August 9th Service 2020:

Ante Communion

This morning, and for the foreseeable future, our Sunday worship offering will be what is commonly referred to as “Ante-Communion.” Ante-Communion is the “Pro-anaphora;” “pro” meaning “before” and “anaphora” being the theological word for the 2nd half of our traditional service of Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion. In other words, it is a Eucharist service without the Great Thanksgiving at the altar and the receiving of communion by the people. Ante-Communion includes the first part of the Eucharist service up through the prayers of the people.

It has an ancient tradition in the Anglican/Episcopal church and is authorized for use on Sunday mornings by a priest who can’t have a congregation present.

Also, I want you to know that I, along with all of you, will not be celebrating nor receiving Holy Communion until we can all gather once again and celebrate together.

Pre-Prelude: Our Church Family

 

 

Prelude: Bell Symphony                                               ~Henry Purcell

 

 

Hymn #529 In Christ there is no East or West                          McKee

                                                                       Dan Williams, tenor

1) In Christ there is no East or West,
      in him no South or North,
      but one great fellowship of love
      throughout the whole wide earth.

 

2)  Join hands, disciples of the faith,
      whate'er your race may be!
      Who serves my Father as his child
      is surely kin to me.

 

3) In Christ now meet both East and West,
      in him meet South and North,
      all Christly souls are one in him,
      throughout the whole wide earth.

Opening Prayers and Collects

 
 
 
Glory to God  S204     Old Scottish Chant        Dan Williams, tenor

 

From The Hebrew Scriptures   

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28                                                        Matt Buzzard

Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob.

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron.

He came to Shechem, and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’“ So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him” —that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

Psalm 105, 1-6, 16-22, 45b

1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.

2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.

3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
continually seek his face.

5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,

6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.

16 Then he called for a famine in the land *
and destroyed the supply of bread.

17 He sent a man before them, *
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

18 They bruised his feet in fetters; *
his neck they put in an iron collar.

19 Until his prediction came to pass, *
the word of the Lord tested him.

20 The king sent and released him; *
the ruler of the peoples set him free.

21 He set him as a master over his household,
as a ruler over all his possessions,

22 To instruct his princes according to his will
and to teach his elders wisdom.

45 Hallelujah

Sequence Hymn # 608        Eternal Father                          Melita

                                                                  Dan Williams, tenor

1) Eternal Father, strong to save,
      whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
      who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
      its own appointed limits keep:
      O hear us when we cry to thee
      for those in peril on the sea.

2) O Christ, whose voice the waters heard
      and hushed their raging at thy word,
      who walkedst on the foaming deep,
      and calm amid the storm didst sleep:
      O hear us when we cry to thee
      for those in peril on the sea.

3) Most Holy Spirit, who didst brood
      upon the chaos dark and rude,
      and bid its angry tumult cease,
      and give, for wild confusion, peace:
      O hear us when we cry to thee
      for those in peril on the sea.

4) O Trinity of love and power,
      thy children shield in danger's hour;
      from rock and tempest, fire and foe,
      protect them wheresoe'er they go;
      thus evermore shall rise to thee
      glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

The Gospel                                                                Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

The Homily                       The Rev. Jo Ann Jones,

                                         Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr

The Nicene Creed & Baptismal Vows

We believe in one God,

          the Father, the Almighty,

          maker of heaven and earth,

          of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

          eternally begotten of the Father,

          God from God, Light from Light,

          true God from true God,

          begotten, not made,

          of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

          he came down from heaven:

          by the power of the Holy Spirit

          he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

          and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

          he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

          in accordance with the Scriptures;

          he ascended into heaven

          and is seated at the right hand of the Father.         

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

          who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

          With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

          We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

          We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

          We look for the resurrection of the dead,

          and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

 

BAPTISMAL PROMISES

I will continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.

I will persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever I fall into in, repent and return to the Lord.

I will proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.

I will seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving my neighbor as myself. 

I will strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. 

Prayers of the People                                                          Matt Buzzard

Musical Offering : Migratory V                                         ~Adam Guettel

                                                                             Dan Williams, tenor                                

We sail above the weather, we search the ocean floor,

We rival our creation still yearning for more.

 

But can we fly together, a migratory V,

How wonderful, if that’s what God could see.

 

A single voice in whispered prayer can only pray to travel there,

but all as one, we sound the everlasting sound, and sing our salvation.

 

Aloft and in formation, a migratory V,

How wonderful, if that’s what God could see.

Postlude: Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten

 

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West Chester, PA 19382-3404
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