Saint Francis Episcopal Church
of Southern Ohio
St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

 9 August 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite II


The Word of God

 

 

Prelude                                         Eternal Father,  Strong To Save                               Meltia

 

 

Welcome

 

 

Opening Hymn 435                            At the Name of Jesus                             King's Weston

 

1 At the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow, every tongue confess him King of glory now; 'tis the Father's pleasure we should call him Lord, who from the beginning was the mighty Word.

2 Humbled for a season, to receive a Name from the lips of sinners, unto whom he came, faithfully he bore it spotless to the last, brought it back victorious, when from death he passed;

3 bore it up triumphant, with its human light, through all ranks of creatures, to the central height to the throne of Godhead, to the Father's breast; filled it with the glory of that perfect rest.

4 Name him, Christians, name him, with love strong as death, name with awe and wonder and with bated breath; he is God the Saviour, he is Christ the Lord, ever to be worshiped, trusted, and adored.

5 In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue all that is not holy, all that is not true: crown him as your Captain in temptation's hour; let his will enfold you in its light and power.

6 Christians, this Lord Jesus shall return again, with his Father's glory, o'er the earth to reign; for all wreaths of empire meet upon his brow, and our hearts confess him King of Glory now.

 

 

The Officiant says

Opening Sentence

      God is Spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and in truth.?  John 4:24

 

 

The Officiant says to the people

The Confession and Absolution

Officiant          Let us confess our sins to God.

 


Silence may be kept.

 


Officiant and People together, all kneeling

            God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

 

The Officiant remains kneeling and says

Officiant          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.

 

 

The Invitatory and Psalter

 

 

The people stand  for

Versicle

 

Officiant          O God, let our mouth proclaim your praise.

People             And your glory all the day long.

 

Officiant and People

            Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

 

 

Antiphon      

            O God, you are my God; from break of day I seek you.

 

 

Invitatory 
O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *

my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,

as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.

Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *

that I might behold your power and your glory.

For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *

my lips shall give you praise.

So will I bless you as long as I live *

and lift up my hands in your Name.

My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *

and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,

When I remember you upon my bed, *

and meditate on you in the night watches.

For you have been my helper, *

and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.

My soul clings to you; *

your right hand holds me fast.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b

1          Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *

                        make known his deeds among the peoples.

2          Sing to him, sing praises to him, *

                        and speak of all his marvelous works.

3          Glory in his holy Name; *

                        let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

4          Search for the Lord and his strength; *

                        continually seek his face.

5          Remember the marvels he has done, *

                        his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,

6          O offspring of Abraham his servant, *

                        O children of Jacob his chosen.

16        Then he called for a famine in the land *

                        and destroyed the supply of bread.

17        He sent a man before them, *

                        Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

18        They bruised his feet in fetters; *

                        his neck they put in an iron collar.

19        Until his prediction came to pass, *

                        the word of the Lord tested him.

20        The king sent and released him; *

                        the ruler of the peoples set him free.

21        He set him as a master over his household,

                        as a ruler over all his possessions,

22        To instruct his princes according to his will

                        and to teach his elders wisdom.

45        Hallelujah!

 

At the end of the Psalm is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

A Reading from the book of Genesis.

Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him. Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron. He came to Shechem, and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

First Canticle:  Canticle G: A Song of Ezekiel                                  Ezekiel 36:24-28

 

Officiant and People together, all standing.

I will take you from among all nations; *

            and gather you from all lands to bring you home.

I will sprinkle clean water upon you; *

            and purify you from false gods and uncleanness.

A new heart I will give you *

            and a new spirit put within you.

I will take the stone heart from your chest *

            and give you a heart of flesh.

I will help you walk in my laws *

            and cherish my commandments and do them.

You shall be my people, *

            and I will be your God.

 

 

The people sit for

The Epistle: Romans 10:5-15

A Reading from Paul's letter to the Church in Rome.

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

Second Canticle: Canticle M: A Song of Faith                                    1 Peter 1:3-4, 18-21

 

Officiant and People together, all standing.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, *

            by divine mercy we have a new birth into a living hope;

Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, *

            we have an inheritance that is imperishable in heaven.

The ransom that was paid to free us *

            was not paid in silver or gold,

But in the precious blood of Christ, *

            the Lamb without spot or stain.

God raised Jesus from the dead and gave him glory *

            so that we might have faith and hope in God.

 

 

The people sit for

The Gospel:  Matthew 14:22-33

A Reading from Matthew.

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed  the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence may follow.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Reverend Jed Dearing

 

 

Offertory Hymn 637                          How Firm a Foundation                             Lyons

 

1 How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in his excellent Word! What more can he say than to you he has said, to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

2 "Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed; for I am your God, and will still give you aid; I'll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand, upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

3 "When through the deep waters I call you to go, the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow; for I will be with you, your troubles to bless, and sanctify to you your deepest distress.

4 "When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie, my grace, all-sufficient, shall be your supply; the  flame shall not hurt you; I only design your dross to consume and your gold to refine.

5 "E'en down to old age all my people shall prove my sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love; and when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn, like lambs they shall still in my bosom be borne.

6 "The soul that to Jesus hath fled for repose, I will not, I will not desert to its foes; that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I'll never, no never, no never forsake."

 

 

Officiant and People together, all standing.

The Apostles' Creed

            I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

            I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 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, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

            I 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

 

 

The people stand or kneel

Salutation 

Officiant          Hear our cry, O God.

People             And listen to our prayer.

Officiant          Let us pray.

 

 

Officiant and People

The Lord’s Prayer 

            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, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Suffrages 

V.        Help us, O God our Savior;

R.        Deliver us and forgive us our sins

V.        Look upon your congregation;

R.        Give to your people the blessing of peace.

V.        Declare your glory among the nations;

R.        And your wonders among all peoples.

V.        Do not let the oppressed be shamed and turned away;

R.        Never forget the lives of your poor.

V.        Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you;

R.        And your favor to those who are true of heart.

V.        Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning;

R.        So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

 

 

First Collect 

            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.

 

 

Second Collect 

            O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


 

Prayers of the Parish

            God of wisdom, we pray for…. (weekly prayers).

            God of mercy, we now offer our intercessions both silently and aloud.

            God of grace, we bring to you our thanksgivings both silently and aloud.

 


Prayer For Mission 

            Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

Officiant and People

The General Thanksgiving 

            Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

 

 

A Prayer of St. Francis

            Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Officiant and People extending their arms as a symbol of laying on of hands.

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

            May the God of celebration stay with you as you discover the joy in your life. May you be free to dance and play in the presence of the God who celebrates you. May you celebrate the gifts of those around you and find joy in each one you meet. May the God of celebration bless you.

 

 

Concluding Versicle 

Officiant          Let us bless the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Concluding Sentence 

            Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.?

 

 

Postlude                                               Postlude in G                                      Broughton

 

 

                   

Officiant: The Reverend Jed Dearing  

Organist: Diana Graham

Acolyte: Kimmie Sprowles

Lectors: Jenny Catalan and Chuck Oduah

Altar Guild: Kimmie Sprowles

Ushers/Greeters: Allison Ferriell

St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

 2 August 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite II


The Word of God

 

 

Prelude                                      Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring                                 J.S. Bach

 

 

Welcome

 

 

Opening Hymn 709                     O God of Bethal By Whose Hand               Dundee

1 O God of Bethel, by whose hand thy people still are fed, who through this weary pilgrimage hast all our fathers led;

2 Our vows, our prayers, we now present before thy throne of grace; God of our fathers, be the God of their succeeding race.

3 Through each perplexing path of life our wandering footsteps guide; give us each day our daily bread, and raiment fit provide.

4 O spread thy covering wings around till all our wanderings cease, and at our Father's loved abode our souls arrive in peace.

 

 

The Officiant says

Opening Sentence

      God is Spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and in truth.?  John 4:24

 

 

The Officiant says to the people

The Confession and Absolution

Officiant          Let us confess our sins to God.

 

Silence may be kept.

 

Officiant and People together, all kneeling

            God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

 

The Officiant remains kneeling and says

Officiant          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.

 

 

The Invitatory and Psalter

 


The people stand  for

Versicle

Officiant          O God, let our mouth proclaim your praise.

People             And your glory all the day long.

 

Officiant and People

            Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

 

 

Antiphon      

            O God, you are my God; from break of day I seek you.

 

 

Invitatory 
O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *

my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,

as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.

Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *

that I might behold your power and your glory.

For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *

my lips shall give you praise.

So will I bless you as long as I live *

and lift up my hands in your Name.

My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *

and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,

When I remember you upon my bed, *

and meditate on you in the night watches.

For you have been my helper, *

and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.

My soul clings to you; *

your right hand holds me fast.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 17:1-7, 16

1          Hear my plea of innocence, O Lord; give heed to my cry; *
                        listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
2          Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
                        let your eyes be fixed on justice.

3          Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *
                        melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
4          I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *
                        I have heeded the words of your lips.

5          My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *
                        in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
6          I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *
                        incline your ear to me and hear my words.

7          Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *
                        O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand
                        from those who rise up against them.
16        But at my vindication I shall see your face; *
?                    when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

 

At the end of the Psalm is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Genesis 32:22-31

A Reading from the book of Genesis.

[Jacob got up at night] and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

First Canticle:  Canticle B: A Song of Pilgrimage                     Priusquam errarem

Ecclesiasticus 51:13-16, 20b-22

 

Officiant and People together, all standing.

Before I ventured forth,

        even while I was very young, *

I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.

In the forecourts of the temple I asked for her, *

and I will seek her to the end.

From first blossom to early fruit, *

she has been the delight of my heart.

My foot has kept firmly to the true path, *

diligently from my youth have I pursued her.

I inclined my ear a little and received her; *

I found for myself much wisdom and became adept in her.

To the one who gives me wisdom will I give glory, *

for I have resolved to live according to her way.

From the beginning I gained courage from her, *

therefore I will not be forsaken.

In my inmost being I have been stirred to seek her, *

therefore have I gained a good possession.

As my reward the Almighty has given me the gift of language,*

and with it will I offer praise to God.

 

 

The people sit for

The Epistle: Romans 9:1-5

A Reading from Paul's letter to the Church in Rome.

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit—I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

Second Canticle: Canticle K: A Song of Our Adoption                    Ephesians 1:3-10

Officiant and People together, all standing.

Blessed are you, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, *

for you have blessed us in Christ

with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

Before the world was made, you chose us to be yours in Christ, *

that we should be holy and blameless before you.

You destined us for adoption as your children through Jesus Christ, *

according to the good pleasure of your will,

To the praise of your glorious grace, *

that you have freely given us in the Beloved.

In you, we have redemption through the blood of Christ,

the forgiveness of our sins,

According to the riches of your grace *

which you have lavished upon us.

You have made known to us, in all wisdom and insight, *

the mystery of your will,

According to your good pleasure which you set forth in Christ, *

as a plan for the fullness of time,

To gather together all things in Christ, *

things in heaven and things on earth.

 

The people sit for

The Gospel:  Matthew 14:13-21

A Reading from Matthew.

Jesus withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.  And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence may follow.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Reverend Jed Dearing

 

 

Offertory Hymn 304                I Come With Joy to Meet My Lord                      Land of Rest

1 I come with joy to meet my Lord, forgiven, loved, and free; in awe and wonder to recall his life laid own for me.  2 I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed, the new community of love in Christ's communion bread.  3 As Christ breaks bread and bids us share, each proud division ends; the love that made us, makes us one, and strangers now are friends.  4 And thus with joy we meet our Lord; his presence, always near, is in such friendship better known: we see and praise him here.  5 Together met, together bound, we'll go our different ways; and as his people in the world, we'll live and speak his praise.

 

 

Officiant and People together, all standing.

The Apostles' Creed

            I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

            I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 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, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

            I 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

 

 

The people stand or kneel

Salutation 

Officiant          Hear our cry, O God.

People             And listen to our prayer.

Officiant          Let us pray.

 

Officiant and People

The Lord’s Prayer 

            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, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Suffrages 

V.        Help us, O God our Savior;

R.        Deliver us and forgive us our sins

V.        Look upon your congregation;

R.        Give to your people the blessing of peace.

V.        Declare your glory among the nations;

R.        And your wonders among all peoples.

V.        Do not let the oppressed be shamed and turned away;

R.        Never forget the lives of your poor.

V.        Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you;

R.        And your favor to those who are true of heart.

V.        Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning;

R.        So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

 

 

First Collect 

            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.

 

 

Second Collect 

            O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the Parish

            God of wisdom, we pray for…. (weekly prayers).

            God of mercy, we now offer our intercessions both silently and aloud.

            God of grace, we bring to you our thanksgivings both silently and aloud.

 

 

Prayer For Mission 

            Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

 

Officiant and People

The General Thanksgiving 

            Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made.  We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

 

 

A Prayer of St. Francis

            Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Officiant and People extending their arms as a symbol of laying on of hands.

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

            May the God of celebration stay with you as you discover the joy in your life. May you be free to dance and play in the presence of the God who celebrates you. May you celebrate the gifts of those around you and find joy in each one you meet. May the God of celebration bless you.

 

 

Concluding Versicle 

Officiant          Let us bless the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Concluding Sentence 

            Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.?

 

 

Postlude                               The Heaven's Declare the Glory of God                 J. Haydn

 

 

                   

Officiant: The Reverend Jed Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Acolyte: Kimmie Sprowles

Lectors: Kimmie Sprowles and David Culp

Altar Guild: Mary Harris

Ushers/Greeters: Ron Thomas

Jed Dearing is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Evening Prayer Celebrating William Wilberforce
Time: July 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM


Meeting ID: 713 5042 7298
Passcode: 7AQAM5


Evening Prayer on the Commemoration of William Wilberforce


 

GREETING 

Officiant          Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Officiant says

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

                                                                                                     

 

 

PRAYER FOR LIGHT 

The Officiant says

Let us pray.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light; and we implore you of your great mercy that, as you enfold us with the radiance of this light, so you would shine into our hearts the brightness of your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Candles are now lit.

 

 

Officiant          O God, make speed to save us.

People             O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

 

 

PHOS HILARON 

Officiant and People

 

Light of the world, in grace and beauty,

Mirror of God’s eternal face,

Transparent flame of love’s free duty,

You bring salvation to our race.

