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Sunday Worship on September 10, 2023


The Holy Eucharist

15th Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 18A)

September 10, 2023 at 9:30 AM

Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector

Deacon: The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon


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The Holy Eucharist: Rite II



Hymn #376 – Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee


1 Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee, praising thee, their sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away; giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day. 2 All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays, stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise. field and forest, vale and mountain, blooming meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee. 3 Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest, wellspring of the joy of living, ocean-depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our Brother: all who live in love are thine; teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.


[Public Domain. Words: Henry Van Dyke. Music: Hymn to Joy, Ludwig van Beethoven; adapt. Edward Hodges, alt. Reprinted with permission under One License # EXS00130SD. 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.



The 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 S280: 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, 233]


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



A Reading from the Book of Exodus 12:1-14


The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.


This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 149

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


1 Hallelujah! Sing to the Lord a new song; * sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.


2 Let Israel rejoice in his Maker; * let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.


3 Let them praise his Name in the dance; * let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.


4 For the Lord takes pleasure in his people * and adorns the poor with victory.


5 Let the faithful rejoice in triumph; * let them be joyful on their beds.


6 Let the praises of God be in their throat * and a two-edged sword in their hand;


7 To wreak vengeance on the nations * and punishment on the peoples;


8 To bind their kings in chains * and their nobles with links of iron;


9 To inflict on them the judgment decreed; * this is glory for all his faithful people. Hallelujah!



A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans 13:8-15

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.


Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



Hymn #379 – God Is Love, Let Heaven Adore Him (Verses 1-2)


1 God is Love, let heav'n adore him; God is Love, let earth rejoice; Let creation sing before him And exalt him with one voice. God who laid the earth's foundation, God who spread the heav'ns above, God who breathes through all creation: God is Love, eternal Love. 2 God is Love; and love enfolds us, All the world in one embrace: With unfailing grasp God hold us, Every child of every race. And when human hearts are breaking Under sorrow's iron rod, Then we find that self same aching Deep within the heart of God.


[Words: Timothy Reess, alt. Copyright held by A.R. Mowbray & Co Ltd. Music: Abbot’s Leigh, Cyril Vincent Taylor. Copyright © 1942 by Hope Publishing Company. Reprinted with permission under One License # 77077. 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 Matthew 18:15-20


Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



Hymn #379 – God Is Love, Let Heaven Adore Him (Verse 3)

3 God is Love; and though with blindness Sin afflicts all human life, God's eternal loving kindness Guides us through our earthly strife. Sin and death and hell shall never O'er us final triumph gain; God is Love, so Love for ever O'er the universe must reign.


[Words: Timothy Reess, alt. Copyright held by A.R. Mowbray & Co Ltd. Music: Abbot’s Leigh, Cyril Vincent Taylor. Copyright © 1942 by Hope Publishing Company. Reprinted with permission under One License # 77077. All rights reserved.]



The Sermon

"Christ our Passover" by the Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector


Since I returned from my sabbatical I began a sermon series about the Book of Exodus called “Back to Basics.” We started with the theme of “Fearing (or Revering) God,” which includes having the courage to choose God’s ways above other earthly loyalties. Last week, we talked about God’s promise to be with us always, no matter what. That is a theme I come back to all the time in my own day-to-day life as a Christian. These give you some basic principles for living as a Christian. We love and fear God and God is always with us so we have nothing to fear.


The next two weeks, we are going to talk about worship: how does Episcopal worship help us grow as faithful Christians? Exodus provides some of the best images for the two Great Sacraments of Jesus: Baptism and Communion. In next week’s reading, the Israelites will escape from slavery in Egypt by miraculously crossing through the Red Sea, which teaches us about God’s saving work in baptism. But today, we will talk about the connection between Passover and Holy Communion.


Almost every time we gather together on a Sunday or major feast, we celebrate Holy Communion (or Holy Eucharist) in this church. To be clear, it doesn’t have to be this way. You’ve experienced Sundays when a priest was not available to celebrate Communion in recent months. In 2020, the pandemic prevented most of us from receiving Communion for months at a time. You may also have been an Episcopalian long enough to remember when most parishes (including St. Matthew’s) celebrated Communion once per month and used sung Morning Prayer as the primary Sunday service the rest of the time. But there was an intentional shift in the 1970s to making Communion more prominent in our worship practices. Regardless of how often we gather for Communion, this speaks to how important we believe that the Eucharist is for us as Christians in the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement (to borrow a phrase from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry).


