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
- Click here to listen to the readings by Tony Vitale and Marion Nechuta, Gospel and sermon by Deacon Clive Oscar Sang, with postlude and prelude, from the 9:15 AM service.
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
THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
|Processional Hymn||H # 594|
|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|
|Nicene Creed||BCP 358|
|Prayers of the People IV||BCP 388|
|The Peace||BCP 360|
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
|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|