The Seventeenth 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 26, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.


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The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

The Holy Eucharist: Rite II

The Word of God


Prelude: Hymn #686 Come, thou fount of every blessing Processional: Hymn #450 All hail the power of Jesus’ name Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 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. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. The Collect O, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.Amen.

The Lessons

Old Testament: Exodus 17:1-7 From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God Psalm 78: 1-4, 12-16 Hear my teaching, O my people; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will declare the mysteries of ancient times. That which we have heard and known, and what our forefathers have told us, we will not hide from their children. We will recount to generations to come the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the LORD, and the wonderful works he has done. He worked marvels in the sight of their forefathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. He split open the sea and let them pass through; he made the waters stand up like walls. He led them with a cloud by day, and all the night through with a glow of fire. He split the hard rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink as from the great deep. He brought streams out of the cliff, and the waters gushed out like rivers. Hymn LEVAS II #205 Trust and obey The Epistle: Philippians 2:1-13 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death–even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.   The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Hymn #435  At the name of Jesus (Vs. 1 & 2) The Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32 When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things. “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him. The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ. Hymn #435  At the name of Jesus (Vs. 4 & 5) 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 and Mothers; God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel; 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 #339 Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness 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. Recessional: Hymn #343 Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless OUR  CHURCH  FAMILY: Please pray for the Most Rev. Ezekiel Kumir Kondo, Sudan and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Fayette. BIRTHDAYS: 9-28 Tim Smith 9-29 Isabel Deibler, Jerry Jacobs, Joan Jones 10-1 Joe Armato, Sharon Carmichael, Shawna Tucker ANNIVERSARIES: 9-30 Susan & Kent Stensrud EXPECTANT PARENTS: We pray for these expectant parents: Madi Thomas & Matthew Ham and Natalie & Nathan Kincaid. HEALING OF BODY, MIND & SPIRIT: Isabel Deibler, Helen Debniak, Cameron Ham, Geddes Paulsen, Hazel Shippee. SERVING IN OUR ARMED FORCES: 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) St Francis Day Blessing of the Pets October 4 at 4:00 p.m. Again this year Good Shepherd will celebrate St. Francis Day with our annual pet blessing. Members and Good Shepherd neighbors are invited. This year you may bring a stuffed animal in case you don’t have a real one. You may also bring a picture of a pet that cannot attend or of one that has died so we can remember them, too. There will be a parade of pets in the parking lot, treats for them and for children. Fr Galen will bless every pet, even if they have been blessed before! Come join us to celebrate St. Francis and the animals which enrich our lives. Undies Sunday for Clay County Clothes Closet Saturday, October 17 & Sunday, October 18 Your Outreach Committee is asking for your generous donations of new underwear, socks, and undergarments for women, children, and men of all sizes. You may bring your donations to the church foyer any time, placing them in the designated laundry basket. If you would prefer to send a monetary gift please make the check payable to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and write “Undies Sunday” on the memo line. 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-paks pudding Microwave popcorn 4-paks fruit drinks Canned vegs (especially green beans, corn, peas and carrots) Boxed macaroni/cheese Flour tortillas Canned stew or chili Ramen noodles Granola bars E-Giving Available Forgot your checkbook?  You can now do all your giving electronically! Here’s how: Go to and look for ‘Electronic Giving’ on the right margin. Read ‘Learn more about how it works’ then ‘Begin Online Giving’. Text giving is also available. Text to 816-759-0775 and follow the prompts. 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 26 Reader 4:30                 Katy Clapp David Talbot Temp Taker Sunday, Sep 27 Readers 10:15               Rusty Suhr R1 Gary Gee R2 Phil Graham Temp Taker Altar Guild      Vicki Nelson—leader Flowers            Judy Lane Those Reading Next Week Saturday, Oct 3 Reader 4:30                 John Starns David Talbot Temp Taker Sunday, Oct 4 Readers 10:15               Judy Lane R1 Carye Williams R2 Kim Snodgrass Temp Taker Altar Guild      Sue Wilkinson—leader Flowers            Jon & Carol Herbig   SERVICES & EDUCATION 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 VESTRY  MEMBERS 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, Website/Communications   The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd 4947 N.E. Chouteau Drive, Kansas City, MO  64119-4815 Office Phone: 816-452-0745 Business office hours: Tuesday- Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Website: Email: