• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Sunday Worship for May 29, 2022


The Holy Eucharist

The 7th Sunday of Easter (Year C)

May 29, 2022


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

Sunday, May 29, at 9:30 a.m. (or anytime afterward)





The Holy Eucharist: Rite II


Licensed Lay Worship Leader and Preacher: Mrs. M. Idella Jones




The Word of God



Hymn #450: All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

[Verses 1-6]


1 All hail the power of Jesus' Name!

Let angels prostrate fall;

bring forth the royal diadem,

and crown him Lord of all!

bring forth the royal diadem,

and crown him Lord of all!


2 Crown him ye martyrs of our God,

who from his altar call:

praise him whose way of pain ye trod,

and crown him Lord of all!

praise him whose way of pain ye trod,

and crown him Lord of all!


3 Hail him, the Heir of David's line,

whom David Lord did call,

the God incarnate, Man divine,

and crown him Lord of all!

the God incarnate, Man divine,

and crown him Lord of all!


4 Ye heirs of Israel's chosen race,

ye ransomed of the fall,

hail him who saves you by his grace,

and crown him Lord of all!

hail him who saves you by his grace,

and crown him Lord of all!


5 Sinners, whose love can ne'er forget

the wormwood and the gall,

go, spread your trophies at his feet,

and crown him Lord of all!

go, spread your trophies at his feet,

and crown him Lord of all!


6 Let every kindred, every tribe,

on this terrestrial ball,

to him all majesty ascribe,

and crown him Lord of all!

to him all majesty ascribe,

and crown him Lord of all!


Words: Edward Perronet, alt., Public Domain. Music: Coronation, Oliver Holden, alt., Public Domain; desc. Michael E. Young © 1979, GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #28786. All rights reserved.



The Opening Acclamation

[BCP, p. 355]


Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!



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, 226]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.



A Reading from the Book of Acts (16:16-34)


With Paul and Silas, we came to Philippi in Macedonia, a Roman colony, and, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, "These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation." She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And it came out that very hour.

But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, "These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe." The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted in a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them outside and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 97

[BCP, p. 726]

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

1 The Lord is King; let the earth rejoice; * let the multitude of the isles be glad.


2 Clouds and darkness are round about him, * righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.


3 A fire goes before him * and burns up his enemies on every side.


4 His lightnings light up the world; * the earth sees it and is afraid.


5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, * at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.


6 The heavens declare his righteousness, * and all the peoples see his glory.


7 Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! * Bow down before him, all you gods.


8 Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, * because of your judgments, O Lord.


9 For you are the Lord, most high over all the earth; * you are exalted far above all gods.


10 The Lord loves those who hate evil; * he preserves the lives of his saints and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.


11 Light has sprung up for the righteous, * and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.


12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, * and give thanks to his holy Name.



A Reading from the Revelation to St. John the Divine (22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21)

At the end of the visions I, John, heard these words: "See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone's work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.

"It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let everyone who hears say, "Come." And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.

The one who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.


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. John (17:20-26)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Jesus prayed for his disciples, and then he said. "I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

"Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



The Sermon

by M. Idella Jones, Licensed Lay Preacher



LEV #109: What a Friend We Have in Jesus

[Verses 1-3]


1 What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Ev’rything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Ev’rything to God in prayer!


2 Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged,

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful

who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness,

Take it to the Lord in prayer.


3 Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge,

Take it to the Lord in Prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in Prayer.

In his arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.


Words: Joseph Scriven, Public Domain. Words: Charles C. Converse, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #94919. 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

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 http://www.stlukesewing.org/prayers-of-the-people-easter]


Rejoicing in the mighty acts of God who has delivered the people of God from sin and death through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us lift our voices and pray,

Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us give thanks to God for the multitude of blessings that God showers upon us: for our lives and for those whom we love, for the beauty of this home God has created for us, for our families and our friendships; for Margaret Cox (5/29) and Judy Hunter-Dorsey (6/3) on their birthdays; and for Jewel & Emma Benford (6/1) on their wedding anniversary. Let us give thanks to the God of Life.

Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us pray for the Church, that it may carry forward the redemptive works of God: for our clergy and our bishops, for the many lay people who serve the church and serve the world through the church, and for those gather here in worship and prayer.

Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us pray for the newly baptized, that the joy of Easter may ever grow within them, and that the Spirit may guide them in lives of active faith.

Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us pray for the nations and peoples of the world and for the leaders of our country, state, county, and city, that the powers that oppress and destroy may decline, and that justice, peace, and prosperity be lifted up.

Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us pray for those who are sick, those who suffer, those who struggle, especially those on our Parish Prayer List: Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Christine Brown, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Angie Glover, Annie Bell Greer, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Bette Milledge, Helen Scroggins, and Paulette Sibert; that the hope born of Easter give them peace, acceptance and renewal, and that through their struggles they may come into closer communion with the God who redeems and restores...


Special intentions are offered silently or aloud.


Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


Let us pray for those who have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to you alone; bring them by your resurrecting power into the place of eternal joy and light...


Special intentions are offered silently or aloud.


Risen Lord,

Hear our Prayer.


The celebrant adds a concluding collect.

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.



The Peace

[EOW1, p. 56]


The peace of Christ be always with you.

And also with you.



Parish Announcements


A. Home Repair Service Projects on June 25: The Savannah Convocation of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia is organizing a service project in collaboration with The City of Savannah's Housing and Neighborhood Services Department. The Home Assistance Repair Program For Homeowners provides necessary repairs to low income homeowners to maintain the safety and decency of homes in our City. Materials and supervision are provided by the City, but most of the labor is provided by volunteers like you! Please join us for this way to give back to our City.


We will work on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided. We are gathering volunteers from all the Episcopal parishes in and around Savannah. We will assign people to teams of 8-10 volunteers per house that needs repair. You will find out your work location and volunteer team 1-2 weeks before your work date.


Please register at https://forms.gle/d7gR6qAbUEbRmThcA on or before June 5, 2022.


B. EYCS Scholarship Applications due May 31: The Diocese of Georgia offers scholarships to college students through Episcopal Youth & Children's Services (EYCS). Applicants must be active members of a parish in the Diocese of Georgia, 22 years of age or younger, and enrolled in undergraduate education in the 2022-2023 school year. Applications are due May 31, 2022. Learn more and apply online here: http://eycs.georgiaepiscopal.org/?page_id=11.


C. 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 Low 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.


D. Book of Sermons: Della Jones and Sandra Mitchell are looking for parishioners interested in serving on a committee to compile sermons and identify artwork for a book of Fr. Guillermo Arboleda’s sermons. This proposed book project would become a historical document for St. Matthew's and may be sold in the future at a modest price to raise funds for the parish.


If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact either Della Jones or Sandra Mitchell. The first meeting will be held during the week following Easter. Date and time to be determined.


E. T/W/Th Evening Prayer on Hiatus until 6/7: 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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  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.

“On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” [Psalm 118:24]

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



LEV #130: Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

[Verses 1-4]


1 Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Since I laid my burden down.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Since I laid my burden down.


2 I feel better, so much better,

Since I laid my burden down.

I feel better, so much better,

Since I laid my burden down.


3 Feel like shouting, “Hallelujah!”

Since I laid my burden down.

Feel like shouting, “Hallelujah!”

Since I laid my burden down.


4 I am climbing Jacob’s ladder,

Since I laid my burden down.

I am climbing Jacob’s ladder,

Since I laid my burden down.

Words: Traditional, Public Domain. Music: Negro Spiritual, Public Domain; arr. Carl Haywood © 1991 Carl Haywood. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #AF20211148. 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.



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 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]


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!




The Parish Prayer List


PRAYER LIST: Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Christine Brown, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Angie Glover, Annie Bell Greer, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Bette Milledge, Helen Scroggins, and Paulette Sibert


BIRTHDAYS: Margaret Cox (5/29) and Judy Hunter-Dorsey (6/3)


WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: Jewel & Emma Benford (6/1)


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.


Image Credit: https://www.navpress.com/sites/thedisciplemaker/2017/10/jesus-prayer-on-the-worst-night-of-his-life/

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