The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents 

The Holy Eucharist for The Sevenh Sunday of Easter

28 May 2017 half past nine o’clock in the morning 

The Episcopal Church of The Holy Innocents in The Borough of Beach Haven

Good morning and welcome. We’re glad you’re here. With the exception of hymns, everything you need for the service is in this booklet. The Episcopal Church practices open Communion, which means that if you are a Christian- Episcopalian or not- you are welcomed to receive Communion. Period. This is God’s House, and it is our privilege to be hospitable. And if you’re not baptized, please come forward, cross your arms over your chest, and receive a blessing. 

Perhaps you are a person who has not been regular in attending Church before, or you’ve been away from the Church for a while. You are especially welcomed. When you are comfortable here, and ready to talk about becoming a member of The Episcopal Church, or if you want to start up/start over, please speak with our clergy- they’ll be glad to help.                                            

* indicates that the people are to stand as they are able 


*HYMN 460              “Alleluia! sing to Jesus!”                          Hyfrydol


Holy Baptism


The people standing, the Celebrant says


Celebrant            Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People                    The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!



There is one Body and one Spirit; There is one hope in God's call to us;

One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism; One God and Father of all.


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


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.




The First Lesson   Acts 1:6-14


A reading from The Acts of The Apostles


When the apostles had come together, they asked Jesus, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?" He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."


Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.


The Word of The Lord. Thanks be to God.





Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36   Exsurgat Deus  


1 Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; *
let those who hate him flee be-fore him.


2 Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it a-way; *
as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at

the presence of God.


3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; *
let them also be merry and joyful.


4 Sing to God, sing praises to his Name;
exalt him who rides upon the heavens; *
YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice be-fore him!


5 Father of orphans, defender of widows, *
God in his holy habi-tation!


6 God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners into freedom; *
but the rebels shall live in dry places.


7 O God, when you went forth before your people, *
when you marched through the wilderness,


8 The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain,
at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, *
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.


9 You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your in-heritance; *
you refreshed the land when it was weary.


10 Your people found their home in it; *
in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor.


33 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; *
sing praises to the Lord.


34 He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; *
he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.


35 Ascribe power to God; *
his majesty is over Israel; his strength is in the skies.


36 How wonderful is God in his holy places! *
the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people!
Blessed be God!

The Second Lesson   1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11


A reading from The First Epistle General of Peter


Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.


Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are under-going the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.


The Word of The Lord. Thanks be to God.


*HYMN 603   “When Christ was lifted from earth”           St. Botolph     


The Holy Gospel   John 17:1-11


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

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Jesus looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.


"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. "


The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to thee, O Christ.



The Sermon                                             The Rev’d Frank B. Crumbaugh III




The Presentation and Examination of the Candidates


The Celebrant says


The Candidates for Holy Baptism will now be presented.


The candidates unable to answer for themselves are presented individually by their Parents and Godparents


Parents and Godparents


I present N.N. to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.


Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?


Parents and Godparents


I will, with God's help.


Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?


Parents and Godparents


I will, with God's help.


Then the Celebrant asks the following questions of the parents and godparents who speak on behalf of infants and younger children


Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?


I renounce them.


Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?


I renounce them.


Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?


I renounce them.


Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?


I do.


Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?


I do.


Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?


I do.


After all have been presented and the now people standing, the Celebrant addresses the congregation, saying


Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?


We will.


Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.


*The Baptismal Covenant


Do you believe in God the Father?


I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.


Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?


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.


Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?


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.


Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?


I will, with God's help.


Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?


I will, with God's help.


Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?


I will, with God's help.


Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?


I will, with God's help.


Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?


I will, with God's help.


*Prayers for the Candidates


The Celebrant then says


Let us now pray for these persons who are to receive the Sacrament of new birth .


Deliver them, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Open their hearts to your grace and truth.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Fill them with your holy and life-giving Spirit.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Send them into the world in witness to your love.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.

Lord, hear our prayer.


The Celebrant says


Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and forever. Amen.


*Thanksgiving over the Water


 The Celebrant blesses the water, first saying


The Lord be with you. And also with you.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give him thanks and praise.




We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.


We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


At the following words, the Celebrant touches the water


Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.


