Bulletin for Drive In Service 5pm July 26

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

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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.

Welcome

Opening Hymn

In the Bulb there is a Flower My Heart Sings Out Hymnal #86

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in ev’ry silence, seeking word and melody; there’s a dawn in ev’ry darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity; in our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

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, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Gospel

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (Matthew 13:24-30,36-43)

Jesus told another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in his field. It’s the smallest of all seeds. But when it’s grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in a bushel of wheat flour until the yeast had worked its way through all the dough.”

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field.”

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one very precious pearl, he went and sold all that he owned and bought it.”

 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that people threw into the lake and gathered all kinds of fish. When it was full, they pulled it to the shore, where they sat down and put the good fish together into containers. But the bad fish they threw away. That’s the way it will be at the end of the present age. The angels will go out and separate the evil people from the righteous people, and will throw the evil ones into a burning furnace. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.”

“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. Mike Angell

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 Episcopal City Mission, their chaplains and staff, and all in youth detention. 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: Max Fiorello, David Luckes and Randy Mariani. 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

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:

Announcements are shared

 

Eucharistic Prayer                         

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.)

Hymn during Communion

Seek ye First the Kingdom of God 1982 Hymnal #711

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
And His righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you
Allelu Alleluia
 
Ask and it shall be given unto you
Seek and ye shall find
Knock and it shall be opened unto you
Allelu Alleluia

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 Blessing

The presider proclaims the final blessing.

The Dismissal  

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Prayers of the People: David Luckes
Greeters/Ushers: 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.

Bulletin August 30

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Welcome

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.

Opening Rite: Liturgy of Light

All stand, and 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.

Silence may be kept for a time.

Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thanks be to God.

It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus’ sake. For the same God who said, “Out of darkness let light shine,” has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation—the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4: 5-6)

Candles are now be lit in the church. You are invited to light candles at home, as we pray the following prayer:

May the light of Christ gloriously risen dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.
May this simple flame of love and hope be found still burning by the Morning Star; the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ our Savior, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Alleluia! Amen.

Confession

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.
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 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.

Opening Acclamation

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 Officiant continues with the prayer appointed for the day called the collect. The collect is written to go along with both the season of the church year and the readings of the day. It summarizes the attributes of God as revealed in the scripture of the day.

God is with you.
And also with you.

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Opening Hymn

Go Down, Moses LEVAS 228

The Readings

We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Reading and commenting on scripture goes back to the earliest services of Christianity. Following the pattern of Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set pattern for what will be read when. One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read.

The First Reading:

A Reading from the book of Exodus 3:1-15

Moses was taking care of the flock for his father-in-law Jethro, Midian’s priest. He led his flock out to the edge of the desert, and he came to God’s mountain called Horeb. The Lord’s messenger appeared to him in a flame of fire in the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was in flames, but it didn’t burn up. Then Moses said to himself, Let me check out this amazing sight and find out why the bush isn’t burning up.

When the Lord saw that he was coming to look, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!”

Moses said, “I’m here.”

Then the Lord said, “Don’t come any closer! Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground.” He continued, “I am the God of your father, Abraham’s God, Isaac’s God, and Jacob’s God.” Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I’ve clearly seen my people oppressed in Egypt. I’ve heard their cry of injustice because of their slave masters. I know about their pain. I’ve come down to rescue them from the Egyptians in order to take them out of that land and bring them to a good and broad land, a land that’s full of milk and honey, a place where the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites all live. Now the Israelites’ cries of injustice have reached me. I’ve seen just how much the Egyptians have oppressed them. So get going. I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I to go to Pharaoh and to bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

God said, “I’ll be with you. And this will show you that I’m the one who sent you. After you bring the people out of Egypt, you will come back here and worship God on this mountain.”

But Moses said to God, “If I now come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they are going to ask me, ‘What’s this God’s name?’ What am I supposed to say to them?”

God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. So say to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” God continued, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, Abraham’s God, Isaac’s God, and Jacob’s God, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever; this is how all generations will remember me.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Psalm

The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

We give you thanks, O God, and call upon your Name,
we make known your deeds among the peoples,

We sing to you; we sing your praise
and speak of all your marvelous works,


We glory in your holy Name;
let the hearts of those who seek you rejoice;

We search for you and your strength;
we continue to seek your face;


We remember the marvels you have done,
the wonders and the judgments of your mouth:

We, the offspring of Abraham, your servant,
we, the children of Jacob, the chosen ones.


Israel came into Egypt,
and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham.

You made your people exceedingly fruitful;
you made them stronger than their enemies;


Whose heart you turned, so that they hated your people,
and dealt unjustly with your servants.

You sent Moses your servant,
and Aaron whom you had chosen.


That they might keep your statutes
and observe your laws. Alleluia!

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 16:21-28)

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and legal experts, and that he had to be killed and raised on the third day. Then Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him: “God forbid, Lord! This won’t happen to you.” But he turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them. Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? For the Human One is about to come with the majesty of his Father with his angels. And then he will repay each one for what that person has done. I assure you that some standing here won’t die before they see the Human One coming in his kingdom.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Sermon: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti

Anthem: Ana Hernandez All Shall Be Well

Affirmation of Faith

Originally the entire service was viewed as our confession of faith. However, since the Sixth Century, the church has recited either the Nicene Creed or the Apostle’s Creed at the Eucharist. The word creed comes from the Latin credo for “I believe” or “I lend my heart to.”

Do you believe in God?

We believe in God the Father the almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgive- ness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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 the the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Rockwell House. 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: Diane Willingham, Peter Tchoukaleff, Jordan Houry, and Gretchen Wilkes. 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.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray in the way that Christ taught us.

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.

