Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome to St. Paul’s Anglican, Fort Garry. Here you’ll find the order of service for Sunday, July, 18th

2021. This outdoor service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page at 10AM and later uploaded to our YouTube page.

Gathering of the Community


Opening Hymn: Let Us Build a House (All Are Welcome) MV 1

Let us build a house Where love can dwell And all can safely live A place where Saints and children tell How hearts learn to forgive

Built of hopes and dreams and visions Rock of faith and vault of grace Here the love of Christ shall end divisions

All are welcome, all are welcome All are welcome in this place


Let us build a house where prophets speak And words are strong and true Where all God's children dare to seek To dream God's reign anew

Here the cross shall stand as witness And a symbol of God's grace Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus

All are welcome, all are welcome All are welcome in this place


Let us build a house where love is found In water, wine and wheat A banquet hall on holy ground Where peace and justice meet

Here the love of God, through Jesus Is revealed in time and space As we share in Christ the feast that frees us

All are welcome, all are welcome All are welcome in this place


Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone

to heal and strengthen, serve and teach and live in the Word they’ve know.

Here the outcast and the stranger Bear the image of God’s face;

Let us bring an end to fear and danger:

All are welcome, all are welcome All are welcome in this place


Let us build a house where all are named, Their songs and visions heard

and loved and treasured Taught and claimed as words within the Word.

Built of tears and cries and laughter Prayers of faith and songs of grace;

Let this house proclaim from floor to rafter

All are welcome, all are welcome All are welcome in this place


The Greeting:

Minster We come to this place from all kinds of places.

All We bring our hearts and our minds and our faces.

Minster We've come from near and we've come from far.

All We've come just the way we are.

Minister: And while the words might be amusing,

We know they wouldn't be everyone's choosing.

Some folks who will remain anonymous,

Like their worship to be deuteronimous.


And that's OK if it floats your boat,

The readings, the hymns, the reciting by rote.

But today I think that's not what it takes.


Today our boats float on quite different-ish lakes.

The style will be different and before we begin it

We have to make sure that we put our hearts in it.

So bring on the whimsy, the tunes and the rhymes.

Let our worship reflect our tides and our times.


And we gather this gathering in a gatherly way.

All To sing and to laugh and to dance and to pray.


The Collect for the Day

Presider Let us pray ...

All: God, you sent Jesus to show us the way

So that we could be with you each and every day.

We want purer hearts and to worship you well

But sometimes we find the truth hard to tell.

With Jesus to guide us we try to do better

But a spiritual shake-up might gives us some center

All praise be to Jesus, our Lord and Sin-taker;

And also to God who is Father and Maker;

All praise to the Spirit in these summer days.

Amen and always! Amen and always!!


The Proclamation of the Word

A Reading from the Gospel of Mark


The disciples were weary, perhaps even griping.

“This working with Jesus – the hours are frightening.

We take care of business. We work overtime.

There’s no break for coffee. Now that’s a bad sign.

We’ve heard there’s a word when one gets in this mess.

In the future, they use it. It’s something called STRESS.”

And Jesus was tired, needed time for reflection.

So to his disciples, he gave this direction:

“Just like Man-it - O -bans when needing a break,

Let’s leave all our worries.

Let’s head to the LAKE. “

And so they departed and soon were afloat.

To seek ‘social distance’, they travelled by boat.

But lo and behold, there a great crowd awaits.

By foot, others travel. Don’t want to be late.

And Jesus, whose mercy was filled to the brim,

Felt pity for those who had come to see him.

For a shepherd-less flock, running hither and yon,

He took time to teach them before moving on.

No rest for the weary as more the crowds came

For Jesus was known and growing his fame.

And how did word spread with no posts, texts or Twitter?

Why, by face to face greetings. Isn’t that better?

In city or hamlet, any size of a place,

The people assembled, awaiting God’s grace.

Jesus cured all the ill as they lay on the street.

Touch the fringe of his cloak, make the healing complete.


Gradual Hymn I Come With Joy

I come with joy, a child of God,

forgiven, loved and free,

the life of Jesus to recall,

in love laid down for me.


I come with Christians far and near

to find, as all are fed,

the new community of love

in Christ's communion bread.


As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share,

each proud division ends.

The love that made us, makes us one,

and strangers now are friends.


The Spirit of the risen Christ,

unseen, but ever near,

is in such friendship better known,

alive among us here.


Together met, together bound,

By all that God has done,

We’ll go with joy, to give the world

The love that makes us one.


