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St. John's Anglican Church
Parish of Horton, Wolfville, Nova
We are a welcoming & affirming
community to all persons.
2020, 5th Sunday
in Lent/Passion Sunday
Rector: The Rev’d Sandra Fyfe,
Honourary Assistant: The Rev’d Dr. V.
Wardens: Camille Herbin, 902-670-7593;
Jim Nelson, 902-542-9295
Worship Resources for this Sunday
As we are unable to gather physically for
worship at this time, these printed resources and an audio
file will enable us to continue to pray and worship in
community from wherever we are. Our thanks to Cameron Finlay
for his technical assistance with preparing the audio
resources for worship, and to all our readers and
intercessors. It’s wonderful to hear voices from parishioners
near and far. Our worship resources are posted on the Parish
our Parish Facebook page
welcome your feedback as we try to find new ways to stay in
touch with each other and offer pastoral and spiritual
support. Please contact Sandra or one of the wardens with any
comments or suggestions you may have.
The church bells will be rung each Sunday
at 8am and 10am to remind the community
that we are gathering for worship even
when we are not using our church building.
The Book of Common Prayer
For your own personal devotions and
reflection this week:
Collect: We beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to
look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be
governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Service of the Word, The Book of
This service has been recorded and will
be sent to those on our email list as an audio file.
The full, recorded sermon is included in
the audio file.
The Gathering of the Community
Welcome and Introduction, followed by the Grace
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and
the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be
with you all.
And also with you.
The Collect for Purity
to you all hearts are open, all desires
known, and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the
inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and
worthily magnify your holy name,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Trisagion (repeated three times together)
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy immortal
one, have mercy upon us.
The Collect of the Day
God of all consolation, your Son
comforted the grieving sisters, Martha and Mary, for your
breath alone brings life to dry bones and weary souls. Pour
out your Spirit upon us, so that we may face despair and death
with the hope of the resurrection and faith in the One who
called Lazarus forth from the grave. Amen.
The Proclamation of the Word
Ezekiel 37:1-14, Karen
A reading from the book of Ezekiel
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he
brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in
the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all
around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and
they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones
live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me,
“Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear
the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I
will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay
sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and
cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall
live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.” So I prophesied
as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there
was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to
its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh
had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was
no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the
breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the
Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon
these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded
me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood
on their feet, a vast multitude. Then he said to me, “Mortal,
these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our
bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off
completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says
the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up
from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to
the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord,
when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O
my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall
live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall
know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Psalm 130, led by the Fyfe family and said
responsively as indicated by the bold print
Out of the depths have I called you, O
Lord, hear my voice; let your ears
consider well the voice of my supplication.
If you, Lord, were to note what is done
amiss, O Lord, who could stand?
For there is forgiveness with you;
therefore you shall be feared.
I wait for you, O Lord; my soul waits for
you; in your word is my hope.
My soul waits for you, O Lord, more than
sentinels for the morning, more than sentinels for the
O wait for the Lord, for with the Lord
there is mercy;
with whom there is plenteous redemption,
and who shall redeem us from all our sins.
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.
Second Reading: Romans 8:6-11, Murray Phillips
A reading from a letter of Paul to the
To set the mind on the flesh is death,
but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this
reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it
does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who
are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the
flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells
in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not
belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is
dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of
righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the
dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will
give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that
dwells in you.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Hymn: #542 (Common Praise) Out of the
Depths (a paraphrase of Psalm 130); Hymn tune:
Out of the depths I turn to you on high;
Lord, hear my call.
Bend down your ear and listen to my cry,
If you should mark our sins, who then
But grace and mercy dwell at your right
I wait for you, I trust your holy word;
you hear my sighs.
My soul still waits and looks unto you,
Lord; my prayers arise.
I look for you to drive away my night –
yes, more than those who watch for
Hope in the Lord; unfailing is God’s
love; trust and confide.
Mercy and full redemption from above does
From sin and evil, mighty though they
God’s saving arm will all the saints
Gospel Reading: John 11:1-45, Sharon Doyle
A reading from the Gospel of John
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of
Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was
the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet
with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters
sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But
when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to
death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God
may be glorified through it.” Accordingly, though Jesus loved
Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that
Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where
he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go
to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews
were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there
again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of
daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble,
because they see the light of this world. But those who walk
at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” After
saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen
asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” The disciples
said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all
right.” Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but
they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus
told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I
was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples,
“Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus
had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near
Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come
to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When
Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him,
while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you
had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I
know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Jesus
said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to
him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on
the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and
the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will
live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never
die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I
believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one
coming into the world.” When she had said this, she went back
and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The
Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard
it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet
come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha
had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house,
consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They
followed her because they thought that she was going to the
tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw
him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had
been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews
who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in
spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep.
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them
said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have
kept this man from dying?” Then Jesus, again greatly
disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was
lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha,
the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there
is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to
her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see
the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus
looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard
me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for
the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe
that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud
voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands
and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a
cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” Many
of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen
what Jesus did, believed in him.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Are Completely Cut Off…Or Are We?
