St. John's Anglican Church
Parish of Horton, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
We are a welcoming & affirming community to all persons.
Sept. 20th, 16th Sunday after Pentecost / 15th Sunday after Trinity
Rector: The Rev’d Sandra Fyfe, 902-542-2464 firstname.lastname@example.org
Honourary Assistant: The Rev’d Dr. V. Bruce Matthews
Wardens: Camille Herbin, 902-670-7593; Jim Nelson, 902-542-9295
8AM Morning Prayer, The Book of Common Prayer
Collect: Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy; and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Reader: Shirley Marston Usher – Beth Turner
Greeter # 1 - Mary McMillan Greeter # 2 – Rosemary Feener
10AM A Service of the Word
The Gathering of the Community
Prelude: The Gift of Love (Hal H. Hopson; arr. John Carter)
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.
Collect for Purity
Almighty God, 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.
Dear friends in Christ, as we turn our hearts and minds to worship almighty God, let us confess our sins.
Most merciful God, 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.
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. Amen.
Musical Selection: Meditation on "Break Thou the Bread of Life" (John Barr)
The Collect of the Day: O God, from your providing hand even the dissatisfied and grumbling receive what they need for their lives. Teach us your ways of justice and lead us to practise your generosity, so that we may live a life worthy of the gospel made known through your Son Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Amen
The Proclamation of the Word
1st Reading: Exodus 16:2-15, Jim Nelson
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 led by Jim Nelson
Give thanks to the Lord and call upon the divine name; make known the deeds of the Lord among the peoples.
Sing to the Lord, sing praises, and speak of all the marvellous works of the Lord.
Glory in the holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Search for the strength of the Lord; continually seek the face of God.
Remember the marvels the Lord has done, the wonders and the judgements of the mouth of the Lord,
O offspring of Abraham the servant of God, O children of Jacob the chosen of the Lord.
You led out your people with silver and gold; in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.
Egypt was glad of their going, because they were afraid of them.
You spread out a cloud for a covering and a fire to give light in the night season.
They asked, and quails appeared, and you satisfied them with bread from heaven.
You opened the rock, and water flowed, so the river ran in the dry places.
For you, O God, remembered your holy word and Abraham your servant.
So you led forth your people with gladness, your chosen with shouts of joy.
You gave your people the lands of the nations, and they took the fruit of others’ toil,
that they might keep your statutes and observe your laws. Hallelujah!
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 for ever. Amen.
2nd Reading: Philippians 1:21-30, Murray Phillips
The Holy Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16, Murray Phillips
Affirmation of Faith (adapted from the Iona Abbey Worship Book)
We believe in a bright and amazing God who has been to the depths of despair on our behalf;
who has risen in splendour and majesty;
who decorates the universe with sparkling water, clear white light, twinkling stars and sharp colours, over and over again.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world:
that God believes in us, and trusts us,
even though we make the same mistakes over and over again.
We commit ourselves to Jesus, to one another as siblings in faith, and to God’s work in the world.
Prayers of the People: MaryEllen Finlay
A Prayer in a Time of Pandemic:
Loving God, whose peace passes all our understanding;
as we face this present pandemic, and experience fear and anxiety, may we hear your voice, bringing calm to the storms of our time. Strengthen those who work to limit the spread of infection, and those who seek to care for the sick, and keep us mindful of those most vulnerable. May we shape our living to protect one another, and may our changing habits, practices and sacrifices, be for the greater love of our community and all your people. Amen.
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.
Musical Selection: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
(Haydn; arr. Victor Labenske)
The offering is brought forward. We say together the Prayer Over the Gifts:
Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour, and the majesty; for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. All things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
Doxology: 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 ever. Amen.
A Blessing 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.
The Dismissal Our worship is ended; our service begins. Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord and one another.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
Postlude: Trumpet Melody (Robin Dinda)
Please allow the Usher to guide you out, starting from the back pews.
