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Bulletin – 10/13 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – St Johns Mt Washington

Bulletin – 10/13 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Bulletin - 10/13 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, October 13

The Feast of St. Luke, Physician:  Service of Anointing and Prayers for Healing

 

Introduction

 Identified as the author of both Luke and Acts, Luke was careful to place the events of Jesus’ life in their social and religious contexts. Luke was also a physician and healer, a vocation that informed his scriptural writings. His gospel gives us some of the most beloved parables, as well as the songs of Zechariah, Mary, the angels, and Simeon.

 

Announcements

 

Prelude

Time of silence for prayer and meditation.

 

Gathering Song: #348 RED, v 1-2, 3                         Softly and Tenderly

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me; see, on the portals he’s waiting and watching, watching for you and for me.

Refrain: Come home, come home; you who are weary, come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!

 Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading, pleading for you and for me? Why should we linger and heed not his mercies, mercies for you and for me? (Refrain)

 O for the wonderful love he has promised, promised for you and for me! Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me. (Refrain)

 

Celebrant The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

People        And also with you.

Celebrant  We gather to hear the word of God, pray for those in need, and ask God’s blessing on those who seek healing and wholeness through Christ our Lord. Let us pray together.

 People       Almighty God, you inspired your servant Luke to reveal in his gospel the love and healing power of your Son. Give your church the same love and power to heal, and to proclaim your salvation among the nations to the glory of your name, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our healer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Please be seated.

Word Reading: Isaiah 43:8–12

Leader       A reading from Isaiah.

Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes,

who are deaf, yet have ears!

Let all the nations gather together,

and let the peoples assemble.

Who among them declared this,

and foretold to us the former things?

Let them bring their witnesses to justify them,

and let them hear and say, “It is true.”

You are my witnesses, says the LORD,

and my servant whom I have chosen,

so that you may know and believe me

and understand that I am he.

Before me no god was formed,

nor shall there be any after me.

I, I am the LORD,

and besides me there is no savior.

I declared and saved and proclaimed,

when there was no strange god among you;

and you are my witnesses, says the LORD.

 

Leader       This is the Word of the Lord.

People        Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 124 (said together)

If the LORD had not been on our side,

let Israel now say;

if the LORD had not been on our side,

when enemies rose up against us,

then would they have swallowed us up alive

in their fierce anger toward us;

then would the waters have overwhelmed us

and the torrent gone over us;

then would the raging waters

have gone right over us.

Blessed be the LORD

who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.

We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler;

the snare is broken, and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the LORD,

the maker of heaven and earth.

 

Please stand, as you are able.

 

Gradual Hymn: #676 BLUE                 There Is a Balm in Gilead

 

Refrain: There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole, there is a balm in Gilead, to heal the sin sick soul.

 Sometimes I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain, but then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again. (Refrain)

 If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul, you can tell the love of Jesus, and say, “He died for all.” (Refrain)

 

THE GOSPEL                                        Luke 4:14-21

Celebrant The holy gospel according to Luke.

People       Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

 

Celebrant   The gospel of the Lord.

People        Thanks be to God.

 

Please be seated.

 

Sermon                                             Pastor Neil

       

Please stand, as you are able.

 

Liturgy of Healing

 

Prayers

Celebrant  God the Father, you desire the health and salvation of all people.

People        We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

Celebrant  God the Son, you came that we might have life and might have it more abundantly.

People        We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

Celebrant  God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies the temples of your presence.

People        We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

Celebrant  Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured, or disabled; lonely, anxious, or lost—that they may be made whole,

People        hear us, O Lord of life.

Celebrant  Mend broken relationships, heal wounds, real and imagined, and close what is fractured, particularly among our families and loved ones, between couples, and parents and children,

People        hear us, O Lord of life.

Celebrant  Give strength and hope to all who are unemployed or under-employed, those who have given up, and those filled with fear and despair. Guide them to find meaningful work at a livable wage,

People        hear us, O Lord of life.

Celebrant Attend those who are homeless, impoverished, hungry, forsaken and alone,

People        hear us, O Lord of life.

Celebrant  Bless physicians, nurses, and all others who minister to the suffering:

People        hear us, O Lord of life.

Celebrant  Grant to the dying a peaceful, holy death, and with your grace strengthen those who mourn,

People        hear us, O Lord of life.

Celebrant  Restore to wholeness whatever is broken in our communities, this nation, and the world,

People        hear us, O Lord of life.

Celebrant  Gracious God, bless all who seek your healing presence. In our suffering, draw us more deeply into the abundance of your love. Sustain your servants, with your presence; drive away our sickness of body and spirit; and give us that victory of life and peace which will enables us to serve you now and evermore.

People        Amen.

 

Celebrant  In our broken sinfulness, grant us the healing of unstinting forgiveness that you have promised us. May 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. Amen.

 

Blessing of Oil

Celebrant  We thank you, O God, for in Jesus you became flesh and came to know the depth of human suffering. You sent disciples to heal those who were sick. Bless this oil, that all who are anointed with may be comforted and made whole:

People        Amen.

