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 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

17 October 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God



Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 493                         Oh for a Thousand Tongues                     Hymnal 1982

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People             And blessed be God's kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Song of Praise 114                         Grateful Praise                   Voices Found

 


The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession 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.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Job 38:1-7, 34-41

 

A reading from the Book of Job.

 

The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?”  Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, so that a flood of waters may cover you? Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’? Who has put wisdom in the inward parts, or given understanding to the mind? Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens, when the dust runs into a mass and the clods cling together? Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, when they crouch in their dens, or lie in wait in their covert? Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God, and wander about for lack of food?

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b                                                     Benedic, anima mea

1          Bless the Lord, O my soul; * 

                        O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness! 

                        you are clothed with majesty and splendor.

2          You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak * 

                        and spread out the heavens like a curtain.

3          You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; *

                        you make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind.

4          You make the winds your messengers *

                        and flames of fire your servants.

5          You have set the earth upon its foundations, *                                                                          

                        so that it never shall move at any time.

6          You covered it with the deep as with a mantle; *

                        the waters stood higher than the mountains.

7          At your rebuke they fled; *

                        at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.

8          They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, *

                        to the places you had appointed for them.

9          You set the limits that they should not pass; *

                        they shall not again cover the earth.

25        O Lord, how manifold are your works! *

                        in wisdom you have made them all;

                        the earth is full of your creatures.

37        Hallelujah!       

 

 

The Epistle:  Hebrews 5:1-10

 

A reading from Hebrews.

 

Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 251         Lead me Lord                      Lift Every Voice and Sing II


  

The Gospel:  Mark 10:35-45

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                                              The Reverend Jed J. Dearing

 

 

The Nicene Creed

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People: Form VI

           

The Leader and People pray responsively

 

            In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence

 

            For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

 

            For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

 

            For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

 

            For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

 

            For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

 

            For Michael, our Presiding Bishop; for Wayne, our Bishop; for Jed, our Clergy Resident; and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

 

            For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

The People may add their own petitions aloud

 

            Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great

 

            We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

 

The People may add their own thanksgivings aloud

 

            We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

            We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

 

The People may add their own petitions

 

            Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.

 

            We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

 

            For all the sick and suffering and in special concern for those who suffer with breast cancer;  For patience, hope, and peace.

 

Silence may be kept.

  

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Celebrant        Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

 

            Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Hymn 660               O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee                 Hymnal 1982

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer B

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.  For by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a new  people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth your glory in  all the world.

 

            Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

 

            We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

 

            On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

 

            We remember his death,
            We proclaim his resurrection,
            We await his coming in glory;

            And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.


            We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and       bring us to that heavenly country where, with St. Francis and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

 

            By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

 

 

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

            Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into  temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Breaking of the Bread

Fraction Anthem  164                             Jesus: Lamb of God                    Agnus Dei


 

Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

 

Communion Hymn 760  Oh Wheat Whose Crushing was for Bread   Wonder Love & Praise



The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 616                       Hail to the Lord's Anointed                         Hymnal 1982

 

 

 

The Dismissal

Celebrant        Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Postlude                                          

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Rev. Jed J. Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Jeff Baldrige

Lectors: Teena Baldrige and Jacqui Parker

Altar Guild: Jacqui Parker

Acolyte:  Teena Baldrige

Ushers/Greeters: David Culp

Videographer: Toni Patti

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

10 October 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God



Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 517                                     How Lovely                                      Hymnal 1982

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People             And blessed be God's kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Song of Praise 114                         Grateful Praise                   Voices Found

 


The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Job 23:1-9, 16-17

 

A reading from the Book of Job.

 

Job said: “Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite my groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his dwelling! I would lay my case before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would learn what he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me. Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; but he would give heed to me. There an upright person could reason with him, and I should be acquitted forever by my judge. If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him. God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me; If only I could vanish in darkness, and thick darkness would cover my face!”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 22:1-15                                                                    Deus, Deus meus

1          My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *

                        and are so far from my cry

                        and from the words of my distress?

2          O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *

                        by night as well, but I find no rest.

3          Yet you are the Holy One, *

                        enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

4          Our ancestors put their trust in you; *

                        they trusted, and you delivered them.

5          They cried out to you and were delivered; *

                        they trusted in you and were not put to shame.

6          But as for me, I am a worm and not a man, *

                        scorned by all and despised by the people.

7          All who see me laugh me to scorn; *

                        they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying

8          “He trusted in the Lord; the Lord deliver him; *

                        let God rescue him, if God delights in him.”

9          Yet you are the one who took me out of the womb, *

                        and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.

10        I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *

                        you were my God when I was still in my mother’s womb.

11        Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *

                        and there is none to help.

12        Many young bulls encircle me; *

                        strong bulls of Bashan surround me.

13        They open wide their jaws at me, *

                        like a ravening and a roaring lion.

14        I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; *

                        my heart within my breast is melting wax.

15        My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd;

                        my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *

                        and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.

 

 

The Epistle:  Hebrews 4:12-16

 

A reading from Hebrews.

