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St. John's Anglican Church, Parish of Horton, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

We are a welcoming & affirming community to all persons.

May 31st, 2020 The Day of Pentecost / Whitsunday

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

Director of Music and Organist: Dr. Michelle Boyd

Singers for hymns (recorded remotely): Adam Boyd, Brandon Zuniga, Cameron Finlay, Evan Tanner,

Mary Ellen Finlay, Meg Finlay, Michelle Boyd and Wendy Keddy

Technical Assistance: Cameron Finlay


Worship Resources for this Sunday

Our worship resources are posted on the Parish website: ( and our Parish Facebook page: (

Our church bells will ring at 8am & 10am on Sundays to remind the community

that we are gathering for worship even when we are not using our church building.


Here is the Zoom link for Coffee and Conversation this Sunday at 11:30am

(just click on the text below the words “Join Zoom Meeting”). For help contact Sandra.

Join Zoom Meeting


Don’t forget to wear or bring something red, orange or yellow to celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the church.

8 am The Book of Common Prayer

For your own personal devotions and reflection this week:

Collect: GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the  same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.


A Service of the Word, The Book of Alternative Services

The Gathering of the Community

Prelude: Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart (arr. Mark Hayes)


Welcome and Introduction           (Anglican Parishes of Aylesford and Berwick)

We celebrate Pentecost to recognize the wondrous gift of the Holy Spirit acknowledging that God's very life, breath and energy were given to us.
We light a candle and enjoy the flickering light, the fragrance and warmth it creates.
But without the spark that ignites, there will be no flame.
Without the wax, the source of power, the wick will not burn.
Without the flame, there will be no fragrance, no warmth, no light.
And so with us, Lord.
You are the catalyst that ignites us, and the fuel that sustains us.
You fill us with your fragrance as you enter our lives.
You empower us to carry your flame in our hearts to be the fragrance, warmth, and light of your love, in this dark world. 

Come, Holy Spirit, Come.


Opening Hymn:  #645 Come Down, O Love Divine

Come down, O Love divine, seek thou this soul of mine, and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear, and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.


O let it freely burn, till earthly passions turn to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
and let thy glorious light shine ever on my sight, and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.


Let holy charity mine outward vesture be, and lowliness become my inner clothing;

true lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part,

and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.


And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,

shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, till they become the place wherein the Holy Spirit finds a dwelling.


Litany of Confession and Promise (based on Joel 2:28-29), led by Alec Fyfe

Our youth offer prophesy of challenge and judgement,

we nod politely with clenched teeth and closed eyes.

Invited to dream dreams,

we prefer the familiarity of the past.

Winds of vision swirl around us,

we close the windows and bolt the doors.

Even on us,

even here,

The Spirit will pour forth.

Come, Holy Spirit, Come.

~ written by Katherine Hawker, and posted on Liturgies Outside.


#702 Gloria (sung)  

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.


The Collect of the Day: God of wind and flame, send your life-giving Spirit upon your people: give fire to our words, strength to our witness and boldness to our proclamation of your wondrous work in Christ; who, with you and the Spirit, lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen


Children’s Refrain #232, v. 7

Jesus will live forever, Jesus will live forever, Jesus will live forever. Alleluia!


The Proclamation of the Word  

First Reading: Acts 2:1-21  Read by John Whidden

A reading from the book of Acts

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’   

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 104:24-34, 35b   Read by Jim & Denyse Nelson

O Lord, how manifold are your works!  In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, creatures both small and great.

There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, which you have made for the sport of it.

All of them look to you to give them their food in due season.

You give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

You hide your face, and they are terrified; you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.

You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth.

May your glory, O Lord, endure forever; may you rejoice in all your works;

you look at the earth and it trembles; you touch the mountains and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will praise my God while I have my being.

May these words of mine please you; I will rejoice in the Lord.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.  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.


Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13  Read by Adam Boyd

A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians

No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Anthem: If Ye Love Me (Thomas Tallis); Singers: Adam Boyd, Brandon Zuniga, Cameron Finlay, Daniel Webb, Evan Tanner, Greg Lowe, Lee Harmer, Mary Ellen Finlay, Meg Finlay, Michelle Boyd, Penny Harbin, Robin Harmer, Sally Sparrow, Steve Powell and Wendy Keddy

Gospel Reading, John 20:19-23  Read by Debbie MacDonald

A reading from the Gospel according John

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”    The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Sermon: The Rev’d Sandra Fyfe

Affirmation of Faith (Hear, O Israel* - the words “my people” may be substituted for “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, Led by Kyle Wells

A Prayer from the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland

God of descending fire, God of Pentecostal streets: transform us into your people.
May we listen to those who speak in the global language of protest --
shouts that are mistaken as foreign.
Their tongues/our tongues tell of pain and fear in words we all know by heart.
Send us out from our hiding to speak about love, to demonstrate the power of justice.
And may we see the new community you make in the admission and forgiveness of sin.

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: 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 Franciscan 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: #646 Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers

Spirit divine, attend our prayers, and make our hearts your home;
descend with all your gracious powers: O come, great Spirit, come!

