Opening Acclamation

Presider   Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People And blessed be God’s holy Name for ever and ever. Amen.


Collect for Purity 

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 Collect for the Feast of St. Francis:

Presider The Lord be with you.

People   And also with you.

Presider Let us pray.

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Reader A reading from the prophet Jeremiah:                                                                                            [Jeremiah 22:13-16]

Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages; who says, “I will build myself a spacious house with large upper rooms, and who cuts out windows for it, paneling it with cedar, and painting it with vermilion. Are you a king because you compete in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me?” says the Lord.

Reader The Word of the Lord.                                                      People Thanks be to God.


Psalm 148:7-14                                     Laudate Dominum      7Praise the Lord from the earth, *

          you sea-monsters and all deeps;

8Fire and hail, snow and fog, *

          tempestuous wind, doing his will;

9Mountains and all hills, *

          fruit trees and all cedars;

10Wild beasts and all cattle, *

          creeping things and winged birds;

11Kings of the earth and all peoples, *

          princes and all rulers of the world;

12Young men and maidens, *

          old and young together.

13Let them praise the Name of the Lord, *

          for his Name only is exalted, his splendor is over earth and heaven.

14He has raised up strength for his people and praise for all his loyal servants, *

            the children of Israel, a people who are near him. Hallelujah!


The New Testament Lesson

Reader A reading from the letter of Paul to the Galatians:                                                                            [Galatians 6:14-18]

May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

Reader The Word of the Lord.                                              People Thanks be to God.


The Gospel Lesson


Gospeller The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew                  [Matthew 11:25-30]

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.


At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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


Homily                                                                              Rev. Fran


Rev. Fran’s Sermon will be posted here.


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,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human.

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, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who 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

Intercessor      I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; especially Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Susan, Jennifer and Porter, our Bishops; Fran, Anne, Susan, Walter, Joy, Mary, and Nicole, our staff; Stacy, our seminarian; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Christchurch School—Christchurch, St. Francis–Manakin-Sabot, and Emmanuel—Alexandria; for Ascension Church in Beraud, Haiti; and for all ministers and people. Pray for the Church.

Pause for Intercessions


Intercessor      I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. We pray for Walter, Ethan, Bishop Susan, Dick, David, Chris, Andrei, Jane, Thomas, Kait, Johnny, Emma, Cheryl, Julie, Caroline, George, David, Anne, Steve, and Evan, and for those suffering from COVID-19. Pray for those in any need or trouble.

Pause for Intercessions


Intercessor      I ask your prayers for the departed, for those who have died today, and for those beloved you would name. Pray for those who have died.

Pause for Intercessions


Intercessor      I ask your prayers of thanksgiving for Louise Armitage on her birthday today, Laura Barlow as she celebrates hers this week, for Julie and Andrew Walter and Claudia and Scott Johnston as they mark their wedding anniversaries, and for those thanksgivings you would name, either silently or aloud.

Pause for Intercessions


Intercessor     Together let us pray for St Thomas Church.

All   Almighty God, by your Spirit the whole body of your Church is governed and sanctified, hear our prayer for St Thomas, build in us a renewed vision of your Church; shape our life according to your will; empower us with the gifts to make us one that together we may grow as a church in the spiritual strength of community and reach out to include all people in Christ’s love, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Litany for Creation and All Creatures

Intercessor Holy God, Creator of heaven and earth,

All Have mercy on us.


Intercessor Holy and Mighty, Redeemer of the world,

All Have mercy on us.


Intercessor Holy Immortal One, Sanctifier of the faithful,

All Have mercy on us.


Intercessor Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, One God,

All Have mercy on us.


Intercessor Grant that all your creatures may thank and serve you;

All  Shower your blessing on earth, O God.


Intercessor Grant favorable weather, temperate rain, and fruitful seasons, providing food and drink for all your creatures;

All  Shower your blessing on earth, O God.


Intercessor Open our eyes to the joy and beauty of creation, that we may see your presence in all your works;

All  Shower your blessing on earth, O God.


Intercessor Look with favor upon all who care for the earth, the water, and the air, that the riches of creation may abound for all your creatures;

All  Shower your blessing on earth, O God.


Intercessor Make us faithful stewards of creation, wisely caring for the earth, the air, the seas, and all the life they bear;

All  Shower your blessing on earth, O God.


Intercessor Awaken us to our responsibility for the care of creation;

All  Shower your blessing on earth, O God.


Intercessor Forgive us our waste and pollution of creation and strengthen us to heal wounds we have inflicted;

All  Shower your blessing on earth, O God.


Intercessor Remember all in captivity and those who are hunted, trapped, deserted, or abused, that they may find safety in homes of loving care;

All  Shower your blessing on earth, O God.


Intercessor Do not forget those animals who have died yet remain dear to us, that they may rejoice in your new creation;

All  Shower your blessing on earth, O God.


Presider Holy God: No sparrow falls without your attention; nothing dies that is lost to you; nothing comes into being without your love. Give us just and compassionate hearts, that we may serve the earth and all its creatures, holding fast to the vision of your peaceable reign in which all will live with you eternally; through the Risen One, Christ our Savior. Amen.


The Blessing of the Animals

Presider It is the priestly work of all God’s people to give thanks for God’s blessings, to ask for and lend assistance to all in need, and to stretch our hands to heal and cherish the creatures of God; this is our work of blessing. Recognizing God’s love for these creatures, I invite you to bring forward the animals entrusted to your care, one by one, and to join me in the laying on of hands in prayer.


The animals are blessed individually by name by the Presider, using these or other words.


Presider Fellow creature, friend and companion: May God your creator and preserver bless, defend, heal, and keep you, this day and always. Amen.


Presider I invite you to name your animals at home:

All Fellow creatures, friends and companions: May God your creator and preserver bless, defend, heal, and keep you, this day and always. Amen.


Presider Let us name with thanksgiving those animals who have been our companions over the years and are no longer with us: Silence


All God, we give you thanks for these beloved companion animals who are no longer with us. Thank y0u for giving them to us as companions. May their memory be a blessing.


Presider Let us pray together.

God of manifold blessings, source of all that is good and true and holy: Raise us up to see the world through your eyes, so that with the eyes of our hearts enlightened, we may treasure each creature touched by your creative hand. May your bountiful blessing be upon us all, Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier, now and for ever.  Amen.


Offertory Sentence

Presider     Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God.


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Offertory Anthem Hymn of Promise


The Lord’s Prayer

Presider    The Lord be with you.

People    And also with you.

Presider     Let us pray.

Presider and People

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 Peace

Presider     The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People      And also with you.


The Blessing

Be of good courage, never be afraid

Because God who created you,

Is always with you

And loves you fiercely.

And may the blessing of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

Be upon you and remain with you always. AMEN




The Dismissal

Presider Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People     Thanks be to God.


Sources for the liturgy: The New Zealand Prayer Book, The Book of Common Prayer, and A Liturgy in Thanksgiving for Creation and in Honor of the Feast of St. Francis, with the Blessing of Animals from the Supplemental Liturgical Materials approved at the 78th General Convention in 2015.




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