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Wednesday Morning Prayer Service is now available for you to watch on YouTube. The following is your Order of Service.

Morning Prayer for Wednesday April 15th 2020
(Within the Octave of Easter)
The Book of Alternative Services (BAS beginning on p.47)

Opening Music “On Eagles Wings” by Father Mark Curtis

Welcome Rev. Brian Galligan

Opening Sentence
Officiant Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us
keep the feast. (1 Corinthians 5.7–8)

Gathering (BAS p.47)
Officiant Lord, open our lips,
People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Officiant O God, make speed to save us.
People O Lord, make haste to help us.
All Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia! Alleluia!

The Invitatory (BAS p.48)
Officiant Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed: O come, let us worship.

The Jubilate Psalm 100 (BAS p.49)
Officiant Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
All serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.
Officiant Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
All he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Officiant Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; *
All give thanks to him and call upon his name.
Officiant For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; *
All and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

The Proclamation of the Word
Psalm 105 (BAS p.845) Reading responsively at the asterisk*
Leader 1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name; *
People make known his deeds among the peoples.
Leader 2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
People and speak of all his marvellous works.
Leader 3 Glory in his holy name; *
People let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Leader 4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
People continually seek his face.
Leader 5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
People his wonders and the judgements of his mouth,
Leader 6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
People O children of Jacob his chosen.
Leader 7 He is the Lord our God; *
People his judgements prevail in all the world.
Leader 8 He has always been mindful of his covenant, *
People the promise he made for a thousand generations:
Leader 9 The covenant he made with Abraham, *
People the oath that he swore to Isaac.
Leader And together:
All 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

The Epistle is taken Book of Acts (Acts 3:1-10)
Leader 1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. 2And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. 3When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. 4Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’ 5And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6But Peter said, ‘I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.’ 7And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9All the people saw him walking and praising God, 10and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. The Word of the Lord
People Thanks be to God

The Gospel (Luke 24:13-35)
Officiant The Lord be with you
People And also with you.

Officiant The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to St. Luke
People Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Officiant 13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ 19He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ 25Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. 28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. The Gospel of Christ
People Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon Rev. Brian Galligan

Affirmation of Faith
The Apostles Creed (BAS p.52)
All 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.

The Intercessions are adapted from Litany 15 (BAS p.122)
(In joy and hope let us pray to the source of all life, saying, “Hear us, Lord of glory!”)

Leader That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his holy and life-giving resurrection, as we consider the ultimate mortality of our own lives and of those who have gone before us, let us pray to the Lord.
People Hear us, Lord of glory!
Leader That isolated and persecuted churches may find fresh strength in the Easter gospel and that churches everywhere grasp this time of global pandemic, as an opportunity to find innovative ways to share the Gospel, let us pray to the Lord.
People Hear us, Lord of glory!
Leader That he may grant us humility to be subject to one another and to reach out to one another in Christian love and compassion, let us pray to the Lord.
People Hear us, Lord of glory!
Leader That he may provide for those who lack food, work, shelter or companionship in this time of shut-down and isolation, let us pray to the Lord.
People Hear us, Lord of glory!
Leader That by his power, wars and famine may cease through all the earth, not just for a short while, but for all time, let us pray to the Lord.
People Hear us, Lord of glory!
Leader That He may reveal the light of his presence to the sick, the weak, and the dying, that they may be comforted and strengthened. That He protect all those who are still working, and who feed and care for us all, let us pray to the Lord.
People Hear us, Lord of glory!
Leader That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people, that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.
People Hear us, Lord of glory!
Leader Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you, and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together you will hear their requests. Fulfil now our desires and petitions, as may be best for us, granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come eternal life; for you, Father, are good and loving, and we glorify you through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, in the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
All Amen.

Collect (BAS p.335)

Officiant Lord of life and power, through the mighty resurrection of your Son, you have overcome the old order of sin and death and have made all things new in him. May we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, reign with him in glory, who with you and the Holy Spirit is alive, one God, now and for ever.
All Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (BAS p.54)
Officiant And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
All 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,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Closing remarks and announcements

Blessing & Dismissal
Officiant Let us bless the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

Closing Music “Companions” by Father Mark Curtis

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Located in Oakville, Ontario, St. Simon’s is a multi-cultural community of people of all ages celebrating Christianity through worship, Christian education, outreach, and social activities. Whatever your background, you will find a warm welcome with us!

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