Holy Eucharist is the bread and wine which become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. He offers them to us and commands us to take and eat them in remembrance of him. Jesus offers himself to us in order to fill us with his gracious Spirit, to unite us to God and one another, and to give us food for our earthly and heavenly journeys. While he is always with us, receiving the Body and Blood of Christ is a tangible way of reminding us that Jesus is here. It’s a way of Jesus giving us grace even and especially when we don’t deserve it or don’t understand it. God’s grace fills us and heals us so that we can strive to live in love and charity with our neighbors (cf. BCP, pp. 859-860).


When I first joined the Episcopal Church, I attended a very small parish in Durham, NC, called St. Joseph’s Church. A lot of people want their church to be the biggest or prettiest, with the best music, preaching, teaching, and programs. St. Joe’s was none of those things. We had a tiny congregation, a drafty building, mediocre preaching, mistake-prone organ music and singing, and very little in the way of youth or children’s programming. But, my friends who invited me there liked to remind me that we had Jesus. Despite our flawed and imperfect offerings, Jesus graced us with his presence in the bread and wine every time we celebrated the Eucharist.


And like the hymn goes, they will know we are Christians by our love. That parish was one of the most loving and generous communities I have ever been a part of. For all the things St. Joseph’s lacked, it never lacked in Jesus’ presence and it never lacked in love. That parish is located in downtown Durham and was surrounded by a lot of poor people experiencing homelessness. Instead of turning its back, St. Joe’s opened its doors. We offered food and a place to sit and talk in the parish hall every weekday morning out of the great love in that place. Volunteers got up early to pray Morning Prayer and then make grits and eggs for whoever wanted to come and eat, family style. St. Joseph’s developed a reputation in the community as a place that was welcoming to people going through hardships. Our neighbors knew that if they were down on their luck, St. Joe’s was a safe place to go.


That’s the difference Jesus can make in a community. People at St. Joe’s didn’t focus on what they didn’t have. They knew that the God who created the Universe loved them and was present with them. When they left the Communion rail, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and ready to show love because they had received love.


What does any of this have to do with Exodus and the Passover? After last week’s reading, God sent Moses back to Egypt to rally the Israelites and lead them out of slavery. He went to Pharaoh saying, “Let my people go!” Over and over again, Pharaoh refused to free the Israelites. His heart was hardened. He retaliated against the enslaved Israelites by demanding more and more hard labor. So God sent Ten Plagues over Egypt as signs of God’s power, love for the Israelites, and protection of the oppressed. Exodus 12 is part of the setup for the Tenth and final Plague that God sends over Egypt. In the Tenth Plague, God sent an angel of death to kill all the firstborn children in Egypt. But God protected the Israelites. God told them to sacrifice lambs and paint the blood of these lambs over their doorways. This blood protected them from the evil spirit and their children were spared.


The New Testament calls Jesus Christ “our passover” lamb who has been sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7-8). He is Lamb whose blood protects all of creation from the forces of evil. He is the Sacrifice to end all Sacrifices. He is our healer and protector. His grace shows us the way of love that leads to healthy and whole communities who focus on the right things. His grace helps us to love people more than things, to live in harmony when fighting is easier, to create safety for one another in a dangerous world.


The Israelites made their escape from Egypt in the middle of the night. They ran away while the Egyptians were distracted by the plague. Exodus 12:34 says, “the people took their dough before it was leavened” (that is, before it rose), which is why Jews still remember their liberation from slavery by eating Unleavened Bread (matzah). The Last Supper, when Jesus told us to “do this in remembrance of me” was originally a Passover meal (Mark 14:12). That’s why the bread we usually serve at Communion is a flat unleavened wafer. The unleavened bread is a symbol for the broken body of Christ, who died to protect us like a Passover lamb. When the priest breaks the blessed host right before serving it to the people, we proclaim, “Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us! Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!” (BCP, p. 364).


