Church of the Cross
Connecting with God, one another, and the world
9:30 AM; Sunday, September 17, 2017
Serene Hills Elementary School
3301 Serene Hills Drive

The Liturgy of the Word

Call to Worship:               Psalm 103:1-8

Psalm Leader:                   Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
People:                               Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

Psalm Leader:                   He forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities;
People:                               He redeems your life from the grave and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;

Psalm Leader:                   He satisfies you with good things, and your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
People:                               The Lord executes righteousness and judgment for all who are oppressed.

Psalm Leader:                   He made his ways known to Moses and his works to the children of Israel.
People:                               The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger and of great kindness.

Psalm Leader:                   Blessed be God!  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
People:                               And blessed be God’s Kingdom, now and for ever!  Amen!

Opening Song:                 “Praise My Soul the King of Heaven”

Song of Praise:                 “Indescribable”

Opening Prayer:
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts.  Amen.

The First Reading:           Genesis 50:15-21
Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, ‘What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?’  So they approached Joseph, saying, ‘Your father gave this instruction before he died,  “Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.” Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.’ Joseph wept when they spoke to him.  Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, ‘We are here as your slaves.’  But Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God?  Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.  So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.’ In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.

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

Gradual:              “Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God”

The Gospel:        Matthew 18:21-35

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

Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.” And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, “Pay what you owe.” Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.” But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, “You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you?” And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’

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

The Message

The Prayers of the Community

Congregational Response:
Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy on us…
Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy on us…

 The prayers conclude with the General Confession…

All:                        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.
Presider:              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 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:             “Brother James Air”

The Great Thanksgiving

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

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

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

Presider:              Good morning, Lord.  We are your people, gathered at this table.  We bring to you all that we are and all that we have.
We thank you for the goodness and love you have revealed in creation; in your word spoken through the Scriptures; in the gathering and sending of your people; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son.  For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.  In him you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you.  In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.
And so with full and grateful hearts, at this table we again pray this ancient story:  On the night before he died for us, 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, according to his command, O Father,

We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;

Presider:              And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, Loving Lord, presenting to you this bread and wine; representing our work and will and wisdom, and all you have given us.
We pray you send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the New Covenant.  Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the first born of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.
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.

This is the Lord’s Table.  Everyone of any age is invited, welcomed, and encouraged to receive.  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:
“10,000 Reasons”

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:                                   “Joyful, Joyful”


Presider:              Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit!
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
Leigh Anne Diaz, Office Administrator;
Paul Johnson, Vicar;
Dave Madden, Director of Music