From week commencing September 12th, Onwards, we are worshipping together! In person!
September 19, 2021
God has called us through the gospel, so that we may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:14
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. We thank all generations of Indigenous people who
have taken care of this land for thousands of years. May we, who dwell on or visit this land also be good
stewards, honouring those who came before us as we seek to move forward in truth and reconciliations.
Gathering Hymn: God who gives to Life its Goodness # 428
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: The heavens declare the glory of God
All: The firmament proclaims God’s handwork
Officiant: The trees and plants show God’s presence.
All: Let us join with creation in praising God.
Officiant: God of all creation, who moves and inspires us through every time and season
All: We bless you and praise you for the gift of life in your good, created world.
Officiant: Grant to us grace and humility to so order our lives that we may honour you
among all peoples and nations.
All: Create wholesome and right companionship with our fellow living creatures,
and work for the healing of this world that you created.
Officiant: Teach us to see and hear your power in the winds and waves, mountains and
valleys, so that we may glorify your goodness to us and live rightly in your
All: We pray to you through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
and the Spirit, Three in One, One in Three, now and forever. Amen
Collect of the Day: Holy God, gracious and merciful, you bring forth food from the earth
and nourish your whole creation. Turn our hearts toward those who hunger in any way,
so that all may know your care. Providing God, by your Holy Spirit feed us with your
word, that we might be filled with the bread of life. Amen
The Liturgy of the Word
The Epistle from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians 9:6-9 Offered by Rosemary
The point is this: the man who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows
bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not
reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you
with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may
share in abundance in every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the
poor; his righteousness endures forever.” Hear what the Spirit is saying to the people of God.
Psalm 145:14-21 Offered by Lindsay Ogilvie
Lord, you are faithful in all your words
and merciful in all your deeds.
You uphold all those who fall
and lift up those who are bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,
and you give them their food in due season.
You open wide your hand
and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
You are righteous in all your ways
and loving in all your works.
You are near to those who call upon you,
to all who call upon you faithfully.
You fulfil the desire of those who fear you,
you hear their cry and help them.
You preserve all those who love you,
but you destroy all the wicked.
My mouth shall speak your praise, O Lord;
let all flesh bless your holy name for ever and ever.
Together we pray: Almighty God, you give us grace to know you more and more,
that knowing you we may love and loving you we may praise, that the whole world
may hear your name and worship you through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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: All glory to you Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus and his disciples passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was
teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands,
and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not
understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum;
and when he was in the house he asked him, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But
they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He
said down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all
and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms,
he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes he, and whoever
welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
Gospeller: The Gospel of Christ
All: Praise to You, Food for the world now and always
Homily: Rev. Deacon Irene Walback
Wondrous God, author of language and light, guide me to use words as you have, to
cast light into dark waters and draw out justice and truth. May these words echo your
love for all whom you have created. Amen
Our gospel reading today picks up the story of Jesus and his disciples travelling through
Galilee with the goal of arriving in Jerusalem. Together they have travelled as
inconspicuously as possible because Jesus had been trying to be alone with his
disciples throughout their long journey. Time alone together was rare. Desperately
needed now was a time of sharing; a question and answer period so that Jesus might
teach and prepare his followers for the time when he would no longer be with them.
Crowds thus far had prevented them for having the much needed opportunity to be
together as teacher and disciples, as Messiah and future healers.
We read of Jesus once again confirming the reality of his impending death and
resurrection. It appears that even after all this time with Jesus; the disciples had
progressed only marginally in their ability to receive these details through the fog that
enclosed their hearts and minds. Although they could hear his words, they could not
comprehend their meaning because his concept of coming back to life was foreign to
them. The words of Jesus seemingly fall on ears that refused to hear, on hearts that
refuse to accept what was to happen or it could be that the disciples have simply been
distracted by their own interest in themselves, divided in conversations about who
among them is the greatest. One of the sad bits in this reading is when we are told that
the disciples were afraid to ask Jesus for explanations. We are led to speculate that
their relationship with their teacher involved a strong sense of respect, awe, and even
From childhood we are taught not to fear Jesus but to trust, so I find Mark using the
word “fear” in this instance gives me pause to consider the relationship between Jesus
and his followers. Fear is an insidious thing that creeps into our lives and cripples us.
