The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents 

The Holy Eucharist for the Last Sunday after Pentecost
26 November 2017 half past nine o’clock in the morning 

The Episcopal Church of The Holy Innocents in The Borough of Beach Haven

Good morning and welcome. We’re glad you’re here. With the exception of hymns, everything you need for the service is in this booklet. The Episcopal Church practices open Communion, which means that if you are a Christian- Episcopalian or not- you are welcomed to receive Communion. Period. This is God’s House, and it is our privilege to be hospitable. And if you’re not baptized, please come forward, cross your arms over your chest, and receive a blessing. 

Perhaps you are a person who has not been regular in attending Church before, or you’ve been away from the Church for a while. You are especially welcomed. 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’ll be glad to help.                                            

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

 

Prelude                                                                               

*HYMN  494        “Crown him with many crowns”                 Diadementa

 

The Word of God

 

The people standing, the Celebrant says

 

Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

And blessed be God’s Kingdom now and forever. Amen.

 

The Celebrant says the Collect for Purity

 

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.

 

The following hymn of praise is sung, all standing

 

*HYMN  S-280           Gloria in excelsis                                          Powell

 

The Celebrant then says the Collect of the Day

 

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.

 

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson   Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

 

A reading from the book of Ezekiel

 

Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice. Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.

 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 100 Jubilate Deo

1          Be joyful in the LORD, all you lands; *
            serve the LORD with gladness
            and come before his presence with a song.

 

2          Know this: The LORD himself is God; *
            he himself has made us, and we are his;
            we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

 

3          Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
            go into his courts with praise; *
            give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

 

4          For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; *
            and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

 

The Second Lesson  Ephesians 1:15-23 

 

A reading from the book of Ephesians

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

*HYMN 609      “Where cross the crowded ways of life”            Gardiner  

 

The Holy Gospel:  Matthew 25:31-46

 

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

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Jesus said, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, `Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, `Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, `You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, `Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he will answer them, `Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

 

The Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

The Sermon                                             The Rev’d Frank B. Crumbaugh III

 

On Sundays and other Major Feasts there follows, all standing

 

The Nicene Creed

 

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 VI

 

The Deacon says

 

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Silence, after which the reader and People pray responsively

 

For all people in their daily life and work;  For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

 

For our leaders, especially Donald our President, Christopher our Governor, and Nancy our Mayor; for this community, the nation, and the world;  For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

 

For the just and proper use of your creation;  For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

 

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;  For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

 

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;  For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

 

For Michael our Primate, and William our Bishop, and for all bishops and other ministers; For all who serve God in his Church.

 

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation:

 

We pray for joy, Grace and peace for our priest and Rector Frank as he prepares to retire. We pray for vision, strength and confidence for our Vestry and for our Church Wardens William and Robert as they undertake our transition process. We pray for ourselves as a community, asking for faithful hearts hopeful and expectant to embrace the changes that are coming.

 

We pray for all who will be born to day and all who will die today, asking that you grant to each one strength to follow where you lead them.

 

We pray for all who are preparing to be Baptized, for all preparing to be Confirmed, Received, or Reaffirm their Baptismal Vows, and for all preparing for ordination, especially Sharon.

 

We pray for all who live out of doors by no choice of their own, those who have little or nothing to eat, and those who have no work.

 

We pray for all refugees and captives, especially children and those displaced by warfare, genocide or natural disaster; we pray that your Grace may fill the Earth, ending human trafficking, slavery, and the violence done against the poor of the Earth.

 

Silence. The People may add their own petitions

 

Hear us, Lord; For your mercy is great.

 

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

 

We give thanks for all who serve in our name, and we ask that you protect them and bring them home whole and sound, remembering especially Joseph Alexander, Zachary Arlin, Paul Bailey, John Blocher, Barnett Cardin, Matthew Coyne, Samuel Crumbaugh, Ryan Hammell, Andrew Illuzi, Michael Klosowski, Alexander Kozlowski, Colin Morris, Jr., John Rouse, Erik Sabiston, Paul Troxel, Andrew Wall, Brandan White, Christopher Wilson, and Charles Yeargen.

 

We offer thanks for the birthdays and anniversaries of Carl Sheppard, Marjorie Anderson, Jeff & Caitlin Edelstein

 

Silence. The People may add their own thanksgivings.

 

We will exalt you, O God our King;  And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

 

Silence. The People may add their own petitions.

 

Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;  Who put their trust in you.

