Friday, 23 October 2020

Service of Worship -- October 25

 

 
                                  

** Welcome back to the service.  The service today is led by the Reverend Bill Oakley in the congregation of St. Paul, Winnipeg.**


The YouTube livestream link for the service at St. Paul tomorrow 
https://youtu.be/Ro1vy05oEFA


Prelude     El-Shaddi

Welcome

Gathering Hymn      Dakota Hymn

Many and great oh God are thy things.
Maker of earth and sky.
Thy hands have spread the heavens with stars.
Thy fingers spread the mountains and plains.
Lo at the word the waters were formed.
Deep seas obey thy voice.

Grant unto us communion with thee.
Thou star abiding one.
Come unto us and dwell with us.
With Thee are found the gifts of life.
Bless us with life that has no end
Eternal life with thee.

The Gathering

Sisters and brothers – Arise! Lift your hearts. Lift your eyes. Lift your voices.
The living God, the living, moving Spirit of God has called us together – in witness, in celebration, in struggle.
Reach out toward each other. Our God reaches out toward us!
Let us worship God!

Prayer of Approach (together)
God of love, we are so very grateful that you love us unconditionally. Help us to love you, too, and to love our neighbours as well as ourselves. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jubilate      Psalm 100

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; * serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God; * he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; * give thanks to him and call upon his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; * and his faithfulness endures from age to age.



Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17      Refrain: In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge

Lord, you have been our dwelling-place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge

You turn us back to dust, and say, ‘Turn back, you mortals.’ For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge

You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge

Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants! Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil. Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands—O prosper the work of our hands!
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge

A Reading from the book, Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, “I will give it to your descendants”; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.’ Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab for thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequalled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

Listen for the leading of the Spirit                  R: Thanks be to God

Responsory 2
My life is in your hand, deliver me; * shine on your servant with the light of your love.
My life is in your hand, deliver me; * shine on your servant with the light of your love.

In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.
Shine on your servant with the light of your love.

Incline your ear to me; make haste to deliver me.
Shine on your servant with the light of your love.

Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.
Shine on your servant with the light of your love.

I put my trust in the Lord; I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy.
Shine on your servant with the light of your love.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
My life is in your hand, deliver me; * shine on your servant with the light of your love.

A Reading from the first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully maltreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

Listen for the leading of the Spirit              R: Thanks be to God

Gradual Hymn          O God Our Help

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home:

Under the shadow of thy throne,
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone,
And our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received its frame,
From everlasting thou art God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in thy sight
Are like an evening gone,
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time like an ever rolling stream
Bears all our years away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

O God our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew 22:34-46

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: ‘What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ He said to them, ‘How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
“The Lord said to my Lord,
‘Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet’ ”?
If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?’ No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

The Gospel of Christ                      R: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

The Homily

An Affirmation of Faith (From Celebrations along the way by Dorothy McRae-McMahon)
Let us Celebrate our God

We Celebrate our God,
who is not afraid of our minds
with all their questions,
and all their doubting searchings for the truth.

We celebrate our God,
who knows and loves our deepest hearts,
whose compassion is always greater than ours
so that the measure of kindness
is always less that that of God.

We celebrate our God
who engages with our souls
linking us with the mystery of the universe,
the endless eternity,
yet is as close to us in our tiny beings
as a parent with a child. Amen


Offering Hymn     We will take what you Offer
LIsten Here
We will take what you offer,
We will live by your word;
We will love one another and be fed by you, Lord.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of constant love, you have guided your people in all times and ages. May we who offer you our praise today always be ready to follow where you lead; we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Intercessions and Thanksgivings
Gracious God, you have taught us to fulfill all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Be
gracious to your servants as we lift our voices to you, saying: That we may obtain what you promise,
may we love what you command.


Holy God, you have approved your Church and entrusted her with the message of the gospel: Help us witness to your grace by loving you with all our heart and soul and mind and by loving our neighbor as ourselves.
That we may obtain what you promise, may we love what you command.

Almighty God, guide our leaders and all in authority in the nations to act out of motivations of love and to shun all deceit or impure motives or trickery, that they may speak not to please mortals, but to please you, the Holy One who tests our hearts.
That we may obtain what you promise, may we love what you command.

Compassionate God, look upon the suffering and mistreatment of the human family and, like a nurse tenderly caring for her children, make known your gentleness among all people, that healing and peace may abound throughout all creation.
That we may obtain what you promise, may we love what you command.

Ever-present God, be with us in this community that we may share the good news with one another and live for the sake of your love.
That we may obtain what you promise, may we love what you command.

Loving God, hear our prayers for our neighbors and ourselves, remembering especially ___.
Accept our gratefulness and praise as we speak our thanksgivings to you ___.
Bring into your eternity those who have died. May they know you face to face.
That we may obtain what you promise, may we love what you command.

Be gracious to your servant and satisfy us by your loving kindness, O God, that your Spirit of love may be manifest in our lives and in our deeds, as we fulfill the great commandment of our Savior Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen

The Collect
Lord God our redeemer, who heard the cry of your people and sent your servant Moses to lead them out of slavery, free us from the tyranny of sin and death, and by the leading of your Spirit bring us to our promised land; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
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

Announcements

Closing Hymn The Wellspring

The Father gives away His word and his breath,
And all things are called into being.
This mystery of love and of life is a gift,
And it’s glory beyond human reason.

Chorus
For holy, holy, holy is the God of power and might.
In all of heaven and earth the glory lives.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.


Whatever he speaks is worthy to be
Pure and blameless and holy.
Whatever he breathes is lovely indeed,
Forever reflecting his glory.                         Chorus

For holy, holy, holy is the God of power and might.
In all of heaven and earth the glory lives.
Hosanna in the highest.                                 Chorus

For holy, holy, holy is the God of power and might.
In all of heaven and earth the glory lives.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.

The Blessing

Dismissal

Let us go from this place with eyes wide open, ready to welcome God’s people and respond to Christ’s call, willing to work for life made new.
We go, to follow the way of Jesus and to serve a world in need. Thanks be to God. Alleluia

Postlude    One of Us

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Service of Worship -- October 18, 2020


                                        


** Welcome back to the service.  The service today is led by the Reverend Mary Lysecki in the congregation of St. Paul, Winnipeg.**


Prelude – Bless the Broken Road

Welcome

Gathering Hymn – Let My People Seek Their Freedom
“From the slave pens of the Delta,
from the ghettos on the Nile
Let my people seek their freedom
in the wilderness awhile”:
So God spoke from out of Sinai,
so God spoke and it was done,
and the people crossed the waters
toward the rising of the sun.

“From the aging shrines and structures,
from the cloister and the aisle
Let my people seek their freedom
in the wilderness awhile”:
so the Son of God has spoken,
and the storm clouds are unfurled,
for God’s people must be scattered
to be servants in the world.

When we murmur on the mountains
for the old Egyptian plains,
when we miss our ancient bondage,
and the hope, the promise, wanes;
then the rock shall yield its water
and the manna fall by night,
and with visions of a future
shall we march toward the light.

In the maelstrom of the nations,
in the journeying into space,
in the clash of generations,
in the hungering for grace,
in our agony and glory,
we are called to newer ways
by the Lord of our tomorrows
and the God of earth’s todays.

The Gathering
Name Unnamed, whose intriguing presence 
is closer to home than we dare imagine,
fill us with wonder of you
that we may be filled with wonder of ourselves.

Name Unnamed, whose creativity is a river is running,
startle us with diversity
and surprise us with difference 
that we may be filled with wonder of others.

Name Unnamed, whose mystery and concern is revealed in Jesus
reshape our perceptions,
reshape our patterns of living,
reshape our politics and prayer,
that we may be filled with wonder of a world made whole.

Prayer of Approach
We are here, God.
We have felt your touch in the sunlight.
seen your power in the wild wind.
We have wondered at your mystery in the stars,
and we marvel that the maker of the universe knows us by name.
We are here, God.
We are here to praise and worship you.

We are here, Jesus.
We know that you came to find us.
We have listened to your words
and smiled at your stories.
We have felt the warmth of your love,
and we thank you that you have called us friends.
We are here, Jesus.
We are here to praise and worship you.

We are here, Holy Spirit.
We are grateful for your presence,
grateful for the way you bring us close –
for the way you comfort us and challenge us
and keep us right.
We are here, Holy Spirit.
We are here to praise and worship you.

We are here, God,
in this moment, in this place.
And we thank you that you are here with us.

You know us, God.
We do not have to pretend with you.

In the silence of your love, we bring you
the things that trouble us,
that harm us,
that make us feel ashamed or afraid.

Silence

God have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
God have mercy on us.

Silence

Listen to the words of Jesus,
words that we can trust:
“Don’t be afraid.
Your sins are forgiven.
I love you.
Come and follow me.”
Thanks be to God. Amen.

