The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, Year B

Title:The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, Year B

Bulletin Date: October 11, 2015 4:00 am

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St Peter’s Episcopal Church

The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, Year B 

Morning Prayer II 

Ringing of the Bell


Opening Hymn                                 O God, our help in ages past                                            H 680   

Opening Sentence

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. (Silence is kept.)

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.

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

The Invitatory and Psalter

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

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 forever. Amen. Alleluia.

Venite To God with gladness sing (sung to Darwall’s 148th)

To God with gladness sing, your Rock and Savior bless;
Into his temple bring your songs of thankfulness!
O God of might, to you we sing
Enthroned as King on heaven’s height!
God cradles in his hand the heights and depths of earth;
God made the sea and land, God brought the world to birth!
O God most high, we are your sheep;
On us you keep your shepherd’s eye!
Your heavenly Father praise, acclaim his only Son,
Your voice in homage raise to him who makes all one!
O Dove of peace, on us descend
That strife may end and joy increase!

The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: Come let us adore him.

The Psalm                                                                                            Psalm 90:12-17 

So teach us to number our days *
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

 Return, O LORD; how long will you tarry? *
be gracious to your servants. 

Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.

Show your servants your works *
and your splendor to their children.

May the graciousness of the LORD our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

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.

Please be seated for the lessons.

The Lessons

A Reading from Amos 5:6-7,10-15

Seek the LORD and live,
  or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,
   and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.
Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
   and bring righteousness to the ground!
They hate the one who reproves in the gate,
    and they abhor the one who speaks the truth.
Therefore because you trample on the poor
     and take from them levies of grain,
you have built houses of hewn stone,
     but you shall not live in them;
you have planted pleasant vineyards,
     but you shall not drink their wine.
For I know how many are your transgressions,
     and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
     and push aside the needy in the gate.
Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;
    for it is an evil time.
Seek good and not evil,
    that you may live;
and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you,
    just as you have said.
Hate evil and love good,   
    and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,
    will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Canticle 10: The Second Song of Isaiah (Read together in unison, standing) Isaiah 55:6-11

Seek the Lord while he wills to be found;*
 call upon him when he draws near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways* 
and the evil ones their thoughts;
And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion,*
and to our God, for he will richly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,*
nor your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,*
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as rain and snow fall from the heavens*
and return not again, but water the earth,
Bringing forth life and giving growth,*
seed for sowing and bread for eating,
So is my word that goes forth from my mouth;*
it will not return to me empty;
Bit it will accomplish that which I have purposed,*
and prosper in that for which I sent it.

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.

A reading from Hebrews 4:12-16

The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Thanks be to God.

Canticle H A Song of Hosea ( said together in unison, standing )  Hosea 6:1-3

Come, let us return to our God,*
who has torn us and will heal us.
God has struck us and will bind up our wounds,*
after two days revive us,
On the third day, restore us, *
that in God’s presence we may live.
Let us humble ourselves, let us strive to know the Lord,*
whose justice dawns like morning light,
its dawning as sure as the sunrise.
God’s justice will come to us like a shower,*
like spring rains that water the earth.

A Reading from Mark 10:17-31

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’" He said to him, "Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth." Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." They were greatly astounded and said to one another, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible."

Peter began to say to him, "Look, we have left everything and followed you." Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age–houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions–and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

Sermon                                                                                          Dr. John R. Sellers

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by   the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.  

The Peace


Birthday and Anniversary Blessings                                                          BCP 830 #51/431 


As followers of Jesus, we are called to give ourselves for others, as Jesus has given himself for us. With gratitude for God’s grace, let us offer our lives and all that we have to the Lord. 

Hymn during the offertory              Seek ye first the kingdom of God                                   H 711 

The Prayers 

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
 Let us pray.  

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.  


Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
Govern and uphold them, now and always.
Day by day we bless you;
We praise your Name for ever.
Lord, keep us from all sin today;
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, show us your love and mercy;
For we put our trust in you.
In you, Lord, is our hope;
And we shall never hope in vain.

Collect for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.  

A Collect for the Renewal of Life ( Read in Unison )

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Human Family

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; united us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Sing “Our fathers’ God, to thee” here )

A Prayer for Mission

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

For all of us when we suffer from pain

Lord Jesus Christ, by your patience in suffering you hallowed earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to your Father’s will: Be near each one of us in our times of weakness and pain; sustain us by your grace, that our strength and courage may not fail; heal us according to your will; and help us always to believe that what happens to us here is of little account if you hold us in eternal life, our Lord, and our God. Amen.

For those on our prayer list

Merciful Lord, who has taught us in your holy Word that you do not willingly afflict or grieve us: Look with compassion upon the sorrows of those for whom we offer our prayers, for those on our prayer list and all of those for whom we now pray, either silently or aloud. (Silence) Remember them, O Lord, in your mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of your goodness, lift up your countenance upon them, and give them your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For those in the Armed Forces of our Country

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad, especially those on our prayer list. (Read military prayer list here). Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

A General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Closing Hymn:              I have decided to follow Jesus                       LEVAS 136

Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever.



Welcome to St. Peter’s! May God’s love be present with you in this place and bring you back often. Our communion bread is gluten free.

Welcome to Dr. John Sellers, our preacher today. John is an author, a historical specialist on the Civil War and Lincoln Curator at the Library of Congress as well as an ordained Baptist minister.

