The First Sunday After Pentecost

The Liturgy of the Word

Processional Hymn:  Come, Holy Ghost                    LEVAS Hymn 112

The Opening Acclamation

Celebrant:   Alleluia. Christ is risen.

People:        The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Celebrant:   There is one Body and one Spirit;

People:         There is one hope in God’s call to us;

Celebrant:    One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;

People:         One God and Father of all.

Celebrant:    The Lord be with you.

People:         And also with you.

Celebrant:    Let us pray.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson

Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Reader:    The Word of the Lord

People:     Thanks be to God.

Psalm 29

1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, *
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; *
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;

the God of glory thunders; *
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.

4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; *
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; *
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;

6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire;
the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; *
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.

9 And in the temple of the Lord *
all are crying, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; *
the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore.

11 The Lord shall give strength to his people; *
the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

Second Lesson

Romans 8:12-17

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh– for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ– if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Reader:    The Word of the Lord

People:     Thanks be to God

Cantor sings Alleluia, congregation repeats, cantor sings verse, congregation sings Alleluia

Priest:      The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (3:1-17)

People:       Glory to you, Lord Christ.

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jewish people. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And 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.

Priest:      The Gospel of the Lord.

People:     Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The  Sermon                        The Rev. Jim Morrison

Liturgy of Baptism

Eli Anthony-David Ledet

Gabriella Claire Ledet

Presentation and Examination of the Candidates

Celebrant:  The Candidates for Holy Baptism will now be presented.

Parents and Godparents:

I present Eli and Gabriella to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.


Will you, their parents and Godparents,  by your prayers and witness help Eli and Gabriella 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 the infants and younger children

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

Answer:      I renounce them.

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

Answer:       I renounce them.

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

Answer:       I renounce them.

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

Answer:      I do.

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

Answer:       I do.

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

Answer:       I do.

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

People:       We will.

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

(All Stand)

The Baptismal Covenant

Priest:    Do you believe in God the Father?

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

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

People:   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.

Priest: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People:   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.

Priest:    Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People:   I will, with God’s help.

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

People:   I will, with God’s help.

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

People:   I will, with God’s help.

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

People:   I will, with God’s help.

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

People:   I will, with God’s help.

Prayers for the Candidates

The Celebrant then says to the congregation

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

Leader:             Deliver Eli and Gabriella O Lord, from the way of sin and death.

People:             Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:             Open their hearts to your grace and truth.

People:    Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:   Fill Eli and Babriella with your holy and life-giving Spirit.

People:    Lord, hear our prayer.

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

People:   Lord, hear our prayer.

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

People:   Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:   Send them into the world in witness to your love.

People:    Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:   Bring  Eli and Gabriella to the fullness of your peace and glory.

People:    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 for ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving over the Water

The Celebrant blesses the water, first saying:

The Lord be with you.

People:        And also with you.

Celebrant:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:        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 for ever 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 for ever. Amen.

All seated please

The Baptism

Each candidate is presented by name to the Celebrant, who then immerses, or pours water upon, the candidate, saying

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

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 Priest places a hand on the person’s head, marking on the forehead the sign of the cross  and saying

 ____, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own for ever. 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

Celebrant:   The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People:        And also with you.

Welcome and Announcements

The Holy Communion

The Offertory

Offertory Hymn:  Come thou almighty King  Hymn 365

Reception of Gifts

Loving God, may this offering honor the work you have given us to do here in this place.  Rooted in Abundance, Generosity, and Gratitude we offer these gifts for your honor and glory. Amen

Eucharistic Prayer B

The people remain standing. The Celebrant faces them and sings or says

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People:        And also with you.

Celebrant:    Lift up your hearts.

People:        We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant:    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:          It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Preface of the Lord’s Day

For with your co-eternal Son and Holy Spirit, you are one God, one Lord, in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Being; and we celebrate the one and equal glory of you, O Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Sanctus: Hymnal S 129

Celebrant and People sing                    

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The people stand or kneel.

Then the Celebrant continues

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.  In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ 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.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with our Blessed Mother Mary, St. Joseph, St. Matthew,  all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ  our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN

The Great Amen Hymnal S 146

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.

Fraction Anthem Hymnal S 164

The Breaking of the Bread
At St. Matthew’s we welcome all persons, regardless of denomination, who have been baptized with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to share in the communion at this Altar. Those wishing to receive a blessing only may cross their hands over their heart.

Communion Hymn: Children of the heavenly Father LEVAS Hymn 213
                                 Spirit of the Living God              LEVAS Hymn 115

Post Communion Prayer
Almighty and everliving 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 for ever. Amen.

Recessional Hymn:  Holy, holy, Holy! Lord God almighty    Hymn 362

The Dismissal
Priest:       Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People:     Thanks be to God.

Birthday Prayer

Watch over Your children, O Lord, as their days increase; bless and guide them wherever they may be.  Strengthen them when they stand; comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they fall; and in their heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Birthdays and Anniversaries

Week of 5/26—6/1:   Herb Alexander, Mattie Smith, Michael Westbrook, Andrew Leonard

J.J. and Sinclair Buquet,

Bruce and Jennifer Jenkins, Walter and Trish Berry


Worship Team Schedule

Eucharistic Ministers Alex Ostheimer, Hildegard Blanchard,

Bruce Jenkins

Lectors Sinclair Buquet, Doug Holloway

Organist/Choirmaster John Barrilleaux

Ushers                                     Karen Chauvin, Robert Pugh

Vestry Member on Duty         Valerie Hebert

Altar Guild                              Sandy Ostheimer, Karen Kelly

Flower Guild                           Keri kelley

Hospitality Debby Fortier, Shirley Use’



Andrèe, Jay, Norma, Lydicia, Jere, Lona & Sidney, Earl, Bob, Mattie,  Randolph, JoAnne, Norma, Susan, Jeanette, Rita, Abigail, Mark, Marlene, Helen, Sue, Mike, Dawn, Ann, Michelle, Philip, Gerard, Penny, Tina, Virginia, Charles, Michael, Patsy, Margie, Linda, Megan, Beth, Rena, Liz, Rhonda, Eloise, Eve, Gerald, Linda Betty Rose, Ellen, Cage, Patsy, Kevin, Roger, Shirley, Betty,