Propers and Announcements for VII Trinity – 23 July 2023


  • The Propers and Hymns for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity
  • YouTube link for the live-stream of our 10:30 service
  • Announcements for the week of July 23rd, 2023


The Propers for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity.
The Book of Common Prayer, 1928.


The Collect.

O GOD, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man’s under standing; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.


Old Testament Lesson. Hosea 14 (p. 788 in the Pew Bibles). 

O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy. I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found. Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

The Psalter. Psalms 18:1-20 (beginning on p. 359 of the Prayer Book). 

I WILL love thee, O LORD, my strength. * The LORD is my stony rock, and my defence;
2 My Saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will trust; * my buckler, the horn also of my salvation, and my refuge.
3 I will call upon the LORD, which is worthy to be praised; * so shall I be safe from mine enemies.
4 The sorrows of death compassed me, * and the overflowings of ungodliness made me afraid.
5 The pains of hell came about me; * the snares of death overtook me.
6 In my trouble I called upon the LORD, * and complained unto my God:
7 So he heard my voice out of his holy temple, * and my complaint came before him; it entered even into his ears.
8 The earth trembled and quaked, * the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth.
9 There went a smoke out in his presence, * and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindled at it.
10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down, * and it was dark under his feet.
11 He rode upon the Cherubim, and did fly; * he came flying upon the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness his secret place, * his pavilion round about him with dark water, and thick clouds to cover him.
13 At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed; * hailstones and coals of fire.
14 The LORD also thundered out of heaven, and the Highest gave his thunder; * hailstones and coals of fire.
15 He sent out his arrows, and scattered them; * he cast forth lightnings, and destroyed them.
16 The springs of waters were seen, and the foundations of the round world were discovered, * at thy chiding, O LORD, at the blasting of the breath of thy displeasure.
17 He sent down from on high to fetch me, * and took me out of many waters.
18 He delivered me from my strongest enemy, and from them which hate me; * for they were too mighty for me.
19 They came upon me in the day of my trouble; * but the LORD was my upholder.
20 He brought me forth also into a place of liberty; * he brought me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; *
    As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


The Epistle. Romans 6:19 (p. 980 in the pew Bibles).

I SPEAK after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Gospel. St. Mark 8:1-9 (p. 869 in the Pew Bibles).

IN those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: and if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set be fore them; and they did set them before the people. And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.


Processional      402   O Word of God incarnate

Sermon              315     We gather together

Recessional       435    Dear Lord and Father of mankind


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Announcements for Sunday, July 23rd, 2023 

If you are visiting us – Welcome to Christ Church Anglican, Southern Pines! Thank you for being with us. We are very pleased to have you, and we hope that your worship here is a blessing to you. Please sign the guest book on the table in the narthex, and provide appropriate contact information. Include your email address in order to be placed on our parish email list: you won’t be bombarded with mail, but it’s a good way to keep in touch. And may God bless you!

Pastoral care and Reconciliation – Just a reminder that both Fr. Tom and Fr. Terrence are available after the service (and at other times, if need be), in order that “if there be any of you, who… requireth further comfort or counsel, let him come to me, or to some other Minister of God’s Word, and open his grief; that he may receive such godly counsel and advice, as may tend to the quieting of his conscience, and the removing of all scruple and doubtfulness” (BCP, p. 87-88). We are happy to listen, to provide “godly counsel and advice,” and if so desired, to offer Confession and Absolution (also known as the Reconciliation of a Penitent).

Wednesday worship – Also, a reminder that we continue to offer a mid-week service of Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 10 o’clock. This includes the opportunity to receive the laying on of hands an anointing with oil for healing – whether or body, mind, heart, or soul! Please join us, if you are able.

We’ve expanded our presence on the Internet! Our wonderful IT/Social Media team is pleased to announce that we’re now on TWO more social media platforms! First, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve started a page on SoundCloud. You can find it here:

SoundCloud is a site primarily for musical artists, but like many churches we are using it as a way to present an audio file of each Sunday morning sermon. This allows you to easily review a sermon you heard on a particular Sunday to gain new insights, catch something you missed, or hear just the sermon from a particular Sunday on which you weren’t able to be with us.

Also: we are now on MeWe! For those who are not familiar with MeWe, it is a Facebook competitor whose purported aim is to be more free-speech friendly and be free of the pervasive tracking found on Facebook. In order to go to our MeWe page, you’ll need to create a free MeWe account. Once that’s done, you should be able to go to our page which is found here:

We are hoping that it will prove to be another place where people looking for a church home may perhaps learn about us and come visit. 

Many thanks to Vestryman and IT/Social Media specialist John Fesq for his work on both of these! — Fr. Tom

Caps, caps, caps! We are continuing to take orders for our new Christ Church caps, with our St. George’s Cross logo proudly centered on the front – sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex! It’s lightweight, well-ventilated, and the white color helps reflect the sun, which is helpful on these steamy Summer days. The exact cost for these caps may change depending on the size of our order, but the expected donation will be in the neighborhood of $10, more-or-less. Perfect for golfing, lounging at the pool, or going to the Harris Teeter, and the ideal addition to your professional attire (maybe)! And as an added bonus, it may be a conversation starter, and will help get our name “out there,” in the community. Order your Christ Church cap today!

Holy Days and Commemorations this Week:

Monday, July 24th – St. Thomas á Kempis, Priest (1471)
Tuesday, July 25th – St. James the Apostle
Wednesday, July 26th – Parents of the B.V.M. (Joachim and Anne)
Thursday, July 27th – William Reed Huntingdon (Priest, 1909)
Saturday, July 29th – Ss. Mary and Martha of Bethany

[Bold indicates saints mentioned in the Holy Scriptures.] 

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and rewarding week. May God bless both your labor and your leisure, and may both bring you closer to Him!


Fr. Tom Harbold

Contact Info

Phone: (910) 246-0955



750 Fairway Drive, Southern Pines
At the intersection of Aiken Road and Fairway Drive.


Christ Church Anglican
750 Fairway Dr,
Southern Pines, NC 28387