Prayers & Worship for the Ascension of Jesus – May 24th

Worship at Home for May 24th (Zoom edition)




Prayers & Worship for the 6th Sunday of Easter – May 17th

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.”

-John 14:15-16-

Introduction

Our hope is that the material on this page will help you worship at home and help all of us continue to make worship together a priority even while we are apart. We are living through unprecedented times, and there are many ongoing challenges, but we have an amazing opportunity to take up new practices of reading, singing, and praying in our own homes and to grow in faith like never before.

Instructions: If you are in a group, choose someone to lead (unbolded parts) and the rest will respond in unison (bolded parts). You may want to divide up responsibilities for the prayers and readings. Notice too that I’ve included music selections that you can access online. This is entirely optional, but if it suits you, please feel free to sing and/or follow along with the lyrics. Many blessings in your time of worship.

Feedback is golden: Please reach out to us and let us know if and how the material we’ve prepared this week has helped you connect with Godor if it hasn’t, and any suggestions you have for how we might serve you better. We want to help you and a growing number of our neighbours to experience a growing relationship with God and your input can help us do that better.

You can contact us at stpauls-hampton@outlook.com or by calling 506.832.3375


Call to Worship

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

May his grace and peace be with us.
May he fill our hearts with joy.

Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord is our light and life:
O come, let us worship.


‘Christ our Passover’

(1 Corinthians 5.7–8; Romans 6.9–11; 1 Corinthians 15.20–22)

Alleluia!
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Alleluia!
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.

The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God.

So also consider yourselves dead to sin,
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alleluia! Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by one man came death,
by one man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia!

The Lord is our light and life:
O come, let us worship.


SONG – ‘New Every Morning’ Audrey Assad


Psalm 66:8-20

Introduction: This psalm is written from the perspective of one who has come through to the other side of hardship and suffering, a perspective from which we are invited to see that God brings his people through even the most difficult trials, and in the process strengthens their character, refines their faith, and fills them with extravagant joy and praise.

Bless our God, you peoples;
make the voice of his praise to be heard;
Who holds our souls in life,
and will not allow our feet to slip.

For you, O God, have proved us;
you have tried us just as silver is tried.
You brought us into the snare;
you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.

You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water;
    but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.
I will enter your house with burnt offerings
    and will pay you my vows,
which I promised with my lips
     and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.

I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts with the smoke of rams;
I will give you oxen and goats.
Come and listen, all you who fear God,
and I will tell you what he has done for me.

I called out to him with my mouth,
and his praise was on my tongue.
If I had found evil in my heart,
the Lord would not have heard me;

But in truth God has heard me;
he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer,
nor withheld his love from me.

Prayer after the Psalm

God of power and might, you bring your people out of darkness and slavery into light and freedom through the waters of salvation. Receive our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, and keep us always in your steadfast love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Proclamation of the Word

First Reading

Introduction: In dealing with the question of suffering for doing good, the Apostle Peter points to Jesus, the perfectly good one who suffered and died for the sins of the world. Through faith, marked by our baptism, the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus become our source of hope in the face of suffering.

A reading from 1 Peter 3:13-22.

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Hear the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


SONG – ‘Come You Disconsolate’


Gospel Reading

Introduction: Jesus promises his followers that though the world will no longer see him he will be with them through the presence and power of “the Spirit of Truth”.

The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 14:15-21.
Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

The gospel of Christ.
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.


Scripture Reflection

Have a look at the questions below. They are designed to help you make the most of the Gospel reading. There’s no need to answer every question. Draw on them as they seem helpful for your reflection and/or discussion. The hope by the end is that our reading and meditating will turn naturally to prayer.

  • Return to the Gospel and read it again. Then review one or more of the other readings.
  • What stands out for you? What are your impressions? Can you see connections between these readings? Are there common images or themes? Write them down if you like. Or draw them. Take some time to reflect. Give yourself freedom to wonder.
  • Reflect on Jesus’ words in the Gospel. Try to capture the tone. How do you imagine Jesus in your mind’s eye? The disciples who are listening in?
  • Notice how Jesus teaches as he interweaves themes of love, obedience, life, presence, relationship … This might seem a bit confusing. Why do you think he teaches in this way?
  • If you were asked to summarize Jesus’s teaching in this passage, what would you say?
  • Imagine yourself among the disciples in this moment. What are you thinking? What are you feeling?
  • We believe that God speaks into our lives and reveals himself to us through scripture. What could God be saying through our readings for this morning? How is he making himself known to you?

The Prayers

Let us give voice to the hope that is with in us by turning to God in prayer, saying: Lord, hear our prayer.