Our symbols for the Eucharist, the bread that gives life and the blood that protects and heals, come from the Passover, from Exodus. The Passover is a sign of God’s liberation in every area of our life. Holy Communion is that regular source of God’s liberating grace and a regular reminder that God is our liberator. God will heal and protect and bring justice out of all the injustices of this life. With the power of God’s grace, we are saved and protected. With the nourishment of heavenly food, we can make our pilgrim journey from slavery to sin and other forces of evil into freedom.


By receiving God’s love, we can be more loving. By receiving God’s mercy, we can be merciful. By receiving God’s generosity, we can be generous. That’s why the church can and should be on the front lines of serving people who are in need, people who are oppressed, people who face the same kinds of injustices that the Israelites faced. God continues to stand up for those in need and continues to use the church as a hospital for all of us imperfect, needy children. By celebrating Communion, we celebrate God’s greatest gift of love for the universe. We pray week by week, year by year, that this Sacrament transforms us into the loving community that our hurting world needs.


Let us pray…



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, Form VI

[Adapted from BCP, p. 392]


In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

Silence


For all people in their daily life and work;

For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.


For Joseph, our president; Brian, our governor; Van, our mayor; Chester, the chair of our County Commission; and all other civic officials; For this community, the nation, and the world;

For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.


For the just and proper use of your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.


For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.


For all the churches in Savannah, that we may be one as you are one with the Son, and the Holy Spirit; For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.


For 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: Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Enrique Davis, Aaron Duplechien, Jr., Marva Harris, David Jones, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Jeannette Outing, Jewel Wheeler; and those we remember now… [Silence. The People may add their own petitions.]

Hear us, Lord;

For your mercy is great.


We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life, especially for all visitors to this parish, all those celebrating birthdays, especially Fr. Charles Hoskins, (9/14) and Lavienea Kennedy (9/14); for those celebrating anniversaries, especially Marquez & Teresa [Blue] Clemons (9/14), and those thanksgivings we offer now… [Silence. The People may add their own petitions.]

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 those we remember now... [Silence. 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 the following or some other suitable Collect:

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Confession of Sin


The Deacon says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.


Silence may be kept. All pray together, kneeling, as they are able,


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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168th Anniversary Collection for Babies & Mothers at St. Mary’s: In keeping with our parish vision, we will celebrate our parish’s 168th Anniversary with worship, fellowship, and service to our neighbors! We are collecting supplies for St. Mary’s Community Center (St. Joseph/Candler Hospitals) to support new mothers in Cuyler-Brownsville. There is a box for receiving donations in Toomer-Walker Hall. St. Mary’s requests donations of:

  • Baby formula (any brand)

  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • Baby soap

  • Baby cereal

  • Strained food for older babies

  • Nonperishable foods (canned goods, rice, grits, peanut butter, etc.)

Now Hiring: Parish Administrator: St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is searching for a new part-time Parish Administrator to begin work in October 2023. Read the full job description here: https://www.stmattsav.org/post/job-opening-parish-administrator-pt. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to Fr. Guillermo Arboleda at FrGAA@StMattSav.org.


Daughters of The King Fall Assembly on Sept. 15-16: The Daughters of The King Fall Assembly will be held at beautiful Honey Creek Camp & Retreat Center in Waverly, Georgia, from Friday, September 15 at 4:00 p.m., to Saturday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m.


ALD Fun Walk on Sept. 16! Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 AM. Please do not forget to support Aaron, Jr. by purchasing a t-shirt Also, see your newsletter for additional opportunities to support Aaron, Jr.


168th Anniversary Dinner Cruise on Sept. 22: Celebrate St. Matthew's anniversary aboard the Savannah Riverboat Cruise on Friday, September 22, 2023. This evening dinner cruise will be set to sail at 6:00 pm from River Street in Downtown Savannah. Attire is casual. Contact Paulette Sanders or Evadne Roberts to purchase tickets. The cost per ticket is $120; some of these funds will contribute toward the 170th Anniversary celebration in 2025. You may begin paying for your ticket(s) now or simply sign up and pay later. Be sure to invite family and friends to enjoy this glorious evening!


Mixed Greens Bake Sale on Sept. 23: The mission of Mixed Greens Savannah, Inc., is to make the Savannah area community more welcoming and inclusive for people with disabilities and people of all abilities through interactive community health and social justice events and activities. This Bake Sale fundraiser will take place on Saturday, September 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in St. Matthew's front lawn. All proceeds and donations from this event will go toward supporting community events, giveaways, and programs that will help the Savannah area. We can also take donations by Cash App $Jmzwe1246. For more information, visit the Mixed Greens Savannah website at https://mixedgreenssavannah.godaddysites.com/.


