• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Sunday Worship for August 1, 2021


The Holy Eucharist: The Liturgy of the Word

10th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13B, Track 2)

August 1, 2021


Watch the Livestream at www.Facebook.com/StMattSav/Live/

Sunday, August 1, at 9:30 a.m. (or anytime afterward)




Officiant: Ms. Charlotte Blue

Preacher: Ms. Idella Jones



The Holy Eucharist: Rite II


The Word of God



Hymn #522: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

[Verses 1-4]


1 Glorious things of thee are spoken,

Zion, city of our God;

he whose word cannot be broken

formed thee for his own abode;

on the Rock of Ages founded,

what can shake thy sure repose?

With salvation's walls surrounded,

thou may'st smile at all thy foes.


2 See! the streams of living waters,

springing from eternal love,

well supply thy sons and daughters

and all fear of want remove.

Who can faint, when such a river

ever flows their thirst to assuage?

Grace which, like the Lord, the giver,

never fails from age to age.


3 Round each habitation hovering,

see the cloud and fire appear

for a glory and a covering,

showing that the Lord is near.

Thus deriving from their banner,

light by night, and shade by day;

safe they feed upon the manna

which he gives them when they pray.


4 Blest inhabitants of Zion,

washed in the Redeemer's blood!

Jesus, whom their souls rely on,

makes them kings and priests to God.

'Tis his love his people raises

over self to reign as kings:

and as priests, his solemn praises

each for a thank-offering brings.


Words: John Newton, alt., Public Domain.

Music: Austria, Franz Joseph Haydn, Public Domain; desc. Michael E. Young © 1979, GIA Publications, Inc.

Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #12787. All rights reserved.



Opening Sentences

[BCP, p. 355]


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

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



The Collect for Purity

[BCP, p. 355]


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 (Gloria in Excelsis)

[BCP, p. 356]


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.


Words: Public Domain.

Music: Robert Powell, © 1985 Church Publishing, Inc.

Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #77081. All rights reserved.



The Collect of the Day

[BCP, p. 357, 232]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


A Reading from the Book of Exodus (16:2-4, 9-15)

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”


Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.”


Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’“ And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’“


In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 78:23-29

[BCP, p. 696]

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

23 So he commanded the clouds above * and opened the doors of heaven.

24 He rained down manna upon them to eat * and gave them grain from heaven.

25 So mortals ate the bread of angels; * he provided for them food enough.

26 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens * and led out the south wind by his might.

27 He rained down flesh upon them like dust * and winged birds like the sand of the sea.

28 He let it fall in the midst of their camp * and round about their dwellings.

29 So they ate and were well filled, * for he gave them what they craved.



A Reading from the Letter to the Ephesians (4:1-16)

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said,

"When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people."


(When it says, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



The People stand for the reading of the Gospel.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. John (6:24-35)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

The next day, when the people who remained after the feeding of the five thousand saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.


When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”


Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



The Sermon

"Walk Worthy” by Ms. M. Idella Jones


This morning we read another portion of Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus. Paul wrote from his jail cell, probably in Rome, and unlike his letters to the other churches, Ephesians is not a litany of the wrongs they have done or the trials they are facing. The first three chapters recite all the good that God gives to us. How we were adopted into God’s family and were given all the benefits of his children. Ephesians reads like a “how to” book telling who Christians are and what the character of a Christian should be.


This morning we begin to look at the second half of Ephesians. Paul tells us in great in detail how we are to live as followers of Christ. What Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus is as true for Christians today in the 21st century as it was for the Ephesians in the first century. Ephesus was ruled by the Roman Emperor. Unlike us they could not vote him out of office and elect a new emperor every 4 years. We can consider Ephesians as instructions on how to control their personal attitude and their behavior because they could do little if anything to control the politics of the city. He tells us how Christians can live and thrive a non-Christ like world.


Paul describes how we who call ourselves Christ’s followers are to walk through life. I am reminded of the African-American spiritual that says “Walk together children, don’t you get weary. There’s a great camp meeting in the promised land.” I want to describe the how Christians should behave as we travel to the great camp meeting. How we can maintain and live our Christian values in a non-Christ like environment.


