September 18, 2016: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The sanctuary candle burns, and the altar flowers are given, for the Glory of God, and in memory of Nancy Robinson and Donna Sabinksy, by the Robinson family.
Celebrant and Homilist: The Rev. Stephanie Shockley
Deacon: Clive Oscar Sang
Organist: Mr. Anthony J. Rafaniello
- Prelude: Improvisation on Lobe den Herren
- Choir Anthem: “Jesus calls us o’er the tumult” – David Hurd
- Postlude: “Rigaudon” – André Campra
- Click here to listen to the readings by Lynn Kiamie-Bianchini, the Gospel by Deacon Clive Oscar Sang, and sermon by the Rev. Stephanie Shockley from the 8 AM service.
- Click here to listen to the readings by Victor Broccoli and Elizabeth Broccoli, the Gospel by Deacon Clive Oscar Sang, and sermon by the Rev. Stephanie Shockley, with prelude, choir anthem and postlude from the 10 AM service.
Notes on Today’s Readings
In the liturgy, the spiritual and the material are joined in Holy Communion. This reflects the Christian concern with both matter and spirit. We cannot be faithful to the gospel if we limit our values to either one alone. Today’s gospel reading about the unjust steward makes the point that how we use our material wealth is directly related to our relationship with God. If a “worldly” person like the steward uses money to secure friends, how much more should we, the children of God, use our material wealth to gain favor with God and our fellow human beings.
The first reading from Jeremiah reveals how the message of God rejecting the kingdom of Judah pained him. The prophet laments the state of his people even though he knows that their suffering is a result of their own choice to reject their God and their refusal to repent.
Today we continue the series of readings from the first epistle to Timothy. These letters, written after Paul’s death by his followers, give practical advice to Christian communities about church life. The church is to be an intercessory body of people who, through their prayer for all persons (even the emperor, their enemy), are the means of bringing about God’s salvation.
God’s love is for all of creation and we are called in both liturgical worship and daily living to be God’s instrument in bringing everything and everyone into God’s Kingdom.
The Worship Service
10 AM: Rite Two
THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
|Processional Hymn||H # 390|
|Collect for Purity||BCP 355|
|Gloria||S # 280|
|Collect of the Day||BCP|
|The Lesson||Jeremiah 8:18—9:1|
|The Epistle||1 Timothy 2: 1-7|
|Sequence Hymn||H # 605|
|The Gospel||Luke 16: 1-13|
|Nicene Creed||BCP 358|
|Prayers of the People||Form III|
|The Peace||BCP 360|
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
|Choir Anthem||see above|
|Offertory Hymn||H # 601|
|Eucharistic Prayer C||BCP 369|
|Sanctus||S # 129|
|The Lord’s Prayer||BCP 364|
|Agnus Dei||S # 163|
|The Invitation||BCP 364|
|Communion Hymns||H # 488, W 788|
|Post Communion Prayer||BCP 365|
|Recessional Hymn||H # 368|