Services for October 25, 2020
Propers: Pentecost 21 / Proper 25
Liturgical Year A
Liturgical Colour – Green

                                                                                                               7:15 a.m. 
                                                                                                        Mass & Sermon
                                                                                        The Celebrant & Preacher:  Canon Walkine                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                             10:30 a.m. 
                                                                                                         Mass & Sermon
                                                                                                 The Celebrant:  Fr. Burton

                                                                                         * Indicates the congregation stands


*The Hymn:     Come down, O love divine

 Celebrant:  Blessed be God:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Alleluia! Alleluia!

All:  And blessed be his Kingdom, now and forever. Amen. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: 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.

                                                                                                            The Kyries

Lord, have mercy.  Lord have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.  Lord have mercy.

                                                                                                           The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One; you alone are the Lord: you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

                                                                                                                    The Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

The Lesson:  Wilma Marshall / Dorothea Davis

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 34, verses 1 to 12

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended. Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses. Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Hymn:   O God our help in ages past

The Epistle: Pat Francis / Sharon Ferguson

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in 1 Thessalonians, chapter 2, verses 1 to 8

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Hymn:  God, whose love is always stronger

*The Gospel according to Matthew 22: 34 – 46

 Please turn to face the Gospel Book as the Gospel is being proclaimed. 
The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are accounts of the time when God came among us in the person of Jesus Christ.
We read the Gospel in the middle of the congregation as a reminder that God came to earth, lived and taught in the midst of his people

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’? If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

The Gospel Response: What do ye think of Christ indeed

                                                                                                                         The Sermon

                                                                                                                            The Creed

The Hymn for the Collection:  Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost

The Intercessions: Bridget Ward / Kervinique Ferguson

In the name of Christ the Lord of the living and the dead, the Saviour of the rich and the poor, the Hope of saints and sinners let us raise our hearts and voices in prayer to God:

That the gospel principles of love and compassion for all may be the heart of our life together as a Church and parish community: let us pray to the Lord.

All:      Lord, have mercy.

That God’s word of compassion and reconciliation may echo forth resoundingly in the teaching and ministry of Bishops Laish, Drexel and Gilbert Bishops of our diocese, Crosley and Chester our Clergy and all Priests of our Diocesan family: let us pray to the Lord.

All:      Lord, have mercy.

That we may be always faithful to our covenant with God, a covenant sealed in the waters of our baptism: let us pray to the Lord.

All:      Lord, have mercy.

That nations and governments may find ways to break down the barriers and tear down the walls that divide families and communities: let us pray to the Lord.

All:      Lord, have mercy.

That families experiencing hardship, turmoil, or loss may be strengthened by the loving support of one another and of friends and neighbours: let us pray to the Lord.

All:      Lord, have mercy.

That the sick and the suffering, the poor and the forgotten, the lost and the troubled may find hope in the “good news of peace”: let us pray to the Lord.       

All:      Lord, have mercy.

That those who have died may rise to the new life of the Risen Christ: let us pray to the Lord.

All:      Lord, have mercy.

For all the intentions which God knows are in our hearts and which we now recall in silence [Pause  ……………..] let us pray to the Lord.

All:      Lord, have mercy.

In thanksgiving for the Blessed Virgin Mary, blessed Joseph her spouse, blessed Matthew and John the Baptist our Patrons, and all the saints and martyrs: let us give praise to the Lord.

Yours O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

Lord of all creation, you have raised us to new life through water and the Spirit.  May your Spirit of justice and peace always rest upon us so that we may dedicate ourselves to the work of the prayers we have offered. In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

                                                                                                            The Act of Penitence

                                                                                                            The Greeting of Peace:

 The Clergy and People greet one another with the sign of Christ’s Peace.  As you do so, you are invited to share your name with those you greet.          

                                                                                                              The Announcements

                                                                                                The Celebration of the Holy Communion

Dear Friends in Christ: This is the table where God intends us to be nourished.  It is the table where Christ himself, blessed and broken, is given to us; where we receive the resurrected life of Christ, the Divine life of God, into our own lives.

But, even more importantly, this is the altar where we come, not just to receive but to do the chief work of the Church.  Through the symbols of bread and wine, this is where we mystically offer ourselves, our intentions for others, and the world itself to the God of all creation for healing and reconciliation.  Through our gift of money, we make an offering that is both practical and symbolic of our conversion from ownership to stewardship of our material blessings.

Element Bearers (sometimes called oblation bearers) offer the bread and the wine at the presentation of the gifts on behalf of the congregation.  The Bearers present the offering to the priest, who then prepares the altar for communion.  Please volunteer for this ministry

*The Hymn for the Presentation of the Gifts:      O love divine, how sweet thou art! 

*The Prayer over the gifts

*The Doxology   

The Prayer of Consecration:

The Celebrant continues with one of the following Eucharistic Prayers: 
A – E found on pages 131 – 142 BCP

The Communion:

Please Note! The central act of worship in the Anglican tradition is the Holy Eucharist (Communion, or the Lord’s Supper), and so we invite you to come and be nourished at the Lord’s table by this meal of new and unending Life.

The Communion Hymns:  

Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord   
We are one in the Spirit
What a fellowship, what a joy divine

The Post Communion Prayer:

The Blessing of Birthdays and Anniversaries:

Patrice Fawkes, Carla Kemp (Today) Janet Culmer-Rolle (Mon) Natasha Bethel, G. Kenria Russell, Glenys Hanna Martin (Tue) Lynette Deveaux, Nathaniel Bosfield (Wed) Dominique Collie Jr., Rogann Huyler –Forbes,  Joann C. Knowles, Sandra Moss, Rashandi Stanislaus, Jayden Rolle (Thu) Richard Marshall, Andrew Pinder (Sat)

 Let us pray:
God of all creation, we offer you grateful praise for the gift of life. Hear the prayers for your servants, who recall today the gift of their birth. Bless them with your presence and surround them with your love that they may enjoy many happy years, all of them pleasing to you. We pray now O God of all comfort for those who are sick among us. Look with favor upon your servants and assure them of your mercy. Grant them patience in their sickness, strength of body and spirit, and if it be your will recovery of health. For those who are travelling, we pray that during their journey that you be their companion, guide and protector. Surround them with your holy angels to keep them safe from seen and unseen dangers. By Your divine power grant them a peaceful and successful journey and a safe return home for you are the way, the truth and the life, and to you we give glory thanks and praise forever and ever. Amen

                                                                                                     The Choral Blessing:

Dear Saviour, bless us as we go our way: be with us all until we meet again. Help us in wisdom and in faith to grow: your grace, your power, your boundless love to show

                                                                                                            The Blessing

 *The Hymn:   Here we sing our great thanksgiving

                                                                                              Prayer before leaving the church.

O Thou who art the high and holy one that inhabitest eternity, yet dwellest with the humble in heart: Be pleased to accept the worship which we have now offered in thy house, and prepare us for the service of thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

                                                                                                When The Liturgy Is Over,
                                                                                                        The Service Begins