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Sunday August 1st, 2021 Morning Service
The 10th Sunday after Pentecost
We give thanks for the bounty of this land and acknowledge the First Peoples who preceded us here:
The Anishinabe, Haudenosaunee and Neutral Peoples.
Today, it’s all about Hunger…
The Physical and Spiritual kind of Hunger
Hymn: One Bread, One Body
Rev’d. Joan: Let us begin this “hungry” morning by praising our
Creator God, loving God, source of all life,
Compassionate, caring and generous One.
We gather in this place of your amazing generosity,
Surrounded by your rich abundance as you feed us with love
We give you thanks
and want you to know
That we hunger for you
At times we grow weary, yet we are blessed
Blessed by your radiant love
And infinite mercy
We are blessed by your abundance of love
Berry-laden vines surround us,
Wild salad greens flourish underfoot.
Rich soil teeming with microscopic life,
Majestic trees nourished by its goodness,
Lush ferns growing in their shade.
Let us taste the goodness of our Creator,
And drink in the wonder of Christ’s sacrifice.
Let us eat of the fruits of the Spirit,
And partake of God’s overflowing generosity,
Let us join in the banquet feast of God.
In Jesus, you place the gospel at the centre
Together with Prophets, Apostles and Martyrs
you draw all of life into the sacred circle of your redeeming love,
in which all creation is related.
Jesus, you welcome all creation to your banquet feast.
Let us remember we sit at table with the oppressed
and the marginalized,
And learn to share your generous and compassionate ways.
Nourished by faith, hope and love,
Let us welcome all who hunger and thirst,
Let us taste of the fruit of your spirit together.
(Adapted from CELTIC RETREAT LITURGY, GodspaceLight.com)
All Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us,
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your name. Amen
Rev’d Joan: Merciful God,
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all our sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Rev’d Joan: God of Peace, relax the tensions of our bodies…..
Still the anxieties of our minds…..
Calm the storms of our hearts…..
Give us courage to wait…..
Let peace flow in us, through us, from us,
the deep, deep, peace of God. Amen.
The Peace of the Lord be always with you
All And also with you
The Collect of the Day
Let us pray to the God who alone can satisfy our deepest hungers
God of the hungry,
make us hunger and thirst for the right,
till our thirst for justice has been satisfied
and hunger has gone from the earth;
through Jesus, the Christ, the bread of life,
who is alive with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
(New Zealand Prayerbook)
The Proclamation of the Word
(offered by Rosemary McCallum)
A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the
calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness,
with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to
maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body
and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling,
one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is
above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace
according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said,
“When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
he gave gifts to his people.”
(When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also
descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the
same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill
all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some
prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the
saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until
all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son
of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must
no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind
of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful
scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way
into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined
and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each
part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up
in love. (Ephesians 4:1-16)
Holy Wisdom, Holy Word.
All Thanks be to God
(offered by Beth Hopkins)
23 So he commanded the clouds above *
and opened the doors of heaven.
24 He rained down manna upon them to eat *
and gave them grain from heaven.
25 So mortals ate the bread of angels; *
he provided for them food enough.
26 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens *
and led out the south wind by his might.
27 He rained down flesh upon them like dust *
and winged birds like the sand of the sea.
28 He let it fall in the midst of their camp *
and round about their dwellings.
29 So they ate and were well filled, *
for he gave them what they craved.
Together: God of pilgrims, strengthen our faith, we pray.
Guide us through the uncertainties of our journey,
and hold before us the vision of your eternal
kingdom, made known to us in Jesus Christ our
The Gospel Reading
Deacon Irene: The Lord be with you
All And also with you
Deacon Irene: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
All Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
The next day, when the people who remained after the feeding of the
five thousand saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they
themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I
tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because
you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes,
but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will
give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then
they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus
answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom
he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us
then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you
performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is
written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to
them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread
from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from
heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will
never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Deacon Irene: This is the Gospel of Christ
All Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Rev’d Joan: Homily
May the words from my lips, and the meditations of all our hearts and
desires be acceptable to you, O Lord, our strength, and our redeemer.
What do Dorothy, the cowardly lion, the tin man, the scarecrow and the
Wizard of Oz have in common with John’s Gospel?
Briefly, the above-mentioned characters found each other, and went en-
mass to find the person who would fill their needs. Their hunger, if you will.
The scarecrow wanted brains. The tin man, needed a heart. The lion really
wanted courage. Then, there’s Dorothy. Above all, Dorothy just wanted to
go home. All searched for something that they did not have, not knowing
truly what they were hungry for, yet they continued… trying to find someone
to help them.
Last week, we heard about hospitality with the story of the loaves and the
fishes. Jesus performed an obvious miracle; he transformed five barley
loaves and two fishes, into a gigantic feast, feeding masses of people. Last
week, we heard, “When the people saw the sign that he had done, they
began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”
Today we hear and virtually see the comparison of physical and spiritual
hunger; this is a common thread throughout today’s Gospel reading.