Paul begs us to walk worthy. “Beg” is Paul’s word, not mine. Ephesians 4: 2-3 reads we are to walk, “2, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’ The Enduring Word Bible Commentary, says it this way, “walk with all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love.” Humility we may accept as a virtue but change it to “lowliness” and it becomes just a little a little bit harder to digest. Lowliness or humility does not refer to one’s station in society. It is an indication of one’s character. But whatever you call it, humility is a Christian virtue.


The clearest example of humble lowliness is best demonstrated by the life that Jesus. “Though in the form of God, Christ Jesus did not cling to equality with God, but humbled himself, taking on the form of a servant, and was born in human likeness. Being found in human form, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6 -8) This translation is found in Enriching Our Worship 1, a recent publication of the General Convention. It is part of an “ongoing process of listening to what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Let’s be clear about what humility means.


Humility means not pushing or putting ourselves above others. We do not promote our personal agenda at the expense of others’ wellbeing. We do not laud our position over those whom we think are lower than we are. We work across the aisle, across whatever may separate us. We are servants like Jesus doing as he would have us do. We serve the needs of others before our personal wants and desires. We walk together side by side seeking the same goal.


We are told to have patience, to “bear with one another in love”. Some biblical translations of this passage read “longsuffering, forbearing with one another in love.” I would rather concentrate on forbearing with one another in love and not get bogged down in the longsuffering. Longsuffering calls to mind a bit of unpleasantness, pain, anguish, winners and losers. Instead, I choose to remember what St. John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople in 5th century, said about patience and forbearance. He said that it is “the power to take revenge, but never does. It is a characteristic of a forgiving, generous heart.” Revenge is not welcome on our Christian walk. Revenge cannot live where love lives.


Humility, gentleness and patience will help us keep our composure. We will be happy and content even when we are not in control and running the show. We do not have to always be at the head of the line when we walk in humility, gentleness and with patience. We do not have to always lead; we can be happy just following.


The lyrics to a favorite hymn are: “We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord. And we pray that all unity may one day be restored. And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.” As Christians we share the same God, we were made one through baptism, we have the same faith we have the same desire for the world. William Neil writes in Harper’s Bible Commentary “Let us never forget that there is only one Church, one not many, sustained by the same Spirit of God.” We may be of different denominations, but we have the same beliefs. We all share the same hope, the same Lord, the same faith, the same heavenly Father. We all want to go to the same Heavenly home. We are united but not uniformed. We are all united in the same Spirit.


You may recall hearing about JUST: Justice Unites Savannah Together. It is an organization of some 20+ congregations and religious organizations that have agreed to work together to help solve some pressing issues in our city. Leadership is shared by all congregations who fund the work with donations from the member congregations. In May, after studying the problem, JUST asked the City of Savannah to earmark $5,000,000 for two years each to provide adequate and affordable housing. Did the city respond favorably? Not quite. But it did not say no either. The most positive outcome is that governing officials now know that there are 20+ congregations and religious organizations standing for thousands of Savannahians who are saying that there is a severe shortage of affordable housing and we, want to work with work together to solve this problem. We will hold government accountable for its care of all the citizens of this city. We are not called to be successful. We are called to do and to keep doing, because in the end success will happen.


Christians is what we are called. But Christianity is what we do. Christianity is more than more than being Christian. “Being Christians” implies the absence of action as opposed to doing Christianity. All St. Matthew’s members take the same Baptismal vows; we repeat them several times a year. We were confirmed and became full-fledged members of the Episcopal church. Each week we come to church, or watch it on Facebook, we offer the Peace to one another, we take communion. The priest dismisses us, and we go home. I pray that we go home to active Christianity and will come together again to be recharged through our worship, and prayer. If we are to walk worthy, as Paul begs, we must do Christianity. We do not all have to do the same thing the same way, that is being uniformed. We can walk united and find our own unique way to carry out our calling as Christians.


