Posted on: March 29th, 2022 by St. Stephens Downsview
Readings ISAIAH 43:16-21; PSALM 126; PHILIPPIANS 3:4B-14; JOHN 12:1-8
Collect Most merciful God, by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, you created humanity anew. May the power of his victorious cross transform those who turn in faith to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
First Reading A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honour me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise. ISAIAH 43:16-21
Psalm REFRAIN The Lord has done great things for us.
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy. R
Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed. R
Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses of the Negev. R
Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves. R PSALM 126
Second Reading A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee, as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 3:4B-14
Gospel THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” JOHN 12:1-8
Prayer over the Gifts Eternal God, your only Son suffered death upon the cross to bring the world salvation. Accept the praise and thanksgiving we offer you this day, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
Prayer After Communion Merciful God, you have called us to your table and fed us with the bread of life. Draw us and all people to your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Collect Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world, evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
First Reading A READING FROM THE BOOK OF JOSHUA The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.” And so that place is called Gilgal to this day. While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. On the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year. JOSHUA 5:9-12
Psalm REFRAIN You surround me with shouts of deliverance, O Lord.
Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sin is put away!
Happy are they to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, and in whose spirit there is no guile! R
While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, because of my groaning all day long.
For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer. R
Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not conceal my guilt.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin. R
Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. R
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; I will guide you with my eye.
Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you.” R
Great are the tribulations of the wicked; but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.
Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord; shout for joy, all who are true of heart. R PSALM 32
Second Reading A READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS From now on, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:16-21
Gospel THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”‘ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe – the best one – and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him! ‘Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'” LUKE 15:1-3, 11B-32
Prayer over the Gifts God of mercy and compassion, your Word calls us home to faith and love. Accept all we offer you this day, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
Prayer After Communion Giver of life, you enlighten all who come into the world. Fill our hearts with the splendour of your grace, that we may perfectly love you and worthily praise your holy name, through Jesus Christ the Lord.
Posted on: March 15th, 2022 by St. Stephens Downsview
Readings ISAIAH 55:1-9; PSALM 63:1-8; 1 CORINTHIANS 10:1-13; LUKE 13:1-9
Collect Father of mercy, alone we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves. When we are discouraged by our weakness, strengthen us to follow Christ, our pattern and our hope; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
First Reading A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. ISAIAH 55:1-9
Psalm REFRAIN My soul thirsts for you, O God, my God.
O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.
Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, that I might behold your power and your glory. R
For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; my lips shall give you praise.
So will I bless you as long as I live and lift up my hands in your name. R
My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,
When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the night watches. R
For you have been my helper, and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.
My soul clings to you; your right hand holds me fast. R PSALM 63:1-8
Second Reading A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness. Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it. 1 CORINTHIANS 10:1-13
Gospel THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam – fell on them – do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.” Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'” LUKE 13:1-9
Prayer over the Gifts Gracious God, we know your power to triumph over weakness. May we who ask forgiveness be ready to forgive one another, in the name of Jesus the Lord.
Prayer After Communion God of mercy and forgiveness, may we who share this sacrament live together in unity and peace, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
Posted on: March 8th, 2022 by St. Stephens Downsview
Readings GENESIS 15:1-12, 17-18; PSALM 27; PHILIPPIANS 3:17-4:1; LUKE 13:31-35 OR LUKE 9:28-36
PROCESSIONAL: What A Friend We… – #630
What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful? Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge; Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee; Thou wilt find a solace there.
Collect Almighty God, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross, give us faith to perceive his glory, that being strengthened by his grace we may be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
First Reading A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness. Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him. When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.” GENESIS 15:1-12, 17-18
Psalm REFRAIN The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who stumbled and fell. R
Though an army should encamp against me, yet my heart shall not be afraid;
And though war should rise up against me, yet will I put my trust in him. R
One thing have I asked of the Lord; one thing I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life;
To behold the fair beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. R
For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock.
Even now he lifts up my head above my enemies round about me. R
Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with sounds of great gladness; I will sing and make music to the Lord. R
Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me. You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.” Your face, Lord, will I seek. R
Hide not your face from me, nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
You have been my helper; cast me not away; do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
Though my father and my mother forsake me, the Lord will sustain me. R
Show me your way, O Lord; lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, and also those who speak malice. R
What if I had not believed that I should see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
O tarry and await the Lord’s pleasure; be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; wait patiently for the Lord. R PSALM 27
Second Reading A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. PHILIPPIANS 3:17-4:1
GRADUAL: Great Is Thy Faith…-139
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God, my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not; Thy compassions, they fail not. As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
REFRAIN Great is Thy Faithfulness! Great is Thy Faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide. Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow– Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside!
Gospel THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to Jesus, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'” LUKE 13:31-35
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen. LUKE 9:28-36
OFFERTORY: Fight The Good Fight – #175
Fight the good fight with all thy might, Christ is thy strength and Christ thy right; Lay hold on life and it shall be Thy joy and crown eternally.
Run the straight race through God’s good grace; Lift up thine eyes and seek his face. Life with its path before us lies; Christ is the way and Christ the prize.
Cast care aside, lean on thy guide; His boundless mercy will provide; Trust and the trusting soul shall prove Christ is its life and Christ its love.
Faint not, nor fear, his arms are near; He changeth not and thou art dear. Only believe and thou shalt see That Christ is all in all to thee.
Prayer over the Gifts God of wisdom, may the light of the eternal Word, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, guide us to your glory. We ask this in his name.
COMMUNION: In the Cross of Christ… #328
Son of God, Son of man, His life poured out for all See His hands, see His scars, His love can’t be denied Our God is high and lifted up
It is the cross, my only plea The blood You shed delivers me Our Savior’s arms are opened wide A love so great, the cross of Christ
Every debt, all we owe, He bears it as His own Brought to life, we are free to live in Christ alone Our God is high and lifted up
See the Lamb of God See the Father’s love All to Jesus we owe He paid it all
ABLUTION: Sweet, Sweet Spirit – #391
There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place, And I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord. There are sweet expressions on each face, And I know they feel the presence of the Lord.
Sweet Holy Spirit, Sweet heavenly Dove, Stay right here with us, Filling us with Your love. And for these blessings We lift our hearts in praise. Without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived When we shall leave this place.
Prayer After Communion Creator of heaven and earth, we thank you for these holy mysteries, which bring us now a share in the life to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
RECESSIONAL: We’re Marching To… – #416
Come, we that love the Lord, And let our joys be known. Join in a song with sweet accord, (x 2) And thus surround the throne. (x 2)
REFRAIN We’re marching to Zion, Beautiful, beautiful Zion. We’re marching upward to Zion, The beautiful city of God.
Let those refuse to sing Who never knew our God; But children of the heav’nly King, (x 2) May speak their joys abroad. (x 2)
The hill of Zion yields A thousand sacred sweets Before we reach the heav’nly fields, (x 2) Or walk the golden streets. (x 2)
Then let our songs abound, And every tear be dry. We’re marching thro’ Immanuel’s ground, (x 2) To fairer worlds on high. (x 2)
Posted on: March 2nd, 2022 by St. Stephens Downsview
Readings DEUTERONOMY 26:1-11; PSALM 91:1-2, 9-16; ROMANS 10:8B-13; LUKE 4:1-13
Processional: Forty Days & Forty Nights – #438
Forty days and forty nights Thou wast fasting in the wild; Forty days and forty nights Tempted, and yet undefiled.
Sunbeams scorching all the day; Chilly dew-drops nightly shed; Prowling beasts about Thy way; Stones Thy pillow; earth Thy bed.
Shall not we Thy trial share And from earthly joys abstain, Fasting with unceasing prayer, Strong with Thee to suffer pain?
And if Satan, vexing sore, Flesh or spirit should assail, Thou, his vanquisher before, Grant we may not faint nor fall.
