Saturday, 1 August 2020

Pentecost 9 August 2, 2020 How will you feed them?



Opening hymn Wind in the Willows     
Author: Alan Bell      
As I went a walking
One morning in spring
I met with some travelers
On an old country lane
One was an old man
The second a maid
The third was a young boy who smiled as he said

Chorus    "With the wind in the willows
                  The birds in the sky
                  There's a bright sun to warm us wherever we lie...
                  We have bread and fishes and a jug of red wine
                  To share on our journey with all humankind".

So I asked them to tell me their names and their race
So I could remember each smile on their face
"Our names, they mean nothing...
They change throughout time
So come sit beside us and share in our wine"      CHORUS

So I sat down beside them
With flowers all around
We ate from a mantle
Spread out on the ground
They told me of prophets
And peoples and kings
And all of the one god that knows everything
"We're traveling to Glaston
Over England's green lanes
To hear of men's troubles
To hear of their pains
We travel the wide world
Over land and the sea
To tell all the people
How they can be free..."

So sadly I left them
On that old country lane
For I knew that I'd never see them again
One was an old man
The second a maid
The third was a young boy who smiled as he said...

Gathering:
Leader: I will sing your praises O God
All: God’s greatness is cause for celebration and thanksgiving

Leader: God is gracious and merciful
All: God is patient and compassionate

Leader: Proclaim the greatness of God and show in all we do
All: God is faithful and just, help us to strive to be the same.

Prayer for the day:
Loving God your love and compassion showed itself in and through Jesus. When people gathered, he cared for them and their needs. Help us to be more compassionate, show us how to feed those who hunger and help them find satisfaction. Amen 

Hymn     Lord you have come to the seashore            written by Cesareo Gabarain
                                                                                        performed by Tim Lewis
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Lord, You have come to the seashore 
Neither searching for the rich nor the wise. 
Desiring only that I should follow. 

REFRAIN     O Lord, with Your eyes set upon me 
                      Gently smiling, You have spoken my name. 
                       All I longed for, I have found by the water. 
                      At Your side, I will seek other shores. 

Lord, see my goods, my possessions. 
In my boat You find no power, no wealth. 
Will You accept then my nets and labor?         REFRAIN 

Lord take my hands and direct them. 
Help me spend myself in seeking the lost. 
Returning love for the love You gave me.         REFRAIN 

Lord, as I drift on the waters 
Be the resting place of my restless heart. 
My life's companion, my friend and refuge.         REFRAIN
Gospel

Leader: May God be with you     All: and also with you.
Leader: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew. (
14:13-21)
All: Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.


Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Leader: The Gospel of Christ.         All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. 

Song for Reflection     Kindness         Ryan Adams 
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If you're so kind 
Can you let down your hand 
Can you let down your hand 
If you're so kind 
If you're so strong 
Can you shelter the weak 
Will you listen as the strangers speak 
Bring them calm 

Kindness don't ask for much 
But an open mind 
Kindness can cure a broken heart 
Honey are you feelin kind 
Do you believe in love 
Do you believe in love 

If you're so kind 
Can you let down your hand 
Will you try and understand 
When it goes wrong
 
Days come and gone 
And it's been said and been done 
I will shelter you with my love 
And my forgiveness 

Kindness don't ask for much 
But an open mind 
Kindness can cure a broken heart 
Honey are you feelin kind 
Do you believe in love 
Do you believe in love 

Kindness don't ask for much 
But an open mind 
Kindness can cure a broken heart 
Honey are you feelin kind 
Do you believe in love 
Do you believe in love

Prayers of Intercession
Sisters and brothers, God our Savior is our refuge! So let us pray to God saying, “Incline your ear to us; Hear our words.”

God our Savior, show us your face. May your Church be satisfied in your presence. May you reveal to us your ways so that we might walk in the light of your truth.
Silence
Incline your ear to us;   Hear our words.


O God, your eyes are fixed on justice. We pray for all victims of war and violence and famine. Give heed to the cries of those in need throughout the world.
Silence
Incline your ear to us;  Hear our words.

