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In an effort to continue to be Church, to honor our baptismal promise to respect the dignity of every human being, and to follow the pastoral direction of our diocesan bishop,
for the forseeable future we ask all of St. Alban's stay in their homes and gather online for worship.
We will share the Liturgy of the Word on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. on our Facebook page
 

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
July 5, 2020
Liturgy of the Word, Rite II

Words in bold, italicized print are words of the gathered assembly.
BCP refers to The Book of Common Prayer (1979). Unless otherwise listed, hymns are from The Hymnal 1982. Holy Scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
 
Gathering Music
This is My Father’s World                                                           Roger Summers
Dottie Norman, pianist          
           Charles Flores, hymn leader
 
Welcome
 
Hospitality Blessing
Holy Spirit, living within us, guide our hearts and minds as we welcome today all those who worship with us at St. Alban’s. Give us discerning hearts so that everyone who crosses our threshold feels welcomed in the spirit of your love. Help us to recognize each person as an individual sent by you who will enrich our lives. And most of all, O God, let this be a place of love and acceptance of all of your children; in the name of your Child, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. 
 
THE WORD OF GOD
Hymn 718  “God of our fathers” v. 1 and 2

1. God of our fathers, whose almighty handleads forth in beauty all the starry band
of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,
our grateful songs before thy throne arise.

2. Thy love divine hath led us in the past, in this free land by thee our lot is cast;
be thou our ruler, guardian, guide and stay,
thy word our law, thy paths our chosen way.
 
Presider:    Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People:        And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
 
Hymn 718 “God of our fathers” v. 3 and 4
3. From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence, be thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
thy true religion in our hearts increase,
thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

4. Refresh thy people on their toilsome way, lead us from night to never-ending day;
fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
and glory, laud, and praise be ever thine.
 
Confession and Absolution, BCP p. 352
Presider:    Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
All:                    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 your Son 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.
Presider:    Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
 
The Collect of the Day
Presider:            The Lord be with you.
People:                And also with you.
Presider:            Let us pray.
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
The Readings
The First Reading – Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Worship Leader:          A reading from the Book of Genesis.
 
So he said, ‘I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me swear, saying, “You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.”
 
‘I came today to the spring, and said, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, ‘Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,’ and who will say to me, ‘Drink, and I will draw for your camels also’—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.”
 
 ‘Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water-jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, “Please let me drink.” She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, “Drink, and I will also water your camels.” So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her, “Whose daughter are you?” She said, “The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.” So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.’ And they called Rebekah, and said to her, ‘Will you go with this man?’ She said, ‘I will.’ So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,
‘May you, our sister, become
   thousands of myriads;
may your offspring gain possession
   of the gates of their foes.’
Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
 
Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, ‘Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?’ The servant said, ‘It is my master.’ So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

Worship Leader:          The Word of the Lord.
People:                                  Thanks be to God.
 
 
The Responsorial Reading – Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Worship Leader:          The responsorial reading appointed for today is a portion of Song of  Solomon.   
                                                      We will say these verses responsively.
 
8 The voice of my beloved!
   Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
   bounding over the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle
   or a young stag.
Look, there he stands
   behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows,
   looking through the lattice.

10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my fair one,
   and come away;
11 for now the winter is past,
   the rain is over and gone.

12 The flowers appear on the earth;
   the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle-dove
   is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth its figs,
   and the vines are in blossom;
   they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
   and come away.

 
The Second Reading – Romans 7:15-25a
Worship Leader:          A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Worship Leader:          The Word of the Lord.
People:                                  Thanks be to God.
 
Hymn 680 “O God, our help in ages past” v. 1 and 2

1.  O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:
 
         2.  under the shadow of thy throne        
thy saints have dwelt secure;
 sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defense is sure.
 
The Holy Gospel – Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Presider:            The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
People:                Glory to you, Lord Christ.
 
‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another,
“We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
   we wailed, and you did not mourn.”
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’
 
At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
 
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
 
Presider:            The Gospel of the Lord.
People:                Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 
Hymn 680 “O God, our help in ages past” v. 3

                                                                                           3.   Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting thou art God,
to endless years the same.
 
Reflection                                                                                                                                                                             The Rev. Erin Hensley
 
The Nicene Creed BCP p.358
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 was made man.
    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 and the Son.
    With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
    He 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 by The Rev. Canon Lisa S. Hines
 
Worship Leader:          O God of compassionate power,
                                                      For all who have contracted coronavirus and for all who are otherwise ill or infirm,
People:                                  We pray for care and healing.
 