 

Please be seated.

 

Laying on of Hands and Holy Anointing

Celebrant  The ministry of Jesus invites us to new life in God and with each other. In the laying on of hands and anointing, we proclaim that God desires us to be healthy and unified in the body of Christ. Sisters and brothers, I invite you to come and receive a sign of healing and wholeness in the name of the triune God.

 

Those who wish to receive laying on of hands and anointing may come forward to receive the sign of the cross anointed on your forehead. If you cannot come forward,

the celebrant will come to you.

Celebrant In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, be strengthened and filled with God’s grace, that you may know the healing power of God.

Response      Amen.

 

Instrumental Music During Anointing

 

Please stand as you are able.

 

Celebrant Let us pray. Living God, grant comfort to all we who need healing. When we are afraid, give us courage; when afflicted, give us patience; when dejected, give us hope; and when alone, assure us of the support of your holy people. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

People        Amen.

 

THE PEACE

Celebrant    The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People         And also with you.

(Please greet one another in the name of the Lord.)

 

OFFERTORY SENTENCE

Celebrant    Let us with gladness present the offerings and gifts of our life and labor to the Lord. (Please be seated)

 

 

HYMN #633 BLUE, v 1-3            Word of God, Come Down on Earth

Word of God, come down on earth, living rain from heaven descending; touch our hearts and bring to birth faith and hope and love unending. Word almighty, we revere you; Word made flesh, we long to hear you.

 Word eternal, throned on high, Word that brought to life creation, Word that came from heaven to die, crucified for our salvation, saving Word, the world restoring, speak to us, your love outpouring.

 Word that caused blind eyes to see, speak and heal our mortal blindness; deaf we are: our healer be, loose our tongues to tell your kindness. Be our Word in pity spoken; heal the world, by our sin broken.

 

Celebrant     Please stand as you are able.

  

PRESENTATION HYMN #135 BLUE           Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to thee we raise. Manifested by the star to the sages from afar. Branch of royal David’s stem in thy birth at Bethlehem; anthems be to thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

 

THE HOLY COMMUNION

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

 

Celebrant     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 our thanks and praise.

 

It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks; for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and forever. Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance.

Countless throngs of angels stand before you to serve you night and day; and, beholding the glory of your presence, they offer you unceasing praise. Joining with them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we acclaim you, and glorify your Name, as we sing:

 

SANCTUS                                                                           S-130

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

 

We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that we might rule and serve all your creatures. In our sinfulness, you did not abandon us. In mercy you came to our help, so that we might find you. Again, and again you called us into covenant with you. Through the prophets, and the mothers and fathers of the church, you taught us to hope for salvation.

You loved the world so much that you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of Mary, he lived as one of us. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. He gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave, he made the whole creation anew. He sent the Holy Spirit to complete his work in the world, to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all.

When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, and having loved his own who were in the world, at supper with them he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat: This is my body, given for you.”

Then after supper he took the wine; again, he offered thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink this: It is the blood of the new Covenant, shed for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you do these things, do them for the remembrance of me.”

Said together: We celebrate this memorial of our redemption. We recall Christ’s death and proclaim his resurrection and ascension to your right hand. We await his coming in glory.

We offer to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup; we praise you and we bless you.

In your goodness and mercy, may your Holy Spirit descend upon us, and upon these gifts, ☩ sanctifying them—the bread of life and the cup of salvation. Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ.

Ensure our inheritance with your Mother Mary, with prophets, apostles, and all the saints who have found favor with you, through your Son Jesus Christ.

 

Said together: Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, forever and ever. Amen.

 

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

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

PRE-COMMUNION ANTHEM                                  S154

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for

us; therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Celebrant   The gifts of God for the people of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

 

WELCOME TO THE TABLE

All are welcome to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, without exception. The usher will direct you when to come forward. (Those in the back of the room come first). Cup your hands together to receive the bread and when the wine is offered, either dip your wafer in the wine or assist the chalice bearer to guide the cup to your lips. Alternately, you may cross your hands over your chest to indicate you wish a blessing from the priest. The elements will be brought to those who are unable to come forward.

 

 

COMMUNION MUSIC

 

THE THANKSGIVING 

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

 

THE BLESSING

Celebrant     Sisters and brothers, we go out into the world in peace, as part of God’s beloved community. May God help us all to be of good courage, to hold on to what is good, to return to no one an evil for an evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, aid the suffering, honor all people, and let our gentleness be known by everyone. May God, who raised our Lord Jesus from death, lift us up and restore us to wholeness. And may God bless us all, ☩ in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

HYMN #265 RED, v 1-3               O Christ the Healer

O Christ, the healer, we have come to pray for health, to plead for friends. How can we fail to be restored when reached by love that never ends?

 From every ailment flesh endures our bodies clamor to be freed; yet in our hearts we would confess that wholeness is our deepest need.

 How strong, O Lord, are our desires, how weak our knowledge of ourselves! Release in us those healing truths unconscious pride resists or shelves.

 

THE DISMISSAL

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

People         Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

POSTLUDE

 

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