• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Sunday Worship for The Day of Pentecost (June 5, 2022)

Updated: Jun 7


The Holy Eucharist

The Day of Pentecost (Year C)

June 5, 2022


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Sunday, June 5, at 9:30 a.m. (or anytime afterward)



The Holy Eucharist: Rite II



The Word of God



Hymn #228: Holy Spirit, Font of Light

[Verses 1-5]


1 Holy Spirit, font of light,

focus of God’s glory bright,

shed on us a shining ray.

Father of the fatherless,

giver of gifts limitless,

come and touch our hearts today.


2 Source of strength and sure relief,

comforter in time of grief,

enter in and be our guest.

On our journey grant us aid,

freshening breeze and cooling shade,

in our labor inward rest.


3 Enter each aspiring heart,

occupy its inmost part

with your dazzling purity.

All that gives to man his worth,

all that benefits the earth,

you bring to maturity.


4 With your soft, refreshing rains

break our drought, remove our stains;

bind up all our injuries.

Shake with rushing wind our will;

melt with rushing fire our icy chill;

bring to light our perjuries.


5 As your promise we believe

make us ready to receive

gifts from your unbounded store.

Grant enabling energy,

courage in adversity,

joys that last for evermore.


Words: Latin, 12th cent., tr. John Webster Grant, alt., © 1971 John Webster Grant. Music: Webbe, melody from An Essay on the Church Plain Chant (1782), adapt. att. Samuel Webbe, alt.; harm. Hymns Ancient and Modern (1916), Public Domain. 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, 227]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



A Reading from the Book of Acts (2:1-21)


When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-- in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

`In the last days it will be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.

And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.

Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' "


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 104:25-35, 37

[BCP, p. 736]

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

25 O Lord, how manifold are your works! * in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.


26 Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, * creatures both small and great.


27 There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, * which you have made for the sport of it.


28 All of them look to you * to give them their food in due season.


29 You give it to them; they gather it; * you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.


30 You hide your face, and they are terrified; * you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.


31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; * and so you renew the face of the earth.


32 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; * may the Lord rejoice in all his works.


33 He looks at the earth and it trembles; * he touches the mountains and they smoke.


34 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; * I will praise my God while I have my being.


35 May these words of mine please him; * I will rejoice in the Lord.


37 Bless the Lord, O my soul. * Hallelujah!



A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans (8:14-17)

All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ-- if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.


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 (14:8-17, 25-27)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you."

"I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid."


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



The Sermon

"A Spirit of Hope" by the Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda


Jesus said, “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (John 14:26-27).


On this Day of Pentecost, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, the arrival of God’s presence with us in a new form. First, God was with us in the human body of Jesus Christ. But then, after God the Son ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Source of All Being, God the Holy Spirit joined us here. And Jesus taught us that the Holy Spirit would bring peace. The Holy Spirit would lead us to have un-troubled hearts. The Holy Spirit would lead us not to be afraid. Fear, it seems, is a sign that a different spirit is at work.


But lately, there is a lot to be afraid about. Fear is in the air. There is fear about mass shootings, domestic terrorist threats, racist riots and threats, police brutality, violent insurrection, online radicalization, and more. In the last month, we have been inundated with stories and images of heartbreak due to horrific gun violence. A racist 18-year old White man killed ten people and injured three more in a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, NY. A hate-filled Chinese man killed one person and injured five in a Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Orange County, CA. Another disturbed 18-year old Hispanic man used automatic rifles to kill 21 Hispanic people (including 19 children) and injure 18 more at an elementary school in Uvalde, TX. These three attacks occurred in a ten-day span this May. Unfortunately, there are shootings like this every day in our country, even when they don’t make news headlines.


These incidents are fear-inducing. They drive us deeper and deeper into fear -- fear for our lives, fear for our loved ones, fear that going about our normal, everyday routines could end in tragedy. And these fears are legitimate. But it’s not just your and my fear that is at work in our nation. It’s all our fears put together that drive a culture of fear, leading to a culture of violence. The heart of America’s obsession with guns is fear. Fear of people’s differences and fear of change leads to the violent anger that fuels mass murderers. And the fear of ordinary people leads many of us Americans to stock up on weapons. And the problems of violence compound themselves from there.


But there is another way. St. Paul writes to the Romans, “All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption” (Rom 8:14-15). The Holy Spirit isn’t the only spirit out there. Fear comes from “a spirit of slavery.” Fear does not lead us into freedom, joy, or abundant life. Fear leads us to slavery and suffering. Fear comes from an evil, sinister spirit, the spirit of slavery.


