The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 23, 2017
9:00 AM Rite II BCP 355
Prelude Christ have mercy Couperin
Hymn 460 Alleluia! sing to Jesus!
The Opening Acclamation
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
Collect For Purity
The Kyrie BCP 356
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
THE WORD OF GOD
The First Reading Isaiah 44:6-8
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel,
and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
I am the first and I am the last;
besides me there is no god.
Who is like me? Let them proclaim it,
let them declare and set it forth before me.
Who has announced from of old the things to come?
Let them tell us what is yet to be.
Do not fear, or be afraid;
have I not told you from of old and declared it?
You are my witnesses!
Is there any god besides me?
There is no other rock; I know not one.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 86:11-17 Inclina, Domine
11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth;
knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12 I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, and glorify your Name for evermore.
13 For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
14 The arrogant rise up against me, O God, and a band of violent men seeks my life; they have not set you before their eyes.
15 But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
16 Turn to me and have mercy upon me; give your strength to your servant; and save the child of your handmaid.
17 Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed;
because you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
The Epistle Romans 8:12-25
Brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-- for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ-- if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 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.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Hymn 596 Judge eternal, throned in splendor
The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew
All: Glory to You Lord Christ.
The Holy Gospel Matthew 13:24-30,36-43
Jesus put before the crowd another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!”
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to You Lord Christ.
The Sermon The Rev. Adolfo Moronta
The Nicene Creed BCP 358
The Prayers of the People, Form VI BCP 392
Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.
Hymn 423 Immortal, invisible, God only wise
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer A BCP 361
Sanctus and Benedictus David Hurd
The Lord’s Prayer
At the Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
All: Therefore let us keep the feast, Alleluia.
Hymn 302 Father, we thank thee who hast planted
The Postcommunion Prayer BCP 365
Hymn 344 Lord dismiss us with thy blessing
Postlude Kyrie and Fugue Couperin
Lectors 9:00 AM Ben Florer, Arlene Grant Intercessor: Marissa S. Boylan
Acolytes 9:00 AM Sandy McAllister, Jean Chambers, Jordan Acevedo
Anna Kristina O’ Hanlon, Vika O’Hanlon,
Ushers 9:00 AM Marissa Boylan, Gloria Chang, Ashley Elliot, Christopher McNeil,
July through Labor Day- One service in English at 9:00 a.m. No coffee hour.
Service in Spanish at La Gracia at 12:30 p.m.
Father Kunz will be away on vacation during the month of July.
The New York Summer Youth Conference, or SYC, is just around the corner! Join youth from all around the Diocese on the grounds of Incarnation Camp and Conference Center in Ivoryton, CT. The dates are August 20th to 26th for a week that is part retreat, part camp, and all fun! SYC is open to those entering 6th grade in the fall, through those entering their first year of college. Contact Lauren Reid - email@example.com for more details.
Book Club Update
This year, instead of its traditional end-of-season luncheon, the book club will celebrate with a season-opening luncheon in September when they will discuss their acclaimed summer read, The Book Thief by Markus Susa--date, time and location to come. Interested in joining the Book Club? Contact Karen Odom (firstname.lastname@example.org). Happy Summer!
This year we dropped the dinner cruise and will rely on expanded raffle ticket sales from Sunday April 30th until the parish picnic on September 10th. The sale of the raffle, along with some donations is the sole source of income for the outreach activities with churches in the Caribbean. For raffle tickets, please see members of Caribbean Ministries. Thank you, Walter Simon
Generally, attendance during the summer decreases as many of us go away during this period. Unfortunately, Grace Church's financial obligations don't and we are usually faced with a difficult cash flow problem. 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! Walter Simon
The Fall Angelus will come out in early September. If you would like to submit an article, please do so on or before August 13th deadline. Thank you, Mary Baker
Sight & Sounds - September 30th
The trip formerly scheduled for March is now taking place on September 30th. An updated flier and signup sheet is posted on the bulletin board. We will be seeing Jonah and having lunch at Plain & Fancy (Amish style) restaurant. Tickets are $135 and payment is due July 30th. If you are paying by check, please make it out to Grace Church and write Sight & Sounds in the memo line.
Contact Hillary Fleming with any questions. 914-584-2315.
Please Be Careful
When you make out your pledge check, please take your time. The bank has rejected several checks which had post dates or dates more than a month old. We have had to return several checks to parishioners. We would also appreciate it if you put your pledge number in the memo section.