*The Baptisms of Chase Henry Angelozzi, Zackary Dawkins Mitchell, and James William Sikorski


The candidate is presented in turn, by name, to the Celebrant, who then pours water upon  the candidate, saying


N.,  I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


When this action has been completed for all candidates, the Bishop or Priest, at a place in full sight of the congregation, prays over them saying


Let us pray.


Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.


Then the Bishop or Priest places a hand on the person's head, marking upon the forehead the sign of the Cross and saying


N., you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own forever. Amen.


When all have been baptized, the Celebrant says


Let us welcome the newly baptized.


Celebrant and People


We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.


The Peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.


The Holy Eucharist


*Choral Anthem


Representatives of the congregation bring the people's offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant. The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar. The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest, faces them and sings



Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds


 It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks; for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and for ever. Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance. Countless throngs of angels stand before you to serve you night and day; and, beholding the glory of your presence, they offer you unceasing praise. Joining with them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we acclaim you, and glorify your Name, as we sing:


Celebrant and People


*HYMNAL S-129                       Sanctus                                             Powell


The people stand or kneel. Then the Celebrant continues


We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our disobedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you taught us to hope for salvation.


Father, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose he gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave, destroyed death, and made the whole creation new. And, that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift for those who believe, to complete his work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all.


At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated.


When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; at supper with them he took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."


After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."


Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption Recalling Christ's death and his descent among the dead, proclaiming his resurrection and ascension to your right hand, awaiting his coming in glory; and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you.


Celebrant and People


We praise you, we bless you, we give thanks to you, and we pray to you, Lord our God.


The Celebrant continues


Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people, the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your Name.


Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic Church, redeemed by the blood of your Christ. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace.


Remember Michael our Primate and William our Bishop and all who minister in your Church. Remember all your people, and those who seek your truth. Preserve with your mighty arm those who serve in our name. Remember those displaced by warfare and natural disaster, and those who labor to care for them. Remember all those enslaved and trafficked against their will, and those who labor to liberate them. Remember Chase, Zackary, and James and all the newly Baptized. Remember all who have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to you alone; bring them into the place of eternal joy and light.


And grant that we may find our inheritance with the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, with the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem, with Blessed Michael the Archangel and all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. AMEN.


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


People and Celebrant


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 Breaking of the Bread


The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept. Then is sung



Facing the people, the Celebrant says


The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.


After Communion, the people may stand or kneel and the Celebrant says


Let us pray.


Celebrant and People


Almighty and ever living God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.


The Bishop when present, or the Priest, blesses the people. The Deacon, or the Celebrant, dismisses them saying




*HYMN 719                “America, the Beautiful”                        Materna





Easter VII

…coming out even…

© 2017  Frank B Crumbaugh III


Albrecht Dürer was a Renaissance man literally, living 1471-1528, and in the larger connotation of the phrase, being remembered for a vast body of work including engravings, paintings, treatises on mathematics, proportion and form, and his work as a goldsmith. He is of course best remembered for his woodcuts. He enjoyed the patronage of Maximilian I and Charles V, and was a contemporary of da Vinci. Dürer is remembered with Cranach the Elder and Grünewald on 5 August in the Church’s calendar; I have long admired Dürer’s work, and chose his 1511 Mass of Saint Gregory as the art for my ordination Mass card.


Among the woodcuts is Melancholia I. This 1514 woodcut is an allegory, and so of course depicts rich imagery inviting meditation, study, and reflection. As is true of such works, it is in the background that many of the fine details are located. In the background of Melancholia I we find Dürer’s version of a magic square. 

A magic square is a mathematical exercise in which all of the numbers total a certain sum, whether added across, down, or diagonally. In the case of Dürer’s magic square, that sum is 34, and the sum may also be derived by adding the numbers in each quadrant, the corners, or the center four; the year he produced Melancholia I is found in the middle two numerals of the bottom row. 

This is a background feature in a woodcut about depression, ennui, and the distractions that blunt the passion and creativity of people’s lives; given its elegance, one would think it might hold the center of the woodcut, but it doesn’t. 

