Rector's Words

Tuesday, June 30th
Opening Song:

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.



The Invitatory

Almighty God, in Christ you have shown us the way,

revealed to us your truth,

and offered to us everlasting life.        

Keep our eyes upon him,

that we may see your path more clearly,

know your truth more fully,

and receive your life more abundantly.




God of the covenant,

your compassion reaches beyond

the mere making and keeping of promises.

Teach us to listen to one another

with your heart,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Psalm 146

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!
While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.

The Lord shall reign forever.

Praise the Lord!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.


Today’s Scripture Reading


James 3 (CEB)

3 My brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers, because we know that we teachers will be judged more strictly. 2 We all make mistakes often, but those who don’t make mistakes with their words have reached full maturity. Like a bridled horse, they can control themselves entirely. 3 When we bridle horses and put bits in their mouths to lead them wherever we want, we can control their whole bodies.

4 Consider ships: They are so large that strong winds are needed to drive them. But pilots direct their ships wherever they want with a little rudder. 5 In the same way, even though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts wildly.

Think about this: A small flame can set a whole forest on fire. 6 The tongue is a small flame of fire, a world of evil at work in us. It contaminates our entire lives. Because of it, the circle of life is set on fire. The tongue itself is set on fire by the flames of hell.

7 People can tame and already have tamed every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and fish. 8 No one can tame the tongue, though. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we both bless the Lord and Father and curse human beings made in God’s likeness. 10 Blessing and cursing come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, it just shouldn’t be this way! 11 Both fresh water and salt water don’t come from the same spring, do they?12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree produce olives? Can a grapevine produce figs? Of course not, and fresh water doesn’t flow from a saltwater spring either.

The Word of the Lord


Matthew 7 (CEB)

Jesus said to them:  1“Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2 You’ll receive the same judgment you give. Whatever you deal out will be dealt out to you. 3 Why do you see the splinter that’s in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother or sister, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when there’s a log in your eye? 5 You deceive yourself! First take the log out of your eye, and then you’ll see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s or sister’s eye. 6 Don’t give holy things to dogs, and don’t throw your pearls in front of pigs. They will stomp on the pearls, then turn around and attack you.

7 “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door is opened. 9 Who among you will give your children a stone when they ask for bread? 10 Or give them a snake when they ask for fish? 11 If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.12 Therefore, you should treat people in the same way that you want people to treat you; this is the Law and the Prophets.

The Word of the Lord


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,
    for ever and ever. Amen.



The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
    who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried.
    He descended into hell.

 The third day he rose again from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
    From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.




Sing into our ears, O Spirit, the holy word of life.

Tell us who we are and to whom we belong

so that we may live with gratitude for all that you have done. Amen.





In accord with God’s command that we hold

dominion over creation,        

let us pray for the church, the world, and all

for whom we are called to be stewards, saying,

God of all goodness, hear our prayer.

We give you thanks, O God, for our world, which you

made and renewed

in the power of Jesus’ resurrection.

Make us wise and careful of your gifts as we live on Earth.

God of all goodness, hear our prayer.

We pray that the love which passes ceaselessly

between the Father and the Son in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

may renew and deepen the life of each Christian

and draw us all into your unending life.

God of all goodness, hear our prayer.

For the leaders of the church:

for Sunday school children and youth;

for the elderly whose wise counsel is sorely needed in all ages;

and for all ecumenical endeavors

that seek to bring us closer to each other and to you.

God of all goodness, hear our prayer.

For Earth and all creatures and plants;

for healthy water and air and soil;

for policies and laws that regard our home in God’s universe

as a precious gift.

God of all goodness, hear our prayer.

For our families, our households, and our communities,

that your life together—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—

may show us the like importance of each of us,

and so strengthen us in your grace and truth.

God of all goodness, hear our prayer.

For the sick and those who suffer in any way;

for those who struggle to pay rent or a mortgage;

for those who have no home;

for those who are neglected and abused in our communities;

for people who long for family and are instead alone;

for children who do not have a good guide to raise them up;

and for whatever else you see that we need.

God of all goodness, hear our prayer.

For all those needs still unnamed but placed before you now…

God of all goodness, hear our prayer. 

Into your hands we entrust all that is of concern this day,

sure that you hear our pleas,

grateful that your will be done on earth as in heaven.

We pray this in the name of the Savior, Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Doxology

Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever, for ever and ever.  Amen.



Closing Hymn:

Closing Prayer

Now may the Lord

bless us, guide us,

hold us, guard us,

and make us bold

to live a life of trust and deep joy.

Let us go in peace. Amen.




Postlude: Aram Khachaturian

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