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Current Bulletin

St. John's Anglican Church

Parish of Horton,  Wolfville, Nova Scotia

We are a welcoming & affirming community to all persons.

Dec. 8th  2019, 2nd Sunday in Advent

Rector: The Rev’d Sandra Fyfe, 902-542-2464

Honourary Assistant: The Rev’d Dr. V. Bruce Matthews

Wardens: Camille Herbin, 902-670-7593; Jim Nelson, 902-542-9295


8 am  Holy Communion, The Book of Common Prayer, P. 67

Collect: BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


Reader: Val Burtsell           Prayers of the People: Chris Maltby

Eucharistic Assistant: Beth Turner


10am    Holy Eucharist,  The Book of Alternative Services

The Gathering of the Community

Processional Hymn                                   On Jordan’s Bank #103

The Greeting and Collect for Purity, p. 185

Candle Lighting – 2nd Sunday in Advent (see insert)

      The children depart for Sunday School

The Collect of the Day: God of justice, clear our lives of hatred and despair and sow in us seeds of joy and peace; so that shoots of hope may spring forth in us as we await the coming of the Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Proclamation of the Word, p. 187 

      First Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10, Mary Phillips

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

      Second Reading: Peace in the Midst of Climate Change, Adam Boyd
Gradual Hymn              Comfort, O Comfort Ye My People #100

The Holy Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12


The Apostles’ Creed, p. 189

The Prayers of the People, Kimberly Matheson

Confession and Absolution, p. 191

The Sharing of the Peace, p. 192                                                           

The Celebration of the Eucharist

Offertory Hymn     The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy #631

Prayer over the Gifts, p. 270

      Eucharistic Prayer 4, p. 201               Holy, holy, holy… #735

      The Lord’s Prayer,  p. 211

      The Breaking of the Bread (Advent), p. 212  Lamb of God… #745  

All are welcome to come forward to receive holy communion or a blessing. Gluten-free bread is available at the communion rail.

     Communion hymn:           How Beauteous Are Their Feet #443

      Choir Anthem

      Prayer after Communion, p.  270, followed by Doxology, p. 214

      The Blessing

      Announcements   Dale Hennigar

      Closing Hymn                     Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus #88

  The Dismissal


Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the king’s son;

that he may rule your people righteously and the poor with justice;

that the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, and the little hills bring righteousness.

He shall defend the needy among the people, rescuing the poor and crushing the oppressor.

He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, from one generation to another.

He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, like showers that water the earth.

In his time shall the righteous flourish; there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.

Blessed are you, Lord God, for you alone do wondrous deeds!

And blessed be your glorious name for ever and may all the earth be filled with your glory Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


Eucharistic Assistant: Kimberly Matheson

Greeters: Tim Hergett

      Counters: Murray & Mary Phillips

Everyone is invited to enjoy a time of fellowship and refreshments following the service at 10 am this week provided by Judy & Jim Amos

Cycle of Prayer

Please remember in your prayers…

·       The work of the Mothers’ Union around the world along with the parishes of Springhill; & Lantz, Nova Scotia

·       The Reverends Douglas Beck, Taunya Dawson and Benjamin Lee as they begin their ministry as Priests

·       Post-secondary students as they prepare for exams and end of term assignments

·       All who are in need of God’s healing grace: Marlene & John Reid, Tom Shaw, Gloria, Connie, Heidi, Cecil, Ann Watson, Patricia, Kathleen, Rob Phillips, Don & Betty Little, Sylvia, Roger Harris, Phyllis Weatherbee, Vange, Tracey, Becca, Kathy, Lucy, Willie, Brian and Annalee

·       All who have departed this life and are at rest, remembering especially Faye Sponagle: rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.


SERVICES FOR Dec. 15th - 3rd Sunday in Advent  

8:00 am Holy Communion (BCP)    10:00 am Holy Eucharist (BAS)


NOTICE: If you would like to have flowers placed in the church over the Christmas Season contact Cathy Stewart, 902-542-5565,

by December 15th



Mark these dates on your calendar

Today, Dec. 8th, 2pm at Wolfville Baptist Church, King’s Chorale will be performing Noel! with harp and flute. Other Christmas music will be presented including carols for brass, choir and audience. Tickets $20 - available from choir members or at the door.