Fear in its healthy form, used when we exhibit caution, can be life-giving maybe even
live-saving depending on the circumstances. As in so much in life, we struggle to find
the balance between dreadful fears or fear that cause us to hesitate when making
decisions. Was the disciples’ fear one of not wanting to hear what horrors lay ahead?
Certainly it’s easy to understand how they might feel intimidated by the knowledge and
insight that Jesus possessed. We can look back to discover that Jesus lived beyond the
scope of human frailties and life experiences of his disciples; his words and his deeds
did not correlate with what they understood about life and death. They knew not what to
ask of him at this time.
Many years ago when I was studying for ordination my classmates and I were instructed
to preach the sermon as four sections. Section one being “trouble in the Bible”, section
two labelled “trouble in the world”, section three was to be “God’s action or grace in the
Bible” and wrapping everything up was to be “God’s action/grace in the world.”
We’ve stopped our gospel for a moment at “trouble in the Bible”. Two points come to
mind from the first section of the gospel today, one concern is the relationship between
Jesus and the disciples. It is troubling to think that this dedicated group of his closest
followers who we have come to know as the disciples, the chosen twelve, were not
completely comfortable questioning their teacher. This detail stands out as the trouble in
the Bible or at least in this passage from it.
Now to “trouble in the world”. Are we today hearing what we are meant to hear over the
constant din of the world? Easy to hear the words but processing the words takes work.
There is a common belief that when a question is being asked of us we immediately
begin formulating an answer even before the question is completed. We are missing
connecting with others; we are losing opportunities to be a servant, meeting folks where
they are at in their lives and needs when we offer a boxed reply. Taking the time to truly
hear what is being said is a sacred experience taking us on treks across many
landscapes and cultures when we offer our attentiveness. Questioners are asking more
of us than our time, they are asking for our input into their concerns, our knowledge is
asked for, our care of the individual is being sought after. If you take home with you
today one message, one nugget, may it be that this coming week you will strive to
participate in “sacred listening.”
The second point from our reading that pertains to “trouble in the world” is that of the
pride of the disciples. Mark writes that as the disciples talked among themselves they
were arguing about whom among them could be considered the greatest. I read a new
viewpoint on what exactly the disciples may have been discussing. This idea of their
conversation may turn us away from thinking that the discussion was about power but
rather guide us toward thinking that their conversation was about capacity. The
capacity of each individual disciple to go through the upcoming trial with Jesus, about
their own capacity to suffer with Jesus, or which one of them had the greatest capacity
to pray through this time of ordeal.
In our own context, thinking again about trouble in today’s world, which among us has
the greatest capacity or the ability to help in times of grief or sorrow or need. We all are
called to share what talents or gifts we are given, which means that each of us can give
only what has been woven into the fabric of our own being in the way of abilities to help.
It’s not a contest to do the most, be the best, but truly a way of life when we serve
others as we are able. The motivation to serve others will not come from us, but from
God. We will serve others when we value them as God values them. And equally
important to remember is “only as we are able”. We each have our limitations and we
are to respect and honour those that we ourselves believe might be healthy in body,
mind and spirit.
Now we turn to “God’s love or grace in the Bible” and in today’s world as the former
affects the latter. The grace begins when Jesus calls his twelve together. He sits them
down and responds to their deafening silence, rebuking them for their arguing. In
paradoxical fashion, Jesus established the criteria for greatness in his kingdom – the
greatest would be the least. In other words, the one who was “servant to everyone
else” on earth would hold the most esteemed position in the kingdom. The word
“servant” as used in this verse conveys the concept of one who voluntarily ministers to
others, one who wants to serve. In essence, Jesus taught that the one who wants to be
first must have a heart attitude that chooses to serve those around him and does not
consider his own status. Position and status should not matter when one considers the
needs of cries of humanity.
