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Sunday November 6

St James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth

November 6, 2016 Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect Eternal God, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning, grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING: Job 19:23-27a
23I wish that my words could be written down 24or chiseled into rock. 25I know that my Savior lives,
and at the end he will stand on this earth. 26My flesh may be destroyed, yet from this body I will see God.
27Yes, I will see him for myself, and I long for that moment.

PSALMODY: Psalm 17:1-9 (Said Responsively)
1I am innocent, LORD!
Won’t you listen as I pray and beg for help?

I am honest! Please hear my prayer.
2Only you can say that I am innocent,
because only your eyes can see the truth.

3You know my heart,
and even during the night you have tested me
and found me innocent.

I have made up my mind never to tell a lie.
4I don’t do like others.

I obey your teachings and am not cruel.
5I have followed you, without ever stumbling.

6I pray to you, God, because you will help me.
Listen and answer my prayer!

7Show your wonderful love.
Your mighty arm protects those who run to you
for safety from their enemies.

8Protect me as you would your very own eyes;
hide me in the shadow of your wings.

9Don’t let my brutal enemies
attack from all sides and kill me.

God of truth and justice, watch over your people in adversity, that we may know the wonders of your love and see the glory of your presence; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

SECOND READING: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
When our Lord Jesus returns, we will be gathered up to meet him. So I ask you, my friends, 2not to be easily upset or disturbed by people who claim that the Lord has already come. They may say that they heard this directly from the Holy Spirit, or from someone else, or even that they read it in one of our letters. 3But don’t be fooled! People will rebel against God. Then before the Lord returns, the wicked one who is doomed to be destroyed will appear. 4He will brag and oppose everything that is holy or sacred. He will even sit in God’s temple and claim to be God. 5Don’t you remember that I told you this while I was still with you? 6You already know what is holding this wicked one back until it is time for him to come. 7His mysterious power is already at work, but someone is holding him back. And the wicked one won’t appear until that someone is out of the way. 8Then he will appear, but the Lord Jesus will kill him simply by breathing on him. He will be completely destroyed by the LORD’S glorious return.
9When the wicked one appears, Satan will pretend to work all kinds of miracles, wonders, and signs. 10Lost people will be fooled by his evil deeds. They could be saved, but they will refuse to love the truth and accept it. 11So God will make sure that they are fooled into believing a lie. 12All of them will be punished, because they would rather do evil than believe the truth.
13My friends, the Lord loves you, and it is only natural for us to thank God for you. God chose you to be the first ones to be saved. His Spirit made you holy, and you put your faith in the truth. 14God used our preaching as his way of inviting you to share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15My friends, that’s why you must remain faithful and follow closely what we taught you in person and by our letters.
16God our Father loves us. He is kind and has given us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope. We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father 17will encourage you and help you always to do and say the right thing.

GOSPEL: Luke 20:27-38
27The Sadducees did not believe that people would rise to life after death. So some of them came to Jesus 28and said: Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and has no children, his brother should marry the widow. Their first son would then be thought of as the son of the dead brother. 29There were once seven brothers. The first one married, but died without having any children. 30The second one married his brother’s widow, and he also died without having any children. 31The same thing happened to the third one. Finally, all seven brothers married that woman and died without having any children. 32At last the woman died. 33When God raises people from death, whose wife will this woman be? All seven brothers had married her.
34Jesus answered: The people in this world get married. 35But in the future world no one who is worthy to rise from death will either marry 36or die. They will be like the angels and will be God’s children, because they have been raised to life. 37In the story about the burning bush, Moses clearly shows that people will live again. He said, “The Lord is the God worshiped by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” 38So the Lord isn’t the God of the dead, but of the living. This means that everyone is alive as far as God is concerned.

Sentence: Jesus Christ is the first born of the dead; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen see Revelation 1:5-6
Notices.
Donations for seafarers Christmas packages are now being requested. There is a list in the Narthex. Please sign up and let us know now what you would like to contribute. We will be purchasing what ever else is needed the week of December 4th – 10th Sunday after church on the 11th will be the packing day.

