April 10, 2020 12 pm

Good Friday

St Hilary’s Church welcomes people from diverse backgrounds  to nurture their spiritual lives in helping them live Christ’s mission.

Children’s activity packs are available from the Greeters.

Bishop of Toronto: The Most Rev’d Andrew Asbil

Area Bishop of York-Credit Valley: The Rt Rev’d Jenny Andison

 Incumbent of St. Hilary’s: The Rev’d Adrienne Clements

Solemn Liturgy with Meditations on the Cross

Enter in Silence – Please Stand

Introductory Responses                  Book of Alternative Services p. 308

Celebrant:  All we like sheep have gone astray;

  we have turned every one to his own way, 

People: And the Lord has laid on him 

the iniquity of us all. 

Celebrant: Christ the Lord became obedient unto death, 

People: Even death on a cross. 

Celebrant: Almighty God, 

All: our heavenly Father, 

we have sinned in thought and word and deed; 

we have not loved you with our whole heart; 

we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. 

We pray you of your mercy, 

forgive us all that is past, 

and grant that we may serve you 

in newness of life 

to the glory of your name. Amen

The Collect of the Day 

Celebrant: The Lord be with you. 

People: And also with you. 

Celebrant: Let us pray. 

Almighty God, 

look graciously, we pray, on this your family, 

for whom our Lord Jesus Christ 

was willing to be betrayed 

and given into the hands of sinners, 

and to suffer death upon the cross; 

who now lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit, 

one God, for ever and ever.

The Ministry of the Word

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH 

See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him – so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals – so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate. Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the trans-gressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. ISAIAH 52:13-53:12

THE WORD OF THE LORD.

Thanks be to God.  

PSALM 22:1-21

Said responsively by half verse

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my

    groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
    and by night, but find no rest.

Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our ancestors trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried, and were saved;
    in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm, and not human;
    scorned by others, and despised by the people.
All who see me mock at me;
    they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
“Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
    let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”

Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
    you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
On you I was cast from my birth,
    and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
Do not be far from me,
    for trouble is near
    and there is no one to help.

Many bulls encircle me,
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.

I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

For dogs are all around me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shriveled;
    I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
they divide my clothes among themselves,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
    O my help, come quickly to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my life from the power of the dog!
    Save me from the mouth of the lion!

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.

                                                                                PSALM 22:1-12

A READING FROM PAUL’S LETTER TO THE HEBREWS 

“This is the covenant that I will make with them
    after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds,”

he also adds,

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.                                                        HEBREWS 10:16-25

THE WORD OF THE LORD.

Thanks be to God.       

THE PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN 

Please be seated.

After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples.

So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus replied, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with  them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they stepped back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go.” 

This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken, “I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.” Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear. 

The slave’s name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?” So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. 

First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people. 

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter was standing outside at the gate. 

So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself. 

Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.  Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, 

“You are not also one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I 

am not.” One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed. 

Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.” The Jews replied, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.” (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.) Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”  Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” 

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him. But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” They shouted in reply, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a bandit. Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying,

“Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. 

Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” When the chief priests and the police saw him, they 

shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.” 

Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” 

From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor.” When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge’s bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!” They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

Please stand, as you are able.

So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.'” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.” This was to fulfill what the scripture says, “They divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.” And that is what the soldiers did. 

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside 

her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 

Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. 

Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 

Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.) These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones shall be broken.” And again another passage of scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.”

After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.       JOHN 18:1-19:42

  

Homily

Sermon – Good Friday, John 18: 1- 19:12

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable I your site, oh Lord our strength and redeemer. 

Amen

Please be seated

“For this I was born and for this I came into the world to testify to the truth.  Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” And so, Pilate asked: ‘What is truth?’

Good Friday comes every year with its own unique burden of grief.  We know the story, we have heard it, felt it and wept over it. But every year it comes to us with renewed regret and sorrow, even though, for Christians, the outcome of the story does not remain in tragedy but emerges in triumph.  Yet the pain of it never diminishes. When we hear the words of the story, so simply and so utterly heartbreaking we allow our hearts to be wounded anew. And in this woundedness we need ask ourselves again: 

“What is truth?”

