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Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Sunday, September 25, 2023)

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost September 24 2023
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The Holy Eucharist


PROCESSIONAL God, My King, Thy Might Confessing


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.

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things

heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing

away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who

lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


THE FIRST LESSON Exodus 16:2-15

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and

Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by

the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and

ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this

whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the LORD said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you,

and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In

that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the

sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as

they gather on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In

the evening you shall know that it was the LORD who brought you out of the

land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD, because

he has heard your complaining against the LORD. For what are we, that you

complain against us?” And Moses said, “When the LORD gives you meat to

eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the LORD has

heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your

complaining is not against us but against the LORD.”

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites,

‘Draw near to the LORD, for he has heard your complaining.’“ And as Aaron

spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the

wilderness, and the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. The LORD spoke

to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to

them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your

fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’“

In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning

there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted,

there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as

frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another,

“What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the

bread that the LORD has given you to eat.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM 105:1-6, 37-45

Confitemini Domino

1 Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name; *

make known his deeds among the peoples.

2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *

and speak of all his marvelous works.

3 Glory in his holy Name; *

let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

4 Search for the LORD and his strength; *

continually seek his face.

5 Remember the marvels he has done, *

his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,

6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *

O children of Jacob his chosen.

37 He led out his people with silver and gold; *

in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.

38 Egypt was glad of their going, *

because they were afraid of them.

39 He spread out a cloud for a covering *

and a fire to give light in the night season.

40 They asked, and quails appeared, *

and he satisfied them with bread from heaven.

41 He opened the rock, and water flowed, *

so the river ran in the dry places.

42. For God remembered his holy word *

and Abraham his servant.

43 So he led forth his people with gladness, *

his chosen with shouts of joy.

44 He gave his people the lands of the nations, *

and they took the fruit of others' toil,

45 That they might keep his statutes *

and observe his laws.


THE SECOND LESSON: Philippians 1:21-30

To me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means

fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed

between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far

better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am

convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for

your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting

in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether

I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you

are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith

of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them

this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God's

doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in

Christ, but of suffering for him as well-- since you are having the same struggle

that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SEQUENCE HYMN: O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in

the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers

for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out

about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he

said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is

right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three

o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found

others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here

idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them,

‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the

vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay,

beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about

five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when

the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also

received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled

against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you

have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and

the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you

no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what

belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.

Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you

envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

THE SERMON: The Rev’d. Hank Tuell


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 Leader and People pray responsively)

Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;

That we all may be one.

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and

humbly serve you;

That your Name may be glorified by all people.

We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;

That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and


We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations

of the world;

That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

That our works may find favor in your sight.

Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble, especially especially Dr.

John Abraham, Generosa Aceveda, Jim Adams, Bernard Anderson, Cathy

Aviolla, Harold Carrington, Mathew Cassone, Gweneth Chase, Trevor Chase,

Carole Cramer, George Cramer, Paul DeFelice, Michael DeLuca, Jr., Francine

Densieski, Arthur Elwell, Anthony Esposito, Ray Gant, Dillon Gonzalez, Henrietta

Gowac, Dice Grigg, Christopher Guarente, Dan Italiano, Pauline Johnson, Chris

Kilpert, David Kline, Robert Lane, and all those on our prayer list.

That they may be delivered from their distress.

Give to the departed eternal rest, especially Fletcher Vaughn Martin, Jr..

Let light perpetual shine upon them.

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.


Concluding Collect

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and

earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and

strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



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.



The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.


THE OFFERTORY HYMN: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah


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.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to

you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with

all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of

your Name:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord

God of power and might.

Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest

Blessed is He who come in the name of the Lord

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest,.

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have

made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your

Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh,

Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the

Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have

delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you

have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death

into life.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when

he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, 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; and when he had given thanks, he gave

it to them, 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.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues:

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all;

presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they

may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new

Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable

through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all

things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country

where, with the Virgin Mary, Saint John and all your saints, we may enter the

everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our


By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and

glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. Amen

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to sing,



Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.


COMMUNION HYMN: Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless


Let us pray.

Almighty and ever living God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.


THE RECESSIONAL: We Will Extol You, Ever Blessed Lord


The Mass is ended. Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

Thanks be to God.

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