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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Chester, Vermont

Last Sunday after Pentecost,

November 20, 2022

The Holy Eucharist

Entrance Hymn 477

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

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

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. Amen.

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

The Collect for the Last Sunday after Pentecost (Book of Common Prayer, p. 185)

Presider:   God be with you. 

People:     And also with you.

Presider:   Let us pray.

Presider and people:

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in thy well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 


Collect for Thanksgiving Day (Book of Common Prayer, p. 194)
Almighty and gracious Father, we give thee thanks fpr the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we beseech thee, faithful stewards of thy great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee andthe Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


The First Reading – Jeremiah 23:1-6

Reader:  A reading from Jeremiah.

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD.  2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD.  3 Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.  4 I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.  5 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.  6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.”


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

People:    Thanks be to God.

Canticle 16    The Song of Zechariah    Benedictus Dominus Deus

Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel, * you have come to your people and set them free.


You have raised up for us a mighty Savior, * born of the house of your servant David.

Through your holy prophets you promised of old to save us from our enemies, * from the hands of all who hate us,

To show mercy to our forebears, * and to remember your holy covenant.

This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham, * to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship you without fear, * holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, * for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,

To give God’s people knowledge of salvation * by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God * the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, * and to guide our feet into the way of peace

The Second Reading – Colossians 1:11-20

Reader:    A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Colossians.

11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.  13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,  14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;  16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or
powers—all things have been created through him and for him.  17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.  19 For in him all the fullness of
God was pleased to dwell,  20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.


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

People:  Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn 748       Wonder, Love, and Praise

The Holy Gospel – Luke 14:1, 7-14

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

People:  Glory to you, O Christ.

33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.  34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing.  35 And the people stood by, watching; but the
leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!”  36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming 
up and offering him sour wine,  37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”  38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”  39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”  40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?  41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for
we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.”  42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

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: Almighty God, Merciful Parent,
We your unworthy servants give you humble thanks:
For all your goodness and loving-kindness

People: We give you thanks.

Presider: For our creation and our preservation
People: We give you thanks.

Presider: For all the blessings of this life
People: We give you thanks.

Presider: For your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ

People: We give you thanks.


Presider: For the means of grace and for the hope of glory

People: We give you thanks.

Presider: Give us an awareness of your mercies
People: Direct and uphold us, for ever.


Presider: Create in us thankful hearts that show forth your praise

People: Direct and uphold us, for ever.


Presider: Open our lips that our mouths shall proclaim your praise

People: Direct and uphold us, for ever.


Presider: Shine through our lives that your way may be known upon earth

People: Direct and uphold us, for ever.


Presider: Give us the grace and power to offer our selves to your service

People: Direct and uphold us, for ever.


Presider: May we stand before you in holiness and righteousness all our days

People: Direct and uphold us, for ever.


Presider: We hold before you today all who are ill or in recovery, granting us the Prayerful ability to hold them in the light of your healing love.
People: Direct and uphold us for ever.

We give you thanks, O Lord, and we place our hope in you. For it is in you that we live, and move, and have our being. Guide us by your Holy Spirit on the path that leads to unending joy and gladness, that with truly thankful hearts we might come to our eternal inheritance: abundant life in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession of Sin 

Presider      Let us confess our sins to 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.
Minister:   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.

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 433    The Hymnal 1982

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.


Eucharistic Prayer 1    (The Book of Common Prayer, page 333)

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 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:  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.



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.


Invitation to Communion

Presider:  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. 

(The communion wine contains alcohol. If you need not or prefer not to consume the wine, simply do not take the offered cup at the table. The wine is served in a small cup. Please drink it at the table and discard the cup in the receptacle provided (waste basket on floor under table).

Communion Hymn   291   The Hymnal 1982

Post-communion Prayer

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.


Closing Hymn   397   The Hymnal 1982

A Blessing  (The Book of Common Prayer, page 339)

(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.







Presider:      Go in peace to love and serve 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.


Wednesday, November 23     Midweek Eucharist 5:30-6:00 P.M.
                                                 Thanksgiving Eve Service in Willard Hall

Sunday, November 27,          First Sunday of Advent 10:00-11:15AM
                                                 Holy Eucharist followed by The Greening of St. Luke’s

                                                 Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

Wednesday, November 30     Midweek Eucharist 5:30-6:00 P.M.
                                                 St. Andrew the Apostle. Service in Willard Hall

Sunday, December 4             Second Sunday of Advent  10:00-11:15 AM

                                                Holy Eucharist

                                                Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

Wednesday, December 7       Midweek Eucharist 5:30-6:00 PM
                                                 Ambrose of Milan. Service in Willard Hall

Sunday, December 11            Third Sunday of Advent  10:00-11:15 AM
                                                 Holy Eucharist

                                                 Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

Wednesday, December 14      Midweek Eucharist 5:30-6:00 PM
                                                  John of the Cross Ember Day. 
Service in Willard Hall

Sunday, December 18           Fourth Sunday of Advent  10:00-11:15 AM

                                                 Holy Eucharist

                                                 Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding

Sunday, December 18:          3:00 PM A service of Lessons and Carols

Wednesday, December 21     Midweek Eucharist 5:30-6:00 PM
                                                 St. Thomas the Apostle. Service in Willard Hall

Saturday, December 24         Christmas Eve
                                                 7:00 - 7:30 PM Carol Sing

                                                 7:30 - 8:30 PM Holy Eucharist

Sunday, December 25            Christmas Day   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
                                                 Holy Eucharist

                                                 Rev. Bruce MacDuffie, Presiding


Saturday, December 3           Christmas Market 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
                                                 Pre-order pick up 9:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.