The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 17, 2022

St. Titus’ Episcopal Church

400 Moline Street, Durham, NC 27707



(919) 682-5504

Welcome to St. Titus’ Episcopal Church

Whether you are here for the first time or your family has been part of St. Titus’ for generations, whether you’re here in person or watching online, the Holy Spirit has brought you to this place. We’re glad you’re here! Our Mission and Vision Statements are printed below. You can learn more about this faith community on our website, sttitusdurham.org. Our interim rector, Rev. Alicia or our deacon, Rev. Sarah, would be happy to talk with you about who we are and what we do at St. Titus’. We invite you to join us on our journey of faith.

Our Mission Statement

St. Titus’ is a diverse and growing community committed to walking with Christ by serving others, pursuing justice and welcoming all.

Our Vision Statement

God dreams for St. Titus’ to be sacred ground where all of God’s children experience the unconditional love of Jesus. In faithful response, we will offer Spirit-filled worship where people from diverse backgrounds encounter God. As an intergenerational community, we will deepen our faith through sharing scripture, Christian tradition and our own experience. We will be open and authentic with one another, and respond to the needs of our neighbors with compassion and creativity. Our passion for God’s justice and peace will compel us to become agents for social, political, and economic transformation. St. Titus’ will be Beloved Community.

Serving Today, July 17, 2022

Celebrant:                     The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis

Preacher:                       The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis

Eucharist Minister       Mary Hawkins (8:30)

First Lesson:                 Mary Hawkins (8:30) Yvette Matthews (10:30)

Epistle:                           Lew Myers (8:30) Lionel Parker (10:30)

Intercessor:                   David Stanford (8:30) Donna Smith (10:30)

Altar Guild:                    Cheryl Myers, Kaye Sullivan

Ushers:                          Lisa Barnes and James Barnes


The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

July 17, 2022, 10:30 am


Blessed Jesus, at thy Word” and “Be Thou my Vision             Paul Manz


Hymn                    Immortal, invisible, God only wise                               #423 Hymnal 1982

Celebrant             Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People                 And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

The Celebrant says

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.

Glory to God                                                                     LEVAS II #243                      


          Glory, Glory, hallelujah,

          Lord we praise your Holy name,

          Glory, Glory hallelujah,

          Lord we praise your Holy name

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.

The Celebrant says to the people

The Lord be with you.

People                 And also with you.

Celebrant             Let us pray.

Collect for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Reading      Amos 8:1-12

Reader                           A reading from the Prophet Amos

This is what the Lord God showed me– a basket of summer fruit. He said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me,

“The end has come upon my people Israel;
I will never again pass them by.

The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day,”
says the Lord God;

“the dead bodies shall be many,
cast out in every place. Be silent!”

Hear this, you that trample on the needy,
and bring to ruin the poor of the land,

saying, “When will the new moon be over
so that we may sell grain;

and the sabbath,
so that we may offer wheat for sale?

We will make the ephah small and the shekel great,
and practice deceit with false balances,

buying the poor for silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”

The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:

Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

Shall not the land tremble on this account,
and everyone mourn who lives in it,

and all of it rise like the Nile,
and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?

On that day, says the Lord God,
I will make the sun go down at noon,
and darken the earth in broad daylight.

I will turn your feasts into mourning,
and all your songs into lamentation;

I will bring sackcloth on all loins,
and baldness on every head;

I will make it like the mourning for an only son,
and the end of it like a bitter day.

The time is surely coming, says the Lord God,
when I will send a famine on the land;

not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the Lord.

They shall wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;

they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,
but they shall not find it.

Reader                 The Word of the Lord

People                 Thanks be to God

Psalm         25:1-9                  Quid gloriaris?

Reader                 A reading from the Book of Psalms

1 You tyrant, why do you boast of wickedness *

against the godly all day long?

2 You plot ruin; your tongue is like a sharpened razor, *

O worker of deception.

3 You love evil more than good *

and lying more than speaking the truth.

4 You love all words that hurt, *

O you deceitful tongue.

5 Oh, that God would demolish you utterly, *

topple you, and snatch you from your dwelling,

and root you out of the land of the living!

6 The righteous shall see and tremble, *

and they shall laugh at him, saying,

7 “This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, *

but trusted in great wealth and relied upon wickedness.”

8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; *

I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

9 I will give you thanks for what you have done *

and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence of the godly.

Second Reading     Colossians 1:15-28

Reader                     A reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Colossians

Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers– all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him– provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.

I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

Reader                 The Word of the Lord

People                 Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn   

                    Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart                 #488 Hymnal 1982

Gospel       Luke 10:38-42

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

People                 Glory to you, Lord Christ.

As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

People                 Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon                                                                       The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis

The 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                                                                                             

Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;

That we all may be one.

