8am Rite I Trinity Sunday Morning Prayer, 7 June 2020

good morning good afternoon good evening welcome to st. John’s virtual worship and to our service of right one morning prayer we appreciate and are grateful for you joining us on this Trinity Sunday holy holy holy Lord God Almighty which was and is and is to come let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God almighty and most merciful Father we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts we have offended against thy holy laws we have left undone those things which we ought to have done and we have done those things which we ought not to have done but thou o lord have mercy upon us spare thou those who confess their faults restore those who are penitent according to thy promises declared unto humankind in Christ Jesus our Lord and grant o most merciful father for his sake that we may hereafter live a godly righteous and sober life to the glory of thy name amen the Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins true repentance amendment of life and the Grace and consolation of the Holy Spirit Oh Lord open now our lips and our mouth shall show forth side 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 forever amen Alleluia we say the vineet a together Father Son and Holy Spirit one God oh come let us adore him oh come let us sing to the Lord let us surely rejoice in the strength of our salvation let us come before his presence with Thanksgiving and show ourselves glad and him with songs for the Lord is a great God and a great king above all gods in his hand are the corners of the earth and the strength of the hills is his also the sea is his and he made it and his hands prepared the dry land oh come let us worship and fall down and kneel before the Lord our maker for he is the Lord our God and we are the people of his pasture and the Sheep of his hand worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness let the whole earth stand and off him free cometh free he cometh to judge the earth and with righteousness to judge the world and the peoples with his truth Father Son and Holy Spirit one God oh come let us adore him now let us say Psalm 8 alternating by whole verse Oh Lord our governor how exalted is your name in all the world out of the mouths of infants and children your Majesty is praised above the heavens you have set up a strong hold against your adversaries to quell the enemy and the Avenger when I consider your heavens the work of your fingers the moon and the stars you have set in their courses what is man that you should be mindful of him the Son of man that you should seek him out you have made him but little lower than the Angels you adorn him with glory and honor you gave him mastery over the works of your hands you put all things under his feet all sheep and oxen even the wild beasts of the field the birds of the air the fish of the sea and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea Oh Lord our governor how exalted is your name in all the world 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 a reading from the second letter to the Corinthians finally brothers and sisters farewell put things in order listen to my appeal agree with one another live in peace and the God of love and peace will be with you greet one another with a holy kiss all the Saints greet you the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you the word of the Lord thanks be to God let us say together canticle to a song of praise blessed art Thou O Lord forefather’s praised and exalted above all forever blessed are thou for the name of thy Majesty praised and exalted above all forever blessed or Dow in a temple of thy holiness praised and exalted above all forever blessed are down that be holdest the depths and dwelleth between the cherubim praised and exalted above all forever blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy kingdom praised and exalted above all forever blessed are thou in the firmament of heaven praised and exalted above all forever blessed art Thou O Father Son and Holy Spirit praised and exalted above all forever a reading from the Gospel of Matthew chapter 28 the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them when they saw him they worshiped him but some doubted and Jesus came and said to them all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you and remember I am with you always to the end of the age the word of the Lord thanks be to God go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you and remember I am with you always to the end of the ages as I’ve thought about the last week the last two weeks the last few months the word that comes to mind again and again is helplessness vista overarching feeling that i’m experiencing in response to forces that are way beyond me and out of my control to the coronavirus to this global pandemic but also helplessness in the face of racial injustice of a country that is once again suffering from the way that it is treated a significant part of its population I feel helpless and keep asking these questions what can I do how can I help what is my place in this what do I need to be doing I’m looking for that thing that’ll make me feel like I’m contributing that like that like I’m not a part of the problem but a part of the solution it feels a lot like it felt last summer as at this same time the year we were preparing to go on a mission trip Ashley Wade, Marian Ellis and 13 of our youth were getting ready to go to Eastern North Carolina where we would work with the Episcopal farmworker ministry before we set off I think we had these high hopes of helping, of contributing, of offering something, of doing something that would that would change or touch people’s lives, but when we were there what we experienced was very different We realized that in the week that we were there we had very little to give, but there was a lot for us to learn. A

