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Sunday June 20, 2021 Morning Service Proper 7
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
(Offered by Chuck Williamson)
As we gather in our homes today, we wish to acknowledge that we are on
land that at the time of contact, was the traditional territory of the 3 Fires
Confederacy (Ojibwa,Odawa and Potawatomi) and the Anishinabe peoples.
We thank all the 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 and as we seek to move forward in truth and reconciliations.
As we once again gather away from our church building we know that no
matter what happens our God is worthy of our praise. In June of 2009 the
Government of Canada declared June to be National Indigenous History
Month. Today we honour National Indigenous Peoples in lieu of gathering on
the actual date of June 21 st .
A Three Step Morning Prayer (Native American Prayer)
(Offered by Lynne Dole)
First Step: Plant your feet firmly on the earth. Using your five senses, give
thanks to our Creator God for the countless ways God comes to us through
creation- for all the beauty that your eyes see, for all the sounds that your
ears ear, for all the scents that you smell, the tastes that you taste, for all
that you feel (the sun, wind, rain, snow, warm, or cold). Pray this day that
you may be open and attuned to the countless ways that our Creator God
comes to us through your senses, through the gifts of creation.
Second Step: Let go of all the pain, struggle, regret, failures, garbage of
yesterday – step out of it – leave it behind- brush the dust of it from your
Third Step: With this third and final step, step into the gift of the new day,
full of hope, promise, and potential. Give thanks for the gift of this new day,
which God has made!
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: This is the day that the Lord has made. This is the day when he
can be found. God of all breath of life, living water, Saviour,
friend! Come all, as the hungry, feed on his word. Come as the
thirsty, drink of His love. Come as the faithful, worship the Lord.
All: We worship a God of promise, whose saving grace brought
a people from captivity into a land of promise, whose
enduring love still leads us from places of captivity into a
promise of peace, forgiveness and eternal life.
The promises of God endure forever. The promises of God
will be fulfilled. Amen
Collect of the Day
Creator God, from you every family in heaven and earth takes its
name. You have rooted and grounded us in your covenant love, and
empowered us by your Spirit to speak the truth in love, and to walk
in your way towards justice and wholeness. Mercifully grant that
your people journeying together in partnership maybe strengthened
and guided to help one another to grow into the full stature of
Christ, who is lout light and our live. Amen
The Liturgy of the Word
Psalm 19 (Offered by Doug Hamilton)
1 The heavens declare the glory of God,* and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2 One day tells its tale to another,* and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3 Although they have not words or language,* and their voices are not heard.
4 Their sound has gone out into all lands,* and their message to the ends of the world.
5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun;* it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber; it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs
about to the end of it again;* nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul;* the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8 The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart;* the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever;* the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,*
sweeter than honey, than honey in the comb.
11 By them also is your servant enlightened,* and in keeping them there is a great reward.
12 Who can tell how often he offends?* Cleanse me from my secret faults. 13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not
get dominion over me;* then shall I be whole and sound and innocent of a great offense.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable in your sight,* O lord my strength and my redeemer.
Prayer: Gracious creator of heaven and earth, your Word has
come among us as the true Son of righteousness, and the
good news of his birth has gone out to the ends of the world.
Open our eyes to the light of your law, that we may be
purified from sin and serve you without reproach for the
sake of Jesus Christ, our Light and our Life. Amen
First Reading: Philippians 4:4-9 (Offered by Wendy Hamilton)
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, rejoice. Let your gentleness
be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which
surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in
Christ Jesus. Finally beloved, whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any
excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these
things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the people of God.
(Offered by Chuck Williamson)
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
When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the
other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the
boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose,
and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him
up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He
woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then
the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you
afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said
to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Gospeller: The Gospel of Christ
All: Praise be to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Homily: Rev. Deacon Irene Walback
Now Lord, I pray, take my lips and speak through them. Take our minds
and think through them. Take our hearts and set them on fire with love for
yourself. Guide us to work towards a just and loving society with all our
brothers and sisters. Amen
Life is built upon a series of defining moments, including moments of crises,
failure, sadness, success and joy. It may be easy to let emotions dictate our
responses during a defining moment, how we respond will shape our faith,
our personality and may to some extent determine the direction of our life.
