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The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 25A
October 25, 2020


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


The Opening Hymn: 687

A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing;
for still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing;
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing;
dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his Name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

And though this world with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us;
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us;
the prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure,
one little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours
through him who with us sideth:
let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
his kingdom is for ever.


The Collect of the Day


The Lesson: Deuteronomy 34:1-12

The Lector reads the lesson, saying after the reading: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.


Christ our Passover: Pascha nostrum

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christ has been raised from the dead, *
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.  


The Holy Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46

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

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


The Homily


The Prayers of the People

Intercessor: Lord in your mercy,

All: Hear our prayer.

Those for whom prayers have been requested:

For Immediate Needs: Anne Bao, Edward W. Chapin, Priscilla E. Goss, Paul Sturtz


Long Term Prayers: Harris Allen, Jr., R. Huntley Allen, Dr. T. Mayo Atkins, Edgar & Judith Beach, Perry Benton, Virginia Bicksler, Judith Borden, Bernice Burton, Heather Clark, Sharon Crews, Terry Dornbush, Sarah duBignon, Deborah Ellington, Dan Elson, Randy Farmer, Charles Griffin, Jenny Ham, Louise Kan, Del King, Lisa Krysiak, Sandy Land, Elaine Lyon, Carol McDonald, Glenn Miller, Ashley Minear, Royce Mitchell, Laura Moore, Susan Myers, Charlie Neal, Linus Nickel, Marion Palmore, Beth Pitzer, Garry Pryor, Rowland Radford, Rubye & Wayne Reid, Tommy Ripley, Agnes Elizabeth Robertson, Fred Rudolph, Louis “Skip” Schueddig, Julie Thompson, Tommy Truesdale, Faye Van Winkle


For Family & Friends: Carolyn & Stan Barnwell, Bettina Bass, David Bond, Lynn Chandler, Andrew Clark, Robyn Kim Crennan, Carleton Fuller, Jean Hand, Andrea Hollis, John Jackson, Stephen Jones, Robin Kemp, Pete Livezey, Pat Martin, Marge Massey, Michelle Maxwell, Steven Norman, Richard Pinney, James Sands, Jordan Sloan, Caroline Southerland, Tina Susco, Yvonne Tate, Pierson Thames, Jeffrey Thomas, Roger Traylor, Laura & Mike Treacy, Ron M. Wallace, Whit A. Wright, Hollis Youngner


The Confession

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

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


The Peace


The Parish Notices


The Lord’s Prayer


The Administration of Communion from the Reserved Sacrament


The Postcommunion Prayer

Gracious Father, we give you praise and thanks for this Holy Communion of the Body of your beloved Son Jesus Christ, the pledge of our redemption; and we pray that it may bring us forgiveness of our sins, strength in our weakness, and everlasting salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.


The Closing Hymn: 597

O day of peace that dimly shines
through all our hopes and prayers and dreams,
guide us to justice, truth, and love,
delivered from our selfish schemes.
May swords of hate fall from our hands,
our hearts from envy find release,
till by God’s grace our warring world
shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace.

Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb,
nor shall the fierce devour the small;
as beasts and cattle calmly graze,
a little child shall lead them all.
Then enemies shall learn to love,
all creatures find their true accord;
the hope of peace shall be fulfilled,
for all the earth shall know the Lord.


The Blessing


The Dismissal