Pentecost 10

Prelude: Praeludium, Op. 87, No.1 – Simon Sechter

THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY

Territorial Land Acknowledgement
As we begin this service, we acknowledge that we gather 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.

Opening Hymn: 599 – Awake! Awake! Fling Off the Night

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.

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
God of restless fire and urgent river’s flow: unsettle the false peace which hides our divisions; unfold our hearts to sense your presence; unloose your kingdom and make us one in Jesus Christ, the first of many brothers and sisters. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – Isaiah 5.1-7

Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.  For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!

Psalm 80.1-2, 8-18

Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock;  *
                 shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh,  *
                 stir up your strength and come to help us.

You have brought a vine out of Egypt;  *
                 you cast out the nations and planted it.

You prepared the ground for it;  *
                 it took root and filled the land.

The mountains were covered by its shadow  *
                 and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.

You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea  *
                 and its branches to the River.

Why have you broken down its wall,  *
                  so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?

The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it,  *
                 and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.

Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven; behold and tend this vine;  *
                 preserve what your right hand has planted.

They burn it with fire like rubbish;  *
                 at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.

Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand,  *
                 the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.

And so will we never turn away from you;  *
                 give us life, that we may call upon your Name.

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;  *
                 show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ, our good shepherd; you have led us to the kingdom of your Father’s love.  Forgive our careless indifference to your loving care for all your creatures, and remake us in the likeness of your new and risen life.  We ask this in your name. Amen.

Second Reading – Hebrews 11.29 – 12.2

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace. And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets — who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Gradual: #712, vs. 1

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

The Gospel – Luke 12.49-56

Jesus said, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in law.”  He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens.  And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”

      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

We hope to see the Lord’s work in this world, answering God’s call and not fighting against it. Let us pray with one voice, saying: Lord, hear our prayer.

Help us to heed and not to harm the messenger of peace, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Help us to bear and not to break the discipline of truth, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Help us to feel and never to fear the love of Christ, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

To those who must bear a message of peace, give a Christlike courage, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

To those who must teach the ways of truth, give a Christlike strength, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

To those who must love when hatred rules, give a Christlike heart, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Take away war; take away lies; take away hatred, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Send us prophets; send us teachers, sons and daughters of your name, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

For the sick, the suffering, and those in need, especially:

Judy, Randy, Dorothy, Spruce, AndreaDoris,
Lynn, Pat, Kathleen, Garth, Dave, Debbie,
Doug, Paul, Ron, Charlotte and her family, Husam,

…and those known only to you, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

For the work of our siblings in Christ:
We pray for Shane, our Bishop; Anne, our Metropolitan; Linda, our Primate; as well as Our Community Ministries: · Anglican Day Programs: Centre 454; St Luke’s Table; The Well/La Source · Centre 105 (Cornwall) · Cornerstone Housing for Women · Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre · Refugee Ministry;
St. Alban the Martyr and The Reverend Michael Garner;
St. Bernard-de-Clairvaux and The Reverend Caroline Ducros.
The Extra-Provincial Churches and their clergy, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, we have learned what to ask you through your Son, the peacemaker, the teacher of truth, who loved without limit. It is you that he revealed. We want to be like you in him, through whom 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. 

THE CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST

The Preparation of the Gifts

Offertory: 458 – Seek Ye First
vs.3 – We shall not live by bread alone but by every word, that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Allelu, alleluia.

Prayer over the Gifts

The Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer #7

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

Celebrant:  Creator of all, you gave us golden fields of wheat, whose many grains we have gathered and made into this one bread.
All:             So may your Church be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom.

Agnus Dei
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us.
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.
  • We offer the wine by way of the Common Cup. Alternatively, you may receive the wine by crossing your arms on your chest, or gently touching the base of the cup. Please know that we 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: 178 – Restore in Us, O God

Prayer after Communion

Eternal God, we have received a token of your promise. May we who have been nourished by holy things live as faithful heirs of your promised kingdom, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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

Recessional Hymn: 343 – When All Thy Mercies, O My God

Dismissal

Postlude: Voluntary in C Major: Allegro – John Stanley

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