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St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 

GOING FORWARD IN FAITH

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“With An Attitude Of Gratitude, We Give Time, Talent and Treasure”

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In-person Services Cancelled 

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 August 1, 2021

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost 

Rev. Jim Dahlin, 

Officiant & Preacher

 

Zoom Meeting Service

10:00 AM

  

 

Visitors

We are a welcoming community, open to people of all races, young and old, gay and straight, those who are rich or poor of varying educational levels, suburban or urban. We are a diverse multi-racial congregation of approximately 130 members with a proud Afro-Anglican heritage and history. Our liturgy and music draw from African-American and traditional  Anglican sources. Read More...

Church Groups

We invite you to participate in our Church Groups; Sunday School, The Choir, Blessing Team - Stewardship, ECW (Episcopal Church Women), Book Club * New, Saint Monnica's Guild. SASS (St. Augustine's Seniors with Spirit), Social Justice Committee, One Good Meal Food ministry (Started in 2011) Pastoral Care, Prayer Group. Read More...

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Prelude:

CPE Bach Allegro Assai (from Sonata in D minor)

Call To Worship      "We Have Come Into His House”      

1 We have come into His house, gathered in His name to worship Him; x 2
  We have come into His house, gathered in His name to worship Christ, the Lord,
     Worship Him, Christ the Lord.
 
2 So forget about yourself, concentrate on Him and worship Him;  x 2
So forget about yourself, concentrate on Him and worship Christ, the Lord
     Worship Him, Christ the Lord.
 
3 Let us lift up holy hands, magnify His name and worship Him;  x 2
  Let us lift up holy hands, magnify His name and worship Christ, the Lord
     Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

Opening Acclamation

Priest      Blessed be God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

People   And blessed be God’s people now and forever. Amen. 

 

 
 

Prelude:

CPE Bach Allegro Assai (from Sonata in D minor)

Call To Worship      "We Have Come Into His House”      

1 We have come into His house, gathered in His name to worship Him; x 2
   We have come into His house, gathered in His name to worship Christ, the Lord,
      Worship Him, Christ the Lord.
 
2 So forget about yourself, concentrate on Him and worship Him;  x 2
   So forget about yourself, concentrate on Him and worship Christ, the Lord
     Worship Him, Christ the Lord.
 
3 Let us lift up holy hands, magnify His name and worship Him;  x 2
   Let us lift up holy hands, magnify His name and worship Christ, the Lord
     Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

Opening Acclamation

Priest     Blessed be God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

People   And blessed be God’s people now and forever. Amen.     

Priest: 

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.

Gloria 

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

   Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, 

   We worship you, we give you thanks, 

   We praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, 

   Lord God, Lamb of God,

   You take away the sin of the world:  have mercy on us;

   You are seated at the right hand of the Father:  

   Receive our prayer.

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

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

   In the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

 

The Collect of the Day

Priest The Lord be with you.   

People And also with you.   

Priest Let us pray.

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Continue... Ministry of the word.

 

The Ministry of the Word

The First Reading

Old Testament Reading

2 Samuel 11: 26-13-13a

A Reading from the Book of Second Samuel

When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him. When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. 

But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord, and the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds; but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. He brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children; it used to eat of his meager fare, and drink from his cup, and lie in his bosom, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was loath to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb, and prepared that for the guest who had come to him.” Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die; he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”

Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, for you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. Thus says the Lord: I will raise up trouble against you from within your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this very sun. For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.” David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

​​The Word of the Lord

Congregation: Thanks be to God

Psalm

Psalm: 51: 1-13

(We will read today’s Psalm responsively by half verse)

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness *and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions, *and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against you only have I sinned *and done what is evil in your sight.

5 And so you are justified when you speak *and upright in your judgment.

6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *a sinner from my mother's womb.

7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, *that the body you have broken may rejoice.

10 Hide your face from my sins *and blot out all my iniquities.

11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, *and renew a right spirit within me.

12 Cast me not away from your presence *and take not your holy Spirit from me.

13 Give me the joy of your saving help again *and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

 

The Epistle

Ephesians 4:1-16

A Reading from Paul’s Second Letter to the Ephesians

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said,

"When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;

he gave gifts to his people."

