Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us!
Tiento del Quinto Tono – Antonio de Cabezón
The ushers and the rector welcome the congregation.
Blessed be God: most holy, glorious, and undivided Trinity.
And blessed be God’s reign, now and forever. Amen.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is,
and is to come.
O Lord, Open our lips.
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.
Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: as it was in the
beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Silence may be kept.
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 you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 13. We will read it responsively by verse. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.
How long, O God?
Will you forget me for ever;
how long will you hide your face from me?
How long shall I have perplexity in my mind,
and grief in my heart, day after day;
how long shall my enemy triumph over me?
Look upon me and answer me, O God, my God;
give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
Lest my enemies say they have prevailed over me,
and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
But I put my trust in your mercy;
my heart is joyful because of your saving help.
I will sing to the Holy One, who has dealt with me richly;
I will praise the Name of God Most High.
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.
A reading from the book of Genesis (Genesis 22:1-14)
After these events, God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!”
Abraham answered, “I’m here.”
God said, “Take your son, your only son whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah. Offer him up as an entirely burned offering there on one of the mountains that I will show you.” Abraham got up early in the morning, harnessed his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, together with his son Isaac. He split the wood for the entirely burned offering, set out, and went to the place God had described to him.
On the third day, Abraham looked up and saw the place at a distance. Abraham said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will walk up there, worship, and then come back to you.”
Abraham took the wood for the entirely burned offering and laid it on his son Isaac. He took the fire and the knife in his hand, and the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father?”
Abraham said, “I’m here, my son.”
Isaac said, “Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the entirely burned offering?”
Abraham said, “The lamb for the entirely burned offering? God will see to it, my son.” The two of them walked on together.
They arrived at the place God had described to him. Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He tied up his son Isaac and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. Then Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. But the Lord’s messenger called out to Abraham from heaven, “Abraham? Abraham?”
Abraham said, “I’m here.”
The messenger said, “Don’t stretch out your hand against the young man, and don’t do anything to him. I now know that you revere God and didn’t hold back your son, your only son, from me.” Abraham looked up and saw a single ram caught by its horns in the dense underbrush. Abraham went over, took the ram, and offered it as an entirely burned offering instead of his son. Abraham named that place “the Lord sees.” That is the reason people today say, “On this mountain the Lord is seen.”
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Canticle: Holy, Holy, Holy Hymnal 1982 #362
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew (10:40-42)
“Those who receive you are also receiving me, and those who receive me are receiving the one who sent me. Those who receive a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Those who receive a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. I assure you that everybody who gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because they are my disciples will certainly be rewarded.”
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell
O God of Every Nation Hymnal 607 sung by the choir of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square.
The Lord’s Prayer
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Let us pray
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.
Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
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. Mark’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis. We pray especially for Michael, our Presiding Bishop, for Deon, our bishop, 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 the people of the Middle East, Latin America, and 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: Pete Samples, Andrew Wasson, and Tyler Schwartz; and for those celebrating an anniversary this week: especially Bob Lewis & Alex Bokor, Peter & Babs Fairchild, and Paul & Shirley Mensah. We give thanks this weekend for our LGBTQ+ siblings. We give thanks for five years of marriage equality and 51 years of Pride.
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, 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.
Prayer for Pride
Transcendent God, we remember that on this day, fifty one years ago, a riot broke out as a response to years of victimization and oppression. We lift up the trans women of color who started the movement. We lift up all those who stood up for rights when doing so meant risking lives and livelihoods. We ask you to send your Spirit that we may follow where you lead, to the land of peace and freedom where we take Pride in all your children. Amen
The Collect of the Day
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Announcements are shared
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.
Final Hymn: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” arranged by Dr. Roland Carter. Sung by a choir of Black opera performers assembled by Nicole Heaston.
The Deacon dismisses the congregation:
Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.
Thanks be to God.
Preacher and Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Julie Farrar, The Rev. Marc Smith
Prayers of the People: Ellis Anderson
The Lord’s Prayer: Kara Hudson
Greeters/Ushers: The Cummins-Ludwig Family, Megan Ondr-Cooper
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park
Guest Choirs appear with thanks to Brent Erstad and Nicole Heaston
Streaming Producer: Cecily Hawksworth, Tyler Schwartz
Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
The Psalms and Collect of the Day are from the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible.
The Prayers of the People are adapted from a form composed by The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon for St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square.
“The Prayer for Pride” was adapted by our rector from a prayer written for the Church of the Apostles in Seattle.