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Service of the Word
February 28, 2021
Second Sunday of Lent Year B
I do not glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified for me and I to the world. Galatians 6:14
Gathering Hymn: New Every Morning is the Love #7
Officiant: 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.
Officiant: During this season of Lent we hear God’s call to simplicity. As Jesus emptied
himself on the cross, so let us empty ourselves of everything that clutters our
All: Come Lord, cleanse us this morning!
Officiant: As Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and given the strength to fast in the
wilderness, so let us open our minds to the power of God.
All: Come Lord; fill us with your Holy Spirit.
Officiant: As Jesus was patient with himself and his disciples, so let us be patient with
ourselves and the people around us.
All: Come Lord; give us patience and endurance on our way.
Officiant: This season we hear God’s call to simplicity. In the name of Jesus, our Lord, may
we find joy in humble things.
Collect of the Day: O God whose glory it is always to have mercy; be gracious to all who
have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and
steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your word,
Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God for
ever and ever. Amen
The Liturgy of the Word
Val Powell: A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Romans as found in chapter 4
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his
descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the
adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For
the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.
For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be
guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those
who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have
made you the father of many nations”) —in the presence of the God in whom he
believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,”
according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” He did not
weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead
(for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of
Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he
grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was
able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as
righteousness.” Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake
alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus
our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was
raised for our justification.
Hear what the Lord is saying to the people of God.
Beth Hopkins: Psalm 22:22-30 an individual lament
22 Praise the LORD, you that fear him; *
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.
23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither does he hide his face from them; *
but when they cry to him he hears them.
24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: *
“May your heart live for ever!” 26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, *
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
27 For kingship belongs to the LORD; *
he rules over the nations.
28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29 My soul shall live for him;
my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the LORD’S for ever.
30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.
Together we pray:
Father, your Son felt abandoned and cried out in anguish from the cross,
yet you delivered him. He overcame the bonds of death and rose in
triumph from the grave. Do not hide your face from those who cry out to
you, fed the hungry, strengthen the weak, and break the chains of the
oppressed, that your people may rejoice in your saving deeds. This we ask
in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen
Gospeller: The Lord be with you
All: And also with you
Gospeller: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
All: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering,
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after
three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began
to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get
behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my
followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those
who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and
for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole
world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those
who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of
them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father
with the holy angels.”
The gospel of Christ. All: Praise be to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Homily: Rev. Deacon Irene Walback
Ever present God bless now the words of my lips and the meditations of all our hearts.
Breathe your Spirit into us and grant that we may hear and in hearing be led in the way
your love and grace guides us to do. Amen
Our earliest introduction to Abraham comes to us in Genesis chapter 17 when we first
learn of him as Abram. God changes Abram’s name to Abraham, and promises that his
wife Sarai, changed to Sarah, will bear a son. Today we hear from Paul as he reminds
us of Abraham and Sarah’s story. Paul wrote “Hoping against hope, he (Abraham)
believed that he would become “the father of many nations.” These words were told to
him when he was at the age of 100, an age when death was close and at a time when
he was perhaps past caring about the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.
Looking at his circumstances Abraham could easily have given up all hope, but contrary
to human nature, he held onto his hope because his hope and his faith was in God.
Abraham’s faith led him to believe that God was able to do what he had promised. Not
believing in the sense of “intellectually agreeing to a certain set of words, ideas or
circumstances”, but believing with his deep trust of God. And so began Abraham and
Sarah’s family tree. A tree which we are a part of! Three major religions all trace their
lineage back to Abram and Sarai – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Jewish faith
traces its heritage through Abraham’s son Isaac, the Muslims through the son of
Abraham and Sarah’s salve girl Hagar, and we Christians see ourselves adopted into
the Jewish family tree through Jesus Christ the Messiah. The fact that we are all part of
the same family of faith and that we all matter to God who gifted us with the dance of life
isn’t always easy to accept. Really given human nature it’s not surprising. We recall
from scripture that in Jesus’ time there was a lot of trouble caused by the idea of
gentiles, Samaritans and sinners being of any matter to our loving God.
