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The Holy Eucharist

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

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The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7B
June 20, 2021

The Reverend Canon George Maxwell, Celebrant
The Reverend Canon Cathy Zappa, Preacher



From Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes     
Bryn Calfaria (Hymn 307, “Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendor”)
Rhosymedre (Hymn 587, “Our father, by whose Name all fatherhood is known”)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


The Welcome




The Opening Hymn: 432    
music: Laudate Dominum, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848–1918)
words: Henry Williams Baker (1821–1877), alt.; based on Psalms 148 and 150

O praise ye the Lord!
Praise him in the height;
rejoice in his word,
ye angels of light;
ye heavens, adore him
by whom ye were made,
and worship before him,
in brightness arrayed.

O praise ye the Lord!
Praise him upon earth,
in tuneful accord,
all ye of new birth;
praise him who hath brought you
his grace from above,
praise him who hath taught you
to sing of his love.

O praise ye the Lord!
All things that give sound;
each jubilant chord
re-echo around;
loud organs, his glory
forth tell in deep tone,
and sweet harp, the story
of what he hath done.

O praise ye the Lord!
Thanksgiving and song
to him be outpoured
all ages along!
For love in creation,
for heaven restored,
for grace of salvation,
O praise ye the Lord!


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 7

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
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.


The Lesson: 1 Samuel 17: 1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-40, 49

Lector: A Reading from The First Book of Samuel.

The Philistines gathered their armies for battle.
And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. He had greaves of bronze on his legs and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him. He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” And the Philistine said, “Today I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man, that we may fight together.” When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, took the provisions, and went as Jesse had commanded him. He came to the encampment as the army was going forth to the battle line, shouting the war cry. Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage, ran to the ranks, and went and greeted his brothers. As he talked with them, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines, and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.

David said to Saul, “Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and whenever a lion or a bear came, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after it and struck it down, rescuing the lamb from its mouth; and if it turned against me, I would catch it by the jaw, strike it down, and kill it. Your servant has killed both lions and bears; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God.” David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.” So Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you!”

Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them.” So David removed them. Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd’s bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine.

David put his hand in his bag, took out a stone, slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

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


All stand. 
The Sequence: Hymn 636    
music: Foundation, melody from The Sacred Harp, 1844; harm. Calvin Hampton (1938–1984);        
words: K. in John Rippon’s Selection, 1787, alt.

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you that for refuge to Jesus have fled?

“Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed!
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
my grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

“The soul that to Jesus hath fled for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell shall endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.”


All remain standing.
The Holy Gospel: Mark 4:35-41

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

When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

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


The Sermon: Canon Zappa


All stand or kneel to pray.
The Prayers of the People

Celebrant: Let us stand or kneel to pray.

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 United Church of North India. 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 Prison Ministries.

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. On this Juneteenth weekend, we pray for healing from the sins of slavery.

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: Cheryl Espenlaub, Alix Henderson, John Mercer, Bill & Janice Morrison, Mike Stone

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. On this Father’s Day, we give thanks for all fathers, and for those who have served as father figures in our lives.

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: Harry Christian, Billie Ruth Dixon, Rhoda Elizabeth Klingeman Ewert, Jean Hand, Nicholas Clendon Howard

We pray for Barrett Howell in whose memory 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: Cheryl Espenlaub, Alix Henderson, John Mercer, Bill & Janice Morrison, Mike Stone

Long Term Prayers: R. Huntley Allen, Penny Barnett, Edgar & Judith Beach, Perry Benton, Virginia Bicksler, Heather Clark, Sharon Crews, Lynne D’Huyvetter, Terry Dornbush, Sarah duBignon, Deborah Ellington, Dan Elson, Ruth Fuqua, Douglas T. Grey, Jr., Rebecca Harris, Jane Jones, Louise Kan, Bennie King, Lisa Krysiak, Jill Mahaffey, Carol McDonald, Kathy McLean, Glenn Miller, Ashley Minear, Royce Mitchell, Susan Myers, Charlie Neal, Linus Nickel, Marian Palmore, Beth Pitzer, Garry Pryor, Rowland Radford, Rubye & Wayne Reid, Agnes Elizabeth Robertson, Nora Robillard, Louis “Skip” Schueddig, Linda Stallcup, Sarah Szymke, Tommy Truesdale, Ron Wallace, Elleanor Wilson, Faye Van Winkle

