The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents 

  1. The Holy Eucharist for ~The Third Sunday in Lent~March 24, 2019 ~ 9:30 AM
    The Episcopal Church of The Holy Innocents in the Borough of Beach Haven, New Jersey

    The Holy Eucharist:

    Rite II Contemporary Language Liturgy with Music


    Good morning and welcome. Everything you need for worship is in this booklet. Music is found in the Hymnals in your pews. The Episcopal Church practices open Communion, which means that if you are a baptized Christian, regardless of denomination, you are welcome to receive Holy Communion with us. You may receive both the Bread and the Wine or just the Bread. If you do not want to receive Communion, you are welcome to come to the altar rail for a blessing. Cross your hands over your heart as a sign to the clergy.  


    Perhaps you have not been regular in attending Church before, or have been away from the Church for a while. You are especially welcome. When you are comfortable here, and ready to talk about becoming a member of The Episcopal Church, or if you want to start up/start over, please speak with our clergy. They are glad to help.                                               

    * indicates that the people are to stand as they are able


    9:25 am - Sacrament of Healing

    (If you would like prayers for healing for yourself and/or in intercession for a loved one, please come forward to the altar rail at this time)  



    (Please observe respectful quiet during the Healing & Prelude. Thank you.)




    The Penitential Order


    *Hymn 648 (H82)  When Israel was in Egypt’s land   Go Down, Moses


    *Worship continues                                                                                                                                             BCP, p. 351

    *Deacon: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

    *People: His mercy endures for ever.


    *Deacon:  “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

    1 John 1:8, 9


    The General Confession and Prayer for Forgiveness        BCP, p. 352

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

    (All kneel or are seated with bowed heads))   Silence


    Deacon: Most merciful God,

    All: 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.


    Deacon remains kneeling and says: Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.  All: Amen.


    Kyrie Hymn S-96  (All sing)





    *The Collect for the 3rd Sunday in Lent                                             BCP, p. 218

    Deacon: The Lord be with you.

    People: And also with you

    Deacon: Let us pray.

    Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. All: Amen.




    The Lessons for Lent 3: Year C  New Revised Common Lectionary

    New Revised Standard Version of the Bible


    The First Lesson: Exodus 3:1-15
    Reader: A Reading from the Book of Exodus.

    Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.


    Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”


    But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'I am has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you':

    This is my name forever,
    and this my title for all generations.”


    Reader: The Word of the Lord.

    People: Thanks be to God.


    Psalm 63:1-8 Deus, Deus meus (Read as directed)


    1 O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
    my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
    as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.

    2 Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
    that I might behold your power and your glory.

    3 For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
    my lips shall give you praise.

    4 So will I bless you as long as I live *
    and lift up my hands in your Name.

    5 My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
    and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,

    6 When I remember you upon my bed, *
    and meditate on you in the night watches.

    7 For you have been my helper, *
    and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.

    8 My soul clings to you; *
    your right hand holds me fast.


    The Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
    Reader: A Reading from Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians.
    I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.


    Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play." We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

    Reader: The Word of the Lord.

    People: Thanks be to God.


    *Hymn 635 (H82)   If thou but trust in God to guide thee  

                                                                                          Wer nur den lieben Gott


    *The Holy Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
    Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

    People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.


    At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them--do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did."


    Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, 'See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?' He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

    Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.

    People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.  (All are seated)


    The Sermon                                                                                 Deacon Judith Krom


    *The Nicene Creed                                                                                              BCP, p. 358

    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: Form 1      (All kneel)                         BCP, p. 383


    Deacon: With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy.”



    Leader: For the peace from above, for the loving kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord saying

    People: Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For Justin, the Archbishop of Canterbury; for Michael, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; for William our Bishop; for Judith, our Deacon; for Dan, our Interim Priest, and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For Nancy our Mayor, Philip our Governor, and Donald our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For the Borough of Beach Haven, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For seasonable weather, and for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For those celebrating birthdays this week Peter, Joyce, Jacob, Sarah, Thomas, Frank; and for those celebrating wedding anniversaries Philip & Lindsey; let us pray to the Lord, saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For those who travel on land, on water, in the air, or through outer space, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, especially remembering Jim, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: For the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us, O Lord, by thy grace saying

    Lord, have mercy.

    Leader: In the communion of the Holy Innocents and of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.

