3/27/20

Morning Prayer for the Fifth Sunday in Lent


St. Paul’s Church
Charlottetown, PEI
Morning Prayer for the Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 29, 2020

Sentence
I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
John 11.25, 26

The Gathering of the Community
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all
      And also with you.

Let us pray.
We thank you, O God, that you have again brought us together to praise you for your goodness and to ask your blessing. Give us grace to see your hand in the week that is past, and your purpose in the week to come; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Absolution
Dear friends in Christ,
as we turn our hearts and minds
to worship almighty God,
let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,
firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments
and to live in love and peace with our neighbour.

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us,
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your name. Amen.

Merciful God,
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all our sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Canticle 9: A Song from Ezekiel Ezekiel 36.24–28
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: O come, let us worship.
I will take you from the nations,
and gather you from every country,
and bring you home to your own land.
I will pour clean water upon you,
purify you from all defilement,
and cleanse you from all your idols.
A new heart I will give you,
and put a new spirit within you;
I will take from your body the heart of stone
and give you a heart of flesh.
I will put my spirit within you,
make you walk in my ways
and observe my decrees.
You shall dwell in the land
I gave to your forebears;
you shall be my people
and I will be your God.
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: O come, let us worship.

The Holy Gospel
The Lord be with you.
      And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
      Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill." But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them." After saying this, he told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him." The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right." Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him." Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him." When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world." When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you." And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go." Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 11:1-45
The Gospel of Christ.
      Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon

Affirmation of Faith: Hear, O Israel
Hear, O Israel,
the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
This is the first and the great commandment.
The second is like it:
Love your neighbour as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.

Prayers of the People
Gracious and heavenly God, in this time of uncertainty and fear, breathe new life into our bones and hear our voice, as we pray for the Church and the world, saying,
Hear our prayer.

For the Church: especially for Linda our Primate, and Ron our Archbishop. In our Cycle of prayer today we pray for a period of prayer and repentance in the Anglican Communion; for the National Indigenous Bishop and the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples; for theological colleges and training programs within the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada: The Atlantic School of Theology, Montreal Diocesan Theological College and Queen’s College; for congregations of the Northwestern Ontario Area of the Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario Lutheran Synod; for the people of the parishes of St. George’s, New Glasgow and Strait-Chedabucto, Nova Scotia: that the life and resurrection of Christ may shine through us and fill us with hope and peace, God of love:
            Hear our prayer.

For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth: For this parish family, that our faith in Christ will transform our fears into hope, selfishness into love, and deaths into new life, God of love:
            Hear our prayer.

For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger; that they may be relieved and protected: For all who have contracted the coronavirus, that your healing spirit will ease their symptoms and restore them to health, God of love:
            Hear our prayer.

For peace in the world, that a spirit of respect and reconciliation may grow among nations and peoples: For all those working to keep us safe, fed and healthy, that you will strengthen and protect them, God of love:
            Hear our prayer.

For ourselves and for all those in need of our prayers, that we may feed on the bread of life and not the bread of anxiety. We pray for people we know who are ill at home or in the hospital, especially…
-       
… and other we may name out loud or in our hearts…
-       
God of love:
            Hear our prayer. 
For all whom we have injured or offended; For grace to amend our lives and to further your reign: For those who mourn the death of loved ones, that they may know the compassionate presence of Christ in their lives, God of love:
            Hear our prayer.

Blessed are you, God of abundant life, who called your Son from the grave. Receive the prayers we offer this day and grant us a share in his work to bring healing, hope and reconciliation to all the earth, through him in whom we live and move and have our being, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Collect
Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us with the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ, and serve you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Saviour taught us,
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.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the God of hope
fill us with all joy and peace in believing through
the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

3/20/20

Morning Prayer - March 22, 2020


St. Paul’s Church
Charlottetown, PEI
Morning Prayer - the Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 22, 2020

Sentence
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
those who follow me will have the light of life.
John 8.12

The Gathering of the Community
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all
      And also with you.

