The Day of Pentecost
May 20, 2018
Our liturgy can be found in the Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355.
Choral Prelude The 23rd Psalm Arr. Bobby McFerrin
Hymn #225 Hail Thee Festival Day
The Easter Acclamation
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
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
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.
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
THE WORD OF GOD
The First Lesson A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-21)
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”
The Word of the Lord.
Response: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
25 O Lord, how manifold are your works!*
in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
26 Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number,*
creatures both small and great.
27 There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan,*
which you have made for the sport of it.
28 All of them look to you*
to give them their food in due season.
29 You give it to them; they gather it;*
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30 You hide your face, and they are terrified;*
you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.
31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created;*
and so you renew the face of the earth.
32 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;*
may the Lord rejoice in all his works.
33 He looks at the earth and it trembles;*
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;*
I will praise my God while I have my being.
35 May these words of mine please him;*
I will rejoice in the Lord.
37 Bless the Lord, O my soul.* Hallelujah!
Second Lesson: A Reading from the Letter to the Romans [8:22-27]
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.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
The Word of the Lord. Response: Thanks be to God
Sequence Hymn: #513 Like the murmur of a dove’s song
The Holy Gospel The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John [15:26-27, 16:4-15]
Response: Glory to You Lord Christ.
When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.
‘I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgement: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgement, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.’
The Gospel of the Lord Response: Praise to You Lord Christ.
Sermon The Rev. Dr. Judith Lee
10 AM: The Language of the Spirit: Performance of classical Indian dance by Priya Kumar
The Nicene Creed BCP 358
Prayers of the People
Let us pray for the church, the world, and those whom we love, saying “Fill our hearts.”
Guide our bishops, priests, deacons, and lay leaders, that they may serve and lead us with wisdom and courage. Draw all of us to you, that we may deepen our individual relationships with you and build up our community of faith.
Spirit of Love, Fill our hearts.
Guide the people of this land and of all nations in the ways of justice and peace. Grant our leaders the wisdom to find alternatives to violent conflict, the integrity to speak with honesty, and the compassion to share a vision of social and economic equality. [Pause]
Spirit of Truth, Fill our hearts.
Guide our Search Committee and guide this congregation in their preparation to begin ministry with their next Rector.
Spirit of Grace, Fill our hearts.
Strengthen every person who suffers in body, mind, or spirit, especially those we now name, silently or aloud [Pause] . . . Grant them courage and hope and bring them the peace of your faithful presence.
Watch over our children and our teachers in these busy weeks at the end of the school year, especially our young people who are graduating from high school, college, and professional programs, and Belen Denise Zhunio Ortega, whom we welcome in Holy Baptism this afternoon.
Spirit of Hope, Fill our hearts.
We commend to your mercy all who have died, especially Gloria Waters and those whom we now name, silently or aloud [Pause] . . . Draw them to you in love, that they may rest in that place where there is no pain or grief. Grant that all of us may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.
Spirit of Mercy, Fill our hearts.
Priest: Come, O Spirit of God and make within us your dwelling place and home. May our darkness be
dispelled by your light and our troubles calmed by your peace; may all evils be redeemed by your love, all pain transformed through the suffering of Christ, and all dying glorified by his risen
The Commissioning of Grace Church Ushers
Anthem With a Voice of Singing Martin Shaw
Hymn #416 Come down, O Love divine
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer D BCP 372
Sanctus and Benedictus Barrie Cabena
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
At the Breaking of the Bread
Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast, Alleluia.
Anthem Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether Harold Friedell
Hymn LEV&S #120 Sweet, Sweet Spirit Traditional
The Prayer of Thanksgiving
Eternal God, by the power of your Word you created all things, and by your Spirit you renew the earth. Give now the water of life to all who thirst for you and nourish with the spiritual food of bread and wine all who hunger for you, that our lives may bear the abundant fruit of your heavenly reign; through Jesus Christ, the first born from the dead. Amen
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.
May Almighty God, who enlightened the minds of the disciples by pouring out upon them the Holy Spirit, make you rich with his blessing, that you may abound more and more in that Spirit for ever. Amen.
May God, who sent the Holy Spirit as a flame of fire that rested upon the heads of the disciples, burn out all evil from your hearts, and make them shine with the pure light of his presence. Amen.
May God, who by the Holy Spirit caused those of many tongues to proclaim Jesus as Lord, strengthen your faith and send you out to bear witness to him in word and deed. Amen.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.
Hymn #521 Put forth, O God, thy Spirit’s might
Choral Postlude O For A Closer Walk With God C. V. Stanford
Ministers of the Liturgy
Celebrant & Preacher The Rev. Dr. Judith Lee
Assisting Priest The Rev. Adolfo Moronta
Organist & Choir Director Peter Roberts
Lectors 8AM Mary Baker, Ella Fitzgerald
10AM Jane Washington, Biff Henderson, Intercessor: Jean Wilson
8AM Oscar Bunche
10AM Melanie Jackson, Sandy McAllister, Jean Chambers
Acolytes 10AM Rudye Breach, James Heffner, Eric Woodberry, Aaron Woodberry, Waverly
Mangum, Kendal Mangum
Ushers 8AM Stuart Madden
10AM Margaret Bloomfield, Delroy Chang, Albert Sargent, Robert Soso, Shirley Spencer,
Eucharistic Visitors: Eileen McClean, Ray Williams, Carolyn Rogers, Lisa Daley
Nursery Care is available during the 10:00 AM service.
________________________________________The altar flowers this morning are given in thanksgiving by Delores G. Thompson.
Rest in Peace: Gloria Waters, mother of Ginger Waters.
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:
KeAsia Boyles, Corine Bradley, Canon Percy Brathwaite, Joe Brown, Bernice Burton, Jennifer Toppin-Canner, John Carter, Cindy Courtien, Inez Dale, Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, Sandra Esannason, Clara Harmon, Marie Huckabry, William Jackson, Jr., Ivy John, Evgeniy Kaufman, Trisha McGuiness, 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
Skyview Rehabilitation Center: Bill Coggins
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.
May 21th Carole Lashley May 22nd Marine Mauro
May 24th Dedan Odom Davenport, William Milton Jackson, Kendal Simon Mangum
May 25th Shane Daughtry May 26th Tahra Grant, Framary Rodriquez
Sundays in May
May 20th The Feast of Pentecost: Wear Red!
10:00 AM Commissioning of the Ushers
Last Choir Day
11:30 AM Annual Parish Brunch at La Bocca Ristorante
12:30 PM We welcome in Holy Baptism Belen Denise Zhunio Ortega
Commissioning of Liturgical Ministers of La Gracia
4:30 PM Downtown Music: Young Artists’ Program
May 27th Memorial Day Weekend
12:30 PM La Gracia La Primera Communion
Sundays in June
June 3rd 9:50 & 11:30 AM Last Day of Sunday School, Rite 13, & J2A
June 10th 10:00 AM Recognition of Graduates & Sunday School Teachers
June 17th 9:00 AM Father’s Day Breakfast
10:00 AM Family Service
June 24th 11:15 AM World Café Forum in the Parish Hall
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
Tuesday- May 22nd
12:05 PM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
7:30 PM Vestry Meeting – In the Library
Wednesday – May 23rd
4:00 PM Memorial Reception to honor Charles Bevier – Open Arms Shelter
7:30 PM Bible Study – Library
La Gracia Prayer Group
Thursday – May 24th
12:05 PM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
7:30 PM Santa Eucaristía in the Chapel
Saturday May 26th
9:00 AM-Noon La Gracia Preparation for La Primera Communion
Announcements for the Week of May 20, 2018
What’s New This Week?
TODAY: May 20th The Day of Pentecost: We wear red to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on what we often call “the birthday of the church.” We will commission the Grace Church Ushers at 10 am and the Liturgical Ministers for La Gracia at the 12:30 pm service. Please note street closings for the White Plains Answer to Cancer Walk.
TODAY: Annual Parish Brunch at La Bocca: We will gather at La Boca 11:30 for fellowship
La Bocca Brunch Attendees
Please go directly across the street as soon as service is over. Don't forget your tickets. If you forgot them at home, see Sylvia Simon or Carolyn Lashley. Please note that if you paid for the brunch by check, it will not be included in your church statement since all funds are given to La Bocca, which is not tax deductible.
THANK YOU! To Peter Roberts, our Director of Music, to our Choir, and to our St. Nicholas Choir for their dedicated service throughout this year.