God of Abundance, you have blessed the Earth to bring forth plenty. May we recognize the abundance in our own lives and so that those with little may also have their fill.
Silence
Incline your ear to us;   Hear our words.

O God, have compassion on the people of our region. Show us your marvelous loving-kindness so that our fears may be replaced with trust in your goodness.
Silence
Incline your ear to us;    Hear our words.

God of Blessing, we call upon you, for you answer us in our need. We pray this day for all those desperate for your blessing. Moved by compassion, heal the sick and suffering ones we hold in our hearts this day.
add your own petitions and thanksgivings, followed by Silence
Incline your ear to us;  Hear our words.

The Lord's Prayer

Song         Until All Are Fed                              – Brian McFarland One Licence A-605236 


How long will be sing? How long will we pray? 
How long will we write and send? 
How long will we bring? How long will we stay? 
How long will we make amends? 

Chorus 
Until all are fed, we cry out. Until all on earth have the bread. 
Like the one who loves us, each and everyone… 
We serve until all are fed. 

How long will we talk? How long will we prod? 
How long must we fret and hoard? 
How long will we walk to tear down this fa├žade? 
How long? How long, oh lord? 

Chorus 

How can we standby and failed to be aghast? 
How long till we do what’s right? 
How could we standby and choose a lesser fast? 
How long till we see the light? 

Chorus 

On the green, green grass they gathered long ago, 
To hear what the master said. 
What they had they shared - some fishes and some loaves. 
They served until all were fed. 

Chorus 

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Staycation


The running joke about the prairies, when you live in the east is that you can sit on your porch and watch the dog run away from home for three days.  It really is spectacularly flat!  And while we laugh at the difference of the landscape in the various areas of this vast country and share jokes for years there is no doubt thatythat the year 2020 will be talked about for a long time.  
Each person will have a story to tell. 

 It is the year when people are encouraged to explore their own “neighbourhood” if you will.  Others refer to it as stay at home year.  My DH and I like to travel so we have had to do much adjusting.  At the very least we like to visit our family, especially our aging parents who live in other provinces and who thus far have not been invited to our bubble.  So with six weeks holidays to play with what does one do?

I decided that since we adopted Manitoba as our abode for the time being then perhaps it was time to actually visit a few of the places here.  So my DH, dutifully went to CAA to acquire a road map for me and I sat down with my high lighter to mark where I have already been.  It was a fun geography lesson.  

So my staycation is very routine.  Get up, then walk the dog.  Breakfast.  Decide what to do.  
If it’s too hot, (yes I have deemed 37 C too hot for running around even in the car,) then the day gets spent on a crafty gift.  So far (day 7 of the staycation). I have finished three cross stitch gifts for Christmas and have a fourth half done.(No they are not all the same, and some are personalized so no sneak peek)



My ever helpful DH decided I needed a lounge chair for the back yard.  I’d work on my tan but so far I’m afraid I’d bake in the heat, (yes 37 C with no breeze is hot).  I’m not complaining I know what’s coming and that number will, all too soon have a minus in front of it!

Sunday, being cooler, (it was only 27 C)my DH and I added a little variety to my mundane routine.  We took the opportunity to go for brunch at a lovely little cafe.  Near where we parked there was a small sculpture garden where we wandered for a short time and then we headed home.  







My DH went off to do his thing and I picked up Aslan to go for a drive.  We headed out of the city, not as far as I thought, and visited Grosse Isle.  It is a little town a very short drive from home and it has a heritage museum and “town” but because of the pandemic nothing was open.  Lesson number one, check the schedule of these little touristy places.  





Not to be deterred Aslan and I continued on to the next little place, Warren, about ten minutes up the road and we had a little more fun.  We found a little park with heritage pieces to explore.  We saw water towers, wind mills and old farm equipment.











So our day out was a short jaunt but a lovely one.

Maybe this staycation won’t be so bad, at least there will be a number of finished projects.  Now to see what a new week brings!

