Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome to St. Paul’s Anglican, Fort Garry. Here you’ll find the order of service for Sunday, June 27, 2021. This outdoor service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page at 10AM and later uploaded to our YouTube page.

Eucharistic Liturgy for Creation and Redemption

Acknowledgement

Welcome

Gathering Song


The Gathering

O Creator, and Sustainer, who called all life into being,

The earth, sea and sky are yours.

Your presence is all around us,

Every atom is full of your energy.

Your Spirit enlivens all who walk the earth,

With her we yearn for justice to be done,

For creation to be freed from bondage,

For the hungry to be fed,

For captives to be released,

For your kingdom of peace to come on earth. Amen.


Benedicite Aotearoa* (adapted for the northern hemisphere from the NZPB p. 457)

O give thanks to our God who is good: whose love endures for ever.

You sun and moon, you stars of the northern sky: give to our God your thanks and praise

Sunrise and sunset, night and day: give to our God your thanks and praise.

All mountains and valleys, grassland and scree, glacier, avalanche, mist and snow: give to our God your thanks and praise.

You birch and pine, oak and cedar, mosses and ferns: give to our God your thanks and praise.

Whales and trout, seal and crab, coral, salmon, pickerel and shrimp: give to our God your thanks and praise.

Rabbits and cattle, moths and dogs, robin and sparrow and owl and hawk: give to our God your thanks and praise.

You the Indigenous people, women and men, all who inhabit the long white cloud: give to our God your thanks and praise.

All you saints and martyrs of North America: give to our God your thanks and praise.


Penitential Form

Jesus, our deliverer, we take your freedom from others. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


Jesus, our hope, we deprive others of hope. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


Jesus, God’s shalom, we distort your peace. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


In silence before God, we confess our sins.

Silence


God the Creator brings you new life, forgives and redeems you. Take hold of this forgiveness and live your life in the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.


Collect of the Day

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ has taught us that what we do for the least of your children we do also for him. Give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, who gave up his life and died for us, but lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


The Proclamation of the Word

A Reading from the second book of Samuel

Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, "Look, we are your bone and flesh. For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The Lord said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel." So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years. David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of David. David built the city all around from the Millo inward. And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him. (2 SAMUEL 5:1-5, 9-10)

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

PSALM 48 Refrain: God shall be our guide for evermore. Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised; in whose city is the holy hill of God. Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion, * the very centre of the world and the city of the great sovereign. God is in its citadels * and is known to be its sure refuge.

God shall be our guide for evermore


Behold, the rulers of the earth assembled and marched forward together. They looked and were astounded; they retreated and fled in terror. Trembling seized them there; they writhed like a woman in childbirth, like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them.

God shall be our guide for evermore


As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God; God has established it for ever. We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of your temple. Your praise, like your name, O God, reaches to the world’s end; your hand is full of justice.

God shall be our guide for evermore


Let Mount Zion be glad and the cities of Judah rejoice, because of your judgements. Make the circuit of Zion; walk round about it; count the number of its towers.

God shall be our guide for evermore


Consider well its bulwarks; examine its strongholds; that you may tell those who come after. This God is our God for ever and ever, who shall be our guide for evermore.

God shall be our guide for evermore


A Reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven - whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. And I know that such a person - whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. (2 CORINTHIANS 12:2-10)

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


Gradual Hymn


Gospel The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ Jesus came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offence at him. Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honour, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house." And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them." So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. (MARK 6:1-13)

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


Homily


Affirmation of Faith

We are, all of us, Treaty People:

original inhabitants and those who came later—

inheritors of a diverse history, dwellers in a common land,

travelers toward a better day.


We have known friendship and animosity,

cooperation and oppression, blessing and pain.


And now we embrace the sacred covenant

that heralds a new beginning:

that softens the heart and dismantles the prisons of

the present and the past.


We joyfully claim our rights and responsibilities

as Treaty People.

Amen.

—Treaty People’s Creed (2011), The All My Relations Network of Saskatchewan Conference


The Prayers of Intercession (written by The Reverend Vincent Solomon)

We come before you with pain in our hearts as we remember the children of the Indian Residential Schools. We remember how they were taken from their homes by a system of arrogance that denied a good way of life. Their tears, their hunger, their loneliness and their fear are not forgotten. The shame that was taught, lingers yet. The pain that was inflicted on their bodies remains.


We remember the parents, the aunties; the uncles; the grandmas and grandpas left to grieve the empty places in their home and their communities. Mothers were left with tear-stained aprons; fathers suffered in unyielding silence; How was it they were expected to carry on, having lost their joy, their purpose? And how was it that their community could continue to come together to celebrate life and move together toward a bright future, when their future is gone? How long will it take to strengthen family, homes, and spirits? How long will it take to heal the memories? Who must we be, and what must we do to restore integrity and dignity to your world?

God of all great transformation, in our lament we cry out to you.

God of all healing power, in our pain we call your name.

God of all life, in our hope we come before you in humble prayer.


We pray that all your children may once again sing and dance the songs planted in their hearts since time immemorial.

We pray that in their play and in their learning they be strengthened in wisdom and truth. May they carry the knowledge of their ancestors –those ways of life that brought abundance and joy to this pilgrimage on earth.

We pray for the children’s health and wholeness; may they reconnect with your unending love that they may once again know who they are; know their giftedness; and know their value. We remember those children who have found their home in you. (Pause in remembrance)


We acknowledge those who left this earth having heard no words of apology or lament. We are grateful that you hold them close. May they find in you the peace and rest that eluded them on this Earth. God of all great transformation, in our lament we cry out to you.