Announcements:

Announcements are shared

Final Prayers

God of all creation, we gather on this first day of the week made holy by the resurrection of Christ, your Son. In the waters of baptism we were buried with him so that we might also rise with him and so share his victory over sin and death.
You have transformed our lives into the living stones that form your Church with Christ as the foundation stone. Strengthen our community’s bond of communion and peace and deepen our solidarity with your Church throughout the world.

Rekindle within us this Sabbath day the vision of your kingdom so that our daily concerns and labor may find their proper perspective.
Fill our homes with the spirit of the Gospel and give us the grace to see the face of Christ in the people with whom we live. We raise our voices in praise and thanksgiving to you, O God; that we who have celebrated Christ’s resurrection this day share in his eternal glory where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
Officiant
The peace of Christ be always with you. People And also with you.

Final Hymn:

Will you Come and Follow Me Wonder, Love, and Praise 734

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Pam Hardester, Jacob Swanson
Prayers of the People:
The Lord’s Prayer: Janice Nihill
Greeters/Ushers:
Soloist:
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park
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.

The Prayers of the People are adapted from a form composed by The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon for St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square.

Bulletin August 23

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Welcome

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.

Opening Rite: Liturgy of Light

All stand, and 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.

Silence may be kept for a time.

Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thanks be to God.

It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus’ sake. For the same God who said, “Out of darkness let light shine,” has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation—the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4: 5-6)

Candles are now be lit in the church. You are invited to light candles at home, as we pray the following prayer:

May the light of Christ gloriously risen dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.
May this simple flame of love and hope be found still burning by the Morning Star; the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ our Savior, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Alleluia! Amen.

Confession

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.
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 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.

Opening Acclamation

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 Officiant continues with the prayer appointed for the day called the collect. The collect is written to go along with both the season of the church year and the readings of the day. It summarizes the attributes of God as revealed in the scripture of the day.

God is with you.
And also with you.

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory 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.

Opening Hymn

He’s Got the Whole World, In his Hands

The Readings

We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Reading and commenting on scripture goes back to the earliest services of Christianity. Following the pattern of Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set pattern for what will be read when. One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read.

The First Reading:

A Reading from the book of Exodus 1:8-2:10

Now a new king came to power in Egypt who didn’t know Joseph. He said to his people, “The Israelite people are now larger in number and stronger than we are. Come on, let’s be smart and deal with them. Otherwise, they will only grow in number. And if war breaks out, they will join our enemies, fight against us, and then escape from the land.” As a result, the Egyptians put foremen of forced work gangs over the Israelites to harass them with hard work. They had to build storage cities named Pithom and Rameses for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they grew and spread, so much so that the Egyptians started to look at the Israelites with disgust and dread. So the Egyptians enslaved the Israelites. They made their lives miserable with hard labor, making mortar and bricks, doing field work, and by forcing them to do all kinds of other cruel work.

The king of Egypt spoke to two Hebrew midwives named Shiphrah and Puah: “When you are helping the Hebrew women give birth and you see the baby being born, if it’s a boy, kill him. But if it’s a girl, you can let her live.” Now the two midwives respected God so they didn’t obey the Egyptian king’s order. Instead, they let the baby boys live.

So the king of Egypt called the two midwives and said to them, “Why are you doing this? Why are you letting the baby boys live?”

The two midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because Hebrew women aren’t like Egyptian women. They’re much stronger and give birth before any midwives can get to them.” So God treated the midwives well, and the people kept on multiplying and became very strong. And because the midwives respected God, God gave them households of their own.

Then Pharaoh gave an order to all his people: “Throw every baby boy born to the Hebrews into the Nile River, but you can let all the girls live.”

Now a man from Levi’s household married a Levite woman. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that the baby was healthy and beautiful, so she hid him for three months. When she couldn’t hide him any longer, she took a reed basket and sealed it up with black tar. She put the child in the basket and set the basket among the reeds at the riverbank. The baby’s older sister stood watch nearby to see what would happen to him.

Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, while her women servants walked along beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds, and she sent one of her servants to bring it to her. When she opened it, she saw the child. The boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. She said, “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children.”

Then the baby’s sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Would you like me to go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?”

Pharaoh’s daughter agreed, “Yes, do that.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I’ll pay you for your work.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. After the child had grown up, she brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I pulled him out of the water.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Psalm

The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 124. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

If God had not been on our side,
let Israel now say;

If God had not been on our side,
when enemies rose up against us
,

Then would they have swallowed us up alive
in their fierce anger toward us;

Then would the waters have overwhelmed us
and the torrent gone over us;


Then would the raging waters
have gone right over us.

Blessed be God,
who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.


We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler;
the snare is broken, and we have escaped.

Our help is in the Name of God,
the maker of heaven and earth.

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 16:13-20)

Now when Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Human One is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”

He said, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Then Jesus replied, “Happy are you, Simon son of Jonah, because no human has shown this to you. Rather my Father who is in heaven has shown you. I tell you that you are Peter. And I’ll build my church on this rock. The gates of the underworld won’t be able to stand against it. I’ll give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Anything you fasten on earth will be fastened in heaven. Anything you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven.” Then he ordered the disciples not to tell anybody that he was the Christ.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell

Anthem: Ana Hernandez All Shall Be Well

Affirmation of Faith

Originally the entire service was viewed as our confession of faith. However, since the Sixth Century, the church has recited either the Nicene Creed or the Apostle’s Creed at the Eucharist. The word creed comes from the Latin credo for “I believe” or “I lend my heart to.”

Do you believe in God?

We believe in God the Father the almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgive- ness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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 the the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Crestwood. 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: Phoebe Thoroughman, Callum Docherty, Tim Anderson, Laurie Justiss, and Peg Niemann. 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.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray in the way that Christ taught us.

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.

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Final Prayers

God of all creation, we gather on this first day of the week made holy by the resurrection of Christ, your Son. In the waters of baptism we were buried with him so that we might also rise with him and so share his victory over sin and death.
You have transformed our lives into the living stones that form your Church with Christ as the foundation stone. Strengthen our community’s bond of communion and peace and deepen our solidarity with your Church throughout the world.