Jesus provided a vivid object lesson by giving them a visual example of his point. He
took a small child, since they were in Capernaum, it might have been Peter’s child, and
places him in the midst of the group. And right there provides the first lesson:
conversation must not only be amongst themselves but it must include such as one as
this, a child!
One must be willing to warmly receive a small child. We cannot assume that Jesus
meant that we can achieve greatness in his kingdom simply by taking a young child in
our arms. In light of the context of his teachings, we should conclude that we must be
able to relate to the least important person, no matter how important we view ourselves.
Community must include the children, the weak, and the vulnerable.
Again, the significance in the act of service was not in the performance but in the mind
set. Those who humble themselves to serve another exemplify the meek attitude that
Christ desires from his followers. This is also the greatest lesson that Jean Vanier,
founder of the L’Arche communities, teaches us when he reminds us that what the poor,
the weak and the disabled require of us is not so much to do things for them. It is not so
much to sacrifice on their behalf but to invite them to sit at the same table with us.
Today we are reminded of this as we think of the ongoing troubles in Afghanistan and
those who are and those who would choose to be refugees in order to build a new
community away from their home country. We cannot necessarily open our doors and
pull up a chair for an individual seeking refuge but again can involve ourselves as we
are able to do whether we offer prayers, donations of cash or furniture or simply keeping
alive their stories. Every human story is of importance for each is a creation from the
Creator of all life.
The final words of this homily are from our reading of Paul’s second letter to the
Corinthians and I quote “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in
abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly
in every good work. As it is written, he who scatters abroad, he who gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.” I pray it may be so. Amen
Hymn: For the Fruit of All Creation #259
Lord’s Prayer: As the One who never leaves us taught us, we join our voices join in
Officiant: Our Father in heaven:
All: Remind us constantly that you are parent to all your children,
or wherever they are or come from.
Officiant: Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
All: Establishing peace and justice, hope and life for all people.
Officiant: Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily
All: Disturb us into awareness of the needs of others.
Officiant: Forgive us our sins
All: Our pride and our prejudices
Officiant: As we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation
All: Especially keep our hearts and minds, open to see the good in
Officiant: Deliver us from evil. For the kingdom
All: Just and true.
Officiant: The power
All: Gentle and fair
Officiant: And the glory
All: Shot through with the colours of love
Officiant: Are yours for ever and ever.
Affirmation of Faith:
All: We believe in God, loving us, guiding us, always beside us.
We believe in Jesus Christ, born of Mary to be our window onto God. He called
both women and man to following the way of new life. He calls us now and
walks with us to glory.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, endlessly creating and renewing, whispering and
empowering: the Breath of God within us.
We believe in a God who can be know by us and who knows us intimately, and
whose image we are created. Amen
Prayers of the People: (offered by Lynne Dole)
Let us come before the Lord our God to present our prayers for wholeness of life for all those
who are without spiritual support and daily necessities. Each prayer will end with “Lord in your
mercy”, and the response is Hear our prayer.
We pray for the world-wide Anglican communion. In Uganda we pray for the Church of the
Province of Uganda: in the Diocese of Niagara we pray for the Church of the Ascension,
Hamilton, the Rev. Dr. John Stephenson, Interim Pastor, the Rev. Canon Randle, Honorary
Assistant 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 parish: in our own Church
of All Saints we give thanks for our ministers the Rev. Joan Dunn and the Rev. Irene Walback.
Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
We pray for people and nations of the world, and for those in authority, that they may rule in
peace, for the common good and with justice for all. May politicians preserve the dignity of
governance by addressing their party platforms rather than making personal attacks on their
opponents. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
We pray for the homeless, those on the streets, those who are refugees, and those who have
lost their homes and possessions through wildfires, floods, earthquakes and drought. May we
reach out to them, giving them aid and hope to start renewing their livelihood. Lord in your
mercy, Hear our prayer.
