Prelude      “Prelude in F minor”                            J.S. Bach

Opening Hymn  “Eternal Lord of love, behold your church”   Hymnal 1982 149, v.v. 1-2 



Opening Acclamation

Presider Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

People    His mercy endures forever.  Amen.


Litany of Penitence

The Presider and People together.

Presider     Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another,

and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault 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, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.

People Have mercy on us, Lord.


We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

People Have mercy on us, Lord.


We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,

People We confess to you, Lord.


Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,

People We confess to you, Lord.


Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,

People We confess to you, Lord.


Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,

People We confess to you, Lord.


Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,

People We confess to you, Lord.


Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,

People Accept our repentance, Lord.


For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,

People Accept our repentance, Lord.


For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,

People Accept our repentance, Lord.


Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;

People Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.


Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,

People That we may show forth your glory in the world.


By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,

People Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.


The Priest says:

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desires not the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn from their wickedness and live, has given power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins. He pardons and absolves all those who truly repent, and with sincere hearts believe his holy Gospel.


Therefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do on this day, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy, so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Kyrie S-86   


The Collect of the Day
Presider   The Lord be with you.

People       And also with you.

Presider   Let us pray.

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 forever. Amen.


The Lessons

Lector     The First Reading is 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.”The Word of the Lord.                 

People           Thanks be to God.


Psalm 25:1-9

The Psalm appointed for today is this portion of Psalm 25. We will read it responsively by half verse.


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 o-ver me.

Let none who look to you be put to shame; *

Let the treacherous be disap / pointed in their schemes.

Show me your ways, O Lord, *

And /teach me your paths.

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.

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *

For they are from / everlasting.

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.

Gracious and upright is the Lord; *

Therefore he teaches / sinners in his way.

He guides the humble in doing right, *

And teaches his way / to the lowly.

All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness *

To those who keep / his commandments.


Lector     The Second Reading is from First Epistle of Peter (3:18-22):

Christ also 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.  The Word of the Lord.                                                          

People    Thanks be to God.


Gospel Hymn        “What wondrous love is this”                    Hymnal 1982, 439, v. 1


The Holy Gospel


Gospeller      The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (1:9-15):
People           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.”

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


The Sermon                                                                 Rev. Fran

You can listen to Fran’s sermon 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: 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.


Prayers of the People

Intercessor     We pray for the church, especially Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Susan, Jennifer and Porter, our Bishops; Fran, Joy, Natalie, Susan, Walter, Mary, and Nicole, our staff; and Stacy, our seminarian. In our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for The Northern Neck Region churches: Cople Parish–Hague; Grace–Kilmarnock; St. James’ and St. Paul’s, Nomini Grove–Montross; St. John’s–Warsaw; North Farnham Parish–Farnham; St. Mary’s, Fleeton– Reedville; St. Mary’s–Whitechapel; Trinity–Lancaster; St. Peter’s, Oak Grove– Colonial Beach; St. Stephen’s–Heathsville; Wicomico Parish–Wicomico Church, Ascension Church in Beraud, Haiti, and those parts of the church you would name [pause]. May we drink deeply from living springs, and travel the deserts in trust and hope.

People     God of mercy, make us new.


Intercessor     We pray for the world [pause]. May we come to live as one family, and grow beyond the violence of war.

People     God of mercy, make us new.


Intercessor     We pray for this nation, especially Joe, our President; Ralph, our Governor, and those leaders you would name [pause]. May we be healed of racism, and shine again like a lamp on a hill.

People     God of mercy, make us new.


Intercessor     We pray for our community [pause]. May our children be safe, our leaders be wise, and our lives be peaceful and just.

People     God of mercy, make us new.


Intercessor     We pray for the afflicted, especially Walter, Susan, Andrei, Ethan, Emma, Johnny, Thomas, Julie, Caroline, David, Anne, Cher & David, Martha, Lucy, Sean, Nate, Jack, Anna, and those with COVID-19; for our families, friends, and neighbors, and those you would name [pause]. May every sadness find you at its heart, O God, and may there be grace when we suffer.

People     God of mercy, make us new.


Intercessor     We pray for the departed and those you would name [pause]. May they ever grow in faith and love, and may we always remember them by name.

People     God of mercy, make us new.


Intercessor     We give thanks for the many blessings of this life, including all who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month, and those blessings you would name [pause]. We give you thanks, O God.

People     God of mercy, make us new.


Intercessor     God of mercy, make us new. Change our hearts, mend our lives, and lead us to any who need us, for the sake of Jesus who came that all might have life, and have it abundantly. Amen.


The Prayers of the People in Lent are from Liturgy for the Whole Church by Susan K. Bock, Church Publishing Inc., ©2008, Kindle Edition, adapted by The Very Rev. Fran Gardner-Smith.


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.


Offertory Sentence


But do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:15, 16



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Offertory Hymn  “I want Jesus to walk with me”              WLP-805 verses 1 & 2



The Lord’s Prayer

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.



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 Closing Hymn     “The glory of these forty days”         Hymnal 1982, 143 v.v. 1 & 2



The Dismissal

Presider Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People Thanks be to God.

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