• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Sunday Worship for August 21, 2022


The Holy Eucharist

The 11th Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 15C)

August 21, 2022


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

Sunday, August 21, at 9:30 a.m. (or anytime afterward)




The Holy Eucharist: Rite II



The Word of God



Hymn #368: Holy Father, Great Creator


1 Holy Father, great Creator, source of mercy, love, and peace, look upon the Mediator, clothe us with his righteousness; heavenly Father, heavenly Father, through the Savior hear and bless.

2 Holy Jesus, Lord of glory, whom angelic hosts proclaim, while we hear thy wondrous story, meet and worship in thy Name, dear Redeemer, dear Redeemer, in our hearts thy peace proclaim.

3 Holy Spirit, Sanctifier, come with unction from above, touch our hearts with sacred fire, fill them with the Savior's love. Source of comfort, Source of comfort, cheer us with the Savior's love.

4 God the Lord, through every nation let thy wondrous mercies shine. In the song of thy salvation every tongue and race combine. Great Jehovah, great Jehovah, form our hearts and make them thine.


Words: Alexander Viets Griswold, alt., Public Domain. Music: Regent Square, Henry Thomas Smart, Public Domain; desc. Craig Sellar Lang © 1953 Novello & Company Limited. All rights reserved.



The Opening Acclamation

[BCP, p. 355]


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

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



A 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

[See also 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 #28331. All rights reserved.



The Collect of the Day

[BCP, p. 357, 233]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

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.



A Reading from the Book of Isaiah (58:9b-14)


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.

If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day;

if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable;

if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs;

then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth;

I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 103:1-8

[BCP, p. 705]

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

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, * and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.


2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, * and forget not all his benefits.


3 He forgives all your sins * and heals all your infirmities;


4 He redeems your life from the grave * and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;


5 He satisfies you with good things, * and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.


6 The Lord executes righteousness * and judgment for all who are oppressed.


7 He made his ways known to Moses * and his works to the children of Israel.


8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, * slow to anger and of great kindness.



A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews (12:18-29)

You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. (For they could not endure the order that was given, "If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death." Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear.") But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.


See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven! At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven." This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what is shaken-- that is, created things-- so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



WLP #779: The Church of Christ in Every Age (Verses 1-4)


1 The church of Christ, in ev’ry age

beset by change but Spirit-led,

must claim and test its heritage,

and keep on rising from the dead.


2 Across the world, across the street,

the victims of injustice cry

for shelter and for bread to eat

and never live until they die.


3 Then let the servant church arise,

a caring church that longs to be

a partner in Christ’s sacrifice,

and clothed in Christ’s humanity.


4 For Christ alone, whose blood was shed,

can sure the fever in our blood

And teach us how to share our bread

and feed the starving multitude.


Words: Fred Pratt Green © 1971 Hope Publishing Company. Music: Dunedin, Vernon Griffiths, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00448, #13268. 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 St. Luke (13:10-17)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your ailment." When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day." But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?" When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



WLP #779: The Church of Christ in Every Age (Verse 5)


5 We have no mission but to serve

in full obedience to our Lord,

to care for all, without reserve,

and spread his liberating word.


Words: Fred Pratt Green © 1971 Hope Publishing Company. Music: Dunedin, Vernon Griffiths, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00448, #13268. All rights reserved.



The Sermon

"What Do You Have To Loose?" by Mr. Karsten Tyson, Lay Preacher


To the honor and glory of God, who by the word and through the power of the Spirit, creates, redeems and sanctifies us all. Amen.


I gotta be honest, I’m somewhat scatterbrained, the first time I sat down and read the lessons, I was like this is too much, these readings are all over the place. Let’s walk away and come back. So…you all are left with me to help sort through this and see what the Spirit is saying to us today. Lord, Help! We’ve just heard a lot. We have an encouraging word from Isaiah, which concludes with “For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Then the psalmist exhorts us to Bless the Lord and bless his holy name. The section of Hebrews that we heard concludes with our God is a consuming fire. And then in the Gospel from St. Luke. We hear the story of a woman’s encounter with Jesus. If you will indulge me but for a moment, let’s focus on what we heard in the gospel lesson.


