CSSeNews – Sunday, July 26, 2020
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Year A, Proper 12

The Sower Window, detail, in the Chapel at Christ & Saint Stephens.
Photo by Gwendolyn R. Chambrun.


The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Year A, Proper 12

July 26, 2020


Introduction to worship from Mother Liles

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Mother Liles Intro Pentecost 8


Opening Hymn 488

Slane, Irish ballad melody;
adapt. The Church Hymnary, 1927

Hannah Spierman, Soprano
Parker Ramsay, Organ

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Hannah Spierman  Opening Hymn 488 Slane

Selected from the Book of Kells (Irish 9th Century):
The Four Evangelists; Madonna and Child; Christ Enthroned.


all else be nought to me, save that thou art-
thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2.  Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father; thine own may I be;
thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

3.  High King of heaven, when victory is won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Irish, ca. 700; versified Mary Elizabeth Byrne (1880–1931).

Christ Enthroned, Book of Kells

Christ Enthroned, Book of Kells, Folio 32v, c 800 AD.


The Acclamation

Celebrant    BLESSED BE GOD: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People         And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.



GLORY TO GOD in the highest,
    and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
    we worship you, we give you thanks,
    we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
    have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: 
    receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
    Jesus Christ,
    with the Holy Spirit,
    in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


The Salutation

Priest:     The Lord be with you.
People:     And also with you.
Priest:      Let us pray.


The Collect of the Day

O GOD, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Barker Children's Book of Hymns

Cicely Mary Barker, The Children's Book of Hymns, 1900.


The Word of the Lord

The Old Testament Reading: 1 Kings 3:5–12

Peggy Thomson, Reader
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Peggy Thomson Old Testament Reading

AT GIBEON THE LORD APPEARED to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”

It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.

Reader  The Word of the Lord
People   Thank be to God.

Giordano Dream of Solomon

Luca Giordano, Dream of Solomon, circa 16941695.


Psalm 119:129–136 ~ Mirabilia

Hannah Spierman, Soprano
Parker Ramsay, Organ

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Hannah Spierman Psalm:119- 129–136

Barthélemy d'Eyck (142014700
Selections from The Aix Annunciation
The Annunciation; The Prophet Jeremiah and Christ; Mary Magdalene.

          therefore I obey them with all my heart.

130.  When your word goes forth it gives light; *
           it gives understanding to the simple.

131.   I open my mouth and pant; *
          I long for your commandments.

132.  Turn to me in mercy, *
          as you always do to those who love your Name.

133.  Steady my footsteps in your word; *
          let no iniquity have dominion over me.

134.  Rescue me from those who oppress me, *
          and I will keep your commandments.

135.  Let your countenance shine upon your servant *
          and teach me your statutes.

136.  My eyes shed streams of tears, *
          because people do not keep your law.

Philippe de Champaigne, Moses with the Ten Commandments

Philippe de Champaigne, Moses with the Ten Commandments, 1648.



The Epistle Reading: Romans 8:26–39

Peggy Thomson, Reader
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Peggy Thomson Epistle Reading

THE SPIRIT HELPS US IN OUR WEAKNESS; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Reader  The Word of the Lord
People   Thank be to God.

Cranach Christ and the Virgin Interceding for Humanity before God the Father

Workshop of Lucas Cranach,
Christ and the Virgin Interceding for Humanity before God the Father (The Three Plagues),
circa 1516-1518.


Sequence Hymn 462

York, melody from The CL Psalmes of David, 1615

Hannah Spierman, Soprano
Parker Ramsay, Hymn

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Hannah Spierman Sequence Hymn 462

Hans Memling (14301494), The Advent of the Christ.

his footsteps cannot err;
before him righteousness shall go,
his royal harbinger.

2.  Truth from the earth, like to a flower,
shall bud and blossom show;
and justice, from her heavenly bower,
look down on us below.

3.  Rise, God, judge thou the earth in might,
this wicked earth redress;
for thou art he who shalt by right
the nations all possess.

4.  The nations all whom thou hast made
shall come, and all shall frame
to bow them low before thee, Lord,
and glorify thy Name.

5.  For great thou art, and wonders great
by thy strong hand are done:
thou in thy everlasting seat
remainest God alone.

John Milton (16081674).


Comper Tester

Sir Ninian Comper, tester above the Shrine of St. Cuthbert in Durham Cathedral, 1902.


The Holy Gospel: Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43

The Rev. L. Kathleen Liles, Gospeler
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Mother Liles Gospel Reading Pentecost 8

Gospeler   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
                  according to Matthew.
People       Glory to you, Lord Christ.

JESUS PUT BEFORE THEM ANOTHER PARABLE: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 

Luyken Parable of the Mustard Seed

Jan Luyken, The Parable of the Mustard Seed, etching, 17th century.

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

Millais Parable of the Leaven

John Everett Millais, Parable of the Leaven, 1864.

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” 

Millais, Parable of the Hidden Treasure

John Everett Millais, Parable of the Hidden Treasure, 1864.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

Millais Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

John Everett Millais, Parable of the Pearl of Great Price, 1864.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 

Luyken, The Parable of the Dragnet

Jan Luyken, The Parable of the Dragnet, etching, 17th century.

“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Gospeler   The Gospel of the Lord.
People       Praise to you, Lord Christ. 


The Sermon: Pentecost VIII

The Rev. James Hagen, Honorary Associate

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Father Hagen Sermon Pentecost 8


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

Form IV

LET US PRAY for the Church and for the world, especially Michael our Presiding Bishop, and for Andrew, Allen, and Mary our Bishops.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world. 

In the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for the team responsible for preparing the Lambeth Conference, which was due to be taking place now, we pray for them as they consider the implications of its postponement

in light of the Covid-19 pandemic; and in the diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Anne’s Church, Washingtonville.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.  

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.  

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us. In the parish cycle of prayer, we pray for the Huffman/Merris Family, Dorothy Krauss-Eisenpress, and Roy Bavaro.

We pray also for those we will serve through our Brown Bag program this week. 

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation, especially: Alice, Frank, Pat, Father Breiner, Bob, Bennie, and Gwyneth.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We commend to your mercy all who have died; especially Ingrid Zeldin, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and for those whose memorial of death falls this week, and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom. 

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for all the blessings of this life. 

We give thanks for the anniversary of the marriage of David and Pamela Kenney and for the anniversary of the births of Andrew, Charles, Mary Lou, and Colin.

We also give thanks for all of our CSS Outreach ministries, especially the CSS Brown Bag Program and for those who contribute to maintaining it. 

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

O LORD OUR GOD, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.


Prayers of Petition

For our Bishops
Our Presiding Bishop Michael and our Bishops in New York, Andrew, Allen and Mary

For the Church
The team responsible for preparing the Lambeth Conference, which was due to be taking place now – please pray for them as they consider the implications of its postponement in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

St. Anne’s Church, Washingtonville

For Parish Members and Friends
The Huffman/Merris Family
Dorothy Krauss-Eisenpress
Roy Bavaro

For the Sick 
Alice Byrne, sister of Dorothy Taishoff 
Frank Stephan, father of David Stephan 
Pat Wheeler, mother of Cullen Wheeler 
Father Bert Breiner 
Bob Russell, organist emeritus 
Bennie Garcia 
Gwyneth Haidar 

For the Departed 
Ingrid Zeldin

Prayers of Thanksgiving 

For those whose Anniversary of Marriage falls this week
David & Pamela Kenney

For those whose Birthday falls this week
Andrew Klopp
Charles McCown
Mary Lou Russell
Colin Williams

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Rockwell Golden Rule

Norman Rockwell, illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, 1961.

The Peace 

Celebrant   The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People        And also with you.


Offertory Anthem 

Ave Maria, Franz Schubert (17971828)

Hannah Spierman, Soprano
Parker Ramsay, Organ

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Hannah Spierman Offertory Anthem Schubert Ave Maria

Depictions of the Annunciation:
Boticelli; El Greco; Anonymous (Catalonian 15th Century;  Leonardo; Hans Memling
Selections from The Aix Annunciation.
 The Annunciation; The Prophet Jeremiah and Christ; Mary Magdalene

