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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

October 17, 2021

This week’s Worship Service is offered in the Chapel and on ZOOM at 10:00 am.
Return Recenter Restore

10:00 am

This is the day that the Lord hath made!

We will rejoice and be glad in it!

Sunday Worship is provided in-person at the Chapel and on Zoom Communications.

ZOOM INVITATION: Topic: Sunday Service Oct 17 Bishop’s Visit Time: 10:00 AM

Celebrant: The Reverend Dr. Phebe L. McPherson

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Time to Return!

Face coverings are required but congregational singing is restored.

The Rt. Reverend Robert W. Ihloff

will be present at the 10:00 am service as Celebrant and Preacher.

Bishop Ihloff was the thirteenth bishop of Maryland from 1995 till 2007.

In retirement he has served as Associate Bishop of Virginia

and is currently Associate Bishop of Maryland.

Come celebrate and share our return!

Have you seen the new parish house? The new Sunday School room?

The new Preschool program in Molly’s Room? Walk the labyrinth!

The Chapel is gorgeous with restored floors and newly painted walls.

A reception on the Labyrinth Porch will follow the service.


Zoom Coordinator Dr. Maryellen Polvino-Bodnar

Music Director Dr. Mark Hardy

Soloist Catherine Clair

Reader/Litanist Anna Barton, Mabel Quarcopoome

Crucifer Jaeden Brown

Rector The Reverend Dr. Phebe L. McPherson

Preacher/Celebrant The Right Reverend Robert Ihloff, Associate Bishop of Maryland


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


Opening Hymn
All things bright and beautiful 1982 Hymnal – 405


The Collect
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson
Job 1:1; 2:1-10 There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason.” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives. But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes. Then his wife said to him, “Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Psalm 26
1 – Give judgment for me, O Lord,
for I have lived with integrity; *
I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
2 – Test me, O Lord, and try me; *
examine my heart and my mind.
3 – For your love is before my eyes; *
I have walked faithfully with you.
4 – I have not sat with the worthless, *
nor do I consort with the deceitful.
5 – I have hated the company of evildoers; *
I will not sit down with the wicked.
6 – I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord, *
that I may go in procession round your altar,
7 – Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving *
and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
8 – Lord, I love the house in which you dwell *
and the place where your glory abides.
9 – Do not sweep me away with sinners, *
nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
10 – Whose hands are full of evil plots, *
and their right hand full of bribes.
11 – As for me, I will live with integrity; *
redeem me, O Lord, and have pity on me.
12 – My foot stands on level ground; *
in the full assembly I will bless the Lord.



The Gospel and Reflection
Some Pharisees came, and to test Jesus they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.


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.

Celebrant: 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


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
Lord make us servants 1982 Hymnal – 593


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.



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We Return and Recenter in the Chapel at 10:00 am for Sunday Worship.
The service is also provided on ZOOM. Face-coverings are required.


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