Rekindle within us this Sabbath day the vision of your kingdom so that our daily concerns and labor may find their proper perspective.
Fill our homes with the spirit of the Gospel and give us the grace to see the face of Christ in the people with whom we live. We raise our voices in praise and thanksgiving to you, O God; that we who have celebrated Christ’s resurrection this day share in his eternal glory where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
Officiant
The peace of Christ be always with you. People And also with you.

Final Hymn:

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation Hymnal 518

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Service Leaders
Preacher & Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors:
Prayers of the People:
The Lord’s Prayer:
Greeters/Ushers: Joe Adams
Soloist:
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park
Streaming Producer:

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.

The Prayers of the People are adapted from a form composed by The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon for St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square.

Bulletin August 16

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Prelude

Welcome

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.

Opening Rite: Liturgy of Light

All stand, and 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.

Silence may be kept for a time.

Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thanks be to God.

It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus’ sake. For the same God who said, “Out of darkness let light shine,” has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation—the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4: 5-6)

Candles are now be lit in the church. You are invited to light candles at home, as we pray the following prayer:

May the light of Christ gloriously risen dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.
May this simple flame of love and hope be found still burning by the Morning Star; the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ our Savior, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Alleluia! Amen.

Confession

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.
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 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.

Opening Acclamation

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 Officiant continues with the prayer appointed for the day called the collect. The collect is written to go along with both the season of the church year and the readings of the day. It summarizes the attributes of God as revealed in the scripture of the day.

God is with you.
And also with you.

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Opening Hymn

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy Hymnal 470

The Readings

We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Reading and commenting on scripture goes back to the earliest services of Christianity. Following the pattern of Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set pattern for what will be read when. One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read.

The First Reading:

A Reading from the book of Genesis 45:1-15

Joseph could no longer control himself in front of all his attendants, so he declared, “Everyone, leave now!” So no one stayed with him when he revealed his identity to his brothers. He wept so loudly that the Egyptians and Pharaoh’s household heard him. Joseph said to his brothers, “I’m Joseph! Is my father really still alive?” His brothers couldn’t respond because they were terrified before him.

Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me,” and they moved closer. He said, “I’m your brother Joseph! The one you sold to Egypt. Now, don’t be upset and don’t be angry with yourselves that you sold me here. Actually, God sent me before you to save lives. We’ve already had two years of famine in the land, and there are five years left without planting or harvesting. God sent me before you to make sure you’d survive and to rescue your lives in this amazing way. You didn’t send me here; it was God who made me a father to Pharaoh, master of his entire household, and ruler of the whole land of Egypt.

“Hurry! Go back to your father. Tell him this is what your son Joseph says: ‘God has made me master of all of Egypt. Come down to me. Don’t delay. You may live in the land of Goshen, so you will be near me, your children, your grandchildren, your flocks, your herds, and everyone with you. I will support you there, so you, your household, and everyone with you won’t starve, since the famine will still last five years.’ You and my brother Benjamin have seen with your own eyes that I’m speaking to you. Tell my father about my power in Egypt and about everything you’ve seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” He threw his arms around his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his shoulder. He kissed all of his brothers and wept, embracing them. After that, his brothers were finally able to talk to him.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Psalm

The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 133. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

Oh, how good and pleasant it is,
when kindred live together in unity!

It is like fine oil upon the head
that runs down upon the beard,


Upon the beard of Aaron,
and runs down upon the collar of his robe.

It is like the dew of Hermon
that falls upon the hills of Zion.


For there has God ordained the blessing:
life for evermore.

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 15: (10-20), 21-28)

Jesus called the crowd near and said to them, “Listen and understand. It’s not what goes into the mouth that contaminates a person in God’s sight. It’s what comes out of the mouth that contaminates the person.”

Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended by what you just said?”

Jesus replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father didn’t plant will be pulled up. Leave the Pharisees alone. They are blind people who are guides to blind people. But if a blind person leads another blind person, they will both fall into a ditch.”

Then Peter spoke up, “Explain this riddle to us.”

Jesus said, “Don’t you understand yet? Don’t you know that everything that goes into the mouth enters the stomach and goes out into the sewer? But what goes out of the mouth comes from the heart. And that’s what contaminates a person in God’s sight. Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adultery, sexual sins, thefts, false testimonies, and insults. These contaminate a person in God’s sight. But eating without washing hands doesn’t contaminate in God’s sight.”

From there, Jesus went to the regions of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from those territories came out and shouted, “Show me mercy, Son of David. My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession.” But he didn’t respond to her at all.

His disciples came and urged him, “Send her away; she keeps shouting out after us.”

Jesus replied, “I’ve been sent only to the lost sheep, the people of Israel.”

But she knelt before him and said, “Lord, help me.”

He replied, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and toss it to dogs.”

She said, “Yes, Lord. But even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall off their masters’ table.”

Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith. It will be just as you wish.” And right then her daughter was healed.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell

Anthem: Ana Hernandez Be Still and Know

Affirmation of Faith

Originally the entire service was viewed as our confession of faith. However, since the Sixth Century, the church has recited either the Nicene Creed or the Apostle’s Creed at the Eucharist. The word creed comes from the Latin credo for “I believe” or “I lend my heart to.”

Do you believe in God?

We believe in God the Father the almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgive- ness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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 the The hunger, feeding, and garden ministries in this diocese, and the diocesan Task Force on Hunger. 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: Mary Haggerty, Marie-Josee Fraley, and Martha Bonds. 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.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray in the way that Christ taught us.

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.

Announcements:

Announcements are shared

Final Prayers

God of all creation, we gather on this first day of the week made holy by the resurrection of Christ, your Son. In the waters of baptism we were buried with him so that we might also rise with him and so share his victory over sin and death.
You have transformed our lives into the living stones that form your Church with Christ as the foundation stone. Strengthen our community’s bond of communion and peace and deepen our solidarity with your Church throughout the world.

