Easter III – May 3, 2020

Morning Prayer

Call To Worship

Christ Jesus is risen from the dead. The Lord has risen indeed.
(Luke 24:34
)

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad it in.
(Psalm 118:24
)

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

Opening Hymn – Gather Us In

1. Here in this place new light is streaming
Now is the darkness vanished away
See in this space our fears and our dreamings
Brought here to you in the light of this day

2. Gather us in, the lost and forsaken
Gather us in, the blind and the lame
Call to us now and we shall awaken
We shall arise at the sound of our name

3. We are the young, our lives are a mystery
We are the old who yearn for your face
We have been sung throughout all of history
Called to be light to the whole human race

4. Gather us in, the rich and the haughty
Gather us in, the proud and the strong
Give us a heart so meek and so lowly
Give us the courage to enter the song

5. Here we will take the wine and the water
Here we will take the bread of new birth
Here you shall call your sons and your daughters
Call us anew to be salt for the earth

6. Give us to drink the wine of compassion
Give us to eat the bread that is you
Nourish us well and teach us to fashion
Lives that are holy and hearts that are true

7. Not in the dark of buildings confining
Not in some heaven light years away
But here in this place the new light is shining
Now is the kingdom, now is the day
Gather us in and hold us forever

8. Gather us in and make us your own
Gather us in, all peoples together
Fire of love in our flesh and our bones
Fire of love in our flesh and our bones

Confession

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
We have followed too much the evil intentions and desires of our own hearts.
We have broken your holy laws.
We have left undone the things that we ought to have done;
and we have done the things that we ought not to have done;
and there is no spiritual soundness within us.

Have mercy on us, pitiful sinners, O Lord.
Spare those who confess their sins.
Restore those who truly repent,
even as you have promised through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And grant, merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may live from this time forward a godly, righteous and holy life,
to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

Absolution

Merciful God, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace;
that they may be cleansed from all their sins,
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your Name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
And forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us;
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
forever and ever.  Amen.

Open our lips, O Lord.
And we shall declare your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever;
world without end. Amen.

Let us praise the Lord.
The Lord’s Name be praised.

The Venite

Psalm 121 (NIV)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Psalm 122 (NIV)

I rejoiced with those who said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Our feet are standing
    in your gates, Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built like a city
    that is closely compacted together.
That is where the tribes go up—
    the tribes of the Lord—
to praise the name of the Lord
    according to the statute given to Israel.
There stand the thrones for judgment,
    the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
    “May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
    and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my family and friends,
    I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will seek your prosperity.

Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen

The First Reading – Numbers 22:1-21 (NIV)

The first reading is from the twenty-second chapter of the book of Numbers, beginning at the first verse.

Then the Israelites traveled to the plains of Moab and camped along the Jordan across from Jericho. Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites, and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites. The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.” So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time, sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, who was at Pethor, near the Euphrates River, in his native land. Balak said: “A people has come out of Egypt; they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me. Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed.”

The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination. When they came to Balaam, they told him what Balak had said. “Spend the night here,” Balaam said to them, “and I will report back to you with the answer the Lord gives me.” So the Moabite officials stayed with him.

God came to Balaam and asked, “Who are these men with you?” 10 Balaam said to God, “Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this message: 11 ‘A people that has come out of Egypt covers the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps then I will be able to fight them and drive them away.’” 12 But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.”

13 The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak’s officials, “Go back to your own country, for the Lord has refused to let me go with you.” 14 So the Moabite officials returned to Balak and said, “Balaam refused to come with us.” 15 Then Balak sent other officials, more numerous and more distinguished than the first. 16 They came to Balaam and said: “This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me, 17 because I will reward you handsomely and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me.” 18 But Balaam answered them, “Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God. 19 Now spend the night here so that I can find out what else the Lord will tell me.”

20 That night God came to Balaam and said, “Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you.” 21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Te Deum

We praise you, O God; we acknowledge you to be the Lord.
All creation worships you; the everlasting Father.
To you all the angels and the powers of heaven loudy cry,
To you cherubim and seraphim continually sing,
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of your glory.

The glorious company of the apostles praise you:
The noble fellowship of the prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
The holy Church throughout all the world acclaims you;
The Father, of majesty unbounded;Your adorable, true and only Son;
And the Holy Spirit, the Counselor.

You are the King of glory, Lord Christ.
You are the everlasting Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free, you humbled yourself to be born of a Virgin.
When you had overcome the sting of death, you opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You sit at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that you will come again to be our Judge.
Come then, Lord, we pray, and help your servants, whom you have redeemed with your precious blood.
Bring us to be united with your saints, in everlasting glory.

O Lord, save your people, and bless your inheritance.
Govern them, and uphold them now and always.
Day by day we glorify you;
And we worship your Name always, forever and ever.
O Lord, by your grace, keep us this day from all sin.
O Lord, have mercy on us, have mercy on us.
O Lord, let your mercy rest upon us, for we put our trust in you.
O Lord, I have trusted in you; let me not be abandoned at the last.

The Second Reading – Luke 7:11-17 (NIV)

The second reading is from the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Luke, beginning at the eleventh verse.

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Jubilate

O be joyful in the Lord, all you lands: serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.

Be you sure that the Lord he is God; it is he that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures from generation to generation.

Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen

The Apostles 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 life everlasting. Amen.

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

Let us pray. 

O Lord, show us your mercy.
And grant us your salvation.

Endue your Ministers with righteousness.
And make your chosen people joyful.

O Lord, save your people.
And bless your inheritance.

