• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Sunday Worship on October 2, 2022

Updated: Oct 3


The Holy Eucharist

The 17th Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 22C)

October 2, 2022 at 9:30 AM


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The Holy Eucharist: Rite II



Hymn #535: Ye Servants of God


1 Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,

and publish abroad his wonderful Name;

the Name all-victorious of Jesus extol:

his kingdom is glorious; he rules over all.


2 God ruleth on high, almighty to save;

and still he is nigh: his presence we have.

The great congregation his triumph shall sing,

ascribing salvation to Jesus our King.


3 Salvation to God who sits on the throne!

Let all cry aloud, and honor the Son.

The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,

fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.


4 Then let us adore,and give him his right:

All glory and power, all wisdom and might,

all honor and blessing, with angels above,

and thanks never ceasing and infinite love.


Words: Charles Wesley, alt., Public Domain. Music: Paderborn, melody from Catolisch-Paderbornisches Gesang-buch (1765), harm. Sydney Hugo Nicholson, Public Domain. 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, 234]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



A Reading from the Book of Habakkuk (1:1-4; 2:1-4)


The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?

Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?

Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble?

Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.

So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails.

The wicked surround the righteous-- therefore judgment comes forth perverted.


I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart;

I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint.

Then the Lord answered me and said:

Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.

For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie.

If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.

Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 37:1-10

[BCP, p. 633]

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

1 Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; * do not be jealous of those who do wrong.


2 For they shall soon wither like the grass, * and like the green grass fade away.


3 Put your trust in the Lord and do good; * dwell in the land and feed on its riches.


4 Take delight in the Lord, * and he shall give you your heart's desire.


5 Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, * and he will bring it to pass.


6 He will make your righteousness as clear as the light * and your just dealing as the noonday.


7 Be still before the Lord * and wait patiently for him.


8 Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, * the one who succeeds in evil schemes.


9 Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; * do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.


10 For evildoers shall be cut off, * but those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land.



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

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am grateful to God-- whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did-- when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



LEV #165: Higher Ground (Verses 1-3)


1 I’m pressing on the upward way,

New heights I’m gaining every day;

Still praying as I onward bound,

“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”


REFRAIN:

Lord, lift me up, and let me stand

By faith, on heaven’s table land;

A higher plane than I have found,

Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.


2 My heart has no desire to stay

Where doubts arise and fears dismay;

Though some may dwell where these abound,

My prayer, my aim is higher ground. [REFRAIN]


3 I want to live above the world,

Though satan’s darts at me are hurled;

For faith has caught a joyful sound,

The song of saints on higher ground. [REFRAIN]


Words: Johnson Oatman, Jr., Public Domain. Music: Charles H. Gabriel, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #OLOFOB492. 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 (17:5-10)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, `Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, `Come here at once and take your place at the table'? Would you not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink'? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, `We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'"


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



LEV #145: Have Thine Own Way, Lord! (Verse 4)


4 I want to scale the utmost height,

And catch a gleam of glory bright;

But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,

“Lord, lead me on the higher ground.”


REFRAIN:

Lord, lift me up, and let me stand

By faith, on heaven’s table land;

A higher plane than I have found,

Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.


Words: Johnson Oatman, Jr., Public Domain. Music: Charles H. Gabriel, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #OLOFOB492. All rights reserved.



The Sermon

"Do Not Be Jealous" by the Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector


Psalm 37 addresses the age-old question of why good things happen to “bad people.” Business owners can become multi-millionaires or billionaires through exploiting their workers, abusing the earth and us natural resources, cheating the government out of public funds, and more. Politicians can wield influence over the levers of power through lying to the public, taking bribes, and ignoring the needs of the marginalized. Even church leaders aren’t excluded. There are pastors and priests who abuse their spiritual authority to manipulate and mistreat their flock, get rich, or something worse. What are people of faith supposed to think when we see people gain wealth, fame, power, and status through crooked actions?


