St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Chester, Vermont

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 21, 2022

The Holy Eucharist

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Entrance Hymn 427        The Hymnal 1982
Presider:  Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.
People:    Glory to God, for ever and ever.
Presider:  Let us pray.
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.
Song of Praise S - 280
Song of Praise    S-280  The Hymnal 1982, Service Music   

Presider:  God be with you. 

People:    And also with you.

Presider:  Let us pray.


Presider and people:

Living God, you formed us in the womb and appointed us to be prophets to the nations.  Stretch out your hand to cure our infirmity and dispel our fear, that we may know the freedom of serving you in Christ and proclaim the wonders you have done.  Amen.

The First Reading – Jeremiah 1:4-10

Reader: A reading from Jeremiah.

4Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” 7But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you, 8Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” 9Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth. 10See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

 

Reader:    The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

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

People:    Thanks be to God.

Psalm 71:1-6 

1 In you, O God, have I taken refuge; * let me never be ashamed. 

 

2 In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; * incline your ear to me and save me. 

 

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; * you are my crag and my stronghold. 

 

4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, * from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor. 

 

5 For you are my hope, O God, * my confidence since I was young. 

 

6 I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; * my praise shall be always of you.

Second Reading  – Hebrews 12:18-29

Reader:    A reading from the Letter the Hebrews.

 

18You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, 19and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. 20(For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death.” 21Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”) 22But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 25See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven! 26At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.” 27This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; 29for indeed our God is a consuming fire.

Reader:   The Word of the Lord.

People:   Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn 594      The Hymnal 1982
The Holy Gospel 
Reader:  The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke  13(10-17)
People:  Glory to you, O Christ.
10Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” 13When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” 15But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” 17When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.

Reader  The Gospel of the Lord.

People  Praise to you, O Christ.

The Sermon The Rev. Bruce L. MacDuffie
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.
Amen.
Prayers of the People

Presider: Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's Church and the world.

(After each paragraph of this prayer, the People may make an appropriate response, as directed)

 

Almighty and everliving God, who in thy holy Word has taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for all men: Receive these our prayers which we offer unto thy divine Majesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all those who do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love.
 

Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and other ministers, especially Michael, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and Shannon, the Bishop of Vermont,   that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments.

 

And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.

We beseech thee also so to rule the hearts of those who bear the authority of government in this and every land Philip, the Governor of Vermont, and Joseph Biden, the President of the United States, that they may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world.

Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works, that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, they may honor thee with their substance, and be faithful stewards of thy bounty.

And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succor [                         and] all those who in this  transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.

And we ask the gift of your Spirit to keep us aware of our need to build reconciliation in our society after our history of enslaving others and sometimes ourselves, that your love may cause us to know your presence in ourselves and each other.  May the gift of the Juneteenth holiday be an occasion for us to grow in that love.  

We also ask you to bring us to such care for one another that we cease to exercise gun violence on each other and even on ourselves.

(Additional petitions and thanksgivings may be included here)

 

And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear [especially                          ], beseeching thee to grant them continual growth in thy love and service; and to grant us grace so to follow the good  examples of Blessed Luke, the patron of this congregation, ] all thy saints, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom.

Grant these our prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate.

Presider and people: Amen.

 

Presider:   Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

(Silence may be kept)

Minister and people:  Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against thee in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved thee with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in thy will, and walk in thy ways, to the glory of thy Name. Amen

 

Priest:   Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:  Amen.

 

Minister:    Hear the Word of God to all who truly turn to him.  Come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. (Matthew 11:28)
 

God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) 

 

This is a true saying, and worthy of all to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) 

 

If anyone sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the perfect offering for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2)
 

The Peace
Presider: The peace of Christ be always with you.
People: And also with 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 304     The Hymnal 1982
Eucharistic Prayer  I  (p. 333, BCP)

Presider    The Lord be with you. 

People      And with thy spirit. 

Presider    Lift up your hearts. 

People      We lift them up unto the Lord. 

Presider    Let us give thanks unto our Lord God. 

People      It is meet and right so to do. 

Presider It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God. Who by water and the Holy Spirit hast made us a new people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth thy glory in all the world.  Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and singing:

Presider:    All glory be to thee, O Lord our God, for that thou didst create heaven and earth, and didst make us in thine own image; and, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption. He made there a full and perfect sacrifice for the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.

 

For in the night in which he was betrayed, he took bread; and when he had given thanks to thee, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat, this is my Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 

 

Likewise, after supper, he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you, and for all, for the remission of sins. Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.” 

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy people do celebrate and make, with these thy holy gifts which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; and looking for his coming again with power and great glory. 

 

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us, and, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, to bless and sanctify these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be unto us the Body and Blood of thy dearly-beloved Son Jesus Christ. 

 

And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, whereby we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies. Grant, we beseech thee, that all who partake of this Holy Communion may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, and be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction; and also that we and all thy whole Church may be made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord; By whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. AMEN

Presider:
And now, As our Savior Christ Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

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.
Amen.
The Breaking of the Bread
Presider: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

The Prayer of Humble Access

Presider and people     We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

Invitation to Communion

The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

This is the table, not of the Church but of Jesus Christ. It is made ready for those who love God and who want to love God more. So come, you who have much faith and you who have little, you who have been here often and you who have not been for a long time or ever before, you who have tried to follow and you who have failed. It is Christ who invites you to be known and fed here.  All are welcome to receive communion.
Communion Hymn 685    The Hymnal 1982
Post-communion Prayer
Presider: Let us pray.
Presider and People:
Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. 
Amen.
Closing Hymn 493   The Hymnal 1982

A Blessing

The Priest blesses the people, saying

The peace of God, which passeth 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 Ghost, be upon you and remain with you always. 

Amen.

Postlude

Announcements
Dismissal
Presider: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia. Alleluia.
People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

PLEASE!! Keep this service leaflet. Read the scriptures again. Learn a hymn or two. Use the prayers of the people all this coming week. Blessings!
Worship Schedule
 
Wednesday, August 24     Midweek Eucharist  5-5:30 St. Luke's chapel 

                                         (St. Bartholomew the Apostle)

Sunday, August 28   Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost      10-11:15 AM

                                 The Holy Eucharist, Prayer 3 EOM

                                 Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

Wednesday August 31      Midweek Eucharist  5-5:30 St. Luke's chapel 

                                          (Aidan of Lindisfarne)