On Thursday Dec 8 St James the less church welcomes seniors in the area to:
an Advent Afternoon Tea. 2:00-4:00 Please talk with Sue, Sharon or Ada if you would like to help plan and run this event.
Goals:
Fellowship
Exchange of ideas and resources for personal needs.
A cup of tea and light snacks
Some entertainment
Some inspirational thoughts

We are looking for a volunteer to take the Remembrance Day Wreath to the Cenotaph service on the 11th. Please indicate to Eric if you are able to do that in remembrance of the members of this Parish lost in war.

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Prayer Walk and Cornboil

Here are the details. After a short (45 min) service.
Please organize your selves into groups as quickly as possible.

*Every person matters Young or old.
*Prayer is the “work” of the Church.
*We are praying “on site with insight”
*Ask God to prepare your heart to “listen” as well as to help you pray
*Prayer is a two way communication.

At approximately 11:15 we will depart in groups to the following places.
Places to pray.
1 Dorothy Buckley’s home overlooking the entire parish. (Max 6)
2 Walking through K-Park
3 Walking along Rothesay Road and along the Shore Road.
4 At the top of the Fox Farm Road. Entrance to the community.
5. Walking or Driving through some of the side streets as the spirit leads

What to Pray
Lord Reveal your heart for this place
Lord what have you already begun?
Lord show us where to join you

When to eat and share
Please return to the Rectory by 12:15 at the latest.
We have asked people to bring a salad or a dessert to share.
Eric will have corn and hot dogs ready to serve. We will eat and then share and note our impressions.
We should be done at about 1:30

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Prayer Walk/Drive

Prayer Walk 2016
This sunday is our annual prayer walk and corn boil. We will have a short (45min) service at 10:30 followed by a time to go into the community to pray in a number of designated locations. After the time of prayer you are invited to come back to the Rectory and enjoy some Corn and Hot Dogs. We are asking you to come and to bring a salad or dessert to share as well. Prayer is the work of the church and we hope that you will join us this sunday. Specific instructions and options will be given out during the service. Please call Eric if you have questions. Volunteers would be welcome to help with making tea and coffee and setting out the food.

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Bulletin for September 4

St. James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth

September 4, 2016 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect: Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that richly bearing the fruit of good works, we may by you be richly rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15Today I am giving you a choice. You can choose life and success or death and disaster. 16-18I am commanding you to be loyal to the LORD, to live the way he has told you, and to obey his laws and teachings. You are about to cross the Jordan River and take the land that he is giving you. If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.
On the other hand, you might choose to disobey the LORD and reject him. So I’m warning you that if you bow down and worship other gods, you won’t have long to live.
19Right now I call the sky and the earth to be witnesses that I am offering you this choice. Will you choose for the LORD to make you prosperous and give you a long life? Or will he put you under a curse and kill you? Choose life! 20Be completely faithful to the LORD your God, love him, and do whatever he tells you. The LORD is the only one who can give life, and he will let you live a long time in the land that he promised to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

PSALMODY: Psalm 1 (Said Responsively)

1God blesses those people who refuse evil advice
and won’t follow sinners
or join in sneering at God.
2Instead, the Law of the LORD makes them happy,
and they think about it day and night.

3They are like trees growing beside a stream,
trees that produce fruit in season
and always have leaves.
Those people succeed in everything they do.

4That isn’t true of those who are evil,
because they are like straw blown by the wind.
5Sinners won’t have an excuse on the day of judgment,
and they won’t have a place with the people of God.
6The LORD protects everyone who follows him,
but the wicked follow a road that leads to ruin.

