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Family Friendly Christmas Service in person December 24, 2021 at 4:00 pm
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Candlelit Christmas Eucharist in person December 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Candlelit with choir.
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THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
December 5, 2021
ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CHURCH
Diocese of Niagara
81 Main St. P.O. 358 Erin, Ontario, N0B 1T0
Rector: The Reverend Joan Dunn 416.897.5578
Parish Deacon: Rev’d Irene Walback #226.820.3821
Musicians: Chris Harrison, Phil Gravelle
Wardens: Mike Curtis, Tim Powell
Parish Administrator; Beth Hopkins
For thousands of years, indigenous peoples have walked on this land; their relationship with the land is at the centre of their lives and spirituality. We are gathered on the traditional territory of several Indigenous peoples, including the Neutrals, the Mississauga, the Anishnaabe and the Haudenosaunee. We acknowledge their continuing stewardship of this land.
Advent is one of the most grace-filled seasons of the year. It is a sacred time that encourages prayer and intensifies our longing for the coming of Christ at Christmas.
By lighting the candles of an Advent wreath, and reciting prayers, we share an opportunity to light our awareness to the grace and expectant hope of this season.
Opening Hymn: On Jordan’s Bank, the Baptist’s Cry #103
WE GATHER AS COMMUNITY
Celebrant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
All: And also with you.
Celebrant: Almighty God,
All: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly king,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Forgive any reluctance
we might have to engage
fully with this new day.
Replace our detachment
for all we might achieve
if we put our trust in you
and your confidence in us.
We light the Advent Candle of Hope
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
Reading (offered by Kathy Wilford)
A reading from Paul’s letter to The Philippians
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:3-11)
Holy Wisdom, Holy Word,
Thanks be to God.
Canticle 16 (BAS, p. 92)
(offered by Rosemary McCallum)
The Song of Zechariah
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling #485
Gospel Reading (offered by Deacon Irene)
The Lord be with you
And also with you
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Luke
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'”
This is the Gospel of Christ
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
Homily: Rev. Joan Dunn
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. Amen.
She was just 4 years old. I can still visualize my sister Susan, sitting in a laundry basket, near the campsite. In total, 5 children and 2 adults were camping up north, on a sunny August day. I can only imagine…the 5 of us, ranging in age from 4 to 13, running around a campfire, while Mom and Dad attempted to set up the old army Bell tent, where (most) of us would sleep. The words ‘gosh-darn blankety blank’ come to mind. Those were the words coming out of the tent. Our frazzled parents then pulled out the ol’ Coleman stove, pot, pans and food, to prepare a meal before the fast approaching sundown. With clanging of pots, we’d hear the odd ‘put that stick down, you’ll put somebody’s eye out’ and ‘stop running around the fire…someone’s going to get hurt!’
Just before dinner, Mom said ‘it’s time to wash up. Go to the bowl over there by the pump. Stephen, you pump, girls, wash 1st….as if we’d let our brother do the pumping!!! We came running back to the picnic table, with hearty appetites. Then, the inevitable….”where’s Susan?” ‘She’s washing her hands’ someone responded. No she’s not! She went to the outhouse! By herself?! How could you let her go by herself! She’s 4 years old!!!! It was at that time that, (as my Dad would say) ‘all hell broke loose‘ Some went with Mom, the others, with Dad.
You could hear across the entire campsite “SOOOOSANNNNN” where are you!!!!” No response. Campers in the area heard the alarm and joined in the search “SOOOOSANNNN” After what seemed like an eternity, a fellow camper came walking down a path, with Susan. “Oh my God! You are all right! Where were you? Let’s get you washed up. Oh thank you, thank you for finding her!” Susan, where were you?
“I was in the potty. The door closed and it was dark in there. The door was heavy, and I couldn’t open it!” The man who found her said, “I was walking along, looking for the little girl when I heard, “somebody, help! Is anybody there?” “somebody, help! Is anybody there?” Susan piped up, “I was calling and calling and no one came! Didn’t you hear me?!” It turns out, Susan was none the worse for wear; I can’t say that about my parents! Just think of her in that big, dark outhouse; “is anybody there?” She must have felt so alone; so abandoned.
I thought about Susan and our camping experience when I read today’s Gospel. In Luke’s Gospel, it tells us that John is out in the wilderness. He went all around Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
And what happened?
Well, the Prophet Isaiah tells us that John became “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness.”
He was proclaiming ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; -and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’
Isn’t it just ‘something’ that Paul took his message everywhere, telling people
“Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming!”
The problem? His words fell ‘on deaf ears,’ so to speak. It was as though he was ‘calling out in the wilderness.’ He proclaimed, yet no one heard. No one heard it at all. That doesn’t mean they did not wish to hear the news, on the contrary; maybe they weren’t ready to understand that the Messiah was about to be born.
Sometimes words are spoken, yet we are not ready to receive them. We just wouldn’t know what they meant! Poor John…All excited about the news, and little or no one listened.
