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Morning Prayer, Rite Two

10:30 am


Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

May 31, 2020

10:30 a.m.

Book of Common Prayer, pp. 76-102

Liturgy of the Word

Prelude  Spirit of all gentleness (James Manley) (Curtis Young, cantor; Scott McNulty, organist)

Opening Hymn #225 Hail thee, festival day (Stephen Mueller, cantor; Scott McNulty, organist)

Hail thee, festival day!

blest day that art hallowed for ever,

day when the Holy Ghost

shone in the world with God’s grace.

Lo, in the likeness of fire, on those who await his appearing,

he whom the Lord foretold suddenly, swiftly, descends:


Forth from the Father he comes with sevenfold mystical offering,

pouring on all human so infinite riches of God:


Hark! for in myriad tongues Christ’s own, his chosen apostles,

preach to the ends of the earth Christ and his wonderful works:


Praise to the Spirit of Life, all praise to the fount of our being,

light that dost lighten all, life that in all dost abide:


Celebrant     Alleluia. Christ is risen.
People     The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.    1 Corinthians 15:57

Confession of Sin     

The Officiant says to the people

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of 
Almighty God our heavenly Father, to set forth his praise, to 
hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf 
of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our 
salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and 
mind to worship him, let us kneel in silence, and with 
penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may 
obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy. 

or this

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. 

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together, all kneeling

Most merciful God, 
we confess that we have sinned against you 
in thought, word, and deed, 
by what we have done, 
and by 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. 

The Priest alone stands and says

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

The Invitatory and Psalter     

All stand

Officiant      Lord, open our lips.
People          And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth: Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

Jubilate Deo      Psalm 100  (#S-42) (Stephen Mueller, cantor)

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *

  serve the Lord with gladness

    and come 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.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, 

  and to the Holy Spirit: *

    as it was in the beginning, is now, 

      and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 104:25-32     

Benedic, anima mea


25  O LORD, how manifold are your works! *
    in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.


26  Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, *
    creatures both small and great.


27  There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, *
    which you have made for the sport of it.


28  All of them look to you *
    to give them their food in due season.


29  You give it to them; they gather it; *
    you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.


30  You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
    you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.


31  You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
    and so you renew the face of the earth.


32  May the glory of the LORD endure for ever; *
    may the LORD rejoice in all his works.

At the end of the Psalms is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * 
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

First Lesson – Acts 2:1-11     (Justin Nordhausen) 

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-- in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power."

                      The Word of the Lord.

Answer        Thanks be to God.

19    The Song of the Redeemed Magna et mirabilia  

         Revelation 15:3-4

O ruler of the universe, Lord God, 
great deeds are they that you have done, * 
    surpassing human understanding. 
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, * 
O King of all the ages. 

Who can fail to do you homage, Lord, 
and sing the praises of your Name? * 
    for you only are the Holy One. 
All nations will draw near and fall down before you, * 
    because your just and holy works have been revealed.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * 
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Second Lesson - John 14:8-17     (Justin Nordhausen)

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”  Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.


“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,  to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

                      The Word of the Lord.

Answer        Thanks be to God.

21    You are God (#S-283)  Te Deum laudamus  (Stephen Mueller, cantor)

You are God: we praise you; 
You are the Lord; we acclaim you; 
You are the eternal Father: 
All creation worships you. 
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, 
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: 
    Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
    heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
The glorious company of apostles praise you. 
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. 
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. 
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; 
    Father, of majesty unbounded, 
    your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
    and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, 
the eternal Son of the Father. 
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin's womb. 
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. 
You are seated at God's right hand in glory. 
We believe that you will come and be our judge. 
    Come then, Lord, and help your people, 
    bought with the price of your own blood, 
    and bring us with your saints
    to glory everlasting.

Homily     The Rev. Kelly Jennings

The Innkeeper

The wheat harvest is going on in Texas right now.  Last year, Texas produced 70 million bushels of wheat, enough to make 6 billion loaves of bread.  What abundance.  Throughout creation, we see that God is a gift giver, caring for us, providing for us. 


The Jewish festival of Pentecost or the Feast of Weeks, takes place this weekend also.  It is both an agricultural and a spiritual celebration.  It both marks the official beginning of the wheat harvest, and it is the annual celebration of God’s gift of the law, Torah, to Moses and his people.  For Jewish people, Pentecost is a celebration of God’s gifts: the fruit of the earth and the giving of the Law, Torah.  


For Christians, Pentecost Sunday is an anniversary of a cataclysmic event recalled in the Book of Acts—for Luke who wrote the account down for us, clearly this was key to everything else that followed in His book of the Acts of the Apostles.  If it weren’t for this fiery Visitor, alighting on them, gifting them with languages to carry the news of the Resurrection out into the world, they would have all remained fearful and shut up in their rooms.  


We are told that on the day of Pentecost, in Jerusalem, fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead, ten days after he ascended into heaven, Jesus’ disciples with Mary received the Holy Spirit. 


Before he leaves them, Jesus tells his friends: I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.


