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Sunday June 2, 2024 with Eucharistic Prayer B


The Holy Eucharist

Second Sunday after Pentecost B

June 2nd, 2024 at 9:30 AM

Preacher: The Rev. Gay

Deacon: The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon


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The Holy Eucharist: Rite II



Hymn 440: Blessed Jesus at thy Word

 

1 Blessed Jesus, at thy word

we are gathered all to hear thee;

let our hearts and souls be stirred

now to seek and love and fear thee;

by thy teachings pure and holy,

drawn from earth to love thee solely.


2 All our knowledge, sense, and sight

lie in deepest darkness shrouded,

till thy Spirit breaks our night

with the beams of truth unclouded;

thou alone to God canst win us;

thou must work all good within us.


3 Gracious Lord, thyself impart!

Light of Light, from God proceeding,

open thou our ears and heart,

help us by thy Spirit’s pleading.

Hear the cry thy Church upraises;

hear, and bless our prayers and praises.


[Words: Tobias Clausnitzer, tr. Catherine Winkworth, alt. Music: Liebster Jesu, melody Johann Rudolph Ahle; alt. Das grosse Cantional oder kirchen-Gesangbuch, 1687; harm. George Herbert Palmer. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #87202. All rights reserved.]



The Opening Acclamation

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

 

The 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.

 

 

Hymn S-280: Glory to God

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


[Music: Robert Powell © 1985, Church Publishing, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #28331. All rights reserved.]



The Collect of the Day


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; 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 First Book of Samuel (3:1-10(11-20))

 

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” [Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”

As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.]

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17

 

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

you know my sitting down and my rising up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.


2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *

and are acquainted with all my ways.


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

but you, O Lord, know it altogether.


4 You press upon me behind and before *

and lay your hand upon me.


5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *

it is so high that I cannot attain to it.


12 For you yourself created my inmost parts; *

you knit me together in my mother's womb.


13 I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *

your works are wonderful, and I know it well.


14 My body was not hidden from you, *

while I was being made in secret

and woven in the depths of the earth.


15 Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;

all of them were written in your book; *

they were fashioned day by day,

when as yet there was none of them.


16 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *

how great is the sum of them!


17 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *

to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.

 

 

A Reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (4:5-12)

 

We do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



Hymn 7: Christ Whose Glory Fills the Sky (Verses 1-2)

 

1 Christ, whose glory fills the skies,

Christ, the true, the only Light,

Sun of Righteousness, arise!

Triumph over shades of night;

Dayspring from on high, be near;

Daystar, in my heart appear!


2 Dark and cheerless is the morn

unaccompanied by thee;

joyless is the day’s return

till thy mercy’s beams I see,

as they inward light impart,

glad my eyes, and warm my heart.


[Words: Charles Wesley. Music: Rattisbon, melody from Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn, 1524; adapt. att. William Henry Havergal; harm. William Henry Havergal. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #97757. All rights reserved.]



The People stand, as they are able, for the reading of the Gospel.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Mark (2:23-3:6)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

One sabbath Jesus and his disciples were going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



Hymn 7: Christ whose glory fills the sky (Verse 3)

 

3 Visit then this soul of mine!

Pierce the gloom of sin and grief!

Fill me, radiancy divine;

scatter all my unbelief;

more and more thyself display,

shining to the perfect day.


[Words: Charles Wesley. Music: Rattisbon, melody from Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn, 1524; adapt. att. William Henry Havergal; harm. William Henry Havergal. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #97757. All rights reserved.]



