Saturday, September 26, 2020

Order of Worship - Sunday, September 27, 10:30 a.m.

 The livestream may be found here.



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


OLD TESTAMENT: The prophet Ezekiel preached to the exiles of Judah in Babylon. Apparently, a common belief among them was that it didn’t matter what they did, God had it out for them because of what their ancestors had done. Ezekiel counters this belief and calls the people to have confidence in God who accepts those who reject sin and turn toward him.


NEW TESTAMENT: Paul admonishes the church in Philippi, apparently because of the conflict in the congregation, and encourages them to unity and humility. He holds up for them the example of Christ in his self-emptying (kenotic) love for humanity. Philippians 2:6-11, perhaps one of the most beautiful passages of all Scripture, is thought to be taken from an early hymn of praise to Jesus, proclaiming both his humiliation and his exaltation.


GOSPEL: The scene is Jerusalem in Holy Week. Jesus has made his triumphal entry into the city on Palm Sunday, has driven the moneychangers from the temple, cured the lame and sick and received the praises of the children. The next day, he returns to the city and is teaching in the Outer Court of the Temple.


The ‘chief priests and the elders of the people’ confront Jesus, perceiving in him a direct threat to their religious authority. They attempt to discredit him by trapping him in his own words. Jesus turns their words around on them. In a series of parables, which we will hear over the next several weeks, Jesus contrasts repentance and faith in the Kingdom he brings with the false religiosity embodied by his opponents.





 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 prayers:


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                                              All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

I.                    Roger Petrich

II.                  David Cherwien


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


1              All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name!

                Let angels prostrate fall;

                bring forth the royal diadem

                and crown him Lord of all.


2              Crown him, you martyrs of our God,

                who from his altar call;

                extol the stem of Jesse’s rod

                and crown him Lord of all.


3              O seed of Israel’s chosen race

                now ransomed from the fall,

                hail him who saves you by his grace

                and crown him Lord of all.


4             Hail him, you heirs of David’s line,

                whom David Lord did call--

                the God Incarnate, man divine--

                and crown him Lord of all.


5              Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget

                the wormwood and the gall,

                go spread your trophies at his feet

                and crown him Lord of all.


6              Let ev’ry kindred, ev’ry tribe

                on this terrestrial ball

                to him all majesty ascribe

                and crown him Lord of all.


7              Oh, that with yonder sacred throng

                we at his feet may fall!

                We’ll join the everlasting song

                and crown him Lord of all.



Text: Edward Perronet, 1726-1792, sts. 1-5; J. Rippon, A Selection of Hymns, 1787, sts. 6-7








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


In the mercy of Almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake the Father forgives you all your sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ he gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them 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.


O God, you alone judge rightly

and search the depths of the heart.

  Make us swift to do your will

  and slow to judge our neighbor,

  that we may walk with those

  who follow the way of repentance and faith

  and so enter your heavenly kingdom.

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

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

one God, now and forever.



God guides the humble in doing right

and teaches his way to the lowly.

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                                  Psalm 25: 8




First READING                                                              Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32


1The word of the Lord came to me: 2What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge”? 3As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. 4Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die.
25Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? 26When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. 27Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. 28Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die. 29Yet the house of Israel says, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” O house of Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? 

 30Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin. 31Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord God. Turn, then, and live.


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                  

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM 25:1-8

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


1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my | trust in you;*

                let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph | over me.

2 Let none who look to you be | put to shame;*

                let the treacherous be disappointed | in their schemes.

3 Show me your | ways, O Lord,*

                and teach | me your paths.

4 Lead me in your | truth and teach me,*

                for you are the God of my salvation;

in you have I trusted all | the day long.

5 Remember, O Lord, your compas- | sion and love,*

                for they are from | everlasting.

6 Remember not the sins of my youth and | my transgressions;*

                remember me according to your love

                and for the sake of your good- | ness, O Lord.

7 Gracious and upright | is the Lord;*

                therefore he teaches sinners | in his way.

8 He guides the humble in | doing right*

                and teaches his way | to the lowly.


SECOND READING                                                           Philippians 2:1-13


1If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

 5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6who, though he was in the form of God,
  did not regard equality with God
  as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
  taking the form of a slave,
  being born in human likeness.
 And being found in human form,
  8he humbled himself
  and became obedient to the point of death—
  even death on a cross.
9Therefore God also highly exalted him
  and gave him the name
  that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
  every knee should bend,
  in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
  that Jesus Christ is Lord,
  to the glory of God the Father.
12Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.


The Word of the Lord.                                                  

  Thanks be to God.




Alleluia. At the name of Jesus every knee should bend,

  and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

  to the glory of God the Father. Alleluia.

                                                         Philippians 2:10-11









Gospel                                                                             Matthew 21:23-32


The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


23When [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

 28“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.”


The Gospel of the Lord.                                

  Praise to you, O Christ.






