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in Jesus' Holy Name

  
he Episcopal Church Welcomes All
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READINGS


The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Year B

Morning Prayer

July 11, 2021

 

Psalm 89:20-37

Tunc locutus es


20 I have found David my servant; *
with my holy oil have I anointed him.

 

21 My hand will hold him fast *
and my arm will make him strong.

 

22 No enemy shall deceive him, *
nor any wicked man bring him down.

 

23 I will crush his foes before him *
and strike down those who hate him.

 

24 My faithfulness and love shall be with him, *
and he shall be victorious through my Name.

 

25 I shall make his dominion extend *
from the Great Sea to the River.

 

26 He will say to me, 'You are my Father, *
my God, and the rock of my salvation.'

 

27 I will make him my firstborn *
and higher than the kings of the earth.

 

28 I will keep my love for him forever, *
and my covenant will stand firm for him.

 

29 I will establish his line for ever *
and his throne as the days of heaven."

 

30 "If his children forsake my law *
and do not walk according to my judgments;

 

31 If they break my statutes *
and do not keep my commandments;

 

32 I will punish their transgressions with a rod *
and their iniquities with the lash;

 

33 But I will not take my love from him, *
nor let my faithfulness prove false.

 

34 I will not break my covenant, *
nor change what has gone out of my lips.

 

35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness: *
'I will not lie to David.

 

36 His line shall endure for ever *
and his throne as the sun before me;

 

37 It shall stand fast for evermore like the moon, *
the abiding witness in the sky.' "

 

A Reading from the Second Book of Samuel (7:1-14a)

 

Now when the king dwelt in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies round about, the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent." And Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your heart; for the LORD is with you." But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, "Go and tell my servant David, `Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"' Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, `Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son.

 

A Reading from the Gospel according to Mark 

(6:30-34,53-56)

 

The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennes'aret, and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was. And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the market places, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

 

The Collect of the Day

 

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion, we beseech thee, upon our infirmities, and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, mercifully give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

                                                  Or

 

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 



    

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The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Year A
O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy, that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever.  Amen.
Or
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so
pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A Reading from Genesis (29:15-28)
Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?"  Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful and lovely. Jacob loved Rachel; and he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel." Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me." So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed."  So Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) And in the morning, behold, it was Leah; and Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?" Laban said, "It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years." Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to wife.
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Confitemini Domino
1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.
3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
continually seek his face.
5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.
7 He is the Lord our God; *
his judgments prevail in all the world.
8 He has always been mindful of his covenant, *
the promise he made for a thousand generations:
9 The covenant he made with Abraham, *
the oath that he swore to Isaac,
10 Which he established as a statute for Jacob, *
an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11 Saying, "To you will I give the land of Canaan *
to be your allotted inheritance."
45b Hallelujah!
A Reading from The Letter to the Romans (8:26-39)
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?  Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies;  who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Holy Gospel According to Matthew (13:31-33,44-52)
Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened." "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. "Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, 
I am with you always, to the cl
REGULAR CHURCH SCHEDULE

 

Powerful & Active Christian Healing Prayer Ministry

Come See & Experience the Power of Healing Prayer

Talk with those who have experienced Healing

Join us Sundays & Thursdays at 10 a.m.






The Reverend Walcott W. Hunter, Rector

The Rev. Mercedes Marshall, Deacon


5326 Charles Street

New Port Richey, Florida 34652

727-849-4330

ststephensnpr@gmail.com


Mission Statement


We are to incarnate the presence and work of 

 Jesus Christ in this place and in our community


I would like to offer you a RELAXATION EXERCISE (This will take a just a minute after I give the instructions)

You do not have to participate if you don’t desire,

You can simply sit praying quietly, that’s just as good, this is simply a relaxation exercise.

The Lord speaks to us but don’t always know how to listen.

Hearing from the Lord most often comes to you as an idea or just one word that you often think it’s just in your mind.

But when you ask a question of the Lord, he will answer in words or point you in the direction that is best for you.

I don’t know about you, but at times I want to do it my way, like Frank Sinatra.

I invite you to pause your mind for a moment.

Close your eyes if you are comfortable or keep them open,

Don’t think of anything else other than what Jesus has done for your lives,

If you prefer, very slowly repeat “Jesus” to yourselves,

Try to open yourselves to what the Spirit may be saying to you about Hospitality and listen,

Silently ask to whom are you being called to show hospitality and how.