Psalm 37:1-2 reads, “Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; do not be jealous of those who do wrong. For they shall soon wither like the grass, and like the green grass fade away.” This passage has both an instruction and a promise. The instruction is to avoid jealousy, to get out of our feelings. Worrying about the success of others is bad for our own well being. Then the promise is that earthly success is not permanent. It will wither and fade away. If success is built on a wicked foundation, a foundation without love, then it won’t last into eternity. St. Paul writes elsewhere that love never ends, that it’s the only thing that lasts forever (1 Cor 13:8).


Let’s keep going with the instruction to avoid jealousy. Maybe the kinds of wealth and power that we see in “evildoers” just isn’t good for us. The Psalm may be trying to lead us away from the wrong kind of lifestyle. Remember that Jesus teaches that it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom (Luke 18:25). In our New Testament reading today, Paul reminds Timothy that “suffering for the gospel” is nothing to be “ashamed” about (2 Tim 1:8). He understands that the gospel calls us to love, and loving people in a hateful world is not always easy or comfortable, but it is worth it.


Those who mistreat and abuse others may have short-term gains, they may gain temporary pleasures and comforts, but they probably lack the one key thing: love. Abusive behavior tends to drive away people who genuinely love that person, who are willing to stick it out in good times and bad, who are willing to challenge and help their beloved improve. That real love cannot be faked, bought, or sold. But when you do have love in your life -- from a spouse, partner, family, friends, church, or elsewhere -- you are more blessed than anyone who is rich, powerful, and lonely. The love we share and experience with each other on earth is a reflection of God’s unending love for us. It spurs us on to continue to spread God’s love to the people around us. That is all to say that we shouldn’t be jealous of what “evildoers” have because what they have isn’t really that great.


But the other, simpler reason to avoid jealousy is simply that jealousy is bad for you. Even though it is an incredibly common human emotion, in pretty much every context, jealousy hurts us. The Psalmist continues, “Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, the one who succeeds in evil schemes. … Do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil” (37:8-9). Jealousy or envy leads to all kinds of other negative and hateful thoughts. It leads us to wish evil upon other people, and it might even cause us to lash out and hurt them. That is to say, that jealousy lumps us right into that “evildoers” camp we were trying to avoid. Envy has often been described as drinking poison and expecting it to hurt the person we’re jealous of or mad at. Obviously that doesn’t work. It distracts us from our goal of loving one another and helping to restore people to “unity with God and each other in Christ” (BCP, 855).


All of that leads us back to the promise: worldly gains are temporary and there is something greater that is eternal. The scriptures tell us to avoid jealousy, but it’s okay to be angry at injustice. It’s good to feel indignant about things that are plainly wrong and unfair. That righteous anger can motivate us to care for the needy, defend the innocent, and change oppressive systems. And God is ultimately on the side of Justice. God promises to restore the world to Justice and fairness, to judge the world both righteously and mercifully.


So we have a hope that is greater than money, mansions, fancy clothes, and gourmet foods. Our hope is greater than any domination and violence that people can threaten us with. We trust in a God whose love is undefeated, whose love is stronger than death, who can overcome the grave and give us new life. We trust in a God who will ultimately be victorious, whose Spirit of victory brings heaven to earth, one act of love at a time. As the Apostle Paul said, “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline” (2 Tim 1:7). There is nothing to be jealous about because God’s love reigns supreme and God’s love is available for all. Amen.



CHOIR: King Jesus is a-Listening

Words and Music: Traditional Negro Spiritual, Public Domain. 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, especially the victims of Hurricanes Fiona and Ian;

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, Bette Milledge, John "Butch" Mitchell, 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: Kennyka Robinson (10/7); those celebrating anniversaries: David & Rachael Jones (10/2); 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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Faithful Voter Seminar & Listening Session RESCHEDULED to 10/16: On Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 11:00 AM (after worship), Georgia Faith in Public Life (FPL) will sponsor a Listening Session at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church to encourage our community to Get Out The Vote as part of its Faithful Voter Pledge Campaign. Minister Shavonne Williams, FPL's Georgia Organizing Ambassador from Hephzibah, GA, will offer a presentation about recent changes to voting access in Georgia and lead a discussion about the issues that we care the most about. Faith in Public Life is a nonpartisan interreligious nonprofit organization committed to the democratic pursuit of justice, equality, and the common good.

