Preaching Schedule

7:45 am - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - The Rev. Dr. Doug Richnow
9:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church - The Rev. Dr. Doug Richnow
9:00 am - Awesome Worship in the Hall Life Center (Family Worship) - The Rev. Dr. Clay Lein
11:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church - The Rev. Dr. Doug Richnow
11:00 am - Contemporary Worship in the Hall Life Center - The Rev. Dr. Clay Lein
5:00 pm - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - The Rev. Dr. Clay Lein

The Collect of the Day

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Secret Mission Sunday

Join us on Sunday, July 30 for Secret Mission Sunday! Wear your VBS t-shirt and participate in Secret Mission activities and opportunities. Jenna Kuykendall introduces VBS music in 9 & 11 am Hall Life Center services and will sing at the 5 pm Chapel service. Stay after for a picnic lunch in Sumners Hall.

Catechesis Level I Parent Course

10:00 AM in Room L18: This course gives parents resources for delving into CGS with their children. We will focus on children 3 to 6 years old, with only cursory information available about older or younger children. For more information, contact Rebecca Dominguez, rdominguez@sjd.org.

Parenting Class

10:00 am in Room 201: The Parenting Class looks at issues of making faith stick and teaching your children how to deal with shame and disappointments through vulnerability and wholehearted living. For more information, please contact Reagan Cocke, rcocke@sjd.org.

Genesis 29:15-28

29:15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. 18 Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” 22 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. 23 But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. 24 (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) 25 And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” 26 Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.”28 Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.

This Week's Musical Offering

In the last couple of weeks, we have heard two African-American Spirituals. Today, we hear yet another, “This Little Light of Mine,” as arranged for voice and piano by Hale Smith, an American composer, pianist, educator, arranger, and editor. Soprano Laura LeVoir sings this pensive and moving arrangement at the Offertory.

The closing hymn, “Praise to the Living God,” has been a part of the singing tradition of the Episcopal Church for over 190 years! The original text, part of the Jewish liturgy, is matched with a melody from Hebrew roots. Based on the Yigdal, the Jewish articles of faith written down by Moses Maimonides (1120-1205) and put into verse around 1400, the hymn is an English translation paraphrased in such a way that allows it to be used in both Christian and Jewish worship.

Read about the musical offerings for this and previous weeks at the Music Ministry blog.