Sunday, June 21, 2020

Order of Worship: Sunday, June 21 9:30 a.m.



The color green, used for the vestments and paraments in the season after Pentecost, represents growth and life in the Holy Spirit.


OLD TESTAMENT: Especially for new, zealous members of the Church, there is the danger of misunderstanding that the life of faith will lead to success after success. The prophet Jeremiah’s experience should sober them. He uses the language of ‘enticement;’ other translations of the same word are ‘deceived,’ or even more provocatively, ‘seduced.’) God ‘sweet-talked’ him into a close relationship, and yet Jeremiah has experienced not success, but only rejection from his people because he must preach God’s judgment against Judah. But he continues to put his faith in God who will deliver him; whose words will, in the end, be confirmed by action.


NEW TESTAMENT: Paul’s preaching of justification by faith in Jesus Christ was slandered by his opponents, who claimed he taught, ‘We should sin so that grace may abound.’ In strong language, Paul refutes this charge. His response, ‘By no means,’ could be more freely translated as, ‘hell, no!’ Paul uses the metaphor of death and resurrection: the old self of sin is dead; the new being in Christ is alive to God’s love.


GOSPEL: Some of Jesus’ opponents apparently called him ‘Beelzebul,’ originally a name for the Canaanite God ‘Baal’ and by the time of the New Testament a synonym for the devil. The Pharisees claimed that his exorcisms were done with an evil spirit: ‘It is only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons, that this fellow casts out the demons (Matthew 12:24).’  Jesus tells his disciples that they will face this and similar extreme forms of opposition if they seek to minister in his name. The name of Jesus will even divide families. In spite of this opposition, they are still to bear witness to his name, for in the name of Jesus is salvation from all evil.











Preparation for Worship

Upon reaching your place, you may wish to read Psalm 84 in silence:


1 How dear to me is your dwelling, O | Lord of hosts!*

                My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord;

                my heart and my flesh rejoice in the | living God.

2 The sparrow has found her a house

and the swallow a nest where she may | lay her young,*

                by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts,

my King | and my God.

3 Happy are they who dwell | in your house!*

                They will always be | praising you.

4 Happy are the people whose strength | is in you,*

                whose hearts are set on the | pilgrims' way.

5 Those who go through the desolate valley

will find it a | place of springs,*

                for the early rains have covered it with | pools of water.

6 They will climb from | height to height,*

                and the God of gods will reveal him- | self in Zion.

7 Lord God of hosts, | hear my prayer;*

                hearken, O | God of Jacob.

8 Behold our defend- | er, O God;*

                and look upon the face of | your anointed.

9 For one day in your courts

is better than a thousand in | my own room,*

                and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God

                than to dwell in the tents | of the wicked.

10 For the Lord God is both | sun and shield;*

                he will give | grace and glory;

11 no good thing will the | Lord withhold*

                from those who walk | with integrity.

12 O | Lord of hosts,*

                happy are they who put their | trust in you!


You may pray the following prayer(s):


Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God: hear our prayer and send your holy angel from heaven to guard, protect, visit, and defend all those who assemble together in this house; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Most gracious God, incline your merciful ears to our prayers and enlighten our hearts by the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may approach your Holy Mysteries with believing hearts and love you with an everlasting love.



OPENING MUSIC                                            Give to our God Immortal Praise!

I.                    Charles Ore

II.                  David Cherwien


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played:


1              Give to our God immortal praise!

                Mercy and truth are all his ways;

                wonders of grace to God belong;

                repeat his mercies in your song.


2              He sent his Son with pow’r to save

                from guilt and darkness and the grave.

                Wonders of grace to God belong;

                repeat his mercies in your song.


3              Give to the Lord of lords renown;

                the King of kings with glory crown.

                His mercies ever shall endure

                when lords and kings are known no more!


Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748






The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.


In the name of the Father, and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



Almighty God, to 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 your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(1 John 1:8-9)

Silence for reflection and self-examination.


Most merciful God,

we confess that we are in bondage to sin

and cannot free ourselves.

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.

For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Forgive us, renew us, and lead us,

so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name. Amen


Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.








The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  And also with you.

(2 Corinthians 13:13)



In peace, let us pray to the Lord.                                 Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above,

and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.       Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world,

for the well-being of the Church of God,

and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.    Lord, have mercy.


For this holy house,

and for all who offer here their worship and praise,

let us pray to the Lord.                                                   Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, comfort and defend us, gracious Lord.                       Amen




Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.         

(Luke 2:14)

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 Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


True and faithful God,

you give courage to the fearful and endurance to martyrs.

  Sustain us as followers of your Son Jesus,

  that with boldness and conviction

  we may acknowledge him before the world.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.




Jesus said,

Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered,

and nothing secret that will not become known.               