Rekindle within us this Sabbath day the vision of your kingdom so that our daily concerns and labor may find their proper perspective.
Fill our homes with the spirit of the Gospel and give us the grace to see the face of Christ in the people with whom we live. We raise our voices in praise and thanksgiving to you, O God; that we who have celebrated Christ’s resurrection this day share in his eternal glory where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
Officiant
The peace of Christ be always with you. People And also with you.

Final Hymn:

God of Grace and God of Glory Hymnal 594

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Service Leaders
Preacher & Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors:
Prayers of the People:
The Lord’s Prayer: Janice Nihill
Greeters/Ushers: Kara Cummins
Soloist:
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park
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.

The Prayers of the People are adapted from a form composed by The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon for St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square.

Bulletin August 9

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Prelude

“Songs without Words” Opus 38 no. 4 Felix Mendelssohn

Welcome

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.

Opening Rite: Liturgy of Light

All stand, and 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.

Silence may be kept for a time.

Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thanks be to God.

It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus’ sake. For the same God who said, “Out of darkness let light shine,” has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation—the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4: 5-6)

Candles are now be lit in the church. You are invited to light candles at home, as we pray the following prayer:

May the light of Christ gloriously risen dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.
May this simple flame of love and hope be found still burning by the Morning Star; the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ our Savior, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Alleluia! Amen.

Confession

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.
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 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.

Opening Acclamation

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 Officiant continues with the prayer appointed for the day called the collect. The collect is written to go along with both the season of the church year and the readings of the day. It summarizes the attributes of God as revealed in the scripture of the day.

God is with you.
And also with you.

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Opening Hymn

“Lord of All Hopefulness” 1982 Hymnal #482

The Readings

We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Reading and commenting on scripture goes back to the earliest services of Christianity. Following the pattern of Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set pattern for what will be read when. One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read.

The First Reading:

A Reading from the book of Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Jacob lived in the land of Canaan where his father was an immigrant. This is the account of Jacob’s descendants. Joseph was 17 years old and tended the flock with his brothers. While he was helping the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives, Joseph told their father unflattering things about them. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was born when Jacob was old. Jacob had made for him a long robe. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of his brothers, they hated him and couldn’t even talk nicely to him.

Joseph’s brothers went to tend their father’s flocks near Shechem. Israel said to Joseph, “Aren’t your brothers tending the sheep near Shechem? Come, I’ll send you to them.”

And he said, “I’m ready.”

Jacob said to him, “Go! Find out how your brothers are and how the flock is, and report back to me.”

So Jacob sent him from the Hebron Valley. When he approached Shechem, a man found him wandering in the field and asked him, “What are you looking for?”

Joseph said, “I’m looking for my brothers. Tell me, where are they tending the sheep?”

The man said, “They left here. I heard them saying, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.

They saw Joseph in the distance before he got close to them, and they plotted to kill him. The brothers said to each other, “Here comes the big dreamer. Come on now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of the cisterns, and we’ll say a wild animal devoured him. Then we will see what becomes of his dreams!”

When Reuben heard what they said, he saved him from them, telling them, “Let’s not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Don’t spill his blood! Throw him into this desert cistern, but don’t lay a hand on him.” He intended to save Joseph from them and take him back to his father.

When Joseph reached his brothers, they stripped off Joseph’s long robe, took him, and threw him into the cistern, an empty cistern with no water in it. When they sat down to eat, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with camels carrying sweet resin, medicinal resin, and fragrant resin on their way down to Egypt. Judah said to his brothers, “What do we gain if we kill our brother and hide his blood? Come on, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites. Let’s not harm him because he’s our brother; he’s family.” His brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they pulled Joseph up out of the cistern. They sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver, and they brought Joseph to Egypt.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Psalm

The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 105, 1-6, 16-22, 45b. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

We give you thanks, O God, and call upon your Name,
we make known your deeds among the peoples,

We sing to you; we sing your praise
and speak of all your marvelous works,


We glory in your holy Name;
let the hearts of those who seek you rejoice;

We search for you and your strength;
we continue to seek your face;


We remember the marvels you have done,
the wonders and the judgments of your mouth:

We, the offspring of Abraham, your servant,
we, the children of Jacob, the chosen ones.


Then you called for a famine in the land
and destroyed the supply of bread.

You sent a man before them,
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.


They bruised his feet in fetters;
his neck they put in an iron collar.

Until his prediction came to pass,
your word, O Most High, tested him.


The king sent and released him;
the ruler of the peoples set him free.

He set him as a master over his household,
as a ruler over all his possessions,


To instruct his princes according to his will
and to teach his elders wisdom.

That they might keep your statutes
and observe your laws. Alleluia!

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 14:22-33)

Right then, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side of the lake while he dismissed the crowds. When he sent them away, he went up onto a mountain by himself to pray. Evening came and he was alone. Meanwhile, the boat, fighting a strong headwind, was being battered by the waves and was already far away from land. Very early in the morning he came to his disciples, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” They were so frightened they screamed.

Just then Jesus spoke to them, “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.”

And Jesus said, “Come.”

Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, rescue me!”

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him, saying, “You man of weak faith! Why did you begin to have doubts?” When they got into the boat, the wind settled down.

Then those in the boat worshiped Jesus and said, “You must be God’s Son!”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell

Anthem:

Ana Hernandez Meditation Number 9 (Be Still and Know)

Be still and know that I am God.
In thee, O God, I put my trust.
I am the God that heal-eth thee.

Affirmation of Faith

Originally the entire service was viewed as our confession of faith. However, since the Sixth Century, the church has recited either the Nicene Creed or the Apostle’s Creed at the Eucharist. The word creed comes from the Latin credo for “I believe” or “I lend my heart to.”

