Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – G.F. Handel

THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY

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
Maker of us all you call us to love our neighbours as ourselves and teach us that faith without works is dead. Open us to the ministries that lie before us, where faith and the needs of our neighbour come together in the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – Proverbs 1.20-33

Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?   Give heed to my reproof; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one heeded, and because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you, when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.  Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices. For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”

Psalm 19   Response: The words of the Lord are spirit and life.

The heavens declare the glory of God,*
          and the firmament shows his handiwork.
One day tells its tale to another,*
           and one night imparts knowledge to another.
Although they have no words or language,*
          and their voices are not heard,
Their sound has gone out into all lands,*
          and their message to the ends of the world.
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.
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.
The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul;*
          the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.
The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart;*
          the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever;*
          the judgments of  the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,*
          sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.
By them also is your servant enlightened,*
          and in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can tell how often he offends?*
          cleanse me from my secret faults.
Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion over me;*
          then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,*
           O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.   

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 life. 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 8.27-38

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan!  For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

      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

Jesus calls us to give up our lives for others. That we may have the faith to live as Jesus did, let us pray for all in need, saying: Send us your Spirit, O Lord.

O gracious God, you have given up your very self to save the world. That we may be empowered to give up ourselves for one another, we pray: Send us your Spirit, O Lord. 

You have made your people equal and free in the baptism of your Son. That we may live joyfully in this new way, we pray: Send us your Spirit, O Lord. 

You call us to take up our cross and follow the way of Christ. That we may serve one another and live in obedience to your word, we pray: Send us your Spirit, O Lord.

You show to us all the poor and the needy, all the homeless and the hungry. That we may lighten their load by taking it upon ourselves, we pray: Send us your Spirit, O Lord.

You give us enough that we may share with the needy. That we and all institutions of relief may be insistent in our care for others, we pray: Send us your Spirit, O Lord.

For the sick and the dying we pray. Especially:

Judy, Randy, John,
Lynn, Pat, Yvonne, Kathleen, Bonnie 

…that they may know the healing power of God, and that those who die today may not die alone let us pray to the Lord. Send us your Spirit, O Lord.

For the work of our siblings in Christ:
St. Helen’s, Orleans and The Venerable Susan Churchill-Lackey and The Reverend Canon Peter Lackey;
for Open Table Ministry to university students;
and for The Anglican Church of Tanzania and their clergy.
We pray: Send us your Spirit, O Lord.

You have surrounded us with saints of every time and place. That we may follow them as they followed Christ on the way to the cross, we pray: Send us your Spirit, O Lord.

Hear our prayers, O merciful God, and accept our praises. May the gospel of your cross give its miraculous life to all the world, 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

                                               Offertory Hymn: 645 – Come Down, O Love Divine

Prayer over the Gifts

The Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer #2 (BAS page 196)

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 #2 (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: 74 – For the Bread Which You Have Broken

Prayer after Communion
Father, your word and sacrament give us food and life. May we who have shared in holy things bear fruit to your honour and glory, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

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: 430 – Will You Come and Follow Me

Dismissal

Postlude: Fantasia in D Minor – C.P.E. Bach

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