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Pentecost 21 October 17, 2021
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Sunday, October 17, 2021

 Pentecost 21 – Eucharist October 17, 2021  

As we gather, we recognize that we live, work and play in the traditional lands of the Cowichan Tribes and Coast Salish People. 

We continue to commit ourselves to the work of reconciliation and relationship-building with our First Nations neighbours.  



The Son of man came also not to be served but to serve,

and to give his life as a ransom for many.          Mark 10.45  


O come, let us worship.  


Opening Hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

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Praise to the Lord,

the Almighty, the King of creation;

O my soul, praise him,

for he is thy health and salvation:

all ye who hear,

brothers and sisters draw near,

praise Him in glad adoration.  


Praise to the Lord,

who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,

shelters thee under his wings,

yea, so gently sustaineth:

hast thou not seen,

how thy entreaties have been

granted in what he ordaineth?  


Praise to the Lord!  

O Let all that is in me adore him!

All that hath life and breath,

come now with praises before him!

Let the Amen

sound from his people again:

gladly for aye, we adore him.    



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

And also, with you.  


Almighty God,

to you all hearts are open, all desires known,

and from you no secrets are hidden.

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  


Collect of the Day:

Almighty and Ever-living God,

increase in us your gift of faith,

that, forsaking what lies behind and,

reaching out to what is before,

we may run the way of your commandments,

and win the crown of everlasting joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you, and the Holy Spirt,

one God, now and for ever.   Amen    


The Proclamation of the Word

1st Reading: Job 38.1-7  


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.    


Psalm 104.1-9, 25,  

Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great;     

you are clothed with splendor and majesty.  


The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;     

he stretches out the heavens like a tent        


and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.

He makes the clouds his chariot     


and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds his messengers,     

flames of fire his servants.  

He set the earth on its foundations;     it can never be moved.

You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;     

the waters stood above the mountains.


But at your rebuke the waters fled,     at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;


they flowed over the mountains,     they went down into the valleys,     

to the place you assigned for them.  


You set a boundary they cannot cross;     never again will they cover the earth.  


There is the sea, vast and spacious,     teeming with creatures beyond number—     living things both large and small.    


O God of eternal light,

heaven and earth are the work of your hands, and all creation sings your praise and beauty.

As in the beginning, by your Spirit, you gave life and order to all that is,

so by the same Spirit, redeem us and all things, through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.      

2nd Reading:  Hebrews 5.1-10  

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.  



Gospel Processional: Ancient Words

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The Lord be with you.  

The Good News of Jesus according To:

Mark 10:35-45  

Glory to you, Jesus Christ.    

The Gospel of Christ,

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.  


SermonThe Venerable Brian Evans

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts,

be ever acceptable to you O Lord.  Amen.    



One of the greatest, or most popular riddles in the world of baseball, we all know it: From Abbott and Costello; Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know’s on third.          

When I was a child one of the popular games was "King of the Castle". I am sure it is no longer an appropriate game for children to play. For which I understand, for it was always the strongest child who would end up on top of the castle, figuratively speaking. Unless the rest of the children ganged up to remove the so-called king.          

Enter the Gospel for today.                

Mark shares with us another of those familiar readings.

The question I have is, “have some of the story lines of the Gospels become so familiar we have stopped taking a closer look? Are we so familiar when we see the subtitle, that our thoughts go to, ‘I know this one, it’s about James and John wanting to be first’?          

Except every so often, we should stop and read word for word.  


Mark 9:35-45: 33They came to Capernaum. When Jesus was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?" 34But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. 35Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all." 36He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."  

It’s always interesting how the editors of the Holy Scriptures have chosen the placement of certain parts.  

Since that day, we have covered the following topics: temptations, marriage-breakdown, blessing children, how much money it will take to get to heaven, along with Jesus’ personal death prediction.

Finally, today we pick up the story line with James and John seeking special status.  

