Bullentin: Sunday, October 18, 2020
October 17, 2020, 6:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Helena, Arkansas


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost


October 18, 2020







PRELUDE                              Dr. Gabriel Statom






Entrance Hymn      God of our fathers, whose almighty hand                H 718


The people standing, the Celebrant says


Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.


The Celebrant may say

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.


The following is said, all standing

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.



The Lord be with you.


And also with you.


Let us pray.


Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.




FIRST READING                            Isaiah 45:1-7

The people sit.

A Reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

1Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him—and the gates shall not be closed:  2“I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, 3I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places,
so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. 4For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me. 5I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god.  I arm you, though you do not know me, 6so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. 7I form light and create darkness,   I make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.”



The Word of the Lord.


Thanks be to God.


Silence may follow.


Psalm                                   Psalm 96:1-9

Remain seated.

1Sing to the Lord a new song; *
  sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.
2Sing to the Lord and bless his Name; *
  proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
3Declare his glory among the nations *
  and his wonders among all peoples.
4For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; *
  he is more to be feared than all gods.
5As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *
  but it is the Lord who made the heavens.
6Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *
  Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!
7Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples; *
  ascribe to the Lord honor and power.
8Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his Name; *

  bring offerings and come into his courts.
9Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *
  let the whole earth tremble before him.


Second Reading                      1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

The people sit.

A Reading from Paul's First letter to the Church in Thessalonika.

1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.  2We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.



The Word of the Lord.


Thanks be to God.


Silence may follow.



Sequence Hymn          God of grace and God of glory                  H 594

All stand.


Gospel                                          Matthew 22:15-22

All stand.


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.


Glory to you, Lord Christ.


15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.



The Gospel of the Lord.


Praise to you, Lord Christ.



The Sermon


The Creed

All stand.

We 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

All remain standing.

In the Name of Jesus, let us offer our prayers, responding, “Lord, hear our prayer.”

For the desire to reflect God’s abundant treasures, freely giving for the mission of the Church in the world, our faithful commitment to the poor and those in need; let us pray.

Lord, hear our prayer.


In thanksgiving for missionaries who serve in foreign lands; may they proclaim the gospel message of hope to those who live in places of instability, and reveal to us at home their extraordinary faith and charity; let us pray.

Lord, hear our prayer.


In thanksgiving for those who serve in our government, especially those unseen workers who toil in federal and state offices, and who attend to the details of daily responsibilities; let us pray.

Lord, hear our prayer.


In thanksgiving for our Creator who formed the darkness and formed the light, leading us through both, so that we may be transformed into a holy people; let us pray.

Lord, hear our prayer.


For all the faithful departed, may they rest in peace through the mercy of God; let us pray.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Continuing in the Holy Name of Jesus, let us add to these prayers.

The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect.

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and
earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and
strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Deacon or Celebrant says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

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.


The Priest stands and says

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.


The Peace

All stand.


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 Celebrant says

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2


Offertory music                                     Ms. Dagmar Bergan




The People remain standing.


The Lord be with you.


And also with you.


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.


Facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, 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 forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


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 he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


The People stand or kneel.

The Celebrant continues

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:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.


The Celebrant continues

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 forever. AMEN.


The Lord’s Prayer

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

People and Celebrant

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be 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,

forever and ever. Amen.




Fraction Anthem

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.


The Celebrant says

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.


After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People

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 forever. Amen.



The Priest blesses the people, saying

The Lord bless you and keep you. Amen.

The Lord make his face to shine upon you

and be gracious to you. Amen.

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you

and give you peace. Amen.


Post-Communion Hymn       Jesus shall reign where'er the sun         H 544




Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.


Thanks be to God.



POSTLUDE                                       Dr. Statom



Welcome to St. John’s.  We are so glad you are joining us for worship today.

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan,  Lynn Jordan,  Jim Howe, Nancy Howe, Parker Pace, Courtney Turner,  Rita Merritt, Jo Boone Wild,  Gloria Higginbotham,  Vivian Wright,  William Brandon, Cedric Franks, Jr,  Jeannie McCabe, Kathleen Gibson, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies,  Carol Spencer, Tommy Galloway, Bonnie & Charles Rowland, Pat Delk,  Lee McCarty Boyd, Jo Liddy, Riley Kate Haas, Joan Henderson, Katy Mouritsen, Pat Wheeler, John Darnell, Judy Waxman,  Pam Garofas, Ann Lee, and Bailee Polk.

St. John’s continues to support the Angels of Grace and the Anchor Mission ministries. Choose from their list which includes: cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, laundry detergent, bleach and dish soap.

Please remember we also support the Humane Society of the Delta, donations needed include dog food & puppy food and cat & kitten food.

Please place your donations for each of these in the red wagon at the back of the church to be blessed.

Grace Food Pantry labeled container in the narthex is for any plastic bags you might want to donate.

Thank you for your weekly donations. They are all greatly appreciated.



Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org             

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org 

Mailing address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342

Street address:  625 Pecan St., Helena, Arkansas



The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

The Rt. Reverend Larry R. Benfield, Bishop of Arkansas

The Rev. Ray Brown, Rector

The Vestry of St. John’s Church, Helena

Mike Fielder, Senior Warden (2021), Jane Hornor, Junior Warden (2020),

  Gina Pillow (2020), Carla Myers (2020), Ben Pittman (2021), Ann Lee (2021)

Michael Allen (2022), Mark Rogers (2022), Allison Biederman (2022)

Susan Carter, Clerk, & Walter Morris, Treasurer


Marjie Hamilton, Secretary, Tony Miles, Sexton  


Dagmar Bergan, Pianist,

 Dr. Gabriel Statom, Organist


Lay Reader- Allison Biederman

Acolyte – West Hornor

Altar Guild- Angie Fielder


The flowers on the altar today are given to the glory of God

and in memory of Thomas Glasner & Katie Miller,

 Jean & George Cracraft, and George & Kathleen Cracraft.


Given by Tom & Allison Miller