Monday, June 23, 2014

An Order for the Eucharist for the Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (29 June 2014)

In the calendar of the Anglican Church of Canada the Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul takes precedence over the Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Third Sunday after Pentecost
29 June 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him’  Common Praise #59


We praise you, O God,
We acclaim you as Lord;
all creation worships you,
all the powers of heaven.
The glorious company of the apostles praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Come, then, Lord, and help your people
and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting. [i]


‘Gloria in excelsis’ by John Rutter

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

O God,
source of every good gift
and sure foundation of our unity,
as we celebrate your servants, Peter and Paul,
grant your church a share
in their zeal for preaching the gospel.
Strengthen us in our witness
to our Lord, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Ezekiel (34.11-16).

            For thus says the Lord God:  I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.  As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep.  I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.  I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land.  I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.  I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God.  I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy.  I will feed them with justice.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 8 with Refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (twice):  Glorious things are sung for you, O Holy One.

1 On the holy mountain *
            stands the city God has founded;
2 the Lord loves the gates of Zion
            more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of you, *
            O city of our God.
4 I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; *
            behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia:  in Zion were they born.

Refrain:  Glorious things are sung for you, O Holy One.

5 Of Zion it shall be said, ”Everyone was born in there, *
            and the Most High shall sustain it.”
6 The Lord will record as the peoples are enrolled, *
            “These also were born there.”
7 The singers and the dancers will say, *
            “All my fresh springs are in you.”

Refrain:  Glorious things are sung for you, O Holy One.

The Second Reading

A Reading from the Second Letter to Timothy (4.1-8).

            In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you:  proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.  For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.  As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

            As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn before the Gospel

‘From the Waiting Comes the Sign’  Common Praise #642

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (21.15-19).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”  He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”  Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”  A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”  Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”  He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?”  And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”  Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.  Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished.  But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.”  (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.)  After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

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

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God,
the Source of all life and love,
from whom every family
in heaven and earth is named.

We believe in God,
the eternal Word of redemption,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with steadfast love.

We believe in God,
the Spirit of wisdom and truth,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God:
Source of all being,
eternal Word and Holy Spirit.  Amen. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of the risen Christ be with you all.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken’  Common Praise #388

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Almighty God,
receive all we offer you on this feast of the apostles.
Help us to know our own weakness
and to rejoice in your saving power,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [iv]

The Thanksgiving at the Table

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.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
we give you thanks and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who after his resurrection sent forth apostles
to preach the gospel and to teach all nations,
and promised to be with them always,
even to the end of the ages.
Therefore with angels and archangels
and all your holy people,
we raise our voices
to proclaim the glory of your name. [v]

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might. 
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. [vi]

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal: 
you we praise and glorify, you we worship and adore. 
You formed the earth from chaos; you encircled the globe with air;
you created fire for warmth and light; you nourish the lands with water. 
You moulded us in your image, and with mercy higher than the mountains,
with grace deeper than the seas, you blessed the Israelites
and cherished them as your own. 
That we also, estranged and dying, might be adopted to live in your Spirit,
you called to us through the life and death of Jesus.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: 
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying: 
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Together as the body of Christ, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

With this bread and cup we remember your Son,
the first-born of your new creation. 
We remember his life lived for others,
and his death and resurrection, which renews the face of the earth. 
We await his coming, when, with the world made perfect through your wisdom,
all our sins and sorrows will be no more. 
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.

Holy God, holy and merciful, holy and compassionate,
send upon us and this meal your Holy Spirit,
whose breath revives us for life, whose fire rouses us to love. 
Enfold in your arms all who share this holy food. 
Nurture in us the fruits of the Spirit,
so that we may be a living tree,
sharing your bounty with all the world. 
Amen.  Come, Holy Spirit.

Holy and benevolent God, receive our praise and petitions,
as Jesus received the cry of the needy,
and fill us with your blessing,
until, needy no longer and bound to you in love,
we feast forever in the triumph of the Lamb: 
through whom all glory and honour is yours,
O God, O Living One, with the Holy Spirit,
in your holy church, now and for ever.  Amen. [vii]

The Lord’s Prayer

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. [viii]

The Breaking of the Bread

Be known to us, Lord Jesus, in the breaking of the bread.
Be known to us, Lord Jesus, in the breaking of the bread.
The bread which we break, alleluia,
is the communion of the body of Christ.
Be known to us, Lord Jesus, in the breaking of the bread.
One body are we, alleluia,
for though many, we share one bread.
Be known to us, Lord Jesus, in the breaking of the bread. [ix]

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


Hymn after Communion

‘Come Down, O Love Divine’  Common Praise #434

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

Giver of the Spirit,
renew the life of your Church
by the power of this sacrament.
May the breaking of bread
and the teaching of the apostles
keep us united in your love,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen. [x]

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.

Closing Hymn

‘By All Your Saints Still Striving’  Common Praise #283 (sung to #434) vv. 1, 2m, 3

The Dismissal

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

[i] ‘We Praise You, O God’, Evangelical Lutheran Worship #227 alt.

[ii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Alternative Collects:  Pentecost to the Reign of Christ (Year A)’, 15.

[iii] ‘Affirmation of Faith 6’ in Common Worship (2000), 148 alt.

[iv] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 412.

[v] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 224.

[vi] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), #525.

[vii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 67.

[viii] Songs for a Gospel People #12.

[ix] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 228.

[x] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 412.

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