Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
The Wild Geese

Horseback on Sunday morning,
harvest over, we taste persimmon
and wild grape, sharp sweet
of summer's end. In time's maze
over fall fields, we name names
that went west from here, names
that rest on graves. We open
a persimmon seed to find the tree
that stands in promise,
pale, in the seed's marrow.
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear,
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye
clear. What we need is here.
       - Wendell Berry
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Prelude Music
André Campra
Worship With Us
Introit and Bell
Syriac chant
Please join in the singing as you are able.
#388 O worship the King, all glorious above
O worship the King, all glorious above!
O gratefully sing his power and his love!
Our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

O tell of his might! O sing of his grace!
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

The earth, with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy power hath founded of old,
hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,
and round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
thy mercies, how tender! how firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!
Opening Acclamation
Celebrant:   Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
People:   And blessed be God's kingdom, now and for ever. Amen
Collect of the Day
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Word
Reader: David Cholcher

Moses said: So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you. You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today? But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.

Psalm 15    (St. Helena Psalter)

O God, who may dwell in your tabernacle; *
    who may abide upon your holy hill?
Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, *
    who speak truthfully from the heart.
There is no guile upon their tongues;
they do no evil to their friends; *
    they do not heap contempt upon their neighbors;
In their sight the wicked are rejected, *
    but they honor those who fear God.
They have sworn to do no wrong *
    and do not take back their word.
They do not give their money in hope of gain, *
    nor do they take a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things *
    shall never be overthrown.

Reader: Stanley Weinberg

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God's righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (1:17-27)
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

When the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.” Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Shana Kaplanov
O, Sing Joyfully
Adrian Batten
O sing joyfully unto God our strength:
make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob.
Take the song, bring hither the tabret: *
the merry harp with the lute.
Blow up the trumpet in the new moon:
e'en in the time appointed.
And upon our solemn feast day.
For this was made a statute for Israel:
and a law of the God of Jacob.
Prayers of the People
New Zealand Prayer Book
God of heaven and earth, through Jesus Christ you promise to hear us when we pray to you in faith with thanksgiving.

We pray for one another, for our families and friends, through whom we learn to love and to be loved. Thank you for all who care for us. ​Give us grace to serve Christ by serving our neighbors and our community, loving others as he loves us.


Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us. We pray for the people of Haiti and Afghanistan. We pray for all affected by COVID-19: for the frightened and the sick, for the dying and those who mourn; for all who have lost jobs and livelihood as a result of this pandemic; for all healthcare workers and all whose labor supports our common life; for those developing and distributing vaccines, for those charged with making decisions about public health and public policy.


We thank you for the unfailing love you hold out to everyone in Jesus Christ. Comfort and heal those in sorrow, need, sickness or any other trouble, especially Robert, Ed, Janet, Ellen, Joseph, Brielle, Lucas, Holly, Allejandro and Jesus, Nancy, Barbara, Dorothy, Stewart, Patricia, Judith, Harold, Hannah, Jurek, Alice, Michael, Todd, Jeffrey, and Irene. Give them courage and hope in their distress, and bless those who minister to them.


We remember with gratitude your many gifts to us in creation and the rich heritage of this land. Help us and people everywhere to share with justice and peace the resources of the earth. Give wisdom to those in authority among us and to all leaders of the nations. Today we remember particularly the people of Haiti, all impacted by the floods in Germany, Belgium, China, and India, and the Dixie fires in California. We pray especially for those seeking to end white supremacy and establish racial justice.


We pray for your Church throughout the world, thanking you for all who serve Christ and his kingdom. By your Spirit strengthen your people for their work and witness in the world. Unite us in your truth and love, that we who confess your name may also reflect your glory.


We remember with thanksgiving all who have died in Christ, especially Patricia Chinery Whalen, Nancy Landau, Norman Inferrera, and all who have died in the earthquake in Haiti. We rejoice at the faithful witness of your saints in every age, praying that we may enter with them into the unending joy of your heavenly kingdom.


Priest Merciful God, you look with compassion on all who turn to you. Hear the prayers of your people.

People Grant that what we have asked in faith we may by your grace receive; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Confession and Absolution

God of all mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
opposing your will in our lives.
We have denied your goodness in each other,
in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us,
the evil we have done,
and the evil done on our behalf.
Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer

 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.
#423 Immortal, invisible, God only wise
St. Denio
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great Name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish, like leaves on the tree,
then wither and perish; but nought changeth thee.

Thou reignest in glory, thou rulest in light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render: O help us to see
’tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.
The people respond:
Thanks be to God.
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  • Offering Plate
  • Stewardship Pledge 2021
  • Sexton's Retirement Gift
  • Rector's Fund
  • Memorial Gift
These categories change as we update categories during the year. (An example would be when we delete the Easter flowers category after Easter and add Christmas flowers for the weeks leading up to Christmas.)

