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Sunday May 2, 2021 Morning Service
Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B
I am the vine, you are the branches, says the Lord. Those who abide in me, and I in them, bear much fruit.
As we once again gather away from our church building we know that no matter what happens our God is worthy of our praise.
For the Fruits of All Creation #269
For the fruits of all creation, thanks be to God gifts bestowed on every nation, thanks be to God. For the ploughing, sewing reaping, silent growth while we are sleeping, future needs in earth’s safe keeping, thanks be to God.
In the just reward of labour, God’s will is done. In the help we give our neighbour, God’s will is done. In our worldwide task of caring for the hungry and despairing, In the harvests we are sharing, God’s will is done.
For the harvests of the Spirit, thanks be to God. For the good we all inherit, thanks be to God. For the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us, Most of all that love has found us, thanks be to God.
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: We meet in the presence of a God whose love is freedom, whose touch is healing, whose voice is calm. We meet not in our own strength but in the knowledge that God’s Spirit abides within us, in our worship today and in our daily lives wherever we are. The blessing received is shared, in the hope that others might be drawn to the God we serve. Amen
Collect of the Day:
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life; grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
The Liturgy of the Word
Psalm 22:24-30 Prayer of one who felt abandoned by God
Offered by Wendy Hamilton
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 tortured 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; feed 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
The Epistle – 1 John 4:7-21 God’s love as the basis of salvation.
Offered by Doug Hamilton
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.
Holy wisdom, holy word.
All: Thanks be to God
Offered by Lynne Dole
Gospeller: The Lord be with you
All: And also with you
Gospeller:The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
All: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15: 1-11)
Gospeller:The Gospel of Christ
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Homily: Rev. Deacon Irene Walback
Psalm 22:22-30 Romans 4:13-25
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
Tolstoy wrote a story called “Where Love Is, God Is.” It is about
an old cobbler named Martin who lived alone. One night as he read
the story of Jesus visiting the Pharisee and the poor welcome Jesus
received, Martin prayed that the Lord would visit him. In his sleep he
heard a voice saying, “Tomorrow I shall come.”
The next day Martin waited all day for his visitor.
He saw a poor old man sweeping snow, and he called him in from the cold and gave him some hot tea. He kept looking out the window and the old man asked, “Are you expecting someone?” Martin told him of the voice.
Sometime later he saw a shivering mother with her crying baby, and
he brought them in and gave them some warm soup and a cloak to
shield them from the cold. He told her about the voice as well.
It was getting late, and still the Savior had not come. He looked
out one last time before closing, and saw an apple woman scolding a
boy who had stolen an apple. He rushed out and made peace. He
paid for the apple and persuaded the woman to forgive the boy, and
they departed with the boy carrying her basket.
That night Martin heard the voice again saying, “Martin, Martin, don’t you know me?” “Who is it?” he asked. “It is I,” and he saw the old
snow-sweeper. “It is I,” and he saw the mother with the baby. “It is
I,” and he saw the apple woman with the boy. Then they all
vanished, and Martin realized that Christ had visited him that day
after all, and his heart felt strangely warm.
Martin the cobbler is offering God’s love in each meeting with his visitors. He is, in short, imitating the love that God has shown in sending Jesus to give love and life to the world. Tolstoy paints a picture of faith in action rather than a wordy discourse about love. We can easily relate this story to the saying “preach the gospel every day and if need be use words.” This story creatively leads into the opening of today’s letter from First John that Doug shared with us.
During these unprecedented times, feeling abandoned or forgotten by family and friends is not unusual. We find ourselves living in a distancing world. It takes extra care, extra attentiveness to our daily lives and routines to recognize where God is. It takes the breathe of Spirit to remind us that God is always with us and that where we are God is, and love abides.
Twice in the reading we are reminded, actually told, to love one another. Any of us can love our family, friends, nation and various other things we value. The ability to love another or any common thing is part of what it means to be made in the image of God, who is love. John is writing to offer us a simply way of identifying as a child of God, a birthmark sign that we are in the family of God. Our mark is that of being able and willing to love. This love we have to offer is a love that extends beyond our love of God and family, it is a pervasive love that open us to deeply care for the needy, the lost, our enemies, a love with no cut-off point, no judgement point. Are we loving Christians because we know scripture, able to recite passage after passage? No, that’s not how Jesus taught love. Jesus taught love by showing how much he cared. He accomplished this by feeding the hungry, by bringing truth to the minds of his listeners and by offering love from his heart. He was God’s visible expression of love. Jesus, throughout his ministry, walked in the light of God’s love and taught us about righteousness, equality and justice. In these ways he was guiding us to show love by following his way of walking.
The author of our Epistle reading today, thought to be John the Evangelist, states twice in these few verses that “God is love.” Powerful implications in those three words made up of only 9 letters. There is no way to express all the richness of these three words, words fail us. It is actions that come closer to the realization of the words.
We are never closer to God than when we love and we are never closer to being all that we were created to be than when we love. Love comes from God and love will take us to God, the Divine Source of all Love. In essence we are both receivers and transmitters of love, completing a circle of care when we both accept and share love.
We come now to the words of John’s gospel reading. Jesus’ statement “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower” is the last of the seven “I am” statements recorded in John’s gospel. Why choose a vine? In the Old Testament Israel is often compared to a grape vine. His disciples would have understood the importance of relating to a vine and its branches. The vine was of such importance in Israel that it was used as a symbol on their coins. One of the glories of the Temple was the great golden vine upon the front of the Holy Place. Many a great man had counted it an honour to give gold to mould a new bunch of grapes or even a new grape on to that vine. The vine was part and parcel of Jewish imagery. Vines continue to grow throughout that region. The wood of the vine is characterised as “good for nothing.” It is too soft for any purpose. At certain times of the year, it was laid down by the law, the people must bring offerings of wood to the Temple for the Altar fires. But the wood of the vine must not be brought. The only thing that could be done with the wood pruned out of a vine was to make a bonfire of it and destroy it. These details add to the picture Jesus draws. He says that his followers are like that. Some of them are lovely fruit bearing branches of himself; others are useless because they bear no fruit.
He was thinking of Christians whose Christianity consisted of profession without practice, words without deeds, people who were all leaves and no fruit. He was thinking of apostates who heard the message, accepted it and then fell away, betraying the Master they had once pledged themselves to serve.
In the Gospel as in the Epistyle we hear the use of the word “abide.” Abide simply means stay or remain. As the disciples were urged to do, so we also are to remain with Christ Jesus. Remain with him in our hearts that we might offer “agape” or love to others, that all our works, our gifts and our life may become fruitful to the glory of God the Creator. To abide with God is to be the recipient and the giver of love, to be open to the Holy Spirit creating and recreating us. Abiding in Jesus is a call to action. For this gift of life and love for being called to action by Christ, I say thanks be to God. Amen
(Next week’s Gospel continues on with reading John 15. We will look at where and when these words from Jesus were spoken.)
Hymn: Affirmation of Faith Hymn # 44
I believe in God almighty, Father of all things that be,
of the earth and heavens, keeper of the sky and sea.
I believe in God’s Son Jesus, now for us both Lord and Christ,
of the Spirit and of Mary, born to bring abundant life.
I believe that Jesus suffered, scourged and scorned and crucified,
taken from the cross was buried – true life there had truly died.
I believe that on the third day Christ was raised up from the grave,
then ascended to God’s right hand, He will come to judge and save.
I believe in God’s own Spirit, bonding all the saints with-in,
one church, catholic and holy, where forgiveness frees from sin;
in the body’s resurrection, for the breaking of death’s chain
gives the life that’s everlasting; this the faith that I have claimed.
