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Epiphany Episcopal Church

Weekly Service Information

Sunday Worship Schedule

Worship 10:00 am
Bible Study 9:00 am
Sunday School on the Labyrinth 10:00 am

September 26, 2021

Sunday Services continue at 10:00 am in the Outdoor Chapel and on Zoom.

Please Note: Services are expected to resume in the Chapel starting in October and will be provided on ZOOM.
Face Coverings are required. There will be no congregational singing at this time.

On October 3 (St. Francis Feast Day transferred from Oct. 4) services will include

The Blessing of Animals at 11:00 am at the Labyrinth Garden

Outside Service

The Service is offered in the Centennial Memorial Gardens Outdoor Chapel and on ZOOM Communications

Because of the Delta Coronavirus Variant, we will continue worshipping outside for the month of September.
If you are not vaccinated, masks are required indoors and outdoors.

Celebrant: The Reverend Dr. Phebe L. McPherson

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Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

Opening Hymn

Morning has broken like the first morning 1982 Hymnal – 8


The Collect

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.


The Gospel and Reflection

Reflection Mark 9:38-50
John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him,
because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power
in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly
I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means
lose the reward. “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would
be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand
causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell,
to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than
to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to
enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies,
and the fire is never quenched.“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness,
how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Prayers of the People

Leader: In peace, we pray to you, Lord God. For all people in their daily life and work;
People: For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.
Leader: For this community, the nation, and the world;
People: For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.
Leader: For the just and proper use of your creation;
People: For victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.
Leader: For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
People: For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.
Leader: For Michael, our Presiding Bishop, for Eugene and Robert, our bishops; for all clergy and laity;
People: For all who serve God in his Church.
Leader: For the special needs and concerns of this congregation, especially for all those effected by the Coronavirus and for those working for racial justice. And also those for whom we offer our prayers, aloud or silently _________. (Silence)
Hear us, Lord;
People: For your mercy is great.
Leader: We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life, we offer our prayers aloud or silently __________. (Silence)
We will exalt you, O God our King;

People: And praise your Name for ever and ever.
Leader: We pray for all who have died, remembering especially_______, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom. (Silence)
Lord, let your loving kindness be upon them;
People: Who put their trust in you.

O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Eucharist Prayer

The Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer A Book of Common Prayer – 361

Presentation Hymn

Diverse in culture, nation, race, we come together by your grace.
God help us be a meeting ground where hope and healing can be found.
God, let us be a bridge of care connecting people everywhere.
Help us confront all fear and hate and lust for pow’r that separate.
When chasms widen, storms arise, O Holy Spirit, make us wise.
Let our resolve, like steel, be strong to stand with those who suffer wrong.
God, let us be a table spread with gifts of love and broken bread,
Where all find welcome, grace attends, and enemies arise as friends.

Communion Hymn

Spirit, be our Spirit Listening Hearts Hymnal – 2

V. 1: Spirit, be our spirit, in this time of searching for new life.
Open inner spaces with the fullness of your love
Refrain: Spirit let us now be and forever transformed for all humanity.
V. 2: Movement of your presence heals and deepens our hope to freely live.
Gift of heart where truth springs from the goodness that you’ve sown.
V.3: Into desert silence, there to listen and be with open heart,
you shall lead us thirsting; and we turn from our fears: forgiving love.
V.4: Spirit be our spirit in this time of searching for new life.
Open inner spaces with the fullness of your love.

Communion Prayer

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his
Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayer for Peace
O God, the Father of all, guide us into the ways of peace. Lead us from prejudice
to truth; deliver us from hatred, cruelty, violence, and mean spiritedness;
fill us with generosity, hospitality and love, and in your good time enable us all
to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Closing Hymn

I trust in God LEVAS Hymnal – 59

Final Blessings

All: Go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage; hold fast to that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak;
help the afflicted; honor all; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Celebrant: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit be upon us, and remain with us, now and forever. Amen.

The Peace of the Lord be always with you.



Pastoral Notices

Please keep the Henneman Family in your prayers.
Blanche O’Reilly, Avril Henneman’s mother, who celebrated her 100th birthday on April 10, 2020,
died peacefully on September 19, 2021. Condolences may be sent to Avril & Roy Henneman
at 8612 Fluttering Leaf Trail, Unit 206, Odenton, MD 21113.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Friday, October 1 at 7:00 pm
at Donaldson’s Funeral Home, 1411 Annapolis Road, Odenton.
Face Coverings are required.

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Please keep Donna Watts-Lamont and her family in your prayers.
Her husband, Lowell Lamont, died peacefully after a long illness
on Thursday, September 9 at their home in Middletown, Delaware.
Condolences may be sent to: Donna Watts-Lamon
4520 Cagney Lane, Middletown, DE 19709
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, October 2 at 10:00 am
at Epiphany Episcopal Church.
Face Coverings & Vaccinations are required.

Updates: Come labor on…


Weekly Updates
Come labor on….🎶
We keep working away at the new Education Center & Parish Hall!
A new caterer’s kitchen! And finally, the floor will be installed this week!
Always, more painting….

August into September

Because of the Delta Coronavirus Variant, we will continue worshipping outside for the time being in the Centennial Memorial Gardens Chapel & Zoom Communications.

We hope to return to the Chapel when safety recommendations allow.

Masks are required at all services, inside and outside.


Fall Parish Picnic – The Feast of St. Francis & The Blessing of Animals – All Saint’s Sunday and the Memorial Flower Cross Armistice Day Weekend – Saturday Ol’ English Tea & Sunday Guest Speaker –  Advent Wreath Making – Christmas Pageant – Feast of the Epiphany – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday – Ash Wednesday Services – Lenten Book Group – Holy Week Services – Pentecost Sunday – June Parish Picnic

1419 Odenton Road Odenton MD 21113