Giver of life, save us from the desert of faithlessness and nourish us with the living water of your word, that we may bring forth fruit that will last, in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

SECOND READING: Philemon 1-21
1From Paul, who is in jail for serving Christ Jesus, and from Timothy, who is like a brother because of our faith.
Philemon, you work with us and are very dear to us. This letter is to you 2and to the church that meets in your home. It is also to our dear friend Apphia and to Archippus, who serves the Lord as we do.
3I pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!
4Philemon, each time I mention you in my prayers, I thank God. 5I hear about your faith in our Lord Jesus and about your love for all of God’s people. 6As you share your faith with others, I pray that they may come to know all the blessings Christ has given us. 7My friend, your love has made me happy and has greatly encouraged me. It has also cheered the hearts of God’s people.
8Christ gives me the courage to tell you what to do. 9But I would rather ask you to do it simply because of love. Yes, as someone in jail for Christ, 10I beg you to help Onesimus! He is like a son to me because I led him to Christ here in jail. 11Before this, he was useless to you, but now he is useful both to you and to me.
12Sending Onesimus back to you makes me very sad. 13I would like to keep him here with me, where he could take your place in helping me while I am here in prison for preaching the good news. 14But I won’t do anything unless you agree to it first. I want your act of kindness to come from your heart, and not be something you feel forced to do.
15Perhaps Onesimus was taken from you for a little while so that you could have him back for good, 16but not as a slave. Onesimus is much more than a slave. To me he is a dear friend, but to you he is even more, both as a person and as a follower of the Lord.
17If you consider me a friend because of Christ, then welcome Onesimus as you would welcome me. 18If he has cheated you or owes you anything, charge it to my account. 19With my own hand I write: I, PAUL, WILL PAY YOU BACK. But don’t forget that you owe me your life. 20My dear friend and follower of Christ our Lord, please cheer me up by doing this for me.
21I am sure you will do all I have asked, and even more.

GOSPEL: Luke 14:25-33
25Large crowds were walking along with Jesus, when he turned and said:
26You cannot be my disciple, unless you love me more than you love your father and mother, your wife and children, and your brothers and sisters. You cannot come with me unless you love me more than you love your own life.
27You cannot be my disciple unless you carry your own cross and come with me.
28Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. What is the first thing you will do? Won’t you sit down and figure out how much it will cost and if you have enough money to pay for it? 29Otherwise, you will start building the tower, but not be able to finish. Then everyone who sees what is happening will laugh at you. 30They will say, “You started building, but could not finish the job.”
31What will a king do if he has only ten thousand soldiers to defend himself against a king who is about to attack him with twenty thousand soldiers? Before he goes out to battle, won’t he first sit down and decide if he can win? 32If he thinks he won’t be able to defend himself, he will send messengers and ask for peace while the other king is still a long way off. 33So then, you cannot be my disciple unless you give away everything you own.

Sentence: Let your countenance shine upon your servant and teach me your statutes. Psalm 119:135
Notices and other Important things.

Time with Bishop David this Thursday evening at 7 in the Church. If you are concerned at all with the decision of the Anglican Church of Canada to begin the process of changing the Definition of Marriage from “one man and one woman” to “one person to another person” Than you really need to be here to help us all process the way forward. There are some resources on the Narthex table that may help. I was with the clergy of the diocese and Bp David for most of this past week. It was an encouraging time.

Annual Parish Prayer walk Sept 25th (Bridgetown service at 9:30) and Corn boil on the Rectory Lawn. We have done this several times now and always with real results (Renforth Wharf Days, Health Wellness and Safety ministry to Seniors) We will combine this with Bridgetown at 9:30 and follow it up with a Corn-boil on the lawn to discuss our impressions from God after our time of prayer. We will have a short service at 10:30 and then be sent out to pray.

