8-2-20 9th Pentecost


The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost and

The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

August 2, 2020


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Officiant and Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Rob Cavanna


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The Liturgy of the Word

Opening Hymns

Respond as if you were in church.

Opening Acclamation



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

And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.


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.

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 Collect of the Day

Celebrant The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Celebrant Let us pray.

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.

O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son,

wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we,

being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his

beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for

ever and ever. Amen.

God of justice, in your wisdom you create all people in your image, without exception.

Through your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity, beauty, and worth of every

human being. Open our minds to understand that all your children are brothers and

sisters in the same human family. Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes, behaviors,

and speech which demean others. Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by

racial discrimination, and their passionate appeals for change. Strengthen our resolve to

make amends for past injustices and to right the wrongs of history. And fill us with

courage that we might seek to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive and be forgiven, and

establish peace and equality for all in our communities. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

The First Lesson Genesis 32:22-31

Reader A Reading from Genesis.

[Jacob, on the night before his confrontation with his brother Esau, wrestles all night with a man

he comes to recognize as God

The same night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven

children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the

stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man

wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against

Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he

wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said,

“I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?”

And he said, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but

Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” Then

Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my

name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I

have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” The sun rose upon him as

he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.




Here ends the Reading.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 17:1-7,16

Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD; give heed to my cry; *listen to my prayer, which

does not come from lying lips.

Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *let your eyes be fixed on justice.

Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.

I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *I have heeded the words of your lips.

My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *in your paths my feet shall not stumble.

I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *incline your ear to me and hear my




Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *O Savior of those who take refuge at your

right hand from those who rise up against them.

But at my vindication I shall see your face; *when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding

your likeness.

The Second Reading Romans 9:1-5


A Reading from Romans.

[Paul expresses his anguish and sorrow that so many of the children of Israel, the people

especially favored by God, have not found the Lord’s promise.]

I am speaking the truth in Christ-- I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the

Holy Spirit-- 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 own people, my

kindred 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 them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who

is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.




Here ends the Epistle.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel Matthew 14:13-21



The Holy Gospel of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it,

they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd;

and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples

came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the

crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus

said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied,

“We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to

me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and

the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them

to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled;

and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those

who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.




Silence and Reflection

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

The Rev. Dr. Rob Cavanna

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.

Prayers of the People

People kneel or stand as able.

Out of your abundance, O God, you bless us and feed us. Have compassion upon the

multitudes who need your care, and touch all for whom we pray with the abundance

of your grace, as we say: Incline your ear to us and hear our words; show us your

marvelous loving-kindness.

Your Church, O Gracious, is the eucharistic community of your Son Jesus Christ. Grant

us the presence of your Spirit as we take, bless, break and give our lives to your

intentions. Incline your ear to us and hear our words;

People show us your marvelous loving-kindness.

The nations live in fear and anxiety, O Holy One: Visit our leaders and strive with them

in their fears, that they may choose your paths of peace and reconciliation. Incline your

ear to us and hear our words;

People show us your marvelous loving-kindness.

God of compassion, listen to our prayers for all the world and our country in particular,

that your abundance may fill those living with scarcity and your presence may bless all

frightened people. Incline your ear to us and hear our words;

People show us your marvelous loving-kindness.



Let your generosity bless this growing faith community of Holy Trinity and our online

community, O Loving One, that all who are ill may be healed, the hungry fed, and those

needing fellowship find steadfast hospitality and care among us. Incline your ear to us

and hear our words;

People show us your marvelous loving-kindness.

Touch our sorrows and the unceasing anguish of our hearts as we bring our prayers to

you, especially for the people on our Prayer List.

With grateful hearts we bring you our thanks, especially for the 2020 Confirmands.

With faith we remember those who have died, especially all our family members who

have gone before us. Incline your ear to us and hear our words;

People show us your marvelous loving-kindness.

Presider: Visit us in our fear and fill us with the abundance of your grace, O God, that

all the world may feel and know the goodness of your presence and the power of your

Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


Confession of Sin

Please kneel or stand.

Celebrant Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Priest 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.