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF EXODUS
Moses said to the Lord, "See, you have said to me, 'Bring up this people'; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found favour in my sight.' Now if I have found favour in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favour in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people." He said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." And he said to him, "If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favour in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth." The Lord said to Moses, "I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favour in my sight, and I know you by name." Moses said, "Show me your glory, I pray." And he said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, 'The Lord'; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But," he said, "you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live." And the Lord continued, "See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen."
Listen for the leading of the Spirit                          R: Thanks be to God

Psalm 99
1 The Lord is king; let the people tremble; God is enthroned upon the Cherubim; let the earth shake.
2 The Lord is great in Zion; God is high above all peoples.
3 Let them confess his name, which is great and awesome; God is the Holy One.
4 “O mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”
5 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God and fall down before his footstool; God is the Holy One.
6 Moses and Aaron among God’s priests, and Samuel among those who call upon God’s name,
they called upon the Lord, and God answered them.
7 God spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; they kept his testimonies and the decree that God gave them.
8 “O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds.”
9 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God and worship God upon God’s holy hill; for the Lord our God is the Holy One.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now and will be for ever.  Amen.

A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE THESSALONIANS
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.
Listen for the leading of the Spirit                          R: Thanks be to God

Gradual Hymn              Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty
Early in the morning my song shall rise to thee
Holy. holy, holy Merciful and mighty
God in three persons, blessed Trinity

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea
cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee
Though our sinful human gaze thy glory may not see
only Thou art holy; there is none beside thee
Perfect in power, in love and purity

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea:
Holy, holy, holy Merciful and mighty
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

 THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.                             (22:15-22 )
The Gospel of Christ                                      R: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ



The Homily

Hymn – Surely It is God Who Saves Me
Surely it is God who saves me; 
I shall trust and have no fear. 
For the Lord defends and shields me 
and his saving help is near. 
So rejoice as you draw water 
from salvation's healing spring; 
in the day of your deliverance 
thank the Lord, his mercies sing. 

Make God's deeds known to the peoples: 
tell out his exalted Name. 
Praise the Lord, who has done great things; 
all his works God's might proclaim. 
Zion, lift your voice in singing; 
for with you has come to dwell, 
in your very midst the great 
and Holy One of Israel.

An Affirmation of Faith      (From Celebrations along the way by Dorothy McRae-McMahon)
We believe in a bright and amazing God,
who has been to the depths of despair
on our behalf;
who has risen in splendour and majesty;
who decorates the universe
with sparkling water, clear white light,
twinkling stars and sharp colours,
over and over again.

We believe that Jesus is the light of the world;
that God believes in us, and trusts us,
even though we make the same mistakes
over and over again.

We commit ourselves to Jesus,
to one another as brothers and sisters,
and to the maker’s business in the world.
God said: Let there be light.    Amen

Offering Hymn – They’ll Know We Are Christians by our Love 
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.

Chorus
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love,
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.


We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land.     Chorus

We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride.  Chorus   

All praise to Creator from whom all things come,
And all praise to Christ Jesus, God’s only son,
And all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one.     Chorus

Prayer over the Gifts
God of constant love, you have guided your people in all times and ages. May we who offer you our praise today always be ready to follow where you lead; we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Intercessions and Thanksgivings
Let us be at peace within ourselves.

Let us accept that we are profoundly loved and need never be afraid.
Silence

Let us be aware of the source of being that is common to us all and to all living creatures.
Silence

Let us be filled with the presence of the great compassion towards ourselves and towards all living beings.
Silence

Realising that we are all nourished from the same source of life, may we so live that others be not deprived of air, food, water, shelter, or the chance to live.
Silence

Let us pray that we ourselves cease to be a cause of suffering to one another.
Silence

With humility let us pray for the establishment of peace in our hearts and on earth.
Silence

May God kindle in us the fire of love to bring us alive and give warmth to the world.
Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth; lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust;
lead us from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe. Amen

The Collect
O God, you have set before us a great hope that your kingdom will come on earth, and have taught us to pray for its coming: make us ready to thank you for the signs of its dawning, and to pray and work for the perfect day when your will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
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


Announcements

Closing Hymn – All Will Be Well
Of that day and hour, no one on earth will know,
Not even the angels or the Son;
We cannot be sure, if the day will be swift or be slow,
But we can be certain that it will come.

Chorus
All will be well, all will be well,
And all manner of things shall be well.
All will be well, all will be well,
And all manner of things shall be well.


And there will be signs, in the sun and the moon and the stars,
Distress in the heavens and the seas;
Then lift up your eyes, look up your salvation is near,
This is not your death, it’s the birthcry of peace.      Chorus

Like a child in the womb, resisting the onslaught of life,
We struggle to hold to what we now see;
Our prayers are but groans and we fear there’s a terrible price,
It’s our new creation coming to be.                         Chorus

The Blessing

Dismissal
Let us go from this place with eyes wide open, ready to welcome God’s people and respond to Christ’s call, willing to work for life made new. 
We go, to follow the way of Jesus and to serve a world in need. Thanks be to God. Alleluia







Thursday, 8 October 2020

October 11-- Thanksgiving





We Gather as God’s People 

Pre lude    This is My Father's World
Welcome

Gathering Hymn  Canticle of the Sun

Refrain
The heavens are telling the glory of God,
And all creation is shouting for joy!
Come, dance in the forest, come, play in the field,
And sing, sing to the glory of the Lord!

