THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST September 25th, 2022

OPENING MUSIC

Preludietto Opus 84 No. 1

(by Selim Palmgren)

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WORDS OF GREETING

INVITATION TO WORSHIP

Lord, open our lips,

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Praise to God, Eternal Glory, Incarnate Word and Abiding Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

CANTICLE #13 A SONG OF PRAISE

(Song of the Three 29–34)

Glory to you, Lord God of our ancestors;

you are worthy of praise, glory to you.

Glory to you for the radiance of your holy name;

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.

Glory to you in the splendour of your temple;

on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.

Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim;

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.

Glory to you, beholding the depths;

in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.

Glory to you, Eternal Glory, Incarnate Word, and Abiding Spirit;

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.

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GOD’S WORD FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

THE FIRST READING

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah. (32:1-3a, 6-15)

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah, where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him. Jeremiah said, The word of the Lord came to me: Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say, ‘Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.’ Then my cousin Hanamel came to me in the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the Lord, and said to me, ‘Buy my field that is at Anathoth in the land of

Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord. And I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales. Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions, and the open copy; and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard. In their presence I charged Baruch, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, in order that they may last for a long time. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

Thanks be to God. PSALM 91:1-6, 14-16

Assurance of God’s Protection

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord,

‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence;

he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honour them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

THE SECOND READING

A Reading from the First Letter of Timothy. (6:6-19)

Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their

eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

The Good Fight of Faith

But as for you, child of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things,

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and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time – he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.

As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

Thanks be to God.
THE GOSPEL INTRODUCTION

THE GOSPEL

A reading from the Gospel of Luke. (16:19-31)

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Jesus, speaking to the Pharisees, said, ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in

water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.” He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house – for I have five brothers – that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the

prophets; they should listen to them.” He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”’

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

Thanks be to God. THE REFLECTION

HYMN

When God Restored Our Common Life

(CP 583 – Text: paraphrase of Psalm 126 by Ruth Duck © G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Tune: Resignation from The Southern Harmony 1835) CCLI Streaming License # 11381166

When God restored our common life, our hope, our liberty, At first it seemed a passing dream, a waking fantasy.
A shock of joy swept over us, for we had wept so long; The seeds we watered once with tears sprang up into a song.

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We went forth weeping, sowing seeds in hard, unyielding soil. With laughing hearts we carry home the fruit of all our toil.
We praise the One who gave the growth, with voices full and strong. The seeds we watered once with tears sprang up into a song.

Great liberating God, we pray for all who are oppressed. May those who long for what is right with justice now be blessed. We pray for those who mourn this day, and all who suffer wrong; May seeds they water now with tears spring up into a song.

AFFIRMING OUR FAITH

(With thanks to Sharon L. Beckstead and Douglas Schalin of the United Church of Canada – modified)

Together, we affirm our faith. (Silence is kept.)
We live in God’s world.
We are not alone; in life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.

We believe and trust in God: who has created and is creating;
who has come in Jesus, the word made flesh, to reconcile and make new; who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We are called to be the church:
to celebrate God’s presence; to live with respect in Creation; to love and serve others; to seek justice and resist evil; to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our life and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. OUR PRAYERS

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Litany #4 (adapted)

In peace let us pray, saying, “In faith we pray to you loving God.”

(Silence is kept.)

We pray for ourselves as we strive to follow Jesus: fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit.

In faith we pray to you loving God.

We pray for those whose lives are bound in mutual love: be their joy and their strength.

In faith we pray to you loving God.

We pray for all in danger, for those who are far from home, for prisoners, exiles and victims of oppression: grant them liberation.
In faith we pray to you loving God.
We pray for all who are facing trials and difficulties, for those who are sick, and those who are dying: may they know your love and compassion.
In faith we pray to you loving God.

We pray for one another: may we always be united in service and love.

In faith we pray to you loving God.

We pray to be forgiven our sins and set free from all distractions, hardship, distress, want and injustice.

In faith we pray to you loving God.

May we discover new and just ways of sharing the goods of the earth

and work tirelessly to end exploitation, greed, and lack of concern for others, that we may we all live in the abundance of your blessings and find joy together. In faith we pray to you loving God.
May we strengthen our communion with all humanity.
In faith we pray to you loving God.

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THE PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray.

God of Abraham, Moses and the prophets,

you reach out in love through Jesus and unite us as children of your kingdom. Unchain us from our desire for privileged circumstances and power,
so that we may release others from prisons of scarcity, hunger and oppression. Help us to overcome the scandal of poverty and the chasm of indifference and recognize you in the wounded poor.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the One in whom we are one. Amen.

OUR PRAYER FOR ST. PETER’S, COBOURG

Gracious God,

we pray for this our parish church of St. Peter.
We thank you for the richness of our history and all those who have served you through the years. We thank you also for the future into which you are calling us.
Give us faith to go forward with good courage into that future, not knowing where we go,
but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

THE PRAYER JESUS GAVE US

(from The New Zealand Book of Prayer | He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa)

We now pray as Jesus taught us.

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver, Source of all that is and that shall be, Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us. In times of temptation and test, strengthen us. From trials too great to endure, spare us. From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.

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THE PEACE OF THE CHRIST OF GOD

Lift your eyes and look around. The light of the Christ shines in each of us.

Let us greet that light in one another and rejoice that we are united in spirit.

In our words and actions let us flood our world with the light and peace of the Christ.

May it be so.

THE BLESSING

The God who created us has blessed us with the sun that shines above us,

with the rain that falls upon us, with the earth that sustains us,
with the air that surrounds us, with the love that binds us.
Amen.
The God who has made us, who loves us and who gives us life, blesses and keeps us. Amen.
The blessing of the God of all creation, Eternal Glory, Incarnate Word and Abiding Spirit rests upon us always.
Amen.

GOING INTO THE WORLD

Go into the world in the peace of the risen Christ.

We go into the world in the peace of the risen Christ to love and serve the Lord. Amen. May it be so.

CONCLUDING MUSIC
Let There Be Glory and Honour and Praises

(by James & Elizabeth Greenelsh / arranged by R. Kydd)

The church of St. Peter’s, Cobourg respectfully acknowledges
that we are in the traditional and treaty territory of the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include:
Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations. The people of St. Peter’s respectfully acknowledge that the Williams Treaties First Nations
have been stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters,
and that today they remain vigilant over their health and integrity for future generations.
We are all treaty people.