Now, as we see the lights of evening,

We raise our voice in hymns of praise;

Worthy are you of endless blessing,

Sun of our night, lamp of our days.

 

 

PSALM: Psalm 112:1-9

Prayed responsively by whole verse

 

1 Praise the Lord!
        Happy are those who fear the Lord,
        who greatly delight in his commandments.
Their descendants will be mighty in the land;
         the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
         and their righteousness endures forever.
They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright;
         they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with those who deal generously and lend,
         who conduct their affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
         they will be remembered forever.
They are not afraid of evil tidings;
         their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord.
Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid;
         in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor;
         their righteousness endures forever;
         their horn is exalted in honor.

 

At the end of the Psalm is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

          as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

 

FIRST READING: 2 Samuel 12:1-10

 

A Reading from First Samuel


And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds; but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. He brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children; it used to eat of his meager fare, and drink from his cup, and lie in his bosom, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was loath to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb, and prepared that for the guest who had come to him.” Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die; he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”  Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, for you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.

 

Reader             Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence is observed

 

 

Canticle 16: The Song of Zechariah                          Benedictus Dominus Deus

Officiant and People

 

Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel, *

            you have come to your people and set them free.

You have raised up for us a mighty Savior, *

            born of the house of your servant David.

Through your holy prophets you promised of old

            to save us from our enemies, *

            from the hands of all who hate us,

To show mercy to our forebears, *

            and to remember your holy covenant.

This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham, *

            to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship you without fear, *

            holy and righteous before you,

            all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet

            of the Most High, *

            for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,

To give God’s people knowledge of salvation *

            by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *

            the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness

            and the shadow of death, *

            and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

 

 

SECOND READING: Matthew 25:31-40

 

A Reading from the Gospel of Matthew

 

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

 

Reader             The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence is observed.

 

 

Reflection                                                                       Rev. Jed Dearing

 

 

THE APOSTLES’ CREED 

Officiant and People together

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

     creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the Virgin Mary,

     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,

     he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

     and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I 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


 

SALUTATION 

Officiant          The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Officiant          Let us pray.

 

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER 

Officiant and People

 

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, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

SUFFRAGES 

V.    Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R.    And grant us your salvation.
V.    Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R.    Let your people sing with joy.
V.    Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R.    For only in you can we live in safety.
V.    Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R.    And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V.    Let your way be known upon earth;
R.    Your saving health among all nations.
V.    Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R.    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V.    Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R.    And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.


 

FIRST COLLECT 

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, kindle in your Church the never-failing gift of love; that, following the example of your servant William Wilberforce, we may have grace to defend the poor, and maintain the cause of those who have no helper; for the sake of him who gave his life for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

SECOND COLLECT 

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

PRAYER FOR MISSION 

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

 

 

Intercessions and thanksgivings are welcome. Please unmute yourself and add prayers aloud for yourself or others.

 

 

THE GENERAL THANKSGIVING 

Officiant and People

 

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,

            we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks

            for all your goodness and loving-kindness

            to us and to all whom you have made.

We bless you for our creation, preservation,

            and all the blessings of this life;

            but above all for your immeasurable love

            in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;

            for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,

            that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,

            not only with our lips, but in our lives,

            by giving up our selves to your service,

            and by walking before you

            in holiness and righteousness all our days;

            through Jesus Christ our Lord,

            to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

            be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

 

 

CONCLUDING VERSICLE 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

 

CONCLUDING SENTENCE 

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.?

St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

 26 July 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite I



The Word of God



Prelude                                      Scottish Tune "Bunessan"                                   E. Farjeon  

 

 

Welcome

 

 

Opening Hymn 388                              O Worship the King                                     Hanover

1 O worship the King all-glorious above, O gratefully sing his power and his love! Our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days, pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

2 O tell of his might! Oh sing of his grace! Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space. His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form, and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

3 The earth, with its store of wonders untold, Almighty, thy power hath founded of old, hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree, and round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

4 Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite? It breathes in the air, it shines in the light; it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain, and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

5 Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail; thy mercies, how tender! how firm to the end! Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

 

 

Opening Sentence

      The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship him.                  John 4:23

 

 

The Confession and Absolution

Celebrant        Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

People             Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.  But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 

Celebrant        The Almighty and merciful Lord grant us absolution and remission of all our sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

 

The people stand  for

The Invitatory and Psalter

Celebrant        O Lord, open thou our lips.

People             And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

Celebrant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.  Allelua!

 

Celebrant        Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

People             O come, let us adore him. 

 

 

Venite                                                                                               Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9, 13
O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

            let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, *

            and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

 

For the Lord is a great God, *

            and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the corners of the earth, *

            and the strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his and he made it, *

            and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down *

            and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord our God, *

            and we are the people of his pasture

            and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *

            let the whole earth stand in awe of him.

 

For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *

            and with righteousness to judge the world

            and the peoples with his truth.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

 

1          Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *

                        make known his deeds among the peoples.

2          Sing to him, sing praises to him, *

                        and speak of all his marvelous works.

3          Glory in his holy Name; *

                        let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

4          Search for the Lord and his strength; *

                        continually seek his face.

5          Remember the marvels he has done, *

                        his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,

6          O offspring of Abraham his servant, *

                        O children of Jacob his chosen.

7          He is the Lord our God; *

                        his judgments prevail in all the world.

8          He has always been mindful of his covenant, *

                        the promise he made for a thousand generations:

9          The covenant he made with Abraham, *

                        the oath that he swore to Isaac,

10        Which he established as a statute for Jacob, *

                        an everlasting covenant for Israel,

11        Saying, “To you will I give the land of Canaan *

                        to be your allotted inheritance.”

45                    Hallelujah!

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Genesis 29:15-28

Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful. Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel?  Why then have you deceived me?” Laban said, “This is not done in our country—giving the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

  

 

The people stand to say

4     The Song of Zechariah                                                         Benedictus Dominus Deus
Luke 1:68-79

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, *
            for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us *
            in the house of his servant David,
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, *
            which have been since the world began:

 

That we should be saved from our enemies, *

            and from the hand of all that hate us;

To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, *
            and to remember his holy covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, *
            that he would give us,
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies *
            might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him, *
            all the days of our life.

 

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, *
            for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord
            to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people *
            for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God, *
            whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness
            and in the shadow of death, *
            and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

The people sit for

The Epistle: Romans 8:26-39

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand to for

The Gospel:  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew.

People             Glory be to thee, O Lord.

Another parable Jesus put before the crowds: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened. The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord.

            People             Praise be to thee, O Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Reverend Jed Dearing

 

 

Offertory Hymn 488                          Be Thou My Vision                                         Slane

1 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; all else be nought to me, save that thou art-- thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2 Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord; thou my great Father; thine own may I be; thou in my dwelling, and I one with thee.

3 High King of heaven, when victory is won, may I reach heaven's joys, bright heaven's Sun! Heart of my heart, whatever befall, still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

 

 

The people stand to say

The Apostles' Creed          

            I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

 

            And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,            was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

 

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

 

 

The Prayers

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

 

Celebrant and People

            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.