The Sermon

By: The Rev Gay



The Nicene Creed

The People stand, as they are able, to recite the 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 Prayers of the People (Form IV)


Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

 

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world. [Silence]

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good. [Silence]

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory. [Silence]

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, especially Christopher Kelley (6/03), Judy Hunter-Dorsey (6/03), Rose Robinson (6/08), Dr. Janice Vaughn (6/08) on their birthdays and anyone celebrating anniversaries; and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us. [Silence]

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, especially the people on our Parish Prayer List: Lazola Cope, Charles Gordon, Marva Harris, Tracie Hundley, David Jones, Donald Jones, Sheila Jones, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Leonard Law Jr., Jessica Mathis, Sada Maxwell, John “Butch” Mitchell, Gordon Moore, Terry Newton, Altheria Maynard, Frieda McDew Shorter, Edward Vaughn, and Jewel Wheeler; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation. [Silence]

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

We commend to your mercy all who have died, especially Rev. Kathryn Brown Wheeler, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom. [Silence]

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

The Celebrant concludes with the following or some other suitable Collect:

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Confession of Sin

 

The Deacon or Presider says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

 

Silence may be kept. All pray together, kneeling, as they are able,

 

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

 

The Priest stands and says:

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


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.



Parish Announcements


Yoga Retreat at Honey Creek: In recognition of Pentecost, join us May 17-19, 2024 for an exploration of the rhythms, gateways, and symbols that resonate within us and serve as guideposts for our journeys. Professor Emerita of Georgia Southwestern State University, Gabriele Stauf, will use guided meditations to lead participants on their own internal exploration, while Karen Kinnamon of Just Peace Yoga and Wellness will provide yoga sessions to enliven the body, focus the mind, and ignite the spirit.


No prior yoga experience is necessary to attend this retreat. Check the newsletter for more information.


Register Now for Summer Camp at Honey Creek: In less than two months, the Diocese of Georgia's 100th Summer Camp will get underway at Honey Creek. We will have daily camp activities, including arts & crafts, outdoor games, ropes course activities, kayaking, pool time, and more. In addition to every day being filled with fun camp activities, we also devote time to worship and spiritual formation. Each session has Spiritual Directors on staff that will lead a formation program in the afternoon, and we begin and end each day with worship in the Chapel of Our Savior with gorgeous views of the Creek right outside our window. 


Registration for each session is open, and scholarship assistance is available.


National Acolyte festival registration has opened: Washington National Cathedral is hosting this years national Acolyte festival on October 12th. Registration is now open, if you are looking for more information go to the dioceses website as well as the form for registration if interested.


Glow and Grow gear still available: The Capital Building Campaign is still selling tee-shirts, mugs, etc. If you are interested in purchasing, please email the church office office@st.mattsav.org.

 

T/W/Th Evening Prayer on Zoom Only: St. Matthew’s gathers for virtual Evening Prayer services on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 5:00 PM, but we no longer post these videos to our Facebook page. You can pray with us on Zoom using the same link as before, as found in the e-Newsletter or in the St. Matthew’s Linktree (QR Code above).



The Offertory


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The Presider begins the Offertory with a sentence on BCP, p. 376, or some other sentence of Scripture.



Hymn 567: Thine Arm, O Lord

 

1 Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old

was strong to heal and save;

it triumphed o'er disease and death,

o'er darkness and the grave.

To thee they went, the blind, the deaf,

the palsied, and the lame,

the leper set apart and shunned,

the sick with fevered frame.


2 And lo! thy touch brought life and health,

gave hearing, strength, and sight;

and youth renewed and frenzy calmed

owned thee, the Lord of light:

and now, O Lord, be near to bless,

almighty as of yore,

in crowded street, by restless couch,

as by Gennesaret's shore.


3 Be thou our great deliverer still,

thou Lord of life and death;

restore and quicken, soothe and bless,

with thine almighty breath:

to hands that work and eyes that see,

give wisdom's heavenly lore,

that whole and sick, and weak and strong,

may praise thee evermore.


[Words: Edward Hayes Plumptre. Music: St. Matthew, from Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate, 1708.]



The Doxology


Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

Praise him all creatures here below!

Praise him above ye heavenly hosts!

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Amen.


[Words: Thomas Ken, Public Domain. Music: Old 100th, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, Public Domain. All rights reserved.]



Eucharistic Prayer B


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 right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. … [The Presider inserts a proper preface.] … Therefore, we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


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.


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,


LEV #260:

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory!

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory!


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


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 [Blessed Matthew our Patron, _____, 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 forever. AMEN.



LEV #264: The Lord’s Prayer


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


Our Father, which 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


[Music: Albert Hay Malotte; arr. Fred Bock, Copyright © 1934 (renewed) G. Schirmer, Inc. All Rights Reserved.]