 

The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 251     Lead me Lord                         Lift Every Voice and Sing II

 

 

The Gospel:  Mark 10:17-31

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                                              The Reverend Jed J. Dearing

 

 

The Nicene Creed

 

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People: Form VI

           

The Leader and People pray responsively

 

            In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence

 

            For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

 

            For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

 

            For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

 

            For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

 

            For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

 

            For Michael, our Presiding Bishop; for Wayne, our Bishop; for Jed, our Clergy Resident; and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

 

            For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

The People may add their own petitions aloud

 

            Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great

 

            We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

 

The People may add their own thanksgivings aloud

 

            We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.

            We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

 

The People may add their own petitions

 

            Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.

 

            We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

  

Silence may be kept.

  

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Celebrant        Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

            Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Hymn 707                        Take My Life                             Hymnal 1982

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer B

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.  For by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a new  people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth your glory in  all the world.

 

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

 

            We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

 

            On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”


            Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

 

            We remember his death,
            We proclaim his resurrection,
            We await his coming in glory;


            And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.


            We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and       bring us to that heavenly country where, with St. Francis and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

 

            By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

 

 

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

            Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into  temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Breaking of the Bread

Fraction Anthem  164                             Jesus: Lamb of God                    Agnus Dei


 

Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

 

Communion Hymn 85                                Circle the Table                             Voices Found

 


The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 542                    Christ is the World's True Light                      Hymnal 1982

 

 

The Dismissal

Celebrant        Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Postlude                                          

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Rev. Jed J. Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Stephan Graham

Lectors: Chuck Oduah and Virginia Culp

Altar Guild: Mary Harris

Acolyte:  Stephan Graham

Ushers/Greeters: Ron Thomas

Videographer: Toni Patti


St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Feast of St. Francis

5 October 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II & 40th Anniversary


The Word of God



Prelude                                                  Trumpet March                               Jeremiah Clarke

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 616                         Hail to the Lord's Anointed                          Hymnal 1982

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People             And blessed be God's kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

Celebrant        There is one Body and one Spirit;

People             There is one hope in God's call to us;

Celebrant        One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;

People             One God and Father of all.

Bishop             The Lord be with you.

Celebrant        And also with you.

Bishop             Let us pray.

 

 

Collect for Purity

Celebrant        Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Song of Praise 114                        Grateful Praise                     Voices Found

 

 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may, for love of you, delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading:  Job 39:1–18

 

A reading from Job.

 

"Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer? Can you number the months that they fulfil, and do you know the time when they give birth, when they crouch to give birth to their offspring, and are delivered of their young? Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open; they go forth, and do not return to them. Who has let the wild ass go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift ass, to which I have given the steppe for its home, the salt land for its dwelling-place? It scorns the tumult of the city; it does not hear the shouts of the driver. It ranges the mountains as its pasture, and it searches after every green thing. "Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will it spend the night at your crib? Can you tie it in the furrow with ropes, or will it harrow the valleys after you? Will you depend on it because its strength is great,and will you hand over your labour to it? Do you have faith in it that it will return, and bring your grain to your threshing-floor?  "The ostrich’s wings flap wildly, though its pinions lack plumage. For it leaves its eggs to the earth, and lets them be warmed on the ground, forgetting that a foot may crush them, and that a wild animal may trample them. It deals cruelly with its young, as if they were not its own; though its labour should be in vain, yet it has no fear; because God has made it forget wisdom, and given it no share in understanding. When it spreads its plumes aloft, it laughs at the horse and its rider."

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 121                                                                                   Levavi oculos

1          I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
                        from where is my help to come?

2          My help comes from the Lord, *
                        the maker of heaven and earth.

3          The Lord will not let your foot be moved *
                        and the One who watches over you will not fall asleep.

4          Behold, the One who keeps watch over Israel *
                        shall neither slumber nor sleep;

5          It is the Lord who watches over you; *
                        the Lord is your shade at your right hand,

6          So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
                        nor the moon by night.

7          The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; *
                        the Lord shall keep you safe.

8          The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
                        from this time forth for evermore.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 251             Lead me Lord                     Lift Every Voice and Sing


 

The Gospel:  Matthew 11:25–30

            Deacon            The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

            Deacon            The Gospel of the Lord.

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                                                 The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith



Presentation and Examination of the Candidates

Celebrant        The Candidate(s) will now be presented.

Presenters       I present these persons for Confirmation.

 

Celebrant        Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil?

Candidate       I do.

 

Celebrant        Do you renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

Candidate       I do, and with God's grace I will follow him as my Savior and Lord.

 

After all have been presented, the Celebrant addresses the congregation, saying

Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?

 

People             We will.

Celebrant        Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.

 

 

 

The Baptismal Covenant

Celebrant        Do you believe in God the Father?

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

 

Celebrant        Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People             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.

 

Celebrant        Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People             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.

 

Celebrant        Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People             I will, with God's help.

 

Celebrant        Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People             I will, with God's help.

 

Celebrant        Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People             I will, with God's help.

 

Celebrant        Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People             I will, with God's help.

 

 

Celebrant        Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People             I will, with God's help.

 

 

Prayers for the Candidates

Celebrant        Let us now pray for these persons who have renewed their commitment to Christ.

 

Leader             Deliver them, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.

People             Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader             Fill them with your holy and life-giving Spirit.

People             Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader             Open their hearts to your grace and truth.

