A Service of the Word and Prayer for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Prelude: Hymn to Freedom

composed by Oscar Peterson and reworked by Jeff Campbell, who is on clarinet. On piano is Tommy Banks, Edmonton-based jazz pianist and former Senator.

 


Welcome

 


Opening Hymn: Lord of all Hopefulness

 

 

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Gathering

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Let us praise our God who has given us life and hope by raising Jesus from the dead.
O God, you have claimed us as your own and called us from our darkness into the light of your day.
Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Blessed be God: Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

 

 

Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Holy One, you breathe the word of love and the promise of new creation
into the secret places of our lives.
Teach us the costly way of fearless love and priceless peace;
through Jesus Christ, who dwells in us. Amen

 

Collect in a time of Pandemic

Keep us, merciful God,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

 

The Liturgy of the Word

 

A reading from The First Letter of Peter read by Jean Fry

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 defense 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 fora 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 what The Spirit is saying to the Church
Thanks be to God

Much talk and ink has been spent over the centuries trying to figure out the place of suffering in life. Where is God in suffering? Why doesn’t God do something about the great times of suffering, such as wars, famine, floods, pandemics? These are big topics indeed. Today’s passage reminds us that Christ suffered and therefore knows intimately what that is like for us to suffer. The passage also tells us of a patient and present God who will be with us long after wars, floods, famines and pandemics cease. Where for you and your community, do you find hope in this passage?

 

 

Psalm 121 Led by Jeff, Alison, Stuart and Colin Campbell

I lift up my eyes to the hills;
from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.
The Lord will not let your foot be moved
and the One who watches over you will not fall asleep.
Behold, the One who keeps watch over Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord, the Lord, watches over you;
the Lord is your shade at your side,
so that the sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil
and shall keep you safe.
The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in,
from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm 121 is one of the Psalms of Ascent, believed to have been sung as pilgrims travelled annually to the Temple in Jerusalem. We are currently on a journey of another kind, not travelling geographically, but moving from one world and way of being to another. How might the words of this psalm aid us on that journey?

 

Hymn: Let Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (performed by Wade Seymour)

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred let me bring your love
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you
       Oh, master grant that I may never seek
       So much to be consoled as to console
       To be understood as to understand
       To be loved as to love with all my soul.
Make me a channel of your peace
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there’s sadness ever joy.  (refrain)
Make me a channel of your peace
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
In giving to all men let we receive
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.  (refrain)

 

The Gospel

The Lord be with you
And also with you
The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
[Jesus said] “If you love me, you will keep[a] 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[c] 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 be to you, Lord, Jesus Christ

 

Reflection by Rev Canon Lynn Uzans

 

Music for reflection: Psalm 121 by Glen Solderholm

 

 

 

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Confession of Faith

Hear, O my people,
the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind, and with all your strength.
This is the first and the great commandment.
The second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.


Prayers of the Community led by Grant McBurney

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Hymn: We are Called

 

 

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Blessing

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rains wash away your worries
And the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk Gently through the world and know its beauty.
And may the blessing of the Triune God be upon you this day and always Amen