Sunday June 27 (Pentecost 5) "Prayers for Our Nation”
Community Gathers: Welcome & Land Acknowledgment
Singing of O Canada
Chief Dan George: A Lament for Confederation: https://vimeo.com/216569738
A Prayer for Canada: Compassionate One, hear our prayer:stretch out your hand in healing love.
Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew your Spirit within us. Amen
Opening Hymn: CP #9 Today I Awake
Today I awake and God is before me. At night, as I dreamt, God summoned the day; For God never sleeps but patterns the morning with slithers of gold or glory in grey. Today I arise and Christ is beside me. He walked through the dark to scatter new light, Yes, Christ is alive, and beckons his people to hope and to heal, resist and invite. Today I affirm the Spirit within me at worship and work, in struggle and rest. The Spirit inspires all life which is changing from fearing to faith, from broken to blest. Today I enjoy the Trinity round me, above and beneath, before and behind; The Maker, the Son, the Spirit together they called me to life and call me their friend +
Officiant Opening Prayer: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. And also with you
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen
When you seem deaf to our prayers and far from us Lord, lead us on
When you invade our private worlds and we feel you walking with us Lord, lead us on
From where we are, to where you need us to be Lord, lead us on
From the security of what we know to the adventure of what you will reveal Lord, lead us on
To refashion the fabric of our country and this world to the shape of your kingdom Lord, lead us on. Amen
(Amos Trust: Words of Hope, 116)
Confession Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor (silence is held)
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. 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. Amen.
The Lord is our refuge and strength: All: O come let us worship
The Readings: (Lynn Gray)
1st Lesson: 2 SAMUEL 1:1, 17-27
The PSALM 130 REFRAIN: The Lord shall redeem us from all our sins.
2nd Lesson: 2 CORINTHIANS 8:7-15
Gospel Hymn: CP #292 We Cannot Measure How You Heal
We cannot measure how you heal or answer every sufferer’s prayer, yet we believe your grace responds where faith and doubt unite to care. Your hands, though bloodied on the cross, survive to hold and heal and warn, to carry all through death to life and cradle children yet unborn. The pain that will not go away, the guilt that clings from things long past, the fear of what the future holds, are present as if meant to last. But present too is love which tends the hurt we never hoped to find, the private agonies inside, the memories that haunt the mind. So some have come who need your help and some have come to make amends, as hands which shaped and saved the world are present in the touch of friends. Lord, let your Spirit meet us here to mend the body, mind and soul, to disentangle peace from pain, and make your broken people whole +
The Gospel: MARK 5:21-43
The Apostles Creed: I believe in God, The Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. 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. I believe in the Holy Spirit, The holy catholic Church, The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, & the life everlasting. Amen.
Prayers of the People (Joyce Bainbridge)
The Lord’s Prayer Collect: Almighty God, you have taught us through your Son that love fulfils the law. May we love you with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength, and may we love our neighbour as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Closing Hymn: CP #575 Let Streams of Living Justice
Let streams of living justice flow down upon the earth. Give freedom’s light to captives; let all the poor have worth. The hungry’s hands are pleading; the workers claim their rights, The mourners long for laughter, the blinded seek for sight. Make liberty a beacon, strike down the iron power. Abolish ancient vengeance. Proclaim your people’s hour.
For healing of the nations, for peace that will not end. For love that makes us lovers, God grant us grace to mend. Weave our varied gifts together: knit our lives as they are spun. On your loom of life enrol us till the thread of life is run. O great Weaver of our fabric, bind church and world in one. Dye our texture with your radiance, light our colours with your sun.
Your city’s built for music: we are the stones you seek. Your harmony is language. We are the words you speak. Our faith we find in service, our hope in other’s dreams. Our love in hand of neighbour. Our homeland brightly gleams. Inscribe our hearts with justice, your way – the path untried: Your truth – the heart of stranger, your life – the Crucified+
Creator, Conspire with us to create a world where all have access to nutritious and sustainable food sources,and none live with scarcity or food insecurity. Redeemer, Save us from oppressive and unjust systems. Mobilize us to be a part of a world responsethat works in partnership with those of good will to foster equitable resource sharing. Sustainer, Cultivate our resilience and expand our imaginations, so that we might continually find new ways to answer the call to end hunger—until all may flourish. Amen. —A prayer for food security by Alydia Smith
Blessing & Dismissal
Rev. Alastair’s Sunday Quote: “A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its most vulnerable members.” -Mahatma Ghandi
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