I think back to Susan, unable to get out of that outhouse. Yet, she did not think she was lost, she knew where she was! It was just that no one could hear her, even though they were looking and wanting to see her.
Think of people you may know that seem to be unsettled. Seeming to be ‘searching’ for something in their life. Something to make meaning out of all this. I’m sure they know about Church, God, Jesus Christ, yet they do not know or understand the language used in the Church.
They feel intimidated or shy to come in the door. Yet, if they came in the door with a friend (as Susan was to go to the outhouse with a sibling) quite possibly they would not feel so … lost. If they came with a friend, it would be like an interpreter, telling them and talking about the rituals, the symbolism of what Anglicans do in Church.
It’s funny how we complicate things, isn’t it? All that a person needs to know, walking through that door, is that they are loved, for them. No matter who they are, what they do, or what they have done. The irony is, they don’t even know it yet!
I believe this love feels very one-sided at first. Even if we do not love or know to love our triune God, we …are…loved.
Whether a person believes in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, is not the most important point. The point is, that no matter what, that person is loved. We are loved.
To that end, I’d like to propose a little exercise you may do in the quiet of your own space. It is true that God loves us, with no restrictions. Why don’t we proclaim our love as well? How about we write a love letter to God?
It is said in 2nd Corinthians that “You show that you are a letter from Christ… written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
So, if you feel so inspired, take pen to paper, telling God a bit more about yourself, then write to God, why you love God. Is it the fact that God always forgives you, if you are contrite?
Is it the fact that God laughs at all your jokes, and hugs you when you are down? Whatever your feeling, write that letter. It’s a letter between only you, and only God.
Take pleasure in this knowledge of your relationship. You are loved and you are beloved. In God’s name, Amen.
We affirm our Faith: The Apostles 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.
The Prayers of the People (offered by Nadine Shah)
LeaderIn peace we gather to pray for our family, our friends, our colleagues, and our acquaintances. The invitation at the end of each petition will be “Gracious God”, and the responses will be “hear our prayer”
In the world-wide Anglican communion, we pray for the Anglican Church of Burundi and the people of that church.
In the Diocese of Niagara, we pray for Holy Trinity, Niagara Falls, the Reverend Rob Duncan, Deacon in Charge, and the people of that parish.
In our Town of Erin, we pray for Belfountain Village Church, Pastor Fred Dykes and the people of that parish. Gracious God,
People hear our prayer
LeaderFor our clergy and leaders, for our Primate, Linda, for our Bishop, Susan, for our Rector, Joan, and for our Deacon, Irene, Gracious God,
Peoplehear our prayer
Leader For Elizabeth our Queen, , for our Governor General, Mary May Simon , for our federal, provincial, and local leadership, and for all those in authority, Gracious God,
People hear our prayer
LeaderIn our own parish, we pray for the healing and wholeness of Anita, Sean, Lucy, Pam A, Erica, Carol, Jean and others about whom we are concerned: Joanna, Heather, Ann, Elaine, Karen, Jean, Sean, Gayle, Eric, Enid, Diane, Nancy, Pat, Joanne, Cameron and Nichola, Hugh and Chuck. Gracious God,
People hear our prayer
LeaderFor our all-Health Care Workers, for those who provide us urgent care, for all first responders, for the members of our community and those in our country who protects us and serve us each day. We pray for their protection and thank them for their service. We pray for guidance and patience as we adjust to the new normal. We must follow COVID protocols and continue to care and be considerate of others. Gracious God.
People hear our prayer
LeaderFor all who have died who are near and dear to us, spoken and unspoken. We continue our prayers for the residents of Bethel Hospice and Wellington Hospice, and for all those who are nearing death. May God’s grace be abundantly upon them, and peace and strength be with their loved ones. Gracious God.
Peoplehear our prayer
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you, and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together you will hear their requests. Fulfil now our desires and petitions, as may be best for us, granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come eternal life; for you, Father, are good and loving, and we glorify you through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, in the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen
Confession and Pardon
Celebrant: Dear friends in Christ,
God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy;
God welcomes sinners and invites us to this holy table.
Let us confess our sins, confident in God’s forgiveness.
(Silence is kept)
Celebrant: Most merciful God,
All: 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.
Celebrant: Almighty God have mercy upon you,
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.
Sharing God’s Peace
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All: And also with you.
(at this point in the service, we offer God’s peace to others with a kind word and a wave)
WE CELEBRATE THE EUCHARIST
(Breaking Bread with Jesus)
Prayer over the Gifts
(Monetary gifts are to be placed on the collection plate near the door)
This second Sunday in Advent,
We thank you again, for your hospitality
In loving and caring for us
We continue to live your word
Even though it is difficult at times
We offer our gifts of love and a monetary donation
Enabling us to do your work in many different ways
The Great Thanksgiving Eucharistic Prayer 4
(based on an ecumenical prayer with its source in the liturgy of St. Basil).
The Lord is here.
