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From Reverend Joan August 2 2020
9th Sunday in Pentecost
Good Morning lovely people of All Saints Anglican Church!
Can you believe it’s August already? In some ways, it seems like a long
time, given our pandemic restrictions. Yet, in a strange kind of way, we
settle in to a new kind of ‘normal,’ whatever that may be. I believe we need
a type of routine in order to handle all the chaos we’ve been dealing with in
these number of months.
What is it that you miss most, that you’ve had to temporarily ‘give up?’
Considering your new normal, what is it that you take comfort in, or enjoy?
Some people have said they like increased time with their loved ones, either
in person or via social media. Others enjoy the slower, simpler lifestyle this
pandemic has brought them. How about you?
In the land of ‘new normal,’ there have been some changes to guidelines
with the Anglican Diocese of Niagara. Of particular interest is:
The Diocese now permits small, outdoor faith formation activities to be
organized for parishioners, provided that such gatherings do not exceed 15
people and that physical distancing is maintained at all times
In other words, we are unable to go in to the Church building; we are able to
have a backyard spiritual gathering, weather, numbers of people, and
Rev’d Irene Walback has graciously offered her backyard for our first
gathering, herein known as
Care, Share and Prayer!
By reservation only, 15 parishioners will gather to share their quarantine
experiences, and pray together. We ask that you bring a mask, beverage,
and a chair. Of course, cancelled if there’s rain. Anyone needing assistance
with this, please let us know. Simple, and enjoyable, we hope to continue
weekly, if people are in agreement. We’re hoping to offer this mid-August.
So, stay tuned, details to follow!
The Gathering of the 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.
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and,
because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it
always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Word
A reading from Paul’s letter to the people of Colossus
If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where
Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are
above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is
hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you
also will be revealed with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity,
passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the
wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways
you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get
rid of all such things– anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language
from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped
off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new
self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its
creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and
uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in
all! (Colossians 3:1-11)
1 Hear this, all you peoples;
hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.
2 My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
3 I will incline my ear to a proverb *
and set forth my riddle upon the harp.
4 Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
5 The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
and boast of their great riches?
6 We can never ransom ourselves, *
or deliver to God the price of our life;
7 For the ransom of our life is so great, *
that we should never have enough to pay it,
8 In order to live for ever and ever, *
and never see the grave.
9 For we see that the wise die also;
like the dull and stupid they perish *
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.
10 Their graves shall be their homes for ever,
their dwelling places from generation to generation, *
though they call the lands after their own names.
11 Even though honored, they cannot live for ever; *
they are like the beasts that perish. (Psalm 49:1-11)
Reader: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Reader: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Luke
All: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the
family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a
judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your
guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the
abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich
man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself,
What should I do,
for I have no place to store my crops? Then he said,I will do this: I will
pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain
and my goods. And I will say to my soul, `Soul, you have ample goods laid
up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, `You
fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you
have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up
treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:13-21)
“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.
After reading Luke’s gospel, I have come to the conclusion that my Mom and
the Disciple Luke, were very good buddies. You see, my mother was known
for her advice, which was expressed in the form of her many sayings. For
example, “You only live once” and “you’re a long time dead,” meaning, enjoy
yourself while you’re young….you only get one “kick at the can” so to speak.
As well, my mother would offer sayings that, at times, I felt, were
contradictory. For example, she’d say, “save it for a rainy day,” when
referring to money. You may understand the conflict myself and my siblings
felt. Of course we did not take to heart the message she was trying to instil
Luke’s Gospel tells us of a man having a dispute with his brother over a
family inheritance. Imagine that…
Jesus said to the man, I am not the arbitrator for the two of you! In true
Jesus fashion, he helps the man to figure out his quandary, with the
assistance of a little parable: Jesus tells him of a farmer that had a bumper
crop of produce that year.
He wondered where he would put it all. He thought, I’ll knock down my
small out buildings, and build bigger ones. There, problem solved! I’m set
for life. No worries. Just wine and relaxation!
Jesus said to the man, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded
of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with
those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
Wow. Quite a reaction! What is the man to think about Jesus’s parable? It
sounds as though Jesus is not happy. I wonder why? The man certainly
was a good farmer. The man was not wasting; he talked about building
bigger barns to stock up for future needs. Maybe he was considering his
Retirement?! Thinking again of my mother’s sayings, “a penny earned is a
penny saved” and “save it for a rainy day.”
Wasn’t that what the farmer was doing? How about “eat drink and be merry”
as the farmer said, at the realization of his bountiful crop? Isn’t that what
Jesus has previously preached? Hmmmm. Let’s look at Jesus’s parable
again, for a clue…
Was this farmer talking about sharing his good fortune with family and
friends? No, I don’t believe we heard that. The farmer did not mention
ANYONE but himself. He said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and
build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will
say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax,
eat, drink, be merry.’
