The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents 

The Liturgy of The Word and Communion from The Reserved Sacrament for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
28 January 2018 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 616  “ Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” Es flog ein kleins Waldvögelen




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

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


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


S-280                                     gloria in excelsis                                                    


The Deacon then says the Collect of the Day


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


Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


The First Lesson   Deuteronomy 18:15-20


A reading from the book of Deuteronomy


Moses said, The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: "If I hear the voice of the LORD my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die." Then the LORD replied to me: "They are right in what they have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak-- that prophet shall die."


The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.



Psalm 111  Confitebor tibi


1          Hallelujah!
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, *
in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.


2          Great are the deeds of the LORD! *
they are studied by all who delight in them.


3          His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
and his righteousness endures forever.


4          He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.


5          He gives food to those who fear him; *
he is ever mindful of his covenant.


6          He has shown his people the power of his works *
in giving them the lands of the nations.


7          The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
all his commandments are sure.


8          They stand fast forever and ever, *
because they are done in truth and equity.


9          He sent redemption to his people;
he commanded his covenant forever; *
holy and awesome is his Name.


10        The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; *
those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
his praise endures forever.


The Second Lesson   1 Corinthians 8:1-13


A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians


Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that "all of us possess knowledge." Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him. Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "no idol in the world really exists," and that "there is no God but one." Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth-- as in fact there are many gods and many lords-- yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. "Food will not bring us close to God." We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.


The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


*HYMN 371             “Thou whose almighty word”                       Moscow


The Holy Gospel   Mark 1:21-28


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

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What is this? A new teaching-- with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.


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


The Sermon                                                    The Rev’d Dr. Judith S. Krom


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, Philip 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 vision, strength and confidence for our Vestry and for our Church Wardens Robert and Judith 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 today 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.


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 …. Jonathan Goddard, Kim Sparks, Maria Mack Howard & Edith Dumhart


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 Deacon then 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. Amen.


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






*HYMN 493         “O for a thousand tongues to sing”                    Azmon


During the Offertory, a hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung. Representatives of the congregation bring forward the people's offerings. The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar. The people remain standing. The Deacon faces them and says


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


Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. 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.     


Facing the people, the Deacon 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 Deacon 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 Deacon dismisses them singing



*HYMN 390          “Praise to the Lord, the almighty”          Lobe de Herren                 




Sunday, 28 January                      The  Holy Eucharist                                         9:30pm

Epiphany IV

Thursday, 01 February                Mah Jongg                                                          1:00pm

                                                            AA (kitchen, Martin Hall)                                 7:00pm

Friday, 02 February                      PARISH OFFICE CLOSED

Saturday, 03 February                 Classical Jam (Martin Hall)                            2:00-4:00pm


Sunday, 04 February                    The  Holy Eucharist                                         9:30pm

Epiphany V

Wednesday, 07 February            Choir Practice                                                     7:00pm

Thursday, 08 February                Mah Jongg                                                          1:00pm

                                                            AA (kitchen, Martin Hall)                                 7:00pm

Friday, 09 February                      PARISH OFFICE CLOSED




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

609-492-7571 (office)    609-467-7260 (facsimile) (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 2019                        Vestry Class of 2020                Vestry Class of 2021

 Alan Lee                                           Judith Hamilton                     Margaret Aftanis

 Kim Sparks                                        Fran Kleber                            Richard Cashel

 Melissa Wall                                      Karen Vaughan                       Kat DeCicco


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