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You should have received your year-end statement for 2020. Please review it carefully and contact the parish office immediately if there are any issues.
Services - In-Person and Zoom
& Open Church
SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, September 12
Return to In-Person Services, Sundays at 11:00am

Our target date to return to in-person 11:00 a.m. services is Sunday, September 12. Stay tuned for more detailed information and protocols.

Please know that we WILL continue online services!
Sunday Morning In-Person, in the Parish Hall, 9:00 am.m
~In the comfort of Air Conditioning!~
Please enter at the Parish Hall Door - 12 West 11th St.
In-Person Midweek Eucharist, Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. -- In the Church
Weeknight Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Fridays - The Church is open for prayer and meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m. Open Church will begin with Noonday Prayer, led by Brother Andrew, OSF.

Everyone entering the church must wear a mask and maintain appropriate physical distance. Please utilize the hand sanitizer stations.
New York Haiti Project - Earthquake Near Martel - A powerful earthquake struck Haiti this week. The epicenter was located about twenty miles west of Martel. Episcopal clergy are reporting that many of the homes, churches and schools in the area were badly damaged. The home pictured here was in Les Cayes. St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Martel was damaged but it can be repaired. As you can see from the photo below, the new addition that we were building was had a bit of a setback. Thankfully there are no reports of people in Martel being hurt or killed. But people are afraid to sleep inside for fear of collapse. Over 300 people are confirmed dead in other communities.

If you would like to donate directly to Fr. Phanord to help the church, school, and people in Martel via Zelle at Or you can send a check to New York Haiti Project | 1858 Hunt Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462. Click here for more information and here for a recent update.
Letter from the Bishop - An Appeal for Haiti -- Click here to read a letter from the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, Bishop of New York. In addition to giving options above, you can also give via Episcopal Relief and Development or directly through the Diocese. You can also send a donation to the Diocese of New York, designated for Haiti relief*, at 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025. Above all, please pray for the Reverend Pierre André Duvert, Rector of Saint Luke’s Church in the Bronx; the Reverend Nathanael Saint-Pierre, Priest-in-Charge of Saint Augustine’s Church in Manhattan; the Reverend Sam Owen, Priest in Charge, and Deacons Adeline Smith and Wilson Estil, all of the Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan in the Bronx; and the Reverend Promise Atelon of Trinity Parish.
Stewardship Pledge Statements - Pledge statements are being mailed out and you should receive yours soon. If you don't, please contact the church office at 212-254-8620 or at

Fraudulent emails, Facebook accounts, instagram and Messenger accounts are on the rise! These annoying and scary intrusions into our lives go by many names, but most commonly they are referred to as spoofing, phishing, or cloning. They usually start out friendly enough - enough to lure you in - but sooner or later they will ask you for money.

It seems there is little you can do to stop someone from spoofing your account, but you can be smart about it if you are on the receiving end. Here are some things you should know and look out for:
  • First off, don't panic.
  • No one from the church (or Diocese, for that matter) will send you a personal message asking for money or gift cards.
  • Trust your gut! If you have even a hint that the message might be fake, don't respond.
  • Do NOT send money or gift cards.
  • If you are in doubt about the veracity of the message, contact your friend via another means (such as a phone call) to verify.
  • If it comes to you via email, always check the sender's email address - 99.99% of the time it will be some weird email address that has no association to your friend,.
  • Notify your friend who has been spoofed so they can alert others.
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This Week at Ascension
Sunday – August 29  Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
In-Person Holy Eucharist (Parish Hall) 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Service, (Zoom) 11:00 a.m.
Coffee Hour & Forum (following the 11:00 service)
Meditation with Prayers & Music (

Monday – August 30
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m. 

Tuesday – August 31
Church open from prayer and meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Reopening Taskforce (Zoom) 4:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday – September 1
Building & Grounds (Zoom) 12:00 noon
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.
Midweek Eucharist (Church) 6:00 p.m.
Needlecraft Guild (Zoom) 6:30 p.m.

Thursday – September 2
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Friday – September 3
Church open from prayer and meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Saturday – September 4
Food Pantry (12 W 11th Street) 8:30 a.m.
If you are in need or would like to volunteer, please contact Fr. Ed

Sunday – September 5 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
In-Person Holy Eucharist (Parish Hall) 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Service, (Zoom) 11:00 a.m.
Coffee Hour & Forum (following the 11:00 service)
Meditation with Prayers & Music (

* Anyone entering the church must wear a mask and maintain appropriate physical distance. Please utilize the hand sanitizer stations,

If you need information to connect to one of our Zoom events please call the church office at 212-254-8620 or email us at
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