Welcome to St. Paul’s Anglican, Fort Garry. Here you’ll find the order of service for Sunday, July, 25th
Prelude (VU 702) When a Poor One
When the poor ones who have nothing share with strangers, when the thirsty water give unto us all, when the wounded in their weakness strengthen others,
(Refrain) then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.
When at last all those who suffer find their comfort, when they hope though even hope seems hopelessness, when we love though hate at times seems all around us,
When our joy fills up our cup to overflowing, when our lips can speak no words other than true, when we know that love for simple things is better,
When our homes are filled with goodness in abundance, when we learn how to peace instead of war, when each stranger that we meet is called a neighbor,
Welcoming Song (Rev. Vincent Solomon)
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Gathering the Community (Diocesan Clergy Conference 2018)
We acknowledge that we meet and work in Treaty 1 Land, the traditional land of the Anishinaabe, Cree, and Dakota Peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation.
From many places and peoples we come to this place in prayer
We gather in the name of the living God
We stand in the presence of Jesus Christ, risen and alive
Knit together in the unity of the Spirit
We pray with God’s people around the earth and across the ages
Heaven and earth are one.
In the unity of the Holy and Blessed one, Creator, Redeemer and Holy
Spirit. Let us worship God, who walks with us, this and every day.
Prayer of the Day
Most loving God, your holy Son has taught us that none of our concerns lie outside your love, and no person is ever irrelevant or dispensable. Teach us the way of quiet trust, that placing all our affairs in your hands, we may live faithfully and lovingly, allowing your Spirit to guide us in the way of your peace. Through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen!
Hymn 86 CP More than we Can Ask or Imagine
More than we can ask or imagine, more than we can ever dare to dream, we are the children of heaven’s creation God’s own beloved, each called by name
And we cry, Glory! Glory! Glory to God who calls us by name! Glory! Glory! Glory to God! Glory we sing!
More than we will ever imagine, more than we will ever understand; we are sent to walk with compassion, to live out God’s love by heart and by hand.
And we cry, Glory! Glory! Glory to God who presses us on! Glory! Glory! Glory to God! Glory our song!
More than we can ask or imagine, more than we could ever desire; out of the dust God’s building a kingdom like wine from the press, like bread from the fire.
And we cry, Glory! Glory! Glory to God! Glory we cry! Glory! Glory! Glory on Earth, Glory on high! Glory! Glory! Glory to God! Glory we cry! Glory! Glory! Glory on Earth! Glory on High! Glory on Earth! Glory on high!
The Collect of the Day (together)
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, increase and multiply upon us your mercy, that with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
The Proclamation of the Word
A Reading from the second book of Samuel (11.1–15)
In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, ‘This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.’ So David sent messengers to fetch her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house. The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, ‘I am pregnant.’
So David sent word to Joab, ‘Send me Uriah the Hittite.’ And Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going. Then David said to Uriah, ‘Go down to your house, and wash your feet.’ Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. When they told David, ‘Uriah did not go down to his house’, David said to Uriah, ‘You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?’ Uriah said to David, ‘The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.’ Then David said to Uriah, ‘Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.’ So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day, David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.
In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. In the letter he wrote, ‘Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.’
Listen for the Leading of the spirit R: Thanks be to God
Psalm 14 Refrain O Lord, you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” All are corrupt and commit abominable acts; there is none who does any good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon us all, to see if there is any who is wise, if there is anyone who seeks after God. Every one has proved faithless; all alike have turned bad; there is none who does good; no, not one.
O Lord, you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
Have they no knowledge, all those evildoers who eat up my people like bread and do not call upon the Lord? See how they tremble with fear, because God is in the company of the righteous. Their aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted, but the Lord is their refuge. Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of this people, Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.
O Lord, you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
A Reading from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians (2: 11-22)
So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.