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Pentecost 8 -- The kingdom of heaven is like...

                        
  


Guest blogger and Presider The Reverend Canon Mary Lysecki has provided today's service

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Opening hymn     656 She Comes Sailing on the Wind

Chorus     She comes sailing on the wind,
                Her wings flashing in the sun,
                On a journey just begun, she flies on.
                And in the passage of her flight,
                Her song rings out through the night,
                Full of laughter, full of light, she flies on.


Silent waters rocking on the morning of our birth
Like an empty cradle waiting to be filled,
And from the heart of God the Spirit moved upon the earth,
Like a mother breathing life into her child.

Many were the dreamers, whose eyes were given sight
When the Spirit filled their dreams with life and form.
Deserts turned to gardens, broken hearts found new delight,
And then down the ages still she flew on.                                     Chorus

To a gentle girl in Galilee a gentle breeze she came,
A whisper softly calling in the dark;
The promise of a child of peace whose reign would never end,
Mary sang the Spirit song within her heart.

Flying to the river, she waited circling high
Above the child now grown so full of grace.
As he rose up from the water, she swept down from the sky,
And she carried him away in her embrace.                                     Chorus 

Long after the deep darkness that fell upon the world,
After dawn returned in flame of rising sun,
The Spirit touched the earth again, again her wings unfurled,
Bringing life in wind and fire as she flew on.                                 Chorus

Gathering:
Leader: Jesus says, “I am the Way for you.”
All: And so we come to follow Christ.

Leader: Jesus says, “I am the Truth for you.”
All: And so we come to dwell in the light.

Leader: Jesus says, “I am the Life for you.”
All: And so we come, leaving behind all else to which we cling.

Prayer for the day:

Leader: Loving God,
            You have led us to this place,
            not to shield us from heartache
            and the pain of human life,
            but to heal us and inspire us,
            to gently redirect us,
            till we see the world as you do
            and love it with your love.
            Amen

Hymn     60 I Come with Joy

I come with joy, a child of God,
Forgiven, loved, and free,
The life of Jesus to recall,
in love laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near
To find, as all are fed,
The new community of love
In Christ’s communion bread.

As Christ breaks bread and bids us share,
Each proud division ends. 
The love that made us makes us one,
And strangers now are friends.

The spirit of the risen Christ,
Unseen, but ever near,
Is in such friendship better known,
Alive among us here.

Together met, together bound,
by all that God has done,
We’ll go with joy, to give the world
The love that makes us one.

Gospel
Leader: May God be with you                 All: and also with you.

Leader: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
All: Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Jesus put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’

He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’

‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’

Leader: The Gospel of Christ.         All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Homily

Hymn: VU 307 Touch the Earth Lightly

Touch the earth lightly, use the earth gently
Nourish the life of the world in our care:
Gift of great wonder, ours to surrender,
Trust for the children tomorrow will bear.

We who endanger, who create hunger,
Agents of death for all creatures that live,
We who would foster clouds of disaster,
God of our planet, forestall and forgive!

Let there be greening, birth from the burning,
Water that blesses and air that is sweet,
Health in God’s garden, hope in God’s children,
Regeneration that peace will complete.

God of all living, God of all loving,
God of the seedling, the snow and the sun,
Teach us, deflect us, Christ reconnect us,
Using us gently and making us one.

Affirmation of Faith:
We believe in God
whose love is the source of all life
and the desire of our lives,
whose love was given a human face
in Jesus of Nazareth,
whose love was crucified by the evil
that waits to enslave us all
and whose love, defeating even death,
is our glorious promise of freedom.

Therefore, though we are sometimes fearful
and full of doubt,
in God we trust;
and, in the name of Jesus Christ,
we commit ourselves, in the service of others,
to seek justice and to live in peace,
to care for the earth
and to share the commonwealth
of God’s goodness,
to live in the freedom of forgiveness
and the power of the spirit of love,
and in the company of the faithful
so to be the Church,
for the glory of God. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

Leader: We are your people, God, in this time and place, you have called us to pray for those in need.
            We pray for the people whose names the world knows, whose stories are told daily in the news. . .
Silence

God in your mercy                 All:      Hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for people in places of suffering, whose names only you and their friends and families                know, and whose lives you cherish. . .

