FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

 

February 2nd, 2014

 

 

 

Saint Helen’s Anglican Church

10787 – 128th Street

Priest in charge email:  Roberta.fraser@sainthelenschurch.org

Priest in charge phone: 604-263-1190

Parish Office email:           churchoffice@shawbiz.ca

Parish Website:                 www.sainthelenschurch.org

Surrey, BC V3T 3A2

Ph. (604) 581-4800

THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY

Welcome to St. Helen’s! We’re glad you joined us for worship this morning. Children are welcome in worship throughout or school-aged children may join our Sunday School after the Children’s Talk. If you have prayer requests that you would like included in the prayers of the people, please add them to the Prayer Request Sheet at the back of the church before worship begins.

 

Welcome

Gathering Hymn: God Who Gives to Life Its Goodness

  CP#428

 

Celebrant            The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

be with you all.

People                 And also with you.

 

Celebrant            Almighty God,

All                        to you all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from you no secrets are hidden.

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

GLORY TO GOD

 

Celebrant            Glory to God in the highest,

All                        and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly king,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father:  receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

                            

COLLECT          Living God,

in Christ you make all things new. Transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.    Amen

 

Children’s Talk (all children are invited to gather at the front with the priest before going to Sunday School)

 

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Reader                  A reading from the book of Micah

 

Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel. "O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord." "With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

                                                                                Micah 6:1-8

 

Reader                 Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the church

People                 Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 15

 

1 Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *

who may abide upon your holy hill?

 

2 Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, *

who speaks the truth from his heart.

 

3 There is no guile upon his tongue;

    he does no evil to his friend; *

he does not heap contempt upon his neighbour.

 

4 In his sight the wicked is rejected, *

but he honours those who fear the Lord.

 

5 He has sworn to do no wrong *

and does not take back his word.

 

6 He does not give his money in hope of gain, *

nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

 

7 Whoever does these things *

shall never be overthrown.

 

God of love, teach us to walk blamelessly in your ways, that

our whole life may be established in you, and that we may

come to the place prepared for us by your Son, Jesus Christ

our Redeemer. Amen

Reader                 A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians

 

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart." Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength. Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

 

                                                                                                                    1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Reader                Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the church

People                Thanks be to God.

 

Gradual Hymn:  What Does the Lord Require           CP#171

 

Reader:            The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

 

Reader            The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ            according to Matthew

People       Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

                                                                                Matthew 5:1-12

 

Reader                 The Gospel of Christ

People                  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

 

Homily:               The Reverend Roberta Fraser

 

An Affirmation of Faith

 

Celebrant            Let us confess the faith of our baptism,

as we say,

All                        I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again.  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.        Amen

 

Prayers of the People

Today we pray together with parishes throughout our diocese in giving thanks for the Advent Church, St. John’s University, Taiwan, which is twinned with the parish of St. Andrew, Langley. We pray also for the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and the Yukon, and it’s dioceses of British Columbia, Caledonia, Kootenay, the Central Interior, New Westminster and the Yukon.  In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we join in prayer with Anglicans around the world for the Church of Burundi.

 

 (Altar Flowers) We join today in prayer with Muriel Shearer and family as together we give thanks for the life of a dear husband Laurie and our parents.

 

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

Leader                 Dear friends in Christ,

God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy;

God welcomes sinners

and invites us to this table.

Let us confess our sins,

confident in God’s forgiveness.

 

Silence is kept.

 

Celebrant            Most merciful God,

All                            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.

 

Celebrant            Almighty God have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in eternal life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People             Amen.

 

THE PEACE

Celebrant            The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People                 And also with you.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

The Celebration of the Eucharist  (E.P. #1p.193 )

 

Offertory Hymn: The Love of Jesus Calls Us               CP# 434

 

 

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Celebrant            God of steadfast love,

may our offering this day, by the power of your Holy Spirit, renew us for your service.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen

 

Celebrant            The Lord be with you.

People                 And also with you.

 

Celebrant            Lift up your hearts.

People                 We lift them to the Lord.

