Services

 

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 

GOING FORWARD IN FAITH 

November 12, 2017      Year A

All Saints’ Sunday

10:00am  Eucharist With Music and Sermon

The Rev. Jeffrey L. Frost

Celebrant Preacher

The Holy Gospel

 

Matthew 25: 1-13

The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to Matthew.

Jesus said, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

The Gospel of the Lord

 

The Holy Eucharist

 

Call To Worship    "We Have Come Into His House”                                     Levas II, #245

1
We have come into His house and gathered in His name to worship Him.

We have come into His house and gathered in His name to worship Him.

We have come into His house and gathered in His name to worship Christ the Lord.

Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

2
So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Him.

So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Him.

So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Christ the Lord.

Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

3
Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His Name and worship Him

Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His Name and worship Him

Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His Name and worship Christ the Lord

Worship Him, Christ, the Lord

 Processional Hymn   “We Shall Overcome”       LEVAS II, #227      

1

We shall overcome, we shall overcome,

We shall overcome some day;

Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,

We shall overcome some day.

2

We’ll walk hand in hand, today.      

3

God is on our side, today.

4

We are not afraid, today.

5

We shall live in peace, someday.

The Opening Sentence                                                                                   

                     Alleluia. Christ is risen.

People              The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 The Prayer of Intent and 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 Gloria        (Sung)                                                                                           LEVAS II, #243

Refrain

Glory, Glory, hallelujah,

Lord we praise your Holy name,

Glory, Glory hallelujah,

Lord we praise your Holy name.

1 Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God’s people on earth.

2 Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

3 Lord Jesus Christ, only son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

4 You take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

5 You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

6 For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

7 You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.

Refrain. Amen.

The Collect                                                                                                   

                     The Lord be with you.

People              And also with you.

Celebrant               Let us pray.

 O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Loving God, we pray for the Search Committee of this parish, asking you to grant them open hearts and minds, a discerning spirit, and confidence in your strength and guidance. Fill them with a vision of your reign, and our participation in its fulfillment. Remove from them any blinders or prejudice that may keep them from seeing your face all those they encounter in their discernment, and give us grateful hearts for the good work and ministry they do. In Jesus name we pray, Amen. 

The Ministry of the Word

The First Reading                                     Amos 5:18-24      

Thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord:

Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord! Why do you want the day of the Lord?

It is darkness, not light; as if someone fled from a lion, and was met by a bear;

or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall, and was bitten by a snake.

Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?

I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon.

Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps.

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.

 

The Word of the Lord

Congregation: Thanks be to God

 

PSALM 70

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me; *
Lord, make haste to help me.

2 Let those who seek my life be ashamed
and altogether dismayed; *
let those who take pleasure in my misfortune
draw back and be disgraced.

3 Let those who say to me "Aha!" and gloat over me turn back, *
because they are ashamed.

4 Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; *
let those who love your salvation say for ever,
"Great is the Lord!"

5 But as for me, I am poor and needy; *
come to me speedily, O God.

6 You are my helper and my deliverer; *
Lord, do not tarry.

 

The Epistle                                                        1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

 

The Word of the Lord

Congregation: Thanks be to God

 

Sequence Hymn           “Shall We Gather At the River”       LEVAS II, #141

1

Shall we gather at the river,

Where bright angel feet have trod;

With its crystal tide forever

Flowing by the throne of God?

 

Refrain

Yes, we’ll gather at the river,

The beautiful, the beautiful river;

Gather with the saints at the river

That flows by the throne of God.

2

On the margin of the river,

Washing up its silver spray,

3

Ere we reach the shining river,

Lay we ev’ry burden down;

Grace our spirits will deliver,

And provide a robe and crown.

Refrain

4

Soon we’ll reach the shining river,

Soon our pilgrimage will cease,

Soon our happy hearts will quiver

With the melody of peace.

Refrain

The Holy Gospel                                                  Matthew 25:1-13

 The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to Matthew.

Congregation: Glory to You, Lord Christ

 Jesus said, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

 The Gospel of the Lord

Congregation: Praise to You, Lord Christ 

 

 

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church

Ed Stewart

Romans 13:11—12

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11/27/2016

 
Letter from Fr. Thornell

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

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10/07/2016
The Rev. Dr. Kwasi A. Thornell

Ephesians 4:25-5:1

St. Paul is again in his letter to the Ephesians community, writing about how to create the new community as people of faith and followers of Christ. He is saying to them that they most envision a world that is created in the image of what Christ would want the Christian community to become. Read more...

09/08/2015
Easter Message

St. Augustine’s Easter March 27, 2016

This story never ceases to amaze me. Why is it that we believe this story? Really? Why is it that thousands upon thousands of people, from one end of the earth to the other, north, south, east and west, in every country, town, city, rural village, there are countless believers of this story about the risen Lord, the Lord who got up. And, and, it has been this way for over two thousand years. This blessed event when God’s love story for humankind crescendos into a triumphant symphonic explosion of power of the Almighty! Read more...

27/03/2016
Christmas Message

Sisters and Brothers, Seasons Greetings!

I wanted to take this opportunity to write you a short message as we celebrate together Christmas and look forward to the New Year. As we all know, the year 2015 was a challenging year for St. Augustine’s However, Read more...