The Blessing of the Animals at the zoo will take place on October 9th That is also Thanksgiving Sunday but it will be a fun afternoon to bring kids to. 2:00

Alpha will begin the following week Oct 16th on Sunday Evenings Sign up in the Narthex for yourself and friends. Val and I will host the first group, if there are more then 10 we will look for another host family. We will come together for the weekend on the Holy Spirit. The new Alpha Film series will be used. “Alpha as you have never seen it before”

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Sunday July 3

St. James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth
July 3, 2016
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (L 14, Pr. 9)

Collect: Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ has taught us that what we do for the least of your children we do also for him. Give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, who gave up his life and died for us, but lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 66:10-14

10If you love Jerusalem, celebrate and shout!
If you were in sorrow because of the city,
you can now be glad. 11She will nurse and comfort you, just like your own mother, until you are satisfied.
You will fully enjoy her wonderful glory. 12The LORD has promised: “I will flood Jerusalem with the wealth of nations and make the city prosper.

Zion will nurse you at her breast, carry you in her arms, and hold you in her lap. 13I will comfort you there like a mother comforting her child.”

14When you see this happen, you will celebrate;
your strength will return faster than grass can sprout.
Then everyone will know that the LORD is present with his servants, but he is angry with his enemies.

PSALMODY: Psalm 66:1-9

1Tell everyone on this earth to shout praises to God!
2Sing about his glorious name. Honor him with praises.

3Say to God, “Everything you do is fearsome,
and your mighty power makes your enemies come crawling.
4You are worshiped by everyone!
We all sing praises to you.”

5Come and see the fearsome things our God has done!
6When God made the sea dry up,our people walked across,and because of him, we celebrated there.
7His mighty power rules forever,
and nothing the nations do can be hidden from him.
So don’t turn against God.

8All of you people, come praise our God!
Let his praises be heard.

9God protects us from death and keeps us steady.

God of power and might, you bring your people out of darkness and slavery into light and freedom through the waters of salvation. Receive our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, and keep us always in your steadfast love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

SECOND READING: Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-10

[My friends, you are spiritual. So if someone is trapped in sin, you should gently lead that person back to the right path. But watch out, and don’t be tempted yourself. 2You obey the law of Christ when you offer each other a helping hand. 3If you think you are better than others, when you really aren’t, you are wrong. 4Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others. 5We each must carry our own load. 6Share every good thing you have with anyone who teaches you what God has said.]
7You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant. 8If you follow your selfish desires, you will harvest destruction, but if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life. 9Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up. 10We should help people whenever we can, especially if they are followers of the Lord. 11You can see what big letters I make when I write with my own hand. 12Those people who are telling you to get circumcised are only trying to show how important they are. And they don’t want to get into trouble for preaching about the cross of Christ. 13They are circumcised, but they don’t obey the Law of Moses. All they want is to brag about having you circumcised. 14But I will never brag about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his cross, the world is dead as far as I am concerned, and I am dead as far as the world is concerned. 15It doesn’t matter if you are circumcised or not. All that matters is that you are a new person. 16If you follow this rule, you will belong to God’s true people. God will treat you with undeserved kindness and will bless you with peace.

GOSPEL: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Later the Lord chose seventy-two other followers and sent them out two by two to every town and village where he was about to go. 2He said to them: A large crop is in the fields, but there are only a few workers. Ask the Lord in charge of the harvest to send out workers to bring it in. 3Now go, but remember, I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. 4Don’t take along a moneybag or a traveling bag or sandals. And don’t waste time greeting people on the road. 5As soon as you enter a home, say, “God bless this home with peace.” 6If the people living there are peace-loving, your prayer for peace will bless them. But if they are not peace-loving, your prayer will return to you. 7Stay with the same family, eating and drinking whatever they give you, because workers are worth what they earn. Don’t move around from house to house. 8If the people of a town welcome you, eat whatever they offer. 9Heal their sick and say, “God’s kingdom will soon be here!” 10But if the people of a town refuse to welcome you, go out into the street and say, 11″We are shaking the dust from our feet as a warning to you. And you can be sure that God’s kingdom will soon be here 16My followers, whoever listens to you is listening to me. Anyone who says “No” to you is saying “No” to me. And anyone who says “No” to me is really saying “No” to the one who sent me. 17When the seventy-two followers returned, they were excited and said, “Lord, even the demons obeyed when we spoke in your name!” 18Jesus told them: I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19I have given you the power to trample on snakes and scorpions and to defeat the power of your enemy Satan. Nothing can harm you. 20But don’t be happy because evil spirits obey you. Be happy that your names are written in heaven!