 

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

 

Silence is kept, and then Leader and People say together

 

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Celebrant, whether Bishop or Priest, concludes with an absolution, and then says

 

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

 

THE HOLY EUCHARIST

 

*Choral Anthem          

 

During the Offertory, a hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung. Representatives of the congregation bring the people's offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon. The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar. The people remain standing. The Celebrant faces them and sings

 

 

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

 

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, for by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a new people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth your glory in all the world. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

 

Celebrant and People

 

*HYMN S-129                            Sanctus                                             Powell

 

The people stand or kneel. Then the Celebrant continues

 

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

 

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated.

 

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, 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 we proclaim the mystery of faith:

 

Celebrant and People sing together

 

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

 

The Celebrant continues

 

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

 

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. 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 forever. AMEN.

 

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

 

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.    

 

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

 

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept. Then is sung

 

 

Facing the people, the Celebrant says

 

The Gifts of God for the People of God…

 

During the ministration of Communion, hymns, psalms, or anthems maybe sung. After Communion, the people may stand or kneel and the Celebrant says

 

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 Celebrant blesses the people, and the Deacon dismisses them singing

 

 

*HYMN  450     “All hail the power of Jesus’ name”              Coronation              

 

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THANKSGIVING 2017

©  2017 Frank B Crumbaugh III

 

Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony and his companions wrote:

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.

 

IN WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini; 1620.

 

Mr. John Carver, Mr. William Bradford, Mr Edward Winslow, Mr. William Brewster. Isaac Allerton, Myles Standish, John Alden, John Turner, Francis Eaton, James Chilton, John Craxton, John Billington, Joses Fletcher, John Goodman, Mr. Samuel Fuller, Mr. Christopher Martin, Mr. William Mullins, Mr. William White, Mr. Richard Warren, John Howland, Mr. Steven Hopkins, Digery Priest, Thomas Williams, Gilbert Winslow, Edmund Margesson, Peter Brown, Richard Britteridge, George Soule, Edward Tilly, John Tilly, Francis Cooke, Thomas Rogers, Thomas Tinker, John Ridgdale, Edward Fuller, Richard Clark, Richard Gardiner, Mr. John Allerton, Thomas English, Edward Doten, Edward Leister

 

The Pilgrim Ancestors were deeply faithful people. Their coming here was a spiritual act with political implications, not a political act with spiritual implications. John Howland whose name appears on the Mayflower Compact is a blood ancestor of Gretchen Zimmerman+.

 

Howland was indentured to Deacon John Carver as his man-servant; he owed the Deacon several years servitude in exchange for his passage. Howland was washed overboard during a gale; he managed to grab a topsail halyard trailing in the water on his side of the ship, and was hauled back aboard. It was the lightning fast reflexes of a young man- making what he undoubtedly knew to be his one and only grab at a piece of wet rope dragging past him in the water- that gave life to his descendants in New England. It is horrifying to contemplate John Howland grabbing for and missing that halyard, only to watch Mayflower lumber away in the gale, too fast to swim after her; his loss overboard would have been logged and accounted a tragic footnote in the Pilgrim story, but nothing more. It is a high privilege and an unavoidable responsibility to be a living descendant of the first generation of English colonists at Plymouth, especially one whose life was saved by the random loosening of a single particular line in the running rigging…. a line about as big around as his thumb- a finite number of worn hemp fibers- that came within reach at precisely the moment and place it was needed.

 

It is with such tenuous connections as a loose length of sodden rigging that entire lives are connected and sustained. That is true personally, within family groups, and in small communities- communities such as might be governed by a document like the Mayflower Compact. Given the Howland connection, its formal language is holy writ for us at a family level as well as a national one; but we do not own it. It owns us.

 

It owns us all, Mayflower connection or not.  Bradford, Howland and the rest made their intentions concise and clear as a “civil body politick,” and their intentions remain as concise, clear and relevant now as they were when the Mayflower Compact was signed 397 years and two weeks ago. Their intentions remain the long sturdy bones of citizenship today...God, country, and one another.

