Sunday, September 26th, 2021



September 26th, 2021

Season of Creation


Prelude- O Beautiful Gaia, MV 41


Refrain:

O beautiful Gaia, O Gaia, calling us home.

O beautiful Gaia, calling us on.


Soil yielding its harvest, O Gaia, calling us home.

Soil yielding its harvest, calling us on.


Refrain:

O beautiful Gaia, O Gaia, calling us home.

O beautiful Gaia, calling us on.


Waves crashing on granite, O Gaia, calling us home.

Waves crashing on granite, calling us on.


Refrain:

O beautiful Gaia, O Gaia, calling us home.

O beautiful Gaia, calling us on.


Pine bending in windstorm, O Gaia, calling us home.

Pine bending in windstorm, calling us on.


Refrain:

O beautiful Gaia, O Gaia, calling us home.

O beautiful Gaia, calling us on.


Acknowledgement


Welcome


Opening Hymn- Spinning Blue Planet By Ian Macdonald


This is the moment, Creation’s first glance,

light plays with darkness, and chaos with dance,

Spirit with matter forms heaven, forms earth;

Creation continues God’s breath gives dust birth!


On a spinning blue planet, third place from the sun,

Here words are spoken, here words are done.

Alive in the struggles, the laughter, the peace,

The Creator is singing and never will cease.


This is the calling, Creation’s first fire,

To journey in search of God’s deepest desire.

Smashing the idols of privilege and wrong,

In exodus freedom our spirits belong!


On a spinning blue planet, third place from the sun,

Here words are spoken, here words are done.

Alive in the struggles, the laughter, the peace,

The Creator is singing and never will cease.


This earth-bound journey, Creation’s first song,

From Genesis gardens to sad Babylon’s.

Lost in the rhythms of power, of pride,

Seeking the music only mercy provides!


On a spinning blue planet, third place from the sun,

Here words are spoken, here words are done.

Alive in the struggles, the laughter, the peace,

The Creator is singing and never will cease.


This is the mystery: How life becomes whole!

Bread broken body; Wine poured out soul!

Come, seed your lives, grow like grapes: grow like grain:

The vine will connect you, Love’s rising again!


On a spinning blue planet, third place from the sun,

Here words are spoken, here words are done.

Alive in the struggles, the laughter, the peace,

The Creator is singing and never will cease.


Gathering Sentences (rexhuntprogressive.com)

With respect and gratitude for the original custodians of this land, we gather together this day to affirm in hope and faith, that we can create a sacred space of welcome for all who live in Canada.

So let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.


Fountain of life…Pulse of life…Breath of life…

Earth is filled with the presence of God.


A planet filled with the presence of God

a living green blue planet,peoples from every corner of creation, the vast reaches of space above us,and the rocks and hills and wonders of the wild.

Together this day, let us sense the face of God in all creativity.

Creative God, whose renewing breath fills our planet, may we discern your vibrant presence among us. And may our spirits be lifted as we sing with the wild and the hills, and connect with the mystery of the mountains, prairies, rivers, lakes and oceans this day. Amen


The Gloria by Bruce Carlson


Gloria in excelsis De-o!

Gloria in excelsis De-o!

Gloria in excelsis De-o!

Gloria in excelsis Laudamus te,

Laudamus te.


We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You.


Domine Deus Qui tollis peccata mundi.

Qui sedes ad dexteram patris

Quoniam tu solus sanctus Cum Sancto Spiritu.


Gloria in excelsis De-o!

Gloria in excelsis De-o!

Gloria in excelsis De-o!

Gloria in excelsis Laudamus te,

Laudamus te.


We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You.


Domine Deus Qui tollis peccata mundi.

Qui sedes ad dexteram patris

Quoniam tu solus sanctus Cum Sancto Spiritu.


Gloria in excels is De-o!

Gloria in excels is De-o!

Gloria in excels is De-o!

