St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Chester, Vermont

Liturgy of the Word and Prayers,

(Our next services of Holy Eucharist will be on..)

Entrance Hymn

The Word of God

Presider:  Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

People:  And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever.  Amen.

Presider and people:

               Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you 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 Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Presider:    The Lord be with you. 

People:       And also with you.

Presider:    Let us pray.

Presider and people: Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 


The Lessons

The First Reading: 

Reader: A Reading from

Reader:    Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People:     Thanks be to God.


Second Reading: 

Reader:    A Reading from

Reader:    The Word of the Lord.

People:     Thanks be to God.

Hymn 577     

The Third Reading:  Luke 14:25-33

Reader: A Reading from Luke’s Gospel

The Third Reading:  

Reader: A Reading from 

Reader:    The Word of the Lord.

People:     Thanks be to God.

The Homily     Mr. John Hoover

Nicene Creed     

Presider and people:


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, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. 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, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who 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.


Offertory Hymn 675:   

Presider:  The Lord be with you.
People:      And also with you.
Presider:  Let us pray.


Presider and 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.


Suffrages A


V.    Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R.    And grant us your salvation.

V.    Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R.    Let your people sing with joy.

V.    Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R.    For only in you can we live in safety.

V.    Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R.    And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

V.    Let your way be known upon earth;
R.    Your saving health among all nations.

V.    Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R.    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

V.    Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R.    And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

A Collect for Proper     (The Sunday closest to          )





A Collect for Sundays:

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


A Collect for Peace:


O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Collect for Guidance:

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Concluding Collect:
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


The General Thanksgiving
Presider and people:


Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages.


Closing Hymn      



Presider: Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us. So be swift to love and make haste to be kind.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Presider:   Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia.

People:     Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.

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PLEASE!! Read the scriptures again. Learn a hymn or two. Use the prayers of the people all this coming week. Blessings!


Sunday, September 4        Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost  10 - 11:00 AM

                                          Morning Prayer, Liturgy of the Word and Prayers

                                          Mr. John Hoover, Officiating and Presiding.

Wednesday, September 7   Midweek Eucharist   5 - 5:30 PM  St. Luke's chapel


Sunday September 11       Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost     10 - 11:15 AM

                                          Holy Eucharist    Prayer 3 from EOW  (There will not a be a zoom option)

                                          Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

Wednesday, September 14    Midweek Eucharist   5 - 5:30 PM   St. Luke's chapel

                                              Holy Cross Day

Sunday, September 18     Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost      10-11:15 AM

                                         Holy Eucharist    Prayer 3 from EOW  (There will not a be a zoom option)

                                         Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

Wednesday, September 21    Midweek Eucharist   5 - 5:30 PM   St. Luke's chapel

Sunday, September 18     Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost      10-11:15 AM

                                         Holy Eucharist    Prayer 3 from EOW  (There will not a be a zoom option)

                                         Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding