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September 4, 2016: The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Celebrant: The Rev. Stephanie Shockley

Deacon and Homilist: Clive Oscar Sang

Organist: Mr. Anthony J. Rafaniello

  • Prelude: Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Major from “The Well-Tempered Clavier” – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Postlude: Improvisation on Ora Labora

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Notes on the Readings

The gospel reading today is another of the passages from Jesus’ teaching as he approached Jerusalem and his death. For weeks now, we have been reminded of the call to discipleship and its cost. Today’s reading describes his call to bear the cross, setting aside all earthly concerns which would turn us away from faithfulness to Christ.

The first reading is again from Jeremiah. He has watched a potter at work. When a pot is spoiled, the potter reshapes it. I n the same way, we are told, God can change his mind. If a nation such a Judah rejects God, God can raise up another nation. Judah is urged by God to change its ways lest God bring disaster to the kingdom.

In Paul’s brief letter to his friend, Philemon, he describes the transformed quality of Christian people’s relationships with others. Philemon’s runaway slave, Onesimus, has become a Christian and Paul instructs Philemon to receive him back as a brother in Christ. The work of Christ’s Spirit in our lives places us in a new stance in which we are all brothers and sisters, and children of the living God.

Each gathering to celebrate the Holy Eucharist challenges us to renewed commitment to the new life that God gives us. We find ourselves part of a family given us in baptism. In company with our brothers and sisters, we respond by choosing life rather than death, and in union with our Savior, we take up our cross and join in pilgrimage toward the resurrection.

From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year. Copyright © 2007 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.

The Worship Service

9 AM: Rite One


Prelude see above
Processional Hymn H # 594
Acclamation BCP 355
Collect for Purity BCP 355
Gloria S # 280
Collect of the Day BCP 233
The Lesson Jeremiah 18: 1-11
Psalm 139: 1-5, 12-17
The Epistle Philemon 1-21
Sequence Hymn H # 675
The Gospel Luke 14: 25-33
Sermon Deacon Clive
Nicene Creed BCP 358
Prayers of the People IV BCP 388
Confession BCP 360
Absolution BCP 360
The Peace BCP 360


Offertory Hymn H # 9
Eucharistic Prayer A BCP 361
Sanctus S # 129
The Lord’s Prayer BCP 364
Agnus Dei S # 163
The Invitation BCP 364
Communion Hymns H # 603, 424
Post Communion Prayer BCP 365
Ressional Hymn H # 541