The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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The Fourth Sunday

after Pentecost

Proper 8A

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The Liturgy of the Word: Rite II

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

500 South Country Road • Bay Shore, New York 11706 Phone 631-665-0051 Fax 631-665-0052


Welcome to St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

We extend a warm welcome to everyone, and especially any visitors who may be worshiping with us today.

If you do not already have a church home, please feel welcome to join this Parish family. Our Services begin with the Opening Voluntary. You are invited to enter

quietly into the spirit of worship as the music is played.

A Message from Bishop Itty Regarding Public Worship

Beginning on July 12, 2020

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, May the peace of Christ be with you!

As we all know, we have passed through some of the most difficult moments of our common life as Christians amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to curb the contagion associated with COVID-19 our nation and its communities have put into place mobility restrictions, social distancing practices, and curbed public gatherings. While we continue to recognize the significance of the pandemic, a number of public health indicators have suggested that the resumption of some aspects of our com-mon life is now safer than it was before.

Consequently, in accordance with federal, state, local, and ecclesial guidelines, we have an opportunity to resume limited public worship after the first Sunday in July. Although there will be never be a perfect time to re-gather, it is prayerfully anticipated that St. Peter’s by-the-Sea should be in a position to resume in-person common worship as of Sunday, July 12th at 10:00am. When we gather, we will be following a

simple Liturgy of the Word, and our time together in prayer should last about half an hour or so. It is un-derstood that as in other public settings, we will be using face coverings, seat ourselves appropriately throughout the main sanctuary, and follow recommended safety and social distancing protocols.

Please know that we all live in a fluid environment at this time, hence, we will all need to remain flexible and adapt to circumstances that may change in one form or another. While some may feel encouraged to return to the normal pace of life we experienced before, others may feel that they need more time. May we always remain loving and respectful to all these perspectives and determine for ourselves what may be best for each one of us. While the current format may not be optimal, it represents a beginning, and an opportunity to praise God and acknowledge one another in a spirit of Christian love and respect. During this time away, we have lost some beloved members, experienced health issues, personal challenges, and also experienced wondrous gifts and miracles, which God has sent our way. We now have an opportuni-ty to publicly acknowledge these realities, see one another, pray for one another, and to thank God for the blessings we continue to enjoy. May God’s blessings sustain us all in the times to come.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen. (2 Cor, 13:14)


— Prayers for the Week —

We pray for those seeking healing: Ada, Alan, Alex, Andrea, Ann, Annakutty, Anthony, Autumn, Ben, Betty, Betty C., Chris, Curt, Dan, David, Diane, Donna, Earl, Elinor, Ellen, Emily, Gary, George, Greg, Hannah, Joan, Joanne, Joe, Joel, John, Joy, Kamryn, Ken, Lorraine, Marc C., Mark, Matthew, Roger, Sarah Grace, Shanti, Steve, Sue, Susanne, Theresa, Tria, and William.

We pray for those who have died; and all those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus; and

those grieving the death of a loved one, that they may they find comfort and peace;

We pray for those in military service, and especially for Christian, Dave, Eileen, John, Kyle, Robert,

and Stephen;

We pray for the unemployed and underemployed; for all who suffer from addictions; for all who suffer

chronic illness, and for all caregivers;

We pray for our companion dioceses of Torit & Ecuador-Central; and for mercy, peace, and justice

among all peoples, especially those whose lives have been devastated by natural disasters, terrorism, war, famine, tyranny, or injustice;

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for Jubilee Center, Mastic Beach; The Spouses of Diocesan

Clergy; Church of the Redeemer, Mattituck St. Mark's, Medford; Trinity Church, Northport; St. John's, Oakdale; Episcopal Public Policy Network;

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the united Church of North India; and for the Dioceses of

North Dakota, Atlanta (The Episcopal Church); Athabasca (Canada); Juba, Attooch, Magwi, Aweil, Awerial (South Sudan); North East India (North India); Kabba (Nigeria); North Eastern Caribbean & Aruba (West Indies); North Karamoja, North Kigezi, North Mbale (Uganda); Auckland (Aotearoa NZ & Polynesia); Kadugli & Nuba Mountains (Sudan).

