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HOMECOMING — Sunday, October 1, 2023 

Praise and Worship    “Just Wanna Praise You”
Entrance Hymn.          AA 508  “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine”
Welcome                        Joshua Jarrett-Schell
Opening Prayers         BCP pg 355
Response to the Welcome    Sydney Ambush and Carter Negussie
Hebrew Scriptures.               Jeremiah 32:15  Tori Bryant
Guest Pianist                            William Gatewood
Canticle                          Psalm 91:1-16     Ashanell Smith
Guest Soloists  Amor Smith &Awesome Smith
“He’s Got the Whole World”
New Testament           II Timothy 2:8-13   Zafia Slaughter
Gospel Hymn               AA 583   “We Shall Behold Him”
Gospel                           Matthew 24:30-35
Gospel Hymn              AA 583   “We Shall Behold Him”
Sermon                         Rev. Peter Jarrett-Schell
Guest Musician          Ralph Herndon
Nicene Creed             BCP pg. 358   (online see below)
Calvary’s commitment
We, the members of Calvary Episcopal Church believe in taking the journey of
God’s Love and Service to those who know Christ, and those who seek Christ.
Prayers of the People     (online see below)
Confession                         (online see below)
The Peace
The flowers on the Altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of William H. Underdue, Jr. by his a 650wife and family.
Offering Hymn                      “Jesus is a Rock”
Doxology                                  AA 650  “Praise God”
Holy Communion
The Lord’s Prayer (Sung)    AA 663
Communion Hymns            AA 404  “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand”
                                                       AA 151     “God is a Good God”
Prayer                                       BCP pg. 365
Guest Musician                       Ralph Herndon
Announcements                     Walter Swindell
Closing Hymn                         AA 159   “God Never Fails”
Susan Walls, Choir Director, Calvary
James Cooks, Guest Drummer


                                               THE LESSONS

Oh God, Help of the Helpless, you are always faithful to those who come to you with faithful hearts; you never fail to accomplish your purposes.  Therefore, we pray, be faithful to us, your people Calvary Church this day, accomplish in us the work of grace you have planned, so we may be your light of the Gospel here at the corner of 6th and I, for the glory of your son Jesus, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, Forever.  Amen.

Today’s scriptural translations are from Dr. Wilda Gafney’s “A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church, Year A”

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah (32:1-15)

In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust. Feet trample it down— the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor. The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm (91:1-16)
In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the Beginning is Now and Will be Forever.


A Reading from the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy (2:8-13)
Remember Jesus Christ, the offspring of David, who was raised by God from the dead. This is my gospel, so I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained! Therefore I endure everything for the sake those whom God is calling, that they too may receive the salvation that is in Jesus Christ, with eternal glory.

Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, he cannot disown himself.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew (24:30-35)
Glory to You, Lord Christ
“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You, Lord Christ

Prayers of the People
How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth. God is on the move! All of those who serve the Lord will be blessed! (Ps. 47:2)
Come we who love the Lord and let our joys be known!
There is a song in our hearts. There are untold melodies on our lips. For our God is worthy of songs of praise and delight!
The neglected and the orphan have a new song to sing; for God cares for the downtrodden and the forgotten ones of the world.
The homeless and the wayward have a shelter. The captives to addictions and compulsions have a Way up and out.
Before the beginning, God was at work, making provisions for us, taking the desolate and void, making a place of wonder and delight for our habitation.
“And he set that sun a-blazing in the heavens…”
Our God is an awesome God!
“Then down between the darkness and the light he hurled the world…”
Our God is an awesome God!
The rich, black soil was dense and the mountain ranges high as God spoke the Motherland into existence. The God of Africa, the High God, reigned in splendor.
God has helped us to preserve our heritage, even in exile.
In strange lands, we have been made to dwell. In different climates, we have learned to adjust. In different cultures, we have remained distinct.  God’s goodness provided for our needs.
From around the world, we of the Diaspora

continue to lift our sounds of exultation to our God.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. (Ps. 8:11)
Regal Power and Sovereign Majesty is the name of our God.
God is in this house! God reigns with power and love!
Our God is an Awesome God!

Our prayer litany today comes from the African American Heritage Hymnal.

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