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The Reverend Canon David Clunie

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We gather today on the traditional territory of the Algonquin nation. May we always dwell on this land with respect and peace.

Prelude:  The First Noel     Band of the Governor General’s Footguards

Grace and Welcome:  The grace…. And also with you.

Opening Hymn:  As with Gladness, Men of Old

Collect   Eternal God, who by a star led wise men to the worship of your Son. Guide by your light the nations of the earth, that the whole world may know your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

Reading:  Ephesians 3:1–12   read by Barry Walker

This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

Psalm:  72:1,2, 8-14

Gospel:  Matthew 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”  Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Sermon:  The Reverend Canon David Clunie

The Journey of the Magi    T. S. Eliot   read by Jim Bradford

Song - The Angels Dip and Twirl     Music:  Reverend Dr. Brian Ruttan   Words: Ian Sowton

Prayers of the People    
Anglican Cycle of Prayer:   Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo
DioceseChurch of the Epiphany, Gloucester - The Reverend Arran Thorpe
All Saints Westboro - The Venerable Chris Dunn
Canada: Canadian Forces remembering members of the Governor General’s Foot Guards and those in diplomatic missions and NGOs
Family and Friends:  The Riddell Family, Michael, Julie, Joanne, Frances, Don, Christina, Hana and family, Harriet and family, Magdolen and family, Michael, Pat and Maggie, Stefan, Antonia andMatthew
Garry J. Armstrong Home:  Volunteers, staff and residents

The Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymn:  Good Christians All Rejoice

Postlude:  The Shepherd’s Farewell     Hector Berlioz


Blessing and Dismissal


In appreciation for this week’s online service:
The Reverend David Clunie
Reader: Barry Walker
Music: Timothy Piper
Altar Guild: Pamela Mallon
Web Service and Art Curator: Ruth Honeyman
Video Editor: David Clunie
Webmaster: Kevin McQuinn

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  • Offertory: Generous financial support is our expression of gratitude which along with our time and talents enables us to provide worship at St. Bart’s and support God’s work in service in our community and beyond.
    We thank our contributors on the PAR program for their monthly automated donations. If you would like to enroll on our monthly withdrawal plan, PAR, you may follow this link
    And thank you for those who have been mailing in their contributions or dropping them through the church mail slot. At this difficult time “Canada Helps” is another way to support us through a credit card payment. (They charge, we think, a reasonable, 3.75% to us) 


  1. American Quilt, Star of Bethlehem with Pomegranate Trees, 1850.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  2. Stefano di Giovanni, (c.1400–1450) The Journey of the Magi, 1433-5.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
  3. Jacques Daret, (1401-1468), Adoration of the Christ Child by the Three Kings c.1435 Gemaldegalerie, Berlin
  4. Jesus Mafa, The Three Wise Men, 1973. Cameroons
  5. James Tissot, 1836-1902), Les rois mages en voyage, 1886-1894. Brooklyn Museum
  6. Elihu Vedder, (1836–1923), Star of Bethlehem, 1879–80. Milwaukee Art Museum
  7. Henry Ossawa Tanner,(1859-1937), The Three Wisemen, 1923. Private Collection 
  8. Jacob Cornelisz, van Oostsanen, (c.1472-1533)and Workshop. The Adoration of the Christ Child, c 1515. Art Institute of Chicago
  9. Robert Hyndman, (1915-2009), Epiphany Scene, The Nursery, St Bartholomew’s, Ottawa.


** Previous Sunday Services: March 22, March 29, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31,
June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30, September 6, September 13, September 20, September 27, October 4, October 11 October 18. October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, November 22, November 29, Dcember 6, December 13, December 24, - 2021 - January 3, January 10, January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, Ash Wednesday, February 14, February 21, Fberuary 28, March 7, March 14 , March 21, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20. Jume 27, August1, August 7, August 15, August 22, September 5, September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14, November 21, November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19, Christmas Eve, December 26**

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