Do you believe in God?

We believe in God the Father the almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgive- ness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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 the St. Barnabas in Florissant. 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; 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: Grace Holland, Elise Joerger, Susan Norris, Joan Dellbringge, Rosemary Burrows, and Markie Jo Crismon. Comfort and strengthen those in any need or trouble, for all affected by the coronavirus; especially those who are sick and who are shut-in. Bless those who will be born today. Bless those who have died, especially Pete Dean who died August 4 and those who died this week in Beirut, 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 Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray in the way that Christ taught us.

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.

Announcements:

Announcements are shared

Final Prayers

God of all creation, we gather on this first day of the week made holy by the resurrection of Christ, your Son. In the waters of baptism we were buried with him so that we might also rise with him and so share his victory over sin and death.
You have transformed our lives into the living stones that form your Church with Christ as the foundation stone. Strengthen our community’s bond of communion and peace and deepen our solidarity with your Church throughout the world.

Rekindle within us this Sabbath day the vision of your kingdom so that our daily concerns and labor may find their proper perspective.
Fill our homes with the spirit of the Gospel and give us the grace to see the face of Christ in the people with whom we live. We raise our voices in praise and thanksgiving to you, O God; that we who have celebrated Christ’s resurrection this day share in his eternal glory where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Peace

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.
Officiant
The peace of Christ be always with you. People And also with you.

Final Hymn:

In Christ there is No East nor West LEVAS 62

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Marc Smith
Officiant: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Fran Caradonna, Bob Lowes
Prayers of the People: Janice Nihill
The Lord’s Prayer: The Rev. Mike Angell
Greeters/Ushers: Rudy Walz
Choir: Bria Jones, Rebecca Hatlelid, Bridget Voda, Jacob Swanson, Juliet Jackson
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park
Streaming Producer: Andy Ludwig, Tyler Schwartz

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.

The Prayers of the People are adapted from a form composed by The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon for St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square.

Bulletin August 2

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Prelude

This is my Song arr. by Chris Hayes

Welcome

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.

Opening Rite: Liturgy of Light

All stand, and 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.

Silence may be kept for a time.

Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thanks be to God.

It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus’ sake. For the same God who said, “Out of darkness let light shine,” has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation—the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4: 5-6)

Candles are now lit in the church. You are invited to light candles at home, as we pray the following prayer:

May the light of Christ gloriously risen dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.
May this simple flame of love and hope be found still burning by the Morning Star; the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ our Savior, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Alleluia! Amen.

Confession

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.
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 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.

Opening Acclamation

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 Officiant continues with the prayer appointed for the day called the collect. The collect is written to go along with both the season of the church year and the readings of the day. It summarizes the attributes of God as revealed in the scripture of the day.

God is with you.
And also with you.

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Opening Hymn

God of the Women Voices Found Hymnal 21 (this recording was originally made for The Rev. Mary Haggerty’s ordination. You may notice additional members in the choir. They are from her new congregation: St. Barnabas.)

The Readings

We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Reading and commenting on scripture goes back to the earliest services of Christianity. Following the pattern of Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set pattern for what will be read when. One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read.

The First Reading:

A Reading from the book of Genesis 32:22-31

Jacob got up during the night, took his two wives, his two women servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed the Jabbok River’s shallow water. He took them and everything that belonged to him, and he helped them cross the river. But Jacob stayed apart by himself, and a man wrestled with him until dawn broke. When the man saw that he couldn’t defeat Jacob, he grabbed Jacob’s thigh and tore a muscle in Jacob’s thigh as he wrestled with him. The man said, “Let me go because the dawn is breaking.”

But Jacob said, “I won’t let you go until you bless me.”

He said to Jacob, “What’s your name?” and he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name won’t be Jacob any longer, but Israel, because you struggled with God and with men and won.”

Jacob also asked and said, “Tell me your name.”

But he said, “Why do you ask for my name?” and he blessed Jacob there. Jacob named the place Peniel, “because I’ve seen God face-to-face, and my life has been saved.” The sun rose as Jacob passed Penuel, limping because of his thigh.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Psalm

The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 17:1-7,16. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

Hear my plea of innocence, O God;
give heed to my cry;
listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.

Let my vindication come forth from your presence;
let your eyes be fixed on justice.

Weigh my heart, summon me by night,
melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.

I give no offense with my mouth as others do;
I have heeded the words of your lips.

My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law;
in your paths my feet shall not stumble.

I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me;
incline your ear to me and hear my words.

Show me your marvelous loving-kindness,
O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand
from those who rise up against them.

But at my vindication I shall see your face;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

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 14:13-21)

When Jesus heard about John, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. When the crowds learned this, they followed him on foot from the cities. When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd, he had compassion for them and healed those who were sick. That evening his disciples came and said to him, “This is an isolated place and it’s getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

But Jesus said to them, “There’s no need to send them away. You give them something to eat.”

They replied, “We have nothing here except five loaves of bread and two fish.”

He said, “Bring them here to me.” He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves of bread and the two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed them and broke the loaves apart and gave them to his disciples. Then the disciples gave them to the crowds. Everyone ate until they were full, and they filled twelve baskets with the leftovers. About five thousand men plus women and children had eaten.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell

Anthem:

Prayer of Mother Teresa Music by Craig Courtney

Lord, help me spread Your fragrance wherever I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that my life may be only a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I know will feel Your presence in my soul.
Lord, help me spread Your fragrance wherever I go.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only You. Amen.

Affirmation of Faith

Originally the entire service was viewed as our confession of faith. However, since the Sixth Century, the church has recited either the Nicene Creed or the Apostle’s Creed at the Eucharist. The word creed comes from the Latin credo for “I believe” or “I lend my heart to.”

Do you believe in God?

