Commissioning Service Leaflet – 2 April, 4pm

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The Commissioning

April 2, 2017 4pm

lent cover

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey,

All Saints Kingsway welcomes you.

 

Presiding:             Bishop Jenny Andison

THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY

 

Prelude:

Chanson De Nuit – Op 15 No. 1

Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)

 

All face the west entrance of the church.

 

 

 

Bishop:       Jesus Christ is the light of the world

All:            A light no darkness can extinguish.

 

 

The Bishop and Wardens process with lit candles

while the Introit is played.

Introit:

Prelude in G Major

William Harris (1883 – 1973)

 


 

When all in the procession arrive at their seats,

the following hymn is sung.

 

Hymn 14:

O Gracious Light, Lord Jesus Christ

Tallis’s Canon

 

O gracious Light, Lord Jesus Christ,

In you the Father’s glory shone.

Immortal, holy, blest is he,

And blest are you, his holy Son.

 

Now sunset comes, but light shines forth;

The lamps are lit to pierce the night.

Praise Father, Son, and Spirit: God

Who dwells in the eternal light.

 

Worthy are you of endless praise,

O Son of God, life-giving Lord;

Wherefore you are through all the earth

And in the highest heaven adored.

Thanksgiving for the Light

The Bishop standing at the chancel steps says,

 

Bishop:       Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All:            It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

 

All: Refrain:

Bless the lord my soul berthier

                 

Bishop:       Blessed are you, O Lord our God,

The shepherd of Israel,

their pillar of cloud by day,

Their pillar of fire by night.

 

All:            Refrain

 

Bishop:       In these forty days you lead us into the desert of repentance that in this pilgrimage of prayer we might learn to be your people once more. In fasting and service you bring us back to your heart.

 

All:            Refrain

 

Bishop:       You open our eyes to your presence in the world and you free our hands to lead others to the radiant splendour of your mercy.

 

All:            Refrain

 

Bishop:      Be with us in these journey days,

for without you we are lost and will perish.

 

All:            Refrain

 

Please be seated.

 

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD OF GOD

We read and respond to God’s message in Scripture

 

First Reading:

Exodus 18.13-23

Reader: Peter Woolford

 

Reader:       A reading from the Book of Exodus.

 

Moses sat as judge for the people, while the people stood around him from morning until evening. When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, ‘What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, while all the people stand around you from morning until evening?’ Moses said to his father-in-law, ‘Because the people come to me to inquire of God. When they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make known to them the statutes and instructions of God.’ Moses’ father-in-law said to him, ‘What you are doing is not good. You will surely wear yourself out, both you and these people with you. For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone. Now listen to me. I will give you counsel, and God be with you! You should represent the people before God, and you should bring their cases before God; teach them the statutes and instructions and make known to them the way they are to go and the things they are to do. You should also look for able men among all the people, men who fear God, are trustworthy, and hate dishonest gain; set such men over them as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Let them sit as judges for the people at all times; let them bring every important case to you, but decide every minor case themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people will go to their home in peace.’

 

Reader:       The word of the Lord.

People:     Thanks be to God.

Please keep a period of silence for reflection

The congregation stands as the choir sings The Magnificat

Canticle:

The Magnificat in G Major

Charles V. Stanford (1852 – 1924)

James Tavares-Pitts, treble

 

My soul doth magnify the Lord:

And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his handmaiden.

For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him:

throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm:

He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat:

And hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things:

And the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen* his servant Israel:

As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

 

Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

~Canticle of Mary

*(helped; come to the aid of)

 

 

 

 

Second Reading:

Ephesians 1.15-23

Reader: Beva Brown

 

Reader:       A reading from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians.

 

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

Reader:       The word of the Lord.

People:     Thanks be to God.

The congregation stands as the choir sings Nunc Dimittis.

Canticle:

Nunc Dimittis in G Major

                  Charles V. Stanford (1852 – 1924)

Chris Pitts, baritone

 

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,

according to thy word:

For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles,

And to be the glory of thy people Israel.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

 

~Canticle of Simeon

 

Hymn 601:

God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending

Tune: Blaenwern

Sermon:

Bishop Jenny Andison

 

Please keep a period of silence for reflection


 

Affirmation of Faith:

The Apostles’ Creed

 

Please stand as you are able

 

Bishop:       Do you believe in God the Father?

People:      I believe in God, the father almighty,

                  creator of heaven and earth.

 

Bishop:       Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People:      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.

 

Bishop:       Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People:      I believe in God 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.

 

 

Please be seated

The Commissioning:

Wardens and Deputy Wardens stand in their pews,

 

Bishop:       Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are all baptized by the one Spirit into one body, and given gifts for a variety of ministries for the common good.

 

Our purpose today is to recognize and affirm the ministry for which you have been selected as Churchwardens and Deputy Churchwardens.

 

The role of a Churchwarden is vital to the life and health of a parish.  Your leadership is crucial as an example to others in the community to offer their gifts and talents in the service of God’s church.  By your wise care of the finances, buildings and people of the parish you ensure that ministry may be accomplished both today and in the days to come.  You also help people to recognize that our church is more than just our parishes; that God calls us to look beyond our walls to witness to the Gospel of Love in our communities and in our world.  Knowing this, I ask you:

 

Will you, as long as you are engaged in this work, perform it with care, to the honour of God and the benefit of the Church?

 

Churchwardens and Deputy Churchwardens:

                  I will.

 

Bishop:       Let us pray.

 

Please stand as you are able

 

                  Blessed are you, gracious God, our creator and sustainer. In every age you call people to minister in your name.  May the work of these your servants so build up your Church, that we may serve you faithfully and show your love in all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.  Amen.

 

Please be seated

 

Anthem:

How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place

Imant Raminsh (b.1943)

Dallas Chorley, soprano

 

How lovely is Thy dwelling place,

O Lord of hosts!

My soul longeth, yea, yearneth

For the courts of the Lord:

My heart and my flesh crieth out

For the living God.

 

Yea, the sparrow hath found an house,

And the swallow a nest where she may lay her young.

Yea, the sparrow hath found an house.

Even thine altars, O Lord of hosts,

My King, my God.

 

Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house:

They praise Thy name for evermore.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield:

The Lord will give grace and glory.

O Lord of hosts,

Blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee

 

                                                            ~Psalm 84: 1-4, 11-12

 

Prayers:

Leader: Jennifer Cameron

 

Please stand as you are able.

 

 

Leader:       Let us pray to the Lord.

 

All: Response:

Kyrie - Haugen

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer:

McNeil Robinson II (1943 – 2015)

 

Lords Prayer - McNeil Robinson II

 

 

Lenten Blessing:

Presider:   Be transformed by the mercy of God’s grace

And the blessing of our compassionate God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you.  Amen.

 

 

Recessional Hymn 29:

The Day Thou Gavest

Tune: St. Clement

 

 

Postlude:

Bishops’ Promenade

Norman Coke-Jephcott (1893 – 1962)

 

 

 

Everyone is invited to a reception in the south transept following the service where

the Bishop will be handing out

certificates to the churchwardens

 

 

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