St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

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56_ May 20, 2020 Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer led by the Vicar, Amma Susan Taylor and supported by members of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Winthrop.

Due to technical difficulties no video was recorded today. Read the text of Morning Prayer below.

Today, May 20, 2020 is the Commemoration of Alcuin of York, Deacon and Abbot, 8th Century (from Revised Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018). We gather virtually via Zoom, for our mid-week Morning Prayer Rite II, drawn from the Book of Common Prayer and supplemented with Enriching Our Worship. We begin the service by ‘inviting’ the singing bowl. During the Easter season, the Confession is omitted. The ‘Zoom-master’ is Bill Nave; Amma Susan officiating.

Officiant     If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has

                     passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Cor. 5:17, NRSV               

                     O Lord, open our lips.(EOW 18)

All                And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Officiant    Alleluia! Christ is risen!

All                Come let us worship. Alleluia! (EOW 21)

The Collect for Purity (BCP 355)

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.

Psalm 112:1-9 Beatus vir (BCP 755)

1 Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord *

and have great delight in his commandments!

2 Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *

the generation of the upright will be blessed.

3 Wealth and riches will be in their house, *

and their righteousness will last for ever.

4 Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *

the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.

5 It is good for them to be generous in lending *

and to manage their affairs with justice.

6 For they will never be shaken; *

the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.

7 They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *

their heart is right; they put their trust in the Lord.

8 Their heart is established and will not shrink, *

until they see their desire upon their enemies.

9 They have given freely to the poor, *

and their righteousness stands fast for ever; they will hold up their head with honor.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ecclesiasticus 39:1-9 (Concerning the work of the Scribe)

1 One seeks out the wisdom of all the ancients,
   and is concerned with prophecies;
2 one preserves the sayings of the famous
   and penetrates the subtleties of parables;
3 one seeks out the hidden meanings of proverbs
   and is at home with the obscurities of parables.
4 One serves among the great and appears before rulers;
one travels in foreign lands and learns what is good and evil in the human lot.
5 One sets his heart on rising early to seek the Lord who made him,

and to petition the Most High;
one opens the mouth in prayer and asks pardon for their sins.

6 If the great Lord is willing, one will be filled with the spirit of understanding;
one will pour forth words of wisdom of one’s own and give thanks to the Lord in prayer.
7 The Lord* will direct one’s counsel and knowledge,
   as one meditates on the mysteries.
8 One will show the wisdom of what has been learned,
   and will glory in the law of the Lord’s covenant.
9 Many will praise one’s understanding; it will never be blotted out.
One’s memory will not disappear, and his name will live through all generations.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

Thanks be to God!

Canticle A

A Song of Wisdom Sapientia liberavit (Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-19,20b-21)

Wisdom freed from a nation of oppressors *

a holy people and a blameless race.

She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord, *

withstood dread rulers with wonders and signs.

To the saints she gave the reward of their labors, *

and led them by a marvelous way;

She was their shelter by day *

and a blaze of stars by night.

She brought them across the Red Sea, *

she led them through mighty waters;

But their enemies she swallowed in the waves *

and spewed them out from the depths of the abyss.

And then, Lord, the righteous sang hymns to your Name, *

and praised with one voice your protecting hand;

For Wisdom opened the mouths of the mute, *

and gave speech to the tongues of a new-born people.

Amma Susan   The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

All                      Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Matthew 13:[44-46] 47-52 Three parables – Treasures New and Old

44 ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

45 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51 ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ 52And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’

Amma Susan  The Gospel of the Lord.

All                      Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Wisdom Circle – Amma Susan

The Apostles’ Creed (BCP 96)

Officiant and People together, all standing

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

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.

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. Amen.

The Prayers (BCP 97)

Officiant     The Lord be with you.

All                And also with you.

Officiant     Let us pray.

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.

Suffrages for use in Morning Prayer (EOW 42)

V. Help us, O God our Savior;

R. Deliver us and forgive us our sins.

V. Look upon your congregation;

R. Give to your people the blessing of peace.

V. Declare your glory among the nations;

R. And your wonders among all peoples.

V. Do not let the oppressed be shamed and turned away;

R. Never forget the lives of your poor.

V. Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you;

R. And your favor to those who are true of heart.

V. Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning;

R. So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

A Prayer of Alcuin Amma Susan

Give me grace, O Lord, to be in all things strong,

prudent and just with a wise restraint at need.
Grant me an exact faith, unshakeable trust in thee, and perfect charity.
Fill me with the spirit of intelligence and wisdom.
Let me be always thoughtful for others and courageous, with loyalty and reverence.
O Light, perfect and eternal, enlighten me. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being:

We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit,

that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you,

but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Mission (All – BCP 100)

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Andrew’s Parish Prayer List

Jen, Ave’s daughter Kate, Fr. Jim, Mathew, Gail, Tom H., George S., Sara F., Kenny P., Melody, Ginger, Jim B., Lynda, Len, Tom S., Brian B., Amy, Destiny, Ellah, Natalie, Desmond, Kat, John K., Sergine, Todd, Amanda, Tara, Andy, Mitra, Kerry, Colleen; and for those at Granite Hills Communion especially Ginny and Steve grieving their son Brad’s death and Edna.

Sts. Matthew and Barnabas Prayer List

Thalia, Amy, Donna, Rita, Ruth, Harold, Suzan, James, Kathy and Richard, Kevin, Phyllis, Edna, Kevin, Jasper and his Family, Judy’s Family, Nicolas, Tom, Caroline, Clara, Lynn, Jeremy, Alex, Rusty, Robert, Emily and Family, Jesse, Helen, Valerie, David and His Family, Gay, Judy, Amanda, Jade and Fred, Bill, Joyce, Dorothy, Betty, Laurie, Beatrice, Gail, Lois and Ed

Please offer your intercessions and Thanksgivings –  silently or aloud.

The General Thanksgiving (said by all)

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants

give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness

to us and to all whom you have made.

We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life;

but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world

by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,

that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,

not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service,

and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen

Exchange the Peace!!


Amma Susan           Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more

than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever.(Ephesians 3:20,21) and the blessing of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen

All                               Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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