One of the greatest defining moments in the Bible is the death and the
resurrection of our Lord, without which there would be no salvation, no
forgiveness or remission of sin. Throughout Jesus’ time with his disciples
there were countless moments of importance, moments that they would not
have acknowledge as defining times until after his death. The moment we
consider today from our Gospel takes place on the Sea of Galilee. I have
boated on that sea with Lynne Dole and Jane Hall and as I recall there were
moments when it was a rocky voyage but not overly so. For me it only takes
one wave to be determined as a rocky voyage! It is not unusual to see
terrible squalls hurl themselves, even when the sky is perfectly clear on that
body of water. The Sea measures 13 kms. by 21 kms. so there is a lot of
open space for a storm to gather in intensity. Boating 2000 years ago was
vastly different from today. We would have found Jesus sitting in the seat of
honour as any distinguished guest would have been invited to do. It would
have been a little seat placed at the stern where a carpet and a cushion
were arranged. The helmsman stands a little further forward on the deck,
though still near the stern, in order to have a better view of what lies ahead.
This voyage of turbulence presented a defining moment to not just the
disciples but to Jesus. They set off on a sunny day and made their way
across the lake. A storm began to rage over the water. Fear took hold of
the disciples propelling them to wake Jesus up. During these moments of
terror on the water the disciples would have experienced unique critical
thoughts individual to each of them as any of us would in dangerous events.
Moments when realization would set in of just how deep or how shallow was
their faith in this man Jesus. A moment in time, though brief, as they
reacted to their fear. Emotions on that boat would have run high being
tossed about to and fro just as their physical bodies were tossed around.
Interpreting Jesus’ sleeping as a sign of him not caring for their plight, they,
in a moment of negativity, accused Jesus of ignoring the peril they felt they
were in. The disciples in their words and actions defined their relationship
with Jesus in a new and unfavourable way. We read of Jesus’ response as
he calmed the sea. To leave this gospel story as a physical calming of the
waters and wind would be an injustice to it. Let us also consider how Jesus
was calming the inner storms raging in the hearts of the disciples. Yes, he
spoke to the waters and it was during this rebuking of wind that his words
reached the hearts of the disciples and drew them into a deeper trust and
revelation of who he was and who God is. Doubt, denial, negative emotions
all calmed as the wind obeyed. The disciples, in awe, – and here we are
reminded that the control of the sea was considered a divine characteristic –
reconsidered their relationship with Jesus as they were meant to do. Jesus’
actions brought about the “aha” moment needed at this time to further bond
the disciples to himself and to God.
Let’s look at current moments that may define some of our own actions.
The month of June carries many days set aside for remembrances. June 4 th
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression Day, June 5
World Environment Day, June 6 th we recall the Normandy Landings of 1944,
June 14, World Blood Donor Day, June 20 th World Refugee Day, and many
more lesser known days. Father’s Day on the third Sunday of the month is
certainly one to remember. Each day a milestone or event honoured by
many or by a few, days that are defined by us or others as memorable.
June 2021 adds two memorable dates to June.
June 6 th , 2021 the day when a Muslim family of 4 encompassing three
generations were deliberately run down in London. Young Fayez Afzaal at
the age of 9 remains in hospital, all others died at the scene. Fayez’s life is
now defined of that as an orphan. Nathaniel Veltman, the driver of the
vehicle, is now defined as a terrorist in these killings.
