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A Note from Fr. GalenA Note from Fr. Galen

Disciples of Good Shepherd,

Thank you to everyone who made Sunday Fun Day a Success!

Christian Formation Members hosted a wonderful End of Summer Sunday party on Sunday after the 10:15 service. The hotdogs, chips, beverages, were delicious. Lakeside Nature Center animals were interesting, diverse, and fun. We had sack races, an egg throw, and of course water balloons and guns to cool us off on a warm afternoon. Many conversed, laughed, and shared stories while sitting in the shade. By 2:00 PM it was cleaned up with everyone on their way home. Once again, Thank You to the committee and vestry members to made it all happen.

The Wisdom from The Letter of James

In this Sunday’s lectionary we heard the wisdom and kindness from The Letter of James. He reminded the Messianic Jews of his day to:

“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.”

“But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing.”

His words certain apply to us today because we live in the time of lots of talk by people who try to influence us with lots of loud voices. When we live the life of a Christian we listen, debate, and profess understanding the produces God’s righteousness. One way I’ve found effective is by allowing the silence of God to speak to me, then I remember who’s I am and what I look  like when away from a mirror. And should you become too overwhelmed please take some time to read and reflect on the Prayer of Silence from the Monks of Weston Priory in Vermont.

A Note from our RectorA Note from our Rector

photograph of Father Galen Snodgrass

Area schools begin the 2021-2022 academic year this week. All of us the best for the precious gift of children and youth in furthering their education. Once again, we’ll need to watch carefully for school buses and children walking to class. Join me in a Prayer for Schools and Colleges.

O Eternal God: bless all schools, colleges, and universities, especially Kansas City area schools, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom: and grant that those who teach and those who learn my find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

image of Portia and Shyloc from the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

“The Quality of Mercy”“The Quality of Mercy”

“The Quality of Mercy”

A post from parishioner, Nancy Marcy.

The piece I quoted in church on July 25 is taken from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. It occurs where Portia demands Shylock be merciful, stating that “The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven/Upon the place beneath” (Act-IV, Scene-I). In this way, Portia directly makes an appeal to Shylock to leave Antonio’s life, saying that, as we all pray and plead to God for mercy, to be merciful and kind towards us, likewise Shylock should be merciful and kind to him, and he will get a reward from heaven.

The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘T is mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown:
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That, in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy. 

“The quality of mercy” is a speech given by Portia in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (Act 4, Scene 1).
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Trinity Sunday Holy Eucharist Rite IITrinity Sunday Holy Eucharist Rite II

May 30, 2021

Trinity Sunday

Holy Eucharist: Rite II


You may download a copy of the complete Service Bulletin in .PDF format by clicking on the “DOWNLOAD” button below. The downloaded version has all the announcements in it.


Prelude Hymn – #WLP-746 God the sculptor of the mountains

Processional Hymn – #365 Come thou almighty King

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.

All standing:

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

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lessons

Old Testament Reading

Isaiah 6:1-8

Our first reading is Isaiah’s vision of the lord and his prophetic commission. A reading from Isaiah:

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; 
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Psalm Reading

Psalm 29

The majesty of God is described in the likeness of a mighty thunderstorm. Let us say in unison Psalm 29:

29:1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.

29:3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.

29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

29:5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

29:6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

29:7 The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.

29:8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

29:9 The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

29:10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

29:11 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

Hymn #423 – Immortal, invisible, God only wise

The Epistle Reading

Romans 8:12-17

In this lesson we hear that if we follow our lower nature, we are enslaved and destined to death, but when we are moved by God’s Spirit, we become God’s children and heirs with Christ. A reading from Paul to the Romans:

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh– for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ– if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Hymn #401The God of Abraham praised (1st 2 vs.)

The Gospel Reading

John 3:1-17

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Priest:  The Gospel of the Lord.

People:  Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Hymn #401 – The God of Abraham praised (last 2 vs.)