Silence

God in your mercy                 All:      Hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for the people whose names and lives we know, those who today are in pain or distress             or trouble, those who are happy, those who are sad. . .

Silence

God in your mercy             All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for ourselves, God. You know each one of us by name. Make us into the people you want us to be.  And when that hurts, reassure us how much you love us. God, we bring you ourselves and our prayers in Jesus’ name.    Amen.

Hymn 612 Healer of Our Every Ill

Chorus     Healer of our every ill,
                Light of each tomorrow;
                Give us peace beyond our fear,
                And hope beyond our sorrow.


You who know our fears and sadness,
Grace us with your peace and gladness.
Spirit of all comfort: fill our hearts.                 Chorus

In the pain and joy beholding
How your grace is still unfolding,
Give us all your vision: God of love.                 Chorus

Give us strength to love each other,
Every sister, every brother.
Spirit of all kindness, be our guide.                 Chorus

You who know each thought and feeling,
Teach us all your way of healing.
Spirit of compassion: fill each heart.                 Chorus

The Lord’s prayer sung

Blessing

Leader:      Jesus said, “I am with you always.”
                  May God the Creator bless you.
                  May God the Son walk with you.
                  May God the Spirit lead your lives with love.
All: Amen.

Dismissal
Leader: Look at your hands, see the touch and the tenderness,
All: God’s own for the world.

Leader: Look at your feet, see the path and the direction,
All: God’s own for the world.

Leader: Look at your heart, see the fire and the love,
All: God’s own for the world.

Leader: Look at the cross, see God’s Son and our Saviour.
All: God’s own for the world.

Leader: This is God’s world,
All: and we will serve God in it.

Sending Hymn    502 You are Salt for the Earth

You are salt for the earth, O people:
Salt for the kingdom of God!
Share the flavour of life, O people:
Life in the kingdom of God!

Chorus     Bring forth the kingdom of mercy, 
                Bring forth the kingdom of peace;
                Bring forth the kingdom of justice,
                Bring forth the city of God!


You are a light on the hill, O people:
Light for the city of God!
Shine so holy and bright, O people:
Shine for the kingdom of God!                 Chorus

You are a seed of the Word, O people:
Bring forth the kingdom of God!
Seeds of mercy and seeds of justice
Grow in the kingdom of God!                 Chorus

We are a blest and a pilgrim people
Bound for the kingdom of God!
Love our journey and love our homeland:
Love is the kingdom of God!                     Chorus

 



Saturday, 18 July 2020

Pentecost 7 -- Weeds, Good or Bad?




Opening Music     Soil of God

Soil of God, you and I stand ready to bear  
seeds of faithnourished by God's tender care.  
Growing in everyone for here God is found.  
All stand together, we are...Holy Ground

Soil of God, you and I, now ready to be
part of God's promise, for others to see.
Open to everyone for here God is found
All stand together, we are...Holy Ground

Soil of God, you and I, now called to rebirth,
joining as partners with all of the earth.
Living in harmony for here God is found.
All stand together, this is ...Holy Ground

Gathering         (based on Psalm 75)
We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks
People tell of your wonderous deeds
At a set time God will judge all equally
The earth may struggle, people may disappoint but God will stand firm

God most high, slow to anger but great in power: your judgements are strong and sure.  Amid fear and chaos, refine our focus and steady our hearts with the assurance of Christ's unfailing love; in whos name we pray.  Amen

Reading of Scripture

Reading     Genesis 28:10-19a

Now listen. This gospel a story will tell
Of Jacob, a young man, a real ne'er- do – well
Who cheated his brother (abetted by mother)
To trick his old father that he was another.

So. ' Persona non grata ', he needs to lay low
Or get out of town to avoid Esau's blow.
His mother advised him (as mothers will do)
“Go search for your uncle; He'll look after you.”