Let’s try to imagine what this scene may have looked like: There were
hundreds of people gathering, searching and searching for someone to
satiate their hunger. What a miracle they witnessed! A Prophet feeding
thousands of people! There are times, like today, when Jesus does not mind
the witness. Meaning, usually, Jesus is not so subtle. Other times, he vividly
displays his anger! For example, Jesus heals a leper; “Don’t tell anyone you
saw this!” Today, was not that day. Today, people saw Jesus for who he
was. And they wondered, was he the one who would solve all their
problems? Was he the miracle maker who would help them through life?
Who is this Jesus? I’m sure they really did not know, yet, even fearful at
times, they desperately clamoured to find out.
Their desperation became quite apparent when they found Jesus on the
other side of the sea. Their excitement was piqued as they asked him,
“Rabbi, when did you come here?” This question began what we may call a
‘teachable moment’ on behalf of Jesus. He feels their confusion and lack of
understanding of their newfound Prophet, their ‘miracle maker.’
Jesus decides to clarify, saying, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for
me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.”
Quite understandably, of course, Jesus was correct. Famished physically,
hunger satiated, they scrambled across the land looking for this miracle
maker. The one who cared for them, continuing to look after them.
Sometimes, I wonder if inside Jesus was saying, “Finally, they get me!”
What a patient teacher he was! Little did they know, they were about to
embark on a learning journey much greater than their hunger being
satiated by the sustenance they just enjoyed. For these curious fear-filled
people, Jesus began to parse the difference between physical and spiritual
hunger…helping them to understand who Jesus was, and what he is about.
He began to steer them away from their bellies, toward their curiosity, this
possible faith in their newfound prophet.
In order to clarify, what does Jesus do? He begins to speak in metaphors
and the storytelling way in which he teaches. He says to them, Do not work
for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has
set his seal.”
Did they scratch their heads after they heard that? What does that mean?
Jesus was gently teaching them about the triune God, the Father, Son and
Holy Spirit, and the way in which they will continue to be fed by him, of
course, in the spiritual sense. He assures them that they will be filled; not
by tracking him down; but by learning about God, and himself, the son of
God. And, of course, the spiritual sense of God.
And, just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, he leans their thinking towards
the fact that God has been with them all along. “God” means being around
them and within them; supporting them all along. Jesus continues by
teaching the people, the curious fea- filled people who had the courage to
ask questions, that God is not a figurehead, or a building, or an icon; God is
Jesus continued by saying that, ‘once you understand my teachings, you will
no longer have to search to the ends of the earth to truly understand.’
Most assuredly, God loved, and continues to love, the hundreds of people
who desperately searched for answers from Jesus. They desperately wanted
their hunger filled. What a wonderful gift of understanding Jesus was
bestowing upon them! Through this Gospel, we can almost hear the wheels
of learning turning in their heads.
Again, they asked, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may
see it and believe you? What work are you performing?” Again, it can be
tricky with Jesus. Sometimes, he has exclaimed something akin to ‘do you
expect me to perform a miracle, just like a party trick?” This time it was
different. Jesus could see and feel their hunger, their genuine hunger for
How many of us at times, have questions about Jesus, God and the Holy
Spirit, yet never question aloud? Well, here’s some good news! Anglicans
are ‘allowed,’ indeed encouraged to ask questions! Where to find answers?
Well, your Clergy may have some answers, or you could be curious like the
disciples and pray to Jesus, or, research your questions. At times you will
find no ‘one’ answer, or, no answer at all. The holy mysteries…
John’s Gospel continues, showing the crowds of people asking more
questions of Jesus. Toward the end of our reading, we hear that they are,
perhaps, beginning to understand some things.
Jesus continues his calm teaching, saying, “For the bread of God is that
which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Jesus is
drawing together the physical and spiritual hunger they need and want to
understand. They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Just like the motley crew in the Wizard of Oz had discovered, the people
gathered began to realize that God, was with them all along! Of great
importance, they realized that their belief came from within. They no longer
had to travel to the ends of the earth to be fed again! Praise be.
How satisfying indeed, they will NEVER know hunger again! For them, for all
of us! How uplifting it must have been for Jesus to realize that the crowd
worked hard to find him. They searched for that Prophet; their Prophet.
They desperately hungered for meaning.
When Jesus felt they understood his metaphors, his story telling, he said to
them, (and to all of us),“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will
never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
And you; does this story in John’s Gospel, even though you have heard it
before, has it helped to revisit the story? Has it helped you to take the
message and realize that God is within you? Gracious God, hear our prayer,
that at times we may lose our way; we may stray from you. Thank you for
reminding us that we are never alone, that you are always within. Amen.