God of all healing power, in our pain we call your name.

God of all life, in our hope we come before you in humble prayer.


We pray for the parents and extended family. Release them from their feeling of guilt and burden. Help them to express their grief. May their homes once again ring out with laughter and hope. May communities reflect the joy of family life once again. May young and old come together to work toward reclaiming and renewing minds, bodies, emotions and spirits.

And we pray that one day this world will be a place where children are no longer harmed and will never again be removed from a mother’s embrace, or a father’s helping hand. We pray in the name of Jesus, your Son, who showed us a way to your Kingdom come on Earth.

All my relations, Amen.


Let us remember and hold, in silence, the Children whose unmarked graves were found at the sites of Indian Residential Schools. A time of Silence.


PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION:

Let us pray to the one coming into our hearts to awaken holiness in our midst . . .


Let us offer thanksgiving for all the blessing of this life . . .

Let us remember those who suffer from illness, from painful memories, from torture, from victimization, especially those hurt by the church or its members . . .


Let us pray for the outcasts, the prisoners, the hungry, the homeless, the poor, the unemployed, the exploited . . .


Let us pray for the coming of justice in this world, for peace that is a just reconciliation, for the earth on which we walk, and to which we will one day return.

Let us pray for ourselves, trusting in God’s wisdom and compassion . . .

Let us pray together:

God of justice and forgiveness, guide us as we continue on our pathways to Reconciliation. Grant us the courage to speak out against the injustices that our brothers and sisters continue to suffer. Help us to see with new eyes, to listen to the stories and to feel with a heart of compassion. Help us to build right relations with each other based on truth and justice. We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.


The Ministry of the Sacrament (from the NZPB pg 466)

The Peace

The peace of God be with you all. In God’s justice is our peace.

Brothers and sisters, Christ calls us to live in unity. We seek to live in the Spirit of Christ.


Offertory Hymn


The Preparation of the Gifts

Prayer over the gifts together

God of all creation, you bring forth bread from the earth and fruit from the vine. By your Holy Spirit this bread and wine will be for us the body and blood of Christ.

All you have made is good. Your love endures for ever. Amen


The Great Thanksgiving

The Spirit of God be with you. And also with you.

Lift your hearts to heaven where Christ in glory reigns.

Let us give thanks to God. It is right to offer thanks and praise.

It is right indeed to give you thanks most loving God, through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, the first born from the dead, the pioneer of our salvation, who is with us always, one of us, yet from the heart of God.


For with your whole created universe, we praise you for your unfailing gift of life. We thank you that you make us human and stay with us even when we turn from you to sin. God’s love is shown to us: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.


In that love, dear God, righteous and strong to save, you came among us in Jesus Christ, our crucified and living Lord. You make all things new. In Christ’s suffering and cross you reveal your glory and reconcile all peoples to yourself, their true and living God.


You pour out your Spirit on all. You empower us to know your truth and fearlessly to proclaim your gospel among the nations. Your love fires our hearts; and in your Spirit we hunger and thirst for justice in the world


In your mercy you are now our God. Through Christ you gather us, new-born in your Spirit, a people after your own heart. We entrust ourselves to you, for you alone do justice to all people, living and departed.

Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation.


Therefore, with saints and martyrs, apostles and prophets, with all the redeemed, joyfully we praise you and say:

Holy, holy, holy: God of mercy, giver of life; earth and sea and sky and all that lives,

declare your presence and your glory.


All glory to you, Giver of life sufficient and full for all creation. Accept our praises, living God, for Jesus Christ, the one perfect offering for the world, who in the night that he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you; do this to remember me.


After supper he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them and said: Drink this, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you, and for many, to forgive sin. Do this as often as you drink it to remember me.


Therefore, God of all creation, in the suffering and death of Jesus our redeemer, we meet you in your glory. We lift up the cup of salvation and call upon your name. Here and now, with this bread and wine, we celebrate your great acts of liberation, ever present and living in Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, who was and is and is to come.

Amen! Come Lord Jesus.


May Christ ascended in majesty be our new and living way, our access to you, God our Creator, and source of all new life. In Christ we offer ourselves to do your will. Empower our celebration with your Holy Spirit, feed us with your life, fire us with your love, confront us with your justice, and make us one in the body of Christ with all who share your gifts of love. Through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, with all who stand before you in earth and heaven, we worship you, Creator God. Amen.

Silence may be kept.


The Lord’s Prayer

As Christ teaches us we 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 forever. Amen.


Breaking of the Bread

The bread we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.

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


The Invitation

The gifts of God for the people of God.

May we who share these gifts be found in Christ and Christ in us.


The Communion


Prayer after Communion

O God, may we who have shared in holy things never fail to serve you in your world, and so come to the fullness of joy, in the name of 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

May God, whom Jesus called Abba embrace you in love forever;

May God the Servant bear your burdens with you;

May God the Spirit grant you life in one another:

So may the blessing of God, Parent, Servant, Spirit be with you always. Amen


Closing Hymn


Dismissal

As we have been gathered, so must we be sown back into the world

to witness the power of God’s transforming love, to support and challenge each other.

To bring healing and justice to the world around us.

May the God who shakes Heaven and Earth,

Disturb us, heal us, bless us with the power to go forth and proclaim the gospel. Amen Alleluia