Monday, June 25, 2012

An Ordo for Canada Day 2012

canada day
1 july 2012

The Gathering of the Community

The Opening Hymn

‘God Save Our Gracious Queen’  Common Praise #660 v. 1
‘O Canada’  Common Praise #659 vv. 1, 4

The Introductory Responses

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
whose glory fills all the earth.

For the natural majesty and beauty of this country,
we praise and thank you, O Lord.

For the many resources of this nation,
we praise and thank you, O Lord.

For the women and men in this and every generation who have made this country strong,
we praise and thank you, O Lord.

For the freedoms we enjoy,
we praise and thank you, O Lord.

For the gifts of many cultures and peoples who have woven here a rich tapestry,
we praise and thank you, O Lord.

For faith that renews and sustains us,
we praise and thank you, O Lord.

The Hymn of Praise

‘Glory to God on High’  Common Praise #365

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Almighty God,
whose wisdom and whose love are over all,
accept the prayers we offer for our nation.
Give integrity to its citizens
and wisdom to those in authority,
that harmony and justice may be secured
in obedience to your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

Isaiah 32.1-5, 16-18

The Psalm

Psalm 100 from Songs for the Holy One

The Second Reading

Colossians 3.12-17

The Gradual Hymn

‘Blest Are the Pure in Heart’  Common Praise #439

The Gospel

John 15.12-17

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Source of all being, eternal Word and Holy Spirit.

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Petitions

Confession and Absolution

Come, let us return to the Lord and say:

Lord our God,
in our sin we have avoided your call.
Our love for you is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes away early.
Have mercy on us;
deliver us from judgement;
bind up our wounds and revive us;
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by the Holy Spirit,
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Exchange of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you all.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn                                   

‘For the Healing of the Nations’  Common Praise #576

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Judge eternal,
accept all we offer you this day,
and grant to our nation unity and peace.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

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

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

It is indeed right that we should praise you, gracious God,
for you created all things.
You formed us in your own image:
male and female you created us.
When we turned away from you in sin,
you did not cease to care for us,
but opened a path of salvation for all people.
You made a covenant with Israel,
and through your servants Abraham and Sarah
gave the promise of a blessing to all nations.
Through Moses you led your people
from bondage into freedom;
through the prophets
you renewed your promise of salvation.

Therefore, with them, and with all your saints
who have served you in every age,
we give thanks and raise our voices
to proclaim the glory of your name.

[Sung to Common Praise #732]
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might. 
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest.
hosanna in the highest.

Holy God, source of life and goodness,
all creation rightly gives you praise.
In the fullness of time,
you sent your Son Jesus Christ,
to share our human nature,
to live and die as one of us,
to reconcile us to you,
the God and Father of all.
He healed the sick
and ate and drank with outcasts and sinners;
he opened the eyes of the blind
and proclaimed the good news of your reign of peace and justice
to the poor and to those in need.
In all things he fulfilled your gracious will.

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

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

Gracious God,
his perfect sacrifice
destroys the power of sin and death;
by raising him to life
you give us life for evermore.

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
Therefore we proclaim our hope.
Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life.
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Recalling his death,
proclaiming his resurrection,
and looking for his coming again in glory,
we offer you, Father, this bread and this cup.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon these gifts,
that all who eat and drink at this table
may be one body and one holy people,
a living sacrifice in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory is yours, almighty Father,
now and for ever.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

[Sung to BAS, p. 918]
As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

“I am the bread of life,” says the Lord.
“Whoever comes to me will never be hungry;
whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are they who trust in him!

The gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.


The Sending Forth of the Community

Hymn after Communion                      

‘When God Restored Our Common Life’  Common Praise #583

Prayer after Communion

God of love,
may we who have taken holy things
grow in unity and peace.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.

Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine. 
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.


May the Spirit of truth lead you into all truth,
giving you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord
and to proclaim the wonderful works of God;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Lover, the Beloved and the Love,
be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.

Closing Hymn 

‘Let There Be Light’  Common Praise #572


Let us go forth in the name of the living God.
Thanks be to God.

Liturgical Notes

The opening litany was prepared for Saint Faith’s Vancouver.

‘An Affirmation of Faith’ is adapted from Common Worship (2000) of the Church of England, p. 148.

The ‘Confession’ is taken from Common Worship (2000) of the Church of England, p. 128.  The ‘Absolution’ is adapted from Common Worship (2000) of the Church of England, p. 135.

All other liturgical texts are taken from The Book of Alternative Services of The Anglican Church of Canada (1985) and Common Praise (1998).

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