The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again
to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in 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.
Hymn: For the fruits of All Creation
The Prayers of the People
(offered by Lynne Dole)
We come before the Lord our God, creator and sustainer, with prayers for
the safety and needs of the people of this world. Each prayer will end with
Lord of justice and mercy, and we respond with hear our prayer.
We pray for Christians throughout the world:
In the world-wide Anglican communion, the Church of the Province of South
East Asia and its people;
In the Diocese of Niagara, St Cuthbert’s, Oakville, the Venerable Jeff Ward,
Rector, and the people of that parish;
In our Town of Erin, Erin United Church, the Rev’d Felicia Urbanski and the
people of that parish;
Here at All Saints, the Rev’d Joan Dunn, Rector, the Rev’d Deacon Irene
Walback and the people of our parish.
Lord of justice and mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for the leaders of nations that they may govern with integrity and
seek peaceful solutions to all matters of conflict. Lord of justice and mercy,
hear our prayer.
In this time of evident climate change, involving wildfires, drought and
floods, we pray that the governments who will be attending the upcoming
international Climate Change meetings will seek ways to hasten the
reduction of carbon emissions. Lord of justice and mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for all those without a home – those who are fleeing from areas of
conflict and terrorism and totalitarian rule, those who are forced to leave
areas of dire impoverishment to try for a subsistent life, and those on the
streets who have no shelter. Lord of justice and mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for healing and wholeness for all who are physically or mentally ill,
or lonely or depressed.
In our own parish we pray for Sean, Pam N., Lucy, Pam A., Erica and Carol,
and others about whom we are concerned – Hugh and family, Joanna,
Heather, Elaine, Karen, Jean, Sean, Gayle, Eric, Enid, Diane, Nancy, Pat,
Joanne, Cameron and Nicola.
Our prayers include all who are ill with COVID 19 with the hope that third
world countries will be able to obtain vaccines and extra medical help.
Lord of justice and mercy, hear our prayer.
We give thanks for all those who heal the sick, and those who respond to
crises like the firefighters, Red Cross workers and the many volunteers who
reach out to help in so many ways. Lord of justice and mercy, hear our
Lord, we thank you for your love and continued presence in our lives and for
your guidance in our daily life. We ask that you accept these prayers in the
name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen
The Call to Confession & Absolution
Almighty and most merciful Father
We have wandered and strayed from your ways
Like lost sheep
We have followed too much the devices and desires
Of our own hearts.
We have offended against your holy laws.
We have left undone those things
That we ought to have done
And we have done those things
That we ought not to have done;
And there is no health in us.
But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us sinners.
Spare those who confess their faults.
Restore those who are penitent,
According to your promises declared to person kind.
In Christ Jesus our Lord.
And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
That we may live a disciplined,
righteous and godly life,
The the glory of you holy name
Pardon and deliver you from all your sins
Confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
And keep you in eternal life,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer over our Gifts
Let us pray,
Bread of life, bread of Heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
Feed those, who are hungry.
(Bread for the World)
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever and ever.
Sharing the loaves and fishes,
You gave us an image of solidarity with the hungry, O Lord.
Sharing yourself in the bread and wine,
You called all to the table, O Lord.
Give me the hunger to be a part of the feeding
And the healing of this world.
Nourish me with your Grace,
So I may work with joy to serve your children.
Open my eyes and my heart
To recognize those in poverty
And increase my awareness
Of the structures and systems
That need to be changed
So we may all break bread together.
In your name we pray for the end of hunger.
( Education for Justice, Jesuit Resources)
Glory to God
All 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.
Deacon Irene: My brothers and sisters in Creation, Go in peace, to love
and serve the Lord. Alleluia!
All Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
Hymn: In the Garden (with a special introduction!)
From the Deacon’s pew
“Hunger relief in our community begins with you!” so states the web site for
EWCS food bank. Currently the ten most needed items are –
Carrots, apples, oranges, grocery gift cards, peanut butter, toilet paper, instant
coffee, bread, eggs and milk.
Fresh and frozen foods, personal hygiene products, children’s lunch items and
canned and dry goods are all ongoing needs.
Registered clients receive porch drop off deliveries and drive thru hamper pickups
as arranged by appointment. We can do our part to help in this crisis by dropping
off items to –
45 Main Street, Erin between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Phone 519 833-9696
Ring the doorbell to alert staff that goods are being left.
Our help is needed and is greatly appreciated.
You will find this service online by viewing our website, or the Youtube
webpage. Simply search “All Saints Anglican Church Erin On” to view this,
and past services.
As always, your offerings to the Church are much appreciated.
You may mail donations to:
All Saints, PO Box 358, 81 Main Street, Erin, ON, Canada N0B 1T0
https://niagaraanglican.ca/parish/all-saints-erin and click on “donate now.”
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