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The Service of The Word
January 24 2021 3rd Sunday After Epiphany
Hymn Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Rev’d Joan 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.
Rev’d Joan Let us pray.
We thank you, O God, that you have again brought
us together on the Lord’s Day to praise you for your
goodness and to ask your blessing. Give us grace to
see your hand in the week that is past, and your
purpose in the week to come; through Christ our Lord.
Rev’d Joan Dear friends in Christ,
as we turn our hearts and minds
to worship almighty God,
let us confess our sins.
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 The Peace of the Lord be always with you
All And also with you
The Collect of the Day
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ
and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, 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.
The Proclamation of the Word
New Testament Reading (Doug Hamilton)
A Reading from 1st Corinthians
I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from
now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and
those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who
rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though
they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though
they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is
passing away. (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)
The Psalm (62: 6-14) (Wendy Hamilton)
6 For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
truly, my hope is in him.
7 He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
8 In God is my safety and my honor; *
God is my strong rock and my refuge.
9 Put your trust in him always, O people, *
pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
10 Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, *
even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11 On the scales they are lighter than a breath, *
all of them together.
12 Put no trust in extortion;
in robbery take no empty pride; *
though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
13 God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, *
that power belongs to God.
14 Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, *
for you repay everyone according to his deeds.
Lord God, in a threatening world we look to you as our rock of hope.
Hear us as we pour out our hearts to you, and give us your grace
and protection, through your son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Gospel Reading
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
After John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news
of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come
near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother
Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus
said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And
immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little
farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in
their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left
their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
Gospeller This is the Gospel of Christ
All Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Rev’d Joan Reflection
FOLLOW ME! Mark 1:14-20
May the words from my lips, and the meditations of all our hearts, be
acceptable to you, oh Lord, our strength, and our Redeemer. Amen.
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He saw fishers Simon and
Andrew, casting their nets. He exclaimed, “Follow me and I will make you
fish for people.”
Nowhere, in today’s Gospel does it say that Simon, Andrew, or anyone Jesus
asked, hesitated in following Jesus. Not once did one of them say, “I want to
check with my wife, or my father, or my girlfriend. Or, I’m kind of busy
fishing right now.”
Their action was IMMEDIATE!
IMMEDIATELY these men dropped everything and went with Jesus. Now, this
is all very curious…what did they know of Jesus?
I’m sure they were not in the habit of losing interest quickly in something,
dropping everything, and carrying on with something they knew little or
nothing about. If that were so, they would not have families. So, what was
it that they expected to do or see with Jesus? And whether, as family men,
they would get paid? How about benefits?!
We are the observers, reading this Gospel. All of us know that Jesus was
looking for disciples, to proclaim the good news of God. In fact, this mission
of disciples continues to this day, as we are continually called to do God’s
Let’s look at these disciples: Simon, Andrew, James and John.
Were they the Richest? Were they great Scholars? Maybe they were
Theologians. Only the finest were able to continue God’s work. Or so some
may think. These were fishermen. Hard working, making a living,
Theologians do not show them to be faultless, or even having a solid grasp
of Jesus’ ministry! Throughout the Bible, and Biblical texts, they are shown
to us as human. The Gospels regularly convey their confusion and their
foibles, not always doing what we would think a “chosen one” would do or
say. For instance, in Matthew 19 – Jesus rebukes the Disciples for their
disinterest of children.
In John 14, Phillip demands that Jesus shows them “the Father.” Who is he
to ‘demand’ of Jesus?! Yet, they were full of fault and foible.
Matthew 18 illustrates the disciples trying to establish which of them will be
the greatest one of all, when the kingdom comes!
So, why did Jesus ask these men to FOLLOW ME?
Perhaps, it is precisely the same reasons I’ve just outlined:
*they were not perfect
*they were not scholars or Theologians
*they were not rich
THEY WERE HUMAN. As human as you and I. And, why do you think that
was important? Were they not Jesus’, indeed God’s representatives? Why
would you want a motley crew going from village to village, presenting in
your name, when they can’t even get some facts right?!
Just think of who they were they going out to speak with…Kings? Princes?
I believe it interesting to note that Jesus did not tell the disciples to bring
the people to Churches or Synagogues. Jesus asked them to speak in the
towns, in the villages…WHERE THE PEOPLE WERE….now what does that tell
you about the Word? About Jesus?
These “fishers of men” knew their craft. They knew their nets; how to
prepare and look after them. They knew the tools of their trade. Yet, did
they know the Word? Well, who better to speak to the people than those
that can bring them in, or go out to them? In their word, their context. Not
necessarily getting every word correct. God, indeed Jesus, wanted people
speaking with people. Spreading the messages of love, acceptance, honour
Just think about it. Try placing yourself back in this time.
You’re working away, tending your nets. You have a wife and ten children
(women didn’t catch fish then). 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, business or building to look after.
What would you be unwilling to give up if Jesus asked you to follow?
