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The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 19, 2018
Our liturgy can be found in the Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355.
Prelude Prayer Boeltmann
Hymn #427 When morning guilds the skies
The Opening Acclamation BCP 355
Collect for Purity BCP 355
Gloria in Excelsis BCP 356
Collect of the Day [Proper 15] BCP 232
THE WORD OF GOD
The First Lesson A Reading from the Book of Proverbs [9:1-6]
Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars. She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table. She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls from the highest places in the town, ‘You that are simple, turn in here!’ To those without sense she says,
‘Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.’
The Word of the Lord.
Response: Thanks be to God.
We will read responsively on the half verse.
Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, * for those who fear him lack nothing.
The young lions lack and suffer hunger, * but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.
Come, children, and listen to me; * I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who among you loves life * and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?
Keep your tongue from evil speaking * and your lips from lying words.
Turn from evil and do good; * seek peace and pursue it.
Second Lesson: A Reading from the Letter to the Ephesians [5:15-20]
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Word of the Lord.
Response: Thanks be to God
Sequence Hymn: #595 God of grace and God of glory
The Holy Gospel The Holy Gospel of Our Savior Jesus Christ According to John [6:51-58]
Response: Glory to You Lord Christ.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’
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 Form VI BCP 392
Hymn #445 Praise to the Holiest in the height
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer B BCP 367
Sanctus & Benedictus BCP 367
The Lord’s Prayer BCP 364
The Breaking of the Bread BCP 364
Hymn #328 Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord
The Prayer of Thanksgiving BCP 365
Hymn #420 When in our music God is glorified
Postlude Sortie Guilmont
Ministers of the Liturgy
Celebrant & Preacher The Rev. Dr. Judith Lee
Organist Peter Roberts
Lectors Trisha McGuiness, Irene Alves Intercessor: Jean Wilson
Eucharistic Ministers Oscar Bunche, Ray Williams
Acolytes James Heffner, Priya Kumar, Rohan Kumar
Ushers Margaret Bloomfield, Delroy Chang, Albert Sargent, Bob Soso,
Shirley Spencer, Jean Wilson
Vestry Greeter Karen Odom
"The Altar flowers are given in Loving Memory of the Life of William (Bill) McAllister on the first anniversary of his death (August 22, 2018). You are forever in our hearts and we miss you dearly. Love, Sandy McAllister and Family".
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, Cindy Courtien, Inez Dale ,Jimmy Delaney, Carol DiGilio, Vincent Doria, Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, Deacon Edgar Ervin, Sandra Esannason, Lydia Green, 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, Norman Stanton, Susan Stanton, Laura Stix, Barbara Vigliotti, Stacey Vitale, Natasha Vodyanitskaya, Emma Wainwright, Marthe Watkins
Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: Verna Brown
Cedar Manor, Ossining: Robert Auld
Schaffer Extended Care, New Rochelle: Canon Percy Brathwaite
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.
August 20th Savannah Lacourciere
August 22nd Robert Soso
August 25th Nathaniel Graves, Rosa Preston, Gerrard Salmon
August 22nd John and Carole Carter
August 25th Marc & Rosa Preston
John N. Carter passed into eternal life on Monday August 13th. His funeral will be held at Grace Church on Saturday, August 25th at 11 AM. The family invites the congregation to join them for a repast in the Parish Hall after the service.
Memorial donations may be sent to:
The Foundation of Westchester Clubmen, c/o McEvoy & Associates, 32 Union Square East, Suite 406 NY, NY 10003NY, NY 10003
Mission: The Westchester Clubmen, established in 1959, is an organization of African-American men in Westchester County dedicated to educating, supporting and inspiring young African-American and Latino men to fulfill their dreams.
Notes of condolence may be sent to:
Carole Carter 1700 Hall Avenue White Plains, NY 10604________________________________________
Announcements for the Week of August 12th
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.
The Parish Office closes at Noon on Fridays during July and August
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
Sunday August 19th
10:00 AM Confirmands meeting in the Library
2:00 PM Planning meeting for September 16th bi-lingual service.
Tuesday August 21st
8:00 AM Executive Committee Meeting – Rectory
Noon Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
Thursday – August 23nd
12:05 PM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
7:30 PM Santa Eucaristía in the Church
Saturday – August 25th
11:00 AM Funeral and Interment for John N. Carter
Summer Sunday Service Schedule: July 1st through September 2nd: 9 AM & 12:30 PM
Confirmands Meeting Today- August 19th after the 9 am service
James Heffner will lead the discussion to finalize plans for the Labor Day BBQ, and Mother Judith will outline the plans and schedule for Confirmation preparation. Please bring your calendars so that we can schedule class meetings together.
