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The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday July 25, 2021

 

THE WORD OF GOD

Opening Voluntary: Concerto in D Major               Georg Philip Telemann

Entrance Hymn: When Morning Gilds the Skies         Hymnal 427

When Morning Gilds the Skies

 

Celebrant  Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People       And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

The Celebrant prays

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men.

We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory,
O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord;
thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

The Collect of the Day

CELEBRANT  The Lord be with you
PEOPLE          And with thy spirit.
CELEBRANT  Let us pray.

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy, that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Lesson: 2 Kings 2:1-15

Now when the LORD was about to take Eli’jah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Eli’jah and Eli’sha were on their way from Gilgal. And Eli’jah said to Eli’sha, “Tarry here, I pray you; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Eli’sha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. And the sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Eli’sha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take away your master from over you?” And he said, “Yes, I know it; hold your peace.” Eli’jah said to him, “Eli’sha, tarry here, I pray you; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Eli’sha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take away your master from over you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know it; hold your peace.” Then Eli’jah said to him, “Tarry here, I pray you; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Eli’jah took his mantle, and rolled it up, and struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry ground. When they had crossed, Eli’jah said to Eli’sha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Eli’sha said, “I pray you, let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.” And as they still went on and talked, behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Eli’jah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Eli’sha saw it and he cried, “My father, my father! the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and rent them in two pieces. And he took up the mantle of Eli’jah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the mantle of Eli’jah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is the LORD, the God of Eli’jah?” And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other; and Eli’sha went over. Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho saw him over against them, they said, “The spirit of Eli’jah rests on Eli’sha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him.

READER  The Word of the Lord.
PEOPLE   Thanks be to God.

 

The GradualIn exitu Israel               Psalm 114

The congregation sings the appointed psalm.

Hallelujah!

When Israel came out of Egypt, *
    the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,

Judah became God’s sanctuary *
    and Israel his do-minion.

The sea beheld it and fled; *
    Jordan turned and went back.

The mountains skipped like rams, *
    and the little hills like young sheep.

What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
    O Jordan, that you turned back?

You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
    you little hills like young sheep?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the LORD, *
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,

Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *
    and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

 

The Epistle: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.

READER  The Word of the Lord.
PEOPLE   Thanks be to God.

 

Sequence Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save               Hymnal 608

Eternal Father Strong to Save

 

The Holy Gospel: Mark 6:45-52

CELEBRANT  The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
PEOPLE          Glory be to thee, O Lord.

Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsa’ida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

CELEBRANT  The Gospel of the Lord.
PEOPLE          Praise be to thee, O Christ. 

 

The Sermon  Fr. David Houk

 

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
     the Father Almighty,
     maker of heaven and earth,
     and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
     the only-begotten Son of God,
     begotten of his Father before all worlds,
     God of God, Light of Light,
     very God of very God,
     begotten, not made,
     being of one substance with the Father;
     by whom all things were made;
     who for us men and for our salvation
          came down from heaven,
     and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
          and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
     he suffered and was buried;
     and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
     and ascended into heaven,
     and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
     and he shall come again, with glory,
          to judge both the quick and the dead;
     whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
     who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped
          and glorified;
     who spake by the Prophets.
     And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church;
     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins;
     and I look for the resurrection of the dead,
          and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Prayers of the People

Deacon or other leader

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess thy Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal thy glory in the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the
common good.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Give us all a reverence for the earth as thine creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of
your salvation.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

We commend to your mercy all who have died, that thy will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect.

 

Confession of Sin

CELEBRANT  Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Celebrant and people

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against thee
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved thee with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in thy will,
and walk in thy ways,
to the glory of thy Name. Amen.

The Celebrant pronounces absolution.

 

The Peace

CELEBRANT  The peace of the Lord be always with you.
PEOPLE           And with thy spirit.

 

THE HOLY COMMUNION

Offertory Anthem: O Give Thanks to the Lord               Walter Pelz

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among his people.
Sing to him, sing praises unto him, tell of all his wonderful works! Glory in his holy name.
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually!
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day!
For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.
O give thanks to the Lord for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever and ever. Amen.

 

The Doxology            Hymnal 380, stanza 3

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
Praise him all creatures here below

Praise him above, ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

The Great Thanksgiving

CELEBRANT  The Lord be with you.
PEOPLE          And with thy spirit.
CELEBRANT  Lift up your hearts.
PEOPLE          We lift them up unto the Lord.
CELEBRANT  Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
PEOPLE          It is meet and right so to do.

CELEBRANT  It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God. Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts:
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

CELEBRANT 

All glory be to thee, O Lord our God, for that thou didst create heaven and earth, and didst make us in thine own image; and, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption. He made there a full and. perfect sacrifice for the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.

For in the night in which he was betrayed, he took bread; and when he had given thanks to thee, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat, this is my Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Likewise, after supper, he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins. Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy people do celebrate and make, with these thy holy gifts which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; and
looking for his coming again with power and great glory.

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us, and, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, to bless and sanctify these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be unto us the Body and Blood of thy dearly-beloved Son Jesus Christ.

And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, whereby we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies. Grant, we beseech thee, that all who partake of this Holy Communion may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, and be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction; and also that we and all thy whole Church may be made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord;

By whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end.

PEOPLE  AMEN.

CELEBRANT  And now, as our Savior Christ hath 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

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.

The choir sings

Alleluia, Christ our passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.

The following prayer may be said. The People may join in saying this prayer

We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

CELEBRANT  The gifts of God for the people of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

Believers who cannot physically receive communion at this time are encouraged to offer 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.

 

Communion Voluntary: Prayer of St. Gregory      Alan Hohvaness

 

Communion Hymn: Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face        Hymnal 318

Here O My Lord I See Thee Face to Face

 

CELEBRANT AND PEOPLE  Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

The Celebrant blesses the people.

CELEBRANT  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
PEOPLE          Thanks be to God. 

 

Exit Hymn: There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy      Hymnal 470

Theres a Wideness in Gods Mercy

 

Altar Flowers
Altar flowers are given to the glory of God by Brita Bishop in thanksgiving for my
granddaughter Anna on her name day (St. Anne’s July 26).

Anniversaries
Marriage, Nabil & Pat Hadawi
Death, Gene Tynes, Dottie Gray, Diana Dean 

Intercessory Prayer List
If you would like to be placed on the prayer list, or have a prayer request for someone else, please contact the parish office or go online.

Holy Communion
If you desire to have Holy Communion brought to you, please email the parish office or Jim Stacy.

 

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