Worship Guide
Sunday, October 18, 2020

Welcome to Church of the Cross! We are glad you are here. We know that this time of worship is different from what we knew before the pandemic.  We are grateful for your feedback, your flexibility, and most of all your faithfulness in worshipping with the community this day!

Out of great love for our neighbors, we ask that you keep your masks on over your nose and mouth the entire service especially when singing. If you need to remove your mask briefly for a sip of water, please do so when you are not speaking or singing. When the clergy distribute communion, keep your mask on until they have moved at least six feet away from you before slipping the Sacrament under your mask to receive it.

Bathrooms are in the brown building next to the “Wooley Bros. Livery” building on “Main Street.”

If you need to move for any reason during the service, we ask that you do so maintaining as much physical distance between you and other congregants as possible.

Offering baskets are on the table near the entrance to the worship area.  We invite one another to place our offering in the basket on our way out of worship.  Thank you!

Even with all the difficulty of being physically distanced and masked as we worship together, we celebrate the opportunity to be together!

 

Gather…

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy!  Lord God Almighty!  Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee:

Holy, holy, holy!  Merciful and mighty, God in three Persons, blessed Trinity

Holy, holy, holy!  All the saints adore thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea:

Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy!  Though the darkness hide thee, though the sinful human eye thy glory may not see,

Only thou art holy:  there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy!  Lord God Almighty!  All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;

Holy, holy, holy!  Merciful and mighty, God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.

Presider:                      Blessed be God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

People:                        And blessed be God’s Kingdom, now and for ever!  Amen!

Presider:                      Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One

People:                        Have mercy upon us.

 

Opening Prayer:          

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations:  Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Listen…

The First Reading:         I Thessalonians 1:1-10

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace.

We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of people we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place where your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

Reader:                        The word of the Lord.

People:                        Thanks be to God.

 

The Gospel:                  Matthew 22:15-22

 

Deacon:                        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

People:                        Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

Deacon:                        The Gospel of the Lord.

People:                        Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

The Message

Prayers of the People

Each petition concludes…

Prayer Leader:  Hear us, Lord;

People:            For your mercy is great.

 

Prayer Leader:  Let us confess our sins to God.

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 has mercy on you, forgives you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthens you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keeps 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…

 

Do…

 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.

 

The presider continues with the Eucharistic prayer.  The prayer concludes…

Presider:          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 wafer…

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.

Communion is received in one kind only.  The bread distributor will come to you where you are seated.  Please remain masked until after you have received the bread.

Go…

Prayer of Sending:

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.

 

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus; I have decided to follow Jesus;

I have decided to follow Jesus; No turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me; The world behind me, the cross before me;

The world behind me, the cross before me; No turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow; Though none go with me, still I will follow;

Though none go with me, still I will follow; No turning back, no turning back.

I have decided to follow Jesus; I have decided to follow Jesus;

I have decided to follow Jesus; No turning back, no turning back.

Deacon:            Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord!

People:            Thanks be to God.

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 The Episcopal Church of the Cross

Currently gathering on Sundays at 9:30 AM at Star Hill Ranch

15000 Hamilton Pool Road

www.ecclaketravis.org; www.facebook.com/ecclaketravis; 512-695-2803

The People of Church of the Cross, Ministers of the Gospel

The Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle, Bishop

Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher and the Rt. Rev. Kai Ryan, Suffragan Bishops

The Rt. Rev. Hector Monterroso, Assistant Bishop

Niki Taylor, Office Administrator; office@ecclt.org

Jon Slimack, Minister of Children and Youth Formation; youthminister@ecclt.org

Dave Madden, Director of Music; dmadden82@gmail.com

Lizzie McManus-Dail, Curate; lizzie@ecclt.org

Paul Johnson, Vicar; paul@ecclt.org