Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude: Voluntary in D Minor: Andante affettuoso – John Garth


Territorial Land Acknowledgement
As we begin this service, we acknowledge that we are gathered 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.

Processional Hymn: 431 – Take Up Your Cross, the Saviour Said

Gathering Sentences
Celebrant:         The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit with us all, evermore. Amen.

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 of the Day
O God, who draws near to us and whose nature is revealed in lordship laid aside: give us grace to welcome you in the child and in the outcast; in the name of Jesus Christ, who humbled himself so that we might know eternal life. Amen.


First Reading – Proverbs 31.10-31

A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.  She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.  She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from far away.   She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks for her servant-girls.  She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.   She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.  She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all her household are clothed in crimson. She makes herself coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the city gates, taking his seat among the elders of the land.  She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchant with sashes.  Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.  She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates.

Psalm 1   Response: Happy are they who trust in the Lord.

  1. Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *
           Nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
  1. Their delight is in the law of the Lord, *
           and they meditate on his law day and night.
  1. They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in
    due season, with leaves that do not wither;  *
           everything they do shall prosper.
  1. It is not so with the wicked; *
           they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
  1. Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgement comes, *
           nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
  1. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, *
           but the way of the wicked is doomed.          

Giver of life, save us from the desert of faithlessness and nourish us with the living water of your word, that we may bring forth fruit that will last, in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Gradual: 553 – Ubi Caritas et Amor

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

The Gospel – Mark 9.30-37

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.  Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”  But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

      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

Christ calls us to a life of peace and humility. Let us pray for strength to live this baptized life saying: Lord, have mercy.

For all the baptized people of God, that having been called by our Lord we may gladly wait on those in need, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

For all in authority in nation and church, that they may learn humility, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

For those running in tomorrow’s federal election, for those voting, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves, that we may elect trustworthy leaders who contribute to wise decisions for the general welfare of all, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, Have mercy.

For all countries at war, that the peace of Christ may come among them, and for all who suffer the ravages of wartime, that they may find comfort and refuge, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all who minister in this and in every Christian community, that they may find strength for their tasks, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all children, that they may be fed and housed and may grow with self-confidence and joy, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all in need, the sick, the suffering, the oppressed; for those who serve others against their own will; and for all who have asked for our prayers, especially:

Judy, Randy, John,
Lynn, Pat, Yvonne, Kathleen, Bonnie, Barbara, Michelle, Garth, Paul, Dave 

….Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the work of our siblings in Christ:
The Church of the Province of Uganda and their clergy;
Christ Church, Aylmer and The Reverend Canon Kevin Flynn;
For our Diocesan Director of Communications and Stewardship Development, Jane Scanlon;
For volunteer university and college campus chaplains;
For vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
We pray: Lord, have mercy.

For all the saints who have willingly served others, we praise our Servant God. That we may join them in a life of service, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Receive us, O God, as you received the child in Capernaum, for we yearn for your mercy, through your Son, 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. 


                                               Offertory Hymn: 439 – Blest Are the Pure in Heart

Prayer over the Gifts

The Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer #4 (BAS page 201)

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 #3 (BAS page 212)

Agnus Dei
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us. (x2)
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.
  • The wine, if desired, may be taken from individual cups provided. (container to your right for recycle of empty cup). If you do not wish to receive the wine, please know you 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 peace, in this eucharist we have been reconciled to you and to our neighbours. May we who have been nourished by holy things always have the courage to forgive. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

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: 383 – Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun


Postlude: Postlude: Voluntary in F Major: Allegro – John Garth

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