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The latest news from St. Paul’s.

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Raffle

RAFFLE, RAFFLE, RAFFLE!
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church is raffling off two tickets to the September 25, Ohio State home football game against The University of Akron. The tickets are to be used to raise funds for local outreach and mission.  The proceeds will support Fairborn FISH. We hope to encourage people from the wider network of churches and others in the Fairborn community who support FISH to participate in the raffle. If you aren’t interested in OSU football or are unable to attend, we bet that that you have a family member, friend, or neighbor who would love to be gifted with two tickets to the game on September 25. Details follow.
Raffle for TWO TICKETS
THE The Ohio State University Buckeyes
Saturday, September 25, 2021 home game against theUniversity of Akron Zips 

Cost per chance: $25.00
No limit to number of chances per participant.
All proceeds to benefit Fairborn Fish 

Raffle chances can be purchased through St Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Fairborn, either by (preferred) using the Church’s secure online giving portal https://stchrisfairborn.org/giving/. Choose the “Other” fund and type in “Football Tickets” ($25 per chance for two tickets). You will then be prompted to add Payment information (Credit/Debit card), and email address.

Or you can send a check and your email address to the church at: St Christopher’s Episcopal Church,
PO Box 1026, Fairborn, OH 45324(Deadline for our receiving mailed checks is Friday, Sept. 17) The drawing will be held Sunday, September 19, 2021 following the 10 am service. The winner will be notified by email that day, and your tickets will be emailed by September 21. (OSU is using only electronic ticketing and that’s why we need your email address).
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eLantern for June 23, 2021

