May 27, 2018
Our liturgy can be found in the Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355.
Prelude Toccata in F Dietrich Buxtehude
Hymn #362 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
The Opening Acclamation
Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. 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
Song of Praise Hymnal # S 277 David Hurd
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 and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever.
THE WORD OF GOD
The First Lesson A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah (6:1-8)
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.’
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’
The Word of the Lord. Response: Thanks be to God.
Let us read responsively on the half verse.
1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, * ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; *
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; *
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; * the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; * the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, * and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; *
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe * and strips the forests bare.
9 And in the temple of the Lord * all are crying, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; *
the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore.
11 The Lord shall give strength to his people; *
the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
Second Lesson: A Reading from the Letter to the Romans [8:12-17]
So then, 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.
The Word of the Lord.
Response: Thanks be to God
Sequence Hymn: #366 Holy God we praise Thy Name [vv.1-4]
The Holy Gospel The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John [3:1-17]
Response: Glory to You Lord Christ.
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? ‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Response: Praise to You Lord Christ.
Sermon The Rev. Dr. Judith Lee
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 in their discernment 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 the children of La Gracia who will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time today.
Spirit of Hope,
Fill our hearts.
We commend to your mercy all who have died, especially those who have died in service to our country 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. [Pause]
Spirit of Mercy,
Fill our hearts.
Priest: O God, the giver of peace that passes all understanding: we remember with grateful hearts today
the men and women who have bravely fought for peace and liberty. Help us to honor them by daily striving for peace and justice in our country and throughout the world; for the sake of your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns now and forever. Amen.
The Confession BCP 360
Hymn #368 Holy Father, Great Creator
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer A BCP 372
Sanctus and Benedictus David Hurd
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.
You are welcome to come to the Chapel for prayers of healing after receiving communion.
Hymn #295 Sing praise to our Creator
The Prayer of Thanksgiving BCP 365
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 God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
Hymn #423 Immortal, invisible, God only wise
Postlude Come God, Creator, Holy Ghost 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 Carlos Munoz, Andrea Hamilton Intercessor: Audrey Taylor
8AM Brinda Bradley
10AM Melanie Jackson, Malik Bradford, Rudye Breach
Acolytes 10AM Dana Walters, Spencer Carden, Aaron Bradford, Eve Bradford, Harrison Richards,
Ushers 8AM Stuart Madden
10AM Michael Heffner, Jo Ann Boylan, Gloria Chang, Andrea Spencer, Giovanni Green
Healing Prayer Team: Judy Hutton, Cecilia Peagler, Arlene Roberts Grant
Eucharistic Visitor: Sandy Gadsden McAllister
Nursery Care is available during the 10:00 AM service.
No Coffee Hour due to Memorial Day Weekend.
________________________________________The altar flowers this morning are given in loving memory of Edith Helen Rountree, mother of Charlotte Roberson
Delores G. Thompson in thanksgiving of her granddaughter Natasha Avery's first birthday, which was on May 24th.
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
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 22nd Carolyn Rogers
May 27th James Brown May 27th Mark Walters & Melanie Jackson Walters
May 29th Audrey A. Taylor
May 30th Hillary Fleming
June 1st Beth Roach
Rest in Peace:
William Coggins, husband of Edna Coggins, died on Monday, May 21st, after a brief illness.
His funeral will be held at Grace Church on Saturday, June 2nd, at 10 am.
We will have visiting hours at the church on Friday, June 1st, 4-7 pm.
The family welcomes the congregation to join Bill’s family and friends at a repast at La Bocca Ristorante at 12:30 pm.
Eternal God, your mercy is without end, and your steadfast love never ceases: Accept our prayers for Bill and receive him into the land of light and joy, into the company of your saints; for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Sundays in June
Saturday, June 2nd 10 AM Funeral for William Coggins
June 3rd Last Day of Sunday School
11:15 AM ECW Meeting – In the Library
11:30 AM Rite 13 & J2A classes
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 10:00 AM Prayers for Healing
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
Monday May 28th – Memorial Day: Parish Office Closed
10:00 AM-1:00 PM Grace’s Kitchen Community BBQ
Tuesday- May 29th
12:05 PM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
Wednesday – May 30th
5:30 PM Grace/La Gracia Sunday School Directors - Library
7:30 PM La Gracia Prayer Group
Thursday – May 31st
12:05 PM Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
7:30 PM Santa Eucaristía in the Chapel
Announcements for the Week of May 27, 2018
What’s New This Week?
TOMORROW: 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.
Next Sunday: June 3rd – Last day of Sunday School! Each class will have a special celebration.
ECW will meet in the Library after the 10AM service
June 10th - 10 AM Recognition of Graduating Seniors and Sunday School Teachers
Please let the office and Lauren Reid know by this coming Thursday June 1st if you or a member of your family is graduating from high school, college or a professional program. Many thanks to Lauren for preparing the booklet for this service.
June 16th - Book Club Update: The Book Club will celebrate the end of another exciting season with its traditional luncheon on Saturday, June 16, at noon at Via Garibaldi, White Plains’ newest Italian restaurant in the former Gaucho Grill space: 1 N. Broadway. If you’re interested in dishing and dining with us while we review My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, please contact Karen Odom (firstname.lastname@example.org)
June 17th - Father’s Day Breakfast sponsored by the ECW. Please let Melanie Jackson know how you can help.
June 24th World Café POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER
Summer Sunday Service Schedule: July 1st through September 2nd: 9 AM & 12:30 PM
Lifting Up Westchester: Brighter Futures Summer Day Camp
Summer Camp nears! As part of Grace Church's commitment in support of the Brighter Futures Summer Camp, the request is going forth to contribute towards $25 gift cards to give a child the opportunity to participate in summer fun. Some of the children attending the camp for the first time will be taught to swim-a great lifesaving skill. A $25 gift card (from Walmart, Target or general card) will provide each child the thrill to buy a swimsuit she or he personally has chosen. Any amount of generosity you can supply will be welcome. In 2017, Grace Church proudly supplied 71 swimsuits to the 92 children who attended. It will be wonderful if we minimally can meet last year's commitment. Collection will begin in the Parish Hall after the 10AM service from May 27th through June 24th. Please see Linda Gallo to continue our commitment to community.
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.
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).
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
May 27, 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.