People             Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader             Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.

People             Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader             Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit

People             Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader             Send them into the world in witness to your love.

People             Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader             Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory

People             Lord, hear our prayer.

 

A period of silence follows.

 

Celebrant        Almighty God, we thank you that by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you have overcome sin and brought us to yourself, and that by the sealing of your Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service.  Renew in these your servants the covenant you have made with them at their Baptism.  Send them forth in the power of that Spirit to perform the service you set before them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

For Confirmation

The Celebrant lays hands upon each one and says

            Strengthen, O Lord, your servant N. with your Holy Spirit; empower him for your service; and sustain him all the days of his life. Amen.

 

For Reception

            N., we recognize you as a member of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church, and we receive you into the fellowship of this Communion.  God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless, preserve, and keep you.  Amen.

 


A Litany of Prayer and Thanksgiving for the 40th Anniversary of St. Francis Episcopal Church


On this anniversary day we thank you, Lord, for our church here in Springboro.

 

            We praise you for all the joy we have known in this fellowship, and we pray for all those who together make up this community of your people, so that our church may be a real home for all who share its life.

 

            We pray for those who bear responsibility for leadership: for our laity, vestry and clergy, that they may be guided by your wisdom and sustained by your strength. Lord, we give you thanks for their work and witness and we pray your blessing upon them.

 

            We pray for our young people: for Sunday School & youth choir, that they may grow in faith and renew the vision of the church. Lord, we give you thanks for their work and witness and we pray your blessing upon them.

 

            We pray for those who work to enhance our worship: through singing and music, through the reading of the scriptures, through healing prayer, through the acolytes, altar guild, Eucharistic ministers, ushers and videographers that they may be channels of your grace and find joy in your service. Lord, we give you thanks for their work and witness and we pray your blessing upon them.

 

            We pray for those who meet for Bible study, and for prayer, that through their devotion the whole fellowship may be enriched. Lord, we give you thanks for their work and witness and we pray your blessing upon them.

 

            We pray for the groups that meet for friendship and recreation: for foyer groups and coffee hour, that in them people may find true fellowship and discover Christ in their neighbor. Lord, we give you thanks for their work and witness and we pray your blessing upon them.

 

            We pray for all who maintain the fabric of our church: for the maintenance team and the caregivers, and for all who hold office in the church, that they may be ever aware that they are workers in your kingdom. Lord, we give you thanks for their work and witness and we pray your blessing upon them.

 

            We pray for all who use our premises, that they may find us welcoming and hospitable. Lord, we give you thanks for their work and witness and we pray your blessing upon them.

 

            We pray for all connected to St. Francis who have shared their need for you…

Lord, we give you thanks for their work and witness and we pray your blessing upon them.

 

            We pray for all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for
all the departed. Lord, we give you thanks for their life’s work and witness and we pray your blessing upon them.

 

Deacon            Lord God, you have called us to share the joy and fullness of life that you give in your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant that our church may be a blessing to all in this neighborhood, so that more and more people may come to love and trust you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

The Confession and Absolution

Deacon            Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

 

Silence may be kept.

 

People             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.

 

Celebrant        Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

Anthem               All Creatures of Our God and King                  Arranged by Robert Benson

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an         offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Hymn 405                All things Bright and Beautiful                         Hymnal 1982

 

 

At the Presentation

The people stand for the Doxology

Doxology Hymn 380     Praise God, from whom all blessings flow (verse 3)       Old 100th    



The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer B

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.  For by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a new  people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth your glory in  all the world.

 

            Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

 

            We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

 

            On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”


            Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

 

            We remember his death,
            We proclaim his resurrection,
            We await his coming in glory;

 

            And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

 

            We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with St. Francis and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

 

            By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

 

 

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

            Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into  temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Breaking of the Bread

Fraction Anthem  164                             Jesus: Lamb of God                    Agnus Dei

 


Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the clergy can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

 

Communion Hymn 115              Spirit of the Living God            Lift Up Every Voice and Sing

 


Communion Hymn 593            Lord Make Us Servants of Your Peace          Hymnal 1982

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

Celebrant        Let us pray.

People             Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 473                            Lift High the Cross                               Hymnal 1982

 

 

The Dismissal

Deacon            Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Postlude                                                 Allegretto                                          Henry Purcell

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith

Assisting Clergy: Rev. Jed Dearing and Rev. Nancy Hopkins-Greene

Organists: Diana Graham and Robert Benson

Director: Donna Sprowles

Lector: Jacqui Parker

Altar Guild: Barb Roy

Acolytes: Kimmie Patti and Peyton Ledford

Children's Acolytes: Youth Choir

Ushers/Greeters: Kathi Oaks

Videographer: Toni Patti

Sopranos: Anysia Catalan, Kate Hamilton, Kathie Lennertz,

Sarah Michael, Chinonso Oduah, Ebele Oduah, and Kosi Oduah

Altos: Alex Nyquist, Jacqui Parker, and Beth Phillip

Tenor: Stephan Graham, Jim Michael, and Michael Reardon

Basses: Jeff Balrdrige and Phillip Roberts

Trumpet: William Ubbes

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

26 September 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God



Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 437/438                        Tell Out My Soul                      Hymnal 1982

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People             And blessed be God's kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Song of Praise 114                         Grateful Praise                   Voices Found

 

 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            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.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The Epistle:  James 5:13-20

 

A reading from James.

