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Ash Wednesday on February 14, 2024

The Holy Eucharist

Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2024 at 7am & 6pm

Presider & Preacher: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector

Deacon: The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon

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Note: In Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Seasons, St. Matthew's will use prayers from Enriching Our Worship 1 (1997). Enriching Our Worship is a series of supplemental worship resources for The Episcopal Church. One of its objectives is to honor the experience of women by providing gender-neutral language for God in its prayers, expanding the Church's vocabulary of prayer from other parts of Scripture and Christian Tradition. There are changes, small and great, throughout the service, so pay attention and ask questions during our Christian Education Hour.

*** Hymn #142: Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days

1. Lord, who throughout these forty days

for us didst fast and pray,

teach us with thee to mourn our sins,

and close by thee to stay.

2. As thou with Satan didst contend

and didst the victory win,

O give us strength in thee to fight,

in thee to conquer sin.

3. As thou didst hunger bear and thirst,

so teach us, gracious Lord,

to die to self, and chiefly live

by thy most holy word.

4. And through these days of penitence,

and through thy Passiontide,

yea, evermore, in life and death,

Jesus! with us abide.

5. Abide with us, that so, this life

of suffering overpast,

an Easter of unending joy

we may attain at last!

[Words: Claudia Frances Hernman. Music: St. Flavian, melody from Day's Psalter, 1562; adapt. and harm. Richard Redhead. Reprinted with permission from ONE LICENSE #84254.]

The Collect of the Day

[BCP, p. 357, 234]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (58:1-12)

Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God. "Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?" Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

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

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 103:8-14

Read responsively by half-verse (at the asterisk).

8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *

slow to anger and of great kindness.

9 He will not always accuse us, *

nor will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *

nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, *

so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, *

so far has he removed our sins from us.

13 As a father cares for his children, *

so does the Lord care for those who fear him.

14 For he himself knows whereof we are made; *

he remembers that we are but dust.

*** LEV #65: Bless the Lord, O My Soul

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul:

and all that is with in me,

Bless His holy name.

He has done great things,

he has done great things,

he has done great things, Bless His holy name!

[Words: Psalm 103:1. Music: Andrae Crouch. Copyright © Bud John Songs, Inc./ASCAP. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #37113.]

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ, according to St. Matthew (6:1-6, 16-21)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, "Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. "So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

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

Thanks be to God.

*** LEV #65: Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Reprise)

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul:

and all that is with in me,

Bless His holy name.

He has done great things,

he has done great things,

he has done great things, Bless His holy name!

[Words: Psalm 103:1. Music: Andrae Crouch. Copyright © Bud John Songs, Inc./ASCAP. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #37113.]

The Sermon

“An Invitation to Grace” by the Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector

“I invite you… in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (BCP, p. 265).

Those are the words that I will say to you all in just a few minutes about the beginning of this great season of Lent. But what does that mean? Self-examination. Repentance. Prayer. Fasting. Self-denial. Reading and meditating on the Word of God. That’s a lot to stuff into the syllabus for Lent. We only have 40 days!

Let’s break it down a little bit into more digestible pieces. 

Self-examination and repentance. That means learning to be honest with ourselves. It means paying attention to how we are doing with following the greatest commandments: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. The reading from Isaiah touches on this. The Prophet is preaching to people who have fasted in their own version of Lent, but didn’t change their behavior. They did all the “pious” things but they kept oppressing poor people, exploiting others economically, letting their neighbors go hungry and unhoused, and pointing fingers at everyone but themselves. 

I don’t know about you, but that description sounds a lot like the U.S. economy, with millions of workers being underpaid, lacking health benefits, and teetering on the edge of poverty. It sounds like an economy where tens of thousands of people in our city are unhoused and we as a society are unwilling to give and do what it takes politically to solve the problem. It sounds like generations of exploitation in the criminal-legal system, the new Jim Crow. 

But it also sounds like my unwillingness to look in the face of people who beg on the side of the road. It sounds like me prioritizing my comfort over the needs of others. It sounds like me being quick to snap at my wife or friends when I’m feeling tired and impatient. These are just examples of how we can examine ourselves. Lent is an invitation for us to make an effort to repent, to turn around from these sins, and toward something kinder and more loving. It’s an invitation for us to take a baby step in the right direction in one or more of these areas.

Likewise, prayer, fasting, and self-denial are traditional practices associated with Lent. You might decide to add a 5 minute devotional to your morning, lunchtime, or evening routine. You might choose to read a book of the Bible or try out Morning or Evening Prayer. You might decide to skip a meal once or twice per week, or abstain from meat on Fridays. Or you might decide to skip out on distracting media and allow yourself to spend more time with people you love. Any time you think of a discipline as “giving something up” for Lent, you have to remember to take something on. Add in something holy, loving, and rejuvenating to your life. Those are the things that God will use to help you grow and glow in grace.