Give peace in our time, Lord.
For you alone rule the world.

Cleanse our hearts, O Lord.
And revive us by your Holy Spirit.

The Collect for Easter II

Almighty God, you show the light of your truth to those who are in error so that they may return into the way of righteousness: grant to all who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion that they may reject everything that is contrary to their profession and follow whatever is in agreement with it, through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

The Collect for Peace

Lord God, the author of peace and lover of harmony, whom to know is eternal life and to serve is perfect freedom: Defend us your humble servants against all assaults of our enemies, that trusting in your defense, we may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Collect for Grace

Heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day; defend us, your humble servants, with your mighty power, and grant that we neither fall into sin, nor run into any kind of danger; also grant that, being guided and governed by you, we may do what is right in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Reflection

Offertory Salutation

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:16

Offertory Hymn – I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say

1. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
  “Come unto Me, and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
  Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
  Weary, and worn, and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
  And He has made me glad.

2. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
  “Behold, I freely give
The living water: thirsty one,
  Stoop down, and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
  Of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
  And now I live in Him.

3. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
  “I am this dark world’s Light;
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise,
  And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
  In Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that Light of life I’ll walk
  Till trav’lling days are done.

Prayer Over The Gifts

Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel, for ever and ever.
All that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine.

All things come of thee,
and of thine own have we given thee. Amen.

A Prayer For All In Civil Authority

Lord God, our Governor, whose glory is in all the world; we commend this nation to your merciful care, that being guided by your providence, we may dwell secure in your peace. We give thanks for: the people of Prince Albert, members of the City Council, and Greg, our Mayor. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness; and make them always mindful of their calling to serve this city and people in reverence before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

A Prayer For The Clergy and People

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom comes every good and perfect gift: Send down your Spirit of wisdom, truth and power upon +Michael and +Adam, our Bishops; Rick+ our pastor; our brothers and sisters in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert, and Albert, their Bishop; the Turtle River Parish, Anglican and United Good Shepherd, Turtleford, St. John, Livelong, St. Faith, Spruce Lake, Mervin & Edam; the Revd Canon Don Skinner & The Revd Kun Kim (UCC); as well as Scarborough Baptist Church, and their pastor Binyam Asress.

We pray for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Fred, our Primate; Greg, our Metropolitan; and Mark, our National Indigenous Bishop; The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saskatchewan, and Sid, their Bishop; and we pray for the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan), The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu – Primate of The Nippon Sei Ko Kai & Bishop of Hokkaido. We pray for persecuted Christians around the word, that an outpouring of repentance and revival may come upon our nations and our world. And we pray for conservation groups and those who work for the preservation and care of the environment and for those who work in our national and provincial parks. Grant this, we pray, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen

Prayers of the People

We pray for your holy, catholic Church that it may be guided and governed by your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life, and especially for Gwen Kirby, Clara Klyne, Daryl Klyne & Stephanie Lafond, and their children Blake and Reid Trent &  Brittany Krasicki, and their daughters Bella and Ava, Danny & Kathy Ksyniuk, and for our Wardens Noreen Hareuther and Larry Brewster.

And, we commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are in any way afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, personal welfare or material circumstances especially Leah, Brent, Gary, Marilyn, Jackie, Muriel, Eva, Joe, Liam Bain, Geoff, Keaton, Ralph, Dorothy, Phil, Silas, Julia, Gay, Philip, Penny, Maria, Gayle, Gwen, Jean, Lucian, and the family and friends of Sabine Kornmeyer. Be pleased, Holy Father, to comfort and relieve them according to their various needs; give them patience under their suffering, and a happy deliverance out of their afflictions; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

And we pray, Heavenly Father, especially for our Bishops, Clergy, Parish leaders, our congregations in the Diocese of Saskatchewan, and the same throughout the Anglican Church of Canada, that you would strengthen us all by the power of your Holy Spirit during this time of pandemic, that we may serve one another, our families, and our neighbours, as we are able, and that our faith may be renewed and strengthened in this time.

We pray for our communities, and our leaders here, and across the country, that you would give them wisdom and strength for this time. And may we have the faith to believe what your apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:38-39: “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Amen.

A General Thanksgiving

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all you have done for us.
We thank you for the splendour of the whole creation,
for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.
We thank you for the blessing of family and friends,
and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.
We thank you for setting us tasks which demand our best efforts,
and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures
that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.
Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ;
for the truth of his word and the example of his life;
for his steadfast obedience,
by which he overcame temptation;
for his dying,
through which he overcame death,
for his rising to life again,
in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit,
that we may know Christ and make him known;
and through him, at all times and in all places,
may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

A Prayer Of Saint Chrysostom

Almighty God, you who have given us grace at this time to bring before you with one mind our common petitions, and have promised that when two or three are gathered together in your Name you will grant their requests: We humbly ask you to fulfill now the desires and petitions of your servants, in ways that are most suitable for them, granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Grace: 2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore. Amen.

Closing Song – Fight the Good Fight

1. Fight the good fight with all thy might;
Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right:
lay hold on life, and it shall be
thy joy and crown eternally.

2. Run the straight race through God’s good grace,
lift up thine eyes, and seek his face;
life with its way before us lies,
Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.

3. Cast care aside; upon thy Guide
lean, and his mercy will provide;
lean, and the trusting soul shall prove,
Christ is its life and Christ its love.

4. Faint not, nor fear, his arms are near;
he changeth not, and thou art dear;
only believe, and thou shalt see
that Christ is all in all to thee.

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