 

 

V.        O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;

R.        Govern them and lift them up for ever.

V.        Day by day we magnify thee;

R.        And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

V.        Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;

R.        O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

V.        O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;

R.        As our trust is in thee.

V.        O Lord, in thee have I trusted;

R.        Let me never be confounded.

 

 

The Collect of The Day

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

 

 

A Collect for Sundays

            O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People  

            Let us bring before the Lord the prayers that dwell in the heart of our community, responding, “Hear us, good Lord.”

 

            Spirit of Wisdom, guide our tongues, that we may speak of your marvelous works and rejoice in your bountiful gifts of forgiveness and new life; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            Righteous Governor, assist our leaders in discerning truth from deception, and good from evil, so that they may exercise their office with integrity and be signs of hope to the people of our country and world; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            Source of strength, be with us in our weakness, and help those who live in the dark corners of hopelessness, so that your love may reveal a greater light and dispel the fears that visit every heart; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            Bearer of our sins, remove the dust that blinds us to our shortcomings, so that in admitting our wayward thoughts and actions we may turn toward your mercy and receive your forgiveness; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            Creator of the universe, who brings us joy in the diversity of all that the eye can behold, make us ever grateful for the splendor of your making, and ever protective of its fruits; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            Sun of Righteousness, bring the dead into the brilliance of your light, and make us thankful for the intercession of your saints; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

      Bound together in the love of Christ, let us continue our prayers for the needs of this parish... 

For wisdom for all teachers, administrators, and students, that they may create a healthy environment for learning, let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            Almighty and most merciful God, grant that by the indwelling of your Holy Spirit we may be enlightened and strengthened for your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

A Prayer of St. Francis

            Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Thanksgivings

 

 

The Blessing

            The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst us, and remain with us always. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

 

 

Postlude                                            March in G                                            G. Marshall

 

 

                   

Celebrant: The Reverend Jed Dearing

Lectors: Teena Baldrige and Chuck Oduah

Altar Guild: Barb Roy

Ushers/Greeters: Mary Harris

Jed Dearing is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Service of Light on the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
Time: Jul 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Service of Light on the Feast of Mary Magdalene

 

 

GREETING 

All stand

Officiant          Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

The Officiant says

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

 

 

PRAYER FOR LIGHT 

The Officiant says

Let us pray.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light; and we implore you of your great mercy that, as you enfold us with the radiance of this light, so you would shine into our hearts the brightness of your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Candles are now lit.

 

 

PHOS HILARON 

Officiant and People

 

Light of the world, in grace and beauty,

Mirror of God’s eternal face,

Transparent flame of love’s free duty,

You bring salvation to our race.

Now, as we see the lights of evening,

We raise our voice in hymns of praise;

Worthy are you of endless blessing,

Sun of our night, lamp of our days.

 

 

PSALM: Psalm 42:1-7

 

1As the deer longs for the water-brooks, *
so longs my soul for you, O God.
2My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; *
when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
3My tears have been my food day and night, *
while all day long they say to me,
“Where now is your God?”
4I pour out my soul when I think on these things; *

 how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God,
5With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, *
among those who keep holy-day.
6Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
and why are you so disquieted within me?
7Put your trust in God; *
for I will yet give thanks to him,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

 

At the end of the Psalm is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

 

 

FIRST READING: Judith 9:1, 11-14

The people sit.

 

A Reading from the book of Judith.

1Judith prostrated herself, put ashes on her head, and uncovered the sackcloth she was wearing. At the very time when the evening incense was being offered in the house of God in Jerusalem, Judith cried out to the Lord with a loud voice, and said,  11“[O Lord God,] your strength does not depend on numbers, nor your might on the powerful. But you are the God of the lowly, helper of the oppressed, upholder of the weak, protector of the forsaken, savior of those without hope. 12Please, please, God of my father, God of the heritage of Israel, Lord of heaven and earth, Creator of the waters, King of all your creation, hear my prayer! 13Make my deceitful words bring wound and bruise on those who have planned cruel things against your covenant, and against your sacred house, and against Mount Zion, and against the house your children possess. 14Let your whole nation and every tribe know and understand that you are God, the God of all power and might, and that there is no other who protects the people of Israel but you alone!”

 

Reader             Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence is observed

 

 

Canticle 15: The Song of Mary                                                                     Magnificat

Officiant and People

 

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in you, O God my Savior, *

for you have looked with favor on your lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: *

you, the Almighty, have done great things for me,

and holy is your name.

You have mercy on those who fear you *

from generation to generation.

You have shown strength with your arm *

and scattered the proud in their conceit,

Casting down the mighty from their thrones *

and lifting up the lowly.

You have filled the hungry with good things *

and sent the rich away empty.

You have come to the help of your servant Israel, *

for you have remembered your promise of mercy,

The promise made to our forebears, *

to Abraham and his children for ever.

 

 

SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 5:14-18

The people sit.

 

A Reading from Paul's Second letter to the Church in Corinth.

14The love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.  16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation;

 

 Reader            Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence is observed.

 

 

Canticle J: A Song of Judith                                                  Judith 16:13-16

Officiant and People

I will sing a new song to my God, *

for you are great and glorious, wonderful in strength, invincible.

Let the whole creation serve you, *

for you spoke and all things came into being.

You sent your breath and it formed them, *

no one is able to resist your voice.

Mountains and seas are stirred to their depths, *

rocks melt like wax at your presence.

But to those who fear you, *

you continue to show mercy.

No sacrifice, however fragrant, can please you, *

but whoever fears the Lord shall stand in your sight for ever.

 

 

THIRD READING: John 20:11-18

The people sit.

 

A Reading from John.

11Mary [Magdalene] stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’?” 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

 

 Reader            The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence is observed.

 

 

Reflection                                                                       Rev. Jed Dearing

 

 

THE APOSTLES’ CREED 

Officiant and People together, all standing.

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

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,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I 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

 

 

SALUTATION 

The people stand or kneel

Officiant          The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Officiant          Let us pray.

 

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER 

Officiant and People

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,

forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

SUFFRAGES 

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may depart this life in your faith and fear, and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit in the communion of Mary Magdalene and all your saints, entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,

We entreat you, O Lord.

 

 

FIRST COLLECT 

Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and of mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by your grace we may be healed from all our infirmities and know you in the power of his unending life; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

SECOND COLLECT 

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

 

 

PRAYER FOR MISSION 

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

 

 

Intercessions and thanksgivings are welcome. Please unmute yourself and add your prayers.

 

 

THE GENERAL THANKSGIVING 

Officiant and People

 

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,

we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks

for all your goodness and loving-kindness

to us and to all whom you have made.

We bless you for our creation, preservation,

and all the blessings of this life;

but above all for your immeasurable love

in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;

for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,

that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,

not only with our lips, but in our lives,

by giving up our selves to your service,

and by walking before you

in holiness and righteousness all our days;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

 

 

CONCLUDING VERSICLE 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

 

CONCLUDING SENTENCE 

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.?

St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

 19 July 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite I



The Word of God

 


Prelude


 

Welcome


 

Opening Hymn 423                         Immortal, Invisible God                                   St. Denio

1 Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible hid from our eyes, most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, almighty, victorious, your great Name we praise.

