The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

The Holy Eucharist

8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the Cathedral

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The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 21B
26 September 2021

The Reverend Canon Catherine Zappa, Celebrant
The Very Reverend Samuel G. Candler, Preacher



Voluntary No. 10 in G Major and Voluntary No. 1 in D Major            
(From 10 Voluntaries for the Organ, 1785)
William Boyce (1711-1779)


The Welcome from the Dean




The Opening Hymn: 686
music: Nettleton, melody from A Repository of Sacred Music, Part II, 1813
words: Robert Robinson (1735-1790), alt.

Come, thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace!
Streams of mercy never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! Oh, fix me on it, mount of God’s unchanging love.

Here I find my greatest treasure; hither, by thy help, I’ve come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.

Oh, to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee:
prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.


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 Lesson: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29

Lector: A Reading from The Book of Numbers.

The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”

Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the Lord became very angry, and Moses was displeased. So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? Did I conceive all this people? Did I give birth to them, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a sucking child,’ to the land that you promised on oath to their ancestors? Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they come weeping to me and say, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way you are going to treat me, put me to death at once—if I have found favor in your sight—and do not let me see my misery.”

So the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you.”

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.

Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!”

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


8:45 a.m. only: Children ages 4 (by September 1, 2021) through fifth grade may follow the acolytes and chapel leaders to  Children’s Chapel at this time. Children will return to the nave at the Offertory.


All stand. 
The Sequence: Hymn 581
music: Cheshire, melody and bass from The Whole Book of Psalmes, 1592, alt.; harm. Hymns III, 1979
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.


All remain standing.
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 Sermon: Dean Candler


All stand or kneel to pray.
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.


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 Celebrant says: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All: And also with you.


The Parish Notices


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 Holy Communion


The Offertory


The Offertory Anthems

8:45 a.m.
music: William Byrd (1539/40-1623), Sing joyfully unto God our strength
words: Psalm 81:1-4

Sing joyfully unto God our strength.
Sing loud unto the God of Jacob.
Take the song and bring forth the timbrel, the pleasant harp and the viol.
Blow the trumpet in the new moon, even in the time appointed, and at our feast day.
For this is a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.


11:15 a.m.    
music: David Briggs (b. 1962), O Lord, support us
words: Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890), Littlemore Tractus 

O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.
Then in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.


The Presentation: Hymn 392
music: Vineyard Haven, Richard Wayne Dirksen (1921-2003)
words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), alt.

Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known;
join in a song with sweet accord and thus surround the throne.
Hosanna, hosanna! Rejoice, give thanks and sing.

Let those refuse to sing that never know our God;
but children of the heavenly King may speak their joys abroad.
Hosanna, hosanna! Rejoice, give thanks and sing.

The heirs of grace have found glory begun below;
celestial fruits on earthly ground from faith and hope may grow.
Hosanna, hosanna! Rejoice, give thanks and sing.

Then let our song abound and let our tears be dry;
we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground to fairer worlds on high.
Hosanna, hosanna! Rejoice, give thanks and sing.


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:

The Sanctus and Benedictus
S 125, Richard Proulx, A Community Mass

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


Communion Anthems

8:45 a.m.    
music: Jane M. Marshall (1924-2019), Eternal Light
words: Alcuin of York (c. 735-804), tr. Christopher Idle (b. 1938)

Eternal light, shine in my heart;
Eternal hope, lift up my eyes;
Eternal power, be my support;
Eternal wisdom, make me wise;
Eternal life, raise me from death;
Eternal brightness, help me see;
Eternal Spirit, give me breath;
Eternal Savior, come to me:
Until by your most costly grace,
Invited by your holy word,
At last I come before your face
To know you, my eternal God.


11:15 a.m.    
music: William Byrd (1539/40-1623), Sing joyfully unto God our strength
words: Psalm 81:1-4

Sing joyfully unto God our strength.
Sing loud unto the God of Jacob.
Take the song and bring forth the timbrel, the pleasant harp and the viol.
Blow the trumpet in the new moon, even in the time appointed, and at our feast day.
For this is a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.


Communion Hymn: 341
music: Omni die, melody from Gross Catolisch Gesangbuch, 1631; harm. William Smith Rockstro (1823-1895)
words: Louis F. Benson (1855-1930), alt.

For the bread which you have broken, for the wine which you have poured,
for the words which you have spoken, now we give you thanks, O Lord.

By this pledge, Lord, that you love us, by your gift of peace restored,
by your call to heaven above us, hallow all our lives, O Lord.

As our blessed ones adore you, seated at our Father’s board,
may the Church still waiting for you keep love’s tie unbroken, Lord.

In your service, Lord, defend us; in our hearts keep watch and ward,
in the world to which you send us let your kingdom come, O Lord.


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


The Closing Hymn: 344
music: Sicilian Mariners, Sicilian melody, first publ. The European Magazine and London Review, 1792, alt.
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. 



Intrada, Opus 111a    
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)