The  Fifth Sunday  After Pentecost

 

 

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.  Alleluia.

 

Venite

Come, let us sing to the Lord;

    let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving

    and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

 

For the Lord is great God.

    and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the caverns of the earth,

     and the heights of the hills are his also.

The seas is his, for he made it,

    and hands have molded the dry land.

 

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,

    and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God,

and we are the people of his nature and the sheep of his hand.

    Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice.

 

THE PSALM

 

Psalm 145:8-15

Exaltabo te, Deus

8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, *

slow to anger and of great kindness.

9 The Lord is loving to everyone *

and his compassion is over all his works.

10 All your works praise you, O Lord, *

and your faithful servants bless you.

11 They make known the glory of your kingdom *

and speak of your power;

12 That the peoples may know of your power *

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *

your dominion endures throughout all ages.

14 The Lord is faithful in all his words *

and merciful in all his deeds.

15 The Lord upholds all those who fall; *

he lifts up those who are bowed down.

 

THE LESSON

 

Matthew 11

 

Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and proclaim his message in their cities.

 

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

 

 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written,

 

See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,

    who will prepare your way before you.

 

Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came; and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. Let anyone with ears listen!

 

But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,

 

We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;

    we wailed, and you did not mourn.

 

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

 

Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum,

 

will you be exalted to heaven?

    No, you will be brought down to Hades.

 

For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  But I tell you that on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.”

 

At that time Jesus said, I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

 

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

 

REFLECTION

by

Norm Wright

+  In the Name of our Brother, Jesus +

Today’s lesson is the entire chapter of Matthew 11in order to give us the full context in which the assigned Gospel reading for this Sunday [in bold font] is set.  This chapter serves as a followup to Matthew 10 which we have been looking at for the past two Sundays.  In this chapter, John the Baptizer’s disciples approach Jesus to ask, on behalf of John, if he is the Messiah.  Instead of answering them directly, Jesus tells them to look at what he is doing and discern for themselves if his deeds live up to the job description of who they are waiting for. 

 

After describing John the Baptizer as a reed shaken in the wind and questioning why people went into the wilderness to see him, Jesus compares John to Elijah, the prophetic figure whose return is believed to herald the coming of the Messiah.  That’s the biggest clue Jesus gives without coming right out and saying, “I am He.  I’m the one John and you are looking for.”

 

One of the curious aspects of Jesus’ ministry, as recorded in the Synoptic Gospels, is his reluctance to say, “I am the Messiah.”  Why didn’t he just come out and say it?   Instead Jesus, as was his manner, follows their question with a rhetorical question of his own, “To what will I compare this generation?”  

 

In other words, Jesus basically turns their question back on them and those who are in the audience, “Who are you?  What are you up to? Are you really ready for the Messiah?  Will you be able to recognize him if he shows up and is standing in front of you?  What exactly are you looking for in the Messiah?”

 

Jesus’ description of his generation is easy to apply to every generation that followed, including our own.  He compares his generation to a group of children calling out to other children to dance to their tune, play their game, be good sports and mimic what they do, to be happy with what makes them happy, and to whine with them when things don’t go their way.  In essence, Jesus is saying they are not mature enough to see the Messiah; that they are looking for a messiah who fits their idea of a messiah, a messiah who will play their games and vindicate their attitudes, their beliefs, and their behavior.

 

Jesus points out that when he approaches those considered lost causes by their religious standards and doesn’t play that game, he is told in any number of ways by any number of people; especially, by religious leaders,  “You don’t get to eat and drink with those considered to be unrighteous; especially, those known to profit from unfair taxing practices and adulterers. You don’t get to party hardy with the likes of them and expect respectable religious people to respect you.  You don’t get to go about on the Sabbath snacking your way through fields on the grain, and you definitely don’t go about healing the chronically ill on the Sabbath, no matter how much they need a cure.  It’s just not on.  Poor form Jesus!  Only a gluttonous, intoxicated wastrel does things like that.”

 

John the Baptizer didn’t fare much better as a dour, no frills, unkempt, wild-man on a locust and honey diet who delighted in dunking people as way of opening their eyes to God’s emerging realm. He not only looked like a demon, he acted like he was possessed by one.  Neither Jesus or John lived up to their idea of an Elijah or a messianic figure. 

 

They didn’t want a prophet who kept telling them to stop playing around and turn around or a messiah who actually addressed personal needs like poverty and illness; much less, take the time to satisfy the spiritual hunger of those who found themselves caught up into systems they didn’t have the strength to break away from, or a messiah who would forgive people they didn’t want forgiven; people they’d rather hate, rather stone, and rather go to war with.

 

At the end of Jesus’ comments on his generation and the type of treatment he was getting,  he says, “Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”  In Luke’s telling of this same story (Luke 7:35) Jesus says, Wisdom is vindicated by her children.”  In other words, Jesus is saying don’t succumb to group think that results in playing games that serve no purpose.  Get “woke” to what’s going on around you and do something about it! 

 

The metrics of the Gospel is based on a resurrection paradigm; on how well people are raised up in this life.  In particular, the teachings of Jesus instructs us to examine how well we are at raising people from poverty; how well we are at practicing restorative justice, how well we are at  releasing those imprisoned by stigmatization, how well we are at feeding the hungry, and how well we are at healing those suffering from mental, physical, and spiritual illnesses. 

 

Jesus was and is not concerned with right form but with right practice. What is perhaps the greatest sin of our current generation is that we have more knowledge than ever before, a greater sense of commonality and interconnectedness than ever before, and greater ability to address the metrics of the Gospels than at any other time in our history, but as yet, we have not demonstrated a collective will to enact redemption, to enact resurrection, and to realize what Jesus meant by the Kingdom or the Realm of God in the here and now.

 

We are prone to give lip service to the idea of the Kingdom of God being at hand and ask for it to come quickly at times, but then demonstrate, through our lack of action, a preference to keep it at arms length.  At times, we pray for God’s will to be done as if we do not have the ability to do God’s will and forget that prayer is meant to activate us into participating with what we pray for. 

 

Jesus final statement, “Come to me all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest” is treated more often than not like a rest stop; as place to stay put, but Jesus doesn’t let us rest there.  He says to take his yoke, his job, and his burden upon us and realize the Gospel message; to be like him, gentle and humble of heart because in doing these things the soul finds its true rest. 

 

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Jesus, loving brother, awaken us to restlessness that stirs within our souls that we may find true rest. Ease your yoke upon us and grant us the lightness of your burden that the Realm of God is realized in our doing.  Amen.

 

 

 

       HYMN

 

      O for a thousand tongues to sing my dear Redeemer’s praise,

      the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!

 

      My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim

      and spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy Name.

 

      Jesus! The Name that charms our fears and bids our sorrows cease;

      tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’tis life and health and peace.