Homily — Fr. 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

Celebrant: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Minister 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.

The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Holy Communion

Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer C

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you

(C): Lift up your hearts.
(P): We lift them to the Lord.

(C): Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
(P): It is right to give him thanks and praise.

(C): God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.
(P): Glory to you for ever and ever.

(C): 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.
(P): By your will they were created and have their being.

(C): 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.
(P): Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

(C): 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.
(P): By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed.

(C) 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

(C) 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.

(C) 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.”

(C) 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.”

(C): Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,
(P): We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

(C): 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.
(P): Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

(C) 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.

(C) And grant that we may find our inheritance with [the Blessed Virgin Mary, with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, St. Philip, St. James and all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

(C) Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.  AMEN.

(C) 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.
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

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast.  Alleluia!!

Communion Hymn #WLP-812 – I, the Lord of Sea and Sky

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People

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.

Announcements

(All the announcements are in the downloaded version of this bulletin, found at the top of this document.)

The Blessing

Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

Thanks be to God Alleluia, alleluia!!

Hymn #366Holy God we praise thy name

Whitsunday – Day of Pentecost – Holy Eucharist Rite IIWhitsunday – Day of Pentecost – Holy Eucharist Rite II

May 23, 2021

Whitsunday

Holy Eucharist: Rite II


You may download a copy of the complete Service Bulletin in .PDF format by clicking on the “DOWNLOAD” button below. The downloaded version has all the announcements in it.


Prelude Hymn – #509 Spirit divine, attend our prayers

Processional Hymn – #225 Hail three festival day!

Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ is risen.

People: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia

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.

All standing:

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

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lessons

Old Testament Reading

Acts 2:1-21

This lesson tells the story of the Holy Spirit filling the apostles and empowering them to share the message of the gospel with different languages.

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs– in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

`In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.

And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.

Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ “

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Psalm Reading

Psalm 104:24-35,37

The psalm describes the wonders of the world created and renewed by the Lord’s spirit. In unison let us say Psalm 104:

25 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
in wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

26 Yonder is the great and wide sea
with its living things too many to number,
creatures both small and great.

27 There move the ships,
and there is that Leviathan,
which you have made for the sport of it.

28 All of them look to you
to give them their food in due season.

29 You give it to them; they gather it;
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

30 You hide your face, and they are terrified;
you take away their breath,
and they die and return to their dust.

31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created;
and so you renew the face of the earth.

32 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in all his works.

33 He looks at the earth and it trembles;
he touches the mountains and they smoke.

34 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will praise my God while I have my being.

35 May these words of mine please him;
I will rejoice in the Lord.

37 Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Hallelujah!

Hymn LEVASII 115 – Spirit of the Living God

The Epistle Reading

Romans 8:22-27

In this New Testament reading the apostle Paul understands the whole of creation to be linked with human destiny as we await our redemption. A reading from Paul to the Romans:

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Hymn #516Come down, O love divine (1st 2 vs.)

The Gospel Reading

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Jesus said to his disciples, ”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Priest:  The Gospel of the Lord.

People:  Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Hymn #516 – Come down, O love divine (last 2 vs.)


Homily – Fr. 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

The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Holy Communion

Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer C

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you

(C): Lift up your hearts.
(P): We lift them to the Lord.

(C): Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
(P): It is right to give him thanks and praise.

(C): God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.
(P): Glory to you for ever and ever.

(C): 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.
(P): By your will they were created and have their being.

(C): 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.
(P): Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

(C): 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.
(P): By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed.

(C) 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

(C) 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.

(C) 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.”

(C) 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.”

(C): Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,
(P): We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

(C): 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.
(P): Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

(C) 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 grant that we may find our inheritance with [the Blessed Virgin Mary, with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, St. Philip, St. James and all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.  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.
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

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast.  Alleluia!!

Communion Hymn #LEVASII 120 – There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People

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.

Announcements

(All the announcements are in the downloaded version of this bulletin, found at the top of this document.)

