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  • Writer's pictureFr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Sunday Worship on October 23, 2022

The Holy Eucharist

The 20th Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 25C)

October 23, 2022 at 9:30 AM

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The Holy Eucharist: Rite II

Hymn #506: Praise the Spirit in Creation

1. Praise the Spirit in creation,

breath of God, life's origin:

Spirit moving on the waters,

quick'ning worlds to life within,

Source of breath to all things breathing,

Life in whom all lives begin.

2. Praise the Spirit, close companion

of our inmost thoughts and ways;

Who, in showing us God's wonders,

is himself the power to gaze;

And God's will, to those who listen,

by a still, small voice conveys.

3. Praise the Spirit, who enlightened

priests and prophets with the word;

His the truth behind the wisdoms

which as yet know not our Lord;

By whose love and power,

in Jesus God himself was seen and heard.

4. Tell of how the ascended Jesus

armed a people for his own;

How a hundred men and women

turned the known world upside down,

To its dark and furthest corners

by the wind of heaven blown.

5. Pray we then, O Lord the Spirit,

on our lives descend in might;

Let your flame break out within us,

ire our hearts and clear our sight,

Till, white hot in your possession,

we, too, set the world alight.

6. Praise, O praise the Holy Spirit,

praise the Father, praise the Word,

Source, and Truth, and Inspiration,

Trinity in deep accord:

through your voice which speaks within us we,

your creatures, call you Lord.

[Words: Michael Hewlett, alt., by permission of Oxford University Press. Tune: Finnian, Christopher Dearnley © 1966 Oxford University Press. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #41973. 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, 235]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Book of Ecclesiasticus, the Wisdom of Sirach 35:12-17

Give to the Most High as he has given to you, and as generously as you can afford.

For the Lord is the one who repays, and he will repay you sevenfold.

Do not offer him a bribe, for he will not accept it and do not rely on a dishonest sacrifice;

for the Lord is the judge, and with him there is no partiality.

He will not show partiality to the poor; but he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged.

He will not ignore the supplication of the orphan, or the widow when she pours out her complaint.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 84:1-6

[BCP, p. 707-708]

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

1 How dear to me is your dwelling, O Lord of hosts! * My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

2 The sparrow has found her a house and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; * by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

3 Happy are they who dwell in your house! * they will always be praising you.

4 Happy are the people whose strength is in you! * whose hearts are set on the pilgrims' way.

5 Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs, * for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.

6 They will climb from height to height, * and the God of gods will reveal himself in Zion.

A Reading from the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Hymn #546: Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve (Verses 1-3)

1 Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve,

and press with vigor on;

a heavenly race demands thy zeal,

and an immortal crown,

and an immortal crown.

2 A cloud of witnesses around

hold thee in full survey;

forget the steps already trod,

and onward urge your way,

and onward urge your way.

3 'Tis God's all-animating voice

that calls thee from on high;

'tis his own hand presents the prize

to thine aspiring eye,

to thine aspiring eye.

[Words: Philip Doddridge, Public Domain. Music: Siroe, George Frederic Handel; adapt. Melodia Sacra (1815), Public Domain. 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 Luke 18:9-14

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, `God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, `God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted."

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Hymn #546: Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve (Verses 4)

4 Then wake, my soul, stretch every nerve,

and press with vigor on;

a heavenly race demands thy zeal,

and an immortal crown,

and an immortal crown.

[Words: Philip Doddridge, Public Domain. Music: Siroe, George Frederic Handel; adapt. Melodia Sacra (1815), Public Domain. All rights reserved.]

The Sermon

by The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon

LEVAS #140: Lord, I Want You To Touch Me


Lord, I want you to touch me,

Touch me with Thy holy love.

Lord, come down and touch me.

Come down from heaven above.

Lord, reach out and touch me,

Reach out and touch me within,

Lord, let the goodness touch me,

Thy touch will cleanse me from sin.

1 Some folks want treasures of silver and gold,

Some want to reign with powers untold;

But in my life, all that I can say,

Lord, be my guide and have thine own way. [Refrain]

2 Teach me to love and teach me to pray,

Grant me a light to shine day by day;

Just to abide where joys never cease

Will be great joy, such comfort and ease. [Refrain]

[Words: Martha E. Banks. Music: Martha E. Banks; harm. James A. Jones, used by permission (E PUB 94661); special harm. Clara Ward. 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. 392]

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.


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: Tiffany Arkright, Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Tiffany Smith Bryant, Cheryl Carey, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Angelica Glover, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Tom Iredale, Allen Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Jr., Beverly Williams Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Bette Milledge, John "Butch" Mitchell, Jeanette Outing, Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens, Charles Tennerson, Willie Mae Tennerson, and 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: Carmelita Maynard (10/25), Charles Dixon (10/25), and Yvonne Taylor (10/29); those celebrating wedding anniversaries: Reginald & Rose Robinson (10/24); 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

2023 Pledge Campaign 10/16 - 11/13: On October 16, we will launch our 2023 Pledge Campaign, inviting members of our church to plan for giving of their time, talent, and treasure in the coming year. Completing a pledge helps our church leadership plan for the parish budget and set ministry priorities for 2023 and beyond.

This week we mailed the 2023 Pledge Letter, paper copies of the 2023 Pledge Form, and 2022 3rd Quarter Giving Statements (January 1 - September 30) to every member’s address we have on file. Click here to read the 2023 Pledge Letter. Click here to read the 2023 Giving Brochure.

You may submit paper copies of the 2023 Pledge form in the ballot box in Toomer-Walker Hall or you can complete your pledge online.

Episcopal Presence at Savannah Pride 10/28-29: Church of the Epiphany has invited St. Matthew's and other local parishes to join its Episcopal presence in the Savannah Pride Parade and Festival. Many LGBTQ people feel excluded and unwelcome by churches of all types, but this is an opportunity to express our belief that God loves all people and all are welcome in our church.

The Pride Parade is on Friday, October 28, at 8:00 PM beginning at Indian Street and Fahm Street. Walkers should arrive by 7:00 for line up.

The Pride Festival is on Saturday, October 29 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Ellis Square. The joint Episcopal group will have a booth offering snacks, water, and friendly, welcoming conversations for anyone who comes by. You may come for as much or as little time as you like within that window. There will be some chairs provided, but you may want to bring a lawn chair.

If you plan to attend either event, please let Fr. Guillermo know. Learn more about the Savannah Pride festivities here:

Halloween Goodie Bags Next Sunday 10/30: Bring your kids to church in-person next Sunday, October 30, to receive a Halloween goodie bag at the Offertory. Kids can even wear costumes to church! Remember that despite all the scary things associated with the holiday now, Halloween began as a Christian holiday to celebrate the saints throughout church history. St. Matthew’s will celebrate All Saints’ Day (November 1) on Sunday, November 6, 2022.

Daughters of the King Inquirers' Meeting on 11/6: The Order of the Daughters of the King® is an order for women who are communicants of The Episcopal Church and other similar churches. Our membership currently includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches.

In accordance with our Anglican Tradition, Daughters:

  • Recognize episcopal (bishop's) oversight.

  • Believe that Holy Scripture contains all things necessary for salvation.

  • Acknowledge the gift of the Holy Spirit in Baptism, the real presence of our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, and worship according to The Book of Common Prayer

  • Reaffirming the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism. She receives support in this commitment from a worldwide community of like-minded women.

Under the leadership of Deacon Davis and Ms. Paulette Sibert, St. Matthew's would like to reactivate its Daughters of the King chapter. The first meeting for interested women and girls (with a parent or guardian) will be held at St. Matthew's on November 6 at 12:00 noon. This will be an informational meeting.