2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might; thy justice like mountains high soaring above thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

3 To all life thou givest, to both great and small; in all life thou livest, the true life of all; we blossom and flourish, like leaves on the tree, then wither and perish; but nought changeth thee.

4 Thou reignest in glory, thou rulest in light, thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight; all laud we would render: O help us to see 'tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.

 

 

Opening Sentence

      The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.   Habakkuk 2:20

 

 

The Confession and Absolution

 

Celebrant        Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

People             Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 

Celebrant        The Almighty and merciful Lord grant us absolution and remission of all our sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit.  Amen.


 

The people stand  for

The Invitatory and Psalter

 

Celebrant        O Lord, open thou our lips.

People             And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

Celebrant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.  Allelua!

 

Celebrant        Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

People             O come, let us adore him. 

 

 

Venite                                                                                               Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9, 13
O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

            let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, *

            and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

 

For the Lord is a great God, *

            and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the corners of the earth, *

            and the strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his and he made it, *

            and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down *

            and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord our God, *

            and we are the people of his pasture

            and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *

            let the whole earth stand in awe of him.

 

For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *

            and with righteousness to judge the world

            and the peoples with his truth.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 139:1-11, 22-23                                                    Domine, probasti

1          Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *

                        you know my sitting down and my rising up;

                        you discern my thoughts from afar.

2          You trace my journeys and my resting-places *

                                    and are acquainted with all my ways.

3          Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *

                        but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4          You press upon me behind and before *

                        and lay your hand upon me.

5          Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *

                        it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

6          Where can I go then from your Spirit? *

                        where can I flee from your presence?

7          If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *

                        if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

8          If I take the wings of the morning *

                        and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

9          Even there your hand will lead me *

                        and your right hand hold me fast.

10        If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, *

                        and the light around me turn to night,”

11        Darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day; *

                        darkness and light to you are both alike.

22        Search me out, O God, and know my heart; *

                        try me and know my restless thoughts.

23        Look well whether there be any wickedness in me *

                        and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Genesis 28:10-19a

Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel.

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand to say

Canticle 2                               A Song of Praise                           Benedictus es, Domine

Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34

 

Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou for the name of thy Majesty; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holiness; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths,
and dwellest between the Cherubim; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy kingdom; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven; *
    praised and exalted above all for ever.

Blessed art thou, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *

    praised and exalted above all for ever. 

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

The people sit for

The Epistle: Romans 8:12-25

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand to for

The Gospel:  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew.

People             Glory be to thee, O Lord.

Another parable Jesus put before the crowds: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!”

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord.

            People             Praise be to thee, O Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Reverend Jed Dearing

 

 

Offertory Hymn 569                             God the Omnipotent                                  Russia

1 God the Omnipotent! King who ordainest thunder thy clarion, the lightning thy sword; show forth thy pity on high where thou reignest: give to us peace in our time, O Lord.

2 God the All-merciful! Earth hath forsaken thy ways all holy, and slighted thy word; bid not thy wrath in its terrors awaken: give to us peace in our time, O Lord.

3 God, the All-righteous One! Earth hath defied thee; yet to eternity standeth thy word, falsehood and wrong shall not tarry beside thee: give to us peace in our time, O Lord.

4 God the All-provident! earth by thy chastening yet shall to freedom and truth be restored; through the thick darkness thy kingdom is hastening: thou wilt give peace in our time, O Lord.              

 

 

The people stand to say

The Apostles' Creed          

            I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

 

            And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,            was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

 

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

 

 

The Prayers

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

 

Celebrant and People

            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.

 

 

V.        O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;

R.        Govern them and lift them up for ever.

V.        Day by day we magnify thee;

R.        And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

V.        Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;

R.        O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

V.        O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;

R.        As our trust is in thee.

V.        O Lord, in thee have I trusted;

R.        Let me never be confounded.

 

 

 

The Collect of The Day

            Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion, we beseech thee, upon our infirmities, and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, mercifully give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

A Collect for Sundays

            O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People  

            We lift our prayers to God, who knows our necessities before we ask and rejoices in our asking, as we respond, “Hear us, good Lord.”

 

            That judges, attorneys, and juries may be fair and just in their dealings with those who come before them, relying on the law and legal precedence, and weighing their decisions with compassion and forbearance; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            That the Church may welcome children and youth into its life, inviting them into positions of responsibility and leadership, listening to their ideas, and joining with them in building for the future; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            That God’s will may break through the hardened surfaces of those who release their despair through violence and abuse, so that they may be changed into the architects of a peaceful and prosperous world; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            That the hope of the poor be not in vain, and those with a troubled spirit be not forgotten, but assisted through the generosity of those whose hearts are fertile soil in which the ministry Christ bears much fruit; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            That the leaders of the nations may usher in the peace of God’s reign; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            That all who have returned to the dust may be raised to the glory of everlasting life; let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            In the light that knows no setting of the sun, let us continue our prayers.

For.... (Needs of parish)...let us pray.

Hear us, good Lord.

 

            Grant, good Lord, to all who have been baptized into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, that, as we have put away the old life of sin, so we may be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and live in righteousness and true holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


 

A Prayer of St. Francis

            Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Thanksgivings

 

 

The Blessing

            The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

 

 

♦          ♦          ♦

Celebrant: The Reverend Jed Dearing

Lectors: Jeff Baldrige and Jim Taylor

Altar Guild: Mary Harris

Ushers/Greeters: Kathi Oaks


St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

 12 July 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite I



The Word of God


 

Opening Hymn 48        O Day of Radiant Gladness        Es flog ein kleins Waldvogelein

 

1 O day of radiant gladness, O day of joy and light, O balm of care and sadness, most beautiful, most bright; this day the high and lowly, through ages joined in tune, sing "Holy, holy, holy" to the great God Triune.

2 This day at the creation the light first had its birth; this day for our salvation Christ rose from depths of earth; this day our Lord, victorious the Spirit sent from heaven, and thus this day most glorious a triple light was given.

3 This day, God's people meeting, his Holy Scripture hear; his living presence greeting, through Bread and Wine made near. We journey on, believing, renewed with heavenly might, from grace more grace

receiving on this blest day of light.
4 That light our hope sustaining, we walk the pilgrim way, at length our rest attaining, our endless Sabbath day.  We sing to thee our praises, O Father, Spirit, Son; the Church her voice upraises to thee, blest Three in One.

 

 

Opening Sentence

            The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.                                         Habakkuk 2:20

 

 

The Confession and Absolution

 

Celebrant        Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

People             Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Celebrant        The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

 

The people stand  for

The Invitatory and Psalter

 

Celebrant        O Lord, open thou our lips.

People             And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

Celebrant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.  Allelua!

 

Celebrant        Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

People             O come, let us adore him. 

 

 

Venite                                                                                               Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9, 13

O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

            let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, *

            and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

 

For the Lord is a great God, *

            and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the corners of the earth, *

            and the strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his and he made it, *

            and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down *

            and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord our God, *

            and we are the people of his pasture

            and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *

            let the whole earth stand in awe of him.

 

For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *

            and with righteousness to judge the world

            and the peoples with his truth.

 

 

The Psalm:   Psalm 65:(1-8), 9-14                                                           Te decet hymnus

 

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

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

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

4          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.

5          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.