Sentence: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts; let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:15-16

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Sunday Readings June 19

St. James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth

June 19, 2016
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (collect on back of sheet)

FIRST READING: Isaiah 65:1-9

I, the LORD, was ready to answer even those
who were not asking
and to be found by those
who were not searching.
To a nation that refused to worship me,
I said, “Here I am!”

2All day long I have reached out to stubborn and sinful people going their own way. 3They keep making me angry by sneering at me, while offering sacrifices to idols in gardens and burning incense to them on bricks. 4They spend their nights hiding in burial caves; they eat the meat of pigs,
cooked in sauces made of stuff unfit to eat. 5And then they say to others,
“Don’t come near us! We’re dedicated to God.”
Such people are like smoke, irritating my nose all day. 6I have written this down; I won’t keep silent. I’ll pay them back just as their sins deserve. 7I, the LORD, will make them pay for their sins and for those of their ancestors they have disgraced me by burning incense on mountains.

8Here is what the LORD says: A cluster of grapes that produces wine is worth keeping! So, because of my servants, I won’t destroy everyone. 9I have chosen the people of Israel and Judah, and I will bless them with many descendants. They will settle here in this land of mountains, and it will be theirs.

PSALMODY: Psalm 22:19-28
19Don’t stay far away, LORD!
My strength comes from you, so hurry and help.

20Rescue me from enemy swords
and save me from those dogs.
21Don’t let lions eat me.

You rescued me from the horns of wild bulls,
22and when your people meet,
I will praise you, LORD.

23All who worship the LORD, now praise him!
You belong to Jacob’s family and to the people of Israel, so fear and honor the LORD!

24The LORD doesn’t hate or despise the helpless
in all of their troubles.
When I cried out, he listened and did not turn away.

25When your people meet, you will fill my heart
with your praises, LORD,
and everyone will see me keep my promises to you.

26The poor will eat and be full,
and all who worship you will be thankful
and live in hope.

27Everyone on this earth will remember you, LORD.
People all over the world will turn and worship you, 28because you are in control, the ruler of all nations.
Father, your tortured Son felt abandoned, and cried out in anguish from the cross, yet you delivered him, He overcame the bonds of death and rose in triumph from the grave. Do not hide your face from those who cry out to you; feed the hungry, strengthen the weak, and break the chains of the oppressed, that your people may rejoice in your saving deeds. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

SECOND READING: Galatians 3:23-29

23The Law controlled us and kept us under its power until the time came when we would have faith. 24In fact, the Law was our teacher. It was supposed to teach us until we had faith and were acceptable to God. 25But once a person has learned to have faith, there is no more need to have the Law as a teacher. 26All of you are God’s children because of your faith in Christ Jesus. 27And when you were baptized, it was as though you had put on Christ in the same way you put on new clothes. 28Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman. 29So if you belong to Christ, you are now part of Abraham’s family, and you will be given what God has promised.