The man was thinking of himself. He said nothing about giving a portion to
those whose crops had failed, or those who were poor. What we hear, is “I”
as in “I will do this, and I will do that, then I will eat drink and be merry!
Consider another way in which to look at Jesus’s parable; the way in which
this man talks of being “rich.” He is certainly rich in bounty. He must be
fairly well off, in order to knock down small barns to build big ones. It
appears this farmer is rich in THINGS. Not once did he mention others. No
wife, no children, friends… Not once did he mention his relationship with
God. Jesus says to him, “So it is, with those who store up treasures for
themselves but are not rich toward God.” This man is happy with things.
He feels better with all the stuff he has.
That he is ready for the future. Yet, they are THINGS. As we know,‘things’
that we produce are more precarious, for a number of reasons: they rot;
they break down, they cannot all be used by one person. After that, his big
barn will be empty. So, for a period of time he, in his mind, will feel rich!
Jesus points out the abundance of ‘things.’ Consider this; the man is
human…he will see himself break down, like the crops. Then, what will he
truly have when there is no one to love and support him?
As my mother would say, “you can’t take it with you!” As in, enjoy, and
share with others. Is that what Jesus is saying?
Jesus said, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you.
And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” Good point.
If we save and squander for the sake of leaving an inheritance, we cannot
guarantee how the belongings or money will be distributed, or used once we
are gone. Is Jesus telling us not to leave anything for our loved ones? Or
spend all our money frivolously?
Maybe, the point is, that we are not in control of things or people. Jesus is
warning the man that no amount of money can secure our lives with family,
friends, or with God.
“Take care!” he says. “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s
life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”
So, what point is Jesus trying to get across with this parable of the wealthy
farmer? It is for us to try to interpret God’s meaning. What do you think?
What is God’s message? Possibly, it’s that life is all about balance. Sure,
eat, drink and be merry! Yet know where your true life security lies. As
Pastor Elisabeth Johnson of the Lutheran Institute of Theology states, “It is
about how we invest our lives and the gifts that God has given us.
It is about how our lives are fundamentally aligned: toward ourselves and
our passing desires, or toward God and our neighbour, toward God’s mission
to bless and redeem the world.”
Upon reviewing the sayings my mother had, they were truly in line with
Truly, I always knew that.
As a dedicated Christian woman, my mother raised us with such sayings as,
“Man cannot live by bread alone” … those sayings came from a loving and
caring God, given to all HIS children; ALL OF HIS CHILDREN. And that’s how
meaningful quotes, stories and parables are in our lives; how they continue
to be passed down from generation to generation…even if we thought they
were silly when we were young.
My Mom learned from the best. She learned from her Christian faith, and the
love of her family. And I thank God that I now pass these sayings on to my
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.
The Prayers of the People
In the world-wide Anglican community: Pray for the new Province of
Alexandria – created from the former Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and
the Horn of Africa in the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
In the Niagara Diocese: St. James, Fergus, the Reverend Ann Turner,
Rector, the Reverend Amy Cousineau, Honorary Assistant, and the people of
In the Town of Erin: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Hillsburgh, the Rev.
Stephen Mutavdzija and the people of that parish.
In our own parish: We pray for Lucy, Pam, Erica, Carol and Shirley and
others about whom we are concerned:
Prayers go out to Requested by:
Dagmar and Wayne Kathy D.
Hugh & family, Kyle Audrey
Joanna & Joanne Nadine
Cameron & Nichola Lindsay
Ann, Charlie Lynne
Elaine, Karen, Jean, Sean Joanne M.
Rev. Dick & Deacon Jane Rokeby Irene
Jim C. Liz C.
For the residents and ministry of Bethell Hospice and Hospice Wellington; for
all who are ill and all who love and care for them.
For first responders, medical personnel, researchers and all who labour to
ease the suffering of COVID-19 patients.
For those who have died that they might rest in peace and rise in glory.
(For pastoral emergencies, please contact Rev’d Joan Dunn at (416) 897-5578)
God of grace,
thank you for the little things.
For the gift of this one little day in the great span of time.
For the little beauties;
the sunlight on blankets in the morning,
the fragrance of coffee,
the smile of someone who cares for us,
the texture of the day unfolding as it should.
Thank you for the gift of normal days,
peaceful, pleasant, ordinary.
We open our eyes to you
Open our eyes to the little blessings we so often take for granted.
Thank you for sending a Saviour
who knew the pleasures of everyday life,
who grew up in a family,
and saw the sky every day just like we do.
Help us learn from the little things he did:
stopping to talk to children,
even when he was being hurried to more important things.
We open our eyes to you
Jesus noticing the woman giving two pennies to God,
or making a barbecue on the beach for his friends.
Presentness, thankfulness, hospitality:
we need these in our lives, in our community.
Thank you for this community,
the simple act of coming together to praise you,
the little offerings we give,
the small ways we try to show we care.
We do care, and we want to care more.
We want a love as deep and rich as someone who died for our sins:
Jesus, you were true to us even in the face of cruelty,
even to your last breath.
We open our eyes to you
Fill us with that spirit of love so much
that it comes out of us in a thousand little ways this week.
Returning kind words for harsh words.
Giving freely when we see a need.
Forgiving easily and daily, and not holding grudges.
There are big needs and big problems in the world,
we trust that you will take our offerings,
our little actions for peace,
and multiply them the way only you can.
We trust in you, together, as your people,
and so we pray together, the prayer you taught us to pray
We open our eyes to you
(Adapted, Carol Penner, leadinginworship.com )
Confession and Absolution
Celebrant: Dear friends in Christ, God is steadfast in love and infinite in
God welcomes sinners and inviting 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.
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All: And also with you.
(A bow or similar contactless action is offered to those present as a sign of
THE CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
The Prayer over the Gifts
Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Celebrant: Lift up your hearts in adoration,
All: We lift them to our God
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Living God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Celebrant: We rest in you timeless One, giver of peace, bringer of hope,
you have knit us together, and breathed your life into us.
your Spirit moves beckoning us to join your song;
you wait to speak even though we are slow to listen,
you call us in still small voices,
command us to be still and know you,
in the depths of our being,
beyond the veil of time.
Still us now so that, ever more aware of our connection
with you and with all who seek you in faith, we may find and repeat the
that ring from the rocks of earth to the saints in light as we say:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Celebrant: We bring to this table God of Grace, all the concerns we carry,
all of the gifts we have to offer, all of the hope we long to see fulfilled,
so that as bread and wine are transformed, we may experience your
presence, and our restless hearts find rest in you.
Speak to us as Christ spoke to those first disciples,
when gathered at a table Jesus took bread and gave you thanks,
he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take and eat, this is my body which is broken for you,
do this in remembrance of me.
After supper he took the cup of wine, gave you thanks and shared it saying:
This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.
Come Holy Spirit, upon us and upon these gifts,
open us to receive Christ afresh in the depths of our hearts
transform us, so we may be moved to adore the One whose
mercy is from everlasting to everlasting.
We worship you, we adore you,
we seek you, we await you.
All: Amen. Alleluia.
The Lord’s Prayer
Celebrant: And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to
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
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and
Celebrant: Creator of all, you gave us golden fields of wheat,
whose many grains we have gathered and made into this one bread.
All: So may your Church be gathered from the ends of the earth into
Celebrant: The gifts of God for the People of God.
All: Thanks be to God.
(The following prayer is said by all, during this prayer the elements may be
elevated, in offering to the people.)
Celebrant: We receive you Lord Jesus Christ,
All: we welcome your presence in us,
and together proclaim our love for you;
with our hearts, minds, our souls and our strength,
with the saints we worship you,
with the angels we adore you,
with your whole Church we proclaim your reign.
Come to us, though many,
and make us one in you. Amen.
Prayers of Reception
(A time of silence should be kept to allow people to make their act of
Following this silence, the people physically present receive communion in
one kind by taking the bread from the paten while the chalice remains
covered upon the Altar. Finally, the celebrant should reverently consume the
Prayer After Communion
Celebrant: Let us pray.
Celebrant: Father of all,
All: we give you thanks and praise,
that when we were still far off,
you met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared you love,
gave us grace and opened the gate of glory.
May we who receive Christ’s presence,
live his risen life and bring life to others,
and may we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
An Act of Praise and Thanksgiving
All: 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.
Celebrant: The peace of God which passes all our understanding,
keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God
and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
and the blessing of God almighty,
✠ Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you,
this day and always.
One: Having received Christ by faith, let us go to live in that faith,
transformed by hope and proclaiming God’s love.
All: Thanks be to God.
As always, I am just a phone call away, (416) 897-5578 or email
As life has it, even though we are not in the building, our Church continues
to receive bills! If you haven’t already done so, please mail your offering to:
All Saints Anglican Church Or Chuck Williamson
PO Box 358, All Saints Treasurer
81 Main Street, 359 The Grange Sideroad
Erin, Ontario, Terra Cotta, Ontario
N0B 1T0 L7C 0E3
You may donate online, and it will go directly to our Church:
Go to http://www.niagaraanglican.ca
In the middle of the page, click on “Search”
It will say “Find a Church” and “Donate”
You will be taken to the “online giving” page
Add All Saints Anglican Church ( under parish name)
Then choose the amount you wish to give.
Every blessing, this day, and always