When it’s all said and done, that’s what Lent is about. Growing in grace and glowing with that grace for others to feel and see. It’s not about dramatic shows of piety, super hard disciplines, or telling everybody about all the great things you’re doing for God this season. That’s why it’s okay for you to wipe the ashes off of your forehead after this service if you want to. Lent is about that quiet, consistent love that we receive from God and then practice giving back to ourselves and others. 

Join me in this prayerful invitation to Lent.

The Invitation to Lent


Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.


I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.


Silence is then kept for a time, all kneeling.

The Imposition of Ashes


Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


The ashes are imposed with the following words


Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. [Amen.]

Psalm 51:1-18

Read responsively by half-verse (at the asterisk).

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *

in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness *

and cleanse me from my sin

3 For I know my transgressions, *

and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against you only have I sinned *

and done what is evil in your sight.

5 And so you are justified when you speak *

and upright in your judgment

6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *

a sinner from my mother's womb.

7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *

and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *

wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, *

that the body you have broken may rejoice.

10 Hide your face from my sins *

and blot out all my iniquities.

11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, *

and renew a right spirit within me.

12 Cast me not away from your presence *

and take not your holy Spirit from me.

13 Give me the joy of your saving help again *

and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

14 I shall teach your ways to the wicked, *

and sinners shall return to you.

15 Deliver me from death, O God, *

and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness, O God of my salvation.

16 Open my lips, O Lord, *

and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

17 Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice; *

but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.

18 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; *

a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

The Litany of Penitence


The Celebrant and People together, all kneeling


Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.


The Celebrant continues


We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.

Have mercy on us, Lord.


We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

Have mercy on us, Lord.


We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,

We confess to you, Lord.


Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,

We confess to you, Lord.


Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,

We confess to you, Lord.


Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,

We confess to you, Lord.


Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,

We confess to you, Lord.


Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,

Accept our repentance, Lord.


For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,

Accept our repentance, Lord.


For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,

Accept our repentance, Lord.


Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;

Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.


Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,

That we may show forth your glory in the world.


By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,

Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.


The Priest, stands and, facing the people, says

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desires not the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn from their wickedness and live, has given power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins. He pardons and absolves all those who truly repent, and with sincere hearts believe his holy Gospel.


Therefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do on this day, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy, so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Peace


The peace of Christ be always with you.

And also with you.

The Offertory

[BCP, p. 376]

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Nations shall come to your light, O Lord, and kings to the brightness of your rising. [Isaiah 60:3, alt..]

*** Hymn #574: Before Thy Throne, O God, We Kneel

1 Before thy throne, O God, we kneel:

give us a conscience quick to feel,

a ready mind to understand

the meaning of thy chastening hand;

whate'er the pain and shame may be,

bring us, O Father, nearer thee.

2 Search out our hearts and make us true;

help us to give to all their due.

From love of pleasure, lust of gold,

from sins which make the heart grow cold,

wean us and train us with thy rod;

teach us to know our faults, O God.

3 For sins of heedless word and deed,

for pride ambitious to succeed,

for crafty trade and subtle snare

to catch the simple unaware,

for lives bereft of purpose high,

forgive, forgive, O Lord, we cry.

4 Let the fierce fires which burn and try,

our inmost spirits purify:

consume the ill; purge out the shame;

O God, be with us in the flame;

a newborn people may we rise,

more pure, more true, more nobly wise.

[Words: William Boyd Carpenter, alt. Music: St. Petersburg, Dimitri S. Bortniansky.]

*** Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (Law)

Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Circling through earth so all may grow

Vanquishing fear so all may give

Widening grace so all may live


[Words: Eric H. F. Law, Copyright © 2015 Eric H. F. Law. Music: Old 100th, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission from Kaleidoscope Institute. All rights reserved.]

*** Eucharistic Prayer 1 (Enriching Our Worship)

[EOW1, p. 57]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is truly right, and good and joyful, to give you thanks, all-holy God, source of life and fountain of mercy ... [The Presider inserts a proper preface] ... Therefore, joining with Angels and Archangels and with the faithful of every generation, we lift our voices with all creation as we sing:

Hymn S-130:

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

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

Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!

[Music: Franz Peter Schubert from Deutsche Messe; arr. Richard Proulx, Copyright © 1985, 1989 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00210. All rights reserved.]

The people stand or kneel.

Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of the universe and giver of life. You formed us in your own image and called us to dwell in your infinite love. You gave the world into our care that we might be your faithful stewards and show forth your bountiful grace.

But we failed to honor your image in one another and in ourselves; we would not see your goodness in the world around us; and so we violated your creation, abused one another, and rejected your love. Yet you never ceased to care for us, and prepared the way of salvation for all people.

Through Abraham and Sarah, you called us into covenant with you. You delivered us from slavery, sustained us in the wilderness, and raised up prophets to renew your promise of salvation. Then, in the fullness of time, you sent your eternal Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. Born into the human family, and dwelling among us, he revealed your glory. Giving himself freely to death on the cross, he triumphed over evil, opening the way of freedom and life.