GOSPEL: Luke 8:26-39
26Jesus and his disciples sailed across Lake Galilee and came to shore near the town of Gerasa. 27As Jesus was getting out of the boat, he was met by a man from that town. The man had demons in him. He had gone naked for a long time and no longer lived in a house, but in the graveyard.28The man saw Jesus and screamed. He knelt down in front of him and shouted, “Jesus, Son of God in heaven, what do you want with me? I beg you not to torture me!” 29He said this because Jesus had already told the evil spirit to go out of him.The man had often been attacked by the demon. And even though he had been bound with chains and leg irons and kept under guard, he smashed whatever bound him. Then the demon would force him out into lonely places.30Jesus asked the man, “What is your name?”He answered, “My name is Lots.” He said this because there were ‘lots’ of demons in him. 31They begged Jesus not to send them to the deep pit, where they would be punished.32A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. So the demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and Jesus let them go. 33Then the demons left the man and went into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.34When the men taking care of the pigs saw this, they ran to spread the news in the town and on the farms. 35The people went out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they also found the man. The demons had gone out of him, and he was sitting there at the feet of Jesus. He had clothes on and was in his right mind. But the people were terrified.36Then all who had seen the man healed told about it. 37Everyone from around Gerasa begged Jesus to leave, because they were so frightened.When Jesus got into the boat to start back, 38the man who had been healed begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him off and said, 39″Go back home and tell everyone how much God has done for you.” The man then went all over town, telling everything that Jesus had done for him.

Collect: O God our defender, storms rage about us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us all from unbelief; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sentence: My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them and they follow me. John 10:27

Notice: In less than a month Renforth Wharf Days will take place. We will be in need of volunteers to staff our booth and also to help with general welcoming. Please sign the sheet in the office window if you are available that day to help.

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Bridgetown Sunday

We came up with the idea of Bridgtown Sunday after a meeting of parents of the children of the Parish. Bridgtown is for much more than the young and young at heart. At it’s best it will become a time when everyone, old and young, visitors and long time members will meet together. There is breakfast, coffee, tea and juice. There will be four stations that will give some light on the scriptures that will be read in the service. This is an excelent time to introduce people to Christ and His Church (people). We hope that we can serve you well as you reach out to friends and familiy. After my trip to Peru I am more convinced than ever that Christ is our only hope and the focus of our life. He contains everything nessasary for you to be happy, fulfilled and to be able to share what you have with others.

This Sunday we will be looking at what God’s Role is and what your role is. Yes God in Christ can do infinantly more than we can ask or imagain but there is something also asked of us!

Round up some people and bring them along for 9:30am this Sunday!

Eric

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Bridgetown

This Sunday is our first “Bridgetown” service. The purpose of this is to provide an inter-generational learning experience that will particularly benefit the children in the congregation. In order for this to work, we need YOU to join us. The actual Bridgetown event will take place in the hour between the two regular services. i.e. 9:30 to 10:30 During that time there will be Tea, Coffee, Juice and Bagels available. In the Fellowship hall will be 4 stations that you can participate in. Each of these will teach or illustrate something about the days lesson. “The City of God”

In the 1030 service we will have a report on how things went.

So Stay Late or Come early and experience something fresh.

Eric

May 1, 2016
Sixth Sunday of Easter The City of God – Bridgtown 9:30-10:30 Stay late or Come Early and discover with some refreshment.

Collect: Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you riches beyond imagination. Pour into our hearts such love toward you, that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and foreever.

FIRST READING: Acts 16:9-15

9During the night, Paul had a vision of someone from Macedonia who was standing there and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10After Paul had seen the vision, we began looking for a way to go to Macedonia. We were sure that God had called us to preach the good news there.
11We sailed straight from Troas to Samothrace, and the next day we arrived in Neapolis. 12From there we went to Philippi, which is a Roman colony in the first district of Macedonia.
We spent several days in Philippi. 13Then on the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to a place by the river, where we thought there would be a Jewish meeting place for prayer. We sat down and talked with the women who came. 14One of them was Lydia, who was from the city of Thyatira and sold expensive purple cloth. She was a worshiper of the Lord God, and he made her willing to accept what Paul was saying. 15Then after she and her family were baptized, she kept on begging us, “If you think I really do have faith in the Lord, come stay in my home.” Finally, we accepted her invitation.

PSALMODY: Psalm 67

1Our God, be kind and bless us! Be pleased and smile.
2Then everyone on earth will learn to follow you,
and all nations will see your power to save us.

