Sunday October 18 2020   Within the Octave of St. Luke

The Lesson:  Robyn Forbes / Vaughnisha Bethel

Reader: 
A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Sirach, chapter 38, verses 1 to 4, 6 to 10 and 12 to 14

Honor physicians for their services, for the Lord created them; for their gift of healing comes from the Most High, and they are rewarded by the king. The skill of physicians makes them distinguished, and in the presence of the great they are admired. The Lord created medicines out of the earth, and the sensible will not despise them. And he gave skill to human beings that he might be glorified in his marvelous works. By them the physician heals and takes away pain; the pharmacist makes a mixture from them. God’s works will never be finished; and from him health spreads over all the earth. My child, when you are ill, do not delay, but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you. Give up your faults and direct your hands rightly, and cleanse your heart from all sin. Then give the physician his place, for the Lord created him; do not let him leave you, for you need him. There may come a time when recovery lies in the hands of physicians, for they too pray to the Lord that he grant them success in diagnosis and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: Arthur Bostwick / Beyonce Scott

Reader: 
A Reading from the word of God written in 2 Timothy, chapter 4, verses 5 to 13

As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing. Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Gospel   Luke 4: 14 – 21

Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

The Intercessions: Khayl Seymour / Joshua Armbrister

Leader:
Let us join in prayer with the fellowship of saints, especially Blessed Luke, whose festival we observe today for the needs of God’s people everywhere as we say, “Hear our prayer.”

God of every race, people, and nation: guide your church to follow the witness of Luke the Evangelist.  May we be bold both in spreading the Good News of your Kingdom and in witnessing to the tender, healing grace of your son Jesus Christ, Lord in your mercy:

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader:
May we be faithful to the mission of Christ to work for healing, reconciliation, and freedom, and be bold in proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor, Lord in your mercy:

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader:
For Laish, our Bishop, Drexel and Gilbert, our Assistant Bishops; Crosley and Chester our Clergy and for the Anglican Communion throughout the world; that our common faith in Christ’s redemption of the world will unite us in common mission and ministry, Lord in your mercy:

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: 
For the peoples of our land, that we will be good citizens, engaged in civic life for both the support and challenge of our public officials to be wise, just, and compassionate, Lord in your mercy:

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: 
Let us pray for all those who depend upon our prayers. Blessed Lord, we ask your loving care and protection for those who are sick in body, mind, or spirit and who desire our prayers. Take from them all fears and help them put their trust in you, that they may feel your strong arms around them. Lord in your mercy

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader:
Let us pray for the needs of all those living with various diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Diabetes, Blood pressure, Mental illness and many others that God’s never-failing love may enfold them; that all who care for them may be strengthened in that ministry; and that the church may be to them a place of refuge where Christ is made known: Lord in your mercy:

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader:
Let us pray for recovery from sickness, that God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of the suffering, may mercifully hear our prayers and grant to the sick especially those of this parish family healing power, that in Christ their sickness may be turned to health and our sorrow to joy. Lord in your mercy.

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader:
We give you thanks for doctors, nurses, caregivers, and all who have committed their lives to healing the sick in the spirit of Christ, the physician of our souls.  May they continue to be empowered by your Holy Spirit to grow in knowledge and skill as they offer us their care.  We especially remember on this festival day The Order of St. Luke, a ministry of healing in our church: Lord in your mercy:

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader:
Let us pray for the ministry of family and friends. Give strength and gentleness, patience and faithfulness to family members and friends. Let their love be in you, and by their ministry of love let your love be made known. Lord in your mercy

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader:
We commend to your mercy all who have died. Bring them into Paradise with your Blessed Saints Mary, Joseph, Luke and Matthew and John the Baptist our patrons where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting, Lord in your mercy:

All: Hear our prayer.

Celebrant:
Almighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to yourself: We praise and bless you for those whom you have sent in the power of the Spirit to preach the Gospel to all nations. We thank you that in all parts of the earth a community of love has been gathered together by their prayers and labors, and that in every place your servants call upon your Name; for the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours for ever. Amen.

