Come 4th Sunday - 9.25.2022

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Come 4th Sunday!

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Glenside, Pennsylvania September 25, 2022 10:00 A.M.

About Come 4th Sunday This fall, we are calling the fourth Sunday of the month, Come 4th Sunday. It’s a time when we come forth in new ways to celebrate being the Body of Christ. Children come forth to read Scripture and lead prayer, and to get a better look at what’s going on. Families come forth to take on new roles. New members come forth for a blessing. We all come forth to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, and all we go forth as his disciples – with God’s help. The Scripture translations are from the resource God’s Word, my Voice, , by Lyn Zill Briggs, Church Publishing: 2015. They are written in a way that is easy for young readers to proclaim and understand. Our opening prayers are from the supplemental liturgical materials in Enriching Our Worship 1. Our Eucharistic Prayer is the Alternative Great Thanksgiving For Use With Children B from the New Zealand Prayer Book. Our choir will lead us in songs that are simple to sing but full of meaning. And you can even color the front page of the leaflet. Crayons are available in the basket in the narthex. All ages welcome. Overall, this is a great opportunity to ask yourself, how can I come forth to serve Jesus in new ways this year? We are piloting this service in the fall months of September, October, and November and will see how it goes as we plan worship for 2023. Send your feedback to Rev. Barb at


Gathering in Joy Prelude: Morning Prayers

Laura Bergquist

Opening Hymn: LEVAS 217, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand

The Opening Acclamation Presider: Blessed be our God People: For ever and ever. Amen.


The Presider says to the people Presider: People: Presider:

God be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. 3

Collect of the Day Beloved God, as we approach your Presence, guide and stir us with your Holy Spirit, that we may become one body, one spirit in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Listening for God’s Word The First Reading – Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15 I bought the field from my cousin, gave him the money for it, and took the deed of purchase to Baruch. With many witnesses I told Baruch to take the deeds and put them in a safe place, because they would need to last for a long time. God himself said that we will be in this land a long time, so we might as well start buying houses and fields and vineyards and settle down. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Psalm 91 (1-6, 14-16) The response is: When I call God’s name, God answers. God is beside me when I’m in trouble God is a shelter where we can hide from the storm, The shadow where we can be safe from the hot sun. Here’s what I say: “God, I know I can always trust you. I run to you and grab on to your when I need you.” When I call God’s name, God answers. God is beside me when I’m in trouble. If you run to God, and actually live with God all around you, nothing bad can happen to you. God will assign angels to you, to follow you, to keep you close. They will hold you in their arms, and watch your back. When I call God’s name, God answers. God is beside me when I’m in trouble. Nothing can hurt you – not lions, not snakes. In fact, lions and snakes will be scared of you! God will say, “I will protect that one there, because I know he loves me. I will rescue him from trouble, because he knows my Name and knows how to use it. When he calls out my Name, I will answer. I will be with him in trouble. I will bring him back to a place where he can be proud of himself, and not scared. I will reward him with a good long life, and show him what real living is all about.” When I call God’s name, God answers. 4

God is beside me when I’m in trouble. The Epistle – The First Letter of Paul to Timothy (6:6-19) We brought nothing into this world when we were born, and we can take nothing out of it with us when we die. Enough food and clothing should make us happy. If you want to be rich, though, it is very easy to fall into temptation and get trapped into things that can destroy you. The love of money is the cause of all kinds of evil. Some rich people forget about their faith and sometimes cause themselves no end of trouble. Best to forget about pursuing lots of money. Instead go after faith and love, endurance and gentleness. It’s a fight for sure, but it’s a good fight. Grip eternal life, because that’s what God has called you to and what you have made known to your friends. Keep God’s commandments until Jesus Christ returns in God’s good time. Right now he is surrounded by an unapproachable light, which no one has ever seen. He is Lord of all lords, and we praise him. If you know people who are rich, tell them not to trust their riches, because wealth is uncertain. And tell them not to think too much of themselves, just because they have money. Instead they should rely on God, who provides us with everything we need. Rich people can do good and be rich in good works and generous. If they can do that, they will have a great foundation for the future and be able to embrace the life that really is life. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Gospel Hymn: With One Voice 612, Halle, Halle, Hallelujah

(thin blue hymnal)

The Gospel – Luke 16:19-31 The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke Glory to you, Lord Christ. Jesus told a story about a rich man who loved to wear fancy purple clothes and eat lots of great food. Right outside his door was a poor man named Lazarus, who was covered with sores that never healed. The dogs would even come and lick his sores. Lazarus would have been happy to eat whatever fell off the rich man’s table. The poor man died and was carried by the angels and placed in the arms of Father Abraham. The rich man died and was buried. His soul went into torment, and he was really tormented when he looked up and saw Abraham holding Lazarus in his arms. He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus with a drop of water on his finger to come and cool my tongue with it. I am in agony.” Abraham said, “You received good things in your lifetime, and Lazarus had nothing but misery when he was alive. How ironic that now he is in comfort, and you are the one in agony. It’s too late.” “Then I beg you to send him to warn my brothers so they won’t end up there.” 5

Abraham said, “They have warning enough. They should listen to Moses and the prophets.” “I know they won’t listen,” said the rich man. “But if someone from the dead comes, I bet they’ll listen and change their ways.” Abraham said, “If they ignore Moses and the prophets, no one from the dead will convince them either.” The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ. The Sermon

The Rev. Barbara Ballenger

The Nicene Creed

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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. 6

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 The response is: Help us to love with your love. Dear Lord, hear our prayer. We pray for people everywhere. Help us to love with your love. We pray for our community, country and world. Help us to love with your love. We pray for all who gather as your Church, and all who lead us. Help us to love with your love. We pray for the earth and all your good gifts. Help us to love with your love. We pray for those who need kindness and care. Help us to love with your love. We pray for those who need your saving grace. Help us to love with your love. We pray for all who have died, and those who miss them. Help us to love with your love. Dear Lord, hear our prayer. And bless your people everywhere. Confession of Sin Presider: Let us confess our sins to God.


