St Bart's Sunday Service
The Reverend Canon David Clunie
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Prelude: Adagio Dolentey Dom Andrew Moore
A bell is rung and the Paschal Candle lit.
Leader: The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Reader: Mary came where Jesus was and saw him. Kneeling at his feet, she said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother, Lazarus, would not have died.” Disturbed by her weeping, and by the grief of those who came with her, Jesus was troubled in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.
Video - Archbishop Anne Germond
Archbishop Germond prays:
God of tender and fierce consolation, your anointed One wept at the grave of his beloved friend Lazarus. Cry us into love again: break open our hearts to all who are vulnerable and alone, and to you, the source of all being, so we may face sickness and fear, despair and death with hope in the resurrection and faith in the One who calls forth life from death, Jesus Christ our Comforter, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 1
Hymn: 564 Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us
Reading: Numbers 21:4-9 read by
A Reading from the Book of Numbers
From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.’ Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.’ So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. Thanks be to God.
Gospel: John 3:14-21
Jesus said, "Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God."
The Gospel of Christ.
Homily The Reverend Canon David Clunie
Music after the Sermon
Moment of Silence
In silence we wait; in darkness you come to us. Bring us your light.2
The Church bell sounds to initiate the period of silence and sounds again at the close.
Prayers the People Nicole Jerome leads the prayers.
Let us join our voices with the One who is gentle and humble, lifting our hearts to God, praying,
“Hear us as we pray, God of grace and mercy.”
For the sick and suffering, particularly those afflicted by the COVID-19 virus; that God will bring them to wholeness and restore them to those who love them. For all who care for patients and their loved ones; that God will give them strength for their service, and wisdom to seek help when they are in need, let us lift our hearts to God:
Hear us as we pray, God of grace and mercy.
For the fragile elderly, those struggling with fear, people vulnerable in health, and all enduring isolation in this time of pandemic; that they may know the warm embrace of God’s compassion. For decision-makers at all levels of government and community health care; that they will be gifted with wisdom and courage for the wellbeing of those whom they are called to serve, let us lift our hearts to God:
Hear us as we pray, God of grace and mercy.
In our Parish: Mary, Harry, Grace, Karen, Michael S, Andrej, Al, Elizabeth, Sue, Margaret, Marissa, Don, Christina, Hana and family, Harriet and family, Michael, Kathleen, and Rabbi Bulka. For prisoners and captives, especially Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavour in China and for their safety, health and safe return.
Let us lift our hearts to God. Hear us as we pray, God of grace and mercy.
For all those who have died, and for mourners who must grieve their loss apart from loved ones; that the time will come when we may gather once again to sing “Alleluia” over the graves our beloved,
let us lift our hearts to God: Hear us as we pray, God of grace and mercy.
Collect: The Leader concludes the Prayers of the People, saying,
God of grace and compassion, you shoulder our burdens and ease our heavy hearts. As we mark the first anniversary of the declaration of the pandemic by the World Health Organization, be comfort for those who grieve, strength for those who falter, and eternal rest for those who have died. Buttress our hearts and wills, spark our imaginations, and kindle hope in our depths, that we may trust, follow, and love you, for our wellbeing and the sake of the world. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Leader: And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
All: 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.
Hymn: 489 From the Falter of Breath
Blessing and Dismissal
Postlude: Nobilmente Dom Andrew Moore
In appreciation for this week’s online service:
The Reverend Canon David Clunie
Music: Timothy Piper Reader: Julia Turner
Prayers of the People: Nicole Jerome
Altar Guild: Pamela Mallon
Web Service and Art Curator: Ruth Honeyman
Video and Art Editor: David Clunie
Webmaster: Kevin McQuinn
Additional Photography: David Clunie
- 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.
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- John Martin (1789-1854), Christ Stilleth the Tempest, 1852. York Museums Trust, U.K.
- William Dyce (1806–1864), Man of Sorrows c.1860. National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
- James Tissot (1836–1902), The Brazen Serpent, 1899. Brooklyn Museum, New York City
- Rosemary Kilbourn (1931-), St Luke the Physician Window, 1966. St Bartholomew’s, Ottawa, ON
- Serge Belet, Red Tulips
- Linda Hill, Celtic Cross at Lindisfarne, Holy Island, Northumberland, U.K.
- James Paterson (1854 – 1932) Iona, 1910. National Galleries, Scotland
- Wilhelmina Geddes (1887–1955), Great East Window,(detail of the Mourning Women),1916-1919. St Bartholomew’s Ottawa, ON
- Marianne Feaver, Les Eboulements au Loin
** 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 **