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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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Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

August 9, 2020

 

The Rev. James Dahlin

Celebrant & 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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 Call To Worship     "We Have Come Into His House”

1  We have come into His house and gathered in His name to worship Him; x 2

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;  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 and magnify His name and worship Him;  x 2

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

Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

Meeting ID: 874 268 8428
If you just want to listen to the audio: 
Dial-in Number:  (408) 638-0968 | Meeting ID: 874 268 8428

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;

x 2

We have come into His house and gathered in His mane to worship Christ, the Lord,

Worship Him, Christ the Lord. 

2 So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Him; x 2

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; x 2

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

Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

 

The Opening Sentence  (The people standing)

The people standing

Priest:        Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

People:     And blessed be God’s kingdom, 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. 

The Gloria

Glory, Glory, hallelujah,

Lord, we praise your Holy name,

Glory, Glory hallelujah,

Lord, we praise your Holy name.

 

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,

 

Glory, Glory, hallelujah,

Lord we praise your Holy name,

Glory, Glory hallelujah,

Lord we praise your Holy name.

 

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.

 

Glory, Glory, hallelujah,

Lord we praise your Holy name,

Glory, Glory hallelujah,

Lord we praise your Holy name.

Amen.

 

The Collect

The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Celebrant 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

A Reading from the Book of Genesis

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob. 

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children because he was the son of his old age, and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron. 

He came to Shechem, and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’“ So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him” —that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. 

Then they sat down to eat, and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

​​The Word of the Lord

Congregation: Thanks be to God

Psalm

Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b

1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *make known his deeds among the peoples.

2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *and speak of all his marvelous works.

3 Glory in his holy Name; *let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *continually seek his face.

5 Remember the marvels he has done, *his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,

6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *O children of Jacob his chosen.

16 Then he called for a famine in the land *and destroyed the supply of bread.

17 He sent a man before them, *Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

18 They bruised his feet in fetters; *his neck they put in an iron collar.

19 Until his prediction came to pass, *the word of the Lord tested him.

20 The king sent and released him; *the ruler of the peoples set him free.

21 He set him as a master over his household, as a ruler over all his possessions,

22 To instruct his princes according to his will and to teach his elders wisdom.

45 Hallelujah!

The Epistle

Romans 10: 5-15

A Reading From The Book Of Romans

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?

“The word is near you, 
on your lips and in your heart” 

(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

The Word of the Lord

Congregation: Thanks be to God  

 Gradual Hymn

All Creatures of Our God and King

All creatures of Our God and King, Lift up your voices let us sing

Aleluia,  Aleluia

Bright burning sun with golden beams, Pale silver moon that gently gleams

Oh Praise Him, Oh Praise Him;  Alleluia,  Alleluia, Alleluia

 

Great rushing winds and breezes soft, you clouds that ride the heavens aloft 

Oh Praise Him, Oh Praise Him

Fair rising morn with praise rejoice, stars nightly shining find a voice 

O Praise Him O Praise Him; Alleluia Alleluia, Alleluia

 

Swift water flowing pure and clear, Make music for your Lord to hear

Alleluia Alleluia

Fire so intense and fiercely bright, Gives to us both warmth and light

O Praise Him O Praise Him; Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

 

Let all things their Creator bless, And worship Him in humbleness

O Praise Him O Praise Him

Praise God the Father God the Son, And praise the Spirit Three in One

Oh Praise Him Oh Praise Him, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

The  Gospel

Matthew 14: 22-33

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

Congregation: Glory to You, Lord Christ

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning, he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” 

Peter answered him, “Lord if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

”The Gospel of the Lord"

Congregation: 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 V1

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The Leader and People pray responsively

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

Silence

For all people in their daily life and work;

For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

For this community, the nation, and the world;

For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

For the peace and unity of the Church of God; 

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

For Michael our Presiding Bishop, and Marc our Bishop(s); and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation. 

Rene Moreno, Marquis Baylor, Mary Borders, Auta Boykins, JoAnn Campbell, Maria Campbell,  Lori Casey, Joan Daniels, Olivia Davis, Nancy Duranteau, Nicole Ennix, Kelem Fabrice, Barbara Fuller, Blanche Gaines, Alfred Gilpin, Andrea Green, Kenneth Hart, Nathaniel Hickman, Eileen Hylind, Frederic Knapp, Nan Parsons, Anne Price, Charlie Ramsden, Joetta Jones-Redmond, Deborah Reeves, Clifford Reeves, Robert Silverman, Elaine Simmons, Suzi Taylor, Terry Waltz Kurfess

Please unmute yourself to add your own petitions.

Hear us, Lord;

For your mercy is great.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

The People may add their own thanksgivings

We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your Name for ever and ever.

We pray for the special needs and concerns of this congregation and those named now;

The People may add their own names

We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

The People may add their own petitions

Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;

Who put their trust in you.

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.  

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.        

 

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

The Lord's Prayer

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 

What a Mighty God We Serve

 

What a Mighty God We Serve

What a Mighty God we serve

Angels bow before Him

Heaven and earth adore Him

What a mighty God we serve

 

He is the King of Kings

He is the Lord of Lords

his name is Jesus Jesus Jesus Jesus 

oh He is the one. 

 

 

Dismissal 

Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People      Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.

 

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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