Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost


August 29, 2021


Prelude Passionate God

God is passionate Life,

Strong and vibrant in us

As we seek justice

For all people.


God is passionate Life,

Strong and vibrant in us

As we seek freedom

For all people.


God is passionate Life,

Strong and vibrant in us

As we seek equality

For all people.


God is passionate Life,

Strong and vibrant in us

As we seek dignity

For all people.


God is passionate Life,

Strong and vibrant in us

As we seek peace in our day

For all people.



Acknowledgement


Welcome

Opening Hymn 465 CP Here in this Place, New Light

Here in this place new light is streaming; Now is the darkness vanished away. See in this space our fears and our dreamings, Brought here to you in the light of this day. Gather us in, the lost and forsaken; Gather us in, the blind and the lame; Call to us now and we shall awaken; We shall arise at the sound of our name.

We are the young, our lives are a mystery; We are the old who yearn for your face. We have been sung throughout all of history, Called to be light to the whole human race. Gather us in, the rich and the haughty; Gather us in, the proud and the strong; Give us a heart so meek and so lowly; Give us the courage to enter the song.

Here we will take the wine and the water; Here we will take the bread of new birth. Here you shall call your sons and your daughters, Call us anew to be salt for the earth. Give us to drink the wine of compassion; Give us to eat the bread that is you; Nourish us well and teach us to fashion Lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

Not in the dark of buildings confining, Not in some heaven light years away, But here in this place the new light is shining; Now is the kingdom, now is the day. Gather us in and hold us forever; Gather us in and make us your own; Gather us in, all peoples together, Fire of love in our flesh and our bone.


Gathering (Rex Hunt Liturgies)

A morning mist, the gleam of a new day, faintly we discern the possibilities that are before us. Energy rising, plans turning to action,we build our every yesterday from the living of our days.


May we live our hope into tomorrow. May we wrap our lives around the challenges of today.

And in the quiet of the sacred space, may we listen at the centre of our being for the truth of our inner voice that sets before us the purpose of this day. We receive fragments of holiness, glimpses of eternity, brief moments of insight. Let us gather them up for the precious gifts that they are and, renewed by their grace, move boldly into the unknown.

Creating God, extend our vision to perceive that this is your world. You are in it. You pervade it. You enfold it. It is immersed in you.

Open our eyes to see in the depth of reality your grace, your goodness, your glory. To see that we dwell in you. Amen


The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest and peace to God's people on earth. Glory to God in the highest and peace to God's people on earth.


Glory to God in the highest and peace to God's people on earth. Glory to God in the highest and peace to God's people on earth.


Glory to God in the highest and peace to God's people on earth. Glory to God in the highest and peace to God's people on earth.


The Collect

Author and Giver of all good things, graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us in all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


Childrens Ministry- Hallelu Hallelu

Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord Praise ye the Lord Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord


Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord Praise ye the Lord Hallelujah!

Praise ye the Lord Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord

The Proclamation of the Word

A Reading from the Song of Solomon (2.8–13)

The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice. My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

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


Psalm 45.1–2, 7–10 Refrain: The Lord himself watches over you

My heart is stirring with a noble song; let me recite what I have fashioned for the king; my tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer. You are the fairest of mortals; grace flows from your lips, because God has blessed you for ever.

The Lord himself watches over you


You love righteousness and hate iniquity. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your companions. All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia, and the music of strings from ivory palaces makes you glad.

The Lord himself watches over you


The daughters of rulers stand among the ladies of the court; at your side is the queen, adorned with the gold of Ophir. “Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; forget your people and your father’s house.

The Lord himself watches over you


A Reading from the letter of James (1.17–27)

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.

If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

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


Gradual Hymn The Canticle of the Turning- MV120

My soul cries out with a joyful shout That the God of my heart is great, And my spirit sings of the wondrous things That you bring to the ones who wait. You fixed your sight on your servant's plight, and my weakness you did not spurn, So from east to west shall my name be blest. Could the world be about to turn?


My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near, And the world is about to turn!


Though I am small, my God, my all,

You work great things in me, And your mercy will last from the depths Of the past to the end of the age to be. Your very name puts the proud to shame,

And to those who would for you yearn, You will show your might, put the strong to flight For the world is about to turn.


My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near, And the world is about to turn!


From the halls of power to the fortress tower, not a stone will be left on stone. Let the king beware for your justice tears every tyrant from his throne. The hungry poor shall weep no more, For the food they can never earn;

There are tables spread, every mouth be fed, For the world is about to turn.


My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near, And the world is about to turn!


Though the nations rage from age to age, we remember who holds us fast: God's mercy must deliver us

from the conqueror's crushing grasp. This saving word that out forebears Heard is the promise which holds us bound, 'til the spear and rod can be crushed by God Who is turning the world around.


My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near, And the world is about to turn!


The Gospel

The Lord be with you R:And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark (7.1–8, 14–15, 21–23)

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.” You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’

Then he called the crowd again and said to them, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.’ For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.’

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

Homily


Affirmation of Faith (modernliturgist.org)

We believe in God the Creator, infinite in wisdom, power and love, whose mercy is over all of the works, and whose will is ever directed to the good of the children.

We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Mary and Joseph, the gift of God’s unfailing grace, the ground of our hope, and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.

We believe in the Holy Spirit as the divine presence in our lives, whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance of the truth of Christ, and find strength and help in time of need.

We believe that this faith should manifest itself in the service of love as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord, to the end that the kingdom of God may come upon the earth.

Amen.


Prayers of Intercession

Trusting, through the power of the Holy Spirit, in the goodness of God, let us pray in Jesus’ name for the Church, the world, and one another.