Jacob traveled to Haran. By night, he is nearer.
The sun begins setting. A thought now is clearer.
“Where- to have slumber? Where- to rest my head?
No Beauty- rest mattress. No Sleep Centre bed.
A stone for my pillow? Now, isn't that handy.
The Lord has provided. At least, the ground's sandy!”

He slept and he dreamed then, a dream of a ladder
From heaven to earth and reverse. (Yes, that matters.)
A Stairway to Heaven, what a virtual wonder
Celestial beings going down, up, NOT under.

And right by his side, it was quite unbelievable
There was God, the Almighty, His words inconceivable.
For Jacob, He promised this land for his future kin.
Their numbers so great, Jacob felt that his head would spin.
Like dust of the Earth, all his family would multiply
To cover the globe. Now God's blessings would really fly.

(Jacob must puzzle as he has no mate
And he needs a partner to start to 'create'.
But he should not worry; he should not pine.
Rachel makes her appearance. Read Chapter 29.)

With that, it was over, and Jacob awoke.
He felt fear and awe. “That dream was no joke.
I must leave a marker to show God was here.
For a gateway to Heaven, the sign must be clear.
I'll use my stone pillow tho that may be odd.
I'll call the place Bethel. It means House of God.”


Gradual Hymn: Trees of the Field 
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You shall go out with joy
And be let forth with peace,
And the mountains and the hills
Will break forth before you.
There'll be shouts of joy
And the trees of the fields
Will clap, will clap their hands.

And the trees of the fields will clap their hands,
And the trees of the fields will clap their hands,
And the trees of the fields will clap their hands,
While you go out with joy.
Lyrics Published with Permission Copyright © 1975 Lillenas Publishing Company

Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.’ He answered, ‘The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!

Hear what the Spirit is Saying to the Church        R: Thanks be to God

Reflective Song        You are the Seed

Prayers of the People
Circle us, Lord
Circle us with the light of your presence within this dark world
Enable us to be overcomers of fear and temptation
Enable us to be victors over sin and despair
Enable us to become that which you would desire
(Silent prayer)

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation
Circle us with the light of your presence



Circle us, Lord
Circle our family within the shelter of your outstretched arms
Protect them in each moment of their daily lives
Protect them in the decisions that they face
Protect their homes and relationships
(Silent prayer)

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation
Circle our families with the light of your presence



Circle us, Lord
Circle this world with the joy of your Salvation
Where there is sickness and disease bring healing
Where there is hunger and despair bring hope
Where there is torture and oppression bring release
(Silent prayer)

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation
Circle this world with the light of your presence


                            — written by John Birch, and posted on his Faith and Worship website.

The Collect of the Day
Let us pray ...

All:      The path we should follow of Jesus, your Son
            We tread now together for He is the One.
            With pure hearts, fixed wills, we can truly aspire
            Your worship in spirit, our only desire. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

The Benediction
As you go from here into the week ahead,
with whatever joys and challenges it holds,
do not be discouraged or disheartened.
Remember the glory that awaits you as a child of God.
Hold on to that truth;
live in that hope.
And may the peace of God,
the blessing of Jesus Christ,
and the presence of the Holy Spirit
be with you and among you.
Amen.

Closing Hymn One more Step along the world I go
One more step along the world I go,
One more step along the world I go,
From the old things to the new,
Keep me traveling along with you:

Chorus    And it's from the old I travel to the new;
                Keep me traveling along with you.

Round the corners of the world I turn,
More and more about the world I learn;
All the new things that I see
You'll be looking at along with me:        Chorus 

As I travel through the bad and good,
Keep me traveling the way I should;
Where I see no way to go
You'll be telling me the way, I know:  Chorus       

Give me courage when the world is rough,
Keep me loving though the world is tough;
Leap and sing in all I do,
Keep me traveling along with you:        Chorus 

You are older than the world can be,
You are younger than the life in me;
Ever old and ever new,
Keep me traveling along with you:        Chorus 

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