 

      He speaks; and, listening to his voice, new life the dead receive,

      the mournful broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.

 

      Hear him ye deaf; ye voiceless ones, your loosened tongue employ;

      ye blind, behold, your Savior comes, and leap, ye lame, for joy

 

      Glory to God and praise and love be now and ever given

      by saints below and saints above, the Church in earth and heaven.

            (Charles Wesley 1707-1788)

 THE LORD’S PRAYER

 Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy Name,

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

 

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

Pray for those in our parish family; for Bernard Kubal, Sue Lauch, and Pat and Bev Ann Christensen.  On this Sunday we pray for healing of Somer Bares and Dan Lynch. 

 

Pray for those we hold in our hearts.

 

Pray for those celebrating birthdays: Gail Houfek and Janelle Tacke (July 9)

 

Pray for those celebrating anniversaries this week: Ken Smith and Sandy Cope (July 7) and Roy and Sue Lauck (July 7).

 

Pray for those affected by Covid-19; for healthcare workers around the world; for those who provide essential services; for the leaders of all nations, for all governmental officials every where, and for all those making decisions in this time of crisis.

 

Pray for those who have lost their jobs, those who are financially stressed, and those who are need of assistance; that their needs are met and that they find comfort in the support of others.

 

Pray for those who have died.

 

Praise and give thanks to God who in Christ Jesus raises us to new life.

 


FOR OUR COUNTRY

 

Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage:  We humbly ask you that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will.  Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners.  Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.  Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought from many people and cultures.  Give a spirit of wisdom to those who in your Name we entrust the authority of government, that they may be justice and peace at home , and that, through obedience to your Word, we may give praise to you among the nations of the earth.  In time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, strengthen our faith; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

HYMN

 

God bless our native land; firm may she ever stand

through storm and night: when the wild tempests

rage, ruler of wind and wave do thou our country save

by thy great might.

 

For her our prayers shall rise to God, above the skies

on him we wait; thou who are ever nigh,

guarding with watchful eye, to thee aloud we cry,

God save the state!

 

        (Siegfried August Mahlmann 1771-1826)

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MAY THE LORD BLESS US AND KEEP US.  

MAY THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON US AND BE GRACIOUS UNTO US. 

MAY THE LORD LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON US AND GIVE US PEACE.  AMEN

 

Pictures are photos taken from Christ Episcopal Church, Yankton, SD.

 

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

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 The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
 
 
 

Hymn

 

I love to tell the story Of unseen things above,

Of Jesus and His glory, Of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story, Because I know it’s true:
It satisfies my longing As nothing else would do. 
I love to tell the story, ’Twill be my theme in glory

To tell the old, old story Of Jesus and His love

 

I love to tell the story, For those who know it best

Seem hungering and thirsting To hear it, like the rest.

And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song.

Twill be the old, old story That I have loved so long.

Refrain.

         (A. Katherine Hankey 1831-1911

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Blessed be God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen

 

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

Glory to God in the highest,

    and peace to his people on earth.

 

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

    we worship you, we give you thanks,

    we praise you for your glory.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

    have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

    receive our prayer.

 

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High

    Jesus Christ,

    with the Holy Spirit,

   in the glory of God the Father.  Amen

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

 

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT *

 

Genesis 22:1-14

God tested Abraham. He said to him, Abraham!” And he said, Here I am.” He said, Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, Father!” And he said, Here I am, my son.” He said, The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.

When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, Here I am.” He said, Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

 

THE PSALM

 

Psalm 13

Usquequo, Domine?

1 How long, O Lord?

will you forget me for ever? *

how long will you hide your face from me?

2 How long shall I have perplexity in my mind,

and grief in my heart, day after day? *

how long shall my enemy triumph over me?

3 Look upon me and answer me, O Lord my God; *

give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;

4 Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him," *

and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.

5 But I put my trust in your mercy; *

my heart is joyful because of your saving help.

6 I will sing to the Lord, for he has dealt with me richly; *

I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.

 

THE EPISTLE*

 

Romans 6:12-23

Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

THE GOSPEL**

 

Matthew 10:40-42

 Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being Gods messenger. Accepting someones help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work Ive called you into, but dont be overwhelmed by it. Its best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You wont lose out on a thing.”

 

 

REFLECTION

by

Norm Wright

 

+In the Name of God+

 

In today’s Gospel lesson from Matthew 10, Jesus’ concludes his pep talk we read about last Sunday.  At the conclusion, Jesus focuses our attention on the metric for measuring the effectiveness of evangelism.  The word Jesus uses for its effectiveness is acceptance; as in, acceptance of both the message and the messenger.  On the surface, this seems rather simple.  If people accept what we are offering - job well done - mission accomplished, but Jesus gives acceptance a deeper meaning.  

 

Jesus says if someone accepts the messenger (via reception of the message), they accept Jesus who sends the messenger, and if they accept Jesus, they accept God who sent Jesus. 

Verse 41 in the New Revised Standard Version of today’s lesson reads, “Whoever welcomes (accepts- nw) a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous.”  While the today’s reading from the Message does a good job of explaining that a person who accepts the messenger is as good as being a messenger, it leaves out a word that is prominent in the original Greek text,“name.” 

Use of the word “name” is not a reference to the personal name of the prophet.  Rather name is used here to signify recognition of what one is receiving.  Do we recognize a prophet via the prophesy being offered?  Do we recognize a righteous person via the righteousness being exhibited? 

When we do, we are taking in what is being offered.  We become the bearer of prophesy and the bearer of righteousness.  Prophesy and righteousness are gifts in themselves.  They are their own reward.  When we take in the good news of Jesus’s teachings, we are taking them on. 

Jesus blurs the line between giving and receiving. The saying, “It is more blessed to give than receive,” which is inscribed on our church’s altar offering plate comes from Acts 20:35, where Paul is quoting Jesus (a quote not found in the Gospels).  When that quote is inscribed on an offering plate, it tends to imply that the giving of money is better than receiving it as a handout.   This was not Paul’s intent when he gave us that quote, and it runs contrary to what Jesus is saying in today’s Gospel reading.

Today, Jesus is saying that receiving is as blessed as giving; in the sense, if one receives something, one has something to give. If one receives prophesy, one has prophesy to give.  If one is the recipient of righteousness, one has righteousness to offer. If one has heard good news, one has good news to talk about.

We have a term for this today, “Paying it forward.”  When good is done to anyone of us, we should recognize it, be grateful for it, and pay it forward.  That is the principle behind evangelism. 

Evangelism is meant to be viral and meant to go viral; to incurably infect people with the good news of God’s love and the blessings identified in the teachings of Jesus.  This is how the Church grew.  Viral evangelism is at the heart of all church growth.

