St. John's Anglican Church
Parish of Horton, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
We are a welcoming & affirming community to all persons.
Oct. 25th, 21st Sunday after Pentecost / 20th Sunday after Trinity
Rector: The Rev’d Sandra Fyfe, 902-542-2464 email@example.com
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: O ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that thou wouldest have done; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Reader: Pat Moore Usher – Rosemary Feener
Greeter # 1 - John Patterson Greeter # 2 – AnneMarie Patterson
10AM A Service of the Word
The Gathering of the Community
Prelude: Grace Greater than Our Sin (arr. Lyndell Leatherman)
Welcome and Introduction
O God of life, of all life and of each life, we lay our lives before you.
We give our lives to you, from whom nothing is hidden.
You are before us, O God, you are behind.
You are around us, O God, you are within.
O God of life, you know the secret thoughts of every heart.
We bring the faith that is in us, and the doubt;
we bring the joy that is in us, and the sorrow.
O God of life, you are in the light, and in the darkness.
We bring the knowledge that is in us, and the ignorance;
we bring the hope that is in us, and the despair.
O God of life, O generous Spirit.
Renew us with your life, today, tomorrow and always. Amen.
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
Let us pray. 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.
Opening Hymn Sister, Let Me be Your Servant #500
(we are now allowed to sing softly while wearing our masks)
The Collect of the Day: Your love, O God, is boundless. We who were strangers have been made your children; we who were defenceless have been brought into your household. Keep us mindful of your mercy, so that we may love you with our whole heart and love our neighbour as ourselves. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen
The Proclamation of the Word
1st Reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Ron Stuart
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 Led by Ron Stuart
Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, from age to age you are God.
You turn us back to the dust and say, “Go back, O child of earth.”
For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past and like a watch in the night.
You sweep us away like a dream; we fade away suddenly like the grass.
In the morning it is green and flourishes; in the evening it is dried up and withered.
Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? Be gracious to your servants.
Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us and the years in which we suffered adversity.
Show your servants your works and your splendour to their children.
May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.
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: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, John Whidden
The Holy Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46, John Whidden
Affirmation of Faith – Hear, O Israel
Hear, O Israel, 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 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: According to Thy Gracious Word
(arr. Gilbert M. Martin)
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.
Closing Hymn: Your Hand, O God, Has Guided #444
(we are now allowed to sing softly while wearing our masks)
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: Sing to the Lord of Harvest (arr. Dennis Eliot)
Please allow the Usher to guide you out, starting from the back pews.
Greeter # 1 – Jim Fyfe Greeter # 2- MaryEllen Finlay
Usher – Murray Phillips Counters – Helen & John Whidden
SERVICES FOR Nov. 1st – All Saints Day
8:00 am BCP Holy Communion 10:00 am BCP Holy Communion
Presider and Preacher: The Rev’d Dr. V. Bruce Matthews
Cycle of Prayer
Please remember in your prayers…
- The Church in Wales along with the parishes of New Germany & Western Shore, NS
- Indigenous and commercial fishers in Southwest Nova Scotia as they seek a peaceful resolution to the current dispute
- All who are in need of God’s healing grace: Gloria, Connie, Heidi, Ann Watson, Kathleen, Rob Phillips, Don & Betty Little, Sylvia, Roger Harris, Vange, Tracey, Becca, Kathy, Willie, Annalee, Louisa Patterson, Bill Pearman, Gerry, Bob Best, Jean, Robert, Doug and Nancy Irvine, Beth, Jean & Betty, Andrew, Pam Finlay, Lee Harmer, Audrey, Jonathan Jucker
- All whose memory we cherish and whose presence we miss
Mark these dates on your calendar
Mon., Oct. 19th, 9:30-11:00am: Coffee and Conversation by Zoom
Fridays, 10:30-11:15am: Christian Meditation Join us in the church or over Zoom for a time of reflection and silence. A Zoom link is sent to all who request it. The group is open to all - instruction offered.
Mon., Nov. 2nd (All Souls’ Day), 7pm: Praying our Goodbyes
A special service to remember those we love but see no longer. Original music offered by Kimberly Matherson, as well as prayer, poetry and a time to light candles to remember departed loved ones. Please see the sheet at the back of the church and note the names of those you’d like to have remembered in prayer at the service.
Rector’s Schedule: Sandra will be in the church office Mon., 1-3pm and at Charts Cafe Weds., 9:30-11am. She will be off Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. If you or someone you know would like home communion, please contact Sandra directly.
Sat., Nov. 14th, 10am-3pm (online via Zoom): Vital Church Maritimes Conference – The Winds of Change: Finding our Joy
Join in a day of enrichment to learn about navigating change, how to harness it for missional ministry and discover hope for your church! Cost: $10; Speaker: The Rev'd. Tasha Carrothers, Missioner for Parish Development, Diocese of New Westminster, BC. Register now at:
Sunday School Brainstorming Session: Our Sunday School is small but we hope to continue to offer options for our children and youth to grow in the knowledge and love of God. If you’d be willing to meet to talk about how we might approach this going forward (including online options), please contact Sandra at 902-542-2464 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kings Kikima Grannies: Donations of jewelry can be left at the back of the church. There is a straw bag sitting in the last pew at the back or in the meeting room on the rocking chair. All donations are welcome - even broken jewelry is accepted.
PWRDF CHRISTMAS CARDS: This year, with COVID-19 making many feel so isolated, sending Christmas cards can be an opportunity to reach out to friends and family we cannot easily visit. There are two designs for 2020, one on the theme “Come and Worship” showing the Magi following the star to Bethlehem and the other, “Let Earth Receive Her King” showing a Christmas ornament like the Earth in a starry sky. With a minimum donation of $25 per pack of 12 cards, PWRDF will issue a charitable tax receipt. For details and to order see the notice on the bulletin board or contact Helen Whidden, 902-542-5061; email@example.com. For an update on PWRDF’s current work visit pwrdf.org.
Church Envelopes: If you don't have envelopes but would like some for next year or if you wish to stop, please email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 902-692-1214. This is also a good time to start PAR (pre-authorized remittance). Contact Linda, or Bob Wrye (email@example.com) for PAR forms. Envelopes will be in the church in November.
1. Sanitize your hands upon entering and leaving the Church.
2. Give your name and contact phone number to the greeter
3. Let the usher direct you where to sit. You may not be able to sit in your usual seat.
4. Wear your mask while in the church building unless you are a reader. Remove the mask only when you get to the lectern and replace it before you leave the lectern. You must wear the mask through the entire service
5. You must maintain 6 foot spacing in the pews unless the people sharing the pew are in your bubble.
6. The back of the church and the multipurpose room have been marked with yellow spots for 6 foot spacing and allow for more flexibility than the pews. Please allow the Ushers to direct you how the chairs can be rearranged.
7. There is video and sound in the multipurpose room so you will be able to see and hear the service.
8. In order to maintain 6 foot spacing when leaving the church please leave pew by pew spacing yourself so you can maintain the 6-foot physical spacing.
9. Please follow the greeters and usher‘s instructions. If we cannot follow the rules as outlined we will be required to move to a reservation system