We pray for the people who do not have enough to eat or where to find the next morsel, among
others those in Afghanistan where help for the starving people will depend on international
negotiations with the Taliban. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
We pray for all who are suffering from illness. In our own parish we pray for the healing and
wholeness of Sean, Pam N, Lucy, Pam A, Erica and Carol, and for others about whom we are
concerned: Joanna, Heather, Ann, Elaine, Karen, Jean, Sean, Gayle, Eric, Enid, Diane, Nancy,
Pat, Joanne, Cameron and Nichola, Hugh. We pray for the residents and ministry of Bethell
Hospice and Hospice Wellington, and for all who are ill and all who love and care for them, and
for those who have died that they may rest in peace and rise in glory. Lord in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
We give thanks for all the doctors, nurses and health care givers, who despite being tired and
stressed by overwork, continue to look after the sick and ailing. May the anti-virus people who
harass these workers outside hospitals open their minds to think less about their rights and
more about the rights of others and the danger that they themselves might spread the virus.
Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
In this time of the crisis of climate change, we pray that politicians give priority to instituting
regulations and laws to limit toxic gas emissions and other materials harmful to our beautiful
planet, and that each one of us do our part in whatever way we can, such as reducing our use
of plastics. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
Lord God, we give you our grateful thanks for your everlasting presence with us day by day. As
we speak to offer our prayers let us remember to pause so that we can listen to your voice,
helping us find ways to better love and help one another. We offer our prayers in the name of
your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
Prayer of Confession:
Officiant: All creation invites us to join our voices in praise to God. Trusting in God’s
mercy and grace, let us confess our sin to God and to one another.
All: Generous God, you created us and placed us here to care for all of creation.
Forgive us for turning away from you and for neglecting the earth. Raise
us up and make us again stewards of your creation that we may see your
presence in all that surrounds us; through Christ we pray. Amen
Officiant: Hear and receive this good news to all who long to see and encounter Christ.
Today salvation comes to us and the land beneath our feet. Know that we are
forgiven and are free to live in peace with one another and with the earth. Amen
Exchange of the Peace:
Officiant: A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace and
spread it abroad. The peace of Christ is always with you.
All: And also with you.
All: Holy Spirit, breathe now onto these gifts we offer. Bless and dedicate them
for your work in this community of faith. Bless and dedicate us, the
givers. As we give help us also to receive your presence through
the hands, words and actions of one another, that all the
neighbourhood, town, and world may know that we are your people.
In your name we pray. 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: Help us to put our trust in you and to share what we have in a hungry world
All: They need not go away; you give them something to eat.
Officiant: With all creation we look to you for food in due season. May we do our part in
restoring the balance of your creation and deepen our commitment to follow
Jesus in ministries that serve and feed others.
All: They need not go away; you give them something to eat.
Officiant: Our worship leads to the world, a world of ethnic groups, First Nations and other
Indigenous peoples, all nations, their citizens, leaders, that the hungry will be fed
and that refugees will return home in safety and peace.
All: They need not go away; you give them something to eat.
Officiant: And the blessing of God the Creator, Source of all being, eternal word and Holy Spirit
be with the privileged and the poor, today and every day, now and for
Announcements: If you would like to follow the order of Niagara Service this afternoon at 4
pm, please see the attachments sent separately.
Lay Reader: Go forth in the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit
All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia
Closing Hymn: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah #565
Materials used in the development of this service are taken from PWRD Creation 2021
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
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First, watch this video:
Step 1: Open your browser and log into your email account
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Step 3: Click on the invite link and Zoom will redirect you to a webpage.
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Step 4: Once the application is downloaded on your desktop, install and
open it. Zoom should automatically open the meeting in concern. If that
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Step 5: Grant the necessary permissions to the Zoom app to use your
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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,
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