Services

 

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 

GOING FORWARD IN FAITH 

June 17, 2018     Year B

 

Fourth  Sunday after Pentecost 

10:00 am  Eucharist with Music and Sermon

 The Rev. Dr. Kwasi A. Thornell

Celebrant & Preacher

 

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.

Processional Hymn

Refrain Ev’ry time I feel the spirit, moving in my heart, I will pray. Every time I feel the spirit, moving in my heart, I will pray.

1 Up on the mountain my Lord spoke, out of his mouth came fire and smoke. All around me looked so fine, asked my Lord if all was mine. Refrain

2   Jordan river chilly and cold, chills the body but not the soul. There ain’t but one train runs this track, runs to heaven and runs right back. Refrain

The Opening Sentence                                                                                

 

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.

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 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.

Processional Hymn     

Refrain Ev’ry time I feel the spirit, moving in my heart, I will pray. Every time I feel the spirit, moving in my heart, I will pray.

1 Up on the mountain my Lord spoke, out of his mouth came fire and smoke. All around me looked so fine, asked my Lord if all was mine. Refrain

2   Jordan river chilly and cold, chills the body but not the soul. There ain’t but one train runs this track, runs to heaven and runs right back. Refrain

The Opening Sentence                                    

The people standing

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, (Refrain)

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.

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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The Ministry of the Word

The First Reading  Samuel 8:4-11 - 20, (11:14-15)

 

Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

The Word of the Lord

Congregation: Thanks be to God

Psalm 20

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble, * the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;

2 Send you help from his holy place * and strengthen you out of Zion;

3 Remember all your offerings * and accept your burnt sacrifice;

4 Grant you your heart's desire * and prosper all your plans.

5 We will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the Name of our God; * may the Lord grant all your requests.

6 Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed; * he will answer him out of his holy heaven, with the victorious strength of his right hand.

7 Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, * but we will call upon the Name of the Lord our God.

8 They collapse and fall down, * but we will arise and stand upright.

9 O Lord, give victory to the king * and answer us when we call.

The Epistle  2 Corinthians 5:6-17

We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord-- for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

The Word of the Lord

Congregation: Thanks be to God

Choral Anthem     “Total Praise” LEVAS II #206

The Gospel Mark 4:26-34

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

Congregation: Glory to You, Lord Christ

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

The Gospel of the Lord

Congregation : Praise to you, Lord Christ

 

 

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church

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.

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Prayers of the People Form IV  BCP, 388

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.

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

Ithon Babb, Ruth Barbour, Eleanor Barnes, Bill Begg, Auta Boykins, JoAnn Campbell, Leonard Casanares, Suzanne Cervantes, Dann Conley, Denise Conley, Marcella Conley, Joan Daniels, Joyce Eldridge, Bertha Elzy, Nellie Richardson-Gardere, Rodessa Gordon, Kenneth Hart, Dorothy Haynes,  Katy Peters Howard, Gregory Jones, Carol Knight, Regina Lewis, Lois Logwood, LaVergne Malone, Lamar Marcelle,  Hamisi Marshall, Cynthia Norvell, Nan Parsons, Kathy Pither, Clifford Reeves, Deborah Reeves, Tiffany Reeves, Amy Jo Richardson-Edgerly, Elaine Simmons, Sandra Soderland, Jacqui Thornell, Elmer Troublefield, Rev. Katherine Ward, Anita Wilkerson, Guy Williams.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

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          Choir

Life Celebrations, Thanksgivings, and New Friends

The Peace 

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

People                      And also with you.  

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The Holy Communion

Offertory Sentence  

Offertory Hymn      

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”     LEVAS II #189

1 Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,

There is no shadow of turning with thee;

Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not,

As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

Refrain

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed thy hand hath provided,

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

2 Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness,

To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Refrain

3  Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Refrain

Doxology      HYMNAL #380, vs 3

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 God thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere 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 forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People

Holy, holy, holy, holy, holy Lord, God of hosts,

heaven and earth are filled with your glory.

    Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. (of the Lord)

    Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.

The people stand, 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 forever.  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.

 Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.   

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   

The Communion     

Communion Hymn          

“There’s A Balm in Gilead”   LEVAS II #203

Refrain

There is a balm in Gilead

to make the wounded whole;

There is a balm in Gilead

to heal the sin-sick soul.

1 Sometimes I feel discouraged,

And think my work’s in vain,

But then the holy spirit

Revives my soul again.

Refrain

2 If you cannot preach like Peter,

If you cannot preach like Paul,

You can tell the love of Jesus,

And say He died for all.

Refrain

3 Don’t ever be discouraged

For Jesus is your friend,

And if you lack for knowledge,

He’ll ne’er refuse to lend.

Refrain

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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 you 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 for ever.  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!

Let the church say Amen! Let the church say Amen! God has spoken. Let the church say, Amen!

Let the church say, Amen!  Let the church say, Amen! God has spoken.  Let the church say Amen!

Announcements

Recessional Hymn    “This Little Light of Mine”  The Stabe Wilson Band

The Blessing

Dismissal                                                  

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia.

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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