Let us pray.
We thank you, O God, that you have again brought us together to praise you for your goodness and to ask your blessing. Give us grace to see your hand in the week that is past, and your purpose in the week to come; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Absolution
Dear friends in Christ,
as we turn our hearts and minds
to worship almighty God,
let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,
firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments
and to live in love and peace with our neighbour.

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us,
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your name. Amen.

Merciful God,
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all our sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm 23
1     The Lord is my shepherd; *
            I shall not be in want.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures *
            and leads me beside still waters.
3     He revives my soul *
            and guides me along right pathways for his name’s sake.
4        Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
            I shall fear no evil; *
                        for you are with me;
            your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5        You spread a table before me in the presence of those
      who trouble me; *
            you have anointed my head with oil,
            and my cup is running over.
6     Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the
      days of my life, *
            and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
      Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Holy Gospel
The Lord be with you.
      And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
      Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man's eyes, saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbours and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, "Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?" Some were saying, "It is he." Others were saying, "No, but it is someone like him." He kept saying, "I am the man." But they kept asking him, "Then how were your eyes opened?" He answered, "The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' Then I went and washed and received my sight." They said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I do not know." They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, "He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see." Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?" And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, "What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened." He said, "He is a prophet." The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself." His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, "Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner." He answered, "I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to be-come his disciples?" Then they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from." The man answered, "Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." They answered him, "You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?" And they drove him out. Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered, "And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him." Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he." He said, "Lord, I believe." And he worshipped him. Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgement so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind." Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, "Surely we are not blind, are we?" Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, 'We see,' your sin remains." 9:1-41
The Gospel of Christ.
      Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon

Affirmation of Faith: Hear, O Israel
Hear, O Israel,
the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
This is the first and the great commandment.
The second is like it:
Love your neighbour as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.

Prayers of the People
God of wholeness and light, you have called us and made us children of light, hear us as we pray for all of your creation saying, Hear our prayer.

For the Church: especially for the Church of Masvingo; of the Virgin Islands; and of Gumbs Hpa-an (Myanmar); for the Diocese of Western Newfoundland; the Diocese of Montreal; the Assistant to the Bishop and the staff of the Manitoba – Northwestern Ontario Lutheran Synod; the people of the parish of the Anglican Churches of Pictou County; and Liscomb with Port Bickerton, in Nova Scotia: that we may work the works of God while it is day, bringing your light and hope to the world, God of love:
      Hear our prayer. 

For this parish family, that our Lenten observances may wake us from sleep and fill us with light to bring forth all that is good and right and true, In these days of crisis and uncertainty, we pray for the grace of trust and peace, God of love:
      Hear our prayer. 

For doctors, nurses, researchers and medical personnel that they may know God's presence and protection, for all in positions of leadership, that they may have the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of those they are meant to serve, God of love:
      Hear our prayer. 

We pray for those who struggle with adversity and sorrow, we pray especially for people we know who are ill at home or in the hospital…
-      
… and other we may name out loud or in our hearts…
-        
God of love:
      Hear our prayer. 

For all who are lonely, anxious or afraid, and for those in need of our prayers, that their hearts and souls may be revived by the Lord. For all those who have died, (remembering especially…), that they may dwell in the house of the Lord forever, God of love:
      Hear our prayer. 

Discerner of hearts, you look beneath our outward appearance and see your image in each of us. Banish in us the blindness that prevents us from recognizing truth, so we may see the world through your eyes and with the compassion of Jesus Christ who redeems us. Amen.

Prayer for a Pandemic 
(from St. Paul’s Church, Lexington, Ken., shared by the Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls)
May we who are merely inconvenienced
      Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
      Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
      Remember those who must choose between preserving their health
      or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close,
      Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
      Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
      Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
      Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
      Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbour. Amen.

Collect
Almighty God, through the waters of baptism your Son has made us children of light. May we ever walk in his light and show forth your glory in the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Saviour taught us,
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.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the God of hope
fill us with all joy and peace in believing through
the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen