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From Reverend Joan July 12 2020

Spiritual Communion Pentecost 6


Well, hello there, All Saints Family,
It is a beautiful HOT day in the neighbourhood! We have now surpassed 9
days of this heat, with 11 days straight being a record. Whew! – one we
wish we would fail!
I looked at some of my flowers in a high-point in the garden; they looked
like I felt. Ah, not really complaining – before we know it, we’ll have near
record temperatures of frosty kind. How does the heat affect you? Are you
more of a winter person, or just a bit more tempered in the way of weather?
Here’s a song for you:
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer
Just fill your basket full of sandwiches and weenies
Then lock the house up, now you’re set
And on the beach you’ll see the girls in their bikinis
As cute as ever but they never get ’em wet
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You’ll wish that summer could always be here
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer
Don’t hafta tell a girl and fella about a drive-in
Or some romantic moon it seems
Right from the moment that those lovers start arrivin’
You’ll see more kissin’ (whistling) in the cars than on the screen
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You’ll wish that summer could always be here

Weenies and bikinis! Here’s a quiz: who was the first person to record this
song? If you get it right, I’ll buy you a weenie!!! Hahahaha
The song talks of summer food, and drive-in movies. What are your
summer rituals, or should I say ‘were’? Think of best memories…what a
great summer past-time.
Here we are, mid July; it’s hard to believe, yet time waits for no person.
Let’s begin our Spiritual Communion together. Remember… get the bread
and wine (or juice) ready!…
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.

The Collect
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and
grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and
also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Word
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans:
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of
the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of
death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do:
by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin,

he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might
be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the
Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things
of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the
things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the
mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on
the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law — indeed it
cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God
dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong
to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the
Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus
from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life
to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
(Romans 8:1-11)
Reader: Holy Wisdom, Holy Word.
All: Thanks be to God.
The Psalm
105 Your word is a lantern to my feet *
and a light upon my path.
106 I have sworn and am determined *
to keep your righteous judgments.
107 I am deeply troubled; *
preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, O Lord, the willing tribute of my lips, *
and teach me your judgments.
109 My life is always in my hand, *
yet I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a trap for me, *
but I have not strayed from your commandments.
111 Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; *
truly, they are the joy of my heart.
112 I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes *
for ever and to the end.
(Psalm 119:105-112)
The Gospel
Reader: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Reader: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew
All: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds
gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole
crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables,
saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell
on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky
ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly,
since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched;
and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among
thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good
soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Let anyone with ears listen!”
“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the
kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away
what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what
was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and
immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures
only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the
word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among
thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and
the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was
sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another
sixty, and in another thirty.”
(Matthew 13:1-9,18-23)
Reader: The Gospel of Christ.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Reflection
Ah, what can be said about today’s Gospel that hasn’t already been reflected
upon and said?
Today, in the Book of Matthew, Jesus talks about one of my favourite
subjects: nature. Pretty well every day I head down to the lake to go for my
walk. I love it for the fresh air, the many people (& their dogs) that I meet,
and, of course, the variety of birds. Especially during migration time.
Every day, I see the regular: swans, Canada geese, seagulls and Mallard
ducks. Every once in a while, I get to see something so different, I need to
look it up in my bird book. I get so excited! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t
study them down to the last pinfeather, but I do like them. It probably has
to do with the fact that they can fly.

Enough of that, back to Jesus. He liked to tell parables or stories so that he
could get an idea or a moral across to the people without ‘telling them’ what
to do or how to do it. Jesus wanted to ‘plant the seed’ so to speak, and
leave the idea with us for a while, with hope that it would germinate for a
while and we would come to our own conclusion. Jesus did that with the
disciples, because he KNEW he would not be around forever. He wanted to
ready them to become Apostles, or teachers, so they could confidently go
from town to town, preaching his word.
Jesus wanted the disciples, and in turn, us, to really consider all angles of
what he was conveying to us. So, let’s look at what Jesus wants to tell us
about birds…or IS IT a story about birds?
In Matthew’s Gospel it says, ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he
sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up.
Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and
they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun
rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away.
Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold,
some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!’ Do you think Jesus’
message is about nature, about birds? If not, then, what is Jesus trying to
tell us?
I read this Gospel. I re-read it. I turned it upside down! Sometimes, to
understand what the message is, I look to the scholars ‘commentaries.’ The
commentaries written by ‘biblical people,’ or scholars. They give their
opinion of what they believe Jesus is trying to say. You see, Jesus was so
bright, the writings he left us could mean a number of things, depending on
the person who reads them!
So…the farmer sowed some seeds, and they fell in various places around
him – in the rocky ground, in thorns, and in good soil. As well, birds came
and ate them up. When the seed landed, and attempted to grow,
sometimes it did, as in the good soil, other times it did not, like the thorny
ground. What if we took Jesus’ parable, and substituted ‘people’ in place of
the seeds?
So…there are many people listening to Jesus parable about the Sower and
the seeds. The first analogy: one person may be like a seed sown along the
path; that seed may be stolen by a bird, and the bird flies away…the analogy
may be…one person that hears the word, may not understand the teaching;
becoming a victim of evil-doing or temptation.

