PREPARING FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP Saturday, 3 October 2020 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost


9:30 A.M.



Included in today's update: Reopening Church Message, The Liturgy for Tomorrow's Worship, Birthdays in the Week Ahead, Introducing "CREATIVE ANGELS" and more.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Dear Friends:

That is the date and time Bishop Gutierrez has approved the reopening of Church of the Messiah for in-person worship services! We will be resuming services at 50% capacity, 125 worshippers.

A letter to all parishioners was mailed to all parishioners with more details concerning guidelines and restrictions. If you did not receive this mailing, please notify the church office so we can add your name and address to the distribution list.

If you are unable to join us in-person, several options for participation are available: 

  • The service will be live-streamed on YouTube at 9:30am.

  • For those without computer access, an audio-only option is available by phone. Simply dial 609-663-5164 to listen to the service.

  • At the conclusion of worship, a link to the service will be posted on the church website:

  • In addition to the Messiah online worship postings, Bishop Gutierrez will continue to post weekly services on the diocesan website:

  • Weekly mailings of the liturgy, readings and sermon will continue to be sent to homebound parishioners without computer access. Should you wish to be added or removed from this list, please contact the church office: 215-699-9204.

I am so looking forward to welcoming many of you back to church, but if you choose not to return until more time has passed, please be assured that your decision is understood and respected.

Blessings! Peace! Grace! And love!

- Keith


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.

  • Tyler Boldt

  • Elliana Hales

  • Parker Behm

  • Delaney Budd

  • Scott Bender



Please note that in the weekly news will be an additional column entitled “Creative Angels.” This column will feature recipes that have been submitted during the pandemic, as well as some from family collections. A fun component of this column will also be some simple craft ideas, from time to time, intended to spark our creative juices. 

     I encourage you to submit to Barbara Stevenson ( additional recipes or craft ideas that you would like to share! Thank you!

This first recipe comes from Barbara's own kitchen. You can never have too many zucchini recipes since every gardener knows that you always have too many zucchini! Enjoy!

ZUCCHINI SOUP (Barbara Stevenson)

  • 2lbs zucchini, thinly sliced 

  • 1/2lb hot Italian sausage

  • 1/2lb sweet Italian sausage 

  • 2 cups thinly sliced celery 

  • 2 green peppers, diced

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 28 oz cans of tomatoes, undrained

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon oregano 

  • 1 teaspoon basil

  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 

Remove sausage from casing and lightly brown in your soup pot. Add all other ingredients to the soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least one hour. Soup tastes richer the longer it simmers. 



4 October 2020

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


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!


Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


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.


Isaiah 5:1-7; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46

PSALM 80:7-14

Restore us, O God of hosts; *

Show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *

you cast out the nations and planted it.

You prepared the ground for it; *

it took root and filled the land.

The mountains were covered by its shadow, *

and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.

You stretched out its tendrils to the sea, *

and its branches to the river.

Why then have you broken down its walls, *

so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?

The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *

and the beasts of the field grazed upon it.

Turn now, O God of hosts; look down from heaven;

behold and tend this vine: *

      preserve what your right hand has planted.


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.

   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.


Response: In Christ's name, hear our prayer.


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.


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.


Celebrant The Lord be with you.

People      And also with you.

Celebrant Lift up your hearts.

People      We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People      It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing . . .

proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant & 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.

Holy and gracious Father: . . .

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant & People    Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption . . .

Almighty Father, now and forever. AMEN.



ST. ALPHONSUS de LIGUORI (1696-1787)

While others are receiving the Sacrament, you are invited to pray this prayer:

My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things, and long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.


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.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!


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 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 (


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. Please remember to submit this month's pledge. Thank you!

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