St. Andrew & St. John Episcopal Church Southwest Harbor, Maine The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11 August 2, 2020 8:00 a.m. Spiritual Eucharist Rite II St. Andrew & St. John and the MDI Episcopal Churches The Rev. John Burton Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-fGpm4_aFoi0mNvMiXhSwg
Prelude:Scottish Legend, by Amy Beach (1867 - 1944)
Welcome: Fr. John Burton
Hymn48 - O day of radiant gladness
Opening Acclamation (BCP pg. 355) Celebrant: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit People: And blessed be God's 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.
Trisagion: Celebrant: Holy God Holy and Mighty Holy Immortal One, People: Have mercy upon us. Celebrant: The Lord be with you. People: And also with you.
The Liturgy of the Word
Collect of the day: Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-5 (reader: Lee Garrett) Thus says the Lord: "Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you."
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God!
Psalm 145:8-9, 15-22 (readers Stephen and Mary Ann Mahoney) 8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, * slow to anger and of great kindness. 9 The Lord is loving to everyone * and his compassion is over all his works. 15 The Lord upholds all those who fall; * he lifts up those who are bowed down. 16 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, * and you give them their food in due season. 17 You open wide your hand * and satisfy the needs of every living creature. 18 The Lord is righteous in all his ways * and loving in all his works. 19 The Lord is near to those who call upon him, * to all who call upon him faithfully. 20 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; * he hears their cry and helps them. 21 The Lord preserves all those who love him, * but he destroys all the wicked. 22 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; * let all flesh bless his holy Name for ever and ever.
The Second Reading: Romans 9:1-5 (reader: Betty Tiedemann) A reading from the book of Romans I am speaking the truth in Christ-- I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit-- I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God.
Gradual Hymn 447 - The Christ who died but rose again
The Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21 The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, Lord Christ. Jesus withdrew 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.
Homily - The Reverend John Burton
Nicene Creed (BCP page 358) 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.
Prayers of the People (Form V) (reader Liz McMullan) In peace, let us pray to the Lord, saying, "Lord, have mercy". For the holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For Michael our Presiding Bishop, for Thomas our own Bishop, for all bishops and other ministers, and for all the holy people of God, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one as you and the Father and the Spirit are one, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the mission of the Church, that in this time of pandemic and civil distress, we may be a source of hope, and an example of the healing and reconciliation that lives filled with God's love and modelled on the peaceful way of Jesus can accomplish, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the world; that a spirit of respect and cooperation may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For those in positions of public trust especially Donald our President, our nation's Governors and civic leaders, members of the military and law enforcement, that they may serve justice, and promote the dignity and freedom of every person, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For all who live and work in this community, especially for those who visit during this season, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For a blessing upon all human labor, and for the right use of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, all who live with fear and anxiety and all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected. Grant mercy to all those whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID 19 virus, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the congregations of the Churches on this island, and for those who are joining us for this online service, that we may be delivered from hardness of heart, and show forth your glory in all that we do, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For our enemies and those who wish us harm; and for all whom we have injured or offended, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For all who have commended themselves to our prayers; for our families, friends, and neighbors; that being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
Please speak your own petitions and intercessions…………… we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For all who have died in the communion of your Church, and those whose faith is known to you alone, that, with all the saints, they may have rest in that place where there is no pain or grief, but life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord. Lord, have mercy.
Rejoicing in the fellowship of the Blessed Trinity and all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life to Christ our God. To you, O Lord our God. Amen.
Confession and Absolution (BCP page 360) 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 Holy Communion
Eucharistic Prayer C (BCP page 369) 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 him thanks and praise. God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise. Glory to you for ever and ever. 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. By your will they were created and have their being. 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. Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight. 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. By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed. 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: Celebrant and People 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, We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming. Lord God of our Fathers: God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; 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. Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread. 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. The Lord's Prayer
Fraction Anthem: 876 - The disciples knew the Lord Jesus
Prayer of Spiritual Communion: Presider: Since now we are apart, let us pray: In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.
Communion Hymn: 51 – We the Lord's people
Post Communion Prayer Presider: Let us pray. 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 Savior. Amen.
Closing Hymn: 432 – O praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height
Postlude: Prelude in A major, from Well-tempered Clavier book II, by J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
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Participants Celebrant and Preacher: The Reverend John Burton Musician: Stephen Byers Sampson Vocalist: Pamela Smith Readers: Stephen and Mary Ann Mahoney, Betty Tiedemann, Lee Garrett Prayers of the People: Liz McMullan and Margaret Fletcher Eucharistic Responder: KC Burton Images: Linda Foster Other Assistance: Michele Daley, William Fletcher, Dr. Daniel Pyle Broadcast Editor: Jayne Ashworth
St. John the Divine is temporarily closed. If you need help or need to talk with someone, please call Gen MacKenzie, 244-7313 Ted Fletcher, 266-8415
From the Wardens: At the July 19th Vestry Meeting, Linda Lewis informed the Vestry that she would be relocating to Portland, Maine in October 2020. Linda will be resigning from the Profile/ Search Committee. However, she will remain on the Vestry until her term expires June 2021. The Vestry thanks Linda for serving on the Profile/Search Committee and for her contributions to the committee.
