Onwards, we are worshipping together! In person! This Sunday Service below
October 24, 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
We acknowledge the traditional territory upon which we gather to worship as that
of the Anisinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat peoples who have sought
to walk gently on this land for thousands of years. We seek a new relationship
with the Original Peoples of this land, one based on honour and deep respect.
Opening Hymn: How sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds #620
WE GATHER AS COMMUNITY
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
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. Amen
God, breathe life on us, in us, through us.
God breathe love on us, in us, through us.
God breathe hope on us, in us, through us.
God, breath of life and love and hope,
Breathe on us, in us, through us.
Fill us afresh with your presence. Amen
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
Reading (offered by Val Powell)
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews 7: 23-28)
The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from
continuing in office; but Jesus holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues
forever. Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through
him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled,
separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests,
he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those
of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as
high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came
later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.
Holy Wisdom, Holy Word,
Thanks be to God.
Psalm 126 (offered by Tim Powell)
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.
3 Then they said among the nations, *
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
4 The Lord has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.
5 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.
6 Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.
7 Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
Together: Praise to you, God of our salvation. Your generous gifts surpass all
that we can ask or imagine. You have delivered us from the exile of sin
and restored us to new life in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Glory and
honour and praise to you for ever and ever. Amen
Hymn: Amazing Grace #352
Gospel Reading (Deacon Irene Walback)
The Lord be with you
And also with you
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Mark
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were
leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside.
When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus,
Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried
out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said,
“Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is
calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus
said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My
teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.”
Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. (Mark 10:46-52)
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, oh Lord, our Strength, and our redeemer. Amen.”
There he was; at the side of the road…it was a blind beggar, named Bartimeaus. A
simple, helpless, beggar, just trying to make his way. Little did he know that his world
was going to change. DRAMATICALLY. This meeting between him and Jesus goes
ohhh so smoothly. A little more smoothly than other meetings, where Jesus the
storyteller, would teach those around him.
Upon reading Mark’s gospel, I was struck by Jesus’ question…”what do you want me to
do for you?” Was it not obvious to Jesus that the man could not see? What really
stood out to me was, that after Bartimeaus said to Jesus, “My teacher, let me see
again,” Jesus simply replied to him “Go, your faith has made you well.” How does
Jesus know Bartmaeus is a man of faith? Possibly by the way in which he formally
called out to him… Bartimaeus exclaims to Jesus that he is “the Son of David,” even
though he had never met him. How did he know Jesus was God’s son? Possibly, word
got around, as it does, spreading from town to town.
St. Mark’s Gospel is very UNLIKE John’s Gospel, where he tells us a similar story of a
beggar by the side of the road. This one did not know who Jesus was. After Jesus
performed a miracle on this beggar, it was obvious; he is Jesus…But Bartimeaus
followed Jesus, as a new disciple of faith.
Something else that I find quite strange; Jesus did not expand on his miracle of sight for
the blind man, as he had in the past. Previously, he had expounded on the physicality
of sight and seeing, and metamorphic sight; seeing Jesus as son of God in faith. Jesus
simply said, “your faith has made you well.”
As we know, Jesus is a storyteller, and educator. He often used metaphors in his
stories, to assist those present, and those who read his words, enabling us to better
understand his words. The way in which Jesus continued on his way with this simple
statement was quite different from what we are used to, as his followers.
Bartimeaus once was blind, but now he sees. This is a veritable “AHA” moment.
Bartimeaus now sees, literally, and figuratively; his sight, and his faith in Jesus Christ.
Here’s the question for us all; have you ever had an “AHA” moment? Have you had an
“AHA moment” in your everyday, and manner of faith? Like the blind man who now
sees, have you ever found yourself suddenly understanding something in a totally
different way, a different perspective, that has made a significant difference in your life?
An “AHA moment” is an epiphany, of sorts. The ‘catch phrase’ AHA, is described as a
moment of inspiration, of enlightenment; that of sudden insight or a discovery. And oh,
you feel so light when you experience one! When I have experienced an “AHA
moment,” I never wanted it to end!
This exclamation, AHA, was coined by a famous ancient Greek scholar Archimedes; he
reportedly proclaimed “Eureka!” when he stepped into a bath and noticed that the water
level rose — he suddenly understood that the volume of water displaced must be equal
to the volume of the part of his body he had submerged.
