Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Church Service on Sunday, November 29, 2020

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Restore us, O God;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.

                                 Psalm 80:3



The lectionary readings for this first Sunday of Advent are:

First reading:  Isaiah 64:1-9
Second reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel:  Mark 13:24-37


Collect:
Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away
the works of darkness
and put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ
came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge both the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 16 November 2020

Church Service on Sunday, November 22, 2020

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We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Please go to our Visitor's Information page for service details including information about our Sunday School program and Child Protection Policy.


If you aren't able to join us face to face, you are encouraged to use the Worship Service Resources provided here* (click on this link) in your homes. 


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The lectionary readings for this twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost are:

Psalm: Psalm 95:1-7
First reading:  Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24
Second reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
Gospel:  Matthew 25:31-46

The Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God,
it is your will to restore all things
in your well-beloved Son,
our Lord and King.
Grant that the peoples of the earth,
now divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together
under his gentle and loving rule;
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Church Service on Sunday, November 15, 2020

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“‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’"  Matthew 25:28-30


The lectionary readings for this twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost are:

First reading:  Zephaniah 1:7;12-18
Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Gospel:  Matthew 25:14-30


The Collect:

Almighty God,
you sent your Son Jesus Christ
to be the light of the world.
Free us from all that darkens and ensnares us,
and bring us to eternal light and joy;
through the power of him
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 2 November 2020

Church Service on Sunday, November 8, 2020

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"But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!"  Amos 5:24


The lectionary readings for this twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost are:

Psalm: Psalm 70
First reading:  Amos 5:18-24
Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Gospel:  Matthew 25:1-13


The Collect:

Eternal God,
you caused all holy scriptures
to be written for our learning.
Grant us so to hear them,
read, mark, learn,
and inwardly digest them,
that we may embrace and ever hold fast
the blessed hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us
in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Church Service on Sunday, November 1, 2020

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"Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory".  1 Thessalonians 2:9-12


The lectionary readings for this twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost are:

Psalm: Psalm 43
First reading:  Micah 3:5-12
Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Gospel:  Matthew 23:1-12


The Collect:

Almighty God,
your servant Abraham obeyed your call,
rejoicing in your promise
that in him all the families of the earth
should be blessed.
Give us faith like his,
that in us your promises may be fulfilled;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 19 October 2020

Church Service on Sunday, October 25 , 2020

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Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, 

the Pharisees got together. 

One of them, an expert in the law, 

tested him with this question: 

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart

 and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 

This is the first and greatest commandment. 

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


The lectionary readings for this twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost are:

Psalm: Psalm 1
First reading:  Leviticus 19:1-2; 15-18
Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Gospel:  Matthew 22:34-46


The Collect:

O God our redeemer,

you heard the cry of your people,

and sent your servant Moses

to lead them out of slavery.

Free us from the tyranny of sin and death,

and by the leading of your Spirit

bring us to our promised land;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Monday, 12 October 2020

Church Service on Sunday, October 18 , 2020

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Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

 

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

 

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
    
tremble before him, all the earth.

Psalm 96:1-9


The lectionary readings for this twentieth Sunday after Pentecost are:

Psalm: Psalm 96:1-9
First reading:  Isaiah 45:1-7
Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 1
Gospel:  Matthew 22:15-22


The Collect:

Almighty and ever-living God,
increase in us your gift of faith,
that forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to what is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 5 October 2020

Church Service on Sunday, October 11 , 2020

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The lectionary readings for this nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost are:

Psalm: Psalm 23
First reading:  Isaiah 25:1-9
Second reading:  Philippians 4:1-9
Gospel:  Matthew 22:1-14


The Collect:

Almighty God,
in our baptism
you adopted us for your own.
Quicken your Spirit within us,
that we, being renewed both in body and mind,
may worship you in sincerity and truth
and serve you with thankfulness of heart;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 28 September 2020

Church Service on Sunday, October 4 , 2020

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Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

 

“‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

 

“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you

and given to a people who will produce its fruit.

Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces;

anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

Matthew 21:42-44


The lectionary readings for this eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost are:

First reading:  Isaiah 5:1-7
Second reading:  Philippians 3:4-14
Gospel:  Matthew 21:33-46


The Collect:

Almighty God,
you have built your Church
on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself
being the chief cornerstone.
Join us together in unity of spirit
by their teaching,
that we may become a holy temple,
acceptable to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 21 September 2020

Church Service on Sunday, September 27, 2020

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Jesus said to them,

“Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes 

are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.

For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him,

but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did.

And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.


Matthew 21:31-32



The lectionary readings for this seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost are:


Psalm: Psalm 25:1-9
First reading:  Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Second reading:  Philippians 2:1-13
Gospel:  Matthew 21:23-32


The Collect:

Grant, O merciful God,
that your Church,
being gathered by your Holy Spirit into one,
may show forth your power among all peoples,
to the glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Church Service on Sunday, September 20, 2020

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Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Philippians 1:27-30



The lectionary readings for this sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost are:

First reading:  Jonah 3:10-4:11
Second reading:  Philippians 1:21-30


The Collect:

Almighty God,
you created the heavens and the earth,
and made us in your image.
Teach us to discern your hand
in all your works
and to serve you
with reverence and thanksgiving;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Monday, 7 September 2020

Church Service on Sunday, September 13, 2020

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You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? 

Or why do you treat them with contempt? 

For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 


It is written: 

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
    every tongue will acknowledge God.’”

 

So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

Romans 14:10-12


The lectionary readings for this fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost are:

First reading:  Genesis 50:15-21
Second reading:  Romans 14:1-12


The Collect:
Almighty God,
you call your Church to witness
that in Christ we are reconciled to you.
Help us so to proclaim
the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may turn to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.