Church of the Cross
Loving Jesus, Serving Others
9:30 AM; September 30, 2018
Serene Hills Elementary School
3301 Serene Hills Drive

 The Liturgy of the Word

Prayer Before Worship:
All:         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.

Presider:              Blessed be God!  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
People:                And blessed be God’s Kingdom, now and forever!  Amen!

Opening Song:                 “Alleluia!  Sing to Jesus!”

Song of Praise:                 “Glory, Glory Hallelujah”

Opening Prayer:
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity:  Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure.  Amen.

The First Reading:           Psalm 19:7-14

Psalm Leader:    The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul;
People:                The testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.

Psalm Leader:    The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart;
People:                The commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.

Psalm Leader:    The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever;
People:                The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

Psalm Leader:    More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,
People:                Sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.

Psalm Leader:    By them also is your servant enlightened,
People:                And in keeping them there is great reward.

Psalm Leader:    Who can tell how often he offends?
People:                Cleanse me from my secret faults.

Psalm Leader:    Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion
over me;
People:                Then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of great offense.

Psalm Leader:    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
People:                O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Gradual:              “Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God”

The Gospel:        Mark 9:38-50

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

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.”
“If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell., And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.”
“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

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

The Message

The Creed

The Prayers

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 grateful 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 to 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 reconciled with you, one another, and in 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:          “God Beyond All Praising”
“Revelation Song”

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.

Closing Song:                    “We’re Marching to Zion”

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;

The Episcopal Church of the Cross is a new community created by God to Love Jesus and Serve Others.
Our vision is to see our world, our neighborhoods, and our households be transformed by the healing, reconciling, and restoring love of God.