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

 The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

 16 August 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite II

St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 20 September 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite II


The Word of God

 

 

Prelude                                                Prelude "Home"                                          A.  James

 

 

Welcome

 

 

All standing if able during procession

Opening Hymn 414                  God, My King Thy Might Confessing          Stuttgart

1 God, my king, thy might confessing, ever will I bless thy Name; day by day thy throne addressing, still will I thy praise proclaim.         

2 Honor great our God befitteth; who his majesty can reach? Age to age his works  transmitteth; age to age his power shall teach.  

3 They shall talk of all thy glory, on thy might and greatness dwell, speak of thy dread acts the story, and thy deeds of wonder tell.     

4 Nor shall fail from memory's treasure works by love and mercy wrought: works of love surpassing measure, works of mercy passing thought.             

5 Full of kindness and compassion, slow to anger, vast in love, God is good to all creation; all his works his goodness prove.

 

 

The Officiant says

Opening Sentence

            Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.                                                Psalm 19:14

 

 

The Officiant says to the people

The Confession and Absolution

Officiant          Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to set forth his 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 kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

 

Silence may be kept.

 

 

Officiant and People together, kneeling or standing as able

            Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.

 

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 as able for

Versicle

Officiant          Lord, open our lips.

People             And our mouth shall proclaim your 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.

 

 

Antiphon                   The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: Come let us adore him.

 

 

Jubilate                                                                                                         Psalm 100 
Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
            serve the Lord with gladness
            and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
            he himself has made us, and we are his;
            we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
            give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
            and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

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.

37        He led out his people with silver and gold; *

                        in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.

38        Egypt was glad of their going, *

                        because they were afraid of them.

39        He spread out a cloud for a covering *

                        and a fire to give light in the night season.

40        They asked, and quails appeared, *

                        and he satisfied them with bread from heaven.

41        He opened the rock, and water flowed, *

                        so the river ran in the dry places.

42        For God remembered his holy word *

                        and Abraham his servant.

43        So he led forth his people with gladness, *

                        his chosen with shouts of joy.

44        He gave his people the lands of the nations, *

                        and they took the fruit of others’ toil,

45        That they might keep his statutes *

                        and observe his laws. 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: Exodus 16:2-15

 

A Reading from the book of Exodus.

 

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.” Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’” In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

First Canticle:  Canticle 10: The Second Song of Isaiah                   Quaerite Dominum

Isaiah 55:6-11

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

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 people sit for

The Epistle: Philippians 1:21-30

 

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

 

To me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again. Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well—since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

Second Canticle: Canticle 19: The Song of the Redeemed        Magna et mirabilia

Revelation 15:3-4

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

O ruler of the universe, Lord God, great deeds are they that you have done, *
            surpassing human understanding.
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
            O King of all the ages.

            Who can fail to do you homage, Lord,
and sing the praises of your Name? *
            for you only are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and fall down before you, *
            because your just and holy works have been revealed.

 

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 stand for

The Gospel:  Matthew 20:1-16

 

A Reading from Matthew.

 

Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence may follow.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Reverend Jed Dearing

 

 

Offertory Hymn 9             Not Here for High and Holy Things                Morning Song

1 Not here for high and holy things we render thanks to thee, but for the common things of earth, the purple pageantry of dawning and of dying days, the splendor of the sea,

2 the royal robes of autumn moors, the golden gates of spring, the velvet of soft summer nights, the silver glistering of all the million million stars, the silent song they sing,

3 of faith and hope and love undimmed, undying still through death, the resurrection of the world, what time there comes the breath of dawn that rustles through the trees, and that clear voice that saith:       

4 Awake, awake to love and work! The lark is in the sky, the fields are wet with diamond dew, the worlds awake to cry their blessings on the Lord of life, as he goes meekly by.

5 Come, let thy voice be one with theirs, shout with their shout of praise; see how the giant sun soars up, great lord of years and days! So let the love of Jesus come and set thy soul ablaze,

6 to give and give, and give again, what God hath given thee; to spend thyself nor count the cost; to serve right gloriously the God who gave all worlds that are, and all that are to be.

