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Sunday, October 8, 2023
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Liturgy of the Word and Prayers

Entrance Hymn 546    (The Hymnal 1982)

The Word of God

Presider and People:  Almighty God, unto 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 thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord.


Hymn S-280 The Gloria   (The Hymnal 1982 Service Music)

The Collect of the Day

Presider:     The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Presider: Let us pray.

Presider and people:   

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear that we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and meditation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


The First Reading – Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-2

Reader: A reading from Exodus

1 God spoke all these words:
  2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 

  3 you shall have no other gods before me.
  4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
  7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
  8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.

  9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
  12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
  13 You shall not murder.
  14 You shall not commit adultery.
  15 You shall not steal.
  16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
  18 When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance,

  19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.”

  20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.”

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

People: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 19

 1 The heavens declare the glory of God, *
  and the firmament shows his handiwork.


 2 One day tells its tale to another, *
  and one night imparts knowledge to another.


 3 Although they have no words or language, *
  and their voices are not heard,


 4 Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
  and their message to the ends of the world.


 5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
  it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber, it rejoices like a champion to run its course.


 6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs about to the end of it again; *
  nothing is hidden from its burning heat.


 7 The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; *
  the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.


 8 The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; *
  the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.


 9 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; *
  the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.


 10 More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, *
  sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.


 11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *
  and in keeping them there is great reward.


 12 Who can tell how often he offends? *
  cleanse me from my secret faults.


 13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion over me; *
  then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense.


 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, *
  O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

The Second Reading – Philippians:  3:4b-14

Reader:    A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians

4b If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
  7 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11 if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
  12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

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

People: Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn 628  (The Hymnal 1982)

The Holy Gospel - 21:33-46

Reader:   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

[Jesus said,] 33 “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34 When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35 But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ 39 So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”
  42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
 ‘The stone that the builders rejected
  has become the cornerstone;
 this was the Lord’s doing,
  and it is amazing in our eyes’?
43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44 The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”
  45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46 They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

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

People: Thanks be to God.

The Homily:   The Rev. Bruce L. MacDuffie

The Nicene Creed (Book of Common Prayer, p. 326)

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: 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. 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.


Prayers of the people - 

Presider: Sisters and brothers, the law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul!  So let us appeal to our Lord God, saying, “Let the words of our mouths and meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord our strength and our redeemer.”

Presider: Lord our God, you command us to have no other gods before you:  give your Church such singleness of mind that we might not be distracted by the rubbish of our lives, but may strive to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.


Presider: Let the words of our mouths and meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight,

People: O Lord our strength and our redeemer.


Presider: Lord our God, you command us to bear not false witness against others:  Help us to live in peace with one another.  In a world of harmful rhetoric, may we use our words to encourage and love – especially those whom we consider different.


Presider: Let the words of our mouths and meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight,

People: O Lord our strength and our redeemer.


Presider: Lord our God, you command us to keep a holy Sabbath:  make us generous stewards of this planet that it may be renewed and refreshed.


Presider: Let the words of our mouths and meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight,

People: O Lord our strength and our redeemer.


Presider: Lord our God, you command us to covet nothing that belongs to our neighbor:  give us kind and generous hearts for those with whom we share our neighborhoods.  May a loving spirit rule this region.


Presider: Let the words of our mouths and meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight,

People: O Lord our strength and our redeemer.


Presider: Lord our God, you desire that your people be not afraid:  Pour on the sick, suffering, and struggling the abundance of your mercy.  Bless them with goodness and healing through Jesus the Christ.

(Invite the congregation to add their petitions, followed by silence)

Presider: Let the words of our mouths and meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight,

People: O Lord our strength and our redeemer.


Presider: GeLord our God, you have made us your own:  may we, and those who have run the race of faith before us, attain the resurrection from the dead through the abundant mercy of your Son.


Presider: Let the words of our mouths and meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight,

People: O Lord our strength and our redeemer.


Presider: Loving God, hear the prayers we have offered and continue to offer, and give us strength and wisdom to carry your love to all whom we meet.

Presider: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Presider and People:  God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives.  We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created.  We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf.  Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ that we may abide in your love and serve only your will.



Presider: Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit Keep us in eternal life.

People: Amen.


The Peace

Presider:   The peace of Christ be always with you. 

People:   And also with thy you.


Offertory Sentence

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.  (Ephesians 5:2)

Offertory Hymn 518  (The Hymnal 1982)

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.


A Collect for Sundays

Presider and People:  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.  Amen.


A Collect for Peace

Presider and People:  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.  Amen.


A Collect for Guidance  

Presider and People:  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.  Amen.

A Concluding Collect

Presider and People:  Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit
that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name.  Amen.

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 our selves 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. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Presider and People:  Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen

Closing Hymn 483    (Wonder, Love, and Praise)

Postlude, selected and played by Karlaine Livingston




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.

Please take this service leaflet with you.   Sing and/or learn one or more of the hymns that are part of this service.  Read the scriptures again.

Write or imagine yourself into the text of both scriptures and hymns.  Use the prayers of the people again.


Preparing for next Sunday

Below are listed the Scripture readings for next Sunday.

Read them slowly before Sunday and be better prepared to participate in the Thanksgiving that is the Eucharist.

First or Old Testament reading: Exodus 32:1-14

Psalm recited after the Old Testament or Hebrew scripture reading:  Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23

Second Reading often called Epistle reading: Philippians 4:1-9

Gospel reading: Matthew 22:1-14



October 11   

Midweek Eucharist     

5:30-6:00 PM   

Commemorating:  Philip, Deacon and Evangelist

October 15

Holy Eucharist

10-11:15 AM

October 18     

Midweek Eucharist    

5:30-6:00 P.M.

Commemorating:  St. Luke the Evangelist

October 22

Holy Eucharist

10-11:15 AM


Wednesday, October 11     

Vestry meeting

6:30 PM  

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