The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Blessed be God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

Collect for Purity

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Summary of the Law

Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ says:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.

Lord, have mercy upon us

Christ, have mercy upon us

Lord, have mercy upon us

Gloria in Excelsis

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.

Collect of the Day

Proper 13

The Lord be with you.

And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your grace that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

The First Reading

Nehemiah 9:16-21

A reading from the prophet Nehemiah.

“But they and our ancestors acted presumptuously and stiffened their necks and did not obey your commandments;they refused to obey, and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them; but they stiffened their necks and determined to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and you did not forsake them. Even when they had cast an image of a calf for themselves and said, ‘This is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,’ and had committed great blasphemies,you in your great mercies did not forsake them in the wilderness; the pillar of cloud that led them in the way did not leave them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night that gave them light on the way by which they should go. You gave your good spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and gave them water for their thirst. Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness so that they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Psalm

Psalm 78:14-26

He divided the sea and let them go through; *

he made the waters to stand in a heap.

In the daytime he led them with a cloud, *

and all the night through with a light of fire.

He split the hard rocks in the wilderness *

and gave them drink in abundance, as out of the great deep.

He brought waters out of the stony rock, *

so that it gushed out like the rivers.

Yet for all this they sinned more against him, *

and provoked the Most High in the wilderness.

They tested God in their hearts *

and demanded food for their craving.

They spoke against God, saying, *

“Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

Indeed, he smote the stony rock, so that water gushed out, and the streams overflowed; *

but can he give bread also, or provide meat for his people?”

When the Lord heard this, he was full of wrath; *

so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and there flared up fierce anger against Israel,

Because they did not believe in God, *

and did not put their trust in his help.

So he commanded the clouds above *

and opened the doors of heaven.

He rained down manna upon them to eat *

and gave them food from heaven.

So mortals ate the bread of angels; *

for he sent them food enough.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The New Testament

Romans 8:35-39

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

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.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

O for a thousand tongues to sing

my great Redeemer’s praise,

the glories of my God and King,

the triumphs of his grace!

My gracious Master and my God,

assist me to proclaim,

and spread thro’ all the earth abroad

the honors of your name.

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,

that bids our sorrows cease,

‘tis music in the sinner’s ears,

‘tis life and health and peace.

He speaks, and listening to his voice,

new life the dead receive,

the mournful broken hearts rejoice,

the humble poor believe.

Hear him, ye deaf; ye voiceless ones,

Your loosened tongues employ;

Ye blind, behold, your Savior comes;

and leap, ye lame, for joy!

Glory to God and praise and love

be now and ever given

by saints below and saints above,

the Church in earth and heaven.

The Gospel

Matthew 14:13-21

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.”And he said, “Bring them here to me.”Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon

the Rev Dr Mary Baker

Nicene Creed

Let us confess our faith in the words of the Nicene Creed.

I believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten 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,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and 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.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Let us pray for the Church and for the world, saying,

Lord, in your mercy.

Hear our Prayer.

For the peace of the whole world, and for the well-being and unity of the people of God.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our Prayer.

For Foley, our Archbishop, and Jim, our Bishop. For all the clergy and people of our Diocese, and for the clergy, vestry and people of our church, All Souls.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our Prayer.

For Ann and Nicole, and the families of our sponsored children as they navigate the Coronavirus in Dandora, as they continue for pray for us.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our Prayer.

For all those who proclaim the Gospel at home and abroad; and for all who teach and disciple others.

In the Diocese of Pittsburgh, we are praying for our retired clergy who are not in Parochial Appointments: The Reverend Mark & Chris Brown, The Reverend Don & Shannon Cox, The Reverend Dr. Dan & Della Crawford, The Reverend Bill & Ruthmary Eaton, The Reverend Chuck & Gail Ellenbaum, The Reverend Mary Lou & William Kator, The Reverend Dr. Arnold & Carol Klukas, and The Reverend Larry & Marilyn Knotts.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our Prayer.

For our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted for their faith.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our Prayer.

For our nation, for those in authority, and for all in public service, especially for Donald, our President, and the leaders of the world; and for JB, our Governor; and the leaders of this nation.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our Prayer.

For all those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity, especially for For Hannah Lambert’s mother, Loretta, undergoing treatment for leukemia, for Tom Topel, battling cancer, for all those affected by the Coronavirus.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our Prayer.

For all those who have departed this life in the certain hope of the resurrection, especially the Rev Dr J. I. Packer, in thanksgiving let us pray,

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for the birth of Abigail Elizabeth Crose, born to Sarah and Bryan; and Samuel David Schroeder (“Schrayder”), born to Katie and Jim.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer.

Almighty God, you created us in your own image: Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and help us to use our freedom rightly in the establishment of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

Confession and Absolution

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us;

that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who sincerely repent and with true faith turn to him, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Comfortable Words

Hear the Word of God to all who truly turn to him.

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 3:16

God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 Timothy 1:15

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

1 John 2:1-2

If anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

The Peace

The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

And with your spirit.

Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray.

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 forever and ever

Amen

Agnus Dei

Jesus Lamb of God

Have mercy on us

Jesus, bearer of our sins

Have mercy on us

Jesus, Redeemer, Redeemer of the world

Give us your peace

Give us your peace

Ministration of Communion

The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for you, preserve your body and soul to everlasting life.

Collect for Spiritual Communion:

Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people, and I embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Never permit me to be separated from you.

Amen.

Communion Hymn

In Christ There is No East or Westr

In Christ there is no east or west,

In him no south or north,

But one great fellowship of love

Throughout the whole wide earth.

In him shall true hearts everywhere

Their high communion find;

His service is the golden cord

Close binding all mankind.

Join hands, then, brothers of the faith,

Whate’er your race may be!

Who serve each other in Christ’s love

Are surely kin to me.

In Christ now meet both east and west,

In him meet south and north,

All Christlike souls are one in him

Throughout the whole wide earth.

Post Communion Prayer

Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God,

we thank you for feeding us, in these holy mysteries,

with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood

of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;

and for assuring us, through this Sacrament, of your favor and goodness towards us: that we are true members of the mystical body of your Son,

the blessed company of all faithful people;

and are also heirs, through hope, of your everlasting kingdom.

And we humbly ask you, heavenly Father, to assist us with your grace,

that we may continue in that holy fellowship,

and do all the good works that you have prepared for us to walk in;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be all honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Notices

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 our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.

Dismissal

Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thanks be to God.