Welcome to your online Sunday worship from St. George’s, Georgetown for Sunday, May 9, 2021.
Just a note to remind folks that I will be on a short, two Sunday break and return for Penetcost on May 23rd. The Thursday morning online gathering will continue as usually. This Sunday and next I will be linking to the diocesan Facebook and YouTube pages for our online worship.
I remain available for pastoral emergencies, so please call the church 905-877-8044 and press 2 at the prompt and you will be connected directly to my cell. If I am unable to answer, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.
This week our family ministry resources focus on the reading from The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, Acts 10:44-48. It is the story of Peter witnessing the Holy Spirit at work in a group of Gentiles and so he baptizes them. In our weekly Sunday email, there is the link to the Family Page and a link to some fun colouring and activity pages that have something for every age.
Please sign up for our weekly emails to get those links to these great resources to use together with your family.
This week, I am suggesting the hymn “Jesus, the Joy of Loving Hearts” for an opening song we could sing.
The reading for this Sunday is John 15:9-18:
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”1
Diocesan Online Worship:
There is an order of service available on the the diocesan COVID-19 Resource Hub for this weeks worship. And here is the link to the diocesan Facebook page where the video of this Sunday’s Diocesan Online Worship will be live-streamed at 10am.:
The service is live at 10am or a recorded version can be found there and also on the diocesan YouTube Page after the live stream is complete.
Prayers of the People
We pray for all medical staff, all essential frontline workers and their families, for those living and working at Long Term Care and seniors residences, and for those that are helping to distribute the vaccine: that God will be their strength and support.
We pray for all who are facing trials and difficulties and for those who are sick. Show them your kindness, mercy, and healing. God of love, hear our prayer. AMEN.
(To find the list of those we are praying for in our parish please sign up for our Parish email. To add a name to our prayers please contact me.)
For closing music this week, I would suggest the hymn “Where Charity and Love Prevail.”
And for a contemporary song, a very celebratory Matt Redman song, “Let Everything That Has Breath.”
I wish you all God’s blessings this week and I thank you for your continued support of the ministry and mission of St. George’s.
I look forward to returning rested after my short break.
Be Well and God Bless.
The Rev’d Canon Rob Park
- Scripture quotation is from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.