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St. John's Anglican Church

Parish of Horton, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

We are a welcoming & affirming community to all persons.


March 29th  2020, 5th Sunday in Lent/Passion Sunday

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


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 website ( and our Parish Facebook page ( We 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 Alternative Services

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

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.


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

First Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Karen Ferguson

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 Lord.

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;

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 morning.

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 Romans  

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: Sandon

Out of the depths I turn to you on high; Lord, hear my call.

Bend down your ear and listen to my cry, forgiving all.

If you should mark our sins, who then could stand?

But grace and mercy dwell at your right hand.


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 morning light.


Hope in the Lord; unfailing is God’s love; trust and confide.

Mercy and full redemption from above does grace provide.

From sin and evil, mighty though they seem,

God’s saving arm will all the saints redeem.


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.


Sermon: We Are Completely Cut Off…Or Are We?


Affirmation of Faith - Hear, O Israel (or Hear, O My People – said together)

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 yourself.

There is no commandment greater than these.


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 sick.

Our children are bored, stuck inside with no friends to play with, God. 

Grant extra creativity to their caregivers.

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 enough.

Our workers are jobless and aren’t sure where the money will come, with mounting bills to pay, God. 

Grant us the collective will to take care of them.

Our fellow parents are losing their minds, trying to keep kids occupied, and trying to teach them, God. 

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 presence.

Our parliamentarians, and those put in authority are confused and bombarded with sensory overload, God. 

Give them clarity and strength to administer our society. 

We haven’t done this before and we are scared, God. 

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 Nadia Bolz-Weber


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 ever. Amen.


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. Amen.


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 newsletter.


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 Scotia

·       Archbishop Ron Cutler as he prepares for retirement and our diocese as we prepare to elect a new bishop

·       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 afraid


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 or 902-542-3421.


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 or Cameron Finlay at 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


Continuing Financial 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 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.