The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents
The Holy Eucharist for Pentecost VII
23 July 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
*HYMN 482 “Lord of all hopefulness” Slane
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 God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The First Lesson Genesis 28:10-19a
A reading from The Book of Genesis
Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the LORD stood beside him and said, "I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place-- and I did not know it!" And he was afraid, and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven." So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Psalm 139: 1-11 Domine, probasti
1 LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.
3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
4 You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
6 Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
where can I flee from your presence?
7 If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
8 If I take the wings of the morning *
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9 Even there your hand will lead me *
and your right hand hold me fast.
10 If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, *
and the light around me turn to night,"
11 Darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day; *
darkness and light to you are both alike
The Second Lesson Romans 8:12-25
Brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-- for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ-- if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
*LEVAS 119 “Spirit of God, descend upon” Croly/Atkinson
The Holy Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mathew.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus put before the crowd another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, `Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?' He answered, `An enemy has done this.' The slaves said to him, `Then do you want us to go and gather them?' But he replied, `No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'" Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field." He answered, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!"
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; for our parish clergy Frank, Charles, Gretchen and Judith; for our Church Wardens William and Robert 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 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, Alexander Kozlowski, Todd Miller, 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 ….
Kris Anderson, Andrew Boyle, Linda Lyle, John Johnson, Terry & Diana Shoenbach
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
*HYMN 529 “In Christ there is no east or west” McKee
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 623 “O what their joy and their glories” O quanta qualia
“Think with the head, act with the heart”…good advice written on an anonymous post-it note stuck to the façade of The Grand Copthorne Hotel in Singapore on 14 June 2010….Project Post-It Note, and why the anonymous note got there, is another essay….
We are such gifted creatures. What we achieve as the best expression of our humanity, and what we are loathe to admit as our sinfulness springs directly from our understanding or misunderstanding, our use or misuse, of those very gifts.
We have intellect- an extraordinary engine and storage place…our way to learn. We have a heart- the place that holds our deepest yearnings, our darkest fears, our brightest hopes. This post-it note suggests a connection between the two.
Connecting the head and the heart is more challenging than it might seem at first, and it is in the faulty connections of head and heart that we find or create so much trouble for ourselves and others.
Our rational mind carries the sum of all that we have seen and heard, some would say even from before birth. Deriving from that vast, ever-expanding record with synapse-speed, we form thoughts, select values, and make choices. There is much about the power of our minds and its exercised free-will that makes us understand what it means to be made in God’s Image…and we like that…we like feeling God-like.
Our hearts, as much as our minds, reflect the divine origins of ourselves, however. By far the more dangerous of the two gifts, our hearts carry the best and the worst of us- our Faith and our Fear, our Wisdom and our Ignorance, our Sacrifice and our Greed…and most important, our Loves. We have far more trouble acting with a divine Love than we have in acting from what we believe to be divine Knowledge.
We forget that the record our brain carries, and the feelings we have about all of that in our hearts, offer choices. We have choices about how we live each moment….and forgetting those choices is where the head-heart connection breaks down. We let the reactions- the feelings- rule us. That usually gets us in trouble because living a highly reactive life is almost always a very bad idea. It is hard work to remain conscious of what you’re thinking, and how you feel about that, and then to choose how to speak and act as a result. Most of us just don’t want to work that hard at being a grown-up…a person seeking to grow up into the full stature of Christ.
The Divine Mind saw/sees the record of who we have been/are, and in spite of that the Divine Heart chooses to Love. The connection between the Divine Mind and the Divine Heart is something we have pretensions to, but not much more. That’s the bad news. The Good News is that we are not asked to act as God, but as Godly people- humble first and foremost…gratitude following close upon our humility…and Love, holding the humility and gratitude in front of our own eyes before anyone else’s. Only then are we in a place where we can do truly what this simple Post-it note stuck on a hotel wall half way ‘round the World suggests.
Pray today that the connection between head and heart will strengthen in you. Pray that you will not only think with your head and act with your heart, but perhaps even embrace the deeper paradox of thinking with your heart and feeling with your mind rather than the other way ‘round.
Love you. See you in Church.
Sunday, 23 July The Holy Eucharist 7:30am
Pentecost VII Proper 11A The Holy Eucharist 9:30am
Tuesday, 25 July Adult Study Group 8:00am Farmer’s Market 9:00 am
Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
Wednesday, 26 July Health Clinic 10:00am
Holy Eucharist noon
Thursday, 27 July Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
AA (kitchen, Martin Hall) 7:00pm
Friday, 28 July PARISH OFFICE CLOSED
Sunday, 30 July The Holy Eucharist 7:30am
Pentecost VIII Proper 12A The Holy Eucharist 9:30am
Tuesday, 1 August Adult Study Group 8:00am Farmer’s Market 9:00 am
Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
Wednesday, 2 August Holy Eucharist noon
Thursday, 3 August Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
AA (kitchen, Martin Hall) 7:00pm
Friday, 4 August PARISH OFFICE CLOSED
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