But the Holy Spirit is a spirit of adoption. It draws us close to the heart of God. It makes us children of God, siblings with one another, across all boundaries of race, sex, language, age, and ability. The Holy Spirit brings peace. The Holy Spirit quiets our troubled hearts and soothes our fears. The Holy Spirit leads us into the truth that we are not that different from one another. And the differences we do have are no reason to hurt each other. The Holy Spirit brings unity, concord, and love into spaces of fear, hate, and violence.


The gift of Pentecost is, therefore, hope. On Pentecost, as we celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit, we imagine a world that isn’t driven by a spirit of slavery and fear. We imagine a world filled with love, filled with God’s Spirit, filled with God’s peace, filled with new life. Because we trust that God is love, and that God is here, we have hope that life can change.


The things that drive our fears don’t disappear on Pentecost. (The Holy Spirit is still “the Spirit of Truth,” after all [John 14:17]). We Christians don’t get to bury our heads in the sand and act like everything is fine. Instead, filled with God’s Spirit and filled with hope, we strive together for a world that reflects God’s dreams, not our nightmares. So we’ll work on changing the systems that make it easier to buy a weapon of war than it is to escape poverty. We’ll try to make it easier for people to receive compassionate mental and physical healthcare than to go on a killing spree. We’ll work on combating all hateful messages that manipulate people’s pain and insecurities into radicalized violence. We’ll try to replace it with the loving, truthful, Good News of Jesus. And we’ll work on building a community that lives with courageous hope in the face of fear.


We’ll pray, in the words of our next hymn, for the Holy Spirit to “make a lost world thy home; descend with all thy gracious powers” (The Hymnal 1982, #509, verse 5). Because God’s Holy Spirit is with us, calling us away from fear and toward hope that a lost world can be found and a loving world is possible. Amen.



Hymn #509: Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers

[Verses 1-5]


1 Spirit divine, attend our prayers,

and make this house thy home;

descend with all thy gracious powers,

O come, great Spirit, come!


2 Come as the light; to us reveal

our emptiness and woe,

and lead us in those paths of life

whereon the righteous go.


3 Come as the fire, and purge our hearts

like sacrificial flame;

let our whole soul an offering be

to our Redeemer's Name.


4 Come as the dove, and spread thy wings,

the wings of peaceful love;

and let thy Church on earth become

blest as the Church above.


5 Spirit divine, attend our prayers;

make a lost world thy home;

descend with all thy gracious powers;

O come, great Spirit, come!


Words: Andrew Reed, Public Domain. Nun danket all und bringet Ehr, melody att. Johann Cruger, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #92617. All rights reserved.



The Renewal of Baptismal Vows

[BCP, p. 292]


Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life. I call upon you, therefore, now that our Lenten observance is ended, to renew the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and all his works, and promised to serve God faithfully in his holy Catholic Church.


Celebrant: Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?


People: I do.


Do you believe in God the Father?

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.


Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

I will, with God's help.


Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

I will, with God's help.


Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

I will, with God's help.


Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

I will, with God's help.


Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

I will, with God's help.


The Celebrant concludes the Renewal of Vows as follows:

May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord. 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 Rose Robinson (6/8), Dr. Janice Vaughn (6/8), and Patrece Grant (6/9) on their birthdays; and for all those celebrating wedding anniversaries. 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, Aniyah Hayes, 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 on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, 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 hold a service day on Saturday, June 25, 2022. The work day will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 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. St. Peter's and St. Matthew's Go Bananas on 6/30!: On Thursday, June 30, St. Peter's Episcopal Church has invited St. Matthew's to share a block of tickets available for the Savannah Bananas baseball game. All tickets in this Open Seating section cost $20.00 and include All You Can Eat Concessions! Buy your tickets here: https://bananas.fansfirsttickets.com/order/group/SaintPetersSav/!


They are online tickets and will be sent to your email. More details will follow as we come closer to the date, but purchase tickets soon since they tend to sell out!


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.


E. T/W/Th Evening Prayer Resumes on 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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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 #185: Blessed Quietness

[Verses 1-5]


1 Joys are flowing like a river,

Since the comforter has come;

He abides with us forever,

Makes the trusting heart His home.


REFRAIN:

Blessed quietness, holy quietness,

What assurance is my soul,

On the stormy sea, Jesus speaks to me,

And the billows cease to roll.


