Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude: Air (Water Music) – G.F. Handel

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, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit with us all, evermore. Amen.

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.

Glory to God
Celebrant: Glory to God in the highest,
All:       and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. 

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. 

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect of the Day

Holy God of Israel, draw us near to you, so that in place of hostility, there may be peace; in place of loneliness, compassion; in place of aimlessness, direction; and in place of sickness, healing; through Christ Jesus, in whom you draw near to us. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – 2 Samuel 7.1-14a

Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.”  Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.” But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in?  I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies.  Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.

Psalm 89.20-37   Response: I will keep my love for him forever.

  1. I have found David my servant;
    with my holy oil have I anointed him.
  1. My hand will hold him fast
    and my arm will make him strong.
  1. No enemy shall deceive him,
    nor any wicked man bring him down.
  1. I will crush his foes before him
    and strike down those who hate him.
  1. My faithfulness and love shall be with him,
    and he shall be victorious through my name.
  1. I shall make his dominion extend
    from the Great Sea to the River.
  1. He will say to me, ‘You are my Father,
    my God, and the rock of my salvation.’
  1. I will make him my firstborn
    and higher than the kings of the earth.
  1. I will keep my love for him for ever,
    and my covenant will stand firm for him.
  1. I will establish his line for ever
    and his throne as the days of heaven.
  1. If his children forsake my law
           and do not walk according to my judgments;
  1. If they break my statutes
    and do not keep my commandments;
  1. I will punish their transgressions with a rod
    and their iniquities with the lash;
  1. But I will not take my love from him,
    nor let my faithfulness prove false.
  1. I will not break my covenant,
    nor change what has gone out of my lips.
  1. Once for all I have sworn by my holiness:
     ‘I will not lie to David.
  1. His line shall endure for ever
    and his throne as the sun before me;
  1. It shall stand fast for evermore like the moon,
    the abiding witness in the sky.'”

Remember us, gracious God, when we cannot see your way and purpose, and renew in us the joy of your kingdom of light and life.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.  

Gradual: There is a Redeemer – Melody Green

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

The Gospel – Mark 6.30-34, 53-56

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

      The Gospel of Christ.
      Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ 

Sermon – The Reverend Kerri Brennan

The Apostles’ Creed
Celebrant:  Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say,
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

In Jesus’ name we offer our prayers to God, who was and is and is to come, saying: Lord, hear our prayer. 

For a world filled with computers and playgrounds, art museums and mud huts, jet planes and ox carts, green fields and barren deserts, we beg your mercy. For a world filled with the sophisticated and the simple, the fruitful and the withered, the whole and the maimed, we beg for your mercy. For the joy that comes from respecting how each contributes to the whole, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For the church filled with teachers and dock workers, the disabled and the unemployed, the dying and the infants, the homemakers and the artists, we beg for your mercy. For a church filled with the sophisticated and the simple, the fruitful and the withered, the whole and the maimed, we beg for your mercy. For the hope that comes from respecting how each contributes to the whole, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For people whose lives are filled with anxiety and despair, happiness and health, pain and trouble, wonder and challenge, honest or bitter isolation, we beg for your mercy. For human lives filled with the sophisticated and the simple, the fruitful and the withered, the whole and the maimed, we beg for your mercy. Especially for:

Judy, Randy, John,
Lynn, Pat, Paul, YvonneKathleen, Bonnie 

…we pray. For the peace that comes from respecting how each contributes to the whole, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For the work of our siblings in Christ:
Good Shepherd Wakefield, Holy Trinity Lascelles, and The Venerable Robert Davis;
St. Mary Magdalene Chelsea, and The Reverend Cathy Davis;
The Area Parish of Mississippi Lake: St. James Carleton Place, St. James Franktown, St. John’s Innisville, Christ Church Ashton, St. Bede’s Nolans Corners, and The Venerable Brian Kauk and The Reverend Canon Mary Ellen Barry;
The Anglican Church of Rwanda and their clergy,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Fill us, almighty God, with joy, hope and peace. Grant that hostilities may cease, strangers become friends, and all humanity discover the world as your household. We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns in unity with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Confession & Absolution
Most merciful God,
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.

Almighty God have mercy upon us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and keep us in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Peace
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 say,
All:            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.

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, for ever and ever.  Amen. 

The Blessing and Dismissal

Closing Reflection: Lo, God is Here! Let Us Adore – Henri F. Hemy

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