Category Archives: Sunday

Information about Sunday services.

Sunday Prayers – 20 June, 2021

All are welcome for our live-streamed service this coming Sunday! The service will begin at 9:30 am, following a time of music for preparation.

The service will be live-streamed to YouTube.

The order of service is available here.

Jesus lulls a storm – Mark 4:35-41

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost. We’re in “Year B” of the Revised Common Lectionary, which sets out what readings we use each week. This year we’ll hear gospel passages mostly from the gospel of Mark, and the passages from the Hebrew Scriptures focus on David and the kings of Israel and Judah. (The psalm each week reflects on the reading from the Hebrew Scriptures.)

Here’s what Sundays and Seasons has to say about this week’s gospel:
Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him, he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.

We use the image of Jesus calming the storm under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 license. JESUS MAFA. Jesus lulls the storm, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48310 [retrieved June 15, 2021]. Original source: http://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr (contact page: https://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr/contact).

Sunday Prayers – June 13, 2021

This Sunday is the Third Sunday after Pentecost. Sunday Prayers will be live-streamed to YouTube. The service will begin at 9:30, after a time of music as we enter into prayer.

The order of service is available here, to help you to fully participate.

Mustard seeds held in the palm of a hand.

Here’s what Sundays and Seasons has to say about the readings we’ll hear this week:
The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.

A mustard tree

Sunday Prayers – 6 June 2021

Join in the Nativity’s live-streamed Sunday prayers for the Second Sunday after Pentecost!

The service will begin at 9:30 a.m., after some musical preludes. Our service will be streamed to YouTube live, and you can participate as it’s happening! Afterwards, YouTube will process the live-stream, and you’ll be able to attend at your convenience.

The order of service is available here.

Sundays and Seasons offers this introduction to this week’s readings:
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we sing and pray this day are Jesus’ family. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God.

Sunday Prayers – 30 May 2021 – Trinity Sunday

Join the Church of the Nativity for Sunday Prayers on May 30th! Our new streaming solution has now been set-up, so we will now be streaming to YouTube. Peter will offer music for a few minutes beforehand, and the service will begin at 9:30. It will be visible on YouTube afterwards as well, so if you’re joining in later, that will work just fine. (It may take YouTube a little while to have the video recording of the service listed for later viewing. Just check back on our channel to look for it.)

The order of service is available here.

This Sunday is one of the seven principal feasts of the Church’s year: Trinity Sunday! Our honorary assistant, the Reverend Canon David Linn, will be preaching. Here’s what Sundays and Seasons has to say about this week’s readings.

When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today [Note that we won’t be using this reading at the Nativity; you can find it here.] . When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.

Sunday Prayers – May 9, 2021

Join Canon Matthew, Linda, Peter, and folk connecting online for Sunday Prayers, live-streamed on the parish Facebook page at 9:30 am on May 9th!

(You don’t need to be a Facebook user to stream the video live, or to watch it sometime later.)

Peter will play music for ten to fifteen minutes beforehand, to set the mood for prayer.

The order of service is available here.

In the first reading, we’ll hear about how the Holy Spirit gets impatient with long sermons, and the gospel continues on from last week when Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.” Here’s what Sundays and Seasons writes about the gospel:

A group of six people of various backgrounds hold hands in a circle.

This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John’s gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.

Many folk around the world observe this Sunday as Mother’s Day. That can be deeply meaningful for some. It’s also deeply hard for others, and our prayers on Sunday acknowledge both the highs and the lows:

Gracious God, as a mother comforts her child, you comfort us. Bless mothers and mothering people in our lives. Comfort those who miss their mothers, mothers who grieve, those who grieve because they cannot be mothers, and those who have never known a loving mother.

You might be interested to learn that the idea of Mother’s Day didn’t start out as the Hallmark event it has become! In the 1850s, Ann Jarvis and women in West Virginia started Mother’s Day Work Clubs that served mothers who were ill or living in poverty, and their children. One summary by Carol Howard Merritt describes its focus as “hydrating babies, ensuring sanitation, and building hospitals.” During the Civil War, the groups cared for wounded soldiers from the armies of both the United States (North) and the Confederated States (South). Mother’s Friendship Day Picnics began after the war to attempt to forge peace between Union and Confederate loyalists.

To learn more about the history of Mother’s Day in North America, check out this article by Grace Donnelly and Alex Scimecca. For a great overview, visit this page from the United Methodist Women — who are proud to claim Ann Jarvis as one of their own!