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

As supper was ending, Jesus 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 poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, we proclaim the mystery of faith:

LEV #258:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

[Music: Hezekiah Brinson, Jr., Copyright © 1990 Hezekiah Brinson, Jr. All Rights Reserved.]

Remembering his death and resurrection, we now present to you from your creation this bread and this wine. By your Holy Spirit, may they be for us the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy Spirit and live as Christ’s Body in the world. Bring us into the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons, that with Blessed Mary the Mother of God, Blessed Matthew our Patron, and all your saints, past, present, and yet to come, we may praise your Name for ever.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer


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.


~ At 7:00 AM, skip to The Lenten Solemn Prayer~

*** The Breaking of the Bread

Silence may be kept.

The Fraction Anthems

[EOW1, p. 69]

We break this bread to share in the Body of Christ.

We who are many are one body, for we all share in the one bread.

Hymn S-164:

Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us

Jesus, Bearer of our Sins: have mercy on us

Jesus, Redeemer, Redeemer of the World:

Give us your peace, give us your peace!

[Words: Traditional. Music: Franz Peter Schubert from Deutsche Messe; arr. Richard Proulx, Copyright © 1985, 1989 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00614. All rights reserved.]

Look! Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The Gifts of God for the people of God.

The Distribution of Holy Communion

All baptized Christians of any denomination are invited to come forward to participate fully in Communion. Baptized children may receive at the discretion of their parents.

You may receive Communion kneeling or standing. Please extend your hands forward to receive the Body of Christ (bread). If you would like to receive the Blood of Christ (wine), the minister will take the bread from your hand and dip (intinct) it in the wine for you, then place it in your mouth. If you would only like to receive the bread, you may consume it and return to your seat.

If you need gluten-free bread for Communion, please raise your hand when you are at the altar rail.

If you would not like to receive Communion for any reason, please cross your arms over your chest, and the Priest will say a blessing over you.

If you are worshipping online, you may pray to receive spiritual communion using the following prayer:

In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.

*** Hymn #143: The Glory of These Forty Days 

1. The glory of these forty days

we celebrate with songs of praise;

for Christ, through whom all things were made,

himself has fasted and has prayed.

2. Alone and fasting Moses saw

the loving God who gave the law;

and to Elijah, fasting, came

the steeds and chariots of flame.

3. So Daniel trained his mystic sight,

delivered from the lions’ might;

and John, the Bridegroom’s friend, became

the herald of Messiah’s name.

4. Then grant us, Lord, like them to be

full oft in fast and prayer with thee;

our spirits strengthen with thy grace,

and give us joy to see thy face.

5. O Father, Son, and Spirit blest,

to thee be every prayer addressed,

who art in threefold Name adored,

from age to age, the only Lord.

[Words: Latin, 6th cent.; tr. Maurice F. Bell, alt. Music: erhalt uns, Herr, melody from geistliche Lieder, 1543. Reprinted with permission from ONE LICENSE #AC19EF2B.]

*** The Post-Communion Prayer


Let us pray.


Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.


The Lenten Solemn Prayer over the People

*** Hymn #149: Eternal Lord of Love

Eternal Lord of love, behold your church

walking once more the pilgrim way of Lent,

led by your cloud by day, by night your fire,

moved by your love and toward your presence bent:

far off yet here--the goal of all desire.

So daily dying to the way of self,

so daily living in your way of love,

we walk the road, Lord Jesus, that you trod,

knowing ourselves baptized into your death:

so we are dead and live with you in God.

If dead in you, so in you we arise,

you the firstborn of all the faithful dead;

and as through stony ground the green shoots break,

glorious in springtime dress of leaf and flower,

so in the Father's glory shall we wake.

[Words: Thomas H. Cain. Music: Old 124th, melody Pseaumes octante trois de David, 1551; harm. Charles Winfred Douglas. Reprinted with Permission from ONE LICENSE #28363]

The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]

Let us go forth in the name of Christ!

Thanks be to God!

The Parish Prayer List

PRAYER LIST: Anthony Blue Sr., Lazola Cope, Charles Gordon, Marva Harris, David Jones, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Charles McMillan, John “Butch” Mitchell, Russell Nails, Jabbar Newton, Jeannette Outing, and Jewel Wheeler

BIRTHDAYS: Blair Berksteiner (02/21), Charles Gordon (02/21), Christine Folsome (02/22), JoAnne Mitchell (02/23), Robert Day (02/24), Rev Kelly Steele (02/24)

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: Richard & Darelle Jordan (02/19)

RECENT DEATHS: Jacqueline Bryant (1/24/2024)

May the souls of all the departed rest in peace; and may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

Permissions and Credits: This service is reproduced from Enriching Our Worship 1 (EOW1), The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), The Hymnal 1982 (Hymn), Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal (LEV), and other sources cited. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.

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