 

 

Officiant and People together, all standing as able

The Apostles' Creed

            I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth;
            I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose  again.  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  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 as able

Salutation 

Officiant          The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

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 A

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 with your Holy Spirit.

 

 

First Collect 

            Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; 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                   

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

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

            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 

               May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.                                                                                                                                                                Romans 15:13


 

Postlude                                            Voluntary in C                                      L. Martin 

 

 

                   

Officiant: The Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

Organist: Diana Graham

Acolyte: Kimmie Sprowles

Lectors: Jeff Baldrige and Kimmie Sprowles

Altar Guild: Jacqui Parker

Ushers/Greeters: Ron Thomas


St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 13 September 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite II


The Word of God

 

 

Prelude                                              Morning Litany                                            L. Smith

 

 

Welcome

 

 

All standing if able during procession

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.  Hath 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.

 

 

The Officiant says

Opening Sentence

            Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.                                                                                                                                              Psalm 19:14

 

 

The Officiant says to the people

The Confession and Absolution

Officiant          Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to set forth his 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 kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

 

 

Silence may be kept.

 

 

Officiant and People together, kneeling or standing as able

            Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

 

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 as able for

Versicle

Officiant          Lord, open our lips.

People             And our mouth shall proclaim your 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.

 

 

Antiphon       The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: Come let us adore him.

 

 

Jubilate                                                                                                         Psalm 100 
Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
            serve the Lord with gladness
            and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
            he himself has made us, and we are his;
            we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
            give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
            and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 114                                                                                    In exitu Israel

1          Hallelujah!

                        When Israel came out of Egypt, *

                        the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,

2          Judah became God’s sanctuary *

                        and Israel his dominion.

3          The sea beheld it and fled; *

                        Jordan turned and went back.

4          The mountains skipped like rams, *

                        and the little hills like young sheep.

5          What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *

                        O Jordan, that you turned back?

6          You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *

                        you little hills like young sheep?

7          Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *

                        at the presence of the God of Jacob,

8          Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *

                        and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

 

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: Exodus 14:19-31

 

A Reading from the book of Exodus.

 

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

First Canticle:  Canticle 8: The Song of Moses                                     Cantemus Domino

Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; *
            the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my refuge; *
            the Lord has become my Savior.
This is my God and I will praise him, *
            the God of my people and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a mighty warrior; *
            Yahweh is his Name.
The chariots of Pharaoh and his army has he hurled into the sea; *
            the finest of those who bear armor have been drowned in the
Red Sea.
The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; *
            they sank into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might; *
            your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.
Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods? *
            who is like you, glorious in holiness,

            awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?
You stretched forth your right hand; *
            the earth swallowed them up.
With your constant love you led the people you redeemed; *
            with your might you brought them in safety to your holy dwelling.
You will bring them in and plant them *
            on the mount of your possession,
The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Lord, *
            the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.
The Lord shall reign *
            for ever and 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 14:1-12

 

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

 

Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand. Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God. We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” So then, each of us will be accountable to God.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

Second Canticle: Canticle 19: The Song of the Redeemed        Magna et mirabilia

Revelation 15:3-4

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

O ruler of the universe, Lord God, great deeds are they that you have done, *
            surpassing human understanding.
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
            O King of all the ages.

            Who can fail to do you homage, Lord,
and sing the praises of your Name? *
            for you only are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and fall down before you, *
            because your just and holy works have been revealed.

 

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 stand for

The Gospel:  Matthew 18:21-35

 

A Reading from Matthew.

 

Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence may follow.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Reverend Jed Dearing

 

 

Offertory Hymn 411                   O Bless the Lord My Soul                           St. Thomas

1 O bless the Lord, my soul! His grace to thee proclaim! And all that is within me join to bless his holy Name!

2 O bless the Lord, my soul! His mercies bear in mind! Forget not all his benefits! The Lord to thee is kind.

3 He will not always chide; he will with patience wait; his wrath is ever slow to rise and ready to abate.

4 He pardons all thy sins, prolongs thy feeble breath; he healeth thine infirmities and ransoms thee from death.

5 He clothes thee with his love, upholds thee with his truth; and like the eagle he renews the vigor of thy youth.

 

 

Officiant and People together, all standing as able

The Apostles' Creed

            I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth;
            I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose  again.  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  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 as able

Salutation 

Officiant          The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

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 A

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 with your Holy Spirit.

