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    St. Christophers Episcopal Church 545 S. East Avenue (708) 386-5613 Oak Park IL 60304

    The Right Reverend Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of Chicago

    The Very Rev. Paris Coffey, Rector and Oak Park Dean

    Dr. L. Richard Sobak, Organist and Choirmaster

    Mr. Alex Nied, Director of Childrens Music

    Ms. Barbara Kohnhorst, Director of Children/Youth Formation

    Ms. Josie Mazzaia, Office Manager

    The People of St. Christophers, the Ministers

    Welcome to St. Christophers Episcopal Church, an open and affirming congregation in the

    worldwide Anglican Communion.

    You are welcome here . . .

    if you are married or single, for

    we will partner with you;

    if you are a parent or a child of

    one, for we are all family together;

    if you know what you believe or

    have no idea what you believe,

    for we are one in our longing for

    deeper knowledge of God;

    if you are from this place or a

    stranger from far away, for we

    were all once strangers ourselves;

    if you are straight or gay, black

    or white, rich or poor . . .

    No matter who you are, we welcome you, praying that you will

    find here what you seek. In fact, we pray that you will find here

    the love that is Christs law love that bears all things, believes

    all things, hopes all things, endures all things knowing that

    Gods love is bigger than anything we can ask or imagine.

    All people adults and children who are seeking

    deeper relationship with Christ are invited to receive

    Holy Communion and to share freely with us

    in all aspects of our worship.


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    Sunday, September 9, 2012 The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18)


    BCP page numbers refer to the Book of Common Prayer and

    those in parentheses to this leaflet. An * indicates when to stand.

    *Opening Sentences page 323

    *Gloria page 324

    *Collect of the Day

    Hebrew Reading (page 4 of this leaflet)

    Psalm (page 5 of this leaflet)

    New Testament Reading (page 6 of this leaflet)

    *Gospel Reading (page 6 of this leaflet)

    Sermon The Very Rev. Paris Coffey

    *The Nicene Creed page 326

    Prayers of the People The People kneel or stand. page 328

    Todays specific intercessions are found on page 15 of this leaflet.

    Confession The People kneel page 331

    Absolution and *Exchange of Peace page 332

    The loose plate offering is designated for the Rectors Discretionary

    Fund for outreach. To specify recipient, please use a pew envelope.

    *The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer I page 333

    *Lords Prayer and Breaking of the Bread page 336

    *Prayer after Communion, Blessing & Dismissal page 339


    Acolyte: Pamela Graham; Chalice Bearer: Joe Dorchack;

    Lector: Bob Jones; Usher/Greeter: Ed Mampre;

    Altar Guild: Patti Ebright, Daniel & Malia Ropp


    A short service geared toward families with young children, the

    young at heart, and non-readers (since no service leaflet is used.)

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    Please turn off your cell phone and enjoy the quiet before worship.

    Prelude Trumpet Tune in A David N. Johnson


    All stand as able to sing the following found in The Hymnal 1982.

    Opening Hymn #432 O praise ye the Lord! Laudate Dominum

    Opening Acclamation

    Presider Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    ALL And blessed be Gods kingdom, now and forever.


    Presider 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.


    Song of Praise Gloria in excelsis Setting: Healey Willan

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    Hymn #S202 from The Hymnal 1982, used with permission of Church Publishing

    Presider The Lord be with you.

    All And also with you

    Presider Let us pray.

    All Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts;

    for, as you always resist the proud who confide in

    their own strength, so you never forsake those who

    make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus

    Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and

    the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

    The Hebrew Scripture Reading: Isaiah 35:4-7a

    Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear!

    Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible

    recompense. He will come and save you." Then the eyes of the

    blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then

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    the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.

    Reader Hear what the Spirit is saying to Gods People.

    People Thanks be to God.

    Psalm 146 Gregorian Tone VIII

    1 Cantor

    Hallelujah! Praise the Lord O / my soul! *

    I will praise the Lord as long as I live;

    I will sing praises to my God / while I have my being.

    2 All

    Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child / of earth, *

    for there / is no help in them.

    3 Choir

    When they breathe their last, they return / to earth, *

    and in that day their / thoughts shall perish.

    4 Congregation

    Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for / their help!*

    whose hope is / in the Lord their God;

    5 Cantor

    Who made heaven and earth,

    the seas, and all that is / in them; *

    who keeps his prom/ise for ever;

    6 Congregation

    Who gives justice to those who are / oppressed, *

    and food to / those who hunger.

    7 Choir

    The Lord sets the prisoners free;

    the Lord opens the eyes of / the blind; *

    the Lord lifts up / those who are bowed down;

    8 Cantor

    The Lord loves the righteous;

    the Lord cares for the / stranger; *

    he sustains the orphan and widow,

    but frustrates the way / of the wicked.

    9 All

    The Lord shall reign for / ever, *

    your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. /


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    The New Testament Reading: James 2:1-10, 14-17

    My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism

    really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person

    with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly,

    and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you

    take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, "Have a

    seat here, please," while to the one who is poor you say, "Stand

    there," or, "Sit at my feet," have you not made distinctions

    among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

    Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen

    the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the

    kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you

    have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you?

    Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who

    blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?

    You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the

    scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you

    show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as

    transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one

    point has become accountable for all of it.

    What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have

    faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or

    sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to

    them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill," and yet you

    do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So

    faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

    Reader Hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

    People Thanks be to God.

    All stand as able for the Sequence, found in The Hymnal 1982,

    turning to face the Gospel as it is carried out among the people.

    Sequence Hymn #628 Help us, O Lord, to learn St. Ethelwald

    The Gospel Reading: Mark 7:24-37

    Reader The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

    People Glory to you, Lord Christ.

    Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered

    a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he

    could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had

    an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came

    and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of

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    Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out

    of her daughter. He said to her, "Let the children be fed first, for

    it is not fair to take the children's food and t