St. Paul’s Church in Nantucket (Episcopal)
November 19, 2023
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Ringing of the Bell
Introit Seek ye first The Frables
Text: Matthew 6:33; adapt. Karen Lafferty (20th cent.); Music: Karen Lafferty
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; And all these things shall be added unto you Hallelu, Hallelujah. Refrain: Hallelu. Hallelujah. W Ask and it shall be given unto you sSeek and ye shall find; Knock and it shall be opened unto you Hallelu, Hallelujah. Refrain
Hymn 551 Rise up, ye saints of God! Festal Song
Celebrant Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
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.
S280 Glory to God (Gloria in excelsis) Setting: Robert Powell (b. 1932)
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s 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.
Collect of the Day
A Reading from Judges 4:1-7
A Reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew 25:14-30
Sermon The Rev. Max J. Wolf
Music Meditation The Quiet Sanctuary
David Paxton (20th cent.)
The Prayers of the People
The Peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.
Offertory Anthem There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy Choir
Tune: Holy Manna; arr. Mark Schweizer (1956-2019)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea; there’s a kindness in His justice, which is more than liberty. There is welcome for the sinner, and more graces for the good; there is mercy with the Savior; There is healing in His blood. W There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in Heaven; there is no place where earth’s failings Have such kindly judgment given. There is plentiful redemption In the blood that has been shed; there is joy for all the members In the sorrows of the Head. W For the love of God is broader than the measure of our mind; and the heart of the Eternal Is most wonderfully kind. If our love were but more faithful, we should take Him at His word; And our lives would be thanksgiving For the goodness of the Lord.
The Holy Communion
The Breaking of the Bread
At the Communion Nearer, Still Nearer
Tune: Morris; arr. Lani Smith (1934-2015)
Postcommunion Prayer (BCP 365)
Hymn 561 Stand up, stand up for Jesus Morning Light
The people respond: Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Voluntary Brightest and Best
Tune: Morning Star; arr. Robert J. Hughes (1912-2007)
All are invited to Coffee Hour after the service.
Celebrant The Rev. Max J. Wolf
Verger Curtis Barnes
Eucharistic Minister Gina Crenshaw
Acolytes Charleston Crenshaw, Mary Virginia Crenshaw, Clara Frable, Juliet Frable, Genevieve Frable
Readers Peter Greenhalgh, Lucy Bixby
Ushers Peter Greenhalgh, Stacey Stuart
Altar Guild Olly Wolf, Karen Bloomfield
Music Director Joe Hammer