The Blessing

Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

Thanks be to God Alleluia, alleluia!!

Hymn #WLP-782Gracious Spirit, give us your servants

One in the Spirit, a Way of Love Revival WeekendOne in the Spirit, a Way of Love Revival Weekend

One in the Spirit, a Way of Love Revival Weekend

The Episcopal Church greets Pentecost with One in the Spirit, a Way of Love Revival Weekend designed to fan the flames of hope, celebrate difference, honor creation, foster beloved community, and send people toward Jesus’s Way of Love. The weekend of events includes the following:

  • Saturday, May 22, 6-7:30 p.m. ET: Concert for the Human Family and “From Many, One” Community Conversations 
  • Sunday, May 23, 4-5:30 p.m. ET: Churchwide Pentecost Revival Worship from Philadelphia, Navajoland, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

“Pentecost is the season when we celebrate the birth of the church and the Spirit landing on the glorious diversity of God’s people,” said Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. “Thanks to vaccinations and CDC recommendations, it’s also the moment when lots of our churches can finally open their arms more fully to the public. We want to mark this moment of renewal with a revival and pray that God would rain blessing, guidance and power down on all people.”

Curry has led revivals across the church since early in his term. With the advent of pandemic, he and his team have partnered with groups like Washington National Cathedral, the Diocese of Central like Washington National Cathedral, the Diocese of Central Gulf Coast, and the Union of Black Episcopalians to host virtual revivals and prayer services.

The Pentecost Way of Love Revival Weekend begins Saturday, May 22, at 6 p.m. ET with the first in a series of virtual Concerts for the Human Family and Conversations Across Difference. Filmed at Philadelphia Cathedral in compliance with COVID protocols, the May concert features a diverse team – including Nashville pianist and composer Kory Caudill and Baltimore-based hip-hop artist Wordsmith – offering original music inspired by the Prayer for the Human Family.

The concert is framed by the From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference effort, with a pair of musicians sharing their stories at the opening of the concert. Bishop Curry will host further conversation after the concert and then invite the entire audience to share in small group Conversations Across Difference. Register for the free concert and conversations at https://events.episcopalchurch.org/concert-series/.

Most churches will have their local Pentecost celebrations Sunday morning. All are invited to a virtual Pentecost Way of Love Revival Worship Service on Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. ET. The spirit-filled celebration will draw on the gifts, testimonies, songs and voices of Episcopalians in cathedrals and communities across the church including St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, indigenous churches in Navajo land and South Dakota, Christ Church Cathedral in Philadelphia, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, Washington National Cathedral, and Christ Church in St. Louis, Mo.

“We’ll pray next to bee colonies on Seattle’s cathedral roof and chant and give thanks for the earth with Navajo leaders. We’re going to celebrate our diversity, bless God’s creation, and receive the gifts of the Spirit for all that’s ahead,” said Jerusalem Greer, the church’s staff officer for evangelism. “It’s time for us to live the Way of Love out in the world in a new way.”


From 2021 The Domestic & Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.

19th Sunday of Pentecost – Service Bulletin19th Sunday of Pentecost – Service Bulletin

The Ninteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

  “For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake.” —I Thessalonians 1:4-5

Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.

 

WELCOME! 

Come, see, discover the joy of connecting with God

 at Church of the Good Shepherd.

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 Holy Eucharist: Rite II

The Word of God

 