So shall we have peace divine: Holier gladness ours shall be; Round us, too, shall angels shine, Such as ministered to Thee.
Keep, O keep us, Saviour dear, Ever constant by Thy side; That with Thee we may appear At the eternal Eastertide.
Collect Almighty God, whose Son fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are but did not sin, give us grace to discipline ourselves in submission to your Spirit, that as you know our weakness, so we may know your power to save; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
First Reading A READING FROM THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, you shall make this response before the Lord your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labour on us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.” You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house. DEUTERONOMY 26:1-11
Psalm REFRAIN He shall give his angels charge over you.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
He shall say to the Lord, “You are my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I put my trust.” R
Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your habitation.
There shall no evil happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. R
For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
They shall bear you in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. R
You shall tread upon the lion and adder; you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet.
Because he is bound to me in love, therefore will I deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I am with him in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him to honour. R
With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation. R PSALM 91:1-2, 9-16
Second Reading A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” ROMANS 10:8B-13
Gradual: Praise The One… – #293
Praise the one who breaks the darkness With a liberating light; Praise the one who frees the pris’ners, Turning blindness into sight.
Praise the one who preached the Gospel, Healing every dread disease, Calming storms and feeding thousands With the very bread of peace.
Praise the one who blessed the children With a strong yet gentle word; Praise the one who drove out demons With a piercing two-edged sword.
Praise the one who brings cool water To the desert’s burning sand; From this well comes living water, Quenching thirst in every land.
Praise the one true love incarnate: Christ, who suffered in our place; Jesus died and rose for many That we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness, Seeing what our God has done. Praise the one redeeming glory, Praise the One who makes us one.
Gospel THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.'” Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'” Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'” Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time. LUKE 4:1-13
OFFERTORY: The Servant Song – #424
Brother, sister, let me serve you, Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to Let you be my servant too.
We are pilgrims on a journey; We’re together on this road.
We are here to help each other Walk the mile and bear the load.
I will hold the Christ light for you In the night time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you, Speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping; When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow Till we’ve seen this journey thro’.
When we sing to God in heaven, We shall find such harmony,
Born of all we’ve known to gether Of Christ’s love and agony.
Brother, sister, let me serve you, Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to Let you be my servant too.
Prayer over the Gifts God our refuge and our strength, receive all we offer you this day, and through the death and resurrection of your Son transform us to his likeness. We ask this in his name.
Communion: There’s A Wideness… – #355
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy Like the wideness of the sea; There’s a kindness in His justice Which is more than liberty.
There is welcome for the sinner And more graces for the good; There is mercy with the Saviour; There is healing in His blood.
For the love of God is broader Than the measure of man’s mind; And the heart of the Eternal Is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more simple, We should take Him at His word; And our lives would be illumined By the presence of our Lord.
Ablution: Turn Your Eyes… #340
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of the earth will grow strangely dim In the light of His glory and grace.
Prayer After Communion Faithful God, in this holy bread you increase our faith and hope and love. Lead us in the path of Christ who is your Word of life. We ask this in his name.
Recessional: I Cannot Tell – #354
I cannot tell why He, the King of Heaven, Should leave the peace of all eternity, Why God Himself should lay aside His splendor To leave the Father’s side and come to me.
But this I know: our silence filled with singing, And all our darkness fled from heaven’s light When Christ the Lord, so human, yet so holy, In love was born a child for me that holy night.
I cannot tell why He, the Joy of Heaven, Should give Himself to suffer for my sin, Why Holy God should love me in my shamefulness, Why He should die to draw my soul to Him.
But this I know: that Christ the Lord is risen, And praise His name, He’s risen now in me! Because He lives, I’ll rise to life eternal! He took my guilty heart, and I’m forever free!
I cannot tell when He will rule the nations, How He will claim His loved ones as His own; And who can tell the holy jubilation When all His children gather ’round His throne.
But this I know: all flesh will see His glory, And skies will burst as all creation sings. The Son will rise on one eternal morning, When Christ, the Saviour of the world, is Lord and King.
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