Pentecost 16

Prelude: Praeludium in G Major – K. Roeder

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: 397 – Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness

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 Abraham, Moses and the prophets, your covenant binds us as sisters and brothers: help us to overcome the scandal of poverty and the chasm of indifference, so that we may recognize you in the wounded poor; through Jesus Christ, the Builder of Bridges. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – Jeremiah 32.1-3a, 6-15  

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah, where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him. Jeremiah said, The word of the Lord came to me:  Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say, “Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.”  Then my cousin Hanamel came to me in the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the Lord, and said to me, “Buy my field that is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.”  Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord. And I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales.  Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions, and the open copy; and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard.  In their presence I charged Baruch, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, in order that they may last for a long time.  For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.

Psalm 91.1-6, 14-16  Refrain: I will protect you, and bring you to honour

1  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, *
          abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
2  He shall say to the Lord, “You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
          my God in whom I put my trust.”
3  He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter *
          and from the deadly pestilence.
4  He shall cover you with his pinions, and you shall find refuge under his wings; *
          his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.
5  You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, *
          nor of the arrow that flies by day;
6  Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, *
          nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.
14  Because he is bound to me in love, therefore will I deliver him; *
          I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
          I am with him in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him to honour.
16  With long life will I satisfy him, *
          and show him my salvation. 

Gracious God, in times of anxiety and stress, teach us to wait in quietness for your protection and defence, made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Second Reading – 1 Timothy 6.6-19

Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time — he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen. As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

Anthem: We Worship as One – Jay Althouse & Sally Albrecht

Gradual: #712, vs. 1

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

The Gospel – Luke 16.19-31

Jesus said, “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously eve ry day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.  In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house — for I have five brothers — that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'”

      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 alone is our help. We lift up our needs and the needs of the whole human family, saying: Lord, have mercy.

For those who lead the people of God, that they may seek after integrity and be true to their call to service, we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For Christians everywhere, that we may be rich in good works and generously share what we have, we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

That our eyes may be open to see poverty and human need, and that seeing, we may act justly, we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For an end to the abyss between rich and poor, in our community, in this nation, and throughout the world, we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

That our young people may learn to love charity, justice, and a gentle spirit, we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the aged, the infirm, the lonely, the homeless and for all who need help to live with dignity, we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

That those who are imprisoned for the sake of the gospel may bear bold and glad witness to the Lord, we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all in need, especially:

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

…and those known only to you, we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the work of our siblings in Christ:
We pray for Shane, our Bishop; Anne, our Metropolitan; Linda, our Primate; as well as: Staff at Ascension House St. Matthew’s, Ottawa, and The Reverend Geoff Chapman; and for the chaplain to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, The Reverend Canon Catherine Ascah.
In our Companion Diocese, the Diocese of Jerusalem, we pray for St. Matthew’s Church, Zababdeh, West Bank. We also pray for the Theodore Schneller Chapel, Amman Jordan, and for the School for Boys.
For The Anglican Church of Burundi and their clergy, we pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

Giver of all life, we ask you to sustain our life and the life of the world. Hear our cries for help. Make us as generous as you are in answering those who turn to you. We ask this 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

Offertory Hymn: 503 – Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might

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:  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: 60 – I Come With Joy

Prayer after Communion

Creator God, strengthen the unity of your Church, so that we who have been fed with holy things may fulfil your will in the world. We ask this 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

Closing Hymn: 363 – My Soul Proclaims Your Glory, Lord

Dismissal

Postlude: My Soul Proclaims Your Glory, Lord – John Hatton

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