When I used to teach literature, I told my students to imagine themselves in the story and see which character they identified with most. I ask you to do the same, let’s travel back in time to the story that we just heard from St. Luke. I told you all that I’m scatterbrained and all over the place, so I want to venture away from the New Revised Standard translation that we just heard and go back to my roots of when my very Baptist grandmother shoved the King James Version of the Bible down my throat. And to be honest, certain Bible verses really slap with that King James flair. And so I lift this story to you from the King James Version of scripture. “And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift herself up. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her and she was made straight, and glorified God” (Luke 13:10-13, KJV). Let’s put a plug in right here for a moment. Focusing on what Jesus said to the woman “Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.” If I had to give you a subject or a theme, it is simply “What do you have to loose?” Not what do you have to lose, but rather What do you have to loose?


Using our holy imaginations, where do we see ourselves in this narrative? The gathering is similar to what we’re experiencing now. It was the Sabbath and the believers were gathered in worship to hear what Jesus, this somewhat new itinerant rabbi had to say. Imagine someone among us in worship, helpless beyond hope, with a physical deformity that identified them in community. Here, we are presented with a first century version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. She’s an unnamed woman, possibly childless and unmarried, but despite being marginalized, she had enough faith to be gathered with the faithful in worship. And you know what? She had an encounter with Jesus and her life was changed. According to New Testament professor, Gerald Bilkes, there were three key things that Jesus did in this story. 1. He looked at her. 2. He called her. 3. He touched her. Looked. Called. Touched. The elders in my village used to say “He looked beyond my fault and met me at my need.” Imagine Jesus lovingly looking at her through eyes of compassion, and then calling her to him and then touching her and she is healed from her infirmity and begins to glorify God. This is when we collectively say “Look at God!” Some of us might even say “Won’t he do it!”


There’s another part to this story. If we were good and Baptist, I’d tell you look at your neighbor and say “Neighbor, no good deed goes unpunished.” Jesus has healed a lady that had been plagued, ostracized, ridiculed and judged for eighteen long years because of her infirmity. And no sooner than when the sister gets her breakthrough, here come the righteous rulers of the day, you know, the super saints, the holy rollers, the Bible thumpers with their rule books and indignation saying that this ought not have happened on the Sabbath. But Jesus, being Jesus quickly gathered and collected them and said “You hypocrites! … Ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the Sabbath Day?” (Luke 13:15b, 16). I read that I was like Uh Oh – Here we go again Jesus, you know they trying to get you. I really need you to lay low. I’m sure there may have been a disciple or two that had that same thought. But in this moment, Jesus did what Aretha Franklin said “You got to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace.” And look at what happens when Jesus bucks up against the status quo and established order of the day. Breakthroughs happen. Miracles prevail. Healing is loosed, and lives change.


Late one night, way past my bedtime, I was talking with my godsister Hershey when she was in seminary preparing to preach to a group of people and was kinda struggling with the text. I told her, “Hershey, what Jesus said then, he’s still saying now. The incarnate word is eternal.” And she said, “You know, you’re right.” I’m foolish enough to believe that God sent me here to tell the saints gathered today, what Jesus said then, he’s also saying to us now. Be thou loosed from your infirmity. The essential question that begs to be asked is “What do you have to loose?” What do you have to loose in order to push through from breakdown to break through? What do you have to loose in order to make meaning of the chaos of life, while finding and holding onto your peace in an unfriendly world? What do you have to loose in order to realize that this too shall pass? What do you have to loose in order to ask yourself, am I gonna be bitter or am I gonna be better? What do you have to loose in order to not only ask what would Jesus do, but to do what Jesus would do? To let Jesus show up in your life and show out in and through you. What do you have to loose in order to love yourself and others more fully? What do you have to loose in order to know that if God did it before, God will do it again?


Like the woman from today’s gospel, we have had an encounter with Jesus, our lives have been changed in unimaginable ways. Whatever needs healing in your life, give it to God, because we have been loosed. When we receive the body of Christ at the Eucharist in a few minutes, I want to invite you, I want to encourage you, and perhaps even challenge you to ask yourself “What do I have to loose?” Whatever it is, give it to God and, as Elsa from Frozen reminds us, “Let it Go.” Regardless of whatever we’re being loosed from, the psalmist reminds us today in Psalm 103 “Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and forget not his benefits.” Bless the Lord, St. Matthew’s! We have been loosed!


God of our weary years and silent tears, grant us wisdom and grant us courage for the living of these days. Grant us holy boldness to ask ourselves what do we have to loose in order to be what you have called us to be in this time and in this place. And all God’s people said: Amen.


References:

  • Bilkes, Gerald. (2013). “The Woman With the Bent Back.” The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth.



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, alt., Public Domain. Music: St. Matthew, from Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1908), Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #93255. All rights reserved.



The Nicene Creed

[BCP, p. 358]


All standing as they are able, the People pray:


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

[Adapted from Form VI, BCP, p. 92]


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; 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; Ella our Deacon; 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, Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Angelica Glover, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Altheria Maynard, Bette Milledge, Jewel Wheeler; and those we remember now…


Hear us, Lord;

For your mercy is great.


We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life, especially for all visitors, those celebrating birthdays: Keshia Cope (8/24) and Jordan Jones Greene (8/24); those celebrating anniversaries: Anthony & Kathleen Carrington (8/26); and any other thanksgivings we offer now...

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 for those we remember now...

The People may add their own petitions.


Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;

Who put their trust in you.


The Celebrant concludes with a suitable Collect...



Confession of Sin

[BCP, p. 360]


The Deacon says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.


Silence may be kept.


Deacon and 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.


The Bishop, when present, or 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

[BCP, p. 360]


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.



Parish Announcements

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A. Parish Cleaning Day on 8/27: Join us on Saturday, August 27, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon for a parish cleaning day. We need help cleaning and tidying both indoors and outdoors. We can use help from people of all ages and skill levels. Some coffee and light refreshments will be available for participants.


B. Zoom Bible Study Launching 9/7: Starting on Wednesday, September 7, Deacon Davis and Fr. Arboleda will launch a weekly Zoom Bible Study. The group will gather on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM using the same Zoom link as Evening Prayer. The first meeting will be an introduction and overview; the assembled group will help select the first Bible book to focus on.


C. Lay Ministers' Conference at Honey Creek 9/9-10: “Baptized for Life: A Lay Ministers’ Conference” will take place September 9-10 at Honey Creek Camp and Retreat Center in Waverly, GA! This conference is intended for any lay person in the Diocese who is in any active ministry in their congregation. Examples of such lay ministries include those who assist or lead worship, serve on the Vestry, serve on committees, teach Sunday School or lead youth activities, serve on the Altar Guild, care for the buildings and grounds, lead outreach activities, and more. This conference will be led by Dr. Lisa Kimball, the Vice President for Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary.


This conference will focus on the ministry of the laity, including its joys and challenges especially over the past two years. It will frame our various calls in the context of our Baptismal identity and the vows we make at Baptism, and will give participants an opportunity to think toward the future in their own specific contexts. There will also be time to rest, relax, worship together, and enjoy simply being together at Honey Creek!


The event begins with Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9, and ends at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. Please register by clicking here or at the following link. Registration prices range from $90 - $144 depending on whether you select a double or single occupancy lodge room. If you would like to go, but the registration fee is a problem, please talk with Fr. Guillermo.


https://onrealm.org/HoneyCreek/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=ZmRhYmMwNDAtODE5MC00NTc3LTg5YjItYWVlNTAxMWI4YWFh


D. September is Church Anniversary Month!: Every year we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church on the Sunday nearest to September 21, the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist. This year, we will expand the celebration to include a series of events throughout September:

  • Sunday, September 11: Lemonade on the Lawn - Outdoor repast after worship on the lawn on the corner of MLK Jr. Blvd and W Anderson St. Invite friends and neighbors to join us!

  • Sunday, September 18: Gospel Brunch at Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant - After worship, church members are invited to eat brunch and listen to live Gospel music at Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant, 107 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401, at 11:00 AM. Individuals and families are encouraged to make reservations by calling 912-236-2226 or visiting https://goodtimesjazzbar.com. Note: Attendees will be responsible for their own meals at this optional indoor event.

  • Tuesday - Thursday, September 20-22: Evening Prayer with Guest Preachers: On these days, Evening Prayer will be held in-person at St. Matthew's with guest homilists from neighboring churches. These services will still be live-streamed to Facebook for virtual participants.

  • Sunday, September 25: St. Matthew's Day, 167th Church Anniversary, & Church Picnic: Celebrate the Feast of St. Matthew and our Parish's 167th Anniversary during Sunday worship at 9:30 AM! Church members are encouraged to make an Anniversary donation at or around $167.00. Afterward, we will hold a church picnic on the grounds for people to eat and fellowship with one another.


E. Fundraiser for Duplechien Family Medical Bills: Aaron Duplechien Jr. has been battling a rare cerebral disease called Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). He and his family are trying to get him the best treatment possible and that has been expensive. Please consider making a direct donation to the Duplechien family to help them with Aaron Jr.'s medical expenses. Either way, click below to read an update about Aaron's health. Above all else, please continue praying for them! https://www.facebook.com/donate/2199694463523280/7764425680297217/


Heavenly Father, watch with us over your child Aaron, and hear our yearning that he may be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.


