Welcome to your online Sunday worship from St. George’s, Georgetown for Sunday, August 22, 2021.
As I mentioned in our mid-week email, my daughter’s wedding is this weekend and so I am inviting us to join in the our diocesan family for our Sunday worship. The links to order of service and the service itself are below.
Our family ministry resources this week continues its focus on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This week the text is chapter 6, verses 10 to 20, which encourages us to put on the spiritual armour of God consisting of truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and God’s word. 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.
The diocesan online service includes some wonderful music and provides the opportunity to sing songs of our faith, so I will not be picking any additional hymns from YouTube to sing this Sunday.
The Gospel Reading
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.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”
Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”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.
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.