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FranciS church
The Right Reverend John C. Bauerschmidt--Bishop of Tennessee The Reverend Joseph B. Howard--Vicar

Biblically minded. Mission Driven.

Order of Worship:

St. Francis Church is a community dedicated to the transformation of lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Kingdom of God. The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
Proper 14, Year A

A congregation of the Diocese of Tennessee and the world-wide Anglican Communion

A note for visitors: We’re thankful that you could join us for worship today, and we pray God blesses you in your time here. The service is printed in your bulletin. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask someone around you! St. Francis Church wants to encourage families to worship together. In order to be a community where all ages feel welcome, we provide coloring materials for children to use during worship and seek to be a community that understands the specific gifts and challenges that children bring. We encourage you, should you feel comfortable doing so, to sit toward the front with your children, as little-ones are often more attentive if they can see what is happening. That being said, we understand that there may be times when it is best to take advantage of child care, which we have available in the room immediately through the Kitchen off of the entryway. In Preparation for worship: We invite you to take a few moments before the service begins to be still, and rest from the business of your lives. Take time to breathe deeply, and reflect upon the past week. When you’re ready, you might say the following prayer or one like it in preparation for worship. O Almighty God, who pours out on all who desire it the spirit of grace and of supplication: Deliver us, when we draw near to you, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may worship you in spirit and in truth; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Word of God
Processional: O God our help in ages past Hymnal 680

Opening Acclamation:
All Standing

Celebrant: People:

Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

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.


Canticle 20, Glory to God: Gloria in excelsis

S 280

Celebrant: People: Celebrant:

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.

Collect of the Day: Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. First Reading:
All sit.

Jonah 2:1-9

Jonah refuses God’s directive to call the people of Ninevah to repentance, but he repents when circumstances cause him to end up in the belly of a giant fish. A reading from the Book of Jonah: Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me. Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’ The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” Reader: The Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God. The Psalm of the day:
Remain seated

Psalm 29 Afferte Domino 1 2 3 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, * ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; * worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; * the Lord is upon the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; * the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; * the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;

4 5

6 7

He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, * and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire; the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; * the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe * and strips the forests bare. And in the temple of the Lord* all are crying, “Glory!”

8 9

10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; * the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore. 11 The Lord shall give strength to his people; * the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace. Romans 9:1-5

Second Reading:

Paul struggles to understand why Israel has rejected Jesus, but reaffirms that the people of the Old Covenant are the source of the law, and even the Messiah himself. A Reading from Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome. I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. Reader: The Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God.

Detail of Paul from mosaic of Peter and Paul meeting in Jerusalem. Mid 12th Century, Palatine Chapel of Palermo


Sequence Hymn: In Christ there is no East or West

Hymnal 529

Holy Gospel:
All stand.

Matthew 14:22-33

When Jesus’ disciples are caught in a terrifying storm offshore, he comes to them across the water and tells them not to be afraid. Jesus’ words can also calm anxious hearts in our own day. Gospeller: People: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to _______. Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save

me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Gospeller: People: Sermon: The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Christ The Rev. Joseph B. Howard

The NiceNe creed


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 of The PeoPle Leader: Let us pray In our Diocese we pray for St. Mary’s Convent, Sewanee In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for Church of the Province of South East Asia The Most Revd Dr John Chew Archbishop of South East Asia & Bishop of Singapore

Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church; People: That we all may be one. Leader: Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you; People: That your Name may be glorified by all people. Leader: We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons; People: That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments. Leader: We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world; People: That there may be justice and peace on the earth. Leader: Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake; People: That our works may find favor in your sight. Leader: Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble; People: That they may be delivered from their distress. Leader: Give to the departed eternal rest; People: Let light perpetual shine upon them. Leader: We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy; People: May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom. Leader: Let us pray for our own needs and those of others. Silence Celebrant: Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the Name of your Son: Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as you know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The coNfessioN Celebrant:

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Minister and People: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.


We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Celebrant: Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

All stand

Celebrant: People:

The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.

Then the Ministers and the People may greet one another in the name of the Lord.

The holy commuNioN
Offertory music selected by the musician

All stand for the Doxology:

Hymnal 380 (last verse)

Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People:

All things come of thee O Lord. And of thine own have we given thee. The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Celebrant: People: Celebrant: People:

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. For you are the source of light and life; you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name: The Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Please kneel or stand at this time, as best helps you to pray.


Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world. On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may

faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom. All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN. And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by 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.

The BreakiNG of The Bread
Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; Therefore let us keep the feast. The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving. ON RECEIVING COMMUNION: All baptized Christians who are in love and charity with their neighbors are welcome to receive communion. If you do not wish to receive, you are invited to come for a prayer of blessing—simply cross your arms over your chest to let the servers know that you will not be receiving. Prayers before receiving can be found on pages 337 (the Prayer of Humble Access) and 834 in the Book of Common Prayer (the red books available under your chairs).