Praise for the sun, the bringer of day, he carries the light of the Lord in his rays; the moon and the stars who light up the way unto your throne!

Praise for the wind that blows through the trees, the seas' mighty storms, the gentlest breeze; they blow where they will, they blow where they please to please the Lord!

Praise for the rain that waters our fields, and blesses our crops so all the earth yields; from death unto life her mystery revealed springs forth in joy!

Praise for the fire who gives us his light, the warmth of the sun to brighten our night; he dances with joy, his spirit so bright, he sings of you! 
 
Gathering of the Community: (based on Psalm 65)
Come, gather together people of God.
We come to sing and shout God’s praise.
The gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy!
The river of God is full of water.
The pastures of the wilderness overflow with richness.
The hills and the valleys are full of God’s blessing.
Together they shout and sing for joy.
Together we shout and sing for joy!
We will not forget the Lord our God and the earth that nourishes us.
We will remember and give thanks.

Prayer of Approach 
Loving God, Creator of all things, we come to you this morning with thankful hearts for all your gifts to us and to your people everywhere. We think about the amazing beauty of the world you have made and this powerful yet fragile land we call our home. As we worship together, remind us of the sacredness of all creation and of our responsibility to respect the ways of the earth and the connections between all things. AMEN


A New Commandment (New Zealand Prayer Book)
Hear the teaching of Christ:
        A new commandment I give to you,
        that you love one another as I have love you.
Spirit of God, search our hearts

Collect of the Day
Creator of the fruitful earth, you made us stewards of all things. Give us grateful hearts for all your goodness, and steadfast wills to use your bounty well, that the whole human family, today and in generations to come, may with us give thanks for the riches of your creation. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen

The Proclamation of the Word

Old Testament      A Reading from the book Deuteronomy
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.

Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid waste-land with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. Do not say to yourself, ‘My power and the might of my own hand have gained me this wealth.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today. (8:7-18)

Listen for the Leading of the Spirit                      R: Thanks be to God

Psalm 65
Refrain: You crown the year with your goodness, O Lord

Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed, O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come. When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.
Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.
You crown the year with your goodness, O Lord

By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might.
You crown the year with your goodness, O Lord

You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples. Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
You crown the year with your goodness, O Lord

You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.  You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your goodness, O Lord

You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
You crown the year with your goodness, O Lord

New Testament   A Reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians 9:6-15

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written,
‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures for ever.’
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Listen for the Leading of the Spirit              R: Thanks be to God

Gradual Hymn     Come Ye thankful People Come
Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God our Maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God’s own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade, and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear:
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offenses purge away;
Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store
In His garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come,
to thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In thy presence to abide;
Come, with all Thine angels come,
Raise the glorious harvest home.

The Gospel

The Lord be with you                          R: And also with you
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

‘But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?” And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.’ (22:1-14)

The Gospel of Christ                                  R: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Homily

An Affirmation of Faith
(inspired by Matthew 25:16-20, Matthew 9:35-38: by Tim Tate)

I believe in a God
who created all things
and seeks for all to be in communion as God’s people.

I believe in Jesus Christ
who showed us how to share love,
and who commissioned us to go out into the highways and byways
inviting all to be a part of God’s work in the world.

I believe in the Holy Spirit
who leads and guides us into the world,
then touches the lives of those around us
in ways that make them receptive to love.

I believe in the harvest 
and the call for laborers to receive and respond,
sharing light and life with the world. Amen.

Litany of Confession: (based on words by Chief Seattle, 1855)
Creator God, we confess that we do not always remember you.
We forget that all we have and are comes from you.

We forget that the earth is our mother—we are made from the earth. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. We are part of the earth, and the earth is part of us.

We forget that the rivers are our brothers; they quench our thirst. We forget that the perfumed flowers are our sisters.

We forget that the air is precious, for all of us share the same

breath. The wind gives our children the breath of life.

We forget that the earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth. We forget that all things are connected, like the blood that unites one family.

We forget that you are the same God whose compassion is equal for all.

We forget that we did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Forgive us O Creator, and help us to remember that whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.

Forgive us O Sustainer, and accept our thanks for your gift of life.



Assurance of Pardon:
The good news is that God loves and forgives us and forever invites us to return to the ways of wholeness. We can be new people; we can live with respect for the earth and all its creatures. As forgiven people we join together with grateful hearts and sing praise to God.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures high and low Alleluia, Alleluia
Praise God above ye heavenly hosts 
Creator, Christ and Holy Ghost. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Prayers of the People

We thank you, God, for the beauty of nature, for food to eat and for clothes to wear.
Thank you, God of creation.

