Sunday August 15 2021  – Proper 15 

 The Lesson:  Felicia Bien-Aime / Vaughnisha Bethel

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of 1 Kings, chapter 2, verses 10 to 12, and chapter 3 verses 3 to 14

David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David. The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.  Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed and offered incense at the high places. The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”  It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you. If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: Arthur Bostwick / Joshua Armbrister

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in Ephesians, chapter 5, verses 15 to 20

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Gospel   John 6: 51 – 58

A Reading from the word of God written in the Gospel of John, chapter 6, verses 51 to 58

Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

The Intercessions: Masko Archer / Khayleb Higgs

Leader:
With all our heart and all our mind let us pray to the Lord. saying, “Lord have mercy.”

Leader:
For the peace from above, for the loving kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For the peace and welfare of the world, for the witness and work of the Church, and for the unity of all peoples: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For our Bishops and all ministers of God’s Word and Sacraments, that they may be filled with truth and love and be found without fault at the Lord’s coming: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For the leaders of the nations and for those in authority among us, that they may serve justice and promote the freedom and dignity of all peoples: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice and oppression, and for all who labour in the cause of human liberation and fulfilment: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For the sick, the suffering, the sorrowful, and the dying; and for all who remember and care for them: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For deliverance from the ravages of hurricane, earthquake, drought or flood, and for a just and proper use of God’s creation: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For ourselves and all who confess the name of Christ, that we may show forth the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvellous light: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

All:
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people in the multitude of your mercies. Look with compassion on us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious O Lord of love, and to you we give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

The Element Bearers Today

7:15     Dale Grant & family
10:30    Elva Lightbourne & family

 7:00 pm  Solemn Evensong, Sermon and Benediction
Eve of the Assumption of St. Mary the Virgin

The Officiant                              Damien White
The Psalm 45                             Jackie Mycklewhyte
Jeremiah 31: 1 – 14                  Sidney Sawyer
John 19: 23 – 27                        Laurena Finlayson

Sunday August 22 2021  – Proper 16 

The Lesson:  Carolyn Vogt-Evans / Sharon Ferguson

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Joshua chapter 24, verses 1 to 2 and 14 to 18

Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: Bridget Ward / Lynette Deveaux

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in Ephesians, chapter 6, verses 10 to 20

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Gospel   John 6: 56 – 69

Jesus said, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”  Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

The Intercessions: Clare Symonette / Antoinette Bowe

Leader:
Our Heavenly Father has promised through our Lord Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith. Let us therefore pray for the Church and the World, and let us thank God for His goodness.

Leader:
We pray for the Church of God in every place; especially for this Diocese, our Bishops Laish, Drexel and Gilbert, our Clergy Crosley and Chester  and all the people of God.

All:
Strengthen your Church to carry forward the work of Christ; that we and all who confess your Name may unite in truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory to the world.

Leader:
We pray for our country and for all the nations of the world, especially ________________ and for all peoples in their various callings.

All:
Direct this nation and all nations in the ways of justice and truth. Give wisdom to all in positions of public trust and authority; that they may promote the prosperity, godliness and peace of your people everywhere.

Leader:
We pray for our own community, for this parish, for our families, friends, and all who live and work with us.

All:
Give grace to all our friends and neighbours in Christ, that we may serve Him in one another and grow together in His love.

Leader:
We pray for the poor, the sick, the unemployed, the handicapped; all who have requested our prayers and all who seek the prayers of the Church in their time of trouble.

All:
Give healing and strength to all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. Give them courage and hope in their troubles and sustain all those who remember and care for them.

Leader: We commemorate the departed, especially

All:
We commend all people to your unfailing love, that in them your will may be fulfilled; and we rejoice at the faithful witness of your saints in every age, praying that we may share with them in your eternal kingdom.

Leader:  Accept these prayers, O Lord our God, for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

All:   Amen.

