Season of Creation, 16th Sunday After Pentecost
September 12, 2021
The Parish of Blandford Worshiping at All Saints
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Parish of Blandford
Aspotogan Peninsula, Municipality of Chester, Nova Scotia
Striving to be a Christian Community
of Worship, Welcome and Care.
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Contact Information: Telephone: (902)228-2761, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: parishofblandford.ca
Rector: Reverend Louis Quennelle, Rector, Phone: (902)521-5169, E-mail: email@example.com
Our Wardens: All Saints: Malcolm Boutilier (902)228-2961, St. Cuthbert: Ken Miller, (902)204-1000, Saint Barnabas: Claudia Zinck (902)228-2091
Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Anglican Church of Canada
Collect: O God, Wisdom of the universe, you bear the pain of your people. Grant us the gift of wisdom, that we may discern your way and live justly and graciously amid the struggles of this world. Amen. Vanderbilt Divinity Library
First Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS. Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Give heed to my reproof; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one heeded, and because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you, when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices. For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.” The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. PROVERBS 1:20-33
CANTICLE REFRAIN: Wisdom is an image of God’s goodness; she orders all things well.
Wisdom is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. R
Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom. R
She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior, for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail. She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well. R WISDOM OF SOLOMON 7:26-8:1
Second Reading: A READING FROM THE LETTER OF JAMES. Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. JAMES 3:1-12
Gospel: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK. Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” The Gospel of Christ. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. MARK 8:27-38
Prayers of the People: God of Wisdom, you created all as an image of your own goodness. Grant our petitions that we may restore the order of all things which have been disrupted in your Creation as we pray: Lord hear our prayer.
God of Wisdom, you are the source of eternal light, help all the ministers of your church, especially our bishop Sandra, to become reflections in a spotless mirror of your work, and an image of your goodness. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.
God of Wisdom, grant this gift to our leaders, especially to all candidates in our federal election, that they will do all things according to your will, so that your whole Creation may be renewed in our generation. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.
God of Wisdom, pass your wisdom into our spirits, that we may help the people of your world to become your friends, “for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom”. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.
God of Wisdom, you are more beautiful than the sun, and excel every constellation of the stars. Grant this wisdom to the family of the parish of Blandford. May we become the light of the sun and stars to the communities where we live. May we also be enlightened in wisdom, for us and for your creation in the difficult faith & financial decisions we must make. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.
God of Wisdom, we pray for those in difficult time, the homeless, refugees, victims of violence, and all who are ill in body, spirit, and mind. May they know that compared even with light, your wisdom is found to be superior. May they place their trust in you. May we work in God’s wisdom for those in need, so that evil will not prevail. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.
God of Wisdom, we pray for those who mourn. May they live in the faith that your wisdom “reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well.” May all who grieve understand that God’s wisdom will not allow goodness to die and that all who love live forever in God’s loving presence. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.
God of Wisdom, from the street corners and at the entrances to the city you proclaim the way of life and of death. Grant us the wisdom to recognize your Messiah, that following in the way of the cross, we may know the way of life and glory. Amen.
Prayer After Communion: God of peace, in this Eucharist we have been reconciled to you and to our neighbours. May we who have been nourished by holy things always have the courage to forgive. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
Our Life Continues in the Parish of Blandford
Next Week: Blandford Community Centre – Morning Prayer.
Pastoral Presence during Uncertain Times: Rev. Louis is available by telephone or email anytime. This week he will be in the parish on Wednesday & Thursday (Sept. 15 & 16).
Special General Meeting of the Parish of Blandford re Heating in Saint Cuthbert: September 19 after Sunday Worship. Location:Blandford Community Centre. Copies of the letter & report to be discussed at this meeting are available in the rectory porch and at Sunday Services. (If time permits, we may also discuss how we will proceed with our worship services during Phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s Covid 19 re-opening.)
Diocesan Prayer Partner: King’s College
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Retired Clergy of Valley Region: The Reverend Canon Douglas Hergett and Faye, The Reverend Everett Hill, The Reverend Karen Hunt and David, The Reverend Marilyn Forsyth-Lamb, The Reverend Canon Eric MacDonald, The Reverend Peter Malton and Anne, The Reverend Michael McKeage and Diane, The Reverend Canon Donald Neish and Sarah, The Reverend Cathy Pharo and Chris, The Reverend Canon Ken Vaughan and Barbara, The Reverend Gordon Neish The Reverend Dr. Bruce Pellegrin, The Reverend Dr. John Roddam and Holly, The Reverend Val Rhymes and Fred, The Reverend Fred Rhymes and Val, The Reverend Ann Watson; Widows: Mrs. Elizabeth Ferguson, Mrs. Ruth Ann Harris, Mrs. Joanne Hinxman. Mrs. Mary McMillan, Mrs. Elinor Mullen, Mrs. June Sharp, Mrs. Miriam Ruggles, Mrs. Shirley Tanswell, Mrs. Janet Vaughan, Mrs. Joan Small.
Anglican/Lutheran Cycle of Prayer –ACC The Most Rev. Lynne McNaughton, Metropolitan, and the clergy and people of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon; ELCIC Rev. Kathy Martin, Assistant to the Bishop, and the staff of the British Columbia Synod