It is Paul’s use of the phrase “Hoping against hope” that I return to. During this time of
pandemic, during the moments when tsunami waves of fear and sorrow cloud our
reasoning, when our minds stray to thoughts of doubt and hurts run deep, it is then that
we need to hold onto this thing we call hope. Hoping against hope as a phrase in the
thesaurus is unpacked as “crossing one’s fingers” or “knocking on wood.” These
descriptions of hope sound rather hollow when we consider them, they might even be
called wishy-washy. The hope of which Paul writes is an example of the hope which
scripture provides, a powerful force, a promise that can materialize from the depths of
our raw faith and soar to the greatest of heights. The hope Paul writes of is the hope
that is to our spirits what oxygen is to our body. Without oxygen coursing through our
bodies we die. Without hope our spirits suffer. Hope therefore is essential to life,
because when hope has vanished then life for all its intents and purposes ceases to be
Currently, as we travel this rough road of pandemic looking for respite from worry and
seeking safety from Covid 19, hope is often lost. When all around us is chaos hope
can be a powerful tool. Holding onto hope can and will get us through this time to a
time when again we can visit, and hug, and dine together. Hope is the food we now
need to nourish one in another in faith. Hope is meant to be shared, to be talked about
and encouraged by us as ambassadors representing the love of the Divine. The
relationship we have with our loving God, a God who calls us to form community with
one another, is a relationship built not only on our faith but on hope. God’s hope is for
us to be all that we were brought into being to be and to use our ability to remain
hopeful, trusting in the promises of our Creator and Creating God who made a
commitment to us when we were but stardust.
In our Gospel reading Peter appears to have given up his hope. Hope for Peter may
have meant walking alongside Jesus in a journey that would take them to various
communities to preach and to heal. What Peter hears from Jesus is not about further
ministry together but that Jesus would be killed. Like Peter, we too would rather have
had Jesus living into old age, living a life that would continue to teach us compassion, a
life that would teach us further of God’s love and dedication to us. But that is not how
the life of Jesus unfolded. Instead Jesus shows us a God who meets us in vulnerability,
in suffering and in loss; a God who gives us hope for eternal life for ourselves and our
loved ones when this earthly life is over. Our God meets us in moments when we really
need God, when all we had worked for, hoped for and striven for falls apart whether it is
during a time of pandemic or a time of personal cutting loss.
God, not always the God we want but the God we need, meets us where we are when
we realize that we are quite simply mortal, incapable of saving ourselves and
desperately in need of hope. Jesus, knowing that Peter would have some rough days
ahead, restores hope to Peter. Jesus reminded Peter of his purpose in life. Yes, Jesus
would be crucified and Peter would suffer that loss but Peter was to be entrusted with
serving God’s people. Peter would be called to provide the nourishment of spirit-giving
hope to God’s people, walking with them in faith and in hope. Peter needed the
acknowledgement that he was a valued child of God and as such his ministry was part
of God’s divine plan for the world. We, too, are part of the divine plan. We each were
created to make somebody else’s life better. Somebody out there needs us today,
needs you! Needs your smile, your encouragement, your words of hope that…..the
hope that life in Christ gives to our spirits is as oxygen is to our body. Amen
Hymn: Your Hand, O God, Has Guided #444
Affirmation of Faith:
Officiant: We believe, O God of all gods, that you are the eternal maker of life:
we believe, O God of all gods, that you are the eternal maker of love.
All: We believe Of Lord and God of all people, that you are the Creator of the high
heavens, that you are the creator of the skies above, that you are the creator of the oceans below.
Officiant: We believe, O Lord and God of all people, that you are the one who created our
souls and set their course, that you are the one who created our bodies from dust and from ashes, that you gave to our bodies their breath and to our souls their possession.
All: God, bless to us our bodies, God, bless to us our souls, God, bless to us our lives, God, bless to us our belief. Amen
Prayers of the People: Lynne Dole
We pray for Churches everywhere that they may find ways to provide worship services
for their congregations in this time of separation due to the virus. We give thanks for the
internet and e-mail services that we at All Saints receive. Hear us, O. Lord.
