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November 13, 2022 - Peace Sunday

Join us in person or live-streamed at 10AM or find our recorded service at your convenience. Details on our Worship page. Service words are below.



Prelude: Wake Me Up

Summer has come and passed, the innocent can never last.

Wake me up when September ends.

Like my fathers’ come to pass, seven years has gone so fast.

Wake me up when September ends.


Here comes the rain again, falling from the stars.

Drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are.

As my memory rests, but never forgets what I lost.

Wake me up when September ends.


Summer has come and passed, the innocent can never last.

Wake me up when September ends.

Ring out the bells again, like we did when spring began.

Wake me up, when September ends.


Here comes the rain again, falling from the stars.

Drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are.

As my memory rests, but never forgets what I lost.

Wake me up when September ends.


Summer has come and passed, the innocent can never last.

Wake me up when September ends.

Like my fathers’ come to pass, twenty years has gone so fast.

Wake me up when September ends.

Wake me up when September ends.

Wake me up when September ends.


Acknowledgement

Welcome and Gathering


Opening Hymn: 565 CP Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim though this barren land. I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more,

feed me till I want no more. Open now the crystal fountain whence the healing stream doth flow; let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through. Strong deliverer, strong deliverer, be thou still my strength and shield,

be thou still my strength and shield. When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; death of death, and hell’s destruction land me safe on Canaan's side: songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to thee, I will ever give to thee.


Responsory and Candle lighting

I light this candle for the men, women, and children who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God. (1st candle is lit)

Lord, let there be peace.


I light this candle for all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends, and all who pray for their safe return. (2nd candle is lit)

Lord, let there be peace.


I light this candle for all who bear the burden of leadership—political, military, and religious—asking for the gift of wisdom in the search for reconciliation and peace. (3rd candle is lit)

Lord, let there be peace.


I light this candle so that everyone throughout the world may know freedom and peace as we do here in Canada. (4th candle is lit)

Lord, let there be peace.


I light this candle for peacemakers and peacekeepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free.

(5th candle is lit)

Lord, let there be peace.


I light this candle so that we all may be instruments of peace—in our homes and in our communities—caring, loving, and sharing. (6th candle is lit)

Praise and thanks be to God!


Collect for Remembrance Sunday (Together)

O God, we come to worship you today remembering your call to let justice flow down like waters. We know you rejoice in your children who are peacemakers of the world. We also know how your invitation to be a holy people requires us to fight injustice in the world. In our Remembrance Service today, we pray that we will hear the wisdom of those who have sought peace and those who paid so dearly for what we have. May Jesus Christ be our model and our teacher in this journey of remembering. Amen.


The Proclamation of the Word


A Reading from the prophet Isaiah 65.17–25

For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice for ever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord— and their descendants as well. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.

Listen to the leading of the Spirit Thanks be to God


Canticle 2: Song of Peace

There shall all the nations flow;

Many peoples shall come and say

“Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

To the house of the God of Jacob,

That he may teach us his ways

That we may walk in his paths.”

For the law shall go out from Zion,

From Jerusalem the word of the Lord.

He shall judge between the nations

And decide for many peoples.

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares.

Their spears into pruning knives.

Nation shall not lift sword against nation.

They shall never train for war again.

O people of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.


A Reading from the second letter of Paul to the Thessalonians 3.6–13

Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labour we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.

Listen for the leading of the Spirit. Thanks be to God


Gradual Hymn: Peace I Leave

Chorus Peace I leave with you, my friends, peace the world cannot give. Peace I leave with you, my friends, so that your joy be ever full. Creator’s love I come to give, to be the hope for all of us. Chorus Take my words of life to heart, and you will live with hope and joy. Chorus


The Gospel:

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 21.5–19

Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ


When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’

They asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?’ And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them.

‘When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

‘But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.

The Gospel of Christ Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ


Homily

HOLY BAPTISM


We are here to celebrate life – life in Christ

A sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace. The sacrament of baptism is both God’s gift and our response to that gift. Baptism places each of us in the body of Christ and the sacrament is big enough, strong enough and cleansing enough to last forever.


God’s love for us has no beginning and no ending. Parents overflowing with love for their children, act on their faith in bringing their precious little ones to be baptized. They acknowledge that to raise children in faith takes a whole community, like this one. People in the congregation will be teachers, mentors, surrogate grandparents and role models in a young person’s faith journey. The journey of faith is life long, and baptism is a sacred milestone in it.


