Sunday School, October 1, 2017 17 Pentecost, A proper 21
On this day, we mix the regular propers of the with the anticipation of the Feast of St. Francis. In our liturgy, we include the blessing of the animals but also a blessing of the created order. We make vows of stewardship toward our animal friends and we make vows to take good care of our creation so that the people of the future will have a beautiful sustaining environment.
Saying and doing.
Some people make promises and don’t keep them.
Some people don’t make promises or say that they won’t do something but they go ahead and do the right thing.
Jesus said that it is more important that we end up doing what is right.
However, we should still make promises and we still should keep them. When we are baptized we make promises, even some difficult promises. And we should keep those promises. And when we don’t keep our promises, we need to say that we’re sorry, receive forgiveness and keep on trying to keep our promise to love God and our neighbors.
For A Proper 21
Have your parents ever said to you, “Practice makes perfect.”
Did your baseball coach ever say to you, “Practice makes perfect.” Did your teacher or dance instructor ever say to you, “Practice makes perfect?”
We can dream about doing something…we can wish that we were doing something…we can even pretend that we are something, but unless we do it, we are not yet there.
How does a young baby learn to crawl or walk? By pretending or dreaming or wishing? No, by doing. And is doing always easy. It not easy for a baby to learn how to walk. They have to practice their balance and they sometimes fall. And when a baby falls, a baby might be frightened to get up and walk again. But the only way to learn how to walk is to practice.
When Jesus came there were some people who were saying that they were religious. And they were saying that they loved God. But they were not doing the things that proved that they loved God. They were not doing the things that proved that they loved their neighbors. But Jesus met some many other people who were not from religious families, but they were loving God and they were loving their neighbors and they were working to practice the rules of God.
So Jesus told a story about a son who said that he would do something…but he didn’t do it. Another son, said he wouldn’t do something, but he did it anyway.
Jesus said it was important that we do good….not just talk about being good or doing good, we have to do it.
Have you ever said to your parents, “I will clean my bedroom, or I will do my homework?” And then not do it?
It is very important that what we do agrees with what we say or promise. By doing, we form the character of our life.
If a person steals all of the time, what is the character of their life? They are a thief, right. Why, because they have been stealing.
If a person, lies all of the time. What do you call them? A liar.
We become what we do.
And if we love God, and love our families and are neighbors as ourselves, what are we? We are Christians?
By doing the right things in love, we are becoming Christians. And remember: That takes lots of practice. So let’s keep practicing. OK?For the Blessing of the Animals
Today we celebrate the life of St. Francis. St. Francis was a man who came from a wealthy family. But he decided to leave the family business and try to live his life just like Jesus lived his life.
He decided to live his life with people who were poor. He decided to take care of people who were sick and poor.
St. Francis became a friend of animals; the birds used to fly down and rest on his shoulders because they were not afraid of him.
Today, we are going to honor the life of St. Francis by blessing the animals of our lives. But we are also going to do something else. We are going to make promises to God to take good care of our world. We are going to promise to care for the air, water, plants and trees. Why? Because we want all people in the future to be able to enjoy them. We are going to promise to take care of our pets and animals too.
The world of plants and animals provide so much to help us live. So we need to be good at protecting our world so that our world will continue help people live for a long, long time.
Today, we thank God for our wonderful world of animals, trees and plants.
And the way that we thank God, is to promise to take good care of the world that God has given to us. And to take care of the pets that we enjoy as our friends.
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
17740 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Family Service with Holy Eucharist
& Blessing of the Animals
October 1, 2017: The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
Morning Has Broken, If I Were a Butterfly, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, All Things Bright and Beautiful
Liturgist: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be God’s Kingdom now and forever. Amen.
Liturgist: Oh God, Our hearts are open to you.
And you know us and we can hide nothing from you.
Prepare our hearts and our minds to love you and worship you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Song: Morning Has Broken (Blue Hymnal # 8)
Morning has broken like the first morning; blackbird has spoken like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them springing fresh from the word.
Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven, like the first dewfall on the first grass. Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden, sprung in completeness where his feet pass.
Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning born of the one light Eden saw play! Praise with elation, praise every morning, God’s re-creation of the new day!
Liturgist: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Liturgist: Let us pray
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; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Litany of Praise: Chant: Alleluia
O God, you are Great! Alleluia
O God, you have made us! Alleluia
O God, you have made yourself known to us! Alleluia
O God, you have provided us with us a Savior! Alleluia
O God, you have given us a Christian family! Alleluia
O God, you have forgiven our sins! Alleluia
O God, you brought your Son Jesus back from the dead! Alleluia
Liturgist: A reading from the Book of Exodus
From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
Let us read together from Psalm 78
That which we have heard and known,and what our forefathers have told us, * we will not hide from their children.
We will recount to generations to come the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the Lord, * and the wonderful works he has done.
Litany Phrase: Thanks be to God! (chanted)
For our animal friends and pets, past and present. Thanks be to God!
For the good earth, for our food and clothing. Thanks be to God!
For our families and friends. Thanks be to God!
For the talents and gifts that you have given to us. Thanks be to God!
For this day of worship. Thanks be to God!
For health and for a good night’s sleep. Thanks be to God!
For work and for play. Thanks be to God!
For teaching and for learning. Thanks be to God!
For the happy events of our lives. Thanks be to God!
For the celebration of the birthdays and anniversaries of our friends and parish family.
Thanks be to God!
