Sunday, February 20, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, 10:30 a.m.

The livestream may be found here.

   February 20, 2022

The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany





The color green, used for the paraments and vestments on the Sundays after the Epiphany, symbolizes growth and life in the Holy Spirit.


FIRST READING: Joseph’s brothers have good reason to fear his wrath. The one they had sold into slavery is not only still alive, but is a person with rank and the power of life and death. But Joseph forgives his brothers. He sees, in the positive outcome of his story, the mercy of God towards his entire family, to preserve the promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.


SECOND READING: Paul anticipates the objections of the Corinthians to the doctrine of the resurrection. He depicts the difference between the pre-Resurrection body and the post-Resurrection body as like a seed which hardly resembles the grown plant, and yet is organically inseparable from it. Christ’s human body, which was sown in death, is raised in glory. Our pre-Resurrection body is of normal human provenance; since we are in Christ, our post-Resurrection body will be a reflection of Christ’s resurrection glory.


GOSPEL: In this passage, Jesus shows us the shape of the blessed life. It is the life of imitation of the Father – his constant and consistent mercy towards human beings. Jesus points out that it is not unusual when people love those who love them first. It is unusual when people love with the love of God: that is, when people love their enemies and do good to those who hate them. Such love is only possible in the Spirit.





Where Charity and Love Prevail — James F. Cox

Now that the Daylight Fills the Sky — Carl Schalk





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.


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.




WHYMN             Now that the Daylight Fills the Sky                                     Green LBW 268

1      Now that the daylight fills the sky,

        we lift our hearts to God on high,

        that he, in all we do or say,

        would keep us free from harm today;


2      Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife;

        from anger’s din would shield our life;

        from evil sights would turn our eyes,

        and close our ears to vanities;


3      So we, when this new day is gone

        and night in turn is drawing on,

        with conscience by the world unstained

        shall praise his name for vict’ry gained.


4     “All praise to you, creator Lord!

        All praise to you, eternal Word!

        All praise to you, O Spirit wise!”

        we sing as daylight fills the skies.


Text: Latin hymn, 7th or 8th cent.; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818-1866, alt. 



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.


WHYMN OF PRAISE   Gloria in excelsis Deo




The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


Compassionate God and Father,

you are kind to the ungrateful,

merciful even to the wicked.

  Pour out your love upon us,

  that with good and generous hearts

  we may keep from judging others

  and learn your way of compassion;

through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.                                Psalm 37:7

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.



FIRST READING                                                        Genesis 45:3-11


3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.
4Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.’
15And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                    

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM 37:1-12, 41-42


  The lowly shall possess the land;

  they will delight in abundance of grace.                                                (vs. 12)

1 Do not fret yourself because of  | evildoers;*

                do not be jealous of those | who do wrong.

2 For they shall soon wither | like the grass,*

                and like the green grass | fade away.

3 Put your trust in the Lord | and do good;*

                dwell in the land and feed | on its riches.

4 Take delight | in the Lord,*

                and he shall give you your | heart's desire.

5 Commit your way to the Lord and put your | trust in him,*

                and he will bring | it to pass.

6 He will make your righteousness as clear | as the light*

                and your just dealing | as the noonday.

7 Be still be- | fore the Lord*

                and wait patient- | ly for him.

8 Do not fret yourself over the | one who prospers,*

                the one who succeeds in | evil schemes.

9 Refrain from anger, leave | rage alone;*

                do not fret yourself; it leads on- | ly to evil.

10 For evildoers shall | be cut off,*

                but those who wait upon the Lord shall pos- | sess the land.

11 In a little while the wicked shall | be no more;*

                you shall search out their place, but they will | not be there.

12 But the lowly shall pos- | sess the land;*

                they will delight in abun- | dance of peace.

41 The deliverance of the righteous comes | from the Lord;*

                he is their stronghold in | time of trouble.

42 The Lord will help them and | rescue them;*

                he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them,

                because they seek ref- | uge in him.                                            


The lowly shall possess the land;

  they will delight in abundance of grace.                                                (vs. 12)

SECOND READING                                    1 Corinthians 15: 35-38, 42-50


35But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
42So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. 43It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. 45Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. 49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.
50What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.


The Word of the Lord.                  

  Thanks be to God.