Prelude: Hymn #7 Christ, whose glory fills the sky Processional: Hymn #408 Sing praise to God who reigns above 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 of the Day Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; 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 32:1-14 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the Lord.” They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel. The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’” The Lord to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.” But Moses implored the Lord God, and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’” And the Lord his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God Psalm 106: 1-6, 19-23 1 Hallelujah! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever. 2 Who can declare the mighty acts of the LORD or show forth all his praise? 3 Happy are those who act with justice and always do what is right! 4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people, and visit me with your saving help; 5 That I may see the prosperity of your elect and be glad with the gladness of your people, that I may glory with your inheritance. 6 We have sinned as our forebears did; we have done wrong and dealt wickedly. 19 Israel made a bull-calf at Horeb and worshiped a molten image; 20 And so they exchanged their Glory for the image of an ox that feeds on grass. 21 They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, 22 Wonderful deeds in the land of Ham, and fearful things at the Red Sea. 23 So he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath from consuming them. Hymn #556 Rejoice, ye pure in heart  The Epistle: Philippians 4:1-9 My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Hymn #684 O for a closer walk with God The Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 Once more Jesus spoke to the people in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” 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 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 #321 My God, thy table now is spread 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.   Announcements The Blessing/Dismissal Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia. Hymn #663 The Lord my God my shepherd is
OUR  CHURCH  FAMILY: Please pray for the Most Rev. Stephen Samuel Kzaiimba, Uganda and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Independence. BIRTHDAYS: 10-10 Danny Younger   10-11 Brayden Drown, Ethan Olsson   10-13 Adam Herbig ANNIVERSARIES: None EXPECTANT PARENTS: We pray for these expectant parents:  Natalie & Nathan Kincaid. We give thanks for the birth of Austin Floyd to Madi Thomas and Matthew Ham. 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, Kellan Travis and Christopher Willey.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2020 Necrology List November 1 is All Saints Sunday when the names of our faithful departed will be remembered during our liturgy. For those now attending in-person services, blank lists will be found in the church foyer. After completing your list, leave it in the box. For those attending services online, look for the “Necrology List” link on our homepage. If neither of these methods work for you send an email to office@episcopalcogs.com or call the office at 452-0745. The deadline for the office to receive your list is Friday, October 23. Names are not carried over from last year.  2021 Altar Flower Donation List It is the time of the year to “post” our donation signup list. For those now attending in-person services, the list will be on the bulletin board in the usual location. For those attending services online, the list can be found on the church website under the “We Serve” tab. If neither of these methods work for you, send an email to office@episcopalcogs.com or call the office at 452-0745 with your date preference. Lists will be checked regularly and in the case of anyone signing up on the same date, you will be contacted to select an alternate date. Cost remains the same $43.00.  Thanksgiving at Northland Assistance Center Giving dates: October 7-November 16 Northland Assistance Center 2018 Gentry Street North Kansas City, MO 64116 “Northland Assistance Center would like to again thank you for your continued support.to the COVID-19 [pandemic] we will not be accepting canned/boxed items for our clients’ Thanksgiving dinners but we will accept money donations to help buy turkeys. We do have a supplier giving already bagged up cans/boxes which helps us in our giving and helps us not to need to touch so many items.” –Nancy Tennant. Note: place “Thanksgiving ” on memo line of your check. Book Club Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. Our selection is As Bright As Heaven, by Susan Meissner.  Set in Philadelphia, this is a story of one family’s struggle during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. It is “the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making that will either crush their resolve to survive it or purify it.” We continue to meet on Zoom–Meeting ID: 898 4690 2197,  Passcode: 920408. Episcopal 4 U Meets at a New Time Starting Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. Episcopal 4 U is a small group that enjoys reading and discussing a variety of faith-related books.  Join us in October as we begin The Book of Joy, Lasting Happiness in a Changing World co-authored by Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  The selection can be ordered on Amazon.com for $15.05.  We read as we meet so there is no “homework” and it’s usually good discussion. Zoom Meeting ID: 885 7738 5956; Passcode: 111654. Movie Night at Good Shepherd Friday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall We’re taking our movie indoors this month. Bring your lawn chairs, masks, and if you’d like to- a favorite beverage. We’ll set up socially distant to watch the movie “Rudy”, enjoy a football trivia quiz, and discuss qualities that we might recognize in a saint. “Rudy” is a 1993 American biographical sports film directed by David Anspaugh and is about the life of Daniel Ruettiger who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite significant obstacles. All ages are welcome. 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. Trek Or Treat Friday, October 30, 6:00-7:30 p.m. It’s not trick or treat. It’s not trunk or treat. In the age of COVID-19 it’s TREK OR TREAT! On this night, Good Shepherd will host an evening of safe, socially distanced fun for children and families to celebrate Halloween. Children, together with their families, will navigate a spooky trekkers map to outposts on the church grounds and gather ghostly goodies. Trek or treating ticks all the safety boxes to avoid unnecessary exposure and allows everyone the opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a spooktacular evening socially distanced with friends. Plus, you get to wear your costume twice. We need Outpost Volunteers to decorate spooky stations in a family friendly manner and keep a steady stock of “goodies” on hand during the trek-or-treat time frame. Food goodies should be store-bought and individually wrapped, but there are lots of fun handmade non-food goodie ideas online, too. If you are interested in being an Outpost Volunteer (or would like to donate decorations or food) please contact Mona Hale (816-305-9848) or Kim Snodgrass (417-793-0870) by October 15. Calling All Crafters!! Sunday School would like to decorate a Jesse Tree during the season of Advent which begins November 29. We are looking for volunteers willing to cut out individual parts and assemble “kits” for each ornament. All materials will be supplied and work can be done at home during October and early November. The ornaments will be assembled by children in Sunday School and placed on the  tree during the Sunday 10:15 a.m. service during Advent. Ornaments can also be assembled for home use by children not attending in person. Notify Judy Kile 816-520-4599 if you want to help make kits for the Jesse Tree. Backpack Shepherds Begin a New School Year Classes at Eastgate Middle and Lake Elementary schools began September 8 and our first packing was 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