Empower with your Spirit, O Lord, all your people, that we may proclaim the mighty acts by which you have brought us out of darkness into your marvellous light.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Empower with your Spirit, O Lord, the leaders of the nations, that they may be fully committed to the wellbeing and flourishing of all people.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Empower with your Spirit, O Lord, all those who suffer, and in particular those who suffer for the sake of what it right. Give them righteous persistence and let them see their vindication in your crucified and risen Son.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Empower with your Spirit, O Lord, those who struggle to find hope. Make the presence of your goodness and love known to them in their distress.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Empower with your Spirit, O Lord, the sick and the dying, that in you they may find healing and life.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Empower with your Spirit, O Lord, the newly baptized and all those who are coming to faith in you, that they may continually praise you for the hope that fills their heart.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Gracious God, it is in the power of your abundant and life-giving Spirit that we call upon you in prayer. Deepen our hope in your presence and your promise; hear us in your tender love, now and forever. Amen

THE COLLECT                                    
Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
riches beyond imagination.
Pour into our hearts such love toward you,
that we, loving you above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER                                     
Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray as our Saviour taught us,

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.


SONG – ‘Thy Kingdom Come’


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God andthe fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.


‘Worship at Home’ –Video Stream





Prayers & Worship for the 5th Sunday of Easter – May 10th

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.”
John 14.1-

Call to Worship

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

May his grace and peace be with us.
May he fill our hearts with joy.

Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord is our light and life:
O come, let us worship.


‘Christ our Passover’

(1 Corinthians 5.7–8; Romans 6.9–11; 1 Corinthians 15.20–22)

Alleluia!
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Alleluia!
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.

The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God.

So also consider yourselves dead to sin,
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alleluia! Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by one man came death,
by one man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia!

The Lord is our light and life:
O come, let us worship.


Psalm 31:1-5,15-16

Introduction: This psalm speaks to the experience of desperate need and through it we are invited to commit our selves into God’s care and to trust in God’s righteousness, faithfulness and love.

In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.
Incline your ear to me; make haste to deliver me.

Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.
Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, for you are my tower of strength.

Into your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.
“My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.

Make your face to shine upon your servant, and in your loving kindness save me.”

Prayer after the Psalm

God, you are the helper of the helpless, and the comfort of the afflicted. May those who are surrounded by trials and trouble find strength in the knowledge of your presence, and praise you for the wonders of your love; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.


‘Worship at Home’ –Video Stream

Premiers 9:45am Sunday May 10th
CLICK HERE

Your Offering

If you feel so moved, and are financially able in these difficult times, you can still make your financial offering to St.Paul’s even while we remain apart. You can give online through Interact e-Transfer or through CanadaHelps.org

Offerings can also be safely dropped-off through the mail slot at St.Paul’s church building, where they will be received on a daily-basis, or sent by mail to

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 486 Kennebecasis River Road, Hampton, N.B. E5N 6L3

Please know that whatever you are able to give will be gratefully received and fully dedicated to our continuing mission of helping people stay / get connected to God and keep connected to each other.

Thank you, and God bless!





Prayers & Worship for the 4th Sunday of Easter – May 3rd

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
-John 10:11-

Call to Worship

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

May his grace and peace be with us.
May he fill our hearts with joy.

Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord is our light and life:
O come, let us worship.


‘Christ our Passover’

(1 Corinthians 5.7–8; Romans 6.9–11; 1 Corinthians 15.20–22)

Alleluia!
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Alleluia!
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.

The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God.

So also consider yourselves dead to sin,
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alleluia! Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by one man came death,
by one man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia!

The Lord is our light and life:
O come, let us worship.


Psalm 23

Introduction: This psalm celebrates God’s guidance, provision and protection for his people by envisioning him as a good shepherd who looks after his flock, abundantly providing for them even in difficult circumstances.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.

He revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his name’s sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  

You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Prayer after the Psalm

Glory to you, Jesus Christ, our good shepherd. In the waters of baptism you give us new birth, at your table you nourish us with heavenly food, and in your goodness and mercy, you guide us beyond the terrors of evil and death to your Father’s home to dwell in eternal light. Glory to you for ever. Amen.


‘Worship at Home’ –Video Stream

Premiers 9:45am Sunday May 3rd
CLICK HERE

Your Offering

If you feel so moved, and are financially able in these difficult times, you can still make your financial offering to St.Paul’s even while we remain apart. You can give online through Interact e-Transfer or through CanadaHelps.org

Offerings can also be safely dropped-off through the mail slot at St.Paul’s church building, where they will be received on a daily-basis, or sent by mail to

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 486 Kennebecasis River Road, Hampton, N.B. E5N 6L3

Please know that whatever you are able to give will be gratefully received and fully dedicated to our continuing mission of helping people stay / get connected to God and keep connected to each other.

Thank you, and God bless!





