Welcome to your online Sunday worship from St. George’s, Georgetown for Sunday, August 15, 2021.
As we continue to prepare for a return to being able to offer in-person worship in September, I used these last three Sundays to help us look at and reflect on what we do and say in our usual service. This Sunday is the last of three. If you don’t have a copy of the BAS at home, here is the link to a digital copy of our service book, the Book of Alternative Services.
Our family ministry resources this week focus on the reading from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 5, verses 15 to 20, which encourages us find the kind of joy in life with God that leads us to song and music.
Please sign up for our weekly emails to get those links to these great resources to use together with your family.
This Sunday, for an opening hymn to sing, I suggest more contemporarily set version of “Holy, Holy, Holy!”
The Gospel Reading (John 6:51-58)
Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”1
Here is your Sunday prayers and message:
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 recommend “For the Beauty of the Earth” as a traditional hymn to close with this week.
And for a contemporary closing song, my recommendation this week is “Come, Now is The Time To Worship.”
As always, 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.
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.