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

The Wilderness

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 2, 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.

God, the rock of our salvation, whose gifts can never fail, deepen the faith you have already bestowed and let its power be seen in your servants. We make our prayer through our Savior Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in union with the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.

People  Amen.

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4

The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw. Lord, how long will I call for help and you not listen? I cry out to you, “Violence!” but you don’t deliver us. Why do you show me injustice and look at anguish so that devastation and violence are before me? There is strife, and conflict abounds. The Instruction is ineffective. Justice does not endure because the wicked surround the righteous. Justice becomes warped. I will take my post; I will position myself on the fortress. I will keep watch to see what the Lord says to me and how he will respond to my complaint. Then the Lord answered me and said, Write a vision, and make it plain upon a tablet so that a runner can read it. There is still a vision for the appointed time; it testifies to the end; it does not deceive. If it delays, wait for it; for it is surely coming; it will not be late. Some people’s desires are truly audacious; they don’t do the right thing. But the righteous person will live honestly.

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

Psalm 37:1-10

No need to fret over sinners or to | envy | wrongdoers.

They wither like they | wilt like | grass, young | plants.

Trust God and do good, settle down and | be at | peace.

Delight in the Lord who | satis- | fies your | heart.
Give your life to the Lord. Trust God to act on | your be- | half,
to make your integrity shine forth and your | justice | bright as | noon.
Be still, wait | for the | Lord.
Waste no energy fretting about the suc- | cess of | evil | schemers.
Stop your ranting and raving, for anger begets | nothing but | harm.
Wrongdoers will be exiled, but those who wait for God | will pos- | sess the | land.

All stand.

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

Luke 17:5-10

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

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree. ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Would any of you say to your servant, who had just come in from the field after plowing or tending sheep, ‘Come! Sit down for dinner’? Wouldn’t you say instead, ‘Fix my dinner. Put on the clothes of a table servant and wait on me while I eat and drink. After that, you can eat and drink’? You won’t thank the servant because the servant did what you asked, will you? In the same way, when you have done everything required of you, you should say, ‘We servants deserve no special praise. We have only done our duty.’”

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 Canon Katie Pearson

Canon Pastor