Prayers & Worship for the 3rd Sunday of Easter – April 26th

Call to Worship

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

May his grace and peace be with us.
May he fill our hearts with joy.

Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord is our light and life:
O come, let us worship.


‘Christ our Passover’

(1 Corinthians 5.7–8; Romans 6.9–11; 1 Corinthians 15.20–22)

Alleluia!
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Alleluia!
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.

The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God.

So also consider yourselves dead to sin,
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alleluia! Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by one man came death,
by one man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia!

The Lord is our light and life:
O come, let us worship.


‘Worship at Home’ –Video Stream

Originally Streamed on April 26, 2020




Prayers & Worship for the 2nd Sunday of Easter – April 19th

Introduction

Welcome! On this page you will find material for prayer and worship for the second week of Easter.

This week we’re trying something a little bit different. In addition to providing a ‘Call to Worship’ featuring prayers and scripture readings that you can read on your own, we’ve also prepared a video stream that combines scripture readings and reflections with prayers (and even a little bit of singing) all brought together in a way that we hope will help even more of our parishioners and neighbours worship at home.


Call to Worship

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

May his grace and peace be with us.
May he fill our hearts with joy.

Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord is our light and life:
O come, let us worship.


‘Christ our Passover’

(1 Corinthians 5.7–8; Romans 6.9–11; 1 Corinthians 15.20–22)

Alleluia!
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Alleluia!
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.

The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God.

So also consider yourselves dead to sin,
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alleluia! Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by one man came death,
by one man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia!

The Lord is our light and life:
O come, let us worship.


‘Worship at Home’ –Video Stream





Prayers and Worship for Easter Sunday – April 12th

Introduction

Below you will find a service for Morning Prayer for Easter including readings, prayers, music and a Bible study. Hopefully this will help us worship together even while we remain apart.

We are living through challenging times, but we have an amazing opportunity to take up new practices of reading, singing, and praying in our own homes. We are not alone in this. God is in our midst, leading us through …

Instructions: If you are in a group, choose someone to lead (unbolded parts) and the rest will respond in unison (bolded parts). You may want to divide up responsibilities for the prayers and readings. If you are on your own, feel free to simply read through the liturgy at prayerful pace that is comfortable for you. The songs that we’ve included are there for you to sing along with, but if you just want to listen to them and let them lead you in worship through prayerful listening that’s find too 🙂


Call to Worship

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

May his grace and peace be with us.
May he fill our hearts with joy.

The Lord is our light and life: O come, let us worship.

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God;
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and call upon his name.

For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

The Lord is our light and life: O come, let us worship.


SONG – Christ the Lord is Risen Today


Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

This psalm is a celebration of God’s answers to his people’s prayers. These include victory over adversity, forgiveness of sins, admittance into God’s righteous presence, welcome and honour instead of rejection and even rescue from death.

The Lord is my strength and my defense;
  he has become my salvation.
Shouts of joy and victory resound
  in the tents of the righteous:

“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
  The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
  the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
I will not die but live,
  and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

The Lord has chastened me severely,
  but he has not given me over to death.
Open for me the gates of the righteous;
  I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord
  through which the righteous may enter.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
  you have become my salvation.

The stone the builders rejected
  has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
  and it is marvelous in our eyes.

The Lord has done it this very day;
  let us rejoice today and be glad.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be for ever.
Amen.


The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading – Jeremiah 31:1-6

Writing many years before the earthly life and ministry of Jesus, the prophet Jeremiah forecasts a great Day for God’s people Israel. On that day the scattered people of God will be joyfully gathered together in the fruitful Land. It is the Lord’s everlasting love which will do this for his people and it will inspire fervent worship in Zion, the Holy City of God.

A reading from Jeremiah 31:1-6

At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.
Thus says the Lord:
The people who survived the sword
    found grace in the wilderness;
when Israel sought for rest,
    the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
    O virgin Israel!
Again you shall take your tambourines,
    and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.
Again you shall plant vineyards
    on the mountains of Samaria;
the planters shall plant,
    and shall enjoy the fruit.
For there shall be a day when sentinels will call
    in the hill country of Ephraim:
‘Come, let us go up to Zion,
    to the Lord our God.’

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – Acts 10:34-43

Not long after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, the disciple Peter has been led by God to share the message of Jesus with the household of Cornelius, a Roman centurion who has come to believe in the God of Israel. Peter recounts for Cornelius and his family how God was at work in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and in the continued mission of all who follow him.

A reading from Acts 10:34-43

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’


SONG – Christ is Risen He is Risen Indeed


The Gospel – John 20:1-18

Early on Sunday morning Mary Magdalene discovers that Jesus’ tomb is empty. She runs to tell Peter and the other disciple who run to see for themselves. Mary remains by the tomb after Peter and the other disciple leave. Still weeping, she encounters the risen Lord but only recognizes him when he calls her by name.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John, chapter 2, beginning at verses 1 to 18
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb.

