, to arise Give us a fresh understanding Faith, hope and love that is real Let there be hope shared among us Let there be hope.
Let there be peace shared among us Let there be peace in our eyes May now your peace sweep this nation Cause us, O Lord, to arise Give us a fresh understanding Godâ€™s gentle peace that is real Let there be peace shared among us Let there be peace.
Let there be joy shared among us Let there be joy in our hearts May now your joy sweep this nation Cause us, O Lord, to arise Give us a fresh understating Peace, hope and joy that is real Let there be joy shared among us Let there be joy.
The Lord be with you And also with you
Deacon Mackey: All:
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew chapter 6:1-6; 16-18 Glory to Christ our Saviour
"Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. "Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Deacon Mackey: The Gospel of Christ All: Praise to Christ our Lord
Let there be love shared among us, Let there be love in our eyes May now your love sweep this nation Cause us, O Lord, to arise Give us a fresh understanding Brotherly love that is real Let there be love shared among us Let there be love.
DEVOTIONAL CHORUS: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me Melt me, mold me, fill me, use. Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. Holy presence, love divine, cast out my fear Holy presence, love divine, cast out my fear Shield me, free me, call me, lead me.
THE PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL Archdeacon Kingsley Knowles Assembled to begin the Lenten journey toward the paschal feast, let us return with all our hearts to the God who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Deacon Dennis Mackey That the Lord may sanctify the churchâ€™s fast, purifying the church inwardly, strengthening its witness among the nations, let us pray to the Lord. All: Lord, hear our prayer. Fr. Andrew Toppin That enemies may be reconciled to God and to one another, recognizing the Lenten spring as
Deacon Mackey: All:
Fr. Noel Clarke St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church
Mr. Garad Rigby
IMPOSITION OF ASHES
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shinning as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we’ve first begun.
Archdeacon G. Kingsley Knowles Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Saviour, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith. I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer. JUST AS I AM Just as I am without one plea, But that Thy Blood was shed for me, And that thou bidd’st me come to Thee O Lamb of God, I Come.
Just as I am, Thou wilt receive Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve Because Thy promise, I believe O Lamb of God I come.
Just as I am tho tossed about, With many a conflict, many a doubt, Fighting and fears within, without O Lamb of God I come.
Just as I am, Thy love unknown Has broken every barrier down Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone O Lamb of God I come.
Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind Sight, riches, haling of the mind Yea all I need, in Thee to find O Lamb of God I come.
Just as I am of that free love The breath, length, depth, and height to prove Here for a season, then above O Lamb of God I come.
The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures; He will my shield and portion be As long as life endures.
‘Twas grace that taught me heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed.
Thru many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.
Have Thine own way, Lord! – Have thine own way! Thou art the Potter I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will While I am waiting, yielded and still
Have thine own way, Lord! – Have Thine own way! Wounded and weary, help me I pray! Power - all power surely is thine Touch me and heal me, Saviour divine.
Have Thine own way Lord! – Have thine own way! Search me and try me, Master today Whiter than snow, Lord wash me just now As in Thy presence humbly I bow.
Have Thine own way, Lord – Have Thine own way Hold o’er my being absolute sway! Fill with Thy Spirit ‘till all shall see Christ only, always living in me.
The Act of Penitence now follows: - the congregation kneels Archdeacon Kingsley Knowles If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Let us therefore confess our sins All: Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and one another, in thought, word and deed, and in what we have left undone. We are sorry and repent of all our sins. For your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your Name. Amen.
AMAZING GRACE Amazing Grace! how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, Was blind but now I see.
HAVE THINE OWN WAY, LORD
Archdeacon. Kingsley Knowles Almighty God, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. THE GRETING OF PEACE All stand: Fr. Noel Clarke The Kingdom of God is justice, peace, and joy, inspired by the Holy Spirit. All: 6
They who thus serve Christ are acceptable to God and approved by others 7