Saint Timothy's
Episcopal Church
Indianapolis, IN  USA

Parish News
by Ben Sworh

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Vestry Notes




The administration of

Holy Communion

by Lay Eucharistic Ministers 


Minister:             When our congregation gathered this morning (or this past Sunday) for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, we heard again the story of God’s almighty acts of love, embodied in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  With thanksgiving we remembered that “on the night he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, and gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying, “this is my body, given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.” Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to his disciples saying: “This is the new covenant in my blood, gave thanks, ands gave it to his disciples saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  We were also given the assurance of the Lord’s presence through the gift of his Holy Spirit. 

Now we bring you the same bread of life and this same cup of blessing, that you may be strengthened through our communion in the Body of Christ. 

The Peace

Minister:   The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

Response And also with you. 


Minister:  Let us say together the Gloria 

All:             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. 

Collect of the day or the following Collect for Quiet Confidence

Minister     O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray you, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Gospel of the Day or some other passage of Scripture 

Prayers are offered 

Confession of sin may be said:

Minister:    Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. 

ALL: 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. 

Minister:    May Almighty God in mercy receive our confession of sorrow and of faith, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen 

Minister:    And now as our Savior Christ has taught us we pray 

All:             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 

Administration of the Holy Communion

The bread and cup are given with these words: 

The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven

The Blood of Christ, the cup of salvation 

Closing Prayer

Minister:             Let us pray together 

All: O gracious God, whose Christ stretched out arms of love upon the hardwood of the cross to embrace all of the peoples of the earth: We give you thanks for feeding N. our sister with the sacrament of the precious Body and Blood., which is the sign and instrument of our common life, and also for enriching our parish family by her life sharing with us the food of our pilgrimage, the foretaste of that heavenly banquet of which we shall partake with all your saints; through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen 

Minister:             The Lord bless you and keep you;  25the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; 26the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. 

Minister:             Let us bless the Lord

Response:            Thanks be to God
















For a Person Who is Sick

God of all comfort, our very present help in trouble: be near to N. for whom our prayers are offered.  Look upon her/him with the eyes of your mercy; comfort her/him with a sense of your presence; preserve her/him from the enemy; and give her/him to your eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


For Strength and Confidence

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servant N., and give your power of healing to those who minister to his needs, that he may be strengthened in his weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


For Those Who Live Alone

Almighty God, whose Son had nowhere to lay his head: Grant that those who live alone may not be lonely in their solitude, but that, following in his steps, they may find fulfillment in loving you and their neighbors; through Jesus

Christ our Lord. Amen.


For the Aged

Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and, as their strength diminishes, increase their faith and their assurance of your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


For those we Love

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.






For Guidance

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Scripture Passages


2 Corinthians 1:3-5

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, 4who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ.


Luke 17:-11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus* was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers* approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ 14When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16He prostrated himself at Jesus’* feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ 19Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’


Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,* and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of* the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.



John 6:47-51

Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48I am the bread of life. 49Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.


Matthew 5:2-10

Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Matthew 11:28-30

 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’