 

 

First Collect 

            O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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                   

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

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

            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 

            May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.                                                                                        Romans 15:13

 

 

Postlude                                  Here I Am Lord, Send Me                     J.  Lenderman

Remain standing as able during the recessional

 

 

 

                   

Officiant: The Reverend Jed Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Acolyte: Teena Baldrige

Lectors: Allison Ferriell and David Culp,

Altar Guild: Kimmie Sprowles

Ushers/Greeters: Kathi Oaks

St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 6 September 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite II


The Word of God

 


Prelude                                O God, Beneath Thy Guiding Hand                        J Mansfield

 

 

Welcome

 

 

All standing if able during procession

Opening Hymn 174                    At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing             Salzburg

1 At the Lamb's high feast we sing praise to our victorious King, who has washed us in the tide flowing from his pierced side; praise we him whose love divine gives his sacred Blood for wine, gives his Body for the feast, Christ the victim, Christ the priest.

2 Where the Paschal blood is poured, death's dark angel sheathes his sword; Israel's hosts triumphant go through the wave that drowns the foe. Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed, Paschal victim, Paschal bread; with sincerity and love eat we manna from above.

3 Mighty victim from on high, hell's fierce powers beneath thee lie; thou hast conquered in the fight, thou hast brought us life and light: now no more can death appall, now no more the grave enthrall; thou hast opened paradise, and in thee thy saints shall rise.

4 Easter triumph, Easter joy, these alone do sin destroy.  From sin's power do thou set free soul's newborn, O Lord, in thee.  Hymns of glory, songs of praise, Father, unto thee we raise: risen Lord, all praise to thee with the Spirit ever be.

 

 

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, kneeling or standing as able

            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.

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 as able 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 149                                                                                Cantate Domino

1          Hallelujah! 

                        Sing to the Lord a new song; *

                        sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.

2          Let Israel rejoice in his Maker; *

                        let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

3          Let them praise his Name in the dance; *

                        let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.

4          For the Lord takes pleasure in his people *

                        and adorns the poor with victory.

5          Let the faithful rejoice in triumph; *

                        let them be joyful on their beds.

6          Let the praises of God be in their throat *

                        and a two-edged sword in their hand;

7          To wreak vengeance on the nations *

                        and punishment on the peoples;

8          To bind their kings in chains *

                        and their nobles with links of iron;

9          To inflict on them the judgment decreed; *

                        this is glory for all his faithful people.

                        Hallelujah!

 

At the end of the Psalm is sung or said

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

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

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Exodus 12:1-14

 

A Reading from the book of Exodus.

 

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 


First Canticle:  Canticle 18: A Song to the Lamb                              Dignus es

Revelation 4:11; 5:9-10, 13

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

Splendor and honor and royal power *

            are yours by right, O God Most High,

For you created everything that is, *

            and by your will they were created and have their being;

And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, *

            for with your blood you have redeemed for God,

From every family, language, people, and nation, *

            a royal priesthood to serve our God.

And so, to the One who sits upon the throne, *

            and to Christ the Lamb,

Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, *

            for ever and for evermore.

 

 

The people sit for

The Epistle: Romans 13:8-14

 

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

 

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

Second Canticle: Canticle N: A Song of God’s Love                                    1 John 4:7-11

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

Beloved, let us love one another, *

            for love is of God.

Whoever does not love does not know God, *

            for God is Love.

In this the love of God was revealed among us, *

            that God sent his only Son into the world,

            so that we might live through Jesus Christ.

In this is love, not that we loved God but that God loved us *

            and sent his Son that sins might be forgiven.

Beloved, since God loved us so much, *

            we ought also to love one another.