The gift of this advocate, the Holy Spirit – don’t forget Him today, friends.  It is easy to hear His name as a closing to our familiar prayers, but today we give the Spirit of Jesus special recognition.  The Holy Spirit has got us in His care. 


Recall with me for a minute the parable of the Good Samaritan.  A traveler is going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and falls into the hands of robbers.  A Samaritan takes pity on him, puts him on his own donkey and takes him to an inn.  He tells the innkeeper to look after the man, gives him 2 coins, and asks him to look after the man until his return.


Irenaeus, in 202 AD, saw the Pentecost story in this parable: Jesus is the Good Samaritan.  He rescues us from death, and entrusts us to the care of the Innkeeper, the Holy Spirit - leaving two coins with the likeness of the Father and Son on each - until his return.


We are safe and sound in the loving, comforting, capable hands of our Innkeeper, friends.  This last week has been filled with events in our church family members’ lives where we can see the footprints of our Innkeeper watching over us: in our greeting the end of the school year bittersweetly by waving to our teachers on the curbside or in a zoom session; in a move away from town; in packing up a mother’s house, in saying final goodbyes remotely to a beloved brother on his deathbed, in surgery with hopes that all the cancer is gone, in rehab with hopes for regained strength.  In each case, the Innkeeper has been there with us, to comfort us, tend our wounds, provide for us exactly what we’ve needed at the given time.  Until the return of our Rescuer.  Thanks be to God.

As you go forward into the summer, don’t forget that you have a place to rest, a place to refresh, to recharge—it’s wherever you gather with two or three, hear the Lord’s word and lift prayers to Him—that is your Inn.  And the Innkeeper will be present to comfort you.  Jesus says today: you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

This weekend, we will have the first of several baptisms that have been on hold since Easter Sunday.  Hallelujah!  Please pray for Benita and Belicia, two sisters, members of our church family at St. Richard’s, who have been so eager for full participation in the life of God and of His church family.     


Pray for those entrusted with their spiritual and physical care: parents, godparents.  That they along with the girls will be reminded of the abiding presence of the Innkeeper, the Holy Spirit, always present, always ready to provide and to comfort us in times of joy as well as in times of despair and doubt.


And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, our Innkeeper, be with us all, evermore.  Amen.

The Apostles' Creed  

Officiant and People together, all standing

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

The Prayers    

The People stand or kneel 

Officiant      The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.


Officiant and People

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. 


 (Versicle/Response, Form A) 

V.    Show us your mercy, O Lord; 
R.    And grant us your salvation. 
V.    Clothe your ministers with righteousness; 
R.    Let your people sing with joy. 
V.    Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; 
R.    For only in you can we live in safety.

V.    Lord, keep this nation under your care; 
R.    And guide us in the way of justice and truth. 
V.    Let your way be known upon earth; 
R.    Your saving health among all nations. 
V.    Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; 
R.    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. 
V.    Create in us clean hearts, O God; 
R.    And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for our Nation

A Prayer for Mission, Form #1

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Here may be sung a hymn or anthem.

I'm going'-a sing when the Spirit says sing (Scott McNulty, organist)

Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow.

We lift up those on our parish prayer list including:   

Iyan, Karen D., Diann, Dan, Mary, Devin, Andy M., Nina M., Porfirio,  Joy,  Rich, Jeanie H., Jessica Y., Viera C., Diane W., Terry, Alice J., Melissa P., Joe S., Avis R., Curtis Y., Barbara, and Kate H..  Please add your own names at this time.

We give thanks and pray for those who celebrate the anniversaries of their birth this week:

Samuel, Griffin, William, Jean, Valerie, Rose, Caleb, Tim, James, Justin, Silas, Jim, Jack, Kathryn, Madelyn, Travis, and Grant. Please add your own thanksgivings and anniversaries at this time.

We pray for those who have died: Gordon G., NormanRachel, Roger, and Nila T..  Please add your own names at this time.

Before the close of the Office one or both of the following may be used

The General Thanksgiving

Officiant and People

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, 
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made. 
We bless you for our creation, preservation, 
and all the blessings of this life; 
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; 
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. 
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, 
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, 
not only with our lips, but in our lives, 
by giving up our selves to your service, 
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord, 
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, 
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen. 

Then may be said

Let us bless the Lord. 
Thanks be to God.

From Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost "Alleluia, alleluia" may 
be added to the preceding versicle and response. 

The Officiant may then conclude with one of the following

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.   

 2 Corinthians 13:14

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 
Romans 15:13

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

Ephesians 3:20,21

Closing Hymn  Ev'ry time I feel the spirit (Stephen Mueller, cantor; Scott McNulty, organist)

Ev’ry time I feel the spirit,

moving in my heart, I will pray.

Every time I feel the spirit,

moving in my heart, I will pray.


Up on the mountain my Lord spoke,

out of his mouth came fire and smoke.

All around me looked so fine,

asked my Lord if all was mine.


Jordan river chilly and cold,

chills the body but not the soul.

There ain’t but one train runs this track,

runs to heaven and runs right back.


Postlude Improvisation (Scott McNulty, organist)