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The Revd Philip Cochrane
The Revd Philip Cochrane
Sunday, September 13, 2020
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Welcome to our Sunday worship, whether you are gathering in person at St Paul’s or online.

We invite you to use the time before the Service begins for reflection.  

Prelude   :                     A selection of music will be played.    

GATHERING THE COMMUNITY  

The Minister welcomes everyone informally and any directions given.    

The Greeting  

Minister    Dear friends, we gather this morning on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

All    May we dwell on this land with respect and peace.  

Minister    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

All    And also with you.  

Minister    Let us celebrate God’s majesty, and delight in the wonder of God’s love. Together we shall confess our sins and receive assurance that we are forgiven. As the scriptures are read we can allow God’s word to speak to us, and ponder its meaning for our lives. In our prayers, we give thanks for God’s goodness, we pray for others as well as for ourselves, and we offer our lives anew in Christ’s service. All this we do, because we believe in the presence among us of our Saviour Jesus Christ, and in the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.

All    Amen              

Confession & Absolution  

Minister    Let us confess our forgetfulness of the needs of the poor, and repent of the ways in which we waste the resources of the world.

Silence is kept  

Minister    We confess our sin, and the sins of our society, in the misuse of God’s creation. God our Father, we are sorry for the times when we have used your gifts carelessly, and acted ungratefully.

Minister    Hear our prayer, and in your mercy:

All   forgive us and help us.  

We enjoy the fruits of the harvest, but sometimes forget that you have given them to us. Father, in your mercy:

All   forgive us and help us.  

We belong to a people who are full and satisfied, but ignore the cry of the hungry. Father, in your mercy:

All    forgive us and help us.  

We are thoughtless, and do not care enough for the world you have made. Father, in your mercy:

All    forgive us and help us.  

We store up goods for ourselves alone, as if there were no God and no heaven. Father, in your mercy:

All    forgive us and help us.  

Minister    Merciful God, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

All    Amen.

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY  

Minister    Almighty God, you call your Church to witness that in Christ we are reconciled to you. Help us so to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may turn to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

All    Amen  

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

  First Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF EXODUS           

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh's horses, chariots, and chariot drivers.   At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt." Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers." So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses. EXODUS 14:19-31  

Reader    This is the Word of the Lord.

All    Thanks be to God.

A brief interlude for music  

THE GOSPEL                   

Reader    +The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

All    Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.  

Then Peter came and said to Jesus, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, 'Pay what you owe.' Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart."                      MATTHEW 18:21-35  

Reader    The Gospel of Christ.

All    Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.  

SERMON                                                                                                

A Time for Reflection will follow.  

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  

Minister    Let us confess our faith as we say,

All    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, and the life everlasting. Amen.  

A brief interlude for music.  

INTERCESSIONS AND THANKSGIVINGS                           

After the intercessions, a time for personal prayer follows.  

THE LORD’S PRAYER  

Minister    Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray as our Saviour taught us,

All    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.  

Doxology  

Minister    Glory to God All whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.  

THE DISMISSAL  

Announcements are given.  

Minister    May God who established the dance of creation, Who marvelled at the lilies of the field, Who transforms chaos to order, Lead us to transform our lives and the Church To reflect God's glory in creation. and the blessing of God our Creator, Redeemer and Giver of life be with you always.

All    Amen.  

Minister    Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All    Thanks be to God    

 

If you would like to join us for a virtual coffee hour on Zoom, please go to https//zoom.us/j/240454925   Meeting ID 240 454 925   Musical voluntary