HYMN OF THE DAY                                                      O God, My Faithful God


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


1      O God, my faithful God,

        true fountain ever flowing,

        without whom nothing is,

        all perfect gifts bestowing:

        give me a healthy frame,

        and may I have within

        a conscience free from blame,

        a soul unstained by sin.


2      Give me the strength to do

        with ready heart and willing

        whatever you command,

        my calling here fulfilling--

        to do it when I ought,

        with all my might--and bless

        whatever I have wrought,

        for you must give success.


3      Keep me from saying words

        that later need recalling;

        guard me, lest idle speech

        may from my lips be falling;

        but when, within my place,

        I must and ought to speak,

        then to my words give grace,

        lest I offend the weak.


4     When dangers gather round,

        oh, keep me calm and fearless;

        help me to bear the cross

        when life seems dark and cheerless;

        help me, as you have taught,

        to love both great and small,

        and, by your Spirit's might,

        to live at peace with all.


Text: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878, alt.







The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church in 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




Made one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray to the Father for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.


A brief silence is kept.


For the Church, that in humility and obedience we may hear your call to turn to you. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For this congregation; that we may be of one mind with each other and with Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For our bishop, Dan; our pastors Maurice and Harvey; our sons in ministry Tsena and Christopher; that they may call many to repentance and faith. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For the whole world, and especially for those in every place who long for freedom and justice, that people may be blessed with impartial judges, fair laws, and just officers of the peace. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For our President, Donald; the Congress, the Courts; our governor Thomas and the state and local governments, and the members of our armed forces; that they may exercise their offices with integrity. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


With thanksgivings for your mercies, we pray for those in need, near or far away; for those whom we love and those who are unknown to us, and for those who have asked us for prayer:


The People may offer silent or spoken intercessions and thanksgivings.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We thank you for those who have died in Christ, who have heard your call and believed your Word and now rejoice with you in your Kingdom; Grant that we also may turn to you and together with them adore you and worship your Son as Lord forever. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.




The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you.


The people exchange a 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, O 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.





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 in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through your Son, Jesus Christ:

  Though he was in the form of God, he humbled himself as a servant and was obedient even to the point of death on the cross; therefore you have highly exalted him and given him the name that is above all names.

  And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we bend the knee and confess him as Lord and God, praising you with the 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:


 We praise and thank you, O God,

           for in your infinite goodness you have created us

           to receive and rejoice in your love and mercy. 


In the fullness of time and according to your purposes

           you sent your beloved Son,

           our Lord Jesus Christ, born of Mary. 


He came to proclaim the Kingdom;

           He healed the sick and numbered Himself among sinners;

           He poured Himself out in death,               

           giving His life as our ransom and our righteousness.


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.


Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

                Christ has died.

                Christ is risen.

                Christ will come again.

Holy Father,

                as we remember our Lord's life and passion,

           His resurrection and ascension,

           we give you our thanks and bless your holy name. 


Because your Son has made us His fellow-servants,

           a holy priesthood, a people set apart, we pray:


Send now His life-giving Spirit

           upon this Bread of Life and this Cup of Blessing,

           that we and all who partake

           of Christ's body and blood

           may find our unity in Him

           and our lives defined by His cross,

           as we await His final coming as Lord of love.


Through Him, with Him, in Him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father,

now and forever. 



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


The Lord who is exalted over earth and heaven

is humble to come to us in this meal. Come, eat, and live. 

  Thanks be to God.

                                                                                                      (Philippians 2: 9-10)


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, do not approach all the way to the table until the pastor has retreated,  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.  Please take the plate and the glass(es) and place them on the table that is indicated. Please put your mask on before returning to your seat.



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


At the Name of Jesus   


1      At the name of Jesus

        ev'ry knee shall bow,

        ev'ry tongue confess him

        king of glory now.

        It is God's good pleasure

        we should call him Lord,

        who from the beginning

        was the mighty Word.


2      At his voice creation

        sprang at once to sight,

        all the angel faces,

        all the hosts of light,

        thrones and dominations,

        stars upon their way,

        all the heav'nly orders

        in their great array.


 3      Humbled for a season,

        to receive a name

        from the lips of sinners

        unto whom he came,

        faithfully he bore it

        spotless to the last;

        brought it back victorious

        when from death he passed.


4     In your hearts enthrone him;

        there let him subdue

        all that is not holy,

        all that is not true.

       Crown him as your captain

       in temptation's hour;

       let his will enfold you

       in its light and pow'r.



5      Christians, this Lord Jesus

        shall return again

        on the clouds of glory,

        with his angel train;

        for all wreaths of empire

        meet upon his brow,

        and our hearts confess him

        king of glory now.


Text: Caroline M. Noel, 1817-1877


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)


Almighty Father, you gave your Son

both as a sacrifice for sin and a model of the godly life.

  Enable us to receive him always with thanksgiving,

  and to conform our lives to his;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




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.

  Amen                                                                                                  (Numbers 6:24-26)



Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                                          

  Thanks be to God!


CLOSING MUSIC                                                       Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee


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