Initially, evangelism is more about what we do than what we say, but there comes a point in that process where we must give it a name; a point at which we must identify where all this goodness is coming from; a point where we must tell the story of Jesus and his love.

There is point at which we must give credit where credit is due because if we don’t, all that goodness becomes about us and not about the source of that goodness, the grace and love of God expressed in the being and teachings of Christ Jesus.

Evangelism is not about telling people that if they believe Jesus died for their sin and if do what is right and go to church, they’ll go to heaven.  Evangelism is not about focusing on the prize. 

Effective evangelism is about meeting the needs of those in need in the here and now.

Evangelism is about finding people where they are at and accepting them as a brother and a sister.  Evangelism is about helping all people to recognize the grace inherent in their being children of God and inviting them to join us on the journey into our brother Jesus’ way of love. 

Evangelism utilizes even the most minimal resources and the gifts in our possession. Just giving someone a cup of water is an act of evangelism because all acts of kindness are acts of love, and all acts of love bring people closer to God.

The one need we all have is to be loved; as in, the love of acceptance, the love of kindness, the strength of love that upholds us, and the love that patiently sticks with us no matter what.  When people experience and accept that kind of love, they not only take it in, they take on.

That love has a name, God, because God is LOVE.   

Amen.


 

HYMN

 

    Where cross the crowded way of life, where sound the cries of race and clan,

    above the noise of selfish strife, we hear thy voice, O Son of Man.

 

    In haunts of wretchedness and need, on shadowed thresholds dark with fears,

    from paths where hide the lures of greed, we catch the vision of thy tears.

 

    The cup of water given for thee still holds the freshness of thy grace;

    yet long the multitudes to see the true compassion of thy face.

 

    O Master, from the mountainside, make haste to heal the hearts of pain;

    among these restless throngs abide, O tread the city’s streets again;

 

    till all the world shall learn thy love, and follow where thy feet have trod;

    till glorious from thy heaven above, shall come the city of our God.

 

  (Frank Mason North 1850-1935)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

Pray for those in our parish family; for Bernard Kubal, Sue Lauch, and Pat and Bev Ann Christensen.  On this Sunday, we pray for Somer Bares.

Pray for those you hold in your hearts.

 

Pray for those celebrating birthdays: Leslie Geminates (June 30).

 

Pray for those celebrating anniversaries:  Chad and Lisa Newland (July 2).

 

Pray for just and peaceful solutions to all racial conflicts.

 

Pray for all who suffer from any injustice.

 

Pray for those affected by Covid-19; for healthcare workers around the world; for those who provide essential services; for the leaders of all nations, for all governmental officials every where, and for all those making decisions in this time of crisis.

 

Pray for those who have lost their jobs, those who are financially stressed, and those who are need of assistance; that their needs are met and that they find comfort in the support of others.

 

Pray for those who have died. On this Sunday we pray for Phyllis Kubal, Phyllis Adam, and Tom John.  May their souls and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

 

Praise and give thanks to God who in Christ Jesus raises us to new life.

 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

May God be with us.

Let us lift up our hearts and give thanks to the Lord our God; for it is right to God thanks and praise.

 

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, for you are the source of light and life, you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord, therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

The Commemoration

 Holy and Gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent forth Jesus to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us and to be one with us, so that we may be reconciled to you, the God and Father of all.

 

On this day, we celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, offering our praise and thanksgiving by recalling Jesusdeath, resurrection, and ascension. Sanctify us, we pray, that we may faithfully serve you in unity, constancy, and peace: and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom. All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. 

 

By him, and with him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. Amen.

 

As our brother Jesus has taught us we now pray,

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy Name,

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, therefore, let us keep the Feast. Alleluia!

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion

 

My Jesus, I know that you are present in the Holy Sacrament.

I love you above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally come spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself whole to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen

A prayer by St. Alphonsus (1696-1787) as used at the Washington National Cathedral

 

God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a wonderful Sacrament has left us a memorial of his passion: Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of his Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of his redemption; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever. Amen

 

May the almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen

 

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All pictures are photos taken from images found in our church or outside of it.

 

*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 Message, copyright (c) 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene Peterson, used by permission of NavPress.  All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

The Collects, Psalms, Canticles and liturgy are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979

 
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THE  THIRD  SUNDAY AFTER

PENTECOST

 Stand up for me against world opinion and Ill stand up for you before my Father in heaven.(MSG)


 

Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.  Alleluia.

 

Venite

Come, let us sing to the Lord;

    let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving

    and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

 

For the Lord is great God.

    and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the caverns of the earth,

     and the heights of the hills are his also.

The seas is his, for he made it,

    and hands have molded the dry land.

 

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,

    and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God,

and we are the people of his nature and the sheep of his hand.

    Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice.

 

THE PSALM

 

Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

Inclina, Domine

1 Bow down your ear, O Lord, and answer me, *

for I am poor and in misery.

2 Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *

save your servant who puts his trust in you.

3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; *

I call upon you all the day long.

4 Gladden the soul of your servant, *

for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, *

and great is your love toward all who call upon you.

6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, *

and attend to the voice of my supplications.

7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *

for you will answer me.

8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, *

nor anything like your works.

9 All nations you have made will come and worship you, O Lord, *

and glorify your Name.

10 For you are great;

you do wondrous things; *

and you alone are God.

16 Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *

give your strength to your servant;

and save the child of your handmaid.

17 Show me a sign of your favor,

so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *

because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.  Alleluia.

 

 

THE FIRST LESSON*

 

Romans 6:1-11

 

So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If weve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didnt you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!

 

Thats what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where were going in our new grace-sovereign country.

 

Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sins every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christs sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. Thats what Jesus did.

 

 

THE SECOND LESSON*

 

Matthew 10:24-39

 

A student doesnt get a better desk than her teacher. A laborer doesnt make more money than his boss. Be content—pleased, even—when you, my students, my harvest hands, get the same treatment I get. If they call me, the Master, Dungface,what can the workers expect?

 

Dont be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So dont hesitate to go public now.

 

Dont be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. Theres nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.

 

Whats the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So dont be intimidated by all this bully talk. Youre worth more than a million canaries.

 

Stand up for me against world opinion and Ill stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think Ill cover for you?

 

Dont think Ive come to make life cozy. Ive come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you dont deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you dont deserve me.

 

If you dont go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you dont deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, youll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, youll find both yourself and me.

 

 

REFLECTION

by

Norm Wright

 

+IN THE NAME OF OUR LIFE-GIVING, LIBERATING GOD+

 

You may have noticed that the assigned lessons for this Sunday read differently. They are taken  translation of the original languages, Hebrew and Greek.  The translation being used comes from a Bible called, The Message, which was translated by Eugene Peterson, a Presbyterian pastor. The Message was first published in 1993. 

