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Liturgy for Contemporary Service in the Courtyard

September 30, 2021 6:00 P.M.

Entrance on 2700 block of Fifth Avenue 92103 (5th Ave. Side)

Thank you for joining us this evening for a socially-distanced, outdoor worship service. Please follow along in this simple liturgy, based on the Doxology Life gathering at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Would you like to participate in next week’s service? This is a community driven service. Whether you would like to read something, contribute a spoken piece or musical offering, or help with organization- you are welcome! Please email or call cell 619.840.2327 



Let us begin the evening in silence.

Regular text will be said by the leader, text in bold can be said in unison. Please participate as you feel led, or feel free to rest in quiet contemplation.

We are glad you are here.

Officiant: Stay with us, Christ, for it is evening.

All: Make your church bright with your radiance.

Officiant: Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Officiant: Let us pray.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light; and we implore you of your great mercy that, as you enfold us with the radiance of this light, so you would shine into our hearts the brightness of your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Savior.

All: Amen.

The officiant now lights the candle at the Altar as you may light your own (electronic) candle. Please listen, watch, pray or keep silence.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:5.

O Gracious Light

Led by officiant, said by all

O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds. 


The Psalms

Led by the Lector.  Read responsively, the people responding with the text in bold.

Psalm 105: Part II Et intravit Israel
23   Israel came into Egypt, *
and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham.
24   The LORD made his people exceedingly fruitful; *
he made them stronger than their enemies;
25   Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people, *
and dealt unjustly with his servants.
26   He sent Moses his servant, *
and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27   They worked his signs among them, *
and portents in the land of Ham.
28   He sent darkness, and it grew dark; *
but the Egyptians rebelled against his words.
29   He turned their waters into blood *
and caused their fish to die.
30   Their land was overrun by frogs, *
in the very chambers of their kings.
31   He spoke, and there came swarms of insects *
and gnats within all their borders.
32   He gave them hailstones instead of rain, *
and flames of fire throughout their land.
33   He blasted their vines and their fig trees *
and shattered every tree in their country.
34   He spoke, and the locust came, *
and young locusts without number,
35   Which ate up all the green plants in their land *
and devoured the fruit of their soil.
36   He struck down the firstborn of their land, *
the firstfruits of all their strength.
37   He led out his people with silver and gold; *
in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.
38   Egypt was glad of their going, *
because they were afraid of them.
39   He spread out a cloud for a covering *
and a fire to give light in the night season.
40   They asked, and quails appeared, *
and he satisfied them with bread from heaven.
41   He opened the rock, and water flowed, *
so the river ran in the dry places.
42   For God remembered his holy word *
and Abraham his servant.
43   So he led forth his people with gladness, *
his chosen with shouts of joy.
44   He gave his people the lands of the nations, *
and they took the fruit of others’ toil,
45   That they might keep his statutes *
and observe his laws. Hallelujah!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Led by the Lector.  Read responsively, the people responding with the text in bold.

The Lesson

Read by the Lector

A reading from Matthew 7:22-29

On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’ “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell– and great was its fall!” Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

The Word of the Lord. 

Thanks be to God.

The Reflection

Canticle / Poem



Enriching our Worship Source:
Communion Liturgy Iona 2020 (

Eucharistic Prayer (Enriching our Worship)

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.


We praise you and we bless you, holy and gracious God,

source of life abundant.

From before time you made ready the creation.

Your Spirit moved over the deep

and brought all things into being:

sun, moon, and stars;

earth, winds, and waters;

and every living thing.

You made us in your image,

and taught us to walk in your ways.

But we rebelled against you, and wandered far away;

and yet, as a mother cares for her children,

you would not forget us.


Time and again you called us

to live in the fullness of your love.

And so this day we join with Saints and Angels

in the chorus of praise that rings through eternity,

lifting our voices to magnify you as we say:


Celebrant and People:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


The Celebrant continues:

Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God.

To deliver us from the power of sin and death

and to reveal the riches of your grace,

you looked with favor upon Mary, your willing servant,

that she might conceive and bear a son,

Jesus the holy child of God.