The late John Lewis said that we should “Do good work.” Jesus said to “love your neighbors as yourself” (John 10:27). Two quotes that are saying the same thing. We are to want the same thing for our neighbor that we want for ourselves. This is the work, the good work, that we are given to do. We are not all called to be apostles, or prophets, or evangelists, or pastor and teachers. And who am I? This morning I am your substitute teacher following the lesson plan that was given to me by the Master Teacher, Jesus, and praying that you and I will walk worthy together to the great camp meeting in the promised land.




AAHH #541: Walk Together Children

[Verses 1-4]


1 Walk together children, don't you get weary,

walk together children, don't you get weary,

walk together children, don't you get weary,

there's a great camp meeting in the promised land.

We're gonna walk and never tire.


2 Sing together children, don't you get weary,

sing together children, don't you get weary,

sing together children, don't you get weary,

there's a great camp meeting in the promised land.

We're gonna sing and never tire.


3 Pray together children, don't you get weary,

pray together children, don't you get weary,

pray together children, don't you get weary,

there's a great camp meeting in the promised land.

We're gonna pray and never tire.


4 Work together children, don't you get weary,

work together children, don't you get weary,

work together children, don't you get weary,

there's a great camp meeting in the promised land.

We're gonna work and never tire.


Words: Traditional, Public Domain.

Music: Negro Spiritual, Public Domain; arr. Evelyn Simpson-Curenton © 2000 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.

Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #94951. All rights reserved.



The Nicene Creed

[BCP, p. 358]


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

[BCP, p. 392, Form VI]


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 Joseph, our president; Brian, our governor; Van, our mayor; Chester, the chair of our County Commission; Ann, the Superintendent of our Public Schools, and all other civic officials; 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 all the churches in Savannah, that we may be one as you are one with the Son, and the Holy Spirit; For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.


For Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Frank, our Bishop; Guillermo our Priest; and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.


For the special needs and concerns of this congregation, especially for our Day Care’s staff, students, and families, and for those on our Parish Prayer List: Martha Avery, Donald Baynes, Ronald Baynes, Shirley Clinton Bonaparte, Zavier Bradley, Myrtle Brow-Hollis, Christine Brown, Quinton Bruce, Jacquelyn Bryant, Genella Chamberlain, Taylor Blue, Annie Colbert, Lazola Cope, Alice Dailey, Beryl Dandy, Mark Dashiell, Brittany Dawson, Roland Dixon, Imani Ferguson, Ruby Fernandez, Harry Frazier, Karin Garcia, Colin Gentle, Angie Glover, Charles Gordon, Amanda Green, Jocelyn Bryant Harden, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Enoch Henderson, Charles E. Hines, Kenneth Howard, Terri Howard, Anne Hudson, Lucy Hugging, Dale Hundley, Jared Hundley, Tracy Hundley, Janice C. Jackson, Milinda James, Alvin Jenkins, Dana Jenkins, David Jones, Frances T. Jones, Lori Jones, Robert L. Jones, Sr., Whitney Kennedy, Leonard Law, Jr., Ralph Lovett, Ryan Lovett, Tammie Lovett, Marcus Marzen, Joan Maty, Craig Maxwell, Sada Maxwell, Altheria Maynard, Carmelita Maynard, Barbara McCary, Bette Milledge, John "Butch" Mitchell, Hollie Moultrie, Patricia Murry, Russell Nails, Dorothy Neal, Jabbaar Newton, Jameel Newton, Glenzy Payne, Robert Payne, Willie Mae Robinson, Paul Rockwell, Helen Scroggins, Dison Washington Slaughter, James Small, Gwendolyn Smith, Willie Stephens, Gon Trimble, Ed Vista, Lori Ward, Gertrude Washington, and Noel Wheeler; and those we remember now…


Silence. The People may add their own petitions.

Hear us, Lord;

For your mercy is great.


We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life; for all visitors to this parish; for Timryl Rhett (8/7), Irene Dixon (8/7), and RaSheen Jones (8/7) on their birthdays; for Charles and Willie Mae Tennerson (8/3) and Lee Grant and Margaret Anne Pearson (8/6) on their wedding anniversaries; and for any other thanksgivings we remember now.


Silence. The People may add their own thanksgivings.