Afame and Elliott, if you are ready to continue on this journey, please bring Elvin to the font to be in the midst of this congregation as the godparents and congregation join in supporting you.


Presentation and Examination of the Candidates


The candidate for Holy Baptism will now be presented.

I present Elvin to receive the sacrament of baptism.


Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is nurtured in the faith and life of the Christian community? I will, with God’s help.


Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?

I will, with God’s help.


Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?

I renounce them.


Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?

I renounce them.

Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?

I renounce them.


Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Saviour?

I do.


Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?

I do.


Do you promise to obey him as your Lord?

I do.


Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?

We will.


Prayers for the Candidate and for the People

Let us now pray for Elvin who is to receive the sacrament of new birth.


Deliver them, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Open their hearts to your grace and truth.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Fill them with your holy and life-giving Spirit.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Send them into the world in witness to your love.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.

Lord, hear our prayer.


We pray as well today


For the leaders of the nations, that they may seek peace and serve justice, and promote the dignity and freedom of all, let us pray ...God of justice, hear our prayer.


For those we treat as enemies, that God will bless them and deliver both them and us from all prejudice and hatred, let us pray ...Righteous God, hear our prayer.


For the poor and all who suffer, that their needs may be served by resources now spent to serve the needs of a wealthy and wasteful society, let us pray ...God of tender care, hear our prayer.


For the rich and powerful, that God may turn their hearts from the pursuit of power and make them servants of God’s gracious purpose, let us pray ...God of wisdom, hear our prayer.


For all who profit from the production of arms, that we may learn to beat our swords into plowshares and stop our plunge toward destruction, let us pray ...God of peace, hear our prayer.


For our children and all who come after us, that they may inherit a world that will treat our fragile earth, your creation, as a precious gift to be preserved and cared for, let us pray ...

Creator God, hear our prayer.


For those who have asked for our prayers…Loving God, hear our prayer.


For ourselves, that we may be forgiven for not always following in the way of Christ, let us pray ...

Merciful God, hear our prayer.


For the holy Church of God, that its leaders and people may speak the truth with courage and proclaim the good news of reconciliation in Christ, let us pray ...Gracious God, hear our prayer.


Ever loving God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitudes of your mercies look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help. We remember especially today those who are sick and those who mourn. For you are gracious, O loving God, and to you we give glory to God our Creator, to our Redeemer Jesus Christ, and to

the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, now and forever. Amen.


Thanksgiving over the Water

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over water the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through water you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In water your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.


We thank you, God, for the water of baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Now sanctify this water by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who are here cleansed from sin and born again, may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Saviour. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.


Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.


The Baptismal Covenant

Do you believe in God the Father?

I believe in God, The Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.


Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

I believe in God the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.


Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

I will, with God’s help.


Will you persevere in resisting evil and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

I will, with God’s help.


Will you proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ?

I will, with God’s help.


Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbour as yourself?

I will, with God’s help.


Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

I will, with God’s help.


Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God's creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth?

I will, with God’s help.


The Baptism

Elvin, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


I sign you with the cross, and mark you as Christ’s own for ever.

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.


The Giving of the Light

Receive the light of Christ, to show that you have passed from darkness to light.

Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.


Let us welcome the newly baptized.

We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.


The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.


Offertory Hymn: Make Me A Channel of Your Peace

Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, and where there’s doubt, true faith in you. Make me a channel of your peace. Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope. Where there is darkness, only light, and where there’s sadness ever joy. O Spirit, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled, as to console, to be understood, as to understand, to be loved as to love, with all my soul.


Make me a channel of your peace. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, in giving of ourselves that we receive, and in dying that we’re born to eternal life. O Spirit, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled, as to console, to be understood, as to understand, to be loved as to love, with all my soul. Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, and where there’s doubt, true faith in you.


Prayer over the Gifts

Holy God, in this Eucharist we renew our baptismal covenant and our commitment to peace. Help us, through our offering this day, to renounce all things that draw us from your love and cause divisions. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Eucharistic Prayer (Anglican Eucharistic Liturgies pg. 304)

God is here

We praise God together


Let us say thank you to God

Who has done so much for us


God, you made us, and the world and everything in it.

