Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

Opening Acclamation

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

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

Processional Hymn

#26 Immortal, Invisible

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,

In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,

Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,

Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,

Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;

Thy justice like mountains high soaring above

Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;

In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;

We blossom and flourish like leaves on the tree,

Then wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee.

Thou reignest in glory, thou rulest in light

Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;

All laud we would render, O help us to see:

‘Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.

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

Collect of the Day

Proper 23

The Lord be with you.

And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

O God, our refuge and strength, true source of all godliness; Graciously hear the prayers of your Church, and grant that those things which we ask faithfully, we may obtain effectually; 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

Amos 5:6 – 15

A reading from the book Amos.

Seek the Lord and live,

or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,

and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.

Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,

and bring righteousness to the ground!

The one who made the Pleiades and Orion,

and turns deep darkness into the morning,

and darkens the day into night,

who calls for the waters of the sea,

and pours them out on the surface of the earth,

the Lord is his name,

who makes destruction flash out against the strong,

so that destruction comes upon the fortress.

They hate the one who reproves in the gate,

and they abhor the one who speaks the truth.

Therefore because you trample on the poor

and take from them levies of grain,

you have built houses of hewn stone,

but you shall not live in them;

you have planted pleasant vineyards,

but you shall not drink their wine.

For I know how many are your transgressions,

and how great are your sins—

you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,

and push aside the needy in the gate.

Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;

for it is an evil time.

Seek good and not evil,

that you may live;

and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,

just as you have said.

Hate evil and love good,

and establish justice in the gate;

it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,

will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Psalm

from Psalm 990
Music: William Crotch [1775–1847]

Lord, you have /been our /refuge *

from /one gener- /ation to /another.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or the earth and the /world were /made, *

you are God from everlasting, and /world with- /_out_ /end.

You turn man /back • to the /dust; *

you say, “Re- /turn, O /children of /men.”

For a thousand years in your sight /are as /yesterday, *

even as a /_day_ /that is /past.

You scatter them as a night-watch that comes quickly /to an /end; *

they are even as a /dream and /fade a- /way.

They are like the grass, which in the /morning is /green, *

but in the evening is /_dried_ /up and /withered.

For we consume away in /your dis- /pleasure *

and are afraid at your /wrathful /indig- /nation.

You have set our mis- /deeds be- /fore you, *

and our secret sins in the /_light_ /of your /countenance.

For when you are angry, all our /days are /gone; *

we bring our years to an end, /as a /tale • that is /told.

The days of our life are seventy years, and though some be so strong that they come to /eighty /years, *

yet is their span but labor and sorrow; so soon it passes a- /way, and /we are /gone.

But who regards the /power • of your /wrath, *

and who considers the /fierceness /of your /anger?

So teach us to /number our /days, *

that we may apply our /_hearts_ /unto /wisdom.

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 /A- /men.

The New Testament

Hebrews 3:1 – 6

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also “was faithful in all God’s house.” Yet Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken later. Christ, however, was faithful over God’s house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Alleluia

The Gospel

Mark 10:17 – 31

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

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon

the Very Revd George Koch

Nicene Creed

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

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, visible and invisible.

We 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.

We 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.

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.

Prayers of the People

Reader: 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 Martyn, our interim bishop, and for all the clergy and people of our Diocese. And for Sarah, John, Rich, Dick, Denise, Jessie, and Adam, the members of our rector search committee: for wisdom, insight, and unity as they undertake the work of finding our next rector.

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.

For Wilson and Lewis and the families of our sponsored children as they navigate the coronavirus in Dandora, and as they pray for the Milliner family, Carol Woods, and the Quinn family.

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 Joe, 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 those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity, especially for Brita Beitler; for Kyleah Kirby, living with chronic pain; for Tom Topel, with cancer; for Monica Hupp; for Bethany Erickson’s Aunt Kerry, fighting COVID, and for all others affected by COVID.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our Prayer.

For all those who have departed this life in the certain hope of the resurrection, in thanksgiving let us pray.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our Prayer.

Reader: I invite you now to offer your own intercessions.

silence

The Celebrant concludes with this or some other appropriate Collect:

Heavenly Father, grant these our prayers for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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.

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

Matthew 11:28

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

John 3:16

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

1 Timothy 1:15

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.

1 John 2:1-2

The Peace

The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

And with your spirit.

sit

Offertory Hymn (9:00)

May the Mind of Christ My Savior

May the mind of Christ, my Savior,

Live in me from day to day,

By his love and pow’r controlling

All I do and say.

May the word of God dwell richly

In my heart from hour to hour,

So that all may see I triumph

Only through his pow’r.

May the peace of God, my Father,

Rule my life in ev’rything,

That I may be calm to comfort

Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me

As the waters fill the sea.

Him exalting, self abasing:

This is victory.

May I run the race before me,

Strong and brave to face the foe,

Looking only unto Jesus

As I onward go.

May his beauty rest upon me

As I seek the lost to win;

And may they forget the channel

Seeing only him.

Offertory Anthem (11:00)

Jesu, the very thought of thee (Simon Lole)

Jesu, the very thought of thee with sweetness fills my breast; But, sweeter far thy face to see and in thy presence rest. Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame, nor can the memory find, a sweeter sound than thy blest name, O Saviour of mankind.