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, especially those we remember now...


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.


Leader and People:

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.


The Officiant concludes with a prayer:

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



The Peace

[BCP, p. 360]


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.



The Offertory

[BCP, p. 377]


Giving to St. Matthew's: We know that many people are feeling the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The church is feeling it too. We still need your support to pay our staff, pay our bills, and provide for these online live streams. There are several ways to give, but the simplest are these:

  1. Mail us a check or money order at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1401 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd, Savannah, GA 31415; OR

  2. Make a secure online gift to St. Matthew’s and/or automate future gifts at: https://onrealm.org/StMattSav/-/give/now; OR

  3. Text “stmattsav” to 73256 to make a secure online donation through your phone.

NOTE: Donations made online (#2 or #3) through Realm incur a processing fee of about 2.5%. Please consider adding an additional 2.5% to your online gift to cover these costs.

“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good your vows to the Most High.”

[Psalm 50:14; see BCP, p. 376]

Give online at: https://onrealm.org/StMattSav/-/give/now

LEV #105: I'm So Glad

[Verses 1-3]


1 I’m so glad Jesus lifted me

I'm so glad Jesus lifted me

I'm so glad Jesus lifted me

singing glory Hallelujah Jesus lifted me.


2 Satan had me bound Jesus lifted me

Satan had me bound Jesus lifted me

Satan hand me bound Jesus lifted me

singing glory Hallelujah Jesus lifted me


3 When I was in sin Jesus lifted me

When I was in sin Jesus lifted me

When I was in sin Jesus lifted me

singing glory Hallelujah Jesus lifted me.

Words: Traditional, Public Domain.

Music: Negro Spiritual, Public Domain.

All rights reserved.



The Lord’s Prayer

[BCP, p. 364]


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.



Parish Announcements


A. Revised COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for In-Person Worship: On June 21, the Vestry authorized revised COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for in-person worship at St. Matthew's. Changes include:

  • Up to 100 people are now allowed in the church at a time (increased from 70)

  • People may stay in the building for up to 1.5 hours (increased from 1 hour)

  • One-way foot traffic floor arrows are removed and no longer necessary

  • Congregational singing is now allowed

All people in attendance are still required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth at all times and maintain social distancing in their assigned seating areas. Click here to read the Vestry's June 2021 COVID-19 Safety Guidelines in their entirety.


For now, we will maintain the current worship schedule: one Sunday service at 9:30 AM. We will reevaluate and consider the congregation's feedback in the late summer or early fall, once we have tried this out for a few months. Note that even if you do not feel comfortable attending, in person, we will continue to live-stream services to Facebook permanently.


B. Christian Education Survey Results: Thanks to all those who participated in the Christian Education Survey! We reached a consensus to study Hallelujah, Anyhow!: A Memoir by the Right Rev. Barbara C. Harris (1930-2020), the first woman and first Black woman ordained as a bishop in the Anglican Communion. There was less clear consensus on the meeting time and format, but we will continue to meet at 5:30 PM on Wednesdays via Zoom.


We will hold our first meeting on Wednesday, August 18, at 5:30 PM. The Zoom information and required reading schedule will be featured in the e-Newsletter closer to the start date. For now, you can purchase Bishop Harris' book from Amazon or Church Publishing for about $16. (If you need help ordering the book, you may contact the Office Manager at office@stmattsav.org or (912) 234-4440.)


C. Parish Prayer List: In an effort to improve communication about the parish prayer list, the Office Manager and Rector will launch a new format for collecting names beginning in August:

  • With the exception of members we know to be chronically sick and/or shut-in, the prayer list will reset every month.

  • If you would like a loved one to be prayed for publicly, please send the request to Office@StMattSav.org and/or FrGAA@StMattSav.org.

  • After one month, each name will be automatically removed from the list unless it is requested again.

This will help ensure that the list is as accurate and succinct as possible. You may begin sending names for August now.


D. Back to School Summer Jam TODAY: Save Our Youth Savannah presents the 6th Annual Back to School Summer Jam at Daffin Park today, Sunday, August 1, 2021, from 3:00-5:00 PM. This event will provide FREE school supplies, book bags, food, giveaways, and other resources. There will also be entertainment for the whole family with performances, speakers, bounce houses, and youth vendors.


