Holy Apostles CREATION I, October 10, 2021 Service: Video
CREATION I SUNDAY
The Rev. Canon Arthur P. Powell, celebrant.
The Rev. Trisha Thorme, deacon
Hymns: 680, 400, 655
Anthem: All Things Bright and Beautiful arr. Leavitt
Today’s Collect and Scriptures
COLLECT Pentecost XX, Proper 23, Yr B
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A Joint Message for Protection of Creation 1 September 2021
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (Anglican Communion)
Pope Francis (Catholic Church)
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I (Orthodox Christians)
Read the entire message here
TODAY’s Non-Scriptural Reading – Section 1
For more than a year, we have all experienced the devastating effects of a global pandemic—all of us, whether poor or wealthy, weak or strong. Some were more protected or vulnerable than others, but the rapidly-spreading infection meant that we have depended on each other in our efforts to stay safe. We realised that, in facing this worldwide calamity, no one is safe until everyone is safe, that our actions really do affect one another, and that what we do today affects what happens tomorrow.
These are not new lessons, but we have had to face them anew. May we not waste this moment. We must decide what kind of world we want to leave to future generations. God mandates: ‘Choose life, so that you and your children might live’ (Dt 30:19). We must choose to live differently; we must choose life.
September is celebrated by many Christians as the Season of Creation, an opportunity to pray and care for God’s creation. As world leaders prepare to meet in November at Glasgow to deliberate on the future of our planet, we pray for them and consider what the choices we must all make. Accordingly, as leaders of our Churches, we call on everyone, whatever their belief or worldview, to endeavour to listen to the cry of the earth and of people who are poor, examining their behaviour and pledging meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the earth which God has given us.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: MASKS REQUIRED indoors at Holy Apostles. In response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations of July 27, 2021, due to the rising levels of infections of COVID-19, the RRR Task Force of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey is recommending congregations return to requiring face masks that fully cover the nose and mouth for indoor activities for all worship attendees and outside group participants immediately, regardless of vaccination status, in counties where the infection rate is more than 5 per 100K. PLEASE READ: MASKS REQUIRED indoors at Holy Apostles EFFECTIVE JULY 31/AUGUST 1, 2021. Click here.
- To comply with social distancing guidelines, we’ve planned for 4 services over each week:
- 5 pm Saturdays
- 8 am Sundays
- 9:30 am Sundays (with music, *except- see below)
- and 11:00 am Wednesdays (*except- see below)
*EXCEPT DURING THE RECTOR’S VACATION: All of July and 1st week in August.