 

My attraction to his particular translation is its use of contemporary, idiomatic language to bring out the force of the original texts in a narrative format.  I find it beneficial when dealing with prophesy and some of the more pointed teachings of Jesus, which often lose their impact because of the familiar language we have developed an immunity to. 

 

Today I would like to draw our attention to the second lesson from the Gospel of Matthew.  It’s a tough read no matter what translation one uses because, as a popular contemporary idiom puts it, Jesus is telling it like it is.

 

So what set Jesus on this tough-talk tirade? 

 

Evangelism. 

 

Evangelism in this case is not spreading the good new of Jesus’ death and resurrection as a one’s personal ticket to salvation; rather this good news is Jesus’ message of liberating love as a force for changing the social landscape: the love of neighbor and the love of one’s enemy, and the blessedness of humility, suffering, mercy, and peacemaking.  Evangelism in this sense is bringing those messages to fruition though active evangelism, by bringing healing and relief to those most in need. 

 

If one is going to bring the Kingdom of God to fruition, one cannot avoid talking about love, forgiveness, and blessedness like Jesus did in his Sermon on the Mount, which is recorded five chapters before than today’s second lesson.

 

You wouldn’t think we’d need a locker room pep-talk to get us ready to spread those messages, but we do! 

 

What’s so difficult about discussing love?

 

What’s so hard about a discussion of blessings?

 

How has forgiveness become a taboo subject?

 

Who would bully someone for talking about such things and why would such messages cause divisions in family relationships?

 

It is all about the context of Jesus’ message.  It’s all about the way in which love, forgiveness, and blessedness is cast.

 

Let’s be honest, we’re okay with talking about love and blessings in the confines of church hall or listening to such messages in a sermon delivered from a pulpit, because those are the safe places to do so.

 

I think we all know and perhaps have experienced how difficult it can be talking about loving one’s enemies and the blessedness of showing mercy, peacemaking outside the walls of church building

 

Try taking those messages to the streets or, better yet, try bringing up loving our enemies and the blessedness of mercy or peacemaking during a family reunion or when sitting down to family meal with family members we know who possess strong opinions about politics, race, sex, and religion.  See what kind of reaction one gets; especially, if one tries to insert those messages in to a conversation where someone starts talking about his or her dislike of Muslims, black protesters, undocumented immigrants, people who are on welfare, gay rights, and the like. 

 

Even if we disagree and know that those opinions are fundamentally contrary to what Jesus taught, we are prone to sit back, take a deep breath, and move on by trying to change the subject or biding our time in the hope the person runs out of steam.

 

It really isn’t easy being a Christian. 

 

It can be downright terrifying if someone says we need to get out there and talk about what Jesus taught, yet alone be prompted to do something about it.

 

We have been largely trained how not to talk about them or bring up divisive issues in social settings, much less try and do something about them.  For the most part we have been trained to throw money at someone who will do such things on our behalf so we can remain incognito.

 

Jesus’ tough talk was meant to strengthen the resolve of the twelve disciples who he was sending out in to the countryside and villages of Judea and Galilee to get their feet wet in spreading the his message by word and deed. 

 

He is warning them that when they do such things, they are going to run into a people who will resist anyone and any message that could rock their boat; those who are content with their personal status and don’t want anyone suggesting ideas that may tamper with their wallet.

 

Saying we believe in what Jesus taught and then sitting tight and doing nothing about it or say anything about it when those teachings are being directly or indirectly under attack renders what we Christians confess and profess as meaningless and treats the Church as a joke and Jesus as a dreamer or a liar.

 

Christianity is not easy.

 

In our first lesson, Paul addresses sitting back and doing what we please because we’re Christians.  Paul asks, “So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving?” (MSG)  If we think the death and resurrection of Jesus gets us off the hook, it doesn’t. Jesus’ death and resurrection clearly put us on the hook.  It clearly put us on the cross and places us in the position of those charged with proclaiming the liberating good news of what Jesus taught.  

 

In one of the most blunt teaching moments in his ministry Jesus says, "Stand up for me against world opinion and Ill stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think Ill cover for you?” (MSG)

 

That’s harsh!

 

But what does how “world opinion” mean in today’s world?

 

World opinion has a political ring, doesn’t it? 

 

The truth is Christianity and all religions are involved in politics, and are political entities in their own right.  It’s unavoidable.

 

If you talk about justice, you’re talking politics.  If you talking about the poor, you’re talking about politics, and so on down the line of a host social and ethical issues facing the nations of the world and issues that Jesus directly addressed in his teachings.

 

In true democracies, the people take on the accountability for the choices their governments makes. In a democracy, people, Christians and non-Christians alike, don’t have an excuse for what their nation does when it foregoes its ethical and moral responsibilities. 

 

Take, for example,  how the term “political correctness” is being defined and used a pejorative today, and then consider that its opposite, political incorrectness, is a term that is conveniently avoided and ignored because it would expose “political correctness” as actually being correct; as in, being right.   What’s wrong with being right?

 

Such bizarre, rather devilish, and twisted thinking has a way of seeping into the Church.  It can numb us to what Jesus teaches because in the realm of politics many of those teaching are currently being cast into the pejorative category of the “politically correct” and therefore bad for the country and the world.  Sadly, we see notable Christian personalities buying into and promoting such a twisted mindset.

 

We can easily get there when we turn a blind eye to political issues that are contrary to the teachings of Jesus on the premise that politics has no place in the church.  While churches should avoid associating themselves with party politics and telling congregants who and what to vote for, a failure to address political issues within a church setting that are contrary to the teaching of Jesus is a failure of the Church’s prophetic role in the world.

 

And there are times when it becomes imperative to take to the streets when those messages are not being heeded.

 

The teachings of Jesus found in the Synoptic Gospels are largely unambiguous, and that is what today’s second lesson is talking about.  Jesus is telling us to take his teachings, implement them, and heal the world through them.  Jesus is telling us to stand up for them in a world constantly engaged in political turmoil, until such time the world gets it.

 

We need to take to heart that if we don’t stand with Jesus, if we don’t stand up for what he taught, and if we excuse ourselves and our leaders on the basis of being Christian when we, through them, promote messages contrary to the teaching of Jesus, we are denying Jesus. 

 

That’s when we participate in a lie. 

 

When we don’t stand up for Jesus, we are standing down and giving into popular world opinion, turning tail, and running away.

 

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Gracious Father, strengthen our resolve to be practitioners, in both word and deed, of the teachings Jesus gave us. Give us the strength to boldly proclaim the liberating message of blessedness and love to those we meet on the streets, at the dinner table, and throughout the world, through the same Jesus Christ, the head of the Church.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

 




Hymn

 

            Stand up, stand up, for Jesus, you followers of the cross;

            lift high his righteous banner, it shall not suffer loss:

            from victory unto victory the faithful shall he lead,

            till every wrong is vanquished and Christ is Lord indeed;

 

            Stand up, stand up, for Jesus; the trumpet call obey;

            forth to the mighty conflict in this his glorious day:

            we that are his, now serve him against unnumbered foes;

            let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

 

            Stand up, stand up, for Jesus; stand in his strength alone;

            the arm of flesh will fail you, you dare not trust your own:

            put on the Gospel armor, and watching unto prayer,

            when duty calls, or danger, be never wanting there.