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

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

8          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.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Genesis 25:19-34

 

These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. The children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is to be this way, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.” When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb.The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.  Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents. Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob. Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished!” (Therefore he was called Edom.) Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.



The Second Song of Isaiah                                                                     Quaerite Dominum
Isaiah 55:6-11

 

Seek the Lord while he wills to be found; *
    call upon him when he draws near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways *
    and the evil ones their thoughts;
And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion, *
    and to our God, for he will richly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, *
    nor your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, *
    so are my ways higher than your ways,
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

For as rain and snow fall from the heavens *

    and return not again, but water the earth,

Bringing forth life and giving growth, *
    seed for sowing and bread for eating,
So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; *
    it will not return to me empty;
But it will accomplish that which I have purposed, *
    and prosper in that for which I sent it.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Epistle: Romans 8:1-11

 

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Gospel:  Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew.

People             Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Jesus went out and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil.  But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  Let anyone with ears listen! Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord.

            People             Praise to you, O Lord.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Reverend Jed Dearing

            

 

Offertory Hymn 383                             Fairest Lord Jesus                            St. Elizabeth

 

1 Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature, O Thou of God and man the Son; thee will I cherish, thee will I honor, thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

2 Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, robed in the blooming garb of spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, who makes the woeful heart to sing.

3 Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight, and all the twinkling. starry host: Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer than all the angels heaven can boast.

 

 

The people stand to say

The Apostles' Creed          

 

            I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

 

            And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,            was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

 

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

 

 

The Prayers

 

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

Celebrant and People

            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.

 

 

V.        O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;

R.        Govern them and lift them up for ever.

V.        Day by day we magnify thee;

R.        And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

V.        Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;

R.        O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

V.        O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;

R.        As our trust is in thee.

V.        O Lord, in thee have I trusted;

R.        Let me never be confounded.

 

 

The Collect of The Day

 

            O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee, and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

A Collect for Sundays

 

            O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People  

 

            Tender and loving God, you formed the earth to be a place of joy and abundance for all your creatures. For food in all its variety and the people who grow it, transport it, and market it, we give you thanks. These days of pandemic have shown us how much we depend on others. We pray for those who do not have enough food, and for those whose agricultural supply is at risk through extreme weather, uncertain prices and social upheaval. Help us care for the earth and its fruitfulness And for each other in our common need of its fruits.

God, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

            God of all the nations, You gather people together in communities to care for each other and enjoy each other’s company and creativity. Yet the pandemic has revealed there are so many vulnerable people, so many places where resources are not shared fairly. Where there is division, bring unity and peace with justice; Where people are distracted, give wisdom to see what is important; Where people are tired and anxious, bring strength and courage. 

God, in your mercy,  Hear our prayer.

 

            God of compassion, You call us to be communities held together by prayer and love for our neighbors. Where people mourn loss of any kind, provide comfort; Where there is illness and pain, bring healing; Where there is distress or discouragement, transform fear into hope. By your Spirit, equip us to serve one another in Christ’s name so that your compassion touches lives with love and mercy.

God, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

            Tender God, we lay before you now the concerns of our community.....

God, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. 

 

            Loving God, give to the departed eternal rest ... Let light perpetual shine upon them.

God in your mercy, Hear our prayer

 

            Creator God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other's toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

A Prayer of St. Francis

 

            Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

 

Announcements and Special Prayers

 

 

The Blessing

 

            The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

 

Celebrant        The Peace of the Risen Christ be always with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

 

 

                   

Celebrant: The Reverend Jed Dearing

Acolyte:  Kimmie Sprowles

Lectors: Kimmie Sprowles & Jacqui Parker

Altar Guild: Barb Pascoe

Ushers/Greeters: Allison Ferriell



 

St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 5 July 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite I



The Word of God



Opening Hymn 427                    When Morning Gilds the Skies                    Laudes Domina

 

1 When morning gilds the skies, my heart, awaking, cries, may Jesus Christ be praised! When evening shadows fall, this rings my curfew call, may Jesus Christ be praised!

2 When mirth for music longs, this is my song of songs: may Jesus Christ be praised! God's holy house of prayer hath none that can compare with: Jesus Christ be praised!

3 No lovelier antiphon in all high heaven is known than, Jesus Christ be praised! There to the eternal Word  the eternal psalm is heard: may Jesus Christ be praised!

4 Ye nations of mankind, in this your concord find: may Jesus Christ be praised! Let all the earth around ring joyous with the sound: may Jesus Christ be praised!

5 Sing, suns and stars of space, sing, ye that see his face, sing, Jesus Christ be praised! God's whole creation o'er, both now and evermore shall Jesus Christ be praised!

 

Opening Sentence

            The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.  

                                                                                                                     Habakkuk 2:20

 

 

The Confession and Absolution

Celebrant        Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

People             Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 

Celebrant        The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 


The people stand  for

The Invitatory and Psalter

 

Celebrant        O Lord, open thou our lips.

People             And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

Celebrant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.  Allelua!

 

Celebrant        Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

People             O come, let us adore him. 

 

 

Venite                                                                                               Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9, 13
O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

            let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, *

            and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *

            and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the corners of the earth, *

            and the strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his and he made it, *

            and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down *

            and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord our God, *

            and we are the people of his pasture

            and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *

            let the whole earth stand in awe of him.

For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *

            and with righteousness to judge the world

            and the peoples with his truth.

 

 

The Psalm:   Psalm 145:8-15                                                             Exaltabo te, Deus

8          O Lord, you are gracious and full of compassion, *

                        slow to anger and of great kindness.

9          You are loving to everyone *

                        and your compassion is over all your works.

10        All your works praise you, O Lord, *

                        and your faithful servants bless you.

11        They make known the glory of your dominion *

                        and speak of your power;

12        so that the peoples may know of your power *

                        and the glorious splendour of your dominion.

13        Your sovereignty is an everlasting one; *

                        your dominion endures throughout all ages.

                        Lord, you are faithful in all your words *

                        and merciful in all your deeds.

14        You uphold all those who fall *

                        and lift up those who are bowed down.

15        The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, *

                        and you give them their food in due season.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

The man said to Rebekah and her household, “I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.’ I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also”—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’ Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.” And they called Rebekah, and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will.” So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “May you, our sister, become thousands of myriads; may your offspring gain possession of the gates of their foes.” Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

3  The Song of Mary                                                                          Magnificat 

Luke 1:46-55

My soul doth magnify the Lord, *

            and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

For he hath regarded *

            the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold from henceforth *

            all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *

            and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him *

            throughout all generations.

He hath showed strength with his arm; *

            he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *

            and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things, *

            and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *

            as he promised to our forefathers,

            Abraham and his seed for ever.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Epistle: Romans 7:15-25a

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Gospel:  Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew.

People             Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord.

            People             Praise to you, O Lord.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Reverend Jed Dearing

 

 

Offertory Hymn 719                     O Beautiful for Spacious Skies                            Materna

1 O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain; for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!

2 O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life! America! America! God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law.

3 O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears! America! America! God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!

 

 

The people stand to say

The Apostles' Creed          

            I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

             And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

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

 

 

The Prayers

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

 

Celebrant and People

            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.