We thank you for the world and all it holds. We ask that all that is good in it remain and that we lessen the pollution of our earth.
Hear us, Lord of the world.

We thank you for all the people in our community…. We ask that you help us to be kind and understanding to others.
Hear us, gentle Lamb of God.

We thank you that young and old have a place in the church…. We ask that you help us to continue to show our faith.
Hear us, living Saviour.

We thank you for those who are willing to take leadership…. We ask that they be reasonable in their decisions and work for the good of everybody.
Hear us, God of justice.

We thank you for the young and young at heart…. We ask that you help them to understand life and find their way.
Hear us, God of now and forever.

We thank you for organizations that aid those in need. …We ask for help to recognize what we can do to help and to use what we have to do it.
Hear us, God of hope.

We give thanks for you, God of faithfulness.
May we live what we pray. Amen.

Passing the Peace:
In recognition of the new beginning which God has freely given us, let us acknowledge with love to those around us the peace of Christ

Offering Hymn  The Trumpets sound, the Angels sing

The trumpets sound, the angels sing
The feast is ready to begin
The gates of heav'n are open wide
And Jesus welcomes you inside

Sing with thankfulness Songs of pure delight
Come and revel in heaven's love and light
Take your place at the table of the King
The feast is ready to begin
The feast is ready to begin


Tables are laden with good things
O taste the peace and joy He brings
He'll fill you up with love dvine
He'll turn your water into wine

The hungry heart He satisfies
Offers the poor His paradise
Now hear all heav'n and earth applaud
The amazing goodness of the Lord

Prayer over the Offering
Source of all life, the heaven and earth are yours, yet you have given us dominion over all things. Receive the symbols of our labour and love which we offer you this day, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


Eucharistic Prayer
Copyright © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2006All of the official Common Worship publications are being published by Church House Publishing.

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

Almighty God, good Father to us all, your face is turned towards your world. In love you gave us Jesus your Son to rescue us from sin and death. Your Word goes out to call us home to the city where angels sing your praise. We join with them in heaven's song:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Father of all, we give you thanks for every gift that comes from heaven. To the darkness Jesus came as your light. With signs of faith and words of hope he touched untouchables with love and washed the guilty clean. This is his story.

This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

The crowds came out to see your Son, yet at the end they turned on him. On the night he was betrayed he came to table with his friends to celebrate the freedom of your people. This is his story.

This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

Jesus blessed you, God, for the food; he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said:

This is my body, given for you all. Jesus then gave thanks for the wine; he took the cup, gave it and said: This is my blood, shed for you all for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me. This is our story.

This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

Therefore, Creator, with this bread and this cup we celebrate the cross on which he died to set us free. Defying death he rose again and is alive with you to plead for us and all the world. This is our story.

This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

Send your Spirit on us now that by these gifts we may feed on Christ with opened eyes and hearts on fire. May we and all who share this food offer ourselves to live for you and be welcomed at your feast in heaven where all creation worships you, Creator, Son and Holy Spirit:

Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:
We gather our prayers together into the prayer which Jesus taught us, (using a version from the New Zealand Prayer Book.)

Eternal Spirit,
Life-giver, Pain-bearer, Love-maker, Source of all that is and that shall be, Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice is followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread
Creator of all, you gave us golden fields of wheat, whose many grains we have gathered and made into this one bread.
So may your church be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom

The Communion

Prayer after Communion
God of our hope, in this eucharist we find the source of all your blessings. Nourished in these holy mysteries may we, with our lives, give you continual thanks and praise. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Doxology
Glory to God
Whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, forever and ever. Amen

The Blessing and Dismissal

Closing Hymn The Wedding Banquet

    

Chorus:            I cannot come,
                          I cannot come to the banquet,
                          Don't trouble me now.
                          I have married a wife
                          I have bought me a cow
                          I have fields and commitments
                          that cost a pretty sum.
                          Pray, hold me excused
                          I cannot come.


A certain man held a feast on his fine estate in town,
he laid a festive table and wore a wedding gown.
He sent invitations to his neighbours far and wide
but when the meal was ready, each of them replied:                          Chorus

The master rose up in anger, called his servants by name,
said: "Go into the town, fetch the blind and the lame,
fetch the peasant and the pauper, for this I have willed,
my banquet must be crowded, and my table must be filled."              Chorus

When all the poor had assembled, there was still room to spare,
so the master demanded: "Go search everywhere,
to the highways and the byways and force them to come in.
My table must filled before the banquet can begin."                          Chorus

My God has written a lesson for the rest of humankind;
if we're slow in responding, He may leave us behind.
God's preparing a banquet for the great and glorious day,
when the Lord and Master calls us, be certain not to say:                  Chorus

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Recalibrating


 



Disruptions, life is filled with them in the ordinary everyday times. Sometimes we notice because it has inconvenienced us and sometimes, we notice because it causes major upheaval. Disruptions, large or small, can have a major impact. How do you handle disruptions in life? Are you able to go with the flow? Does it throw you completely off track? Do you step back and re-evaluate?