Gloria in excels is De-o!


The Collect

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered by your Holy Spirit into one, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


Children’s Ministry

Children’s Song- ALALALALALALALAYLUIA

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalala layluia


Shake another hand of the one next to you

Shake another hand and sing a song.

Shake another hand, shake the hand next to you

Shake another hand and sing, sing a song.


Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalala layluia

Give a loving smile to the one next to you

Give a loving smile and sing a song

Give a loving smile to the one next to you

Give a loving smile and sing, sing a song.

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalala layluia

Scratch another back of the one next to you

Scratch another back and sing a song

Scratch another back, scratch the back next to you

Scratch another back and sing, sing a song.

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalala layluia

Raise a hand in praise of the one next to you

Raise a hand in praise and sing a song

Raise a hand in praise, raise the hand next to you

Rasie a hand in praise and sing, sing a song.

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalalalalalayluia

Alalalala layluia



The Proclamation of the Word

A Reading from the book Esther (7.1–6, 9–10; 9.20–22)

So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. On the second day, as they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, ‘What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.’ Then Queen Esther answered, ‘If I have won your favour, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me—that is my petition—and the lives of my people—that is my request. For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have held my peace; but no enemy can compensate for this damage to the king.’ Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, ‘Who is he, and where is he, who has presumed to do this?’ Esther said, ‘A foe and enemy, this wicked Haman!’ Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen. Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, ‘Look, the very gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, stands at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.’ And the king said, ‘Hang him on that.’ So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the anger of the king abated.

Mordecai recorded these things, and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, enjoining them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same month, year by year, as the days on which the Jews gained relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and presents to the poor.

The Word of the Lord R: Thanks be to God


Psalm 124 Refrain Our help is in the name of the Lord.

If the Lord had not been on our side, let Israel now say; if the Lord had not been on our side, when enemies rose up against us; then would they have swallowed us up alive in their fierce anger toward us; then would the waters have overwhelmed us and the torrent gone over us; then would the raging waters have gone right over us.

Our help is in the name of the Lord.


Blessed be the Lord who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth. We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Our help is in the name of the Lord.


A Reading from the letter of James (5.13–20)

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.

My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

The Word of the Lord R: Thanks be to God


Gradual Hymn- Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels, CP 494

Not for tongues of heaven’s angels,

not for wisdom to discern,

not for faith that masters mountains,

for this better gift we yearn:


Refrain

may love be ours, Lord;

may love be ours.

May love be ours, O Lord.


Love is humble, love is gentle,

love is tender, true and kind;

love is gracious, ever patient,

generous of heart and mind:


Refrain

may love be ours, Lord;

may love be ours.

May love be ours, O Lord.


Never jealous, never selfish,

love will not rejoice in wrong;

never boastful nor resentful,

love believes and suffers long:


Refrain

may love be ours, Lord;

may love be ours.

May love be ours, O Lord.


In the day this world is fading,

faith and hope will play their part;

but when Christ is seen in glory,

love shall reign in every heart:


Refrain

may love be ours, Lord;

may love be ours.

May love be ours, O Lord.


The Gospel

The Lord be with you and also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (9.38–50)

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

‘If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell., And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

‘For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.’

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


Homily


A Celebration of Faith In response to the word reflected on, let us share together a celebration of faith.

Our land is alive with the glory of God: oceans roar, maple trees dance, prairie grasses sing and mountains breathe their stillness.


All created things add their rhythm of delight and even the stones rap out their praise.

Let our voices mingle with the song of the earth. May our hearts join the beat of her joy.

For our triune God is with us: our creator surrounds and upholds us. Christ Jesus walks beside and before us. The Spirit moves within and between us.

Blessed be God, our wonder and our delight. Amen


Prayers of Intercession (seasonofcreation.org)

Loving God, creator of the Universe, you know every creature and its needs. With great trust we offer our petitions in the name of all creation. Our response is “Creator God, hear our prayer:”


O Great Creator who paints beauty everywhere. Weeds have grown up in holy and sacred places.