Remember those you love by signing up for flowers to adorn the Altar for our worship. The signup sheets are posted on bulletin board for both Altar Flowers and Paschal Ring near the parish hall.
Volunteers are needed for all services including the Family service, every third Sunday of the month. If you are available for one or both of these services, please provide your contact information on the signup sheet located on the bulletin board near the parish hall. You can also contact Ray Williams or Michael Heffner.
There is an urgent need for counters. The task is not difficult. You will be a member of a two-person team and are only required to count once a month after church service. The task usually takes less than an hour of your time. We especially need individuals familiar with Excel. For more information please speak to Jim Brown.
The Welcoming Committee
Thanks to all parishioners who have signed up to host coffee hour in the fall. We hope to have all slots filled through December by the end of August, and we won’t have to cancel any coffee hour. The sign-up list is on the bulletin board. Please consider signing up. Thank you for your participation and support.
Nursery Care is available during the 9:00 AM service. We want our congregation to be as welcoming as possible to parents of young children! Although we have two wonderful nursery workers, we are always looking for volunteers to help out. Please talk to Father Adolfo if you would be willing to be one of our helpers.
Arranging a Pastoral Visit
If you are aware of someone in the parish who is home or in the hospital who would like to have Father Adolfo visit them, please call Maria in the parish office at 914 949 7824, Ext. 10 or email: email@example.com. She will give the message to Father Adolfo and he will schedule the visit.
Grace Church Fall Calendar
If you are responsible for any group in the parish, and have a major event or activity you would like included in the fall calendar, please send that info into Maria. E:firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
Updating Grace Church Contact List
We continue to strive to communicate with each parishioner effectively and efficiently and are currently updating our contact list. Those of you who have email, please send an email to email@example.com so we can, in the future, contact you via email. If you use only regular mail instead, please give the church office a call at 914 949 2874 and we will put you on a list of those who need to receive paper copies of our communications. Thank you for your cooperation!
HELD IN PRAYER________________________________________
Ill, at Home, or in any need: The Barry Family, Shannon Blackwell, Jo-Ann B. Boylan, Corinne Bradley, Canon Percy Braithwaite, Lucille Breach, Joe Brown, Bernice Burton, The Cassidy Family, Jacqueline Collins Gina Corelli, Mark Dachsteiner, Inez Dale, Don Davit, James Delaney, Raleigh Delaney, Frank DiGileo, Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, The Rev. Martha Jane Dunphy, Sandra Esannason, Rosa Beza Gillece, Joseph Goldman ,Marcelo Gioliante, Barbara Griffith, Clara Harmon, Michelle Hord-White, Marie Huckabry, Ivy John, Margie Koop, John Letizia, Dorothy Lynch, Bill McAllister, Richard McMahon, JoJo Moore, Colleen Nelson, John Noone, George Paletta, Ethel Quinlan, The Quinones Family, Canon Blake Rider, The Reid Family, Gladstone Reid, Leroy Reid, Renee Reid, Uriel Reid, Gail Rosen, Erroll Sorrel, Norman Stanton, Susan Stanton, Sean Varona, Barbara Vigliotti, Natasha Vodyanitskiy, Marthe Watkins, Anthony Wright
Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: Verna Brown
Calvary Hospice: Lorraine Reid - Requesting cards only
Cedar Manor, Ossining: Robert Auld,
Schnurmacher, White Plains: Elizabeth W. Carson, John Noone
Serving in the Armed Forces: Remembering especially Kenny Duffy, Denny J. Edmondson, Lt. Col. Rick Erickson, Melissa Lawrance, David Moran, David Packer, Sgt. Christopher Vigliotti, Gunnery Sgt. Les Yearwood
Please note: Unless we are informed otherwise, after one month an individual’s name will be removed from our ill at home or in any need. However, if you want them to continue please inform us the Tuesday before the Sunday bulletin. Thank you.
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
9:00 AM The Holy Eucharist – Church
12:30 PM La Gracia Misa (Spanish)
7:30 PM Vestry Meeting - Library
3:00 PM Ada’s Rainbow Outreach – Parish hall
2:00 PM Santo Rosario (Spanish) Chapel
6:30 PM Free Conversational English Lessons – Parish hall
7:00 PM La Gracia Bible Study
12PM to 4PM Ada’s Rainbow- Awards & Backpack Distribution – Parish hall
Sunday 7/23 Lyndsay Arroyo
Tuesday 7/25 Angelina Brown, Ena Burrowes
Sunday 7/23 Gloria & Raymond Chang
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. Thanks for being here with us!
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!”