Virtual Bereavement Support Group for COVID-19 Related Loss

July 29 thru September 2 / 5:00PM-6:30PM (Wednesday Evenings )

Registration Required - Please email/call Intake Coordinator: Keara Lincoln, LMSW

(631) 828-7631 /

Maribeth McKeever, LCSW-R, ACHP-SW. Director of Bereavement Good Shepherd Hospice

110 Bi-County Blvd., Suite 114. Farmingdale, NY 11735 (631) 828-7628

Parish Financial Snapshot for the Third Week in June, 2020

versus Third Week in June, 2019

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Total Parish Expenses Per Week




Donations Third Weekend in June



LPL Transfer



Weekly Deficit




The Liturgy of the Word: Rite II

Hymn The Hymnal 1982, #518


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

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

The Collect for Purity

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.


The Collect of the Day (Proper 8, Year A)

Bishop Let us pray.

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lessons

The First Lesson: Genesis 22:1-14

Bishop A Reading from the Book of Genesis

God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, sad-dled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham,

“Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offer-ing, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.

When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Bishop The Word of the Lord.

Motet (Psalm 27:12) Richard Farrant (1525-1580)

Hide not thou thy face from us, O Lord, and cast not off thy servant in thy displeasure; for we confess our sins unto thee and hide not our unrighteousness. For thy mercy’s sake, deliver us from all our sins.

The Second Lesson: Romans 6:12-23

Bishop A Reading from the Letter to the Romans


of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Bishop The Word of the Lord.

Anthem— Cantique de Jean Racine Gabriel Faure

Alleluia Verse Plainsong

Alleluia. Alleluia. Your word is a lantern to my feet, and a light upon my path. Alleluia.

The Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42

Bishop The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a dis-ciple-- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

Bishop The Gospel of the Lord.

The Sermon The Right Reverend Johncy Itty

Anthem—Deep River Negro Spiritual, arr. Paul Ayres

Deep River, my home is over Jordan, Deep River, want to cross over into campground. O don’t you want to go to the Gospel feast, that promised land where all is peace? I’ll go into heaven and take my seat, Cast my crown at Jesus’ feet. Oh, when I get to heaven I’ll walk all about. There’s nobody there to turn me out.

Verbe, égal au Très-Haut, notre unique espérance, Jour éternel de la terre et des cieux,

De la paisible nuit nous rompons le silence. Divin Sauveur, jette sur nous les yeux.

Word, equal to the Almighty, our sole hope, Eternal day of the earth and the heavens, We break the silence of the peaceful night. Divine savior, cast your eyes upon us.

Répands sur nous le feu de ta grâce puissante Que tout l’enfer fuie au son de ta voix. Dissipe le sommeil d’une âme languissante Qui la conduit à l’oubli de tes lois.

Pour on us the fire of your powerful grace So that all hell flees at the sound of your voice. Dispel the sleep of a languishing soul

Who lives forgetful of your laws.

O Christ, sois favorable à ce peuple fidèle Pour te bénir maintenant rassemblé.

Reçois les chants qu’il offre à ta gloire immortelle Et de tes dons qu’il retourne comblé.

O Christ, look kindly on your faithful people Assembled now to glorify you.


The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayers

I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; for our Bishops; and for all ministers and people.

Pray for the Church.

I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Pray for justice and peace.

I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. Pray for those in any need or trouble.

I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of him. Pray that they may find and be found by him.


I ask your prayers for Ada, Alan, Alex, Andrea, Ann, Annakutty, Anthony, Autumn, Ben, Betty, Betty C., Chris, Curt, Dan, David, Diane, Donna, Earl, Elinor, Ellen, Emily, Gary, George, Greg, Hannah, Joan, Jo-anne, Joe, Joel, John, Joy, Kamryn, Ken, Lorraine, Marc C., Mark, Matthew, Michelle, Roger, Sarah Grace, Shanti, Steve, Sue, Susanne, Theresa, Tria, and William;

I ask your prayers for those in military service, especially for Christian, Dave, Eileen, John, Robert, and Stephen;

I ask your prayers for the unemployed and underemployed; for all who suffer from addictions; for all who suffer illness, especially those suffering the effects of illness from COVID-19, those suffering chronic ill-ness, and for all caregivers; . . . For our companion dioceses of Torit and Ecuador-Central, and for mer-cy, peace, and justice among all peoples, especially those whose lives have been devastated by disease, nat-ural disasters, terrorism, war, famine, tyranny, or injustice; For the petitions in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer and the Anglican Cycle of Prayer this week.