Listen for the Leading of the spirit R: Thanks be to God
Gradual Hymn 435 CP Take my Life and Let it be
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord to Thee: Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love Take my feet and let them be swift and purposeful for Thee
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from Thee Take my intellect and use every power as thou shalt choose
Take my will and make it Thine, it shall be no longer mine Take my heart, it is Thine own, it shall be Thy royal throne
Take my love, my Lord I pour at thy feet its treasure store Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee
The Lord be with you R: And also with you
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John (6.1–21)
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’
When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.
The Gospel of Christ R: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Homily The Reverend Vincent Solomon
Song for Reflection Lament (by Shawn Whalen 2013)
Why do we listen and fail to hear? Why do we see and not perceive? We have turned away and our heart has grown dull. Heal us, help us to grieve. Heal us, help us to grieve Ooh…ooh…oh…oh… Ooh…ooh…oh…oh…
Why do we listen and fail to hear? Why do we see and not perceive? We have turned away and our heart has grown dull. Heal us, help us to believe, Heal us, help us to believe. Ooh…ooh…oh…oh… Ooh…ooh…oh…oh…
An Affirmation of Faith (Liturgies for the Journey of life D. McRae-McMahon)
In response to the word let us affirm our faith
We believe that horizons of hope are never fixed.
They always move beyond
in the creativity of God.
We believe that powers of evil can not kill God.
God walks on free and leaps off our crosses
In the risen Jesus Christ
We believe the Spirit can never be confined.
She dances forth in the world
and is found in surprising places,
leading us on until the end of time. Amen
The Prayers of the People Thanksgiving in the Four Directions
Creator, we long for wholeness in our families, for honest, open communication to say what we need to say in safety and without fear.
Creator, we give thanks for the knowledge you give in all traditions of the world. Help us to honour the gifts of all traditions. Teach us to know how to love and live.
We give thanks for new life, for youth, represented by the eastern direction. We give thanks for new learning, for the sun which rises to begin each new day, and for the teachings of the peoples of the east, and yellow-skinned peoples. Teach us to know how to love and live.
We give thanks for the south, for the black-skinned peoples of the world, for the growth of the summertime in our lives, the learnings of our adult lives, to be kind and accept ourselves. Teach us as parents to love and respect our children, to care for the elders and those who cannot care for themselves. Teach us to know how to love and live.
We give thanks for the west, for the gifts of Aboriginal peoples of the world, for understandings of care of the earth, for teachings about rocks, leaves and trees, for the knowledge we have in our own teachings, all of these given by our Creator. Help us to use our understandings to bring joy and new life to our communities. Teach us to know how to love and live.
We give thanks for the northern direction, for the white-skinned peoples of the world, and white-haired peoples in our families and communities. Help us to receive gifts of wisdom from all peoples. Help us to grow our roots deeper through life’s journey that we may grow in kindness to ourselves and each other. Teach us to know how to love and live.
The Confession and Absolution
We were created from God’s loving heart, and that same love embraces us with forgiveness. God’s healing and reconciling love helps us to see our brokenness for what it is, in the same moment that grace and forgiveness are offered to us. Let us welcome the gift of God’s love, and confess before God and each other the sins that keep us from true friendship with God and with one another.
Creator and Loving God, you have searched us out and known us and
all that we are is open to you. We confess that we have sinned: We
have put up walls between ourselves and you, closing our hearts to
We have failed to respect and honour the gifts that you have given to us in creation, mother earth and all living things. We squander the inheritance of generations to come.
We have sinned against each other: we have put up walls between ourselves and our neighbours, giving in to the fear, ignorance and arrogance that make racism. We have failed to respect the gifts of all Your peoples.
We have failed to respect the gifts of the four directions. We have used our power to dominate and our weakness to manipulate; we have evaded responsibility and failed to confront evil; we have trusted false gods and listened to their promises; we have denied dignity to ourselves and to each other; we have fallen into despair. In our despair we have forgotten you, and have gone astray from your path.
Forgive us for what we have done; and forgive those who have hurt us. Give us Your blessing and help. Let us walk in your great love; through the great peace maker, your Son, Jesus. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all
your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in
eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you
Offertory Hymn 194 MV Bread of Life Feed my Soul
Bread of life, feed my soul, As the presence of the Spirit makes me whole. Bread of life, fill my heart With the grace and mercy you impart.
