Via Media: The Middle Way, August 31, 2022

The Holy Eucharist  

Opening Acclamation

Celebrant Blessed be the one, holy, and living God. 

People Glory to God for ever and ever.  

Song of Praise  


Celebrant God be with you. 

People And also with you. 

Celebrant Let us pray  

Collect of the Day 

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor:  Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Psalm 45:11-18

“Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; *

  forget your people and your father’s house. 

The king will have pleasure in your beauty; *

  he is your master; therefore do him honor. 

The people of Tyre are here with a gift; *

  the rich among the people seek your favor.” 

All glorious is the princess as she enters; *

  her gown is cloth-of-gold. 

In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king; *

  after her the bridesmaids follow in procession. 

With joy and gladness they are brought, *

  and enter into the palace of the king. 

“In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; *

  you shall make them princes over all the earth. 

I will make your name to be remembered from one generation to another; *

  therefore nations will praise you for ever and ever.”

Gospel Announcement 

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Jesus Said, ‘To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another, “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;  we wailed, and you did not mourn.”  For John
came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’

At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows
the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

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


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, was
incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. 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, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who 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.

Healing Prayers

A Litany of Healing 

Celebrant Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers. 

The People audibly name those for whom they are interceding. A Person
appointed then leads the Litany 

Leader God the Father, your will for all people is health and salvation; 

People We praise you and thank you, O Lord.  

Leader God the Son, you came that we might have life, and might have it more abundantly; 

People We praise you and thank you, O Lord.  

Leader God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies the temple of your presence; 

People We praise you and thank you, O Lord.  

Leader Holy Trinity, one God, in you we live and move and have our being;

People We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

Leader Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured, or disabled, that they may be made whole; 

People Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Leader Grant to all who seek your guidance, and to all who are lonely, anxious, or despondent, a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence; 

People Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Leader Mend broken relationships, and restore those in emotional distress to soundness of mind and serenity of spirit; 

People Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Leader Bless physicians, nurses, and all others who minister to the suffering, granting them wisdom and skill, sympathy and  patience; 

People Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Leader Grant to the dying peace and a holy death, and uphold by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit those who are  bereaved; 

People Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Leader Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world;

People Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Leader You are the Lord who does wonders: 

People You have declared your power among the peoples. 

Leader With you, O Lord, is the well of life: 

People And in your light we see light. 

Leader Hear us, O Lord of life: 

People Heal us, and make us whole 


Open us to your healing power, O God. We entrust ourselves to your care, knowing that you are doing for us and for all the world far better things than we can ask or imagine. With you as our companion and guide, strengthen us to hope for all that is good, and to fear no evil. For your love is stronger than death, and your faithfulness reaches to the heavens; and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and to the ages of ages. Amen. 

Confession of Sin 

The Deacon or Celebrant says Let us confess our sins to God. 

Silence may be kept. 

Minister and People

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. 

Absolution by celebrant

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen. 

The Peace 

Celebrant The peace of Christ be always with you.

People And also with you. 

Eucharistic Prayer 1 

Celebrant The Lord be with you. 

People And also with you. 

Celebrant Lift up your hearts. 

People We lift them to the Lord. 

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant It is truly right, and good and joyful, to give you thanks, all-holy God, source of life and fountain of mercy. 

The following Preface may be used at any time. 

You have filled us and all creation with your blessing and fed us with your constant love; you have redeemed us in Jesus Christ and knit us into one body.
Through your Spirit you replenish us and call us to fullness of life. 

Therefore, joining with Angels and Archangels and with the faithful of every generation, we lift our voices with all creation as we sing (say): 

Celebrant and People 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. 

The Celebrant continues

Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of the universe and giver of life. You formed us in your own image and called us to dwell in your infinite love. You gave the world into our care that we might be your faithful stewards and show forth your bountiful grace. But we failed to honor your image in one
another and in ourselves; we would not see your goodness in the world around us; and so we violated your creation, abused one another, and rejected your love. Yet you never ceased to care for us, and prepared the way of salvation for all people. Through Abraham and Sarah you called us into covenant with you. You delivered us from slavery, sustained us in the wilderness, and raised up prophets to renew your promise of salvation. Then, in the fullness of time, you sent your eternal Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. Born into the human
family, and dwelling among us, he revealed your glory. Giving himself freely to death on the cross, he triumphed over evil, opening the way of freedom and life. 

On the night before he died for us, Our Savior Jesus Christ took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said: “Take, eat: This is my Body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”  As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” 

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith: 

Celebrant and People 

Christ has died. 

Christ is risen. 

Christ will come again. 

The Celebrant continues 

Remembering his death and resurrection, we now present to you from your creation this bread and this wine. By your Holy Spirit may they be for us the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy Spirit and live as Christ’s Body in the world.
Bring us into the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons, that with St. Peter and all your saints, past, present, and yet to come, we may praise your Name for ever. Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever.

Fraction Anthem 

Celebrant God of promise, you have prepared a banquet for us. 

People Happy are those who are called to the Supper of the Lamb. 

Postcommunion Prayer (Celebrant and people)

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.

The Blessing

The Wisdom of God the Love of God and the Grace of God strengthen you to be Christ’s hands and heart in this world, in the name of the Holy Trinity. Amen.
(source: Celtic) 


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First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
RCL:  2 Corinthians 5:17–21, Psalm 66:1–8, Luke 5:1–11

O Lord our God, who by your Son Jesus Christ called your servant Augustine to preach the Gospel to the English people: We pray that all whom you call and send may do your will, bide your time, and see your glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Once there was a boy called Augustine. He grew up living in a monastery in Rome, Italy. When he was old enough, he became a Benedictine monk and planned to live a life of prayer, church work and quiet contemplation.

But Pope Gregory had other plans for Augustine. In the year 595, Pope Gregory chose Augustine for a special role; to bring the Catholic Church to England. Now, Augustine had to leave his life of comfort and take on a dangerous mission to an unknown land.

He set off with a group of 40 other missionaries on horseback, along with books, relics and a few clothes. It was long and perilous journey of 844 miles. On the way, Augustine heard many stories of how terrible England was and how uncivilized the people were. The weary travelers were so afraid that when they reached France, they were too scared to go on. Augustine decided to turn back and return to Rome.

But Pope Gregory wrote letters to Augustine, encouraging him to be brave and carry on and reach England because the people needed him.

Eventually, in the Spring of 597, the group arrived on the shores of the isle of Thanet. They were greeted by Ethelbert of Kent and Queen Bertha, personally, who welcomed them. They invited Augustine to the capital city, Canterbury and said he could establish his church there. Ethelbert told Augustine he was free to convert as many people as he could persuade to the truth of the Gospel.

The king gave him a little church building called St. Martin’s and so Augustine began preaching and teaching the local people. Augustine was successful and he sent news back to Pope Gregory in Rome about how well it was going.

One day, to his surprise, Augustine was overjoyed that Ethelbert asked him to baptize him in the Christian faith. And once the king converted, many of his people too wanted to become Christians. And so on Christmas Day in 597, 10,000 people were baptized as followers of Jesus.   

This news reached Rome and Pope Gregory made Augustine the first Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the new Catholic church in England, in communion with the Bishop of Rome.

Augustine stayed in England and became a wise and clever Bishop. He never returned to Rome and died in 604.

He sowed the seeds of Christianity in the British Isles and became known as ‘the Apostle of England.’ His bravery and commitment as a missionary disciple of Jesus is a shining example to us all to spread the good news wherever we go.


[from St. Augustine Academy website]

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