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The Holy Eucharist Rite I: August 28

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

The Collect for Purity

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.

The Summary of the Law

Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

Kyrie

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Collect

The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit
Let us pray.

Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of
all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name,
increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness,
and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the
Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Lesson—Sirach 10:12-18

The Book of Sirach is a book of wisdom writings, probably written around 200BC during a period of time that Christians refer to as the “Intertestamental period”–meaning that the Old Testament books had been written, but the New Testament books had yet to be written. Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, and Orthodox Christians include Sirach as a “Deuterocanonical” book—meaning that it has a “second (deutero) class” status to the regular books of the Bible. While there is much discussion as to whether these writings are inspired in the same way as the other Bibilical books, there is no doubt that Christians have read these books for almost 2,000 years. Sirach is very similar to the Book of Proverbs.

A reading from the Book of Sirach:

The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord;
the heart has withdrawn from its Maker.

For the beginning of pride is sin,
and the one who clings to it pours out abominations.

Therefore the Lord brings upon them unheard-of calamities,
and destroys them completely.

The Lord overthrows the thrones of rulers,
and enthrones the lowly in their place.

The Lord plucks up the roots of the nations,
and plants the humble in their place.

The Lord lays waste the lands of the nations,
and destroys them to the foundations of the earth.

He removes some of them and destroys them,
and erases the memory of them from the earth.

Pride was not created for human beings,
or violent anger for those born of women.

Here ends the reading

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

The Psalm 112

The one-hundred and twelfth psalm is a hymn to the faithful of God’s kingdom. It shows what faithfulness looks like.

Together, let us pray the 112th Psalm, responsively, after the asterisk:
1 Hallelujah!
Happy are they who fear the Lord *
and have great delight in his commandments!

2 Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *
the generation of the upright will be blessed.

3 Wealth and riches will be in their house, *
and their righteousness will last for ever.

4 Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *
the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.

5 It is good for them to be generous in lending *
and to manage their affairs with justice.

6 For they will never be shaken; *
the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.

7 They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *
their heart is right;
they put their trust in the Lord.

8 Their heart is established and will not shrink, *
until they see their desire upon their enemies.

9 They have given freely to the poor, *
and their righteousness stands fast for ever;
they will hold up their head with honor.

10 The wicked will see it and be angry;
they will gnash their teeth and pine away; *
the desires of the wicked will perish.

The Second Lesson—Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

The Book of Hebrews ends with an admonishment to live faithfully. Helpfully, it shows what faithfulness looks like: love each other, show hospitality to strangers, remember the prisoners, don’t live with love of money, etc.

A reading from the Book of Hebrews:

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.

What can anyone do to me?”

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

The Gospel Lesson—Luke 14:1, 7-14

Jesus here talks about humility and not regarding yourself as better than anyone else.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
Glory be to thee, O Lord.

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, `Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to thee, O Christ.

The Sermon

The Nicene Creed

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:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
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 and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He 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.

The Prayers of the People

Celebrant
Let us offer our prayers unto the Lord our God, for our needs and for the needs of all the earth.
Silence

Intercessor
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we beseech thee to keep the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Presiding Bishop, our Bishop, our Rector, our pastoral assistant, and all thy whole Church enlivened by the Holy Ghost for ministry to all people, and buttressed against the works of the Evil One.
Hear us, Lord.
For your mercy is great.

We beseech thee to shelter thy whole creation under the shadow of thy wings, and especially these United States and all her leaders; that thy peace, thy truth, and thy Gospel would prevail unto the ages of ages.
Hear us, Lord.
For your mercy is great.

O God, the font of all grace, we beseech thee to give comfort and succor to the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and all those in want.
Hear us, Lord.
For your mercy is great.

On behalf of thy people who are sick, in pain, preparing to undergo surgery, and those in trouble of any kind, we make supplication in Jesus’ Name that you would deliver them to health and wholeness.
Hear us, Lord.
For your mercy is great.

And, O God, the King of Heaven, we pray for those who have gone before us, in thy faith and fear, and who now abide in the fullness of thy Kingdom.
Hear us, Lord.
For your mercy is great.

We pray for the sick of this parish, and those beloved to us, especially, _________ and for those serving our country at home or abroad, especially, Christopher, Richard, Stephen, Patrick, Esteban, Jeremy, Stewart, Wyatt, Maria, and Andrew.

We pray for those in our parish family celebrating birthdays this week, especially, Kevin Lazo, Phillip Moussally, Rebecca Moussally, Matt Lanese, Melissa Fletcher, Jeff Hooper, Elliot Les and Connie Rose and for the anniversaries of John & Theresa Wojnar and Rob & Nancy Brangaccio.

And, we pray for the Giving Garden at the Ross Farm, and all efforts to bring food and comfort to your people, O God. May the cups of all your children run over.

These, and all our prayers we offer unto you, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.

The Confession of Sin and Absolution

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

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. Amen.

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 us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And with thy spirit.

The Welcome and Announcements

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The Offertory

Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit
Let us pray.

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, did institute the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may thankfully receive the same in remembrance of him who in these holy mysteries giveth us a pledge of life eternal, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say.
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as 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, the power,
and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

The Fraction

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

The Prayer of Humble Access

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. Amen.

The Post-Communion Prayer

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. Amen.

The Blessing

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.