And let us pray in the words our Savior taught us, 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.


Hymn The Hymnal 1982, #288 Praise to God, immortal praise Dix

Closing Voluntary—Chromatic Fugue Johann Pachelbel


June 28, 2020 – Pentecost 4 (A)

Meet Our Missionaries: Stéphanie Burette, Episcopal Volunteers in Mission

An update from Stéphanie Burette, a member of the Episcopal Volunteers in Mission (EVIM) serving in Jerusalem:

The day begins rather early for one who wants to go for a run before our 7:00 am Eucharist. An early run is not only about exercising; to see the walls of the Old City, often illuminated by colored lights (purple, blue…), the City of David, the sunrise over the Mount of Olives, or even (on a very clear day) the Judean wilderness in the horizon, helped me realize step by step where I was. As the sun rises, the City wakes up and gets ready for the countless visitors, worshippers, pilgrims from all over the world. Back at the College, I get ready for the Eucharist, assist and get the sacristy in order before going to breakfast where conversations begin with pilgrims. We explore towns and sites related to Jesus’ family, life and ministry, death, and resurrection. We learn about the land where we stand, what has been excavated, listen to Scriptures, and pray. From sight to touch, from hearing to taste, to the sense of smell, our whole bodies are involved in the encounter with a land and the cul-tures which have inhabited it for thousands of years. Bethlehem, Nazareth, Caesarea Philippi, Wadi Qelt, Qumran. Evening Prayer gives us a quiet space to reflect on the day. As we come back to our rooms, exhausted and disoriented, our minds are filled with breathtaking sights and lots of questions.

Why did you choose to serve as an Episcopal Volunteer in Mission?

As a French woman converted in England, graduate of an Episcopal seminary and ordained in the American Cathedral in Paris, I constantly live between and amid at least three cultures. My Anglican identity is marked by these three cultures. Though it has its challenges, it is a precious gift to navigate from one expression of Anglicanism to another, from one culture to another. In Jerusalem, one of the most invaluable gifts is to be surrounded by countless languages and cultures, which are countless expressions of what human beings can shape themselves into, move from, share, interact with, build upon. My first motivation while I was still in seminary was the possibility to live in this land which gave birth to Christianity. When I now hear Caesarea Philippi, Capernaum, Jericho, Bethlehem, Galilee, etc. I see landscapes of course, but more specifically people with faces and voices, whose everyday life is rooted in this land where Jesus was born and lived. When I see a man in his thirties on a donkey, riding it like a horse in the early evening on the streets of Jerusalem, when I hear a little girl say ‘Abba!’ to her father, parts of the Scriptures come alive. One can experience the land as a “gospel” of its own.

How can we pray for you and the people you work with?

Please pray for our Jewish, Muslim, Christian brothers and sisters (and non-binary) in this land, and especially that we may not divide communities in our hearts and minds, but rather truly “respect the dignity of every human being,” whatever their religion or culture may be, and love one another. Please pray that we Christians may be very vigilant and get rid of antisemi-tism. Judaism is what we come from: what tree would cut off its own roots?

Please pray for every people in and of this land. The distinction between “Palestinians” and “Israelis” or between “Arabs” and “Jews” can be confus-ing. Pray for people on both sides of the Gaza border, for people in the West Bank and Israel, for people in Lebanon and Syria. Please pray for Sabeel (a Christian ecumenical Liberation Theology Center), and keep an eye on their “Wave of Prayer.” Pray for Kids4Peace, the Jerusalem Peacebuilders, and all those who work for justice, peace, and reconciliation in this land. Pray for the refugee centers and those who work in them. Please pray also for the ministry of women, lay and ordained, that it may be fully recognized, strongly support-ed, and expanded.