I have to tell you I am severely directionally challenged. If you take me and set me downtown and spin me around, I’ll get lost! No Joke! Telling me to go north, south, east or west is pointless. I have no sense of direction. Just tell me if I go right or left. Disruptions happen very easily in my life. Some are simple others less so. It is what we do when the disruptions happen that become more interesting. I can tell you when we first moved to Winnipeg (the largest city that I have lived in) more than once I felt like crying when I would get lost. At least once a day I would experience great frustration and try to get going back in the right direction. And then I listened to what the GPS would say when I missed my turn – recalibrating. Recalibrating! Finding another way. Then I realized that I was never truly lost because it could all be recalibrated.

Disruptions are like that, they recalibrate us. They send us down different paths, change our direction, help us see things from a different perspective all because there was a disruption to the usual routine that we tried to stick so closely with. Again, I ask, that you consider how you handle those disruptions. Can you now see them from a different perspective, allow them to recalibrate you and give you a whole new experience?

2020 has thus far been months and months of disruption. Just as soon as we think we are getting on the right track of lower numbers and cases of CoVid 19, we have a spike and we are back in the restricted zone. Disruptions happen daily with how we interact with people, shop, plan a dinner out (or not), celebrate special days in life and holidays. We are re-calibrating how we do everything. Some roll with the necessary changes and recalibrate but for countless others the stress, anxiety and depression are increasing and recalibrating is hard to do because there does not seem to be a return to the more normal interactions that are so important to us for our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well being.

Disruptions do not spell an end. Recalibrating does not mean we have missed the point or done something wrong. In these uncertain times we are challenged to find new ways of doing the things we enjoy. Nothing is canceled, nothing is lost but we are challenged to find a new route, a new direction and to take a different path. It will not be easy but it will be an experience, whether good or bad, that will reveal a whole new dimension to us and show us things and places and people that we have not encountered before. Disruptions are not always a bad thing, even in disruptions we can find a gift, new hope and a whole new way of doing things. I hope your disruptions will become an exciting opportunity to experience something new, or at least experience something old in a whole new way.



Thursday, 1 October 2020

October 4 2020

 


Prelude         
His Eye is on the Sparrow

The Gathering Hymn        All Creatures of our God and King

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

Refrain:
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show.                        Refrain

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!              Refrain


The Gathering 
The heavens declare the glory of God, the Milky Way reveals God’s handiwork. 
Yet I would mark all things down as a loss, compared to knowing the perfection of Christ Jesus my lord. 

The stone which builders once rejected has now become the corner stone. 
This is God’s own doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. 

Holy, holy, holy are you most beautiful and mysterious God. 
Holy, holy, holy are you, Christ Jesus, the very radiance of God. 

Holy, holy, holy are you, True Spirit, the joy that lives in our hearts. 
God our Friend, please do not allow familiarity to dull our awareness of your unspeakable love. May worship be the holiest aspiring and the dearest pleasure of our souls. In the name of Christ our Lord. Amen 

Jubilate Psalm 100
Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; * serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song. 
Know this: The Lord himself is God; * he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; * give thanks to him and call upon his name. 
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; * and his faithfulness endures from age to age. 

Psalm 19
REFRAIN The statutes of the Lord rejoice the heart.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handiwork. One day tells its tale to another, and one night imparts knowledge to another. Although they have no words or language, and their voices are not heard, Their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world. 
The statutes of the Lord rejoice the heart.

In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber; it rejoices like a champion to run its course. It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs about to the end of it again; nothing is hidden from its burning heat. 
The statutes of the Lord rejoice the heart.

The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent. The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes. 
The statutes of the Lord rejoice the heart.

The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb. 
The statutes of the Lord rejoice the heart.

By them also is your servant enlightened, and in keeping them there is great reward. Who can tell how often he offends? cleanse me from my secret faults. 
The statutes of the Lord rejoice the heart.

Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion over me; then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offence. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. 
The statutes of the Lord rejoice the heart.

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF EXODUS (20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20)
Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work. Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. You shall not covet your neighbour's house; you shall not covet your neighbour's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to neighbour. When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die." Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin." 

Listen for the Leading of the Spirit                  R: Thanks be to God

Circle of Praise – A Version of Psalm 148 for St. Francis of Assisi Day 
All dogs and dingoes, large and small: 
Praise the Lord! 

All rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs: 
Praise the Lord! 

All goldfish, guppies and swimming creatures: 
Praise the Lord!