These two members of the so-called inner circle come to Jesus seeking a favor. They are requesting a special place at the dinner table in heaven.   Jesus responds: YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE ASKING. Then says: Can you drink from the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?  

Chris Haslem, a contemporary Anglican theologian/priest, makes this observation on this passage:

‘In the Old Testament, one’s “cup” (v. 38) is one’s lot assigned by God, be it blessing or condemnation. Here, Jesus is speaking of his suffering and death. To be baptised with Jesus’ baptism is to share fully in God’s ways. James and John confidently answer yes (v. 39) and accept all the consequences. Only the Father knows whom he has called to special places in the kingdom. Jesus tells all the disciples: pagan authority depends on power and force (v. 42) but for disciples, it is different (v. 43): to be “great” now and in the kingdom (“become”, v. 43 and “be”, v. 44) one must serve others; to be “first”, one must serve even more humbly, as a “slave”. Jesus, the “Son of Man” (v. 45), in his voluntary abasement, is the example: he gave even his life for the freedom of others, gaining their release from punishment and death for their sins.’

What about James and John saying they were willing to face any trial for their leader, Jesus.

It’s easy to say, yet more difficult to bring our “yes” to action. For, most of us find it more comfortable to complain over even the smallest of tasks.  

I often think of the question Bishop Short place before me when I went to him saying I believed I had a call to ordained ministry.

“Brian, are you prepared to do this 24/7 for the rest of your life?”  

If we say we are prepared to suffer on a large scale for Christ, are we also saying we are prepared to accept all the pitfalls which come along with it?  


For it is not a rhetorical question.  

Now, imagine for a moment when Jesus denied them their request: “… but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant…”   We can ask God for whatever we like, except the answer may not always be the answer we wish.   Remember God is always looking out for us, for what is best for us.  

With all this, Jesus calls all the disciples together, giving them this lesson about life:   ‘42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”        ‘          

Following Jesus is like turning the so called “normal” of the corporate world on its head. For in Christ’s kingdom, service is the way ahead. Not by high personal achievement as we see in most big business, organizations, and institutions.  

It could just be, there is some theological implications in the Abbott and Costello dialogue.

Did it really matter who was on first, or second or for that matter, third?   Was it not about the game?  

It takes a whole team to win a team sporting event.  

It takes a whole team working together, seeking to serve together, to play on Jesus’ team. 



Thanks be to God.  Amen.


The Apostles Creed:


Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say:  

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.  

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.    


The Prayers of the People

Believing that Christ has the words that lead to fullness of life,

let us pray to be faithful to the gospel we have heard.  

Our response today is:

“Living Word, hear our prayer.”  


We believe your Word gives life; may the Church proclaim the gospel of life in the power of your Spirit.

In faith we pray:

Living Word, hear our prayer.  


We believe your Word nourishes human hopes; may peoples whose lives are plagued by oppression and pain, find healing in the good news.

In faith we pray:

Living Word, hear our prayer.  


We believe your Word reconciles all humanity into the peace of God’s reign; may all nations walk by the light of Truth.

In faith we pray:

Living Word, hear our prayer.  


We believe your Word is Spirit and life; may we, who feast of your sacramental presence, experience the power of your transforming love.

In faith we pray:

Living Word, hear our prayer.  


We believe your Word creates us anew; may all our relationships be shaped by your example of self-giving love.

In faith we pray:

Living Word, hear our prayer.    


We believe your Word brings healing, and comfort, to those in need; in our Parish we pray for: Roy & Gail; Daryl & Sue; John; Steve; Maureen; Michelle; And, for all others on our hearts today.

In faith we pray:

Living Word, hear our prayer.  


We believe your Word fills our Church leaders with your Truth to lead. We pray for: Bishop Anna; Rev. Karen Hollis; Bishop David Lehmann; Rev. Brian; and Rev. Ted.

In faith we pray:

Living Word, hear our prayer.  


