• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Sunday Worship for July 10, 2022

Updated: Jul 14


The Holy Eucharist

The 5th Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 10C)

July 10, 2022


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

Sunday, July 10, at 9:30 a.m. (or anytime afterward)



The Holy Eucharist: Rite II



The Word of God



Hymn #657 (AAHH #440): Love Divine, All Loves Excelling


1 Love divine, all loves excelling,

joy of heaven, to earth come down,

fix in us thy humble dwelling,

all thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesus, thou art all compassion,

pure, unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation,

enter every trembling heart.


2 Come, almighty to deliver,

let us all thy life receive;

suddenly return, and never,

nevermore thy temples leave.

Thee we would be alway blessing,

serve thee as thy hosts above,

pray, and praise thee without ceasing,

glory in thy perfect love.


3 Finish then thy new creation;

pure and spotless let us be;

let us see thy great salvation

perfectly restored in thee:

changed from glory into glory,

till in heaven we take our place,

till we cast our crowns before thee,

lost in wonder, love, and praise.


Words: Charles Wesley, Public Domain. Music: Beecher, John Zundel. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #OC22. 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, 231]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



A Reading from the Book of Deuteronomy (30:9-14)


Moses said to the people of Israel, "The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.


"Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?' Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?' No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe."


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 25:1-9

[BCP, p. 614]

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

1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; * let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me.

2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; * let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.

3 Show me your ways, O Lord, * and teach me your paths.

4 Lead me in your truth and teach me, * for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.

5 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, * for they are from everlasting.

6 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; * remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.

7 Gracious and upright is the Lord; * therefore he teaches sinners in his way.

8 He guides the humble in doing right * and teaches his way to the lowly.

9 All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness * to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.



A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Colossians (1:1-14)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.


In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.


For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



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 (10:25-37)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live."


But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, `Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.' Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



The Sermon

"Servant Ministry" by the Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda


Today is a special day in St. Matthew’s history. As far as Bishop Logue and I know, this is the first time that St. Matthew’s Church has ever been assigned both a priest and a deacon at the same time. Way back in the 1870s, our pre-merger parishes, St. Stephen’s and St. Augustine’s, were led by Deacon Joseph Robert Love, the first Black clergyperson in the Diocese of Georgia. But there was no priest assigned to either parish at the time, so he held the unusual title of Deacon-In-Charge. We’ve more-or-less always been a parish that just has one clergyperson at a time. Of course, we have had deacons visit us on occasion over the years, usually together with the Bishop or for some other special event, but until now, we have never had a deacon assigned here by the Bishop. So today, the Rev. Deacon Ella Roundtree-Davis is making history. For the foreseeable future, I’ll continue to be your Rector and Deacon Davis will be your Deacon.


And that means that we probably all need a refresher on the meaning and importance of deacons in the Church. In The Episcopal Church, we use the title “deacon” differently than churches of other traditions like Baptists and Pentecostals. We treat them more like Roman Catholics, Lutherans, and some Methodists do. Episcopal Deacons are permanently ordained by a bishop; it’s not a temporary title or position that you step in and out of like serving on the Vestry. They go through a very similar vetting, educational, and discernment process that priests go through. The Bishop and Diocese have to approve them for their ministry as a deacon multiple times before their ordination day comes. Becoming a deacon is a very time-consuming process, and it is not undertaken lightly.


So, why does anyone become a deacon? What do deacons do? The Book of Common Prayer is really helpful in naming the special ministry of deacons, just like it does for lay people, priests, and bishops. If you have a Prayer Book with you at home or in the pew in front of you, you can flip to page 856 in the back. This is the Catechism of The Episcopal Church, also called “An Outline of the Faith”. It’s a pretty straightforward Q&A section that lets you know what the Church teaches and believes about lots of things. It’s a great place to learn about our Church and also a great reference point for long-time Episcopalians.


What it has to say about deacons is this: “The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments” (BCP, 856). You’ll notice that Deacon Davis will perform several functions in our worship services, including literally reading (proclaiming) the Gospel lesson. And you may notice us fumbling around a little bit for the first few weeks as I get used to the changes. That’s “assist[ing] bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.” But these aren’t the most important things that a deacon does. The key to a deacon’s ministry is that first part. Deacons are called to represent Christ “as a servant of those in need.” The special ministry of deacons is service.


And that’s why it’s so fitting that we’re officially introducing Deacon Davis to our parish today, as we read about the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus is trying to teach a legal expert what it means to love God and love your neighbor as yourself. He wants to know who counts as a “neighbor.” So Jesus tells a story about a man who gets beaten, robbed, and left for dead. A priest passed by and ignored him. A Levite passed by and ignored him. And finally a Samaritan man stopped to help him. Now Samaritans were from a different, nearby ethnic group than Jews. 1st century Jews and Samaritans had a complicated history that I won’t get into today, but they didn’t really like each other. But this Samaritan man decided to go out of his way to help the Jewish man who was robbed. In his compassion, he nursed him to health, brought him to an inn, and paid for him to stay in a room while he recovered. Like a deacon, the Samaritan acted like a servant, willing to care for someone “in need.”


But, deacons do not do this servant ministry alone. They do it to lead lay people, priests, and bishops to the same servant ministry. Parishes can, of course, function fine without a deacon (we have for over 160 years). But a deacon is there to provide a special kind of leadership, drawing us closer to the servant heart of Jesus. They are meant to inspire us to serve and love as Jesus served us.


In some Christian traditions, the ministry of Bishops is symbolized by the pouring water of Baptism; the ministry of Priests is symbolized by the bread and wine of Holy Communion; and the ministry of Deacons is symbolized by the towel and basin Jesus used to wash his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper. Foot washing is a symbol for all kinds of ministries of service. And I like to think that the Good Samaritan used a towel and basin of water to cleanse and bandage the wounds of the injured man he found on the road. He was doing a deacon’s ministry.


But here’s the thing: we cannot outsource our servant ministry to Deacon Davis or anybody else wearing a collar and a diagonal stole. Deacons are here to show us that all of us are called to serve. The Prayer Book tells us that all laypeople are called to “represent Christ” and to “carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world” (BCP, 855). That’s the whole church’s job, not just ordained people. And of course, the Good Samaritan wasn’t actually a deacon; he wasn’t ordained for any special ministry at all. He was an ordinary, faithful lay person. If anything, the Levite, who passed the injured man by, was more like a deacon in his temple ministry, assisting priests in daily worship. So, if anything, the “deacon” in the story (the Levite), failed to live up to his calling to serve. It was the faithful lay person, the Samaritan, who showed mercy and loved his neighbor.


That’s all to say that we are receiving a gift today in the form of a new leader for our parish. She is here to point to Jesus and saintly examples like the Good Samaritan to encourage us all to be the servant ministers God has called us to be. Amen.


Bibliography



Hymn #609: Where Cross The Crowded Ways of Life


1 Where cross the crowded ways of life,

where sound the cries of race and clan,

above the noise of selfish strife,

we hear thy voice, O Son of Man.


2 In haunts of wretchedness and need,

on shadowed thresholds dark with fears,

from paths where hide the lures of greed,

we catch the vision of thy tears.


3 The cup of water given for thee

still holds the freshness of thy grace;

yet long these multitudes to see

the true compassion of thy face.


4 O Master, from the mountain side,

make haste to heal these hearts of pain;

among these restless throngs abide,

O tread the city's streets again;


5 till all the world shall learn thy love,

and follow where thy feet have trod;

till glorious from thy heaven above,

shall come the city of our God.


Words: Frank Mason North, alt., Public Domain. Music: Gardiner, from Sacred Melodies (1815); arr. William Gardiner, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #97984. 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, Christine Brown, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Angelica Glover, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Altheria Maynard, Bette Milledge; 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, all those celebrating birthdays: Loretta Harmond (7/11), Nicholas Maiorano (7/11), and Mary Bonaparte (7/12); 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


A. The Rev. Deacon Ella Roundtree-Davis Assigned to St. Matthew's: The Diocese of Georgia’s newest deacon is the Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, who Bishop Logue has assigned to St. Matthew’s in Savannah. She and her husband, Enrique Davis, recently moved to the area from the Diocese of New York, where she was ordained as a deacon in 2013.

Deacon Davis was born in North Carolina. She moved, with her family, to New York City as a teenager. She attended City College of New York and majored in Physical Education. Deacon Davis also received a Master of Science Degree in Health Education from City College of New York, and a Master of Science in Administration and Supervision from the College of New Rochelle. She taught and coached sports in high schools for many years in Dutchess County and for the New York City Board of Education. She was the first college cheerleaders' coach to make Sports Illustrated Magazine with her team, and she won a national high school championship with her four-person shell in crew. Deacon Davis has also worked as a School Administrator, and a Director of a Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Program in New York City School Districts. She retired after working thirty-two years in education.

Since her ordination in the Diocese of New York, she served Trinity St. Paul's Church in New Rochelle, Christ Church in Bronxville, and Christ Church, Riverdale from 2015-2022.

Deacon Davis is married to Dr. Enrique Davis, and they have a blended family of four children: two boys and two girls, all adults. Deacon Davis has found joy and deep soul satisfaction in being a Deacon and serving God's people. She is looking forward to getting to know and work with the people of the Diocese of Georgia.


