Church of the Cross
Connecting with God, one another, and the world
5:00 PM; Sunday, November 19, 2017
Serene Hills Elementary School
3301 Serene Hills Drive

The Liturgy of the Word

Word of Welcome

Collect for Purity: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bishop: Blessed be God! Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
People: And blessed be God’s Kingdom; now and for ever! Amen!
Bishop: There is one Body and one Spirit.
People: There is one hope in God’s call to us.
Bishop: One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism.
People: One God and Father of all.

Opening Song: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

Song of Praise: “Bless the Lord, My Soul”

Opening Prayer:
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Reading: I Thessalonians 5:1-11

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

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

Gradual: “Holy Spirit, Come to Us”

The Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30

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

Jesus said, ‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”’

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

The Message

The Baptismal Covenant

Bishop: Let us join with our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world, and renew the promises and vows of our baptism, by which we once renounced the powers of evil, and promised to serve God faithfully.
Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?
People: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in God the Father?
People: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Bishop: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Bishop: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?
People: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Bishop: Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Bishop: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Bishop: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Bishop: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Bishop: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Bishop: May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who grants new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

The Prayers of the Community

Prayer Leader: Good evening, Lord. We are your people, gathered in prayer; and we love you. We pray this day for all people in their daily life and work;
People: For our families and friends, for all neighbors and strangers.

Prayer Leader: We pray for our own neighborhoods; the Greater Austin community; the state of Texas; our nation; and the world.
People: Inspire us to work for your justice, freedom, and peace.

Prayer Leader: We pray for the just and proper use of your creation.
People: We place before you the forgotten, and all who suffer hunger, fear, and injustice.

Prayer Leader: We pray for those in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble; we pray for the sick and the friendless; all captives and prisoners; and those in any kind of need.
People: Open our eyes, and strengthen us to love others as you love us.

Prayer Leader: We pray for our Bishops, Andy, Dena, Jeff, and Hector, and the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; for all the local congregations; for our brothers and sisters around the world, especially those who can worship you this day only in secret; and we pray for your Church of the Cross, gathered this evening and then sent into the world.
People: We pray for all who serve you in the World and in the Church.

Prayer Leader: We now place before you what rests on our hearts, either silently or aloud.
An open space for the congregation to offer our petitions, either silently or aloud.

Prayer Leader: Hear us, Lord.
People: For your mercy is great.

Prayer Leader: We thank you for the grace of this day, and for the blessing of Sabbath. We thank you for every mercy, and for your call to follow you and be your ambassadors in the world. We thank you for the hospitality of the Serene Hills Elementary School, and place before you all students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators. We thank you for all the blessings of this life, and exalt you, O God our King.
People: And praise your Name for ever and ever.

Prayer Leader: We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom. Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them,
People: Who put their trust in you.

Prayer Leader: We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.
A moment of quiet prayer before offering our community confession…

All: Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus  Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bishop: 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
Bishop: 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: “In the Lord I’ll Ever Be Thankful”

The Great Thanksgiving

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

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

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

Bishop: Good evening, 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 your grace and mercy; 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,
People: We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;

Bishop: And we offer this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all, presenting to you this bread and wine, representing our work and will and wisdom, and all you have given us.
We pray you, gracious God, 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…

Bishop: Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!
People: Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!
Bishop: 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: “In God Alone”
“I Am the Bread of Life”

Closing Prayer:
Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing

Closing Song: “Praise to the Lord”

Vicar: 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
The Rt. Rev. Hector Monterroso, Assistant Bishop
Leigh Anne Diaz, Office Administrator;
Paul Johnson, Vicar;
Dave Madden, Director of Music
Jeremy Knight, Guest Music Leader