Last Sunday after Pentecost: The Reign of Christ
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.
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Opening Prayers/Call to Worship:
As these prayers are spoken, candles are lit in the church. You are invited to light a candle in your own home.
Holy One, enthroned in glory over all creation, you are a shepherd to the lost and the least. Teach us to see your face among the poor— feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, and visiting those who are sick or in prison— so that we may share in your eternal realm prepared from the foundation of the world; through Jesus Christ, who is coming indeed, to reign with justice, compassion, and love. Amen.
You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but citizens together with the saints and members of the household of God. –Ephesians 2:19
God is Spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
O God, open thou our lips. And our mouths shall show forth they praise. 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.
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.
LEVAS 228 Go Down Moses
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.
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Following an ancient pattern originally from Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set calendar for what will be read when.
THE FIRST READING:
A Reading from the book of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24)
The Lord God proclaims: I myself will search for my flock and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out the flock when some in the flock have been scattered, so will I seek out my flock. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered during the time of clouds and thick darkness. I will gather and lead them out from the countries and peoples, and I will bring them to their own fertile land. I will feed them on Israel’s highlands, along the riverbeds, and in all the inhabited places. I will feed them in good pasture, and their sheepfold will be there, on Israel’s lofty highlands. On Israel’s highlands, they will lie down in a secure fold and feed on green pastures. I myself will feed my flock and make them lie down. This is what the Lord God says. I will seek out the lost, bring back the strays, bind up the wounded, and strengthen the weak. But the fat and the strong I will destroy, because I will tend my sheep with justice.
So the Lord God proclaims to them: I will judge between the fat and the lean sheep. You shove with shoulder and flank, and with your horns you ram all the weak sheep until you’ve scattered them outside. But I will rescue my flock so that they will never again be prey. I will even judge between the sheep! I will appoint for them a single shepherd, and he will feed them. My servant David will feed them. He will be their shepherd. I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David will be their prince. I, the Lord, have spoken.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
THE PSALM (Psalm 100)
Saint Helena Psalter
May all lands be joyful before you, O God,
serve with gladness
and come before your presence with a song.
For we know that you are God;
you yourself have made us, and we are yours;
we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.
We shall enter your gates with thanksgiving,
go into your courts with praise,
give thanks to you and call upon your Name.
For you are good;
your mercy is everlasting;
and your faithfulness endures from age to age.
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 25:31-46)
“Now when the Human One comes in his majesty and all his angels are with him, he will sit on his majestic throne. All the nations will be gathered in front of him. He will separate them from each other, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right side. But the goats he will put on his left.
“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who will receive good things from my Father. Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began. I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’
“Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me, you who will receive terrible things. Go into the unending fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels. I was hungry and you didn’t give me food to eat. I was thirsty and you didn’t give me anything to drink. I was a stranger and you didn’t welcome me. I was naked and you didn’t give me clothes to wear. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and didn’t do anything to help you?’ Then he will answer, ‘I assure you that when you haven’t done it for one of the least of these, you haven’t done it for me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment. But the righteous ones will go into eternal life.”
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
The Sermon: Emilee Walker-Cornetta, seminarian
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Prayer for Stewardship
Holy Communion’s annual campaign for giving is ongoing. You can read more about the campaign “Making a Needed Difference” at holycommunion.net/pledge
Gracious and everlasting God, the giver of all good gifts, you have blessed us and our parish abundantly. Grant us the hope to dream and the courage to live into our possibilities. Make us faithful stewards, both for the provision of our necessities and for the relief of those who are in need. Bless the efforts of our Annual Giving this year to extend the work of spiritual renewal in our church and community of faith. Through Jesus Christ, who gave all of himself, we offer this prayer. Amen.
The Prayers of the People
You are invited to sing along to the response: “Woza/Come Bring your Burdens,” a traditional song of South Africa.
I invite your prayers for the church throughout the world. For our companion relationships with Cristosal and the people and church in El Salvador. In our Diocese of Missouri we pray for Bishop Deon Johnson and his family. Pray for the Church.
I invite your prayers for our nation, for the president and vice-president elect. For all newly elected leaders. I invite your prayers for all those in authority in our own communities and across this world. Pray for justice and good governance.
I invite your prayers for the earth that God has given us, that we might steward and protect the land and all its inhabitants. Pray for the earth.
I invite your prayers of thanksgiving. Shield the joyous, especially those who are celebrating a birthday this week: Julie Bennett and Robert MacGregor. And for those celebrating anniversaries. For what do you give thanks to God?
I invite your prayers of petition for those in any need or trouble, for all affected by the coronavirus. Pray for your own needs, and those of others.
I invite your prayers for that whole cloud of witnesses who have gone before us in faith. Pray for those who have died.
O God our strength and salvation, hear all our prayers this day, and grant that we may live in the joy of the Resurrection, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
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O God, our times are in your hands. Look favorably upon the whole human race. Grant us true peace, not settling for the absence of conflict but working for the presence of justice. Grant us grace, patience, and commitment that we may live more sustainably on the earth, more compassionately with our neighbor, and more fervently committed to the work of building beloved community. Amen.
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.
The Peace is then exchanged. Consider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation Hymnal 518
The Deacon dismisses the congregation:
Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.
Preacher: The Rev. Emilee Walker-Cornetta
Presider: The Rev. Mike Angell
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Ellis Anderson, Janice Nihill
Prayers of the People: Peter Tchoukaleff
The Lord’s Prayer: Sondra Ellis
Greeters/Ushers: Shannon MacGregor, Heidi Volkl
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
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 opening prayers are adapted from prayers from the office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church USA .