Welcome to St. Paul’s Anglican, Fort Garry! Here you’ll find the order of service for Sunday, June 27, 2021. The service will be on our YouTube page by Sunday morning.
Today I Awake
Today I awake and God is before me. At night, as I dreamt, God summoned the day; For God never sleeps but patterns the morning with slithers of gold or glory in grey.
Today I arise and Christ is beside me. He walked through the dark to scatter new light, Yes, Christ is alive, and beckons his people to hope and to heal, resist and invite.
Today I affirm the Spirit within me at worship and work, in struggle and rest. The Spirit inspires all life which is changing from fearing to faith, from broken to blest.
Today I enjoy the Trinity round me, above and beneath, before and behind; The Maker, the Son, the Spirit together they called me to life and call me their friend.
Acknowledgement (An act towards reconciliation)
For thousands of years Indigenous people have walked this land, on their own country. Their relationship with the land is at the centre of their lives.
We acknowledge the Indigenous People of Canada, past, present, emerging, and their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.
Good morning welcome back to St. Paul’s as we gather in community to rest from our labours, to greet our family and neighbours, and to open our being to insight and intuition of that greater reality of which we are a part. We also acknowledge that June is Indigenous awareness month
Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.
O for a 1000 Tongues to Sing
O for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer’s praise, The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.
Jesus! the name that charms our fears, That bids our sorrows cease;
’Tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’Tis life, and health, and peace.
He speaks and listening to God’s voice
New life the dead receive
The mournful broken hearts rejoice
The humble poor believe.
My gracious Master and my God, Assist me to proclaim, To spread through all the earth abroad,
The honors of Thy name.
The Gathering (loosely based on the hymn Where Are The Voices) Where are the voices for the earth that see and acknowledge the pain of our waste and destruction We recognize the earth is in need of healing,
Recognizing the sacred in all of creation we lovingly tend the soil so it will hug the seed,
We rejoice in the rainfall, the water, the sun and the rivers caring for the world as God decreed
When we break this code of care for the earth we take from future generations
Yet God trusts us to care for all of creation and we are called to re-enter our covenant of care
Teach us to be the voices for the earth, so that we cherish the beauty, clear the air, and live that our planet may not die.
God of the good presence all around us help us to find and to celebrate the goodness that is given to us in this new day. Each day brings new challenges. The choices we make craft us into who we are becoming. May we ever open our eyes to the newness of our days. May we sense the surge of wonder just beneath the surface of the ordinary. May we find purpose in each breaking moment. Amen
The Proclamation of the Word
A Reading from the second book of Samuel 1:1, 17-27
After the death of Saul, when David had returned from defeating the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag.
David intoned this lamentation over Saul and his son Jonathan. (He ordered that The Song of the Bow be taught to the people of Judah; it is written in the Book of Jashar.) He said:
Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places! How the mighty have fallen! Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon; or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice, the daughters of the uncircumcised will exult.
You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain upon you, nor bounteous fields! For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, anointed with oil no more.
From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, nor the sword of Saul return empty.
Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you with crimson, in luxury, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!
Jonathan lies slain upon your high places. I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; greatly beloved were you to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
Psalm 130 (SUNG)
Out of the depths I call to you! x4
Lord, hear my voice; I cry for help! x4
Waiting in hope, I long for you! x4
Pardon our sins; have mercy, Lord! x4
Redeem us, Lord, with steadfast love. x5
A Reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians 8:7-15
Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.
I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something— now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, ‘The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.’
I Have Called You By Your Name
I have called you by your name, you are mine;
I have gifted you and ask you now to shine.
I will not abandon you;
all my promises are true.
You are gifted, called, and chosen; you are mine.
I will help you learn my name as you go;
read it written in my people, help them grow.
Pour the water in my name,
speak the word your soul can claim,
offer Jesus' body, given long ago.
I know you will need my touch as you go;
feel it pulsing in creation's ebb and flow.
Like the woman reaching out,
choosing faith in spite of doubt,
hold the hem of Jesus' robe, then let it go.
I have given you a name, it is mine;
I have given you my Spirit as a sign.
With my wonder in your soul,
make my wounded children whole;
go and tell my precious people they are mine.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark 5:21-43
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’ Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?” ’ He looked all round to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’
While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum’, which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’ And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
The Gospel of Christ R: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Affirmation of Faith (Rex Hunt liturgies)
In response to the word reflected on, let us stand and share together, a celebration of faith…
The creativity of God fills the universe. Like rain falling upon the earth and sun warming the rocks, All the heart of God flows over us all in renewing grace and love.
The generosity of Christ fills our lives. With company on the journey and mercy in understanding, All the Bread, the Way and the Truth set us free to live again.
The faithfulness of the Spirit fills our future. It surrounds us with a cloud of hope and lifts our tired feet once more. In courage born of costly life, it calls and sings and dances on.
We are the people of freedom. We lay down our past in God’s forgiveness. We will walk on into God’s new day. Amen
Healer of Our Every Ill
Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.
You who know our fears and sadness, grace us with your peace and gladness; Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts.
In the pain and joy beholding how your grace is still unfolding, give us all your vision, God of love.
Give us strength to love each other, every sister, every brother; Spirit of all kindness, be our guide.
You who know each thought and feeling, teach us all your way of healing; Spirit of compassion, fill each heart.
Prayer over the gifts
Eternal God, you have made our Saviour Jesus Christ the head of all creation. Receive all we offer you this day and renew us in his risen life, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen
Prayers of Intercession:
MV 149 Peace For the Children (Verses 1, 4, 5, 6, 7,10)
Peace for the children, peace, peace.
Peace for the children we pray.
Following the path of One of peace,
We work for healing, we work for peace;
Peace for the children today.
Peace in our families …
Peace for the nations …
Peace for the creatures …
Peace for our planet …
Peace in the soul…
The Lord’s Prayer
O God our defender, storms rage about us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us all from unbelief; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen
May the places where you walk become sacred spaces of the Holy God... The places where you take your stand be signposts to the love of Christ... The places where you rest be filled with the renewing grace of the Spirit. Amen!
Great Sorrow Prodded Jairus
Great sorrow prodded Jairus to seek the Healers touch
“My little girl is dying; I need your help so much”.
When Jesus stood beside her, he took the child’s limp hand,
He brought back life and laughter by saying “child now stand”.
Through years of pain and torment the women yearned for peace,
While people scorned and shunned her, she prayed her pain would cease.
When Jesus felt her presence, he touched her trembling hand
“your actions, daughter, heled you, in faith and wholeness stand”.
Wherever people hunger for faith and hope and trust,
Where people search for wholeness, for treatment that is just-
Christ, give your healing presence, your string and gentle hand,
Your voice to lift us upwards, by saying “child now stand”.
Remembering that the universe is much larger than our ability to comprehend, let us go from this time together with the resolve to allow wonder, to find space to open up our minds and illumine our lives. Thanks be to God, Alleluia