Affirmation of Faith - Hear, O Israel
(or Hear, O My People – said
Hear, O My People,
the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your
heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
This is the first and the great
commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as
There is no commandment greater than
Prayers of the People, led by Kyle
Wells (please join in the responses printed in bold)
God who made us all, our healers in
health care (Doctors, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Lab
Techs and more) are exhausted, and those retired are
discerning the call back to service, God.
Give rest to those who care for the
Our children are bored, stuck inside with
no friends to play with, God.
Grant extra creativity to their
Our friends and neighbours are lonely,
longing for the fullness of friends, God.
Help us to reach out (by phone,
digitally, or at an appropriate distance).
Our clergy are doing the best they can,
with empty churches and adjusting to digital rites, God.
Help them to know it is
Our workers are jobless and aren’t sure
where the money will come, with mounting bills to pay,
Grant us the collective will to take care
Our fellow parents are losing their
minds, trying to keep kids occupied, and trying to teach them,
Bring unexpected play and joy and dance
parties, and learning to all in need.
Our grocery staff and essential workers
are absorbing everyone's anxiety, God.
Protect them from us.
Our elderly, destitute and the homeless
are even more isolated, God.
Comfort them with your abiding
Our parliamentarians, and those put in
authority are confused and bombarded with sensory overload,
Give them clarity and strength to
administer our society.
We haven’t done this before and we are
Help us to know the fullness of your holy
and comforting presence.
God of the ages and of our ancestors,
when we don’t know what else to pray for,
we put our trust in you; that you know
our thoughts, our concerns and our hopes, and so we leave
them, spoken and unspoken, with you, our God. Amen.
-Adapted from a Litany by Lutheran Pastor
The Lord’s Prayer
Let us gather our prayers in the words
that Jesus taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed
be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as
it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive
us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against
us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever
and ever. Amen.
Glory to God,
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
A Blessing for Lent from the Fransciscan
Community: Life is short, and we do not have much
time to gladden the hearts of those who walk this way with us.
So, be swift to love and make haste to be kind, and the
blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be upon you and
remain with you, now and always. Amen.
Closing Hymn: #601 (Common Praise) God, Whose Giving
Knows No Ending; Hymn tune: Blaenwern
God, whose giving knows no ending, from
your rich and endless store –
nature’s wonder, Jesus’ wisdom, costly
cross, grave’s shattered door –
gifted by you, we turn to you, offering
up ourselves in praise;
thankful song shall rise forever,
gracious Donor or our days.
Skills and time are ours for pressing
toward the goals of Christ, your Son:
all at peace in health and freedom, races
joined, the church made one.
Now direct our daily labour, lest we
strive for self alone.
Born with talents, make us servants fit
to answer at your throne.
Treasure, too, you have entrusted, gain
through powers your grace conferred,
ours to use for home and kindred, and to
spread the gospel word.
Open wide our hands in sharing, as we
heed Christ’s ageless call,
healing, teaching, and reclaiming,
serving you by loving all.
May the God of hope fill us with all joy
and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Service for April 5th - Palm Sunday: Morning Prayer
(The Book of Common Prayer)
The palms have arrived and we are trying
to determine how we can safely make palm crosses
and distribute them with the Easter
Cycle of Prayer
Please remember in your prayers…
The Anglican Communion as it observes a
Season of Repentance
The National Indigenous Bishop and the
Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples along with the parishes
of St. George’s, New Glasgow & Strait-Chedabucto in Nova
Archbishop Ron Cutler as he prepares for
retirement and our diocese as we prepare to elect a new
Ryan, Alec, Emma and Rhonyn as they
prepare for Confirmation
All who are in need of God’s healing
grace: Marlene & John Reid, Tom Shaw, Cathy Stewart,
Gloria, Connie, Heidi, Ann Watson, Kathleen, Rob Phillips, Don
& Betty Little, Sylvia, Roger Harris, Vange, Tracey,
Becca, Kathy, Willie, Brian, Annalee,
Wyatt, Louisa Patterson, Bill Pearman, Bob MacDonald, Gerry,
Bob Best, Benjamin & Jean
Those who’ve been affected by the
COVID-19 virus and all who are working to contain it and treat
those who’ve been affected; may
God’s comfort and peace surround all who are anxious or
Important Notice About Flowers for
Easter: As there will be no worship services in
the church for Easter, we encourage you to consider placing
flowers in the church in memory of loved ones when we can
gather again. Let’s fill the church with the beauty and
fragrance of flowers. If you have already made a donation for
flowers or have an ongoing donation for memorial flowers these
will be honoured in due course. If you have any questions,
please contact Cathy Stewart at 902-670-5655.