(When it says, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.

Reader     The Word of the Lord.

People      Thanks be to God.

Gradual Hymn 

Eat This Bread, Drink This Cup

(chorus)
Eat this bread, drink this cup
Come to me and never be hungry.
Eat this bread, drink this cup
Trust in me and you will not thirst.

I am the bread of life,
The true bread sent from the Father.
(chorus)

Your ancestor at manna in the desert,
But this is the bread come down from heaven.
(chorus)

Eat His flesh and drink His blood,
And Christ will raise you up on the last day.
(chorus)

If you believe and eat this bread
You will have eternal life.
(chorus)

  

The  Gospel

The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to John

Congregation: Glory to You, Lord Christ

John 6:24-35

The next day, when the people who remained after the feeding of the five thousand saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Reader: The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, Lord Christ

Continue

Service July 26-2020 - 8th Sunday after Pentecost

A Conversation: The Rev. Jim Dahlin & Dr. Neil Powe

 
Service March-29-2020 - 5th Sunday in Lent
We have another YouTube playlist for today’s Worship Service. Thank you to Ben Flint for recording two more songs. Thank you to Mark Fisher (who lives one block from church) who came down and read scripture. 
Thank you to all of you for persevering and being flexible in how we gather during these strange times. 
May God Bless you in big ways and small, 
May you feel God’s Nurturing Presence in your life, and 
May you know that you are loved by God and all of us. 

Sermon March-22-2020 - 4th Sunday in Lent
These strange times continue and we pray for the eyes to see God’s Blessings in the midst of everything going on around us. Please take this virus seriously and be wise while also calmly Resting in God’s Love and Grace. 
Ben Flint recorded videos of music we sing every Sunday and I went in this morning and recorded parts of the service, including a Sermon for today. This is my first time using YouTube and it’s taking a little longer to upload than I realized (turns out, it takes 28 minutes to upload a 15 minute sermon!). I hoped to send this email out by 10 am (our usual Sunday service time), but that won’t be the case. Next Sunday, I hope to have them uploaded by 9 am! 
We made these videos in parts so you can either watch them in the order of the ‘Playlist’ labeled Fourth Sunday in Lent, or you can watch the parts that speak to you today. 


Sermon March-15-2020 - 3rd Sunday in Lent

"John 4 - The Samaritan woman at the well and the Living Water"  Rev. James Dahlin

Dear St. Augustine’s Family,

Happy Sunday!

The Vestry has formed a ‘Phone Tree’ and you should have received a phone call. We are going to use this to stay connected while we can’t meet in person for church. I hope each of you received a phone call from myself or another vestry member. If you did not, please email me with an updated phone number and other contact information!

I am looking into ways to LiveStream church next Sunday. Unfortunately, I don’t have things in place to do that this morning. I’m hoping to still do Morning Prayer by Conference Call this Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7 am. For today, I’m attaching my sermon. I hope it still edifies in written format!

God Bless you all during this time. Please continue to pray for our church community, our broader community, and the world!

Download Sermon 3 Lent



Rev. Jim Dahlin

Sunday, Nov 3, 2019

"Money and the Kingdom of GodRev. James Dahlin

A look at the story of Zacchaeus through the lens of the Exodus story and the economy of God.

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Sunday, Oct 20, 2019

"Importance of PrayerRev. James Dahlin

We discuss the need for prayer and the different ways we can pray, learning from the parable of Luke 18:1-8 with the persistent widow and the unjust judge.

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Sunday, Oct 13, 2019

"Worshipping God in the Beauty of CreationRev. James Dahlin

We worship God with our bodies in a particular place. Different places evoke different responses. Sometimes it’s nice to shake things up and try a new place. 

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 Sunday, Oct 6, 2019

"Increase our Faith" Rev. James Dahlin

A fully embodied faith, including all of life’s ups and downs.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

"The rich man and Lazarus" Rev. James Dahlin

A reflection on ways we’re self-centered and ways we feel we’re not good enough and how to navigate the middle.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

"The Language of Greed" Rev. James Dahlin

How do we remain faithful to our faith while living in a land fluent in the language of greed?