We pray for unity among Christians, that we may be able to dissolve barriers such as race
and gender and cultures, and to forgive and be reconciled through the healing power of
love for one another. Hear us O Lord
We pray for the nations of the world, that those in authority will hear the call of God to
live in peace and righteousness. Hear us, O Lord
We pray for those whose lives have been disrupted by war and natural disasters, those
who are refugees and orphans, those who are hungry, and those without shelter, and we
pray for the relief agencies who reach out to them in so many ways. Hear us O Lord
We pray for those who are afflicted with COVID19, and separated from their families,
and for the nurses, doctors and caregivers who tend them and so often see death despite
all their efforts. Hear us O Lord
We pray for healing and health for those in our own parish who are sick or ailing, for
Sean, Lucy, Pam, Erica, Carol and Shirley,, and also for others about whom we are
concerned, for Angie, Hugh and family, Kyle, Joanna and Joanne, Heather, Isobel,
Cameron and Nicola, Elaine, Karen, Jean, Sean. Gayle, Eric, Jim C., Enid, Diane and
Bunty. Hear us O Lord
We pray for those who are without jobs, owners of small businesses who may have to
close permanently, and all others who are having financial difficulties due to the
pandemic. Hear us O Lord
We give you thanks, O Lord, for the resources of this world, for the wonders and
mysteries of the universe. Help us to use wisely all you have given us, for the benefit of
others and for the well-being of the earth, Hear us O Lord
Lord, we know your loving care is always with us and ask that you fulfil our needs in the
way that is best for us. We are so thankful for all the blessings you have given us, and
seek your guidance and inspiration to find paths and methods to help those who are less
fortunate than us. This we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
Prayer of Confession:
Let us open ourselves to the healing spirit of repentance saying:
Beloved Saviour, we confess to the world and to each other that we have
failed to follow the ways of Jesus and have been distracted by culture and
custom. We have not always welcomed strangers into our midst; we have
not always loved the outcast or forgiven the offender. We have allowed
ourselves to forget that we are your ministers of grace and your witnesses
to new life. We commit ourselves to the Way again, crossing barriers of
institution and history to reach out to others in compassion. Amen
Officiant: The Holy One is loving and merciful, healing the contrite heart and inviting us
into a renewed commitment to the the work of Jesus. On the name of God our
Maker, Jesus the Beloved, and the Holy Spirit, may we forgive ourselves, even
as we accept forgiveness and healing. Amen
God in community, Holy in One, it is enough that you hear us even as we pray
as we were taught……….
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
Exchange of the Peace:
Officiant: Serve the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength. The peace of the Lord be always with you
All: And also with you.
All: God, you have given us each gifts to use as members of the body of Christ.
Here are our gifts – the work of our hands, our hearts and our lives.
We pray that they may bring the good news of Jesus Christ to
the world, today and always, here and everywhere. Amen
Doxology: Glory to God, 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
Officiant: Lord Jesus Christ, you called your disciples to go forward with you on the way to
the cross. Since you first walked that road countless millions have followed you.
All: In all that we do as your disciples, save us from false familiarity with your
journey. May we never presume to step into your shoes, but make us small
enough to fit our own, and to walk in love and wonder behind you. Amen
Lay Reader: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia
Closing Hymn: O Praise Ye the Lord #330
Acknowledgement of the Land:
We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional territory of a number of First Nations and acknowledge
their stewardship of this land throughout the ages. We seek a new relationship with the Original Peoples
of this land, one based in honour and deep respect.
Materials used in the development of this service are taken from Wee Worship Books
As always, your offerings to the Church are much appreciated.
Our ministry and church upkeep continues to need financial support. If you wish to send an offering, please mail it to All Saints Church P.O. Box 358, 81 Main Street, Erin, On. N0B 1T0 (the P.O. box number is important!). Alternatively donations are welcome on line – Just Google ‘Diocese of Niagara’ – select ‘Donate’ – select ‘Church-All Saints Erin’ and follow payment instructions. Thanks very much.
The desk of the Deacon – Erin Food Bank
Bringing the concerns of the community to the people of All Saints’
In recent correspondence with Stephanie Conway who heads up the community
Food Bank through EWCS I posed many questions to her. Some of those I share
with you today –
From January of 2020 to January of 2021 there has been an increase of 45
individuals seeking the help of the Food Bank
Gift cards for groceries enable the family to purchase fresh vegetables, dairy and
Quoting Stephanie Conway
“While the community has been very generous over the Christmas holidays there
is concern for what the future may hold during this time of pandemic especially
should there be an increase in food bank clients.”
I return to my thoughts – and they are that action needs to happen now. What
form that action takes on an individual bases depends on our own personal
finances and how we best think we can help be of help now and in the months to
One way is to access the web site of EWCS and sign up to make a one time or a
monthly donation. All contact information is listed below.
Another is to check the web site for the most needed items and add them to our
own grocery orders. Of course grocery cards remain a much needed commodity.
Currently the ten most needed items are – carrots, apples, oranges, grocery gift
cards, peanut butter, toilet paper, instant coffee, bread, eggs and milk.
In a recent article focused on food bank needs it was suggested that donating a
cake mix and icing and the additional ingredients needed to bake the cake may
just be the way to insure that a child has a birthday cake. It is difficult to think of
a child not having a special cake for their special day.
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