Pentecost 15 8:15am

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.

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
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.

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

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 is just, God is one. But we are often fragmented and consumed by many wants. Let us gather our needs now and offer them confidently and simply to God, our Father, saying: Lord, hear our prayer.

For the leaders of the world powers, that they may be just and honourable in their dealings with one another, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For peace, a reduction of arms, and an end to war and terrorism, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

That the Church and its leaders may be ingenious and tireless in preaching the good news, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

That all Christians may hold their goods and money lightly and use them for the sake of God’s dominion, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

That all elected officials may respond to the needs of their community and serve the common good, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

That employees and employers may act honestly in their workplaces and treat one another with dignity, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and the jobless, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

That the wealthy and those with no material want may use their bounty in keeping with their calling, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For all in any need, especially:

Judy, Randy, Dorothy, Spruce, DorisLynn, Pat, Kathleen, Garth, Dave, DebbieDoug, Paul, Ron, Charlotte and her family, Husam, Mark …

…and those known only to you, we pray to the 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;
Christ Church, Aylmer, and The Reverend Robert Sicard;
For the Diocesan Director of Stewardship and Communication, Jane Scanlon;
For volunteer university and college campus chaplains;
For vocations to the diaconate, the priesthood and religious life, and for The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil and their clergy, we pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

Just God, one God, we live in this world and look for the world to come. Teach us what to ask for: give us all we need. Make us life-givers with you who build your dominion here, in the name of Jesus the 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 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

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.

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

Dismissal

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