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

"How do you stay faithful" Rev. James Dahlin

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus tells the parable of the 99 faithful sheep and seeking after the one who is lost. Oftentimes, we find ourselves among 99 who are lost. How do we stay faithful in the midst of people who live according to a different narrative? Answer: we receive formation among the 99 faithful and immerse ourselves in the Story of God.

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Sunday, September 9, 2019

"Take up the cross" Rev. Davidson Bowen

Whoever does not carry the cross cannot be my disciple. The cross is love. Love should never be burdensome. It was love that took Jesus to the cross. It was love that kept him on the cross.

August 18, 2019

"Jesus says, I came to bring fire to the earth, I wish it was already kindled"

Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” We’re getting close to the fire season in California and when people start mentioning fire, everyone gets twitchy and nervous. My husband and I did when the Oakland Hills fire of 1991 hit. We had to evacuate like everyone else, thousands of others but Thank God, the fire came only 25 feet from our house. We were luckier than many people in Santa Rosa or Paradise, CA.


We usually think of Jesus as the Prince of Peace – but here he says he is the Bringer of Fire and Division. The fire of the Holy Spirit which divides the wheat from the chaff – truth from lies, integrity from corruption, inclusion v. expulsion, love vs. hate. We need this fire today more than ever. Sometimes it seems like Nature is fighting hard to get our attention. Each year, she sends us hundred-year floods, high tides, tornadoes, fires, and droughts, hoping we’ll get the message. The trouble is that sometimes the task of solving the environmental crisis we’re in - just like the divisions and problems made by our current administration, seem too overwhelming – too big to handle by ourselves. And they are. Many of us saw and hear Bishop Michael Curry’s fabulous sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor chapel last year. He said: Someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in human history. A movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world…”Then he quoted the Jesuit paleontologist and mystic, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” But to harness that fire, each one of us needs to be fired by the Holy Spirit. Someone once said, “Christianity isn’t taught – it’s caught.” Jesus came to set us on fire – and then teach us how to be Fire Bringers. To set God’s world ablaze with His Love. This is the only way we can tackle the big problems that beset us – problems of the environment and those that threaten our Democracy. These things are way too big to tackle alone. Only as Fire Bringers can we do it together. It all starts with each one of us.

June 23, 2019

"Challenges of false profits"

The Old Testament is full of drama and intrigue. This is especially true with the story of the Prophet Elijah, King Ahab and Queen Jazabell in the 19th chapter of 1st Kings. It is a story of the battle between good and evil, the true God and the false gods of false prophets. It is a story of wanting to give up after fighting for so long and God saying, "don't give up. The battle is not over. Get up and eat, otherwise, the journey will be too much for you". As we face the current battles whatever they might be, we need the food that only God can give that will prepare us for the journey ahead. The Old Testament is full of drama and intrigue. This is especially true with the story of the Prophet Elijah, King Ahab and Queen Jazabell in the 19th chapter of 1st Kings. It is a story of the battle between good and evil, the true God and the false gods of false prophets. It is a story of wanting to give up after fighting for so long and God saying, "don't give up. The battle is not over. Get up and eat, otherwise, the journey will be too much for you". As we face the current battles whatever they might be, we need the food that only God can give that will prepare us for the journey ahead.

June 2, 2019

"Keeping your eyes on the prise, hold on!"

We are faced with many challenges in life, most of all what we will stand for and believe in. We have to keep always our eyes on what is right and true. For us, "keeping our eyes on the prize" Our prize is Jesus. If we keep our eyes focused on Jesus and his calling on our lives we can face the challenges that confront us.

May 26, 2019

"Do You Want To Be Healed?"
John 5:1-9  A man who apparently was lame sat at the gate and pool called Bethzatha for thirty-eight years waiting to get in the holy waters to be healed. For thirty-eight years he sat there just waiting. Just waiting and perhaps begging for a few coins. Jesus appeared and asked him the question "do you want to be healed?"  The implication was "do you REALLY want to be healed" Jesus saw through his response and just said to him"Stand up, take your mat and walk."  The question is, do we really want to be healed from the things that block us from the fullness of life? Or do we just make excuses as the man did sitting by the pool?