For if we love one another, God abides in us, *

            and God’s love will be perfected in us.

 

 

The people sit for

The Gospel:  Matthew 18:15-20

 

A Reading from Matthew.

 

Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence may follow.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Reverend Jed Dearing

 

 

Offertory Hymn 376                   Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee                   Hymn to Joy

1 Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee, praising thee, their sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away; giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.

2 All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays, stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise. field and forest, vale and mountain, blooming meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.

3 Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest, wellspring of the joy of living,
ocean depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our Brother: all who live in love are thine; teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

 

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

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 as able

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 us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

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

            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                                Go Tell It On The Mountain                                 H. Boyer

Remain standing as able during the recessional

 

 

                   

Officiant: The Reverend Jed Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Acolyte: Kimmie Sprowles

Lectors: Jacqui Parker and Chuck Oduah

Altar Guild: Donna Sprowles

Ushers/Greeters: Allison Ferriell

St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 30 August 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite II & Healing Service



The Word of God

 

 

Prelude                                                  "Terra Beats"                                         B.Barrett

 

 

Welcome

 

 

All standing if able during procession

Opening Hymn 577                            God is Love                                      Ubi Caritas

1 Here is Christ we gather, love of Christ our calling. Christ, our love, is with us, gladness be his greeting.  Let us fear and love him, holy God eternal.  Loving him, let each love Christ in one another.

2 When we Christians gather, members of one Body, let there be in us no discord but one spirit.  Banished now be anger, strife and every quarrel.  Christ, our God, be always present here among us.

3 Grant us love's fulfillment, joy with all the blessed, when we see your face, O Savior, in its glory.  Shine on us, O purest Light of all creation, be our bliss while endless ages sing your praises.

 

 

The Officiant says

Opening Sentence

Presider           The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the                                               communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

People             And also with you.

Presider           Let us pray.

 

            Gracious God, we commend to your loving care all who suffer, especially those who come seeking your healing grace for themselves or others. Give them patience and hope in their distress; strengthen and uphold them in mind and body; and grant, by your intervention, that all your people may be made whole according to your desire, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

The Invitatory and Psalter

 

 

The people stand as able 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                            Psalm 67:1-5                                          Deus misereatur
O God, be merciful to us and bless us, *

            show us the light of your countenance and come to us.

Let your ways be known upon earth, *

            your saving health among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *

            let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *

            for you judge the peoples with equity

            and guide all the nations upon earth.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *

            let all the peoples praise you.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c                                                     Confitemini Domino

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.

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

24        The Lord made his people exceedingly fruitful; *
                        he made them stronger than their enemies;

25        Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people, *
                        and dealt unjustly with his servants.

26        He sent Moses his servant, *
                        and Aaron whom he had chosen.

45        Hallelujah!

 

At the end of the Psalm is sung or said

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

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

 


The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Exodus 3:1-15

 

A Reading from the book of Exodus.

 

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.  Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”  But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.” But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’“ God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’:  This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

First Canticle:  Canticle D: A Song of the Wilderness                              Isaiah 35:1-7, 10

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, *

            the desert shall rejoice and blossom;

It shall blossom abundantly, *

            and rejoice with joy and singing.

They shall see the glory of the Lord, *

            the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weary hands, *

            and make firm the feeble knees.

Say to the anxious, “Be strong, do not fear! *

            Here is your God, coming with judgment to save you.”

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, *

            and the ears of the deaf be unstopped.

Then shall the lame leap like a deer, *

            and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.

For waters shall break forth in the wilderness *

            and streams in the desert;

The burning sand shall become a pool *

            and the thirsty ground, springs of water.

The ransomed of God shall return with singing, *

            with everlasting joy upon their heads.

Joy and gladness shall be theirs, *

            and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

 

The people sit for

The Epistle: Romans 12:9-21

 

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

 

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

Second Canticle: Canticle Q: A Song of Christ’s Goodness            Anselm of Canterbury

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you; *

            you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.

Often you weep over our sins and our pride, *

            tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgment.