 

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest. My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

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.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 251     Lead me Lord                         Lift Every Voice and Sing II

 

 

The Gospel:  Mark 9:38-50

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward. If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched. For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                                              The Reverend Jed J. Dearing

 

The Nicene Creed

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,  begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

A Litany for Healing

 

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

Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine that they may be to us the Body and Blood of your Christ.

 

            Grant that we, burning with your Spirit’s power, may be a people of hope, justice and love.

 

            Giver of Life, draw us together in the Body of Christ, and in the fullness of time gather us with Blessed St. Francis and all your people into the joy of our true eternal home.

 

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

 

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

 

            Jesus our true mother, you feed us the milk of your compassion,

 

            Jesus, eternal Christ, your promised Spirit renews our hearts and minds,

 

            Grant your grace to heal those who are sick, we pray to you, O God,

 

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

 

            Comfort, relieve, and heal all sick children, we pray to you, O God,

 

            Give courage to all who await surgery, we pray to you, O God,

 

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

 

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

 

            Grant the refreshment of peaceful sleep to all who suffer, we pray to you, O God,

 

Befriend all who are anxious, lonely, despondent, or afraid, we pray to you, O God,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

            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,

 

            Uphold those who keep watch with the sick, we pray to you, O God,

 

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

 

            Jesus, Lamb of God,

 

            Jesus, bearer of our sins,

 

            Jesus, redeemer of the world,

 

            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.

 

            Let us confess our need for God’s healing grace

 

Silence

 

            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.

 

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



Laying on of hands and Anointing

            The ministry of Jesus invites us to new life in God and with each other. In the laying on of hands and anointing 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.

 

 

The people may come to the stations available for anointing and laying on of hands. In addition to the invitation to receive anointing and prayers for healing in one’s self, prayer is available to partnership and intercession for concerns raised for those who are not present for anointing in person. If you don’t want the laying on of hands, simply cross your arms as you approach.

 

 

Instrumental Music

            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.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

            Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an                                                         offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Hymn 213       Children of the Heavenly Father     Lift Up Every Voice and Sing

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer B

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.  For by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a new  people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth your glory in  all the world.


            Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

 

            We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

 

            On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”


            Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

 

            We remember his death,
            We proclaim his resurrection,
            We await his coming in glory;


            And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.


            We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and       bring us to that heavenly country where, with St. Francis and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

 

            By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

 

 

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

            Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into  temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Breaking of the Bread

Fraction Anthem  164                             Jesus: Lamb of God             Agnus Dei

 

Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

 

Communion Hymn 761                       All Who Hunger                Wonder Love and Praise


 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 529                  In Christ There is No East or West                  Hymnal 1982

 

 

The Dismissal

Celebrant        Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Postlude                                          

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Rev. Jed J. Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Jeff Baldrige

Lectors: Teena Baldrige and Stephan Graham

Altar Guild: Donna Sprowles

Acolyte:  Allison Ferriell

Ushers/Greeters: Mary Harris

Videographer: Toni Patti

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

19 September 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God



Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 182                                     Christ is Alive                                   Hymnal 1982

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People             And blessed be God's kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Song of Praise 114                         Grateful Praise                   Voices Found

 

 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

            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.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31

 

A reading from the Book of Proverbs.

 

A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from far away. She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks for her servant-girls. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all her household are clothed in crimson. She makes herself coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the city gates, taking his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchant with sashes. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 1                                                               Beatus vir qui non abiit

1          Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *

                        nor lingered in the way of sinners,

                        nor sat in the seats of the scornful!

2          Their delight is in the law of the Lord, *

                        and on this law they meditate day and night.                                   

3          They are like trees planted by streams of water,

                        bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *

                        everything they do shall prosper.

4          It is not so with the wicked; *

                        they are like chaff which the wind blows away.                   

5          Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright

                        when judgment comes, *

                        nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.

6          For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, *

                        but the way of the wicked is doomed.          

 

 

The Epistle:  James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a

 

A reading from James.

 

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 251     Lead me Lord                          Lift Every Voice and Sing II


 

The Gospel:  Mark 9:30-37

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Jesus and the disciples passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                                             The Reverend Jed J. Dearing

 

 

The Nicene Creed

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People: Form VI

           

The Leader and People pray responsively

 

            In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence


            For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

 

            For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

 

            For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

 

            For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

 

            For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

 

            For Michael, our Presiding Bishop; for Wayne, our Bishop; for Jed, our Clergy Resident; and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

 

            For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

The People may add their own petitions aloud

 

            Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great

 

            We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

 

The People may add their own thanksgivings aloud

 

            We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

            We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

 

The People may add their own petitions

 

            Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.

 

            We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

  

Silence may be kept.

  

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Celebrant        Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

            Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an                                                         offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Hymn 155               Come Now You Blessed                My Heart Sings Out

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer B

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.  For by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a new  people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth your glory in  all the world.


            Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

 

            We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

 

            On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”


            Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

 

            We remember his death,
            We proclaim his resurrection,
            We await his coming in glory;


            And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.