168th Parish Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 24: St. Matthew's will celebrate the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle and its 168th Parish Anniversary on Sunday, September 24 at 9:30 a.m. Please join us in person for this grand celebration and invite friends and family to this Homecoming Sunday!


St. Anna Alexander Eucharist in Pennick on Sept. 24: Racial Justice Georgia (RJGA), the diocesan racial justice and healing ministry, invites you to attend this year’s St. Anna Alexander pilgrimage on the weekend of September 22-24. The lone Black deaconess in the Episcopal Church, and the most recent person from the diocese recognized as a saint, St. Anna selflessly pursued a ministry of teaching, preaching, and community work for decades in the early 20th century, despite the confinements of Jim Crow. Centered in the Brunswick area, the pilgrimage immerses you in her world and concludes with a special service at Good Shepherd, Pennick, the church she established and faithfully served.


This year we’re excited to have St. Timothy’s choristers from the Diocese of Atlanta performing music they have created for the pilgrimage. The closing Eucharist service will be on Sunday, September 24 at 3:00 PM at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 780 Pennick Rd, Brunswick, GA 31525. Fr. A and others will carpool from St. Matthew’s at 1:15 PM.


Diocesan Youth Events

  • New Beginnings on Oct. 20-22: New Beginnings, an event for youth in grades 7-9, will take place October 20-22. This event, which helps middle schoolers and young high schoolers center themselves in who they are as God’s beloved children, even in the middle of all the calls on their time, energy, and attention.

  • Happening 108 on Nov. 17-19: Happening is a Christian experience presented by teenagers, for teenagers in grades 10-12 with the help of clergy and lay adult leadership. The Happening Weekend begins Friday evening, November 17 and continues through Sunday afternoon, November 19.

T/W/Th Evening Prayer Online: On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, St. Matthew's invites you to pray Evening Prayer over Zoom and Facebook. If you want to be in the Zoom call, please join by 4:55 PM using the link in the e-Newsletter. The video will continue to stream to Facebook Live at 5:00 PM.



The Offertory

[BCP, p. 376]


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Hymn #400 – All Creatures of Our God And King


1 All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voices, let us sing: Alleluia, alleluia! Bright burning sun with golden beams, pale silver moon that gently gleams, REFRAIN: O praise him, O praise him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 2 Great rushing winds and breezes soft, you clouds that ride the heavens aloft, O praise him, Alleluia! Fair rising morn, with praise rejoice, stars nightly shining, find a voice: [Refrain] 3 Swift flowing water, pure and clear, make music for your Lord to hear, Alleluia, alleluia! Fire, so intense and fiercely bright, you give to us both warmth and light, [Refrain] 4 Dear mother earth, you day by day unfold your blessings on our way, O praise him, Alleluia! All flowers and fruits that in you grow, let them his glory also show: [Refrain] 5 All you with mercy in your heart, forgiving others, take your part, O sing now: Alleluia! All you that pain and sorrow bear, praise God, and cast on him your care: [Refrain] 6 And even you, most gentle death, waiting to hush our final breath, O praise him, Alleluia! You lead back home the child of God, for Christ our Lord that way has trod: [Refrain] 7 Let all things their creator bless, and worship him in humbleness, O praise him, Alleluia! Praise God the Father, praise the Son, and praise the Spirit, Three in One: [Refrain]


[Words: Francis of Assisi; tr. William H. Draper, alt. Music: Lass tuns erfreuen, melody from Auerlesene Catholische Geistiche Kirchengeseng, adapt. Ralph Vaughn Williams. By permission of Oxford University Press. Reprinted with permission under One License # 81791. All rights reserved.]



Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow


Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Circling through earth so all may grow

Vanquishing fear so all may give

Widening grace so all may live

Amen.


[Words: Eric H. F. Law, Copyright © 2015 Eric H. F. Law. Music: Old 100th, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission from Kaleidoscope Institute. All rights reserved.]



Eucharistic Prayer B

[BCP, p. 367]


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give God thanks and praise.