God of all mercy, We confess that we have sinned against you, Opposing your will in our lives. We have denied the goodness in each other, In ourselves and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, The evil we have done, 7

And the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore and strengthen us Through our Savior Jesus Christ, That we may abide in your love And serve only your will. Amen Presider: 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. The Peace Presider: The peace of the Lord be always with you. People: And also with you.

Celebrating Holy Communion Offertory Anthem

St. Peter’s Choir

UTO collection Presentation Hymn: Rock-a-My Soul


The Great Thanksgiving, New Zealand Prayer Book. Presider: People: Presider: People: Presider: People:

The Lord is here. God’s Spirit is with us. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to offer thanks and praise.

Presider: God, you made us, and the world and everything in it. All the good we see comes from you. You have always loved us but people have not always loved you. You sent Jesus to show us how to live and to bring us back to you again. He died for us on the cross so that through your Spirit we can all be your people. And so with thanks we praise you saying 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. Presider: We are here because on the night before he died Jesus shared a meal with his friends. There he took some bread and gave thanks to you, God. He broke it into pieces, and gave it to them. “This is my body,” he said, “Do this, and know that I am with you.” Later, he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to you. he shared it with them, and said “This is my blood, which brings new life. Do this, and know that I am with you.” And so, remembering Jesus, who died, was raised to new life by you, and is alive forever, we are glad to share that life and live in him 9

And proclaim the mystery of our faith Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come in glory. Presider: Send your Holy Spirit so that this bread and wine can be for us the body and blood of Jesus, and through this food give us strength to live as your people. Help us to care for your world and for each other in the way that Jesus showed us. Until he comes again, with all your people in every time and every land we worship you in songs of everlasting praise. Blessing, honour and glory be yours, Here and everywhere, Now and forever. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer

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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 the Bread

The Presider breaks the consecrated bread. A period of silence is kept. Presider: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; People: Therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia. Presider: The Gifts of God for the People of God. 10

The Communion of the People Communion Music: Simple Gifts

Arr. Liz Story

The Post-Communion Prayer

Presider and people together 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.

Sending Out The Blessing Litany of Welcome


Dear people of God, I invite your prayers for the saving presence of Jesus in this world,

Assembly Priest Assembly Priest Assembly Priest Assembly Priest

Christ is risen! In this Church,

Christ is risen! In this community,

Christ is risen!

In the hearts of all faithful people, Christ is risen! We pray especially today in thanksgiving as we welcome Rosalinda IbanezMemba and Brodie Marie Memba-Ibanez; Matt, Stephanie and Grayson Torpey; and Michael McSpadden. into the body of Christ in this place. Priest Do you desire to join St. Peter’s Church? New Members I (we) do. Assembly We welcome you with open hearts. Priest We welcome you and pledge to be a community for you. 11


Priest Assembly

Priest Assembly Priest Assembly Priest


We offer you our gifts, our care and concern, our hope and our faith, our brokenness and frailty. We welcome you, trusting in Christ because we know our imperfections all too well. We will rejoice together, mourn together, learn together, grow together, take risks together, make mistakes together and forgive one another. We welcome the gifts and needs that you bring, and rejoice that you make us stronger and more complete in Christ. Thanks be to God! We welcome you knowing that you will change who we are. Thanks be to God. May God bless our new life together, and lead us in new pathways, in the hallowed name of God, we pray. AMEN.

United Thank Offering Blessing Additional Announcements Friday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. bring a chair or blanket to the outdoor movie night in the Church parking lot, featuring the film, Encanto! Next Sunday, October 2nd is the Blessing of the Animals. Bring your pet, a picture of the pet, or a stuffed animal to get a blessing at this outdoor service. Birthday & Anniversary Prayer

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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.


The Closing Hymn: LEVAS 221, This Little Light of Mine


The Dismissal Presider: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia! People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia! Postlude: Blessed Assurance from Hal Leonard Sunday Solos Worship Ministers Presider and Preacher: The Rev. Barbara Ballenger Acolyte: Jamie Gill, Alex Stevers-Radtke Intercessor: Lana Fabijonas Lectors: Alyssa Clemens, Grayson Torpey, Henry Benecoff Counter: Anne Gibson Vestry Steward: Rob DeKalb Eucharistic Minister: Jeanné Hannum, Audrey Kipphut Ushers: David Kipphut, Jack Wilbur Altar Guild: Rob DeKalb Organist: Kathy Flaherty Tech Team: PJ Linke, Mike Levin The flowers at the altar today were given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Edward Robson.

The cover image is from, used with permission. Hymn permission by Rite Song, a one-time use reprint license for congregational use.


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