St Barts Sunday Service
The Reverend Jan Staniforth
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Piano Prelude: Allemand Suite 4 in C D. Buxtehude
Opening Hymn: 328 Lo God is Here! Let Us Adore Soloist: Martha Patterson
Lo, God is here! Let us adore, and own how awesome is this place;
let all within us feel God's power and bow before the hidden face.
Redeeming Lord, your grace we prove, serve you with awe, with reverence love.
Lo, God is here! Both day and night united choirs of angels sing;
to God, enthroned above all height, heaven's host their noblest praises bring;
disdain not, Lord, our meaner song, who praise you with a stammering tongue.
Being of beings, may our praise your courts with grateful fragrance fill;
still may we stand before your face, still hear and do your sovereign will;
to you may all our thoughts arise, ceaseless, accepted sacrifice.
Almighty God, your Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence. Give us pure hearts and constant wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reading: Genesis 28:10-19a read by Janet Uren
Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’ So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel; but the name of the city was Luz at the first.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Jesus put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.’ He answered, ‘The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!
Sermon The Reverend Jan Staniforth
Slow Dance R Vaughan Williams
Prayers of the People
Priest: Lord, in your love.
People: Hear our prayer.
For the Anglican Communion around the world, remembering especially today our sisters and brothers in the Episcopal Church in the Philippines - The Most Reerend Joel Atiwag Pachao - Prime Bishop of the Philippines
In Canada, we pray for Linda our Primate, and Anne our Metropolitan; In the Diocese of Ottawa, we pray for Shane our Bishop, Linda, beginning ministry as Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese; Good Shepherd, Wakefield; Holy Trinity, Lascelles; St. Mary Magdalene, Chelsea - The Reverend Jeannie Loughre,
The Reverend Cathy Davis - The Area Parish of Mississippi Lake: St. James, Carleton Place; St. James, Franktown, and for David and Laurette and the parish of St. Bartholomew;
In our parish of St. Bartholomew we pray for Laurie, Lisa, Sue, Harriott, Marissa, Mary, Jan, Carol, Don, Fay, Christina, Hana and her family, Harriet and her family in Africa, Michael and Kathleen and in the parish of St. Aidan’s we pray for Margaret, Tiang-Ang, Nadine, Viola, Leanne, Thomas, Ted, Seare.
For those who have died: Elizabeth Merklinger
The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: 384 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty Soloist: Rodney Williamson
Praise to the Lord, the almighty the King of creation;
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation:
all ye who hear, brothers and sisters draw near, praise him in glad adoration.
Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
ponder anew what the Almighty can do if with his love he befriend thee.
Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore thee!
All that hath life and breath come now with praises before him!
Let the Amen sound from his people again: gladly for aye we adore him.
The flowers are given to the glory of God and in appreciation
to Sandra Ferguson by Gaye Moffett.
Postlude: March in D Fischer
Mini Concert with pianist Téa Mamaladze - Intermezzo Op 118.2 in A Johannes Brahms
In appreciation for this week’s online service:
Reverend Jan Staniforth
Reader: Janet Uren
Music: Téa Mamaladze
Soloists: Martha Patterson and Rodney Williamson
Altar Guild: Pamela Mallon
Web Service: Ruth Honeyman Webmaster & Videographer: Kevin McQuinn
Video and Art Editor: Simon Honeyman
Additional Photography: Kevin McQuinn, Pamela Mallon
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- Carl Gustav Carus (1789–1869), Memory of a wooded island in the Baltic Sea, 1834/5. Galerie NeueMeister, Dresden.
- Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840), Moonrise by the Sea, 1822. Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.
- Otto Reinhold Jacobi (1812–1901), Canadian Autumn, 1870. Musée des beaux-arts, Montreal.
- Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer (Wanderer above the sea of fog), c.1817. Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg.