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Above picture from earlier Christmas in the Barn

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Morning Service January 23, 2022

The Third Sunday after Epiphany

Jesus Proclaims the Gospel to All


Diocese of Niagara

81 Main St. P.O. 358 Erin, Ontario, N0B 1T0

519.833.9961 allsaintserin@bellnet.ca

Ministry Team:

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.

Hymn: Will You Come and Follow Me #430

Let us take a moment to centre ourselves,
and gather as God’s great community,
Dearest Father and Almighty Creator,
We ask for your grace today, despite our pride.
Your forgiveness, despite our doubt.
Most of all Lord, we ask for your love to soothe us through these dark times.
May we face whatever is to come in your divine will,
with courage and open hearts of acceptance.
Amen. (Excerpt from the movie, “Don’t look up”)

The Gloria
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,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Saviour Jesus Christ and
proclaim to all people his Good News, that we and the whole world may perceive
the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A reading from Paul’s letter to the people in Corinth, (offered by Lindsay Ogilvie)
Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body,
though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all
baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and we were all made to
drink of one Spirit.
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would
say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it
any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I
do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the
whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were
hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the
members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member,
where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The
eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet,
“I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be
weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less
honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are
treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need
this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior
member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may
have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with
it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has
appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds
of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various
kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work
miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
But strive for the greater gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:12-31a)
Holy Wisdom, Holy Word.
All Thanks be to God

The Psalm

Psalm 19 (offered by Rosemary McCallum)
1 The heavens declare the glory of God, *
and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2 One day tells its tale to another, *
and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3 Although they have no words or language, *
and their voices are not heard,
4 Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
and their message to the ends of the world.
5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again; *
nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect
and revives the soul; *
the testimony of the Lord is sure
and gives wisdom to the innocent.
12 Who can tell how often he offends? *
cleanse me from my secret faults.
13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
let them not get dominion over me; *
then shall I be whole and sound,
and innocent of a great offense.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be acceptable in your sight, *
O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Together: Gracious creator of heaven and earth, your Word has come
among us as the true Sun of righteousness, and the good
news of his birth has gone out to the ends of the world. Open
our eyes to the light of your law, that we may be purified from
sin and serve you without reproach for the sake of Jesus
Christ, our Light and our Life. Amen

The Gospel Reading (offered by Rev. Deacon Irene Walback)

Deacon Irene: The Lord be with you
All And also with you
Deacon Irene: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
All Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him
spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and
was praised by everyone.
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue
on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the
prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all
in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this
scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:14-21)
Deacon Irene: This is the Gospel of Christ
All: Praise be to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Homily: Rev’d Joan
May the words from my lips, and the meditation of all our hearts and desires be
acceptable to you, O Lord, our strength, and our Redeemer. Amen.


His word preceded him. From every small village, word spread that Jesus, the chosen
one, was coming. There was excitement, there was praise!
Once Jesus arrived in Nazareth, he began, with the unrolling of the Prophet Isaiah’s
scroll, saying these important words,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
Wow. Such good news! Jesus stood in front of people, young and old, poor and
affluent, yet mainly poor. Can you just imagine hearing this news?! He is going to set
the captives free! Of course he meant those in literal, as well as those in figurative,
captivity. This was God’s spirit, flowing over everyone!
This important news was the precursor to Jesus wanting all to follow him.
Let’s put ourselves in the position of the commoners in a Synagogue. Jesus has
arrived, with much excitement, exclaiming himself as God’s beloved. Jesus spoke of so
many great things! Letting the oppressed go free! This was all good news. Just
imagine; what if you were one of many, when Jesus exclaimed, “this is the year of the
Lord’s favour, follow me!”
Now, a number of people IMMEDIATELY dropped everything to follow him. Not once
did these folks say, “I want to check with my wife, or my father, or my girlfriend before I
go. Or, I’m not too sure. Is it safe to follow you? Are some people not convinced of
your nobility?”
Some of the commoners action was IMMEDIATE! Why? Because they were desperate.
When you think of it, what did they know of Jesus? Did they consider the reception they
would get when following him? How would their families fare with them gone? How
would they eat? How would they fend for themselves? We’re talking the women and
children, who were very vulnerable indeed. As readers of the Bible, we know that Jesus
was looking for disciples . He needed help with his proclamation of the good news of
Let’s look at some of the followers. Who are these proposed followers? Were they the
Richest? Scholars? Theologians?
Many were common fishermen, eking out a living. To that end, they were average.
They were not faultless. They did not have a solid grasp of Jesus’ ministry. They
wanted something better for their lives, and their families’ lives. And Jesus offered that.
He offered HOPE.
What would you have to offer Jesus, as a prospective disciple of God? Of course I
would want to be God’s disciple, from what Jesus says, yet, if I read the Gospels
according to other disciples, I may have my doubts!

Portions of The Gospels convey the Disciples’ confusion and foibles, as well as what
was expected of them as ‘chosen ones,’ depending on which Gospel you read:
In the Gospel of Matthew it says that “Jesus rebuked them for their disinterest of
children.” In John’s Gospel, it reads that, “Phillip demands that Jesus shows them “the
Father.” In the Book of Matthew, it appears as though the disciples are trying to
establish which of them will be the greatest, when the kingdom comes. My gosh!
We know that Jesus wanted followers, yet why would he ask these commoners, why
would Jesus want us as followers? Perhaps, Jesus wants them, wants us, for precisely
the same reasons I’ve just outlined; these commoners were not perfect/we are not
perfect. These people of the village were not scholars or theologians, nor are we. They
were not rich; possibly you are, it’s all relative. The point is, THEY WERE HUMAN.
Human as you and I!
Why was that important? Why is it important to this day? Jesus wanted/wants Disciples
as spokespersons for his message. His message of love and light. Who (and how) were
these commoners, these followers of Jesus, going out to speak with? Other
commoners? Kings, Government officials?
What is Interesting to note here is the fact that Jesus did not tell the disciples to bring
the people to the Synagogues; Jesus asked them to speak in the towns and in the
villages. Jesus wanted them to speak to people where they were, by people who also
lived in villages. Doesn’t that tells us something?
These ‘commoners,’ these village people, knew their own way of life. They knew their
fishing nets, how to prepare and look after them. They knew the tools of the trade.
Exactly! Who better to speak to those who knew their trade, than those who knew their
trade? They speak the same language; they are believable.
Who better to speak to the people than those are credible? They are more likely to
understand them, to follow those who follow God’s word.
Think about yourself in a village during Jesus’ time. You’re working away, tending your
nets. You have a wife and ten children. If a person with a different way of talking, say
with an unrecognizable accent, or a Government official, convinced you of Jesus and
his words of salvation, would you immediately drop what you are doing and follow this
man? Keep in mind, Jesus was a single, wanderer. He had no wives, children,
businesses or buildings to look after.
Are there things you would not give up if Jesus asked you to follow him?
Simon and Andrew left their families and everything behind to follow Jesus.
Peter had a wife and children, did he leave without a word, leaving them to wonder what
had happened to him. Did he leave them to fend for themselves?

Would you walk away from your husband? Your children? Your grandchildren to follow
him? What are the possible ramifications of such an action? Possibly, the bank would
foreclose on your farm, leaving your family homeless. Yet, Jesus is saying, FOLLOW
ME! And you are desperately hopeful. Yet Jesus wants you to leave behind everything
you know. Is that what Jesus is asking of us now? Not to literally, leave everything
behind, but to leave some of our notions of people, of the world behind?
Consider yourself, here, and now, in your village of Erin. I’d like to suggest, that you are
already a follower. You live and act in a Christian capacity. You work hard, and care
for the people in the village. You help those in need, regularly donate time, talent and
treasure. Yet, as I’ve mentioned, is there something, some notion of the world, some
bias of others, that you could leave behind? Consider that which is between you and
God. All of us are a ‘work in progress.’ How best can you leave behind those things
which you are not proud of? I believe that is what Jesus is asking us today. Not to
leave this village of Erin, yet to leave our past indiscretions behind. You know what they
are. God knows what they are. And that’s enough. Those feelings, actions, are
between you and God…nobody else. Yes, you ARE enough!
Each week, we confess to God “that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and
deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone.” That, to God, is
enough. This confession is our acknowledgement to God, that we recognize our faults,
and wish to do better. Through that weekly confession, we are assured, by my
enactment of God’s blessing, “that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you
with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”
What better way to continue to improve our way of life, through God’s eyes, and by the
Holy Spirit! Indeed, we continue to follow you, O Lord, our God.
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: God of the Sparrow #414

The Prayers of the People (offered by Nadine Shah)
Leader In 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 community, we pray for Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui and
the people of that church.
In the Diocese of Niagara, we pray for All Saints, (Dain City), Welland, the Reverend
Nirmal Mendis, Rector, and the people of this parish.
In our Town of Erin, we pray for St. Andrews Presbyterian, Hillsburgh, the Rev.
Stephen Mutavdzija and the people of that parish. Gracious God.
People hear our prayer
Leader For our clergy and leaders, for our Primate, Linda, for our Bishop, Susan, for
our Rector, Joan, and for our Deacon, Irene, Gracious God.
People hear 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
Leader We pray that our leaders and the various levels of governments make the right
decisions for the protection of our environment. Gracious God.
People hear our prayer

Leader In 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: Susan, Joanna,
Heather, Ann, Elaine, Karen, Jean, Sean, Gayle, Eric, Enid, Diane, Nancy, Pat, Joanne,
Cameron and Nichola. Gracious God.
People hear our prayer
Leader For our all-Health Care Workers, for those who provide us with urgent care, for
all first responders, for the members of our community and those in our country that
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
People hear our prayer
Leader For all who have died that 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.
People hear our prayer
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being. Guide and govern us by
your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you,
but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen

The Call to Confession & Pardon
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.

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)
Prayer over our Gifts
Let us pray,
Gracious and loving God,
By your word we are baptized
And baptized again by the sharing
Of bread, wine, of each other
Let us continue the sharing of our gifts
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.
Closing Prayer

Gracious and loving God, we continue to follow you. Help us, through your
beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to continue our journey, knowing that you are always
with us, loving us, comforting us, supporting us. That we may continue to delight
in your will and walk in your way. Amen.
Our Doxology
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: To God be the Glory #371

All Saint’s Annual Vestry meeting will be held after Sunday Service on
February 20th.

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!
Rev’d Joan

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