The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher).

Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

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


Bible Study for Individuals or Groups

The questions below have been designed to help you really dig into the Gospel reading and reflect on what it is that God might be saying to us through this passage.

There’s no need to answer every question. Draw on them as they seem helpful for your reflection and/or discussion.

You can also listen in on Kate and David Turner as we do our own reflecting together on this passage. You can find “Talking about the Bible with Kate and Dave” at the bottom of this Bible Study.

READING

  • Return to the Gospel and read it again.
  • What stands out for you? It may be a word or an image or a phrase or something that one of the people in the reading says or does.
  • Whatever it is that stands out to you take a moment to reflect on it. Maybe ask God in prayer, “Lord, why does this stand out to me?”
  • Write it down. Take some time to reflect. Give yourself freedom to wonder.

REFLECTING

  • Read the Gospel again, and while you do Imagine yourself in the story. Look around. What can you see? What can you hear? Who are the main characters? What do they look like? How do they sound?
  • Where is Jesus in the story? What does he do? How do the other characters relate to him? Who do they think he is?
  • What is happening for you? What are you thinking and feeling? Where do you find yourself in the story? Which characters do you find easiest to relate to?
  • Read the Gospel again.
  • The word “Gospel” means “good news.” What makes this story good news?

RESPONDING

  • We believe that God speaks into our lives and reveals himself to us through scripture. What could God be saying through our readings for this morning? How is he making himself known to you?
  • God not only speaks and reveals himself, but he invites us to respond to him. Are there parts of our readings you’d like to turn back to God in prayer? Is there something you’d like to celebrate? Something to confess? Something to ask for?
  • When you think about your life in connection with our readings is there something you’d like to start doing? Stop doing? Continue doing?

Talking about the Bible with Kate & Dave

Listen to Kate & Dave Turner talk about the Bible HERE on faithlifesermons.com

SONG – Because He Lives


Affirmation of Faith

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.


An Offering of Prayer

In joy and hope let us pray to the source of all life, saying,
“Hear us, Lord of glory!”

That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his holy and
life-giving resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.
Hear us, Lord of glory!

That isolated and persecuted churches may find fresh strength
in the Easter gospel, let us pray to the Lord.
Hear us, Lord of glory!

That he may grant us humility to be subject to one another in
Christian love, let us pray to the Lord.
Hear us, Lord of glory!

That he may provide for those who lack food, work, or shelter,
let us pray to the Lord.
Hear us, Lord of glory!

That by his power wars and famine may cease through all the
earth, let us pray to the Lord.
Hear us, Lord of glory!

That he may reveal the light of his presence to the sick, the
weak, and the dying, that they may be comforted and
strengthened, let us pray to the Lord.
Hear us, Lord of glory!

That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people,
that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection, let us
pray to the Lord.
Hear us, Lord of glory!

Lord of life and power,
through the mighty resurrection of your Son,
you have overcome the old order of sin and death
and have made all things new in him.
May we, being dead to sin
and alive with you in Jesus Christ,
reign with him in glory,
who with you and the Holy Spirit is alive,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray as our Saviour taught us,
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.


SONG – In Christ Alone


May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Your Offering

If you feel so moved, and are financially able in these difficult times, you can still make your financial offering to St.Paul’s even while we remain apart. You can give online through Interact e-Transfer or through CanadaHelps.org

Offerings can also be safely dropped-off through the mail slot at St.Paul’s church building, where they will be received on a daily-basis, or sent by mail to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 486 Kennebecasis River Road, Hampton, N.B. E5N 6L3

Please know that whatever you are able to give will be gratefully received and fully dedicated to our continuing mission of helping people stay / get connected to God and keep connected to each other.

Thank you, and God bless!





Prayers and Worship for Palm Sunday – April 5th

Here’s a personal little call to worship for Palm Sunday from the Turner family at home. The lyrics are below so that you can worship right along!

Ride on King Jesus
No one can a-hinder thee
Ride on King Jesus ride on
No one can a-hinder thee

King Jesus rides to Jerusalem
Hosanna to King David’s son
He rides upon a donkey small
The King of peace the Lord of all

The children sing and they dance and shout
If they won’t praise the rocks cry out
King Jesus done just what He said
He healed the sick and He raised the dead

The light of God shines on His face
He offers all His pardoning grace
Come join the throng your voices raise
The King of love deserves your praise

Introduction

Below you will find a service for Morning Prayer for Palm Sunday that includes readings, prayers, music and a Bible study. Hopefully this will help us worship together even while we remain apart.

We are living through challenging times, but we have an amazing opportunity to take up new practices of reading, singing, and praying in our own homes. This is a chance for us to  to make more time and space to, in the words of Jesus, “abide in him” and for him to “abide” in us.  We are not alone in this. God is in our midst, leading us through …

How to begin… If you are in a group, choose someone to lead (unbolded parts) and the rest will respond in unison (bolded parts). You may want to divide up responsibilities for the prayers, readings and spiritual exercises.

If all of this feels a bit awkward, don’t worry. It is. 😊 Be free to laugh about it and to experiment and explore in a playful spirit. The more you do prayer and worship in this way the more natural it will feel and the deeper you will sense God’s presence in your worship.

Call to Worship

See, your king comes to you, triumphant and victorious:
O come, let us worship.

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his name.
For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

See, your king comes to you, triumphant and victorious:
O come, let us worship.

“Hosanna | Praise is Rising” (Paul Baloche)

Praise is rising, eyes are turning to You, we turn to You
Hope is stirring, hearts are yearning for You, we long for You
‘Cause when we see You we find strength to face the day
In Your presence all our fears are washed away, washed away
 
Refrain:
Hosanna, Hosanna
You are the God who saves us
Worthy of all our praises
Hosanna, Hosanna
Come have Your way among us
We welcome You here, Lord Jesus
 
Hear the sound of hearts returning to You, we turn to You
In Your Kingdom broken lives are made new, You make us new
‘Cause when we see You we find strength to face the day
In Your presence all our fears are washed away, washed away
 
[Refrain]
 
‘Cause when we see You, we find strength to face the day
In Your Presence all our fears are washed away
‘Cause when we see You, we find strength to face the day
In Your Presence all our fears are washed away, washed away
 
[Refrain]

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

This psalm is a song of joy for the saving acts of God by which he brings his people into his presence and puts in the place of honour the one who has been rejected.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”

Open for me the gates of the righteous;
I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord
through which the righteous may enter.

I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;

The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.

Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.

The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will praise you;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now and will be for ever. Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

In our first reading the prophet Zechariah is writing to the people of God almost 70 years after their exile in Babylon. Many have come back to the land that God promised them but they are continuing to experience hardships and feel threatened by new military enemies. But Zechariah gives them a vision of a coming king who will bring peace and abundance for them and for all people.

A reading from Zechariah, chapter 9, beginning at verse 9.

9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
     Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
 See, your king comes to you,
     righteous and victorious,
 lowly and riding on a donkey,
     on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
 10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
     and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
     and the battle bow will be broken.
 He will proclaim peace to the nations.
     His rule will extend from sea to sea
     and from the River to the ends of the earth.
 11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
     I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
 12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope;
     even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
 13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow
     and fill it with Ephraim.
 I will rouse your sons, Zion,
     against your sons, Greece,
     and make you like a warrior’s sword.
14 Then the Lord will appear over them;
     his arrow will flash like lightning.
 The Sovereign Lord will sound the trumpet;
     he will march in the storms of the south,
 15     and the Lord Almighty will shield them.
 They will destroy
     and overcome with slingstones.
 They will drink and roar as with wine;
     they will be full like a bowl
     used for sprinkling the corners of the altar.
 16 The Lord their God will save his people on that day
     as a shepherd saves his flock.
 They will sparkle in his land
     like jewels in a crown.
 17 How attractive and beautiful they will be!
     Grain will make the young men thrive,
     and new wine the young women.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

“All Glory, Laud, and Honor ” (Koine)


All Glory, Laud, and Honor, to you redeemer King
To whom the lips of children, made sweet hosannas ring
You are the King of Israel and David’s royal Son.
Now in the Lord’s name coming, our King and blessed one.

“Hosanna in the highest!” That ancient song we sing,
For Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heav’n, our King.
Oh, may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice
And in his royal presence eternally rejoice

Redeemed, restored, forgiven through Jesus’ precious blood,
Heirs of his home in heaven–Oh, praise our pard’ning God!
Praise him in tuneful measures who gave his Son to die;
Praise him whose sev’n-fold treasures enrich and sanctify.

In our fair home shall never be silent music’s voice;
With heart and lips forever we shall in God rejoice,
The company of angels is praising you on high,
And we with all creation in chorus make reply.

Then let us praise the Father and worship God the Son
And sing to God the Spirit, Eternal Three in One,
Till all the ransomed number Who stand before the throne
Ascribe all pow’r and glory and praise to God alone.