The Element Bearers Today

7:15     Joivon  Mycklewhyte & family
10:30    Sharon Ferguson & family

7:00 pm  Solemn Evensong, Sermon and Benediction

The Officiant                              Khayl Seymour  
The Psalm 111                           Caitlyn Taylor
Job 4: 1 – 6, 12 – 21                   Debbie Taylor
Galatians 3: 23 – 4: 7                Vonise Bethel

Sunday August 29 2021 – Proper 17 

 The Lesson:  Zion Russell / Kervinique Ferguson

 Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Deuteronomy chapter 4, verses 1 to 2 and 6 to 9

Moses said: So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you. You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today? But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

 The Epistle: Chelsey Burton / Dorsey McPhee

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in James, chapter 1, verses 17 to 27

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Gospel   Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

When the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”  Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

The Intercessions: Charles Dillette / Laurena Finlayson

 Priest:  Let us pray for the Church and for all people according to their needs.  Lord in your love,

All:  Hear our prayer.

Leader:
Bless and inspire all members of the clergy, especially Howard, Bishop of Jamaica and our Archbishop; Laish, Drexel and Gilbert, our Bishops; and Crosley and Chester our Priests.

All:
That their lives may be examples of their teaching, and that they may rightly and faithfully administer your holy Sacraments.

Leader:
Guide and protect all Heads of State and all who bear rule, especially those in this land: Cornelius our Governor-General, Hubert the Prime Minister, all members of Parliament, and all persons serving in Local Government.

All:  That our people may be godly and peacefully governed.

Leader:  Direct those who administer justice; and strengthen those who guard and protect the land.

All:  That our people may dwell in peace.

Leader:  Reveal the common good to those in positions of public trust and to decision-makers in industry and commerce.

All:  That freedom and dignity may prevail among us.

Leader:  Enlighten with your Spirit all places of education and learning.

All:  That the whole world may be filled with the knowledge of your truth.

Leader:
Comfort and help all persons who are in any trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. especially (___________________).

All:  Help us to help them, O Lord.

Leader:
Remember our brothers and sisters, (especially __________________) and all others who have died in your faith and fear.

All:  Grant them peace and eternal life.

Leader:
We thank you, heavenly Father, for the witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mother of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour; Blessed Joseph her spouse; for the holy Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles and Martyrs; and all the Saints especially Matthew our patron saint, who have been good examples in their several generations.

Priest:  And finally let us pray for our own needs and those of others.

A period of silence may be kept.

All:
Accept our prayers and intercessions, Father, according to your wisdom, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Element Bearers Today

7:15     Frankie & Kathryn Campbell & family
10:30    Jhamal Carter Dean & family

7:00 pm  Solemn Evensong, Sermon and Benediction

 The Officiant                            Jackie Mycklewhyte
The Psalm 115                           Sidney Sawyer
Job 11: 1 – 9, 13 – 20                Denise White
John 8: 47 – 59                         Vonise Bethel

 Sunday September 5 2021  – Proper 18    

 The Lesson:  Debbie Taylor / Shaynse Innis

 Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Proverbs chapter 22, verses 1 and 2, 8 and 9 and 22 to 23

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favour is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord is the maker of them all. Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of anger will fail. Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor. Do not rob the poor because they are poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate; for the Lord pleads their cause and despoils of life those who despoil them.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson / Garth Strachan

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in James, chapter 2, verses 1 to 10 and 14 to 17

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you? You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Gospel   Mark 7:24-37

Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.  Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

The Intercessions: Greg Coleby / Ena Stubbs

Leader: 
Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God. that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.  Lord in your mercy

All:  Hear our prayer.

Leader:
Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honour one another and serve the common good. Lord in your mercy

All:  Hear our prayer.

 Leader:
Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honour and glory. Lord in your mercy

All:  Hear our prayer.

Leader:
Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as He loves us. Lord in your mercy

All:  Hear our prayer.

Leader:
Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation. Lord in your mercy

All:  Hear our prayer.

Leader:
We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom. Lord in your mercy

All:  Hear our prayer.

The Element Bearers Today

7:15     Andrea Francis & family
10:30    Saske’ Johnson & family

 7:00 pm  Solemn Evensong, Sermon and Benediction

The Officiant                              Vonise Bethel
The Psalm 103: 1 – 10              Iris Finlayson
Job 25: 1 – 6                               Laurena Finlayson
John 10: 31 – 42                        Vaughnisha Bethel