Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 20 September 2020


LITURGY FOR WORSHIP

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

20 SEPTEMBER 2020


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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 20)

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 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 16:2-15; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16


PSALM 105:1-6, 37-45

Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name; *

  make known his deeds among the peoples.

Sing to him, sing praises to him; *

  and speak of all his wonderful works.

Glory in his holy name; *

  let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Search for the Lord and his strength; *

  continually seek his face.

Remember the marvels he has done, *

 his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,

O offspring of Abraham, his servant, *

  O children of Jacob, his chosen.

He led out his people with silver and gold; *

  in all their tribes there was not one who stumbled.

Egypt was glad of their going, *

  because they were afraid of them.

He spread out a cloud for a covering, *

  and a fire to give light in the night season.

They asked, and quails appeared, *

  and he satisfied them with bread from heaven.

He opened the rock, and water flowed; *

  so the river ran in the dry places.

For God remembered his holy word, *

  and Abraham, his servant.

So he led forth his people out with gladness, *

  his chosen with shouts of joy.

He gave his people the lands of the nations, *

  and they took the fruit of others’ toil,

That they might keep his statutes *

and observe his laws. Hallelujah!!

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.

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