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Sunday Service
The Revd Philip Cochrane
The Revd Philip Cochrane
Sunday, September 5, 2021
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We welcome all and especially newcomers and visitors, whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith. Whenever you see this sign, + before a word or text, you are invited to make the sign of the cross. 


The Celebrant will enter and kneel to pray - at this point, please move to your seats and conclude conversations quietly. 

The Celebrant then welcomes the gathering informally and makes a territorial acknowledgment. 


Celebrant    The heavens declare the glory of God. 
All    The firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. 

Celebrant    The plants and trees show God’s presence. 
All    Let us join with creation in praising God. 

Celebrant    God of all creation, who moves and inspires us through every time and season,

All    we bless you and praise you for the gift of life in your good, created world.

Celebrant    Grant to us grace and humility to so order our lives that we may honour you among all peoples and nations, 

All    create wholesome and right companionship with our fellow living creatures, and work for the healing of this world that you created. 

Celebrant    Teach us to see and hear your power in the winds and waves, mountains and     valleys so that we may glorify your goodness to us and live rightly in your creation. 

All    We pray to you through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Spirit, Three in One, One in Three, now and forever. Amen. 

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

All               And also with you. 


Celebrant    God our sustainer, you called forth the oceans and the islands, the mountains and the streams. Help us to remember that the fruits of the earth are enough to be shared amongst all peoples and creatures. Empowered by the Spirit, may we become agents of your healing love for all who share our common home. Through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever
All    Amen.


Celebrant        Let us prepare ourselves for the Word of God as it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scriptures.
All    Our hearts and minds are open.

FIRST READING                                                                        


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.                        PROVERBS 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 

Reader    Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. 
All     Thanks be to God.

SECOND READING                                                                  


My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favouritism 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 dishonoured 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 fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbour 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.

For the one who said, "You shall not commit adultery," also said, "You shall not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For  judgement will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgement.

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.   JAMES 2:1-17 

Reader   Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. 
All     Thanks be to God.

THE GOSPEL                                                                           

Reader    The Lord be with you. 
All        And also with you.

Reader    +The Holy Gospel of Jesus the Christ according to Mark.
All        Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ. 

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."      MARK 7:24-37 

Reader    The Gospel of Christ.
All    Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ


AFFIRMING OUR FAITH (The Apostles’ Creed)

Celebrant    Let us give voice to our convictions and substance to our hopes.
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.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                                                                    


Deacon        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. 
    Hear our prayer, and in your mercy: 
All    Forgive us and help us.

Deacon    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.

Deacon    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.

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

Deacon    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.

Celebrant    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.
All        Amen.



The Celebrant may use some appropriate introductory words.

Celebrant    You shall go out in joy and be led back in peace; 
    the mountains and the hills before you 
    shall burst into song, 
    and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (Isa 55:12) 

    The Peace of our God, in Jesus be with us all. 
All    With each other, with us all, and with all creation. Amen 

Deacon will informally give directions.


The table is prepared.


Celebrant            Let us pray
The community prays in silence.

Celebrant        Great and holy God,
    accept our offering of labour and love.
    May we bring you true and spiritual worship
    and be one with you.
    We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. 
All        Amen.


Celebrant    May God be with you.
All    And also with you.

Celebrant    Lift up your hearts.
All    We lift them up.

Celebrant    Let us give thanks to God our Creator. 
All    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant    It is right in all times and in all places to thank and praise you Creator of all. We     praise you here where the Fraser River meets the Salish Sea, where city and farm, wilderness and industry are side by side. We praise you at a time when  the body of earth is broken again and again.

We give thanks for our place in the story of salvation. Our ancestors journeyed with you in creation and migration. They depended on the land, were displaced from the land and displaced others from their lands. They knew you in tents and cities, on mountains and by wells, in families and in dreams, and through wilderness prophets who spoke of cedars and listened to ravens.

Together with angels and ancestors, orca and salmon, bear and raven, salal and cedar we join our voices with all creation in this ancient honour song:

    Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
    God of power and might,
    heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    Hosanna in the highest.
    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    Hosanna in the highest.
Celebrant     We give thanks to you for Jesus, whose first bed was a feed trough. He was     baptized in the Jordan, tested in the wilderness, he traveled in fishing boats and told parables of famers and seeds, labor and wages, yeast and bread.

On the night before he died, Jesus took bread, food of the poor, the work of field and hearth, he gave thanks, broke it and gave it to his friends saying: Take and eat, this is my body, given for you, do this to remember me.

 Again after supper he took the cup of wine, fruit of the land, gave thanks and gave it to his friends saying: This is my blood, which is shed for you. When you do this, do it in memory of me.

Remembering Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and awaiting his coming kingdom, we offer you this bread and this cup. 

Creator, send your Spirit on these gifts so that we know Jesus in them and are gathered  together with everyone who shares this sacred meal of justice and community.

Fill us with the courage and love of Jesus, that we may strive for justice and peace, respect the dignity of every human being, and safeguard the integrity of creation.

Bring us with all your saints to your commonwealth of sparrow and lily, child and beggar which is both now and yet to come.

All honour and glory are yours, Creator, Christ and Spirit, now and forever.
All           Amen.


Please use the language/version which is most helpful to you

Celebrant            As our Saviour taught us, let us     pray.
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.


The Celebrant breaks the consecrated bread. 

Celebrant     Today, Christ meets us at the table. 
    Today, salvation comes to everyone, everywhere. 
    These are the gifts of God for the people of God. 
All    Thanks be to God 

Communion is shared at this point as possible according to local COVID-19 protocols 


Celebrant    This is the table, not of the righteous,
    but of the poor in spirit.
    It is made ready for those who love God
    and who want to love God more.

    So come, you who have much faith and you who have little,
    You who have been here often
    and you who have not been for a long time or ever before,
    You who have tried to follow and all of us who have failed.
    Come, not because the Church invites you;
    It is Christ who invites you to be known and fed here.

    The gifts of God for the people of God 
All    Thanks be to God.


Everyone is invited to share in the communion through receiving the bread or, if preferred, a prayer of blessing. 



Deacon    Let us pray. 

The community prays in silence. 

Celebrant     Father,
All    your word and sacrament give us food and life.
    May we who have shared in holy things
    bear fruit to your honour and glory,
    in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Celebrant    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.



Celebrant    May God the Holy Spirit, 
    who hovered over the waters of creation 
    and formed the world from chaos, 
    form us in the likeness of Christ and renew the face of the earth 
    and the blessing of God almighty, 
    the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 
    be among you and remain with you always. 
All        Amen.


Deacon    Tend the earth, care for God’s good creation, 
    and bring forth the fruits of righteousness. 
    Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  
All        In the name of Christ.  Amen.


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