            We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the  Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with St. Francis and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

 

            By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

 

 

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

            Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into  temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Breaking of the Bread

Fraction Anthem  164                             Jesus: Lamb of God                Agnus Dei

 

Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

Communion Hymn 343                          Shepherd of Souls                              Hymnal 1982

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 426                    Songs of Praise Thy Angels Sing                    Hymnal 1982

 

 

The Dismissal

Celebrant        Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Postlude                                          

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Rev. Jed J. Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Barb Roy

Lectors: Jacqui Parker and Chuck Oduah

Altar Guild: Mary Harris

Acolyte:  Teena Baldrige

Ushers/Greeters: Allison Ferriell

Videographer: Donna Sprowles

St. Francis Episcopal Church

An Ecumenical Service of Prayer and Remembrance

11 September 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

The Twentieth Anniversary of 9/11

Welcome this day, to St. Francis Episcopal Church as we join with Covenant Presbyterian Church to welcome everyone to this House of Prayer for All People. On September 11, 2001 our nation suffered devastating acts of terrorism and violence that resulted in the loss of 2,977 innocent lives and over 6,000 injuries in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Today, we come together as people of faith to mark the twentieth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. We remember all who died this day and from the conflicts that ensued, and the families who loved them. And we gather in this church to pray side by side— Episcopalian, Presbyterian, and all people of faith— to remember all affected by this tragedy and to proclaim that love is stronger than hate. We are grateful that all of you have come here today as we join together in prayer for continued healing and peace in our day. 

 

All hymns can be found in the blue Hymnal 1982

 

 

The Word of God

 

 

Prelude                                                                                     Organist: Diana Graham

 

 

Welcome

 

 

Call to Worship                                                                                    Psalm 46:1-3, 7

Celebrant        God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

People             Lord of hosts, be with us still.

Celebrant        Therefore, we shall not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be hurled into the sea; though its waters rage and foam, though the mountains tremble at its tumult.

People             Lord of hosts, be with us still.           

           

                                   

Opening Hymn 680                     Our God, Our Help in Ages Past                   Hymnal 1982

 

 

Opening Prayer

 

 

Call to Confession

Celebrant        Let us draw near to God with sincerity of heart and full assurance of faith, our guilty hearts sprinkled clean, our bodies washed with pure water.        Hebrews 10:22

 

Let us confess our sins before God and one another.

Merciful God, in your gracious presence we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace, we are a people divided against each other in our pursuits of power, control, and security. The fears and jealousies that we harbor set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation. We abuse your good gifts of imagination and freedom, of intellect and reason, and have turned them into bonds of oppression. Lord, have mercy upon us; heal and forgive us. Set us free to serve you in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

 

 

Declaration of Forgiveness                                                            Matthew 11:28-30

Celebrant        “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Lesson

The people sit for

First Reading: Isaiah 61:1-4                                                          

 

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion — to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.  They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.  They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

 

Celebrant        The Word of the Lord

People             Thanks be to God

 

 

Reflection                                                                                              Rev.  Jed Dearing

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 34:1-8                                                              Cantor: Stephan Graham

1          I will bless the Lord at all times; *

                        his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2          I will glory in the Lord; *

                        let the humble hear and rejoice.                                       Antiphon

3          Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord;

                        let us exalt his Name together.

4          I sought the Lord, and he answered me *

                        and delivered me out of all my terror.                                        Antiphon

5          Look upon him and be radiant, *

                        and let not your faces be ashamed.

6          I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me *

                        and saved me from all my troubles.                                            Antiphon

7          The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, *

                        and he will deliver them.

8          Taste and see that the Lord is good; *

                        happy are they who trust in him!                                                Antiphon

 

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:1-10

 

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

            Celebrant        The Word of the Lord

People             Thanks be to God

 

 

Reflection                                                                             Rev.  Sarah Sparks-Franklin

 

 

Song of Response                Let there Be Peace on Earth                           Jill Jackson and Sy Miller arranged by Jennifer Eklund

 

 

The people respond as indicated

Prayers of the People                                                                                

 

With all our heart and all our mind, we pray to you, O Lord.

Make us instruments of your peace.

 

For the peace of the world, especially all in Afghanistan, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord:

Where there is hatred, let us sow love.

 

For our enemies and those who wish us harm, especially those led to acts of terror;

that in the aftermath of the destruction of September 11th, 2001 we may grow ever more deeply in your spirit of justice and peace, we pray to you, O Lord:

Where there is injury, let us sow pardon.

 

For all who believe in you, Lord Christ, and all whose faith is known to you alone, that they may be delivered from the darkness of fanaticism that arises from poverty and oppression, and from the pride that arises from wealth and comfort, and brought into your light, we pray to you, O Lord:

Where there is discord, let us sow union.

 

For those who have lost their faith in you, for those who continue to mourn those who died on that terrible day, that your Church may give comfort and hope in this time of remembrance, we pray to you, O Lord:

Were there is doubt, let us sow faith.

 

For all those whose spirit has been broken and whose lives have been disrupted by the violence of that day and its aftermath, we offer our prayers along with the persecuted, the lonely, and the sick, and those who have bid our prayers today, that they may be relieved and protected. For these and for those whose need we do not know, we pray to you, O Lord:

Where there is despair, let us sow hope.