significant part of our time that we spent there was about listening and learning. There’s one day that stands out in particular where we got to hear these four stories of folks who have been in this country for decades about their journey leaving their homeland behind, their families behind, everything that they knew behind in order to come into this country, and how they found themselves and here in North Carolina in that place… having worked farm jobs and in meatpacking plants… the whole time worried about their immigration status and when that knock on the door would come and they would be told that they need to go back to their home back to their country of origin. It was heartbreaking to hear the fear, to hear the frustration to hear the despair from folks who lived in this country for decades but were not treated as if they are a part of it. Bryan Stevenson, in a lecture that he gave at Yale Divinity School when I was in seminary, he’s the author of Just Mercy, this incredible work, he is a civil rights lawyer, but in this talk that he gave he laid out a few points of how we can all get started in the work for justice and his first point, the first thing he said is to get proximate. In order to work for a more just country, more just world, we have to get near to those places where there is injustice it’s important for us to go to those places go out of our safe and comfortable homes and communities to come near to draw close to those who have suffered injustice to those who are living in fear for their lives for their families lives for their livelihoods getting proximate is not about fixing or solving other people’s problems but drawing near to them and truly listening to them paying this message of getting proximate is at the heart of our gospel today Jesus sends the disciples out to all of every corner of the earth to preach to teach to baptize to carries God’s love with them as they go he sends them out to get proximate, to draw near to people who are different than them to go to those places where there is fear there’s frustration where there is anger where there is oppression with those who have been oppressed by the Roman Empire and even beyond its boundaries. One of the other points that Brian Stevenson had made was that we need to get uncomfortable That’s been another one of those words that’s come up time and again. I so appreciate it in the letter that Rob sent out to this community naming the importance of discomfort especially for those for me who live relatively safe and comfortable lives who feel insulated from the injustices, especially the racial injustices that we’re seeing boil over yet again in our country I keep thinking of those disciples and what their discomfort must have been like here they are these fishermen and farmers and trades people from a backwater of Israel and this little slice of the Roman Empire all the sudden sent to places that they’ve never seen maybe never heard of where they don’t know the language they don’t know the culture the customs the religions and there they encounter people whose perspectives or and beliefs are different than their own and they’re called to bring this message of love not to necessarily tell people what is right or how they should think but to meet them first, to meet them where they are, to meet them in the midst of their own lives their own frustration their own problems and to bring God’s love into that space I think the same is true for us as disciples we are called to go to those uncomfortable places not to solve or to fix but to listen, to stand in solidarity, to hold the pain that is there. The other points that Bryan Stevenson made or the other pieces of advice he gave is the need to keep hope we hear that at the end of our Gospel reading where Jesus tells the disciples that he will be with them

until the end of the age that even though he is sending them out and will no longer physically be with them he will go with them they won’t be alone and that is they go to these far-off long and uncomfortable places that he and his love will go with them holding them guiding them leading them comforting them and so I wonder what ends of the earth we are called to go today this week this month for our entire lives where are those places of uncertainty a fear anxiety distrust oppression where are those places that we are called to go where do we put ourselves to hear all of it and how do we enter into those spaces led by the love of God that is our work not to fix or to solve but to step into uncomfortable places and the hope that God is at work in them and that God’s love will transform us as God’s love transforms this world and so I encourage you today to get uncomfortable to get próxima and to hold out hope the God is working in the midst of us in the midst of our community or country in our world with no seemed like there’s no one standing here with her so I can’t explain see me

you you will you let us affirm our faith in the words of the Apostles Creed I believe in God the Father Almighty maker of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Ghost born of the Virgin Mary suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified dead and buried he descended into hell the third day he rose again from the dead he ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead I believe in the Holy Ghost the Holy Catholic Church the communion of saints the forgiveness of sins the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting the Lord be with you and with thy spirit 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 a kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever Lord show thy mercy upon us and grant us thy salvation and do thy ministers with righteousness and make thy chosen people joyful give peace O Lord and all the world for only in thee can we live in safety Laura keep this nation under thy care and guide us in the way of justice and truth let thy way be known upon earth thy saving health among all nations let not the needy o lord be forgotten nor the hope of the poor be taken away creating us clean hearts O God and sustain us with your Holy Spirit Almighty and everlasting God who has given unto us thy servants grace by the confession of a true faith to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine Majesty to worship the unity we beseech thee that thou wouldest keep us steadfast in this faith and worship and bring us at last to see thee and I won and eternal glory a father who with the Son and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth one God for ever and ever amen Oh God who are the author of peace and lover of Concord in knowledge of whom

standeth are eternal life whose service is perfect freedom defend us thy humble servants and all assaults or our enemies that we surely trusting in thy defence may not fear the power of any adversaries through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord amen Oh Heavenly Father in whom we live and move and have our being we humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by thy Holy Spirit that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget thee but we may remember that we are ever walking in thy sight through Jesus Christ our Lord amen I invite your prayers of intercession and Thanksgiving this time we draw all of our prayers together in the words of the general Thanksgiving Almighty God father of all mercies we sign unworthy servants do give the most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving kindness to us and to all people we bless thee for our creation preservation and all the blessings of this life but above all for thine and estimable 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 beseech thee give us that do sense of all thy mercies that our hearts may be unfeigned ly thankful then that we should go forth thy praise not only with our lips but in our lives by giving up ourselves to thy service and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days through Jesus Christ our Lord to whom with the and the Holy Ghost the all honor and glory world without end no matter who you are or where you are on your journey of faith we are so glad that you are with us this morning with virtual Church few announcements that we have is we did have a vigil this week as you can see I just want to thank this community for their outpouring of love in this um pretty tumultuous time on a much lighter note the choir school has offered a tremendous gift to us through their musical meditation and I just wanted to say that you can support this choir school by writing a check to st John’s and just putting in the memo choir school because the work that’s being done is tremendous also our building continues to move forward the building project this week we had another HDC meeting and that went well and we hope to move towards approval for our connector this coming month and July did you ever think that I’d have cars going behind me during announcements I did not but that’s where we are also again thank you so much for your generosity and your care during these times whether it’s been gifts of money or nice cards and notes it really makes a big difference to the staff so thank you so much and in all things again thank you for your presence it’s the greatest gift you can give take good care have a great week let us say together a prayer of Saint Kristen Almighty God who has given us grace at this time with one Accord to make our common supplication unto thee and has promised through thy well-beloved son that when two or three are gathered together in his name that we’ll be in the midst of them fulfill now Lord our desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth and in the world to come life everlasting amen let us bless the Lord thanks be to God may the god of Hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of

the Holy Spirit