FROM THE PRIEST
Last week the Diocese of Southern Ohio revised the guidelines for in-person worship. Most of the precautions and limitations have been removed, leaving it to clergy and Vestries to decide how to apply them at the congregational level. At Sunday’s meeting, the Wardens and Vestry reviewed the revised guidelines and here are our decisions.
Masks
The guideline reads, “No mask is required for any person who is fully vaccinated. Masks are required for persons who are unvaccinated or in the presence of persons who are not able to be vaccinated, such as children or the immunocompromised.”
At St. Christopher’s we will reserve the front four pews on the Epistle side (the right side as one faces the altar) for individuals or groups who voluntarily wish to distance and wear masks. Others who are fully vaccinated will be able to sit in any of the other pews, masked or unmasked as they choose.
We will not require proof of vaccination. We trust the people of our parish to love their neighbors and to do what is best for the common good and for the protection of those who may be vulnerable.
Communion
The diocesan guidelines now allow for full communion using the common cup. However, we feel that it is too soon to allow for this. We need to obtain a second silver chalice and to determine how best to protect the vulnerable. We will revisit this at the August Vestry meeting. In the meantime, we will continue to have Holy Communion in one kind (bread) only.
Capacity and Choral Singing
We will return to full capacity (with distancing requirements in the first four pews on the Epistle side).We will resume processing and recessing behind the cross.Choral Singing without masks is permitted.We will continue to refrain from passing the collection plate.Regular sanitation practices should continue to be followed.
Coffee Hours and Receptions
Diocesan guidelines read, “Coffee hours and receptions can be resumed. However, if food is served, it is recommended that items be individually wrapped or provide a server for buffets to avoid common utensils.”
At St. Christopher’s we will resume coffee hours on Sunday, July 11. This will give us time to obtain disposable cups and to plan details about food. Please keep an eye out for further information.
If you have comments or suggestions regarding these parish guidelines, please contact me and/or the Wardens, Hayward Learn and Cindy Feltz.
Faithfully,John Paddock
Holy Eucharist at 10 am—in-person and on Facebook Live.
Healing and Holy Eucharist, Tuesday at noon, in-person.
SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 5th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8B Service Details
THE READINGS
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27Psalm 130, p. 7842 Corinthians 8:7-15Mark 5:21-43(Clicking the above links will redirect you to the full reading at https://www.lectionarypage.net/)
Prayers of the People: Form II, p. 585Eucharistic Prayer A, p. 361
THE PRAYER LIST
Bob and Lois, Eleanor, Toni and Ed, Judy, Debbie, Steve, Melissa, Aaron, Jessye, Dorothy, Camden, Chuyi, David, Nora, Evelio, Dee, Stephen, Kim, Dora, Barb, Quinn, Alma, Cindy, Patty, Cathy, Betty T., Mel, Kelli, Linda, Mark, Angie, Joanne, and Anthony.
BEAR WITH US
Returning to in-person worship for some and sharing the service with others on Facebook presents us with some challenges. This “Hybrid Church” creates some pitfalls as the requirements of online are often different from those of in-person experience. As we live into this new reality, we will be experimenting in various ways.
One of those is to shorten the service a bit by having only one lesson (Old Testament or Epistle) rather than both. Due to many factors, we have fewer people to serve the altar and read the lessons, so this will help in that regard.
Before COVID, we had Worship Leaders, Lectors, Chalice Bearers, and Acolytes in addition to clergy. Ed Smith is continually reminding us to KIS (Keep It Simple). So with that as a goal, we will:
Discontinue the term “Worship Leader” and the role. The Episcopal Church has a category of lay minister called a “Worship Leader”. However, these people complete a course of training and are licensed by the Bishop to lead worship when clergy are unavailable. But St. Christopher’s does not have any such trained and licensed folk. So it’s confusing. Let’s just let it go.
Each week we will have a “Vested Lector” who will lead the Psalm and the Prayers of the People. This person may also serve as crucifer, server, and/or Lay Eucharistic Minister.
We will discontinue the term “Chalice Bearer”. Back in the day, this term was used for laity who served the wine. But a number of years ago, the Episcopal Church started to use the term “Lay Eucharistic Minister” (LEM). LEM’s are authorized to distribute both bread and wine. At the moment, we are not sharing the wine. Should the need arise, a LEM may distribute the bread. We will train “Vested Lectors” to be LEM’s if they are not already.
Unvested lectors will read the lesson each week. They will come up from the congregation to read. In order to make it move more quickly for the “online congregation”, we ask that the unvested lectors come forward during the Collect of the Day or even earlier in order that they be ready to read immediately after the Collect.
All participants are encouraged to be ready to go as soon as their role is required. This will help reduce any “downtime” during the service. This is especially important for the online participants.
The appropriate response at the end of a lesson is “Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church” or “The Word of the Lord.” Nothing is generally added at the conclusion of the Psalm.
Psalms are read “Antiphonally by half verse”, “Antiphonally by whole verse”, “In unison”. On some occasions the Psalms may be chanted, but that will take careful preparation with the choir.
We will continue to change as we adapt to COVID regulations, available personnel and other circumstances. We will begin implementing some of these changes beginning in July. I invite people who are assigned to a particular role to come at 9:30 on the Sunday they are assigned in order to go over everything before the service.
—John Paddock
An in-person meet and greet with Bishop Smith will be held on July 10. Watch for more information!
Please contact Parish Secretary, Kay Mitchell, to sign-up to donate Altar Flowers. Please specify the date you are requesting. Hollon Flowers will provide two altar arrangements for $25; please make your payment two weeks before your requested date.Have you tried St. Christopher’s online giving site? St. Christopher’s has partnered with Shelby Systems to develop an online giving site for donors to make their gifts to St. Christopher’s electronically. Use this link or the button below, marked Donate to St. Christopher’s, to access the giving site. For more information and details see the article on our website, here.
Happy Birthday to:
Becky Wood on July 6, Jamie Faller on July 9, Tyson Jones on July 20, Diane Cannon on July 26
Happy Anniversary to:
Brooke and John Blackman on July 2
FISH FAIRBORN NEWS
FISH Fairborn recently debuted their new website at: www.fishfairborn.com. On that website is up-to-date news about FISH as well as a list of immediate pantry needs.
On June 25, a mobile health unit will be at the pantry from 1-4pm providing COVID vaccinations to anyone eligible who wants one. Pre-registration is not necessary.
At this time Fish Fairborn urgently needs: Jelly and cereal. Adult Depends (Size XL and Large)
By category other needs include:Basic Foods: Hearty soups, stews, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheeseMeat/High Protein Group: Canned meats, canned fish, nuts and seeds, rice and beansBreads, Cereals & Pasta: Hot and cold breakfast cereals, baking mixes, pasta and canned saucesDairy Group: Puddings and custardsFruits and Vegetables: Canned fruits, canned juices, canned vegetablesOther Items: Cat and dog foodNon-Food Household Products: Toilet paper, bar soap, diapers, personal care products such as deodorant, shampoo, laundry soap, etc
Monetary donations to FISH Fairborn can always be sent to FISH Fairborn, P.O. Box 1484. Fairborn, Ohio 45324. Of course, anything you can give helps. Items donated at St.C’s are collected and delivered to FISH once weekly, either Tuesdays or Fridays.
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Information about In-Person Sunday Worship

