PREPARING FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP Saturday, 22 August 2020 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Included in today's update: A Message from Father Keith, the Liturgy for Tomorrow's Worship, Birthdays in the Week Ahead, and more.

FROM THE RECTOR

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Dear Friends:

While on my sabbatical two years ago, dedicated to studying the earliest centuries of Celtic Christianity, I traveled to the island of Iona. This small island, which lies just off the western coast of Scotland, was an important center founded by St. Columba as he and his fellow monks spread the new faith to the ancients Celts. While there, our guide showed us a stone carving in the ruins of the chapel of a goose in flight. The Celtic monks depicted the Holy Spirit both as a dove and as a wild goose; the first depicting the peace that the Spirit of God brings, the second representing the restlessness and provocation that God's Spirit also brings. I wonder where, in our 21st century devotions, do we look for and intentionally invite the glimpses of God that can surprise, contradict, upset or rile us up to work for the coming of the Kingdom?

At this particular time, with so much swirling around us, let us say a prayer:

O God, may we welcome your Most Holy Wild Goose that you send among us!

In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ,

and our God who wants only health and wholeness for his children,

I send you blessings, peace and grace in these uncertain, confusing and anxious times.

Blessings! Peace! Grace! And love!

- Keith

BIRTHDAYS IN THE WEEK AHEAD

O God, our times are in your hands: Look with favor, we pray, on these your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Herman Benninghoff

  • Bobby Myers

  • Sara Stavely

  • Dick Thatcher

  • Patti Saunders

  • Winifred Gillespie

  • Jeff Lawrence

LITURGY FOR TOMORROW'S WORSHIP

TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

23 August 2020

** At a time convenient for you, open the church website - www.messiahgwynedd.org - for the video presentation of the Sunday service; then use the liturgical pieces below to actively participate. The video is available all week.

OPENING PROCLAMATION

The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit

be with you. Alleluia!

And also with you. Alleluia! Alleluia!

COLLECT FOR THE DAY (Proper 16)

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen.​

COLLECT FOR CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH

Gracious God: through your Fatherly goodness, make Church of the Messiah a Christian community united to serve others; enrich our life in Christ, that we might celebrate and share Christ’s love with the world; and send your Holy Spirit to give us strength and courage to proclaim the Good News of your grace through word and deed. Amen.

LESSONS

Exodus 1:8-2:10; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20

PSALM 124

If the Lord had not been on our side, *

let Israel now say;

If the Lord had not been on our side, *

when our enemies rose up against us;

Then would they have swallowed us up alive, *

in their fierce anger against us;

Then would the waters have overwhelmed us, *

and the torrent gone over us;

Then would the raging waters. *

have gone right over us.

Blessed be the Lord! *

he has not given us over to be prey for their teeth.

We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; *

the snare is broken, and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, *

the maker of heaven and earth.

APOSTLES' CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit,

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of Saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Response: Hear us, O God.

PRAYER FOR NATIONAL HEALING AND UNITY

O God, who created all peoples in your own image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and peoples who have come together in this great nation, and strengthened our culture with the many gifts, talents, perspectives and flavors they have each brought and shared. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, abolish all prejudices that separate us, open our eyes to recognize, and acknowledge, and celebrate your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION

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.

SUNDAY WORSHIP MUSIC

Be sure to check out the weekly music and carillon recordings. Go to the Gallery tab on the parish website; select videos; there you will find hymns selected for the day, along with the ringing of Messiah's church bells. This music is presented each week by Hannah Albrecht, Sam Frenkel and friends. Thank you, Hannah and Sam - and all who contribute each week!

SUNDAY SERMON AVAILABLE EACH WEEK

Each week, the text of the Sunday sermon is posted to the website. Feel free to print it out if you find that helpful. And perhaps you might also print a copy and send to someone who doesn't have computer access. This would be greatly appreciated and provide a way for these parishioners to also stay connected.

BISHOP GUTIERREZ PREACHES EACH SUNDAY

Bishop Gutierrez continues to broadcast Sunday morning Eucharist services. You can watch at 9 a.m. on YouTube or Facebook, (@Episcopal PA) and any time afterward on the Diocesan Website (DIOPA.org)

PLEASE KEEP YOUR PLEDGE UP TO DATE

Thank you to all of you who have dropped off or sent in your pledge over the past several weeks! Your faithfulness has allowed us to stay current with payroll and bill payment. Can it really be midway through August already? Please remember to submit this month's pledge.

Thank you!

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