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                     Matthew 10:26                                                      


First READING                                                                  Jeremiah 20:7-13


7Lord, you have enticed me,
  and I was enticed;
 you have overpowered me,
  and you have prevailed.
 I have become a laughingstock all day long;
  everyone mocks me.
8For whenever I speak, I must cry out,
  I must shout, “Violence and destruction!”
 For the word of the Lord has become for me
  a reproach and derision all day long.
9If I say, “I will not mention him,
  or speak any more in his name,”
 then within me there is something like a burning fire
  shut up in my bones;
 I am weary with holding it in,
  and I cannot.



10For I hear many whispering:
  “Terror is all around!
 Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”

  All my close friends
  are watching for me to stumble.
 “Perhaps he can be enticed,
  and we can prevail against him,
  and take our revenge on him.”
11But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior;
  therefore my persecutors will stumble,
  and they will not prevail.
 They will be greatly shamed,
  for they will not succeed.
 Their eternal dishonor
  will never be forgotten.
12Lord of hosts, you test the righteous,
  you see the heart and the mind;
 let me see your retribution upon them,
  for to you I have committed my cause.
13Sing to the Lord;
  praise the Lord!
 For he has delivered the life of the needy
  from the hands of evildoers.


The Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM 69:8-20

The psalm is read responsively between the pastor and the people.


8 Surely, for your sake have I suf- | fered reproach,*

                and shame has cov- | ered my face.

9 I have become a stranger to | my own kindred,*

                an alien to my | mother's children.

10 Zeal for your house has eat- | en me up;*

                the scorn of those who scorn you has fall- | en upon me.

11 I humbled my- | self with fasting,*

                but that was turned to | my reproach.

12 I put on | sackcloth also,*

                and became a by- | word among them.

13 Those who sit at the gate mur- | mur against me,*

                and the drunkards make | songs about me.

14 But as for me, this is my | prayer to you,*

                at the time you have | set, O Lord:

15 "In your great mer- | cy, O God,*

                answer me with your un- | failing help.

16 Save me from the mire; do not | let me sink;*

                let me be rescued from those who hate me

and out of | the deep waters.

17 Let not the torrent of waters wash over me,

neither let the deep swal- | low me up;*

                do not let the pit shut its | mouth upon me.

18 Answer me, O Lord, for your | love is kind;*

                in your great compassion, | turn to me."

19 Hide not your face | from your servant;*

                be swift and answer me, for I am | in distress.

20 Draw near to me | and redeem me;*

                because of my enemies de- | liver me.


SECOND READING                                                           Romans 6:1b-11


1bShould we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

10The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.


The Word of the Lord.                                                 

  Thanks be to God.







Alleluia. Because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,

  crying, “Abba!  Father!”  Alleluia.                                       Galatians 4:6


Gospel                                                                                    Matthew 10:24-39


The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


[Jesus said to the twelve:] 24“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
26“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
32“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
34“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35For I have come to set a man against his father,
 and a daughter against her mother,
 and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
36and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.

37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

  Praise to you, O Christ.




HYMN OF THE DAY                   Take Up Your Cross,”  the Savior Said


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.


1              “Take up your cross,” the Savior said,

                “if you would my disciple be;

                forsake the past, and come this day,

                and humbly follow after me.”


2              Take up your cross; let not its weight

                pervade your soul with vain alarm;

                his strength shall bear your spirit up,

                sustain your heart, and nerve your arm.


3              Take up your cross, nor heed the shame,

                nor let your foolish heart rebel;

                for you the Lord endured the cross

                to save your soul from death and hell.


4             Take up your cross and follow Christ,

                nor think till death to lay it down;

                for only those who bear the cross

                may hope to wear a golden crown.


Text: Charles W. Everest, 1814-1877, alt.





The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church, using the words of the Apostles’ Creed.


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                                creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                and born of the virgin Mary.

                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                                was crucified, died, and was buried.

                He descended into hell.

                On the third day he rose again.

                He ascended into heaven,

                                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

                the holy catholic Church,

                the communion of saints,

                the forgiveness of sins,

                the resurrection of the body,

                and the life everlasting. Amen





Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.


A brief silence is kept.


For the whole Church; that you would strengthen her to take up her cross and follow you, daily dying to sin and rising to new life in Christ Jesus. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.




For the faith family of St Stephen; that we may acknowledge you before others, being your witnesses in our homes, communities, and the world. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For the ministers of the whole Church; that they may boldly proclaim your Son in the light of day. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For those persecuted for the name of Jesus Christ; that they may not fear those who can kill the body, but instead rejoice that they are like their teacher, who was also maligned before others. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For fathers, grandfathers, and those in the place of fathers; that, rejoicing in the honor of their calling and in the children they have been given, they may be given strength, wisdom and courage. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For these times: that in the midst of pandemic and strife, your healing power would be displayed in individual lives and in the life of our country and the world. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


For the leaders and peoples of the world, and for our enemies; that they may be converted to the ways of peace and forgiven their sins. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For those who suffer from loneliness, depression, sickness of body, mind, or spirit; for those who are poor; for those whose faith has grown cold, and for all we name before you, that you would deliver the lives of all the needy.


