Welcome to your online Sunday worship from St. George’s, Georgetown for Sunday, July 18, 2021.
I continue to be away during the month of July and so I invite all of us to join to the diocesan online for worship while I am off. The links to order of service and to the online video are below.
This week our family ministry resources focus on our reading from Mark’s Gospel, chapter 6, verses 30 to 34 and 53-56. In our Gospel reading Jesus demonstrates how deep a source of compassion God is. In our weekly Sunday email, there are links to helpful family pages that help explain the reading and a fun comic page about the lesson that can be coloured.
Please sign up for our weekly emails to get those links to these great resources to use together with your family.
In July, I continue to forgo suggesting YouTube songs to sing along with in these posts as you will be invited to join in singing hymns as part of the online diocesan service.
The Gospel Reading
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.1
Online Diocesan Worship
There is an order of service available on the diocesan COVID-19 resource page. And here is the link to our Diocesan Facebook page for this week’s 10am live-streamed worship:
Click the image above to visit the diocesan Facebook page. The service begins at 10am and is also available at the same link afterwards to view the service, or view it at the diocesan YouTube page.
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. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
We pray for all those unfairly discriminated against in our society, praying especially for justice and reconciliation for our continent’s indigenous people. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
We pray for all who are facing trials and difficulties and for those who are sick. Show them your kindness, mercy, and healing. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
(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.)
I wish you all a blessed and safe Sunday and week.
Thank you for your continued support of the ministry and mission of St. George’s.
I look forward to leading worship online when I return in August.
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.