Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr – Johann Gottfried Walther


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.

Processional Hymn: 384 – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Gathering Sentences
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

Omnipotent God, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


First Reading – Galatians 6.14-18

May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything!  As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters.

Psalm 26   Response: Do not sweep me away with sinners.

  1. Give judgement for me, O Lord, for I have lived with integrity; *
           I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
  1. Test me, O Lord, and try me; *
           examine my heart and my mind.
  1. For your love is before my eyes; *
           I have walked faithfully with you.
  1. I have not sat with the worthless, *
           nor do I consort with the deceitful.
  1. I have hated the company of evildoers; *
           I will not sit down with the wicked.
  1. I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord, *
           that I may go in procession round your altar,
  1. Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving *
           and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
  1. Lord, I love the house in which you dwell *
           and the place where your glory abides.
  1. Do not sweep me away with sinners, *
           nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
  1. Whose hands are full of evil plots, *
           and their right hand full of bribes.
  1. As for me, I will live with integrity; *
           redeem me, O Lord, and have pity on me.
  1. My foot stands on level ground; *
           in the full assembly I will bless the Lord. 

God of love and mercy, give us clean hands and pure hearts, that we may walk in innocence and come to your eternal dwelling, to praise you in the company of your saints for ever. Amen.

Gradual: Prayer of St. Francis

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

The Gospel – Matthew 11.25-30

At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

      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

Christ embraced humanity, sharing God’s love with the poor, the downtrodden, and the weak. May our lives reflect that same concern as we turn to God with our needs, saying: Lord, have mercy.

May the relationships of church leaders provide examples of faithfulness and understanding to the communities they guide: for this we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

May nations and states find in each other complementarity and the shared visions of humanity, together overcoming any adversity or hatred: for this we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

May those who suffer abuse, neglect, or senseless pain encounter God’s loving presence in their lives, and may all who are sick or suffering, especially:

Judy, Randy, John, Colin,
Lynn, Pat, Yvonne, Kathleen,
Bonnie, Barbara, Michelle, Garth, Paul, Dave…

find mercy: for this we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

May partners nurture the image of God in one another: for this we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

May those who are lonely or in troubled marriages find comfort in the Christian community: for this we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the work of our siblings in Christ:
The Area Parish of Prescott-North Glengarry: Holy Trinity, Hawkesbury; St. John’s, Vankleek Hill; St. Michael and All Angels, Maxville; With the Parish of Grenville/Calumet; And the Chapel of St. Paul’s, Fenaghvale; and The Venerable Frank Kirby, Interim-Priest-in-Charge;
For the Diocesan Archives, its volunteers, and for our Diocesan Archivist Dr. Glenn Lockwood;
For the Church in Wales and their clergy.
For this we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

May all who have died rest in the presence of God, sharing in the eternal banquet: for this we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

Gracious and merciful God, your faithfulness is timeless. Grant that our lives might reflect that same faithfulness which Jesus, your Son, shared with us, in whose name we pray. 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. 


                                               Offertory Hymn: 375 – At the Name of Jesus

Prayer over the Gifts

The Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer #4 (BAS page 201)

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.

The Breaking of the Bread #3 (BAS page 212)

Agnus Dei
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us. (x2)
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: grant us peace.

The Communion

   This is the Lord’s Table, not just an Anglican table.

  • The bread/wafer is received in the open palm. Gluten-free wafers are available – just ask the priest.
  • The wine, if desired, may be taken from individual cups provided. (container to your right for recycle of empty cup). If you do not wish to receive the wine, please know you are fully communicated by receiving only the bread.
  • If you do not wish to receive the bread and wine, but would like a blessing, please indicate this preference by crossing your arms across your chest. 

Communion Hymn: 60 – I Come with Joy

Prayer after Communion

Almighty God, may we who have been strengthened by this eucharist remain in your steadfast love and show in our lives the saving mystery that we celebrate. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

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

Recessional Hymn: 598 – Go to the World


Postlude: Prayer of St. Francis – by Sebastian Temple, arr. Jane Holstein

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