11-22-20 Christ the King


Feast of Christ the King and

Stewardship Drive: Faith~Filled Generosity

(Fifth Week)

November 22, 2020


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Officiant and Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Rob Cavanna


Welcome guests to our online Faith Community!

Holy Trinity is a place where you can connect with people you

can relate to and where you’ll find lasting relationships.

We appreciate your participation in the LIVE service! A special warm welcome to

our Facebook friends from around the world. We affirm all youth and their families.

We’re glad to have you with us today!

The Liturgy of the Word

Opening Hymns

Respond as if you were in church.

Opening Acclamation

Celebrant Blessed be the one, holy and Living God.

People Glory to God for ever and 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.

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved

Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth,

divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most

gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for

ever. Amen.

O God, in whose every creation we discover a gift freely given: help us to understand

that all we have comes from the outpouring of your generosity, inspire in our hearts

a deep sense of gratitude, and move us to share what we have received with the

same immensity of spirit in which it was given. May our gifts of substance and service

be an example of Christ’s enduring presence and outreach to this community and all

beings. 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 Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Reader A Reading from Ezekiel.

[The Lord promises to be the shepherd of the people.]

Thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As

shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will

seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been

scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the

peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land;

and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the

inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain

heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land,

and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the

shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek

the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will

strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with


Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep

and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all

the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save

my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and


I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he

shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my

servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.




Here ends the Reading.

Thanks be to God.



Psalm 95:1-7a

Come, let us sing to the LORD; *let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *and raise a loud shout to him with


For the LORD is a great God, *and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, *and his hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *and kneel before the LORD our Maker.

For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

The Second Reading Ephesians 1:15-23

Reader A Reading from Ephesians.

[Paul gives thanks for the faith and love of the Ephesians and prayers that they may see with

their inward eyes the power of God, who has raised and enthroned Jesus far above all earthly

and heavenly dominions.]

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and

for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my

prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give

you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the

eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has

called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what

is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the

working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him

from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all

rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named,

not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his

feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the

fullness of him who fills all in all.


Reader Here ends the Epistle.

People Thanks be to God.

Gospel Matthew 25:31-46

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

People Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him,

then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him,

and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep

from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my

Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I

was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to

drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me

clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then

the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave

you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw

you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it

that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them,

‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my

family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are

accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;

for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to

drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me

clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord,

when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in

prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just

as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these

will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”




The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Rev. Dr. Rob Cavanna

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.

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.

Sovereign and loving God, our church gathers before you as sheep listening to their

shepherd: Give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation as we come to know our Savior

Jesus Christ and as we bring before you our prayers and intercessions, saying: For you

are our God; we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand.

Your Church is Christ’s body, O Gracious One, the fullness of him who fills all in all:

Inspire our service to the least of these, that we may feed the hungry, give drink to the

thirsty, welcome strangers, clothe the naked and visit the imprisoned, as faithful

servants of the hope to which Christ has called us. For you are our God;

People we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand.

Gather the nations before you, Sovereign One, to feed your creation with justice. For

you are our God;

People we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand.

Look upon all the people of the earth, O Compassionate One, to seek the scattered and

feed them with good pasture: Let them lie down in good grazing land, where their God

may be their shepherd. For you are our God;

People we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand.

Enlighten the eyes of the hearts of the people of this growing faith community that we

may live in the hope to which Jesus has called us and put power to work in Christ. For

you are our God;

People we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand.

Seek the lost, O Loving One, bring back the strayed, bind up the injured and strengthen

the weak, especially those for whom we offer intercession: those suffering from COVID.

Accept our thanksgiving for all the goodness of life, especially our health and well-being.

Bring those who have died to the riches of Christ’s glorious inheritance among the

saints, especially Ione Nichols.

May all humanity inherit the kingdom prepared for us from before the foundation of the

world. For you are our God;

People we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand.

Officiant: You are our God, O gracious Shepherd, and you care for all of your sheep:

Lead your creation into the fullness of your compassion, that with the eyes of our hearts

enlightened, all people may know the kindness of your care and the riches of your glory,

through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reign, One

God, for ever and ever. 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


Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his Name; bring

offerings and come into his courts. Psalm 96:8

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 in heaven,

hallowed be 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 forever. 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.

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing

us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood. Now send

us forth a people, forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love

to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

The Final Blessing

Please kneel or stand.


Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for

the sick, and visit the imprisoned, for you are children of God and inheritors of eternal life.


With the eyes of your heart enlightened, know the hope to which Christ has called you and

the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints. Amen.

Receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation, and follow the Holy Spirit to good pasture

where you may lie down in peace and reconciliation forever. Amen.

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

you, now and for ever. Amen.

Announcements and Closing Hymn

All music reprinted under Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Copyright License # A-704000


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

Tim, Barbara, Dan, Michelle, Angie, Jarrod, Ed G., Ro, Briana, Shirley I., Rick D,

Clayt, Bill, Gill, Linda, Terry, Mimi, Mary Jo, Doris, Mark, Annette, David, Linus, Chris,

Rochelle, David, Lloyd, Jennice, Emily, Sherry, Dick, Mike, Torney, Marion 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 and

their Mentor: The Rev. Georgia Steele.