Tues., Dec. 10th, 10am to noon (Note change in time): Adventivities

Make your own reusable beeswax foodwrap. If you have some cotton fabric scraps (Christmas-themed or not), bring them in. Scraps should be at least 10”x10” but don’t need to be square. We’ll cut them to the sizes we’d like. Beeswax supplied. We could use an extra iron or two and a few pairs of pinking shears. Coffee/tea supplied.


Weds., Dec. 11th, 2:30pm, Blomidon Court: Christmas Carol Sing


Friday, 10:30am: Christian Meditation at the back of the church


Tues., Dec. 17th, 2-4pm: Adventivities - Make a cotton produce bag. Just bring along a clean t-shirt or tank top you don’t mind cutting up. A few pairs of sharp scissors would be helpful for cutting the fabric. Coffee/tea supplied.


2019 Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25, at Wolfville Lions Hall. Volunteers are needed during the day of Christmas Eve to help peel and prep vegetables and to set up the tables, and on Christmas Day, to serve at one of the dinners and then clean up afterwards. Contact Anna at 902-542-5511. Donations of pie will be gratefully accepted and can be dropped off at the Wolfville Lions Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 24th between 10am and 4pm. To reserve your seat, call or text your name and sitting choice (1 or 4pm) to 902-670-3637 by December 20th.


Church & Community News


CORRECTION: The report on the L'Arche dinner was not correct in the newsletter.  The net proceeds were $2,375.   


Note to the Sanctuary Guild ladies I am looking for the old portable altar cloth, if anyone has taken it home to wash it, would they please return it or phone Elaine Slauenwhite at 902 684 0430 to let her know you have it. Thanks.


The Gravy Boat is Back! Once again we are supporting the Wolfville Area Food Bank’s Christmas Hamper Program, which will provide approximately 150 Christmas hampers to those in need in our community. We invite you to make a monetary gift towards the purchase of turkeys. Fill the Gravy Boat with your loonies, toonies, fivers and more - everything will be gratefully received. Note: Cheques should be payable to WAICC, who will issue income-tax receipts.


LAST week remaining to make a donation to the Mission to Seafarers Christmas Shoebox Project. Donations of mitts, caps, personal hygiene items, cards, note pads, envelopes, hard candies, and another small items that will fit in a shoebox are welcome. Items can be left at the back of the church. Thank you to our ACW for leading this outreach initiative.


Clergy Schedule: Sandra will be in the Church office Weds., 9:30-11am and Thurs., 3:30-5pm. She will be off Monday and Saturday.



PWRDF – 2 Ways to Help During Advent

THE WORLD OF GIFTS program is a wonderful way to make a meaningful gift to support the PWRDF and its many partners striving to meet the UNs Sustainable Development Goals.  This year there are 25 gifts to choose from, perfect for that special person who doesnt want more stuff.  The World of Gifts flyer has been in recent editions of the Anglican Journal and there is also a display at the back of the church to remind you whats available and how to order.  Choose a gift of clean water, climate adaptation, food security, sustainable agriculture, emergency relief, good health, or Indigenous programs.  Gifts marked with a red maple leaf are matched 6:1 by the Govt. of Canada (eg. food security and primary health).  Order forms are available on the display board or in the Journal flyer, or order online at of gifts or by calling PWRDF at  1-866-294-6899.   


Enough for All SOUP-IN-A-BAG:  Proceeds from this years Soup-in-a-Bag fundraiser are being directed to the Water Pump Attendant Tool Box (see gift #3).  PWRDFs partnership with the Diocese of Masasi in Tanzania, begun in 2017,  is bringing clean, accessible water to 18 villages and thousands of people by digging bore wells close to where people live.  Now women no longer have a 5 to 8 km. round-trip walk to get water for cooking, cleaning and irrigating crops.  There is a hand pump, attached to the top of the borehole pipe, which is easy to operate and  doesnt require electricity.  Any infrastructure project, however simple, needs ongoing maintenance.  Two people are being trained in each village as pump operators to monitor the pumps for safety and do maintenance and repairs.  A gift of $150 gives a water pump attendant the training and a tool box necessary to keep the water flowing.  (Donations to this project are matched 6:1 by the Govt. of Canada. Thus, $150  combined with the $900 match = the actual cost of $1,150.)  Bags of soup ($7.00  or 3 for $20) are available at the back of the church.  They make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer.  Lets see how many tool boxes we can buy!