St. James’ Episcopal Church

September 1, 2019

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

The Holy Eucharist: Rite I


*Bell Rings

The Word of God

*Processional: At the Name of Jesus                               #435

*Worship Book of Common Prayer                       BCP, p. 323

Gloria                                                                                       S-90

Collect for the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Lesson Jeremiah 2:4-13

Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord:

What wrong did your ancestors find in me
that they went far from me,

and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?

They did not say, “Where is the Lord
who brought us up from the land of Egypt,

who led us in the wilderness,
in a land of deserts and pits,

in a land of drought and deep darkness,
in a land that no one passes through,
where no one lives?”

I brought you into a plentiful land
to eat its fruits and its good things.

But when you entered you defiled my land,
and made my heritage an abomination.

The priests did not say, “Where is the Lord?”
Those who handle the law did not know me;

the rulers transgressed against me;
the prophets prophesied by Baal,
and went after things that do not profit.

Therefore once more I accuse you, says the Lord,
and I accuse your children’s children.

Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look,
send to Kedar and examine with care;
see if there has ever been such a thing.

Has a nation changed its gods,
even though they are no gods?

But my people have changed their glory
for something that does not profit.

Be appalled, O heavens, at this,
be shocked, be utterly desolate,

says the Lord,

for my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,

the fountain of living water,
and dug out cisterns for themselves,

cracked cisterns
that can hold no water.

Psalm 81:1, 10-16

1 Sing with joy to God our strength *
and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.

10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, *”Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”

11 And yet my people did not hear my voice, *
and Israel would not obey me.

12 So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, *to follow their own devices.

13 Oh, that my people would listen to me! *
that Israel would walk in my ways!

14 I should soon subdue their enemies *
and turn my hand against their foes.

15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, *and their punishment would last for ever.

16 But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat *
and satisfy him with honey from the rock.

The Second Lesson Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.

What can anyone do to me?”

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

*Sequence: Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song            #513

The Gospel Luke 14:1, 7-14

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, `Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

The Sermon

*Nicene Creed                                                            BCP, p. 326

The Prayers of the People

Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church and the world.

Almighty and ever living God, who in thy holy Word hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for all men: Receive these our prayers which we offer unto thy divine Majesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all those who do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love.

Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and other ministers especially Justin, the Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; Eugene, our Bishop; William, our rector; Elizabeth, our rector emeritus, and Kate, rector of St. Paul’s Church, Harrisburg; that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments.

And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. We pray for Blake Moffett who is in South Korea teaching English to middle school students.

We beseech thee also so to rule the hearts of those who bear the authority of government in this and every land, especially Donald, president of the United States and those in leadership positions for this nation especially Larry, governor of Maryland, and Tom, governor of Pennsylvania, that they may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world.

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.  We particularly lift up to you: Nathan, Brendan, Amy, Amanda, Rory, Alex, Aaron, Bonita, John, Shawn, and William. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be.

Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works, that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, they may honor thee with their substance, and be faithful stewards of thy bounty.

And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succor especially Ken, Connie, Craig, Sherry, Richard, Amy Marie, Tripp, Sixto, Jason, Ricky, Alex, Anita, Mark, Lauren, Anna, Teresa, Judy, Lily, Barbara, Wilma, and Jean, Raquel, John, and all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. We also pray for the special needs and concerns of this congregation. I invite your personal petitions and thanksgivings either silently or aloud. (Pause)

And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear beseeching thee to grant them continual growth in thy love and service; and to grant us grace so to follow the good examples of St. James of Jerusalem and of all thy saints, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant these our prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate.  Amen.

Confession of Sin and Absolution              BCP, p. 330

Exchange of the Peace                                            BCP, p. 332



The Holy Communion – Eucharistic Prayer 1


*Offertory: What Wondrous Love is This                #439

Presentation of the Gifts “Doxology”                         #380, v. 3

The Great Thanksgiving                                           BCP, p. 333

*Sanctus                                                                                 S-113

Worship continues (stand or kneel)                       BCP, p. 334

Fraction Anthem                                               S-157 Agnus Dei

This is God’s Holy Table not ours; therefore all are invited to receive Holy Communion remembering that Jesus said to “Do this in remembrance of me”.  If you do not wish to receive, please come forward to the altar railing, cross your arms over your chest to receive God’s blessing.

Communion: Now, My Tongue                                            #331

Post Communion Prayer                                        BCP, p. 339


*Recessional: Lord, whose Love                             #610



Please join us in the Parish Hall following worship for Fellowship and Coffee.


St. James’ Episcopal Church

19200 York Road

P.O. Box 420 — Parkton, MD 21120

Church Office: 410-357-4473




The Rev. William Alford Phone: 410-357-4473

Email: rector@stjamesparkton.org


Senior Warden

Susan Kaliush – Phone 410-274-2956

Email: skaliush@comcast.net


Junior Warden

Steve Fox – Phone 410-207-8232

Email: sandlfox@aol.com


St. James’ Preschool

Diana Hoffman, Director

Phone: 410-357-9401



Don Wolcott




Welcome Visitors

We are so glad you are worshipping with us today. Please be sure to sign our Guest Book in the Church. We welcome you in the name of Christ.

Please remember in the Diocesan Cycle of Epiphany Church, Odenton; St Alban’s Church, Glen Burnie; and St Andrew’s Church, Pasadena.

Please remember in prayer all who are need of God’s healing touch, especially Ken, Connie, Craig, Sherry, Richard, Amy Marie, Tripp, Sixto, Jason, Ricky, Alex, Anita, Mark, Lauren, Anna, Teresa, Judy, Lily, Barbara, Wilma, and Jean, Raquel, and John.

Prayer List is in the Parish Hall. Please keep it updated by adding or taking off names.

Please pray for those serving in our country’s armed forces, especially Nathan, Brendan, Amy, Amanda, Rory, Alex, Aaron, Bonita, John, Shawn, and William.

Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Connie Schomann by Chuck and Barbara Schomann.

Holiday Crafters We invite you to join us for crafting sessions as we create items to sell at our St. James’ Table for Holiday Festival. No experience needed! Come, create, chat, and chew. Please let Lindsey Fox know if you are working on crafts at home and what we can advertise on our website.  Mike Hofmeister has done a great job updating the church website including the vendors and their crafts.

Coming soon…the new and updated version of the St. James’ website. As we try to keep all our church members and our friend that support St. James’ up to date with activities, contacts, information and so on about St. James’ Parkton.  Stay tuned!

Next Sunday September 8 The fall schedule resumes with services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.


Don’t Forget the Hereford Food Bank Part of our responsibility is to give from our abundance to the communities in which we live Bless you for donating food, bless the food we share and bless the people that receive the food we donate.



September 1 Holiday Crafters

September 8 Fall schedule resumes with services at
8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

September 14 Pit Beef, Turkey, Ham & Fries.

September 15 Holiday Crafters

September 15 Vestry

September 28 Annual Crab Feast 5:30 to 9 p.m.

October 6 Blessing of the Animals

October 6 Holiday Crafters

October 20 Our Rector Emeritus Elizabeth Orens joins us to celebrate the St. James’ Patronal Feast Day. There will be one service at 9 a.m.

November 2 17th Annual Holiday Festival

Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Café Theology resumes on August 8.


Emergencies please contact The Rev. William Alford
717-817-4744 (cell).