The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
June 24, 2018
Our liturgy can be found in the Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355.
Hymn #379 God is Love, let heaven adore him
The Opening Acclamation
Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
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
Gloria in Excelsis David Hurd
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one god, for ever and ever. Amen.
THE WORD OF GOD
The First Lesson A Reading from the Book of Job 38:1-11
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together, and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? ‘Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb?
when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, and said, “Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped”?
The Word of the Lord.
Response: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
We will read responsively on the half verse.
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *
and his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *
that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3 He gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
23 Some went down to the sea in ships *
and plied their trade in deep waters;
24 They beheld the works of the Lord *
and his wonders in the deep.
25 Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose, *
which tossed high the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; *
their hearts melted because of their peril.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards *
and were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper *
and quieted the waves of the sea.
30 Then were they glad because of the calm, *
and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
32 Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people *
and praise him in the council of the elders.
Second Lesson: A Reading from the Second Letter to the Corinthians [6:1-13]
As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,
‘At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.’
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.
The Word of the Lord.
Response: Thanks be to God
Sequence Hymn: #530 Spread O spread thou mighty word
The Holy Gospel The Holy Gospel of Our Savior Jesus Christ According to Mark [4:35-41]
Response: Glory to You Lord Christ.
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’
The Gospel of the Lord.
Response: Praise to You Lord Christ.
Sermon The Rev. Dr. Judith Lee
The Nicene Creed BCP 358
Prayers of the People
Jesus, Light of the World,
Guide our leaders to establish peace among all nations and inspire your church with an unshakable faith and a passion for justice, especially in advocating for refugees, immigrants, and children.
Jesus, Risen Savior, In your mercy, hear us.
Jesus, Bread of Life,
Teach us to provide for the hungry, and to share from our abundance with those who have less than we do. Teach us to care for the earth.
Jesus, risen Savior, In your mercy, hear us.
Jesus, our Way, our Truth, our Life,
Guide us in the paths you have chosen for us, in the choices you have given us, and in our desire for knowledge and truth. Guide our Search Committee in their discernment of candidates to be our next Rector and guide this congregation as we prepare for new ministry.
Jesus, risen Savior, In your mercy, hear us
Jesus, the Good Shepherd,
Be with us no matter how far we wander from you.
Heal those who are sick and those who are hurt, especially those we now name, silently or aloud. [Pause]
Jesus, risen Savior, In your mercy, hear us
Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life
Keep under your protection all who have died, especially those we now name, silently or aloud [Pause] . . .
Jesus, risen Savior, In your mercy, hear us
Priest: Blessed are you, God of growth and discovery; yours is the inspiration that has changed our
lives; yours is the power that has brought us opportunities. Set us, your new creation, to walk through this new world, watching and learning, loving and trusting, until your kingdom comes. Amen.
The Confession BCP 360
Hymn #432 O Praise ye the Lord!
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer A BCP 361
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
The Lord’s Prayer BCP 364
The Breaking of the Bread BCP 364
You are invited to prayers for healing and laying on of hands after receiving communion.
Hymn #567 Thine arm O Lord, in days of old
The Prayer of Thanksgiving BCP 365
Sending forth of the Eucharistic Visitors:
In the name of this congregation I send you forth bearing these holy gifts, that those to whom you go may share with us in the communion of Christ’s body and blood. We who are many are one body because we share one bread, one cup. Amen.
Hymn #559 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
Ministers of the Liturgy
Celebrant & Preacher The Rev. Dr. Judith Lee
Assisting Priest The Rev. Adolfo Moronta
Musician Juan Carlos Abreu
Lectors 8AM Linda Heusser, Barbara Wiggins
10AM Charlotte Roberson, Carlos Muñoz Intercessor: Audrey Taylor
8AM Brinda Bradley
10AM Sandy Gadsden McAllister, Malik Bradford
Acolytes 10AM Jean Chambers, Aadi Kumar, Spencer Carden, Priya Kumar, Rohan Kumar,
Aaron Bradford, Eva Bradford
Ushers 8AM Stuart Madden
10AM Michael Heffner, Jo Ann Boylan, Gloria Chang, Andrea Spencer, Giovanni Green
Healing Prayer Team: Judy Hutton, Cecilia Peagler, Arlene Roberts Grant
Eucharistic Visitors: Sandy Gadsden McAllister, Marie Barrow
Nursery Care is available during the 10:00 AM service.
Coffee Hour Hosts: The Vestry Assistant: Sylvia Simon
The altar flowers are given this morning to the Glory of God and in memory of Thomas L. Alleyne
by Maria Lewis.
If you are visiting with us for the first time, we welcome you to Grace Church!
Our liturgy is found in the Book of Common Prayer.
Our communion is open to all baptized Christians.
Please take the time to fill out one of our visitor cards which the ushers have available.
Your presence is a blessing to us; may our worship together be a blessing to you.
Grace Church Prayer List: We hold the following people in prayer:
Corine Bradley, Canon Percy Brathwaite, Bernice Burton, Jennifer Toppin-Canner, John Carter, Cindy Courtien, Inez Dale, Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, Deacon Edgar Ervin, Sandra Esannason, Marie Huckabry, Gwendolyn Hutchinson, William Jackson, Jr., Jackie Jansky, Ivy John, Evgeniy Kaufman, Gail and Gave Matthew, Trisha McGuiness, Giovanna Mustac, Selena Perry, Canon Blake Rider, Gladstone Reid, Leroy Reid, Renee Reid, Uriel Reid, Norman Stanton, Susan Stanton, Laura Stix, Barbara Vigliotti, Stacey Vitale, Natasha Vodyanitskaya, Marthe Watkins
Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: Verna Brown
Cedar Manor, Ossining: Robert Auld
Serving in the Armed Forces: Kenny Duffy, Denny J. Edmondson, Christopher P. Halstead, David Packer, Sgt. Christopher Vigliotti, Gunnery Sgt. Les Yearwood.
Please call the Parish Office or contact Sandy Gadsden McAllister if you would like to place someone’s name on our prayer list.
June 25th Victor D. Alleyne, Jane Washington June 26th Carolyn & James Henderson
June 26th Leigh Acevedo Burton, June 27th Alison & Peter Munsch
June 28th Uriel Reid, Wendell A. Reid, Donna Louis June 30th Gabrielle & Steven Gervais
June 30th Cassius Owens, Kaitlyn Robles, Michael Aiden Boylan
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
The parish office will be closed Friday, June 29 through Wednesday July 4th, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
Sunday – June 24th
5:00 PM –10:00 PM Parish Hall Rental
Tuesday- June 26th
12:05 PM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
7:30 PM Vestry Meeting - Library
Wednesday – June 27th
7:30 PM Bible Study – Library
7:30 PM La Gracia Prayer Group
Thursday – June 28th
12:05 PM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
7:30 PM Santa Eucaristía in the Chapel
Saturday - June 30th
3:00PM La Gracia Quinceañera: Clarisa Ramírez
Announcements for the Week of June 24, 2018
Almighty God, giver of every good gift, look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP, page 818)
Today is the very last opportunity we have as a parish to provide swimsuits for the children attending the Lifting Up Westchester Summer Camp. As of June 17th, we have furnished 23 swimsuits. Last year, we furnished 71 swimsuits. By having a swimsuit, children can have pool fun but more seriously, either learn how to swim or build better swimming abilities. More importantly, they learn a critical lifesaving skill. Won't you be so generous? Please donate either cash, check (made out to Lifting Up Westchester), or gift card (Walmart/Target). All donations will be submitted to Lifting Up Westchester on Monday, June 25th. Collection will be in the Parish Hall, 8:45-9:45AM and after the 10 AM service. Thanks for very much for continuing to support a mission that has its roots at Grace Church. Please contact Linda Gallo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak with her.
Report from the Search Committee
The Search Committee has completed its period of “receiving names”, and now is moving to evaluating and interviewing candidates. This may take some time depending on Diocesan review and candidate availability and will be followed by site visits where applicable. The Committee will not be able to comment during this process, which we expect to conclude with the recommendation of three candidates to the Vestry. We ask your prayers for success.