 


V.        O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;

R.        Govern them and lift them up for ever.

V.        Day by day we magnify thee;

R.        And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

V.        Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;

R.        O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

V.        O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;

R.        As our trust is in thee.

V.        O Lord, in thee have I trusted;

R.        Let me never be confounded.

 

 

The Collect of The Day

            O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

 

A Collect for Sundays

            O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People   Adapted from Planning for Rites and Rituals

            We stand before God in awe, as the power of divine grace is revealed in our lives. Trusting in this grace, we offer our prayers, responding, “God, have mercy.”

            For the prophetic voices in our generation, that they would listen deeply to the Divine voice and carry God’s message with courage; let us pray. God, have mercy.

            That we may respond to the needs of others before we are ready, and give generously to those in need, that through giving we might grow in grace and discover deeper trust in You; let us pray. God, have mercy.

            For all those charged with making decisions in our nation and in the world, particularly those leading our response to coronavirus, that they may be given the wisdom to lead well, seeking the light of God who is the source of all righteousness; let us pray. God, have mercy.

            For safety and refreshment for those who need rest, for those who are anxious, afraid, and exhausted by confinement. For those who live alone and those who are unable to see those they love; for a swift and safe end to the pandemic; let us pray. God, have mercy.

            That You would hold in your arms all who are ill, lonely, or afraid. We pray especially for…. For those who serve in the Armed Forces, Rob Moffitt, Charles Lape, Barry Bates, Preston Pieterzak, Dakota Grise, Zach Funkhouser, Konnor Soto, and Will Clouse.

            We ask you also mercifully to welcome all those who have died into everlasting peace and joy in your presence, especially… Georvonie Campbell & Sarah Grossman.     Comfort their families and all mourning the loss of a child.

Let us pray. God, have mercy.

            We give you thanks and praise, O God, for the work of the Holy Spirit within and among us, work that began long ago and continues today. Grant that we may always be open to your transformation. Amen.

 

 

A Prayer of St. Francis

            Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

 

Announcements and Special Prayers

 

 

The Blessing

            The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The Peace of the Risen Christ be always with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

 

 

                   

Celebrant: The Reverend Jed Dearing

Acolyte:  Kimmie Sprowles

Lectors: Stephan Graham & Allison Ferriell

Altar Guild: Kimmie Sprowles

Ushers/Greeters: Ron Thomas

St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

 28 June 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite I


The text of the service is found in the red Book of Common Prayer. Responses said by the congregation are high-lighted in bold print.  The hymns are found in the blue Hymnal 1982.  The Service music is either printed in the bulletin or found in the front of the blue Hymnal or on card stock placed in the book rack in front of you.



The Word of God

 

Opening Hymn 390                 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty                  Lobe den Herren


1 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation; O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation: join the great throng, psaltery, organ, and song, sounding in glad adoration.

2 Praise to the Lord; over all things he gloriously reigneth: borne as on eagle-wings, safely his saints he sustaineth. Hast thou not seen How all thou needest hath been granted in what he ordaineth?

3 Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy way and defend thee; surely his goodness and mercy shall ever attend thee; ponder anew what the Almighty can do, who with his love doth befriend thee.

4 Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him! All that hath life and breath come now with praises before him! Let the amen sound from his people again; gladly forever adore him.

 

 

Opening Sentence

            The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.  

                                                                                                                    Habakkuk 2:20

 

 

The Confession and Absolution

Celebrant        Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

People             Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 

Celebrant        The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

 

The people stand  for

The Invitatory and Psalter

Celebrant        O Lord, open thou our lips.

People             And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

Celebrant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.  Allelua!

 

Celebrant        Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

People             O come, let us adore him. 

 

 

Venite                                                                                               Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9, 13
O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

            let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, *

            and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

 For the Lord is a great God, *

            and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the corners of the earth, *

            and the strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his and he made it, *

            and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down *

            and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord our God, *

            and we are the people of his pasture

            and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *

            let the whole earth stand in awe of him.

For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *

            and with righteousness to judge the world

            and the peoples with his truth.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 13                                                                         Usquequo, Domine?

1          How long, O Lord? will you forget me for ever? *

                        how long will you hide your face from me?

2          How long shall I have perplexity in my mind,

                        and grief in my heart, day after day? *

                        how long shall my enemy triumph over me?

3          Look upon me and answer me, O Lord my God; *

                        give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;

4          Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” *

                        and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.

5          But I put my trust in your mercy; *

                        my heart is joyful because of your saving help.

6          I will sing to the Lord, for he has dealt with me richly; *

                        I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Genesis 22:1-14

God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by  its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

3  The Song of Mary                                                                          Magnificat 

Luke 1:46-55

My soul doth magnify the Lord, *

            and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

For he hath regarded *

            the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold from henceforth *

            all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *

            and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him *

            throughout all generations.

He hath showed strength with his arm; *

            he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *

            and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things, *

            and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *

            as he promised to our forefathers,

            Abraham and his seed for ever.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Epistle: Romans 6:12-23

Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Gospel:  Matthew 10:40-42

Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew.

People             Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord.

            People             Praise to you, O Lord.



The Homily                                                                               The Reverend David Bailey

 

 

Offertory Hymn 494                     Crown Him with Many Crowns        Diademata

             (verses 1-3)

 

1 Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne; Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own; awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

2 Crown him the Son of God before the worlds began, and ye, who tread where he hath trod,
crown him the Son of man; who every grief hath known that wrings the human breast, and takes and bears them for his own, that all in him may rest.

3 Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed over the grave, and rose victorious in the strife
for those he came to save; his glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high, who died, eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

 

 

The people stand to say

The Apostles' Creed          

             I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

             And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,            was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

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

 

 

The Prayers

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

 

Celebrant and People

            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.

 

 

V.        O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;

R.        Govern them and lift them up for ever.

V.        Day by day we magnify thee;

R.        And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

V.        Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;

R.        O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

V.        O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;

R.        As our trust is in thee.

V.        O Lord, in thee have I trusted;

R.        Let me never be confounded.

 

 

The Collect of The Day

            O Almighty God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an holy temple acceptable unto thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

A Collect for Sundays

            O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People

             Let us pray to God, who alone makes us dwell in safety:


             For all who are affected by coronavirus, through illness or isolation or anxiety, that they may find relief and recovery: Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.


             For those who are guiding our community, state and nation at this time, and shaping policies to lead us through this pandemic, that they may make wise decisions:

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.


             For doctors, nurses and medical researchers, that through their skill and insights many will be restored to health: Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.


             For the vulnerable and the fearful, for the gravely ill and the dying, that they may know your comfort and peace: Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.


             For our Saint Francis family, That we may be the lights of Christ in a dark and fearful world. We pray especially for the following (parish prayer list) .... For those who serve in the Armed Forces, Rob Moffitt, Nick Bogard, Barry Bates, Zach Funkhouser, Konnor Soto, Will Clouse, Kyle VanTress, Keaton Dennis, Izzie Ziemba, Kalyn McQueen, Seth Grubb, and Henry Mastalerz.   Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.


             We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God.

 

Celebrant        God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you.



