The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents 

The Holy Eucharist for The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

17 June 2018 half past nine o’clock in the morning

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


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.)  



* Hymn 209 (H82)           We walk by faith, and not by sight            St. Botolph 

* Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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

* The Collect for Purity

Celebrant: 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.   

All: Amen.

* Gloria in excelsis  S-280

* The Collect of the Day

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you. 

Celebrant: Let us pray. Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

All: Amen.   (All are seated)

The First Lesson:  Ezekiel 17:22-24

Reader: A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel.

Thus says the Lord God:

I myself will take a sprig

   from the lofty top of a cedar;

   I will set it out.

I will break off a tender one

   from the topmost of its young twigs;

I myself will plant it

   on a high and lofty mountain.

On the mountain height of Israel

   I will plant it,

in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit,

   and become a noble cedar.

Under it every kind of bird will live;

   in the shade of its branches will nest

   winged creatures of every kind.

All the trees of the field shall know

   that I am the Lord.

I bring low the high tree,

   I make high the low tree;

I dry up the green tree

   and make the dry tree flourish.

I the Lord have spoken;

   I will accomplish it.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.


Psalm 92:1-4, 11-14       Bonum est confiteri   


1 It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, *

       and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High;


2 To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning *

       and of your faithfulness in the night season;


3 On the psaltery, and on the lyre, *

       and to the melody of the harp.


4 For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord; *

       and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.


11 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, *

       and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.


12 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord *

       shall flourish in the courts of our God;


13 They shall still bear fruit in old age; *

       they shall be green and succulent;


14 That they may show how upright the Lord is, *

       my Rock, in whom there is no fault.


The Second Lesson:  2 Corinthians 5:6-17 

Reader: A Reading from Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthians

We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord-- for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. 

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. 

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

*Hymn 303 (H82)        Father, we thank thee who has planted        Albright

* The Gospel Lesson:  Mark 4:26-34

Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ. 

Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come." He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.

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

The Sermon                                                                                                      Fr. Dan Hinkle +

* 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 people may stand or kneel)

Deacon: In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.    


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

Leader: For Donald, our President; Philip, our Governor, and Nancy, our Mayor; for this community, the nation, and the world;
People: For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace. 

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

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

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

Leader: We pray 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 bishops and other ministers;
People: For all who serve God in his Church. 

Leader: We pray for the special needs and concerns of this congregation, especially remembering all those mentioned in our Parish Prayer List: the sick, the shut in, the home bound, and the grieving, those serving in the military and other dangerous professions, and we pray for our enemies, that all of our hearts may be turned to peace. We may add our own petitions, either silently or aloud. 

Leader: Hear us, Lord;

People: For your mercy is great. 

Leader: We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life; for the beauty of your very good creation; for those celebrating birthdays: Jerry, Emma and celebrating marriage anniversaries this week: Charles & Melissa, John & Ellen, Frank & Sarah. Other thanksgivings may be added at this time either silently or aloud. 

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

Leader: We pray for all faithful departed, especially remembering those memorialized this week, that they all will have a place in your eternal kingdom. We may remember other deceased loved ones and friends at this time. 

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

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


Have mercy upon us,

All: 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.

(Celebrant stands and says the Absolution.)

* The Peace   (All stand)

Celebrant: The Peace of Christ be always with you.

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


The Offertory 

Choral Anthem                   

* Presentation of the Gifts   (All stand)

* The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer A

(The people remain standing. The Celebrant faces them and sings)

* Sursum corda  S-120

Celebrant:  It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth…


* Proper Preface

…through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.


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:

* Sanctus  S-129   (All sing)

(The people stand or kneel)

Celebrant: 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:

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

Celebrant: 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.  All: Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Celebrant: 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.    

Breaking Bread and Pouring Wine 


Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!


Invitation to Holy Communion

Celebrant: The Gifts of God for the People of God.

The Celebrant may add the following: 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.)

Post Communion Prayer

Celebrant: Let us pray. 

All: 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 Blessing

* Hymn 623 (S82)     O what their joy and their Glory must be    O quanta qualia


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

People: Thanks be to God.






Immediately following 9:30 AM Worship please join us in Martin Hall for Fellowship and Adult Forum.


Beginning this Sunday, June 17th, Fr. Dan will be offering an Adult Forum on Sunday Mornings. Immediately following 9:30 am Worship, please join us in Martin Hall for Fellowship and coffee and snacks. Once folks have had time to get coffee and socialize, we will then begin our one hour program. Programs will be a mixture of interesting videos and/or Bible Study with opportunity for group discussion and interaction. Programs will normally be limited to one hour and will conclude before 12 Noon.

“Hellbound?” is the title of our first Adult Forum program. Does hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why? For many people, belief in hell as a place of eternal, conscious torment is an indisputable part of Christian orthodoxy. In their view, rejecting or modifying this belief is tantamount to rejecting Christianity itself. But a growing number of believers disagree. They argue that we can have a loving God or we can have eternal punishment in hell, but we cannot have both. “Hellbound?” is a critically acclaimed documentary video that wades right into the center of debate.  So, be sure to join us for this “great documentary on the burning question of eternal punishment.” 