Rita Redfield was elected to serve on the Profile/Search Committee. The Vestry thanks Rita for agreeing to serve on this very important committee.
Your Wardens scheduled two small group discussions which are limited to 12 people plus the Wardens. Reservations are required and all participants must observe Covid19 guidelines.
The first discussion group took place on July 23, 2020 on St. John's lawn. It was well attended. The discussion focused on how to safely worship together and how to safely be together during the Covid19 pandemic. At the conclusion, there was a suggestion of conducting a small group Morning Prayer on the lawn. The next discussion group will be Sunday August 2nd on St. John's lawn. Please consider signing up for the next discussion group. For reservations please call the office.
The MDI Partnership met July 30th via Zoom. Those present were officers of the four churches and clergy. The primary topic of discussion was the September and October services. This included frequency of YouTube services, parish services inside/outside, purchasing additional recording equipment and clergy availability. The MDI Partnership was very supportive of continuing the YouTube shared services. The next scheduled zoom meeting is August 17, 2020.
May we be open to God's leading us in directions and ways that we could never imagine! Gen and Ted
HIGHLIGHTS FROM MDI PARTNERSHIP MEETING
* The You Tube services have been well received and offer numerous options for participation, viewing and creativity. The consensus is to continue through the Fall. Jayne Ashworth and Jim Vallette will continue their gift of preparing these services. Each congregation will arrange for participants on an alternating basis. The Revs. Steve Muncie, John Burton, Bill Hague, Jenny Reece, Tom Mousin are willing to continue to officiate.
* The topic of small group worship or discussion groups was addressed. It was suggested that the Diocesan Guidelines for Regathering be reviewed by all. Most people who were consulted about regathering expressed willingness to meet outside at safe distance but were hesitant about gathering inside a building. Some of the congregations are planning outside gatherings of up to 12 people following social distancing.
* Ted Fletcher is in conversation with Canon Michael Ambler about the posting of the clergy position opening on MDI. All profiles had been approved by the Vestries.
* A question was asked about how congregants, without virtual options, are being cared for pastorally. The wardens are aware of this concern and are addressing it in their congregations in various ways. St. Mary's is developing a podcast to enable participation of people who are not active on line.
* Tony Sousa will continue the Wednesday afternoon "Music & Chatter" presentation on You Tube. Tony is in conversation with Jeff Dobbs about best practices for use of on line services in the future.
* It was agreed by consensus that Church of Our Father, St. Saviour's, and St. Andrew & St. John would share the cost of the zoom connection.
* The next meeting will be on Monday, August 17, 2020, via zoom, at 5:00PM.
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
At St. John's Keep in your prayers this week:
Susan Buell, Stephen Sampson, Geoff Schuller, Bill Krueger, Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Jeremy Harkins, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Susannah Jones, Theresa Mitchell, David Douglass, George Harorack, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Dorothea Mead, Ray and Susan McDonald, Richard Ramsdell, Cassandra Crabtree, Beth Pfeiffer, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill and Barbara Loveland.
Thanks to Stephen Sampson, Jayne Ashworth and Michael Shook, you may enjoy some piano music on the St. Andrew & St. John website. On the menu on the left-hand side of the home page there is now a link titled 'Music,' and clicking on that link brings you to recordings of piano pieces by Stephen Sampson.
Westside Food Pantry
We invite you to visit the new page for the Westside Food Pantry! On this facebook page you will find periodic announcements and information about the Westside Food Pantry. Please visit the page and like it. You can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/WestsideFoodPantry/
From the Diocese of Maine
As a Parish of the Diocese of Maine, we are part of a church family that extends from Kittery to Fort Kent, and connects us to the rest of the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. We share ministry with our Bishop and with every worshiping community.
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Cathedral of St. Luke Contemplative Prayer, a prayer of silence, is also known as centering prayer, listening prayer, breath prayer, and prayer of the heart. Join us on Thursdays at 4:30 as we open our minds and hearts to God. Join our Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/484179071 Meeting ID: 484 179 071 +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US
MDI+ Episcopal Churches:
Confidential Prayer Chain: Unlike our published prayer lists, prayer requests that come into the Prayer Chain remain private to the prayer chain itself, which will pray devotedly for one week unless an updated request is made. If you'd like to know more about this or our Pastoral Care Team, please contact our office administrators.
St. Mary and St. Jude The Rev. Stephen Muncie is conducting a Zoom Bible Study on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. He is using the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation of the Bible but you may use any translation you have on hand. For direct dial or URL information for this meeting, click here.
Church of Our Father Music and Chatter: On each Wednesday at 5:30 pm there will be a 30 minute program entitled "Music & Chatter". The idea is to keep us all involved and up to date. It can be seen on the MDI Episcopal You Tube channel. Click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-fGpm4_aFoi0mNvMiXhSwg.
A variety of ways exist on Mount Desert Island for people to offer to provide help or to receive help during the current pandemic.
Connecting with the people who are coordinating this effort may happen:
6) Lincoln Millstein has put together a Quietside newsletter -- very interesting: theqsjournal.com
Stephen Byers Sampson, Music Director Michele Daley, Parish Administrator (244-3229) Sr. Warden, Gen MacKenzie (244-7313) Jr. Warden, Ted Fletcher (244-5225) The Church Office is open Monday and Thursday 8:30 - 2:30 (244-3229)