Chimes (February 13, 2022)

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Epiphany VI


Lections: Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1 (Refrain: Happy are they who trust in the Lord.) Luke 6:17-26

11:00am: Holy Eucharist/BCP

Hymns: 506 vs. 1, 2, 4, 438 vs. 1 & 4, 565 All Verses, 501 All Verses, 381 All Verses


Ministry & Mission at the Ascension

    • Explanation of Finances:  As per the insert in the Chimes last Sunday, it appears that our overall revenue was increased for 2021 however, we had a temporary decrease in the amount paid out in salaries. In actual fact, our Adult Givings were reduced by $12,500 for the year. These are the Givings we depend upon to conduct the business of the parish:
      • 2021:
        • Revenue: 353,572
        • Expenses: (328,151)
        • Gain (Loss): 25,421
      • 2020:
        • Revenue: 358,552
        • Expenses: (367,885)
        • Gain (Loss): (9,333)
    • World Day of Prayer: This year our parish is hosting the annual service on Friday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m.  The theme this year is "I Know the Plans I Have For You". Each year this service is planned by the Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) and this years' service was written by members from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The service will be live-streamed on our usual platforms.
    • In person Worship at the Ascension:
      • We have resumed in-person worship at our 11 a.m. service. No pre-registration is necessary to attend service.
      • Household “bubbles” may be seated together.
      • 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.

    • 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!

    • Anglican Life:  Anglican Life has ten issues a year, from September to June, and cover news from all three dioceses in Newfoundland & Labrador. The paper is FREE to all Anglicans in the province of NL. Articles and columns, from both clergy and laity, enhance our faith journeys and ministry with parish stories, news from the wider Anglican Church, and much more. To join our mailing list, please contact by one of the following ways:
      • Email: [email protected],
      • Phone Rev. Fred Marshall @ (709) 727-4346,
      • Mail your request to Anglican Life, 3 Carpasian Road, St. John’s, NL, A1C 3T9.
    • Ocean Ranger Memorial Prayer ServiceGonzaga High School will hold 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. As a result of public health guidelines, this event is now closed to the public. The event will be live streamed at the following https://tom0349.wixsite.com/streamingservices/oceanranger.
    • Community Take-out Supper 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 23.  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 20, 2022 Queen's College Sunday, 11:00am: Welsh Eucharist

    Prayers of the People

    Let us draw near to the Light of Christ, offering prayer and supplication on behalf of the Church, the world, and one another saying,

    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Plant your Church amidst those streams of living water. Let its worship, teaching, fellowship, and charity bring life and healing to many people.

    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Father, we pray, as you have commanded, for our enemies and for everyone hostile to your Word. Soften their hearts and forgive their sins. Heal their souls, and lead them to the foot of your Son’s Cross. Give us the grace to welcome them there as sisters and brothers.

    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Keep this congregation in your care. Cause all we do to conform to your will. Help us share the mercy of Jesus with everyone we encounter. Water us daily with the gifts of your Holy Spirit. Let us grow in grace and in fruits that nourish all who hunger for your goodness.

    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Guide our earthly leaders in pathways of righteousness and integrity. Give them grace to delight in your Law. Help them use their authority to benefit all people, especially the poor. Help us all to refrain from sowing seeds of discord and violence. Instead, let us share friendship, respect, and mercy with those who need them most. Today we pray for the parishes of Bonne Bay South, Botwood and those worshipping in the Anglican Church in Kenya.

    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Bring healing to the bodies, minds, hearts, and relationships of everyone burdened by sin, sickness, suffering, or sorrow. Especially we plead on behalf of those on the Ascension Prayer Cycle. Cheer their spirits, renew their hope, and bless their loved ones and caregivers.

    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Thank you, Father, for the lives of all your faithful people who are now at rest in you. Today we remember George Miller and all those who died on the Ocean Ranger Disaster. Thank you for their witness, example, and goodness towards us.

    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    For all these things, dear Father, and for whatever else you desire for us in your wisdom and compassion, we pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior, Lord, and King. 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.

    Collect

    Almighty and everliving God,
    whose Son Jesus Christ healed the sick
    and restored them to wholeness of life,
    look with compassion on the anguish of the world,
    and by your power make whole all peoples and nations;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and for ever. AMEN  

    A Reading from the Book of Jeremiah

    Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse - who can understand it? I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings. JEREMIAH 17:5-10

    Reader: The Word of the Lord 
    People: Thanks be to God

    Psalm

    REFRAIN   Happy are they who trust in the Lord.

    Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and they meditate on his law day and night. R

    They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall prosper. It is not so with the wicked; they are like chaff which the wind blows away. R

    Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgement comes, nor the sinner in the council of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed. R      

    Giver of life, save us from the desert of faithlessness and nourish us with the living water of your word, that we may bring forth fruit that will last, in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour. AMEN

    PSALM 1

    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

    Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them. Then he looked up at his disciples and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets." LUKE 6:17-26

    Reader: The Gospel of Christ
    People: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

    Prayer Over the Gifts

    God of tender care,
    in this eucharist we celebrate your love
    for us and for all people.
    May we show your love in our lives
    and know its fulfilment in your presence.
    We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. AMEN

    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

    Other Documents

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    Anglian Church of Canada One Licence #733242-A Book of Alternative Services The Taizé Community Book of Common Praise GIA Publications Wee Worship Book The Iona Community CCLI License # 1733318Resources for Chimes from the above sources