Welcome to your online Sunday worship from St. George’s, Georgetown for Sunday, September 19, 2021.
Our online worship continues even as we now offer in-person worship services on Sunday’s 10am in our parish hall. For more information about In-person worship follow this link.
Our family ministry resources this week are based on our Gospel reading, Mark 9:30-37. Our resources this week the focus is on the greater importance of serving others rather than being “greater” than others. In our weekly Sunday email, there are links to a helpful family page that help explain all the Sunday readings and to fun colouring and puzzle pages that connect with this week’s lesson.
Please sign up for our weekly emails to get those links to these great resources to use together with your family.
For our hymn singers, I am recommending the wonderfully rhythmic singing of “Jesu,Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love.”
The Gospel Reading (Mark 9:30-37)
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”1
(Read all the readings assigned for this week here.)
Here is your Sunday prayers and message:
Prayers of the People
Lord, keep this nation under your care. Bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. Help us elect trustworthy leaders, contribute to wise decisions for the general welfare, and thus serve you faithfully in our generation to the honour of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
We pray for peace in the world, that a spirit of respect and reconciliation may grow among nations and peoples
And for God’s healing for every person across our world as we continue to face the impact of the pandemic on our lives, our communities, and our nations, that we find strength and be guided by Your Loving Presence.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
We pray for doctors and nurses, and all health care staff, we pray for teachers and students as the they return to school, we pray for all who care for those in need in body, mind, and spirit, that your grace may fill them and sustain them in this crisis. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
We pray for the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
We pray for those who have died and for those who mourn. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
(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.)
Our traditional and beautiful closing hymn this week is “Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You (The Servant Song)”
For our contemporary song this week, I suggest “I Give You My Heart.”
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.