Diocesan Convention Evening Prayer and Convocational Choir: St. Matthew's Church is hosting the Opening Evening Prayer service for this year's Diocese of Georgia Convention on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 5:30 PM! We are inviting singers and choir members from around the Savannah Convocation to join with St. Matthew's Choir in leading the musical worship at this service.

If anyone is interested in participating, our Music Director, Mrs. Dandy, will hold two special Convocational Choir Rehearsals at St. Matthew's Church on Sunday, October 23, and Sunday, November 6, both at 4:00 PM. There is no need to RSVP, but singers must attend at least one of these rehearsals (ideally both) in order to sing with the choir on November 10. Thank you for helping us to make a joyful noise to God together for the Convention!

Convention Eucharist & Dinner on 11/11: As part of the Diocese of Georgia's Annual Convention, there will be a service of Holy Eucharist on November 11 at 5:00 PM at St. Peter's Episcopal Church on Skidaway Island (3 Westridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411). This worship service is open to the public and free to attend with no registration required.

After worship, there will be a party featuring dinner, drinks, a DJ, and indoor and outdoor fellowship. In order to eat at the party, you must register online ahead of time for an accurate headcount and pay the "Convention Eucharist Supper" registration fee of $25. (Note that Convention Delegates are already registered for the dinner.) Register online here:

Gospel of Luke Bible Study on Wednesdays: Deacon Davis and Fr. Arboleda currently host a weekly Zoom Bible Study at 5:30 PM on Wednesdays after Evening Prayer. The group uses the same Zoom link as Evening Prayer (see e-Newsletter). This fall, the Bible Study will focus on the Gospel of Luke.

The Bible Study group is considering changing the time and format of the meeting. We are conducting a survey to find out if there is a day and time that works better for more people to meet for Bible Study and whether people prefer to continue meeting on Zoom or start to gather in person. Take the survey here:

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

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.

For security purposes, below is the Meeting ID only; please check your St. Matthew's e-Newsletter for the password (or email 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

Pledge Campaign Testimonial

Mrs. M. Joenelle Gordon, Senior Warden

The Offertory

[BCP, p. 376]

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

  2. Make a secure online gift to St. Matthew’s and/or automate future gifts at:; OR

  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.

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

LEV #185: Blessed Quietness

1 Joys are flowing like a river,

Since the comforter has come;

He abides with us forever,

Makes the trusting heart His home.


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. Music: W. S. Marshall; arr. J. Jefferson Cleveland and Verolga Nix, © 1981 Abingdon Press. Reprinted from Songs of Zion by permission. Printed 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.


[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 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.

Wonder, Love, And Praise #798: Lord Jesus, Think On Me

1 Lord Jesus, think on me,

and purge away my sin;

from earthborn passions set me free,

and make me pure within.

2 Lord Jesus, think on me,

with care and woe oppressed;

let me thy loving servant be,

and taste thy promised rest.

3 Lord Jesus, think on me,

nor let me go astray;

through darkness and perplexity

point thou the heav’nly way.

4 Lord Jesus, think on me,

that, when the flood is past,

I may the eternal brightness see,

and share thy joy at last.

[Words: Synesius of Cyrene; tr. Allen William Chatfield, alt, Public Domain. Music: Barnfield, Joseph Barnby, Public Domain; harm. Owen Burdick, © 1981 Owen Burdick. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #97943 . 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: Tiffany Arkright, Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Tiffany Smith Bryant, Cheryl Carey, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Angelica Glover, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Tom Iredale, Allen Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Jr., Beverly Williams Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Bette Milledge, John "Butch" Mitchell, Jeanette Outing, Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens, Charles Tennerson, Willie Mae Tennerson, and Jewel Wheeler

BIRTHDAYS: Carmelita Maynard (10/25); Charles Dixon (10/25); and Yvonne Taylor (10/29)

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: Reginald & Rose Robinson (10/24)


May the souls of all the departed rest in peace; and may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

Permissions and Credits: 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), and other sources cited. The Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.

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