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September 24

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Prelude I Saw the Rich Ones MV 127

Acknowledgement

Welcome Gathering Hymn Morning has Broken CP3

Morning has broken, like the first morning; blackbird has spoken, like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word! Sweet the rain's new fall sunlit from heaven, like the first dewfall on the first grass. Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden, sprung in completeness where his feet pass Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning Born of the one light, Eden saw play! Praise with elation, praise every morning, God's recreation of the new day!

Gathering the Community We will bless the name of God forever God is great, we are witnesses of the awesome acts We pause, pray, meditate on the bounty of God’s greatness to all of creation God is gracious, merciful and compassionate to all of creation, even those slow to recognize or accept all that God offers to us So, we are called to proclaim the glory of God God is great and worthy of our praise, let’s worship together Liberating God, we seek your journey. With parted waters, set us free. With cloud and fire, guide us. With gushing waters, quench our thirst. With food from heaven, feed us. Draw us out with joy and singing, that we might know your ways. Amen. The Collect Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth, and ourselves in your image. Teach us to discern your hand in all your works and to serve you with reverence and thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


The Proclamation of the Word

A Reading from the Book Exodus (16.2–15) The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.’ So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, ‘In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?’ And Moses said, ‘When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.’ Then Moses said to Aaron, ‘Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, “Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.” ’ And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked towards the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, ‘I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, “At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.” ’ In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church Thanks be to God Psalm 105.1–6, 37–45 Refrain: Remember me, O Lord, with the love you have for your people

Give thanks to the Lord and call upon the divine name; make known the deeds of the Lord among the peoples. Sing to the Lord, sing praises, and speak of all the marvellous works of the Lord. Glory in the holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Search for the strength of the Lord; continually seek the face of God.

Remember me, O Lord, with the love you have for your people


Remember the marvels the Lord has done, the wonders and the judgements of the mouth of the Lord, O offspring of Abraham the servant of God, O children of Jacob the chosen of the Lord.

Remember me, O Lord, with the love you have for your people

You led out your people with silver and gold; in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled. Egypt was glad of their going, because they were afraid of them.

Remember me, O Lord, with the love you have for your people


You spread out a cloud for a covering and a fire to give light in the night season. They asked, and quails appeared, and you satisfied them with bread from heaven. You opened the rock, and water flowed, so the river ran in the dry places. For you, O God, remembered your holy word and Abraham your servant.

Remember me, O Lord, with the love you have for your people


So you led forth your people with gladness, your chosen with shouts of joy. You gave your people the lands of the nations, and they took the fruit of others’ toil, 45 that they might keep your statutes and observe your laws. Hallelujah!

Remember me, O Lord, with the love you have for your people

A Reading from the letter of Paul to the Philippians (1.21–30) For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again. Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well— since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church R: Thanks be to God Gradual Hymn Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken CP388

Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God; he whose Word cannot be broken formed thee for His own abode. On the Rock of Ages founded, what can shake thy sure repose? With salvation's walls surrounded, thou mayest smile at all thy foes.


See! The streams of living waters, springing from eternal love, well supply thy sons and daughters and all fear of want remove. Who can faint when such a river ever flows their thirst to assuage? Grace, which like the Lord, the giver, never fails from age to age.


Round each habitation hovering, see the cloud and fire appear for a glory and a covering, showing that the Lord is near. Thus they march, the pillar leading, light by night and shade by day; daily on the manna feeding which God gives them when they pray.


Savior, if of Zion's city I through grace a member am, let the world deride or pity, I will glory in thy name. Fading is the world’s best pleasure, all its boasted pomp and show; solid joys and lasting treasure none but Zion's children know.


The Gospel The Lord be with you And also with you The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew (20:1-16) Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ ‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, “Why are you standing here idle all day?” They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.” When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.” When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, “These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.” But he replied to one of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?” So the last will be first, and the first will be last.’ The Gospel of Christ Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ The Homily An Affirmation of Faith We believe in God the Creator, who created and is creating everything: the universe, the world, the plants and animals, and us; each of us, unique, individual and beloved of God.

