August 15, 2021 | 12th Sunday after Pentecost

The Word of God

Opening Hymn     When in our music God is glorified

1     When in our music God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride,
        it is as though the whole creation cried Alleluia!

2     How often, making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound,
        as worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia!

3     So has the Church, in liturgy and song, in faith and love, through centuries of wrong,
        borne witness to the truth in every tongue, Alleluia!  Amen.

Opening Acclamation          

Blessed be God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen. 

The Collect for Purity (together)

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. 

Gloria

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 Collect of the Day                                       

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Let us pray.

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

The First Reading     Proverbs 9:1-6

Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars. She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table. She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls from the highest places in the town, “You that are simple, turn in here!” To those without sense she says, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”   The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm 34:9-14 (in unison)

Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, *those who fear him lack nothing.

The young lions lack and suffer hunger, *those who seek thenothing that is good.

Come, children, and listen to me; *will teach you the fear of theLord.

Who among you loves life *desires long life to enjoy prosperity?

Keep your tongue from evil-speaking *your lips from lying words.

Turn from evil and do good; *peace and pursue it.

The Second Reading     Ephesians 5:15-20

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Gospel Acclamation     Celtic Alleluia

The Gospel     John 6:51-58

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.  Glory to you, O Christ. 

Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

The Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, O Christ.

The Sermon                                                                                                           The Rev. Cathy Boyd

       A period of silence follows 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

Let us mix the wine and set the table with prayer for those in desperate need.

For this holy gathering, and for the people of God in every place.  Lord, have mercy. 

For all nations and their leaders, and for mercy, justice, and peace in the world. Lord, have mercy.

For students and teachers, and all those returning to their studies.  Lord have mercy.

For travelers and those on vacation, and for safety from violent storms.  Lord, have mercy. 

For the sick and the suffering, prisoners and their families, the hungry and the oppressed, and all in danger and need.  Lord, have mercy.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as Christ loves us.  We pray for Bill, Alan, Allistor, Keebe, Sharon, Mal, Keith, Jerry, Joe and Janet, for the Florimonte Family and for the children of St. Vincent’s School, Haiti.  We pray for the dying and those who have died, and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.  Lord, have mercy.

For our city and those who live in it, and for our families, companions, and all we love.  Lord, have mercy.

Lifting our voices with all creation, with Blessed Martin, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ. To you, O Lord. 

God of eternal life, who built a house of faithful people, have mercy on all who gather in your name and grant our prayers for all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession of Sin

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.

The Absolution

The Peace and Announcements

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

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Anthem     In the Breaking of the Bread                                                                                                

The Great Thanksgiving     Eucharistic Prayer B                             

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.  We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

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:           

          Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power, God of 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.  Hosanna in the highest.

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night before he died for us, 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, according to his command, O Father, 

        We remember his death, We proclaim his resurrection, We await his coming in glory;

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, withand all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.  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                                                                      

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 Breaking of Bread

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

The Invitation

The Gifts of God for the People of God.

Communion Hymn     Taste and see

            Refrain:            Taste and see. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
                                O taste and see.  Taste and seegoodness of the Lord, of the Lord.

1     I will bless the Lord at all times. Praise shall always be on my lips;
        my soul shall glory in the Lord; for God has been so good to me.  
Refrain

2     Glorify the Lord with me.  Together let us all praise God’s name.
        I called the Lord, who answered me; from all my troubles I was set free.  
Refrain

3     Worship the Lord, all you people.  You’ll want for nothing if you ask.
        Taste and see that the Lord is good; in God we need put all our trust.  
Refrain

The 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 Closing Hymn     Be thou my vision

  1. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;  all else be naught to me, save that thou art—

        thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my life.

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 my 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.

The Dismissal

Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.  Thanks be to God.

“Alleluia, alleluia” is only said during Easter season.

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God in loving memory of Grace Giummo.

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