Come as they light: to us reveal our emptiness and woe,

and lead us in those paths of life where all the righteous go.

Come as the fire and purge our hearts like sacrificial flame;
let our whole self an offering be to our Redeemer's name.

Come as the dove and spread your wings, the wings of peaceful love;
and let your church on earth become blest as the church above.

Come as the wind, with rushing sound and pentecostal grace,
that all of woman born may see the glory of your face.

Spirit divine, attend our prayers; make this lost world your home;

descend with all your gracious powers: O come, great Spirit, come!



To a troubled world:  peace from Christ.

To a searching world:  love from Christ.

To a waiting world:  hope from Christ.

Let us spread Christ’s love with the power of the Spirit. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Postlude: Improvisation on ‘Aberswyth’ (Hal H. Hopson)


Cycle of Prayer

Please remember in your prayers…

  • The Anglican Church of Melanesia along with the parishes of St. James, Armdale; St. George’s Halifax & St. Margaret of Scotland, Halifax
  • Archbishop Ron Cutler as he prepares for retirement as our Diocesan Bishop
  • All who have been nominated in the upcoming electoral synod for a new Diocesan

Bishop, including our Rector Sandra Fyfe and the Reverends Katherine Bourbonniere, Carl Fraser and Elliott Siteman

  • 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, Gerry, Bob Best, Benjamin, Jean, Robert, Doug and Nancy Irvine, Beth, Jean and Betty
  • All who are working for racial justice in our communities and in other parts of the world: that God’s Spirit might challenge us to speak out for justice and peace among all people, and help us to respect the dignity of every human life


Diocesan Season of Prayer Collect: (By The Rev’d Michelle Bull)

O God our Creator and Redeemer, it pleases you to invite us into the mission of Jesus, establishing the reign of God on earth. You promised through your Son to send the Spirit upon us, to teach us everything. We pray that you will send a fresh outpouring of your Spirit on this Diocese. Grant us clear vision and wisdom to discern what you are now calling us to do and the courage, love and creativity to perform it to your glory. We ask it in the name of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.



Mark these dates on your calendar

Today (Sunday, May 31st) at 11:30am: Coffee and Conversation over Zoom – Wear or bring something red, orange or yellow and join in as we celebrate Pentecost from our homes. Prizes for the best Pentecost attire! This is an informal way to stay connected with fellow parishioners. The Zoom link is being sent with the bulletin. For help with Zoom, contact Sandra at 902-542-2464 or by email at

Weds., June 3rd at noon: Midday Prayer by Zoom  A link and order of service will be sent to those on our email list on Wednesday morning. Pray with us from wherever you are. This service is led from St. John’s. If you have prayer requests or would like to have votive candles lit on your behalf to remember a person or situation, please email Sandra and candles will be lit just before Midday Prayer begins. You can give particulars or simply indicate how many candles you’d like to have lit. We’ll be remembering the Martyrs of Uganda (the Anglican Church commemorates them on June 3rd) and praying about the stifling of voices then and now.

Fri., 10:30-11:15am: Christian Meditation by Zoom We meet virtually each week to meditate together from wherever we are. This link is sent to those who request it and does not go to our entire email list but 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.


Thank you!

To Heather Jordan and Cathy Stewart for cleaning up the garden on the front bank of the church.

To Shirley and Vickie Marston and all who contributed plants and birdhouses, those who painted rocks or plant pots, and all who helped in any way with our annual plant sale. It was a great success!

To all who attended Bible Studies on 1 Peter. We hope to offer another study soon. Watch for details.


Upcoming Book Study: The Rev’d Canon Lynn Uzans (Assistant Priest in the Parish of Wilmot) will be leading a study on Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color by Khristi Lauren Adams. The author is a trained counselor, Baptist pastor and youth advocate, and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She was interviewed last week on the CBC Radio program Tapestry. The link is here if you’d like to listen to it (her interview is about halfway into the program):

At a time when we’re hearing so much (again) about racial violence in North America, this is a timely topic. Lynn welcomes folks from our Parish and beyond to join her. All are responsible for purchasing their own books. For more information contact Lynn at


Pastoral Care in these times: Please contact Sandra at 902-542-2464 if there is a pastoral emergency or you would like to talk to someone. With the easing of restrictions, personal visits outdoors are now possible (while maintaining 6’ distance from one another). If you’d like a visit or would like to drop by the rectory yard during office hours, contact Sandra. It doesn’t have to be an emergency.


Rector’s Schedule: Sandra will be available in the office (or in the rectory yard if weather permits), Tues., 11:30-1pm and Thursday 3-5pm. She will be off Monday and Saturday.

Continuing Financial Support: To continue your regular offerings, please send donations by mail to: St. John’s Anglican Church, 160 Main Street, Wolfville, N.S., B4P 1C1. Please don’t send cash in the mail, for security reasons. Donations can also be made by clicking on the CanadaHelps button in the middle of the home page of our parish website:

Information on Pre-Approved Remittance (PAR) and online giving are available. Please contact our Treasurer Bob Wrye at 902-542-2301 or