All the good we see comes from you.

You have always loved us but people have not always loved you.

You sent Jesus to show us how to live and to bring us back to you again.

Amen. We are alive in Jesus


Jesus died for us on the cross so that through your Spirit we can all be your people.

And so with thanks we praise you, saying


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the Highest. Blessed is one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the Highest.

We are here because on the night before he died Jesus shared a meal with his friends.

There he took some bread and gave thanks to you, God.

He broke it into pieces, and gave it to them.

“This is my body”, he said.

“Do this and know that I am with you.”

Amen. We are alive in Jesus


Later Jesus took a cup of wine and gave thanks to you.

Jesus shared it with them, and said

“This is my blood, which brings new life.

Do this and know that I am with you.”

Amen. We are alive in Jesus


And so, remembering Jesus, who died, was raised to new life by you,

and is alive forever, we are glad to share that life and live in him.

Amen. We are alive in Jesus


Send your Holy Spirit so that this bread and wine

can be for us the body and blood of Jesus,

and through this food give us strength to live as your people.

Amen. We are alive in Jesus


Help us to care for your world and for each other

in the way that Jesus showed us.

Until he comes again with all your people

in every time and every land we worship you and say:

We praise you. We thank you. We bless you. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer (spoken)


The Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

We, being many, are one body, for we all share in the one bread.


The Communion


Music during Distribution: Where Have All the Flowers Gone

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing

Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago

Where have all the flowers gone

Young girls have picked them everyone

Oh, when will they ever learn

Oh, when will they ever learn


Where have all the young ones gone, long time passing

Where have all the young ones gone, long time ago

Where have all the young ones gone,

gone for soldiers everyone

Oh, when will they ever learn

Oh, when will they ever learn


Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing

Where have all the soldiers gone, long time ago

Where have all the soldiers gone,

gone to graveyards, everyone

Oh, when will they ever learn

Oh, when will they ever learn


Where have all the graveyards gone, long time passing

Where have all the graveyards gone, long time ago

Where have all the graveyards gone,

gone to flowers, everyone

Oh, when will they ever learn

Oh, when will they ever learn


Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing

Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago

Where have all the flowers gone,

young girls have picked them everyone

Oh, when will they ever learn

Oh, when will they ever learn


Prayer after Communion

Living God, in the Eucharist you fill us with new hope. May the power of your love, which we have known in word and sacrament, continue your saving work among us, and bring us to the joy you promise. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Commissioning:

At the beginning of our worship, we lit candles for the victims of war, for the hope of rebuilding broken relationships, for God’s presence with us, and for peace. We also lit the Pascal candle for the light of Christ shining in our hearts, shining all around the world.


As we leave let us give thanks for the new life of Elvin as he begins his journey in this world

As we give thanks for Elvin and all children who remind us of all that is good in this world

As we leave, let us remember the good that is in this world and we pray that the tragedy of war that humans visit upon one another come to an end.

As we remember, let us rebuild a world of peace.

As we rebuild, let us live in the light of Christ, our Guide and Saviour.

As we live in Christ’s light, let us celebrate God’s love and constant presence.

Let us go with the love of God, the peace of Christ, and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, now and always. Amen.


Announcements


Closing Hymn: 482 CP Come and Journey with a Saviour

Come and journey with a Saviour who has called us from our birth, who has washed us in the waters, and who loved us on the earth. Come and journey, journey inward, come and seek him deep within, where he meets us in our living, in our striving and our sin.

Come and journey, come and journey with a Saviour who has come. We are all God's sons and daughters; in the Spirit we are one.


Come and journey, journey outward, telling others of his name, telling others of his glory, of his cross and of the shame. Come and journey, journey outward, where that cross calls us to care, where injustice and where hunger and the poor call us to share. Come and journey, come and journey with a Saviour who has come. We are all God's sons and daughters; in the Spirit we are one.


Come and journey, journey upward. Sing his praises, offer prayer. In the storm and in the stillness find his presence everywhere.

Come and journey, journey onward; all our gifts we now shall bring to the building of a city that is holy, Christ its King.


Come and journey, come and journey with a Saviour who has come. We are all God's sons and daughters; in the Spirit we are one.


The Dismissal:

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia


Postlude: Let There Be Peace on Earth (Steel Drums)