The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Glenside, Pennsylvania September 19, 2021 10:00 A.M.
Welcome to St. Peter’s! The Vestry has affirmed that until further notice, masks are required to be worn before, during, and after services held in the church. Masks will be provided to all those who need one. For those who do not wish to wear a mask, we encourage you to continue to view the services online. Please continue to socially distance with your neighbors before, during and after worship. The restrooms in the chapel hallway are available for use during the service. Thank you. Prelude: It is Well With My Soul
Opening Hymn: 410, Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
The Opening Acclamation Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. People: And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. 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. The 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 Celebrant says to the people The Lord be with you. People: And also with you. Celebrant: Let us pray. Collect of the Day BCP 234 Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 4
Listening for God’s Word The First Reading - James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Psalm 1 BCP 585 1 Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! 2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and they meditate on his law day and night. 3 They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall prosper. 4 It is not so with the wicked; they are like chaff which the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, nor the sinner in the council of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed.
Gospel Hymn: 379, God is Love, let heaven adore him
The Gospel Reading - Mark 8:27-38 The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark Response: Glory to you, Lord Christ. Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” The Gospel of the Lord. Response: Praise to you, Lord Christ. The Sermon
The Rev. Emily Richards
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, 7
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. Prayers for Creation Season The Leader and People pray responsively
from Women’s Uncommon Prayers
Let us pray for the Church and for the world, giving thanks for God’s goodness. Caring God, we thank you for your gifts in creation: for our world, the heavens tell of your glory; for our land, its beauty and resources, for the rich heritage we enjoy. We pray for those who make decisions about the resources of the earth, that we may use your gifts responsibly; for those who work on the land and sea, in cities and in industry, that all may enjoy the fruits of their labors and marvel at your creation; for artists, scientists and visionaries, that through their work we may see creation afresh. Silence We thank you for giving us life; for all who enrich our experience.
We pray: for all who through their own or others’ actions are deprived of fullness of life, for prisoners, refugees, and all who are sick or suffer; for those in politics, medical science, social and relief work, and for your Church, here and throughout the world, for all who seek to bring life to others. Silence We thank you that you have called us to celebrate your creation. Give us reverence for life in your world. We thank you for your redeeming love; may your word and sacrament strengthen us to love you as you love us. Silence For Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Daniel, our Bishop, Silvestre, Bishop of Guatemala, Emily and Laura, our clergy, Sacramento and Juan, our Companion clergy in Guatemala and each one of us in our vocation and ministry. In the Anglican cycle of prayer we pray for the Church of the Province of Uganda. In our companion Diocese of Guatemala, we pray for San Timoteo, Reverendo Presbitero Sacramento Niassaca. In our own Diocese, we pray for the Widows Corporation. We remember all those on our parish prayer list, especially Amy, Carrie, Emily, Donald, Lillian, Pat, Rhonda, Karen, Missy, Debbie, Frances, Katie, Bob, Art, Mary, Barbara, Linda, Ruth, all those suffering from COVID-19, and all those we now name…...(pause) We remember all those who have died from COVID-19 and all those we name now… Silence God, Creator, bring us new life. Jesus, Redeemer, renew us. Holy Spirit, strengthen and guide us. The celebrant concludes with this prayer Blessed are you, God of growth and discovery; yours is the inspiration that has altered and changed our lives; yours is the power that has brought us to new dangers and opportunities. Set us, as part of your new creation, to walk through this new world, watching and learning, loving and trusting, to await the coming of your kingdom. Amen.
The Confession and Absolution
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. Celebrant and People 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. Celebrant concludes with an absolution or a suitable Collect. Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen. Eagle Scout Recognition The Peace Please remain in your seats for this exchange. Greet one another with a wave and words of peace. Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you. People: And also with you.
Celebrating Holy Communion Presentation Hymn: 437, Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
The Great Thanksgiving Prayer C Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People:
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. 11
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. People: It is right to give him thanks and praise. Celebrant: God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise. People: Glory to you for ever and ever. Celebrant: At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home. People: By your will they were created and have their being. Celebrant: From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another. People: Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight. Celebrant: Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace. People: By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed. Celebrant: And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn: 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. The Celebrant continues And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, 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, gave thanks, 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." Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,
The Sanctus: S-125, Holy, holy, holy Lord
The Celebrant continues Lord God of our Fathers and God of our Mothers: God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God of Sarah, Rebecca, Rachael, and Leah: God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name. People: Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread. The Celebrant continues Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. 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. 13
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 the Bread The Celebrant breaks the consecrated bread. A period of silence is kept. Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; People: Therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia. 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 Communion of the People Communion Choir Anthem: A Communion Invitation
The Post-Communion Prayer During a Time of Separation Priest and people together Lord of the Feast, we thank you for gathering us as your people. We call to remembrance the many times we have been fed at your table and we lament our distance now. Be present Lord Jesus as you were present with your disciples, be known to us in the breaking of the bread, and may your Holy Spirit sustain us and all your Church until we can gather together again. We ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.
Sending Out The Blessing Closing Hymn: 448, O love, how deep ( vv. 1-3 & 6; see page 16) Birthday & Anniversary Prayer BCP 830 O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace; and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 14
Announcements Masking, social distancing and all other Covid protocols will remain in place. Worship Outdoors: In September and October we will worship outdoors on the driveway and Rectory lawn, weather permitting. Chairs will be set up on the driveway. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and let’s enjoy worship and fellowship together. Masks and social distancing will be required. These services will continue to be live-streamed. Pick-Up Choir started today. Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. We will do warm-ups, hymn singing, and also learn a choral anthem to be sung during communion. Music will be distributed a week prior during church service and/or online link. Open to all congregation members and all voice parts. Please come and join us! Women’s Picnic: Please join fellow St Peter's women for a friendly gathering on Saturday, October 2nd, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Ft. Washington Park Area where St Peter's has had its annual picnic. Unfortunately, there are no available pavilions at the park to rent. Please bring your own food and drink to this event. Also - bring a chair. And bring your children if you wish, totally up to you. We will gather and mingle and mix with friends we have not seen in person for a very long time, with masks if advised. A FINAL decision about holding this event due to Covid and weather will be announced on Sunday, Sept 26th at the 10:00 am service. I hope that we can be together -safely! Polly Sanford Calling All Teens: If you or your teenagers would like to help Helen with the fun events after church, Laurel with Godly Play, or Emily with our outdoor worship this fall, we'd love to have you. We welcome your gifts. Please get in touch with one of us. Save the Date: Sept. 26: UTO Ingathering Oct. 2: Women’s Picnic Oct. 3: St. Francis Celebration & Blessing of the Animals Oct. 23: Fall Rummage Sale Oct. 31: Multi-generational Halloween Event The Dismissal The people respond: Thanks be to God. Worship Ministers Acolyte: Seb Guillotin Lector: Rick DeKalb Intercessor: Rick Pearce Usher: Melissa Guillotin Vestry Steward: Melissa Guillotin Soloist: Tess Varley
The cover image is Take Up Your Cross by Gary Bunt. All copyright licensing for music during this service through: OneLicense.net License #A-719834 and LicenSing License # 620603. Closing Hymn: 448, O Love, how deep, how broad ( vv. 1-3 & 6)