We believe in God the Christ, who saved and is saving everything: the universe, the world, the plants and animals, and us: each of us; unique, individual and beloved of the Christ. We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who guided and is guiding everything: the universe, the world, the plants and animals, and us; each of us, unique, individual and beloved of the Spirit. We believe that this one God in three persons, is present among us, working directly in our lives and the lives of all who are born into this world, striving to bring us back into harmony with all creation and with God: forgiving, healing, touching everyone, never rejecting any who willingly receive this freely offered gift of love and grace and eternal life. — Copyright Lisa Frenz, from a Thanksgiving Liturgy written for the Mount Carmel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission. The Prayers of the People Litany of the Angels for St. Michaels and All Angels Sunday

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and all the orders of creation. God created humankind to have dominion upon the earth, and the angels to serve as guardians and messengers of the holy word of love and salvation. Let us pray to the Lord of the angels for all our needs and the needs of people everywhere.

Almighty God, we thank you for the wonder of your creation and the variety of orders within it. We thank you for your servants, the angels, whom you send to us on our behalf. Above all we thank you for your Jesus, enthroned above the cherubim, for the salvation which he bought us by his blood.

We praise you, O God.


As you sent angels in dreams to visit Jacob and Joseph with messages of your will, help us also to know your will for our lives and lead us to do it.

Lord, send us your holy angels.


As you sent angels to rescue Lot and his family in Sodom and to save Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness, so rescue us in our times of need and adversity.

Lord, send us your holy angels.


As the angel of the Lord stood between the people of Israel and the Egyptians at the Red Sea, so stand between us and our enemies, and lend us your guard and protection.

Lord, send us your holy angels.


As the angel went before the Israelites to lead them through the wilderness into the Promised Land, so send an angel before us that we might follow your path of righteousness into your promised kingdom.

Lord, send us your holy angels.


Make us as welcoming of strangers as Abraham and Sarah, who received and entertained angels unaware.

Hear our prayer.

Give us eyes that are as open as Balaam and his donkey to see the wonder of your angels standing before us.

Hear our prayer.

Guard our children with your guardian angels as they venture into life without us, and bring them to faith in the Christ who received the little children.

Hear our prayer.

Send holy Michael, the archangel, great defender of the faithful, to be our defender in times of trouble and temptation.

Good Lord, deliver us.


Send your archangel Gabriel, holy bearer of glad tidings, to bring us your word and to help us to understand it.

Good Lord, redeem us.

Send your archangel Raphael, great healer of your people, to bring healing and health to all our diseases and distresses.

Good Lord, heal us.


And at the last, send forth your trumpeting angels to waken us from our sleep and take us to your heavenly kingdom.

Good Lord, save us.

And on this day remembered as Orange Shirt Day we pray that the angels will bring comfort to all those that continue to suffer, give voice for those strong enough to tell the stories, give strength to those who break out of the cycle and restore confidence and hope to the people

Vibrant God Your creation explodes with the colours of the rainbow Your peoples reveal the beauty of diversity We remember today when the joy and dignity of a precious child was destroyed. We lament today for the childhoods lost through the residential school system. We mourn for the spirits crushed and the futures compromised. Celebrate the hope and joy of every child Tell the stories of resistance that make us stronger Build the bonds of solidarity to ensure “never again” In the name of the one who was child among us. Amen


Confession and Absolution The spirit calls each of us God of fruitful labor, work sometimes brings out the worst in us. At home, at school, in the workplace, even in our relationship with you, we too easily question what others do and get, instead of taking care of our own business. Take away our bitterness. Teach us the art of the careful complaint. Give us grateful hearts, we pray. Amen. Words of Assurance (based on Exodus 16: 2-15, Philippians 1: 21-30) Hear the good news: what we do matters, but our salvation is God's doing. God hears our complaints, but also our prayers. God will not forget us. In Christ's name, we are forgiven. Amen.

—from the Ministry Matters website.

The Peace With a gentle nod or a reverent bow, we offer one another the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, may it rest upon you today and every day.


