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Choral Eucharist | Reign of Christ
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Sunday, November 21, 2021
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Join us in Prayer this Sunday as we celebrate Reign of Christ, the last Sunday of this liturgical year. 

The Rev. The Rev. Stuart Mennigke presides & the Rev. Ray Aldred preaches. 

A pdf version of the service booklet is available here. A text only version of the service booklet is posted below. Continue scrolling to follow along. 

Order of Service 

Cathedral Parish Announcements

Introit: Christ is Made The Sure Foundation                           Mass for Many Nations Music: Rupert Lang

Presider  In this time and place,We gather on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

All From many places and peoples we come to this house of prayer.

Presider In this time and place, We meet in the presence of the living God.

All The living God who creates us and all that is.

Presider In this time and place, The risen Christ stands in our midst.

All The risen Christ who accompanies us and all people.

Presider In this time and place, God’s Holy Spirit breathes in and through us.

All The Holy Spirit who transforms us and all life.

Presider In this time and place, Together, one people of God.

All In the name of God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Hymn Fairest Lord Jesus (CP 619)

Presider The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

All And also with you.

Collect of the Day

Presider Let us pray (silence) Shepherd of Israel,

All your power was revealed when you raised Christ from the dead and seated him in honour at your side. Grant that we may always give you thanks for your immeasurable love and show that gratitude in loving service to all our brothers and sisters; through Jesus Christ in whose name we pray. Amen.

Proclamation of the Word

First Reading A reading from Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

Reader Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

All Thanks be to God.

Canticle Jesus Christ the Apple Tree         
Text: Anon. from a collection of Joshua Smith, New Hampshire 1784 Music: Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987)

The tree of life my soul hath seen, Laden with fruit, and always green; The trees of nature fruitless be, Compared with Christ, the apple tree.

His beauty doth all things excel, By faith I know, but ne'er can tell, The glory which I now can see In Jesus Christ, the apple tree.

For happiness I long have sought, And pleasure dearly I have bought; I missed of all but now I see 'Tis found in Christ, the apple tree.

I'm weary with my former toil - Here I will sit and rest awhile, Under the shadow I will be, Of Jesus Christ the apple tree.

This fruit doth make my soul to thrive, It keeps my dying faith alive; Which makes my soul in haste to be With Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree.

Second Reading A reading from Revelation 1:4b-8

Reader Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

All Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn In Christ Alone
Words: Stuart Townend Music: Keith Getty

Deacon The Lord be with you.

All And also with you.

Deacon The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John,

Before the Gospel Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel John 18:33-37

Deacon The Gospel of Christ

After the Gospel Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon.  The Rev. Ray Aldred 

Silence for Reflection

The Nicene Creed

Presider Let us confess our faith, as we say,

All We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the People

In the Anglican Church of Canada Cycle of Prayer we pray for The Church of Bangladesh. In the ECLCIC Cycle of Prayer we pray for The General Secretary and staff of the Lutheran World Federation. In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for St. Catherine of Alexandria (Port Coquitlam) and St. Clement (North Vancouver).

If you have a special intention for which you wish to receive prayers, please email your prayer request to Your intention will be included in the Prayer Link for three weeks and can be renewed.

Confession and Absolution

Presider Dear friends in Christ, God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy; welcoming sinners and inviting us to this table. Let us confess our sins, confident in God’s forgiveness.

Silence is kept

Presider Most merciful God,

All We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Presider Almighty God, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All Amen.

The Peace

Presider The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All And also with you.

 Celebration of the Eucharist

The Offertory

You are invited to make a financial offering to further God’s mission through the work of the church by texting “Give” to 639.739.0843 and following the instructions; or by clicking on this link Tax receipts are issued annually for gifts totalling $20 or more. Your financial gifts matter and together with the bread and wine they are presented in spirit at the Altar as a sign of thanksgiving to God from whom all blessings flow.

Offertory Hymn God, Your timeless Power             
Text: Herbert O’Driscoll (1929 - ) Tune: Christ Church Rupert Lang (1948- ) Words and Music commissioned by Christ Church Cathedral for their 100th anniversary in 1989.

Prayer over the Gifts

Presider Eternal God,

All by your grace you have raised us up and enthroned us with Christ in the heavenly realms. Receive all we offer you this day, and lead us in those good works for which you have created us. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving

Presider The Lord be with you.

All And also with you.

Presider Lift up your hearts.

All We lift them to the Lord.

Presider Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Presider Holy God, Lover of creation, we give you thanks and praise for in the ocean of your steadfast love you bear us and place the song of your Spirit in our hearts. When we turn from your love and defile the earth, you do not abandon us. Your Spirit speaks through Huldah and Micah, through prophets, sages, and saints in every age, to confront our sin and reveal the vision of your new creation. Joining in the song of the universe we proclaim your glory singing:

Sanctus      Canterbury Mass.        - Edmund Rubbra

Presider Gracious God, in the fullness of time you sent Jesus the Christ to share our fragile humanity. Through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection you open the path from brokenness to health, from fear to trust, from pride and conceit to reverence for you. Rejected by a world that could not bear the Gospel of life, Jesus knew death was near. His head anointed for burial by an unknown woman, Jesus gathered together those who loved him. He took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it and gave it to his friends, saying, “Take and eat: this is my body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, gave you thanks, and said “Drink this all of you, this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for many. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” And now we gather at this table in response to his commandment, to share the bread and cup of Christ’s undying love, and to proclaim our faith.

All Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Presider Breathe your Holy Spirit, the wisdom of the universe, upon these gifts that we bring to you: this bread, this cup, ourselves, our souls and bodies, that we may be signs of your love for all the world and ministers of your transforming purpose. Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, Creator of all, and we bless your holy name forever.

All Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

Presider We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

All We, being many, are one body, for we all share in the one bread.

Presider The gifts of God for the people of God.

All Thanks be to God.

Share the Gifts

If you know the brokenness of life, its fractures within and its division without, then you have participated in the broken body of Christ and you are invited to share in Communion. If you are not physically receiving Communion, then offer this prayer:

In union, O God, with all your faithful people gathered wherever the eucharist is celebrated this day, I offer you praise and thanksgiving for creation and all the blessings of this life, for the redemption given to us through the life, death and resurrection of Christ, and for the means of grace and the hope of glory. I pray you come into my heart, my soul and my mind. Let nothing separate me from you. May I serve you in this life until, by your grace, I come to your promised reign of justice and peace; through Christ and in the unity of the Spirit. Amen

During Communion

Christ with me (The Deer's Cry)                    -Arvo Pärt

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down, Christ in me, Christ when I arise,
Christ the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me,
Christ with me.

Sending Out of the Disciples

Prayer after Communion

Presider Almighty God,

All you have made us a royal priesthood in the kingdom of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Make known his victory through us, we pray, that all the world may see his light. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen


Presider Glory to God,

All whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Blessing

Closing Hymn Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun (CP383) Verses 1-3

Dismissal Go forth in the name of Christ.

All Thanks be to God.

Postlude Jesus Shall Reign Verse 4