24/12/2015

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Preyers of the People

Prayers of the People      

 

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

 

Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

 

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

 Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for our own needs and those named now:

Ithon Babb, Ruth Barbour, Eleanor Barnes, Gary Baugh, Bill Begg, Olivia Brathwaite, Suzanne Cervantes, Dann Conley, Denise Conley, Marcella Conley, Joyce Eldridge, Elizabeth and Aiden Evelyn, Barbara Fuller, Nellie Richardson-Gardere, Rodessa Gordon, Kenneth Hart, Dorothy Haynes, Katy Peters Howard, Faye Johnson, Raphael Johnson, Gregory Jones, The Rev. Zelda Kennedy, Carol Knight, Peter, Tupac, Trevon Leahy, Regina Lewis, Lois Logwood, LaVergne Malone, Lamar Marcelle, Hamisi Marshall, Richard Miller, Nan Parsons, Kathy Pither, Tiffany Reeves, Amy Jo Richardson-Edgerly, Belinda Sanders, Monica Selter, Sandra Soderland, Jacqui Thornell, Elmer Troublefield, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Rev. Katherine Ward, Lisa R. White, Anita Wilkerson, Guy Williams.

The congregation may call out the names of those sick

 Hear us, Lord;

For your mercy is great.

Silence

We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

“Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”       Sung by: The Choir

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.      

Hear our prayer.

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

The Celebrant and people

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.

Absolution

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.                                        

Life Celebrations, Thanksgivings, and New Friends

The Peace      

All stand.                                                                                     

Ghe peace of the Lord be always with you.

People              And also with you.        

Holy communion

Offertory Anthem     “Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing”             LEVAS II, #111

1 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, O fix me on it. Mount of God’s unchanging love.

2 Here I raise my Ebenezer,

Hither by thy help I’m come; And I hope, by thy good pleasure, Surely to arrive at home. Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wand’ring from the fold of God. He, to save my soul from danger, Interposed His precious blood.

3 O, to grace how great a debtor,

Daily I’m constrained to be; Let that grace, Lord, like a fetter, Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it, Seal it from thy courts above.

Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer A

The people remain standing.

The Lord be with you.

People       And also with you.

Celebrant    Lift up your hearts.

People       We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People       It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth…

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:

Celebrant and People

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

The people stand or sit or kneel.

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself…

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People

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

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving…

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ.

By him, and with him, and in him, 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 sing,             

 The Lord's Prayer                                                                                LEVAS II, #264

Our Father, which 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 debts as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; Therefore let us keep the feast.       

Fraction Anthem       “Make Us One Lord”

Make us one, Lord, make us one

Holy Spirit make us one, let your love flow

So the world will know, we are one in You

Invitation  

Communion Hymn    “There’s something about that name”       LEVAS II, #107

1 Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel:
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heav’n cannot heal.

2 Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the comforter, tenderly saying,

3 Here see the bread of life; see waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above:
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heav’n can remove.

​Prayer of Thanksgiving

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People

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

Hymn  “Let the Church Say Amen”

Let the church say Amen!
Let the church say Amen!
God has spoken.
Let the church say Amen! (x3)

Announcements

Post Communion Hymn    “Thy strong word did cleave the darkness”   HYMNAL, #381      

1 Thy strong word did cleave the darkness;
at thy speaking it was done;
for created light we thank thee,
while thine ordered seasons run:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia without end!

2 Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness,
dark as night and deep as death,
broke the light of thy salvation,
breathed thine own life-giving breath:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia without end! 

3 Thy strong word bespeaks us righteous;
bright with thine own holiness,
glorious now, we press toward glory,
and our lives our hopes confess:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia without end!

4 God the Father, Light-Creator,
to thee laud and honor be;
to thee, Light of Light begotten,
praise be sung eternally;
Holy Spirit, Light-Revealer,
glory, glory be to thee;
mortals, angels, now and ever
praise the Holy Trinity.


Dismissal

The Blessing      

Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia

 

 Sunday School & Youth Education

Lessons and Activities each Sunday for young people aged 5-18. Ask an usher or a person sitting near you to bring you into Trinity Chapel to our schoolroom. We begin at 10:00 and end in time for the young people to join you for communion. Children under 5 welcome with an adult.

Sunday School & Youth Education

Lessons and Activities each Sunday for young people aged 5-18. Ask an usher or a person sitting near you to bring you into Trinity Chapel to our schoolroom. We begin at 10:00 and end in time for the young people to join you for communion. Children under 5 welcome with an adult.

Saint Augustine’s Presents: Bakewell Hall Art Show

On Saturday, November 4, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, we will have our first art show at Saint Augustine's. Featured artists include members of the congregation, local artisans, and students from Laney College in Oakland. Come and invite your friends to this wonderful event in support of the arts in our community. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Art pieces will remain in Bakewell Hall through Sunday, November 5, Fellowship Hour.

 All Saints Sunday and Retirement Celebration for Deacon Frank Sterling

We will celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday, November 5, at our 10:00am service. This will also be Deacon Frank's last Sunday with us, serving from the altar. He has decided he is ready for a well-deserved retirement from active ministry, with the advent of his 85 birthday (on November 4). There will be a guest preacher and other special events, included in our time of worship and Fellowship Hour, following the service. Traditionally, this is also the Sunday we recognized all the faithful departed. You are encouraged to print, complete and return the information form included in your bulletin.

Thank You From Joan Moreno

My sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of St. Augustine’s, to the members of St. Monnica’s Guild, and to the Episcopal Church Women for your well wishes and your generosity. I cannot put into words how grateful I am for all of you. I will miss worshipping at St. Augustine’s, but the memories of my time here will bring me great comfort and joy as I begin the next phase of my life

 

St. Augustines Episcopal Church

Address

525 29th Street Telegraph Ave.
Oakland CA 94609
Phone: 510-832-6462
Fax: 510-832-6464

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church

“If you desire to praise him, then live what you express. Live good lives, and you yourselves will be his praise.”

Mission

To grow God’s church and serve God’s people in our worship, which reflects the richness of the African American culture, and through educational and outreach programs to the community. We welcome all who wish to join us in witness to God’s love, empowerment and mercy.

Address

525 29th Street
Oakland CA 94609
Phone:
510-832-6462
Fax: 510-832-6464

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