May 19, 2019

"What's Love got to do With It?"
Two themes in today's readings from Acts and the gospel.
The first is that the church should be open fully to all who commit to receiving the Holy Spirit and following the way of Jesus. This was Peter's vision given by the Holy Spirit and affirmed by Jesus's own actions during his life.
Second, Jesus gave us a new commandment in John 13:34, "Love one another as I have loved you."  This was directed at the disciples as they prepared to lead the Christian movement. They were called to live their lives as Jesus did. Sacrificing their lives for the sake of the Kingdom of God and loving one another in community.

May 05, 2019

How is it that the Lord wants to use me?

The Readings for this Sunday from Acts 9:1-20 and the Gospel of John, 21:1-19, talk about how God used Paul and Peter to build the new Christian movement after the Resurrection of Jesus. He took two very "human" individuals who at first looked like they would be the last persons Jesus would choose to build the church and turned them into the two top leaders in all of early Christendom. The question is, will we let God use us in any way that God needs to extend the love and grace of Jesus? God can use you. Heed His call.

April 21, 2019

The Question Is

Two major significant events in the Christian year, Christmas and Easter. Christmas celebrates Jesus coming into the world and God's effort to reach us. Easter celebrates God giving us the opportunity for a new life, one free of sin and with the example of the life of Jesus to live by. Some say we couldn't have Easter without Christmas and that certainly is true. The question is, would Christmas have any real meaning without Easter? With Christmas, Jesus came into the world. With Easter, Jesus changed the world!

April 14, 2019

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Luke

No one knew the plan or the outcome. Not the disciples. Not his friends or family. Not the religious or political leadership. Only Jesus and God knew. Only Jesus and His Father knew that he would give his life for the redemption of humankind.

 

Sermon: April 7, 2019

"I'll Get To That"

John Maxwell wrote that "Today matters. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not promised. What you do today matters. It will impact your tomorrows." Mary knew that she only had Jesus a little time more and that she had to anoint him in preparation for his death. She could not say "Oh, I will get to that!" She had to act today. Today matters.

 Sermon: March 31, 2019

Jesus wants you to come home..

We have a tendency to want to go it on our own. To say, we don't need the Father. That is the story of the Prodigal Son. He wanted to spread his wings and to live outside of the relationship with his father. It did not go well for him.

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Sermon: March 30, 2019

 A Tribute to Guy H. Williams

A son of St. Augustines for sixty-nine years. A true servant of God and the community.

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Sermon: March 24, 2019

What does God have to do to get our attention...

Moses, one of the great patriarch of our faith was reluctant to accept God's call to lead His people out of Egypt into the Promised Land. He made five excuses as to why someone else could do a better job. 
But God got his attention by saying, "I will provide all you need and will be with you to get the task done." Will you respond to God's call upon your life?

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Sermon: March 17, 2019

Overcoming fear at a time of adversity...

Abram, the patriarch of the three great world religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, was an example of how God responds to those who trust and obey him.

If more followers would trust and obey God, a lot of the problems we face would be solved.

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Sermon: March 4, 2019

A change is gonna come.

As Jesus was transfigured and spoke to the Elders on the mountain top, he was prepared for the most important part of his journey. His father said, "listen to him". As we move forward in the Lenten season, let us pay close attention to Jesus' words so that we know the steps we need to take to be true followers of our Lord.

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Sermon: February 24, 2019

God has a way of interrupting us.
So it was not you who sent me here but God!

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Sermon: February 17, 2019

What God asks of you.

Jesus calls us to live into a new attitude of being in relationship to God. A life based on hope, respect, and remembrance of that which is good.

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Sermon: February 10, 2019

A discussion of Paul's essential statement of the Christian faith and grace from 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. 

It would be easy to overlook the importance of Paul's message in his transitional section of 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.  It is, however, the earliest written record of the core Christian belief that Christ died for our sins and that together with his resurrection, constitutes the foundation of our faith. Paul explains the humility of his own apostolic ministry by claiming that "I am what I am by grace."

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February 3, 2019

I will thank you because I am marvelously made - Feb 2, 2019

We should not limit God and we should not let others limit God's power in us. Because God made us all, we are all marvelously made.