What to Expect
In order to maintain proper distancing during Sunday worship, there are a limited number of seats available. Call today to reserve a seat at 937-878-5614 or email office@stchrisfairborn.org. Details about what to expect follow below. Service will also be online on Facebook Live.

What to do and expect when returning to Sunday in-person worship:

-Make a reservation.
-Dress appropriately for the weather since windows and doors will be open.
-Plan to arrive early so that we have time to admit people at the door, one individual or pod at a time.
-Wear a mask covering both nose and mouth. We have extra masks for those who may need one.
-Once inside, your temperature will be taken with a no-touch thermometer.
-We will sign you in and make certain that your contact information is correct in case we need to do contact tracing.
-An usher will seat you, filling from the front to the back. (Two pews near the back will be reserved for larger pods).
-Offering plates will not be passed. They will be on a table or stand near the back of the church.
-There will be instrumental music only. No Singing!
-Ushers will release one individual or pod at a time to go forward for Holy Communion.
-The priest, deacon, or Lay Eucharistic Minister will drop the bread into your hand as you stand. Then return to your pew before consuming it.
-When the worship is finished, ushers will release each individual or pod one at a time, beginning from the back of the church.
-There will be no coffee hour. And worshippers will be encouraged to go directly to their cars without visiting in the parking lot.
-For those who will be watching on Facebook Live from home, we have obtained new equipment so that you can get a better viewing experience. Please be patient as video and sound operators learn to be comfortable with the equipment and software.
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New Online Giving Site Activated

Early in the pandemic, the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio developed and provided an online giving site so that southern Ohio parishes could continue to receive donations that previously would have been collected during services. The diocese has asked that parishes who have found the online giving site a help, establish their own similar sites. After discussion with the vestry, St. Christopher’s has set up an online giving site similar to the one the diocese provided.

There are several ways a donor can access the online giving site:

  • A “button” has been added in your eLantern. Near the bottom of this newsletter is a block of buttons, the top button reads, Donate to St. Christopher’s. If you click the button, you will be redirected to the giving site.
  • When accessing the St. Christopher’s website, a button is located near the top, right of the page that says Give Online. Clicking the button will redirect you to the giving site.
  • You may access the giving site directly by entering this web address into your browser’s search bar: https://stchrisfairborn.org/giving/
  • A free app can be downloaded to your tablet or smartphone that will link you directly to the St. Christopher’s online giving site. To find the app, search your App Store (Apple or Android), the App is called “Shelby Giving” and the app icon will look similar to one of the icons below.
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When making a donation from the St. Christopher’s online giving site a nominal processing fee will be incurred. Paying the processing fee is completely optional, you may choose to help St. Christopher’s by paying the fee or not. Processing fees for bank transfers (ACH payments) are 75¢ [cents] each and fees for payments made through a credit card are $1 each.