We believe in God the Father the almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgive- ness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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 the Episcopal School for Ministry. 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: Karen Payne, Genevieve Caffrey, Mark Willingham, Anne Boyer-Beck, Kelly Midden, and Chloe Olliff. And for those celebrating anniversaries this week: Peg & Joe Niemann. 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.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray in the way that Christ taught us.

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.

Announcements:

Announcements are shared

Final Prayers

God of all creation, we gather on this first day of the week made holy by the resurrection of Christ, your Son. In the waters of baptism we were buried with him so that we might also rise with him and so share his victory over sin and death.
You have transformed our lives into the living stones that form your Church with Christ as the foundation stone. Strengthen our community’s bond of communion and peace and deepen our solidarity with your Church throughout the world.

Rekindle within us this Sabbath day the vision of your kingdom so that our daily concerns and labor may find their proper perspective.
Fill our homes with the spirit of the Gospel and give us the grace to see the face of Christ in the people with whom we live. We raise our voices in praise and thanksgiving to you, O God; that we who have celebrated Christ’s resurrection this day share in his eternal glory where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Peace

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.

Final Hymn:

Till All the Jails are Empty by Carl Daw

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Shirley Mensah and Andrew Wasson
Prayers of the People: Jillian Smith
The Lord’s Prayer: Lacy Broemel
Greeters/Ushers: Susan Norris
Soloist: Juliet Jackson
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park
Streaming Producer: Tyler Schwartz

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.

The Prayers of the People are adapted from a form composed by The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon for St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square.

Drive-in Service

While traditional in-person services are suspended until September 1, 2020 across the Diocese, we received permission from the Bishop to host a drive-in parking lot service on July 26, 2020 at 5pm.

Please take note of the guidelines at the top of the bulletin, to help keep us all safe.

You are invited to decorate your car and drive over to join us in the parking lot of Jackson Elementary School in University City. The service will be broadcast to you from within the comfort and safety of your car via your FM radio station.

Prepackaged and sanitized bags containing communion wafers will be brought to your car window by clergy who will be wearing masks and using hand sanitizer. We hope you can join us!

We are required by the Bishop’s office to ask folks to register. Please do so using the link below. You can register up to the start of the service itself, BUT it would help the church immensely if you could register before Friday so we can save time at the start of the service, and for the sake of planning.

Bulletin July 26

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Prelude

Give Me Jesus – arr. Ron McVey

Welcome

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.

Opening Rite: Liturgy of Light

All stand, and 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.

Silence may be kept for a time.

Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thanks be to God.

It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus’ sake. For the same God who said, “Out of darkness let light shine,” has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation—the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4: 5-6)

Candles are now be lit in the church. You are invited to light candles at home, as we pray the following prayer:

May the light of Christ gloriously risen dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.
May this simple flame of love and hope be found still burning by the Morning Star; the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ our Savior, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Alleluia! Amen.

Confession

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.
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 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.

Opening Acclamation

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 Officiant continues with the prayer appointed for the day called the collect. The collect is written to go along with both the season of the church year and the readings of the day. It summarizes the attributes of God as revealed in the scripture of the day.

God is with you.
And also with you.

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Opening Hymn

Be Thou My Vision: Hymnal 1982 #488

The Readings

We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Reading and commenting on scripture goes back to the earliest services of Christianity. Following the pattern of Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set pattern for what will be read when. One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read.

The First Reading:

A Reading from the book of Genesis (29:15-28)

Laban said to Jacob, “You shouldn’t have to work for free just because you are my relative. Tell me what you would like to be paid.” Now Laban had two daughters: the older was named Leah and the younger Rachel. Leah had delicate eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and was good-looking. Jacob loved Rachel and said, “I will work for you for seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter.” Laban said, “I’d rather give her to you than to another man. Stay with me.” Jacob worked for Rachel for seven years, but it seemed like a few days because he loved her. Jacob said to Laban, “The time has come. Give me my wife so that I may sleep with her.” 
So Laban invited all the people of that place and prepared a banquet. However, in the evening, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he slept with her. Laban had given his servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah as her servant. In the morning, there she was—Leah! Jacob said to Laban, “What have you done to me? Didn’t I work for you to have Rachel? Why did you betray me?” Laban said, “Where we live, we don’t give the younger woman before the oldest. Complete the celebratory week with this woman. Then I will give you this other woman too for your work, if you work for me seven more years.” So that is what Jacob did. He completed the celebratory week with this woman, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Psalm

The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 128. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

Happy are they all who fear God, *
and who follow in God’s ways!

You shall eat the fruit of your labor; *
happiness and prosperity shall be yours.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, *
your children like olive shoots round about your table.

They who fear God *
shall thus indeed be blest.

May God bless you from Zion, *
and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.

May you live to see your children’s children; *
may peace be upon Israel.

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 13:24-30,36-43)

Jesus told another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in his field. It’s the smallest of all seeds. But when it’s grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in a bushel of wheat flour until the yeast had worked its way through all the dough.”

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field.”

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one very precious pearl, he went and sold all that he owned and bought it.”

 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that people threw into the lake and gathered all kinds of fish. When it was full, they pulled it to the shore, where they sat down and put the good fish together into containers. But the bad fish they threw away. That’s the way it will be at the end of the present age. The angels will go out and separate the evil people from the righteous people, and will throw the evil ones into a burning furnace. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.”

“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 Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell

Anthem:

All Shall Be Well/Another World 
music written by Ana Hernandez. Words St. Julian of Norwich and Arundhati Roy.

Affirmation of Faith

Originally the entire service was viewed as our confession of faith. However, since the Sixth Century, the church has recited either the Nicene Creed or the Apostle’s Creed at the Eucharist. The word creed comes from the Latin credo for “I believe” or “I lend my heart to.”

Do you believe in God?

We believe in God the Father the almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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 Episcopal City Mission, their chaplains and staff, and all in youth detention. 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: Max Fiorello, David Luckes and Randy Mariani. 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 Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray in the way that Christ taught us.