 

Celebrant            Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People                 It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

Celebrant            It is indeed right that we should praise you,

                            gracious God,  for you created all things.

You formed us in your own image:

male and female you created us…

 

                            … through the prophets

                            you renewed your promise of salvation.

                            Therefore, with them, and with all your saints

                            who have served you in every age,

                            we give thanks and raise our voices

                            to proclaim the glory of your name.

                                                                            

People                 Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna in the highest

Celebrant            Holy God, source of life and goodness,

                            all creation rightly gives you praise.

                            in the fullness of time,

                            you sent your Son Jesus Christ,

                            to share our human nature…

                            

                            …Gracious God

his perfect sacrifice destroys the power of sin and death; by raising him to life you give us life for evermore.

                            Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith,

 

All                       Christ has died.                         

                            Christ is risen.

                            Christ will come again.

 

Celebrant            Recalling his death,

                            proclaiming his resurrection,

                            and looking for his coming again in glory,

                            we offer you, Father, this bread and this cup.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts, that all who eat and drink at this table may be one body and one holy people, a living sacrifice in Jesus Christ, our lord.

                            Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.

People            Amen.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Celebrant            Rejoicing in God’s new creation,

                            let us pray as our Redeemer has taught us.

All                       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 for ever.  Amen.

Silence

 

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Celebrant            We break this bread

to share in the body of Christ.

All                           We, being many, are one body,

                            for we all share in the one bread.

 

THE COMMUNION

Celebrant                The gifts of God for the People of God.

All                                   Thanks be to God.

 

All baptized Christians are invited to receive Communion.  It is requested that communicants refrain from dipping communion wafers into the wine. It is full participation in the sacrament to receive only bread or only wine.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Celebrant            Source of all goodness,

in this Eucharist we are nourished by the bread of heaven and invigorated with new wine. May these gifts renew our lives,

that we may show your glory to all the world,

in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen

DOXOLOGY

Celebrant            Glory to God,

All                       whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

Glory to God from generation to generation,

in the Church and in Christ Jesus,

for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

BLESSING

 

Recessional Hymn:  Seek Ye First                                 CP # 458

 

Dismissal Response:   Thanks be to God.

 

Week’s Ministry Team:

Celebrant.……………….  The Reverend Roberta Fraser

Sidespeople/Greeters……  Pat Nociar, Aileen Tobin,

Diane Richards

Servers…………………... Amarindhya Thilakeratne,

                                                 Chris Richards

Lay Administrators:……. Bill and Judy Nicholson

First & Second Readers...  Cathy Anderson, Diane Richards

Prayers of the People.…... Sybil Smith

Music.……………………. Chris Rychert, Parish Choir

Altar Guild……………….Judy Glanville, Elizabeth Bonshor,

                                                 Bob Bonshor, Carol Young

 Coffee…………………… Roshan & Rohan Anthonisz,

 Anoma & Anura Thilakeratne,

 Pat & Devi Gunasekera

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND DATES TO REMEMBER            

Tuesday, February 4th                Seniors Lunch Bunch meets

at 12:00 noon in the hall.  Please phone Sarah 604-581-0960 or Muriel 604-599-4428 if you plan to attend.

                     

Wednesday, February 5th         Mid-Week Worship: Please join us at our mid-week worship at 10 am in the church every Wednesday morning, to be followed by coffee, fellowship, and a bible study looking at the following Sunday’s readings.

 

Wednesday, February 19th   ACW meets at 7pm in the hall.

Sunday, February 23rd             2014 Annual General Meeting following 10am worship.  Committee reports are due by February 10th or as early as possible (electronic preferred).

 

ST. HELEN’S ACW                    is looking for your help.  We are collecting new stuffed animals, small toys, story books, crayons, colouring books, bubbles, marbles, yo-yo’s, board games, craft kits, candy, and other Easter-related items for our annual ‘Bunny Run.’  At our April 9 meeting, we will package these into gifts for boys and girls from babies through

to early teens and hand them out at the Surrey Food Bank the week before Easter.  Please support us as we bring a ray of sunshine to children who might not otherwise have these extras at Easter.  If shopping is a problem and you would prefer to make a financial contribution, please speak to Judy Nicholson or give her a call at 604-594-8562. A box will be placed at the back of the church for your donations.  Thank you for your support as we reach out in God’s name to others in our community.