E. No Zoom Evening Prayer 8/3-8/5: While Fr. Arboleda is on vacation, there will be no Zoom Evening Prayer. We are still working on a viable tech solution for livestreaming the prayers when Fr. A is unavailable for any reason. Thank you for your patience. Check out the Facebook page for Evening Prayer posts if you want to keep up your prayer habit on your own this week.


F. “Trip Around the World” Quilt Raffle: The Quilter's Guild, through St. Matthew's ECW, is raffling a "Trip Around the World" Quilt to benefit St. Matthew's Building Renovation Fund. This fund supports major extra-budgetary building improvement projects, such as painting, replacing the sound system, replacing the oven in Toomer-Walker Hall, etc.


This beautiful, jewel-toned quilt measures 103"x90" and will fit a queen-sized bed. This machine-stitched quilt in tones of deep violet amethyst, blue sapphire, green emerald, blue topaz, and green peridot will enhance any bedroom.


The winner will be announced on September 30, 2021. Winners do not need to be present to win. In addition to the grand prize of the "Trip Around the World '' quilt, there will be interim raffles of seasonal quilt-type projects for no additional ticket purchase. Interim winners will still be eligible for the grand prize.


Tickets are $15 each. Please make donations in $15 increments. Tickets may be purchased by:

  1. Mailing a check to St. Matthew's with "Quilt Raffle" in the memo line; OR

  2. Visiting https://onrealm.org/StMattSav/give/quilt

Expect your raffle tickets to be returned to you by mail or email within 5-7 business days of receipt. Direct any questions to office@stmattsav.org.



The Grace

[BCP, p. 102]


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]


Let us bless the Lord!

Thanks be to God!





The Parish Prayer List


Prayer List: Martha Avery, Donald Baynes, Ronald Baynes, Shirley Clinton Bonaparte, Zavier Bradley, Myrtle Brow-Hollis, Christine Brown, Quinton Bruce, Jacquelyn Bryant, Genella Chamberlain, Taylor Blue, Annie Colbert, Lazola Cope, Alice Dailey, Beryl Dandy, Mark Dashiell, Brittany Dawson, Roland Dixon, Imani Ferguson, Ruby Fernandez, Harry Frazier, Karin Garcia, Colin Gentle, Angie Glover, Charles Gordon, Amanda Green, Jocelyn Bryant Harden, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Enoch Henderson, Charles E. Hines, Kenneth Howard, Terri Howard, Anne Hudson, Lucy Hugging, Dale Hundley, Jared Hundley, Tracy Hundley, Janice C. Jackson, Milinda James, Alvin Jenkins, Dana Jenkins, David Jones, Frances T. Jones, Lori Jones, Robert L. Jones, Sr., Whitney Kennedy, Leonard Law, Jr., Ralph Lovett, Ryan Lovett, Tammie Lovett, Marcus Marzen, Joan Maty, Craig Maxwell, Sada Maxwell, Altheria Maynard, Carmelita Maynard, Barbara McCary, Bette Milledge, John "Butch" Mitchell, Hollie Moultrie, Patricia Murry, Russell Nails, Dorothy Neal, Jabbaar Newton, Jameel Newton, Glenzy Payne, Robert Payne, Willie Mae Robinson, Paul Rockwell, Helen Scroggins, Dison Washington Slaughter, James Small, Gwendolyn Smith, Willie Stephens, Gon Trimble, Ed Vista, Lori Ward, Gertrude Washington, and Noel Wheeler


Birthdays: Timryl Rhett (8/7), Irene Dixon (8/7), and RaSheen Jones (8/7)


Wedding Anniversaries: Charles and Willie Mae Tennerson (8/3) and Lee Grant and Margaret Anne Pearson (8/6)


Recent Deaths: N/A

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




Note: 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), African American Heritage Hymnal (AAHH) and other sources cited. The Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.


Image Credit: https://roadside.org/program/williamsburg-virginia-grassroots-theater-project

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