Erhöre einer Jungfrau Flehen,
Aus diesem Felsen starr und wild
Soll mein Gebet zu dir hin wehen.
Wir schlafen sicher bis zum Morgen,
Ob Menschen noch so grausam sind.
O Jungfrau, sieh der Jungfrau Sorgen,
O Mutter, hör ein bittend Kind!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Unbefleckt!
Wenn wir auf diesen Fels hinsinken
Zum Schlaf, und uns dein Schutz bedeckt
Wird weich der harte Fels uns dünken.
Du lächelst, Rosendüfte wehen
In dieser dumpfen Felsenkluft,
O Mutter, höre Kindes Flehen,
O Jungfrau, eine Jungfrau ruft!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Reine Magd!
Der Erde und der Luft Dämonen,
Von deines Auges Huld verjagt,
Sie können hier nicht bei uns wohnen,
Wir woll’n uns still dem Schicksal beugen,
Da uns dein heil’ger Trost anweht;
Der Jungfrau wolle hold dich neigen,
Dem Kind, das für den Vater fleht.
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! maiden mild!
Listen to a maiden’s prayer!
Thou canst hear though from the wild;
Thou canst save amid despair.
Safe may we sleep beneath thy care,
Though banish’d, outcast and reviled –
Maiden! hear a maiden’s prayer;
Mother, hear a suppliant child!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! undefiled!
The flinty couch we now must share
Shall seem with down of eider piled,
If thy protection hover there.
The murky cavern’s heavy air
Shall breathe of balm if thou hast smiled;
Then, Maiden! hear a maiden’s prayer,
Mother, list a suppliant child!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! stainless styled.
Foul demons of the earth and air,
From this their wonted haunt exiled,
Shall flee before thy presence fair.
We bow us to our lot of care,
Beneath thy guidance reconciled;
Hear for a maid a maiden’s prayer,
And for a father hear a child!
Ave Maria!

Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)

Burne-Jones, The Annunciation: The Flower of God

Edward Coley Burne-Jones, The Annunciation: The Flower of God, 1862.


Offertory Hymn 615

St. Flavian, melody from Day’s Psalter, 1562

Hannah Spierman, Soprano
Parker Ramsay, Piano

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Hannah Spierman Offertory Hymn 615

The Kingdom of God (Anon 15th Century, Westphalia)
Perugino, Christ Handing the Keys to Saint Peter
Van Eyck, The Ghent Altarpiece
Van der Weyden, Three scenes from The Last Judgment

the passing ages pray;
and faithful souls have yearned to see
on earth that kingdom’s day.

2.  But the slow watches of the night
not less to God belong;
and for the everlasting right
the silent stars are strong.

3.  And lo, already on the hills
the flags of dawn appear;
gird up your loins, ye prophet souls,
proclaim the day is near:

4.  the day to whose clear-shining light
all wrong shall stand revealed,
when justice shall be throned in might,
and every hurt be healed;

5.  when knowledge, hand in hand with peace,
shall walk the earth abroad;
the day of perfect righteousness,
the promised day of God.       

Frederick Lucian Hosmer (18401929)

Burne-Jones, Tree of Life

Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Tree of Life, Saint Paul's Within the Walls, Rome, 1898.

Eucharistic Prayer A

Celebrant    The Lord be with you.
People          And also with you.
Celebrant     Lift up your hearts.
People          We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People          It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Celebrant    It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

For you are the source of light and life, you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LORD, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    Hosanna in the highest.

Then the Celebrant continues

HOLY AND GRACIOUS FATHER: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become  subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the  God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, 
or to lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or 
place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be 

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

The Celebrant continues

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

The Lord’s Prayer

OUR FATHER, who art in heaven,
     hallowed be thy Name, 
     thy kingdom come, 
     thy will be done, 
         on earth as it is 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, 
     and the power, and the glory, 
     for ever and ever. Amen.


Agnus Dei

LAMB OF GOD, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace.


Communion Motet

Laudate Dominum, W.A. Mozart (17561791)

Hannah Spierman, Soprano
Parker Ramsay, Organ

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Hannah Spierman Communion Motet Mozart Laudate Dominum

Selections from Illuminated Manuscripts:
Ghent Choirbook, C. 1500; Flemish, c. 1290; Scotland, c. 1400; England c. 1225.

Laudate eum, omnes populi
Quoniam confirmata est
Super nos misericordia eius
Et veritas, veritas Domini manet, manet in aeternum.

Praise the Lord, all nations; praise him, all peoples.
Certain is his love and mercy for us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Psalm 117:1-2

Burne-Jones, Angeli Laudantes

Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Angeli Laudantes, chalk, c. 1894.

Communion Hymn 375

Du Lebensbrot Herr Jesu Christ,
Peter Sohren (1630?1692?)

