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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.

Aug. 9th, 10th Sunday after Pentecost / 9th Sunday after Trinity

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

8AM  Morning Prayer, The Book of Common Prayer

Collect: GRANT to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as be rightful; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Reading:  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, Val Burtsell

Prayers of the People: Patsy Clothier

   Greeter # 1 -   John Patterson        Greeter # 2 – AnneMarie Patterson

Usher – Pat Moore


10AM  A service of the word

The Gathering of the Community

Prelude: Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus (arr. Nancy Raabe)


Welcome and Introduction, followed by the Grace

Let us look around in wonder:

For the world burns bright with God’s love.

Let us open our hearts to listen:

For God is calling us by name.

Let us speak words of hope:

For God has given us voice.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all.


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.


Musical Selection: Eternal Father, Strong to Save (arr. Victor Labenske)


The Collect of the Day: Through the storms of life, O God, you walk with your people in the person of Jesus your Son. Calm our fears and strengthen our faith so that we may never doubt his presence among us but proclaim that he is your Son, risen from the dead, living forever. Amen


The Proclamation of the Word

Reading:  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, Murray Phillips


Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b, Led by Murray Phillips

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.

Then God called for a famine in the land and destroyed the supply of bread.

The Lord sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave

They bruised his feet in fetters; his neck they put in an iron collar.

Until his prediction came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.

The king sent and released him; the ruler of the peoples set him free.

He set him as master over his household, as a ruler over all his possessions,

to instruct his princes according to his will and to teach his elders wisdom.

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 forever. Amen.


The Holy Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33, Murray Phillips

Reflection: Meg Finlay

Affirmation of Faith – Hear, O Israel

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: 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 Diocese of Niagara)


Musical Selection: In Christ Alone (arr. Larry Shackley)

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.



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.


Doxology: Whoever we are, we are known to God. Whatever we’ve done, we belong to God. Wherever we go, we are loved by God. Today and everyday may we boldly declare:

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.


Sending Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for hearing our prayers, feeding us with your word, and encouraging us in our meeting together.
Take us and use us to love and serve you, and all people, in the power of your Spirit and in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (A Prayer Book for Australia)


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: Fanfare (Kevin L. Raybuck)


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



Meg Finlay will lead us in worship.

8:00 am BCP    10:00 am BAS - A Service of the Word

Cycle of Prayer

Please remember in your prayers…

  • The Anglican Church in the Province of Rwanda along with the parishes of the Valley Region: Avon Valley; Aylesford with Berwick; Cornwallis and our own parish of Horton, NS.
  • The city of Beirut. 135 people died, about 5,000 were injured and another 300,000 people have been left without a place to live after an massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. Hospitals have been overwhelmed by the injured.
  • All who are in need of God’s healing grace: Marlene & John Reid, 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.
  • All those we love who have died, remembering especially The Rev’d Dr. Lloyd Gesner: rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him.



Mark these dates on your calendar

WAICC Worship on Eastlink – The Wolfville Area Inter-Church Council is happy to announce Eastlink TV will continue providing a time slot in September and October for worship services intended for the Long Term and Retirement Homes in our area on Channel 10, Sundays, at 12:30 pm. Stay tuned for a more complete schedule.

• Aug 9: Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra with Andy Pitter, Orchard Valley

• Aug 16: liturgy by Rev Don Sellsted, Orchard Valley, music by John Scott and Rev Dr Marjorie Lewis, Acadia

•Aug 23 & 30: liturgy by Rev Don Sellsted, Orchard Valley; TBA


Mon., Aug. 10th, 9:30-11:00am: Coffee and Conversation by Zoom Coffee and Conversation, Every Monday, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 870 2293 5714


Fridays, 10:30-11:15am: Christian Meditation by Zoom We meet virtually each week to meditate together. A Zoom link is sent to those who request it; our meditation group is open to all. If you have questions please call or email Sandra. If you can’t join electronically, consider holding this time and meditating from wherever you are. There is also a Christian Meditation group meeting by Zoom on Monday evenings from 6:30-8pm. If interested, please contact Sandra for the information and Zoom link.


Rector’s Schedule: Sandra will be on vacation until August 18th. The Rev’d Dr. Bruce Matthews will be available for pastoral emergencies at 902-542-1910. Meg Finlay will lead next Sunday’s service, August 16th. If there are other concerns, please contact one of our Wardens, Camille or Jim.


Aug. 29th, The Kings-Kikima Grannies Yard Sale.  will be holding a sale of jewelery / fabric / knitted items / decorator plates /house hold items on at The Lions Hall Wolfville from 8am until Noon. Covid 19 protocol will be in place and masks are required. Donated items drop off Friday Aug. 28th, from 2-6PM. All public health guidelines will be followed. Freewill donations, but due to COVID 19 change will not be available.

Forward Day by Day booklets are available for August-October. Please pick up a copy on your way into church. They can be found near the main entrance. If you know someone who might like one of these booklets, please consider dropping one off to them.


NOTICE: As you know, as of 31 July we will all be wearing masks when we go into stores or any other enclosed area where it will be difficult to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet. Dr. Strang has met with our Bishop Cutler and other religious leaders to clarify how the Directive applies to places of worship. Our present service plan meets the requirements as outlined in their discussions. We will carry on as we have without any changes. Continuing to wear your mask in the pews is still a matter of personal choice.