Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
October 1, 2023
THE FATHER IS MY HOPE; THE SON IS MY REFUGE;
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY PROTECTIOR.
ALL HOLY TRINITY, GLORY TO THEE!
LIVE AUDIO STREAMING during today’s service is available on the Order of Service page. Recorded audio will be added following worship.
GETTING READY FOR SUNDAY: PREVIEW OF THE READINGS.
Throughout the season of Trinity we have been exploring the dynamics involved in the spiritual life, and how it is that God, by His grace and our cooperation cleanses our hearts, illumines our minds, and finally unites us to Himself in a communion of love. The cycle of Sundays from Trinity 17 to Trinity 23, which begin today, come us an invitation to “move higher” in our spiritual life, and highlights the obstacle the stands in our way: our pride, and the need for us to maintain humility before God, and lead a life “ worthy of our calling” that transforms community life.
THE LESSON: Ephesians 4. 1-6
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.
THE HOLY GOSPEL: Luke 14. 1-11
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, ‘Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?’ But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, ‘If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?’ And they could not reply to this. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. ‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, “Give this person your place”, and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher”; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’
PARISH LIFE NOTES.
WOMEN’S BOOK STUDY. Sensible Shoes is an unusual novel, blending a fictional story with nonfiction teaching elements. Some readers view it only as a story of four characters on a journey. Others say yes to a deeper level of reading, embracing opportunity to take a “sacred journey” along with the characters, by opening themselves to the Spirit’s work and ending to God’s invitations. Speak to Lorna or see the sign up sheet is on the table in the landing.
THE ANGLICAN FOUNDATION OF CANADA (AFC) Board of Directors met via ZOOM on September 14, 2023, and approved $270,500 in grants to 24 applicants in 18 Dioceses, bringing the 2023 grants total to date to $628,000. Here in the Diocese of Qu’Appelle, St. Mary’s was awarded a grant of $9,000 towards the refurbishment of our Lower Hall and kitchen.
Faith Quest training meeting today after the service. All who are interested in helping with Faith Quest are welcome and encouraged to attend. Anyone who is unable to make it but would still like to be involved can contact Starr.
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
- Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:30
- Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
- Wednesday at 5.30 p.m.