The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 16, 2020
Today’s service is also aired live on Facebook and
will be available for viewing after the service.
THE WORD OF GOD
Prelude: Elevation, Fletcher
Processional Hymn: Old 100th, Hymnal 380
Salutation: Book of Common Prayer, Page 355
Gloria: BCP Page 356
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Old Testament: Genesis 45:1-15
Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.’ And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to you. You must tell my father how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.
1 Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *
when brethren live together in unity!
2 It is like fine oil upon the head *
that runs down upon the beard,
3 Upon the beard of Aaron, *
and runs down upon the collar of his robe.
4 It is like the dew of Hermon *
that falls upon the hills of Zion.
5 For there the Lord has ordained the blessing: *
life for evermore.
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.
Gradual: Gott sei Dank, Hymnal 530
The Gospel: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
[Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”]
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
The Sermon: The Rev. Kathleen Killian
The Nicene Creed: BCP Page 358
Prayers of the People: Form V, BCP Page 389
The Confession and Absolution, BCP Page 360
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Offertory Hymn: St. Helena, Hymnal 469
The Great Thanksgiving – Prayer C: BCP Page 369
Sanctus: Page 371
The Lord’s Prayer: BCP Page 364
The Communion of the People
Post Communion Prayer: BCP Page 365
Recessional Hymn: Tidings, Hymnal 539
Postlude: Voluntary, Jackson
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The altar flowers are given to the Glory of God
and in loving memory of our deceased members.
Please warmly welcome The Rev. 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: Call Senior Warden Phillip Schwartz: 518-929-4411. He will contact a priest if needed.
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.
The ‘Day by Day’ Booklets for August, September and October have arrived and are in the back of the church.
The Christ Church Emergency Food Shelf needs this week: corn, peas, chick peas, fruit cocktail, peaches, and pears, and soups: split pea and ham, and vegetable; fresh onions. Thank you for your generous support.
Quote of the Week
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who take no offense at me.” (Matthew 11:6) “Blessed are those who take no offense at loving the most vulnerable, loving the outcast, loving the least among us.” —Daily Meds, Jim Burns
OFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Jamison Teale
Greeters: Jamie Parry and Wayne Weber
Lector: Sandra Gill
Attendance Last Sunday: 30
Happy Birthday to: Joe Grannis 8/16, and Sophie MacGiffert 8/21.
Happy Anniversary to: Sandra and Stewart Gill 8/20, and Holly and Evan Race 8/20.
Please remember those whose Anniversary of Death is this week: Harry R. Ganzemuller, Viola Van Tassell, Inez New, and Winfield Sagendorph.