We believe that at your Word, the faithful will rise to the glory of the resurrection; may our sisters and brothers who have died be welcomed into the new creation.

In faith we pray;

Living Word, hear our prayer.  


God our Creator,

you have birthed us through your word, and redeemed us through Christ, the Word of Life. Hear our prayers, increase our faith, and by the Spirit,

lead us to all truth. Grant this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.    


Confession and Absolution

Dear friends in Christ:

God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy;

God welcomes sinners and invites them to the table.

Let us confess our sins, confident in God’s forgiveness.  


Most merciful God:

We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  

We have not loved you with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  

For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us,

that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your name.  Amen.  



Almighty God have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  


Distance-Sharing of The Peace  


The Celebration of the Eucharist.  


Offertory Hymn: Lord Whose Love in Humble Service

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Prayer over the Gifts

Eternal God, your word inspires our faith.

May we, who offer you our praise, trust you in all things.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord.  Amen.  


Eucharistic Prayer #5 


The Lord be with you.                     

And also, with you.  

Lift up your hearts.                     

We lift them to the Lord.  

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                

It is right to give our thanks and praise.  

We give you thanks and praise, almighty God, for the gift of a world full of wonder, and for our life which comes from you. By your power you sustain the universe.                     

Glory to you for ever and ever.  

You created us to love you with all our heart, and to love each other as ourselves, but we rebel against you by the evil that we do.   In Jesus, your Son, you bring healing to our world and gather us into one great family. Therefore, with all who serve you on earth and in heaven, we praise your wonderful name, as we say:                                          

Holy, holy, holy Lord,                     

God of power and might,                     

heaven and earth of full of your glory.                     

Hosanna in the highest.                       

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.                     

Hosanna in the highest.  

We give you thanks and praise, loving Father, because in sending Jesus, your Son, to us you showed us how much you love us. He cares for the poor and the hungry. He suffers with the sick and the rejected.   Betrayed and forsaken, he did not strike back but overcame hatred with love. On the cross, he defeated the power of sin and death. By raising him from the dead you show us the power of your love to bring new life to all your people.                     

Glory to you for ever and ever.  

On the night before he gave up his life for us, Jesus, at supper with his friends, took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which is given for you.                     

After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends, and said, “Drink this, all of you: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant,   which is shed for you and for many, so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.”                     

Glory to you for ever and ever.  

Gracious God, with this bread and wine we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, and we offer ourselves to you in him.

Send your Holy Spirit on us and on these gifts, that we may know the presence of Jesus in the breaking of bread, and share in the life of the family of your children.                     

Glory to you for ever and ever.  

Father, you call us to be your servants; fill us the with courage and love of Jesus, that all the world may gather in joy at the table of your kingdom.   We sing your praise, almighty Father, through Jesus, our Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.                     

Glory to you for ever and ever.  Amen.  


The Lord’s Prayer  

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,

thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those that trespass against us;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.   Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

Creator of all, you gave us golden fields of wheat, whose many grains we have gathered and made us into this one bread.      

So may your Church be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom.   Amen.  

The gifts of God for the People of God.  

Thanks be to God.  


The Administration of Communion


Prayer After Communion

God of peace,

you have nourished us in this sacrament with the body and blood of Christ.

May we who have taken holy things,

keep faith in our hearts and lives,

in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord.   Amen.    


Glory to God,

whose power, working in us,

can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

Glory to God from generation to generation,

in the Church and in Christ Jesus,

for ever and ever.  Amen.  


The Blessing




Closing HymnBe Thou My Vision

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Be thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;

naught be all else to me, save that thou art,

thou my best thought, by day or by night,

waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.  


Be thou my Wisdom, and thou my true Word;

I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord;

thou my great Father; thine own may I be

thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.  


Riches I heed not, nor the world’s empty praise,

thou mine inheritance, now and always;

thou and thou only, first in my heart,

High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.


High King of heaven, after victory won,

may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

still be my vision, O Ruler of all.  



Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia  

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