THANK YOU from the Welcoming Committee:
The Welcome Committee thanks all the individuals, families and groups who have hosted Coffee Hour each Sunday. During the summer we do not have a coffee hour. We hope we can count on having you host again beginning in September. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.
Join Today! chatwith-grace
A new Snapchat group chat for J2A/ High school teens* connected with Grace/La Gracia. Share snaps, be creative, feel connected, tell stories etc. *chatwith-grace will be monitored by an adult.
NEXT WEEK: Summer Sunday Schedule begins: Services at 9 am & 12:30 PM
4th of July BBQ for Grace’s Kitchen
BBQ season is back!! Grace’s Kitchen staff will have the day off on Wednesday, July 4th. Please consider volunteering (even for an hour) to set up, serve food and/or clean up between 8:30 am to noon. Monetary donations and food contributions (salads, fruits, juice and/or soda) are always appreciated. Monetary donations can be mailed to the parish office or given to George O’Hanlon, Karen Southwick or Michael Heffner. A Sign- up Sheet for food contributions is posted outside of the Parish Hall. To volunteer please contact George O’Hanlon email@example.com, Karen Southwick firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael Heffner email@example.com
The New York Summer Youth Conference is August 19-25 at Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, CT. SYC is open to all youth entering 6th grade - entering Freshman year of college. This year's theme is "Love Thy Neighbor." Download the registration form at https://www.dioceseny.org/ednyevent/summer-youth-conference/ or contact the parish office. Contact Lauren Reid with any questions.
Help J2A help the students of Barbuda. Please deposit school supplies in the box located at the back of the church. If you need supply ideas, please see the lists on the Sunday School bulletin board in the parish hall but know that all supplies are welcome and needed! Thanks in advance for helping our group support the youth of Barbuda.
Summer Sunday Service Schedule: July 1st through September 2nd: 9 AM & 12:30 PM
September 9th: Backpack blessings
Sunday, September 16th Homecoming Picnic- at Ridge Road Park, Pavilion #3 Hartsdale, NY after a Bilingual Service at 10 AM.
E-mail news: In upgrading our Microsoft software, some email addresses were inadvertently deleted
from our database. And our new weekly e-newsletter may be going to your SPAM folders. If you or anyone you know is not receiving parish emails, please contact Maria Campos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-949-2874.
Paying Pledges by check or online
We now offer the opportunity to pay your pledge through PayPal on our website (www.gracechurchwhiteplains.org/Giving). If you pay by check, please note the current posted date and write your pledge number on the memo line. To arrange automatic payments of your pledge, please contact Maria Romeo in the parish office (email@example.com).
Summer Pledges: Even though summer attendance decreases as many of us go away during this period, our financial obligations don’t change. To prevent a cash flow shortage, we urge you to keep up your pledges during the summer. Some parishioners pre-pay, mail in, or have pledges automatically sent from their banks. Regardless of the method used to send in your pledges, it is greatly appreciated!
Bulletin Boards: We have established a new practice so that Maria Campos overseas all postings on the bulletin boards in the building. Fr. Adolfo will oversee postings on the La Gracia bulletin board. This will improve consistency, complementarity, and coherence in the way we share news and information with our visitors. All postings should be given to Maria: by email, mail, or in person.
Bible Study for June: We are reading the Second Letter to the Corinthians:
Week One [ June 4-8] 1:1- 3:6: Introduction: Paul and his ministry
Week Two [June 11-15] 3:7 – 7:4: Paul explains the nature of his ministry
Week Three [June 18-22] 7:5-9:15: Paul’s appeal for the collection for Jerusalem
Week Four [June 25-29] 10:1--13:13: Paul describes his plans for ministry
A Reading Guide is available on our website that introduces each week’s section and highlights passages for reflection: www.gracechurchwhiteplains.org
Bible Study for July & August – We will read The Song of Songs. Watch for our online Bible Study.