Easter IV – May 10, 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 – How Firm A Foundation

1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word
What more can He say than to you He hath said
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled

2. Fear not, I am with thee; oh be not dismayed
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand

3. When through the deep waters I call thee to go
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress

4. When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie
My grace all sufficient shall be thy supply
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine

5. The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose
I will not, I will not desert to its foes
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

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

O come, let us sing unto the Lord let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are all the corners of the earth: and the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship, and fall down, and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is the Lord our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

Today, O that ye would hear his voice: ‘Harden not your hearts as in the Provocation, and as in the day of Temptation in the wilderness; When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works. Forty years long was I grieved with that generation, and said, “It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways”; Unto whom I swear in my wrath, that they should not enter into my rest.

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

Psalm 126, 127, 128 (NIV)

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.

Psalm 127

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
    and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
    for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.

Psalm 128

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
    who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel.

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 22:36-23:12 (NIV)

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

When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the Moabite town on the Arnon border, at the edge of his territory. 37 Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not send you an urgent summons? Why didn’t you come to me? Am I really not able to reward you?” 38 “Well, I have come to you now,” Balaam replied. “But I can’t say whatever I please. I must speak only what God puts in my mouth.”

39 Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath Huzoth. 40 Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and gave some to Balaam and the officials who were with him. 41 The next morning Balak took Balaam up to Bamoth Baal, and from there he could see the outskirts of the Israelite camp.

23 Balaam said, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.” Balak did as Balaam said, and the two of them offered a bull and a ram on each altar. Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here beside your offering while I go aside. Perhaps the Lord will come to meet with me. Whatever he reveals to me I will tell you.” Then he went off to a barren height. God met with him, and Balaam said, “I have prepared seven altars, and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram.”

The Lord put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Go back to Balak and give him this word.” So he went back to him and found him standing beside his offering, with all the Moabite officials. Then Balaam spoke his message:

“Balak brought me from Aram,
    the king of Moab from the eastern mountains.
‘Come,’ he said, ‘curse Jacob for me;
    come, denounce Israel.’
How can I curse
    those whom God has not cursed?
How can I denounce
    those whom the Lord has not denounced?
From the rocky peaks I see them,
    from the heights I view them.
I see a people who live apart
    and do not consider themselves one of the nations.
10 Who can count the dust of Jacob
    or number even a fourth of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous,
    and may my final end be like theirs!”

11 Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but you have done nothing but bless them!” 12 He answered, “Must I not speak what the Lord puts in my mouth?”

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 – John 11:1-44 (NIV)

The second reading is from the eleventh chapter of the Gospel of John, beginning at the first verse.

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

“But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” 12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. 14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

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 IV

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

Almighty God, who alone can order the unruly wills and passions of sinful men: grant that your people may love what you command and desire what you promise so that among the many and varied changes of this world our hearts may be firmly fixed where true joys are to be found through 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 – 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

Bless the Lord O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

1. The sun comes up it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

2. You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

3. And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

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: Elizabeth, our Queen; Julie, our Governor General; Justin, our Prime Minister; Randy, our M.P.; Brian, our Grand Chief. 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 Bishop McAllister College and Seminary, Kyogera, Uganda and the Rev. Canon Paul Jeffries as well as St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.

We pray for Elizabeth, our Queen; Julie, our Governor General; Justin, our Prime Minister; Randy, our M.P.; Brian, our Grand Chief; The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saskatchewan, and Sid, their Bishop; and we pray for the Anglican Church of Kenya, The Most Revd Jackson Ole Sapit – Primate and Archbishop of All Kenya. 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 Farmers, agricultural service workers; for good weather and a good harvest this year, and we pray for Mothers, Mothers’ Associations, pre– and post-natal clinics, women in childbirth, single parent families. 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 Jim & Tracy and their daughters Rebecca and Sarah, Wilfred, Jodi & Carey and their children Tessa and Jordy, Gene & Clara, and for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (P.W.R.D.F.) and those involved.

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, Geoff, Keaton, Ralph, Dorothy, Phil, Silas, Julia, Gay, Philip, Penny, Maria, Gayle, Gwen, Jean, Lucian, and Art. 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 – Build Your Kingdom Here

1. Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we’re made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are Your church
We need Your pow’r in us

2. We seek Your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For You’re our joy and prize
To see the captives’ hearts released
The hurt the sick the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for heaven’s cause
We are Your church
We pray revive this earth

Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here we pray

3. Unleash Your kingdom’s pow’r
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are Your church
We are the hope on earth

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