OTHER SERVICE TIMES

JOIN US FOR

 

Morning Prayer 
9 -9:30 a.m. Tuesday - Friday 
Lady Chapel

 

Holy Eucharist & Healing Service 

10 a.m. Thursdays  


Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament 

First Friday of each month at 11 a.m.

  

Requiem Mass for Departed Loved Ones

11:00 a.m. last Friday of every month 


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RETURNING SOON

Bible Study: Thursdays at 11:15 a.m.

Open to Everyone

&

Last Sunday of the month 

following the 10 a.m. Service

Healing Meditative Prayer 

WHAT IS HEALING 

MEDITATIVE PRAYER?


While in silent prayer we come into Jesus' presence, we experience Jesus' compassion & healing.  

It's resting in the healing rays of almighty God (Hab. 3:4) Healing happens when we pray 


In silent meditative prayer, our prayers go deeper & reach the areas that need spiritual, emotional & physical healing. It can gradually 

(at times, instantly based on God's will) heal

sickness & bring health.


It's relaxing in the Lord's Loving arms


This state of relaxation can rid us of 

anxiety & stress & we can rely on 

God's profound healing grace gradually transforming us into a life of grace.  


You never know, unless God reveals it, 

how much healing can happen! 

As we pray, we are warmed with His love!

It is resting rather than striving.

It's the Holy Spirit's power that 

produces miracles!


It involves appreciation as we thank

God for expected healing.

 Through Meditative Prayer, blocks that we 

unintentionally create are removed by the 

Holy Spirit's power.



LENTEN SERVICES 2020


Join us in Lent 

To Rekindle your Faith in a 

Welcoming Church Environment!

 


Stations of the Cross & Evening Prayer


Followed by Souper Supper & Lenten Program



Wednesdays During Lent



(March 4, 11, 25 & April 1, 8)



During Lent at 5 p. m.

 



LENTEN PROGRAM:




EXPERIENCING GOD



"He gives me new Strength. He leads me on paths 


that are right for the good of His name"


Psalm 23:3



March 4:   God's Work; It's Not About You


March 11:  God's Invitation; It's Very Personal


March 25: God Speaks; With Clarity & Purpose


April 1: God Initiates; You Get Involved


April 8: Making Room to Experience God



PRESENTERS: 


Rev. Fa. Walcott Hunter &

Rev. Dn. Mercedes Marshall



 

Holy Week




Palm Sunday – April 14 



8:00 a.m. 


Holy Eucharist & Distribution of Palms



10:00 a.m. 


Courtyard Blessing of the Palms


Procession into the Church

 

and Holy Eucharist



 

                  Maundy Thursday – April 18


          

                 11:00 a.m. 


                  Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament


   

 7:00 p.m.  

 

The liturgy of Maundy Thursday

 

The Washing of Feet 


Stripping of the Altar and 


Vigil over the Blessed Sacrament 


 

Good Friday – April 19


12:00 Noon


The Liturgy of Good Friday  


Mass  of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts


 

                                          

Easter Vigil – Saturday April 20



 7:00 p.m. 


  Solemn High Mass 


  First Mass of Easter



 

    Sunday April 21– Easter Day


     

       8:00 a. m.  


Easter Day Mass and Holy Eucharist


10 a.m.


Easter Day Mass

 


Followed by


Easter Egg Hunt for the Community


The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Year A

 

 

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy, that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever

and ever.  Amen.

 

Or

 

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so

pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

A Reading from Genesis (29:15-28)

 

Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?"  Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful and lovely. Jacob loved Rachel; and he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel." Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me." So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed."  So Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) And in the morning, behold, it was Leah; and Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?" Laban said, "It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years." Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to wife.

 

 

Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Confitemini Domino

 

1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.

2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.

3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
continually seek his face.

5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,

6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.

7 He is the Lord our God; *
his judgments prevail in all the world.

8 He has always been mindful of his covenant, *
the promise he made for a thousand generations:

9 The covenant he made with Abraham, *
the oath that he swore to Isaac,

10 Which he established as a statute for Jacob, *
an everlasting covenant for Israel,

11 Saying, "To you will I give the land of Canaan *
to be your allotted inheritance."

45b Hallelujah!

 

 

A Reading from The Letter to the Romans (8:26-39)

 

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?  Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies;  who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

 

 

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew (13:31-33,44-52)

 

Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened." "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. "Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."