That famous question asked by Pilate, stares us in the face every year on Good Friday.  The fact that it seems to be left unanswered remains a challenge to us. Jesus doesn’t seem very interested in verbally defining the truth.  He said that He Is the way and the truth, and the life, that he came into the world to testify to the truth and that those who belong to the truth listen to him, but he never gives a philosophical definition of truth. 

Jesus seems less interested in defining the truth and much more interested in showing us the truth.  He’s interested in having us see the truth as a living thing, and to see ourselves as belonging to it, as being part of it.  But being human means, we have multiple truths weighing on us. The truth of the world we live in, and the truth of God’s realm – the way God dreams the world to be, the way I hope we believe it can be.  The question Pilate is asking Jesus may be less ‘what is the truth,’ and more ‘what is your truth, Jesus?’

But Jesus doesn’t respond in words to Pilates’s question.  Instead he reveals the answer with his life, death and resurrection.  The Passion reveals a deep truth about the way the world is as we have created it.  Not the world God created. But the world we have made out of fear. Out of shame. Out of bitterness.  Out of injustice. In our desperation and fear, we try to make it someone else’s fault that the world is the way it is.  We cast blame and look for a scapegoat, an innocent. The Passion reveals the worst in us. It reveals the truth of the things we are capable of when we are afraid. 

The Passion also reveals an even deeper truth about who God is and how God responds to our shame and fear.  The truth that Jesus shows with his life and ministry is a profound challenge to the world we have made. The truth that Jesus shows us tells us that no matter how benign and beneficial we might think our human systems and structures are; they are broken, unfair and self-interested.  Our world is filled with injustice. 

In his life, his teachings and in his death, Jesus demonstrates the truth about this injustice, and the human cost that is always required for maintaining unjust structures of power.  All through his life and his death he showed us God’s loud “No” to the dominant systems of this world, and God’s louder ‘Yes’ to the way of hope, peace and justice. 

These are truths that we can see with the help of the cross.  Pilate had a chance to see these truths as well. He was the local representative of the dominant political system after all, and in his conversation with Jesus he had a chance to hear and see and be transformed, but Pilate was stuck in the world of earthly kings, and so he turned away from the Truth which stood before him.  And then the crowd reasserted its commitment to the status quo, loudly affirming that they had no king but Caesar. Pilate turned away from Jesus and went back to business as usual. Once Jesus was nailed to the cross the crowd, no longer interested in the spectacle, also turned away and went back to its business as usual. 

All four of the Gospel accounts of these events give us subtle differences.  In John’s version there are no earthquakes, no darkness covering the earth, no temple curtains being torn in two.  In John, Jesus dies on a cross, and is put in a tomb. The empire doesn’t strike back so much as it just continues.  People return to their lives of luxury or labour. The status quo remains the status quo – unchanged. How often in our daily lives do we catch a glimpse of this truth and then go back to business as usual?  How tempting is it to just turn away? To not look at or accept the truth of the world we have made, the world we are content to live in every day. We are constantly at risk of turning away – turning away from the cross of Christ and turning away from all the crucified people of every generation – and returning to the status quo.  It’s so very easy to close our eyes, to change the channel, turn the page, walk away telling ourselves that the reality, the truth of the cross is beyond us, something we cannot achieve, something we are not worthy of. 

“What is truth?” In hiding from or averting our eyes from Christ’s truth, we risk missing an opportunity for transformation that God is always holding out for us.  We miss realizing our place and our role in God’s kingdom, right here, right now. The first act in repentance, the first move toward redemption, the first stance of transformation is simply not to turn away.  To not close our eyes to the sufferings of others. 

Liberation theologian Jon Sobrino wrote: ‘to let ourselves be affected, to feel pain over lives cut short or endangered, to feel indignation over the injustice behind the tragedy, to feel shame over the way we have ruined this planet, that we have not undone the damage and are not planning to do so, all this is important, because it spurs us into helpful action.  But even more importantly he said, it roots us firmly in the truth and forces us to overcome the unreality in which we live.

It roots us firmly in the Truth.  It engages us in the Truth, the truth revealed in the life and death and resurrection of Jesus.  The truth of God’s dream. The truth that God’s ‘yes’ is deeper and more profound than the empire’s ‘no’.  It is when we face reality – when we face the truth – when we bear witness to the suffering of Jesus and the suffering of all the crucified people around the world – that is when salvation and redemption begin. “

It cannot be  a coincidence that the first people who see Jesus on Sunday morning are the same ones who refuse to look away from his death on Friday, those who watch through the entire execution, who accompany his body to the tomb, and who come again to prepare his lifeless corpse for burial; they are the ones who are the first to experience the truth of the resurrection.  The truth of Jesus’ life. The truth of God’s ‘yes’ revealed in the cross.  