I was pondering Melancholia I the other day. As I wandered through its features, meditating upon the ways life becomes bogged-down, I kept coming back to the square. The longer I looked at it the more dissonant the square became. That is, I think, precisely Dürer’s point. Easily missed hanging on an imagined wall in the background of a woodcut depicting life’s fragmentation and disappointments is a sign of completion….a sign that things resolve in spite of circumstances. Allegory indeed! 

This is The Seventh Sunday of Easter. It is a Sunday in the calendar acknowledging that Jesus has ascended, and the Apostles are asking “What now? What next?” Those are fair questions given the predictable undercurrent of anxiety in such circumstances; we must ask them, and failing to ask them is not faithful behavior. We are given our discerning minds and faithful hearts so that we may make such spiritual inquiries. 

And there is a clear resolution to the Apostles’ bafflement- baptism. 

Present amid the confusion, wreckage and detritus of life is the undeniable fact that the ultimate resolution of all things has already been made. That resolution has been made and perfected in the Paschal Mystery; in His Death and Burial, in His Resurrection and Ascension, Jesus has shown the answer. It is Himself; HE is the answer. 

At baptism we recalibrate the context of life- all of life. The baptismal context is being a child of God redeemed at The Cross, and living like one- even and especially in the midst of things that weigh us down, distract us, and rob us of our joy. 

The elegant wholeness of Dürer’s square is the divinely elegant wholeness of our baptisms. No matter how we look at it, from whatever angle we choose to calculate it, the answer is the same answer. Always and forever. As baptized persons we are grafted into that elegant wholeness, and in baptism we are meant to become evidence of it. 

Perfect calculation in the midst of melancholy….brilliant.

Love you. See you in Church. 

FBC3+, Easter VII 2017


Sunday, 28 May                             The Holy Eucharist                                          7:30am

                                                            The Holy Eucharist                                          9:30am

Easter VII

Monday, 29 May                           PARISH OFFICE CLOSED        

Tuesday, 30 May                           Adult Study Group                                      8:00am

                                                            Ladies Exercise Class                                      9:15am

Wednesday, 31 May                    Holy Eucharist                                                   noon                             

Thursday, 01 June                      Ladies Exercise Class                                         9:15am                         

                                                            AA (kitchen, Martin Hall)                              7:00pm    

Friday, 02 June                               PARISH OFFICE CLOSED


Sunday, 04 June                             The Holy Eucharist                                          7:30am

Pentacost                                         The Holy Eucharist                                          9:30am     

                                                            Capital Singers                                                  4:00pm    

Tuesday, 06 June                           Adult Study Group                                      8:00am

                                                            Ladies Exercise Class                                      9:15am

Wednesday, 07 June                    Holy Eucharist                                                   noon

                                                            Game Night                                                        6:00pm                        

Thursday, 08 June                     Ladies Exercise Class                                          9:15am                         

                                                            AA (kitchen, Martin Hall)                              7:00pm    

Friday, 09 June                               PARISH OFFICE CLOSED




Marine Street, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, New Jersey 08008

609-492-7571 (office)    609-467-7260 (facsimile) (website)


The Lord Jesus Christ is The Head of The Church, and The Members of the Parish are Ministers


William Kehr, Church Warden      Robert Meyer, Church Warden


Vestry Class of 2018                    Vestry Class of 2019                     Vestry Class of 2020

 Margaret Aftanis                             Alan Lee                                           Judith Hamilton

 Richard Cashel                                Kim Sparks                                       Fran Kleber

 Kay DeCicco                                    Melissa Wall                                     Karen Vaughan


Mrs. Jean Paich, Parish Administrator               Mr. Kingston Sparks, Treasurer

Mrs. Suzette Whiting, President ECW

Mrs. Jackie Sparks & Mrs. Melissa Wall, Co-Directors of the Altar Guild

Ms. Diana Shoenbach, Superintendent of Sunday School

Mrs. Ellen J. Dondero, Minister of Music & Organist

The Rev’d Dr. Judith S. Krom, Deacon Almoner        

The Rev’d Charles N. Arlin, Priest Associate

The Rev’d Frank B. Crumbaugh III, IV Rector of the Parish           

The Rt. Rev’d William H. Stokes, XII Bishop of New Jersey