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  • Third Sunday after Epiphany January 27, 2008 Ministry Sunday

    St. John’s Anglican Church Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

    Rector: The Rev. Michael H. Mitchell

    Today we celebrate

    A Celtic Holy Eucharist




    traditional Irish Blessing

  • 1Rector’s Message

    Today across our Diocese, we are celebrating ‘Ministry Sunday’. We are called to remember the vows and promises of our Baptism, that we would ‘proclaim by our word and example the good news of God in Christ, seeking and serving Christ in all persons and loving our neighbour as ourselves.’

    Jesus continues to call disciples today, just as he called the fishermen Peter and Andrew, James and John long ago on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Like them, we are called to let go of the things that hold us back and to follow Christ wherever he may lead us. In our journey we discover who Christ is and learn of our true identity as God’s sons and daughters.

    On this Ministry Sunday, let us give thanks for all among us who make this parish what it is. Give thanks for all who tell others about Christ and what Christ is doing in their lives. Give thanks for parents, teachers, pastors and lay ministers who share God’s love with others. Give thanks for those who make good food and share it generously and those who reach out to meet the material and spiritual needs of others. Give thanks for those who make music, who lead worship and who preach God’s word. Today, we welcome as our preacher, Helen Chandler, a member of our parish discerning a call to serve God in ordained ministry. We pray God’s blessing upon her and her journey.

    God bless you this week.

    Fr. Michael


  • Why are we celebrating with a Celtic Eucharist this week? I will be speaking to you today about my walk with God on my journey of discernment. I am enrolled as a special student at AST (Atlantic School of Theology) as a part of the journey. This semester I am studying Celtic Spirituality within a course called Seeing God in All Things: Creation in Christian

    Spirituality. When Father Michael asked me to speak for Ministry Sunday, I requested the opportunity to organise a Celtic Eucharist and use the liturgy, the background research and the experience as my coursework presentation. So we are celebrating a Celtic Eucharist today to help me with my studies – thank you!! I trust you will get us much spiritual benefit from it today as I have in pulling it together.

    I have reflected on what drew me to the Celtic expression in the first place. I realised that my first cross was a gold Celtic cross that my godparents gave me at my confirmation. I have always rested my faith in the trinity and Celtic Christianity emphasises the trinity. A friend of mine worked with an Irish carpenter who always made three notches somewhere in his work. My good friend Nancy Sherwood, our liturgical dancer today, has taken 12 Celtic Winds – a healing dance program – across Nova Scotia. Everywhere I turn it seems I have connections with Celtic Spirituality.

    The Celts prayed everything in their life – from banking the fire to kneading the dough, from making the bed to hanging the laundry. Prayer infused their lives and their connection to each other was their ministry. A year ago, Father Michael said “God loves you; God has a plan for you.” – Who me? – yes, yes, you – we are all in ministry every day of our lives – every moment of our day – every interaction.

    I am currently honoured to be in ministry with 18 awesome people in a program for older workers. I am facilitating a workshop called The Age Advantage for the program at ACSBE in Bridgewater.

    I hope you are inspired by this uplifting Celtic Liturgy and will share your ministry with us at the parish lunch and fellowship time that will follow the service, in the Parish Hall. Helen Chandler


  • A Celtic Holy Eucharist

    1. Announcements & Welcome

    2. Prelude: Rhosymedre – Vaughn Williams

    3. Please stand for the entrance hymn Entrance Hymn: CP #436 “I Bind unto Myself Today” (St. Patrick’s Breastplate)

    4. Celebrant: In the name of God:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit, All: Amen. Celebrant: Grace and peace be with you, All: and also with you.

    5. Gloria: CP #702

    Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

    Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

    Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

    For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,


  • you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

    6. Collect: Celebrant: Let us pray…

    Celebrant: Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Saviour Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. All: Amen.

    Please be seated for The Ministry of the Word 7. Old Testament Lesson: (with liturgical dance and piano improvisation)

    A reading from the book of Isaiah… (taken from The Message Bible)

    But there'll be no darkness for those who were in trouble. Earlier he did bring the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali into disrepute, but the time is coming when he'll make that whole area glorious— the road along the Sea, the country past the Jordan, international Galilee.

    The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows— light! sunbursts of light! You repopulated the nation, you expanded its joy. Oh, they're so glad in your presence! Festival joy! The joy of a great celebration, sharing rich gifts and warm greetings. The abuse of oppressors and cruelty of tyrants— all their whips and cudgels and curses—


  • Is gone, done away with, a deliverance as surprising and sudden as Gideon's old victory over Midian. (Isaiah 9:1-4)

    The word of the Lord All: Thanks be to God

    8. Psalm 150 (please remain seated as the Chancel & Junior Choirs sing the psalm)

    9. Epistle: A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians… (taken from The Message Bible)

    I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I'll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.

    I bring this up because some from Chloe's family brought a most disturbing report to my attention—that you're fighting among yourselves! I'll tell you exactly what I was told: You're all picking sides, going around saying, "I'm on Paul's side," or "I'm for Apollos," or "Peter is my man," or "I'm in the Messiah group."

    I ask you, "Has the Messiah been chopped up in little pieces so we can each have a relic all our own? Was Paul crucified for you? Was a single one of you baptized in Paul's name?" I was not involved with any of your baptisms—except for Crispus and Gaius—and on getting this report, I'm sure glad I wasn't. At least no one can go around saying he was baptized in my name. (Come to think of it, I also baptized Stephanas's family, but as far as I can recall, that's it.)

    God didn't send me out to collect a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn't send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center—Christ on the Cross —be trivialized into mere words.


  • The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. (1 Corinthians 1:10-18)

    The word of the Lord All: Thanks be to God

    10. (Please stand) Gospel Acclamation: CP #715 (v.1 before Gospel and v.2 after)

    All: Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! The Word of the Lord lasts forever. What is the Word that is living? It is brought to us through his Son Jesus Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia!

    11. Gospeller: The Lord be with you All: and also with you

    Gospeller:  Hear the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew… All: Glory to Christ our Saviour

    When Jesus got word that John had been arrested, he returned to Galilee. He moved from his hometown, Nazareth, to the lakeside village Capernaum, nestled at the base of the Zebulun and Naphtali hills. This move completed Isaiah's sermon:

    Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, road to the sea, over Jordan, Galilee, crossroads for the nations. People sitting out their lives in the dark saw a huge light; Sitting in that dark, dark country of death, they watched the sun come up.


  • This Isaiah-prophesied sermon came to life in Galilee