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The Revd Philip Cochrane
The Revd Philip Cochrane
Sunday, November 14, 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. 

GATHERING THE COMMUNITY

PRELUDE 
The clergy 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. 

THE GREETING
Celebrant    We acknowledge with respect that we worship on the traditional and unceded     territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

A moment of silence is kept.

HYMN    “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”                                                              CP 528

    O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
    our shelter from the stormy blast,  and our eternal home:

    under the shadow of thy throne  thy saints have dwelt secure;
    Sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.

    Before the hills in order stood, or earth received its frame,
    from everlasting thou art God, to endless years the same.

    A thousand ages in my sight are like an evening gone,
    short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun.

    Time like an ever-rolling stream bears all our years away;
    they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.

    O, God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
    be thou our guide while troubles last, and our eternal home.

The celebrant greets the community.

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. 


ACT OF REMEMBRANCE AND COMMITMENT

Celebrant    As we are able, we stand for the Act of Remembrance:
 
Let us remember before God, and commend to his keeping, those who have died for their country in war, all who have died as a result of oppression and tyranny, and all who have lived and died in the service of mankind.
 
The Kohima Epitaph:           

    When you go home, tell them of us, and say:

    For your tomorrow we gave our today 
    They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: 
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 

    At the going down of the sun and in the morning, 
    we will remember them. 

All    We will remember them.
 
A period of silence will lead into a time of personal reflection and remembering.

Music: Excerpt from Schindler’s List Theme by John Williams                                                      
Celebrant     Ever-living God we remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence;  may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All    Amen. 

THE ACT OF COMMITMENT 
Celebrant    Let us commit ourselves to responsible living and faithful service. Will you strive for all that makes for peace?
All    We will.

Celebrant    Will you seek to heal the wounds of war and oppression?
All    We will

Celebrant    Will you work for a just future for all humanity?
All    We will.


COLLECT OF THE DAY
Celebrant    Merciful God, we offer to you the fears in us that have not yet been cast out by love: May we accept the hope you have placed in the hearts of all people, And live lives of justice, courage and mercy; through Jesus Christ our risen Redeemer.
All    Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

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     

                                                                                    
Reader    A READING FROM THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON

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.    WISDOM OF SOLOMON 3:1-9 

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

Musical Interlude.

SECOND READING                                                                   

                 
Reader    A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PETER

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith - being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.     1 PETER 1:3-9  

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

Musical Interlude. At the conclusion, please stand as you are able for….

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

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

Jesus said, "Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day."                                                                          JOHN 6:37-40 

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

SERMON                                                                                                                                            

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                                                                     
 
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
Deacon        In life and in death we are with the Lord. Let us turn to the Lord who is full of     compassion and mercy, and ask that he will forgive us our sins, and extend his healing love upon our broken world.

Silence is kept.

Deacon       Most merciful God,
All         we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word,  and deed, by     what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,  have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.

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 PEACE
Celebrant    Jesus says: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled neither let them be afraid.

The peace of Christ be always with you.
All        And also with you.

Deacon will informally give directions.

CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST

The deacon prepares the table.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Celebrant            Let us pray

The community prays in silence.

Celebrant    Gracious and righteous Lord, we are united in the love of Jesus Christ. Accept all we offer you this day, and bring us, with all your faithful people who have gone before us, into his eternal glory; who is Lord, now and for ever. 
All    Amen.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING 

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

Celebrant    Lift up your hearts.
All    We lift them to the Lord.

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

Celebrant    Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord, whose victorious rising from the dead has given to us the hope of resurrection and the promise of eternal life. Therefore with angels and archangels and all who have served you in every age, we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.

SANCTUS                                                                               
    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.
    Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant     We give thanks to you, Lord our God, for the goodness and love you have made known to us in creation; in calling Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Saviour and Redeemer of the world.  In him, you have delivered us from evil,  and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, a death he freely accepted, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples,  and said, “ Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you.  Do this for the temembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them,  and said, “Drink this, all of you: this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and or many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, Father, according to his command,

All    we remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory;

Celebrant     and we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, Lord of all;    presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts, that they may be the sacrament of the body of Christand his blood of the new covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we, made acceptable in him, may be sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

In the fullness of time, reconcile all things in Christ, and make them new, and bring us to that city of light where you dwell with all your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.
All    Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER (said) 
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 BREAKING OF THE BREAD  
The celebrant breaks the consecrated bread. 

Celebrant     Be present, be present, Lord Jesus Christ, crucified and risen;
All               make yourself known in the breaking of bread.

THE INVITATION
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.


THE COMMUNION
Everyone is invited to share in the communion through receiving the bread or, if preferred, a prayer of blessing.  Communion is shared according to local COVID-19 protocols.

THE CONCLUDING RITE

PRAYER  AFTER COMMUNION

Celebrant    Let us pray. 

The community prays in silence. 

Celebrant     God of peace, 
All    whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom and restored the broken to wholeness of life: look with compassion on the anguish of the world, and by your healing power make whole both people and nations; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE BLESSING  

Celebrant    May the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ,    that great shepherd of the sheep,  comfort and assure you of his love in this world and the next; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
All    Amen.

HYMN    “Dear God, Compassionate and Kind”                                                     CP 455
    
    Dear God, compassionate and kind,
    forgive our foolish ways;
    reclothe us in our rightful mind,
    in purer lives thy service find,
    in deeper reverence, praise.

    In simple trust like theirs who heard
    beside the Syrian sea
    the gracious calling of the Lord,
    let us, like them, without a word
    rise up and follow thee.

    O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
    O calm of hills above,
    where Jesus knelt to share with thee
    the silence of eternity,
    interpreted by love!

    Drop thy still dews of quietness,
    till all our strivings cease;
    take from our souls the strain and stress,
    and let our ordered lives confess
    the beauty of thy peace.

    Breathe through the heats of our desire
    thy coolness and thy balm;
    let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
    speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
    O still, small voice of calm!

THE DISMISSAL    

Deacon         Go in peace to love your neighbour. Go in power to work for reconciliation. Go in hope to proclaim the resurrection.
All    in the name of Christ. Amen.

POSTLUDE