Prelude                “Fugue in B-flat ”                          J.S. Bach


Opening Acclamation

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

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


Collect for Purity 

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.


Gathering Hymn  You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord

                                               Wonder, Love & Praise #810


1       You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,

         who abide in this shadow for life,

         say to the Lord: “My refuge,

         my rock in whom I trust!”


         “And I will raise you up on eagle’s wings,

         bear you on the breath of dawn,

         make you to shine like the sun,

         and hold you in the palm of my hand.”


2       Snares of the fowler will never capture you,

         and famine will bring you no fear;

         under God’s wings your refuge

         with faithfulness your shield.




3       For to the angels God’s given a command

         to guard you in all of your ways;

         upon their hands they will bear you up,

         lest you dash your foot against a stone.




The Collect of the Day
Presider   The Lord be with you.

People       And also with you.

Presider   Let us pray.

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


The First Lesson is from the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 40-21-31):

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;

who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to live in;

who brings princes to naught,
and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,

when he blows upon them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

To whom then will you compare me,
or who is my equal? says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high and see:
Who created these?

He who brings out their host and numbers them,
calling them all by name;

because he is great in strength,
mighty in power,
not one is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel,

“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?

Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.

Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;

but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.                 

The Word of the Lord.                                         

People   Thanks be to God.



Psalm 147

The Psalm appointed for today is this portion of Psalm 147. We will read it responsively by half verse.

1 Hallelujah!
How good it is to sing praises to our God! *
how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!

2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem; *
he gathers the exiles of Israel.

3 He heals the brokenhearted *
and binds up their wounds.

4 He counts the number of the stars *
and calls them all by their names.

5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; *
there is no limit to his wisdom.

6 The Lord lifts up the lowly, *
but casts the wicked to the ground.

7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; *
make music to our God upon the harp.

8 He covers the heavens with clouds *
and prepares rain for the earth;

9 He makes grass to grow upon the mountains *
and green plants to serve mankind.

10 He provides food for flocks and herds *
and for the young ravens when they cry.

11 He is not impressed by the might of a horse; *
he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;

12 But the Lord has pleasure in those who fear him, *
in those who await his gracious favor.

21 Hallelujah!


The Second Lesson is from First Corinthians

(1 Corinthians 9:16-23):

If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.

For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.


The Gospel Greeting          A Celtic Alleluia



The Holy Gospel     Mark 1:29-39

Gospeller      The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
People           Glory to you, Lord Christ.


After Jesus and his disciples left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.


Gospeller      The Gospel of the Lord.                        

People           Praise to you, Lord Christ.


The Sermon                                                    Ms. Stacy Carlson

You can listen to Stacy’s sermon here.


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

Intercessor     In peace, let us pray to the Lord, saying,

People    Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For the holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming, we pray to you, O Lord.

People    Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We pray for Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Susan, Jennifer and Porter, our Bishops; Fran, Susan, Walter, Joy, Natalie, Mary, and Nicole, our staff and Stacy, our seminarian; for our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the North Fairfax Region churches: Church of the Holy Cross—Dunn Loring; Epiphany, Oak Hill, Herndon; Holy Comforter—Vienna; St. Anne’s—Reston; St. Dunstan’s—McLean; St. Francis—Great Falls; St. Francis Korean— McLean; St. John’s—McLean; St. Thomas—McLean; St. Timothy’s— Herndon, for Ascension Church in Beraud, Haiti; and for all the holy people of God, we pray to you, O Lord.

People    Lord, have mercy.


Intercessor     For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one as you and the Father are one, we pray to you, O Lord.

People    Lord, have mercy.


Intercessor     For those who do not yet believe, and for those who have lost their faith, that they may receive the light of the Gospel, we pray to you, O Lord.

People    Lord, have mercy.


Intercessor     For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord.

People    Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For those in positions of public trust especially Joe, our President, Ralph, our Governor, and those whom you would name [pause], that they may serve justice, and promote the dignity and freedom of every person, we pray to you, O Lord.

People    Lord, have mercy.


Intercessor     For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected and for all who have commended themselves to our prayers, especially Walter, Susan, Andrei, Ethan, Emma, Johnny, Thomas, Julie, Caroline, David, Anne, Cher & David, Martha, Lucy, Sean and Nate, Jack, Chip, those with COVID-19; for our families, friends, and neighbors; and for those you would name [pause], we pray to you, O Lord.

People    Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For all the blessings of this life [pause], and for Jack Cowart and Kent Gardiner celebrating their birthdays today, Rev. Fran and Richard Michaelson as they celebrate theirs this week, and for all marking an anniversary, we pray to you, O Lord.

People    Lord, have mercy.


Intercessor     For all who have died in the communion of your Church, and those whose faith is known to you alone, and those that you would name [pause], that, with all the saints, they may have rest in that place where there is no pain or grief, but life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord.

People    Lord, have mercy.


Intercessor     Rejoicing in the fellowship of blessed Thomas and all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life to Christ our God.

People    To you, O Lord our God.


Intercessor     For yours is the majesty, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and forever.

People    Amen.

Adapted from Form V of the Prayers of the People found in
The Book of Common Prayer.


Intercessor:     Together let us pray for St Thomas Church. 

All:      Almighty God, by your Spirit the whole body of your Church is governed and sanctified, hear our prayer for St Thomas, build in us a renewed vision of your Church; shape our life according to your will; empower us with the gifts to make us one that together we may grow as a church in the spiritual strength of community and reach out to include all people in Christ’s love, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Confession of Sin

Presider   Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.  A time of silence.

All     God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.



Presider   Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.


Offertory Sentence

Presider   Walk in love, as Christ loves us, and gave himself an offering and a sacrifice to God.


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Offertory Hymn     For the beauty of the earth

                                                              Hymn 1982, #416, vs 1 & 2


The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Presider Let us pray.

Presider and People

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.



The Peace
Presider The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People And also with you.


The Blessing 
Be of good courage, never be afraid

Because God who created you, Is always with you

And loves you fiercely.

And may the blessing of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

Be upon you and remain with you always. AMEN.  


The Closing Hymn            Jesus, Lover of my soul          LEVAS #79, vs. 1 & 


The Dismissal

Presider Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People Thanks be to God.

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