The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Holy Eucharist

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 21B
21 September 2021
The Reverend Canon George M. Maxwell, Jr., Celebrant and Preacher


The Welcome




The Opening Acclamation

Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
All: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.


The Collect for Purity

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.


The Collect of the Day: Proper 21

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Epistle: James 5:13-20

Lector: A Reading from The Letter of James.

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.

My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.


Said in unison.
The Sequence: Hymn 581
words: Latin, tr. J. Clifford Evers (1916-1997)

Where charity and love prevail there God is ever found;
brought here together by Christ’s love by love are we thus bound.

With grateful joy and holy fear his charity we learn;
let us with heart and mind and strength now love him in return.

Forgive we now each other’s faults as we our faults confess;
and let us love each other well in Christian holiness.

Let strife among us be unknown, let all contention cease;
be his the glory that we seek, be ours his holy peace.

Let us recall that in our midst dwells God’s begotten Son;
as members of his Body joined we are in him made one.

Love can exclude no race or creed if honored be God’s Name;
our common life embraces all whose Father is the same.


The Holy Gospel: Mark 9:38-50

Gospeler: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
All: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Gospeler: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Christ.


The Homily: Canon Maxwell


The Prayers of the People

Celebrant: God of faithfulness and compassion, we offer the concerns of our lives and the world as we pray, “God of mercy, hear our prayer.”

Intercessor: We pray for the church throughout the world. Within the Anglican Communion of Churches, we pray today for the Episcopal Church. Within the Episcopal Church, we pray for Michael, our Presiding Bishop; for the Diocese of Atlanta; and for Robert, our Bishop. Within this Cathedral parish, we pray for our ministry of the day: The Cathedral Foyers.

God of mercy,
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: We pray for those who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world. We pray for Joe, our President; for the Congress and the Courts; for Brian, our Governor; and for Keisha, our Mayor. 

God of mercy,
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: We pray for justice and peace, for goodwill among nations, and for the well-being of all people. 

God of mercy,
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: We pray for those who are in danger, sorrow, sickness, or any kind of trouble; and for those who minister to them.

God of mercy,
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: We pray for all those on our prayer list, including those with new or immediate concerns: The Baker Family, Vaughn Clapp, Ethel “Babe” Moldovan, Philip Newton, Lou Perno

We offer our own prayers and intercessions.

God of mercy,
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: We give you thanks for the many blessings of this life. 

God of mercy,
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom. We pray for: Gudrun (Judy) Clapp, Charles Ogilvie, Alister Pereira

We pray for Noell Marvin Starks and Seashols Noell Courtenay, in whose memory today’s altar flowers are given.

God of mercy,
All: Hear our prayer.

Celebrant: Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Those for whom prayers have been requested: 

For Immediate Needs: The Baker Family, Vaughn Clapp, Ethel “Babe” Moldovan, Philip Newton, Lou Perno 

Long Term Prayers: R. Huntley Allen, Penny Barnett, Perry Benton, Virginia Bicksler, Randall Chatham-Borden, Heather Clark, Sharon Crews, The Crossley Family, Jerri Darnell, Marg Denny, Terry Dornbush, Sarah duBignon, Deborah Ellington, Dan Elson, Ruth Fuqua, Douglas T. Grey, Jr., Jenny Ham, Rebecca Harris, Jane Jones, Louise Kan, Lisa Krysiak, Jill Mahaffey, Carol McDonald, Glenn Miller, Royce Mitchell, Susan Myers, Charlie Neal, Linus Nickel, Dudley Ottley, Marian Palmore, Garry Pryor, Rowland Radford, Debbie Ragen, Rubye & Wayne Reid, Lorraine Reynolds, Agnes Elizabeth Robertson, Nora Robillard, Charles & Betty Roper, Louis “Skip” Schueddig, Daniel Sherman, Tommy Truesdale, Ron Wallace, Elleanor Wilson, Faye Van Winkle

For Family & Friends: Lisa Bachman, Bettina Bass, David Bond, Darrell Boyette, Pam Breedlove, Emily Chancellor, Andrew Clark, Vickie & Bob Coffman, Marie Corrigan, Ava Corroon, Sandy Ford, Carleton Fuller, Peter Garbus, Theresa Gent, Patricia Plummer Glowatsky, Mark Goodwin, Rob Hendler, Gayle Higley, Cadel Ingraham, Lilliana Isola, Robin Kemp, Carole Kline, Rita Lewis, Pete Livezey, Lauren Makhlouf, Pat Martin, Beth Lawton McGee, Ashley Minear, Betsy Moore, Jovita Moore, Steven Norman, Bill Poole, Carter Randall, Carson Rengel, Lisa & Sophia Rowe, William Rowe, Einar Sagstuen, James Sands, Mike Stone, Paul Sturtz, Hubert Tate, Sr., Yvonne Tate, Pierson Thames, Bryson Thomas, Wayne Thurman, Olive Toy, Harris Wilson, Whit A. Wright, Hollis Youngner


The Confession

Celebrant: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

All: Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Absolution

Celebrant: Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.


The Peace


The Parish Notices


The Holy Communion


The Offertory


The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer A
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP), p. 361

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Celebrant: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. 

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:

Said in unison.
The Sanctus and Benedictus

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant: 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 Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world. 

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

All: Christ has died.
       Christ is risen.
       Christ will come again.

Celebrant    We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. 

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and 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 Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

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 Breaking of the Bread

Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
All: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia. 


The Communion


The Postcommunion Prayer

Celebrant: Let us pray.
All: Eternal God, heavenly Father,
    you have graciously accepted us as living members
    of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
    and you have fed us with spiritual food
    in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
    Send us now into the world in peace,
    and grant us strength and courage
    to love and serve you
    with gladness and singleness of heart;
    through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Blessing


Said in unison.
The Closing Hymn: 344
words: att. John Fawcett (1739/40-1817)

Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing; fill our hearts with joy and peace;
let us each, thy love possessing, triumph in redeeming grace:
O refresh us, O refresh us, traveling through this wilderness.

Thanks we give and adoration for thy Gospel’s joyful sound:
may the fruits of thy salvation in our hearts and lives abound:
ever faithful, ever faithful to thy truth may we be found;

so that when thy love shall call us, Savior, from the world away,
fear of death shall not appall us, glad thy summons to obey.
May we ever, may we ever reign with thee in endless day.


The Dismissal

Deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.