November 19th, 2017: Twenty Third Sunday after Trinity

O GOD, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness: Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The Father is my hope; the Son is my refuge, the Holy Spirit is my Protector,
All Holy Trinity, Glory to Thee!

Prayer on Entering the Church

I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear I will worship toward thy holy temple. Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before me, that with a clear mind I may glorify thee forever, One Divine Power worshipped in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer is available during communion by the doors at the back.

Flowers on the Altar To the Glory of God and in loving memory of our parents Reginald and Kathleen Wright and Clair and Kathleen Zryd by David and Barbara W.

Nursery for infants and toddlers is available in the Good Shepherd Nursery. Leader: Yvonne S.

Godly Play in the Children’s Worship Centre for children 3 – 6 years. “Today’s story is ‘Exile and Return’ Ezra 1:2-4. Leaders: Melanie B, Myka D.

Faith Quest kids (ages 7-13) finish the Parable of the Talents rotation.  Shelley B will lead and Emily B will shepherd this Daily Bread Bistro Workshop.   Prizes for Memory Verse: “Each one should use whatever gifts they have received to serve others …” 1 Peter 4:10

Coffee & Fellowship Following the service, please join us for a cup of tea or coffee in the Upper Hall. Hosts: Lois M, Pat S and Marian P


Prayer Book, pp. 6-15, Ps. 66,67, 1 Maccabees 20:1-21, Acts 28:14-23


(Book of Alternative Services ~ Common Praise)

Opening Hymn: # 551 My Faith Looks Up to Thee

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 our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.

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.

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.

The Collect for the Day

Prayer with the children

A Reading from Judges 4:1-7 R. / Thanks be to God.

And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died. 2 And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sis′era, who dwelt in Haro′sheth-ha-goiim. 3 Then the people of Israel cried to the Lord for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and oppressed the people of Israel cruelly for twenty years.

4 Now Deb′orah, a prophetess, the wife of Lap′pidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 She used to sit under the palm of Deb′orah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of E′phraim; and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6 She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abin′o-am from Kedesh in Naph′tali, and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, ‘Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking ten thousand from the tribe of Naph′tali and the tribe of Zeb′ulun. 7 And I will draw out Sis′era, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand.’”

Psalm 123

1 To you I lift up my eyes, *
to you enthroned in the heavens.


2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

3 So our eyes look to the Lord our God, *
until he show us his mercy.

4 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy, *
for we have had more than enough of contempt,

5 Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
and of the derision of the proud.

A Reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 R./Thanks be to God.

5 But as to the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Gradual: # 515 Thou Art the Way: to Thee Alone

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 25:14-30

R. / Glory be to thee, O Lord

14 “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

R. / Praise be to Thee, O Christ


Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayers R. / Hear our prayer.


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 neighbors 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.

The Peace of the Lord be always with you. R./ And also with you.

Offertory Hymn: # 505 Be Thou My Vision

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. R./ And also with you
Lift up your hearts. R./ We lift them to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. R./ It is right to give our thanks & 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.
R./Glory to you for ever end 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 sing

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are 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.
R./ 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.”
R./ Glory to you for ever and ever

Send your Holy Spirit on us that we may know the presence of Jesus in the breaking of bread, and share in the life of the family of your children.
R./ Glory to you for ever and ever.

Father, you call us to be your servants; fill us with the 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
R./. Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen.

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.

The Breaking of the Bread and The Communion

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
We, being many, are one body, for we all share in the one bread.

The gifts of God for the People of God.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn After Communion: # 87 Strengthen for Service, Lord

Celebrant: All your works praise you, O Lord, and your faithful servants bless you. Gracious God we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ. May we, who share his body, live his risen life; we who drink his cup, bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world. Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so that we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Dismissal: Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
R/Thanks be to God.

Hymn # 577 God of Grace and God of Glory

Please observe a moment for silent prayer

This week at St Mary’s

10:30 am Mom and Tots Group

9:30 am Woman’s Time Out Bible Study

Next Sunday
10:00 am Morning Prayer
10:30 am Holy Communion

Readings for next Sunday: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Psalm100, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46


Financial Stewardship. Today we are distributing a stewardship letter and pledge cards for the coming year. Sunday, December 3, the First Sunday of Advent , marks the beginning of another year in the church calendar, and we will be gathering in our pledge cards and offering them up to the Lord in worship on that day.

Unto us a Child is Born. A daily devotional for Advent which will be the basis of discussion group at Friday’s in Advent is available for pick up on the landing.

Women of the Dawn Project Kid Care Christmas Dinner will be held at St. Mary’s on Thursday, Dec. 14 starting at 5 pm. Members of St. Mary’s Parish Family’s are invited.

Auxiliary to the Canadian Bible Society will hold their meeting at Grace Mennonite Church-2925 Pasqua Street @ 2:00pm on Tuesday November 21st. All are welcome!

Qu’Appelle School for Mission and Ministry (QSMM): “What is ‘Sung’ Liturgy?” – a vocal training course specifically for Priests, Deacons and Diocesan Readers but ALL those who are interested are welcome to attend. Saturday, November 25, 1 pm-4 pm at St Mary, Regina.