Service e-Bulletin

Second Sunday in Lent
February 28, 2021 at 10:00am


1. Opening Sentences

If we say 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.    I John 1:8, 9

2. Confession of Sin & Absolution

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to set forth his praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

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.

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. Amen.

3. The Invitatory and Psalter

Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

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.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: Come let us adore him.

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: Come let us adore him.

4. The Psalm

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 just
and 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.

5. The First Lesson

Exodus 20:1-17

Then God spoke all these words:

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. For six days you shall labour 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.

Here ends the lesson.

6. Canticle

Canticle 14 – A Song of Penitence

O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven, *
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
and of all their righteous offspring:
You made the heavens and the earth, *
with all their vast array.
All things quake with fear at your presence; *
they tremble because of your power.
But your merciful promise is beyond all measure; *
it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.
O Lord, you are full of compassion, *
long-suffering, and abounding in mercy.
You hold back your hand; *
you do not punish as we deserve.
In your great goodness, Lord,
you have promised forgiveness to sinners, *
that they may repent of their sin and be saved.
And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart, *
and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness.
I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, *
and I know my wickedness only too well.
Therefore I make this prayer to you: *
Forgive me, Lord, forgive me.
Do not let me perish in my sin, *
nor condemn me to the depths of the earth.
For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent, *
and in me you will show forth your goodness.
Unworthy as I am, you will save me,
in accordance with your great mercy, *
and I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.
For all the powers of heaven sing your praises, *
and yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen.

7. The Second Lesson

1 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.

Here ends the lesson.

8. Canticle

Canticle 17 – The Song of Simeon

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

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.

9. The Gospel

John 2:13-22

A reading from the Gospel according to John.

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.

Here ends the lesson.

10. The Sermon

Today’s Sermon will be by Trinity’s Deacon, The Rev. Christine Cassels.

11. The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
    and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
   was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
    and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
   the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

12. The Prayers

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

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.



Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
Govern and uphold them, now and always.
Day by day we bless you;
We praise your name for ever.
Lord, keep us from all sin today;
Have mercy upon us, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, show us your love and mercy;
For we put our trust in you.
In you, Lord, is our hope;
And we shall never hope in vain.

13. The Collect

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.

An additional collect for the Church and a collect for mission may be offered by the Officiant.

14. Prayers of the People

Jesus Christ intercedes for us at all times. In the power of that promise, let us now pray to God through Christ, saying, Have mercy, O Lord.

For the church, that the fasting of these forty days may clear away what is unnecessary in our lives and so open our eyes to the bright glory of the cross, we pray:
People: Have mercy, O Lord.

For the church, that those baptized at Easter will learn from us to read and ponder and cherish the scriptures, we pray:
Have mercy, O Lord.

For the children of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob, Leah and Rachel, that they may find blessing and a zeal for justice in their covenant with God, we pray:
Have mercy, O Lord.

For all who suffer want, that God in mercy may turn our hearts toward one another and bring us to seek to serve rather than to oppress, we pray:
Have mercy, O Lord.

For prisoners, that all who are bound in body may find freedom in the Holy Spirit, we pray:
Have mercy, O Lord.

For ourselves, that this parish may walk faithfully in this world, freed by Salvation through Jesus, we pray:
Have mercy, O Lord.

For the church and its leaders, especially Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; Nicholas, Bishop of Rhode Island; and Timothy, Rector of this parish. For all ministers of the Gospel, we pray:
Have mercy, O Lord.

For those who have asked for our prayers Lewis Smith, Jeanne Nassa, Nan LaRue, Anita Beaumont, George and Sandra V., Karen A., Ted Gatchel, Jackie, Alexandra Marshall Detweiler, Richard, Reynold, Wyatt, Pam Bennett, Berit Hattendorf, Carol, Susan, Alexandra, David Vieau, Blakeley Andersen, Peter Chabot, Dennis, Virginia Smith, Betsy and Charlie Jauss, Sid Gorham, Richard Kelley, John and Mary Lutz, Rob, Todd, Fran, Janet Billings, Jeff, Rush, Nancy Harley, Peter, Karen, Donna, Ray, Elizabeth Baldwin, Ed Christensen, and for St. David’s on-the-Hill, Cranston, and those we name either silently or aloud [pause to allow time for people to add names]. We pray:
Have mercy, O Lord.

For those who lead our country, especially for Joseph, President of the United States; Gina, Governor of Rhode Island; and for the leaders of all nations, we pray:
Have mercy, O Lord.

For all those in the armed forces of this and every nation, and for all who are deployed in harm’s way this day, we pray:
hear our prayer.

For the faithful who have gone before us, and those we name either silently or aloud [pause to allow time for people to add names]. May we follow the example of their lives and be reunited with them in the joy of everlasting life, we pray:
Have mercy, O Lord.

God, whose ways are beyond our knowing, beyond our sight, and even sometimes beyond our own desires, place the world’s troubles ever in our plain sight, and be present with us in our seeing and in our praying. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

15. The General Thanksgiving

Read aloud by all.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

16. The Dismissal

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.  Amen.

17. Sunday Participants

Presider: The Rev. Canon Timothy Watt
Preacher: Deacon Christine Cassels
Lector & Intercessor: Robert Walker
A/V Production: Cassandra Dias


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Please remember in your prayers this week: 

Lewis Smith, Jeanne Nassa, Nan LaRue, Anita Beaumont, George and Sandra V., Karen A., Ted Gatchel, Jackie, Alexandra Marshall Detweiler, Richard, Reynold, Wyatt, Pam Bennett, Berit Hattendorf, Carol, Susan, Alexandra, David Vieau, Blakeley Andersen, Peter Chabot, Dennis, Virginia Smith, Betsy and Charlie Jauss, Sid Gorham, Richard Kelley, John and Mary Lutz, Rob, Todd, Fran, Janet Billings, Jeff, Rush, Nancy Harley, Peter, Karen, Donna, Ray, Elizabeth Baldwin, Ed Christensen, and for St. David’s on-the-Hill, Cranston.


During what would be the Wednesday Noon Eucharist we remember in prayer the dear departed of this parish on the anniversary of their passing into eternal life. This week’s service is with special intentions for the repose of the souls of Dorothy Eschenheimer, Mary Rommel, JoAnn P. Vieau, Jacqueline Jean Dyer Hodgson, Jeanne Moulton Brown, Genevieve Marie Copsey, and Alexander Auchmuty Phillips.


Trinity Loving Community (TLC), is the Pastoral Care ministry of this parish. Reaching out with visits, meals, cards, and phone calls; and providing rides and errands, TLC extends the love of Christ to those in need. If you are aware of a need – for yourself or for someone else – please contact one of the TLC Monthly Coordinators.

For March 2021, our coordinator is:
Pam Alexander 401-835-6103 or