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The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 27, 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
                                    God Loves Me Dearly                                                                                        John Behnke   
Dottie Norman, organist and hymn leader
Welcome
 
Hospitality Blessing “For Welcoming” by Ms. Valecia Harriman in Women’s Uncommon Prayers
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 your children; in the name of your Child, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. 
 
THE WORD OF GOD
Hymn 495 “Hail, thou once despised Jesus! V. 1 and 4
 
v. 1 Hail, thou once despised Jesus!
Hail, thou Galilean King!
Thou didn’t suffer to release us;
thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, thou universal Savior,
bearer, of our sin and shame!
By thy merit we find favor:
life is given through thy Name.
 
v. 4 Worship, honor, power and blessing
thou art worthy to receive;
highest praises, without ceasing,
right it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright angelic spirits,
all your noblest anthems raise;
help to sing our Savior’s merits,
help to chant Emmanuel’s praise!
                          
Presider:    Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People:        And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

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 declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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 – Exodus 17:1-7
Worship Leader:          A reading from the Book of Exodus.
 
From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?’ But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?’ So Moses cried out to the Lord, ‘What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.’ Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’
 
Worship Leader:          The Word of the Lord.
People:                                  Thanks be to God.
 
The Responsorial Reading – Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Worship Leader:          The responsorial psalm appointed for today is a portion of Psalm 78. We will pray the selected verses responsively.
 
Hear my teaching, O my people; *
       incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable; *
       I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.
That which we have heard and known,
  and what our forefathers have told us, *
       we will not hide from their children.
We will recount to generations to come
  the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the Lord, *
       and the wonderful works he has done.

12 He worked marvels in the sight of their forefathers, *
       in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He split open the sea and let them pass through; *
       he made the waters stand up like walls.
14 He led them with a cloud by day, *
       and all the night through with a glow of fire.
15 He split the hard rocks in the wilderness *
       and gave them drink as from the great deep.
16 He brought streams out of the cliff, *
       and the waters gushed out like rivers.
 
The Second Reading – Philippians 2:1-13
Worship Leader:          A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians
 
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
   did not regard equality with God
   as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
   taking the form of a slave,
   being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
  he humbled himself
                    and became obedient to the point of death—
                    even death on a cross.
 
Therefore God also highly exalted him
                    and gave him the name
   that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
                    every knee should bend,
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
                   that Jesus Christ is Lord,
                   to the glory of God the Father.
 
Therefore, 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; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
 
Worship Leader:          The Word of the Lord.
People:                                  Thanks be to God.              
 
Hymn 684 “O for a closer walk with God” v. 1 and 2
 
v. 1 O for a closer walk with God,
a calm and heavenly frame,
a light to shine upon the road
that leads me to the Lamb!
 
v. 2 Where is the blessedness I knew
when first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul-refreshing view
of Jesus and his word?
 
The Holy Gospel – Matthew 21:23-32
Presider:            The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
People:                Glory to you, Lord Christ.

When he 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?’ Jesus 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. Did 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?” But if we say, “Of human origin”, we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.’ So 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.
 
‘What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not”; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, “I go, sir”; but he did not go. Which 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. For 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.
 
Presider:            The Gospel of the Lord.
People:                Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 
Hymn 684 “O for a closer walk with God” v. 5
 
v. 5 So shall my walk be close with God,
calm and serene my frame;
so purer light shall mark the road
that leads me to the lamb.
 
Reflection                                                                                                                                                                                                  Eric Ray
 
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 or whose wellbeing is threatened by wildfires or storms,
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 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 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:            Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus
                                    for ever and ever. Amen.
 
The Peace
Presider:                  The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:                      And also with you.

Hymn 535 “Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim” v. 1-3
 
v.1Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad his wonderful Name;
the Name all victorious of Jesus extol:
his kingdom is glorious; he rules over all.
 
v.2 God ruleth on high, almighty to save;
and still he is nigh; his presence we have.
The great congregation his triumph shall sing,
ascribing salvation to Jesus our King.
 
v. 3 Salvation to God who sits on the throne!
Let all cry aloud, and honor the Son.
The praises of Jesus  the angels proclaim,
fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.
 
The Dismissal
Presider:                  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People:                      Thanks be to God.
 
Sending Music
                                    O God, Our Help in Ages Past                                                                   Healey Willan
Dottie Norman, organist

 
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St. Alban’s Parish Prayer List
Keith A., Kelly A., Gene and Jill B., Tanyia C. and David H.,  Alfred and Shirley D.,
Betty D., El Buen Samaritano staff, Karen F. and Family, Reyna G. and Matthew W.,
Sheila H., Guyanese Community NY, Charlene J. and Tom I., 
 Menchaca Elementary School staff,
Aaron and Melinda T., Nancy P., Ysidoro P.,
Fred R., Jan W., Connie Y.
 
For all those impacted by the fires on the West Coast.
 
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