20th Sunday after Pentecost

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

 Rev.  Gail E. Bernthal Officiating, Rev. Deacon Teri Van Huss, Sermon
Below are all the reading options for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost. Sermon Synopsis follows readings.


October 02, 2016

Year (cycle):


The Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament:

Lamentations 1:1-6 [Alternate: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4]

1 How lonely sits the city
that once was full of people!
How like a widow she has become,
she that was great among the nations!
She that was a princess among the provinces
has become a vassal.
2 She weeps bitterly in the night,
with tears on her cheeks;
among all her lovers
she has no one to comfort her;
all her friends have dealt treacherously with her,
they have become her enemies.
3 Judah has gone into exile with suffering
and hard servitude;
she lives now among the nations,
and finds no resting-place;
her pursuers have all overtaken her
in the midst of her distress.
4 The roads to Zion mourn,
for no one comes to the festivals;
all her gates are desolate,
her priests groan;
her young girls grieve,
and her lot is bitter.
5 Her foes have become the masters,
her enemies prosper,
because the Lord has made her suffer
for the multitude of her transgressions;
her children have gone away,
captives before the foe.
6 From daughter Zion has departed
all her majesty.
Her princes have become like stags
that find no pasture;
they fled without strength
before the pursuer.


1The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.
2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not listen?
Or cry to you ‘Violence!’
and you will not save?
3 Why do you make me see wrongdoing
and look at trouble?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
4 So the law becomes slack
and justice never prevails.
The wicked surround the righteous—
therefore judgement comes forth perverted.

1I will stand at my watch-post,
and station myself on the rampart;
I will keep watch to see what he will say to me,
and what he will answer concerning my complaint.
2 Then the Lord answered me and said:
Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so that a runner may read it.
3 For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
it speaks of the end, and does not lie.
If it seems to tarry, wait for it;
it will surely come, it will not delay.
4 Look at the proud!
Their spirit is not right in them,
but the righteous live by their faith.


Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137 [Alternate: Psalm 37:1-10]

19 The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
is wormwood and gall!
20 My soul continually thinks of it
and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,*
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘therefore I will hope in him.’
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.


1 By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, *
when we remembered you, O Zion.
2 As for our harps, we hung them up *
on the trees in the midst of that land.
3 For those who led us away captive asked us for a song,
and our oppressors called for mirth: *
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song *
upon an alien soil?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, *
let my right hand forget its skill.
6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you, *
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
7 Remember the day of Jerusalem, O Lord,
against the people of Edom, *
who said, “Down with it! down with it!
even to the ground!”
8 O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, *
happy the one who pays you back
for what you have done to us!
9 Happy shall he be who takes your little ones, *
and dashes them against the rock!


1 Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
2 For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
3 Put your trust in the Lord and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
4 Take delight in the Lord, *
and he shall give you your heart’s desire.
5 Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
6 He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord *
and wait patiently for him.
8 Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
9 Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10 For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land.


2 Timothy 1:1-14

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,

To Timothy, my beloved child:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 6For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 13Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.


Luke 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ 6The Lord replied, ‘If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea”, and it would obey you.

‘Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, “Come here at once and take your place at the table”? 8Would you not rather say to him, “Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink”? 9Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, “We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!” ’


Synopsis of Rev. Teri Van Huss’ sermon:


Deacon Teri shared on three points of the calling of Christ and the service to Him therein. She used the word “Pericopy” several times. Pericopy is a set or grouping of verses, statements or thoughts around a central or unified theme ( The Free Online English Dictionary) . Yet  pericopic verses help clarify the Gospels, make our Book of Common Prayer what it is and help us organize books such as Proverbs, Psalms and other sacred texts into manageable  and topical information. We often use pericopy to help us remember certain parables of Jesus.

Deacon Teri  describes her pericopy as  follows:

  1. Servant-hood

2. Grace

3. Vow

She led us to page 538 of the Book of Common Prayer reading the vows of the Diaconate. The reading tied all of us to Service and Love of Jesus Christ.  “we do what is right because it is right”.  We are “engaged to conform” as part of our Baptismal Vows, even moreso as part of our vows taken during the Steps to Ordination.. Rev. Deacon Teri even tied into the Gospel reading, paraphrasing Jesus teaching on the “Mustard Seed of Faith”. Deacon Teri said ” Faith is Faith ” or as author Katarina Whitley stated in her recent sermon (taken from the Episcopal Church’s website)  “Tiny Faith”.  Teri even described that sometimes we have no faith,  which is true for many of us..if we are honest.. Our tiny Faith can bring all three points of Teri’s pericopic boundaries to us, in our own way, and make Jesus real to each of us!


( above was corrected by Rev. Deacon Teri’s correction of my hearing another word “Periphany” which means something else..)


Thanks be to God!


Peace be to Thee,


Brewster Bird






The Lord’s Prayer in Spanish

Padre nuestro que estas en el cielo,
 sanctificado sea tu Nombre,
   venga tu reino,
   hagase tu voluntad,
     en la tierra combo en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada dia.
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
   como tambien nosotros perdonamos
     a los que nos ofenden.
No nos dejes caer en tentacion
   y libranos del mal.
Porque tuyo es el reino,
   tuyo es el poder,
   y tuya es la gloria,
   ahora y por siempre. Amen
Sacrifica a Dios alabanza, y paga tus votos al Altisimo!
Given us by Rt. Rev. David Rice  in preparation for our Diocesan convention to be held at ECCO in Oakhurst, CA

The Church is changing

We give thanks to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit during this Trinity Season. Rev. John M. Day has joined us and  our diocese has a new priest in the form of Rev. Gail Bernthal. Our Bishop, Rt. Rev. David Rice paid us a parochial visit this Trinity Sunday -Great Sermon as usual. Rev. Teri Van Huss assisted !.

We are grateful for the  Benson Family who celebrated the graduation from  college and high school of two of their youngsters!. The parish family of Saint John’s is grateful to have a worship space on the corner of Prosperity and Laspina streets in Tulare, CA. Join us for a book study this month- “God’s Secretaries” by Nicolson, about the making of the King James’ Authorized version of the Bible.  Thursdays at 12:00. Led by Fr. Day it is an in-depth study of how the KJV came to be. All are Welcome. Respectfully, Yours in Christ Jesus!, Brewster Bird