 

           Stand up, stand up, for Jesus: the strife will not be long;

           this day, the noise of battle; the next, the victor’s song.

           To valiant hearts triumphant, a crown of life shall be;

           they with King of glory shall reign eternally.

 

( George Duffield, Jr. 1818-1888. alt.)

 

 

 

 

 

THE LORDS PRAYER

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy Name,

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen




 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

 

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.       

      

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

Pray for those in our parish family; for Bernard Kubal, Mary Ann Anderson, Sue Lauch, and Pat and Bev Ann Christensen.  On this Sunday we pray for healing of Somer Bares, Dan Lynch and Tom Johns. 

 

Pray for those we hold in our hearts.

 

Pray for those celebrating birthdays:  Kristen Sayler (June 21), and Elizabeth Wright (June 22).

 

Pray for those affected by Covid-19; for healthcare workers around the world; for those who provide essential services; for the leaders of all nations, for all governmental officials every where, and for all those making decisions in this time of crisis.

 

Pray for those who have lost their jobs, those who are financially stressed, and those who are need of assistance; that their needs are met and that they find comfort in the support of others.

 

Pray for those who have died.

Praise and give thanks to God who in Christ Jesus raises us to new life.

 

 

THE PRAYER FOR MISSION

 

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent you blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near;  Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nation into you fold; pour out you Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of you kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

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MAY THE LORD BLESS US AND KEEP US.  

MAY THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON US AND BE GRACIOUS UNTO US. 

MAY THE LORD LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON US AND GIVE US PEACE.  AMEN

 

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Pictures are photos taken of windows, furnishings, and artistic details found throughout Christ Episcopal Church, Yankton, SD.

           

* Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from The Message, copyright (c) 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene Peterson, used by permission of NavPress.  All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.T

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

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June 14, 2020
THE  SECOND  SUNDAY  AFTER PENTECOST

 

 

   Since we are justified by faith

Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.  Alleluia.

 Venite

Come, let us sing to the Lord;

    let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving

    and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

 For the Lord is great God.

    and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the caverns of the earth,

     and the heights of the hills are his also.

The seas is his, for he made it,

    and hands have molded the dry land.

 Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,

    and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God,

and we are the people of his nature and the sheep of his hand.

    Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice.

 

Psalm 116:1, 10-17

Dilexi, quoniam

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *

because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.

10 How shall I repay the Lord *

for all the good things he has done for me?

11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *

and call upon the Name of the Lord.

12 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

in the presence of all his people.

13 Precious in the sight of the Lord *

is the death of his servants.

14 O Lord, I am your servant; *

I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;

you have freed me from my bonds.

15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *

and call upon the Name of the Lord.

16 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

in the presence of all his people,

17 In the courts of the Lord'S house, *

in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

Hallelujah!

 

THE FIRST LESSON

 Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7)

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.”]

Hymn*

      Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,

      There is no shadow of turning with thee;

      Thou changes not, thy compassions, they fail not,

      As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

 

           Great is thy faithfulness!  Great is thy faithfulness!

           Morning by morning new mercies I see;

           All I have needed thy hand hath provided,

           Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

            (Thomas O. Chisholm 1866-1960)

 

THE SECOND LESSON

 Romans 5:1-8

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person-- though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

REFLECTION

by

Norm Wright

 

+In the Name of our faithful God+

 

Paul is the apostle who presents what I refer to as the three affectual states of Christian life:  Faith, Hope, and Love.  I call them affectual because they shape one’s response to the uncertainty that abounds in this life.  Certainty is not a required condition of faith, hope, or love.  In fact, it is our certainties; our expectations of what we think and believe should be or what we think and believe should happen that gets in the way of the effectiveness of these states and blind us to their function.  Faith, hope, and love are fluid states of the heart, mind, and spirit that change every place, every time, and every situation into a thin place, a thin time, a thin situation in which to encounter and experience the numinous, the presence of God. 

 

In the New Testament, faith is defined as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” [Hebrews 11:1]  Hope is described in Paul’s letter to the Romans, “…hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?”  [Romans 8:24]   In Hebrews 6:19 hope is described “… as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” against the uncertainty of life’s tempestuous seas, as a well-known hymns puts it.  Love is described by Paul at length in 1Corinthians 13, but if I were to choose a succinct definition that ties all three affections together it would be verses7, “(Love) always protects, always trusts (acts in faith), always hopes, always perseveres.” Whenever God is sought and wherever God is found these affective states are present, which bring me to Paul’s prime example of faith, Abraham.

 

One of the most intriguing stories in the Bible is the mysterious story of the three visitors who suddenly appear while Abraham is at the entrance of his tent in the ‘heat of the day’ by the oaks of Mamre.  What we encounter in this story is a liminal moment; a threshold moment (one of many) in Genesis’ story of Abraham.

 

Liminality here is associated with “the heat of the day” and the Oaks of Mamre.  Perhaps all of us can recall sitting alone in the shade on a very hot day and have experienced our thoughts melting away in the quiet heat of the day; a good time and place to be receptive to divine visitation. The oaks of Mamre is a place that in Celtic spirituality is described as a thin place; a place where the mundane is at the threshold of the divine, where the everyday borders the everlasting. 

 

In this receptive, mystical,  and atmospheric environment Abraham welcomes and recognizes the Lord in the three visitors who speak with one voice  In Hebrew, this  could be identified as a “Shekinah” moment, similar to the two men that sat at the head of the stone slab of Jesus’ tomb and its feet, speaking with one voice or the two men who pointed the disciples gaze back to earth at Jesus’ Ascension.  In that mysterious moment, Abraham is told,I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” Sarah’s response was laughter and incredulity, After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?”

 

 

The faithfulness of God is specifically demonstrated in the second part of today’s first lesson.  Sarah may have laughed, may entertained doubt, and expressed hopelessness but God is faithful even when things seems hopeless for us, even when our faithfulness wanes, but love never fails.  God never fails.

 

In closing,  I want to focus on God’s faithfulness as grace.

 

Justification by faith is generally understood as meaning we are justified “if” we are faithful.  The “if” part of this is unfortunate understanding readily can lead one to understand faith as a matter of intellectual assent regarding doctrinal beliefs about Jesus or God, but faith is not equivalent with assenting to specific ideological or theological beliefs.   Faith is active and  manifest in what we do within the situations we find ourselves in. 