Readings for This Week

Monday: Micah 7:1-7 Tuesday: Johah 1:1-17a Wednesday: Jonah 1:17—-2:10 Thursday: Jonah 3:1—4:11 Friday: Ecclus. 1:1-10, 18-27 Saturday: Ecclus. 3:17-31 E-Giving Available Forgot your checkbook?  You can now do all your giving electronically! Here’s how:  Go to www.episcopalcogs.org 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.  

SERVICES & EDUCATION

4:30 p.m. Saturday evening, Sanctuary

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 Editor, Communications Director

 

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.

Website: https://episcopalcogs.org

Email: office@episcopalcogs.com

   

Service Bulletin – 17th Sunday after Pentecost, Sept. 29, 2020Service Bulletin – 17th Sunday after Pentecost, Sept. 29, 2020

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.

WELCOME!

Come, see, discover the joy of connecting with God at Church of the Good Shepherd.

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 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.

Announcements

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 www.episcopalcogs.com 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: www.episcopalcogs.org Email: office@episcopalcogs.com

Service Bulletin – 15th Sunday after Pentecost, Sept. 13, 2020Service 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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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.   Announcements The Blessing/Dismissal Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia. Hymn #581 Where charity and love prevail

PRAYER LIST

 OUR  CHURCH  FAMILY: Please pray for the Most Rev. Gregory James Venables, South America and Argentina and St. Luke’s Episcopal, Excelsior Springs. BIRTHDAYS:
  • 9-13 Gary Correll
  • 9-14 Claire Hamilton
  • 9-15 Marie Ebert, John Starns
  • 9-16 David Holmes Jr.
ANNIVERSARIES: None 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, Ashley Garman, 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)

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 www.episcopalcogs.com 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 Reader/Acolyte 4:30                 John Starns John Starns  Temp Taker Sunday, Sep 13 Readers 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 Reader/Acolyte 4:30                 Vicki Nelson Kim Snodgrass Temp Taker Sunday, Sep 20 Readers 10:15               Ron Ham R1 Nancy Marcy R2 Judy Lane Temp Taker Altar Guild      Kathy Potter—leader Flowers            David & Fran Talbot
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, 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. Website: www.episcopalcogs.org Email: office@episcopalcogs.com