An Affirmation of Faith

All: I believe in our God who made heaven and earth.

I believe in the Christ who knew human birth.

Was conceived by the Spirit and suffered the pains

Of the cross and the grave, and the whips and the chains.

Knew the darkness of death and then in three days

Left the grave to be empty, to heaven he raised.

I believe in the Spirit, the life that it brings,

And the way that it works through all sorts of things.


I believe in the Church and our God three in one,

Put together there's room for all sorts of fun,

And with God, Christ and Spirit, we've only begun!


The Prayers of the People

Leader: We pray for the world and all of creation,

Save it from damage and devastation.

Give us the strength to clean up the place,

And use our resources with wisdom and grace.

In this place and on this day,

All Hear our voices as we pray.


Leader: We pray for the church, more than windows & steeples,

We pray for its work and we pray for its peoples.

We pray for the outreach, the needs that it's meeting.

We pray for the folks doing clothing and feeding,

And bringing compassion and comfort and care,

To places where folks feel like no one is there.

In this place and on this day,

All: Hear our voices as we pray.


Leader: We pray for our leaders both lay and ordained.

May their courage be strong and their spirits sustained.

Keep our bishops and deacons and priests in your care.

Bless their work and their rest and their study and prayer.

In this place and on this day,

All: Hear our voices as we pray.


Leader: We pray for those folks whose ends don't seem to meet,

And people who don't have enough food to eat.

We pray for the homeless who sleep in the cold.

We pray for the young and we pray for the old.

We pray for people whose health may be failing,

Especially for those of our friends who are ailing.


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In this place and on this day,

All: Hear our voices as we pray.


Leader: We pray for our loved ones who now rest in peace.

May our memory and love of them only increase.

We pray for workers in factories and shops,

In tall office buildings, for doctors and cops,

And teachers and students and workers at home,

And we pray for travelers wherever they roam.

And among all our prayers we list last but not least,

In this world you've created, we pray for peace.

With our family and our friends, From our beginnings and our ends,

All: We stand together and we send, From earth to heaven our Amen.


Celebration of The Eucharist

Offering Hymn For the Healing

For the healing of the nations,

God, we pray with one accord;

for a just and equal sharing

of the things that earth affords.

To a life of love in action

help us rise and pledge our word.


Lead us, Lord, into freedom,

from despair your world release,

that, redeemed from war and hatred,

all may come and go in peace.

Show us how, through care and goodness,

fear will die and hope increase.


All that kills abundant living,

let it from the earth be banned:

pride of status, race or schooling,

dogmas that obscure your plan.

In our common quest for justice

may we hallow life's brief span.


You, Creator-God, have written

your great name on humankind;

for our growing in your likeness,

bring the life of Christ to mind;

that by our response and service

earth its destiny may find.

Prayer over the Gifts

All: Dear God,

Everything that's done through you

Becomes refreshed and made anew.

Take the gifts that we have brought

These simple things, or so we thought,

And do the things that you do to 'em.

May your love be made known thru 'em.

And remember, just the same,

We bring ourselves in Jesus' name.


The Great Thanksgiving

Minister God is with you.

All And with you as well.

We’ve got a story to pray.

All And a prayer to tell.

So lift your hearts high

All right to the sky.

We come to the table …


And I'll tell you why ...


It's all about thanks, for this and for that

For the sun and the rain and the Cat in the Hat

For everything that comes from God

The high and the low,

the even, the odd.

Our thanks are to God,

the God who made us,

And loved us and laughed us

and danced us and played us


So God, we say thanks, right from our hearts

`Cuz everyone knows that that's where it starts.


Thanks for your guidance through deserts and seas

And protection from plagues like the frogs and the fleas

And thanks for apostles and prophets of old

For the lessons they taught and the stories they told

We know it wasn't all cookies and cake

What you would offer, we wouldn't take

We figured "we're clever. We'll find something new"

And we wound up worshipping ... something. Not you.

And when we were guilty of too much celebrating

We came to our senses and found you were waiting

- and waiting for us to return


`Cuz sooner or later you knew we would learn


That your voice had an "I heard it before" kind of ring

And your welcome was always an "open arms" kind of thing.

We remember your blessings all through the ages

They colour our windows, we wrote 'em on pages

And because we're so grateful we just can't resist

Singing your praises with something like this:


Holy, and holy, and holier still

O, God you're all that and more

Your glory is known through heaven and earth

So we sing like never before:

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to the max!

The one who comes in the name of the Lord is blessed,

and those are the facts.

