Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come – George Elvey, Arr. James Koerts


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: 262 – Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

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

Creator of the fruitful earth, you made us stewards of all things. Give us grateful hearts for all your goodness, and steadfast wills to use your bounty well, that the whole human family, today and in generations to come, may with us give thanks for the riches of your creation. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.


First Reading – Joel 2.21-27

Do not fear, O soil; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things! Do not fear, you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before. The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.

Psalm 126   Response: The Lord has done great things for us.

  1. When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, *
    then were we like those who dream.
  1. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
    and our tongue with shouts of joy.
  1. Then they said among the nations, *
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
  1. The Lord has done great things for us, *
            and we are glad indeed.
  1. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, *
    like the watercourses of the Negev.
  1. Those who sowed with tears *
    will reap with songs of joy.
  1. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
    will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.    

Praise to you, God of our salvation. Your generous gifts surpass all that we can ask or imagine.  You have delivered us from the exile of sin and restored us to new life in Jesus Christ our Saviour. glory and honour and praise to you for ever and ever. Amen.

Anthem: We Gather Together – Arr. Jay Althouse

Gradual: 553 – Ubi Caritas et Amor

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

The Gospel – Matthew 6.25-33

At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

      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

Let us give thanks to God our Creator, always and for everything, saying: “We thank you, Lord.”

For the beauty and wonder of creation. We thank you, Lord.

For the work of our siblings in Christ:
The Church of the Province of West Africa and their clergy;
for the volunteers of Anglican Pastoral Care, Ottawa Hospital, Civic and General Campuses with the Reverend Di Jaggassar, Chaplain, and Deacon Steve Zytveld, Coordinator of Anglican Volunteers;
and in our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, for St. Luke’s Church, Marka, Jordan and for St. John’s and St. Luke’s, Haifa, Israel. We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food, for our homes and families and friends. We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think and hearts to love. We thank you, Lord.                                                                                                                       

For health, strength, and skill to work, and for leisure to rest and play, We thank you, Lord.

For those who are brave and courageous, patient in suffering and faithful in adversity, especially:

Judy, Randy, John, Colin,
Lynn, Pat, Yvonne, Kathleen, Bonnie, Barbara, Michelle, Garth,
Paul, Dave, Debbie, Maggie, George, Mary-Anne, Jane, Melodi, …

and those known to you alone, We thank you, Lord.

For all who pursue peace, justice, truth, and for the men and women of our Armed Forces, We thank you, Lord.

For all our parish family and all who are visiting with us today.
For all the saints whose lives have reflected the light of Christ, We thank you, Lord. 

Gracious God, free us from all fear and worry that, trusting in your goodness, we may always praise your mighty deeds and give you thanks for the bounty of your gifts.  We make our prayer through 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: 429 – For the Beauty of the Earth

Prayer over the Gifts

The Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer #3 (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: 259 – For the Fruit of All Creation
403 – Let All Things Now Living

Prayer after Communion

God of hope, in this eucharist we find the source of all your blessings. Nourished in these holy mysteries may we, with our lives, give you continual thanks and praise. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our 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: 258 – We Plough the Fields and Scatter


Postlude: Voluntary in F Major: Allegro – John Garth

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