Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Welcome to our online worship. The service begins with a slideshow prelude around 10:15. Music in the slideshow is from our archives or from a creative commons source. All music is used by permission. (This long prelude helps us to make sure any glitches in the streaming are ironed out before the start of worship.)
This Is My Song arr. Mark Hayes
The ushers and the rector welcome the congregation. If you are new to us, consider filling out our “get connected” form, let us get to know you better. We are glad you’re here.
Call to Worship:
The Officiant greets the people with these words.
Dear friends in the risen Christ, we gather today to celebrate the Lord’s Day, and for a time to be united in prayer and praise with each other and those who have gone before us. Sunday has been called the Lord’s Day because it was on this day that Jesus conquered sin and death and rose to new life. As we gather online, let us be united in the spirit of Christ with the Church around the world and celebrate our redemption in Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection. As we gather, you are invited to light a candle in your own home.
Silence may be kept for a time.
As we worship we ask God’s forgiveness for things done and things left undone and things done on our behalf so that we are reconciled to God and each other.
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.
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.
Somebody’s Knockin’ Brooke and Bria
The Collect of the Day
The collect is a prayer traditionally used to help us prepare to hear the Word of God proclaimed in Scripture.
Let us Pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Following an ancient pattern originally from Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set calendar for what will be read when.
The First Reading:
A Reading from the book of Exodus (Exodus 33:12-23)
Moses said to the Lord, “Look, you’ve been telling me, ‘Lead these people forward.’ But you haven’t told me whom you will send with me. Yet you’ve assured me, ‘I know you by name and think highly of you.’ Now if you do think highly of me, show me your ways so that I may know you and so that you may really approve of me. Remember too that this nation is your people.”
The Lord replied, “I’ll go myself, and I’ll help you.”
Moses replied, “If you won’t go yourself, don’t make us leave here. Because how will anyone know that we have your special approval, both I and your people, unless you go with us? Only that distinguishes us, me and your people, from every other people on the earth.”
The Lord said to Moses, “I’ll do exactly what you’ve asked because you have my special approval, and I know you by name.”
Moses said, “Please show me your glorious presence.”
The Lord said, “I’ll make all my goodness pass in front of you, and I’ll proclaim before you the name, ‘The Lord.’ I will be kind to whomever I wish to be kind, and I will have compassion to whomever I wish to be compassionate. But,” the Lord said, “you can’t see my face because no one can see me and live.” The Lord said, “Here is a place near me where you will stand beside the rock. As my glorious presence passes by, I’ll set you in a gap in the rock, and I’ll cover you with my hand until I’ve passed by. Then I’ll take away my hand, and you will see my back, but my face won’t be visible.”
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
The Psalm (Psalm 99) St. Helena Psalter
God reigns; let the people tremble;
God is enthroned upon the cherubim;
let the earth shake.
God is great in Zion
and is high above all peoples.
Let them confess God’s Name, which is great and awesome;
God is the Holy One.
“O mighty Ruler, lover of justice,
you have established equity;
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”
We proclaim your greatness, O God,
and fall down before your footstool;
you are the Holy One.
Moses and Aaron among your priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon your Name,
they called upon you, and you answered them.
You spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud;
they kept your testimonies and the decree that you gave them.
“O Holy God, you answered them indeed;
you were a God who forgave them,
yet punished them for their evil deeds.”
Proclaim the greatness of our God
and worship on God’s holy hill,
for our God is the Holy One.
Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
The Gospel Reading
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 22:15-22)
Then the Pharisees met together to find a way to trap Jesus in his words. They sent their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are genuine and that you teach God’s way as it really is. We know that you are not swayed by people’s opinions, because you don’t show favoritism. So tell us what you think: Does the Law allow people to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
Knowing their evil motives, Jesus replied, “Why do you test me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used to pay the tax.” And they brought him a denarion. “Whose image and inscription is this?” he asked.
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” When they heard this they were astonished, and they departed.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
The Sermon: The Rev. Marc Smith
Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
Prayer for Stewardship
Holy Communion’s annual campaign forgiving is ongoing. If you haven’t yet pledged, there still is time, we ask you to get your pledge in as early as you can, as it will help our vestry to plan our budget.
Gracious and everlasting God, the giver of all good gifts, you have blessed us and our parish abundantly. Grant us the hope to dream and the courage to live into our possibilities. Make us faithful stewards, both for the provision of our necessities and for the relief of those who are in need. Bless the efforts of our Annual Giving this year to extend the work of spiritual renewal in our church and community of faith. Through Jesus Christ, who gave all of himself, we offer this prayer. Amen.
The Prayers of the People
I invite your prayers for the church throughout the world. For our companion relationships with Cristosal and the people and church in El Salvador; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for The Deaconess Anne House. Pray for the Church.
I invite your prayers for our nation, for the upcoming election. I invite your prayers for all those in authority in our own communities and across this world. Pray for justice and good governance.
I invite your prayers for the earth that God has given us, that we might steward and protect the land and all its inhabitants. Pray for the earth.
I invite your prayers of thanksgiving. Shield the joyous, especially those who are celebrating a birthday this week: Mary Chapman, Sherifa Hardware-Bethune, Josephine Ezenwa, Ryan Jones, Jill Waring, and Marc Smith. And for those celebrating anniversaries: Lon & Jessica Chubiz, Bryant Cooper & Megan Ondr-Cooper. For what do you give thanks to God?
I invite your prayers of petition for those in any need or trouble, for all affected by the coronavirus. Pray for your own needs, and those of others.
I invite your prayers for Bishop Jones and for that whole cloud of witnesses who have gone before us in faith. Pray for those who have died.
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 Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.
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, 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
Announcements are shared
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States (or of this community) in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication to you; and you
have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the
midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions
as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of
your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.
The Peace is then exchanged. Consider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.
Will You Come and Follow Me
The Deacon dismisses the congregation:
Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.
Preacher: The Rev. The Rev. Marc Smith
Presider: The Rev. Mike Angell
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Seminarian: Emilee Walker-Cornetta
Lectors: Fran Caradonna, Jacob Swanson
Prayers of the People: David Luckes
Greeters/Ushers: Courtney Dula, Kara Cummins
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Musicians: Bria Jones and Brook Myers
Streaming Producer: John Kelly
Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.
The Form of worship was adapted from a liturgy composed by our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson.