The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
October 14, 2018
Our liturgy can be found in the Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355.
Prelude Toccata Frescobaldi
Hymn #475 God himself is with us
The Opening Acclamation
Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever. 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 Barry Cabena
Collect of the Day [Proper 23]
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
THE WORD OF GOD
Please be seated.
The First Lesson A Reading from the Prophet Amos [5:6-7, 10-15]
Seek the Lord and live, or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire, and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. 7 Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground! . . .
They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. Therefore, because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins—you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate. Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time. Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
12 So teach us to number our days * that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? * be gracious to your servants.
14 Satisfy us by your loving kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
15 Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.
16 Show your servants your works * and your splendor to their children.
17 May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.
Second Lesson: A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews [4:12-16]
Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God
Sequence Hymn: #615 “Thy kingdom come!” on bended knee
The Holy Gospel The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Mark [10:17-31]
Response: Glory to You Lord Christ.
As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’ He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another,‘ Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’
Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’
The Word of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Christ.
Sermon The Rev. Dr. Judith Lee
The Nicene Creed BCP 358
Prayers of the People
Priest: Let us pray in thanksgiving and hope, saying Gracious God, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, your love is free, your compassion is unconditional, and your mercy is infinite. You shower upon us gifts abundant. Grant that we may know and trust these gifts. Open our lips, O God, that we may call for justice in our communities, in our congregations, and in the world.
Gracious God, hear our prayer.
Open our minds, O God, that we might be the vibrant and visionary Church you have called us to be, a Church with a passion for ministry, a desire to give completely, and a commitment to be faithful stewards of all that you have given us. Gracious God, hear our prayer.
Open our hearts, O God, so that our will to serve others with humility, integrity, and urgency is your desired purpose for us. Gracious God, hear our prayer.
Open our eyes, O God, to the hurts and needs of others. Teach us to see where our own resource and the world’s deep hunger meet. Gracious God, hear our prayer.
Open our hands, O God, to be witness to your presence in this world. Help us to work without hesitation, serve without recognition, to do justice, to love kindness, and to serve humbly with you, our God.
Gracious God, hear our prayer.
Open our memories, O God, as we remember those who have died especially those we now name, silently or aloud. [Pause]Help us honor the wisdom of those who have devoted their lives to your service and have taught us love and serve you. Gracious God, hear our prayer.
Gracious God, abundant are the blessings you have freely and joyously given us. Grateful for the opportunities you provide for living lives of love, prayer, and service, we ask that you help us now and always to offer freely and joyously to you, O God, our gifts of time, talent, and treasure. This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Confession BCP 360
Please be seated.
Anthem Oh How Amiable R. V. Williams
Hymn #684 O for a closer walk with God
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer A BCP 361
Sanctus and Benedictus Barry Cabena
The Lord’s Prayer BCP 364
Breaking of the Bread
Agnus Dei Barry Cabena
Anthem O taste and see R. V. Williams
Hymn #488 Be thou my vision
The Prayer of Thanksgiving
Gracious and loving God, source of every blessing, we rejoice in your boundless love, and we give you thanks for the peace passing all understanding that you have given us through the presence of Jesus Christ in this Holy Communion. May our love and worship of you so fill our lives that we show you forth to others, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. 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.
Hymn #655 O Jesus I have promised
Postlude Prelude and Fugue in F J. S. Bach
Ministers of the Liturgy
Celebrant & Preacher The Rev Dr. Judith Lee
Assisting Priest The Rev. Adolfo Moronta
Organist Peter Roberts
Lectors 8AM Barbara Wiggins, Linda Heusser
10AM Irene Alves, Arlene Grant Intercessor: Jean Wilson
8AM Brinda Bradley
1 0AM Ray Williams, Lauren Reid, Andrea Spencer
Acolytes 10AM Rudye Breach, Kaylee Owens, Sam Brown, Cameron Owens, Aaron Bradford,
Malik Bradford, Eve Bradford, Eric Woodberry, Aaron Woodberry Mirna Sanchez
Ushers 8AM Stuart Madden
10AM Lisa Daley, Hillary Fleming, Ginger Grant, Paxton Louis, Olivet Williams
Eucharistic Visitors Judith Hutton, Cecilia Peagler
Vestry Greeter Hillary Fleming
Nursery Care is available during the 10:00 AM service.