 

For the mission and ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church, St. Francis Episcopal Church, and churches from all denominations; that we may hear the Gospel and proclaim it in word and action to build up your kingdom here on earth, we pray to you, O Lord:

Where there is darkness, let us sow light.

 

For all who died in the terror of September 2001 and for those others whom we remember today with the ringing of bells, especially ______________________; 

 

The people are invited to speak names of remembrance aloud.  Following the list of remembrance the bells will ring twenty times to commemorate the dead

 

for those who believed in your resurrection and those who did not know your promise of eternal life, in trust that they have been found by you and are at rest in your holy habitation, we pray to you, O Lord:

Where there is sadness, let us sow joy.

 

For your servants, those first responders who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor, we pray to you, O Lord:

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.

 

And we pray for the forgiveness of our sins as we take heart, for in Christ we have been reconciled to God.

For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are reborn to eternal life. Amen.

 

Celebrant        God the compassionate one, whose loving care extends to all the world, we remember this day your children of many nations and many faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Console those who continue to suffer and grieve, and give them comfort and hope as they look to the future. Out of what we have endured, give us the grace to examine our relationships with those who perceive us as the enemy, and show our leaders the way to use our power to serve the good of all for the healing of the nations. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord who, in reconciling love, was lifted up from the earth that he might draw all things to himself. Amen.

 

 

Blessing

Celebrant        Go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage; hold fast that which is good; render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honor everyone; love and serve the Lord. 

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Closing Song 671                                    Amazing Grace                                Hymnal 1982

 

 

Dismissal 

Celebrant        Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 

People             Thanks be to God

 


Postlude                                           Purify My Heart                                       Jeff Nelson

 

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Rev. Jed J. Dearing

Celebrant & Preacher: Rev. Sarah Sparks-Franklin

Organist: Diana Graham

Pianist: Kim Ritzinger

Cantor: Stephan Graham

Lector: Steve Hegwood

Lector: Kimmie Sprowles

Acolyte:  Kimmie Patti

Videographer: Toni Patti 

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

5 September 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast Church and Holy Eucharist


The Word of God


 

Presider           God is good

People             All the Time

Presider           and All the Time

People             God is good

 

 

Opening Prayer

 

 

Opening Song                                                                                                    Arise, Shine

We sing using “paperless” techniques – call and response, repeat-after-me, etc.

 

 

Minute of Silence

You are invited to listen to the voice of God that speaks to us even in silence.

 

 

The Lesson

The people sit for

The Gospel Reading: Mark 7:24-37

 

A reading from the Book of Mark.

 

Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Conversational Sermon

Questions are welcome

 

 

Moving to the Table with Song                           Sing to the Lord a New Song

We gather around the table with a song, walking and singing at the same time.

 

 

Prayers of the People 

We invite people to offer any prayers of intercession or thanksgiving they have, moving around the room. Simply look to your right if you’d like to pass.

 

 

Confession and Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

 

 

Offertory                                                                           Praise the God of All Creation

 

 

Eucharist

We sing the sanctus and the fraction, echo style, to familiar children’s tunes

(Scarborough Fair and Clementine). 

 

 

Presider               The Lord be with you.

People                 And also with you.

Presider             Lift up your hearts.

People                 We lift them to the Lord.

Presider             Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People                 It is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

 

All thanks and praise to you most Holy God …

 

 

… Therefore we proclaim the glory of your name:

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power, God of might;

Heaven and earth are full of your glory,

Hosanna in the highest!

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

Blessed is the one who comes

in the name of the Lord,

Hosanna in the highest!

 

 

We thank you gracious God for the gift of Creation …

 

 

… All this we ask through Christ and with Christ and in Christ. Amen.

 

 

The Lord's Prayer

 

 

Fraction

In the bread and in the wine, Jesus promises to us He is with us, always with us, Son of God and one of us.

 

 

Distribution

 

 

Birthday's, Anniversaries, and Thanksgivings

 

 

Closing Song                                                                              Go On Your Way in Joy  

 

 

Dismissal 

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Rev. Jed J. Dearing

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Kimmie Patti

Lector: Jeff Baldrige

Altar Guild: Barb Roy

Acolyte:  Kimmie Patti

Ushers/Greeters: Ron Thomas

Videographer: Toni Patti

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

29 August 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God



Prelude                                         

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 423                      Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise        St. Denio

 

 

Acclamation

Celebrant        Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People             And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

Collect for Purity

            Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Song of Praise 114                         Grateful Praise                   Voices Found

 


The Collect of the Day

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

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

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9

 

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy.

 

So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you. You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today? But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm: Psalm 15                                                             Domine, quis habitabit?

1                      Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *

                                    who may abide upon your holy hill?

2                      Those who lead a blameless life and does what is right, *

                                    who speak the truth from their heart.

3                      There is no guile upon their tongue;

                                    they do no evil to their friend; *

                                    they do not heap contempt upon their neighbor.

4                      In their sight the wicked are rejected, *

                                    but they honor those who fear the Lord.

5                      They have sworn to do no wrong *

                                    and do not take back their word.