Hannah Spierman, Soprano
Parker Ramsay, Organ

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Hannah Spierman Communion Hymn 375

Selections from Illuminated Manuscripts:
Amesbury Psalter, c. 1250; Psalter of Louis IX and Blanche of Castile, c. 1225;
Westminster Psalter, c. 1200; Deceretum of Gratian, c. 1250

the Father of all blessing;
his mighty wonders tell abroad,
his graciousness confessing.
With balm my inmost heart he fills,
his comfort all my anguish stills.
To God be praise and glory.

2.  The host of heaven praiseth thee,
O Lord of all dominions;
and mortals then, on land and sea,
beneath thy shadowing pinions,
exult in thy creative might
that doeth all things well and right.
To God be praise and glory.

3.  What God hath wrought to show his power
he evermore sustaineth;
he watches o’er us every hour,
his mercy never waneth.
Through all his kingdom’s wide domain,
his righteousness and justice reign.
To God be praise and glory.

Johann Jacob Schütz (16401690);
tr. Arthur William Farlander (18981952) and
Charles Winfred Douglas (18671944), alt.

Burne-Jones, Dearle, Morris, Angeli Laudantes

Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Henry Dearle, and William Morris, Angeli Laudantes, tapestry, c 1898.


Post-Communion Prayer 

ETERNAL GOD, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Blessing

THE PEACE OF GOD, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you this day and remain with you always. Amen.


Closing Hymn 388

Hanover, att. William Croft (16781727)

Hannah Spierman, Soprano
Parker Ramsay, Organ

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Hannah Spierman Closing Hymn 388

Four selections from The Book of Divine Works, c. 1230, Hildegard von Bingen;
Goussin de Metz, An Image of the World, c 1250;
Anon, 13th Century, The Universe under Christ

O gratefully sing his power and his love!
Our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

2.  O tell of his might! O sing of his grace!
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

3.  The earth, with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy power hath founded of old,
hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,
and round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

4.  Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

5.  Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
thy mercies, how tender! how firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

Robert Grant (17791838)


Comper Tester

Ninian Comper, Tester, 1902–03.



The Dismissal

The Deacon, or the Celebrant, dismisses them with these words

LET US GO FORTH in the name of Christ.

People         Thanks be to God.


Prayer Spiritual Communion



The Bright Field

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

R. S. Thomas (1913–2000)

Evening Zoom Prayer


Sundays and Wednesdays at 5:00 pm


Photo of the Chapel by Gwendolyn R. Chambrun (May 18, 2018).

A Collect for Sundays

LORD GOD, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that we, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection, may praise you in that City of which he is the light, and where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. 
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virtual Emmaus community

Concludes Monday July 27
 at 5:00 pm

For the past few months a number of us have been gathering (virtually these days) to discuss the upcoming Sunday scripture readings. We call this group “The Emmaus Community” in remembrance of the disciples who (unknowingly) walked along the road with Jesus while he discussed scripture with them. The Emmaus Community is a very informal ‘off the cuff’ reflection rather than a formal class. 

We are going to take a break for as much summer fun we can muster under the current circumstances. Given sufficient interest we will resume again sometime in the fall. 

Thanks to everyone who has walked together along this path as we considered what God might be saying to us in our time and place. 

Concludes Monday, July 27 at 5:00 pm

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“Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us
on the road, 
while he was opening the scriptures to us?”
Zund Emmaus

Robert Zünd, Gang nach Emmaus, 1877.



Church School . . . to go!


Thoughts on Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52 Proper 12 on 7/26/20 


Our Gospel Reading today is from Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52. First off, let us get comfortable with using the word ‘parable’ instead of story (they do mean the same thing.) We will visit five parables today. Jesus teaches us through these parables what he wants us to know.

The first parable is about mustard seeds that become a tree. The second is how mixing yeast and flour equal growth. Great things begin with small actions!  A thought, could it be that what we consider great in this world  is not what Jesus considers great?

The following two parables of the hidden treasure in a field and the merchant looking for a pearl. Both of these people are seeking the kingdom and giving up all to possess them.

The final parable is the fishermen who gather fish and then make a point of throwing out the bad and saving the good.

I hope we have learned to be comfortable using the word ‘parable’. In addition, Jesus instructs us as we take these parables to heart. Parables are meant to kindle our imagination. We may find one parable more meaningful than another. The important thing to take in, I think, is the way the world looks at greatness is not how Jesus looks at it. The instructions through the parables give us a glimpse of heaven.

God Bless You and stay safe,

Teresa Conway 

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