Catherine is away this Sunday at Credo. She will be gone Tuesday, October 6 through Monday, October 12 for CREDO in Prescott, Arizona. CREDO is a program that promotes clergy wellness. The Church Pension Fund’s goal is to support the clergy by providing ongoing education and opportunities for clergy to be intentional about developing good habits around our spiritual lives, our physical health, our financial management, and our vocations. If you need the help of a priest while Catherine is away, please contact either the Senior Warden, Roger Key, or the Junior Warden, Johnny Davis.

Next Sunday, October 18 Estimate of Giving cards are due. Check out the St Peter’s stewardship page – Please give your estimate of giving for God’s work in the world through St Peter’s some prayerful thought. An estimate of what you plan to give to God’s work through this church in the coming year will help the Vestry determine next year’s budget.

The loose offering today goes to the Discretionary Fund Thank you for your ongoing generosity for those in need in our area, and please help replenish this fund. People are very grateful for the help St Peter’s provides.

For October’s Village Harvest distribution on October 21, please bring rice and beans by Sunday, October 18.

All Saint’s Day Service is Sunday, November 1. We will be celebrating the baptism of Scarlett Joy Long . Also, please email Catherine ( ) by Monday, Oct. 25 with the names of those who have died in the past year that you would like to have remembered.

ECW Fall meeting, Oct. 18, The Falls Church, Falls Churc, VA. This is the 125th anniversary meeting. We will receive our UTO grant money for re-doing our kitchen at this gathering. We have a kitchen committee working on the remodeling.

Happy Birthday – Woody Everett (Sept. 11), Evan Davis (Sept. 12)

Last week missed in the announcements the birthday of Roger Key (Oct. 4) and the anniversary of Ken and Andrea Pogue (Oct. 9)

———————————–This Week —————————————–

  • Wed., Oct 14, 10am-12pm- Ecumenical Bible Study
  • Thurs, Oct 15, ECW fall meeting, 125th anniversary
  • Sun., Oct. 18, 10:00am – Godly Play (preschool through 2nd grade)
  • Sun., Oct. 18, 10:00am – "Weaving God’s Promises", (3rd grade & up)
  • Sun., Oct. 18, 11:00am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II
  • Sun., Oct. 18, Pledge cards due


St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

823 Water Street PO Box 399, Port Royal, VA 22535

Website: Parish Office: (804) 742-5908

The Vestry

Roger Key, Senior Warden – (804)-241-5395

Johnny Davis, Junior Warden – (804) 742-5654

Laura Carey, Becky Fisher, Elizabeth Heimbach, Fred Pannell

Clarence Kunstmann, Treasurer & Elizabeth Heimbach, Registrar

Brad Volland – Music Director & Organist

The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks, Rector

(540) 809-7489, (540) 898-1586,

Christ Centered, Biblically Based, Spirit Filled, Caring

Prayer List

Morton Upshaw, Doris Martin (Port Royal residents), Maddison Pulley (friend of Vivian McDonald), Nancy Wick, Stanley Fields, Dave Fannon, Virginia and Perry Bowen, Linda Upshaw, Crystal and Fred Pannell, Boyd and Barbara Wisdom, Myrtle Samuels, Peggy Roberts, John and Toni Faibisy, Vivian McDonald . Dylan Puryear (grandson of BJ Anderson), Sarah Pannell (daughter-in-law of the Pannells),Kim Martinez (friend of Odessa Davis), Buzz and Billie, Dorian (friends of the Everetts), Bob Settle (friend of Barbara Wisdom), Margaret Billesimo (aunt of Chris Mercurio),Cindy Syndergaard (friend of Susan Tilt), Brittany, Greg and Caroline(family of Jim Anderson), Linda Dodson, Brenda Brent, Susan Walters (friends of Becky Fisher), Bernadine Nastasee (mother of Toni Faibisy), Mark Witt, Carol Whitcomb, (aunt of Becky Fisher), Lauri McGuire (sister of Charles McGuire), Mark Mallin (brother of Barbara Wisdom), Martie Sothoron Donavan, Beth Elkins (family and friend of the Segars) Towanda Simmons (daughter of Gladys Fortune) , Grayson Kirby, Rhonda Hicks (friend and family of the Davis family), Mark Dobronski (friend of the Wicks), Bill Upshaw, (family of Linda Upshaw), Leroy Fisher (grandfather of Chris Fisher), Bill White, Bobbye Canaday, (friends of the Hicks),Lit Woodard (Catherine Hicks’ uncle) Betty Lontz, (friend of Brad Volland), Gloria Jewell, Charles Johnson (friends of the Pannell, Laura Carey), Peter Sorensen, Chuck Beckman, Carolyn & Elizabeth Nelson, Jan and Jeff Ward (friends of the Newmans), Carrie Griffith (mother of Marilyn Newman), Butch and Carolyn Delhagen, Bob and Diane Creel(relatives of the Newmans),Russell Smith, Daniel Smith (brothers of Susan Linne von Berg),Eudora Heath, Albert Barnett, Morris Samuels, Patricia Edwards (family of Andrea Pogue) and PCRJ prisoners

Serving in the Armed Forces

Christopher DeHart                    Gordon Devine                    Christopher Feliciano  
Joseph George                               Steven Lee                             David Locklerr  
 Daniel Vanpike                             Greg Merkl                            

twentIeth Sunday After Pentecost 

 October 11, 2015, 11AM,
Morning Prayer

"Rich Young Ruler"

“He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth." Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.” – Mark 10:20-22

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