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Welcome to Trinity Episcopal Church, NJ!

February 12, 2017: The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Celebrant and Homilist: The Rev. Andrew David Kruger

Deacon: Clive Oscar Sang

Seminarian: Allison Burns-LaGreca

Verger: Anthony Francis Vitale

Organist: Anthony J. Rafaniello

  • Prelude: “Gentleness” – Ron Mallory
  • Choir Anthem: “O How Amiable” – Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams; Text: Psalm 84
  • Postlude: Improvisation on Aurelia

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Readings of the Day

Collect of the Day

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
A Reading from the book of Deuteronomy.

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Psalm 119: 1-8, BCP p. 763 Beati immaculati

    1 Happy are they whose way is blameless, *
    who walk in the law of the Lord!
    2 Happy are they who observe his decrees *
    and seek him with all their hearts!
    3 Who never do any wrong, *
    but always walk in his ways.
    4 You laid down your commandments, *
    that we should fully keep them.
    5 Oh, that my ways were made so direct *
    that I might keep your statutes!
    6 Then I should not be put to shame, *
    when I regard all your commandments.
    7 I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, *
    when I have learned your righteous judgments.
    8 I will keep your statutes; *
    do not utterly forsake me.

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 3:1-9
A Reading from Paul’s First letter to the Church in Corinth.

And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

Holy Gospel

Matthew 5:31-27

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell. It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”

A Note on Today’s Readings

Again, we hear a portion of the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew’s gospel presents Jesus as the fulfillment of Moses. In today’s reading, Jesus speaks of various requirements of the Law. Those who live in his Way will follow the Law inwardly, not simply outwardly. Jesus’ own relationship to God as God’s Child is revealed in his teaching our relationship as children of God given to us in baptism grows through the way of living he taught.

The first reading from Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) is perhaps the clearest statement on human freedom of choice in the Hebrew Scriptures. This passage alone would seem to suggest that everyone can do that which is right unhindered by sin. This passage needs the corrective supplied by today’s gospel reading that makes it clear that we are still dependent upon God’s gracious assistance if we are to carry out the inward obedience that Jesus commands.

In the second reading, Paul continues to seek to deal with division in the Corinthian church between cliques loyal to him and those loyal to Apollos. His approach is to suggest that each member of the body is essential and it is God alone who is building up the church through the varied ministries we are given. The liturgy is this truth about our life in the church, as each of us has a role to play and all of our individual liturgical actions and words combine to make the work of the people of God.

The Worship Service

10 AM: Rite Two

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

Prelude see above
Processional Hymn H # 492
Acclamation BCP 355
Collect for Purity BCP 355
Gloria S # 278
Collect of the Day BCP 216
The Lesson Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm Psalm 119: 1-8
The Epistle 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9
Sequence Hymn H # 470
The Gospel Matthew 5: 21-37
Sermon Father Andrew+
Nicene Creed BCP 358
Prayers of the People Form II
Confession BCP 360
Absolution BCP 360
The Peace BCP 360
Announcements

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

Choir Anthem see above
Offertory Hymn H # 414
Eucharistic Prayer A BCP 361
Sanctus S # 128
The Lord’s Prayer BCP 364
Agnus Dei S # 165
The Invitation BCP 364
Communion Hymns Behold the Lamb, 337
Post Communion Prayer BCP 365
Blessing
Recessional Hymn H # 525
Dismissal
Postlude see above

Note: This was Father Andrew Kruger’s first service as Priest-in-Charge.