The Breaking of the Bread & Presentation of the Gifts


The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept.


Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!


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.]


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.



LEV 162: Come by here

 

1 Come by here Lord,

come by here,

Come by here Lord,

come by here,

Come by here Lord,

come by here,

O Lord, come by here.


2 Someone needs you Lord,

come by here,

Someone needs you Lord,

come by here,

Someone needs you Lord,

come by here,

O Lord, come by here.


3 Send a blessing Lord,

come by here,

Send a blessing Lord,

come by here,

Send a blessing Lord,

come by here,

O Lord, come by here.

 

[Words: Traditional. Music: Negro Spiritual; arr. Richard Smallwood. Arr. used by permission of Century Oak/Richwood Music.]

 


LEV 203: Balm in Gilead


Refrain:

There is a balm in Gilead

to make the wounded whole;

There is a balm in Gilead

to heal the sin-sick soul.


1 Sometimes I feel discouraged,

And think my work’s in vain,

But then the holy spirit

Revives my soul again. [Refrain]


2 If you cannot preach like Peter,

If you cannot preach like Paul,

You can tell the love of Jesus,

And say He died for all. [Refrain]


3 Don’t ever be discouraged

For Jesus is your friend,

And if you lack for knowledge,

He’ll ne’er refuse to lend. [Refrain]

 

[Words: Traditional. Music: American Melody; arr. Carl Haywood, from The Haywood Collection of Negro Spirituals, copyright © 1992. Reprinted with permission under One License #246935. All rights reserved.]



The Post-Communion Prayer


Let us pray.


For In-Person Worshippers:


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 forever. Amen.


For Online Worshippers and Those Receiving Spiritual Communion:

Faithful God, in the wonder of your wisdom and love you fed your people in the wilderness with the bread of angels, and you sent Jesus to be the bread of life. Though we cannot consume now these gifts of bread and wine, we thank you that we have received the sacrament of Christ’s presence, the forgiveness of sins, and all other benefits of Christ’s passion. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we embody your desire and be renewed for your service through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.



The Blessing of the People



Hymn 530: Spread, O spread thou mighty word

 

1. Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word,

Spread the kingdom of the Lord,

that Earth's remotest bound

all may heed the joyful sound.


2. word of how the Father’s will

Made the world, and keeps it still,

How his only Son he gave,

earth from sin and death the world is freed.


3. word of how the Saviors love,

earth's sore burden doth remove;

how forever, in its need,

through his death the world is freed;


4. word of how the Spirit came,

bringing peace in Jesus' name;

how his never failing love

guides us on to heaven above.


5. word of life, most pure and strong,

word for which the nations long.

spread abroad, until from night

all the world awakes to light.


[Words: Jonathan Friedrich Bahnmaier; tr. Arthur William Farlander and Charles Winfred Douglas, alt. St. 4 F. Bland Tucker. Music: Gott sei Dank, melody from Geistreiches Gesangbuch, 1704; adapt. and harm. William Henry Havergal. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #85583. All rights reserved.]



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]


Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit! [Alleluia! Alleluia!]

Thanks be to God! [Alleluia! Alleluia!]





The Parish Prayer List


PRAYER LIST: Lazola Cope, Charles Gordon, Marva Harris, Tracie Hundley, David Jones, Donald Jones, Sheila Jones, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Leonard Law Jr., Jessica Mathis, Sada Maxwell, John “Butch” Mitchell, Gordon Moore, Terry Newton, Altheria Maynard, Frieda McDew Shorter, Edward Vaughn, and Jewel Wheeler


BIRTHDAYS: Christopher Kelley (6/03), Judy Hunter-Dorsey (6/03), Rose Robinson (6/08), Dr. Janice Vaughn (6/08)


WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: N/A


RECENT DEATHS: Rev. Kathryn Brown Wheeler


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 The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), The Hymnal 1982 (Hymn), Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal (LEV), Enriching Our Worship 1 (EOW1), The Book of Occasional Services 2022 (BOS22), 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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