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Sept 6 Pentecost 14 bulletin

Sept 6 Pentecost 14 bulletin
Published by David Ruberg on Sat, Aug 29, 2020 11:30 AM

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Rite II

Opening Acclamation

Blessed be God: most holy, glorious, and undivided Trinity.

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

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.


Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s 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.

The Collect of the Day  Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 18

God 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.

The Liturgy of the Word

Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-11

You, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, “O wicked ones, you shall surely die,” and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: “Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?” Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?

               Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.  Thanks be to God.

Response: Psalm 119:33-40, He Legem pone

Read responsively by whole verse.

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, 

       and I shall keep it to the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; *

       I shall keep it with all my heart.

35 Make me go in the path of your commandments, *

       for that is my desire.

36 Incline my heart to your decrees *

       and not to unjust gain.

37 Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; *

       give me life in your ways.

38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, *

       which you make to those who fear you.

39 Turn away the reproach which I dread, *

        because your judgments are good

40 Behold, I long for your commandments; *

       in your righteousness preserve my life.

Reading Romans 13:8-14

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.

               Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.  Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Matthew.  Glory to you, O Christ.

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 our Savior.

Praise to you, O Chris.

Homily: The Reverend Kate E. Wesch

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 became truly human.

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,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

     who 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.

Prayers of the People

Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Therefore, in unity, fellowship, and harmony, let us do Christ’s will and share our prayers, saying, “Lord, please hear us.” 

Silence may be kept.

Let us come together in support and blessing for our church and communion in the world; for Michael our presiding bishop, Greg our Bishop, Kate our priest, for ministers and ministries both global and personal, we pray:

Lord, please hear us.

Let us join together as one people and one planet, without petty quarrels and divisions, as we are all truly in and of God’s creation. With respect and care for others, we pray:

Lord, please hear us.

Let us consider those among us who are selected to lead. Grant them the wisdom to remember that leadership is first and foremost service, and the moral strength to bear this responsibility. We pray:

Lord, please hear us.

Let us remember our fellow humans who have chosen other paths. Jews, Muslims, and Christians, we all worship the same God, and we should serve together in unity and mutual respect and love. Allahu akbar, Elohim gadol, we pray:

Lord, please hear us.

Let us come together as one united humanity, and put a final end to violence and oppression. Let us house the homeless, clothe the naked, and feed the hungry. We have the vast resources of God’s earth and our intelligence; we can ease so much pain. Release us from our greed, we pray:

Lord, please hear us.

Let us focus our thoughts on those among us who are ill or suffering, especially ____, and those I ask you to name either silently or aloud. May we come to their aid as they would come to ours. We pray:

 Lord, please hear us.

Let us count our uncountable blessings! The true riches of this life are so often overlooked. We include among them ____, and those I ask you to name either silently or aloud. In joy and true gratitude, we pray:

Lord, please hear us.

Let us carry a light in our hearts for the dead, who have passed on, but who yet live in our thoughts and prayers. We especially remember ____, and those I now ask you to name silently or aloud. In the hope of a heavenly reunion someday, we pray:

Lord, please hear us.

Lord, in the book of Isaiah, you say, “Come, let us reason together,” and this is a wonderful request. It invites us all to join in rational communion and good faith discourse with ourselves and with you. Please bind us together in unity, fellowship, and harmony, as we go forth in the world to do your work. Amen.


 Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

A moment of reflective silence is kept.

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 our Savior 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.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

The Peace

The peace of Christ be always with you.

And also with you.

Offertory Sentence

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God. — (Ephesians 5:2)

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The Lord’s Prayer

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

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.

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving as I proclaim your resurrection. I love you above all things, and long for you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, 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.

(From Washington National Cathedral; material adapted from Prayer of St. Alphonsus de Liguori (1696-1787), and A Prayer Book for the Armed Services, 2007.)

The Blessing

Let us depart from this place in peace, and as we go on our way, forget not the poor,  pray for the sick, make no peace with oppression, and love one another in God as Christ has loved us, and the blessing of God: most holy, glorious, and undivided Trinity be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.


Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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