St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Chester, Vermont

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 3, 2022

The Holy Eucharist

(The worship schedule for the upcoming weeks may be found at the bottom of this page)


Entrance Hymn 719 (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

People:   Amen.

 

Song of Praise S-280 (The Hymnal 1982, Service Music)

Presider     God be with you.

People       And also with you.

Presider     Let us pray.

Collect for Proper 9 (Book of Common Prayer, p. 230)
Presider and people
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you
and our neighbour: 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.

People:   Amen.


Collect for the Nation and Independence Day (Book of Common Prayer, p. 258)
Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your
glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our
country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use
our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever.

People:   Amen.


The First Reading –2 Kings 5:1-14
Reader: A reading from the second book of Kings

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. 2Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 4So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. 5And the king of Aram said, “Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.” He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments. 6He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” 7When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.” 8But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.”

9So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. 10Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.” 11But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 12Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage. 13But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

 

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

People    Thanks be to God.

Psalm 30 

1 I will exalt you, O God, because you have lifted me up * and have not let my enemies triumph over me. 

 

2 O my God, I cried out to you, * and you restored me to health. 

 

3 You brought me up, O God, from the dead; * you restored my life as I was going down to the grave. 

 

4 Sing to God, you servants of God, * and give thanks for the remembrance of God’s holiness. 

 

5 For divine wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, * divine favor for a lifetime. 

 

6 Weeping may spend the night, * but joy comes in the morning. 

 

7 While I felt secure, I said, “I shall never be disturbed. * You, O God, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains.” 

 

8 Then you hid your face, * and I was filled with fear. 

9 I cried to you, O God; * I pleaded with you, saying, 

 

10 “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? * Will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness? 

 

11 Hear, O God, and have mercy upon me; * O God, be my helper.” 

 

12 You have turned my wailing into dancing; * you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy. 

 

13 Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; * O God, my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

 

Second Reading – Galatians 6:1-16

Reader    A reading from the Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. 3For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. 4All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbour’s work, will become a cause for pride. 5For all must carry their own loads. 6Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. 7Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. 10So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

11See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! 12It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. 14May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! 16As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

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

People      Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn 441   (The Hymnal 1982)

The Holy Gospel    Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

 

Reader     The Holy Gospel of our Saviour Jesus Christ according to Luke.

People      Glory to you, O Christ.

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ 16“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

17The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

 

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.

People:   Amen.

 

Prayers of the People

Reader   In peace and in faith, let us offer our prayers, saying, “Christ, have mercy.”

 

Reader   For peace and tranquility in the world, and for the salvation of all, let us pray.

People:   Christ, have mercy.

 

Reader   For Michael, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, for Shannon, the Bishop of Vermont and for all the People of God, let us pray.

People:   Christ, have mercy.

 

Reader   For the people of the Ukraine and for the nation of Russia, as well as for all places of continuing warfare and oppression such as Yemen, Ethiopia and Tigray Province, Myanmar, Israel and Palestine, and Syria, that your Spirit of peace and reconciliation may prevail.

People:   Christ, have mercy.

 

Reader   For all celebrating birthdays at this time, help us celebrate their presence in our lives.  Especially we name: ________________

People:   Christ, have mercy.

 

Reader   For those who are ill or in recovery, in mental or emotional distress, or suffering from broken or abusive relationships, and for those who have requested our prayers: __________________________________

People:   Christ, have mercy.

 

Reader   For those who have died (especially….) and for all who are dying in warfare,

People:   Christ have mercy.

 

Reader   For your resurrection presence to be known to us in each other in our homes and schools, in our congregations and communities, we pray.

People:   Christ, have mercy.

 

Reader   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.

People:   Amen.

 

Confession of Sin

Presider      Let us confess our sins to God. Silence may be kept.

 

Minister 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 Saviour Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will.
People:   Amen.

Absolution

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.

People:   Amen.

 

The Peace

Presider   The peace of Christ be always with you

People      And also with you.

Offertory Hymn 522 (The Hymnal 1982)

Eucharistic Prayer 3 (The people remain standing)

Presider    The Lord be with you.

People       And also with you.

Presider     Lift up your hearts.

People       We lift them to the Lord.

Presider     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People        It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Presider     All thanks and praise are yours at all times and in all places, our true and loving God; through Jesus Christ, your eternal Word, the Wisdom from on high by whom you created all things. You laid the foundations of the world and enclosed the sea when it burst out from the womb; You brought forth all creatures of the earth and gave breath to humankind. Wondrous are you, Holy One of Blessing, all you create is a sign of hope for our journey; through Jesus Christ our Lord; But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away to sin of the world.  By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us everlasting life.   And so as the morning stars sing your praises we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we shout with joy:

Service Music, S-125     (The Hymnal 1982)

         

(The people stand or kneel)

Presider     Glory and honour are yours, Creator of all, your Word has never been silent; you called a people to yourself, as a light to the nations, you delivered them from bondage and led them to a land of promise. Of your grace, you gave Jesus to be human, to share our life, to proclaim the coming of your holy reign and give himself for us, a fragrant offering. Through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, you have freed us from sin, brought us into your life, reconciled us to you, and restored us to the glory you intend for us.

 

We thank you that on the night before he died for us Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, gave it to his friends and said: “Take, eat, this is my Body, broken for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

After supper Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends and said: “Drink this, all of you: this cup is the new Covenant in my Blood, poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sin.Do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

And so, remembering all that was done for us:the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension, longing for Christ’s coming in glory, and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed and human hands have made, we acclaim you, O Christ:

Presider and people

Dying, you destroyed our death.

Rising, you restored our life.

Christ Jesus, come in glory!

 

Presider     Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine

that they may be to us the Body and Blood of your Christ.

 

Grant that we, burning with your Spirit’s power, may be a people of hope, justice and love. Giver of Life, draw us together in the Body of Christ, and in the fullness of time gather us with blessed Luke, the patron of this congregation, and all your people into the joy of our true eternal home.

 

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

we worship you our God and Creator in voices of unending praise.

Blessed are you now and for ever.

Presider and people    AMEN.

Presider     And now, As our Saviour 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.

People:   Amen.

 

The Breaking of the Bread

Presider    Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

People      Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Service Music S164   (Hymnal 1982)

Presider 

The Holy Gifts of God for the Holy People of God.

(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. Special COVID precautions may be voiced here.)

Communion Hymn   277   Lift Every Voice and Sing II (seated)

Post-communion Prayer

Presider      Let us pray.

Presider and people

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Saviour.
People:   Amen.

Closing Hymn 657  The Hymnal 1982

 

Blessing 

(The Priest blesses the people, saying)

Holy eternal Majesty,

Holy incarnate Word,

Holy abiding Spirit,

Our God Almighty, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit

Bless you for evermore.

People:   Amen.

 

Postlude

 

Announcements

 

Dismissal

Presider      Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia.  Alleluia.

People        Thanks be to God. Alleluia.  Alleluia.

 

PLEASE!!  Print this service leaflet if you wish; read the scriptures again and learn a hymn or two.  Use the prayers of the people all this coming week.  Blessings!

 

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Sunday, July 3       Fourth Sunday after Pentecost   10-11:00 AM

                            Holy Eucharist Rite 2 with Independence Day

                                       

Wednesday, July 6   5:00-5:30 PM Holy Eucharist in the chapel

                              (Eva Lee Matthews)

 

Sunday, July 10      Fifth Sunday after Pentecost   10-11AM

                             Holy Eucharist using Rite 1

 

Wednesday, July 13  Midweek worship     5:00-5:30 PM

                               (Benedict of Nursia, tr.)