This period in the Church year is known as “The Season after Pentecost” or “Ordinary Time.” The term “ordinary” refers to how the New Testament passages are generally read in order or in sequence, as opposed to being arranged by specific theme as in other seasons. During this season the Gospel passages focus on the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and how he is revealed to the world as the Christ. In Year B (the second in a three-year cycle: A, B & C) most of the Gospel passages are from the Gospel according to Mark. The Old Testament Lesson and the Psalm are chosen because they relate to the words and message of Jesus. The New Testament Lesson is independent of these readings and is almost always taken from one of the Letters in the New Testament that reflects the common life and mission of the first Christian community.
Our Celebrant & Preacher today is The Rev. Matthew H. Mead.
Today’s In Person Worship
- Every Sunday at 8am the Eucharist (Rite 1) is celebrated in the Church. The service is from the red Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 323, and includes 2 pre-recorded hymns, and lasts about 45 minutes. Weather permitting coffee and tea are available in Garden afterwards.
- Every Sunday at 10am the Eucharist (Rite 2) is celebrated in the Church. The service is from the red Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355. See below for detailed music information. The service lasts about an hour. Weather permitting coffee and tea are available in Garden afterwards.
- Healing Prayers are offered at the Bolton Altar following both services.
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Today’s Live-Stream Worship & Sermon Archives
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Today’s Propers (Collect & Lections from Holy Scripture)
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
The Old Testament
The Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.” Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Psalm 8 Domine, Dominus noster
1 O Lord our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world!
2 Out of the mouths of infants and children *
your majesty is praised above the heavens.
3 You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *
to quell the enemy and the avenger.
4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
5 What is man that you should be mindful of him? *
the son of man that you should seek him out?
6 You have made him but little lower than the angels; *
you adorn him with glory and honor;
7 You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *
you put all things under his feet:
8 All sheep and oxen, *
even the wild beasts of the field,
9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *
and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.
10 O Lord our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world!
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, subjecting all things under their feet.” Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”
Some Pharisees came, and to test Jesus they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
Parish Prayer List
Please note that names are listed alphabetically by last name of the person being prayed for (if it is known). We do not list last names for privacy reasons. For pastoral emergencies call or text one of the clergy: Father Matt (914.471.0260), Deacon Chisara Alimole (914.338.5194), or call the parish office (914.738.5515). If you have any updates (birthdays, prayers additions, etc., please let us know.) Please submit names you wish to be included by Tuesday morning, to Marie at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our prayers are asked especially for: Marion, Shane, Rosemary, Rob, Marcia, Mike, Anne, Alexander, Ginny, Craig, Barbara, Mary, Ralph, Everton, Jed, Marcia, Sammy, Monica, Rebecca, Janet, Amina, Alexia Grace, Alison, John, Emma, Peilin, Hildy, Martin, Jason, Yen, Terry, Erica, Susan, Sue, Xandra, Sigi, Joyce, Julie, Scott, Sherrie, Michelle, Karen, Lisa, Laurelyn, Rob, Drue, Rob, Bill, Andrea, Sue, Lael, M & D, Sandy, the Salvatore family, Dean, Danielle, Morris, and Katie.
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week and in the coming week: Sandra Rivera (October 4), Debra Orlando (October 5), Emily Kane (October 6), Ed McGann (October 6), Margo Hastings (October 7), Jeff Bodenmann (October 8), and Barbara Zambelli (October 8).
And we give thanks for the wedding anniversaries of Kari Black & Ed McGann (October 6), and Patrice Fitzpatrick and Bill Scherer (October 8).
And we also give thanks for the Wedding of Rebecca Kish and Logan Butler
We pray for those in our Armed Services especially: Joseph, Kevin, Jack, Leopold, Philip, Jake, Matthew, Robert, Philip-Jason, Nicholas, Sam, Jack, Helen, Mitchel, Alec, Tia, Tyrese, and Terrence.
We pray that all elected and appointed officials may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world, especially Joseph our President, and Kathy our Governor.
We pray for those who have died, especially (________ and) for those who have died from COVID-19.
Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen
The flowers on the Altar are given in loving memory of my husband George and my daughter Liz Kane.
Prelude: Chorale: “Danket dem Herrn, denn er ist sehr freundlich” Dietrich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707)
(O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious)
Entrance Hymn: 518 Christ is made the sure foundation, Westminster Abbey
Gloria in excelsis: S280 Glory to God in the highest Robert J. Powell (b. 1932)
Psalm: 8, Domine, Dominus noster Anglican chant, William Henry Harris (1883-1973)
(text reprinted above with the lectionary propers)
Sequence Hymn: 405 All things bright and beautiful, Royal Oak
Anthem at the Offertory: Anthem on the prayer of St. Francis Charles Galetar (b. 1943)
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace;
where there is hate, let me show Love;
where there is discord, Lord unite;
where strife divides, in Love make one.
Where there is doubt, let me sow faith;
where all is despair, may I bring hope;
where all is dark, may I be Light;
where sadness reigns, Your Joy make bright.
Jesus, my Lord, may I not seek to be consoled as to console,
not seek for understanding hearts, but look for souls to understand.
May I not look for Love’s reward, but seek to love unselfishly,
for by my serving I am served, and in forgiving, am forgiven.
Dying I live, and am reborn through death’s dark veil to endless days;
Lord make me a servant of Your peace, at last to wake to Heaven’s Light!
– anonymous French text, translated and adapted by Charles Galetar
Hymn at the Offertory: 380, v. 3 Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Old 100th
Sanctus et benedictus: S129 Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might Robert J. Powell
Agnus Dei: S163 Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world Robert J. Powell
Anthem at Communion: Domine dilexi Philip Lawson (b. 1957)
Domine dilexi decorem domus tuae et locum habitationis gloriae tuae ne perdas cum impiis animam meam et cum viris sanguinum vitam meam in quorum manibus iniquitates sunt dextera eorum repleta est muneribus ego autem in innocentia mea ingressus sum redime me et miserere mei pes meus stetit in directo in ecclesiis benedicam te; Domine.
– Psalm 25 (26): 8-12 (Latin Vulgate)
Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house: and the place where thine honour dwelleth. O shut not up my soul with the sinners : nor my life with the blood-thirsty. In whose hands is wickedness : and their right hand is full of gifts. But as for me, I will walk innocently: O deliver me, and be merciful unto me. My foot standeth right: I will praise the Lord in the congregations.
– Psalm 26: 8-12 (BCP, 1662)
Hymn: 400 All creatures of our God and King Laßt uns erfreuen
Organ Voluntary: Toccata quasi Fantasia con Fuga in A minor attributed to Henry Purcell (1659-1695),
(formerly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach as BWV Anh.178)
Today’s choir is Jeff Bodenmann, Curtis Chase, Simon Cram, Jann Degnan, Linda Gerra, Cheryl Greenhalgh, Emily Kane, Mboti (Missy) Kisob, and Melody Joy Rubin
Jeffrey Hoffman, organist & director of music
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