All eagles, budgies and singing birds: 
Praise the Lord!

All wombats, koalas and wallabies: 
 Praise the Lord!

All horses, cows and sheep: 
Praise the Lord! 

All lizards, snakes and crawling creatures: 
Praise the Lord! 

Every animal in the sky, the sea and the forest: 
Praise the Lord! 

A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS (3:4B-14)
If anyone has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. 

Listen for the Leading of the Spirit                  R: Thanks be to God

Gradual Hymn         Prayer of St. Francis (Make Me a Channel of Your Peace)
Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, only light,
And where there’s sadness ever joy.

O Spirit, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled, as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved as to love, with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

O Spirit, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled, as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved as to love, with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

The Gospel 
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW (21:33-46) 
R: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus said, "Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.' So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes'? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls." When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet. 

The Gospel of Christ                  R: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ 

The Homily 

An Affirmation of Faith (from The Modern Liturgist) 
We believe in God, the Creator!
Maker of everything,
Author of the Universe,
And Mystery behind every matter.
We believe in Jesus Christ!
God from God, Light from Light, true God and true human,
One with the Creator.
He is the Word made flesh and the Savior of all creation!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
Breath of God moving among us,
One with the Creator and one with Christ,
He is our Guide and the Mentor of all creation! Amen. 

The Offering Hymn  Creative God, you spread the Earth
Creative God, you spread the earth with life in many forms
The deer and elk and columbine, the bee in humming swarms.
Forgive us for each flow’r and bird now vanished by our hand.
Teach us to treat with loving care the creatures of the land.

The planet teemed with living things before all human birth,
And even fire and beasts of prey renewed the life of earth.
Forgive us, that the last to come, we threaten sea and air.
Teach us to tend life’s fragile web with wise and tender care.

O playful God, you fill the field with lavender and blue.
You paint the bird with indigo, with red or tawny hue.
Forgive us that we grieve your heart, destroying what you do,
And teach us simpler, gentler ways to live on earth with you.

Prayer over the offering
God of truth, receive all we offer you this day. Make us worthy servants, strong to follow in the pattern of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen 

THE BLESSING OF ANIMALS
May your pets be blessed in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. May you enjoy your life together and find joy with the God who created you. 

THE BLESSING PRAYER (together) 
Most high, almighty Lord, our Creator, yours are the praise, the glory, the honour and all blessings! To you alone do all things belong. Be praised for giving us the animals, birds and fish which fill your world. May we think of you and thank you when we play with and care for our pets. Be praised for making us so happy to have our pets and to have them to play with. We ask you, Lord, that we may be good to our pets always, so that they may be happy also. Help us always to take care of them so that they will be healthy. O God, your world is wonderful. May we all come into your even greater world of the kingdom of heaven where we shall see even more wonderful things and where we shall live and love for ever. This we ask to your eternal praise, and to our blessing. Amen. 

Intercessions and Thanksgivings (written by Bruce Prewer) 

Eternal God, we thank you for this week which has presented us with a panorama of exploding autumn colors. We thank you that you have so painted this world with colors that our eyes almost catch a glow from the brilliance. 

Holy Friend, health of the sick, comfort of the sad, rebuke of the oppressor, 
        judge of the greedy, hope of the repentant, friend of the downtrodden; 
        in prayer we lift up to you this world with its outrageous injustices 
        yet also its outpouring of human kindness from ordinary people. 
O Lord hear our prayer, and in your love answer 

We pray for those who live with serious illness, 
        those with chronic pain, those with mental health issues, 
        those who because of the uncertainty of the pandemic find that their anxiety is increasing, 
        those who find themselves feeling isolated and more alone than ever, 
        those without access to proper medical care, 
        those for whom treatment is no longer an option. 
O Lord hear our prayer, and in Your love, answer. 

Loving God, let your blessing be upon those 
        who serve their neighbours without thought of reward, 
        who forgive their enemies seventy times seven, 
        who care for broken strangers as if they were dearest friends, 
        who weep with the bereaved as if they were siblings, 
        who heal the diseased not counting the risk to themselves 
O Lord hear our prayer, and in your love answer 

Let your blessing encourage those 
        who work for peace when the only result seems to be more violence, 
        who preach and live the Gospel in the face of persecution, 
        who feed the hungry although their efforts get misinterpreted, 
        who stand up for the downtrodden in spite of public scorn, 
        and who maintain the church when those around belittle it. 
O Lord hear our prayer, and in your love answer 

Holy Friend, 
        please reach out your hand over each of us gathered here now, 
        that our faith may be enlarged and fortified, 
        our vision enlightened and extended, 
        and our compassion refreshed and widened. 
O Lord hear our prayer, and in your love answer 

Through Jesus of Nazareth, 
        whose love was good enough for the simple, 
        too much for the proud and powerful, 
        and absolutely amazing for all who shared his cup. Amen! 

