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Sept 20 9:00 Pentecost 16 bulletin

Sept 20 9:00 Pentecost 16 bulletin

# Bulletin
Published by David Ruberg on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 10:23 AM

We are glad that you have joined us for worship today.

Good morning and welcome to St. John the Baptist! We’re glad you are here. Please turn off your car engine and tune your radio to 104.9 FM. You are invited to participate fully in this service from the comfort of your vehicle.

If you choose to roll down your windows, we ask that you please wear a facial covering. If you need assistance, please wave out your window, flash your headlights, or tap your horn and a member of the Safety & Parking Team will assist you. We have a few portable radios available to use if you need to borrow one.

During The Peace, the Reverend Kate will come by to greet you.

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If you are reading at home with a partner or more, one can take the role of presider (leader) and the other(s) read the responses in bold type. If reading alone, read both parts.

Sixteenth 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  Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 20

God be with you.  And also with you.  Let us pray.

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Reading: Jonah 3:10 - 4:11

When God saw what the people of Nineveh did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” Then the Lord said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”

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

Response: Psalm 145:1-8, Exaltabo te, Deus

Read responsively by whole verse.

1 I will exalt you, O God my King, *

     and bless your Name for ever and ever.

2 Every day will I bless you *

     and praise your Name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; *

     there is no end to his greatness.

4 One generation shall praise your works to another *

     and shall declare your power.

5 I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *

     and all your marvelous works.

6 They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, *

     and I will tell of your greatness.

7 They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; *

     they shall sing of your righteous deeds.

8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, *

     slow to anger and of great kindness.

Reading Philippians 1:21-30

To me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing.
For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well — since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

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

Holy Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16

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

Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

The Gospel of our Savior. Praise to you, O Christ.

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 invite 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 invite 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 invite you to name either 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)

The congregation's gifts of money and donations for the Food Bank and Little Free Pantry are presented and placed on the Holy Table.

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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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