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7th Sunday after Pentecost

Piano Prelude    Alex Pryrodny, piano

Opening Hymn 390     Alex Pryrodny, piano
"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" by Craig Sellar Lang

The Word of God

The Acclamation

Priest     Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

People   And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

The Collect for Purity

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.

The following is said or sung together in unison

The Gloria     S 280

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 he 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.

Celebrant            The Lord be with you.

People                And also with you.

Celebrant            Let us pray.

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson         

A reading from Isaiah [44:6-8]

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,
and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:

I am the first and I am the last;
besides me there is no god.

Who is like me? Let them proclaim it,
let them declare and set it forth before me.

Who has announced from of old the things to come?
Let them tell us what is yet to be.

Do not fear, or be afraid;
have I not told you from of old and declared it?
You are my witnesses!

Is there any god besides me?
There is no other rock; I know not one.

Lector                   The Word of the Lord.

People                  Thanks be to God.

The following Psalm is said together in unison.

Psalm 86:11-17      Earl Matchett, MC

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in your truth; *
knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.

12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, *
and glorify your Name for evermore.

13 For great is your love toward me; *
you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.

14 The arrogant rise up against me, O God,
and a band of violent men seeks my life; *
they have not set you before their eyes.

15 But you, O Lord, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.

16 Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant;
and save the child of your handmaid.

17 Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

The Epistle          

A reading from Romans [8:12-25] 

Brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-- for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ-- if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Lector                 The Word of the Lord.

People                Thanks be to God.

Hymn PB 84     St. John's Virtual Choir
"Exodus" Words & Arr. by Linda M. Snow

The Gospel          Matthew 13:24-30,36-43
Clergy                 The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

People                Glory to you, Lord Christ.

The Clergy proclaims the Gospel

Jesus put before the crowd another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!”

Clergy                 The Gospel of the Lord.

People                Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon    Rev. Duncan A. Burns, Rector

The following is said together in unison.

The Nicene Creed

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 IV    Claire Mis, Seminarian

Leader:  Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

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

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.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

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

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.

The Altar Flowers this week are a gift of  Rev. Duncan and Barbara Burns in Thanksgiving for their 38th wedding anniversary.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We pray for all our doctors, nurses, and medical staff who put themselves at risk to care for us during this corona virus epidemic. We pray for all our men and women serving in the armed services and all first responders who put themselves at risk every day, especially during this time. May God keep them safe and healthy, and return them home to their loved ones.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who work for justice. May God give us all strength and wisdom to act for change when it is needed. We ask God to bless, comfort and give hope to those who feel powerless and invisible. Pray for a fairer, more just society, so that "justice and fairness flow like a river that never runs dry.” Help us to follow Your example, by looking out for those who each day feel that they are marginalized, who cannot find hope, who believe that they have little to offer, who are overcome by the challenges of poverty. Help us to widen our horizons, to make space for the stranger, to watch out for those who feel invisible, to give time to the outsider, to talk to the person facing silence, to restore justice and value. Give us the courage to undertake this, the determination to join with others in seeing grace in every human face, and the faith to embrace the opportunity in your name.

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. Especially for ...

Tom, Kelly, Anna, Margaret, Martha, Juana, Carmen, Joel, Peter, Joan, Kathy, Scott, Sue, Kim, Janine, Jody, David, Danica, Linda, Bette Lee, Irene, Leslie, Roger, Tom, Patrick, Jim, Irene, Nelly, Colleen, Rick, Shannon, Kelsey, Patti, Hagai, Justin, Tom, Amy, Bill, Kate, Fern, Flor, Patricia, Bill, Lynn, Cory, Frank, Pat, Christopher, Richard, Christian, Gladys, Anthony, Betty, Joseph, John, Carol, Terry, Carol, Roelie, James

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom. [Leader reads the names of the departed]

The Perpetual Light is given this week in loving memory of Katherine "Kay" Fisher by her friend, Helen Dreyfus.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

The Celebrant adds a concluding 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.

The following is said together in unison

Confession of Sin

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 Absolution

Priest:

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

Celebrant            The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People                And also with you.

Welcome and Offertory

Offertory Anthem     Alex Pryrodny, piano

The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving                  Eucharistic Prayer A

Celebrant               The Lord be with you.

People                    And also with you.

Celebrant               Lift up your hearts.

People                    We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant               Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People                   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

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:

The following is said or sung by all in unison

Sanctus and Benedictus          S125

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. 

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna in the highest.

Then the Celebrant continues

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, 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 we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

The Celebrant continues

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom. All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. 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.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

The Lord’s Prayer (said by all in unison)

      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

A period of silence is kept.

Celebrant            Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

People                Therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

The following is said or sung by all in unison

The Fraction Anthem     Agnus Dei     S 164

Jesus, Lamb of God:
have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins:
have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer, redeemer of the world:
give us peace, give us peace.

Celebrant:

Though we are separated from one another spatially, we remain connected to each other in heart and spirit as we contemplate the real presence of Christ in our midst.  We remember that Christ is truly present with us, not only in bread and wine, but in our daily lives. Through this period of our physical separation, we fast from a literal participation in the sharing of communion, while also knowing that we receive the presence of Christ through our desire to share the sacrament. In that spirit let us pray:

Claire Mis, Seminarian:   

In that spirit, let us pray,

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there

and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

The Blessing

Closing Hymn 423     Ken Kress, soloist
"Immortal, invisible, God only wise"  St. Denis

Please stay for coffee hour via Zoom after this service.

Rev. Duncan A. Burns, Rector
Claire Mis, Seminarian
Alex Pryrodny, Organsist & Music Director
Leslie Valentine, Soloist

Coral Freas, Parish Adminstrator