Church of the Cross
Connecting with God, one another, and the world
9:30 AM; Sunday, July 22, 2018
Serene Hills Elementary School
3301 Serene Hills Drive
“The Ten Words, Part IV”

The Liturgy of the Word

Opening Song:                “Alleluia! Alleluia! Opening our Hearts to Him”

Song of Praise:                “Glory, Glory Hallelujah”

Opening Prayers

The First Reading:           Exodus  20:17

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Reader:                The word of the Lord.
People:                Thanks be to God.

Gradual:             “Ancient Words”

The Gospel:        Matthew 6:24-33

Reader:                The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
People:                Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ’What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Reader:                The Gospel of the Lord.
People:                Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Message

The Creed

The Prayers of the Community

The Peace
Presider:              The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:                And also with you.
The people greet one another with a sign of Christ’s Peace…

Making our Offering

Song of Offering:          “Be Thou My Vision

The Great Thanksgiving

Presider:              The Lord be with you.
People:                And also with you.

Presider:              Lift up your hearts.
People:                We lift them up to the Lord.

Presider:              Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:                It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Presider:              With joyful hearts, merciful Lord, we gather at this table to give you thanks and praise for every gift; and most joyfully for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  By his death he has destroyed death; and by his rising to life again has brought hope and healing for all people.  In your mercy, you sent him to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, and teach us to love you and our neighbors as ourselves.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross that we, and all the world, might be made right with you, one another, and our very selves.

And so at your table, we again pray this ancient story:  On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat:  This is my Body, which is given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you:  This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
People:                Christ has died.
                              Christ is risen.
                              Christ will come again.

Presider:              We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this offering of praise and thanksgiving.  Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him.  Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ.  By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.
All:                        Amen!

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 Presider breaks the consecrated loaf…

Presider:              Alleluia!  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!
People:                Therefore let us keep the feast!  Alleluia!
Presider:              The gifts of God for the people of God.  Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

The blue chalice immediately next to the bread distributor contains regular wine.  The outside, white chalice contains non-alcoholic wine for persons who may wish to refrain from consuming regular wine.  If you would like to receive a gluten-free wafer, please let the presider know when you come forward to receive.

Songs during Communion:        “Before the Throne of God Above”   “I Will Rise”

Closing Prayer:
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.  Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.

Closing Song:                  “Crown Him with Many Crowns”

Presider:              Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord!
People:                Thanks be to God!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!


The Episcopal Church of the Cross
Worshiping every Sunday at 9:30 AM at the Serene Hills Elementary School
3301 Serene Hills Drive, Lakeway
Professional and trained child-care available at every worship service.
The People of Church of the Cross, Ministers of the Gospel
The Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle, Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison and the Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher, Suffragan Bishops
The Rt. Rev. Hector Monterroso, Assistant Bishop
Leigh Anne Diaz, Office Administrator;
Paul Johnson, Vicar;
Dave Madden, Director of Music
Emily Pellegrini, Children’s Minister;