St. Titus’ Episcopal Church

The Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman, Bishop of North Carolina
The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis, Interim Rector
The Rev. Sarah Woodard
, Deacon

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 a Beloved Community. 

Serving Today, August 28, 2022

Celebrant: The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis

Deacon:  The Rev. Sarah Woodard

Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Harmon Smith

Eucharist Minister: Mary Hawkins (8:30) Patricia Valentine (10:30)

First Lesson: Mary Hawkins (8:30) Patricia Valentine (10:30)

Epistle: Carolyn White (8:30) Keith Bishop (10:30)

Intercessor: The Rev. David Stanford (8:30) Kendall Vanderslice (10:30)

Altar Guild: Cheryl Myers and Kaye Sullivan 

Ushers: Lisa Barnes and James Barnes

Technical Team: Livio Carnera, Yvette Matthews, Chuck Hennessee 

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist

August 28, 2022 at 8:30 (no music) & 10:30 am


Processional Hymn     Joyful, Joyful we adore thee #376

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] 

# 243 LEVAS II


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 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost 

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

First Reading 

Jeremiah 2:4-13

Reader         A reading from the Prophet Jeremiah 

Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord:

What wrong did your ancestors find in me

that they went far from me, 

and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?

They did not say, “Where is the Lord

who brought us up from the land of Egypt, 

who led us in the wilderness,

in a land of deserts and pits, 

in a land of drought and deep darkness,

in a land that no one passes through,

where no one lives?” 

I brought you into a plentiful land

to eat its fruits and its good things.

But when you entered you defiled my land,

and made my heritage an abomination. 

The priests did not say, “Where is the Lord?”

Those who handle the law did not know me; 

the rulers transgressed against me;

the prophets prophesied by Baal, 

and went after things that do not profit. 

Therefore once more I accuse you, says the Lord,

and I accuse your children’s children. 

Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look,

send to Kedar and examine with care;

see if there has ever been such a thing. 

Has a nation changed its gods,

even though they are no gods? 

But my people have changed their glory

for something that does not profit. 

Be appalled, O heavens, at this,

be shocked, be utterly desolate,

  says the Lord, 

for my people have committed two evils:

they have forsaken me, 

the fountain of living water,

and dug out cisterns for themselves, 

cracked cisterns

that can hold no water.

Reader         The Word of the Lord

People         Thanks be to God 

Psalm         81:1, 10-16     Exultate Deo 

Reader         A reading from the Book of Psalms 

1 Sing with joy to God our strength *

and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.

10 I am the Lord your God,

who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, *

“Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”

11 And yet my people did not hear my voice, *

and Israel would not obey me.

12 So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, *

to follow their own devices.

13 Oh, that my people would listen to me! *

that Israel would walk in my ways!

14 I should soon subdue their enemies *

and turn my hand against their foes.

15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, *

and their punishment would last for ever.

16 But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat *

and satisfy him with honey from the rock.

Second Reading 

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Reader         A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews 

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence,

        “The Lord is my helper;

        I will not be afraid. 

        What can anyone do to me?”

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Reader          The Word of the Lord 

People         Thanks be to God 

Sequence Hymn     All praise Thee, for Thou, O King divine

                                    #477 The Hymnal 1982 


Luke 14:1, 7-14

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

People         Glory to you, Lord Christ. 

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, `Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.

After the Gospel the Deacon says,

The Gospel of the Lord.

People         Praise to you, Lord Christ. 

Sermon         The Rev. Dr. Harmon Smith 

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 III 

Deacon or other leader 

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 Sacraments.

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.

[You may add your own petitions here] 

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. 

I ask your prayers for:

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

 [You may add your own petitions here] 

In celebration of August birthdays, we ask your prayers for:

Chidi, Maya, King, Brian, Benjamin, Sabrina, Justin, Lafayette, Patricia, Elizabeth, Landon, Howard, Jefferies, Harmon, Paul, Larry, Lisa, April, Janet, 

In celebration of August anniversaries, we ask your prayers for:

Maranatha & Brandon; James & Valderia

The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect 

Lord, hear the prayers of your 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 court. Psalm 96:8 

Offertory Hymn     I will trust in the Lord                           #193 (LEVAS) 

The Great Thanksgiving (Eucharistic Prayer B)

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.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

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.

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or to lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated.

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, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. 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 St. Titus and 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 Father, now and forever. AMEN.

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

The Celebrant says

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

Celebrant    Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

People        Therefore let us keep the feast. 

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.

Communion Hymn        Come thou fount of every blessing   

                                      #686 The Hymnal 1982

For those of you who are participating in this celebration of Holy Eucharist from a different location, we invite you to pray with these words during the distribution of the holy sacrament:

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion           

In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where 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 celebrant and people say together

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. 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 blessings 

#344 The Hymnal 1982

Deacon            Let us go forth in the name of Christ. 

People             Thanks be to God

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