VERSE                 Sung by the choir

John 17:17                                                                     Setting by David Schack

Alleluia. Your Word, O Lord, is truth. Sanctify us in the truth. Alleluia.


Gospel                                                                                             Luke 6:27-39

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


[Jesus said:] 27“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”


The Gospel of the Lord.                 Praise to you, O Christ.


Choir Anthem                                                                                

Servants of Peace

Text/ James Quinn, SJ (based on a prayer attributed to Francis of Assisi)

Music/ K. Lee Scott


Lord, make us servants of your peace:

where there is hate, may we sow love;

where there is hurt, may we forgive;

where there is strife may we make one.


Where all is doubt, may we sow faith;

where all is gloom, may we sow hope;

where all is night, may we sow light;

where all is tears, may we sow joy.


Jesus, our Lord, may we not seek to be consoled,

but to console,

nor look to understanding hearts,

but look for hearts to understand.


May we not look for love’s return,

but seek to love unselfishly.

For in our giving we receive,

and in forgiving are forgiven.


Dying, we live

and are reborn through death’s dark night to endless day.

Lord, make us servants of your peace,

to wake at last in heaven’s light.


SERMON                                                                                                           Pastor Frontz



W Hymn of the DaY             

         Where Charity and Love Prevail    Green LBW 126                        


  (The text may not be reproduced here.)


 CONFESSION OF FAITH             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 X the life everlasting. Amen





Gracious and loving Father, creator of all, hear the prayers we offer in the power of the Spirit, that your Church may be strengthened, your world healed, and the poor and needy be lifted up.


A brief silence


Father, we pray for the Church. Help us to listen to and trust your word, that we may be merciful as you are merciful. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for this congregation, that we may hold fast to your Church’s teaching and reach out to others in love. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer. 


We pray for our enemies. Convert them to do your will, and restrain them from evil, that one day together we may celebrate your love for sinners. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.                                                                


We pray for our nation and its leaders. Fill us with wisdom and direct us into ways of integrity and justice.  Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for the world. Let your saving health be known among all nations. (The pastor reads the names of countries and situations submitted for prayer.)  Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for the poor, the hungry, the cold, and those without shelter. Lift their burdens from them and restore them to wholeness. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for all who suffer persecution for their Christian faith. Help them to bless those who curse them and to pray for those who abuse them. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for the sick, the dying, the grieving, and those who are alone. Show them signs of your favor in the midst of their troubles.


The pastor reads the names and situations submitted for prayer.

The people may offer spoken or silent intercessions.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Bring us, with all your saints, to the day of resurrection. Today let us receive at your Holy Table a foretaste of the feast to come. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


The pastor concludes the prayers:


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through your Son, 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.



OFFERTORY     Sung by the choir

Romans 12:1                                                        Setting by Barry L. Bobb

I appeal to you, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.




Open the heavens, Lord our God,

and send your transforming Spirit upon us and upon these gifts.

  May we, who are baptized into Christ,

  be ready to share his cup of suffering

  and strengthened to serve him forever.




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 Christ our Lord. He is the man from heaven who raises us from the dust of death to live his life of mercy on earth and to share in his resurrection in the life to come. 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


A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over,

will be given to you.

  Thanks be to God.                                                                           from Luke 6:38


We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.


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.





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.


 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.



          In Adam We Have All Been One                Green LBW 372                

St. 1, 3, 5/ Choir

 (The text may not be reproduced here.)

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.   



We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us

through the healing power of this gift of life; and we pray that in your mercy you would strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.




The Lord bless you and keep you.

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

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




 Praise and Thanks and Adoration      Green LBW 470

 (The text may not be reproduced here.)


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                                        

  Thanks be to God!




Sun/ Feb 20        Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM


Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM

Mon/ Feb 21        Morning Prayer (livestream) 8:30 AM

Wed/ Feb 23      Evening Prayer (livestream) 7:00 PM

                                Bible Study (ZOOM) 7:30 PM

Fri/ Feb 25          Morning Prayer (livestream) 8:30 AM

Sat/ Feb 26          NA Meeting 11 AM

                                Set up for Pre-Lenten Potluck, 1:00 PM

                                WORSHIP 6:30 PM

Sun/ Feb 27         Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM


Pre-Lenten Potluck Dinner, after worship

Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM



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Additional liturgical material from Common Worship: Times and Seasons, copyright the Church of England.

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