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December 30, 2018,   

Breaking Through The Darkness To Bring Us Into The Light - Dec 30, 2018

When we are separated from God, we live in darkness. Jesus coming into the world broke through that darkness so that we might see and experience once and for all what living in the light really means. The light brings hope and the power to change. It is up to us to embrace the light. Click to hear Sermon


December 25, 2018, Christmas Day:  

With God, all things are possible

The season of Advent asked the question "How can this be? The Christmas response is "with God, all things are possible." Like Joseph, Mary, the Shepards, and the three Wise Men say "yes" to God. In your life say "yes" to God as God says "yes" to wanting to be with us. Click to hear Sermon


December 24, 2018, Christmas Eve
Don't be afraid, for all things are possible with God.
Fear can stop us from doing a lot of things. The Christmas story says that we should not be afraid, for God is with us.
"How can this be"  "God is with you." Click to hear Sermon

The Rev. Dr. Kwasi A. Thornell 

December 9, 2018, Sunday

"Where are the words of comfort that will give us peace this Christmas season?" Lay your burdens down. Click to hear Sermon


Ed Stewart 

Romans 13:11—12  November 27, 2016

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It is a time when we as a faith community look to the future. However, Advent always causes me to think about the Holy Land, the place where Jesus was born, and the place where he would become known as the Messiah. Last January I was in the Holy Land, as part of a group of 12 students from my seminary. We traveled through Jordan, Israel, Read more...


Letter from Fr. Thornell  OCTOBER 7. 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am deeply sorry for not being able to share in the fellowship of the St. Augustine’s family this morning. Although I am not in the hospital, I am experiencing neck and back pain that has prevented me from being there. Hopefully, after my surgery tomorrow morning, I will be ok and be able to enjoy being with you again soon. Read more... 


The Rev. Dr. Kwasi A. Thornell September 8, 2016

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...


Easter Message March 27, 2015

St. Augustine’s Easter 

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...


December 12, 2015

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...

 

 

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.

 

Prayers of the People Continue...

 

 

 The Prayers of the People Form III

 

Nurturing God, we pray for your holy catholic Church;

That we all may be one.

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;

That your Name may be glorified by all people.

We pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Marc our bishop, Jim our priest and Frank our deacon along with all bishops, priests, and deacons;

That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;

That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

That our works may find favor in your sight.

Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;

That they may be delivered from their distress.

 We remember all those who have died. 

(Please unmute yourself to say your own memorials

Give to the departed eternal rest.

Let light perpetual shine upon them.

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.

Don Anderson, Adisa Armand, Shari Baugh, Marquis Baylor, Mary Borders, Auta Boykins, JoAnn Campbell, Maria Campbell, Joan Daniels, Olivia Davis, Bonnie Dejoie, Kelem Fabrice, Blanche Gaines, Andrea Green, Janie Hall, Nathaniel Hickman, Irene Hunter, Judy Ireland, Yolanda Jackson, Cherry Lash, Dolores McLeod, Joan Moreno, Rene Moreno, Anne Price, Charlie Ramsden, Joetta Jones-Redmond, Deborah Reeves, Clifford Reeves, Robert Silverman, Elaine Simmons, Ajamu Smith, Suzi Taylor, Terry Waltz Kurfess 

Please unmute yourself to add your own petitions.

Priest concludes

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. 

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.

 

 Priest:   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

All stand.  The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People     And also with you. 

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Announcements.

Watch over thy children, O Lord, as their days increase; bless and guide them wherever he may be. Strengthen them when they stand; comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they fall; and in their heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 

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 Lord's Prayer

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to sing

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.

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
 

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Prayer of Thanksgiving

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People

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 forever. Amen.

 

The Blessing

Recessional Hymn Jesus, Lover of My Soul; Edwin Hawkins

 

Jesus, Lover of my soul

Let me to thy bosom fly
While the nearer waters roll
While the tempest still is nigh
(repeat)
(Chorus)

Hide me, Savior, Savior hide
Til the storm of life be past;
Safe into the heavens guide,
And receive my soul at last, 
And receive my soul at last.
 
Plenteous grace with Thee is found, 
Grace to cover all my sins,
Let the healing streams abound
Make and keep me pure within
(repeat)
(chorus)



Dismissal
 

Rev. Deacon Frank Sterling                                                                                                

Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People      Thanks be to God.

 

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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