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Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost


August 15, 2021


Prelude

My Life Flows on -Rachel C. SOLO


Acknowledgement

Welcome


Gathering Song

Praise My Soul- 381 CP

Praise my soul, the God of Heaven;

Glad of heart your carols raise;

Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,

Who, like me, should sing God’s praise?

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Praise the maker all your days.


Praise God for the grace and favour

Shown our forbears in distress.

God is still the same forever,

Slow to chide and swift to bless;

Alleluia, alleluia,

Sing our Maker’s faithfulness.


Like a loving parent caring,

God knows well our feeble frame;

Gladly all our burdens bearing,

Still to countless years the same.

Alleluia, alleluia,

All within me, praise God’s name.


Frail as summer’s flower flourish;

Blows the wind and it is gone;

But, while mortals rise and parish

God endures unchanging on;

Alleluia, alleluia

Praise the high eternal one.


Angels, teach us adoration;

You behold God face to face;

Sun and moon and all creation,

Dwellers all in time and space.

Alleluia, alleluia

Praise with us the God of grace.


Gathering

Playful God, you laugh and dance with joy from the magic of your creation

We catch glimpses of that magic all around us but sometimes miss the signs


God you are tearful when you see the desolation that affects your creation. You mourn the loss and the destruction that we cause

We doubt ourselves and what we are do and we are filled with pain and grief. God give us your consolation and show us how to do better


Joyful God, your name be praised in every place and circumstance that we find

Your great love for humanity shines through everything, even death and the promise of resurrection


Mighty God, your creativity is awe inspiring, it fills our hearts with joy

We offer you now our praise and adoration, may it shine through all that we do


May the spirit of wisdom, comfort and inspire us. The symbols of life are all around us: light and noise, infants and adults, birds and animals, colours and movement, words of goodwill, songs of joy. May we be helped to recognise the symbols of life. May they be renewed everyday, as we are inspired to share them generously.


Jubilate (Sung)


Children’s Ministry Time

The Proclamation of the Word

A Reading from the first book of Kings (2.10–12; 3.3–14)

Then David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David. The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned for seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.


Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed and offered incense at the high places. The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt-offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’ And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?’


It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honour all your life; no other king shall compare with you. If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.’

Listen for the Leading of the Spirit R: Thanks be to God



Psalm 111 Refrain: The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the deeds of the Lord! They are studied by all who delight in them. O Lord, your work is full of majesty and splendour, and your righteousness endures for ever. You make your marvellous works to be remembered; you are gracious and full of compassion.

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.


You give food to those who fear you; you are ever mindful of your covenant. You have shown your people the power of your works in giving them the lands of the nations. The works of your hands are faithfulness and justice; all your commandments are sure.

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.


They stand fast for ever and ever, because they are done in truth and equity. You send redemption to your people; you commanded your covenant for ever; holy and awesome is your name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; those who act accordingly have a good understanding; the praise of the Lord endures for ever.

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.


Gracious God, you are full of compassion; may we who long for your kingdom to come rejoice to do your will and acknowledge your power alone to save; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


A Reading from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians (5.15–20)

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Listen for the Leading of the Spirit R: Thanks be to God


Gradual Hymn

Come My Way, My Truth, My Life-569 CP

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life: such a way as gives us breath; such a truth as ends all strife; such a life as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength: such a light as shows a feast; such a feast as mends in length; such a strength as makes a guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart: such a joy as none can move: such a love as none can part; such a heart as joys in love.

The Gospel

The Lord be with you R: And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John (6.51–58)

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’

The Gospel of Christ R: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ


Homily


Affirmation of Faith (Celebrations along the Way D. McRae-McMahon)

Let us affirm our faith together


We believe that every place

is the sacred ground of your creation, O God.

You are always there before us.

You are always there beside us.

You will walk the way ahead of us.

Bless we pray, the sacred ground of the world

where we live and work. Amen


Offering Hymn

We Will Take What You Offer-196 MV

We will take what you offer. We will live by your word. We will love one another and be fed by you, Lord.


Prayer Over the Gifts

Loving God, you have adopted us to be your heirs. Accept all we offer you this day and give us grace to live as faithful children. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Prayers of the People

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.


We pray for all who confess the name of Christ: fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit. Lord, hear and have mercy.


We pray for those whose lives are bound in mutual love: be their joy and their strength. Lord, hear and have mercy.


For all in danger, for those who are far from home, prisoners, exiles, victims of oppression: grant them your salvation. Lord, hear and have mercy.


For all who are facing trials and difficulties, for those who are sick, and those who are dying: show them your kindness and mercy. Lord, hear and have mercy.


We pray for one another: may we always be united in service and love. Lord, hear and have mercy.


We pray to be forgiven our sins and set free from all hardship, distress, want, war, and injustice. Lord, hear and have mercy.


May we discover new and just ways of sharing the goods of the earth, struggling against exploitation, greed, or lack of concern: may we all live by the abundance of your mercies and find joy together. Lord, hear and have mercy.


May we be strengthened by our communion with all Christ’s saints. Lord, hear and have mercy.


Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.


Collect

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and sent into our hearts the Spirit of your Son. Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that all people may know the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer

The Blessing


Closing Hymn

Be Thou My Vision- 505 CP

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart Naught be all else to me, save that thou art Thou my best thought, by day or by night Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord Thou my great Father, thine own may I be, Thou in me dwelling and I one with thee.

Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise Thou mine inheritance, now and always Thou and thou only first in my heart High King of heaven, my treasure thou art

High King of heaven, my victory won May I reach heaven's joys, bright heaven's Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall Still be my vision, O ruler of all Heart of my own heart, whatever befall Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.


The Dismissal

We have sung, we have prayed, we have worshiped together.

Now we go back out into the world.

We came together to build relationships,

relationships with each other, and our relationship with Jesus.

We go out as people who are strengthened by our connections

Ready to love and to serve. Ready to carry God's love to the world.

As you journey through the ups and the downs of the coming week,

let us remember that God, who has invited us into relationship, is always with us.

Go with God, as the people of God. So be it! Amen Alleluia


~ posted by Rev. Gord on his blog, Worship Offerings. http://worshipofferings.blogspot.ca/


Postlude In Spirit We Rise

In sprit we rise, rise, rise to be the bread of the world.

In spirit we rise, rise, rise to be bread of the world.

Planted the seed within. Image of You we bear.

Life as your blessed ones, love the gift that we share.

In spirit we rise, rise, rise to be the bread of the world, bread for the world.

Christ is the pattern sown when moments of trust run deep.

Knowledge of You we grow, faith the harvest we reap.

In spirit we rise, rise, rise to be the bread of the world, bread for the world.

Tumbled in life we come, love holy grain worked through.

Spirit, the yeast so wise proves our power in You.

In spirit we rise, rise, rise to be the bread of the world, bread for the world.