Worship Leader:          For those who are particularly vulnerable to disease or injury,
People:                                  We pray for safety and protection.
 
Worship Leader:          For those who suffer from injustice, oppression, war, or the threat of violence,
People:                                  We pray for justice and peace.  
 
Worship Leader:          For those who labor on behalf of others, taking risks to keep others safe,
People:                                  We pray for medical workers, first responders, and essential workers. 
 
Worship Leader:          For families who are facing difficult decisions between survival and public safety,
People:                                  We pray for policies that address their plight.  
 
Worship Leader:          For those who lack adequate health insurance or access to medical care because of poverty or immigration status,
People:                                  We pray for the will to find solutions that acknowledge their dignity and value in your eyes. 
 
Worship Leader:          For all who experience fear or anxiety,
People:                                  We pray for peace of mind and spirit. 
 
Worship Leader:          For all who feel isolated and alone,
People:                                  We pray for the comfort of your Holy Spirit and the courage to connect with others. 
 
Worship Leader:          For all who are alienated from their brothers and sisters because of fear or anger,
People:                                  We pray for the strength and compassion to acknowledge our shared humanity and to work for the good of all. 
 
Worship Leader:          For all that you have made,
People:                                  We pray for a commitment to the health of the earth, our common home. 
 
Worship Leader:          For public officials and decisionmakers in our community, state, and country, and around the world.
People:                                  We pray for humility, wisdom, and guidance.  
 
Worship Leader:          For the Church,
People:                                  We pray for sound judgment among its leaders and unity among its people, that it mirror your justice and be a sign of hope and love in these troubled times.
 
Worship Leader:          For the people and clergy of St. Alban’s,
People:                                  We pray for one another and long to be together in person to worship and to share our lives and stories. 
 
Worship Leader:          For all who have died, especially for Steven Norman, and for those who mourn,
People:                                  We pray for an awareness of your eternal love and presence, even when we die alone or must mourn apart from friends and family.
 
Presider:                              Heal us and grant us peace, O God.  Help us to trust in the bountiful love that you have for your creation and your will that it be redeemed.  Grant us willing hearts to see you in the face of the stranger and to open ourselves to the needs of others, that we may become instruments of your grace and mercy.  To you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.
 
The Prayer attributed to St. Francis
Presider & People:     
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Presider:            And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
 
Presider & People:
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.

 
 
Blessing
Presider:            The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
 
The Peace
Presider:                  The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:                      And also with you.
 
Hymn 537 “Christ for the world we sing!” v. 1, 2, and 4

1. Christ for the world we sing! The world to Christ we bring
with loving zeal;
the poor and them that mourn,
the faint and overborne,
sin-sick and sorrow-worn, whom Christ doth heal.

2. Christ for the world we sing!
The world to Christ we bring
with fervent prayer;
the wayward and the lost,
by restless passions tossed,
redeemed at countless cost from dark despair.

4. Christ for the world we sing!
The world to Christ we bring
with joyful song;
the newborn souls, whose days,
reclaimed from error’s ways,
inspired with hope and praise, to Christ belong.
 
The Dismissal
Presider:                  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People:                      Thanks be to God.
 
 
 
Sending Music
Rejoice the Lord is King                                               Roger Summers
                                                             Dottie Norman, pianist
             

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St. Alban’s Parish Prayer List
Elmer A., Dick C. Rosanne C., Tanyia C. and David H., El Buen Samaritano staff, Addie F., Karen F. and family, Sheila H., Deyanira H. and family, Guyanese Community NY, Carter L., Menchaca Elementary School, Chris, Eleanor, and Meredith M., Eloise N., Nancy P., Fred R., Gus and Lauren R., Elizabeth, Evans, and Susannah S., Haley T., Ashley V.
 
 
To add a request to the published prayer list and or the private unpublished prayer list
 prayed for by St. Alban’s Daughters of the King, go to www.stalbansaustin.org.
 
Scroll down on the home page to the welcome box.
 Then, click on the link to submit a prayer request online.
 
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Please note prayer requests remain on the list for one month unless the request is renewed.



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Please contact Parish Life Administrator Lisa Perez for more details (lisaperez@stalbansaustin.org).