A Prayer of St. Francis

             Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

 

Announcements and Special Prayers

 

 

The Blessing

            The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The Peace of the Risen Christ be always with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

 

 

♦          ♦          ♦

Celebrant: The Reverend David Bailey

Usher: Mary Harris

Lectors:  Jeff Baldrige and Barb Roy

Altar Guild:  Jacqui Parker

  St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Third Sunday after Pentecost

 21 June 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite I


The text of the service is found in the red Book of Common Prayer. Responses said by the congregation are high-lighted in bold print.  The hymns are found in the blue Hymnal 1982.  The Service music is either printed in the bulletin or found in the front of the blue Hymnal or on card stock placed in the book rack in front of you.

 

 

The Word of God

 

 

Opening Hymn 524                       I Love You Kingdom Lord                        St. Thomas

 

 

Opening Sentence

            The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.  

                                                                                                                     Habakkuk 2:20

 

 

The Confession and Absolution

 

Celebrant        Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

People             Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 

Celebrant        The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

 

The people stand  for

The Invitatory and Psalter

 

Celebrant        O Lord, open thou our lips.

People             And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Celebrant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.  Allelua!

 

Celebrant        Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

People             O come, let us adore him. 

 

 

Venite                                                                                               Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9, 13

O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

            let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, *

            and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *

            and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the corners of the earth, *

            and the strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his and he made it, *

            and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down *

            and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord our God, *

            and we are the people of his pasture

            and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *

            let the whole earth stand in awe of him.

For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *

            and with righteousness to judge the world

            and the peoples with his truth.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17                                          Inclina, Domine

 

1          Bow down your ear, O Lord, and answer me, *

                        for I am poor and in misery.

2          Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *

                        save your servant who puts his trust in you.

3          Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; *

                        I call upon you all the day long.

4          Gladden the soul of your servant, *

                        or to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5          For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, *

                        and great is your love toward all who call upon you.

6          Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, *

                        and attend to the voice of my supplications.

7          In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *

                        for you will answer me.

8          Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, *

                        nor anything like your works.

9          All nations you have made will come and worship you, O Lord, *

                        and glorify your Name.

10        For you are great; you do wondrous things; *

                        and you alone are God.

16        Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *

                        give your strength to your servant; and save the child of your handmaid.

17        Show me a sign of your favor,

                        so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *

                        because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Genesis 21:8-21

 

The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.” The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink. God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

3  The Song of Mary                                                                          Magnificat 

Luke 1:46-55

 

My soul doth magnify the Lord, *

            and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

For he hath regarded *

            the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold from henceforth *

            all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *

            and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him *

            throughout all generations.

He hath showed strength with his arm; *

            he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *

            and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things, *

            and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *

            as he promised to our forefathers,

            Abraham and his seed for ever.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Epistle: Romans 6:1b-11

 

Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Gospel:  Matthew 10:24-39

Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew.

People             Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Jesus said to the twelve apostles, “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord.

            People             Praise to you, O Lord.

 

 

The Homily                                                                               The Reverend David Bailey

 

 

Offertory Hymn 564                       He Who Would Valiant Be                     St. Dunstan's

 

 

The people stand to say

The Apostles' Creed          

 

            I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

 

            And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,            was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

 

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

 

 

The Prayers

 

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

 

Celebrant and People

            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.

 

 

V.        O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage;

R.        Govern them and lift them up for ever.

V.        Day by day we magnify thee;

R.        And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.

V.        Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin;

R.        O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

V.        O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us;

R.        As our trust is in thee.

V.        O Lord, in thee have I trusted;

R.        Let me never be confounded.

 

 

The Collect of The Day

 

            O Lord, we beseech thee, make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name, for thou never failest to help and govern those whom thou hast set upon the sure foundation of thy loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

A Collect for Sundays

 

            O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People

 

            Let us pray to God, who alone makes us dwell in safety:

 

            For all who are affected by coronavirus, through illness or isolation or anxiety, that they may find relief and recovery: Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For those who are guiding our community, state and nation at this time, and shaping policies to lead us through this pandemic, that they may make wise decisions: Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For doctors, nurses and medical researchers, that through their skill and insights many will be restored to health: Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For the vulnerable and the fearful, for the gravely ill and the dying, that they may know your comfort and peace: Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

 

            For our Saint Francis family, That we may be the lights of Christ in a dark and fearful world. We pray especially for the following (parish prayer list) ....

For those who serve in the Armed Forces, Rob Moffitt, Nick Bogard, Charles Lape, Barry Bates, Preston Pieterzak, Dakota Grise, Zach Funkhouser, Konnor Soto, and Will Clouse. Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.


            We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God.

 

Celebrant        God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you.

 

 

A Prayer of St. Francis

 

            Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

 

Announcements and Special Prayers

 

 

The Blessing

 

            The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

 

Celebrant        The Peace of the Risen Christ be always with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

 

 

                   

Celebrant: The Reverend David Bailey

Usher: Kathi Oaks

 

SUNDAY WORSHIP

The Second Sunday after Pentecost, Morning Prayer Rite I

 


Prelude Hymn        401               The God of Abraham Praise                     Leoni

 


The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.   Habakkuk 2:20

 


The Officiant says to the people

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us pause in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

(Together) Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 

Priest: The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Officiant        O Lord, open thou our lips.

People           And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.  Allelua!

 

Officiant        Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

People           O come, let us adore him. 



Venite                                                                                Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9, 13
(Together) O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *

            let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, *

            and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *

            and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the corners of the earth, *

            and the strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his and he made it, *

            and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down *

            and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord our God, *

            and we are the people of his pasture

            and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *

            let the whole earth stand in awe of him.

For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *

            and with righteousness to judge the world

            and the peoples with his truth.

 


Psalm 116:1, 10-17                                                                        Dilexi, quoniam

1          I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *

                        because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.

10       How shall I repay the Lord*

                        for all the good things he has done for me?

11       I will lift up the cup of salvation *

                        and call upon the Name of the Lord.

12       I will fulfill my vows to the Lord*

                        in the presence of all his people.                                           

13       Precious in the sight of the Lord*

                        is the death of his servants.

14       Lord, I am your servant; *

                        I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;

                         you have freed me from my bonds.                          

15       I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *

                        and call upon the Name of the Lord.

16       I will fulfill my vows to the Lord*

                        in the presence of all his people,

17       In the courts of the Lord’s house, *

                        in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!           


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

 

THE LESSONS

A Reading from Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate. They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.” The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Now Sarah said, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she said, “Who would ever have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

3  The Song of Mary                                                         Magnificat  (Together)

Luke 1:46-55

 

My soul doth magnify the Lord, *

            and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

For he hath regarded *

            the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold from henceforth *

            all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *

            and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him *

            throughout all generations.

 

He hath showed strength with his arm; *

            he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *

            and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things, *

            and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *

            as he promised to our forefathers,

            Abraham and his seed for ever.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

 

A Reading from Romans 5:1-8

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

A Reading from the Gospel According to St. Matthew 9:35—10:8-23

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.”  “Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

Sermon:        Fr. David

 

 

Offertory Hymn        495       Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!       In Babilone    



The Apostles' Creed (Together)

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

            maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;

            who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

            born of the Virgin Mary,

            suffered under Pontius Pilate,

            was crucified, dead, and buried.

            He descended into hell.

            The third day he rose again from the dead.

            He ascended into heaven,

            and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.

            From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,

            the holy catholic Church,

            the communion of saints,

            the forgiveness of sins,