Pentecost 15 10am

Prelude: Prière – Gustave Tritant

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: 35 – Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters

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:  There is one body and one Spirit,
All:       There is one hope in God’s call to us;

Celebrant: One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
All:       One God and Father of all.

Collect
O God, anoint us with the healing Spirit of consolation and joy, so that we may rejoice in the richness of your love and be faithful stewards of your many gifts. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – Jeremiah 8.18 – 9.1  

My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick. Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King not in her? (“Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?”)  The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”  For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored? O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!

Psalm 79.1-9

O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance; they have profaned your holy temple;  *
     they have made Jerusalem a heap of rubble.
They have given the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the air,  *
     and the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the field.
They have shed their blood like water on every side of Jerusalem,  *
     and there was no one to bury them.
We have become a reproach to our neighbours,  *
     an object of scorn and derision to those around us.
How long will you be angry, O Lord?   *
     will your fury blaze like fire for ever?
Pour out your wrath upon the heathen who have not known you  *
     and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your Name.
For they have devoured Jacob  *
     and made his dwelling a ruin.
Remember not our past sins; let your compassion be swift to meet us;  *
     for we have been brought very low.
Help us, O God our Saviour, for the glory of your Name;  *
     deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name’s sake.

Gracious God, in times of sorrow and depression, when hope itself seems lost, help us to remember the transforming power of your steadfast love and to give thanks for that new life we cannot now imagine.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Second Reading – 1 Timothy 2.1-7

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all — this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Gradual: #712, vs. 1

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

The Gospel – Luke 16.1-13

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

      The Gospel of Christ.
      Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ 

Sermon – The Reverend Kerri Brennan

Presentation and Examination of the Candidate for Baptism
Parents & Sponsors   I present Nathan to receive the sacrament of baptism. 

When he has been presented, 

Celebrant     Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is nurtured in the faith and life of the Christian community?
Parents & Sponsors    I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant      Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?
Parents & Sponsors   I will, with God’s help.

Question          Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?
Answer             I renounce them.

Question           Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?
Answer             I renounce them.

Question           Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?
Answer             I renounce them.

Question           Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Saviour?
Answer             I do.

Question           Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?
Answer             I do.

Question           Do you promise to obey him as your Lord?
Answer             I do. 

The celebrant addresses the congregation:  Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support this child in his life in Christ?
People              We will.

Prayers for the Candidate  (said)

Leader  Deliver him, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.
People  Lord, hear our prayer. 

Leader  Open his heart to your grace and truth.
People  Lord, hear our prayer. 

Leader  Fill him with your holy and life-giving Spirit.
People  Lord, hear our prayer. 

Leader  Teach him to love others in the power of the Spirit.
People  Lord, hear our prayer. 

Leader  Send him into the world in witness to your love.
People  Lord, hear our prayer. 

Leader  Bring him to the fullness of your peace and glory.
People  Lord, hear our prayer. 

Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen. 

THE CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM

Thanksgiving over the Water         

Celebrant          The Lord be with you.
People               And also with you. 

Celebrant          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People             It is right to give our thanks and praise. 

Celebrant          We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over water the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through water you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In water your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.
We thank you, Father, for the water of baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Now sanctify this water by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who are here cleansed from sin and born again, may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for ever.

People             Amen.

The Baptismal Covenant

Celebrant     Do you believe in God the Father?
People          I believe in God, The Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

Celebrant     Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People          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. 

Celebrant      Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People           I believe in God the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. 

Celebrant       Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
People             I will, with God’s help. 

Celebrant        Will you persevere in resisting evil and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People             I will, with God’s help. 

Celebrant        Will you proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ?
People             I will, with God’s help. 

Celebrant        Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbour as yourself?
People             I will, with God’s help. 

Celebrant        Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
People             I will, with God’s help. 

Celebrant        Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth.
People             I will, with God’s help.

The Baptism of Nathan
Celebrant:         Nathan, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
                        I sign you with the cross, and mark you as Christ’s own for ever. 

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon this your servant the forgiveness of sin, and have raised him to the new life of grace.
Sustain him, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give him an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.

The Giving of the Light
   The newly baptized receive a lighted candle

Receive the light of Christ, to show that you have passed from darkness to light.

The people say,
Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Celebrant          Let us welcome the newly baptized.
People              We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.

    Presentation of Gifts from the Parish & ACW

Almighty God have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you 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 Hymn: 607 – Come, Let Us to the Lord Our God

Prayer over the Gifts

The Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer #8

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:  We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
All:             We, being many, are one body, for we all share in the one bread.

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: 39 – You Are God’s Work of Art

Prayer after Communion

Ruler of the universe, all creation yearns for its fulfilment in your Son. May we who have shared in holy things grow into maturity in him. This we ask in the name of the same 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

Closing Hymn: 532 – What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Dismissal

Postlude: What a Friend We Have in Jesus – Charles Converse, Arr. Jack Schaeder

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