Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Prelude: Andante – 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: 372 – Praise to the Holiest in the Height

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

Timeless One, you create all moments of our lives, giving each its meaning and its purpose. Strengthen us to witness continually to the love of Jesus Christ, so that we may hold fast in times of trial, even to the end of the ages. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

First Reading – 1 Samuel 1.4-20

On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters; but to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. Her rival used to provoke her severely, to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it went on year by year; as often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.  Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep?  Why do you not eat?  Why is your heart sad?  Am I not more to you than ten sons?”

After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented herself before the Lord. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord, and wept bitterly.  She made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death.  He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.”  As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk. So Eli said to her, “How long will you make a drunken spectacle of yourself?  Put away your wine.”  But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation all this time.” Then Eli answered, “Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.”

And she said, “Let your servant find favour in your sight.”  Then the woman went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and her countenance was sad no longer. They rose early in the morning and worshipped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. Elkanah knew his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.

In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of the Lord.”

Canticle: 1 Samuel 2.1-10      Response: My heart exults in the Lord; I rejoice in your salvation

  1. Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in my God.
    My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory.
  1. There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
  2. Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
  1. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength.
  2. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.
  3. The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
  4. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also exalts.
  5. He raises up the poor from the dust, he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world.
  6. “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness: for not by might does one prevail.
  7. The LORD! His adversaries shall be shattered; the Most High will thunder in heaven.  The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed.”

Gradual: 338 – Adoremus Te Jesu Christe

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

The Gospel – Mark 13.1-8

As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”  When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?”  Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray.  Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.”

      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

The images of cosmic disaster in today’s readings fill us with fear, but also with hope. Terrifying as the signs may be, the time of Michael will bring life to those who have been faithful, just, and wise.  Aware of the need for a new order, let us pray that God’s reign will come in its fullness, saying: May your reign come; Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for the leaders of this world, that, abandoning the terrible power of nuclear weapons, they may trust instead to ways ofpeace. May your reign come; Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for the church, that it may always be a sign of your loving presence and a sign of hope even in the darkest times. May your reign come; Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for victims of warfare and natural disasters, especially for the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Ukraine, that you may comfort them in their suffering. May your reign come; Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who suffer from despair, especially young people, that you may give them the courage to build for the future. May your reign come; Lord, hear our prayer. 

We pray for this community of faith, that we may learn to respond to the signs of the times with wisdom and grace. May your reign come; Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are in need of healing, especially:

Judy, Randy, JohnDorothy,
Lynn, Pat, Yvonne, Kathleen, Bonnie, Barbara, Michelle,
Garth
, Paul, Dave, Debbie, Maggie, Doug, Peter, Paul…

and those known to you alone, that they find in Christ a source of strength in their struggles. May your reign come; Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for the work of our siblings in Christ:
The Anglican Church of Australia and their clergy;
The Reverend Colin McFarland and The Reverend Aigah Attagutsiak;
For members of the Outreach Committee and its subcommittees and working groups.
May your reign come; Lord, hear our prayer.

Loving God, you know our hopes and fears even before we speak them; hear the prayers of your people. Help us in our struggle to stay alert that we may be ready for the hour of your coming. We ask this through Jesus, your Son. 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 you, pardon and deliver you from all our sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you 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: 521 – Dear Shepherd of Your People, Hear

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: 50 – Now, My Tongue, the Mystery Telling

Prayer after Communion

Gracious God, in this sacrament we have shared the body and blood of Christ. May we who have been nourished by holy things bear witness to his light, and share in his eternal priesthood; for he is Lord for ever and ever. 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: 524 – O Christ, the Great Foundation

Dismissal

Postlude: Postlude in C Minor – Ewart West

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