For help or more information about online giving, contact Hayward Learn or Andrea Haberecht.

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Holy Week

Maundy Thursday (April 1), 7 pm. Holy Eucharist. Also on Facebook Live.


Good Friday (April 2)

  • Noon: Good Friday Liturgy in church and online
  • 1-6: Church open for self-guided Stations of the Cross and prayer

Easter (April 4), 10 am, Live and online. Reservations required. See Palm Sunday above.

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Palm Sunday and Easter

GET READY FOR IN-PERSON SUNDAY WORSHIP
On March 28, 2021, we will return to in-person Sunday worship at 10 am. In order to maintain proper distancing, there are a limited number of seats available. Call today to reserve a seat for Palm Sunday and/or Easter at 937-878-5614 or email to office@stchrisfairborn.org. Let us know how many people will be with you or if you will be alone. Details about what to expect follow below. Services will also be online on Facebook Live.

What to do and expect regarding return to Sunday in-person worship:

–Make a reservation.
–Dress appropriately for the weather since windows and doors will be open.Plan to arrive early so that we have time to admit people at the door, one individual or pod at a time.
–Wear a mask covering both nose and mouth. We have extra masks for those who may need one.
–Once inside, your temperature will be taken with a no-touch thermometer.
–We will sign you in and make certain that your contact information is correct in case we need to do contact tracing.
–An usher will seat you, filling from the front to the back. (Two pews near the back will be reserved for larger pods).
–Offering plates will not be passed. They will be on a table or stand near the back of the church.There will be instrumental music only. No Singing!
–The service will be shorter than usual.
–Ushers will release one individual or pod at a time to go forward for Holy Communion. The priest or deacon will drop the bread into your hand as you stand. Then return to your pew before consuming it.
–Blessed palms on Palm Sunday will be available for pick up when worshippers come forward for communion.
–When the worship is finished, ushers will release each individual or pod one at a time, beginning from the back of the church.
–There will be no coffee hour. And worshippers will be encouraged to go directly to their cars without visiting in the parking lot.
–For those who will be watching on Facebook Live from home, we have obtained new equipment so that you can get a better viewing experience. Please be patient as video and sound operators learn to be comfortable with the equipment and software.
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Plan For Return to Worship

PLAN FOR RETURN TO WORSHIP AT ST. CHRISTOPHER’S

The Priest-in Charge, Warden’s and Vestry have agreed with this tentative plan for face-to-face worship at St. Christopher’s. All Sunday services will be streamed on Facebook Live. Tuesday noon worship will also be on Zoom.

  • Tuesday Healing Services will resume on March 9 at noon. We will use these small services to test out safe practices and practice sharing Holy Communion with proper distancing, following Diocesan guidelines.
  • We will return to Sunday worship on Palm Sunday, March 28, at 10 a.m., asking that people register their intention to attend in advance, limiting attendance so that we can maintain proper distancing. We will also follow this plan for Easter Day (April 4). If necessary, we will add an additional service at noon.
  • Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday (April 1), Good Friday (April 2) will also be conducted. 
  • Masking will be required of all attendees along with proper distancing. Masks and hand-sanitizers will be provided to those who do not have them. Windows will be open to enhance ventilation, so dress appropriately for the weather. Instrumental music will be provided, but there will be no singing. Holy Communion will be offered in one kind (meaning bread only). Details for receiving Communion will be sent later. Offering plates will not be passed but will be available on a table to receive your offerings.
  • We would like to reiterate that the safest form of worship during these times is staying home to worship virtually. As a church, we are a place to provide for spiritual needs; however, we understand and respect the decision to stay home during these uncertain times. 
  • Better cameras and other equipment will be obtained to enhance participation for those watching on Facebook Live. Please bear with us as we learn how to operate it effectively. In addition to our own church members, there are people who join us on Facebook every week from both the local community and even abroad. It is our plan to continue to stream the worship even when we can move beyond the Pandemic protocols.
  • Once the weather improves, Father Paddock will offer to bring Holy Communion to anyone who desires to receive it. There are also Diocesan protocols for keeping people safe in that circumstance.
  • For the time-being we will not have coffee hours. Adult Forums in the Parish Hall at 9 am will resume on the Second Sunday of Easter (April 11). 
  • As we get closer to opening, more details will be shared. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Father Paddock or the Wardens, Hayward Learn and Cindy Feltz.
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Zoom Theology