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, leaving them to fend for
Would you walk away from your husband…children …grandchildren? We all
know what would happen if we did that. First of all, your family would fear
for your safety. You would leave your family fending for themselves. Back
then, women and children didn’t fare so well. They would end up homeless,
begging for food. You would have no one to come home to, if this ‘Follow
me’ didn’t work out! These Disciples, truly didn’t ‘know it all.’ What a risk!
And, as a speaker of Jesus’ word, you would welcome ridicule, at the very
least. Possible beatings, even death.
For us to consider following Jesus, our lives would not suffer so much. We
would not be particularly ‘risking it all.’
The question begs; HOW, just exactly how do we “Come, and follow?”
I’d like to suggest that we are already following Jesus. Think about it:
In our day to day, as Christians, we live and act well, as Christians!
Generally speaking, we work hard. We help those in need. Sometime, we
talk quite literally about Jesus. Other times, we lead by example.
From time to time, we invite people to worship with us, in a Church, or
online. Regularly I know of people checking in on others in need of
assistance. Someone you know may be sick; their car may have broken
down, their driveway needs to be shovelled. A telephone call for guidance,
even a fresh baked cookie is a sign of love and assistance to others.
So, look at those disciples…now look at us. Are we perfect? Speaking for
myself, no! Yet, just as Jesus asked the disciples thousands of years ago to
FOLLOW ME!, he continues his call, through sacred text. Jesus continues to
gather us together and ask the same question. Will you follow me?
I believe it important for all of us to remember. Following Jesus, and
spreading messages of love and life, in whatever form it takes, is not meant
for Disciples, many years ago. It continues, through millennia to be up to all
of us. Fishermen and women, the guy down the street that shovels
someone’s walk without being asked, and you, the person who may pick up
the phone and call a friend, or someone in need.
God doesn’t expect perfection. If that were true, the messages of love
would never be spread! God knows we are sinners, that we are not God!
So, you see, it’s up to us, in whatever form or degree of effort you may
think you need to take. We hear God’s word, we process it, then use that
energy to put the words in to action.
So remember, without the risk of:
Leaving your family, leaving your workplace, abandoning it all, you and I
may continue to follow Jesus by our words and actions, by living God’s word.
You, and I are God’s children, living amongst God’s children. Let us BE the
word, through thought, and action. Amen.
The Apostles’ Creed
Rev’d Joan Let us confess our faith as we say,
All 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 How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
The Prayers of The People
We gather our prayers together and offer our concerns to our living and
loving God. In response to the words “Good Lord, transform us” you are
invited to reply “that we may reveal your glory.”
Lord, you transformed common water into wine, may our common lives
share in you who are divine: as you, living Lord, have taken on our
humanity may we now partake of your divinity. Lord, let your church reveal
your glory to the world. We pray today for artists and craftspeople may they
use their talents for the benefit of the world. Good Lord, transform us, that
we may reveal your glory.
Lord, we pray that your presence may transform our homes, that our homes
may be centres of love, joy and peace. We pray for friends and loved ones
and all who have transformed our lives by their goodness. We pray that in
our communities we may share and help to meet each other’s needs. We
pray for areas of darkness and deprivation in our communities. Good Lord,
transform us, that we may reveal your glory.
We remember all who have run out of resources, the hungry and thirsty
peoples of our world. We remember the exhausted, especially bringing to
your care our first line workers who continue throughout this pandemic to
care for us, to protect us and bring us to health. We remember all who can
no longer cope on their own; all who are struggling to provide for their
families and their basic needs. For those who endure mental fatigue and
challenges we ask for an extra measure of your abundant grace that each
may be moved to reach out for health as needed. Good Lord, transform us,
that we may reveal your glory.
We remember those of our own parish who are ill especially recalling Sean,
Lucy, Pam, Erica, Carol and Shirley.
And others about whom we are concerned: Angie, Hugh & family, Kyle,
Joanna and Joanne, Heather, Cameron and Nichola, Elaine, Karen, Sean,
Jean, Gayle, Eric, Jim, Enid, Diane and Bunty.
In a moment of silence we bring to you all that is heavy on our hearts
( silent prayer )
Good Lord, transform us, that we may reveal your glory.
Holy One, creator of all things, whose blessed Son turned the water
into wine, grant that he may come to us and change us, and so
transform our lives that in us your glory may be revealed; through
the same Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy
Spirit be praise and glory for ever and ever. Amen
Prayer of Confession
Rev’d Joan Come, let us return to the Lord and say,
All Lord our God,
in our sin we have avoided your call.
Our love for you is like a morning cloud,
Like the dew that goes away early
Have mercy on us;
Deliver us from judgement;
Bind up our wounds and revive us;
In Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rev’d Joan May the God of love
Bring us back to God’s self,
Forgive us our sins,
And assure us of eternal love
In Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers over our Gifts
Rev’d Joan Yours, Lord, is the greatness,
the power, the glory, the splendour, and the majesty;
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you, and of your own do we give you.
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
The Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
All 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. Fulfill 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.
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.
Rev’d Joan May the God of hope
fill us with all joy and peace in believing
through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Hymn Ye Servants of God
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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