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Rev. Christine Muise
Rev. Christine Muise
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Order of Service and Hymns

PO Box 1260, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0
Office Phone: 250-949-6247
Minister: Rev. Christine Muise
Indigenous Ministry Liaison: Gloria Walkus
Music Ministry: Roldan Yuipco
Video: Ammie Yuipco

18th Sunday after Pentecost
Season of Creation 4: September 26, 2021
Morning Gathering

Mission Statement
As followers of Jesus Christ, our church is a community called to love, honour, worship, and serve God. We invite others to share our Christian journey as we grow in faith and engage in ministry in our town and mission in our world.

‘A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’ (Matthew 2: 18)

Welcome and Announcements

Land Acknowledgement


Call to Worship

Hymn: VU 509 I, the Lord of Sea and Sky

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain,
I have wept for love of them;
they turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my words to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame,
I will set a feast for them;
my hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

Words and Music: Daniel L Schutte.

Prayer of Approach

Vibrant God,
Your creation explodes with the colours of the rainbow.
Your peoples reveal the beauty of diversity.
We remember today when the joy and dignity of a precious child was destroyed.
We lament today for the childhoods lost through the residential school system.
We mourn for the spirits crushed and the futures compromised.
Celebrate the hope and joy of every child.
Tell the stories of resistance that make us stronger.
Build the bonds of solidarity to ensure “never again”
In the name of the one who was child among us


O God, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear what you are saying to us today. Hutłilala's. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Jeremiah 31: 15-17

Psalm 124: VU 848
Refrain: Our help comes from God the maker of heaven and earth.

“If God had not been at our side”
Now let Israel say:
“If God had not been at our side when mortals rose up against us,
Then they would have swallowed us alive, when their fury was roused against us.
Then the flood would have swept us away, and the torrent would have covered us.
Then the raging waters would have gone right over our heads.”
R: Our help comes from God the maker of heaven and earth.

But praised be God who has not given us as a prey to their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird from the hunter’s snare; the snare is broken and we are free.
R: Our help comes from God the maker of heaven and earth.

The Epistle: Revelation 21: 1-7

HYMN: MV 78 God Weeps

God weeps at love withheld, at strength misused,
at children’s innocence abused,
and till we change the way we love, God weeps.

God bleeds at anger’s fist, at trust betrayed,
at women battered and afraid,
and till we change the way we win, God bleeds.

God cries at hungry mouths, at running sores,
at creatures dying without cause,
and till we change the way we care, God cries.

God waits for stones to melt, for peace to seed,
for hearts to hold each other’s need,
and till we understand the Christ, God waits.

Words: Shirley Erena Murray, Music: Jim Strathdee.

Gospel: Matthew 2: 13-18

One: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church
All: Thanks Be to God

Sermon Reflection

Offertory Hymn: MV 16 Confitemini Domino (latin-english x 3)

Con-fi-te-mi-ni Do-mi-no
quo ni am bo-nus.
Con-fi-te-mi-ni Do-mi-no

Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
You alone O Lord are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace,

Words: Taize Community, Music: Jacques Berthier.

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen

Words: Thomas Ken; Music: Genevan Psalter

Prayer over the Gifts

Prayers of the People

Let us pray for the Residential School survivors who are still struggling. Let us pray for all the intergenerational survivors dealing with the trauma that was passed on due to lack of culturally appropriate healing services and programs. The Residential School policy was only one colonial policy; there are many others that exist today that continue to seek to kill the Indian. Let us become educated and work together to shine a light on injustice. On Orange Shirt Day, come filled with compassion and the spirit of truth and reconciliation.
— Honarine Scott

God calls us to be a praying people. Let us join in prayer, offering our praise, thanksgivings, and intercessions to God.
In our Shared Ministry Church Cycles of Prayer we pray for Anna, our bishop and the congregations of St. Mary Magdalene, Mayne Island and the Rev. Blair Haggart & St. Margaret, Galiano Island and the Rev. Sarah Tweedale. We also pray for Esquimalt UC, Fairfield UC, Fair Haven Homes, First+Metropolitan UC (Victoria), First UC Community Ministry (Vancouver)

Gracious God, we pray for the faithful all over the world, that all who love you may be united in your service. We pray for the church . . . .
God, hear our prayer. And in your love, answer.

We pray for the land, the sea, and the sky, that we may live with respect in creation and use your gifts with reverence. We pray for the earth . . . .
God, hear our prayer. And in your love, answer.

We pray for all who suffer the pain of sickness, loneliness, fear or loss, that those whose names are in our hearts, in the hearts of others, or known to you alone, may receive strength and courage. We pray for those in need . . .
God, hear our prayer And in your love, answer.

God of compassion, into your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, now and forever. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

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 who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn: VU 678 for the Healing of the Nations

For the healing of the nations,
God we pray with one accord;
For a just and equal sharing
of the things that earth affords.
To a life of love in action,
help us rise and pledge our word.

Lead us forward into freedom,
from despair your world release;
That, redeemed from war and hatred,
all may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness,
fear will die and hope increase.

All that kills abundant living,
let it from the earth be banned:
Pride of status, race or schooling,
dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice,
may we hallow life`s brief span.

You, Creator God, have written
your great name on humankind;
for our growing in your likeness
bring the life of Christ to mind;
that, by our response and service,
earth its destiny may find.

Words: Fred Kaan, Music: Henry Purcell.

The Blessing and Dismissal

Go now in peace. Thanks be to God Gilakas’la

Three-fold Amen

Covid-19 Safety reminders
Canned and dried food are always appreciated. Fresh items are also suitable for the blessing box.
Mission focus this month is the Hardy Bay Senior Citizens’ Society
Retirement Card to sign for Judith Coleman at the Synod Office

Prayers from “The Book of Alternative Services” of the Anglican Church of Canada, For All the Saints of the Anglican Church of Canada, and liturgy contributed by The Rev Kurt J. Huber & The Rev. Ellen B. Huber Cheyenne River Episcopal Mission of the Episcopal Church in the United States.

Words for hymns reprinted and podcast with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-720359 and CCLI License # 11033010. All rights reserved.

VU 509 I, the Lord of Sea and Sky Words and Music: Daniel L Schutte, 1981. Words, Music, Harmony: © 1981 Daniel L Schutte and New Dawn Music administered by Oregon Catholic Press. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Reprinted under License #A-720359 (#80670).

Psalm 124 Refrain 1 Words: Public Domain. Music: © 1980 Arlo D. Duba. Refrain 2 Words: Public Domain. Refrain 2 Music: Michael Joncas © 1979 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.

MV 78 God Weeps Words: Shirley Erena Murray, 1994 Music: Jim Strathdee, 1998. Words copyright © 1996 Hope Publishing Company. Music copyright © 1998 Jim and Jean Strathdee (Desert Flower Music). All rights reserved. Reprinted under License #A-720359 (#60017).

MV 16 Confitemini Domino (Come and Fill Our Hearts) Words: Taize Community 1982; Music: Jacques Berthier, 1982. Words and music copyright © 1982, 1991. Taize Community, France admin. GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted under License #A-720359 (#01395).

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow Words: Thomas Ken ca. 1674 Music: Genevan Psalter 1551 Public Domain.

VU 678 for the Healing of the Nations Words: Fred Kaan, 1965; Music: Henry Purcell, ca. 1682. Words copyright © 1968 Hope Publishing Company. Music: Public Domain. Descant: © 1987 Songs for a Gospel People. All rights reserved. Reprinted under CCLI License # 11033010 (3200067, 2685803), and License #A-720359 (#16887).