 

Scripture; in particular, the letters of Paul juxtaposes justification by faith with another form of justification; justification by grace. In fact, one can almost interchange these terms, except that grace is reserved to describe God’s faithfulness.  Paul says, “all are justified freely by (God’s) grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” [Romans 3:24]

 

Our catechism defines grace as “God’s favor toward us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens  our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our will.” [BCP pg. 858]   True, but in my opinion that definition falls far short of what grace actually is; in that, it confines its application only to us human creatures. It treats grace in an anthropocentric manner; as something that came about only after the resurrection of Jesus.  Grace has always existed from the very start of creation, and we are a product of it.

 

I would greatly expand the catechism’s definition to say, “Grace is God’ expression of faith in all Creation.  Grace is God’s expression of  hope in all Creation.  Grace is God’s expression of love for all Creation.” 

 

In God’s grace all creation is justified. The seal of God’s grace is recorded in Genesis 1, where it says, “ God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”  That is God’s eternal assessment of creation, and God has never deferred from that assessment.  The Big Bang was an act of grace and grace will be there at our homecoming.

 

In the eternal presence of God’s grace, there is both creation and completion. We don’t see completion on this side of life because we’re still being created.  We’re still evolving.  We’re still living into being the offspring that God intended us to be. 

 

Human kind started down paths that appeared to have devolved from God’s grace but God proved his faith, hope, and love in us when he declared one of us, Jesus, to be his beloved Son.  Jesus shows us the way and has made it possible for us, today, to take closer, faith-filled, hope-filled, and loved-filled walk with God in the here and now. 

 

“Help then, O Lord  our unbelief; and may our faith abound to call on you when you are near, and seek where you are found; that, when our life of faith is done, in realms of clearer light we may behold you as you are, with full and endless sight.** 

 

Amen.   
 

 

     Hymn

 

            Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that save a wretch like me!

            I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see!

Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved

            how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.

 

  The Lord has promised good to me, his word my hope secures;

            he will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.

        

            Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come;

            tis grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

 

            When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,

            we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.

 

          (John Newton 1725-1807, st. 5 John Rees 19th cent.

 

THE LORDS PRAYER

 Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy Name,

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

 

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.            

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

Pray for those in our parish family; for Bernard Kubal, Mary Ann Anderson, Sue Lauch, and Pat and Bev Ann Christensen.  On this Sunday we pray for healing of Somer Bares, Dan Lynch and Tom Johns. 

 

Pray for those we hold in our hearts.

 

Pray for those celebrating birthdays:  Dawne Unruh, Dawn Dohn (June 14), and Roerta Ambur (June 18).

 

Pray for those celebrating anniversaries this week: Arlin and Carol Houtkooper (June 18).

 

Pray for those affected by Covid-19; for healthcare workers around the world; for those who provide essential services; for the leaders of all nations, for all governmental officials every where, and for all those making decisions in this time of crisis.

 

Pray for those who have lost their jobs, those who are financially stressed, and those who are need of assistance; that their needs are met and that they find comfort in the support of others.

 

Pray for those who have died. On this Sunday we pray for Phyllis Kubal.  May her soul and the souls of all the departed rest in peace.

 

Praise and give thanks to God who in Christ Jesus raises us to new life.

 

THE PRAYER FOR MISSION

 

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent you blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near;  Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nation into you fold; pour out you Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of you kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

MAY THE LORD BLESS US AND KEEP US.   

MAY THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON US AND BE GRACIOUS UNTO US. 

MAY THE LORD LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON US AND GIVE US PEACE.  AMEN

 

Pictures are photos taken of windows, furnishings, and artistic details found throughout Christ Episcopal Church, Yankton, SD.

 

*Great is thy faithfulnessCopyright 1923. Renewal 1951 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Il 60188. In LEVAS II 189,

 

** From We walk by faithTH1982 by Henry Alford 1810-1871.

        

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

 
 
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June 7, 2020

TRINITY  SUNDAY

 

 So God created humankind in his image

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come!

 

Lord open out lips, and our mouth shall proclaim your praise!

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 
 

Psalm 8

 

Domine, Dominus noster

1 O Lord our Governor, *

how exalted is your Name in all the world!

2 Out of the mouths of infants and children *

your majesty is praised above the heavens.

3 You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *

to quell the enemy and the avenger.

4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *

the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,

5 What is man that you should be mindful of him? *

the son of man that you should seek him out?

6 You have made him but little lower than the angels; *

you adorn him with glory and honor;

7 You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *

you put all things under his feet:

8 All sheep and oxen, *

even the wild beasts of the field,

9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *

and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.

10 O Lord our Governor, *

how exalted is your Name in all the world!

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the ; Holy Spirit:  as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be fore ever. Amen.

 

THE FIRST LESSON

 

GENSIS 1:26-31a

Then God said, Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them male and female he created them.  God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.

 

THE SECOND LESSON

 

Jesus cleanses the temple as recorded in all four Gospels.

 

Matthew 21:12-13

Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.’”

 

MARK 11:15-17

On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, Is it not written: My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of robbers.’”

 

LUKE 19:45-46

When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers.’”

 

JOHN 2:13-17

 

When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, Get these out of here! Stop turning my Fathers house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: Zeal for your house will consume me

 

 

 

 

 

REFLECTION

by

Norm Wright

 

+In the Name of God+

 

The dread of many priests and preachers is to preach on Trinity Sunday because one can find oneself trying to explain a doctrine that comes across as being abstract or attempting to turn it into something people can apply in their daily lives. 

 

Events, however, have a way of changing one’s perspective on abstract things like the Trinity.  The recent killing of a black man, George Floyd and the resulting protests has caused me to take a second look at the Trinity because I found in it an application to what we are currently experiencing within our nation.   In particular, what came to mind was the Trinity window of our church which displays the well-known equilateral triangle, symbolizing the three persons of the Trinity in unity, being of coequal substance in One God. 

 

I want to take that image and focus our attention on unity in diversity by considering these words from the first lesson, “So God created humankind in his image… .” 

 

Humankind means every kind of human, every type of identifying feature found in humankind - the human diversity we see throughout the world.   If we are created in the image of God and Christians define that image as the Trinity; as three distinct persons, three distinct identities coequal in substance as God, and if we are made in that image, then the Trinity serves as a model for the coequality we should be striving for as children of God.  We should be rejoicing in the glory of our diversity because at our core, we share the same coequal identity, the image of God.

 

Where this model starts falling apart for us is when it comes to behaving in an unequal, discriminatory manner that sees difference and diversity as a threat.  It has been a problem, if not the problem, since the creation of humankind. 