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 prays 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:


LEV #255:

Holy, holy, holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts

Heaven and earth are filled with your glory

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.


[Music: Grayson Warren Brown, A Mass for Soulful People, Copyright © 1979 North American Liturgy Resources, Published by OCP. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #83420. 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,


We remember his death, We proclaim his resurrection, We await his coming in glory;


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 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 Breaking of the Bread

Silence may be kept.



The Fraction Anthems

[BCP, p. 364]


Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!


This Far By Faith #36:

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy and grant us peace,

we pray, O Lamb of God.


[Words: Traditional. Music: Grayson Warren Brown; arr. Larry Adams, Copyright © 1979 Grayson Warren Brown. All rights reserved.]


The Gifts of God for the people of God.



The Distribution of Holy Communion


All baptized Christians of any denomination are invited to come forward to participate fully in Communion. Baptized children may receive at the discretion of their parents.


You may receive Communion kneeling or standing. Please extend your hands forward to receive the Body of Christ (bread). If you would like to receive the Blood of Christ (wine), the minister will take the bread from your hand and dip (intinct) it in the wine for you, then place it in your mouth. If you would only like to receive the bread, you may consume it and return to your seat. If you need gluten-free bread for Communion, please raise your hand when you are at the altar rail.


If you would not like to receive Communion for any reason, please cross your arms over your chest, and the Priest will say a blessing over you.


If you are worshipping online, you may pray to receive spiritual communion using the following prayer:


In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.



Hymn #336 – Come With Us, O Blessed Jesus


1 Come with us, O blessed Jesus,

With us ever more to be;

And though leaving now thine altar

Le us nevermore leave thee.

Be thou one with us forever,

In our life thy love divine

Our own flesh and blood has taken,

And to us thou givest thine.


2 Come with us, O mighty Savior,

Od from God, and Light from Light;

Thou art God, thy glory veiling,

So that we may bear the sight.

Now we go to seek and serve thee,

Through our work as through our prayer;

Grant us light to see and know thee,

In thy people everywhere.


3 Come with us, O King of glory,

By angelic voices praised;

In our hearts as in thy heaven,

Be enraptured anthems raised.

Let the mighty chorus ever sing

Its glad exultant songs;

Let its hymn be heard for ever

Peace for which creation longs


[Words: John Henry Hopkins, Jr. and Charles P. Price. Sts. 2-4 Cop;yright 1982, Church Publishing, Inc. Music: Werde munter, Johann Schop; arr. And harm. Johann Sebastian Bach. Reprinted with permission under One License # 85626. All rights reserved.]



LEV #35 – O How He Loves You and Me


1 Oh, how He loves you and me, Oh, how He loves you and me. He gave His life, what more could He give; Oh, how He loves you, Oh, how He loves me, Oh, how He loves you and me. 2 Jesus to Calvary did go, His love for the world to show. What He did there brought hope from despair. Oh, how He loves you, Oh, how He loves me, Oh how He loves you and me.


[Words and Music: Kurt Kaiser. Copyright © 1975 Word Music. All rights reserved. Used by permission.]



The Post-Communion Prayer

[BCP, p. 366; Enriching our Worship 2 [2000], pp. 56-57]


Let us pray.


For In-Person Worshippers:

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. 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



Hymn #441 – In The Cross of Christ I Glory


1 In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time; All the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime. 2 When the woes of life o’ertake me, hopes deceive, and fears annoy, never shall the cross forsake me: lo, it glows with peace and joy. 3 When the sun of bliss is beaming light and love upon my way, from the cross the radiance streaming adds new luster to the day. 4 Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, by the cross are sanctified; peace is there that knows no measure, joys that through all time abide. 5 In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time; all the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.


[Words: John Bowring. Music: Rathbun, Ithmar Conkey. Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under One License #97920. All rights reserved.]



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!

Thanks be to God!



The Parish Prayer List


PRAYER LIST: Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Enrique Davis, Aaron Duplechien, Jr., Marva Harris, David Jones, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Jeannette Outing, and Jewel Wheeler


BIRTHDAYS: Fr. Charles Hoskins, (9/14) and Lavienea Kennedy (9/14)


WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: Marquez & Teresa [Blue] Clemons (9/14)


RECENT DEATHS: N/A


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), and other sources cited. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.


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