June 1 st , 2021 a day of sad discovery as 215 bodies of Indigenous children
were uncovered at what was the Kamloops Residential school grounds. A
defining moment for all Canadians. No longer can we deny the atrocities
that occurred, burying our heads in the sand. This disturbing and unjust
history wakes us up to what was only alluded to in conversations. It’s a
difficult part of our history to process for what it was. The residential school
story has been regarded as “dead history.” All Canadians must listen to the
truth-telling of residential school survivors and accept that the trauma of
residential schools is ongoing and continues to impact Indigenous
communities to this day and will for years to come. For our Indigenous
brothers and sisters there is the hard work of healing and forgiveness to be
undertaken, and for ourselves, well honestly we too need healing. First,
there is a need for us acknowledge the years of abuse that the very people
entrusted with the care of these young children brought about. Secondly,
we enter into the pain of our Indigenous community. Our Indigenous
brothers and sisters ask us to grieve with them, to take time to honour the
dead, offering our prayers and showing our care. Thirdly, action is needed;
changes must take place so that their future holds a brighter glow. A glow
built on better living conditions, an abundance of clean safe water, an
improved education system and the opening up job opportunities. I pray
that the discovery of 215 children’s remains, children who didn’t get to grow
up, to become parents or aunts and uncles, who didn’t experience the joy of
family life, or the freedom to walk Mother earth at will, whose pain went
unattended and ignored, I pray that this discovery will result in a defining
moment in our lives propelling us to respond as Christ calls us to. There is
hope for the future through the education and building of relationships
uniting all God’s children. It won’t be easy, it will be a difficult time defined
by how we undertake this journey. Do we do so with heart and mind or as a
simple duty to right a wrong that will make Canada as a country appear
caring to heart and mind reaction story with you?
From a Guelph news column, I share the following: Three young sisters in
Guelph, ranging in age from eight years to 12 years, feel a need to show
their community what it looks like to see 215 children. A quote from ten year
old Aelish is this “They all died and that’s not right.” It’s not right in any
way. The sisters’ plan is to line up 215 of their friends along the sidewalks
in Guelph this Saturday so that there is an actual picture of what this large
number looks like. Along the way they will be accepting donations for
Anishnabeg Outreach, a centre for Indigenous healing located in Guelph and
Kitchener-Waterloo areas. In years to come this event will most certainly
stand out for all these young children and their families as a defining
moment. We can only hope that this event plants in their hearts and minds
a way forward to help others wherever they recognize a need.
Certainly from my early days I recall specific life defining moments ….I
remember where I was and what I was doing when President Kennedy was
shot. The world wobbled for me. Shattered was my feeling of being secure
in my sheltered life, danger was everywhere. It was a somber lesson to
learn that not any one of us is safe at any given moment in time. I recall
what I was doing when my Dad called to say my Mom had died; I recall
where I was when I received the call that my Dad left this life. Those calls
certainly had a strong bearing on why I choose to journey with people who
grieve. Defining moments of pain and great sorrow can and will lead us to
new discoveries of ourselves, just as the high moments of life will. Coming
to mind swiftly are some of the joyful moments; the moments I learned I
was a Grandmother. Talk about a new definition of life, I spent years
preparing for this part of life and now I was living it. Certainly a time for a
As humans, it is easy to let emotions dictate our response during a defining
moment and how we respond during such a moment will determine the
beginning of a journey that will shape our faith, our personality, and our
walk with God and literally change the direction of our life. How do we each
react during a moment of crisis, do we blame God or put our trust in God?
How do we each react in a moment of celebration? Do we boast of ourselves
for an achievement or take time to give thanks to God for creating and
setting before us the many opportunities we have in our lives?
A defining moment may be a moment of change, an opportunity to reach
and help others, a moment to look inward and discover a depth of
understanding and care that we didn’t know we possessed. A defining
moment may be a time of great sadness, a moment of peace, a moment of
new beginning, a moment when we recognize and celebrate the one who
breathed life into us and brought us into the dance of life. Defining
moments don’t translate as moment about us as individuals, but as
moments when we acknowledge the world God created and celebrate and
honour what God has put before us and trust that whether the moment is
one of sadness or joy it is God’s love for us that will see us through. Just as
the disciples had their moment of awe we too are offered moments of
wonder, moments to consider our faith, to explore our commitment to the
Lord, our Creator and Creating God. We may not always be safe from harm
but we know by faith that we are always God’s beloved. Amen
Prayers of the People
(Offered by Chuck Williamson)
Leader: The first Prayer of The People today is called “Prayer of a White
Settler on National Indigenous People’s Day”, originally written by Shannon
Creator God, we come to you with a humble heart, so grateful for Your
creation, this place we are in. The land is full of Your glory this solstice day.