May we be given the strength to never to turn away from the cross, and to live more fully into the truth, the way and the life as revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen

The Solemn Intercession           Book of Alternative Services p.309

Dear people of God, 

our heavenly Father sent his Son into the world, 

not to condemn the world, 

but that the world through him might be saved, 

that all who believe in him 

might be delivered from the power of sin and death 

and become heirs with him of eternal life.

Let us pray for the one holy catholic 

and apostolic Church of Christ throughout the world:

 

for its unity in witness and service, 

for all bishops and other ministers 

and the people whom they serve, 

for Andrew and Jenny our bishops, 

and all the people of this diocese, 

for all Christians in this community, 

for those about to be baptized, 

that the Lord will confirm his Church in faith, 

increase it in love, 

and preserve it in peace. 

Almighty and everlasting God, 

by your Spirit the whole body of your faithful people 

is governed and sanctified. 

Receive our supplications and prayers 

which we offer before you 

for all members of your holy Church, 

that in our vocation and ministry 

we may truly and devoutly serve you; 

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Let us pray for all nations and peoples of the earth, 

and for those in authority among them: 

for Elizabeth our Queen and all the Royal Family, 

for Justin Trudeau the Prime Minister 

and for the government of this country, 

for Doug Ford the premier of this province 

and the members of the legislature, 

for Bonnie Crombie the mayor of this municipality

and those who serve with her 

on the city council,  

for all who serve the common good, 

that by God’s help 

they may seek justice and truth, 

and live in peace and concord. 

Almighty God, 

kindle, we pray, in every heart 

the true love of peace, 

and guide with your wisdom 

those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, 

that justice and peace may increase, 

until the earth is filled 

with the knowledge of your love; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Let us pray for all who suffer 

and are afflicted in body or in mind: 

for the hungry and homeless, 

the destitute and the oppressed, 

and all who suffer persecution or prejudice, 

for the sick, the wounded, and the handicapped, 

for those in loneliness, fear, and anguish, 

for those who face temptation, doubt, and despair, 

for the sorrowful and bereaved, 

for prisoners and captives 

and those in mortal danger, 

that God in his mercy will comfort and relieve them, 

and grant them the knowledge of his love, 

and stir up in us the will and patience 

to minister to their needs.

Gracious God, 

the comfort of all who sorrow, 

the strength of all who suffer, 

hear the cry of those in misery and need. 

In their afflictions show them your mercy, 

and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them, 

for the sake of him who suffered for us, 

your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Let us pray for all 

who have not received the gospel of Christ: 

for all who have not heard the words of salvation, 

for all who have lost their faith, 

for all whose sin has made them indifferent to Christ, 

for all who actively oppose Christ by word or deed, 

for all who are enemies of the cross of Christ, 

and persecutors of his disciples, 

for all who in the name of Christ 

have persecuted others, 

that God will open their hearts to the truth, 

and lead them to faith and obedience. 

Merciful God, 

creator of the peoples of the earth and lover of souls, 

have compassion on all who do not know you 

as you are revealed in your Son Jesus Christ. 

Let your gospel be preached with grace and power 

to those who have not heard it, 

turn the hearts of those who resist it, 

and bring home to your fold those who have gone astray; 

that there may be one flock under one shepherd, 

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us commit ourselves to God, 

and pray for the grace of a holy life, 

that with all who have departed this life 

and have died in the peace of Christ, 

and those whose faith is known to God alone, 

we may be accounted worthy 

to enter into the fullness of the joy of our Lord, 

and receive the crown of life in the day of resurrection. 

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light, 

look favourably on your whole Church, 

that wonderful and sacred mystery. 

By the effectual working of your providence, 

carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation. 

Let the whole world see and know 

that things which were cast down are being raised up, 

and things which had grown old are being made new, 

and that all things are being brought to their perfection 

by him through whom all things were made, 

your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; 

who lives and reigns with you, 

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Meditations on the Cross of Jesus

Meditation on the Cross of Jesus

Priest: Christ our Lord became obedient unto death.

