Ministry & Mission at the Ascension
- In-person Worship at the Ascension:
- Today we resume in-person worship at our 11 a.m. service. As per direction from the Diocese, we may have a maximum of 50 people in attendance including clergy, singers, etc. Pre-registration is required. If you are interested in attending a service, please contact the church office email [email protected] or telephone 368-5693.
- Pew numbers and spacing has changed from former services. You will be assigned new seating. The assigned pews will change weekly.
- Household “bubbles” or those in your “tight ten” group may be seated together. Please let us know when you register who can sit with you.
- Masks must be worn at all times.
- Please keep in mind that our church will be ventilated by opening windows during the service so you are reminded to dress appropriately.
- Anyone over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated (or have a valid medical exemption) and must present their NL VaxPass upon entering the church.
If you are unable to join us in person, please continue to join us on-line on our Facebook page at Parish of the Ascension. The service will be recorded and you will be able to view it at a later time on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel. We will continue to keep you apprised of any changes as they occur.
- AGM Reports: A reminder to church groups that the AGM Reports for 2021 are due in to the office by Friday, February 11. Please ensure your report is submitted to the office by this time. Thank you.
- Christmas Memorial Booklets: These booklets are available at the back of the church or on-line, if you would like to have a copy.
- Poinsettias: If you would like to take one or two poinsettias as you leave the church today, please feel free to do so. They are at the back of the church.
- Lenten Project: Reverend Lynn is looking to borrow a child’s indoor play tent for our Lenten Project. This tent will be set up in the church during Lent. If you can help, please contact the office at [email protected] or call 368-5693. Thank you!
- Church Givings: If you have offerings for the church, you may:
- drop them off at the drop box on the front steps (to the right). This mailbox will be monitored regularly;
- e-transfer to [email protected] (password: church). Be sure to indicate where you would like your donation allocated;
- contact the office to sign up for preauthorized givings. Church office number is 368-5693 or email [email protected].
- If you have givings at home and you are unable to bring them to the church, please let us know and we will arrange to have them picked up.
Just a reminder to include your name, envelope number and amount of the giving on the envelope when you submit your donation. This will ensure you receive credit on your yearly tax receipts.. We sincerely thank you!
- Church Envelope Numbers: Please ensure you use your new 2022 church envelopes and write your name on the envelopes so your givings can be correctly applied to your tax receipt. If you are unable to pick up your envelopes, please contact the office and we will make arrangements to have them dropped to you. The office email address is [email protected] or telephone number is 368-5693. Thank you.
- Ocean Ranger Memorial Prayer Service: Gonzaga High School will be holding its annual Ocean Ranger Memorial Prayer Service to remember those who lost their lives in the tragedy 40 years ago. The service will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 10:45 a.m. at St. Pius X church. Due to public health guidelines, this event has limited seating and pre-registration is required. Family members affected by this tragedy are encouraged to register early. To register for this event, please email [email protected] on or before February 10th at 12:00 PM. Masks and NL VAX passes are mandatory.
- Anglican Fellowship of Prayer: On February 28, we are inviting you to join us for an hour of biblical readings, reflection, music, intercession, silence and other types and kinds of prayer. You are welcome to actively participate or simply listen and pray quietly. This will be help via Zoom and the meeting information is as follows:
- Zoom meeting ID: 820 0140 8803
- Passcode: 359803
You can also join us by telephone at one of these numbers: (with the same meeting ID and passcode):
- (778)907-2071; (204)272- 7920; (438)809-7799;
- (587)328-1099; (647)374-4685; (647)558-0588.
- We look forward to your prayer and presence with us.
- Home Again Furniture Bank: Due to the evolving pandemic, Home Again Furniture Bank has moved to contactless pick-up and delivery. Our teams will no longer enter homes. Instead, we will drop off and pick-up furniture at the front step, main door or in garages. If this does not work for you and/or you are able to wait until it is safe for us to enter homes and resume normal operations, please connect with us to be added to our waitlist. Thank you for your understanding. 325-4040 or [email protected]
- Community Supper Take-out for Those in Need: This is a hot, free take-out meal for those in need. Meal will be served from the entrance of the Church of the Good Shepherd on Richard Nolan Drive on Wednesday, February 9. If you know someone who could use a hot meal, please pick one up for them. Covid-19 protocols will be observed. Meals will be available from 5-6:30 pm.
- Services During the Week:
- February 13, 2022 Epiphany VI, 11:00am: Holy Eucharist/BCP
Prayers of the People
The Spirit of the Lord is poured out upon us in abundance; so we are bold to pray for the church, the world, and all that God has made.
