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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.

February 16th, 2020  -  6th Sunday after the Epiphany

PWRDF Sunday

Rector: The Rev’d Sandra Fyfe, 902-542-2464 fyfesandra@hotmail.com

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: Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth that in tranquility your kingdom may go forward, till the earth be filled with the knowledge of your

love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Reader: Helen Shaw         Prayers of the People: Chris Maltby

Eucharistic Assistant: Beth Turner

 

10am    Holy Eucharist,  The Book of Alternative Services

This morning we welcome PWRDF representative Gillian Power as our guest preacher and facilitator of the Mapping Exercise later today.

Special thanks to our PWRDF representative, Helen Whidden,

for her time spent in preparing for this special service.

The Gathering of the Community

      Processional Hymn Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above #310

      The Greeting

      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.

      Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;

      There is no end of God’s greatness.

      One generation shall praise your works to another,

      And shall declare your power.

      All your works praise you, O Lord,

      And your faithful servants bless you.

      They make known the glory of your kingdom

      And speak of your power.

      My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord;

      Let all flesh bless God’s holy name for ever and ever.

      Let us pray.

The Collect of the Day: Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth that in tranquility your kingdom may go forward, till the earth be filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

As the children depart for Sunday School we will sing,

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine… (sing 3 times)

let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Ev'ry-where I go, I'm gonna let it shine... (sing 3 times)

let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Jesus gave it to me, I'm gonna let it shine... (sing 3 times)

let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

 

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Adam Boyd

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 119:1-8

Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!

Happy are they who observe your decrees and seek you with all their hearts;

who never do any wrong, but always walk in your ways.

You laid down your commandments, that we should fully keep them.

Oh, that my ways were made so direct that I might keep your statutes!

Then I should not be put to shame, when I regard all your commandments.

I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, when I have learned your righteous judgements.

I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me.

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: (from PWRDF Resources), Helen Whidden

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

Thanks be to God.

Gradual Hymn    When God Restored Our Common Life  #583

The Holy Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

Sermon: Gillian Power

Affirmation of Faith: Let us confess our faith as we say,

We are not alone; we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who works in others and us through the Spirit. We trust in the Creator. We are called to be, to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in creation,

to love and serve others, to seek justice and to resist injustice,

to seek out models for hope and peace. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.

 

The Prayers of the People, Elaine Slauenwhite

 

Confession and Absolution

Dear friends in Christ, as we hear the stories of our sisters and brothers around the world, we become aware of their need, of our complicity in accepting and maintaining unjust economic and social structures, of the blindness of privilege in this world. God is a God of generous love for us, of infinite mercy, who welcomes all sinners to this holy table. Let us confess our sins to almighty God.

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.

 

Greeting of Peace

That we may be a sign of hope for the world, let us be at peace with one another. The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

The members of the community greet one another with a sign of peace.

       

The Celebration of the Eucharist

Offertory Hymn            For the Healing of the Nations  #576

Prayer over the Gifts: Let us pray. Gracious God, you call your people to serve you by serving the least among us. Accept all we offer you this day, that as we give it, we may also give ourselves in your service, through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

      Eucharistic Prayer

      The Lord be with you.

      And also with you.

      Lift up our hearts.

      We lift them to the Lord.

      Let us give thanks to God our Creator.

      It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Eternal God, Source of all being, we give you thanks and praise for your faithful love.

You call us into friendship with you and one another

to be your holy people, a sign of your presence in the world.

When those we trust betray us, unfailingly you remain with us. When we injure others, you confront us in your love

and call us to the paths of righteousness.

You stand with the weak, and those, broken and alone,

whom you have always welcomed home,

making the first last, and the last first.

Therefore we raise our voices with angels and archangels,

forever praising you and singing          Holy, holy, holy…  #735

 

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might (x2)

heaven and earth are full, full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed are you, O Holy One: when Hagar was driven into

      the wilderness you followed her and gave her hope.

When Joseph was sold into bondage, you turned malice to your people’s good.

When you called your people out of slavery, you brought them through the wilderness into the promised land.

When your people were taken into exile you wept with them

by the river of Babylon and carried them home.

Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

 

At the right time you sent your Anointed One

to stand with the poor, the outcast and the oppressed.

Jesus touched lepers, and the sick, and healed them.

He accepted water from a woman of Samaria

and offered her the water of new life.

Christ knew the desolation of the cross and opened the way

for all humanity into the redemption of your reconciling love.

On the night he was betrayed, Jesus, at supper with his friends, took bread, gave you thanks, broke the bread, gave it to them, and said, “Take and eat: this is my body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine, and when he had given thanks, He gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you:

this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you

and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

 

Loving and Holy One, recalling Christ’s death and resurrection, we offer you these gifts, longing for the bread of tomorrow and the wine of the age to come. Therefore we proclaim our hope. Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory.

 

Pour out your Spirit on these gifts that through them you may sustain us in our hunger for your peace. We hold before you all whose lives are marked by suffering, our sisters and brothers. When we are broken and cast aside, embrace us in your love. Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

 

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours,

O Source of all life, now and forever. Amen.

     

The Lord’s Prayer: And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray,

      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.

 

The Breaking of the Bread: “I am the bread which has come down from heaven,” says the Lord.”

      Give us this bread for ever.

      “I am the vine, you are the branches.”

      May we dwell in him, as he lives in us.

      The gifts of God for the people of God.

      Thanks be to God.                                           Lamb of God…#745

      Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us (x2)

      Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; grant us peace,

      grant us peace.

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

       Communion hymn:        Come Now, O Prince of Peace  #588

Choir Anthem

Prayer after Communion: Let us pray. Giver of all life,

we praise you for all the gifts you give to your children.

Give us the grace to minister to one another in reverence

for all human life, relieving the burdens of impoverishment,

hunger, injustice and fear, that your people of all languages,

races and nations, may come to your eternal kingdom

where there is peace and plenty for all; in the name of

Christ Jesus our Lord. 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.

 

The Blessing:  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, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, be with us all evermore. Amen.  

       Closing Hymn               Let Streams of Living Justice  #575

  The Dismissal

   Go forth from this place filled with love and committed to

       justice; guided by God’s pure and peaceable wisdom.

       Thanks be to God!

 

Eucharistic Assistant: Jim Amos

Greeters: Denyse & Jim Nelson

Counters: John & Helen Whidden

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

 

Please bring last year’s palm crosses with you next Sunday so they can be turned into ashes for Ash Wednesday.

 

Cycle of Prayer

Please remember in your prayers…

·       The Church of the Province of Central Africa along with the Parish of the Resurrection, Sydney

·       Archbishop Ron Cutler as he prepares for his retirement, and our diocese as we plan for a transition in episcopal leadership

·       For the work of the PWRDF

·       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 & Diane

 

SERVICES FOR Feb. 23rd

8:00 am Holy Communion (BCP)    10:00 am Morning Prayer (BAS)

followed by Parish Annual General Meeting at 11:00am 

 

Announcements

Mark these dates on your calendar

TODAY, Sun., Feb. 16th: PWRDF Sunday, Soup (11:30am) and Mapping the Ground We Stand On Exercise (12:45pm)

At about 11:30am we’ll share a simple soup lunch and then at 12:45pm Gillian will lead us in the PWRDF program – Mapping the Ground We Stand On. This reconciliation-focused activity lets us explore traditional indigenous territories on Turtle Island (what we now call Canada) and examines Canada’s colonial legacy. The exercise involves the use of a large map that will help us to see the geographic area a variety of First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities inhabited before settlers arrived on these lands. You are invited to bring your own ancestry and heritage to the exercise, as together we consider more deeply what it means to live in harmony in a place that so many different people call home.

 

Mon., Feb. 17th, noon: ACW meeting Bring your lunch; tea/coffee provided. We welcome some of the Kings Kikima Grannies as our guest presenters. All are welcome to come hear about their work.

 

Tues., Feb. 18th, 3:30pm: Friendly Church Visitors meeting at the back of the church. New members and inquirers welcome.

