Pentecost 11

Prelude: Lyrisch Stück – Gustav Adolf Merkel

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: 388 – Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

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
Living God, you formed us in the womb and appointed us to be prophets to the nations: stretch out your hand to cure our infirmity and dispel our fear, so that we may know the freedom of serving you in Christ and proclaim the wonders you have done. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – Jeremiah 1.4-10  

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Psalm 71.1-6

In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;  *
            let me never be ashamed.
In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free;  *
            incline your ear to me and save me.
Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe;  *
            you are my crag and my stronghold.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,  *
            from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.
For you are my hope, O Lord God,  *
            my confidence since I was young.
I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength;  *
            my praise shall be always of you.

Holy God, be our strength and our salvation, that we may never be ashamed to praise you for your mighty acts.  We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Second Reading – Hebrews 12.18-29

You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. (For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death.” Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”) But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven! At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.”  This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken — that is, created things — so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.

Gradual: #712, vs. 1

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

The Gospel – Luke 13.10-17

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.  When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.  But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.”  But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?”  When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.

      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 would be empty without God’s gifts, and we would be selfish if we kept them to ourselves. For God’s generosity let us pray, saying: Lord, hear our prayer.

Teach us to love and share your gift of peace, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Teach us to love and share your gift of mind, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Teach us to love and share your gift of life, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Do not leave us to merchants of war, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Do not leave us to merchants of lies, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Teach us to cherish all truth that is not ours, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Teach us to cherish all life that is not ours, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers for all 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
The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, Sacred Circle Events, and the ministry of reconciliation;
St. Aidan’s, Ottawa and The Reverend Rosemary Parker;
For the members of the Property and Finance Committee and its subcommittees;
For our Canon Theologian, The Reverend Canon Dr. John Gibaut.
For The Episcopal / Anglican Province of Alexandria and their clergy, we pray you, O Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

You enter our lives, O God, by the gift of yourself. It is the way we are to enter yours. Teach us that generosity. Teach it to everyone alive, our brothers and sisters in this world. We pray through Christ, our teacher and brother. 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: 615 – Just As I Am

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: 547 – I Sought the Lord

Prayer after Communion

Living God, increase in us the healing power of your love. Guide and direct us that we may please you in all things, for the sake 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: 545 – We Will Lay Our Burden Down

Dismissal

Postlude: Sonata in D Major, K 288 – Domenico Scarlatti

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