Calvary Episcopal Church

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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The First Sunday in Lent
February 22, 2015

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY


Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Book of Genesis [9:8-17]

God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Reader:    The Word of the Lord.
Congregation:    Thanks be to God.

Psalm 25:1-9

1    To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
    my God, I put my trust in you; *
    let me not be humiliated,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
2    Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
    let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
3     Show me your ways, O Lord, *
    and teach me your paths.
4     Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    in you have I trusted all the day long.
5     Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
    for they are from everlasting.
6     Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
    remember me according to your love and for the sake of
    your goodness, O Lord.
7     Gracious and upright is the Lord; *
    therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
8     He guides the humble in doing right *
    and teaches his way to the lowly.
9     All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness *
    to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:?*
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.

A Reading from the First Letter of Peter [3:18-22]

Christ suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you – not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Reader:    The Word of the Lord.
Congregation:    Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Mark [1:9-15]

Response before the Gospel
:    Glory to you, Lord Christ.

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Response after the Gospel:    Praise to you, Lord Christ.



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The Second Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2015

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Book of Genesis [17:1-7, 15-16]

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

Reader:    The Word of the Lord.
Congregation:    Thanks be to God.

Psalm 22:22-30

22     Praise the Lord, you that fear him; *
    stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
    all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.
23     For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
    neither does he hide his face from them; *
    but when they cry to him he hears them.
24     My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
    I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25     The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
    and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: *
    “May your heart live for ever!”
26     All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, *
    and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
27     For kingship belongs to the Lord; *
    he rules over the nations.
28     To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
    all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29     My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; *
    they shall be known as the Lord’s for ever.
30     They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
    the saving deeds that he has done.
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:?*
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Romans [4:13-25]

The promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) – in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Reader:    The Word of the Lord.
Congregation:    Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Mark [8:31-38]

Response before the Gospel:
    Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Response after the Gospel:    Praise to you, Lord Christ.



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The Third Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2015

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Book of Exodus [20:1-17]

Then God spoke all these words to Moses on Mount Sinai: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work – you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Reader:    The Word of the Lord.
Congregation:    Thanks be to God.

Psalm 19

1     The heavens declare the glory of God, *
    and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2     One day tells its tale to another, *
    and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3     Although they have no words or language, *
    and their voices are not heard,
4     Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
    and their message to the ends of the world.
5     In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
    it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
    it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6     It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
    and runs about to the end of it again; *
    nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
7     The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; *
    the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8     The statutes of the Lord are justand rejoice the heart; *
    the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.
9     The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; *
    the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10     More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, *
    sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.
11     By them also is your servant enlightened, *
    and in keeping them there is great reward.
12     Who can tell how often he offends? *
    cleanse me from my secret faults.
13     Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
    let them not get dominion over me; *
    then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense.
14     Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight, *
    O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:?*
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians [1:18-25]

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Reader:    The Word of the Lord.
Congregation:    Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John [2:13-22]

Response before the Gospel:    Glory to you, Lord Christ.

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Response after the Gospel:    Praise to you, Lord Christ.



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The Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 15, 2015

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Book of Numbers [21:4-9]

From Mount Hor the Israelites set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Reader:    The Word of the Lord.
Congregation:    Thanks be to God.

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

1     Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *
    and his mercy endures for ever.
2     Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *
    that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3     He gathered them out of the lands; *
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.
17     Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
    they were afflicted because of their sins.
18     They abhorred all manner of food *
    and drew near to death’s door.
19     Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *
    and he delivered them from their distress.
20     He sent forth his word and healed them *
    and saved them from the grave.
21     Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *
    and the wonders he does for his children.
22     Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
    and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:?*
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Ephesians [2:1-10]

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Reader:    The Word of the Lord.
Congregation:    Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John [3:14-21]

Response before the Gospel:    Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

Response after the Gospel:    Praise to you, Lord Christ.



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The Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 22 2015

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.

A Reading from the Book of 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.”

Reader:    The Word of the Lord
Congregation:    Thanks be to God.

Psalm 51:1-13

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.
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Letter to the 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.

Reader:    The Word of the Lord
Congregation:    Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John [12:20-33]

Response before the Gospel:    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.

Response after the Gospel:    Praise to you, Lord Christ.



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