THE GOSPEL

In our Gospel reading Jesus makes a very conspicuous and even confrontational entry into the holy city of Jerusalem. He comes humbly on a donkey with a procession of peasants and children, but they are shouting “Hosanna!” which means “save us” and are calling him “the Son of David” the title of the true king of God’s people. And then Jesus enters the temple where the confrontation continues.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew, chapter 21, verses 1-17.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ 4 This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
 
5 ‘Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
    humble, and mounted on a donkey,
        and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’
 
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
 
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
    Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
 
10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ 11 The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’
 
12 Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 He said to them, ‘It is written,
 
“My house shall be called a house of prayer”;
    but you are making it a den of robbers.’
 
14 The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David’, they became angry 16 and said to him, ‘Do you hear what these are saying?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Yes; have you never read,
 
“Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies
    you have prepared praise for yourself”?’
 
17 He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

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

Bible Study for Individuals or Groups

The questions below have been designed to help you really dig into the Gospel reading and reflect on what it is that God might be saying to us through this passage.

There’s no need to answer every question. Draw on them as they seem helpful for your reflection and/or discussion. The hope is that our reading and meditating will turn naturally to prayer.

You can also listen in on Kate and David Turner as we do our own reflecting together on this passage. You can find ‘Talking about the Bible with Kate and Dave” at the bottom of this Bible Study.

READING

  • Return to the Gospel and read it again.
  • What stands out for you? It may be a word or an image or a phrase or something that one of the people in the reading says or does.
  • Whatever it is that stands out to you take a moment to reflect on it. Maybe ask God in prayer, “Lord, why does this stand out to me?”
  • Write it down. Take some time to reflect. Give yourself freedom to wonder.

REFLECTING

  • Read the Gospel again, and while you do Imagine yourself in the story. Look around. What can you see? What can you hear? Who are the main characters? What do they look like? How do they sound?
  • Where is Jesus in the story? What does he do? How do the other characters relate to him? Who do they think he is?
  • What is happening for you? What are you thinking and feeling? Where do you find yourself in the story? Which characters do you find easiest to relate to?
  • Read the Gospel again.
  • The word “Gospel” means “good news.” What makes this story good news?

Consider the poem “Palm Sunday” by Malcolm Guite below. Notice how he associates the fickleness of the crowd with the hardness of his own heart. Can you relate to this in your own life?

Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,
The seething holy city of my heart,
The saviour comes. But will I welcome him?
Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;
They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,
And think the battle won. Too soon they’ll find
The challenge, the reversal he is bringing
Changes their tune. I know what lies behind
The surface flourish that so quickly fades;
Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,
The hardness of the heart, its barricades,
And at the core, the dreadful emptiness
Of a perverted temple. Jesus come
Break my resistance and make me your home.

RESPONDING

  • We believe that God speaks into our lives and reveals himself to us through scripture. What could God be saying through our readings for this morning? How is he making himself known to you?
  • God not only speaks and reveals himself, but he invites us to respond to him. Are there parts of our readings you’d like to turn back to God in prayer? Is there something you’d like to celebrate? Something to confess? Something to ask for?
  • When you think about your life in connection with our readings is there something you’d like to start doing? Stop doing? Continue doing?
You can also listen to Kate & Dave HERE at faithlifesermons.com

A Prayer in Response to the Gospel

If you have one or two palm fronds or palm crosses, or perhaps another small piece of greenery or a cross, you may want hold these as you off this prayer.

We praise you, almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

The people of Jerusalem acclaimed Jesus as Messiah and King, with palm branches in their hands, crying, Hosanna in the highest.

May we also (carrying these emblems) be ready to meet Christ
and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life;
who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.

“I Shall Not Want” (Audrey Assad)

From the love of my own comfort
From the fear of having nothing
From a life of worldly passions
Deliver me O God
 
From the need to be understood
And from a need to be accepted
From the fear of being lonely
Deliver me O God
Deliver me O God
 
And I shall not want
No I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness
I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness
I shall not want
 
From the fear of serving others
Oh and from the fear of death or trial
And from the fear of humility
Deliver me O God
Yes deliver me O God
 
And I shall not want
No I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness
I shall not want
No I shall not want
No I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness
I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness
I shall not want
I shall not want
Shall not want

This week, we invite you to read the affirmation of faith and the  prayers of the people  for yourself, either silently or out loud

Affirmation of Faith

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.

AN OFFERING OF PRAYER

Let us pray to the God who alone makes us dwell in safety, saying,
“Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.”
 
For all who are affected by coronavirus,
 through illness or isolation or anxiety,
 that they may find relief and recovery:
 Lord, hear us,
 Lord, graciously hear us.
 
 For those who are guiding our nation at this time,
 and shaping national policies,
 that they may make wise decisions:
 Lord, hear us,
 Lord, graciously hear us.
 
 For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
 that through their skill and insights
 many will be restored to health:
 Lord, hear us,
 Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For the vulnerable and the fearful,
 for the gravely ill and the dying,
 that they may know your comfort and peace:
 Lord, hear us,
 Lord, graciously hear us.
 