The people offer silent or spoken intercessions and thanksgivings.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.





In thanksgiving for those who have loved you above all things, who have died in Christ Jesus and now live with him; we ask that we may also love you above all things and our neighbor as ourselves, and receive the eternal life promised in Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.




The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you.


The people exchange the sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.





We do not presume to come to your table, O Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in your manifold and great mercies.

  We are not worthy to gather up the crumbs under your table.

But you are the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy.

  Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,

  so to eat the flesh of your dear Son, Jesus Christ,

  and so to drink his blood,

  that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us. Amen

 Prayer of Humble Access (see Mark 7:28 and John 15:3)




The Great Thanksgiving begins with the Preface, leading into the Sanctus:


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 him thanks and praise.


It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord. He bore the cross for the salvation of the whole world, and bids us who would follow him take up the cross, so that, dead to sin and walking in newness of life, we may be his witnesses before all people.

And so with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, holy, holy LORD, God of power and might!

Heaven and earth are full of your glory;

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!

Hosanna in the highest!                                                  (Isaiah 6:3, Matthew 21:9)



The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon:


 You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God;

you are most holy, and great is the majesty of your glory.

You so loved the world that you gave your only Son,

that whoever believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.

Having come into the world, he fulfilled for us your holy will

                and accomplished our salvation.


In the night in which he was betrayed,

                our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

                broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

                Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

                and gave it for all to drink, saying:

                This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

                shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Remembering, therefore, his salutary command,

                his life-giving Passion and death,

                his glorious resurrection and ascension,

and his promise to come again,

                we give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

                not as we ought, but as we are able;

and we implore you mercifully

to accept our praise and thanksgiving,

and, with your Word and Holy Spirit,

to bless us, your servants,

and these your own gifts of bread and wine;

that we and all who share

in the body and blood of your Son

may be filled with heavenly peace and joy,

and, receiving the forgiveness of sin,

may be sanctified in soul and body,

and have our portion with all your saints.

All honor and glory are yours, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

                in your holy Church, now and forever.  Amen



In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.


Christ is in our midst.

                By the power of the Spirit,

                we pray to his Father, saying:



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,

                                forever and ever. Amen                            (Matthew 6:9-15)


We adore the present Christ with the words of the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).


Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD!

  He has delivered the life of the needy

  from the hands of evildoers.

Come to the table, for all is now ready.

  Thanks be to God.                                                                              Jeremiah 20:13


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

  have mercy on us.                                                        

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

  have mercy on us.                                        

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

  Grant us peace.

(John 1:29, see also Luke 17:13)












Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.


They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


The communicants will be invited forward one family unit at a time. Please do not come forward until the pastor directs you to come forward, and please do not remove your mask until you have reached the table with the elements on it.


 When the pastor says ‘The body of Christ, given for you,’ eat the bread. When the pastor says, ‘The blood of Christ, shed for you,’ drink the wine. The pastor will say ‘Depart in peace.’ Please take the plate and the glasses and place them on the table that is indicated. Please put your mask on before returning to your seat.


During the distribution, hymns are played. Please meditate on the text of the hymns as they are played.


Breathe on Me, Breath of God


1              Breathe on me, breath of God;

                fill me with life anew,

                that I may love all that you love

                and do what you would do.


2              Breathe on me, breath of God,

                until my heart is pure,

                until with you I will one will

                to do and to endure.


3              Breathe on me, breath of God;

                so shall I never die,

                but live with you the perfect life

                of your eternity.


Text: Edwin Hatch, 1835-1889

O Jesus, I Have Promised


1      O Jesus, I have promised

        to serve you to the end;

        remain forever near me,

        my master and my friend.

        I shall not fear the battle

        if you are by my side,

        nor wander from the pathway

        if you will be my guide.


2      Oh, let me feel you near me;

        the world is ever near.

        I see the sights that dazzle,

        the tempting sounds I hear.

        My foes are ever near me,

        around me and within;

        but, Jesus, then draw nearer

        to shield my soul from sin.


3      Oh, let me hear you speaking

        in accents clear and still

        above the storms of passion,

        the murmurs of self-will.

        Now speak to reassure me,

        to hasten or control;

        now speak and make me listen,

        O Guardian of my soul.


4     O Jesus, you have promised

        to all who follow you

        that where you are in glory

        your servant shall be too.

        And Jesus, I have promised

        to serve you to the end;

        oh, give me grace to follow,

        my master and my friend.


Text: John E. Bode, 1816-1874, alt.






When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.    



Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;

your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

A light to reveal you to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and will be forever. Amen                                       Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)


O Christ, Lamb of God pure and holy,

O Wisdom, Word, and Power of God,

  Grant that we may more perfectly partake of you

  in the days which know no ending in your kingdom.









The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and X give you peace.



CLOSING MUSIC                                        



Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

  Thanks be to God!


Please maintain social distance and remain masked while exiting the building. Please sanitize your hands before leaving the building.