Tuesday, September 6, 2016

An Order of Service for the 69th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Parish of Saint Faith's

On the 14th of September 1947 the Parish of Saint Faith's was established.  On Sunday, the 11th of September, we will celebrate the sixty-ninth anniversary of the foundation of the Parish with the baptisms of Miles William Petersson and Dominic John McIntyre.

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

A celebration of the Founding of the Parish and
The Baptisms of Miles William Pettersson and Dominic John McIntyre

11 September 2016

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘O God of Font and Altar’  Common Praise #389 (Sung to #434)


Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,
the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation. [i]

There is one body and one Spirit,
there is one hope in God’s call to us;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all.

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Watchful and caring God,
our source and our end,
all that we are and all that we have are yours.
Accept us now,
as we give thanks to you for this place
where we have come to praise your name,
to ask your forgiveness,
to know your healing power,
to hear your word,
and to be nourished by the body and blood of your Son.
Be present always to guide and to judge,
to illumine and to bless your people.
This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from first book of Chronicles (29.6-19).

            29.6 [The leaders] of ancestral houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the thousands and of the hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work.  7 They gave for the service of the house of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.  8 Whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the Lord, into the care of Jehiel the Gershonite.  9 Then the people rejoiced because these had given willingly, for with single mind they had offered freely to the Lord; King David also rejoiced greatly.

            10 Then David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly; David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, forever and ever.  11 Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.  12 Riches and honour come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might; and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all.  13 And now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your glorious name.

            14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to make this freewill offering?  For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.  15 For we are aliens and transients before you, as were all our ancestors; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.  16 O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.  17 I know, my God, that you search the heart, and take pleasure in uprightness; in the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.  18 O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you.  19 Grant to my son Solomon that with single mind he may keep your commandments, your decrees, and your statutes, performing all of them, and that he may build the temple for which I have made provision.”

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 122 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  We pray for peace in Jerusalem and in our world.

1 I was glad when they said to me, *
            “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
2 Now our feet are standing *
            within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Refrain:  We pray for peace in Jerusalem and in our world.

3 Jerusalem is built as a city *
            that is at unity with itself.
4 To which the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord, *
            the assembly of Israel,
            to praise the name of the Lord.
5 For there are the thrones of judgement, *
            the thrones of the house of David.

Refrain:  We pray for peace in Jerusalem and in our world.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: *
            “May they prosper who love you.
7 Peace be within your walls *
            and quietness within your towers.
8 For my kindred and companions’ sake, *
            I pray for your prosperity.
9 Because of the house of the Lord our God, *
            I will seek to do you good.”

Refrain:  We pray for peace in Jerusalem and in our world.

The Second Reading

A Reading from the first letter of Peter (2.1-5, 9-10).

            2.1 Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander.  2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation — 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

            4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5 like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

            9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

            10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #714 (Sung twice)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (21.12-16).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            26.12 [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’?”

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

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #714 (Sung twice)

The Sermon

The Baptism

The Presentation and Examination of the Candidates

The candidates for Holy Baptism will now be presented.
(Parents and sponsors)  I present Miles William Pettersson/Dominic McIntyre to receive the sacrament of baptism.

Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is nurtured in the faith and life of the Christian community?
(Parents and sponsors)  I will, with God’s help.

Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?
(Parents and sponsors)    I will, with God’s help.

Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?
(Parents and sponsors)    I renounce them.

Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?
(Parents and sponsors)    I renounce them.

Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?
(Parents and sponsors)    I renounce them.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Saviour?
(Parents and sponsors)   I do.

Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?
(Parents and sponsors)    I do.

Do you promise to obey him as your Lord?
(Parents and sponsors)   I do.

Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support Miles and Dominic in their life of faith?
(All)  We will.

Prayers for the Candidates

The Deacon invites the Community to pray for the Candidates.

Let us now pray for these children who are to receive the sacrament of new birth.

The Person appointed leads the Prayers.

Deliver them, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Open their hearts to your grace and truth.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Fill them with your holy and life-giving Spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Send them into the world in witness to your love.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Grant, O Lord,
that all who are baptized
into the death of Jesus Christ your Son
may live in the power of his resurrection
and look for him to come again in glory;
who lives and reigns now and for ever.  Amen.

Thanksgiving over the Water

The Presider blesses the water.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Holy God, holy and merciful, holy and mighty,
you are the river of life, you are the everlasting wellspring,
you are the fire of rebirth.

Glory to you for oceans and lakes, for rivers and streams.
Honour to you for cloud and rain, for dew and snow.
Your waters are below us, around us, above us:  our life is born in you.
You are the fountain of resurrection.

Praise to you for your saving waters: 
Noah and the animals survive the flood,
Hagar discovers your well. 
The Israelites escape through the sea, and they drink from your gushing rock. 
Naaman washes his leprosy away,
and the Samaritan woman will never be thirsty again.

At this font, Holy God, we pray: 
Praise to you for the water of baptism
and for your Word that saves us in this water. 
Breathe your Spirit into all who are gathered here and into all creation. 
Illumine our days.  Enliven our bones.  Dry our tears. 
Wash away the sin within us, and drown the evil around us.

Satisfy all our thirst with your living water, Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen. [iii]

The Baptismal Covenant

The Presider and the Deacon share in asking the questions of the Covenant.

Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
I believe in Jesus Christ,
God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
I believe in God 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.

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you persevere in resisting evil and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbour as yourself?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth?
I will, with God’s help.

The Baptism

Miles William/Dominic John, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Miles William/Dominic John, you are sealed with the Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ’s own for ever.  Amen.

Heavenly Father,
we thank you that be water and the Holy Spirit
you have bestowed upon these your servants
the forgiveness of sin,
and have raised them to the new life of grace.
Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit.
Give them an inquiring and discerning heart,
the courage to will and to persevere,
a spirit to know and to love you,
and the gift of joy and wonder
in all your works.  Amen.

The Giving of the Light

Receive the light of Christ,
to show that you have passed from darkness to light.
Let your light so shine before others
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven.

Let us welcome the newly baptized.
We receive you into the household of God.
Confess the faith of Christ crucified,
proclaim his resurrection,
and share with us in his eternal priesthood.

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘All Things Are Thine’  Common Praise #304

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Creator of all,
hear the prayers of your faithful people.
Grant that all who celebrate this eucharist
may please you by the offering of themselves
and the fulfilling of your will.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the 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.

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.

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. [v]

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 Creator 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 kingdom
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 comes again.

Recalling his death,
proclaiming his resurrection,
and looking for his coming again in glory,
we offer you, O Holy One of Israel, this bread and this cup. 
Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts,
so 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, Source of all life, now and for ever.  Amen. [vi]

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.

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!

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.


Hymn after Communion

‘Bread of Heaven, on Thee We Feed’  Common Praise #72

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

All your works praise you, O Lord.
And your faithful servants bless you.

Gracious God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son
Jesus Christ.
May we, who share his body,
live his risen life;
we, who drink is cup,
bring life to others;
we, whom the Spirit lights,
give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so that we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord.  Amen. [vii]

Closing Hymn

‘They Did Not Build in Vain’  Common Praise #302 vv. 1, 3, 4, 6 (Sung to #323)

The Dismissal

The Deacon sends the People forth with a Dismissal for the occasion.

[i] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 95.

[ii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 668-669 alt.

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 71.

[iv] The Book of Alternative Services (1985) 673 alt.

[v] Common Praise #732.

[vi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 193-195 alt.

[vii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 214-215.

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