106 Line Street,  Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 723-3878

Easter Season
April 5 - May 23
2015




Regular Sunday Services

     9:30   AM  Adult Bible Study
     9:30   AM  Sunday School
     10:30 AM  Holy Eucharist,
                     Rite II


On the first Sunday of each month, Coffee Hour follows
the service.

Worship is the center of our
life together. Each week our community gathers to celebrate what God has done for us in
Jesus Christ. Worship at Calvary Church is intended for the honor and glory and love of God and to provide opportunities to hear and learn from the Word of God.









We beseech thee to heal
all brokenness within thy
Church that unity may
one day be restored.

We submit to your love
and care our brother
and sister Anglicans
in the coastal part of
this state,
and especially
The Episcopal Church
in [coastal] South Carolina
and their bishop,
Charles vonRosenberg
as they work to rebuild
and re-form their diocese.


































Welcome
 to Calvary Episcopal Church, a member of the continuing Episcopal Church in South Carolina- we invite you to look around and get a feel for our church. Feel free to share any comments or questions that might be on your mind through our online guest book.  If you're not currently a member of our church - we'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to one of our weekly services or activities. And of course, feel free to reach out and call one of our  Pastors or Ministry
Leaders at 843-723-3878.

Join us at 10:30 A.M. any Sunday at 106 Line Street in Charleston, South Carolina.  We hope you and your family will have a warm and spirit-filled experience with us as we worship and fellowship together. 

Your prayer request opens the door, and God is waiting patiently on the other side of that door, at all times, in all
situations, to join with you.

Many blessings to you,

The Vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church





Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 03, 2015
Year (cycle):  B

The Collect: 

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


First Lesson: 
Acts 8:26-40

26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the

south* to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) 27So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.29Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ 30So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ 31He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:


‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
   and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
     so he does not open his mouth. 
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
   Who can describe his generation?
     For his life is taken away from the earth.’

34The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ 35Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’* 38He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip* baptized him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.


Response: 
Psalm 22:24-30

24 For he did not despise or abhor
   the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,*
   but heard when I* cried to him. 

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 
26 The poor* shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
   May your hearts live for ever! 

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before him.* 
28 For dominion belongs to the Lord,
   and he rules over the nations. 

29 To him,* indeed, shall all who sleep in* the earth bow down;
   before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
   and I shall live for him.* 
30 Posterity will serve him;
   future generations will be told about the Lord,


Epistle: 
1 John 4:7-21
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9God’s love was revealed among us in this way:
God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. 15God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. 16So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19We love* because he first loved us. 20Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters,* are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister* whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters* also.


Gospel: 
John 15:1-8

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes* to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed*by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become* my disciples.





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