 

PWRDF                          the Anglican community across Canada donated $757,616, (which the government will match) to help the aftermath from the typhoon in the Philippines. St. Helen’s contributed $1000 to help with the recovery from this disaster.

 

PWRDF                          offers a Lent Resource booklet 2014.

Paulette has a copy and it is very good for both personal and group devotions.  If you are interested in having a copy please call Paulette 535-1699 and she will try and get more.

 

Prayer Circle                             If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please contact Judy Nicholson at 604-594-8562 or Roberta at the Church Office, 604-581-4800.  If you know of anyone from the parish that is in the hospital or about to go into the hospital, please contact the parish office 604-581-4800 and let Roberta know.  

 

Lent:   Is this your Opportunity?

This year the season of Lent starts on March 5th. The season of Lent is a gift intended especially for those who are turning to the way of Christ in some new way:

It may be that your Christian faith has only been a family tradition – until now. If this is the moment for you to become an intentional disciple of Christ, Lent is for you.

 

It may be that your faith has been a private affair – until now. If you are ready to make common cause with other disciples of Jesus, Lent is for you.

 

It may be that Christ has always seemed a distant figure to you – until now. If this is the moment for you to deepen your relationship with Christ, Lent is for you.

 

We will be offering a pre-Lent day (day and time to be confirmed) offering help in plotting your own course through Lent.  During Lent there will also be a weekly study group as part of our program of, “Becoming the Story We Tell”.

                    

If you are ready to take advantage of this opportunity, please talk to Roberta.  And remember that we will all walk the path with you.

 

Please Pray for the Canonical Committee as they continue the process of discerning a new Rector for St. Helen’s: Almighty God, you have entrusted to your Church a share in the ministry of your Son our great high priest: inspire by your Holy Spirit the hearts of many to offer themselves for the ministry of your Church, that strengthened by his power, they may work for the increase of your kingdom and set forward the eternal praise of your name; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Common Worship, Church of England)

 

Lectionary Readings for next Sunday, February 9th         

Isaiah 58:1-9a; Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12: Matthew 5:13-20.

 

Primate Sends Letter to Prime Minister Harper on South Sudan

January 27, 2014                 By Simon Chambers

 

Hundreds of South Sudanese fleeing the violence in their country are arriving at the Kakuma Refugee Camp each day.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and President of the PWRDF Board of Directors has signed a letter from PWRDF and the Anglican Church of Canada to the Canadian government about the humanitarian situation in South Sudan.  PWRDF’s Executive Director Adele Finney and Andrea Mann, the Global Relations Director of the Anglican Church of Canada, are co-signatories on the letter.

In the wake of more than a month of violence in the world’s newest nation, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands fleeing the conflict, PWRDF and the ACC are calling on the Canadian government:

·       to issue a strong statement calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities and an unconditional ceasefire by the parties in the conflict;

·       to continue to develop a cohesive strategy for ensuring aid reaches those most in need

·       to use all means at its disposal to hold South Sudanese political leaders accountable for not exacerbating ethnic tension;

·       to pay special attention to supporting the efforts of local civil-society leaders –particularly the faith community of South Sudan – who have longstanding credibility as peacemakers; and

·       to call for the release of political prisoners held by the government of South Sudan, whose voices must be at the negotiating table, as an important gesture toward bringing about a ceasefire and a negotiated peace.

Adele Finney urges Canadian Anglicans to continue to pray for peace in South Sudan, and for those affected by the violence.

PWRDF is already engaged in relief efforts for those displaced by the violence through the ACT Alliance.  PWRDF has published an interview with Raphael Nyabala from the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya about the refugee crisis the violence in South Sudan is creating.

 

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