Another person may be like a seed sown on the rocky ground; that person
hears the word, takes it in, and becomes filled with joy, but falls away, due
to unhappiness or being tested.
As for the seed that falls amongst the thorns, that seed, or person, may
hear God’s word, through Jesus Christ, yet cares more for the lure of wealth,
the good things in life, and ceases to listen to the Lord. “Things” become
much more important.
The next example given to us, is the seed that is sown on good soil. That
seed, or person, hears the word, understands Jesus’ message, and bears
much fruit. Not only does the person yield fruit, it is by the “hundredfold, in
another sixty and in another thirty.”
I take that to mean, that by listening to God’s messages, through Jesus
Christ, and trying to make sense of them for ourselves and the good of the
World, the good of all our brothers and sisters, we not only receive God’s
word once, we are able to understand SO MUCH more about ourselves, our
friends, and our world. The knowledge grows “exponentially!” (I like that
word.)
So, the next time you hear a reading, or, you happen to pick up the Bible
and read a passage, it may be just about birds. That said, it may mean
much more than what it seems. You see, the Bible is an amazing book. Not
only can each passage mean something totally different from one person to
the next, the passages seem to have grown ‘exponentially,’ over the
years…the next time you are in a book store, or on the internet, take a look
at the ‘religion section.’ Take a look at how many books are written about
this one Book – and continue to be written about it. I don’t believe there is
any other book that is talked about, or interpreted, figuratively – meaning
and literally – in many languages than the Bible.
Next time you read a passage in the Bible, and it’s a familiar one, such as
this, try and stop yourself from thinking, “I’ve heard this gospel about the
birds and the seeds before”. Try and stop yourself and re-read.
Your understanding may fall on rocky ground (as in, you may not
understand it), or, it may fall in amongst thorns – you would rather look at
worldly ‘things’ rather than God’s meaning.
The point is, every time you hear God’s word, you may get another
‘something’ out of it. OR, something completely different! This will cause
you to bear fruit and yield a hundredfold! The meaning in your life may just
grow ‘exponentially!’ Amen

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 Anglican Church of
Papua New Guinea, The Most Rev’d Allan Migi – Archbishop of Papua New
Guinea, the clergy and people of that church.

In the Niagara Diocese: Grace Church, Arthur, the Reverend Dr. Shirley
Christian, Rector and the people of that parish.
In our Town of Erin: Knox Presbyterian, Ospringe, the ministers and the
people of that parish.
In our parish: Lucy, Pam, Carol, Erica, Shirley and others about whom we
are concerned:
Prayers go out to Requested by:
Ricardo Lynne
Angie Chuck
Wayne Kathy D.


Hugh & family, Kyle Audrey
Joanna & Joanne Nadine
Heather Beth
Cameron & Nichola Lindsay
Ann, Charlie Lynne
Elaine, Karen, Jean, Sean Joanne M.
Gayle Wendy
Rev. Dick & Deacon Jane Rokeby Irene
Eric 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) 897-55780

Pentecost Prayer
Lord you give life to life!
From Day One, your Spirit brooding over the deep,
your wind rushing, your breath filling.
As creatures of the earth,  we inhale your grace
rejoicing in life abundant.
We use our breath, our being
to raise this hymn of praise:
for Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
and for the mission you give us
to spread your love to the world.
Lord your love abounds,
Hear our Prayer
Our Pentecost petitions are many—


you know the prayers of our hearts.
Some of us are sick and tired, some of us are worried,
we fear for those we love, we fear the future.
Some of us are grieving, we don’t know how to go on.
We need your help!
We pray for the places in our world
where poverty has an iron grip…
whether that is close to home, or across the oceans.
We need  your Spirit to confront powers and principalities,
tyrants and governments and corporations
that feed off of and perpetuate poverty.
Lord your love abounds,
Hear our Prayer
Today we pray especially for those
who are thinking of taking their own lives.
Guard and protect, showing that there can be good days
after this very bad day.
And for those whose lives have been shattered
by the death of a loved one to suicide,
hold them close, and give your comfort.
Thank you that you can reach even the most lifeless places.
This week, enliven us to be ambassadors of life divine,
to our neighbours, to our co-workers, to our family–
breathing out  the harmonies of your song,
melodies of the Holy Spirit–
unending, ageless, eternal and ever new.
Lord your love abounds,
Hear our Prayer
(Adapted from Carol Penner, leadinginworship.com )

Confession and Absolution
Celebrant: Dear friends in Christ, God is steadfast in love and infinite in
mercy;
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.
All: Amen.
The Peace
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
peace).
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
praises 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
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.
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
your kingdom.
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
spiritual communion.
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
wine.)

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
The Doxology
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.

The Blessing
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.

All: Amen.
Dismissal
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.

I hope you enjoyed your online Spiritual Communion in the Diocese of
Niagara. As always, I am just a phone call away, (416) 897-5578 or email
rev.joan@ymail.com .
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
P.O. Box 358 All Saints’ Treasurer
81 Main Street, 359 The Grange Sideroad

Erin, Ontario, N0B 1T0 Terra Cotta, ON, L7C 0E3
Or
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
Rev’d Joan




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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