9-13-20 15th Pentecost

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The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 13, 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

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

People 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.


Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s 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.

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your

Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever . Amen.

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he

might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the

mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who

lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. 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 Exodus 14:19-31

Reader A Reading from Exodus.

[We are shown how God delivered the Israelites from Pharaoh’s pursuing army through a series

of dramatic wonders and events.]

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them;

and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It

came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there

with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a

strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were

divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for

them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after

them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the

Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the

Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with

difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for

them against Egypt.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may

come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses

stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth.

As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters

returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh

that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites

walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right

and on their left.

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians

dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians.

So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.


Reader Here ends the Reading.

People Thanks be to God.



Psalm 114


When Israel came out of Egypt, *the house of Jacob from a people of strange


Judah became God's sanctuary *and Israel his dominion.

The sea beheld it and fled; *Jordan turned and went back.

The mountains skipped like rams, *and the little hills like young sheep.

What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *O Jordan, that you turned back?

You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *you little hills like young sheep?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *at the presence of the God of Jacob,

Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

The Second Reading Romans 14:1-12

Reader A Reading from Romans.

[Paul calls upon the Roman disciples to live with tolerance for one another’s scruples,

recognizing that everything can be done to honor the Lord with whom each Christian has a


Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over

opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those

who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass

judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass

judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall.

And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be

alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day,

observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since

they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and

give thanks to God.

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the

Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die,

we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be

Lord of both the dead and the living.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise

your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is


"As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,

and every tongue shall give praise to God."

So then, each of us will be accountable to God.


Reader Here ends the Epistle.

People Thanks be to God.

Gospel Matthew 18:21-35



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

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me,

how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven

times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle

accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand

talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold,

together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So

the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you

everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him

the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who

owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’

Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will

pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the

debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and

they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned

him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded

with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’

And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt.

So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother

or sister from your heart.”

Celebrant The Gospel of the Lord.

People Praise to you, Lord Christ.


Silence and Reflection

The Nicene Creed

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.

The Rev. Dr. Rob Cavanna



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.

Our gracious and loving God, you are generous and merciful to forgive our sins and to

lead us into freedom: Accept our prayers for all your creation and let your Holy Spirit

direct and rule our hearts as we say: Tremble, O earth, at the presence of God, at the

presence of the God of Jacob.

Loving God, look upon your church with patience and grant us your divine forbearance,

that we may forgive and be forgiven within the abundance of your grace. Tremble, O

earth, at the presence of God,

People at the presence of the God of Jacob.

Enlighten this nation and our leaders, O Holy One, that we may be a generous people,

extending your justice and becoming instruments of your reconciliation. Tremble, O

earth, at the presence of God,

People at the presence of the God of Jacob.

Visit the earth with your pity and love to relieve all who live with illness, violence,

poverty, discrimination, injustice or oppression, that they may be delivered from their

distress. Tremble, O earth, at the presence of God,

People at the presence of the God of Jacob.

Inspire this growing faith community with your generosity of Spirit, that we may forgive

the debts of others even as we have been forgiven. Tremble, O earth, at the presence of


People at the presence of the God of Jacob.

Hear our prayer for those whom we bring to your steadfast love, especially all of our

Facebook friends and supporters.

Let every tongue praise you for your goodness, especially for our new Bishop Craig Loya.

If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. We remember those

who are the Lord’s possession through death. Tremble, O earth, at the presence of God,

People at the presence of the God of Jacob.

Officiant: Gracious and Loving God, you liberate us from all bondage and you call us to

generosity and grace: Bring your merciful forgiveness into our lives and free us from all

division and pride, that we may become your instruments of pardon and peace, in the

power of the 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. Amen.


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 peace of Christ be always with you.

And also with you.

The Offertory and Hymn


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. You may also wish to designate us as your charity at

Amazonsmile.com. 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. Amen.

Post-Communion Prayer

Celebrant Let us pray.

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living

members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with

spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the

world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with

gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Final Blessing

Please kneel or stand.


Forgive one another as you have been forgiven by our infinitely merciful God. Amen.

Welcome those of different opinions, honoring your own conscience and theirs. Amen.

Live with generous joy, for whether you live or whether you die, you are God's beloved

possession. Amen.

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

encourage you, now and for ever. Amen.

Announcements and Closing Hymn


*Join me and your fellow Trinitarians on Thursday evenings at

8:00pm for a brief calming candlelight service of Compline.*

Special Blessings to all our September Birthday Trinitarians!

07 — Joanie Nichols

08 — Sue Nagorski

13 — Adelle Robinson

18 — Debbie Krogman

21 — Rebeccah Svoboda

25 — David Raitz

28 — Danny Liberto

29 — Olive Taylor

30 — Torney Marshall

Great Holy Trinity “Fall Get Together”

September 20, 2020

Outdoor Eucharist , weather permitting.

Bring the family, chairs and

backpacks for blessing!


In our continuing study of racism in America, this is our 2 nd All Parish Read. It’s

suitable for men, women and youth. You can purchase it online at Barnes and

Noble as well as Amazon. If you might need some help to purchase it, please

let Fr. Rob know. You will find this book both informative and illuminating. We’ll

discuss at the end of September. Have you bought your copy yet?

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

A landmark in the conversation about race and religion in America.



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

Bea, Ben, Tim, Barbara, Dan, Michelle, Angie, Corrie, Jarrod, Ed G., Ro,

Briana, Sue, Shirley I., Rick D, Clayt, Bill, Gill, Linda, Terry, Mimi, Mary Jo,

Doris, Melinda, David, Linus, Chris, Rochelle, David, Lloyd, 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)


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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

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Church website: holytrinityelkriver.org

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