    People: To thee, O Lord our God.



    Deacon: Let us pray for the Search Committee and the Vestry as they prepare to call a new Rector for Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church.


    All: “Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds and hearts of the members of the Vestry and Search Committee who shall choose a new Rector for Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for your ministries; through Jesus our Lord and Saviour.” Amen.


    *The Peace (All stand)

    Deacon: The Peace of Christ be always with you.

    People: And also with you.  (The Peace of Christ is now shared)


    The Offertory


    Choral Anthem          “ Lord, I stretch My Hands to You”       Althouse   


    *Presentation of the Gifts (All stand)


    The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                           BCP, p. 364

    Deacon: And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

    All: 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.


    Agnus Dei Hymn S-164 (All sing)


    Invitation to Holy Communion (From Reserved Sacrament)

    Deacon: 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.

    (All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion with us)


    Postcommunion Prayer                                                                                      BCP, p. 366

    Deacon: Let us pray. Almighty and everliving God,

    All: 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 for ever.  Amen.



    *Hymn 685 (H82)              Rock of ages, cleft for me                         Toplady


    *Dismissal                                                                                                                      BCP, p. 366

    Deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

    People: Thanks be to God.  (No Alleluias in Lent)






    Children are always welcome to worship with their

    parents or guardians at any worship service.

    There is Sunday School in Martin Hall at 9:30 am.

    The children are then brought into the big church.










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    Sunday, March 24                  The Holy Eucharist                                                                                   9:30am

    Third Sunday in Lent:               Sunday School                                                               9:30am

                                                    FELLOWSHIP                                                                                          10:30am

    Monday, March 25               PARISH OFFICE CLOSED

                                                    No Morning Prayer & Silent Meditation       

       Tuesday, March 26               PARISH OFFICE OPEN                    9:00am-1:00pm

                                                                             Ladies Exercise Group                                                         9:15am

    Wednesday March 27           PARISH OFFICE OPEN                     9:00am-1:00pm

                                                                              Choir Rehearsal                                              7:00pm-8:30pm

     Thursday, March 28            PARISH OFFICE OPEN                             9:00am-1:00pm

                                                                             Ladies Exercise Group                                                         9:15am

                                                                             Mah Jongg                                                                                                   1:00pm

                                                                             No Evening Prayer & Silent Meditation                        

                                                                             3rd Lenten Program              (Chapters 7-10)                  5:30pm

                                                                             AA                                                                                                                  7:00pm

     Friday, March 29                                       PARISH OFFICE OPEN                     9:00am-1:00pm

                                                                             Morning Prayer & Silent Meditation               9:00am

                                                                              Interim Rector in Office                             9:30am-1:00pm


     Sunday, March 31                The Holy Eucharist                                                                                    9:30am

    Fourth Sunday in Lent:                       Sunday School                                                                                                                                             9:30am

                                                                                                                 FELLOWSHIP/ADULT FORUM                              10:30am



    Marine Street, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, New Jersey 08008



    The Lord Jesus Christ is The Head of The Church

    and The Members of the Parish are Ministers


    Vestry Class of 2019          Vestry Class of 2020          Vestry Class of 2021

       William Kehr                                 Margaret Aftanis                     Diane Carter

       Fran Kleber                                                Richard Cashel                                                      Melissa Wall

       Karen Vaughan                            Judith Hamilton                                            Robert Weidmann


    Robert Meyer, Church Warden, 2019 ~ Kay DeCicco, Church Warden, 2020

    Mr. Larry Peacock, Parish Treasurer

    Mr. Richard Cashel, Clerk of the Vestry

    Mrs. Lisa Halpin, Parish Administrator

    Mrs. Ellen J. Dondero, Minister of Music & Organist

    Mrs. Suzette Whiting, President, ECW

    Mrs. Jackie Sparks & Mrs. Melissa Wall, Co-Directors of the Altar Guild

    Ms. Maggie Aftanis, Superintendent of the Church School

    The Rt. Rev’d William Hallock Stokes, XII Bishop of New Jersey

    The Rev’d Charles Arlin, Retired Priest Associate

    The Rev’d Dr. Judith S. Krom, Deacon Almoner

    Phone: (732) 330-4949 Email:

    The Rev’d Daniel W. Hinkle, Interim Priest

                      Phone: (610) 223-5588 Email: