St. John's Anglican Church
Parish of Horton, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
We are a welcoming & affirming community to all persons.
Nov. 22nd, White Ribbon Sunday
Last Sunday after Pentecost / The Reign of Christ
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
Director of Music and Organist: Dr. Michelle Boyd firstname.lastname@example.org
8AM Celtic Morning Prayer – as below (without music)
Greeter # 1 – Mary McMillan Greeter # 2 – Rosemary Feener
Usher - Beth Turner Reader: Shirley Marston
10AM Celtic Morning Prayer
The Gathering of the Community
Prelude: Lead On, O King Eternal (arr. Joshua Evanovich)
Come to us as we gather, O God,
Come to us with light.
Speak to us as we gather, O God,
Speak to us your truth.
Dwell with us as we gather, O God,
Dwell with us in love.
In June of 2009 we shared in a Celebration of New Ministry to mark the beginning of our ministry together at St. John’s. Today, 11½ years later, we give thanks for that ministry and all that we’ve shared as I prepare to conclude my time as your Rector.
The Bible reminds us that we are a pilgrimage people. We are all travelers, sojourners...situated in a given place for only a season. Today we give thanks for this season of our lives together and trust in God’s grace to lead us into the future.
Let us pray.
God of eternity...
we trust in your compassionate love. Our past is a part of sacred history. We share in the heritage of your faithful people. We are thankful for the centuries of tradition. We look back in gratitude and faith.
God of eternity,
we trust in your compassionate love. Our present is a part of this sacred history. We are a faithful people too. We are thankful for the chance to serve in our time. We look around with concern, but also with confidence and imagination.
God of eternity,
we trust in your compassionate love. Our future will be a part of sacred history. Whatever happens, we will strive to be a faithful people. We look forward in hope and anticipation, knowing that you are always our faithful companion on the way. Amen.
Opening Hymn Come, and Journey with a Saviour #482
(we are allowed to sing softly while wearing our masks)
The Collect of the Day: O God, our Shepherd and guide, your power was revealed when you raised Christ from the dead and seated him in honour at your side. Grant that we may always give you thanks for your immeasurable love and show that gratitude in loving service to all; through Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
The Proclamation of the Word
Listen now for the word of God
1st Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Murray Phillips
Psalm 100, led by Murray Phillips
Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands;
serve the Lord with gladness and come into the divine presence with a song.
Know this: the Lord, the Lord, is God; the One made us and to whom we belong; we are God’s people, the sheep of God’s pasture.
Enter the gates of the Lord with thanksgiving; go into these courts with praise; give thanks to God and call upon the name of the Lord.
For the Lord is good, whose steadfast love is everlasting; and whose faithfulness endures from age to age.
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: Ephesians 1:15-23, Mary Phillips
The Holy Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46, Mary Phillips
The Apostles’ Creed
Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say,
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Prayers of the People: Kimberly Matheson
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: Brother James' Air [The Lord's My Shepherd]
(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.
May God, who is present in sunrise and nightfall,
and in the crossing of the sea guide your feet as you go,
May God, who is with you when you sit and when you stand
encompass you with love and lead you by the hand.
May God, who knows your path and the places where you rest
be with you in your waiting, be your good news for sharing,
and lead you in the way that is everlasting. Amen.
The congregation is seated. The Clergy and Parish Wardens or Representatives gather near the front of the nave.
Warden/Parish Rep: A church family is constantly changing. Loved ones come to the end of their lives. Individuals come and go in our parish life. It is important and right that we recognize these times of passage…of endings and beginnings. Today we share this time of farewell with Sandra, whose time with us as Rector has come to an end.
Warden/Parish Rep: Sandra, we offer our heartfelt thanks for your presence and ministry among us. We are deeply grateful to God for you and the gifts you have shared with us. Thank you for helping us to deepen our worship and parish life, and foster a loving and caring community. We have accomplished a lot over the past 11½ years, with your guidance. As you leave this parish today, know that our prayers go with you.
Sandra: As I prepare to leave this parish, I’d like to thank you for the love, warmth, support and generosity you have offered me and my family over the past 11½ years. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of journeying with you in good times and in sad times. Thank you for being willing to dream with me and to imagine new possibilities for being Christ’s church in this time.
Bruce Matthews: Let us ask God’s blessing on Sandra as she prepares to leave this parish to become our Diocesan Bishop. May Sandra go forth trusting in our love and prayers, and God’s guidance for the journey ahead.
The congregation is invited to stand as we pray together:
We praise and thank you, God of the journey,
for our Rector Sandra as she ends her time with us in this Parish.
We entrust her and her family into your loving care,
knowing that you are always the faithful traveller
and companion on the Way.
Support and reassure her in times of uncertainty or anxiety;
fill her with joy about the new opportunities that await,
and guide her by your Holy Spirit, now and always,
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
Bruce continues with the following blessing:
Sandra, the Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you
and give you peace.
And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always. Amen.
Closing Hymn: I Feel the Winds of God Today (see insert)
Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, you have put your life into our hands;
now we put our lives into yours. Take us, renew and remake us.
What we have been is past, what we shall be, through you, still awaits us. Lead us on. Take us with you. Amen.
Postlude: Toccata on "Hymn to Joy" (Douglas E. Warner)
Greeter # 1 - Ian MacDonald Greeter # 2 – Judy Amos
Usher – Denyse Nelson Counters – Mary & Murray Phillips
SERVICES FOR Nov. 29th 1st Sunday of Advent
8:00 am BCP Morning Prayer 10:00 am BAS A Service of the Word
Presider/Preacher: The Rev’d Dr. V. Bruce Matthews
The flowers in the church are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Mary Porter from the family
Cycle of Prayer
Please remember in your prayers…
- The Church of Bermuda; Bishop-Elect Sandra Fyfe and our Diocese as we prepare for her consecration; the parishes of Yarmouth and Tusket; Retired Clergy of the South Shore Region; and the Search Committee of our own Parish as we prepare for this time of transition: Almighty God, giver of all good gifts, look on your Church with grace, and guide the minds of those who shall choose a Rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful servant who will care for your people and support us in our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- 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, Beth, Jean & Betty, Andrew, Pam Finlay, Lee Harmer, Audrey, Peter and Frances and Jonathan Jucker, Danylo Dzwonyk, Steve Denino and Rosemary.
- All whose memory we cherish and whose presence we miss, remembering especially Keith Hall: rest eternal grant to him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him
Mark these dates on your calendar
TODAY -- Sun., Nov. 22nd, 3pm - 4pm: Join the Wolfville Baptist Church family in offering thanks to the community of Wolfville and beyond for helping them raise their new roof. Joyful music. Dedication of the roof. Treats. All welcome. Free masks; social distancing protocols will be observed.
Weds., Nov. 25th: Parish Council at 7pm
Thurs., Nov. 26th, 10:30-11:15am: Christian Meditation in-person in the church building (note change in date for this week only)
Fri., Nov. 27th, 10:30-11:15am: Christian Meditation over Zoom only (not in person) A Zoom link is sent to all who request it. The group is open to all; instruction offered.
Sat., Nov. 28th - St. John's Christmas Bazaar will take place from 10am until noon. The price is a free will offering. We will have our famous Plum Pudding for sale as well as home baking & fancy works, masks, table decorations, grab bags and much more for sale. A sign-up sheet is available at the back of the church.
Mon. Nov. 30th – Sandra’s Consecration as Bishop will be held at All Saints Cathedral in Halifax - 7pm . This is invitation only due to COVID rules. We will be gathering here at St. John’s. Murray Phillips is managing the greeters, ushering and seating, etc. Cameron Finlay is going to do the live- streaming and will be set to go at 6:45 so you should try to be there by then if at all possible. You are also able to watch the consecration from home, links are below.
The service will be livestreamed to Facebook and YouTube at these addresses:
Will the words for the songs & prayers be broadcast on the screen for us to follow along remotely? No, but you can download a PDF of the service bulletin to print so you can follow along at home or at a local or regional gathering. The link for the PDF of the service is:
If I can’t watch it live, will I still be able to watch the service later? Yes, a recorded version will be made available a day or two later at the same addresses and will be sent to our Parish email list.
Rector’s Schedule: There are no office hours scheduled for this week. Sandra will be sharing home communion with some parishioners who’ve been unable to attend services in-person and will meet with the Priest-in-Charge to hand over responsibilities and discuss parish events and activities.
THE GRAVY TRAIN IS BACK! We welcome your loonies, toonies, fivers and any other donations you’d like to make towards the purchase of turkeys for Christmas food hampers for those in the Wolfville area needing support this year. Please make cheques payable to WAICC (Wolfville Area Inter-Church Council). Our parish will also provide carrots for the hampers, which we hope will be donated by a local supplier as in other years.
ACW Mission to Seafarers Project: Donations of mitts, caps, personal hygiene items, cards, note pads, envelopes, hard candies, and another small item that will fit in a shoebox are welcome.
Sat., Dec. 12th: Wolfville Lions Hall: Kings Kikima Grannies Sale and Silent Auction to support children and their grandmothers in Kenya. They are looking for donations such as:
- a lovely gift you've been given but just haven’t used
- a sculpture, collectible, or piece of art that you want to replace to make room for something new
- a small piece of furniture that is making your space just a little too cluttered
- a handicraft or collection of preserves that you have the time to create and donate, a beautiful plant you feel you can part with. anything that makes a nice gift for someone to begin their Christmas shopping with
- fabric, yarn and needlecraft supplies, hand-crafted, vintage or collectible Christmas decorations
Donations dropped off to: Betsy Baillie (902-542-7591) 15 Chestnut Ave. or Kathryn Himsl (902-678-4101) Centreville