We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
 to the mercy and protection of God.
 
Merciful Father,
 accept these prayers
 for the sake of your Son,
 our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Collect

Almighty and everliving God, in tender love for all our human race you sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take our flesh and suffer death upon a cruel cross. May we follow the example of his great humility, and share in the glory of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray as our Saviour taught us,
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

ENTRANCE TO HOLY WEEK

On this day our Lord Jesus Christ
entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph.
The people welcomed him with palms and shouts of praise,
but the path before him led to self-giving, suffering, and death.
 
Today we greet him as our King,
although we know his crown is thorns and his throne a cross.
We follow him this week from the glory of the palms
to the glory of the resurrection
by way of the dark road of suffering and death.
United with him in his suffering on the cross,
may we share his resurrection and new life.
 
Let us pray.
Assist us mercifully with your help,
Lord God of our salvation,
that we may enter with joy
into the celebration of those mighty acts
whereby you give us life and immortality;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Even Unto Death” (Audrey Assad)


Jesus the very thought of You
It fills my heart with love
Jesus You burn like wildfire
and I am overcome

[Refrain]
Lover of my soul even unto death
With my every breath I will love You

Jesus You are my only hope
And You my prize shall be
Jesus You are my glory now
and in eternity

[Refrain]

In my darkest hour
In humiliation
I will wait for You
I am not forsaken

Though I lose my life
Though my breath be taken
I will wait for You
I am not forsaken

One thing I desire
To see You in Your beauty
You are my delight
You are my glory

You my Sacrifice
Your love is all-consuming
You are my delight
You are my glory

Dismissal

If you are in a group, you may want to stand to say the dismissal together in a circle. These words not only send us out, but they also welcome God’s blessing into our life together.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing
through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.





Prayers and Worship for March 29th

Introduction

This week’s online worship offering is a little different form previous weeks. This week, we want to encourage you to read the prayers and scripture passages for yourself, allowing your own voices to lead you in prayer and worship.

How to begin … Let me encourage you to find a quiet place and maybe light a candle. If you are in a group, choose someone to lead (unbolded parts) and the rest will respond in unison (bolded parts). You may want to divide up responsibilities for the prayers, readings and spiritual exercises. Have fun with this.

Also, if this feels awkward, don’t worry. Be free to laugh about it and to experiment and explore in a playful spirit. The more you do prayer and worship in this way the more natural it will feel and the deeper you will sense God’s presence in your worship.

Finally, I’d like to thank Rev. Sean Davidson of the Parishes of Waterford and St.Mark’s who prepared many of the prayers this week, as well as the Bible study and music.

Call to Worship

Lord, open our lips,
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.  

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy:
O come, let us worship.

Together, we say…
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.
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.
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.
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.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy:
O come, let us worship.

“With Great Gentleness” (Sandra McCracken)

Come to Jesus, He will never cast you out
Come you thirsty, put aside your fear, your doubt
With great gentleness, with great gentleness
He draws you, how He draws you,
See how He draws you to Himself
 
Come to Jesus, He will satisfy your heart   
With His presence, and be your lantern in the dark
With great gentleness, with great gentleness
He draws you, how He draws you
See how He draws you to Himself

Psalm 130

The psalm appointed for this week celebrates the promise of God’s forgiveness, his help in times of trouble and his unfailing love.         

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now and will be for ever.
Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

In our first reading, God’s people are scattered and in exile in Babylon. They feel cut off from God and that all hope has died. But God call’s the prophet Ezekiel to speak new hope to his people with a vision of God’s power to bring new life in the face of death.

A reading from Ezekiel, chapter 37, beginning at verse 1.

1 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

SONG – “Valley of Dry Bones” (Michael Card)

Behold a valley filled with bones Bones on every side
A valley vast the floor so full Of bones so very dry

The Lord did ask Can these bones live
Might these bones rise once more
What else was I to say but
You alone can tell O Lord

A legion now alive A resurrected army
A living holy host Of a people born again
Then prophesy O son of man Cry out to this dead hoard
And when they come to life again They’ll know I am the Lord

And as I spoke what I was told There came a rattling sound
As bone to bone they formed a mass Of bodies on the ground

Your dead will come alive Their graves will lie abandoned
And all those dwelling in the dust Will wake and shout for joy

And then I called upon the winds Upon these slain to breathe
At once they stood upon their feet A mighty vast army

A legion now alive A resurrected army
A living holy host Of a people born again
Your dead will come alive Their graves will lie abandoned
And all those dwelling in the dust Will wake and shout for joy

THE GOSPEL

In our Gospel reading Jesus’ friends Mary and Martha are surprised and upset that Jesus did not come in time to heal their brother Lazarus, who has died as a result of Jesus’ deliberate delay. To their anger, doubt and grief with compassion, truth, power, and grace.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John, chapter 11, verses 1-7 and 17-45.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Judeans had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Judeans who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Judeans who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Judeans said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” 45 Therefore many of the Judeans who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

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


BIBLE STUDY FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

Instead of recording a sermon this week we have provided questions to help you study this week’s Gospel reading yourself. The questions below have been designed to help you really dig into the Gospel reading and reflect on what it is that God might be saying to us through this passage.