We meet twice each month, the first and third Tuesday, to share and discuss our beliefs, values, and commitments. This is not an effort to convert or evangelize, but an effort to hear and understand one another.

Topic: Zoom Theology
Time: Mar 2, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every 14 days, until Mar 16, 2021, 2 occurrence(s)
Mar 2, 2021 06:30 PM
Mar 16, 2021 06:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86204717556

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Zoom Healing Service

John Paddock is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Tuesday Zoom Healing Service
Time: Apr 6, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Tue, until May 25, 2021, 8 occurrence(s)
Apr 6, 2021 12:00 PM
Apr 13, 2021 12:00 PM
Apr 20, 2021 12:00 PM
Apr 27, 2021 12:00 PM
May 4, 2021 12:00 PM
May 11, 2021 12:00 PM
May 18, 2021 12:00 PM
May 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZ0udOyoqjsqGtNIIUQq5by967umgulqRTRG/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGhrTgvGtCVsBmARpx5A4jCZ_TwiGJfjbdztTbQMjEGYBqvYLVXP7VqHMni

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89335040007

  

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Tuesday Healing Service Liturgy

Tuesday Healing Service

12 Noon

Adapted for online or conference call during a time of Pandemic 

Celtic Healing Service (Taken from the Iona Abbey Worship Book)

Greeting:   Please take a few moments to center yourself and come into the presence of the Divine Healer. (Observe a few moments of silent gathering.)

Opening Prayer:

Leader:      If you come to this virtual gathering in certainty or in confusion, in anger or in anguish

All:            This time is for us.

Leader:      If you come in silent suffering or hidden sorrow, in pain or promise

All:            This time is for us.

Leader:      If you come for your own or another’s need, for a private wound or a wound of the world

All:            This time is for us.

Leader:      If you come and do not know why, to be here is enough

All:            This time is for ALL.

Leader:      Come now, Christ of the forgiving warmth, Come now, Christ of the yearning tears, Come now, Christ of the transforming touch

All:            This time is for YOU.

Opening Responses:

Leader:      Loving God, you share with us the care of creation, and call each of us by name. We remember that those who encountered Jesus found acceptance, healing and the possibility of new life, that the disciples, though imperfect human beings, through prayer and touch, helped others to find healing in the power of your Holy Spirit. 

                  So, in the name of the Triune God we pray…..

Leader:      We gather in your presence, God,

All:            In our need, and bringing with us the needs of the world.

Leader:      We come to you, for you came to us in Jesus,

All:            And you know by experience what human life is like.

Leader:      We come with our faith and with our doubts.

All:            We come with our hopes and our fears

Leader:      We come as we are, because you invite us to come,

All:            And you have promised never to turn us away.

Leader:      Jesus said, “So come, you who are troubled and I will give you rest.” So come, you who are burdened by regrets and anxieties, you who are broken in body or in spirit, you who are torn by difficult relationships, by doubt, you who feel deeply within yourselves the divisions of our world, Come… for Jesus invites us to bring him our brokenness. 

Readings  can be inserted here… Gospel for the Day and Reflections

Prayers of the People

Leader:      Loving God, we hold in your healing presence those who suffer pain and ill-health, with their families, friends, and those who care for them.

All:            May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Leader:      Loving God, we hold in your healing presence those who suffer in mind and spirit, and all those who care for them.

