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OCTOBER 4, 2020 


Prelude 0 How Fleeting J.S. Bach 

Greetings and Announcements 

Hymn 93 (Voices Found) God, Creator, Source of Healing 

Officiant God is Spirit, and those who worship must worship 
in spirit and in truth. John 4:24 


Officiant Let us confess our sins to God. 

Minister and People 
God of all mercy, 

we confess that we have sinned against you, 
opposing your will in our lives. 

We have denied your goodness in each other, 
in ourselves, and in the world you have created. 

We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, 
and the evil done on our behalf. 

Forgive, restore, and strengthen us 

through our Savior Jesus Christ, 

that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen. 


Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through 
the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the 
power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. 


The Invitatory and Psalter 

Officiant Lord, open our lips. 

People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. 

Glory to the Father , and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it 
was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia! 

Christ our Passover Pascha nostrum 
1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 


Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; * 
therefore let us keep the feast. 

Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, * 
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia. 

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; * 
death no longer has dominion over him. 

The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; * 
but the life he lives, he lives to God. 

So also consider yourselves dead to sin, * 
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia. 

Christ has been raised from the dead, * 
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 

For since by a man came death, * 
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 

For as in Adam all die, * 
so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia. 

The Psalm Appointed 

Psalm 80:7-14 Qui regis Israel 

7 Restore us, 0 God of hosts; * 

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. 

8 You have brought a vine out of Egypt; * 
you cast out the nations and planted it. 

9 You prepared the ground for it; * 
it took root and filled the land. 

10 The mountains were covered by its shadow * 
and the towering cedar trees by its boughs. 

11 You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea * 
and its branches to the River. 

12 Why have you broken down its wall, * 
so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes? 

13 The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, * 
and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it. 

14 Turn now, 0 God of hosts, look down from heaven; 
behold and tend this vine; * 

preserve what your right hand has planted. 

Glory to the Father , and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it 
was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia! 

The Lessons 

Isaiah 5:1-7 

Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: 
My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and 
cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a 
watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he 
expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, 
inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me 
and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard that 
I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it 

yield wild grapes? And now I will tell you what I will do to my 
vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will 
break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. I will make it a 
waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown 
with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they 
rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the 
house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; 
he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard 
a cry! 

Here ends the Reading. 

Canticle 11 The Third Song of Isaiah Surge, illuminare 
Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19 

Arise, shine, for your light has come, * 
and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you. 

For behold, darkness covers the land; * 
deep gloom enshrouds the peoples. 

But over you the Lord will rise, * 
and his glory will appear upon you. 

Nations will stream to your light, * 
and kings to the brightness of your dawning. 

Your gates will always be open; * 

by day or night they will never be shut. 

They will call you. The City of the Lord, * 

The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. 

Violence will no more be heard in your land, * 
ruin or destruction within your borders. 

You will call your walls. Salvation, * 
and all your portals. Praise. 

The sun will no more be your light by day; * 

by night you will not need the brightness of the moon. 

The Lord will be your everlasting light, * 
and your God will be your glory. 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * 
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Matthew 21:33-46 

Jesus said, "Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who 
planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and 
built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to 
another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his 
slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized 
his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again 
he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in 
the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will 
respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to 
themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his 
inheritance." So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, 
and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what 
will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those 
wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other 
tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time." Jesus 
said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The stone 
that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was 
the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes'? Therefore I tell you, 
the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a 
people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls 
on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on 
whom it falls." When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his 
parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They 
wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they 
regarded him as a prophet. 

Here ends the reading. 


Hymn 19 (LEVAS) I'm Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger 

The Apostles' Creed 

Officiant and People together, 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, 
creator of heaven and earth; 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit 
and born of the Virgin Mary. 

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, died, and was buried. 

He descended to the dead. 

On the third day he rose again. 

He ascended into heaven, 
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 

He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 
I believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the holy catholic Church, 
the communion of saints, 
the forgiveness of sins 
the resurrection of the body, 
and the life everlasting. Amen. 

The Prayers 

Officiant The Lord be with you. 

People And also with you. 

Officiant Let us pray. 

Officiant and People 

The Lord's Prayer 

Suffrages A 

V. Show us your mercy, 0 Lord; 

R. And grant us your salvation. 

V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness; 

R. Let your people sing with joy. 

V. Give peace, 0 Lord, in all the world; 

R. For only in you can we live in safety. 

V. Lord, keep this nation under your care; 

R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth. 

V. Let your way be known upon earth; 

R. Your saving health among all nations. 

V. Let not the needy, 0 Lord, be forgotten; 

R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. 

V. Create in us clean hearts, 0 God; 

R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit. 

We pray especially this day for those who are sick or suffering: 
Maria, Zoma, Marilyn, Clint, Peter, Kevin, Kerri, Rich, Janet, Nancy, 
Frank, George, Caroline, Mary, and all whom we mention now 
either silently or aloud. 

We commend to you all who have died especially all whom we 
mention now either silently or aloud. 

The Officiant then says the following Collects 

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear 
than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: 
Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those 
things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good 
things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the 
merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and 
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 


0 God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the 
glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such 
blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may 
be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Hymn 513 (1982) Like the Murmur of the Dove's Song 

The General Thanksgiving 

Officiant and People 

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, 
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks 
for all your goodness and loving-kindness 
to us and to all whom you have made. 

We bless you for our creation, preservation, 

and all the blessings of this life; 

but above all for your immeasurable love 

in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; 

for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. 

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, 

that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, 

not only with our lips, but in our lives, 

by giving up our selves to your service, 

and by walking before you 

in holiness and righteousness all our days; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord, 

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, 

be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. 

Let us bless the Lord. 

Thanks be to God. 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the 
fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 

2 Corinthians 13:14 

Hymn 596 (1982) Judge Eternal Throned in Splendor 


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