Living among us, Jesus loved us.

He broke bread with outcasts and sinners,

healed the sick, and proclaimed good news to the poor.

He yearned to draw all the world to himself

yet we were heedless of his call to walk in love.

Then, the time came for him to complete upon the cross

the sacrifice of his life,

and to be glorified by you.


On the night before he died for us,

Jesus was at table with his friends.

He took bread, gave thanks to you,

broke it, and gave it to them, and said:

“Take, eat:

This is my Body, which is given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.”


As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine.

Again, he gave thanks to you,

gave it to them, and said:

“Drink this, all of you:

This is my Blood of the new Covenant,

which is poured out for you and for all

for the forgiveness of sins.

Whenever you drink it,

do this for the remembrance of me.”


Now gathered at your table, O God of all creation,

and remembering Christ, crucified and risen,

who was and is and is to come,

we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine,

and ourselves, a living sacrifice.

Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts

that they may be the Body and Blood of Christ.


Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth

and make us your new creation,

the Body of Christ given for the world you have made.

In the fullness of time bring us,

with all your saints,

from every tribe and language and people and nation,

to feast at the banquet prepared

from the foundation of the world.


Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

to you be honor, glory, and praise,

for ever and ever. AMEN.



And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say

Our Father in heaven,
holy is your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen. 

The Breaking of the Bread.
He whose table was open to all
is now present in this bread.
He whose word welcomed friend and stranger
offers friendship through this cup.

With people everywhere we affirm
God’s goodness at the heart of humanity,
planted more deeply than all that is wrong.
The gifts of God for the people of God …

Thanks be to God.

Share the Meal

If you wish to take communion, please come forward with your mask on.  A wafer will be dispensed into your cupped palm. Please return with it to your seat.  Once seated, you may remove your mask and consume your wafer, then please re-mask.

Currently we are unable to take wine due to COVID precautions, however the Prayer Book allows that communion in one kind provides the same spiritual benefit as communion in both kinds.  

Music and Distribution of Communion

Remembrance – Matt Redman 


Humility is a heart position before the Lord and conveyed in how we conduct our daily lives. Humility is not thinking less of one’s self, rather, thinking of one’ self-less often. 

It is not self-depreciating or mocking, but truly is living in such a way refraining from arrogance or narcissism in order to serve the Lord and to rightly serve others. Let’s use these prayers for humilty today as we seek to position our heart for blessings and to be a blessing.

We pray for the heart position of humility. Humility in such a way that we do not cheapen our own worth or value within, but that we take the alignment that we are here for a greater purpose than just our own gain. 

We pray that You will highlight to us what it truly means to live a humble life, and that our own worth will be revealed by Your Light. 

It is only then that we may truly live in freedom and right standing, for we will hold our own value correctly. Lord, we welcome You to mold and secure our hearts in true humility by Your lead.

In Micah You say, “O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Today we choose to walk humbly with You.

 We choose to live by Your Holy Spirit and to follow Your lead. Help us to hear You clearly, for we do not want to walk by pride or self-sufficiency, we want to walk with You.

 We ask for Your help to walk humbly with our brothers and sisters. It is all too easy for us to fall prey to our flesh and to walk in arrogance, but pride causes division and we desire peace. Lord, help us to humble ourselves in order that we do not let the lies of the enemy overtake us, rather, help us to count ourselves as equals with one another.

It is then that we will stop attempting to be better than others, and we can love their hearts for the unique person You made them to be. Help us to value one another in this humble spirit so that we may live to the fullest.

In Jesus name, Amen  

The Blessing and Dismissal

Said by Officiant.

May the road rise up to meet you.  May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.


Alleluia, alleluia.  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia, alleluia!


Worship Leaders

Officiant – Susan Jester
Lector – Beverly Edge
Reflection – Joanna Airhart
Poem – Jen Jow
Celebrant – Richard Lief
Prayer – Darien Delorenzo
Music – Jen Jow


Because of you,


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