Bulletin 6.21.18

Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 21, 2020


The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

514 South Mountain Road  Mesa, AZ 85208

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Welcome to the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration!




Hymn at the Entrance                                                                                      Hymn 372


Opening Acclamation                                                     Book of Common Prayer, p. 355

Blessed be God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.    Amen.

Canticle 13                  A Song of Praise                Benedictus es, Domine      S-236













































The Lord be with you.     And also with you.    Let us pray.                         


The Collect of the Day 


O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.    Amen. 


First Reading               Genesis 21:8-21


A Reading from Genesis

The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.” The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink. God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.         The Word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God.


Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17      Inclina, Domine   congregation reads the bold


Bow down your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and in misery.

Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; save your servant who puts his trust in you.


Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; I call upon you all the day long.

Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.


For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, and great is your love toward all who call

upon you.

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, and attend to the voice of my supplications.


In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, for you will answer me.

Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, nor anything like your works.


All nations you have made will come and worship you, O Lord, and glorify your Name.

For you are great; you do wondrous things; and you alone are God.


Turn to me and have mercy upon me; give your strength to your servant; and save the child of your handmaid.

Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.


The Epistle                                                                             Romans 6:1b-11


A Reading from Romans

Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

The Word of the Lord.    Thanks be to God.


Hymn at the Sequence                                                                                    Hymn 675


The Holy Gospel                                                                                Matthew 10:24-39


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Jesus said to the twelve disciples, “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

The Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, Lord Christ.




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: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.  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 and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.  He 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.  Amen. 


Prayers of the People                                                                                     Form IV                                    

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.


Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.
Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.
Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer. 


Help us to honor the knowledge of our Indigenous neighbors, to listen through them to your call to renew the life of the earth, and to live together as your people.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer


Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.
Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

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.    Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.


Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.
Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.    

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.


Bless Our Fathers


Heavenly Father,
Today we ask You to bless our earthly fathers for the many times they reflected the love, strength, generosity, wisdom and mercy that You exemplify in Your relationship with us, Your children.

We honor our fathers for putting our needs above their own convenience and comfort;
for teaching us to show courage and determination in the face of adversity; for challenging us to move beyond self-limiting boundaries; for modeling the qualities that would turn us into responsible, principled, caring adults.

Not all our fathers lived up to these ideals. Give them the grace to acknowledge and learn from their mistakes. Give us the grace to extend to them the same forgiveness that you offer us all. Help us to resist the urge to stay stuck in past bitterness, instead, moving forward with humility and peace of heart.

We ask your blessing on those men who served as father figures in our lives when our biological fathers weren't able to do so. May the love and selflessness they showed us
be returned to them in all their relationships, and help them to know that their influence
has changed us for the better.

Give new and future fathers the guidance they need to raise happy and holy children,
grounded in a love for God and other people -and remind these fathers that treating their wives with dignity, compassion and respect is one of the greatest gifts they can give their children.

We pray that our fathers who have passed into the next life have been welcomed into Your loving embrace, and that our family will one be day be reunited in your heavenly kingdom.   Amen.

Celebrant adds a concluding collect

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

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.


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


The Peace


Pri            The peace of the Lord be always with you.    And also with you.


Gracious Lord we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all, presenting to you not bread and wine, because we cannot be together this day to share them, but our lives, our world, our concerns, our hopes, and all of creation. We pray you gracious God, to accept our offering of ourselves and to transform us as Jesus did the bread and wine when he took them from his disciples, broke, blessed, and gave them once again as a sign of their new life in him. Take us, bless us, open us, and make us new. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty God, now and for ever.   Amen.


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


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.


A Prayer for Spiritual Communion      


Grant, O Lord Jesus Christ,  that as the hem of your garment,  touched in faith, healed the woman  who could not touch your body,  so the soul of your servant may be  healed by like faith in you,  whom I cannot now sacramentally receive;  through your tender mercy,  who lives and reigns with the Father  in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God,  world without end.   Amen.


The Blessing


The Lord bless you and keep you.   Amen.

The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.  Amen.

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.   Amen.

May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.    Amen.


Hymn at the Closing                                                                                        Hymn 537




Thanks be to God. 




Happy Father’s Day! We wish all of our fathers a wonderful day and we pray that God will bless everyone who has been a father to us.


New Forward Day by Day booklets (both regular and large print) may be picked up in the office.

Sunday services will continue to be available on our YouTube channel. You can easily access the YouTube channel through the Facebook page. We welcome Fr. Philip Stowell as our celebrant today.


June Newsletter Available-The latest version of the newsletter was emailed on Friday. This new publication has some wonderful pictures and stories. Please contact the office if you need any assistance receiving the newsletter.


Reopening the Church: As we continue our dialog about reopening the Church we need your input whether you will attend. Please respond to the recent email or call the office. We are still not opening the church because the number of COVID-19 cases has not decreased over a 14-day period.


Compline and morning prayer will be offered during the week through ZOOM. Call or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign-up.  Please check Facebook and the web page for the schedule.      Fr. Bob.


New Adult Forum Topic-I am considering starting a new Adult Forum to discuss the issue of racism. My wish would be that people with every perspective would feel comfortable expressing their feelings and seeking new insights. If you have suggestions, please contact me.  Father Bob


We will have the office staff coming in from 8:00 a.m. until Noon Monday through Thursday.  If you need immediate assistance, please call my cell phone at either

480-980-1981 (no Texts) or 614-589-0173 (personal cell phone).   Fr. Bob


Bob Saik is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Bob Saik's Zoom Meeting - Coffee Hour

Time: Jun 21, 2020 11:00 AM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 848 4936 9330


Volunteers Needed: Feeding Mesa Food Distribution Events-Volunteers are needed to help distribute boxed food, as well as take basic information from residents waiting in line to receive food box assistance at the Feeding Mesa Food Distribution Events occurring every Wednesday and Friday.  This is a contact-less event and social distancing will be practiced.  The events will all take place at the Mesa Convention Center (263 N Center St).  All volunteers will receive a volunteer lanyard, meal during their shift, and plenty of water, snacks, and shade.  To learn more and to see all available time slots and dates, please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0449AFA829A0FC1-city6 . 

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.  Thank you!!


If you know someone who could use soup, please stop by the office. It has been made available by The Lords Soup Kitchen workers.


We ask your prayers for those in our Prayer Circle, others whose names we do not

know and for the following who have requested prayers:




Mary Ann

Ernest D

Len G



Del R

Pat G


Bill S




Michael M

Amy W

Robbie F




Doris H



Paul & Peter G


Jane K




Robin & Nate P





Casie J

Ken & Lydia



Chet & Margie


Linda S

Linda Jo



Harry W

Dave D

Allen D

Tiffany Ann


Tara A



Cleta R

Charlene & Ray




Pat U


Bobbie H





Jane F

Debbie &family


Prayer Circle names will remain on the list for at least a month. Please call the office at 480-986-1145 or record on the sheet additions or deletions, noting those who should remain on. Thank you for understanding when names are removed.


Next Week’s Readings-June 28, 2020—Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 22:1-14-Psalm 13-Romans 6:12-23-Matthew 10:40-42

The Reverend Bob Saik, Rector  480-980-1981 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr. Gary Quamme, Music Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

Ms. Debbi Bloom, Treasurer

Ms. Linda Ostmeyer, Office Manager 480-986-1145 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:00 a.m.-Noon   www.transfiguration-mesa.org

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