A House of Prayer for all People and the Episcopal Church in Colorado

The Wilderness

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 25, 2022

Please silence all phones and other electronic devices before the service begins. Hearing Impaired guests: Hearing Loop Installed. Switch hearing aid to T-coil.

The Word of God

The Wilderness Musicians


If thou but trust in God to guide thee, and hope in him through all thy ways, he’ll give thee strength what-e’er betide thee, and bear thee through the evil days. Who trusts in God’s unchanging love builds on a rock that nought can move.

Sing, pray, and keep his ways unswerving; so do thine own part faithfully, and trust his word, though undeserving; thou yet shalt find it true for thee; God never yet forsook in need the soul that trusted him indeed.


Presider  In the name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity.
People  Amen.
Presider  As we prepare to celebrate the holy mysteries, let us recall God’s infinite love for us in Christ.

Silence is kept.


Presider  Lord Jesus Christ, you are full of mercy and compassion. Come to the help of your people. Lord, have mercy.
People  Lord, have mercy.
Presider  Lord Jesus Christ, reorient us from paths of sin to live for you alone. Christ, have mercy.
People  Christ, have mercy.
Presider  Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, give us the power of your Holy Spirit that we may celebrate your forgiveness and grow into the fullness of your love. Lord, have mercy.
People  Lord, have mercy.
Presider  God, who is in rich in mercy, have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins, strengthen you by the Holy Spirit’s power, and enable you to walk in Christ’s risen life forever.
People  Amen.

Glory to God
The cantor sings and the people repeat.


Presider  God is with you.
People  And also with you.
Presider  Let us pray.

O God of justice, hear our cry and save us. Make us heed your word to the prophets; rouse us to the demand of the good news and impel us to carry it out. We ask this through our Savior Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in union with the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

People  Amen.

Amos 6:1a, 4-7

Doom to those resting comfortably in Zion and those trusting in Mount Samaria, the chiefs of the nations, to whom the house of Israel comes! who lie on beds of ivory, stretch out on their couches, eat lambs from the flock, and bull calves from the stall; who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and, like David, compose tunes on musical instruments; who drink bowls of wine, put the best of oils on themselves, but who aren’t grieved over the ruin of Joseph! Therefore, they will now be the first to be taken away, and the feast of those who lounged at the table will pass away.

Reader  Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
People  Thanks be to God.

Psalm 113

Hallelujah! Praise the | Lord, my | heart!
My whole life, give praise. Let me sing to God as | long | as I | live.
Never depend on rulers: born of earth, they | cannot | save.
They die, they turn to dust. | That day, | their plans | crumble.
They are wise who depend on God, who look to | Jacob’s | Lord,
creator of heaven and earth, maker of the teeming sea. The | Lord keeps | faith for | ever,

giving food to the hungry, justice to the poor, freedom | to | captives.
The Lord opens blind eyes and straightens the bent, comforting | widows | and | orphans,

protecting the stranger. The Lord loves the just but blocks the path | of the | wicked.

Zion, praise the Lord! Your God reigns for ever,
from generation to generation. | Halle- | lu- | jah!

All stand.

The cantor sings the alleluia and the verse of the day.

Luke 16:19-31

Presider  The Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Luke.
People  Praise and glory to Christ.

“There was a certain rich man who clothed himself in purple and fine linen, and who feasted luxuriously every day. At his gate lay a certain poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. Lazarus longed to eat the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Instead, dogs would come and lick his sores. “The poor man died and was carried by angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. While being tormented in the place of the dead, he looked up and saw Abraham at a distance with Lazarus at his side. He shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I’m suffering in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received good things, whereas Lazarus received terrible things. Now Lazarus is being comforted and you are in great pain. Moreover, a great crevasse has been fixed between us and you. Those who wish to cross over from here to you cannot. Neither can anyone cross from there to us.’ “The rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, Father, send Lazarus to my father’s house. I have five brothers. He needs to warn them so that they don’t come to this place of agony.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets. They must listen to them.’ The rich man said, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will change their hearts and lives.’ Abraham said, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, then neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”

Presider  Good News from the Lord.
People  Praise to Christ, the Word.

The People are seated.


An Assistant rings the singing bowl and silence is observed.


The People are invited to wander the cathedral in prayer or remain in place.


Presider  You have heard us. We thank you.
People  Amen.


Presider  Christ’s peace is with you.
People  And also with you.

The People exchange a sign of Peace.


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The Liturgy of the Table

At the Edge
David Crosby

All stand.


Presider  God is with you.
People  And also with you.
Presider  Lift up your hearts.
People  We lift them to the Lord.
Presider  Let us give thanks to our Lord God.
People  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Fountain of All Wisdom and Source of Life, we thank you and we praise you. You are God, clothed in majesty, girded in mercy. In the beginning, you hovered over the face of the Deep; you spoke and worlds came to be. Night and day, orders and armies of angels and archangels magnify your Name, glorifying your gracious goodness. With them, we worship and adore you, singing:


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,
who comes in the name, of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!

The Presider continues

Aflame, but not consumed, a desert bramble trembled with the sound of your voice as you spoke to Moses, your servant and prophet. At the sound of your voice, seas part, storms cease, and the bereaved are reunited with their dead. At the sound of your voice, bread and fish are multiplied and your people are fed.

At the sound of your voice, Mary, a daughter of your covenant people, engendered your Incarnate Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Living Word who announced your reign with deeds of healing and power.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, 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.”

Recalling all that Jesus has done for us in his life,

death, resurrection, and ascension to your right hand,
we glorify you with joyful hearts:

People  Living, you hallow all flesh.

Dying, you destroy our death.
Rising, you restore our life.
Lord Jesus, come in your glory!

Come, holy God, and sanctify this bread and this wine,
making them the body and blood of your Son,
holy food and holy drink for your holy people.
Let the Church say, “Amen.”

People  Amen.

Come, holy God, and sanctify us also,
making us, your people by Water and the Spirit,

bread and wine for the world you made.

Let the Church say, “Amen.”

People  Amen.

In communion with your saints in ages past; with your holy prophets and apostles; with the holy martyrs; with Mary, Mother of God; joining the ever-flowing chorus of seraphim and cherubim and the orders of angels and archangels in heaven and earth, we thank you. We make our prayer our prayer by Christ, and in Christ, and with Christ, In union with the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

People  Amen.


As Jesus taught his friends, we now pray,

Presider and People

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.


The Presider breaks the consecrated bread and all sing,


The Presider and assistant break the Bread and fill the chalices with Wine.


The Table now is ready. Feast on Christ.

Following the invitation to Communion, the Ministers and People receive the Sacrament. For those desiring to receive wine, simply leave the bread in your open palm and a chalice minister will intinct for you.

The Wilderness Musicians

All stand.



Let us pray.

Presider and People

Giver of every good gift: Thank you for feeding us with the Bread and Cup of life in you. Make us instruments of your healing power in the world you made. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



You have received the Body of Christ, now become the Body of Christ, broken, poured out, and risen for the life of the world. And the blessing of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity be upon you and remain with you always.



1. God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform: he plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.

2. Deep in unfathomable mines, with never-failing skill, he treasures up his bright designs, and works his sovereign will.

3. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread are big with mercy, and shall break in blessings on your head.

4. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust him for his grace; begind a frowning providence he hides a smiling face.

5. His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour: the bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower.


Presider  Depart from this place, but never from God’s presence.
People  Thanks be to God.
The Reverend Amy Newell-Large

Curate for Parish Life