Liturgist: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things. “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
Liturgist: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Lesson – Fr. Cooke:
Collect for the Feast of St. Francis
Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfect joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Vow to Creation
Celebrant: Will you cherish the beauty of the Good Earth that God has entrusted to you, and will you do all in your power to preserve the beauty for own age and for the people of the future?
Response: I will with God’s help.
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Word of God that issued from God’s mouth and created all things and God’s Spirit moved over the deep and made creation happen; you have called creation good, and we celebrate the goodness of creation which you have given to us to enjoy and tend; Bless the Good Earth and its fruits, and us as we commit ourselves to stewardship, in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Vow to our Animal friends
Celebrant: Will you promise to love, enjoy, and care for all God’s creatures, and especially for the pet whom you present for a blessing?
Response: I will, with God’s help.
Lord Jesus Christ, your friends, have brought to you these special friends: Bless we pray these delightful creatures, and grant that those who tend to their care will take delight in all of God’s creation, in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Youth Liturgist: The Peace of the Lord be with you always.
People: And also with you.
Song during the preparation of the Altar and the receiving of an offering
Offertory Song: If I were a Butterfly (Christian Children’s Songbook, # 9)
If I were a butterfly, I’d thank you Lord for giving me wings. And if I were a robin in a tree, I’d thank you Lord, that I could sing. And if I were a fish in the sea, I’d wiggle my tail and I’d giggle with glee, but I just thank you Father for making me ‘me.’
Chorus: For you gave ma a heart and you gave me a smile. You gave Jesus and you made me your child. And I just thank you, Father for making me, ‘me.’
If I were an elephant, I’d thank you, Lord, by raising my trunk. And if I were a kangaroo, you know I’d hop right up to you. And if I were an octopus, I’d thank you Lord, for my find looks, but I just thank you Father, for making me, ‘me.’ Chorus
If I were a wiggly worm, I’d thank you, Lord that I could squirm. And If I were a Billy goat, I’d thank you, Lord for my strong throat. And if I were a fuzzy-wuzzy bear, I’d thank you, Lord, for my fuzzy-wuzzy hair, but I just thank you, Father, for making me ‘me.’ Chorus
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Prologue to the Eucharist
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, for to them belong the kingdom of God.”
All become members of a family by birth or adoption.
Baptism is a celebration of birth into the family of God.
A family meal gathers and sustains each human family.
The Holy Eucharist is the special meal that Jesus gave to his friends to keep us together as the family of Christ.
The Lord be with you
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is very good and right to give thanks, because God made us, Jesus redeemed us and the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts.
Therefore with Angels and Archangels and all of the world that we see and don’t see, we
Forever sing this hymn of praise:
Holy, Holy, Holy (Intoned)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and Might. Heav’n and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the Highest.
Our grateful praise we offer to you God, our Creator;
You have made us in your image
And you gave us many men and women of faith to help us to live by faith:
Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachael.
And then you gave us your Son, Jesus, born of Mary, nurtured by Joseph
And he called us to be sons and daughters of God.
Your Son called us to live better lives and he gave us this Holy Meal so that when we eat
the bread and drink the wine, we can know that the Presence of Christ is as near to us as
this food and drink that becomes a part of us.
And so, Father, we bring you these gifts of bread and wine. Bless and sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. Bless and sanctify us by your Holy Spirit so that we may love God and our neighbor.
On the night when Jesus was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."
After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, gave thanks, 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."
Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. When we eat this holy Meal of Bread and Wine, we are telling the entire world about the life, death, resurrection of Christ and that his presence will be with us in our future.
Let this holy meal keep us together as friends who share a special relationship because of your Son Jesus Christ. May we forever live with praise to God to whom we belong as sons and daughters.
By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory
is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.
And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now sing, (Children may rejoin their parents and take up their instruments)
Our Father (Sung): (Renew # 180, West Indian Lord’s Prayer)
Our Father who art in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done: Hallowed be thy name.
Done on earth as it is in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Give us this day our daily bread: Hallowed be thy name.
And forgive us all our debts: Hallowed be thy name.
As we forgive our debtors: Hallowed be thy name.
Lead us not into temptation: Hallowed be thy name.
But deliver us from evil: Hallowed by thy name.
Thine is the kingdom, power, and glory: Hallowed be thy name.
Forever and ever: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!
Word of Administration.
Communion Hymn: Prayer of St. Francis
Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, And where there’s doubt, true faith in you. Refrain
Refrain: Oh, Master, grant I may never seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love with all my soul.
Make me a channel of your peace. Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope. Where there is darkness only light, and where there’s sadness ever joy. Refrain
Make me a channel of your peace. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, in giving to all men that we receive and in dying that we’re born to eternal life.
Everlasting God, we have gathered for the meal that Jesus asked us to keep;
We have remembered his words of blessing on the bread and the wine.
And His Presence has been known to us.
We have remembered that we are sons and daughters of God and brothers
and sisters in Christ.
Send us forth now into our everyday lives remembering that the blessing in the
bread and wine spreads into each time, place and person in our lives,
As we are ever blessed by you, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Closing Song: All Things Bright & Beautiful (Christian Children’s Songbook, # 12)
Refrain: All things bright & beautiful, all creatures great & small, all things wise & wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, he made their glowing colors, he made their tiny wings. Refrain
The purple-headed mountain, the river running by, the sunset, and the morning that brightens up the sky. Refrain
He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell how great is God Almighty, who has made all things well. Refrain
Liturgist: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!