3Make everyone praise you and shout your praises.
4Let the nations celebrate with joyful songs,
because you judge fairly and guide all nations.
5Make everyone praise you and shout your praises.

6Our God has blessed the earth with a wonderful harvest!
7Pray for his blessings to continue
and for everyone on earth to worship our God.

SECOND READING: Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5

10Then with the help of the Spirit, he took me to the top of a very high mountain. There he showed me the holy city of Jerusalem coming down from God in heaven.
22I did not see a temple there. The Lord God All-Powerful and the Lamb were its temple. 23And the city did not need the sun or the moon. The glory of God was shining on it, and the Lamb was its light.
24Nations will walk by the light of that city, and kings will bring their riches there. 25Its gates are always open during the day, and night never comes. 26The glorious treasures of nations will be brought into the city. 27But nothing unworthy will be allowed to enter. No one who is dirty-minded or who tells lies will be there. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will be in the city.
The angel showed me a river that was crystal clear, and its waters gave life. The river came from the throne where God and the Lamb were seated. 2Then it flowed down the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river are trees that grow a different kind of fruit each month of the year. The fruit gives life, and the leaves are used as medicine to heal the nations.
3God’s curse will no longer be on the people of that city. He and the Lamb will be seated there on their thrones, and its people will worship God 4and will see him face to face. God’s name will be written on the foreheads of the people. 5Never again will night appear, and no one who lives there will ever need a lamp or the sun. The Lord God will be their light, and they will rule forever.

GOSPEL: John 14:23-29
23Jesus replied:
If anyone loves me, they will obey me. Then my Father will love them, and we will come to them and live in them. 24But anyone who doesn’t love me, won’t obey me. What they have heard me say doesn’t really come from me, but from the Father who sent me.
25I have told you these things while I am still with you. 26But the Holy Spirit will come and helpd you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you.
27I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid.
28You have already heard me say that I am going and that I will also come back to you. If you really love me, you should be glad that I am going back to the Father, because he is greater than I am.
29I am telling you this before I leave, so that when it does happen, you will have faith in me.

Sentence: If you love me, you will keep my word, and my Father will love you, and we will come to you.

Seniors Wellness: Thanks to all who helped out wth the wellness fair on Thursday. Our next event is a seminar on Dementia. Our presenter is from the St. Joseph’s GEM unit. Date is Ma;y 26th at 2:00

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Bridgetown

Sunday after church the parents/children/and team met to talk about the attempts that we have made by using the messy church model on a Sunday morning service basis. The feed back that we received was mixed. On one hand the quality of learning, interaction with all generations and shared experience was amazing. It was our hope that this could become a once per month way of operating that would include the whole community. Sadly however we received significant negative response that ranged from people specifically saying that they would not be there through to a very low over all turn out. We have to agree that the whole church was not ready for this move and also that we did not implement it carefully enough. What we have decided to do is the following.

Once a month during the traditional “Bagle Sunday” we will hold a “Bridgetown” service at 9:30 This will consist of a number of creative stations that are open to everyone but specifically designed by the Intergenerational Team with the children in mind. We “invite” all people from 8:30 and 10:30 to either stay late or come early and participate in as much of this as you wish. We believe that it will enhance your understanding and practice of your faith. The message at the 10:30 service will consist in part of presentations made from the intergenerational “Bridgetown” teams.

We have spent time in prayer and searching for the Lord’s direction and believe firmly that we have heard from him. This was a painful but very rich experience for us and we ask for your prayers as we move forward.

We believe that by doing it this way it will allow for growth, creativity and an advancement in our whole community experience.