6                      They do not give their money in hope of gain, *

                                    nor does their take a bribe against the innocent.

7                      Those who do these things *

                                    shall never be overthrown.

 

 

The Epistle:  James 1:17-27

 

A reading from James.

 

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

 

            Reader             The Word of the Lord.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 251         Lead me Lord                      Lift Every Voice and Sing II

 

 

The Gospel:  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

            People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.” Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

 

            Celebrant        The Gospel of our Lord

            People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

The Homily                                                                              The Reverend Mike Kreutzer

 

 

The Nicene Creed

            We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

            We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the  Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the  Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The people are led in

The Prayers of the People: Form VI

           

The Leader and People pray responsively

 

            In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence

 

            For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

 

For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

 

            For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

 

            For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

 

            For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

 

            For Michael, our Presiding Bishop; for Wayne, our Bishop; for Jed, our Clergy Resident; for Mike, our Supply Clergy and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

 

            For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions aloud

 

            Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great

 

            We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own thanksgivings aloud

 

            We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

            We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

 

Silence

 

The People may add their own petitions

 

            Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.

 

            We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

  

Silence may be kept.

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Celebrant        Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Celebrant        The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

Offertory

            Celebrant        Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice unto Almighty God.

 

 

Offertory Hymn 628                  Help Us Oh Lord to Learn               St. Ethelwald

 

 

The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer B

            Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

            People             And also with you.

            Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

            People             We lift them to the Lord.

            Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

            It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.  For by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a new  people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth your glory in  all the world.


            Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

            We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

 

            On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

            After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”


            Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

 

            We remember his death,
            We proclaim his resurrection,
            We await his coming in glory;


            And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

            We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with St. Francis Episcopal Church and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.


            By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

 

 

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

            Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into  temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Breaking of the Bread

Fraction Anthem  164                             Jesus: Lamb of God                    Agnus Dei

 

Celebrant        The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

 

The Communion Of The People

All Christians of all ages are invited to come forward to receive the Sacrament of bread and wine.  If you want to receive a blessing only, come forward and cross your hands over your chest to alert the priest of your desire.  If you are unable to come forward to receive the Sacrament or a blessing, please notify an usher so the priest can be told to bring the sacrament to you.

 

 

Communion Hymn 325              Let Us Break Bread Together            Let Us Break Bread

 

 

The Post Communion Prayer

            Celebrant        Let us pray.

            Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

 

The people stand to sing

Closing Hymn 778                We All Are One in Mission             Wonder Love & Praise

 


The Dismissal

Celebrant        Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Postlude                                          

 

 

                   

Music Used By Permission, Riteseries

Celebrant & Preacher: Rev. Mike Kreutzer

Organist: Diana Graham

Eucharistic Minister: Kimmie Patti

Lectors: Virginia Culp and David Culp

Altar Guild: Barb Roy

Acolyte:  Allison Ferriell

Ushers/Greeters: Ron Thomas

Videographer: Toni Patti

St. Francis Episcopal Church

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

22 August 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II


The Word of God


 

 

Prelude                                               

 

 

Welcome

 

 

The people stand to sing

Opening Hymn 432                                O Praise Ye the Lord                       Laudate Dominum

 

 

Acclamation

     Celebrant   Grace and peace to you from God.

     People        God fill you with truth and joy.

           

 

Collect for Purity

            Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, so that we may truly love you and worthily praise your holy name; through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

Song of Praise 133                  Heaven and Earth                        My Heart Sings Out

 

 

The congregation kneels as able

The Summary of the Law

            Hear the teaching of Christ: you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and  with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And a second is this: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

Spirit of God, search our hearts.

 

            Jesus said:  There is joy among the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.

 

Celebrant        God has promised forgiveness to all who truly repent, turn to Christ in faith and are themselves forgiving. In silence we call to mind our sins.

 

 

Silence

 

 

Let us confess our sins.

            Merciful God, we have sinned in what we have thought and said, in the wrong we have done and in the good we have not done. We have sinned in ignorance: we have sinned in weakness: we have sinned through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry. We repent and turn to you. Forgive us, for our Saviour Christ’s sake, and renew our lives to the glory of your name. Amen.

 

 

The Absolution 

            Celebrant        Through the cross of Christ, God have mercy on you, pardon you
and set you free. Know that you are forgiven and be at peace. God strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in life eternal. Amen.

 

Celebrant        The peace of Christ rule in our hearts.

People             The word of Christ dwell in us richly.

 

 

Collect of the Day

Celebrant        God be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

 

            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.

 

 

The Lessons

The people sit for

The First Reading: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18

 

A reading from the Book of Joshua.

 

Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

 

            Reader             Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm:  Psalm 34:15-22

15        The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, *

                        and the ears of the Lord are open to their cry.

16        The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, *

                        to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

17        The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them *

                        and delivers them from all their troubles.

18        The Lord is near to the brokenhearted *

                        and will save those whose spirits are crushed.

19        Many are the troubles of the righteous, *

                        but the Lord will deliver the just out of them all.

20        The Lord will keep safe the bones of the righteous; *

                        not one of them shall be broken.

21        Evil shall slay the wicked, *

                        and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

22        The Lord ransoms the life of those chosen to serve, *

                        and none will be punished who trust in the Lord.