Equip your church to proclaim the good news that we have first received: the forgiveness and grace shown to us through Jesus Christ. Send us out as apostles, sharing the hope of your salvation with a waiting world. We pray for the parishes of Bonavista, Bonne Bay North, and those worshipping in the Church of Ireland.
God of grace, hear our prayer.
Holy are you, O God of hosts. Heaven and earth are filled with your glory. Reveal your splendor in fiery sunsets and in deep blue twilights. Teach us to recognize you in the beauty of our natural world. God of grace, hear our prayer.
Soften the hearts of rulers and governments that they perceive and tend to the needs of their people. Remove corruption and the impulse toward violence. Protect first responders and military personnel who risk their lives in service of others. God of grace, hear our prayer.
Your steadfast love endures forever; do not abandon those who look to you for hope and healing. Bless doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, and all caregivers. Draw near to those who are scared, sick, or in pain especially those on the Ascension Prayer Cycle. God of grace, hear our prayer.
The disciples received help from partners as they brought in an abundant catch of fish. So strengthen this congregation's partnerships with community organizations and ministries. Multiply our shared efforts and bring joy to our relationships. God of grace, hear our prayer.
We give thanks for our ancestors in faith who boldly answered your call. By their example give us courage to live in faith and to proclaim your mercy until the day that you gather us into your glory. Today we remember Gerry Ronan and we pray for his family. God of grace, hear our prayer.
Since we have such great hope in your promises, O God, we lift these and all of our prayers to you in confidence and faith; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Ascension Prayer Cycle: Aden, Alexa, Amelia, Amy, Angela, Ann, Annie, Aubrey, Audrey, Barbara, Bertha, Brenda, Brian, Brittany, Brandon, Callum, Carl, Cathy, Christina, Cindy, Claire, Clarence, Connie, Debra, Delilah, Dennis, Derrick, Don, Donna, Doreen, Dot, Douglas, Dulcie, Ed, Baby Edward, Edie, Edgar, Elaine, Emily, Erin, Evelyn, Finnley, Frederick, Fred, Frank, Flo, Garrett, Gary, George, Gerald, Harry, Ike, Ina, Ingrid, Ira, Jack, Janet, Jason, Jenny, John, Josephine, Joan, Junior, Kent, Kevin, Kim, Laura, Leo, Leonie, Lori, Luke, Marie, Marsha, Marion, Marylou, Maxine, Maxwell, Melvin, Michael, Michelle, Mike, Mona, Nancy, Nicole, Oskar, Pam, Peter, Randell, Rochelle, Rodney, Rose, Roland, Ruby, Ruth, Sadie, Sam, Sean, Shirley, Stephen, Susan, Tina, Todd, Tom, Valerie and Warrick.
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
A Reading from the Book of Isaiah
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory." The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!" Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: "Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out." Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I; send me!"
And he said, "Go and say to this people: 'Keep listening, but do not comprehend; keep looking, but do not understand.' Make the mind of this people dull, and stop their ears, and shut their eyes, so that they may not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and comprehend with their minds, and turn and be healed." Then I said, "How long, O Lord?" And he said: "Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is utterly desolate; until the Lord sends everyone far away, and vast is the emptiness in the midst of the land. Even if a tenth part remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak whose stump remains standing when it is felled." The holy seed is its stump. ISAIAH 6:1-13
Reader: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
REFRAIN The Lord will make good his purpose for me.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing your praise. I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name, because of your love and faithfulness; R
For you have glorified your name and your word above all things. When I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me. R
All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, when they have heard the words of your mouth. They will sing of the ways of the Lord, that great is the glory of the Lord. R
Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; he perceives the haughty from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe, you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand shall save me. The Lord will make good his purpose for me; O Lord, your love endures for ever; do not abandon the works of your hands. R
God of creation and fulfilment, help us to seek and discover your purposes, that we may become willing instruments of your grace, and that all the world may come to love and praise your name, in the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
Reader: The Lord be with you
People: And also with you
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Luke
People: Glory to, you Lord Jesus Christ
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets." When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people." When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him. LUKE 5:1-11
Reader: The Gospel of Christ
People: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Prayer After Communion
God of compassion and forgiveness,
receive our offering this day,
and make us one with him who is our peace,
Jesus Christ our Saviour. AMEN
Prayer Over the Gifts
in you we find peace beyond all telling.
May we who share in this heavenly banquet
be instruments of your peace on earth,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. AMEN
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