Coffee Hour: Doug Austin & Bill Duffy Assistant: Judy Hutton
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:
Eric Anastas & Family, Corine Bradley, Norene Bueti, Bernice Burton, Jennifer Toppin-Canner, Cynthia Cole, Cindy Courtien, Inez Dale, Jimmy Delaney, Carol DiGilio, Vincent Doria, Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, Deacon Edgar Ervin, Sandra Esannason, Lydia Green, Kate Hedstrom, Faith Hite & Family, Marie Huckabry, William Jackson, Jr., Jackie Jansky, Ivy John, Evgeniy Kaufman, Manoris Long, Gail and Dave Matthew, Trisha McGuiness, Janice Moore, Giovanna Mustac, Selena Perry, Canon Blake Rider, Gladstone Reid, Leroy Reid, Renee Reid, Uriel Reid, Thomas Russo, Phil Sawyer, Norman Stanton, Susan Stanton, Laura Stix, Barbara Vigliotti, Stacey Vitale, Natasha Vodyanitskaya, Emma Wainwright, Marthe Watkins, Ena Yearwood
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.
September 14th Bill Biles September 15th Verna & Joseph Brown
September 15th Michael Fischer
September 15th Aaron Walters
September 18th Ingrid Richards
We pray for the young people of Grace who are preparing for Confirmation on October 28th:
Aaron Bradford, Maya Daughtry, James Heffner, Anan Kristina O’Hanlon, Nikolas O’Hanlon, and Kaylee Owens.
Almighty God, we thank you that by the sealing of your Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service. Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism. Send them forth in the power of that Spirit to perform the service you set before them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Announcements for the Week of October 14th
Prayer in the Time of Transition:
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 for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
Monday October 15th
10:00 AM ECS Site Visit for Grace’s Kitchen
12:05 PM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
12:10 PM Downtown Music at Grace
5:30 PM Downtown Music Board Meeting – Library
7:30 PM Bible Study - Parlor
12:05 PM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
7:30 PM Santa Eucaristía in the Church
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS for all who came out on Columbus Day to serve our guests at Grace’s Kitchen. We fed 80 (with 22 volunteers) and provided lots of leftovers for the balance of the week. With deep appreciation to the following individuals for their gift of time, food and financial support: Carole Lashley, Teri Surgent, Jo-Ann M Barnes, Mia Cardi, Bria Cardarelli, Lily Kis-Horvath, Samantha Nolan, Lawrence Boyd, George O’Hanlon, Karen Southwick, Linda Heusser, Janine Daughtry, Maria Lewis, Carole Carter, Shirley V. Spencer, Carolyn Rogers, Al Sargent, Ceclia Peagler, Giovanni Green, Rev. Judith Lee. See you at the next event! Michael Heffner & Walter Simon
Organ Repair and Stained Glass Window Restoration Campaigns: On behalf of the leadership of Grace/La Gracia, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the immediate outpouring of generosity from parishioners to underwrite these projects. While the campaigns have no official end-date; please keep in mind that Bishop Dietsche will be here on October 28th (Confirmation Sunday) and will bless the windows at this service. We’d like to get wording for plaques from parishioners who will be “adopting” windows by no later than the 21st of October. Also, don’t forget the 3 concerts that we have scheduled over the next 6 weeks (Saturday, November 3rd at 5 PM, Sunday, November 11th at 4:30 PM, Saturday, December 8th at 5 PM) to help raise money for the organ repair.
With deepest thanks - Joe Gallo & Michael Heffner
The Board of Hope – As we begin Stewardship Season, we will have a “Board of Hope’ in the Parish Hall, with post-its so that everyone can write down your hopes for Grace, and the hope you have been given by Grace. We will gather these reflections into a Book of Hope to share with your new Rector.
