The Seventh Sunday in Easter-5.12.24

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The Seventh Sunday of Easter

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Glenside, Pennsylvania May 12, 2024 10:00 A.M.

Please note: During the service you will be prompted to use the red Book of Common Prayer (BCP), which can be found in your pew

Gathering In Joy

Prelude: O Christ Thou Lamb of God Don Freudenburg

Opening Hymn: Wonder, Love and Praise, #752 Sweet, Sweet Spirit

The Opening Acclamation

Presider: Alleluia. Christ is risen!

People: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Hymn of Praise: The Hymnal 1982, #178 Alleluia #1, vv.1-3

Collect of the Day

BCP 355

BCP 175 O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Listening for God’s Word

The First Reading - Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, "Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry. So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection." So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm 1 (please use the Book of Common Prayer)

The Epistle – 1 John 5:9-13

BCP 585

If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Gospel – John 17:6-19

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus prayed for his disciples, “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon Kyle Evans, Episcopal Community Services

The Nicene Creed BCP 358

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.

The Prayers of the People adapted from Glimpses of Glory

The response to “Lord, may we know you” is and the power of your resurrection.

The Presider ends with this prayer

In you is our hope, O Christ, who died and now is risen, and lives with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Peace

Presider: The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrating Holy Communion

Offertory Anthem: Dona Nobis Pacem Traditional St. Peter’s Choir

Presentation Hymn: Wonder, Love and Praise, #811 You Shall Cross the Barren Desert

The Great Thanksgiving from Enriching Our Worship

Presider: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Presider: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Presider: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Presider: All thanks and praise are yours at all times and in all places, our true and loving God… And so as the morning stars sing your praises we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we sing with joy:

Sanctus: The Hymnal 1982, #S-130 - Holy, Holy, Holy

The Presider continues

Glory and honor are yours, Creator of all your Word has never been silent . . . And so, remembering all that was done for us: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension, longing for Christ’s coming in glory, and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed and human hands have made, we acclaim you, O Christ:

Presider and People

Dying, you destroyed our death. Rising, you restored our life. Christ Jesus, come in glory!

The Presider continues Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine that they

may be to us the Body and Blood of you Christ. . . . Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, we worship you our God and Creator in voices of unending praise. Blessed are you now and for ever. Amen.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say, The Lord’s Prayer BCP 364

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as 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 trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.


Breaking of the Bread

The Presider breaks the consecrated bread. A period of silence is kept.

Presider: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; People: Therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Fraction Anthem: The Hymnal 1982, #S-164 Jesus, Lamb of God

Presider: The Gifts of God for the People of God.

The Communion of the People

Communion Music: Priére Henri Deshayes

The Post-Communion Prayer

Presider and people together Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sending Out

The Blessing Layette Sunday Blessing

Mother’s Day Blessing

Mother God, who birthed the universe and us in it, bless all who fill the role of mother. We thank you for those who have given birth to us physically or spiritually or emotionally. We thank you for the mothers who have reared us, shaped us, held us, nurtured us, held us close and let us go. We pray for mothers whom we mourn because of death, brokenness, or alienation. We pray for mothers and would-be mothers who mourn the loss of children or the inability to bear children, or the hard choices they have had to make. We ask for your healing in our imperfect lives. Be with us this day, loving God, who entered our human life through a mother, and bless all who strive to embrace your way of love.

Eucharistic Visitor Commissioning (occasional)

All: We who are many are one body, because we all share in one bread and one cup.

Birthday & Anniversary Prayer BCP 830

O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace; and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


• Join our ECS friends, Kyle Evans and Anne Rice Burgess for a presentation during coffee hour following morning worship.

• We thank all those who helped make last week’s welcome luncheon a success. Special thanks to Audrey Kipphut, Karen Sayer and the entire welcome team for all their work.

• Pentecost Parking: Pentecost Sunday is almost here! Please note that parking will be limited, so plan to arrive early. For a guide on where to park, please visit

Please pray for those from St. Peter's who will be Baptized, Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church on May 19.

Baptism: Ennis McCunney

Reception: Karen Elnicki


Alyssa Clemens

Savaltore Guerrero

Harry McKinney

Kaitlynn Monserrat

Sean Monserrat

Calvin Pieczonka

Douglas Pneuma

Matthew Schmidt

Grayson Torpey

• Annual Parish Picnic: The parish liturgy on June 2 will be held at 10 a.m. at Fort Washington Park . Please note that there will be no formal liturgy or live streamed service at St. Peter's Church that day, but the worship space will be open for private prayer. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, potluck food, grillables and drinks to share.

• Today is Soup-er Sunday. Don’t forget to grab your soup before you leave. Special announcement by Suzanne Teleha.

Closing Hymn: Wonder, Love and Praise, #801 God Be With You ’Til We Meet Again

The Dismissal

Presider: Let us go forth in the name of the Risen Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia! People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Postlude: Voluntary on Grosser Gott Gregory Hamilton

Worship Ministers

Preacher: Kyle Evans

Presider: The Rev. Barbara Ballenger

Acolytes: Harper Moore, Jerry Moore, Grayson Torpey

Lectors: Rick DeKalb, Anne Gibson

Intercessor: Carol Lorentz-Burnett Counter: Jeanne Robson

Eucharistic Minister: Addie Johnson, Debbie Panebianco, Bob Smith

Ushers: Peter Gottemoller, Amy Neske, Maureen Schaeffer, Alex Stevers-Radtke

Vestry Steward: Debbie DeKalb

Altar Guild: Wendy Hartung Fellowship: Suzanne Teleha

Organist & Choir Director: Carol Cei

Bell Ringer: Bill Bacon

Tech Team: Mike Levin, PJ Linke, James Moore, Sébastien Guillotin


Debbie DeKalb: (Worship Liaison)

Mark Evans: (Operations Liaison)

Meredith Flaherty: (Faith Formation Liaison

Jeanné Hannum: (Outreach Liaison)

Audrey Kipphut: (People’s Warden)

Amy Michener-Wall: (Human Resources Liaison)

Dave Mosteller: (Rector’s Warden)

John Olson: (Faith Formation Liaison)

Amy Neske: (Parish Life Liaison)

Douglas Pneuma: (Outreach Liaison)

Mike Reeve: (Accounting Warden)

Karen Sayer: (Worship Liaison)

Grayson Torpey: (Youth Representation)

Matt Torpey: Resource Liaison)


The Rev. Barbara Ballenger (Rector)

Charlese Freeman (Communications Administrator)

Tim Valera (Caretaker)

Carol Cei (Organist and Choir Director)

Kathy Flaherty (Bell Choir Director)

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