THE GATHERING OF THE CHURCH
4th Sunday of Pentecost
20th June 2021
National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
St. Andrew by-the-Lake
Priest- David Howells 416-890-4578
Church Office – 416-203-0873
Warden - Bella Beazer 416-203-4142
Warden – Jane Davidson-Neville 416-203- 8564
Deputy Warden & Synod Rep – Julia Weldon Tait
Deputy Warden - Nancy Kendrew
Outreach Chair – Graham Mudge 416-203-3556
Treasurer/Bookings – Joyce Rogers 416-203-0987
Musicians in waiting...
Roger Sharp, Julia Weldon Tait,
& Jane Davidson-Neville
THE GATHERING OF THE CHURCH
We give thanks to our Creator for the earth we share with all creatures, and we acknowledge that here we are on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat.
We also recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations,
Metis and Inuit peoples, and we seek to live respectfully with
them and with the earth.
We pray for healing between our cultures and forgiveness for settler arrogance.
We believe that black lives matter.
We welcome all, who like us, are the children of immigrants
We know that love is love,
and we welcome everybody
who desires to join us in worship.
Together we are a beloved creation of God, and you are most welcome.
National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
In this link you can find a 3 part Sermon, Readings and Songs of worship in indigenous traditions.
I have put the link and the number of the slide that you can click on and open each time we turn to this material prepared for the National Indigenous People’s Day. The slides take a few moments to open.
There are more videos in total in this link than we will have in the service, so regard them as extra gifts for watching later!
Creator God, from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name. You have rooted and grounded us in your covenant love, and empowered us by your Spirit to speak the truth in love, and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness. Mercifully grant that your people, journeying together in partnership, may be strengthened and guided to help one another to grow into the full stature of Christ, who is our light and our life. Amen
Opening Hymn “8 Children’s healing Song” from the site below https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1089qImHAwROGRZdyDujFkL5CU93eZIz9
1st Reading Philippians 4:4-9. New International Version
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
In preparation for the Gospel we watch the smudging ceremony #7 “Proud of our nation..”
THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John John 1;1-18
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not
any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God,
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son
from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Gospel of Christ
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Reflection. chose, #4 Gospel and the “3 part sermon” from below
Reflection Music. Chose 9,10 & 11 from below
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Let us pray for ourselves and each other, and for those that we do not know, but who you know, God.
In this month remember in our prayers those who find the doors of our society locked against them, those who feel they are not equal because of the colour of their skin or the form of their body or any other gift of God. Pray for those who have privileged lives without knowing who pays. Pray for those who simmer hatred for the “other”. Pray to be shown how to bring justice, even if only by a first trickle.
Pray for indigenous families through-out Canada who’s pain over the loss of children in residential schools is re-awakened again. Pray for the souls of the children, that they may be healed and in peace. Pray for Justice and Action from those in power.
Pray for Indigenous Leaders struggling to settle land claims and to have treaties ratified by the English Monarch honoured by our Government in Ottawa.
Pray for Indigenous People living in Settler-culture cities struggling with prejudice and struggling with the inherited wounding of the way our Settler-culture worked to destroy their culture and family supports.
We continue to pray for those whose lives have been changed by Covid.
We pray for those who face anxiety and stress working in “essential” jobs with greater exposure to infection. We pray for an end of lock downs and restrictions.
We remember those we know who are sick in body mind or spirit, especially Donna, Michael, Penny, Enid, Freda, Anne & family, Charlotte, Rose, Gail, Peter, Bob, Douglas, Marian
We pray for those who are close to death or who have passed through death, remembering Ron, Joey, Mick, Paulette, Bev, Fred, Cathy, June, Barbara, Craig, Les
We pray for the Muslim community in Canada following the murder of a whole family, save on child, by a white man in a pick-up truck in London Ontario (click for info)
In the diocesan cycle of prayer,
Pray for St. John, Bowmanville, its community garden, Christmas hamper program, and support of the Durham Region Migrant Worker ministry;
for St. John, East Orangeville, its community suppers, men's breakfast, support of a school in Guatemala, support of Dufferin Child and Family Services, Family Transition House, and the local food bank;
and for St. John, Ida (Parish of Ida & Omemee), its involvement with the One Roof Community Diner in downtown Peterborough, monthly seniors’ lunch, support of the Pikangikum Water Project, and education for reconciliation
Here take a few moments to hold before our God all who you are carrying in love and care.....
All of our longings and our fears, our hopes and our desires we bring to you. Hear our prayers, gracious God. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Closing Hymn: The Journey Song #12
May the blessings of the Risen Lord be upon you
May the loss of the ascended Christ shake you awake
May the Spirit of Christ come again and again to fill you
And may you have joy in your life.
The link below is from the Anglican Church service for today. This was released too late in the week for me to be able to fold in to the above service. Please open the link and view what is offered here as well.
The Warden’s Announcement of the New Priest at St Andrew's, beginning in August
We are delighted to announce that Bp. Kevin Robertson has appointed The Rev. Alison Hari-Singh as Priest-in-Charge (half-time) of St. Andrew’s by-the-Lake, beginning August 1, 2021.
Since her ordination in 2018, Alison served as chaplain at The Bishop Strachan School before moving to St. Martin in-the-Fields to complete her curacy. Alison is married to The Rev. Jeff Nowers, Associate Priest at St. Aidan’s in-the-Beach; they have one daughter (Ava).
Alison is completing a PhD in systematic theology at the Toronto School of Theology and teaches sessionally at Trinity College. Alison is looking forward to meeting the island community joining in ministry with St. Andrew’s as we re-emerge from “covidtide.” We look forward to welcoming her in August!
(David’s final Sunday will be on the 25th of July, in Church, we hope!)
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