The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
November 19, 2017
8:00 AM Rite II BCP 355
10:00 AM Rite II BCP 355
Prelude Air J.S. Bach
Hymn 9 Not here for high and holy things
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
Gloria Barrie Cabena
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
THE WORD OF GOD
The First Reading Zephaniah 1:7,12-18
Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is at hand; the LORD has prepared a
sacrifice, he has consecrated his guests. At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I
will punish the people who rest complacently on their dregs, those who say in their hearts,
“The LORD will not do good, nor will he do harm.” Their wealth shall be plundered, and their
houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant
vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them. The great day of the LORD is near, near and
hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter, the warrior cries aloud there. That day
will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation day of
darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements. I will bring such distress upon
people that they shall walk like the blind; because they have sinned against the LORD, their
blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold
will be able to save them on the day of the LORD's wrath; in the fire of his passion the whole
earth shall be consumed; for a full, a terrible end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.
Psalm 123 BCP 780 Domine, refugium - Psalm to be read during 8AM Service
1. To you I lift my eyes, *to you enthroned in the heavens.
2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *and the eyes of a maid to the
hand of her mistress,
3. So our eyes look to the Lord our God, *until he show us his mercy.
4. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy,*for we have had more than enough of
5. Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *and of the derision of the proud.
Hymn 680 O God, our help in ages past – To be sung at 10AM service
The Epistle 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Hymn 551 Rise up, ye saints of God!
The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew
All: Glory to You Lord Christ.
The Holy Gospel Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus said, “It is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to You Lord Christ.
The Sermon The Rev. Dr. Judith Lee
The Nicene Creed BCP 358
The Prayers of the People, Form III BCP 387
Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.
Offertory Anthem Christ Hath A Garden Gerald Near
Christ hath a garden walled around, A paradise of fruitful ground. Chosen by love and fenced by grace from out the world’s wide wilderness.
Like trees of spice his servants stand, there planted by his mighty hand: by Eden’s gracious streams that flow to feed their beauty where they grow.
Awake O wind of heaven and bear---Their sweetest perfume through the air: Stir up O south the boughs that bloom, till the beloved master come:
That he may come, and linger yet. Among the trees that he hath set; that he may ever more be seen to walk amid the springing green.
Hymn 598 Lord Christ, when first thou cam’st to earth
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer B BCP 367
Sanctus and Benedictus Peter Hurford
(Sung by the Saint Nicholas Choir)
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.
Anthem God the sculptor of the mountain
God the sculptor of the mountains, God the miller of the sand, God the jeweler of the heavens, God the potter of the land: you are womb of all creation we are formless; shape us now.
God the nuisance to the Pharaoh, God the cleaver of the sea, God the pillar; of the darkness God the beacon of the free: you are gate of all deliv’rance, we are sightless; lead us now
God the unexpected infant, God the calm determined youth ,God the table turning prophet,God the resurrected truth: you are present every moment we are searching; meet us now
God the dresser of the vineyard, God the planter of the wheat, God the reaper; of the harvest, God the source of all we eat: you are host at every table, we are hungry; feed us now.
Hymn 617 Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round
The Post communion Prayer BCP 365
Hymn 561 Stand up, stand up for Jesus
Postlude Rondeau Henry Purcell
The altar flowers this morning are Peruvian lilies, a favorite of Ruth Doria given
in loving memory by her husband, Vincent Doria.
We welcome all newcomers and thank you for joining us today in worship.
Please be sure to ask an usher for a Visitor Card before you leave.
Lectors 8AM Stuart Madden, Mary Baker
10AM Jordan Acevedo, Priya Kumar Intercessor: Aaron Woodberry
Acolytes 8AM Oscar Bunche
10AM Alison Munsch, Andrea Spencer, Rudye Breach, Aadi Kumar, James Heffner,
Lawson Roach, Gabrielle Parkinson, Priya Kumar, Rohan Kumar
Ushers 8 AM Stuart Madden
10AM Delroy Chang, Albert Sargent, Bob Soso, Shirley Spencer, Jean Wilson
Coffee Hour George O’ Hanlon & Karen Southwick Assistant: Cynthia S. Brown ________________________________________
Rector’s Office Schedule
Mondays - 12PM to 4PM
Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 8AM to 4PM
Thursdays 9AM – 3PM
Evenings & Saturdays – Per appointment only
Please call the office to schedule an appointment.
The Episcopal Church Women will meet in the library at 11:30AM on Sunday, November 19th.
We will start selling raffle tickets for two holiday baskets starting Sunday, Nov. 26th. Proceeds to benefit Samaritan House Holiday Party. Tickets are 6 for $5.00.
Caroling at Grace Church
Please join us for informal caroling in front of Grace Church on Saturday, Dec. 16th at 4pm. We encourage you bring your family and friends. Hot chocolate will be served. The signup sheet is on bulletin board. For more information please speak to Walter Simon or Malik Bradford.
The Book Club
The book club’s 2017-2018 season is off to a great start! Our December selection, A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrick Backman, will be discussed on Tuesday, Dec 12, at 7:00 pm in the church library. Interested in joining the Book Club? Contact Karen Odom (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
Nursery Care is available during the 10:00 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.
Ill, at Home, or in any need: The Barry Family, Shannon Blackwell, Corinne Bradley, Canon Percy Braithwaite, Lucille Breach, Bernice Burton, The Cassidy Family, Jacqueline Collins, Gina Corselli, Kimberly Corselli, Mark Dachsteiner, Inez Dale, Don Davit, James Delaney, Raleigh Delaney, Frank DiGileo, Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, Sandra Esannason, Rosa Beza Gillece, Joseph Goldman, Marcelo Gioliante, Barbara Griffith, Clara Harmon, Michelle Hord-White, Marie Huckabry, Ivy John, Trisha McGuiness, Richard McMahon, JoJo Moore, Colleen Nelson, George Paletta, Cyle Perry, 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, Stacey Vitale, Natasha Vodyanitskaya, Marthe Watkins, Anthony Wright
Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: Verna Brown
Cedar Manor, Ossining: Robert Auld
Schnurmacher, White Plains: Elizabeth W. Carson,
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
Sunday – Nov. 19th
8:00 AM The Holy Eucharist – Church
9:15 AM Choir Rehearsal – Choir Room
10:00 AM The Holy Eucharist – Family Service- Church
11:15 AM Choir Rehearsal until 1:15 PM
11:15 AM Meeting with Sunday School Teachers – Rector’s Office
Rite 13 – Classes Cancelled
11:30 AM J2A – Meet in Parlor
12:30 PM La Gracia Misa (Spanish)
Tuesday- Nov. 21th
9:30 AM Vestry Executive Board Meeting – Rector’s Office
12:05 PM Mass in the Chapel
2:00 PM Santo Rosario (Spanish) Chapel
Wednesday – Nov. 22st
7:30 PM La Gracia Thanksgiving Dinner – Parish Hall
Thursday –Nov. 23nd
7 AM to 3PM L.U.W. Thanksgiving Dinner – Parish hall
Church doors open at 10 AM / Serving at 11:30 AM
Friday – Nov. 24th
Church Office Closed
Monday 11/20 Trisha McGuinness, Sheldon Salmon
Tuesday 11/21 Claudette Holdipp, Lipton Scarsborough
Wednesday, 11/22 Janine Daughtry,
Thursday 11/23 Inez Dale
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!”