Pentecost 7

Prelude: Suite in G Major, Op.1, No.1, Mvt.XI – Joseph-Hector Fiocco

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: 341 – God of Mercy, God of Grace

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
Lord of gifts, share with us a hunger for the bread of your kingdom and give to us a yearning impatience with injustice; through Jesus Christ, our Jubilee. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – Genesis 18.20-32

Then the Lord said, ‘How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin! I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.’

So the men turned from there, and went towards Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham came near and said, ‘Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?’ And the Lord said, ‘If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.’ Abraham answered, ‘Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?’ And he said, ‘I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.’ Again he spoke to him, ‘Suppose forty are found there.’ He answered, ‘For the sake of forty I will not do it.’ Then he said, ‘Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak. Suppose thirty are found there.’ He answered, ‘I will not do it, if I find thirty there.’ He said, ‘Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.’ He answered, ‘For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.’ Then he said, ‘Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.’ He answered, ‘For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.

Psalm 138

1  I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *
        before the gods I will sing your praise.

2  I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name, *
        because of your love and faithfulness.

3  For you have glorified your name *
and your word above all things.
4  When I called, you answered me; *
        you increased my strength within me.
5  All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, *
when they have heard the words of your mouth.
6  They will sing of the ways of the Lord, *
that great is the glory of the Lord.
7  Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; *
he perceives the haughty from afar.
8  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
        your right hand shall save me.

9  The Lord will make good his purpose for me; *
O Lord, your love endures forever; do not abandon the works of your hands.

God of creation and fulfilment, help us to seek and discover your purposes, that we may become willing instruments of your grace, and that all the world may come to love and praise your name, in the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Second Reading – Colossians 2.6-15

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.  And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.

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 – Luke 11.1-13

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.” And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

      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

God, the mother who nurtures us, is also God of power without end. We call on this God of comfort and might, saying: O mighty and gracious God, hear our prayer.

For your church, that the good news we spread always heed the physical and social needs of our listeners, O mighty and gracious God, hear our prayer.

For leaders of nations, that they bring peace to their lands destroying the demons of poverty and inequity, O mighty and gracious God, hear our prayer.

For the dying among us, that they be granted dignity and serenity as they await the comforting arms of their mothering God, O mighty and gracious God, hear our prayer.

For people of all ages nearing breakdown, that they glimpse Jerusalem’s hope and that their hearts rejoice again, O mighty and gracious God, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are sick or troubled, especially:

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

…and those known only to you, O mighty and gracious God, 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: Staff at Ascension House;
St. James, Manotick, and The Reverend Kerri Brennan;
St. James, Perth, and The Reverend Canon Kenneth Davis;
The Church in Wales and their clergy. O mighty and gracious God, hear our prayer.

God of glory and tenderness, engrave in us the images of your sacred stories. Relieve us of our many burdens, and let our lives give honest testimony to your dominion, through Christ our 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 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: 561 – Lord, Your Word Shall Guide Us

Prayer over the Gifts

The Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer #5

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: 572 – Let There Be Light

Prayer after Communion

God of grace, we have received the memorial of the death and resurrection of your Son. May your love, poured into us, bring us to your promises. We ask this in the name of our Redeemer Jesus Christ. 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: 37 – We’ll Sing in the Morning

Dismissal

Postlude: Sonata in C Major, Op.55, No.3, Mvt.1 – Friedrich Kuhlau

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