The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents
The Holy Eucharist for Pentecost XVI
24 September 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
Choral Prelude “I Believe” Miller
*HYMN 671 “Amazing grace! how sweet ” New Britain
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.
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; 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 Jonah 3:10-4:11
A reading from the book of Jonah
When God saw what the people of Nineveh did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.
The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” Then the Lord said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Psalm 145:1-8 Exaltabo te, Deus
1 I will exalt you, O God my King, *
and bless your Name forever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless you *
and praise your Name forever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
there is no end to his greatness.
4 One generation shall praise your works to a-nother *
and shall declare your power.
5 I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *
and all your marvelous works.
6 They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, *
and I will tell of your greatness.
7 They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; *
they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
8 The LORD is gracious and full of com-passion, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Second Lesson Philippians 1:21-30
A reading from Philippians
For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again. Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God's doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well-- since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
*LEVAS 227 “We shall overcome” Spiritual
The Holy Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mathew.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others stand-ing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, `You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same. And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, `Why are you standing here idle all day?' They said to him, `Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, `You also go into the vineyard.' When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, `Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, `These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' But he replied to one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?' So the last will be first, and the first will be last."
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 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 a full measure of faith, and for 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 ….
Medora Boyle, Ted Johnson, Sarah Payne, Mathew Payne, Natalie Aftanis
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 “God is seen” Van den Honert
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 insert “Heavenly Sunlight” Cook
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
We do not want God to change His mind. It makes us nervous. Changing His mind implies that God’s rational powers and discerning judgments are malleable, and therefore perhaps weak and limited like ours. We are far more comfortable with God as the embodiment of a decision made. We prefer God in the mode of a star- the immovable, trustworthy, guiding point of light in an otherwise very dark night. We are unsettled to think that God might change His mind. We operate more confidently assuming that it is we who change our minds as we learn and discern ever more deeply what God has already decided and who God is. Like spiritual navigators, we base our movements in His constancy. And when we hear of God changing His mind, we, like navigators finding a channel marker that is moved or absent, conclude that God is not simply capricious, untrustworthy or undependable, but perhaps even dangerous to regard. Like children, when we see God change His mind, we are either 1) scared witless or 2) inspired to scheme, hoping to manipulate that changeability to our own advantage. We just seem to do a whole lot better when God doesn’t change His mind.
Jonah is a breathtakingly self-interested person. He hears God’s call to prophesy to Nineveh, and he runs. That running gets him thrown overboard in a storm, swallowed by a large sea-creature, and vomited onto a beach. At this point, and as uncharacteristically faithful of him as it is, Jonah ceases his vincible, studied ignorance. He hears and obeys God, thanks Him for deliverance from the storm, but goes to Nineveh reluctantly, his mind changed while his heart is not. Jonah’s heart remains true to his willful, arrogant nature- often wrong but never in doubt. We err to assume that Jonah’s obedience in this instance signals a fundamental shift in his character.
In spite of himself, Jonah’s ministry in Nineveh is wildly successful; the people of Nineveh hear the condemnation pronounced by God’s prophet Jonah, and they repent. They hear the prophet’s message. People who need prophets are generally people who won’t hear prophets very well; prophetic messages typically are doomed to failure by the people to whom, and the circumstances in which, they are preached. Not so here- Jonah is remarkable among prophets for the success of his preaching. The people of Nineveh respond to God’s prophetically announced warning. And God does exactly what He has implied all along that He will do; God changes His mind about Nineveh’s future.
This changed mind is not God being weak or fickle. This changed mind shows God doing the logical thing. Prophecies are formulaic- they follow an “if A, then B” structure that notes present sin and says that the noted sin, un-repented, will result in a prophetically forewarned, dire consequence. We do hold out the possibility that any course other than the dire consequence will follow, so when prophetic preaching works, we’re flummoxed- baffled- and in Jonah’s case childishly annoyed. The “if A” (“if you don’t stop this”) does in fact produce a change in Nineveh’s case. It never occurred to Jonah (or us) that such a thing might happen; we’re unprepared for this Good News.
This is not God changing His mind; this is God responding to human beings changing their minds. At Nineveh, human hearts and minds are moved and changed, and the consequences elucidated in Jonah’s prophetic ministry are rendered irrelevant by the emergent righteousness of transformed human beings. So God delivers on the prophetic promise from a direction we rarely imagine- the people do right, and God responds by not doing them ill. It’s not a changed mind on His part, rather it is God responding to a human behavior we see so rarely (repentance) that when it happens we misperceive it, and think God weak or wrong.
All of this bears directly on our presuppositions and opinions of people. We believe ourselves to be so exquisitely prescient that we cannot countenance being in error in our assessments of people and situations. Jonah certainly proves that- he looks just like us, and we like him. Our opinions are so fixed that we don’t even really hear or see at first that something or someone has changed. When we do hear and see, we don’t believe it. I think much of our anger in such moments has to do not with God’s mercy, but instead has to do with our frustration with ourselves- we don’t like having our judgments proven wrong, and our chagrin makes us mean.
Things are rarely as they seem; God responds lovingly to repentant human beings living amended lives. The question is not can we do the same, but will we?
Love you. See you in Church.
Sunday, 24 September The Holy Eucharist 9:30am
Pentecost XVI Proper 20A
Tuesday, 26 September Adult Study Group 8:00am
Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
Wednesday, 27 September The Holy Eucharist noon
Game Night 6:00pm
Choir rehearsal 7:00pm
Thursday, 28 September Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
Mah Jongg 1:00pm
AA (kitchen, Martin Hall) 7:00pm
Friday, 29 September PARISH OFFICE CLOSED
Sunday, 01 October The Holy Eucharist 9:30am
Pentecost XVII Proper 21A
Tuesday, 03 October Adult Study Group 8:00am
Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
Wednesday, 04 October Choir rehearsal 7:00pm
Thursday, 05 October Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
Mah Jongg 1:00pm
AA (kitchen, Martin Hall) 7:00pm
Friday, 06 October PARISH OFFICE CLOSED
 Jonah 3:10 NRSV
Sunday, 10 September The Holy Eucharist 9:30am
Pentecost XIV Proper 18A
Tuesday, 12 September Adult Study Group 8:00am
Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
Wednesday, 13 September The Holy Eucharist noon
Game Night 6:00pm
Thursday, 14 September Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
AA (kitchen, Martin Hall) 7:00pm
Friday, 15 September PARISH OFFICE CLOSED
Sunday, 17 September The Holy Eucharist 9:30am
Pentecost XV Proper 19A
Tuesday, 19 September Adult Study Group 8:00am
Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
Wednesday, 20 September The Holy Eucharist noon
Thursday, 21 September Ladies Exercise Group 9:15am
AA (kitchen, Martin Hall) 7:00pm
Friday, 22 September 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