Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude: Prière – Gustave Tritant

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

God of power and compassion, in Christ you reveal your will to heal and to save. Open our ears to your redeeming word and move our hearts by the strength of your love, so that our every word and work may proclaim Jesus as Messiah, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – Proverbs 22.1-2, 8-9, 22-23

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favour is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord is the maker of them all. Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of anger will fail.  Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor. Do not rob the poor because they are poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate; for the Lord pleads their cause and despoils of life those who despoil them.

Psalm 125   Response: Those who trust in the Lord stand fast for ever.

  1. Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
           which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
  1. The hills stand about Jerusalem;
           so does the Lord stand round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
  1. The sceptre of the wicked shall not hold sway over the land allotted to the just,
           so that the just shall not put their hands to evil.
  1. Show your goodness, O Lord, to those who are good
           and to those who are true of heart.
  1. As for those who turn aside to crooked ways, the Lord will lead them away with the evildoers;
    but peace be upon Israel.

Lord, surround your people with your presence.  Do not let us stretch out our hands to evil deeds, or be destroyed by the snares of the enemy, but bring us to share the land prepared for the saints in light, where you live and reign, God, now and forever. Amen.

Gradual: 397 – Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness

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

The Gospel – Mark 7.24-37

Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go _the demon has left your daughter.”  So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.  They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

      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

God calls us today to be open to the word and to one another. Let us open ourselves to all the world in prayer, saying: Lord, have mercy.

For the church we pray. That we may bring God’s word of life to all in silence, darkness, and despair, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

For our congregation we pray. That we may grow into the mystery of God’s life among and in us, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

For the world we pray. That nations will come to cooperate for the health and well-being of all, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For our community we pray. That hospitals and nursing homes may be equipped to deal with our sick and dying, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all in the healing professions we pray. That those who search for cures and those who attend the sick may be strengthened for their tasks, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the sick and the dying we pray. Especially for:

Judy, Randy, John,
Lynn, Pat, Yvonne, Kathleen, Bonnie 

…that they may know the healing power of God, and that those who die today may not die alone let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the work of our siblings in Christ:
St. James Leitrim, All Saints Greely, and The Reverend Joan Riding, Priest-In-Charge;
St. Mary’s, Russell and The Reverend Dr. Anne Quick, Priest-In-Charge;
For all who labour for the good of our society on this Labour Day weekend;
For the Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and their clergy.
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the faithfully departed we pray. Especially for Brian Steele. Rest eternal grant him O Lord, And let light perpetual shine upon him. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all mourners we pray. That all who grieve the coming of death may come to know life in the mercy of God, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Into your mercy, O God, we commend all the needy world, trusting in your almighty power, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord 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: Morning Has Broken – Arr. Faye Lopez

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