He is said to have been so eager to share his realization that he leapt out of his bathtub
and ran through the streets of Syracuse naked! Not something I recommend.
AHA moments are wonderful things. Are you able to remember an AHA moment of your
own at this time?
I certainly don’t support being so excited about an AHA moment that you run naked
down the Main St. in Erin – yet, how did your AHA moment change the way you look at
something or the way in which you behaved, afterward?
Here’s an example of an AHA moment: A husband and wife were living out everyday
life, in fact, one in which many in our culture and our lifestyle live; they worked hard,
supporting their three children. The woman (let’s call her Jade) grew up in a very un-
trusting environment. This caused her, as a wife and mother, to want to “do” everything,
and rely on no one. Work, children’s schedules, fundraising, and assisting her husband,
began to take its toll on her.
I’m sure many people can relate to the inevitable. In her words, “One day I was so
overwhelmed I thought I might be crushed under the weight of all the responsibilities I’d
taken on. I pray and meditate every day, and when I started meditating that morning, I
felt that God was telling me, Surrender or explode. All of a sudden, I was released. The
stress was gone, and in that stillness came the solution: The less I do, the better things
Another example: By the time “Fred” reached the top of his bedroom stairs, he was so
out of breath, he thought he’d pass out. “It was then I realized, I HAD to do something.”
He started off slowly, walking around the block. Now, he plans to run the Boston
Marathon. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he would be running a marathon
when he could hardly get up the bedroom stairs!
Certainly, the blind man in today’s Gospel, had an AHA moment. “I can see! I can see!”
Metaphorically, Jesus gave the man physical sight. He also gave him sight in a spiritual
sense. This action, performed (if that’s the right word!), by Jesus was the AHA moment
that opened the blind man’s mind to the understanding of God, through Jesus Christ.
Is it not so, that Jesus reveals himself to many, in many different ways? I ask you
again, have you ever had that “AHA” moment in your life, in a faith-filled sense?
Possibly, a time when you truly understood the meaning of God, Jesus Christ and the
What was it in your life, that you just did not see, and now, it is clear as day? Was it a
specific situation that occurred, or a deeper understanding of your faith that clarified
things for you?
Mark’s Gospel causes me to think of many sayings and hymns and songs. I’m sure you
know Hank Williams song,
I saw the light
I saw the light
No more darkness no more night
Now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light
For when you see, it all seems so bright, doesn’t it?
Not all AHA moments come on to us like lightening bolts. Sometimes, we are able to
feel a realization growing slowly, inside of us. My personal AHA moment came at
Pentecost, when my Priest said in a homily, “How may you be a vessel for God’s love?”
That was the moment where the proverbial bolt of lightning, let alone a lightbulb, hit me.
From that moment on, Jesus’s words, God’s words, the Holy Spirit was clarified. I heard
more. I felt more. I experienced God in a way I had never done so before.
In May 1748, John Newton was struggling to keep his ship on course, during a brutal
storm. He yelled out, “Lord have Mercy.” At that time, when he thought all was lost, the
ship pulled through, and all aboard made it to shore.
It was after that voyage, he wrote the following:
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.
“I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see”
People love this hymn. It is not as straightforward as the face-value of this hymn.
Did you know the history of this piece of music? As written in Please take this literally
by Mr. Harry Alford in the National Black Chamber of Congress of America, “John
Newton was indeed a vile wretch. He started out as a British naval officer but then
turned his sea talents to the evil slave trade from Africa to England and North America.
He became a slave trader extraordinaire.
One day while observing his crew whip the slave cargo into submission as they sailed
the Atlantic Ocean he noticed a young girl about the age of 12. She was resisting the
rapes and fought with a continual vengeance. When she got the chance she raced and
jumped over-board knowing that the shackle around her neck would hang her instantly.
She chose that outcome versus slavery. It immediately struck him and shocked him
into the reality of how cruel and evil the business was he was in. He went to his cabin
and wrote his wife, Polly, the words of “Amazing Grace”. They just seemed to flow
naturally. As soon as his ship returned to England he joined the clergy and the rest is
history. He became one of the strongest slave abolitionists in the world.”
