Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
September 17, 2023
THE FATHER IS MY HOPE; THE SON IS MY REFUGE;
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY PROTECTIOR.
ALL HOLY TRINITY, GLORY TO THEE!
LIVE AUDIO STREAMING during today’s service is available on the Order of Service page. Recorded audio will be added following worship.
GETTING READY FOR SUNDAY: PREVIEW OF THE READINGS.
THE LESSON: Galatians 6:11-18
See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
THE HOLY GOSPEL: Matthew 6:24-34
No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?[ And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” or it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and hisrighteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
PARISH LIFE NOTES
BIG THANK YOU to Deacon Christine, Allan, Grace, Sandy, Joy, Alex, Yasmin, and Lorna for serving the community on behalf of St. Mary’s at the Cathedral Neighborhood Clean Up Breakfast yesterday morning!
PARISH LUNCH AND FAMILY MEETING will take today following the Sunday service. Please bring finger food to share as we gather to share stories of God’s grace and plans for the fall term.
Annual Informational Meeting of Synod will take place on September 23, 2023 at 11.00 a.m. on ZOOM. This meeting is open to all parishioners in the Diocese and will include an update of the affairs of the Diocese, and a short presentation of the current financial status of the Diocese, and will include a question and answer session. No motions or other business will be allowed at the meeting. A link to the meeting will be made available in due time.
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
- Morning Prayer: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:30; Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
- Evening Prayer: Wednesday at 5.30 p.m.