"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength..." Mark 12:30
When we hear the word "worship" many of us think of what happens in church on Sunday morning. While this is indeed worship, at St. Philip we believe worship encompasses all of life - giving back to God all of who we are. Listed here are the Sunday morning events; there are many other opportunities for worship found on the other pages of this site.
The 10:00 a.m. Worship service and Eucharist draws from traditional Anglican liturgy, as well as the Island Liturgy assigned for Vancouver Island. The hymns are taken primarily from the Common Praise hymnal, and sometimes from our own compilation of familiar favorites. We begin by setting our hearts on gathering before God. Then follows the reading of the Word, a short Sermon and Prayers, and finally the Celebration of the Eucharist. We go out into the world with God's Blessing. (Refreshments follow in the church hall.)
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, June 10th, 10:00 a. m.
Holy Eucharist and Sunday School
1st reading: 1 SAMUEL 8:4-11 (12-15), 16-20 (11:14-15);
2nd Reading: 2 CORINTHIANS 4:13-5:1;
Gospel: MARK 3:20-35;
Celebrant: Rev. Susan Hermanson
1st Reading Intro: Samuel has ruled Israel, under God, for many years. Now an old man, he has handed power on to his sons, but they are corrupt and pervert justice.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF SAMUEL
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, "You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations." But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to govern us." Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them." So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, "These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots.
[and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers.]
He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day." But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, "No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles."
[Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship." So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal. There they sacrificed offerings of well-being before the Lord, and there Saul and all the Israelites rejoiced greatly.]
1 SAMUEL 8:4-11 (12-15), 16-20 (11:14-15)
1 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *
before the gods I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name, *
because of your love and faithfulness;
3 For you have glorified your name *
and your word above all things.
4 When I called, you answered me; *
you increased my strength within me.
5 All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, *
when they have heard the words of your mouth.
6 They will sing of the ways of the Lord, *
that great is the glory of the Lord.
7 Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; *
he perceives the haughty from afar.
8 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
your right hand shall save me.
9 The Lord will make good his purpose for me; *
O Lord, your love endures for ever;
do not abandon the works of your hands.
God of creation and fulfilment, help us to seek and discover
your purposes, that we may become willing instruments of
your grace, and that all the world may come to love and praise
your name, in the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
2nd Reading Intro: Paul has written that he proclaims Christ rather than himself, despite what some opponents claim. He realizes that in his human weakness, he needs the salvation made available through the death of Jesus, so that he can be alive in Christ.
A READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture - "I believed, and so I spoke" - we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:13-5:1
Intro: Early in his ministry, Jesus is in Galilee. He has restored many to health, and many more seek to be cured, some possessed by evil spirits. He is now “at home”, with his blood relatives and his disciples.
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK
The crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain Jesus, for people were saying, "He has gone out of his mind." And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons." And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" - for they had said, "He has an unclean spirit." Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you." And he replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."