There is also a lot of literature available in the parish hall about voter registration, voting deadlines, and statewide candidates on the ballot courtesy of FPL and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. Please take some home and share them with your friends and family!

  • Read about Faith in Public Life's Democracy Campaign: https://www.faithinpubliclife.org/issues/democracy/

  • Pledge to be a Faithful Voter: https://www.faithinpubliclife.org/georgia-faithful-voter/


Gospel of Luke Bible Study on Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, Deacon Davis will host a weekly Zoom Bible Study at 5:30 PM after Evening Prayer. The group will use the same Zoom link as Evening Prayer (see e-Newsletter). This fall, the Bible Study will focus on the Gospel of Luke. Please bring your own Bible with you for the Zoom meeting.


Updated COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: On August 24, the Vestry adopted new, simplified COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. Masks will still be required for all who attend in-person worship services and events. In summary, the changes include the following:

  • Removal of 100-person attendance cap

  • Removal of 6-foot spacing and pew spacing

  • Remove Attendance Sheets upon entry

  • Remove Temperature Checks upon entry

  • Remove Restroom Limit of 1 at a time

  • Allowing Communion to be served at the rail

  • Allowing Communion to be served in one or both kinds

  • Clarifying Indoor vs. Outdoor Eating

To read the new guidelines in full, click here: https://www.stmattsav.org/post/new-covid-19-safety-guidelines-august-2022.


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.


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]


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

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AAHH #389: What Shall I Render


1 What shall I render unto God for all His blessings?

What shall I render, (Tell me) What shall I give?

God has everything; Everything belongs to Him

God has everything; Everything belongs to Him

What shall I render, Tell me what shall I give?


2 All I can render is my body and my soul

That's all I can render; That's all I can give

God has everything; Everything belongs to Him

God has everything; Everything belongs to Him

All I can render, That's all I can give

Words and Music: Margaret Pleasant Douroux © 1975 Margaret Douroux; arr. Stephen Key © 2000 GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #63218. 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-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.



LEV #39: There Is A Fountain


1 There is a fountain filled with blood

Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;

And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,

Lose all their guilty stains:

Lose all their guilty stains,

Lose all their guilty stains;

And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,

Lose all their guilty stains.


2 The dying thief rejoiced to see

That fountain in his day;

And there may I, though vile as he,

Wash all my sins away:

Wash all my sins away,

Wash all my sins away;

And there may I, though vile as he,

Wash all my sins away


3 Thou dying Lamb, Thy precious blood

Shall never lose its pow’r;

Till all the ransomed Church of God

Are saved, to sin no more:

Are saved, to sin no more,

Are saved to sin no more;

Till all the ransomed Church of God

Are saved, to sin no more.


4 E’er since by faith I saw the stream

Thy flowing wounds supply;

Redeeming love has been my theme,

And shall be till I die:

And shall be till I die,

And shall be till I die,

Redeeming love has been my theme,

And shall be till I die.


5 Then in a nobler, sweeter song,

I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save;

When this poor, lisping stamm’ring tongue

Lies silent in the grave:

Lies silent in the grave,

Lies silent in the grave;

When this poor lisping, stamm’ring tongue

Lies silent in the grave.


Words: William Cowper, Public Domain. Music: American Melody; arr. Lowell Mason, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #94935. 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]


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!

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, Bette Milledge, John "Butch" Mitchell, Jewel Wheeler


BIRTHDAYS: Kennyka Robinson (10/7)


WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: David & Rachael Jones (10/2)


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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