Prayers of the People: Lay Reader, Lynne Dole
Let us pray to our Lord of justice and compassion, ever present with us to listen to our prayers and supplications. In the pause between prayers let us say together
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
We pray for the Church throughout the world, for the difficulties faced, whether because of lack of freedom to worship, or restrictions due to COVID-19. We give thanks for our ministers Rev. Joan and Rev. Irene and for the united fellowship we gain as we worship together on Zoom Sunday services.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
We pray for those who bear the responsibility of leadership among the nations of the world, and ask that they be given, in all their deliberations, wisdom to know Your will, wisdom to make right decisions, and courage to fulfil them. May solutions be found to change those who control their peoples by force, so they may have basic rights and peace.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
We pray for those in distress, refugees without a country, the hungry and the homeless, the incapacitated and the handicapped, the aged, the lonely and the bereaved, those who are suffering illness. We remember especially those in our own Parish – Pam N, Sean, Lucy, Pam A, Erica, Carol, Shirley, and others about whom we are concerned – Angie, Hugh and family, Kyle, Joanna and Joanne, Heather, Cameron and Nicola, Elaine, Karen, Jean, Sean, Gayle, Eric, Enid, Diane and Nancy. May they be healed in mind and body.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
We pray for all essential workers who are risking their lives in order to provide for our needs, especially those in medical centres like doctors, nurses and caregivers who are overworked and pushed to the limit of their strength in order to care for the growing number of persons infected by the virus.
Lord in your mercy hear our prayer
We pray for all people, young, middle-aged and old, who are feeling depressed as their lives are continuing to be curtailed by the virus, who are feeling the deprivation of being separated from family and friends, and from the activities which are in the normal pattern of their lives.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
In this time of the pandemic, we remember to give thanks for the many blessings you have given us, for Springtime and green grass, and plants in our gardens, and trees leafing out, for daily food and drink, for minds to think, hearts to love and hands to serve. For these and much more, we are truly grateful.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
Into your hands, O lord, we commend our souls and bodies, our families, friends and neighbours, and all who need your help. We offer our prayers in the name of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
Prayer of Confession:
All: God of mercy, we place our trust in tangible things – things we can see and touch – and we question whether you are really there. Forgive us, Holy One, when we fail to recognize that you are always nearby, patiently waiting for us to recognize your presence and your glory. Help us when we lose our way, and forgive us when we forget to whom we truly belong.
Lover of justice, open our eyes to see you; open our ears to hear you; open our hearts to love you; and open our hands to serve you. Amen
Officiant: When we cry to God, looking for favour in God’s sight, God answers “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” In the power of the Spirit and in the name of Jesus, we know that we are forgiven. We will rest in God’s mercy. Alleluia! Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
With joy and gladness let us pray the prayer that Christ Jesus taught us saying –
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.
Exchange of the Peace:
Officiant: All who say they love God, must love their fellow humans, all who seek peace must share the peace that is offered. The peace of the Lord be always with you
All: And also with you.
Officiant: We bring to the Lord and to one another the gift of our time and talents and for the work of the church we offer from our own financial resources saying –
All: Spirit of Life, you long for the world’s transformation and healing. Your vision is grander than anything we can imagine, and so we thank you for the privilege of participating in your mission. May the gifts of our hands and our time be a blessing that speaks the language of this community, and may that blessing multiply out to every place. Breathe in us again this day that our whole lives may be an offering for your glory. Amen
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
As you go out into the beauty of God’s world or stay in your home,
know that God sees you.
As you do your part to keep others safe in this time,
know that God is with you.
As you pray for your friends, family and for people you do not know,
know that God hears your joys and your cries of pain.
As you begin a new week with God,
know that God is leading you in the way everlasting.
You are created in God’s own image, and you are God’s beloved. Amen
Lay Reader: May we go forth in peace to love and serve Christ,
confident that God will provide us with what we need,
whatever the future may hold. Alleluia
All: Thanks be to God, Alleluia
Closing Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling #485
Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven to earth come down, Fix in us thy humble dwelling; all thy faithful mercies crown Jesus thou are all compassion; pure unbounded love thou art, Visit us with thy salvation, enter every human heart.
Come, almighty, to deliver, let us all thy grace receive, Suddenly return and never, never more thy temples leave, There we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above, Pray and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.
Finish then, thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be, Let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee, Changed from glory into glory till in heaven we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love and praise.
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.
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 Faith and Worship, Blogspot
and Pastor workshop
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!
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