The Celebration of the Eucharist

The Offering Hymn As we gather at your table CP61

As we gather at your table, as we listen to your word, help us know, O God, your presence; let our hearts and minds be stirred. Nourish us with sacred story till we claim it as our own; teach us through this holy banquet how to make Love's victory known. Turn our worship into witness in the sacrament of life; send us forth to love and serve you, bringing peace where there is strife. Give us, Christ, your great compassion to forgive as you forgave; may we still behold your image in the world you died to save. Gracious Spirit, help us summon other guests to share that feast where triumphant Love will welcome those who had been last and least. There no more will envy blind us, nor will pride our peace destroy, as we join with saints and angels to repeat the sounding joy.

Prayer over the Gifts God of power, the glory of your works fills us with wonder and awe. Accept our offering this day, and help us to live in peace and harmony with all your creation, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen The Great Thanksgiving Eucharistic Prayer 4 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. It is right to give you thanks and praise, O Lord, our God, sustainer of the universe, you are worthy of glory and praise. Glory to you for ever and ever. At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home; by your will they were created and have their being. Glory to you for ever and ever. From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill; you made us the stewards of creation. Glory to you for ever and ever. But we turn against you, and betray your trust; and we turn against one another. Again and again you call us to return. Through the prophets and sages you reveal your righteous law. In the fullness of time you sent your Son, born of a woman, to be our Saviour. He was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities. By his death he opened to us the way of freedom and peace. Glory to you for ever and ever. Therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed are you, Lord our God, for sending us Jesus, the Christ, who on the night he was handed over to suffering and death, took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, gave it to his friends, and said, “Take this, and eat it: this is my body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper, he took the cup of wine; he gave you thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” Glory to you for ever and ever. Gracious God, we recall the death of your Son Jesus Christ, we proclaim his resurrection and ascension, and we look with expectation for his coming as Lord of all the nations. We who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring you these gifts. Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon this offering of your Church, that we who eat and drink at this holy table may share the divine life of Christ our Lord. Glory to you for ever and ever. Pour out your Spirit upon the whole earth and make it your new creation. Gather your Church together from the ends of the earth into your kingdom, where peace and justice are revealed, that we, with all your people, of every language, race, and nation, may share the banquet you have promised; through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, all honour and glory are yours, creator of all. Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer 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. 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. Invitation to the Feast These are the gifts of God for the people of God Thanks be to God Music During Communion The Gift of Love Prayer after Communion Ruler of the universe, all creation yearns for its fulfilment in your Son. May we who have shared in holy things grow into maturity in him. This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen The Doxology 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. The Blessing Go out from here as workers in God’s upside-down kingdom, where the last are first and the first are last, where needs are met in miraculous ways, and there is grace enough for all! And may the blessing of God, the love of Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit surround you and sustain you in the coming days. Amen.


Sending Hymn For the Fruit of All Creation 259 CP


For the fruit of all creation,

thanks be to God;

gifts bestowed on every nation,

thanks be to God.

For the plowing, sowing, reaping,

silent growth while we are sleeping,

future needs in earth's safekeeping,

thanks be to God.


In the just reward of labor,

God's will is done.

In the help we give our neighbor,

God's will is done.

In our worldwide task of caring

for the hungry and despairing,

in the harvests we are sharing,

God's will is done.


For the harvests of the Spirit,

thanks be to God.

For the good we all inherit,

thanks be to God.

For the wonders that astound us,

for the truths that still confound us,

most of all, that love has found us,

thanks be to God


The Dismissal May God, who has begun a good work within us, continue that work until the day when Christ Jesus returns. May our love overflow more and more; may we continue to grow in knowledge and understanding, so that we can clearly discern what really matters The God who calls us is faithful, and will do it. We go now into the mission field with the help of God to do the work. Thanks be to God Alleluia Postlude The Trees of the Field 662 CP

You shall go out with joy And be let forth with peace, And the mountains and the hills Will break forth before you. There'll be shouts of joy And the trees of the fields Will clap, will clap their hands. And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, While you go out with joy.

You shall go out with joy And be let forth with peace, And the mountains and the hills Will break forth before you. There'll be shouts of joy And the trees of the fields Will clap, will clap their hands. And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, While you go out with joy.

You shall go out with joy And be let forth with peace, And the mountains and the hills Will break forth before you. There'll be shouts of joy And the trees of the fields Will clap, will clap their hands. And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, While you go out with joy.

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