St James Manotick
Sunday, February 28, 2021 10 a.m.
Second Sunday in Lent
Prelude: Ave Verum Corpus – W.A. Mozart
THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY
Territorial Land Acknowledgement
As we begin this service, we acknowledge that we are gathered on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people, the traditional territory of the Wendat and Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
May we honour the Indigenous stewards of this land, and grow in right relationship with all Indigenous peoples.
We recognize that Creator God moves us forward together in healing, respect, and unity for future generations.
Celebrant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Almighty God,
All to you all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy immortal one, have mercy upon us. (said 3x)
Collect of the Day
God of Sarah and Abraham, long ago you embraced your people in covenant and promised them your blessing. Strengthen us in faith, so that, with your followers in every age, we may proclaim our deliverance in Jesus Christ to generations yet unborn. Amen.
THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD
First Reading – Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations.
I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
Psalm 22.22-30 Response: All the ends of the earth shall turn to the Lord.
Praise the Lord, you that fear him;
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.
For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither does he hide his face from them;
but when they cry to him he hears them.
My praise is of him in the great assembly;
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the Lord shall praise him:
“May your heart live for ever!”
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
For kingship belongs to the Lord;
he rules over the nations.
To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship;
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him;
they shall be known as the Lord’s for ever.
They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn
the saving deeds that he has done.
Father, your tortured Son felt abandoned, and cried out in anguish from the cross, yet you delivered him. He overcame the bonds of death and rose in triumph from the grave. Do not hide your face from those who cry out to you: Feed the hungry, strengthen the weak, and break the chains of the oppressed, that your people may rejoice in your saving deeds. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Gradual: Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to . . .
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel – Mark 8.31-38
Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Sermon – The Reverend Bill Byers
The Apostles’ Creed
Celebrant: Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say,
All: I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Prayers of the People
Jesus Christ intercedes for us at all times. Together let us remember and pray to God through Christ, saying: Have mercy, O Lord.
For the church, that the fasting of these forty days may clear away much that is needless and so open our eyes to the bright glory of the cross, we pray: have mercy, O Lord.
For the church, that those baptized at Easter will learn from us to read and ponder and cherish the scriptures, we pray: have mercy, O Lord.
For the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that the Jewish people may find blessing and a zeal for justice in their covenant with God, we pray: have mercy, O Lord.
For all who suffer want, that God in mercy may turn our hearts toward one another and bring us to end or faithless reliance on weapons, war, and the threat of war, we pray: have mercy, O Lord.
For prisoners, that all who are bound in body may find such a strength of spirit to lift up all of us, we pray: have mercy, O Lord.
For ourselves that this church may walk both as burdened and as free as Jesus, we pray: have mercy, O Lord.
For those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, especially:
Judy, Randy, John, Clifton, David, Kevin, Janice, Lynn, Pat, Doug, Jenny, Paul …
… for those we hold in our hearts individually and for those known only to you, we pray, have mercy, O Lord.
For the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer and Paul Dumbrille, Ottawa Representative and for all parish representatives;
for all Parish Administrators in our diocese;
for Martin Luther Lutheran Church and their pastor Friedrich Demke;
for Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America and their clergy, we pray: have mercy, O Lord.
For all who have died, that they be at peace, we pray: have mercy, O Lord.
God, whose ways are beyond our knowing or approving, place the world’s troubles ever in our plain sight, and be yourself in our seeing and in our praying. We ask this always through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Confession and Absolution
Celebrant: Most merciful God,
All: we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us,
that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
The Lord’s Prayer
Celebrant: And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
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,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Closing Reflection: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee – John Dykes
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