Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude: Sonata in B-flat Major: Larghetto – Ignazio Cirri


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: 486 – Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

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

God of fierce justice, you close the mouth of those who hide behind their prayer as they devour the poor: humbled by the giving of those who have so little, let us live from your abundance; through Jesus Christ, the judgement of God. Amen.


First Reading – Ruth 3.1-5, 4.13-17

Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, I need to seek some security for you, so that it may be well with you. Now here is our kinsman Boaz, with whose young women you have been working. See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Now wash and anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, observe the place where he lies; then, go and uncover his feet and lie down; and he will tell you what to do.” She said to her, “All that you tell me I will do.” So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her conceive, and she bore a son.  Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without next-of-kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel!  He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has borne him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became his nurse. The women of the neighbourhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed; he became the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Psalm 127   Response: Happy are they who fear the Lord.

  1. Unless the Lord builds the house, *
             their labour is in vain who build it.
  1. Unless the Lord watches over the city, *
           in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.
  1. It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; *
           vain, too, to eat the bread of toil, for he gives to his beloved sleep.
  1. Children are a heritage from the Lord, *
           and the fruit of the womb is a gift.
  1. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior *
           are the children of one’s youth.
  1. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! *
           he shall not be put to shame when he contends with his enemies in the gate.

Gracious Father, watch over the Church, built on the foundation of your love.  Help us so to live and proclaim the gospel that many may find life in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

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 12.38-44

As Jesus taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”  He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

      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 law that transforms the wasteland into a land of milk and honey is the law of love. Trusting in God’s promise to lead us more deeply into that land, let us ask with confidence for all we need, saying: Teach us your ways, O God; hear us, good Lord.

We pray for the leaders of this country, that they may govern with justice and mercy, mindful of their responsibility to the world’s poor. Teach us your ways, O God: hear us, good Lord.

We pray for the church that, as a sign of your loving embrace, it may call all to share in your reign. Teach us your ways, O God; hear us, good Lord.

We pray for ministers everywhere, that you may strengthen them in their desire to serve. Teach us your ways, O God; hear us, good Lord.

We pray for this community of faith, that we may learn to love with all our hearts, our minds, our strength. Teach us your ways, O God; hear us, good Lord. 

We pray for the unloved of this world, for those who are widowed, orphaned, and friendless, for those who are homeless and alone, and for all who experience alienation, that you compassion may reach them. Teach us your ways, O God; hear us, good Lord.

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

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

and those known to you alone, that they find in Christ a source of strength in their struggles. Teach us your ways, O God; hear us, good Lord.

We pray for the work of our siblings in Christ:
The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and their clergy;
St. Martin’s, Ottawa, and The Reverend Dr. Mary-Cate Garden;
in our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, we pray for Emmanuel Church, Ramleh, Israel.
Teach us your ways, O God; hear us, good Lord.

We pray for all those who have died (especially N.), that they may find eternal life in your loving presence. Teach us your ways, O God; hear us, good Lord.

Loving God, inscribe your words upon our hearts, that, carrying them with us out into the world, we may reveal your reign to all those we meet upon our way. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our guide and goal. 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. 


                                               Offertory Hymn: 30 – God, that Madest Earth and Heaven

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 #1 (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: 84 – Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

Prayer after Communion

Living God, in the eucharist you fill us with new hope. May the power of your love, which we have known in word and sacrament, continue your saving work among us, and bring us to the joy you promise. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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: 601 (tune 425) – God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending


Postlude: God Whose Giving Knows No Ending – Arr. J. Koerts

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