There’s no need to answer every question. Draw on them as they seem helpful for your reflection and/or discussion. The hope by the end is that our reading and meditating will turn naturally to prayer.

You can also listen below to “Talking About the Bible with Kate & Dave” where Kate and Dave Turner do their own reflecting together on this passage.

READING
  • Return to the Gospel and read it again.
  • What stands out for you? It may be a word or an image or a phrase or something that one of the people in the reading says or does.
  • Whatever it is that stands out to you take a moment to reflect on it. Maybe ask God in prayer, “Lord, why does this stand out to me?”
  • Write it down. Take some time to reflect. Give yourself freedom to wonder.
REFLECTING
  • Read the Gospel again, and while you do Imagine yourself in the story. Look around. What can you see? What can you hear? Who are the main characters? What do they look like? How do they sound?
  • Where is Jesus in the story? What does he do? How do the other characters relate to him? Who do they think he is?
  • What is happening for you? What are you thinking and feeling? Where do you find yourself in the story? Which characters do you find easiest to relate to?
  • Read the Gospel again.
  • The word “Gospel” means “good news.” What makes this story good news?
RESPONDING
  • We believe that God speaks into our lives and reveals himself to us through scripture. What might God be saying to you through this story?
  • God also invites us to respond to what we see and/or hear from  him. Are there parts of the story you’d like to turn back to God in prayer? Is there something you’d like to celebrate? Something to confess? Something to ask for?
  • When you think about your life in connection with this story is there something you’d like to start doing? Stop doing? Continue doing?
  • Are there verses in the Gospel or other appointed readings for this week that you would like to memorize?
  • Let’s pray together …

A Prayer in Response to the Gospel

Almighty and gracious God, give us faith to know your compassion for us, your righteous opposition to everything that diminishes us, and your promise to us of new and unending life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

SONG – “You Came” (Beautiful Surrender)

AN OFFERING OF PRAYER

This week, we invite you to read the affirmation of faith and the prayers of the people for yourself, either silently or out loud. But if you prefer, there is a recording of these portions of the service below that you can pray along with as you listen.

Affirmation of Faith

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.

Prayers of the People

With confidence and trust let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, hear our prayer, for your mercy is great.”

For the one holy catholic and apostolic Church throughout the world…
Lord, hear our prayer,
For your mercy is great.

For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth…
Lord, hear our prayer,
For your mercy is great.

For those preparing for baptism and for their teachers and sponsors…
Lord, hear our prayer,
For your mercy is great.

For peace in the world, that a spirit of respect and reconciliation may grow among nations and peoples…
Lord, hear our prayer,
For your mercy is great.

For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger; that they may be relieved and protected…
Lord, hear our prayer,
For your mercy is great.

For all whom we have injured or offended…
Lord, hear our prayer,
For your mercy is great.

For the renewal of the earth and the flourishing of all creation…
Lord, hear our prayer,
For your mercy is great.

For grace to amend our lives and to further the reign of God…
Lord, hear our prayer,
For your mercy is great.

The Lord’s Prayer

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

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect

Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us with the life-giving power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ, and serve you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

SONG – “Everlasting God” (Chris Tomlin)

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord

Our God, You reign forever Our hope, our strong deliverer

You are the everlasting God The everlasting God You do not faint, you won’t grow weary You’re the defender of the weak You comfort those in need You lift us up on wings like eagles

Dismissal

If you are in a group, you may want to stand to say the dismissal together in a circle. These words not only send us out, but they also welcome God’s blessing into our life together.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and
the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.


Your Offering

If you feel so moved, and are financially able in these difficult times, you can still make your financial offering to St.Paul’s even while we remain apart.

Offerings can be delivered by mail to

St. Paul’s Anglican Church,
486 Kennebecasis River Road,
Hampton, N.B. E5N 6L3

Offerings can also be safely dropped-off through the mail slot at St.Paul’s church building, where they will be received on a daily-basis.

You can also give online, which you can learn more about HERE.

Please know that whatever you are able to give will be gratefully received and fully dedicated to our continuing mission of helping people stay / get connected to God and keep connected to each other.

Thank you, and God bless!