St Bart's Sunday Service

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The Reverend Canon David Clunie

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We gather today on the traditional territory of the Algonquin nation. May we always dwell on this land with respect and peace.

Prelude:  Andante religioso       Mendelssohn
Greeting:    The Reverend Canon David Clunie
Collect   Almighty God, you have built your Church on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone. Join us together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may become a holy temple, acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

Reading:  2 Timothy1:1-14   read by Martha Patterson 
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.
Psalm:  137   Music:  J. Turle

Gospel: Luke 16:1-15   New King James altered

Jesus said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. "So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.' "Then the steward said within himself, 'What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg.  'I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.' "So he called every one of his master's debtors to him, and said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' "And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' "Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.' "So the master commended the unjust steward [steward of unrighteousness*] because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. "And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, [mammon of unrighteousness*] that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. [a home or tent of this era*]  "He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. "Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, [mammon of unrighteousness*] who will commit to your trust the true riches? "And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own? "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

* possible rephrasing in square brackets
steward-oikonomon  unjust steward –oikomonos tes adikias  literally manger or steward of unrighteousness
unrighteous mammon (dishonest wealth in NRSV)-mamona tes adikias  literally mammon of unrighteousness
wasting-dieskorpisen   same word as younger son in Prodigal Son who “wasted” his inheritance
shrewdly-phronimos   5 wise virgins were phronimoi, in Matthew 24 steward who was on the watch was called faithful and “wise” phronimos
sons of this world-huioi tou aionos  literally sons of this eon (aion) or time period an everlasting home -tas aionius skenas literally the eon (aion) or present day tent i.e. now!
In the language of Gospel parables “the true riches” means the Kingdom of Heaven.  “Unrighteousness” is the world we all live in. All “mammon” or wealth is “unrighteous” but absolutely necessary for humanity.
A wise or phronimos steward would use his master’s wealth to cancel debts as opposed to “serving” it and being controlled by it. You cannot “serve” God and mammon.
This interpretation is suggested by Maurice Nicoll, in his book The Mark.

Musical Interlude

Musical Interlude 
Prayers of the people
Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Anglican Church of Canada
 Shane, our Bishop; Anne, our Metropolitan; Linda, our Primate;
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada ~ Bishop Susan Johnson
and Bishop Michael Prysen
Area Parish of Prescott-North Glengarry: Holy Trinity, Hawkesbury; St. John’s, Vankleek Hill; St. Michael and All Angels, Maxville; with the Parish of Grenville/Calumet & the Chapel of St. Paul’s, Fenaghvale ~ Deacon-in-Charge Bob Albert,
The Venerable Frank Kirby
Diocesan Archives, its volunteers, & for our Diocesan Archivist, Dr. Glenn Lockwood
Canada:  Governor General’s Foot Guards & those serving in diplomatic missions & NGOs.
Parish:  Chad, Don, Christina, Hana & family, Harriet & family
Garry J. Armstrong Home:  Residents, staff & volunteers.

Lord’s Prayer


Letter from Bishop Shane announcing St Bart’s new incumbent,
The Rev. Canon Catherine Ascah, beginning March 13, 2021)
Blessing and Dismissal
Postlude   Allegro Maestoso e vivace    Mendelssohn


In appreciation for this week’s online service:
Archdeacon Pamela Yarrow
Music: Tim Piper 
Reader: Martha Patterson    
Altar Guild: Pamela Mallon
Web Services
Web Service and Bulletin:   Ruth Honeyman
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Videography and Video Editing: David Clunie

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  1. David Clunie Photographs
  2. Gustave Doré, (1832-83), Paul Imprisoned,wood engraving, 1886. Dore Bible
  3. Michelle Myers,By the waters of Babylon, Psalm 137, 2013.   
  4. Marinus van Reymerswaele, (1490–1546), Parable of the Unjust Steward, c.1540, Art History Museum, Vienna
  5. Globe and Mail, Orange Shirt March 
  6. David Clunie, Photographs


** Previous Sunday Services: March 22, March 29, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31,
June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30, September 6, September 13, September 20, September 27, October 4, October 11 October 18. October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, November 22, November 29, Dcember 6, December 13, December 24, - 2021 - January 3, January 10, January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, Ash Wednesday, February 14, February 21, Fberuary 28, March 7, March 14 , March 21, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20. Jume 27, August1, August 7, August 15, August 22, September 5, September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14, November 21, November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19, Christmas Eve, December 26, - 2022 - January 2, January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30 , February 6 , February 13, February 20, February 27, Ash Wednesday, March 6 , March 13, March 27, April 3, April 10, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, June 19, August 7, August 14, August 21, August 28 , September 4, September 11, September 18 **

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