Sunlight sparkles on fresh green leaves. Bees buzz as trees burst into
bloom. Even as dew collects on dandelion leaves, or raindrops gather in
boiling thunderclouds, a morning sip of lifegiving water deepens our
gratitude for the life that teams across Turtle Island.
O Creator, perfect Host, Your care and compassion were, and are, echoed in
the generous hospitality of the original peoples – Indigenous peoples. But
the reciprocal relationships of host and guest have been shattered. And the pain continues. For the death and destruction, we pour out our sorrow in
lamentations. It is for the sins of our own hearts that we seek forgiveness.
Cleanse us of the thoughts and emotions that keep those relationships from
healing – wash away the toxic entitlement, prejudiced assumptions, and
O Creator, faithful Guide, show us the path towards right relations, shape
not only our words and deeds, but even more, our reactions and thoughts.
Open our hearts to the wonder, the beauty, the gifts of the people next to
us, the protestor on the news, the culture so different from our own. Expose
our racism, root out our deep-seated fear of change, that we may be healed
within, even as we try to be part of the healing of Your world.
Leader: …and recognizing that today is Father’s Day, Holy God, whom we
call Father, we give you thanks for the people who have been our earthly
fathers in this life, and we pray for all sorts and conditions of fathers.
Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of
work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and
Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have
worked to become a good father.
Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there
for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their
love and support.
Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and
hostility of their children.
Let us praise those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their
Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and
support has offered healing.
Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely chose the obligation
of fatherhood and earned their step-children’s love and respect.
Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to
hold the child in their heart. Let us praise those men who have no children, but cherish the next
generation as if they were their own.
Let us praise those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and
Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly
delight in their children.
Let us praise those fathers who are deployed around the world in the service
of their countries.
And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory
and whose love continues to nurture us.
Prayer of Confession
Officiant: As God’s beloved children, we are invited to come to our God
with the fullness of our lives, to admit our love and our hate, to
admit our faith and our fear. Trust in God’s mercy; let us make
our confession –
All: Holy and gracious God, at times we feel so frail and
fragile, getting blown about by the pandemic, by sad
news, by our own short tempers and failings. You call us
to hold fast to what is good, but so often we flounder,
unable to find that solid thing that will centre us again.
Help us, we pray. Help us to see you as our centre, and to
cling to the good that you create in the world. Help us to
set aside all our jealousies and prejudices, all of our
betrayals and lies, all that adds to the world’s hurt. Help
us to grow even more into Christ’s likeness that we will
bear his love and truth to the world. We pray this in his
Officiant: Hear the good news, we are forgiven. We are set free to go out
into the world and be the loving, gracious, hopeful people of
God. Alleluia, Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
As our Brother taught us, our voices join in prayer –
Officiant: Our Father in heaven:
All: Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be, Father and Mother
of us all,
Officiant: Hallowed be your name
All: May the hallowing of your name echo through the
universe! The way of your justice be followed by the
peoples of the world!
Officiant: Your kingdom come on earth as in heaven.
All: Your heavenly will be done by all created beings! Your
commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope.
Officiant: Give us today our daily bread.
All: With the bread we need for today, feed us.
Officiant: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
All: In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
Officiant: Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
All: In times of temptation and test, strengthen us. From
trials too great to endure, spare us. From the grip of all
that is evil, free us. Officiant: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours.
All: For you reign in the glory of that power that is love. Now and forever! Alleluia! Amen
Exchange of the Peace:
Prayer: O Great Spirit who dwells in the sky, lead us to the path of
peace and understanding, let all of us live together as
brothers and sisters. Our lives are so short here, walking
upon Mother earth’s surface, let our eyes be opened to all
the blessings you have given us. Please hear our prayers,
O Great Spirit.