 

If we question the strength of its effects, consider that within ten years of the Compact, the life of the community had taken shape with such vigor that the enduring value of their intentions are reiterated when John Winthrop preaches aboard Arbella en route to the New World in 1630:

 

“Wee shall finde that the God of Israell is among us, when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies; when hee shall make us a prayse and glory that men shall say of succeeding plantations, "the Lord make it likely that of New England." For wee must consider that wee shall be as a citty upon a hill. The eies of all people are uppon us. Soe that if wee shall deale falsely with our God in this worke wee haue undertaken, and soe cause him to withdrawe his present help from us, wee shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.”[1]

 

Keeping faith with God and keeping faith with one another are the bedrock, black-letter principals upon which the life of Christian communities stand. Without such covenanted commitments between people, the life of human communities is diminished to the point that they are barely communities at all, becoming instead extended exercises in self-interested savagery.

 

We enjoy the freedom of religious belief and expression, and implicitly therefore the freedom to believe and express nothing. And so of course, it is tragically possible to be an American citizen without honoring God. But I am not at all sure it is possible to celebrate authentically the American holiday we call Thanksgiving Day without honoring Him. Howland and Winthrop and their companions were people of Faith- a Faith that was not an elegant adornment but rather the fundamental frame and context of their lives. Thanksgiving Day is more than ignorant and unconsidered patriotic sentiment, or an excuse for gustatory excesses and a day off. Leaving our celebrations at so trivial a level, marking it with mere warm sentiment and overindulgence in food and drink, disrespects the day, and disrespects God.

 

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving Day, and today is The Last Sunday after Pentecost- subtitled in parts of the Tradition as The Feast of Christ the King. This is an extended period of days where civil and religious observance converge, calling to mind the deepest and most fundamental tenets of faithful life. They compel our assent to the longed-for moment when God’s Sovereignty will be observable by all- the moment when the daily lives of us all are acknowledged first to be governed by God, and then and only then by ourselves. Enjoy these days of celebration. Please enjoy them. And do so making sure to say your prayers...not as a perfunctory, polite or archaic habit- not as the only table grace of the year- but as the deepest expression of your gratitude for God’s blessings as we know them in this country and in one another.

 

Love you. See you in Church.

 

FBC3+, 26 November 2017, being The Last Sunday after Pentecost

 

Sunday, 26 November                 The Holy Eucharist                                         9:30am

Last Sunday after Pentecost Proper 29A                       

Tuesday, 28 November               Adult Study Group                                          8:00am     

Wednesday, 29 November         Choir Rehearsal                                                 7:00pm                        

Thursday, 30 November             Mah Jongg                                                           1:00pm

                                        AA (kitchen, Martin Hall)                                 7:00pm

Friday, 01 December                     PARISH OFFICE CLOSED

 

Sunday, 03 December                  The Holy Eucharist                                         9:30am

First Sunday of Advent                

                                                            Messiah Sing                                                      4:00pm

Tuesday, 05 December                Adult Study Group                                          8:00am     

Wednesday, 06 December          The Holy Eucharist                                         noon

                                                            Choir Rehearsal                                                 7:00pm                        

Thursday, 07 December              Mah Jongg                                                           1:00pm

                                        AA (kitchen, Martin Hall)                                 7:00pm

Friday, 08 December                     PARISH OFFICE CLOSED


[1] Winthrop, John. A Model of Christian Charity, preached aboard the ship Arbella en route to North America, 1630

 

Father Frank will perform his last service on January 7, 2018
 

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THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS

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

609-492-7571 (office)    609-467-7260 (facsimile)    www.hiecbh.com (website)

 

The Lord Jesus Christ is The Head of The Church, and The Members of the Parish are Ministers

 

William Kehr, Church Warden Robert Meyer, Church Warden

 

Vestry Class of 2018                       Vestry Class of 2019                        Vestry Class of 2020

 Margaret Aftanis                             Alan Lee                                              Judith Hamilton

 Richard Cashel                                Kim Sparks                                        Fran Kleber

 Kay DeCicco                                     Melissa Wall                                      Karen Vaughan

 

Mrs. Jean Paich, Parish Administrator         

  Mr. Kingston Sparks, Treasurer

Mrs. Suzette Whiting, President ECW

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

Ms. Diana Shoenbach, Superintendent of Sunday School

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

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

The Rev’d Charles N. Arlin, Priest Associate

The Rev’d Frank B. Crumbaugh III, IV Rector of the Parish          

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

 


[1]  The Transfiguration, or at least the propers for The Transfiguration are used twice each year- on The Last Sunday after The Epiphany, and on 6 August. Such intentional repeated usages signal days of great solemnity and devotion for The Church.

[2] Psalm 22:31, NRSV

[3] The Book of Common Prayer 1979, page 445. Rev’d William H. Stokes, XII Bishop of New Jersey