You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds, *

            in sickness you nurse us and with pure milk you feed us.

Jesus, by your dying, we are born to new life; *

            by your anguish and labor we come forth in joy.

Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness; *

            through your gentleness, we find comfort in fear.

Your warmth gives life to the dead, *

            your touch makes sinners righteous.

Lord Jesus, in your mercy, heal us; *

            in your love and tenderness, remake us.

In your compassion, bring grace and forgiveness, *

            for the beauty of heaven, may your love prepare us.

 

 

The people sit for

The Gospel:  Matthew 16:21-28

 

A Reading from Matthew.

 

Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”  Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence may follow.

 

 

The Homily                                                        The Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

 

 

A Litany for Healing

 

Let us offer our prayers for healing, saying “Hear and have mercy”

Holy God, source of health and salvation,

 

Here and after each petition, the people respond

Hear and have mercy

 

            Holy and Mighty, wellspring of abundant life, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Holy Immortal One, protector of the faithful, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Holy Trinity, the source of all wholeness, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Blessed Jesus, your Holy Name is medicine for healing and a promise of eternal life, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Jesus, divine physician, you sent your disciples to preach the Gospel and heal in your name, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Jesus our true mother, you feed us the milk of your compassion, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Jesus, eternal Christ, your promised Spirit renews our hearts and minds, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Grant your grace to heal those who are sick, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Give courage and faith to all who are disabled through injury or illness, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Comfort, relieve, and heal all sick children, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Give courage to all who await surgery, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Support and encourage those who live with chronic illness, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Strengthen those who endure continual pain, and give them hope, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Grant the refreshment of peaceful sleep to all who suffer, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Befriend all who are anxious, lonely, despondent, or afraid, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Restore those with mental illness to clarity of mind and hopefulness of heart, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Give rest to the weary, and hold the dying in your loving arms, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Help us to prepare for death with confident expectation and hope of Easter joy, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

 

            Give your wisdom and compassion to health care workers, that they may minister to the sick and dying with knowledge, skill, and kindness, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Uphold those who keep watch with the sick, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Guide those who search for the causes and cures of sickness and disease, we pray to you, O God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Jesus, Lamb of God, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Jesus, bearer of our sins, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Jesus, redeemer of the world, Hear and have mercy.

 

            Compassionate God: You so loved the world that you sent us Jesus to bear our infirmities and afflictions. Through acts of healing, he revealed you as the true source of health and salvation. For the sake of your Christ who suffered and died for us, conquered death, and now reigns with you in glory, hear the cry of your people. Have mercy on us, make us whole, and bring us at last into the fullness of your eternal life. Amen.

 

Presider           Let us confess our need for God’s healing grace

 

Silence.

 

Presider and People       Compassionate God, we confess our weaknesses and our need for your strengthening touch.  We confess that some illnesses stem from our own fault, while others are beyond our control. We turn to you, source of life, and ask in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ for the gifts of true healing and life in you. Amen.

 

Presider           May the God of love visit us in your times of trial and weakness, and raise us to newness of life, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

Healing Prayers for the Parish and Lighting of Candles

            The ministry of Jesus invites us to new life in God and with each other. In the naming of our prayers, extending of our hands, and lighting of candles we proclaim the Good News that God desires us to be healthy and one in the body of Christ. You are invited to offer yourself, whatever your sickness of spirit, mind, or body, and ask for healing and wholeness in the Name of the holy and undivided Trinity.

 


You are invited to write down healing prayers for yourself or others, and the usher will collect the prayers in an offering plate near the close of our second hymn and bring them forward. In your pew you will find note cards and pencils. The prayers will be kept private and as a congregation we will extend our hands towards the requests and pray for God’s healing.

 

You are also invited to come forward to the votive candles and to light a candle in prayer for yourself and others. Please wait to proceed to the votive candles until the last person is at least 6 feet away.

 

 

Healing Service Hymn 439              What Wondrous Love is This                   Wondrous Love

1 What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, to lay aside his crown for my soul!

2 To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing, to God and to the Lamb I will sing. To God and to the Lamb, who is the great I AM while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing, while millions join the theme, I will sing!

3 And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on, and when from death I'm free, I'll sing on. And when from death I'm free I'll sing and joyful be, and through eternity I'll sing on, I'll sing on, and through eternity I'll sing on!

 

 

Healing Service Hymn 699             Jesus, Lover of my Soul                       Aberystwyth

1 Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly, while the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high: hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life be past; safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last.

2 Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on thee; leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me! All my trust on thee is stayed; all my help from thee I bring; cover my defenseless head with the shadow of thy wing.

3 Plenteous grace with thee is found, grace to cleanse from every sin; let the healing streams abound, make and keep me pure within. Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of thee: spring thou up within my heart, rise to all eternity.

 

 

A Healing Prayer for the Needs of the Parish

All are invited to extend their hands to the collected healing prayers

 

Let Us Pray

 

            May all who offered up prayers receive Christ’s gift of healing. May the power of the Savior who suffered for us wash over us, that we may be raised up in peace and inward strength. May the Holy Spirit be present with us to comfort us, to guard and protect us, and to keep us in everlasting life. May our Creator sustain us, drive away sickness of body and mind and spirit, and give us that victory of life and peace, which will enable us to serve and rejoice in God both now and evermore. Amen.

 

            God of all mercy: help us who minister with the sick and dying to remember that though we may appear healthy, we, too, suffer from the universal human condition in a fallen world. Flesh withers, and we must all die to the life we know. Therefore, O God our help, teach us to be aware of our own infirmities, the better to make others understand they are not alone in their illness. Restore us all in the love of the holy and undivided Trinity, which is our true health and salvation. 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

 

 

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

            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                                 On Christ the Solid Rock                                Wm. Bradbury

Remain standing as able during the recessional

 

 

                   

Officiant: The Reverend Nancy Hopkins-Greene

Organist: Diana Graham

Acolyte: Brittany Spangler

Lectors: Teena Baldrige and Virginia Culp

 Altar Guild: Barb Pascoe

Ushers/Greeters: Ron Thomas

 

St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

 23 August 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite II



The Word of God

 

 

Prelude                                          March from "Floridante"                               G. F. Handel

 

 

Welcome

 

 

All standing if able during procession

Opening Hymn 401                              The God of Abraham Praise                            Leoni

1 The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above; Ancient of everlasting days, and God of love; the Lord, the great I AM, by earth and heaven confessed: we bow and bless the sacred Name for ever blest.

2 He by himself hath sworn: we on his oath depend, we shall, on eagles' wings upborne, to heaven ascend: we shall behold his face, we shall his power adore, and sing the wonders of his grace for evermore.

3 There dwells the Lord, our King, the Lord, our Righteousness, triumphant o'er the world and sin, the Prince of Peace; on Zion's sacred height his kingdom he maintains, and, glorious with his saints in light, for ever reigns.

4 The God who reigns on high the great archangels sing, and “Holy, holy, holy,” cry, “Almighty King! Who was, and is, the same, and evermore shall be: eternal Father. great I AM, we worship thee.”

5 The whole triumphant host give thanks to God on high; “Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” they ever cry; hail, Abraham’s Lord divine! With heaven our songs we raise; all might and majesty are thine, and endless praise.

 

 

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, kneeling or standing as able

            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.

 

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 as able 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 124                                                                            Nisi quia Dominus

1          If the Lord had not been on our side, *

                        let Israel now say;

2          If the Lord had not been on our side, *

                        when enemies rose up against us;

3          Then would they have swallowed us up alive *

                        in their fierce anger toward us;

4          Then would the waters have overwhelmed us *

                        and the torrent gone over us;

5          Then would the raging waters *

                        have gone right over us.

6          Blessed be the Lord! *

                        he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.

7          We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *

                        the snare is broken, and we have escaped.

8          Our help is in the Name of the Lord, *

                        the maker of heaven and earth.

 

At the end of the Psalm is sung or said

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

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

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Exodus 1:8—2:10

 

A Reading from the book of Exodus.