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and

humbly serve you;

That your Name may be glorified by all people.

We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;

That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and


We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;

That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

That our works may find favor in your sight.

Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;

That they may be delivered from their distress.

Give to the departed eternal rest.

Let light perpetual shine upon them.

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.


The People may add their own petitions.

I ask your prayers for:

Ama, Dana, Dorothy, Greg, Lawrence, Rose, Ann, Monroe, Murphy, Karen, Derek, Walter, Mary, Vivian, Danita, Lionell, Vincent, Howard, Sydney, Carol, Ben, Kate, Robert, Beverly

[You may add your own petitions here]


The celebrant adds a concluding collect.

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth:  Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Deacon says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. [The people may stand or kneel.]

Silence may be kept.

Minister and People

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.

The Priest stands and says

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

Celebrant             The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People                 And also with you.

The Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of the Lord.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Sentence   

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.                  Ephesians 5:2                                                                                      

Offertory Hymn    Seek ye first the kingdom of God       #711 The Hymnal 1982

The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer A

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 him thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Because you gave Jesus Christ, your only Son, to be born for us, who, by the mighty power of the Holy spirit, was made perfect Man of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother; so that we might be delivered from the bondage of sin, and receive power to become your children.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

LEVAS II #255   (sung at 10:30 a.m.) 
Holy, holy, holy, holy,
holy Lord God of hosts,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord, of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Hosanna in the highest. 


Then the Celebrant continues

Holy and gracious Father:  In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said,

“Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he 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 shed for you and for many 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 

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saint into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer [Spoken at 8:30, sung at 10:30]

The Celebrant says

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.

The Breaking of the Bread

A period of silence is kept.

Celebrant  Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

People                 Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

The Priest invites the people to Communion

The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.


Hymns                           One Bread, One Body                                #151 LEVAS II

                                       Let Us Break Bread Together                   #152 LEVAS II

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion for those watching by Livestream     

In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection;

I await your coming in glory. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.

Post-communion Prayer

The celebrant says

Let us pray.

The People and Celebrant

Almighty and ever living God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.

The Blessing

The Celebrant says

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you, and remain with you always.  Amen

Recessional Hymn Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing     #344 The Hymnal 1982

Deacon                Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People                Thanks be to God.

Postlude             Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing                    Benjamin Carr



  • Today’s Coffee Hour is being sponsored by the St. Titus’ Choir at the 8:30 and 10:30AM services. Please stay for refreshments and fellowship.
  • Flowers on the Altar are from the family of Schrrye Williams.
  • Supply Pianist/Organist for our 10:30AM service today is provided by
  • Dr. Anne Parks, a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, where she sings in the choir and serves as a lector. In the 1960’s, Dr. Parks was the pianist for, and traveled with, the Tuskegee Institute Choir.
  • Reverend Monroe Freeman – Our condolences to the family of Father Freeman, who served as the rector for St. Titus’ from 1992 to 1998. Arrangements will be announced at a later date.
  • Ramon Holloway, Choir Director returns on Sunday, July 24, 2022. We look forward to welcoming Ramon back.
  • C. C. Spaulding Elementary School needs small bottles of water.  Please leave the bottles in the narthex. If you are interested in participating in this ministry that supports our neighborhood school, please get in touch with Deacon Sarah at sarah.woodard@duke.edu.
  • Neighborhood Clean-up:  The next clean-up will be on Thursday, July 28 from   6 to 7:00PM. Wear comfortable clothing and join in! Contact Deacon Sarah if questions (email above).
  • The Vestry will be on retreat Saturday, July 23 and Saturday, September 17, at St. Philip’s in the Trees. Please keep them in your prayers.
  • If you are interested in working with refugees and World Relief Durham please be sure to contact Rev. David Stanford dstanford4900@yahoo.com.
  • Support St. Titus’:  If you would like to support our ministries please make an online donation here by following or by visiting our homepage: sttitusdurham.org. You can also mail or hand-deliver a check to St. Titus’ at 400 Moline St., Durham, NC, 27707. Thank you!
  • Stay in Touch:  To receive weekly email announcements from St. Titus’, email Carol or sign up by following this link: http://eepurl.com/htIWIr .
  • Sign up for The Titusian, St. Titus’ monthly newsletter, on the St. Titus’ homepage: sttitusdurham.org, or by emailing Carol.
  • Subscribe to Please Note, a weekly update from the Diocese of North Carolina by following this link: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/QCPKOTo.
  • A Message from the Altar Guild:  If you know someone who is sick or shut-in, please take the altar flowers to them, to brighten their day. Thank you!

Clergy & Staff

Interim Rector: The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis (336) 541-3161              


Deacon: The Rev. Deacon Sarah Woodard (919) 599-5227       


Interim Parish Admin: Carol Dorsey (919)682-5504            



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