Sunday Coffee Hour Host Needed
We are looking for volunteers to host coffee hours on the following dates:12/2,12/16 & 12/30.
Signup sheet on Bulletin board. Thank you.
Bible Study: The Song of Songs #8 A reflection guide is available on our website (www.gracechurchwhiteplains.org) and a hard copy is available in the church today.
Vestry Update: At their monthly meeting on July 24th, the Vestry discussed the ongoing work of three research teams exploring options for the elevator repair, the rectory repairs, and the organ fund. They debated alternative means of funding these projects. This conversation is ongoing, and the Wardens and Vestry will inform the congregation when they have decided on a plan. Meanwhile, work continues installing a new security system, reviewing historical and legal documents, re-organizing our files and our storage spaces, and preparing our space for the program year.
Parish Retreat: Change the Date – Our Parish Retreat, originally scheduled for September 7th & 8th has been changed to Saturday December 1, 2018, 10am – 6 pm. Given the different responsibilities requiring the attention of the Search Committee and the Vestry during the fall, we thought it best to change our plans. We also want this to be a day when both our English-speaking and our Spanish-speaking members will be able to pray, sing, eat, and talk together. This requires a different kind of planning. We also want to have age-appropriate sessions for children and youth, and not only does this require different planning, but the beginning of the school year is not the best time for wide participation. December 1st is the day before Advent begins – a “liturgical new year’s eve,” of sorts, and it is therefore a more appropriate time for all of us to gather in thanksgiving for the past year and in asking God’s grace on the new ministry you will be about to begin. The day will end with our First Saturdays at Grace Holy Eucharist and a potluck dinner.
Sundays in September
September 2nd Labor Day Weekend; services at 9 AM & 12:30 PM
September 9th Backpack blessings & Alzheimer Awareness Sunday
Services at 8 AM & 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Presentations on Alzheimer’s Disease at 9 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm
9:45 AM Nursery Care begins
9:15 AM Choir Rehearsal
11:30 AM Sunday School Registration in the Parish Hall
11:30 AM St. Nicholas Choir Rehearsal – Music Room
11:45 AM Choir Rehearsal
September 16th Bi-lingual Family Service at 11 am
Potluck lunch following the service
10:15 AM St. Nicholas Choir Rehearsal – Music Room
12:30 PM Sunday School registration in the Parish Hall
September 23rd Sunday School Classes, Rite 13, and J2A begin
September 30th 11:15 AM World Café Parish Forum
Volunteers Needed for Grace’s Kitchen Labor Day BBQ
Grace’s Kitchen staff will have the day off on Monday, September 3rd. The Confirmands and the Young People of Grace coordinated by James Heffner are organizing this event. Let’s all support our young people of Grace Church. Please consider volunteering (even for an hour) to set up, serve food and/or clean up between 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Monetary donations and food contributions (salads, fruits, juice and/or soda) are always appreciated. Monetary donation can be mailed to the parish office. A Sign-up Sheet for food contributions is posted outside the Parish Hall.
Please contact James Heffner E: email@example.com)
La Gracia Fundraiser for Grace La Gracia: Saturday September 15th 5 PM-10 PM
Please see Fr. Adolfo or contact the Parish Office to purchase tickets to this gala evening of dancing, dinner, basket raffle, and joyful fellowship for all ages. Half the proceeds go to Grace Church operating budget, and half go to the La Gratia lunch program. Please talk with Fr. Adolfo to see how you can help.
Youth Ministries: Sunday School, Rite 13, & J2A
Sunday School registration will be held on September 9th & 16th; it can also be done online at www.gracechurchwhiteplains.org. Schedule change this year: Rite 13 and J2A will meet at 10 AM during the service, instead of after the service. We hope this will be more convenient for families. All classes will begin on Sunday September 23rd.
Bishop’s Visitation: Sunday October 28th – 11 AM Bi-lingual service. Please see Mother Judith or Father Adolfo to discuss how to prepare for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception into the Episcopal Church (if you have been confirmed in the Lutheran or Roman Catholic traditions), and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!
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 email@example.com or 914-949-2874.