Communion music:

Post-Communion Prayer
After Communion, the Celebrant says:

Let us Pray
The minister and people together, pray:

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen. The Blessing


The Recessional: Praise to the Lord, The Almighty

Hymnal 390


Celebrant says the dismissal People: Thanks be to God.

A Note on Today’s Readings
Proper 14, Year A Welcome to St. Francis Church. In today’s liturgy water is a major symbol. The Gospel reading from Matthew is the account of Peter’s attempt to join Christ in walking on the Sea of Galilee. As Peter’s faith fails and he begins to sink below the waters, he cries to the Lord for help, and Jesus rescues him. The Old Testament reading is Jonah’s prayer from the belly of the fish. His being lost in the sea resulted from his refusal to obey God. He recovers his faith and affirms his trust in God. Jonah, like Peter, cries to God for help and is saved. We also continue to read through the Epistle to the Romans. Today we begin the second part of this letter, in which Paul begins to wrestle with the question of Israel’s continuing role in God’s plan. He laments for those Jews who have not accepted Jesus as Christ and yet remembers that Judaism’s role as God’s chosen people continues. Water in the scriptures is not only a symbol of life, but also a symbol of death. As Israel passed from death into new life at the Red Sea, so we gather as a community which has passed with Jesus from death into resurrection in the waters of Baptism.
From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year. Copyright © 2007 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.


Good News Daily
Volume VIII Sunday, August 10 Mark 4:35-41 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. (vv.3738a ESV) How can Jesus sleep in the boat when we are in a storm? Doesn’t He understand the ship is sinking because of the current Doppler radar forecast? Doesn’t He see my son is on drugs or my marriage is about to hit the rocks? My adjustable interest rate is going up and I can’t continue to pay the mortgage. First, you need to realize that earlier in the scripture Jesus had told them to cross over to the other side. They were listening to God’s will. Second, they were men of the sea who knew boating. Many were fisherman who kept their boats in good repair. God wants me to be more sensitive to hear His plan. I also need to do the daily work and tasks to be prepared. I need to be present in my son’s life. I need to educate myself on adjustable rate mortgages and not just buy one because a salesman said it was great. I might need counseling to be a more loving husband. Faith is an action word, not just sitting on our hands praying. Judges 11:1-11, 29-40; Psalms 66, 67; 2 Corinthians 11:21b-31 Monday, August 11 John 3:1-21 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (v.3) This parable is one of the “pearls” of the Bible. I remember fourteen years ago when God used the worst moment of my life to transform it into one of the best moments—all due to the truth of what Jesus taught the Pharisee Nicodemus. My life had come crashing down, due to alcoholism and living a secret life. I stood at a crossroad because I had been an actor in church for many years, singing the hymns and praying the prayers with no real personal relationship with Christ. I had lived my life under my own strength, and it was a mess. God had always been there, ready to transform my heart, but I had such a grip on the wheel. Fourteen years ago, I finally, in my heart of hearts, asked Jesus to be my personal savior. It wasn’t because I had fixed myself up, but because I was finally ready for Him to fix me up with a rebirth. Judges 12:1-7; Psalm 89:1-18; Acts 5:12-26 August 10-16, 2008 Number 32


Tuesday, August 12 Psalm 100 Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. (v.1) Attitude! I know I fail in this area so many times. I let my circumstances dictate my attitude. I can get so caught up in the troubled moment and forget I serve a God who has given me eternity. We are always testing God with one more hoop to jump through and then we can be joyful. Heal my ailing mother; help me secure that promotion or maybe some financial help. Please God, jump through this one more hoop. Reality is that He has already jumped through the highest hoop by giving us eternity with Him when we accept Christ as our Savior. What more should He have to do to make us have a joyful spirit and singing? The modern-day atheist at times could easily ask us Christians, “I thought you all were saved? Why don’t you look saved?” Attitude is a choice. Judges 13:1-15; Psalms 97, 99; Acts 5:27-42; John 3:22-36 Wednesday, August 13 John 4:1-26 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) (v.9) One day, years ago, I looked around and found myself living in a Christian bubble, interacting with mostly Christians all day—listening to Christian radio constantly, bible studies, home groups, and church on Sundays. This is not where Jesus would have been hanging out because He wanted to touch those that did not know Him. We can’t witness the transformation God has done in our life if the world never sees us. To witness is not forcing people to hear Scriptures we have memorized, but instead allowing them to see our transformed lives. I am a recovering alcoholic due to the grace of God. Daily, the world needs to see what God can do with a willing heart. Go out and show the world with a humble heart. Judges 13:15-24; Psalms 101, 109; Acts 6:1-15 Thursday, August 14 Judges 14:1-19 [Samson’s] father and mother did not know that it was from the Lord, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines. At that time the Philistines ruled over Israel. (v.4a) This was when Samson was telling his parents to go and get a woman they disapproved of to be his wife. She pleased Samson, but not his parents. God had a plan. So many times in my own life I have not seen God’s plan in the circumstances around me. I protest what a friend or family member is doing because I think I’m a better author of the story then God. In my own life, at times I look at my current situation and choices and don’t see God’s plan. But God does have a plan to use all things for good. Yes, it is wise to get good counsel and make well thought out choices. But even at times