Congratulations to Lisa Daley: She was a member of the US team that won a bronze medal in the w45-49 relay at the World Masters Athletics Championship in Malaga, Spain, in September.
Congratulations to Marisol Ortega: She has been nominated for the Church Club of New York 2018 Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award for her ministry of bringing together the English- and Spanish-speaking members of Grace La Gracia.
Sundays in October
Sunday October 14th 9:00 AM Class/ Discussion of the Anglican Tradition
and the Episcopal Church – Library
11:30 AM Confirmands Meeting in Parlor
Sunday October 21st 9-9:30 AM Class/Discussion of the Anglican Tradition
10:00 AM Family Service
Sunday October 28th 11:00 AM Bishop’s Visitation:
One bi-lingual service at 11:00 AM
Bible Study: In preparation for the Bishop’s Visitation, we will discuss different aspects of the Anglican tradition and the Episcopal Church. October 17th: topic: The Anglican Tradition: Theology. The Gospel of Mark is the focus of our weekly e- Bible Study.
Sundays at 9:00AM: In preparation for the Bishop’s visitation, we’ll take the opportunity for a brief class/discussion of the Anglican Tradition and the Episcopal Church on Sundays, 9-9:30 AM in the Library.
Bishop’s Visitation: Sunday October 28th – 11 AM Bi-lingual service
The Bishop’s Visitation is a very important milestone in the life of the church: Please plan to be present to welcome Bishop Dietsche, to celebrate with our Confirmands, and to give thanks for the grace that has brought us together.
This is the tentative schedule for October 28th:
9 AM – Bishop Dietsche arrives
9:15-10:15 AM – Bishop Dietsche meets with the Vestry - Library
10:15 AM-10:30 AM – Bishop Dietsche meets with the youth Confirmands - Library
10:15 AM – Choir Rehearsal – Adult & St. Nicholas Choir
10:15 AM – Acolytes vest
10:30 AM – Acolyte rehearsal
10:30 AM – 10:45AM – Bishop Dietsche meets with adults to be received and confirmed
10:45 AM-10:55 AM – Bishop Dietsche meets with Andrea and Sanjay Singh
11:00 AM – Bi-lingual Service
Reception following the service
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Bishop Dietsche departs
Concerts to Benefit the Organ Fund: Grace Church will host three concerts to benefit the Organ Fund for repair and maintenance of our organ. Saturday November 3rd at 5 PM an orchestra and chorus will perform Mozart’s Requiem. Tickets will be $25/$20 for seniors.
Sunday November 11th at 4:30 PM the Colombian Jazz Quintet Folklore Urbano will perform. Tickets will be $20/$15 for seniors.
Saturday, December 8th at 5 PM- The Alex Auld Jazz Quartet will play for a service of Jazz Vespers; we will ask for a Free Will Offering. All performances are sponsored in collaboration with Downtown Music. Thanks to Eileen McClean for organizing these events.
S.A.G.E. Meeting: Wednesday, November 7th at 1:30 pm in the library. All are welcome!
Book Club: Tuesday, Nov 13th at 7:00 pm in the library. The book club will discuss The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict and investigative reporter Bob Woodward’s bestseller, Fear: Trump in the White House (an additional optional read for Nov). Interested in the book club?
Contact Karen Odom (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Parish Retreat: Saturday December 1, 2018, 10am – 6 pm. The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life. We will have prayers and discussions in English and Spanish centered on Bishop Curry’s call for the Jesus Movement. The day will end with our First Saturdays at Grace Holy Eucharist.
Host a Sunday Coffee Hour- Hosts & Welcoming Assistants Needed!
We are looking for volunteers to host coffee hours and as welcoming assistants from January to June 2019. The sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board near the parish hall.
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.
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).
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.
The Right Reverend Andrew ML 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 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
October 14, 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
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.