For John Newton, and through decades and decades of struggle, we pray that more
people come to terms with atrocities, and, through faith, live a more equitable and loving
In closing, I pray that all of us experience clarity in our faith. When something in our
lives, clouds us in mystery, let us seek our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. Gracious and
loving God, hear our call to take away our blindness, so that we may see you more
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)
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 communion, we pray for the Extra- Provincial Churches
and their people.
In the Diocese of Niagara, we pray for The Dunn Parish, the Reverend Canon Richard
Moorse, Priest-in-Charge, and the people of that parish.
In our Town of Erin, we pray for Hillsburgh Baptist Church, Paul Vance and the Parish
Deacons, and the people of that congregation. 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 In our own parish, we pray for the healing and wholeness of Anita, Sean, Pam
N, 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,
Leroy, Cameron and Nichola, Hugh and Chuck. Gracious God.
People hear our prayer
Leader For all our 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 and every day. We pray for their protection and thank
them for their service. As many organizations are preparing and transitioning to return to
work, we pray for guidance and patience as we adjust to the new normal. We must
follow COVID protocols and continue to care for 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
Almighty and everlasting God, by your Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is
governed and sanctified. Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before
you for all members of your holy Church, that in our vocation and ministry we may truly
and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
Confession and Pardon
All: God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; the courage
to change the things we can; and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as
the pathway to peace; Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I
would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your
Will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with
You forever in the next. Amen.
Gracious and loving God, pardon and heal all of your offences, strengthen you in
courage and the lifting of guilt. And the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and
Holy Sprit, be with you always. Amen.
(adapted from original, prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971)
Sharing God’s Peace
(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)
Gracious and loving God, we thank you for each and every person here today,
and the gifts and treasures they share with us here, and in this community. We
thank you for the monetary gifts, enabling us to continue to spread your word. In
your name we pray. Amen.
The Great Thanksgiving Eucharistic Prayer 3
One: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
One: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them to the Lord.
One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
All: 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.
One: We give thanks to you, Lord our God,
for the goodness and love
you have made known to us in creation;
in calling Israel to be your people;
in your Word spoken through the prophets;
and above all in the Word made flesh,
Jesus your Son.
For in these last days you sent him
to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
to be the Saviour and Redeemer of the world.
In him, you have delivered us from evil,
and made us worthy to stand before you.
In him you have brought us
out of error into truth,
out of sin into righteousness,
out of death into life.
On the night he was handed over
to suffering and death,
a death he freely accepted,
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 many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Whenever you drink it,
do this for the remembrance of me.”
Therefore, Father, according to his command,
All: we remember his death,
we proclaim his resurrection,
we await his coming in glory;
and we offer our sacrifice
of praise and thanksgiving
to you, Lord of all;
presenting to you, from your creation,
this bread and this wine.
We pray you, gracious God,
to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts,
that they may be the sacrament
of the body of Christ
and his blood of the new covenant.
Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice,
that we, made acceptable in him,
may be sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
In the fullness of time,
reconcile all things in Christ,
and make them new,
and bring us to that city of light
where you dwell with all your sons and daughters;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
the firstborn of all creation,
the head of the Church,
the author of our salvation;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are your, almighty Father,
now and for ever.
The Lord’s Prayer
One: And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us,
we are bold to say,
All: 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. Amen.
Breaking of the Bread
One: Christ meets us at this table.
Today salvation comes to this community.
All: As bread is broken, and wine shared, we are thankful.
One: The gifts of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.
Prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion
Loving God, thank you for bring us to this point
In our lives,
In our love,
In our world.
We would not be here without you
We cannot continue without you
We take comfort that you are near
In us and everywhere around us.
Thanks be to God!
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 God grant you the blessing of a new day, far after the day is done
May God give you the courage to face each day anew
And May God comfort you when you need the courage to face each and every day.
In God’s name we pray. The blessing of God almighty be with you, stay with you, for
you are never alone. Amen.
Announcements (Information sent via email)
From Amtul Ahmad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community
- Muslim Heritage Month Information
From Katja Stossel, Phd student
Congregations during/ after the Coronavirus Lockdowns Study. PHD thesis All
Saints Anglican Church (and others) is participating in
From Mike Curtis, Chief Groundskeeper, cook and bottle washer
December 5th at 7:00 pm, St. Paul’s United church Milton
December 19th at 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian, Father Mark Curtis, Coming home to the
heart of Christmas. A musical
Closing Hymn: O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing #306
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