 The Daily Office at Holy Innocents Church 

You are welcome to join Fr. Dan in the Chapel for Morning Prayer on Friday and Monday mornings at 9:00 am, and for Evening Prayer on Thursday evenings at 5:00 pm. Come as often as you are able or desire. 

Important Parish Wide New Rector Discernment Process Event

On Sunday, July 1st, 2018, immediately following 9:30 AM Worship, all church members are invited to participate in a parish wide Congregational Conversation. This is an important opportunity for church members to provide direct input into the Discernment Process. Everyone is strongly encouraged to make every effort to attend and participate. The Congregational Conversation will be the program for Adult Forum that day. See you there!

Weekly Parish Prayer List for the Week of June 17, 2018

​​After the last Sunday of each month, all names will be removed from this Prayer List. If you would like a name to remain on the prayer list for another month, please contact the Parish Administrator in the Church Office by the Thursday before the first Sunday of each month. Names may be added or removed at any time. Please supply at least a first name. Thank you.

Ashely, Nick, Grayson, Sunny, Brooke, Diane & Tom Bakum

Katy Barrett


Lindsey & Phil Bok

Bok Family

Marie Bregler

Rhonda C.

Emily Campbell & Family

Jim Carovillano

Joan Connolly

Carol Anne

Carolyn Crimmins

David D’Anna

Donald Deacon

Nicole DiLella

Carol Dobbins

Abigail Dobbins

Caitlin, Jeff & Owen Edelstein

David Ewing

Arlene Freyta

Martha Heroux & Matt Yorke

Linda Hubard

Brian J.


Joe M.

John B.


Chris Lavorgna & Family

Raoul Leuteritz

Walter Lewis

Kenneth Lutz

Nicki Jung, Luke, Jude &

Sawyer Magnum

Cynthia Parker

Susan Pritchard


Chris & Don Shaw

Lynne Smith

Lara Sparks

Dick Swackhamer & Family

Tracy Tibetts

Pray for those serving in the military and other dangerous professions:

Andrew, Brandon, Joseph, Zachary



Emma, Jerry


Marriage Anniversaries

Charles & Melissa, John & Ellen, Frank & Sarah


Altar Flowers

This Sunday’s Altar Flowers were arranged by Sherry Johnson and are dedicated to the glory of God!

Special Intentions are asked for… 

Diocese of New Jersey Cycle of Prayer 

The Revs: Genevieve R. Bishop, Lorraine Harris, Marshall Shelly, The Rev. Megan E. Thomas, The Revs: Edwin T. Chinery, Robert Fitzpatrick, Susan R. Ironside, Robert W. Mikol, Maria B. Sanzo, Stephanie E. Shockley, Michael J. Way, Members and Ministry of the Committee of the Church Pension Fund, The Rev. Todd Foster, St. Alban’s Church in New Brunswick, The Rev. Robert B. Haller

World Wide Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer

The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma) The Most Revd Stephen The Myint Oo Archbishop of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon

Dominican Republic - (XI, The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Moisés Quezada Mota

Doko - (Lokoja, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Uriah Kolo

Dornakal - (South India) The Rt Revd Vadapalli Prasada Rao

Dublin & Glendalough - (Dublin, Ireland) The Most Revd Michael Geoffrey St Aubyn Jackson

Duk - (Upper Nile, South Sudan) The Rt Revd Daniel Deng Abot

Duk - Avod Area - (Upper Nile, South Sudan) The Rt Revd Thomas Tut





Sunday, 17 June                  The Holy Eucharist                7:30am

Pentecost IV: Proper 6B       The Holy Eucharist                9:30am

                                                                   Fellowship & Adult Forum     10:30am

Monday, 18 June                 Tai Chi in Martin Hall                              7:45am 

                                                   Morning Prayer in Chapel               9:00am

                                                   Rector in Office           9:30am-12:30pm

Tuesday, 19 June                 Ladies Exercise Group           9:15am

Wednesday, 20 June            Game Night                                       6:00pm

Thursday, 21 June                               Ladies Exercise Group                      9:15am

                                                                             Mah Jongg                                                              1:00pm

                                                                             Evening Prayer in Chapel       5:00pm

                                            AA in Martin Hall                   7:00pm

Friday, 22 June                    Morning Prayer in Chapel      9:00am                                                                Rector in Office          9:30am-12:30pm

                                             PARISH OFFICE CLOSED

Saturday, 23 June                                Yoga                                                                        8:30am


Sunday, 24 June                  The Holy Eucharist                7:30 am

Pentecost V: Proper 7B        The Holy Eucharist                9:30 am                                                                                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 all Members of the Parish are Ministers


Judith Hamilton, Church Warden Robert Meyer, Church Warden


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

   Alan Lee                                 William Kehr                             Margaret Aftanis

   Kim Sparks                             Fran Kleber                                Richard Cashel

   Melissa Wall                      Karen Vaughan                              Kay DeCicco


Mrs. Lisa Halpin, Parish Administrator

Mr. Kingston Sparks, Treasurer

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

Ms. Suzette Whiting, President, ECW

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

Ms. Diana Shoenbach, Superintendent of the Church School 

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

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

The Rev’d Charles Arlin, Retired Priest Associate

The Rev’d Daniel W. Hinkle, Interim Priest

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