The Collect of the Day
Almighty God, you have built your Church on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone. Join us together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may become a holy temple, acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen 

The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour taught us, let us pray, 

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 

Announcements 

Closing Hymn         Lord of the Dance
I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun;
And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth,
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Chorus
Dance then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said he.


I danced for the scribe and the pharisee,
But they would not dance and they wouldn’t follow me.
I danced for the fisherman, for James and for John-
They came with me and the dance went on.                  Chorus

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;
It’s hard to dance with a devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I’d gone;
But I am the Dance, and I still go on.                          Chorus

They cut me down and I leapt up high;
I am the life that’ll never, never die.
I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me.
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.                          Chorus

The Sending Out 
What does the Lord require of you, 
            except to do justice, 
            and to love mercy, 
            and to walk humbly with your God. These we will strive to do! Thanks be to God.                            Alleluia!! 

Postlude

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Autumn, Is it an Ending?

 

Fort Whyte Alive the beginning of  Fall Colours

What is it about the fall season that turns our thoughts towards endings and death? Is it the shorter days?  The falling leaves?  The migration of birds, especially the long lines of geese in flight? Is it that we have come through another spring and summer which are so filled with life and activity to the slower days of autumn and the hibernation of winter?

Autumn while resplendent in beauty marks an end.  The green lets go and the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows burst forth for a short period.  Then slowly drift to the ground quickly covering grass.  Walking has more than a rustle of leaves it has a crunch.  It has a finality to the summer of life.  Many people, while they find the colours glorious, struggle with autumn.  Depression increases.  Dread for the coming winter and darkness takes hold. Autumn can not be enjoyed for many people.

Just this week I had an interesting discussion, via the telephone, with a person.  All I have is a name and a general location of where they live.  This person was inquiring as to whether I would be willing to do a funeral when the time comes as he is not a member of my church congregation.  My response was, of course!  He was shocked and that question led us to a long conversation during which he would repeat again and again that he thought it would not be possible to have this, should he decide this was the route he and his family would like to pursue.  It was obviously important to him and when we finished our conversation, he was much relieved.  This got me thinking about the autumn of life and what becomes important to people.

Our mortality steps into the fore front as we watch the earth prepare for the changing season.  The harvest is well underway.  Pumpkins are ready, apples are being picked (the baskets of them smell so good and my favourite Honeycrisp is back in the stores), watering hoses and wheelbarrows and patio furniture are going back into storage as we prepare our outward physical surroundings.  But what does the autumn teach us for our inward peace?  Have we lived life to the fullest these last seasons?  Have or can we let go like the leaves?  Do we trust the process?  Or do we like that last leaf struggle to hang on to everything?  Do we see the beauty and enjoy it or do we see only deep darkness and despair?  Are we like the person on the other end of the telephone line realizing that when our end comes, we’d like to have options available of how our life is celebrated in a ceremony?  And are we brave enough, like this man, to ask for what will bring us peace, satisfaction or closure despite expecting to be told it was not possible? 

Life is filled with change and growth.  Each season reminds us of the unique perspective that it brings, each gift that is offered.  Autumn reminds us that everything in life changes.  Autumn reminds us that we too have grown, changed and sometimes we need to let go and embrace the next step.  Our autumns remind us of the importance of embracing life fully and enjoying every experience whether or not they are unique. 

Everyday my Golden Retriever and I walk through parks and along side walks.  He finds the autumn rather fascinating and curious.  If you kick the leaves be prepared for the total enjoyment that brings to a puppy who will take you in tow to further investigate.  And then there are the smells that require frequent stops to check out as many leaves as possible.  And what’s a walk with out having a good roll in the leaves?  If the wind blows, then it is game on because the leaves must be chased and caught.  I would like to say that I find as much enjoyment in the process as he does, but being taken in tow is frustrating and he is learning (most of the time) to leave it.  But what I do know is the beauty in the colour that is laid out like a carpet for us to walk on.  The crispness of the leaves adds to the sensory enjoyment and I confess I can’t help kicking the leaves just to see the reaction and the joy that comes with the necessary investigating.  Autumn marks an end (I confess I really do not like winter) but it also signifies that the earth is beginning to rest so that life and all its challenges and glory can be renewed in the spring.

Enjoy your walks, ponder necessary changes, listen to the leaves under your feet, touch the trees and feel the continuum of life under your fingers as new buds take this time to get ready for a new season.  Let go of what holds you back and celebrate the beauty around, even if it means this is the preparation for a final harvest.  Celebrate each moment and take the opportunity to enjoy each experience to the fullest.


The Migration of the Geese is a phenomenal sight 
when they return in the evenings