Our next Bridgetown event will be May 1

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Easter 2

St. James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth

April 3, 2016
Second Sunday of Easter

Collect: Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

FIRST READING: Acts 5:27-32

27When the apostles were brought before the council, the high priest said to them, 28″We told you plainly not to teach in the name of Jesus. But look what you have done! You have been teaching all over Jerusalem, and you are trying to blame us for his death.”
29Peter and the apostles replied:
We don’t obey people. We obey God. 30You killed Jesus by nailing him to a cross. But the God our ancestors worshiped raised him to life 31and made him our Leader and Savior. Then God gave him a place at his right side so that the people of Israel would turn back to him and be forgiven. 32We are here to tell you about all this, and so is the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to everyone who obeys God.

PSALMODY: Psalm 118:14-29 Said Responsively

14My power and my strength come from the LORD,
and he has saved me.
15From the tents of God’s people come shouts of victory: “The LORD is powerful!

16With his mighty arm the LORD wins victories! The LORD is powerful!”
17And so my life is safe, and I will live to tell what the LORD has done.

18He punished me terribly, but he did not let death lay its hands on me.
19Open the gates of justice! I will enter and tell the LORD how thankful I am.

20Here is the gate of the LORD! Everyone who does right may enter this gate.
21I praise the LORD for answering my prayers and saving me.

22The stone that the builders tossed aside has now become the most important stone.
23The LORD has done this, and it is amazing to us.
24This day belongs to the LORD! Let’s celebrate and be glad today.
25We’ll ask the LORD to save us! We’ll sincerely ask the LORD to let us win.

26God bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
We praise you from here in the house of the LORD.

27The LORD is our God, and he has given us light!
Start the celebration! March with palm branches all the way to the altar.

28The LORD is my God! I will praise him and tell him how thankful I am.
29Tell the LORD how thankful you are, because he is kind and always merciful.

Holy and mighty God, your Son’s triumph over sin and death has opened to us the gate of eternal life. Purify our hearts that we may follow where he has gone and share in the radiance of his glory. We ask this for the sake of our risen Lord.

SECOND READING: Revelation 1:4-8

4From John to the seven churches in Asia. I pray that you will be blessed with kindness and peace from God, who is and was and is coming. May you receive kindness and peace from the seven spirits before the throne of God. 5May kindness and peace be yours from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness.Jesus was the first to conquer death, and he is the ruler of all earthly kings. Christ loves us, and by his blood he set us free from our sins. 6He lets us rule as kings and serve God his Father as priests. To him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen. 7Look! He is coming with the clouds. Everyone will see him, even the ones who stuck a sword through him. All people on earth will weep because of him. Yes, it will happen! Amen.8The Lord God says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the one who is and was and is coming. I am God All-Powerful!”

GOSPEL: John 20:19-31

19The disciples were afraid of the Jewish leaders, and on the evening of that same Sunday they locked themselves in a room. Suddenly, Jesus appeared in the middle of the group. He greeted them 20and showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they became very happy.
21After Jesus had greeted them again, he said, “I am sending you, just as the Father has sent me.” 22Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone’s sins, they will be forgiven. But if you don’t forgive their sins, they will not be forgiven.”
24Although Thomas the Twin was one of the twelve disciples, he wasn’t with the others when Jesus appeared to them. 25So they told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But Thomas said, “First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my finger. I must put my hand where the spear went into his side. I won’t believe unless I do this!”
26A week later the disciples were together again. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus came in while the doors were still locked and stood in the middle of the group. He greeted his disciples 27and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands! Put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!”
28Thomas replied, “You are my Lord and my God!”
29Jesus said, “Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen me? The people who have faith in me without seeing me are the ones who are really blessed!”
30Jesus worked many other miracles for his disciples, and not all of them are written in this book. 31But these are written so that you will put your faith in Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God. If you have faith in him, you will have true life.

Sentence: Have you believed, Thomas, because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe. John 20:29

Prayer Meeting April 27th in preparation for the Health, Wellness and Safety Fair.
April 28th 1-3 Health, Wellness and Safety Fair, Church and Hall. Sign up to help out with Greeting, hospitality and logistics
TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) is coming in May. Info and application forms are available at http://tecnb.ca

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