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.

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Final Prayers

God of all creation, we gather on this first day of the week made holy by the resurrection of Christ, your Son. In the waters of baptism we were buried with him so that we might also rise with him and so share his victory over sin and death.
You have transformed our lives into the living stones that form your Church with Christ as the foundation stone. Strengthen our community’s bond of communion and peace and deepen our solidarity with your Church throughout the world.

Rekindle within us this Sabbath day the vision of your kingdom so that our daily concerns and labor may find their proper perspective.
Fill our homes with the spirit of the Gospel and give us the grace to see the face of Christ in the people with whom we live. We raise our voices in praise and thanksgiving to you, O God; that we who have celebrated Christ’s resurrection this day share in his eternal glory where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

Final Hymn:

Just a Closer Walk Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal #72

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Peter Tchoukaleff and Jacob Swanson
Prayers of the People: Heidi Volkl
The Lord’s Prayer: Janice Nihill
Greeter: Helen Burton
Soloists: Rebecca Boester and Juliet Jackson
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park
Streaming Producer: Tyler Schwartz

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.

The Prayers of the People are adapted from a form composed by The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon for St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square.

Bulletin July 19

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us!

Gathering

Prelude

A Simple Song from “Mass (1971)” – Leonard Bernstein

Welcome

The ushers and the assistant rector welcome the congregation.

Blessed be God: most holy, glorious, and undivided Trinity.
And blessed be God’s reign, now and forever. Amen. 

Opening Sentence

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.

Confession

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.

Psalm

The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23. We will read it responsively by verse. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

O God, you have searched me out and known me;
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You trace my journeys and my resting-places
and are acquainted with all my ways.

Indeed, there is not a word on my lips,
but you, O God, know it altogether.
You press upon me behind and before
and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
Where can I go then from your Spirit;
where can I flee from your presence?

If I climb up to heaven, you are there;
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there your hand will lead me
and your right hand hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me,
and the light around me turn to night,”

Darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day;
darkness and light to you are both alike.
Search me out, O God, and know my heart;
try me and know my restless thoughts.

Look well whether there be any wickedness in me
and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

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 28:10-19a)

Jacob left Beer-sheba and set out for Haran. He reached a certain place and spent the night there. When the sun had set, he took one of the stones at that place and put it near his head. Then he lay down there. He dreamed and saw a raised staircase, its foundation on earth and its top touching the sky, and God’s messengers were ascending and descending on it. Suddenly the Lord was standing on it and saying, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will become like the dust of the earth; you will spread out to the west, east, north, and south. Every family of earth will be blessed because of you and your descendants. I am with you now, I will protect you everywhere you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done everything that I have promised you.”

When Jacob woke from his sleep, he thought to himself, The Lord is definitely in this place, but I didn’t know it. He was terrified and thought, This sacred place is awesome. It’s none other than God’s house and the entrance to heaven. After Jacob got up early in the morning, he took the stone that he had put near his head, set it up as a sacred pillar, and poured oil on the top of it. He named that sacred place Bethel, though Luz was the city’s original name.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Canticle: Immortal Invisible God Only Wise Hymnal 423

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 13:24-30,36-43)

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like someone who planted good seed in his field. While people were sleeping, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and went away. When the stalks sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared.

“The servants of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Master, didn’t you plant good seed in your field? Then how is it that it has weeds?’

“‘An enemy has done this,’ he answered.

“The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’

“But the landowner said, ‘No, because if you gather the weeds, you’ll pull up the wheat along with them. Let both grow side by side until the harvest. And at harvesttime I’ll say to the harvesters, “First gather the weeds and tie them together in bundles to be burned. But bring the wheat into my barn.”’”

Jesus left the crowds and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

Jesus replied, “The one who plants the good seed is the Human One. The field is the world. And the good seeds are the followers of the kingdom. But the weeds are the followers of the evil one. The enemy who planted them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the present age. The harvesters are the angels. Just as people gather weeds and burn them in the fire, so it will be at the end of the present age. The Human One will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that cause people to fall away and all people who sin. He will throw them into a burning furnace. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Those who have ears should hear.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Anthem: WHAT YOU AND I WERE ALWAYS MEANT TO BE

Music and Lyrics by Leslie Caplan. Inspired by and dedicated to the members, staff, clergy and musicians of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion.

Jacob fell asleep with his head upon a stone
And as he slept, he saw the angels in the sky
Coming down to earth, and going up to heaven
But for us, what do these angels signify
Look not heavenward for angels, look around you
They are your friends, your family, they’re me

Yes, the angels, the angels they are here
They’re what you and I were always meant to be
They’re what you and I were always meant to be
We are told that first the angels were ascending
And then there were the angels going down
To aid Jacob, who you’d hardly call an angel
To his father’s face he only brought a frown
But he changed and worked to find his higher purpose
To find the highest self that he could be
Yes, the angels, the angels they are here
They’re what you and I were always meant to be
They’re what you and I were always meant to be

You don’t need a dream to see the angels
You don’t need a ladder to the skies
All you need to do is look around you
All you need to do is open up your eyes
Because the angels, the angels they are you
Yes, the angels, the angels they are me
Yes, the angels, the angels they are here
They’re what you and I were always meant to be
They’re what you and I were always meant to be

The Sermon: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti

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.

Suffrages

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
Govern and uphold them, now and always.
Day by day we bless you;
We praise your name for ever.
Lord, keep us from all sin today;
Have mercy upon us, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, show us your love and mercy;
For we put our trust in you.
In you, Lord, is our hope;
And we shall never hope in vain.

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. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Florissant as they welcome this week their new priest, The Rev. Mary Haggerty. 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 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: Elizabeth Hines, Adam Pearson, Megan Steigerwald Ille, Barbara Pummill; and for those celebrating an anniversary this week: Laurie & Craig Anzilotti. 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 Serenity

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting, O God, that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you for ever in the next. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen

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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: Lord of All Hopefulness Hymnal 482

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.
Thanks be to God.