A brief silence


Loving God, we thank you for your commandments and ordinances, given to protect us and show us how to live in relationship with you and with each other with compassion and generosity. Thank you for guiding us with goodness and wisdom. Help us to keep in the forefront of our lives our love for you and for our neighbor. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


In this broken and struggling world, your Church is called to be a beacon of light and hope and You call it to words and deeds of valour. Make it a faithful, true, and bold doer of your strong Word. Form it into your strong fortress and safe haven for all who cry to you for help. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prosper the words and work of this congregation. In our ministries, let many hear the Good News, turn to you, and live. Make your love shine through our words and deeds, and shed its healing radiance upon those around us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As many children head back to school, bless them with good teachers who instill the love of learning and respect for one another. Help us to be mentors, tutors, cheerleaders, and guides, especially for kids who struggle in school. Lead us all by the light of your wisdom and truth. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Shine the light of your countenance upon all who lead the nations. Give them wisdom, humility and integrity, so their people confidently turn to them for justice and may live in safety. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Protect all who risk their lives defending the innocent and restoring justice and freedom. Heal their hurts; support their loved ones; and help this nation to use their skills for peaceable purposes when their tour of duty is ended. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant healing, hope, and strength to all who are suffering in body, mind or spirit. We lift before you either silently or aloud those in need (silence for prayer)

Surround them with your love and your strength. Give refreshment, cheerfulness, and confidence to all who care for them. Restore them to the joy of fellowship with all of us.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Most gracious God, thank you for the lives of all the faithful departed who were doers of your Word. Grant that we honorably reflect the light and the hope which you bestow upon us.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Incline your ear to our prayers, dear Lord; and answer them according to your most gracious and holy will, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Peace


The Celebration of the Eucharist


Offering Hymn Lord Give us Bread

Lord, give us bread to share in the breaking

Just as you gave us your Son.

His life was broken for ours in the making

Of new life when old life is done.


Give us your spirit as you give us your bread

That we may be broken and not yet destroyed

Give us you love as you gave us your wine

That we may serve in the fullness of joy.


Lord, give us wine to share in the taking

Just as you gave us your Son.

His life poured out for ours in the making

Of new life when old life is done.


Give us your spirit as you give us your bread

That we may be broken and not yet destroyed.

Give us you love as you gave us your wine

That we may serve in the fullness of joy.


Lord, give us bread to share in the breaking

Just as you gave us your Son.

His life was broken for ours in the making

Of new life when old life is done.


Give us your spirit as you give us your bread

That we may be broken and not yet destroyed.

Give us you love as you gave us your wine

That we may serve in the fullness of joy.



Prayer over the Gifts

Merciful God, receive all we offer you this day. Give us grace to love one another that your love may be made perfect in us. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Eucharistic Prayer 2

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


We give you thanks and praise, almighty God,

through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ,

our Saviour and Redeemer.

He is your living Word, through whom you have created all things.

By the power of the Holy Spirit

he took flesh of the woman Mary

and shared our human nature.

He lived and died as one of us, to reconcile us to you,

the God and Father of all.

In fulfilment of your will

he stretched out his hands in suffering,

to bring release to those who place their hope in you;

and so he won for you a holy people.


He chose to bear our griefs and sorrows,

and to give up his life on the cross,

that he might shatter the chains of evil and death,

and banish the darkness of sin and despair.

By his resurrection he brings us into the light of your presence.


Now with all creation we raise our voices

to proclaim the glory of your name.


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth of your glory are gull.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth of your glory are gull.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.


Holy and gracious God, accept our praise,

through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ;

who on the night he was handed over

to suffering and death, took bread and gave you thanks,

saying, “Take, and eat:

this is my body which is broken for you.”

In the same way he took the cup,

saying, “This is my blood which is shed for you.

When you do this, you do it in memory of me.”


Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,

we offer you this bread and this cup,

giving thanks that you have made us worthy

to stand in your presence and serve you.


We ask you to send your Holy Spirit

upon the offering of your holy Church.

Gather into one all who share in these sacred mysteries,

filling them with the Holy Spirit

and confirming their faith in the truth,

that together we may praise you and give you glory

through your Servant, Jesus Christ.

All glory and honour are yours,

Father and Son,

with the Holy Spirit in the holy Church,

now and for ever. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer


The Breaking of the Bread

Creator of all, you gave us golden fields of wheat, whose many grains we have gathered and made into this one bread.

So may your Church be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom.


The Communion


Communion Music Thy Word

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path

When I feel afraid Think I've lost my way Still you're there right beside me And nothing will I fear As long as you are near Please be near me to the end

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path


I will not forget Your love for me and yet My heart forever is wandering Jesus be my guide And hold me to your side I will love you to the end


Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path


Prayer After Communion

All your works praise you, O Lord.

And your faithful servants bless you. Gracious God we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ. May we, who share his body, live his risen life; we, who drink his cup, ring life to others; we, whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world. Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so that we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Blessing


Announcements


Closing Hymn 418 CP Draw the Circle Wide

Draw the circle wide

Draw it wider still

Let this be our song

No one stands alone

Standing side by side

Draw the circle wide.


God the still-point of the circle

‘round whom all creation turns;

Nothing lost, but held forever,

In God’s gracious arms.


Draw the circle wide

Draw it wider still

Let this be our song

No one stands alone

Standing side by side

Draw the circle wide.


Let our hearts touch far horizons,

So encompass great and small;

Let our loving know no borders

Faithful to God’s call.


Draw the circle wide

Draw it wider still

Let this be our song

No one stands alone

Standing side by side

Draw the circle wide.