 

Scripture addresses this lack of coequality with the term - justice.  Justice is addressed in the Holy Bible roughly 145 times, in the sense of doing justice as a means to correct injustice; especially, when justice is perverted by discrimination against the poor, the homeless, the widow, the foreigner, and those perceived as different.   

 

Coequality can serve as a model for how justice for all people regardless of their identity can result in bringing about a “more perfect union.” 

 

Why coequality?  Why not just good, plain old equality?

 

Currently, there is a sense of equal justice under the law as experienced by white people. There is a different sense of equality under the law experienced by Blacks, Native Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and LGBTQIA individuals.  Until there is a coequal sense of justice under the law, we will continue down the path of division, discord, and disunity. 

 

A coequal application of justice will not happen overnight.  Black leaders understand that, as do other minority leaders. Many civic leaders understand it. Many police departments and other law enforcement agencies are trying to find and implement ways to ensure coequal justice, but it is far from the point of being realized.

 

It would be nice to get to the point where justice is coequally blind, but at the moment, Lady Justice cannot afford to be color blind because she needs to keep an eye on the scales of justice to ensure that they are balanced and that justice is applied coequally.  

 

* * * * * * * * * *  

 

What compels me to speak on this subject today is that our president crossed over the wall separating church and state to disperse a peaceful protest through use of force in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. so that he could take a leisurely stroll in order to stand in front of it and hold up a Bible and say nothing of substance.  Later he described that event as a “very symbolic.”

 

This was followed the next day by a presidential visit to the Roman Catholic basilica, The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for another “symbolic” photo-op where he and the First Lady placed a wreath of red, white, and blue flowers on the statue of St. Pope John Paul II   There he said nothing at all. 

 

Both of these photo-ops by the president were called out for what they were by the Episcopal Bishop of Washington D.C, Maryann Budde and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington D.C., Wilton D. Gregory along with a number of other mainline church leaders throughout the United States.

 

In a NPR interview Bishop Budde said, “He used violent means to ask to be escorted across the park into the courtyard of the church.  He held up his Bible after speaking [an] inflammatory militarized approach to the wounds of our nation. He did not pray. He did not offer a word of balm or condolence to those who are grieving. He did not seek to unify the country, but rather he used our symbols and our sacred space as a way to reinforce a message that is antithetical to everything that the person of Jesus, whom we follow, and the gospel texts that we strive to emulate ... represent.”[1]  

 

In later reporting on Fox Radio News, President Trump stated, “Most religious leaders loved it. Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress liked it.  I thought it was a great symbol. It’s the ones, the other side, that didn’t like it.” Then he asked, “Why wouldn’t they (the other side) like that? I had the Bible.”[2]

 

In an article in The Hill,  Archbishop Gregory stated, "I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree,”[3]

 

As leaders of the Church, they have a responsibility to speak out against using  churches as a backdrop for a vacuous, silent photo op for the obvious purpose of gaining some personal profit from it.  His silence about what was taking place around him in those locations spoke volumes to the world about the lack of moral leadership our nation is dealing with.

 

What came to mind in watching these two events was the story of Jesus cleansing the Temple.

 

Jesus railing against using a place of worship for personal profit is recorded in all four gospels.  When something is recorded in all four gospels, we need to pay attention.  When people wonder and ask what’s the big deal about the President holding up a Bible for a political photo-op to appeal to his political base, they need to read these scriptures. 

 

It is a big deal when the leader of this nation crosses of the wall separating church and state and forcefully disperses a crowd of people peacefully protesting against racial injustice for a photo-op in front of church just to raise a Bible or place a wreathe to further his personal political ambitions in a photo-op.  The unspoken message that came across was that this was President Trump’s “Gott mit uns” moment; as in, God is on my side moment.

 

* * * * * * * * * *

 

Jesus was a protester and his teachings, his death, and his resurrection stand as a protest against injustice in all times and in all places.

 

Jesus engaged in a violent protest against people who were legally sanctioned to  use the Temple for personal profit. Jesus was motivated by moral outrage at what he was seeing; the poor, the widow, the homeless and the infirm being discriminated against and taken advantage because their lives didn’t matter.  This is not being pointed out to exonerate those who take advantage of a peaceful protest in order to commit criminal acts, but rather to pose the question what would we make of Jesus’ actions today?   How would we respond today?  If we were required to pick a “side,” whose side would we be on?

 

So let us pause on that thought and consider the event that led us to this moment.

 

On May 25, George Floyd, a black man, was arrested and handcuffed for passing a counterfeit $20 bill. He was  placed in the back of a police car, then was forcibly removed from that police car, forced to lay prone on the street with his hand handcuffed behind his back, and then a police officer placed his knee and the weight of his body on George’s neck for almost nine minutes during which he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.  Bystanders also pleaded with the police officer to stop, but to no avail.  As result, George Floyd died.

 

That moment will be etched into the collective memory of this nation and the world.  It will serve as an icon of the domestic domination and racial injustice that is taking place in the twenty-first century America. 

 

As difficult as it is to see that image, we need to sit with that icon for a while and let it sear our consciences as people of faith, followers of Christ, and as Americans.

 

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Being a white man, I will not pretend to know what it is like to be a black person or a person of color in this country.  Seeing racial injustice and hearing about it is not the same as experiencing it.  I can see it, but I have not experienced it.  I have heard about it, but I have not lived it.  Those who have a different skin color than I live it every day. 

 

Nevertheless, I can not nor will not allow my lack of personal experience with injustice lead me to ignore it when I see it or say nothing when I hear it.   I cannot ignore the pleas of those who say, “I can’t breathe.”

 

Being human and being children of God requires us to do something about it, to say something about it, and to pray about it because regardless of a person’s skin color, that person is our brother and our sister by virtue of our shared life on this planet home and by virtue of our common Creator who breathed life into all of us.

 

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Black lives matter!

 

Are we hearing it?  Are we paying attention to it as people who claim to follow Christ; in particular, those of us who promised in our baptismal/confirmation vows  to “strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being?”

 

Are we hearing it as Americans when we pledge “liberty and justice for all?”

 

 

Do we understand its importance?

 

When “Black lives matter” is countered with the familiar “All lives matter,” we’re plugging our ears and closing our minds.  When we say things like that, we’re hijacking the message and diminishing its force.

 

Our great American prophet, Martin Luther King Jr. pointed out that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”   If we want to move “All lives matter” from being a meaningless platitude to a practiced reality, then let’s begin by making sure Black lives matter; let’s start by ensuring coequal justice for our black brothers and sisters.

 

If we start there, then all people who are marginalized because of race, ethnicity, gender identity, and economic situation will breathe more freely; then all will freely breathe the fresh air of liberty.

 

The Church’s role in the world and in this nation, is to be a prophetic voice, to point out the ignored obvious, and to speak against injustice wherever it resides.