All our labour of reconciliation seems in vain and the virus threatens to undo our gatherings.

Creator God, hear our prayer


We feel overwhelmed with the troubles. People are plagued by many worries. The selfish and the arrogant refuse to see that we are interdependent and one family.

Creator God, hear our prayer


You created us, diverse and gifted in beauty with resources and talents enough to share, yet we would hoard and hide it for ourselves turning the strangers into our enemies.

Creator God, hear our prayer


Make us one people today, dear Lord make us worry only about the whole family give us your beauty and generous creativity that we might be woven together in love.

Creator God, hear our prayer


Confession

Dear God of healing and restoration

We have been blind to the needs of others

Blind to the hurts and abuses we have caused

Blind to the privileges we take for granted

Lord let our eyes be opened.


We have seen our neighbours as enemies

We cringe in fear of those who are different

We shame and demean the poor and needy

Lord let our eyes be opened


We have refused kindness and compassion

We have not shared our own bounty

We have not been a blessing to others

Lord, let our eyes be opened


Give us the power to follow you

Make us humble enough to carry others

Make us aware enough to see their need

Lord, let our eyes be opened. Amen


PEACE

You are the peace of all things calm

You are the place to hide from harm

You are the light that shines in dark

You are the heart’s eternal spark

You are the door that’s open wide

You are the guest who waits inside

You are the stranger at the door

You are the calling of the poor

The peace of the Lord be always with you


Offering Hymn- Soil of God, MV 174

Soil of God, you and I, stand ready to bear seeds of faith nourished by God’s tender care. Growing in everyone for here God is found. All stand together, we are… Holy ground.


Soil of God, you and I, now ready to be part of God’s promise, for others to see. Open to everyone for here God is found. All stand together, we are… Holy ground.


Soil of God, you and I, now called to re-birth, joining as partners with all of the earth. Living in harmony for here God is found. All stand together, this is… Holy ground.



Prayer over the gifts

Eternal God, in Jesus Chris we behold your glory. Receive the offering of your people gathered before you and open our hearts and mouths to praise your great salvation, in the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


EUCHARISTIC PRAYER (Eucharistic Prayer from “Celebrating Sunday” ACSA)

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 God thanks and praise.


Worship and praise belong to you, Source of all being.

Your power invigorates, your presence sustains and your love restores our broken world. You are unceasingly at work: bringing order from chaos, creating, restoring, and filling emptiness with life. In raising Christ from the dead you usher in the dawn of a new age.


Your Spirit is fire in us, your breath is power to purge our sin and warm our hearts to love. As children of your redeeming purpose, freed by Christ whose resurrection opens the gate of life, we offer you our praise, with angels and archangels and the whole company of earth and heaven, singing the hymn of your unending glory:


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.


The Risen Lord was recognised in the breaking of the bread, the fearful disciples received a blessing of peace, and the weary fishermen found a ready welcome on the lakeshore. To them all Christ renewed the pledge of his presence and the promise of new birth in the Spirit.


Before he was given up to suffering and death, recalling the night of Israel’s release when slaves walked free, at supper with his disciples, Jesus took bread and offered you thanks. He broke the bread, and gave it to them, saying: “Take, eat. This is my Body: it is broken for you.” After supper, he took the cup, he offered you thanks, and gave it to them saying: “Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new covenant; it is poured out for you, and for all, that sins may be forgiven. Do this to remember me.”


And so, remembering all that was done for us: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension, longing for Christ’s coming in glory, and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed and human hands have made, we acclaim you, O Christ:


Dying, you destroyed our death.

Rising, you restored our life.

Christ Jesus, come in glory!


Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be to us the Body and the Blood of your Christ. Grant that we, burning with your Spirit’s power, may be a people of hope, justice and love.


Giver of Life, draw us toge