I have heard your voice calling, “Come, my friend, and share In the feast that is laid out for you To show how much I care.”
Bread of life, help me live A life as pure and true as Jesus did. Bread of life, help me see the boundless love of Christ for you and me…
I have heard your voice calling, “Come, my friend, and share in the feast that is laid out for you To show how much I care.”
Bread of life, feed my soul, as the presence of the Spirit makes me whole. Bread of life, fill my heart With the grace and mercy you impart.
The Celebration of the Eucharist.
Prayer over the Gifts
God of grace, accept all we offer you this day, as we look toward the glory you have promised. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Great Thanksgiving (From Epiphany Indigenous Church Bulletin)
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 praise you Creator God for all of your Creation. In the beginning you created the universe and all that is in it. You are the Holy One who made the sun, the moon, the stars, and the planets. You are the Holy One who made all that lives on the face of the earth, all our relations. We marvel at all your creation.
You created, each of us in your image. We praise you Creator God and give you the honour and glory due to you.
Holy, holy, holy,
you are God of all that was and is and will be until the end of time.
In you is all power, honour and glory.
Everything in the heavens and on earth
and in the spirit world cries out to you
and gives you everlasting praise.
Blessed is the One who comes in your name.
Hosanna in the highest.
Holy Creator, Father of all that is right and just you sent your Son, Jesus, to the earth. He came and showed us to love you with all that is within us. He came and taught the truth about you. He came to fulfill your sacred laws. Blessed are you who prepared the way to walk with you on earth, through the prophets and leaders of Israel, and through all those whose love for you, opened their hearts and minds to your wisdom.
Through the Holy Spirit Jesus took on flesh and blood and was born of the Virgin Mary. Because of your everlasting love for us, he gave of himself, even to suffering. He died on a cross for sin. He carried our burdens. He fulfilled your love for us through his resurrection, and reconciled us to you forever. Now he reigns in the heavens.
Before your Son, our Lord, Jesus, was given up to death, a death he freely accepted, he took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said: Take this all of you and eat it. This is my body which will be given up for you. When supper was ended, he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples and said: Take this, all of you, and drink it. This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.
God and creator of all, we worship you. We receive these gifts from your loving hand. Touch this bread and this wine, so that we may be strengthened in heart, body and soul by your life-giving body and blood. Jesus, stand in our midst as we remember you. Bring peace to this community, help our children, strengthen our young people, and encourage our elders. Be within the hearts of our leaders, and make each one of us worthy of your call to us as your children. We worship and praise you. We remember you and your love for all of us. May the fruits of your Spirit be our fruit this day. Glory, honour, power and praise are yours, now and forever. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer (Sung)
As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.
The Breaking of the Bread
Creator of all, you gave the people fields rich with corn
to be gathered, formed and shared as life-giving bread for the people.
So may we, your church be gathered, formed and shared in your
Prayer after Communion (together)
God of grace, we have received the memorial of the death and resurrection of your Son. May your love, poured into us, bring us to your promises. We ask this in the name of our Redeemer Jesus Christ. 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.
Closing Hymn Invitation (Tune-In)
God has laid a feasting table
All her guests are gathered round From the highways and the byways All the lost have now been found
When we hear the invitation will we lay our burdens down? When we hear the invitation will we lay our burdens down?
At this table all are welcome No-one need be left behind God is greater than our difference
Christ can see where we are blind
When we hear the invitation will we love all humankind? When we hear the invitation will we love all humankind?
God is crying out for justice Christ is weeping in the street When will be the time for laughter?
When will all have food to eat?
When we hear the invitation will we make God’s will complete? When we hear the invitation will we make God’s will complete?
Go into this day with a lifting of the heart.
And may the Triune God be in our beginnings, and endings and on the
journey in between. Amen
Go forth and share in the recreating of the world.
We go in faith to be the people of the new creation. Thanks be to God! Alleluia
Postlude God our Protector (Steve Bell)