Pentecost 2 – 10 a.m.

Prelude:

THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY

Welcome

Territorial Land Acknowledgement to the Ancestors, Anishinaabe Kwe
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

Honouring the Four Directions – Elder Denise Anne

Gzheminido Great Spirit as we gather on this sacred land, our Mother Earth, Minaadendamowin self-respect – relationships

We face the East doorway: to your symbol colour yellow, it’s the breath of the morning; Grandfather Sun, the Miigzi Eagle carries our prayers and Anishinaabe words, calling us to balance our minds in the spirit of humility Dabaadendiziwin and truth Debwewin.
We invoke your Spirit of illumination and far-sighted vision. The Anishinaabe way have shown us how to Love You and each other with Heart, Mind, Body, Emotions, and We pray.

All: Come Holy Spirit, Come. 

We turn to the South doorway: to your symbol colour red, the hue of revelation and the Turtle symbolizes emotions, bravery Aakode’ewin and endurance. The Anishinaabe way calls us to balance of Spirit and harmony with all Nations.
We invoke your wisdom Nibwaakaawin, grace and goodness of the ages, and We pray.

All: Come Holy Spirit, Come. 

We turn to the West doorway: To your symbol colour black, the stillness of night and thunder beings, dodems and to the Buffalo, Caribou and Mukwah the Bear. The Anishinaabe way calls us to balance emotions in the tradition of truth Debwewin and honesty Gwayakwaadiziwin.
We invoke your spirit way of being and way of seeing within community, its strength to endure, and We pray.

All: Come Holy Spirit, Come.

We turn to the North doorway: To your symbol colour White, the truth of clarity and brightness, and the Miiguen Wolf which touches us with her earthiness and all things growing, to your Anishinaabe way, calling us to balance of body in the spirit of a good sense, way of being, way of knowing and humor medicine. We invoke your spirit of innocence, the Trust, Faith, and Love Zaagi’idiwin. These ways open our eyes to the sacredness and each living thing and Creation and We pray.

All: Come Holy Spirit, Come. 

Miigwech Gzheminido.

We now turn to complete the Anishinaabe Circle of Life, mino bimaadiziwin, all our relations.

All: Come Holy Spirit, Come.

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.

Collect of Purity
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.

Collect of the Day
Creator God, from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name. You have rooted and grounded us in your covenant love, and empowered us by your Spirit to speak the truth in love, and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness.
Mercifully grant that your people, journeying together in partnership, may be strengthened and guided to help one another to grow into the full stature of Christ, who is our light and our life. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – Isaiah 40.25-31

To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God’? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 19 (vs 1-6)

1   The heavens declare the glory of God, *
and the firmament shows his handiwork.

2   One day tells its tale to another, *
and one night imparts knowledge to another.

3   Although they have no words or language, *
and their voices are not heard,

4   Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
and their message to the ends of the world.

5   In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
it rejoices like a champion to run its course.

6   It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again; *
nothing is hidden from its burning heat.

Gracious creator of heaven and earth, your Word has come among us as the true Sun of righteousness, and the good news of his birth has gone out to the ends of the world. Open our eyes to the light of your law, that we may be purified from sin and serve you without reproach for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Light and our Life. Amen.

Second Reading – Philippians 4.4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Gradual Hymn: 311 – Awake, Arise: O Sing a New Song

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

The Gospel – John 1.1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.”’ From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

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

Reflection – Jenny S. MSW, RSW, Red Stone Snake Woman Indigenous healer/Psychotherapist, Truth and Reconciliation Specialist

Prayers of the People

Holy Creator, in whom all things in heaven and earth have their being,
Have mercy on us. 

Risen Christ, through whom the whole creation is reconciled to God.
Have mercy on us.

Life-giving Spirit, whose love and truth fills the world and searches the depths of our lives,
Have mercy on us. 

Blessed Trinity, source of both unity and diversity,
Have mercy on us.

From our failure to recognize and respect the revelation of your truth and love in the First Peoples of this land,
Saviour, forgive and heal us. 

From our participation in the systematic oppression of indigenous sovereignty, language, culture and spirituality, Saviour, forgive and heal us. 

From our role in the Indian Residential Schools designed to eliminate the unique society, wisdom and beauty of the indigenous peoples of this land,
Saviour, forgive and heal us. 

From our complicit tolerance of the decimation of Indigenous family structures leaving children vulnerable to abuses of every kind,
Saviour, forgive and heal us. 

From our continued acceptance of unjust legal, educational, health and social structures that continue to oppress and destroy lives of many indigenous people,
Saviour, forgive and heal us. 

O God, we pray for the gifts of your grace and your love which never gives up on us and is forever faithful. Inspire our minds with a vision of the reconciliation of your kingdom in this time and place.
Hear us, O Christ. 

Touch our eyes, that we may see the sacredness in all creation.
Hear us, O Christ. 

Touch our ears, that we may hear from every mouth of every peoples the hunger for hope and stories of refreshment. Hear us, O Christ. 

Touch our lips, that we may speak of the beauty of every tongue and dialect proclaiming the wonderful works of God. Hear us, O Christ. 

Touch our hearts, that we may discern your mission in which you call us to be immersed, particularly in partnership with the First Peoples of this land. Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our minds that we may witness to your Good News in our neighbourhoods, communities, and all parts of the world. Hear us, O Christ. 

Touch our hands, that we may forever shun violence and embrace the work you give us to do.
Hear us, O Christ. 

Draw your Church together, O Lord, into one great company of disciples, together following our Lord Jesus Christ into every walk of life, together serving you in your mission in the world, and together witnessing to your love on every continent and island of your creation. We ask this in the name of the Risen Christ in whom we are one. 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

Offertory Hymn: 424 – Sing Praise to God

The Preparation of the Gifts

Prayer over the Gifts
Creator, you bless us with many gifts returned to you from your creation. Feed us with the Bread of Life, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer #4

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 4

Celebrant:  “I am the bread which has come down from heaven,” says the Lord.
All:             Give us this bread for ever.
Celebrant:  “I am the vine, you are the branches,”
All:             May we dwell in him, as he lives in us.

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 (choir): As the Deer Pants

Prayer after Communion
Great Creator, you have fed us with bread from heaven. Continue to renew us in your truth, to give light to our minds, strength to our bodies, and seal us with your Holy Spirit. We ask this in Christ’s name. 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: 397 – Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness

Dismissal

Postlude: Drumming and Song by Jenny

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