 

We who live in rural America; in its small towns and who attend its small congregations are not exempt from that role.  We cannot afford to ignore or take comfort in our relative isolation when the killing of George Floyd occurred a few hours’ drive from the doorstep of our church.

 

When we see injustice anywhere, we must respond to it with faith, with hope, with love, and with a commitment to heed the words of the prophet Micah who said, “What does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:8

 

And how do we act justly? 

 

It doesn’t have to be hard.

 

A first step is to not to justify injustice in our private conversations or minimize the consistent pattern of systemic injustice towards people of color in our country because we’re fearful of offending a friend or an associate who is doing so. We don’t have to be Black to explain why Black lives matter and why suggesting to use domination over our citizens is antithetical to what this nation stands for and is antithetical to what Jesus taught us.

 

The second step is to stop making excuses for leaders who are not helping the situation through their lack of judgment, their inappropriate statements, and their misguided actions.  We must hold them accountable when the line of civil decency and discourse is crossed over to promote domination and disunity. 

 

The third step is to pray that coequal justice prevails and for the peace and unity of our nation.

 

As dismayed and disheartened as I was this past week, I found faith, hope, and love on a CBS Nightly News segment (June 3rd), where we were gifted with the voice of black, teenage girl reciting a poem that presciently and poignantly spoke to what we are going through as a nation at this time; a poem that in the pathos of its longing offers hope. 

 

So I’m going to step aside, take a knee, and give breathing room to another one of America’s great prophetic voices, the black poet, Langston Hughes who shows us precisely why Black lives matter:

 

 

 

LET AMERICA BE AMERICA AGAIN

by Langston Hughes (1938)

[All emphasis are mine - nw]

 

Let America be America again

Let it be the dream it used to be.

Let it be the pioneer on the plain

Seeking a home where he himself is free.

 

(America never was America to me.)

 

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed —

Let it be that great strong land of love

Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme

That any man be crushed by one above.

 

(It never was America to me.)

 

O, let my land be a land where Liberty

Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,

But opportunity is real, and life is free,

Equality is in the air we breathe.

 

(There's never been equality for me, Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.”)

 

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?

And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

 

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart, I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars.

 

I am the red man driven from the land,

I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek —

And finding only the same old stupid plan

Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

 

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,

Tangled in that ancient endless chain

Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!

Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!

Of work the men! Of take the pay!

Of owning everything for one's own greed!

 

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.

I am the worker sold to the machine.

I am the Negro, servant to you all.

I am the people, humble, hungry, mean —

Hungry yet today despite the dream.

Beaten yet today--O, Pioneers!

I am the man who never got ahead,

The poorest worker bartered through the years.

 

Yet I'm the one who dreamt our basic dream

In the Old World while still a serf of kings,

Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,

That even yet its mighty daring sings

 

In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned

That's made America the land it has become.

O, I'm the man who sailed those early seas

In search of what I meant to be my home —

For I'm the one who left dark Ireland's shore,

And Poland's plain, and England's grassy lea,

And torn from Black Africa's strand I came

To build a "homeland of the free.”

 

The free?

 

Who said the free? Not me?

Surely not me? The millions on relief today?

The millions shot down when we strike?

The millions who have nothing for our pay?

For all the dreams we've dreamed

And all the songs we've sung

And all the hopes we've held

And all the flags we've hung,

The millions who have nothing for our pay —

Except the dream that's almost dead today.

 

O, let America be America again —

The land that never has been yet —

And yet must be--the land where every man is free.

The land that's mine — the poor man's, Indian's,

Negro's, ME —

Who made America,

Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,

Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,

Must bring back our mighty dream again.

 

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose —

The steel of freedom does not stain.

From those who live like leeches on the people's lives, We must take back our land again, America!

 

O, yes,

I say it plain,

America never was America to me,

And yet I swear this oath —

America will be!

 

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,

The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,

We, the people, must redeem

The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.

 

The mountains and the endless plain —

All, all the stretch of these great green states —

And make America again!

 

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Holy Trinity, Coequal Unity, look mercifully upon our nation and upon the family of George Floyd.  Grant peace and rest to George and the comfort of your Holy Spirit to his family.  Heal the wounds of this nation brought about by racial injustice. Guard and protect those protesting for justice. Inspire our leaders to find peaceful solutions where injustice is entrenched and systemic. Give our President the courage and patience for moral leadership. Protect him from harm and protect those in law enforcement.  Bless them with steady, compassionate hearts.  Above all, grant that through the chaos of this moment coequal justice is established in our land, where all can be unified in breathing the fresh of liberty.  All this we ask through Jesus, our brother. Amen

 

 

  HYMN

 

         In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,

         With a glory in his bosom that transfigured you and me.

         As He died to make men holy, let us live to make all free

                  Our God is marching on.

Glory, glory hallelujah! Glory, glory hallelujah! Glory, glory hallelujah!

                  His truth is marching on.

                 (Julia w. Howe 1819-1910)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

 

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and  ever. Amen.           

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

Pray for those in our parish family; for Bernard Kubal, Mary Ann Anderson, Sue Lauck, and Pat and Bev Ann Christensen.  On this Sunday we pray for healing of Somer Bares and Dan Lynch.  Pray for those we hold in our hearts.

 

Pray for those celebrating birthdays:  Dakota Dykstra (June 8), Maverick  O’Gorman (June 9), Duane Dohn (June 12), Fr. Tim Fountain (June 13).

 

Pray for those celebrating anniversaries this week: Josh and Tara O’Gorman (June 7) and Barb and Roger Lyle (June 9).

 

Pray for those affected by Covid-19; for healthcare workers around the world; for those who provide essential services; for the leaders of all nations, for all governmental officials everywhere, and for all those making decisions in this time of crisis.

 

Pray for those who have lost their jobs, those who are financially stressed, and those who are need of assistance; that their needs are met and that they find comfort in the support of others.

 

Pray for those who have died. On this Sunday we pray for Phyllis Kubal.  May her soul and the souls of all the departed rest in peace.

 

Praise and give thanks to God who in Christ Jesus raises us to new life.

 

THE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

 

THE PRAYER FOR MISSION

 

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent you blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near;  Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nation into you fold; pour out you Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of you kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

MAY THE LORD BLESS US AND KEEP US.  

MAY THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON US AND BE GRACIOUS UNTO US. 

MAY THE LORD LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON US AND GIVE US PEACE.  AMEN

       

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



[1] “Trump Defends ‘Law And Order symbolism of Photo -Op at St. John’s Church. Online NPR article,  June 3, 2020 by Ayesha Rascoe and Tamara Keith

[2] Fox Radio interview on Brian Kilmeade Show between Brian Kilmeade and President Trump recorded on June 2, 2020

[3] “Washington archbishops criticizes Trump visit to Catholic shrine, THE HILL, June 02, 202 by Morgan Chalfant.