Racial Justice—3rd All Parish Read

Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America

by Catherine Meeks

(Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Cathedral Book Store)

Don’t forget-Thanksgiving Eve Service,

Wednesday, November 25, 2020,

7:00pm, on Facebook. Invite family

members and others to join you!


When we set “Faith-Filled Generosity” as the theme for

this year’s stewardship campaign, none of us could have

known what this year would be like. I need not remind

you of the disruptions, losses, and anxieties that this year has brought to our communities,

for we are all still living with the impacts. I can say, however, that although the coronavirus

pandemic has tested our resolve, it has not tested our faith. We are stronger, more

resilient, and more connected than we have ever been as a Church and as a community

of neighbors. Thank you. Thanks to each one of you doing your part in your homes,

workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our church.

Our stewardship and our mission this year have been focused on service. As we

experienced many months of not being able to gather in person, the usual focus on weekly

worship was spread throughout the week as we found ways to gather virtually on Sundays

and Thursdays, taking more time to pray for each other’s needs and serve our communities.

You used this time to discover, hone, and put to use the gifts you have received from our

Creator God and to serve one another.

I have witnessed the countless ways that you have used your resources for the mission of the

Church and to help each other. I have found it inspiring and hopeful as we plan our work

together in 2021. This coming year, we will explore the way that our generosity is

inspired by our faith, how we are formed and led into relationship with each other as

we share our gifts with the world. This is what we mean by “Faith-Filled Generosity.”

How will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help our church this year?

How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and respond with

generosity? As we look at each family, each individual in our community, we realize that we

are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have


Thank you again for your generosity and commitment to keep alive the mission and

ministries of our beloved Holy Trinity! It’s your vibrant faith community. You make it so

and to you we are eternally grateful. Please mail or bring in your 2021 Pledge Card by

November 29, 2020.

Faithfully in Christ,

Fr. Rob+


Christ the King Sunday

Where all are queens and kings

By J. Davey Gerhard

The Church designates the final Sunday of the Church year as the

Feast of Christ the King, a day in which the united rule of Christ over

all of the universe is celebrated. In many communities, it is a high

feast, with altar guilds preparing white vestments, flower guilds

celebrating God’s glory in elaborate displays, and hymns filled with alleluias.

What a way to end the year, to celebrate stewardship, and to prepare for


But before we get too carried away with the grandeur of it all, today’s Gospel

tells a different story about kingship and leadership: It tells of service. Typical

of Jesus, he begins with what we expect — in this case power and triumph –

and turns it upside down and in doing so, reminds us that it is through our

ministry that we increase the role of the Church in our community. True power

doesn’t come through force or wealth or conquest, it is derived from

generosity, charity, and love. We change the hearts and minds of our neighbors

by loving them and serving them.

Throughout this stewardship season we have heard about the mission of our

own churches. You have learned about the ways that your gifts impact the life of

For reflection

• How is humility a

sign of leadership?

• How did your


campaign inspire

you to learn more

about your

neighbors and their


your church and your neighbors. Perhaps this year you met the challenges of a global pandemic by

adapting your worship. Maybe you responded to the needs of your community by increasing your

outreach or your ministry to serve your neighbors. What is certain is that you had the opportunity to

express your love and your hope for the world through your annual gift to your church.

We seek and serve Christ in all people by serving our neighbors. This is the great commandment of

Jesus to his followers and it is one of the promises we make at our Baptism. When we are asked by

those we meet on the street or those to whom we minister in our communities if we will offer them

drink when they thirst, or visit them when they are lonely, or give them food when they hunger, our

answer will be yes! Through our generosity and our faith, we are called to that same royal line as

Jesus, leaders in our communities. Now that is a feast worth celebrating!

J. Davey Gerhard is the Executive Director of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship, and lives and teaches

his faith in San Francisco, California.


Special Blessings to all our November Birthday Trinitarians!

03 – Wesley Gadsden

04 – Billie Jo Bishop

05 – Imani Ngoye

12 – Jane Lindenfelser

12 – Jon Lloyd

14 – Raelyn Jean Krieger

14 – Amy Wiskur

15 – Wally Kaminsky

17 – Matt Krieger

21 – Melanie Svoboda

23 – Megan “Mo” Campbell

26 – Lucas Jack Svoboda

26 – Katharine Wilson

29 – Shirley Isaacson

Things to Be Thankful For At Holy Trinity

1. Caring and loving people.

2. Dedicated Vestry

3. Vibrant Outreach Ministries

4. Vibrant Sunday School/Youth Activities

5. Dedicated Choir

6. Vibrant Women’s Group

7. Abundant and generous stewardship of time and talent

8. Relevant Adult Education

9. Commitment to Senior Care

10. Effective and sound preaching

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)


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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