People: Come let us worship.

You are invited to kneel as you are able.

Anthem 1

Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? 

Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow 

which was brought upon me, 

which the Lord inflicted on the day of his fierce anger. 

Holy God, holy and mighty, 

holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us. 

O my people, O my Church, 

What have I done to you, 

or in what have I offended you? 

Testify against me. 

I led you forth from the land of Egypt, 

and delivered you by the waters of baptism, 

but you have prepared a cross for your Saviour. 

Holy God, holy and mighty, 

holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us. 

I led you through the desert forty years, 

and fed you with manna. 

I brought you through tribulation and penitence, 

and gave you my body, the bread of heaven, 

but you have prepared a cross for your Saviour. 

Holy God, holy and mighty,

  holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us. 

What more could I have done for you 

that I have not done? 

I planted you, my chosen and fairest vineyard, 

I made you the branches of my vine; 

but when I was thirsty, you gave me vinegar to drink, 

and pierced with a spear the side of your Saviour. 

Holy God, holy and mighty, 

holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us. 

I went before you in a pillar of cloud, 

and you have led me to the judgement hall of Pilate. 

I scourged your enemies and brought you 

to a land of freedom, 

but you have scourged, mocked, and beaten me. 

I gave you the water of salvation from the rock, 

but you have given me gall and left me to thirst. 

Holy God, holy and mighty, 

holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us. 

I gave you a royal sceptre, 

and bestowed the keys to the kingdom, 

but you have given me a crown of thorns. 

I raised you on high with great power, 

but you have hanged me on the cross. 

Holy God, holy and mighty, 

holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us

My peace I gave, which the world cannot give, 

and washed your feet as a sign of my love, 

but you draw the sword to strike in my name, 

and seek high places in my kingdom. 

I offered you my body and blood, 

but you scatter and deny and abandon me. 

Holy God, holy and mighty, 

holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us. 

I sent the Spirit of truth to guide you, 

and you close your hearts to the Counsellor. 

I pray that all may be as one in the Father and me, 

but you continue to quarrel and divide. 

I call you to go and bring forth fruit, 

but you cast lots for my clothing. 

Holy God, holy and mighty, 

holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us.

I grafted you into the tree of my chosen Israel, 

and you turned on them with persecution 

and mass murder. 

I made you joint heirs with them of my covenants, 

but you made them scapegoats for your own guilt. 

Holy God, holy and mighty, 

holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us. 

I came to you as the least of your brothers and sisters; 

I was hungry and you gave me no food, 

I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 

I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, 

naked and you did not clothe me, 

sick and in prison and you did not visit me. 

Holy God, holy and mighty, 

holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, 

hallowed be your name, 

your kingdom come, 

your will be done, 

on earth as in heaven. 

Give us today our daily bread. 

Forgive us our sins 

as we forgive those who sin against us. 

Save us from the time of trial, 

and deliver us from evil. 

For the kingdom, the power, 

and the glory are yours, 

now and forever. Amen.

Concluding Prayer           Book of Alternative Services p.320

Send down your abundant blessing, Lord,

upon your people

who have devoutly recalled the death of your Son

in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection.

Grant them pardon; bring them comfort.

May their faith grow stronger

and their eternal salvation be assured.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

You are welcome to stay for silent reflection.

Please dismiss yourselves respecting the quiet.

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Our acknowledgement of shared land

St Hilary’s Church is located on the historical territory of the Wendat, Seneca, and, most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations. The territory is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peacefully share and care for the lands and resources around the Great Lakes. Today the Greater Toronto Area is the home of many indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to worship in this territory.

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Church Office: 2055 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON.  L5A 2E6 

sthilarycooksville@toronto.anglican.ca 905-279-2304

Priest: The Rev’d Adrienne Clements 905-279-2304 (W)

Email: adrienne.clements.987@gmail.com 647-539-3727 (C)

Community Counsellor: Deborah Birkett                                   289-382-9103    

                                                 Email: deborah@sanctuarypsychotherapy.ca 

Youth Ministry Apprentice:  Alina Roscoe                   647-391-2201

                       Email:  aliros432@gmail.com 

Rector’s Warden: Sharon Andrew, 

People’s Warden: Hilary Ottley, Deputy People’s Warden:  Claude Ho