 

Weds., Feb. 19th, 10:30am, Blomidon Court: Hymn Sing

 

Weds., Feb. 19th, 2:30pm: Sanctuary Guild meeting at the church, focused on what we do within the Sanctuary Guild during the time from Lent through to after Easter. New members and inquirers welcome. For more info, contact Elaine Slauenwhite at 902-684-0430 or eastmedowlark@gmail.com

 

Weds., Feb. 19th, 4pm, Multipurpose Room: Paul Hobson will share some reflections on his time in China. All are welcome.

 

arish Annual General Meeting: Sun., Feb. 23rd, 11am (following a 10am service of Morning Prayer). No changes to the 8am service.

 

Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held Feb. 25th, 5-7pm

We need helpers to set up, prepare and cook pancakes (from 2:30pm onwards), and to serve and clean up (4:30pm onwards). If you can help with any of these tasks, please talk to Jim Nelson. Price adults $10, Children under age 3 eat free, $5 first child between the ages of 3-12, all additional children eat free.

 

Sat., Mar. 7th, 7:30pm, Wolfville Baptist Church: THIS WE KNOW - music of strength, spirit, and hope. A concert of a hundred voices, with the Manning Chapel Choir, directed by John Scott, and the AVHC Senior Girls and The Aeolian Singers, directed by Heather Fraser. Tickets: $15/$5 in advance at www.avhc.ca/tickets 1-888-311-9090 or Valley TicketPro locations. $20/$10 at the door.

Church & Community News

2019 Annual Reports: are at the back of the church. One per family please. Bring them with you to the AGM on Feb. 23rd.

 

The Agenda for the AGM is available at the back of the church- please read it carefully and submit any additions/ comments to Camille Herbin at   camilleherbin@ yahoo.ca before Wed. Feb 19th. Your input is important and all thoughts are welcome!

 

Income tax Receipts are in the last pew at the back of the church. If you can deliver any for us that would help with postage.

 

Clergy Schedule: Sandra will be in the church office Tues., 3:30-5pm and at TAN Coffee Thurs., 9:30-11:30. She will be off Monday morning and Friday.

 

Pastoral and Palliative Care Volunteer Online Training Program

Queen’s College Faculty of Theology in St. John’s, NL is offering a free, online Certificate in Pastoral and Palliative Care Visitation. This program is designed to equip interested individuals with the knowledge and skills for effective pastoral visitation and spiritual support ministries to people in their homes, in hospitals and in long-term care facilities. This 8-week program can be offered here at St. John’s at a time suitable for our group. A Certificate in Pastoral and Palliative Care Visitation will be offered to those who complete the program. Topics for the program include: Listening and Communication; Home Care Support program; Discernment for Effective Pastoral Care; Visitation to Residents in Long Term Care; Mental Health Illnesses and Related Legislation and Resources; Pastoral Care for those with Active Mental Illnesses and Addictions; End of Life Matters and Palliative Care; Grief; and, Care for the Caregiver. For more information talk to Sandra Fyfe. Registration forms are available at the back of the church. Note: as sessions are posted online, if you miss a session you can watch it at home on your computer.

 

 

MORE BOLD – SIGN UP NOW!

The fourth session of MORE Mission School for parishes in the Valley Region takes place Sat., Mar. 14th at Christ Church, Berwick. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED - DEADLINE is midnight, Weds., Mar. 11 (visit www.nspeidiocese.ca or phone 902-420-0717).  

There are at least three people from St. John’s attending and we’d be happy to offer you a drive if you’d like to be part of our parish team!

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you…Thank you to all who donated socks to the sock drive organized by the Wolfville Area Inter-Church Council. Together we collected about 400 pairs of socks, which are now being distributed to Chrysalis House, Open Arms, Harvest House and the Meet Your Feet program. Thank you for your caring and generosity!

 

Thank you to Arta Skuja for leading us in a form of meditation last Friday using an icon she created, and for her informative discussion on creating and using icons. Thanks also to all who contributed food to our “simple soup lunch” following Arta’s presentation, which turned into a feast.

 

Thank you to Kimberly Matheson for opening her home for the recent student dinner and to all who shared their culinary talents with those of us who attended. The seven students were well fed – and so were the rest of us!