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The Reverend Kathleen Killian, Celebrant

The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

October 25, 2020

9 AM

Today’s service is also aired live on Facebook and

will be available for viewing after the service.


Prelude:  Rockingham,” Kruspe                          

Processional Hymn:  St. Denio, Hymnal 423        

Salutation: Book of Common Prayer, Page 355 

Gloria: BCP Page 356                                  

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

The Response: Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

1 Lord, you have been our refuge *
from one generation to another.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the land and the earth were born, *
from age to age you are God.

3 You turn us back to the dust and say, *
"Go back, O child of earth."

4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past *
and like a watch in the night.

5 You sweep us away like a dream; *
we fade away suddenly like the grass.

6 In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
in the evening it is dried up and withered.

13 Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? *
be gracious to your servants.

14 Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

15 Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.

16 Show your servants your works *
and your splendor to their children.

17 May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands;
prosper our handiwork.

The Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

Gradual:  Festal Song, Hymnal 551


The Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46  


When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

The Sermon: The Reverend 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 Peace



Offertory Hymn:  Mendon, Hymnal 512  

The Great Thanksgiving – Prayer C, BCP Page 369

Sanctus: BCP Page 371                                                                              

The Lord’s Prayer: BCP Page 364

The Communion of the People

Communion Hymn:  Bingham, Hymnal 585

Post Communion Prayer: BCP Page 365

Recessional Hymn:  St. Anne, Hymnal 680

Postlude: Dunfermline, Bevan        

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The altar flowers are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Keena Evans from the Charles Hudson Family.

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:  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 have arrived for November, December, and January. You will find them in the back of the church.

The Christ Church Emergency Food Shelf needs this week: soups (chowders, cream of chicken, chicken noodle, beef & vegetable, split pea & ham, tomato, vegetable), Beefaroni, chili w/beans, kidney/black beans,  canned chicken; ramen noodles (beef flavor), white rice, canned pears, deodorant, soap, shampoo/conditioner, toilet paper. Thank you for your generous support!

Quote of the Week

Be angry but do not sin. (Psalm 4:4)  “Anger has its place. It may have a valid point, something to say, but it must never have the last word. That belongs to love.”  Daily Meds, Jim Burns


Lay Eucharistic Minister: Phillip Schwartz


Greeters:  Jamie Parry and Wayne Weber


Lector:  Garry Stevenson


Attendance Last Sunday:  40 


Happy Birthday to: Michael Brembs 10/25, Amanda Zibella 10/28, and Kaitlyn Hallmark 10/31.

Please remember those whose Anniversary of Death is this week: Jennie F. Howard, Alison A’Brial Duran-Salgado, Marjorie LeSawyer Zola, Lois Gormley, Betty Soule, and Robert Wilson.

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