Note: Gifts made at the link above will go directly to the Duplechien family (via Facebook’s fundraising platform), not to St. Matthew’s Church, so they are not tax deductible.


F. Save the Date - Silver Tea on 11/5: St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will once again sponsor the Silver Tea Fundraiser on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Money raised will go toward Episcopal Children and Youth Services (EYCS) college scholarships. The ECW seeks sixteen hostesses, each of whom is responsible to invite three friends and provide cups, saucers, salad and/or dessert for four. Contact Evalena Hoskins, ECW President, to register as a hostess.


G. T/W/Th Evening Prayer: On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, St. Matthew's invites you to pray Evening Prayer over Zoom. The video will continue to stream to Facebook Live at 5:00 PM. Please join the Zoom call by 4:55 PM. Otherwise, watch the prayer service as you have been on Facebook Live.


For security purposes, below is the Meeting ID only; please check your St. Matthew's e-Newsletter for the password (or email FrGAA@StMattSav.org to request it).

Topic: Zoom Evening Prayer

Time: 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Join Zoom Meeting: See e-Newsletter


Meeting ID: 991 8577 8541

Passcode: See e-Newsletter


Dial by your location: +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)

Meeting ID: 991 8577 8541

Passcode: See e-Newsletter



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

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Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good your vows to the Most High." [Psalm 50:14]


OR


"Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God." [Ephesians 5:2]

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



Hymns for the Family of God #652: "Get All Excited" (Choir)


REFRAIN:

Get all excited go tell everybody that Jesus Christ is king

I said get all excited go tell everybody that Jesus Christ is king

Get all excited go tell everybody that Jesus Christ is king

Jesus Christ is still the king of kings

(repeat)


You talk people,

you talk about about things that really aren't important at all

you talk about weather,

you talk about problems we have here at home and abroad

But friend I'm excited about a solution for the world

I'm going to shout and sing

Jesus Christ is still the king of kings

Words & Music: William J. Gaither © 1972 William J. Gaither, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #12829. All rights reserved.



AAHH #668: All Things Come Of Thee


All things come of Thee, O Lord, And of Thine own have we given Thee.

Amen.


Words: 1 Chronicles 29:14, Public Domain. Music: Attributed to Ludwig van Beethoven, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #OLOFOB668. All rights reserved.



Eucharistic Prayer B

[BCP, p. 367]



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 Celebrant sings or says a Proper Preface


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:


Hymn S-125:

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.


[Word: Public Domain. Music: From A Community Mass, Richard Proulx © 1971, 1977 GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00216. 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.


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Hezekiah Brinson © 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, Blessed Stephen, Blessed Augustine, 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.



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.



The Fraction Anthems

[BCP, p. 364, 407]


Hymn S-152:

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Ambrosian chant; adapt. Mason Martens © 1971 Mason Martens.]


LEV #269:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

grant us peace.


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Lena McLin, Eucharist of the Soul © 1972 General Words and Music Co. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #57436. All rights reserved.]


Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

The Gifts of God for the people of God.



AAHH #682: A Communion Hymn


REFRAIN:

Oh, this we do in remembrance of You,

This we do to honor You

Oh, this we do in remembrance of You,

Because You have bid us to


1 You said: Take this bread and eat of Me,

this symbol broken [has become] My body

Oh, in this upper room, we gladly feast with You,

Committing of our service back to you


2 You said: Take this cup of sacrifice

it [has become] My blood which gives you new life

Oh, in this upper room, we gladly feast with You,

Committing of our service back to you


Words and Music: Nolan Williams © 1994 NEW-J Publishing. All rights reserved.



The Post-Communion Prayer

[Enriching our Worship 2 [2000], pp. 56-57]


Let us pray.


For In-Person Worshippers:

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.

We thank you for feeding us with this bread.

May it strengthen us

that by the power of the Holy Spirit

we may embody your desire

and be renewed for your service

through Jesus Christ our Savior. 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

[Adapted from Enriching Our Worship 1, p. 71]


Live without fear: your Creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Go in peace to follow the good road and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]


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

Thanks be to God!




The Parish Prayer List


PRAYER LIST: Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Angelica Glover, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Altheria Maynard, Bette Milledge, Jewel Wheeler


BIRTHDAYS: Keshia Cope (8/24) and Jordan Jones Greene (8/24)


WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: Anthony & Kathleen Carrington (8/26)


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), Enriching Our Worship 1 (EOW1), The Hymnal 1982 (Hymn), Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal (LEV), African American Heritage Hymnal (AAHH), Wonder Love and Praise (WLP), and other sources cited. The Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.


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