Easter V, Rogation Sunday – May 17, 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 – For The Beauty Of The Earth

1. For the beauty of the earth, 
for the glory of the skies, 
for the love which from our birth 
over and around us lies.

Refrain
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise

2. For the wonder of each hour 
of the day and of the night, 
hill and vale and tree and flower, 
sun and moon and stars of light,

3. For the joy of human love, 
brother, sister, parent, child, 
friends on earth, and friends above, 
for all gentle thoughts and mild,

4. For yourself, best gift divine, 
to the world so freely given, 
agent of God’s grand design: 
peace on earth and joy in heaven.

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.

God Save The Queen

1. God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen;
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen.

2. Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign;
May she defend our laws
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen

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 46, 63, (NIV)

46

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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

63

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
    they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword
    and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
    all who swear by God will glory in him,
    while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

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 24:1-19 (NIV)

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

Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not resort to divination as at other times, but turned his face toward the wilderness.When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him and he spoke his message:

“The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor,
    the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,
the prophecy of one who hears the words of God,
    who sees a vision from the Almighty,
    who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

“How beautiful are your tents, Jacob,
    your dwelling places, Israel!

“Like valleys they spread out,
    like gardens beside a river,
like aloes planted by the Lord,
    like cedars beside the waters.
Water will flow from their buckets;
    their seed will have abundant water.

“Their king will be greater than Agag;
    their kingdom will be exalted.

“God brought them out of Egypt;
    they have the strength of a wild ox.
They devour hostile nations
    and break their bones in pieces;
    with their arrows they pierce them.
Like a lion they crouch and lie down,
    like a lioness—who dares to rouse them?

“May those who bless you be blessed
    and those who curse you be cursed!”

10 Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed themthese three times. 11 Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the Lord has kept you from being rewarded.”

12 Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not tell the messengers you sent me, 13 ‘Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the Lord—and I must say only what the Lord says’? 14 Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in days to come.”

15 Then he spoke his message:

“The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor,
    the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,
16 the prophecy of one who hears the words of God,
    who has knowledge from the Most High,
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
    who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

17 “I see him, but not now;
    I behold him, but not near.
A star will come out of Jacob;
    a scepter will rise out of Israel.
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,
    the skulls of all the people of Sheth.
18 Edom will be conquered;
    Seir, his enemy, will be conquered,
    but Israel will grow strong.
19 A ruler will come out of Jacob
    and destroy the survivors of the city.”

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 – Romans 6:1-14 (NIV)

The second reading is from the sixth chapter of the Epistle To The Romans, beginning at the first verse.

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness,but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Benedictus

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 V – Rogation Sunday

O Lord, from whom all good things come, grant to us your servants that by your holy inspiration we may think good thoughts and by your merciful guidance put them into practice through our Lord Jesus Christ.  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 SalutationDo not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:16

Offertory Hymn – Great Is Thy Faithfulness

1. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; 
there is no shadow of turning with thee; 
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; 
as thou hast been thou forever wilt be. 

Refrain
Great is thy faithfulness! 
Great is thy faithfulness! 
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided–
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness 
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, 
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, 
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! 

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: Russel, our Lieutenant Governor; Scott, our Premier; and our MLA’s Delbert, Joe, Nicole, and Nadine. 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; and for the Anglican Church of Korea, The Most Revd Moses Nagjun Yoo – Primate of Korea and Bishop of Daejeon, as well as St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, Sr. Pastor: Jim Kaptein.

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 persecuted Christians around the word, that an outpouring of repentance and revival may come upon our nations and our world. And we pray for all Vacation Bible Schools in the Diocese, and The Ministry of Camp Okema and the Okema Society. 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 Amy, her daughter Danika, Wayne & Audrey, Alex, Matthew & Amy, and their children Daniel and Jada Rose Lynn, and we pray for our Men’s Bible Study and those who coordinate it.

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, and Lucian. 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 – This Is My Father’s World

1. This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas–
His hand the wonders wrought.

2. This is my Father’s world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

3. This is my Father’s world:
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad! 

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