Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude: O Waly, Waly – English Melody

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

Unseen God, drawing all people to the end of our desires: teach us to know true bread from false and to feed on him who shares our flesh, Jesus Christ, our communion. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – 2 Samuel 18.5-9, 15, 31-33

The king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” And all the people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders concerning Absalom. So the army went out into the field against Israel; and the battle was fought in the forest of Ephraim.  The men of Israel were defeated there by the servants of David, and the slaughter there was great on that day, twenty thousand men.  The battle spread over the face of all the country; and the forest claimed more victims that day than the sword. Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. His head caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on. And ten young men, Joab’s armour-bearers, surrounded Absalom and struck him, and killed him.  Then the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, “Good tidings for my lord the king! For the Lord has vindicated you this day, delivering you from the power of all who rose up against you.” The king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” The Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up to do you harm, be like that young man.”  The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

Psalm 130  Response: The Lord shall redeem us all from our sins.

  1. Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice;
    Let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
  1. If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss,
    O Lord, who could stand? 
  1. For there is forgiveness with you;
    therefore you shall be feared.
  1. I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;
    in his word is my hope.
  1. My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.
  1. O Israel, wait for the Lord,
    for with the Lord there is mercy;
  1. With him there is plenteous redemption,
    and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins

Rescue us, O God for whom we wait, from the depths of depression and despair.  May we trust in your mercy, know the fullness of your redemption, and share in the glory of your kingdom; through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Gradual: Canticle of Hope – Gary Hallquist

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

The Gospel – John 6.35, 41-51

Jesus said to the people, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

      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,
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

Grateful for the gifts we have already been given, we now bring our hopes and needs into the presence of our provident God, saying: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

We pray for our church. As Christians, may we all hunger for the bread of life that we may be transformed into the body of Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for bishops, all the clergy, deacons, and all who minister in the church. May they break the bread of life and proclaim the living word for our world; may we all open our lives to receive the gifts they offer. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters. Like the Israelites in the desert, may they be nourished as they journey in faith through life; may we accompany them in a spirit of repentance and compassion. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for government leaders. May they work for social justice rather than power; may we support them in their efforts. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are hungry in our world. May they have their needs satisfied; may we sacrifice some of what we have to feed the poor. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all in need, especially:

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

… and others we name silently or aloud. …
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the work of our siblings in Christ:
St. Clare’s, North Dundas and all who minister there;
Holy Trinity, Bearbrook and The Reverend Chung Yan (JoAnne) Lam, St. Mary’s Navan and St. Mary the Virgin, Blackburn;
For the residents, staff and chaplains of the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, and The Reverend Caroline Ducros, Anglican Chaplain;
The Church of South India (United) and their clergy,
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have recently died. May they share in the heavenly banquet; may we long to be guests with them at God’s holy table. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

All generous God, hear these prayers made in faith and hope. Bring us all one day to sit with you at the banquet you have prepared for those who love you. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus who reigns with you in the power of 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: You Call Us, Lord, to Be – John David Edwards

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