 

 

The Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-20

 

A reading from the Letter of Ephesians.

 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

 

            Reader             Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

            People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The people stand for the singing of the Sequence Hymn and the reading of the Gospel

Sequence Hymn 98                            Lord Speak to Me                               Canonbury

 

 

The Gospel:  John 6:56-69

            Celebrant        The Holy Gospel according to John.

            People             Praise and glory to God.

 

Jesus said, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

 

            Celebrant        This is the Gospel of Christ.

            People             Praise to Christ, the Word.

 

 

THE Homily                                                                            The Reverend Jed J. Dearing

 

 

The Affirmation of Faith

            You, O God, are supreme and holy. You create our world and give us life. Your purpose overarches everything we do. You have always been with us. You are God.

 

            You, O God, are infinitely generous, good beyond all measure. You came to us before we came to you. You have revealed and proved your love for us in Jesus Christ, who lived and died and rose again. You are with us now. You are God.

 

            You, O God, are Holy Spirit. You empower us to be your gospel in the world.
You reconcile and heal; you overcome death.

 

            You are our God. We worship you.

 

Celebrant        Let us pray for the Church and for the world, giving thanks for God’s goodness.

 

 

Intercession and Thanksgiving

            Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear when we pray in the name of your Son. Therefore in confidence and trust we pray for the Church.

 

            Father, enliven the Church for its mission including ...

that we may be salt of the earth and light to the world.

            Breathe fresh life into your people.

Give us power to reveal Christ in word and action.

 

            We pray for the world.

(Particular intercessions/thanksgivings may be offered.)

 

            Creator of all, lead us and every people into ways of justice and peace.

That we may respect one another in freedom and truth.

 

            Awaken in us a sense of wonder for the earth and all that is in it.

Teach us to care creatively for its resources.

 

            We pray for the community.

(Particular intercessions/thanksgivings may be offered.)

 

            God of truth, inspire with your wisdom those whose decisions affect the lives of others
that all may act with integrity and courage.

 

            Give grace to all whose lives are linked with ours.

May we serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

 

            We pray for those in need, especially ...

 

            God of hope, comfort and restore all who suffer in body, mind or spirit.

May they know the power of your healing love.

 

            Make us willing agents of your compassion.

Strengthen us as we share in making people whole.

 

            We remember those who have died and those who mourn.

(Particular intercessions/thanksgivings may be offered.)

 

            We remember with thanksgiving those who have died in the faith of Christ, and those whose faith is known to you alone.

Father, into your hands we commend them.

 

            Give comfort to those who mourn.

Bring them peace in their time of loss.

 

            We praise you for the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Francis and all your saints who have entered your eternal glory.

May their example inspire and encourage us.

 

            We pray for ourselves and our ministries.

(Particular intercessions/thanksgivings may be offered.)

 

Celebrant        Lord, you have called us to serve you.

People             Grant that we may walk in your presence: your love in our hearts, your truth in our minds, your strength in our wills; until, at the end of our journey, we know the joy of our homecoming and the welcome of your embrace,  through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.



All standing

The Peace

Celebrant        Blessed be Christ the Prince of Peace,
People             who breaks down the walls that divide.

Celebrant        The peace of God be always with you.
People             Praise to Christ who unites us in peace.

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and thanksgivings

 

 

The Holy Communion

 

 

The Preparation of the Gifts

The offerings of the people are presented. Bread and wine for communion are placed on the table.

 

 

Celebrant        But do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.                                                                                                                                                    Hebrews 13:14, 15

 

 

Offertory Hymn 115             Spirit of the Living God           Lift Every Voice & Sing

 

 

It is recommended that the people stand or kneel throughout the following prayer

The Great Thanksgiving

Celebrant        Christ is risen!
People             He is risen indeed.

Celebrant        Lift your hearts to heaven
People             where Christ in glory reigns.

Celebrant        Let us give thanks to God.
People             It is right to offer thanks and praise.

Celebrant        It is the joy of our salvation, God of the universe, to give you thanks
                        through Jesus Christ.

 

            You said, ‘Let there be light’; there was light. Your light shines on in our darkness. For you the earth has brought forth life in all its forms. You have created us to hear your Word, to do your will and to be fulfilled in your love. It is right to thank you. You sent your Son to be for us the way we need to follow and the truth we need to know.

 

            You sent your Son to give his life to release us from our sin. His cross has taken our guilt away.

 

            You send your Holy Spirit to strengthen and to guide, to warn and to revive your Church. Therefore, with all your witnesses who surround us on every side, countless as heaven’s stars, we praise you for our creation and our calling, with loving and with joyful hearts:

 
           Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.

           Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

           Hosanna in the highest.

           Blessed is the one who come in the name of the Lord.

           Hosanna in the highest.

 

            Blessed are you, most holy, in your Son, who washed his disciples’ feet. ‘I am among you,’ he said, ‘as one who serves.’

 

            On that night before he died he took bread and gave you thanks. He broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you; do this to remember me.

 

            After supper, he took the cup, and gave you thanks. He gave it to them and said: Drink this. It is my blood of the new covenant, shed for you, shed for all, to forgive sin; do this to remember me.