For Family & Friends: Lisa Bachman, Bettina Bass, Bella Bond, David Bond, Darrell Boyette, Pam Breedlove, Kenneth Childress, Andrew Clark, Marie Corrigan, Ava Corroon, Marg Denny, Carleton Fuller, Patricia Plummer Glowatsky, Robert Hoder, Cadel Ingraham, Lilliana Isola, Stephen Jones, Robin Kemp, Rita Lewis, Pete Livezey, Lauren Makhlouf, Pat Martin, Michelle Maxwell, Alex Mercer, Betsy Moore, Steven Norman, The Reynolds Family, Courtney Rosenthal, Sophia Rowe, James Sands, Timothy Shotmeyer, Paul Sturtz, Tina Susco, Yvonne Tate, Pierson Thames, Wayne Thurman, Olive Toy, Roger Traylor, Whit A. Wright, Karen Young, 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 Celebrant says: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All: And also with you.


The Parish Notices


The Holy Communion


The Offertory


The Offertory Anthem    
music: Richard Shephard (1949-2021), O for a Thousand Tongues
words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788) 

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My dear Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That 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, you deaf; his praise, you dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
You blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap, you lame, for joy.

My gracious Master and my God
Assist me to proclaim
And spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of your name.


The Presentation: Hymn 411    
music: St. Thomas (Williams), melody Aaron Williams (1731-1776), harm. Lowell Mason (1792-1872)
words: James Montgomery (1771-1854); paraphrase of Psalm 103:1-5

O bless the Lord, my soul!
His grace to thee proclaim!
And all that is within me join
to bless his holy Name!

O bless the Lord, my soul!
His mercies bear in mind!
Forget not all his benefits!
The Lord to thee is kind.

He will not always chide;
he will with patience wait;
his wrath is ever slow to rise
and ready to abate.

He pardons all thy sins,
prolongs thy feeble breath;
he healeth thine infirmities
and ransoms thee from death.

He clothes thee with his love,
upholds thee with his truth;
and like the eagle he renews
the vigor of thy youth.

Then bless his holy Name,
whose grace hath made thee whole,
whose loving-kindness crowns thy days:
O bless the Lord, my soul!


The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer B
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP), p. 367

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 129, Robert Powell

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: We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night before he died for us, 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, according to his command, O Father,

All: We remember his death,
    We proclaim his resurrection,
    We await his coming in glory;

Celebrant: And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. 

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

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 Anthem    
music: Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978), Ubi caritas
words: Antiphon for Maundy Thursday

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.

Where there is charity and love, God is there.
We have gathered together in the love of Christ.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Let us revere and love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love one another.


The Postcommunion Prayer

Celebrant: Let us pray.
All: Almighty and everliving God,
    we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
    of the most precious Body and Blood
    of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;
    and for assuring us in these holy mysteries
    that we are living members of the Body of your Son,
    and heirs of your eternal kingdom.
    And now, Father, send us out
    to do the work you have given us to do,
    to love and serve you
    as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.
    To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,
    be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.


The Blessing


The Closing Hymn: 535    
music: Paderborn, melody from Catolisch-Paderbornisches Gesang-buch, 1765; harm. Sydney Hugo Nicholson (1875–1947)
words: Charles Wesley (1707–1788), alt.

Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim, 
and publish abroad his wonderful Name;
the Name all-victorious of Jesus extol:
his kingdom is glorious; he rules over all.

God ruleth on high, almighty to save;
and still he is nigh: his presence we have.
The great congregation his triumph shall sing,
ascribing salvation to Jesus our King.

Salvation to God who sits on the throne!
Let all cry aloud, and honor the Son.
The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.

Then let us adore, and give him his right:
All glory and power, all wisdom and might,
and honor and blessing, with angels above,
and thanks never-ceasing and infinite love.


The Dismissal

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



A Tune for the Tuba    
Eric H. Thiman (1900-1975)