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



The Offertory


The peace of Christ be always with you.

And also with you.

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us,

an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

Thank you for keeping up you pledges and your contributions. If you would like to

donate today, go to our website, www.holytrinityelkriver.org, and click on the Donate

button in the upper right-hand corner. Thank you very much for your generosity.

The Lord’s Prayer

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

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,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Spiritual Communion—Act of Reception

Officiant In union, blessed Jesus, with the faithful gathered at every altar of

your Church where your blessed Body and Blood are offered this day, let us now say

together The Prayer for Reception.

I long to offer you praise and thanksgiving, for creation and all the

blessings of this life, for the redemption won for us by your life, death, and

resurrection, for the means of grace and the hope of glory.

And particularly for the blessings given me….(pause to think of your blessings)

I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament, and, since I

cannot at this time receive communion, I pray you to come into my heart.

I unite myself with you and embrace you with all my heart, my soul, and

my mind. Let nothing separate me from you; let me serve you in this life

until, by your grace, I come to your glorious kingdom and unending peace.


Post-Communion Prayer

Celebrant Let us 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.



The Final Blessing

Please kneel or stand.


God is gracious and generous, loving to everyone and his compassion is for all. Amen.

Christ, the true bread from heaven, is the bountiful gift of divine love which alone can fill

your hunger. Amen.

The Spirit is near in your moment of need and can satisfy all your needs. Amen.

And the blessing of our bounteous God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you and

dwell within you, now and for ever. Amen.

Announcements and Closing Hymn

The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ:

Feast that celebrates Jesus' radical change of appearance while in the presence of

Peter, James, and John, on a high mountain (Mt 17:1-8; Mk 9:2-8; Lk 9:28-36). The Gospel

of Matthew records that "he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like

the sun, and his garments became white as light." At this moment Moses and Elijah

appeared, and they were talking with Jesus. Peter, misunderstanding the meaning

of this manifestation, offered to "make three booths" for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.

A bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice from the cloud stated, "This is my

beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." The disciples fell on their

faces in awe, but Jesus encouraged them to arise and "have no fear." They saw only

Jesus. This event is alluded to in 2 Pt 1:16-18, which records that "we were eyewitnesses

of his majesty" and "we were with him on the holy mountain." The Transfiguration

revealed Christ's glory prior to the crucifixion, and it anticipated his resurrection and

ascension. It may have given strength and comfort to his disciples in the difficult

times that followed. It also prefigures the glorification of human nature in Christ.

The Transfiguration is listed among the holy days of the church year as a Feast of

our Lord. Other provinces of the Anglican Communion followed the lead of the

Episcopal Church in celebrating the Transfiguration as a major feast. The Transfiguration

gospel is used on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany in all three years of

the BCP eucharistic lectionary. As an Epiphany story, the Transfiguration provides

one of the most distinctive and dramatic showings of Jesus' divinity. The Hymnal

1982 provides several hymns for the Transfiguration, including "Christ upon the

mountain peak" (Hymns 129-130) and "O wondrous type! O vision fair" (Hymns 136-137).




For ourselves, and for our families and all those we love, especially for Jarrod,

Ro, Briana, Sue, Tim, Dan, Michelle, Angie, Tina, Mary Jo, Doris, Melinda,

David, Kathy R., Linus, Chris, Kim, Rochelle, Barbara, Terry, David, Jennice,

Emily, Sherry, Dick, Mike and all the residents of Guardian Angels, Great River

Family Promise, Open Doors for Youth and Feed My Starving Children.

Please pray for our confirmands:

Dustin, Mo, Vernis, Gabriel and Elijah Campbell and Isabelle Stewart.

A Prayer

Good and gracious God, you invite us to recognize and reverence your

divine image and likeness in our neighbor. Enable us to see the reality of

racism and free us to challenge and uproot it from our society, our world

and ourselves. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Pray for people who are infected with COVID-19 or facing quarantine.

Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by

healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and

spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch

because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the

care of doctors and nurses.

Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving

treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing

health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their

families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and

petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.—Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

Pray for business owners and families facing financial stress.