THANK YOU! To the Men of Grace for a lovely, delicious, and abundant Mother’s Day Breakfast last week. Special Thanks to Kevin Richards for organizing the event.
THANK YOU! To our Ushers, whom we are commissioning today.
NOW: Names of Graduates: Please contact the Parish Office and Lauren Reid by June 1st. if you or a member of your family are graduating from high school, college, or a professional program this spring, to be recognized on June 10th.
Wednesday May 23th - L.U.W. Honoring Charlie Bevier
It has been almost a year since Lifting Up Westchester and the entire Westchester community lost Charlie Bevier. On May 23rd at 4 pm at Open Arms LUW will host a reception to honor his memory and unveil the memorial tree being planted beside the shelter in his honor. We hope you can join us.
NEXT WEEKEND: May 28th Memorial Day BBQ for Grace’s Kitchen
BBQ season is back!! Grace’s Kitchen staff will have the day off on Monday, May 28th. Please consider volunteering (even for an hour) to set up, serve food and/or clean up between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Monetary donations and food contributions (salads, fruits, juice and/or soda) are always appreciated. There is a Sign- up Sheet outside of the Parish Hall. To volunteer please contact Michael Heffner. Please note: Due to The White Plains Memorial Day Parade, Church Street will be closed by 8:30 AM & Main Street will be closed 9:30AM to 10:30AM. Drivers are advised to drive on Hamilton Avenue and park in the Municipal Garage.
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.
June 3rd Last day of Sunday School! Each class will have a special celebration.
June 6th 1:30-3 PM S.A.G.E. meeting in the Library
June 10th Recognition of Graduates and Sunday School Teachers
June 17th Father’s Day Breakfast – sponsored by the ECW. Please let Melanie Jackson know how you can help.
June 24th World Café after the 10 AM service: Your Wardens and Vestry will lead table discussions. We will hold another World Café on September 30th.
Summer Sunday Service Schedule: July 1st through September 2nd: 9 AM & 12:30 PM
Summer is almost here! - Lifting Up Westchester: Brighter Futures Summer Day Camp
“For four weeks in July our Day Camp gives homeless and disadvantaged children a stimulating and recreational environment, where they can escape from their problems and the stigma of poverty, and just be kids.” Brighter Futures Summer Day Camp has been in existence since 1976, providing an enriching recreational program for a four-week period in July. The camp serves up to 100 homeless and economically disadvantaged children ages 5 to 13. Watch for news about how Grace Church participates.
SUMMER CAMP APPROACHES: It's hard to believe that summer approaches quite soon. With that thought, LUW is again requesting your support to furnish swimsuits for the campers. A $25 contribution will provide each camper with at least one swimsuit, and perhaps, a towel. In 2017, Grace Church generously furnished 71 swimsuits to campers. Contributions will begin May 27th-June 24th. Please consider giving a child the opportunity to have a great summer. Questions? Please speak with Linda Gallo
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).
Pre-paying your Pledge
If you know you are going to be away during the summer, please consider pre-paying your pledge. Our expenses do not decrease during the summer, even though attendance tends to wane.
The Right Reverend Andrew M.L. Dietsche, Bishop
The Right Reverend Allen Kunho Shin, Bishop Suffragan
The Right Reverend Mary Glasspool, Assistant Bishop
The Reverend Dr. Judith Lee, Interim Pastor
The Reverend Adolfo Moronta, Associate Priest
Peter Roberts, Director of Music of Grace Church
Juan Carlos Abreu, Director of Music of La Gracia
Donna Louis, Youth Ministry Coordinator
Maria Campos, Secretary
Taurino Juárez, Sexton
The Day of Pentecost
May 20, 2018
33 Church Street
White Plains, New York 10601
Joseph C. Gallo, Senior. Warden
Michael Heffner, Junior Warden
Hillary Fleming, Treasurer
Sorraya Sampson Elliott, Clerk
Class of 2018: Irene Alves, Karen Odom, Amy Auld Owens, Sorraya Sampson Elliott
Class of 2019: Trisha McGuinness, Marisol Ortega, Charlotte Roberson
Class of 2020: Daisy Calderon, Hillary Fleming, Michael Heffner
Grace Church is a diverse congregation committed to a common life sustained by worship. We bear witness to God’s love in Christ through our life together and our service to the wider community.
All are welcome.