Sunday Bulletin

St. James Episcopal Church

             St. James Episcopal Church

Morning Prayer

Worship Leader                                                        BC Franson

Processional Hymn WLP 778  “We all are one in mission”  (if no organist click on this link:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3zkbgeHzmo )                      

Opening Acclamation       Book of Common Prayer   [BCP] 77

Leader          Alleluia! Christ is risen                                  

People         The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Confession                                                                BCP 79

          Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and be what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen

Absolution Prayer                                                     BCP 80

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Hoy Spirit keep us in eternal life.   Amen

The Invitatory and Psalter                                         BCP 80

          Lord, open our lips

          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 forever. Amen

 

Jubilate                                                                      BCP 82

          Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness and some before his presence with a song.  Know this: The Lord himself is God; he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving’ go into his courts with praise; give thanks to him and call upon his Name.  For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting’ and his faithfulness endures from age to age.  

Psalm   146

Hallelujah!
  Praise the Lord, O my soul! *
        I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
        I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *
        for there is no help in them.
When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *
        and in that day their thoughts perish.
Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
        whose hope is in the Lord their God;
Who made heaven and earth,the seas,and all that is in them;*
        who keeps his promise for ever;
Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
        and food to those who hunger.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
  the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *
        the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous;
  the Lord cares for the stranger; *
        he sustains the orphan and widow,
        but frustrates the way of the wicked.
The Lord shall reign for ever, *
        your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
        Hallelujah!

The Lessons

First Lesson:    Amos 6:1a, 4-7

1Alas for those who are at ease in Zion, and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria, 4Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the stall; 5who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David improvise on instruments of music; 6who drink wine from bowls, and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! 7Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile, and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.

 Second Lesson: 1 Timothy 6:6-19

6Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment;7for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. 11But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

13In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 17As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

 

Gradual Hymn WLP 791        “Peace before us”  (if no organist click on this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oJQSrHT_YM) 

Third Lesson Luke 16:19-31

19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. 24He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ 25But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 27He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— 28for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ 29Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Sermon  - BC Franson                       

 A lot of sermons for today are focusing on the rich man who ignores the suffering of Lazarus.  They are talking about the connection with the second reading of how money is the root of many evils for it distracts us from following God’s call.  I wanted to focus on a different part of the message in our third reading – the part where the rich man having discovered that there is no chance for him to be saved asks that Abraham sends a message to his brothers so that they may change their ways.  What I hear in that passage is belief – belief that God and heaven are real and I interpret his request to send a message to his brothers as his attempt to spread the word of God to save them from his fate. 

 

I imagine this rich man kept a very close circle of friends and that his brothers were probably the people he trusted the most and spent the most time with.  Perhaps they had talked about the kingdom of God once or twice, most certainly the brothers had been to his house and seen Lazarus and ignored him as well.  Thus, their lack of adherence to God’s call to help others was ignored - I imagine more than once.  One thing I know from studying crime is that often people in a group will act out (violate the law) when they are with others who are doing so.  A situation gets “heated” and some bad things happen – we have seen it over the last few years watching peaceful protest turn into destructive mobs.  By following what others are doing individuals can justify their actions if they even stop to question the legality or morality at all.  It is often because they are with people they trust that they do without thinking - trusting in those around them that their actions are right.  Think about your own close circle of friends at any stage of your life – did you try something just because they did or suggested it?  I image we all have – we have people we trust and if they suggest something – a new restaurant, a movie, or even a vacation destination we are more willing to give it a try than reading some ad in the newspaper.  Now put that into perspective of God’s Good News – Jesus died so that we are saved – we the sinners – we are to help spread this news – this was God’s plan not just because there were no PR firms back in the day but because God knows that people are more likely to listen to their trusted friends and family.  So the message I hear in these readings today is that we all are called to spread the good news –not just with our words but through our actions.  Regardless of our position in life - rich or poor - we can help others by giving money or time or talent and these acts are more powerful than words.

 

Because it shows not just our close circle of friends how to live out the word of God but to others who are in need that there are people who care and can help -- and that is a powerful message. Think of the old saying “do as I say not as I do”  - this is what I thought of as Abraham was telling the rich man that sending another person to warn his brothers would not work.  Like I said earlier, I imagine that the brothers and this man had discussions about God before – they had read some scripture – heard about redemption yet continued to live within their circle focused on helping themselves not others.   The message I heard in today’s readings is if we want to help others make it into heaven then we need to do more than talk about it.  Our actions must match our words.  We are called to give what we can to others therefore, we need to pay attention to those around us so that we will see their needs and offer help whether that be sharing our riches or our time.  And when we find ourselves in need we know God will provide – sometimes through friends and family sometimes from a total stranger who enters our lives doing God’s work.  Let us keep our hearts focused on the Lord and use what has come to us to do good work in the world in His name.  Amen 

The Apostles Creed                                                        BCP 96

          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, dies, 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 hold catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.  Amen

Peace

Announcements

Offertory            Hymnal 304  “I come with joy to meet my Lord” (if no organist click on this link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK4qST3KkQ8)

The Prayers

The Lord’s Prayer                                                    BCP 97

Suffrage A                                                                BCP 97

The Collect of the Day                                           

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Prayers of the People, Form III                         BCP 387

The General Thanksgiving                                    BCP 101

A Prayer of St.Chrysostem                                       BCP 102

Recessional  Hymnal      WLP 757      “Will you come and follow me”    (if no organist click on this link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYiwApKKz14)

 

Go in Peace to love and service the Lord – Alehulia