                                                                                                         Sunday October 25 2020  Pentecost 21 – Proper 25  

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 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 Gospel   Matthew 22: 34 – 46

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 Intercessions: Form C    Bridget Ward / Kervinique Ferguson

 

                                                                                                      Sunday November 1 2020  All Saints Day

The Lesson:  Janise Carey / Shaynse Innis

 Reader:
A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Wisdom, chapter 3, verses 1 to 9

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them. In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be a disaster, and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace. For though in the sight of others they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself; like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them. In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble. They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will reign over them forever. Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones, and he watches over his elect.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: Kirk Seymour / Lawrence Antonio

Reader:
A Reading from the word of God written in 1 John, chapter 3, verses 1 to 3

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Gospel   Matthew 5: 1 – 12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows

                                                                                                  Sunday November 8 2020  Remembrance Day

The Lesson:  Frankie Campbell / Garth Strachan

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Micah, chapter 4, verses 1 to 5

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it, and many nations shall come and say: Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. For all the peoples walk, each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: Dale Grant / Christopher Saunders

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in Romans, chapter 8, verses 31 to 39

What then shall we say to this?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?  It is God who justifies; who is to condemn?  Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us?  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, “For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

 The Gospel   Luke 6: 20 – 36

Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  ‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.  ‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. ‘But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. ‘Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.  ‘Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. ‘Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets. Love for Enemies  ‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. ‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

The Intercessions: David Knowles / Berry Sweeting

Leader:
God our Father, we can never thank you enough for your great love for us, made known in your son, Jesus Christ – the love that redeemed us, and all mankind – the love that freely forgives – the love that watches over us day by day – the love that is stronger than death, – the love that can bring peace and joy into the lives of all.  God of love, accept our thanksgiving, and give us grace to love you more; Lord in your mercy

All: Hear our prayer

Leader:
We thank you Lord for the church of which we are members. We pray for those who minister to us, especially for Laish, Drexel, and Gilbert our Bishops, Crosley and Chester our Clergy who in their different ways lead us to a deeper knowledge of your love.

We thank you for the many ways in which the Church influences our lives, and we pray that through those influences we may become a channel of your peace so that where there is hatred, we can bring love; where there is despair, we can bring hope; where there is sadness, ever joy and where there is doubt, true faith in you.

We pray your blessing on all who share with us in this church’s life and worship, and that together we may be a channel of your peace; Lord in your mercy

All:  Hear our prayer

Leader:
Father, we pray for the Church throughout the world that it may share to the full in the work of your Son, revealing you to all people, reconciling them to you and to one another.

We pray that we and all Christian people may learn to love one another as you love us, and that your Church may more and more reflect the unity which is your will and your gift in Jesus Christ our Lord, and through that unity we pray that your church may be ‘a channel of your peace’ throughout the world. Lord in your mercy

All:  Hear our prayer

Leader:
We pray now for those areas of the world where people are suffering and dying because of armed conflicts and hostilities.

We pray that your Spirit may so move in the hearts of people, that the barriers of fear, race, suspicion and hatred, which separate so many, may crumble and disappear. We pray that love will conquer all.

All:
Lead us Father into freedom; from despair your world release. That, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace. Show us how through care and goodness that fear will die and hope increase.

Leader: Let us pray for all those we know and love.

God our Father, you have commanded us to love one another, and to serve each others needs. Help us, in our homes to be helpful and considerate, forbearing and forgiving, so that the harmony of our family life may be strengthened and sustained.

We pray now for our families, especially for those who live away from us – both young and old; for our relatives, especially those who live alone; for our friends and people we meet in our daily lives. We pray that we may be sensitive to their needs, and know your guidance in any difficult and demanding situation which may arise involving them. Lord in your mercy

All:  Hear our prayer

Leader:
We pray for all in sorrow, need, anxiety or sickness. For the neglected, for the abused, for the lonely, for the distressed. We pray especially for those who are ill, whether in their own homes or in hospital.

We pray for anyone known to us in need or trouble. We name and remember them in our hearts and raise them to you, Lord. We ask you to bless them. We pray that they may know your love, and in doing so receive courage and strength. Lord in your mercy

All:  Hear our prayer

 

                                                                    Sunday November 15 2020  Harvest Thanksgiving

 The Lesson:  Chinara Grant / Masko Archer

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 8, verses 7 to 18

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you. Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid waste-land with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. Do not say to yourself, ‘My power and the might of my own hand have gained me this wealth.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: Shadia Farrington / Abigail Clarke

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in 2 Corinthians, chapter 9, verses 6 to 15

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, ‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever.’  He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Gospel   Luke 17: 11 – 19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’