O hope of every contrite heart, O joy of all the meek, to those who fall, how kind thou art, how good to those who seek! But, what to those who find? Ah, this no tongue nor pen can show; the love of Jesus, what it is — none but his loved ones know.

Jesu, our only joy be thou, as thou our guide wilt be; Jesu, be thou our glory now, and through eternity.

© Oxford University Press, 2001

Doxology

The People stand while the offerings are presented. The following may be said.

Celebrant: Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for everything in heaven and on earth is yours; yours is the Kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as Head above all. All things come from you, O Lord,

People: And of your own have we given you.

1 Chronicles 29:11, 14t

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

Sursum Corda

The People remain standing. The Celebrant faces them and sings or says

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And with your spirit.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

The Celebrant continues

It is right, our duty and our joy, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

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:

Sanctus

Prayer of Consecration

The People sit or kneel. The Celebrant continues

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and when we had sinned against you and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent your only Son Jesus Christ into the world for our salvation. By the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary he became flesh and dwelt among us. In obedience to your will, he stretched out his arms upon the Cross and offered himself once for all, that by his suffering and death we might be saved. By his resurrection he broke the bonds of death, trampling Hell and Satan under his feet. As our great high priest, he ascended to your right hand in glory, that we might come with confidence before the throne of grace.

On the night that he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,

“Take, eat; this is my Body, which is given for you: Do this in remembrance of me.”

Likewise, after supper, Jesus took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying,

“Drink this, all of you; for 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 in remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

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

Sanctify them by your Word and Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Sanctify us also, that we may worthily receive this holy Sacrament, and be made one body with him, that he may dwell in us and we in him. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us with all your saints into the joy of your heavenly kingdom, where we shall see our Lord face to face.

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.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Celebrant then says

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

Celebrant and People together 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,

for ever and ever. Amen.

The Fraction

Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

Prayer of Humble Access

Celebrant and People together may say

We do not presume to come to this your table, O merciful Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in your abundant and great mercies.

We are not worthy so much as to gather up

the crumbs under your table;

but you are the same Lord

whose character is always to have mercy.

Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,

so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ,

and to drink his blood,

that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body,

and our souls washed through his most precious blood,

and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

Agnus Dei

Ministration of Communion

Facing the People, the Celebrant may say the following invitation

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.

Communion Hymns

#60 Spirit Divine, Attend our Prayer

Spirit divine, attend our prayer,

And make this house your home;

Descend with all your gracious pow’r;

O come, great Spirit, come!

Come as the light; to us reveal

Our emptiness and woe,

And lead us in those paths of life

Where all the righteous go.

Come as the wind: sweep clean away

What dead within us lies

And search and freshen all our souls

With living energies.

Come as the fire and purge our hearts

Like sacrificial flame;

Let our whole soul an offering be

To our Redeemer’s name.

Spirit divine, attend our prayer;

Make a lost world your home;

Descend with all your gracious pow’r;

O come, great Spirit, come!

#82 This is My Father’s World

This is my Father’s world,

And to my listening ears

All nature sings, and round me rings

The music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world:

I rest me in the thought

Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas–

His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world:

The birds their carols raise,

The morning light, the lily white,

Declare their Maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world:

He shines in all that’s fair;

In the rustling grass, I hear Him pass,

He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world:

O let me ne’er forget

That though the wrong seems oft so strong,

God is the Ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world:

The battle is not done;

Jesus who died, shall be satisfied,

And earth and heaven be one.

Post Communion Prayer

After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food

of the most precious Body and Blood

of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;

and for assuring us in these holy mysteries

that we are living members of the body of your Son,

and heirs of your eternal Kingdom.

And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do,

to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,

be 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.

Recessional Hymn

#463 Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem,

Your sweetest notes employ,

The Pascal victory to hymn

In strains of holy joy.

For Judah’s Lion burst his chains,

Crushing the serpent’s head;

And cries aloud through death’s domains

To wake the imprisoned dead.

Devouring depths of hell their prey

At his command restore;

His ransomed hosts pursue their way

Where Jesus goes before.

Triumphant in his glory now

To him all power is given;

To him in one communion bow

All saints in earth and heaven.

All glory to the Father be,

All glory to the Son,

All glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,

While endless ages run.

Dismissal

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

Thanks be to God.

We are grateful this week to welcome our dean as our supply celebrant and preacher, the Very Revd George Koch, rector of New Jerusalem House of Prayer in Carol Stream. What’s a dean, you ask? Academics know that in their context deans lead segments of a college or university. A similar thing occurs in a diocese, especially a large one, which is at times composed of smaller segments called “deaneries.” The dean is head of a deanery. Our deanery is the small cadre of Illinois parishes of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The term “Very Reverend” is an honorific style for deans or other senior clergy. We have “the Reverend” for priests and deacons, “the Reverend Canon” for canons, “the Right Reverend” for bishops, “the Most Reverend” for Archbishops, and, my favorite, “the Venerable” for Archdeacons (don’t have too many of those these days!).

These titles attempt to express the hierarchy that characterizes our form of church structure. Rather than having an aversion to “hierarchy,” I find comfort in the etymology of that term, “holy order.” When it is working properly, the holy order of church hierarchy provides lines of accountability and empowerment; accountability when things go wrong, but empowerment so things can go well. For me, these titles help assure me that I am not some isolated Christian, but instead that I fit into a larger holy organization. This reminds me that I am accountable to the holy order, yet I am also empowered by it as well.