So we sing it again like we sang it before,

Hosanna to the max!


As time went by we made it awful hard for you to reach us

And so you sent the Christ to come and be with us and teach us.

He talked of peace, He shared his healing

He heard our words, He felt our feeling

And lifted us right through the ceiling.

The blind were sighted, Daylight came to the dark-of-nighted

And the frightened soon became unfrighted.

The lame were walking, the mute were talking,

The locked up prisoners got their unlocking


All this was so you'd have our attention

So we could approach without apprehension

And on the night before he died,

Jesus did something he hadn't tried

In a room up where the stairway ends

He shared a meal with some of his friends

He looked at them, He took the bread

He gave the blessing and then he said,

"This bread we share is my body, you see

Take it and eat it in memory of me"

Then after supper, before they cleaned up

The wine was poured and He took the cup

And offered thanks and said, "Here, drink.

There's more in here than what you think."

"This is my blood I give for you

And those who think their life is through

Because they've sinned.

They should be living

And remember that our God's forgiving."


"I know it's a lot. Don't try to think through it.

What's really important is just that you do it.”


So bless this meal with your Holy Spirit

And those who taste it, and see it, and hear it

And make us one with him you sent

To show us you're so excellent

So glory to God, for now and for then

Forever and always and together,

Amen.


The Jesus Prayer

All: We hold you dear as children should.

Your name is holy, true and good.

Your kingdom come, your will be done

In heaven like on earth as one.

Give us today our daily bread,

Forgive the things we've done and said,

As we forgive things done to us,

And save us from the temptuous.

Keep evil times from us and ours,

For the kingdom and the powers,

And the glory, just for you.

For all time 'til time is through.


The Breaking of the Bread

Minister One bread, two bread,

me bread, you bread.

All Take the old and make it new bread.


Communion Distribution

singing at Communion: A Recording by Rachel C.


Prayer After Communion

All: Dear God,

May we who've taken holy things

Know the joy that blessing brings.

And as we move from where we are

To share those blessings near and far,

Give us strength along the way.

This, in Jesus' name we pray.


The Blessing

Minister Hold the knowing and the feeling

In your hearts and in your brains

Of the God who makes,

the Christ who leads,

The Spirit that sustains,

And be blessed.


When you're at your worst and at your best,

Know that you are blessed.


If the day's been hard and you are stressed

Know that you are blessed.


When it feels like life is one long test,

Know that you are blessed.

When you don't know how you should be dressed

In jeans and a t-shirt or a suit and a vest

Even when they haven't been pressed "

Know that you are blessed.


When you're on top of the world or when you're depressed

Know that you are blessed.


When you're being serious and when you jest

Know that you are blessed.


When you wonder about who you have impressed

Know that you are blessed.


When the world is making just one more request

Know that you are blessed.


When the things you have cleaned have gotten re-messed

Know that you are blessed.


When you're the host and when you're the guest

Know that you are blessed.


From Iqaluit to Budapest

Know that you are blessed.


And when your sister, your brother,

your father or mother,

your aunt, your uncle,

your cousin, your grandparent,

the bus driver, the guy behind the counter

your teacher, your boss,

your boss' boss, the lady at the store,

your best friend, your worst enemy,

those people at church,

the guy in front of you,

the guy behind you,

the guy in the other lane,

your neighbour, your neighbour's dog,

the doctor, the nurse,

the secretary, the telemarketer,

the guy at the door, the girl in the window,

the kid in the cafeteria

with the mustard on his shirt,

and that guy with the thing on his head,

... are getting on your LAST nerve,

Remember they're blessed too, And so are you.

Amen.


Closing Hymn Let There Be Light

Let there be light, let there be understanding, let all the nations gather, let them be face to face. Open our lips, open our minds to ponder, open the door of concord opening into grace. Perish the sword, perish the angry judgment, perish the bombs and hunger, perish the fight for gain. Hallow our love, hallow the deaths of martyrs, hallow their holy freedom, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your Spirit turn to language, your people speak together, your Spirit never fade. Let there be light, open our hearts to wonder, perish the way of terror, hallow the world God made.


The Commissioning

Minister Go out and be new.

Go out and be you.

All Go out and do all

of the things that you do

Thanks be to God. Allelu.


Post Rise Up Rise Up

Rise up, rise up, rise up, O my soul

Rise up and sing this blessing to God’s name.


Rise up, rise up, rise up, O my soul

Rise up and sing this blessing to God’s name.