The Intercessions: Jasmine Rolle / Vonise Bethel

 Leader: 
Let us join our hearts and raise our voices in prayer to the Lord of the harvest:  For our Church and parish community, that we may be a people dedicated to thankfulness: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For Laish our Bishop, Drexel and Gilbert, our Assistant Bishops; for Crosley and Chester, our Clergy; for our Lay Readers and Chalice Bearers and for all who serve the Church, that they may proclaim the love and mercy of God to all people: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For our country and the people of this land, that we may be faithful and generous stewards of God’s creation: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For farmers and gardeners who till the soil and work the land that they may have good weather and reap an abundant harvest: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: 
For the nations and peoples of the world, that the justice and mercy of God may be the cornerstone of lasting peace: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: 
For families in crisis and for those in despair, that they may always know the love and support of family and friends: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For the grieving and the troubled, for the abused and the addicted, that we may reach out to them in compassion and understanding: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For the sick and the suffering, that they may experience the presence of the healing Christ: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For those who have died, that they may find in the presence of God, light, happiness, and peace: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For the prayers we now make in the silence of our hearts [Pause……….]: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

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

 All: 
Father of love, Lord of creation, we give you thanks for your many blessings to us: for the gifts of the earth which sustain and nurture our lives, for the gifts of your Spirit which make our lives complete and whole in your love.  May we give you thanks for your many gifts by sharing those gifts with one another; may we be worthy of your great love for us by working constantly to make these prayers for peace and compassion a reality.  We offer these prayers to you, O Father, in the name of your Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

                                                                                           Sunday November 22 2020  Christ the King

The Lesson:  Andrea Francis / Dorothea Davis

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Ezekiel, chapter 34, verses 11 to 16, and 20 to 24

Thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice. Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: Debbie Taylor / Antoinette Bowe

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in Ephesians, chapter 1, verses 15 to 23

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Gospel   Matthew 25: 31 – 46

Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

The Intercessions: Jasmine Rolle / Vonise Bethel

Leader:
His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away.  In joyful hope, let us come together in prayer before Jesus, our King and Redeemer:

That our Church and parish community may be a place where the poor are honored, the rejected are welcomed, and the sick and recovering are cared for: let us pray to the Lord.

All:  Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
That Laish our Bishop, and Drexel and Gilbert, our Assistant Bishops; Crosley and Chester, our Clergy; Kristopher our Ordinand, the Lay Readers and Chalice Bearers of our parish and all who serve the Church, may imitate the servanthood of Christ Jesus: let us pray to the Lord.

All:  Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
That Cornelius, our Governor General; Hubert, the Prime Minister; and all legislators, judges, and government officials may serve our nation with wisdom and compassion: let us pray to the Lord.

All:  Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
That the nations and peoples of the world may serve one another in the justice and peace of God’s reign: let us pray to the Lord.

All:  Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
That we may proclaim the great mystery of God’s love through our compassion and charity to the poor, the homeless, and the abandoned.  That those who provide for the poor, who console the troubled and the grieving, who care for the sick and the dying, may inherit the “kingdom” prepared for them: let us pray to the Lord.

All:  Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
That we may see, in the faces of the homeless, the hungry, the sick, the abused, and the addicted, the face of Christ Jesus: let us pray to the Lord.

All:  Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
That the sick, the dying, and the recovering may be blessed by God with hope and “length of days”: let us pray to the Lord.

All:  Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
That the victorious Christ will gather into the kingdom of his Father the souls of all who have died: let us pray to the Lord.

All:  Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
That God will hear the prayers we now offer in the silence of our hearts [Pause………..] let us pray to the Lord.

All:  Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
In thanksgiving for the Blessed Virgin Mary, Blessed Joseph her spouse, Blessed Matthew and John the Baptist our Patron Saints, the holy apostles Peter and Paul, all the saints and martyrs and for blessings received this past year: let us give praise to God.

All:
Praise be to you O God, the Lord of creation and Ruler of all nations. Hear the prayers we offer in joyful hope until the coming of our Messiah and King, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit as one God, for ever and ever.  Amen

 

                                                                                               Sunday November 29 2020  Advent 1

The Lesson:  Veronica Moore / Sidney Sawyer

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Isaiah, chapter 64, verses 1 to 9

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence–as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil–to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: Robert Walkine / Laurena Finlayson

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in 1 Corinthians, chapter 1, verses 3 to 9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind– just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you– so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Gospel   Mark 13: 24 – 37

Jesus said, “In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”