God’s Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.
It is right to glorify you
and to give you thanks, our holy and living God;
you dwell in light inaccessible
from before time and for ever.
Fountain of life and source of all goodness,
you made all things and fill them with your blessing;
you created them to rejoice
in the splendour of your radiance.
Now we praise you with the faithful of every time and place,
and give voice to every creature,
as we join in the eternal hymn:
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.
We acclaim you, holy one,
all your actions reveal your wisdom and love.
You formed us in your own image,
giving the whole world into our care,
so that, in obedience to you, our creator,
we might rule and serve all your creatures.
When our disobedience took us far from your friendship,
you did not abandon us to the power of death.
In your mercy you came to our help,
so that in seeking you we might find you.
Again and again you called us into covenant with you,
and through the prophets
you taught us to hope for salvation.
You loved the world so much
that in the fullness of time
you sent your only begotten one to be our Saviour.
Incarnate by the Holy Spirit,
born of your servant Mary,
Jesus lived as one of us, yet without sin.
To the poor Christ proclaimed the good news of salvation;
to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy.
To fulfil your purpose, Christ accepted suffering and death
and, through the victory over the grave,
the whole creation was made new.
And that we might live no longer for ourselves,
you sent the Holy Spirit,
the first gift for those who believe,
to complete this work in the world,
and to bring to fulfilment
the sanctification of all.
To you indeed be glory, almighty God,
because on the night before he died,
your Son, Jesus Christ, took bread;
when he had given you thanks,
he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said:
Take, eat, this is my body
which is given for you;
do this to remember me.
After supper he took the cup;
when he had given you thanks,
he gave it to them and said:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood
poured out for you;
do this as often as you drink it
to remember me.
Gracious God, we now celebrate the memorial of our redemption.
From the gifts you have given us
we offer you this bread and this cup,
and proclaim the mystery of our faith,
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come in glory.
Therefore, loving God,
recalling now Christ’s death and resurrection,
we ask you to accept
this our sacrifice of praise.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us
and our celebration,
that we may be fed with the body and blood of your Son
and be filled with your life and goodness.
Strengthen us to do your work,
and to be your body in the world.
Unite us in Christ
and give us your peace.
[Remember, sovereign God,
your one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
Reveal its unity, guard its faith,
and preserve it in peace.]
And grant that we may find our inheritance
with [your blessed servant Mary,
with prophets and patriarchs, matriarchs and martyrs,
(with N.) and] all the saints
who have found favour with you in ages past.
We praise you in union with them
and give you glory through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
we worship you, O God,
in songs of everlasting praise.
Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere,
now and forever. Amen.
Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: We with all your saints and sinners
Break bread with our Lord, our brother, Jesus Christ
All: We strive to be peacemakers
we pray for our misgivings
We await your coming again to guide us to peace
Celebrant: The gifts of God for the People of God.
All: Thanks be to God.
Prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion
God of wonderful expectations, God of Christmas promise,
God of child-like hope, we have eaten and drunk from your table.
May the eating and the drinking fill us with hope in a world of despair.
May we be beacons of hope as we wait for the day
when the world will be changed.
Grant that this taste of your banquet which is to come
would give us the hunger for peace and justice
in our community and around the world. Amen
(Adapted, worship offerings.com)
GOING INTO THE WORLD
Doxology (Praising God)
Glory to God, whose power working in us, can do infinitely more than we could ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus. Forever and ever. Amen
May the peace that surpasses all understanding
Keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge
And love of God,
And of his son, Jesus Christ our Lord
And the blessing of God almighty
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Be with you all
Closing Hymn: Rejoice Today with One Accord #318
As we leave our Place of Worship our Deacon says:
Go in Peace to love and serve the Lord, Alleluia!
We say: Thanks be to God…ALLELUIA!!!
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.”
Thank you, and we hope you’ll join us, virtually and in person, soon!
1st time Zooming?
I know it feels daunting! Just follow these steps
and you’ll be zooming in no time!
First, watch this video:
Step 1: Open your browser and log into your email account
Step 2: Find and open the email from your meeting host that contains the
Step 3: Click on the invite link and Zoom will redirect you to a webpage.
This webpage will ask you to download the Zoom app on your device
whether you are using a desktop or a mobile device.
Step 4: Once the application is downloaded on your desktop, install and
open it. Zoom should automatically open the meeting in concern. If that
does not open, head over back to your email ID and click on the invite link.
You will now see a prompt to open the link in the Zoom app.
Step 5: Grant the necessary permissions to the Zoom app to use your
camera and microphone in order to get started and join the meeting.
Why do I view ‘Waiting for the host to start this meeting’?
If you view a window/dialogue box showing ‘Waiting for the host to start this
meeting’. Also, it means once you have joined the meeting in question than
it was assumed to commence. You will then view the begin time for the
meeting in concern below this alert. Once your host initiates the meeting,
this dialogue box disappears and you can now join the Zoom meeting in