Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Tune your car radio to FM 94.1
We are very happy to welcome you to our first “drive in” service. Thanks as well to UCity Schools for the use of the parking lot!
A few “ground-rules” are important to help keep everyone safe.
- Distancing: Cars must be spaced a full parking spot away from other cars. If you do step out of your car, to sit on your tailgate on in lawn chairs, please do stay within your parking spot. As much as we wish we could greet one another, out of love for our neighbor we have to stay distanced. You are welcome to wave to one another!
- Masks: If you step out of your car, or roll down your windows, please ensure all members of your household over age 2 are wearing a mask. Ushers have some masks available, if you forgot yours.
- Eucharist: Everyone is invite to receive. The ministers will come to the driver’s window wearing a mask and gloves. Each wafer is individually wrapped in a sanitized plastic bag. Please let the minister know how many from your car will receive. If no one in the car would like to receive, simply cross your arms over your chest. (We will only be receiving in one kind. The bishop’s guidelines do not permit the distribution of wine or juice at this time.)
- Singing: at this time we cannot sing safely as a group. You are welcome to quietly recite the words along with the musician. If you are out of your car, or have your windows down, please leave your mask on as you speak or sing.
- Donations: We welcome donations to support the work of Holy Communion, whether a payment on a pledge or simply an offering. There are large orange buckets available at the entrance. Please drop checks or cash there. You can also make a gift online by clicking here.
The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold.
Let Us Break Bread Together – arr. Mark Hayes
Be Thou My Vision Hymnal 488
Welcome and Opening Acclamation
The rector welcomes the congregation. If you are new to us, consider filling out our “get connected” form, let us get to know you better.
Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.
Glory to God for ever and ever. Amen.
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Collect of the Day
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (Matthew 18:21-35)
Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as many as seven times?”
Jesus said, “Not just seven times, but rather as many as seventy-seven times. Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle accounts, they brought to him a servant who owed him ten thousand bags of gold. Because the servant didn’t have enough to pay it back, the master ordered that he should be sold, along with his wife and children and everything he had, and that the proceeds should be used as payment. But the servant fell down, kneeled before him, and said, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I’ll pay you back.’ The master had compassion on that servant, released him, and forgave the loan.
“When that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred coins. He grabbed him around the throat and said, ‘Pay me back what you owe me.’
“Then his fellow servant fell down and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I’ll pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he threw him into prison until he paid back his debt.
“When his fellow servants saw what happened, they were deeply offended. They came and told their master all that happened. His master called the first servant and said, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you appealed to me. Shouldn’t you also have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ His master was furious and handed him over to the guard responsible for punishing prisoners, until he had paid the whole debt.
“My heavenly Father will also do the same to you if you don’t forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. They said to him, “Yes.” Then he said to them, “Therefore, every legal expert who has been trained as a disciple for the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings old and new things out of their treasure chest.”
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Christ.
Homily The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
The Prayers of the People
Gracious God, we thank you for giving us power through your Holy Spirit to reveal your life to the world; strengthen, bless, and guide us to make you known by word and example. For our companion relationships with Cristosal and the people and church in El Salvador and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Fulton. We pray especially for Michael, our Presiding Bishop, for Deon, Bishop of Missouri, and for all bishops and other ministers.
We are your Church, O God. Guide us in your grace.
We thank you for your creation, and pray for the earth which you have given us to cherish and protect; nourish in us your love for all you have made.
We are your stewards, O God. Guide us in your grace.
Guide and bless us in our work and play, and shape the patterns of our political and economic life; for the President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court, and all who are in authority; for all affected by the coronavirus; that all people may be fulfilled through the bounty of your creation.
We are your servants, O God. Guide us in your grace.
Awaken our hearts to your presence in all people: those we love easily and those with whom we struggle, those different from us and those similar to us, those familiar to us and those unfamiliar to us.
We are made in your image, O God. Guide us in your grace.
We thank you for calling us to the glorious heritage of your holy people. Free us from lack of vision, and from inertia of will and spirit. By your life-giving Spirit, lead us out of isolation and oppression, redeem and restore us.
You are the life within us, O God. Guide us in your grace.
We thank you for the gift of life, with all its blessings and sorrows. Shield the joyous, especially those who are celebrating a birthday this week: Warren Davis, Mary Ann Hatlelid, Jacob Swanson, and Butch Sterbenz. And for those celebrating anniversaries, Jessica & Jacob Gardner and Lisa & Tim Heaner. Comfort and strengthen those in any need or trouble, especially those who are sick and who are shut-in. Bless those who will be born today. Bless those who have died, especially Congressman John Lewis, champion of civil rights and justice, that by joining with the company of your saints in light we may rejoice in one unending song of praise.
In you alone we have eternal life, O God. Guide us in your grace.
O God our strength and salvation, hear all our prayers this day, and grant that we may live in the joy of the Resurrection, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Peace is then exchanged. Please wave to folks, or honk your horns! We must ask you not to approach folks from outside your household.
The Peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.
Announcements are shared
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Lift up your Hearts
We lift them to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
The presider offers thanks to God for the grace and mercy made available to us in Christ. In response all say:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
The presider gives thanks to God for Christ’s redeeming work, and remembers Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. The people are invited to respond to the words:
We acclaim you, O Christ:
Dying, you destroyed our death.
Rising, you restored our life.
Christ Jesus, come in glory!
The presider concludes with prayer for the Holy Spirit to sanctify the bread and wine, and the gathered congregation.
The Eucharistic prayer concludes with a plea for the coming of God’s reign.
Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, we worship you our God and Creator in voices of unending praise. AMEN.
The Lord’s Prayer
Pray in the language you prefer:
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.
Padre nuestro que estás en el cielo, santificado sea tu Nombre, venga tu reino, hágase tu voluntad, en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Perdona nuestras ofensas, como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. No nos dejes caer en tentación y líbranos del mal. Porque tuyo es el reino, tuyo es el poder, y tuya es la gloria, ahora y por siempre. Amén
The Breaking of the Bread
Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
Administration of the Sacrament
All are invited to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Gluten Free wafers are available, on request, from the minister. The ministers will come to the driver’s window wearing a mask and gloves. Each wafer is individually wrapped in a sanitized plastic bag. Please let the minister know how many from your car will receive a wafer. If no one in the car would like to receive, simply cross your arms over your chest. (The bishop’s guidelines do not permit the distribution of wine or juice at this time.)
Hymns during Communion
Just a Closer Walk With Thee LEVAS 72
I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table LEVAS 148
Post Communion Prayer
God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and cup of salvation; you have united us with Christ and one another; and you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.
The presider proclaims the final blessing.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Preacher: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lector: Julie Bennet
Prayers of the People: David Luckes
Greeters/Ushers: Susan Norris, Rudy Walz, David Luckes
Musician: The Rev. Brooke Meyers
Producer: Tyler Schwartz
Music reprinted with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
The Form of worship is from Enriching our Worship, the Eucharistic Prayer is Prayer 3.
The Prayers of the People are adapted from a form composed by The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon for St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square.