Jesus, we thank You for Your faithfulness in how you have guided and

equipped people in their jobs and have provided in the past. It can be

scary and overwhelming not knowing how bills and obligations will be met

or to not be able to provide for families. As people feel financial strain

during the uncertainty, bring them comfort and peace, reminding them

that You are there for them. Provide for them in their times of need.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the

world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.—John

14:27 (NIV)


Pray for protection for people at higher risk of developing the disease.

Dear Lord, we lift to You our concern for people who are more likely than others

to become severely ill from COVID-19 — the elderly and people with chronic

health conditions. Protect them from harm and be their comfort in this time of

uncertainty and, for many, preventive isolation from loved ones.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.—1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

Pray for medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers responsible

for fighting the new coronavirus.

God, as more people get sick, healthcare workers and first responders are

working longer hours with fewer supplies and with more risk of contracting the

new coronavirus themselves. Renew their energy and sustain them on long

shifts. Bring Your protection upon them as they work with patients. Multiply their

supplies so they have the protective items needed to stay safe on the job.

Inspire and invigorate the research doctors developing better tests to diagnose the

virus, create vaccines to prevent it, and identify protocols to eliminate the it’s spread.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with

me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.—Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

Pray for leaders responsible for making decisions.

Father, we seek Your wisdom daily. Be with people making decisions that affect

the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world.

We pray that they communicate clearly, truthfully, and calmly — with each other

and with the public — and that their messages are received and heeded. May truth

and empathy be the touchstones of people setting policies for our protection.

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him

we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your

prayers …—2 Corinthians 1:10-11 (NIV)

Pray for families adjusting to new ways of life.

Holy Spirit, as families adjust to everyone being home as businesses and schools

close, we ask that You guide people in their new realities. Give spouses grace for

each other. Prompt worn-out parents to speak words of kindness and

encouragement to their children. Help children find creative ways to experience

the beauty of all You have created and continue learning.

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will

take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.-Psalm 57:1

Pray for grocery store workers and delivery drivers.

Lord, we are so grateful for all the people who continue to work each day so that

people are able to eat. We ask that You bless and protect them as they serve.

Give them grace to handle disgruntled customers during supplies shortages. Keep

their bodies healthy as they unload and stock boxes of supplies. Keep their cars

and trucks running smoothly as they deliver needed supplies and food people

have ordered online. And please protect them all from contracting COVID-19.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never


fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.-Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

1326 4 th Street NW, PO Box 65

Elk River, MN 55330

763-441-5482 office@holytrinityelkriver.org

Home of The Angel of Hope

The Rt. Rev. Craig W. Loya, X Bishop of ECMN

Priest-in-Charge: Fr. Rob Cavanna 320-339-4852

Deacon: The Rev. Georgia Steele 651-338-2946

Senior Warden: Sue Nagorski 612-868-9263

Junior Warden: Gary Wedl 763-427-0776

Liturgy: Daryl Herrmann 269-580-9040

Pastoral Care: Sandy Sisson 763-267-7623

Education: Megan Campbell 208-413-0619

Evangelism: Nancy Lloyd 763-370-9598

Service: Dick Anderson 612-812-2581

Treasurer: Jon Lloyd 612-434-3295

Secretary/Clerk: Joyce LeClaire 763-482-0170

Director of Music: Bea Bastyr 763-441-4068

Altar Guild: Gail Weber 612-850-4250

Women’s Group: Linda Krieger 763-441-7072

Pauline Hoffine 763-688-4540

Men’s Group: Ben Bastyr 763-441-4068

Meals on Wheels: Cheryl Ecklund 763-443-8637

Great River Family Promise: Deb Krogman 763-225-7773

Little Free Library Steward: Eric Hawkins

Office Staff: Jen Haag

Temporary Office Hours: Wednesday: 10 am—4 pm

Fr. Rob’s Office Hours:

Wednesday: 10 am-12 pm and by appointment

For emergencies please call Fr. Rob Cavanna

Cell Phone: 320-339-4852 fr.robcavanna@gmail.com

Church website: holytrinityelkriver.org

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