Service Bulletin – 15th Sunday after Pentecost, Sept. 13, 2020

The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The Episcopal Church of the Good shepherd

Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. “ —Matthew 18:21-22

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.


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Our purpose is to worship God in his church and to minister the love of Jesus Christ to those within our parish family and to those outside the church.


The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The Holy Eucharist: Rite II

The Word of God


Prelude: Hymn WLP #795  Come now, O Prince of peace

Processional: Hymn #425 Sing now with joy unto the Lord


Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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


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.


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.


Celebrant:  The Lord be with you.
People:  And also with you.
Celebrant:  Let us pray.


The Collect of the Day

O, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 The Lessons

Old Testament: Exodus 14:19-31

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord fighting for them against Egypt.” Then the Lord to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

Thus the Lord Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord believed in the Lord in his servant Moses.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

 Psalm 114

1 Hallelujah!
When Israel came out of Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,

2 Judah became God’s sanctuary
and Israel his dominion.

3 The sea beheld it and fled;
Jordan turned and went back.

4 The mountains skipped like rams,
and the little hills like young sheep.

5 What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?
O Jordan, that you turned back?

6 You mountains, that you skipped like rams?
you little hills like young sheep?

7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,

8 Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water
and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

Hymn #690 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

The Epistle: Romans 14:1-12

Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand. Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God. We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” So then, each of us will be accountable to God.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn #410 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

The Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35

Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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

The Sermon                                                                              The Rev. Galen Snodgrass

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

Confession of Sin

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

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 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

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

The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer C

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..


The Lord’s Prayer


The Breaking of the Bread

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
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.


Hymn #674 Forgive our sins as we forgive


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 Lord. Amen.



The Blessing/Dismissal

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Hymn #581 Where charity and love prevail



Please pray for the Most Rev. Gregory James Venables, South America and Argentina and St. Luke’s Episcopal, Excelsior Springs.


  • 9-13 Gary Correll
  • 9-14 Claire Hamilton
  • 9-15 Marie Ebert, John Starns
  • 9-16 David Holmes Jr.




We pray for these expectant parents: Madi Thomas & Matthew Ham and Natalie   & Nathan Kincaid.


Isabel Deibler, Helen Debniak, Ashley Garman, Cameron Ham, Geddes Paulsen, Hazel Shippee.


Vincent Armato, Chase Ballard, Gary Cram, Craig Elliott, Mark Nick, Cole Sherry, Doug Snodgrass, Korinne Takeyama, and Kellan Travis.

 “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still. Now I know in my experience that Jesus’ light is stronger than the biggest darkness.”

—Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

Readings for This Week

  • Monday: Job 40: 1-24
  • Tuesday: Job  40:1; 41:1-11
  • Wednesday: Job 42:1-17
  • Thursday: Job 28:1-28
  • Friday: Esther 1:1-4, 10-19
  • Saturday: Esther 2:5-18, 15-23


Backpack Shepherds Begin a New School Year

Classes at Eastgate Middle and Lake Elementary schools begin September 8 and our first packing will be delivered on September 22. Members at Good Shepherd and Bethel UCC have been loyal supporters of this ministry for 13 years. Our mission is continuing and our work is joy. Your generous donations of  non-perishable food items help stock our pantry and your $$ donations help us put it there. You’ll find the food donation box in the foyer and cash donations can be dropped by the office or in the Saturday/Sunday collection baskets. Best hours for delivery are 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call ahead, 816-452-0745, to be sure the office is open.

Our immediate needs to stock up our pantry include:

  • 4-packs of puddings
  • microwave popcorn
  • 4-packs fruit drinks
  • canned vegetables (especially green beans, corn, peas, and carrots)
  • boxed macaroni and cheese
  • flour tortillas
  • canned stew or chili
  • Ramen noodles
  • granola bars


Children’s Sunday School Begins

Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13

Sunday School for children will be offered both in-person and online. in-person class will be held in the Common Room at 10:00 a.m. The online class will be held on Saturday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. If you have not previously registered, or responded to the online survey, please notify Father Galen, 816-452-0745, or Judy Kile, 816-520-4599, by September 6 for more details.

Northland Assistance Center says…

“We have received money from North Kansas City, Clay County/Kansas City and Smithville to spend on rent and utilities. Residents must be in the city of either town. Please let your congregation know to call us for help and please ask them to spread the word. set our appointments Mondays starting at 10:00 a.m. for them to call. are set first-come-first-served. We also have a stocked food. Thank you.”  Nancy Tennant, 816-421-2243.

E-Giving Now Available

Forgot your checkbook?  You can now do all your giving electronically! Here’s how:

    1. Go to and look for ‘Electronic Giving’ on the right margin. Read ‘Learn more about how it works’ then ‘Begin Online Giving’.
    2. Text giving is also available. Text to 816-759-0775 and follow the prompts.
    3. Still another way is to go to the App Store or Google Play and download the GIVE+ app, which takes you to our third party processor’s secure site.

Those Reading This Week

Saturday, Sep 12

4:30                 John Starns
John Starns  Temp Taker

Sunday, Sep 13

10:15               Liz Janney R1
Marie Ebert R2
Marie Ebert Temp Taker

Altar Guild      Cynthia Takeyama—leader
Flowers            Bev Spencer Family

Those Reading Next Week

Saturday, Sep 19


4:30                 Vicki Nelson
Kim Snodgrass Temp Taker

Sunday, Sep 20

10:15               Ron Ham R1
Nancy Marcy R2
Judy Lane Temp Taker

Altar Guild      Kathy Potter—leader
Flowers            David & Fran Talbot


4:30 p.m. Saturday evening, Sanctuary

4:00 p.m. – Children’s Sunday School on Saturday, Zoom online

9:00 a.m. –  Christian Formation, Sunday, via Zoom

10:00 a.m. – Children’s Sunday School, Sunday, Common Room

10:15 a.m. Sunday morning, Sanctuary

11:30 a.m. Episcopal 4 U, Sunday, via Zoom


Marie Ebert, Senior Warden
Steve Nelson, Junior Warden
Mary Dodson, Phil Graham, Brad Hale, Jill Hedge, Chris Kirby, Marilyn Lane, Pam Lipari, Nancy Marcy (Clerk), John Starns and Susan Stensrud

The Rt. Rev. Martin Field, Bishop of West Missouri
The Rev. Galen Snodgrass, Rector
Kathleen Potter, Parish Administrator
Laura Williams, Youth Director
David Talbot, Sexton
Tiffany Olsson, Nursery Attendant
Nina Edwards, Treasurer
Gary Gee, Pledge Secretary
Carye Williams, Editor, The Shepherd’s Voice
Brad Hale, Technology

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
4947 N.E. Chouteau Drive, Kansas City, MO  64119-4815 phone: 816-452-0745
Business office hours: Tuesday- Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

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