 

Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them. The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.” But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.” Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him. The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him, “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

First Canticle:  Canticle D: A Song of the Wilderness                              Isaiah 35:1-7, 10

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, *

            the desert shall rejoice and blossom;

It shall blossom abundantly, *

            and rejoice with joy and singing.

They shall see the glory of the Lord, *

            the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weary hands, *

            and make firm the feeble knees.

Say to the anxious, “Be strong, do not fear! *

            Here is your God, coming with judgment to save you.”

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, *

            and the ears of the deaf be unstopped.

Then shall the lame leap like a deer, *

            and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.

For waters shall break forth in the wilderness *

            and streams in the desert;

The burning sand shall become a pool *

            and the thirsty ground, springs of water.

The ransomed of God shall return with singing, *

            with everlasting joy upon their heads.

Joy and gladness shall be theirs, *

            and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

 

The people sit for

The Epistle: Romans 12:1-8

 

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

 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

 

            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, standing as able

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 16:13-20

 

A Reading from Matthew.

 

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.



Silence may follow.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Reverend Jed Dearing

 

 

A Back to School Prayer 

 

All students, teachers, and parents are invited to stand as able

Spirit of Wisdom, grow in these students an attentiveness to wisdom. Incline their hearts to understanding; that they may cry out for insight, and raise their voice for knowledge and as they seek it like silver, discover all the treasure that wisdom, insight and knowledge has to offer. Protect their health and strengthen them in love, that they might love others as you do, being rocks who build friendships, bridges and paths towards the future.  

 

Jesus, our teacher, be with all who labor to pass on knowledge; cultivating the hearts, minds, bodies and spirits of children. Keep them safe, give them a spirit of playfulness and discernment as they navigate teaching across digital platforms and through plexiglass windows. May our teachers, administrators and staff be the doors that lead to discovery.

 

God our parent, who loves us as a father and mother, give patience and energy to parents everywhere endeavoring to provide for their children and participate in their learning. Grow in them a spirit of companionship and encouragement that together with their children they may grow in knowledge of the wonders of this world and give you praise. 

 

 

Offertory Hymn 707                    Take My Life and Let it Be                        Hollingside

1 Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee; take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of thy love; take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne.

2 Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King; Take my intellect, and use every power as thou shalt choose. Take my will and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine. Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for thee.

 

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

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 as able

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, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

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

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

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

            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                                    Great Is The Faithfulness                                  Wm. Runyan

Remain standing as able during the recessional

 

 

                   

Officiant: The Reverend Jed Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Acolyte: Teena Baldrige,

Lectors: Allison Ferriell and Stephan Graham

 Altar Guild: Jacqui Parker

Ushers/Greeters: Mary Harris

St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

 16 August 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Rite II



The Word of God

 

 

Prelude                              All Hail The Power of Jesus Name                        J. Broughton

 

 

Welcome

 

 

All standing if able during procession

Opening Hymn 410                Praise, My Soul the King of Heaven                    Lauda anima

1 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; to his feet thy tribute bring; ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,  evermore his praises sing: Alleluia, alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.

2 Praise him for his grace and favor to his people in distress; praise him still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless. Alleluia, alleluia! Glorious in his faithfulness.

3 Father-like he tends and spares us; well our feeble frame he knows; in his hand he gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes. Alleluia, alleluia! Widely yet his mercy flows.

4 Angels, help us to adore him; you behold him face to face; sun and moon, bow down before him, dwellers all in time and space. Alleluia, alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace.

 

 

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, kneeling or standing as able

            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.


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 as able 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 133                                                                           Ecce, quam bonum!

1          Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *

                        when brethren live together in unity!

2          It is like fine oil upon the head *

                        that runs down upon the beard,

3          Upon the beard of Aaron, *

                        and runs down upon the collar of his robe.

4          It is like the dew of Hermon *

                        that falls upon the hills of Zion.

5          For there the Lord has ordained the blessing: *

                        life for evermore.