Deacon Davis will officially join St. Matthew's staff beginning Sunday, July 10, 2022. You can contact Deacon Davis by email at Deacon@StMattSav.org.


B. Pray for the General Convention 7/8-11/2022: The 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will meet in Baltimore, MD, on July 8-11, 2022. General Convention sets churchwide policies about things such as worship practices, budgets, church governance and discipline, funding new ministries and missions, and more.


The Diocese of Georgia will send our Bishop, the Right Rev. Frank S. Logue, to represent us in the House of Bishops. Our Diocese will also send several clergy and lay people to represent us in the House of Deputies. Our deputation includes Rev. Kelly Steele (Senior Clergy Deputy), the Rev. Ted Clarkson, the Rev. David Rose, the Rev. Tom Purdy, the Rev. Leeann Culbreath, Ms. Cissy Bowden (Senior Lay Deputy), Mr. Dade Brantley, Ms. Molly Stevenson, Mr. Jody Grant, Ms. Liz Williams, Canon Katie Easterlin, and Ms. Sarah Riggle. Please pray for the Georgia deputation and for the entire Convention!


Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel at the General Convention for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~Book of Common Prayer, p. 818~


C. 29 Students Receive EYCS Scholarships: The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia's Episcopal Youth and Children's Services (EYCS) has awarded a total of $60,500.00 to 29 college students across the Diocese for the 2022-2023 academic year. Many thanks to all who contributed to the EYCS scholarship fund!


D. Choir Rehearsals on Thursdays at 6:30 PM: Ms. Dandy and I invite you to join the choir at their new weekly rehearsal time: Thursdays at 6:30 PM. Please help contribute to our music ministry, regardless of your musical skill levels!


E. Coffee Hour Sign Up & New COVID Guidelines: St. Matthew’s Vestry agreed to update its In-Person COVID-19 Safety Guidelines on March 31, 2022. To summarize, when the CDC indicates that Chatham County has a Low or Medium “COVID-19 Community Level,” the Vestry will allow light refreshments to be served at public indoor events, provided that people continue to wear masks whenever they are not eating or drinking. When Chatham County has a High COVID-19 level, food and drink will not be allowed. Chatham County currently has a Medium COVID-19 level. You can read the guidance in all its detail here: https://www.stmattsav.org/post/new-covid-19-safety-guidelines-spring-2022.


The Vestry invites individuals and families to serve light refreshments after worship on Sundays in-person. Please sign up for upcoming dates using the poster near the kitchen in Toomer-Walker Hall.


F. 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.


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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:

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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



LEV #20: When We All Get To Heaven


1 Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,

Sing His mercy and His grace;

In the mansion bright and blessed,

He’ll prepare for us a place.


REFRAIN:

When we all get to heaven,

What a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

We’ll sing and shout the victory.


2 While we walk the pilgrim pathway,

Clouds will overspread the sky;

But when trav’ling days are over,

Not a shadow, not a sigh. [Refrain]


3 Let us then be true and faithful,

Trusting, serving ev’ry day;

Just one glimpse of Him in glory

Will the toils of life repay; [Refrain]


4 Onward to the prize before us!

Soon His beauty we’ll behold;

Soon the pearly gates will open;

We shall tread the streets of gold. [Refrain]

Words: Eliza Edmunds Hewitt, Public Domain. Music: Emily Divine Wilson, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #97977. All rights reserved.



AAHH #651: Doxology

[See also Hymn # 380, v. 3]


Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen.

Words: Thomas Ken, Public Domain. Music: Old 100th, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #84260. 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-130:

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 Deutsche Messe, Franz Peter Schubert, Public Domain; arr. Richard Proulx © 1985 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #93653. 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.



Hymn #660: O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee


1 O Master, let me walk with thee

in lowly paths of service free;

tell me thy secret; help me bear

the strain of toil, the fret of care.


2 Help me the slow of heart to move

by some clear, winning word of love;

teach me the wayward feet to stay,

and guide them in the homeward way.


3 Teach me thy patience; still with thee

in closer, dearer company,

in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,

in trust that triumphs over wrong,


4 in hope that sends a shining ray

far down the future's broadening way,

in peace that only thou canst give,

with thee, O Master, let me live.


Words: Washington Gladden, Public Domain, Public Domain. Music: Maryton, Henry Percy Smith, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #97763. 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, Christine Brown, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Angelica Glover, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, and Bette Milledge


BIRTHDAYS: Loretta Harmond (7/11), Nicholas Maiorano (7/11), and Mary Bonaparte (7/12)


WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: N/A


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), 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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