All:            May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Leader:      Loving God, we hold in your healing presence the suffering people of our world, and the places where people are experiencing divisions, injustice and violence.

All:            May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Leader:      Loving God, we hold in your healing presence those struggling to overcome addiction or abuse, those supporting and working with them, and all whose suffering has distanced them from those who love them.

All:            May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Leader:      Loving God, we hold in your healing presence those facing bereavement. We also pray for those who have died.

All:            May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Leader:      Loving God, we give you thanks for those who have had health restored and prayers answered.

All:            May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Leader:      We hold in your healing presence and peace those whose needs are not known to us…. And those whose names we do not know, but who are known to you and for whom we have been asked to pray. And we name in our hearts those who are close to us…

All:            May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Leader:     In this time of pandemic, Dear God, we hold before you all those who are fearful, those who are sick from the virus, all who are isolated. We pray for those who have lost their jobs and their livelihoods. We lift up the businesses, the non-profit organizations, the civic groups that are hurting. We pray for our cities, towns and communities. We remember the students and their teachers and families. And we especially remember those who are experiencing homelessness and the imprisoned.

All.            May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Leader:      May your wisdom, God, guide nurses, doctors, hospital personnel and those who work in every part of our Health systems across the world. We pray for those who work in the coast guard, armed forces, emergency services, and all first responders. And we pray for those who manufacture medicines and medical equipment, researchers and epidemiologists, and government decision-makers at every level.

All:            May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Leader:     Let us pray for the Church. May we find ways to continue the work of ministry and worship in this time of trial.

All:            May we know the deep peace of Christ.

At this time we will name those for whom we have specific requests. We will ask each worshipper, one at a time, to voice the names which are on their minds and in their hearts.

All:            Spirit of the living God, present with us now, enter us body, mind and spirit, and heal us of all that harms us, in Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Leader:      God of compassion and love, we offer you all our suffering and pain. Give us strength to bear our weakness, healing even when there is no cure, peace in the midst of turmoil, and love to fill the space in our lives.  I ask the Holy Spirit to anoint you with God’s deep love and grace. Amen.

Leader:      For loving the world and knowing our names

All:            Thank you God

Leader:      For your strength that fills us and your love that heals us.

All:            Thank you God

Leader:      For your presence here with us today and for your hand that leads us into tomorrow

All:            Thank you God

Leader:      Come bless us, hold us, wrestle with us, warm us in your embrace

All:            For we are your people and you are our God.

Leader:      Glory to God from whom all love flows, glory to Jesus who showed his love through suffering, and glory to the Holy Spirit who brings light to the darkest places. Amen. 

Prayer of Confession: 

Merciful God,

For the things we have done that we regret, forgive us

For the things we have failed to do that we regret, forgive us

For all the times we have acted without love, forgive us

For all the times we have reacted without thought, forgive us

For all the times we have withdrawn care, forgive us

For all the times we have failed to forgive, forgive us

For hurtful words said and helpful words unsaid, forgive us

For unfinished tasks and unfulfilled hopes, God of all time, forgive us and help us to lay down our burden of regret.

Celebrant:   May God have mercy on you, pardon and deliver you from your sins, and give you time to amend your life.  Amen.

The Peace of the Lord   

Leader: The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:   And also with you. 

Leader: In the words our Savior taught us we pray

All:  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, 
        your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.  
 Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

 Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

 For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,

 now and for ever. Amen.

The Blessing:

Celebrant:    In darkness and in light, as we sleep and when we wake, in rest and in work, in sadness and in joy, may we be aware of your holy presence and mindful of your faithful love.

         I bless you, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Sacred Spirit, the One and the Three. May the light of the Trinity shine bright upon you, may the night call down peace, and when you come into the nearer presence of God may the door be open wide for you to go in to your joy.  

All:   Amen

Dismissal:

Celebrant:    Go in the peace of the Three in One, who is ever present, and be of service to the world! Alleluia, Alleluia

All:   Thanks be to God! Alleluia, Alleluia