 

At the end of the Psalm is sung or said

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:

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

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Genesis 45:1-15

 

A Reading from the book of Genesis.

 

Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.’ And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to you. You must tell my father how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

First Canticle:  Canticle D: A Song of the Wilderness                              Isaiah 35:1-7, 10

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, *

            the desert shall rejoice and blossom;

It shall blossom abundantly, *

            and rejoice with joy and singing.

They shall see the glory of the Lord, *

            the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weary hands, *

            and make firm the feeble knees.

Say to the anxious, “Be strong, do not fear! *

            Here is your God, coming with judgment to save you.”

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, *

            and the ears of the deaf be unstopped.

Then shall the lame leap like a deer, *

            and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.

For waters shall break forth in the wilderness *

            and streams in the desert;

The burning sand shall become a pool *

            and the thirsty ground, springs of water.

The ransomed of God shall return with singing, *

            with everlasting joy upon their heads.

Joy and gladness shall be theirs, *

            and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

 

The people sit for

The Epistle: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

 

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

 

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

One minute of silence is observed.

 

 

Second Canticle: Canticle Q: A Song of Christ’s Goodness Anselm of Canterbury

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you; *

            you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.

Often you weep over our sins and our pride, *

            tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgment.

You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds, *

            in sickness you nurse us and with pure milk you feed us.

Jesus, by your dying, we are born to new life; *

            by your anguish and labor we come forth in joy.

Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness; *

            through your gentleness, we find comfort in fear.

Your warmth gives life to the dead, *

            your touch makes sinners righteous.

Lord Jesus, in your mercy, heal us; *

            in your love and tenderness, remake us.

In your compassion, bring grace and forgiveness, *

            for the beauty of heaven, may your love prepare us.

 

 

The people sit for

The Gospel:  Matthew 15:10-28

 

A Reading from Matthew.

 

Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.” Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Silence may follow.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Reverend Jed Dearing

 


A Back to School Prayer 

 

All students, teachers, and parents are invited to stand as able

Spirit of Wisdom, grow in these students an attentiveness to wisdom. Incline their hearts to understanding; that they may cry out for insight, and raise their voice for knowledge and as they seek it like silver, discover all the treasure that wisdom, insight and knowledge has to offer. Protect their health and strengthen them in love, that they might love others as you do, being rocks who build friendships, bridges and paths towards the future.  

 

Jesus, our teacher, be with all who labor to pass on knowledge; cultivating the hearts, minds, bodies and spirits of children. Keep them safe, give them a spirit of playfulness and discernment as they navigate teaching across digital platforms and through plexiglass windows. May our teachers, administrators and staff be the doors that lead to discovery.

 

God our parent, who loves us as a father and mother, give patience and energy to parents everywhere endeavoring to provide for their children and participate in their learning. Grow in them a spirit of companionship and encouragement that together with their children they may grow in knowledge of the wonders of this world and give you praise. 


 

Offertory Hymn 371                   Thou, Whose Almighty Word                         Moscow

1 Thou, whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard, and took their flight; hear us, we humbly pray, and, where the Gospel day sheds not its glorious ray, let there be light!

2 Thou who didst come to bring on thy redeeming wing healing and sight, health to the sick in mind, sight to the in-ly blind, now to all humankind, let there be light!

3 Spirit of truth and love, life-giving holy Dove, speed forth thy flight! Move on the waters' face bearing the gifts of grace, and, in earth's darkest place, let there be light!

4 Holy and blessèd Three, glorious Trinity, wisdom, love, might; boundless as ocean's tide, rolling in fullest pride, through the world far and wide, let there be light!

 

 

Officiant and People together, standing as able

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 as able

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 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

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

            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                                           This is the Day                                        L. Garrett 

Remain standing as able during the recessional

 

 

 

                   

Officiant: The Reverend Jed Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Acolyte: Allison Ferriell

Lectors: Jeff Baldrige and Jacqui Parker

Altar Guild: Barb Roy

Ushers/Greeters: Kathi Oaks

St. Francis Episcopal Church

 The Tenth 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.