2 Bringing life and health and gladness

All around this heav’nly guest,

Banished unbelief and sadness,

Chang’d our weariness to rest. [Refrain]


3 Like the rain that falls from heaven,

Like the sunlight from the sky,

So the Holy Ghost is given,

Coming on us from on high. [Refrain]


4 See, a fruitful field is growing,

Blessed fruit of righteousness;

And the streams of life are flowing

In the lonely wilderness. [Refrain]


5 What a wonderful salvation,

When we always see His face,

What a perfect habitation,

What a quiet resting place. [Refrain]

Words: Marie P. Ferguson, Public Domain. Music: W. S. Marshall, Public Domain; arr. J. Jefferson Cleveland and Verolga Nix © 1981 Abingdon (reprinted from Songs of Zion by permission). Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #59011. 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 1

[EOW1, p. 57]



It is truly right, and good and joyful, to give you thanks, all-holy God, source of life and fountain of mercy …


Preface of Pentecost [BCP, p. 380]:

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. In fulfillment of his true promise, the Holy Spirit came down on this day from heaven, lighting upon the disciples, to teach them and to lead them into all truth; uniting peoples of many tongues in the confession of one faith, and giving to your Church the power to serve you as a royal priesthood, and to preach the Gospel to all nations.


Therefore, joining with Angels and Archangels and with the faithful of every generation, we lift our voices with all creation as we sing:


LEV #254:

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: Carl Maultsby, The Saint Mary Mass, © 1989 Malted Milk Music. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00004C1989. All rights reserved.]


The people stand or kneel.


Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of the universe and giver of life. You formed us in your own image and called us to dwell in your infinite love. You gave the world into our care that we might be your faithful stewards and show forth your bountiful grace.


But we failed to honor your image in one another and in ourselves; we would not see your goodness in the world around us; and so we violated your creation, abused one another, and rejected your love. Yet you never ceased to care for us, and prepared the way of salvation for all people.


Through Abraham and Sarah you called us into covenant with you. You delivered us from slavery, sustained us in the wilderness, and raised up prophets to renew your promise of salvation. Then, in the fullness of time, you sent your eternal Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. Born into the human family, and dwelling among us, he revealed your glory. Giving himself freely to death on the cross, he triumphed over evil, opening the way of freedom and life.


On the night before he died for us, Our Savior Jesus Christ took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said: “Take, eat: This is my Body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”


As supper was ending, Jesus 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 poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:


LEV #258:

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Marjorie Gabriel-Burrow © 1992 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.]


Remembering his death and resurrection, we now present to you from your creation this bread and this wine. By your Holy Spirit may they be for us the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy Spirit and live as Christ’s Body in the world. Bring us into the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons, that with Blessed Mary, Blessed Matthew, and all your saints, past, present, and yet to come, we may praise your Name for ever.


Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and 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]


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, Church Publishing, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #87673. All rights reserved.]


Hymn S-167:

[Words: Public Domain. Music: Mode 6 melody; adapt. Mason Martens © 1971 Mason Martens, Church Publishing, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #52588. All rights reserved.]


The Gifts of God for the people of God.



WLP #782: Gracious Spirit, Give Your Servants

[Verses 1-4]


1 Gracious Spirit, give your servants joy to set sin’s captives free, hope to heal the brokenhearted, peace to share love’s liberty. Through us bring your balm of gladness to the wounded and oppressed; help us claim and show God’s favor as a people called and blessed.

2 Word made flesh, who gave up glory to become our great high priest, taking on our human nature to redeem the last and least: let your courage and compassion shape and guide our ministries; as our Savior and our Shepherd, lead us to the truth that frees.

3 Loving God, who birthed creation from the nothingness of space, kindling life where all was empty, turning chaos into grace: when we feel confused and fruitless, dawn upon our restless night; give us faith’s imagination, hope’s renewing, love’s delight.

4 Triune God, eternal Being, never ending, unbegun, boundless grace and perfect justice, righteous and forgiving One: so enfold us in your mercy that our wills and yours unite; through us may the world behold you, find your love, your truth, your light.


Words: Carl P. Daw © 1997 Hope Publishing Co. Music: Abbot's Leigh, Cyril Vincent Taylor © 1942, renewed 1970 Hope Publishing Co. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #6499. 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 Pentecost Blessing

[Adapted from The Book of Occasional Services 2018, p. 14]


May the Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, giving you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and to proclaim the wonderful works of God; 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]


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, Aniyah Hayes, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Bette Milledge, Helen Scroggins, and Paulette Sibert


BIRTHDAYS: Rose Robinson (6/8), Dr. Janice Vaughn (6/8), and Patrece Grant (6/9)


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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