June 14th 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 to 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 Church Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prelude:

       Andante                                          by  Eric Satie

                                                 Rosalie Jerrehian, flute

 

 

Hymn #362 Holy Holy Holy Verses 1, 4                   Nicaea

1 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee:
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.

 

4 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity..

Opening Prayers and Collects

Glory to God  Richard Shephard                                    Dan Williams, tenor

 

The Hebrew Scriptures:  Genesis 18:1-15, 21-7               Bill Letzkus     

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”

The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Now Sarah said, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she said, “Who would ever have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Psalm 100

1 Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.

2 Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

3 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

4 For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Sequence I Still Can’t Breath  Chester Children’s Chorus  By John Alston

Can you hear me? I still can't breathe.

Can you hear me? I can't breathe.

 

When you see me walking down the street, why are you afraid of me?

I'm the one who ought to run to a place where I'd be free.

You taught me how to sing your song "Sweet land of liberty."

I smiled and gave the world the blues.

Why are you afraid of me?

 

Can you hear me? I still can't breathe.

Can you hear me? I can't breathe.

 

My tears are just like yours, but they last a little longer.

My fears are just like yours, but they're so much stronger.

My love, my love is just like yours

In the One we both believe.

If you watched the children disappear, would you find it hard to breathe?

I gave you such sweet poetry; gave you your Renaissance.

I gave America its music; taught you how to dance

I fought for you, I died for you; helped make the whole world free.

When you see me walking down the street, why are you afraid of me?

 

Can you hear me? I still can't breathe.

Can you hear me? I can't breathe.

The Gospel                                       Matthew 9:35-10:8

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

 

The Homily                                        The Rev. Paul S. Hunt

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         Bill Letzkus

Musical Offering  

Come, thou fount of every blessing

           American Folk Tune, arr. by Richard Walters      Dan Williams, tenor

Postlude:  Crown Imperial                         by William Walton

 

 

 

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West Chester, PA 19382-3404
Parking Lot located on Union Street
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