when you see your child rebel or go against your will, the story isn’t over. You can’t just judge a book by a few pages, or even a chapter. God’s ending is always more interesting then what we could have written. Psalm 105:1-22; Acts 6:15—7:16; John 4:27-42 Friday, August 15 Acts 7:17-29 At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God’s sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father’s house. (v.20) What a wonderful declaration made over Moses when he was born: to be well pleasing to God. We all know the great trails Moses had in front of him and how God placed a hand on his shoulder. What encourages me is when all of us were born God was well pleased. He speaks to us just like Moses through prayer, people, and scripture. He has a plan. That love for each one of us never ends, no matter where we are in life. When I chose years of alcoholism over God, He never stopped pursuing me. God welcomed me home when I bent my knee to accept Christ as my Savior. What if we made our children a healthy breakfast every morning, but they never stopped to eat it and instead headed out the door for junk food. God waits for us each morning with a meal for our heart of hearts. Sit with Him. Judges 14:20—15:20; Psalm 102; John 4:43-54 Saturday, August 16 John 5:1-18 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. (vv.8-9a) Jesus was performing another miracle in a needy person’s life. Yes, a miracle, but pay attention to the work the crippled man had done before Jesus arrived. Sometimes it is not just sitting on our hands and praying, but also an actionable task we must try. The crippled man had struggled for 38 years to be first in the pool to be healed. Always too slow, he never quit trying. He was faithful to do his part even though he was at a disadvantage. He couldn’t heal himself. The man needed Jesus, but was the work he did earlier part of the miracle? Do you need a financial miracle today but haven’t learned to budget properly? Do you need a relationship miracle today in your marriage but haven’t followed through on the marriage counseling? God needs all of us to be in action doing our work so He can bless us with His daily miracles. Judges 16:1-14; Psalms 107:33-43, 108; Acts7:30-43 by S. M. Ford
Used with permission from the BIBLE READING FELLOWSHIP P. O. Box 380, Winter Park, FL 32790 18

Welcome to our guests! We’re very happy that you chose to worship with us this morning. Please join us after the service for snacks and conversation, to take some time to get to know us and for us to get to know you. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Parish work day: I want to thank everyone who was able to participate in our Parish work day on August 2nd; we accomplished a lot. The plan is to have these work days more regularly so that we don’t fall behind on many of these tasks, so mark your calendars for our next work day on September 20 from 9:30-12:00. St. Francis “Biggest Loser” fitness challenge: If you are interested in participating in the St. Francis fitness challenge, please sign up on the interest sheet in the entryway or visit the St. Francis homepage and signup online. Sharing Our Faith: Evangelism 101, September 6th, 9-2:30pm, at St. George’s: This one day conference will be led by Carrie Boren, Diocesan Missioner for Evangelism in Dallas, TX. Carrie will speak about THE Story of the good news of Jesus Christ, several approaches for sharing this good news, telling your story, and also congregational evangelism ideas such as how to be a welcoming community. She will help participants think through making community service activities evangelistic and how to run an evangelistic event. The cost is fifteen dollars which will include a boxed lunch and registration fee. Register at And why should you? Because Christians need to share their faith and people are longing to hear the good news. A few nuts and bolts on how to do this would be helpful. Inquirer’s seminar Sunday’s from August 10-September 14 from 9:15-10:15: If you interested in learning more about St. Francis Church, have questions about who we are, what we believe, why we do certain things in the service, or have a desire to officially become a member of our congregation, then mark your calendars for our inquirer’s seminar on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:15. October 5: Bishop’s visitation October 7: Pet blessing and cookout at Moss-Wright park from 3pm--??. Pet Blessing will be at 6:00 pm.
If you have an announcement that you would like in the bulletin, please email it to Fr. Jody by Wednesday the week before so it can be included.


Bishop of Tennessee The Rt. Rev. John C. Bauerschmidt Vicar The Rev. Joseph B. Howard Mission Council Ralph Eddy Linda Palmer Thom Chittom Shelley Sircy clerk: Nanci Frey Accompanist Thomas Duffy

Schedule of Ministry: Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Joseph B. Howard Reader: Carlene Johnson Acolyte/Crucifer: Adam Waltenbaugh Prayer Station: Shelley Sircy Oblationers: Ralph & Karen Eddy Chalicist: Adam Waltenbaugh To check the schedule online, visit: and go to congregational resources-->schedule

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St. Francis Church Biblically minded. Mission driven. 812 Meadowlark Ln PO Box 697 Goodlettsville, TN 37072 Phone: 851-0790

Cover Image: Jonah Cast into the Sea, 3rd-4th century, Catacomb of Peterand Marcellinus Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN, CCLI License No. 2334637 No. A-714717

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