Pentecost 8

Prelude: Abba, Father – Austin North

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: 7 – New Every Morning Is the Love

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
Living God, you have placed in our hands the wealth we call our own: give us wisdom, so that our possessions may not be a curse, but a means of blessing in our lives and the lives of others. Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – Ecclesiastes 1.2, 12-14; 2.18-23

Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me —and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labours under the sun, because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.

Psalm 49.1-12

1 Hear this, all you peoples; hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.
2 My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.

3 I will incline my ear to a proverb *
and set forth my riddle upon the harp.

4 Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,

5 The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
and boast of their great riches?

6 We can never ransom ourselves, *
or deliver to God the price of our life;

7 For the ransom of our life is so great, *
that we should never have enough to pay it,

8 In order to live for ever and ever, *
and never see the grave.

9 For we see that the wise die also; like the dull and stupid they perish *
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.

10 Their graves shall be their homes for ever, their dwelling places from generation to generation, *
though they call the lands after their own names.

11 Even though honoured, they cannot live for ever; *
they are like the beasts that perish.

12 Such is the way of those who foolishly trust in themselves, *
and the end of those who delight in their own words.

God of our salvation, save us from envy, and teach us to be content with what is enough. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.. Amen.

Second Reading – Colossians 3.1-11

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things — anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

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 12.13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

      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

Many people’s needs press upon our daily lives and fill our daily news. That we may respond as neighbours, let us ask the Lord for help, saying: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us to be neighbours to strangers, to people of every land and tongue and culture. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us to be neighbours to people of every creed, to Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, Buddhists and atheists. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us to be neighbours to the enemy, the alien, the despised, those with whom we disagree. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us to be neighbours to everyone we pass on the road, to salespeople, co-workers, family, and passers-by. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us to be neighbours to one another, and thus to share our lives as we share your word and your supper. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us to be neighbours to all who suffer, the lonely, the sick and the sorrowing, 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, Lord in your mercy, 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:

St. Stephen’s, Ottawa, and The Reverend Canon George Kwari;

For Our Diocesan Deacons: Deacon Jarrett Carty, Deacon Elizabeth December, Deacon Richard Matthias, Deacon Tamara Connors, and Deacon Steven Zytveld.

The Church of the Province of West Africa and their clergy. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Lord God, you formed us in love; you command us to live in your love. Hear the prayers we make in the name of the Son you sent to dwell among us, the neighbour who is attentive to all our needs, Jesus 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: 400 – What Wondrous Love Is This

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: 615 – Just As I Am

Prayer after Communion

God of grace, we have shared in the mystery of the body and blood of Christ. May we who have tasted the bread of life live with you for ever. 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

Recessional Hymn: 577 – God of Grace and God of Glory

Dismissal

Postlude: Dance in G Minor – Thomas Thorley

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