Greeter # 1 – Jim Amos Greeter # 2- Judy Amos
Usher – Denyse Nelson Counters – Mary & Murray Phillips
SERVICES FOR Sept. 27th
8:00 am BCP Morning Prayer 10:00 am BAS A Service of the Word
Cycle of Prayer
Please remember in your prayers…
- The Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and the Retired Clergy of Valley Region, including the Rev’d Canon Doug Hergett and the Rev’d Canon Russell Elliott
- Our new Bishop-Elect Sandra, her family and our parish and diocese as we enter this time of transition
Gracious Shepherd, we thank you that you have raised up your servant Sandra to be a bishop in your Church, to provide leadership, wisdom, and encouragement to all in this diocese. We thank you for the many gifts you have given her to challenge and inspire us. We pray that we may be willing to receive those gifts, to be changed and called to further growth in our faith by her example, and to pray for her and her ministry at all times. Amen
- All who are in need of God’s healing grace: Tom Shaw, 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, Gerry, Bob Best, Benjamin, Jean, Robert, Doug and Nancy Irvine, Beth, Jean & Betty, Andrew, Pamela and Audrey & Pam Finlay & Lee Harmer.
- Those we love who have died, remembering especially George Douglas (Sandra’s stepfather): rest eternal grant to him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him.
The wardens would like to thank all of those parishioners who have made our church reopening such a positive experience. To those courageous enough to forge ahead and take on the responsibility of actually opening the church for worship in July; to those who have had faith in us to venture out of their homes and come back to our services; to those who have crafted the cheerful flower arrangements at the altar and windows; to those who have uplifted us with beautiful music (even if we couldn’t sing); to those who have volunteered their time to be greeters and ushers at every service; and as well to all of those working every week behind the scenes to make our church a safe place to gather (including the lovely handmade masks offered to all)... we give our heartfelt thanks. As the Premier has said many times - “we are all in this together”! We made this happen here at St. John’s and that is something we should all be proud of!
Thanks to each and every one of you!
Mark these dates on your calendar
Please note: The Quiet Garden Retreat tentatively planned
for this week will be rescheduled to next year.
Mon., Sept. 21th, 9:30-11:00am: Coffee and Conversation by Zoom watch for the Zoom link in your email inbox
Mon., Sept. 21st at noon hour, ACW meeting. Bring your own lunch and drink. This will be an outdoor meeting and if the weather does not cooperate, we will re-schedule for the following Monday. We hope to catch up on news and hopefully plan ahead for a few fundraisers.
Tues., Sept. 22nd, 7pm: Parish Council meets in the Church
Weds. at noon: Garden Eucharist (weather permitting): Another Garden Eucharist will be held on the back field of the church property (behind the barn and under the trees) if the weather cooperates! Please bring a lawn chair if you have one and a small vessel with which to receive wine (a small Sherry glass or equivalent). Some glasses will be available if you forget. To offer your garden or yard or recommend a space for future services, contact Sandra at 902-542-2464 or email@example.com.
We are celebrating the Season of Creation. Come and learn more.
Weds., Sept. 23rd, 6:30pm: WAICC meeting by Zoom – WAICC members can expect to receive an email with details and reports.
Choir Practice "Re-Zooms"!: "We're flexible!" has been the motto of the St. John's choir; while it may not be possible to gather physically in the church to sing at this time, that doesn't mean we can't keep singing together. Starting on Thursday, September 24 at 4:30pm, we are going to launch into virtual choir practices using Zoom. We invite all who are interested to join us for a time of learning new music, enjoying fellowship, and singing hearty praise! Please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Fridays, 10:30-11:15am: Christian Meditation Join us in the church or over Zoom for a time of reflection and silence (enter and exit by the main doors if coming to the Church). A Zoom link is sent to those who request it. The group is open to all - instruction offered.
Mon., Nov. 30th (St. Andrew’s Day), time TBD: Consecration and Installation of Sandra Fyfe as Diocesan Bishop. Further details will be shared when they are available.
Rector’s Schedule: Sandra will be in the church office Thurs., 1-3 pm or by appointment. She will be off Tuesday afternoon and Saturday.
Choral Scholars: As our choir embarks into the digital age, choral scholars will continue to play an important role in the music program at St. John's. As conditions permit, it may be possible for soloists to join us on Sunday mornings. Choral scholars will also assist with our virtual choir practices, serving as section leaders to help us learn online. Your continued support of this valuable outreach is greatly appreciated!
Thanksgiving Newsletter: I have begun putting together the Thanksgiving Newsletter. If you have anything to be added please email it to email@example.com before Sept. 27th.
Have you lost track of time? One of Jim Hennigar’s “finds” this summer while exploring the church property with his metal detector was a silver watch. If you lost one a while back (maybe at the British Cream Tea?) please contact Sandra. It was found on the field behind the barn.