Service Leaders
Preacher & Officiant: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Lisa Hummel, Andrew Carpentier
Prayers of the People: The Rev. Marc Smith
The Lord’s Prayer: Kara Hudson
Greeters/Ushers: Alisa Williams, Susan Norris
Soloist: Leslie Kaplan
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park
Streaming Producer: Tyler Schwartz, Andy Ludwig

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 Serenity Prayer” is based of a prayer by Reinhold Neibuhr, and was expanded by William Griffith Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous; it is widely used by AA and other groups based on AA’s 12-Step program. This inclusive language version comes from The Episcopal Church’s “Daily Prayer for All Seasons”

Bulletin July 12

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

You will find our live stream on our homepage, on Facebook (where you can interact with others watching with comments), and on Youtube.

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us!

Gathering

Prelude

This Is My Song – arr. Mark Hayes

Welcome

The ushers and the assistant rector welcome the congregation.

Blessed be God: most holy, glorious, and undivided Trinity.
And blessed be God’s reign, now and forever. Amen. 

Opening Sentence

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.

Confession

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.

Psalm

The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 65: 1-14. We will read it responsively by verse. The congregation is invited to read the verses in bold.

You are to be praised, O God, in Zion;
to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem.

To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come,
because of their transgressions.

Our sins are stronger than we are,
but you will blot them out.

Happy are they whom you choose
and draw to your courts to dwell there;
they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house,
by the holiness of your temple.

Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness,
O God of our salvation,
O Hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the seas that are far away.

You make fast the mountains by your power;
they are girded about with might.

You still the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
and the clamor of the peoples.

Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvelous signs;
you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy.

You visit the earth and water it abundantly;
you make it very plenteous;
the river of God is full of water.

You prepare the grain,
for so you provide for the earth.

You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges;
with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase.

You crown the year with your goodness,
and your paths overflow with plenty.

May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing,
and the hills be clothed with joy.

May the meadows cover themselves with flocks,
and the valleys cloak themselves with grain;
let them shout for joy and sing.

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 Paul’s Letter to the Romans (Romans 8:1-11)

So now there isn’t any condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. God has done what was impossible for the Law, since it was weak because of selfishness. God condemned sin in the body by sending his own Son to deal with sin in the same body as humans, who are controlled by sin. He did this so that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us. Now the way we live is based on the Spirit, not based on selfishness. People whose lives are based on selfishness think about selfish things, but people whose lives are based on the Spirit think about things that are related to the Spirit. The attitude that comes from selfishness leads to death, but the attitude that comes from the Spirit leads to life and peace. So the attitude that comes from selfishness is hostile to God. It doesn’t submit to God’s Law, because it can’t. People who are self-centered aren’t able to please God.

But you aren’t self-centered. Instead you are in the Spirit, if in fact God’s Spirit lives in you. If anyone doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ, they don’t belong to him. If Christ is in you, the Spirit is your life because of God’s righteousness, but the body is dead because of sin. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your human bodies also, through his Spirit that lives in you.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Canticle: Surely it is God who Saves Me Hymnal 679

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 13:1-9,18-23)

That day Jesus went out of the house and sat down beside the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he climbed into a boat and sat down. The whole crowd was standing on the shore.

He said many things to them in parables: “A farmer went out to scatter seed. As he was scattering seed, some fell on the path, and birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on rocky ground where the soil was shallow. They sprouted immediately because the soil wasn’t deep. But when the sun came up, it scorched the plants, and they dried up because they had no roots. Other seed fell among thorny plants. The thorny plants grew and choked them. Other seed fell on good soil and bore fruit, in one case a yield of one hundred to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of thirty to one. Everyone who has ears should pay attention.”

“Consider then the parable of the farmer. Whenever people hear the word about the kingdom and don’t understand it, the evil one comes and carries off what was planted in their hearts. This is the seed that was sown on the path. As for the seed that was spread on rocky ground, this refers to people who hear the word and immediately receive it joyfully. Because they have no roots, they last for only a little while. When they experience distress or abuse because of the word, they immediately fall away. As for the seed that was spread among thorny plants, this refers to those who hear the word, but the worries of this life and the false appeal of wealth choke the word, and it bears no fruit. As for what was planted on good soil, this refers to those who hear and understand, and bear fruit and produce—in one case a yield of one hundred to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of thirty to one.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Anthem: Old Time Religion
Maggie Linck and TJ Muller

The Sermon: The Rev. Beth Scriven

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.

Suffrages

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 Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Town and Country. 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 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.

Lift our hearts and hopes as we join with the Church in welcoming the Rev. Mary Haggerty, raised up from among us, into the priesthood to which she has been called and in rejoicing with our sisters and brothers at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Florissant where this morning she is officiating at her first service.

Let us embrace her ministry with enthusiasm, encouragement and love.

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, Jessica Chubiz, Bill Haggerty, Alex Min, Colleen Haggerty, Lynn Wolfe, and Ian Docherty. 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 Serenity

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting, O God, that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you for ever in the next. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

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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: Lord Make us Servants of your Peace Hymnal 593

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.
Thanks be to God.

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Beth Scriven
Officiant: The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Lacy Broemel
Prayers of the People: Alisa Williams
The Lord’s Prayer: Rudy Nickens
Greeters/Ushers: Kara Cummins, Megan Ondr-Cooper
Musicians for Anthem: T.J. Muller and Maggie Linck
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park
Streaming Producer: 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 Serenity Prayer” is based of a prayer by Reinhold Neibuhr, and was expanded by William Griffith Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous; it is widely used by AA and other groups based on AA’s 12-Step program. This inclusive language version comes from The Episcopal Church’s “Daily Prayer for All Seasons”