The Reverend Kathleen Killian
The Second Sunday of Lent
February 28, 2021
Today’s service is also aired live on Facebook and
will be available for viewing after the service.
THE WORD OF GOD
Prelude: Erbarm’ dich mein, o Herre Gott, J. S. Bach
Processional Hymn: Leoni, Hymnal 401
Opening Acclamation: Book of Common Prayer, Page 351
Confession: BCP Page 352
Kyrie eleison: BCP Page 356
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Old Testament: Genesis 17:1-7,15-16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
The Response: Psalm 22:22-30
22 Praise the Lord, you that fear him; *
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
all you of Jacob's line, give glory.
23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither does he hide his face from them; *
but when they cry to him he hears them.
24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: *
"May your heart live for ever!"
26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, *
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
27 For kingship belongs to the Lord; *
he rules over the nations.
28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29 My soul shall live for him;
my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the Lord'S for ever.
30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.
The Epistle: Romans 4:13-24
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.
For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) —in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.
Gradual: Sumner Hymnal 654
The Gospel: Mark 8:31-38
Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
The Sermon: The Reverend Kathleen Killian
The Nicene Creed: BCP Page 358
Prayers of the People Form III: BCP Page 387
The Peace: BCP Page 360
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Offertory Hymn: Hollingside, Hymnal 707
The Great Thanksgiving – Prayer A, BCP Page 361
The Lord’s Prayer: BCP Page 364
Agnus Dei: BCP Page 337
Communion Hymn: Song 46: Hymnal 328
Post Communion Prayer: BCP Page 366
Prayer over the People (the congregation may kneel or bow)
Recessional Hymn: Bourbon, Hymnal 675
Postlude: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word, Pachelbel
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The Lenten arrangements are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Mabel Holsapple, Robert Wilson, Anne Wilson, and Sadie Rector by the Altar Guild.
Please warmly welcome The Reverend Kathleen Killian as Celebrant and Preacher for Christ Church.
Hymns: We will not be singing hymns. They will be played on the organ, and we can follow the words in the hymnals. We are following the latest guidance for church services to protect everyone’s health.
Pastoral Emergencies: The Reverend Kathleen Killian, 718-775-6069, and the Reverend John Allison, 606-356-4838.
Prayer: We pray for an end to Covid-19, for safety, healing, and good health for all people. We also pray for all who have lost employment and in need; and for the safety of health care workers, first responders, and essential service personnel. We thank God for you and for your compassion, commitment and courage.
The Prayer List: Any names of loved ones to be placed on the Prayer List should be given to Claire Behr by calling her at: 518.672.7349.
Discretionary Sunday is the last Sunday of each month. Please remember those in need. Checks should be written to “Rector’s Discretionary Fund.”
‘Day by Day’ Booklets for February, March, and April are in the back of the church.
The Christ Church Emergency Food Shelf needs this week:
Soup: Chicken with Rice; Beefaroni; Canned Spinach; Canned Pears; Canned Tuna; Canned Luncheon Meat; Applesauce.
Thank you for your generosity!
Quote of the Week: And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed and broke it, and gave it to them saying, “Take, eat, this is my body.” (Mark 14:22) “The presence of God, the love of God, is nourishment for the soul. Take, eat, and then go and nourish others.” —Daily Meds, Jim Burns
OFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Neal Van Deusen
Greeters: Jamie Parry and Wayne Weber
Lector: Sarah Kahn-Gearity
Attendance Last Sunday: 26
Happy Birthday to: Rosemary Palmquist 3/1.
Please remember those whose Anniversary of Death is this week: Marvin Babcock, Helen Brown, Marguerite Wood, Tom Sanders, Elinor Magsamen, Kevin Brady, G. Donald Vick, Emma Allen, and Holden A. Clark.
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The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission. The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.