The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

July 31, 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 31, 2022

Celebrant:                The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis

Preacher:                  The Rev. Deacon Sarah Woodard

Eucharist Minister:  Mary Hawkins (8:30) Robyn Furges (10:30)

First Lesson:            Althea Alton (8:30) Keith Bishop (10:30)

Epistle:                    Mary Hawkins (8:30) Donna Smith (10:30)

Intercessor:              Carolyn White (8:30) Robyn Furges (10:30)

Altar Guild:             Cheryl Myers

Ushers:                   Youth of St. Titus’

Technical Team:      Livio Carnera, Yvette Matthews, Chuck Hennessee

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

July 31, 2022 at 8:30 (no music) & 10:30 am


Processional Hymn      God of Grace and God of Glory     #594 The 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 [spoken without refrain at 8:30 am; sung at 10:30 am]

                                                                                      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 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading                Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23

Reader                          A reading from the book of Ecclesiastes

Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me — and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labors under the sun, because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.

Reader                The Word of the Lord

People                 Thanks be to God

Psalm                   49:1-11      Audite haec, omnes

Reader                A reading from the Book of Psalms

1 Hear this, all you peoples;
hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.

2 My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.

3 I will incline my ear to a proverb *
and set forth my riddle upon the harp.

4 Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,

5 The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
and boast of their great riches?

6 We can never ransom ourselves, *
or deliver to God the price of our life;

7 For the ransom of our life is so great, *
that we should never have enough to pay it,

8 In order to live for ever and ever, *
and never see the grave.

9 For we see that the wise die also;
like the dull and stupid they perish *
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.

10 Their graves shall be their homes for ever,
their dwelling places from generation to generation, *
though they call the lands after their own names.

11 Even though honored, they cannot live for ever; *
they are like the beasts that perish.

Second Reading            Colossians 3:1-11

Reader                            A reading from the Letter to the Colossians

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things– anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

Reader                          The Word of the Lord

People                           Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn    Before thy throne, O GOD, we kneel!   #574 The Hymnal 1982

Gospel                 Luke 12:13-21

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

People                 Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, `What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, `Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

People                 Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon                                                     The Rev. Deacon Sarah Woodard

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                                                                                             

Form I
Deacon or other leader

With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the
Lord, saying, ” Lord, have mercy.”

For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God,
 and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.
 Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Church
of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For our Bishop Sam and Anne, and for all the clergy and people, especially, those attending the Lambeth Conference, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in
authority, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For this city of Durham, for every city and
community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to
the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For seasonable weather, and for an abundance of the fruits of
the earth, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the good earth which God has given us, and for the
wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For those who travel on land, on water, or in the air [or
through outer space], let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and
for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.

I ask your prayers for:

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

[You may add your own petitions here]

Lord, have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the
destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who
remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for
all the departed, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and
degradation, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 For the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, let us
 pray to the Lord.
 Lord, have mercy.

That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without
suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us, O
Lord, by thy grace.
Lord, have mercy.

In the communion of St. Titus’ and all of the saints, let
us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.
To thee, O Lord our God.


The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect

Lord, hear the prayers of thy people; and what we have asked faithfully, grant that we may obtain effectually, to the glory of thy Name; 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.

Welcome and Announcements

The Holy Communion

Offertory Sentence    

Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his Name; bring offerings and come into his courts.

                   Psalm 96:8                                                         

Offertory Hymn     I’ve decided to make Jesus my choice                   #68 LEVAS II

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.

For you are the source of light and life, you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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 People and Celebrant

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.


Hymn         One bread, one body                                         #151 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   Christ is the world’s true light          #542 The Hymnal 1982


Deacon                Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People                           Thanks be to God.      



  • Coffee Hour is sponsored today by Keith Bishop at both services. Please stay for fellowship and refreshments.
  • Rev. Alicia will be away from August 1 – 14. Contact Deacon Sarah for pastoral emergencies and the Senior Warden, Diane Hundley for other church related matters.
  • The Liturgy and Worship Committee will meet via Zoom on Monday, August 15 at 10:00AM.
  • Vestry Retreat:  Our Vestry will be on retreat Saturday, August 27 and Saturday, October 1, at Philip in the Trees.
  • Inquirers/Newcomers Class:  Beginning September 4 on Mondays from 6:00 – 7:30PM. This class is open to everyone – – longstanding and new members alike. The class will include the traditions and ethos of the Episcopal/Anglican church and will prepare individuals for baptism, confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation of their faith. Rev. Alicia will lead these classes. Please contact the Parish Administrator to sign up: st.titussecretary@gmail.com or 919 682-5504.
  • National Night Out: Tuesday, August 2 in our church parking lot. National Night Out is an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, neighborhood associations and police community partnerships. Free food and drinks, kids’ games, fun and fellowship. Please come out and participate!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • World Relief Durham:  If you are interested in working with refugees, please contact Rev. David Stanford at 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                                                                                                                             st.titusrevalexis@gmail.com

Deacon: The Rev. Deacon Sarah Woodard (919) 599-5227                                                                                                                           sarah.woodard@duke.edu

Interim Parish Admin: Carol Dorsey       st.titussecretary@gmail.com

Choir Director: Ramon Holloway                        ramonholloway@yahoo.com                                                 

Vestry Roster

Senior Warden – Diane Hundley             2022    dianehundley@bellsouth.net

Keith Bishop – Jr Warden                        2023    KeithBishop@keithbishoplaw.com

Chuck Hennessee – Clerk                        2023    wllmhennessee@aol.com

Althea Alton                                              2021    althea.alton@yahoo.com

Meisha Davis                                           2022    meisha.davis1@gmail.com

Marguerite Peebles                                2022    apeeblesmarguerit@bellsouth.net

Gloria Drew                                             2023    gdrew1216@yahoo.com

Treasurer – Mary Hawkins                                  st.titustreasurer@gmail.com

Church Organizational Leaders

Altar Guild                                                 Hazel Brown                       hazelyb24@gmail.com

Acolyte Warden                                     Vincent Quiett                  quiettv@msn.com

Benevolent Team Coordinator         Willette Crews                  willettec@legalaidnc.org

Card Ministry                                           Alexine Miller                    alexinemiller@yahoo.com

Communications Ministry                  Mary Hawkins                   pisces0835@gmail.com

Episcopal Church Women                   Valerie Quiett                    quiettv@msn.com

Episcopal Church Women                   Vickie Miller                       vickiemiller746@yahoo.com

Memorial Garden Warden                 James Barnes                    jbarnl3719@aol.com

Parish Outreach Coordinator            Willette Crews                  willettec@legalaidnc.org

Parish Outreach Coordinator            William Hennessee         wllmhennessee@aol.com

St. David’s Usher Guild                        Dwight Peebles                 dapeebles@bellsouth.net

Invite. Welcome. Connect

Committee                                               Sarah Woodard                 sarah.woodard@duke.edu

Technical Support Team                      Livio Carnera                      lcarnera@aol.com

Technical Support Team                      Yvette Matthews             y.mathews@comcast.net

Technical Support Team                      Chuck Hennessee wllmhennessee@aol.com

Youth Leader                                           (open)

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