St. Paul’s Church in Nantucket (Episcopal)
September 17, 2023
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Ringing of the Bell
Prelude Lasse tuns mit Jesu ziehen (Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus)
Tune: Georg Gottfried Boltze (c. 1750–?)’ Setting: David Schack (b. 1947)
Let us ever walk with Jesus, Follow His example pure, Flee the world, which would deceive us And to sin our souls allure. Ever in His footsteps treading, Body here, yet soul above, Full of faith and hope and love, Let us do the Father’s bidding, Faithful, Lord, abide with me; Savior, lead, I follow Thee.
Hymn 400 All creatures of our God and King Lass tuns erfreuen
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.
Gloria S280 (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 Exodus 14:19-31
A Reading from Romans 14:1-12
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew 18:21-35
Sermon The Rev. Martin L. Smith
Music Meditation O Perfect Love
Tune: Joseph Barnby (1838-1896); arr. Alice Jordan (1916-2012)
The Prayers of the People
The Peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.
Offertory Anthem We Pray Thee, Heavenly Father Choir
Tune: Swedish traditional, Bred Dina Vida Vingar; arr. Philip Norman (b. 1953)
We pray thee, heavenly Father, to hear us in thy love, and pour upon your children the unction from above; that so in love abiding, from all defilement free, we may in pureness offer our eucharist to thee. W All that we have we offer, for it is all thine own, all gifts, by thine appointment, in bread and cup are shown; one thing alone we bring not, the willfulness of sin, and all we bring is nothing save that which is within. W Within the pure oblation, beneath the outward sign, by that his operation, the holy Ghost divine, lies hid the sacred blood, once slain, now ever glorious, of Christ our Lord and God. Amen.
Doxology sung Old 100th
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
The Holy Communion
Sanctus S125 Holy, holy, holy Lord Setting: Richard Proulx (1937-2010)
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 highetst.
The Breaking of the Bread
At the Communion Reflection on Wer Nur Den Lieben Gott
(If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee)
Tune: Georg Neumark (1621-1681); setting Alice Jordan
Postcommunion Prayer (BCP 365)
Hymn 603 When Christ was lifted from the earth St. Botolph
The people respond: Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
The flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in celebration of the birth of Jenny & Kirk’s baby daughter,
All are invited to Coffee Hour after the service.
Celebrant The Rev. Max J. Wolf
Verger Curtis Barnes
Eucharistic Minister Sheri Perelman
Readers Lucy Bixby, Jack Williams
Ushers Don Russell, Carolyn Hills
Altar Guild Olly Wolf, Susan O’Brien
Music Director & Organist Joe Hammer