Officiant: Accept the peace that our Lord gives. The deep peace of the Prince of peace be within you and about you.
All: And also with you.
All: O Lord, giver of life and source of freedom, we know that all we
have received is from your hand. Gracious and ever faithful
God, you call us to be stewards of your abundance, the
caretakers of all you have entrusted to us. Help us to always
use your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously.
Send the Holy Spirit to work through us, bringing your message
to those we serve. May our faithful stewardship bear witness to
the love of Jesus Christ in our lives. We pray with grateful
hearts, in Jesus’ name. 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
Officiant: We have gathered, through the advancement of technology,
Lord God as your people to offer you our sacrifice of prayer and
All: We have fed on your word, been refreshed through your
living water, felt the encircling of your Spirit around this
fellowship and around our individual lives.
Officiant: As we take of leave of one another may we continue to know
your presence in the very different lives that we lead, to your
praise and glory. Amen
Chuck: May we go into our days ahead with our ears pitched for the sounds of God’s voice calling our names.
May we go into our days ahead with our eyes peeled for the face
of Jesus in unexpected places.
May we go into our days ahead with our souls poised to receive
the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Peace. Thanks be to God!
Resources: Anglican Faith & Worship/Aramaic prayer interpretation by Jim C./ World Healing
All Saints Prayer List (June 20,2021)
Please pray for,
in our own parish: Sean, Pam N., Lucy, Pam A., Erica, Carol
and others about whom we are concerned:
Hugh & family (Audrey)
Elaine, Karen, Jean, Sean (Joanne Macksey)
Gayle (Wendy H.)
Diane (Kathy Crain)
Pat (Wendy H.)
Cameron & Nichola (Lindsay)
PWRDF from Rosemary
There are three issues that might pique your interest:
1. A new mothers’ program of nutrition and maternal care before a birth and vaccines and
nutrition for the newborn. The Canadian government will give $6 for every $1 donated to “All
Mothers and Children Count – COVID – 19 Extension”
The six fold match in funds only is in place ’til June 30 so if you are interested you need to
donate in the most efficient way possible.
See the final paragraph for ways to give directly to the PWRDF office in Toro and they will
issue the tax receipt.
- In Mozambique there is a need for solar lights to make birth in parts of the country without
electricity safe for mums and babies born during the night. The suitcase contains a phone,
charging ports, a portable headlamp and a fetal Doppler that is connected to a roof mounted solar
panel. They will be distributed to rural medical clinics in Mozambique. The price of just one is
$5800 so an individual donor might be able to give a small part. The hope is to fund 50 of these
suitcases. This program goes by the name ” A Light for Every Birth”.
- PWRDF continues to accept donations to support the people of St. Vincent as they have had to
leave their homes for safe shelter due to the eruption.
You can make a donation using the blue envelopes, one for each month, in your 2021
envelopes. Mark the outside with the program you wish to support if you want to funnel a
donation to a specific issue. This is a slow process through our Treasurer to the Diocese of
Niagara office and then to the PWRDF office in Toronto. All Saints deals with the tax receipt.
The new way to efficiently get a donation to the PWRDF office is to use a credit card or e-
For instance, the volcano relief for St. Vincent would be pwrdf.org/give-today and click on
Emergency Response, then add “Volcano relief in St. Vincent” to the notes section.
There is an address for mailing cheques or a phone number to speak to a person at the office. If
this is what you need, email Rosemary McCallum at email@example.com for the
Thanks for reading this to the end. Rosemary
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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Step 3: Click on the invite link and Zoom will redirect you to a webpage.
This webpage will ask you to download the Zoom app on your device
whether you are using a desktop or a mobile device.
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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You will now see a prompt to open the link in the Zoom app.
Step 5: Grant the necessary permissions to the Zoom app to use your
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meeting in concern below this alert. Once your host initiates the meeting,
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