Mark these dates on your calendar
Today, Mar. 29th at
8pm: Please join our Primate (National Bishop)
Linda Nichols in a national day of prayer for the whole Communion and for the whole
world engulfed in COVID-19. Tune
in live to join the Primate in prayer on at 8pm on
the Anglican Church of Canada Facebook
page, or whenever is best for you (following
the broadcast). Light
a candle of hope in the window of your home or on your porch
tonight as a sign of our shared prayers for our siblings in
Christ and our world.
Thurs., Apr. 2nd: Light It Up Blue for
Autism Awareness Cowboy Harrison Czapalay reminds us to
‘light it up blue’ on Autism Awareness Day. Even though we
can’t gather at Clock Park for the annual barbecue hosted by
Harrison, we can still shine a blue light from our homes and
businesses and/or wear the colour blue. Let’s light up our
town and communities to remind those living with autism and
their families that we value who they are and the gifts they
bring to our world. Harrison usually fundraises for the
Acadia S.M.I.L.E. program and the Annapolis Valley Chapter Of
Autism Nova Scotia. If you would like to make a contribution
you can contact Harrison at email@example.com or
Fri., Apr. 3rd, 10:30-11:15am: Christian
Meditation by Zoom We’re going to try gathering virtually
for our weekly Christian meditation and see how it goes. For
now we’ll follow our usual format (which can be emailed to
you). If you haven’t tried meditation before but would like
to, please contact Sandra. She can go over the format we’ve
been using and send you a link via email. To join in you can
download Zoom onto your home computer, iPad or smart phone.
It’s free. This enables us to see each other from wherever we
are. You can also participate without a computer by calling in
(using any phone) but it is a long distance call so be sure
you have a Canada-wide long distance calling plan to avoid
charges. If you have questions please call or email Sandra.
It’s really not as complicated as it sounds.
Ongoing Closure of the Church
Building: As parishioners will know from an email
sent on Wednesday, Archbishop Ron Cutler has asked us to plan for our church building to be
closed for at least two months. This means that there will be
no services in St. John’s for Palm Sunday, Holy Week or
Easter. We will be providing resources to help you worship at
home, as well as audio services so that we can observe this
holy time together in a different way. Details will follow
with the Easter newsletter. Our Parish Council met Tuesday
evening and considered how best to make St. John’s available
for personal prayer. We regret to say that we cannot see an
easy way to do that. With the concern over spread of the
COVID-19 virus it was agreed that we would not offer specific
hours for the church to be open at this time. Please talk to
Sandra or to Jim Nelson if this concerns you or can suggest a
way for us to do this safely.
Worship next week: If you are listed as a reader or leader
for the Prayers of the People next Sunday for either the 8am
or 10am service and you are comfortable recording yourself
reading we’d be happy to include it in our audio file. You can
do this by using the voice memo App on an iPhone or iPad or a
similar App on another brand of cell phone. If you have
questions, contact Sandra at 902-542-2464 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or Cameron Finlay at
email@example.com. Last week was a trial run and we
hope you’ll find it helpful to continue to hear the voices of
members of our parish even when we can’t be together in the
same building. This week Kyle Wells is leading the Prayers of
the People from his home in New Brunswick so this can be done
from wherever you are.
Pastoral Care in these
times: Please contact Sandra at 902-542-2464 if
there is a pastoral emergency or if you would like to talk to
someone in this time when you’re physically isolated from
friends and family. All hospitals and nursing homes are closed
to visitors, even clergy, unless there is a pastoral emergency
and the family requests our presence. Ministry will continue
by phone and, if you’re interested, other forms like FaceTime
or Skype or texting. Practicing physical distancing doesn’t
mean we have to be out of touch. Please reach out if you or
someone you know is in need. Sandra met with other church and
community leaders (by phone) last week and we are trying to
figure out how best to support those who are unable to get out
to purchase food or health supplies in the wider community,
and those who are suffering financially due to lost income
during the COVID-19 outbreak. Information will be shared once
it is available.
Rector’s Schedule: I will be available by phone, text,
FaceTime or Skype on Monday from 2-4pm and on Wednesday from
9-11am. While it may seem odd to include this, it seems
important to have set office hours as I normally do so you
know that you can reach me at specific times. I will be off
Tuesday and Saturday. - Sandra
Support: As you know, the Parish relies heavily
on financial contributions made by our parishioners and we are
grateful for your commitment and support. If you would like to
continue to provide weekly offerings while we are not holding
worship inside the church building, you may send donations by
mail to: St. John’s Anglican Church, 160 Main Street,
Wolfville, N.S., B4P 1C1. You can also drop them off at the
Rectory. Please don’t send cash in the mail, for security
reasons. Information on Pre-Approved Remittance and online
giving will also be available in the Easter newsletter, for
those who wish to consider those options.
Easter Newsletter: The newsletter will be printed and
distributed within the next week. If you can help to deliver
8-10 newsletters in your neighbourhood, please contact Debbie
MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-542-9219 (this will be
done in a safe manner with no physical contact so that we are
not putting one another at added risk). Those who signed up for an
electronic copy will receive it as an email attachment. If you
haven’t signed up for an electronic copy but would like one
please contact Debbie.