The Church of St. John the Divine

Thanksgiving October 11, 2020

As people of God, we celebrate Christ in the heart of Victoria through joyful worship,
building inclusive community, and putting faith into action.

St. Johnís acknowledges these ancestral lands of the Lekwungen speaking people.

We are an inclusive and affirming parish; the sacraments of the church (baptism, communion and marriage) are available to all people on equal terms. Christ welcomes you, and so do we.



Welcome to the Parish Church of St. John the Divine, Victoria. We are a community of faith in the Anglican Tradition, seeking to live lives of faith, hope and love as part of this community of Downtown Victoria. We are on a journey of learning to be a welcoming, inviting, inclusive and serving community which is open to all.


Our worship reflects our rootedness in the Anglican tradition, whilst drawing on liturgies that reflect the long history and heritage of our Christian faith. Please join in as you feel able, and enjoy the words, music and opportunity for prayer and to be a part of our community.


Worship in a time of COVID-19 : In these times when we must be careful in any gathering we have careful protocols in place for our limited gatherings on a Sunday 'ď the plans are available to download on the Website, and for those unable to attend in person our services are also livestreamed there: 


We will continue to meet on Sundays at 10am for our Parish Eucharist, and at 5:30 pm for a service of Evensong, please check details on the website as to how to book for each service and the information needed to comply with Provincial requirements.


We continue to share daily prayer online with a link on our website daily. 


Contacting Us: We are all learning ways to build community "at a distance." We are checking phone messages and answering emails. The main email for contact is: If you wish to receive prayer for yourself or for another, there will be members of our Healing Prayer group who will offer their prayers. Please contact: the church office at the above email address.


You are very welcome here. We donít always get it right; please let us know when we do, and when we donít. Please stay and be a part of our family, for however long you would like.



10:00 am Parish Eucharist

The congregation is invited to join in the responses and prayers marked in bold print.


Celebrant: The Venerable Alastair McCollum

Reader: Doug Henderson

Gospel: The Reverend Patrick Sibley

Sermon: The Venerable Alastair McCollum

Intercessor: The Reverend Patrick Sibley

Sacristan: Iris Elsdon

Greeters: Sandi Austin, John McLaren

Safety Officer: Judith Reid

Verger: Douwe Bosma

Streaming Technician: Karen Coverett

Pianist: David Stratkaukas (music director)

Cantor: Anne van der Sloot

Setting:  S. Wesley (1766-1837)


The Gathering of the Community

Welcome and Announcements



Presider:    From wherever we are, near or far, we gather in the name God.  We gather in Godís love.  There is no distance greater than God, there is no separation possible from the love of God.  We gather with God our Loving Creator.  We gather with Jesus our brother and redeemer.  We gather with God, the Spirit of Love.  

         All:    Amen.

                   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.

         All:    And also with you.


Collect for Purity

                   Almighty God

         All:     to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden. 
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.



Lighting of the Family Candle

The Church Family Prayer

                        Loving God,

         All:    you have called us to be your family and to celebrate our life together in worship. We pray now, for all members of our family as we gather in our church buildings, our homes, and online. Through your spirit keep us united in love. Bless each of us with your beloved friendship. Teach us, gracious God, how to be your church in these times. Help us to know that we are your people, that we are your Family, always. Amen.



Gloria (sung by the Cantor)


Gloria in excelsis Deo. 
Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis
Laudamus te. Benedicimus te. 
Adoramus te. Glorificamus te. 
Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam
Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens
Domine Fili unigeniteIesu Christe
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris
Qui tollis peccata mundi,  
miserere nobis
Qui tollis peccata mundi,  
suscipe deprecationem nostram
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
miserere nobis
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus. 
Tu solus Dominus. 
Tu solus Altissimus
Iesu Christe
Cum Sancto Spiritu,  
in gloria Dei Patris.


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


The Collect of the Day

Silence is kept.

                        Creator of the fruitful earth,
you made us stewards of all things.
Give us grateful hearts for all your goodness,
and steadfast wills to use your bounty well,
that the whole human family,
today and in generations to come,
may with us give thanks for the riches of your creation.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

All:             Amen.   



The Proclamation of the Word

                   Let us listen for the Word of God in Holy Scripture.

         All:     Amen.

The First Reading                                                                               2 Corinthians 9:6-15

                   The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written,
'He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
   his righteousness endures for ever.í
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

                   Hear what the Spirit is saying.

  All:    Thanks be to God.



Psalm 65

You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; to you shall vows be performed
in Jerusalem. To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, because of their transgressions. Our sins are stronger than we are, but you will blot them out. Happy are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! They will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple. Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our salvation, O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas that are far away. You make fast the mountains by your power; they are girded about with might. You still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the clamour of the peoples. Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvellous signs; you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy. You visit the earth and water it abundantly; you make it very plenteous; the river of God is full of water. You prepare the grain, for so you provide for the earth. You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase. You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths overflow with plenty. May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, and the hills be clothed with joy. May the meadows cover themselves with flocks, and the valleys cloak themselves with grain; let the shout for joy and sing.


The Gospel                                                                                                   Luke 17:11-19

   Cantor:    Alleluia. Those who sowed with tears shall reap with songs of joy. Alleluia.

                        God is with you.

         All:    And also with you.

                   Here the Good news of Jesus Christ according to Luke.

         All:    Glory to you, O Christ.

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!í When he saw them, he said to them, 'Go and show yourselves to the priests.í And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesusí feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, 'Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?í Then he said to him, 'Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.í

The Gospel of Christ.

         All:     Praise to you, O Christ.





Following the sermon there will be a pause for silence.

Affirmation of Faith

                   With the whole church,

         All:    we affirm that we are made in Godís image,
befriended by Christ, empowered by the Spirit.

                   With people everywhere,

         All:    we affirm Godís goodness at the heart of humanity
planted more deeply than all that is wrong.

                   With all creation,

         All:    we celebrate the miracle and wonder of life;
the unfolding purposes of God, forever at work in ourselves and the world.

                                                                                                                 Iona Abbey Worship Book

Prayers of the People

Please sit, stand or kneel as is your custom.
Please note that those who have asked for our prayers are listed at the end of the leaflet.

The Peace

Please stand.

                   The peace of Christ be with you.

         All:     And also with you.

All may offer their neighbour a sign of peace.


The Celebration of the Eucharist

Offertory Anthem

O praise the Lord  -  Maurice Greene (1696-1755)

O praise the Lord, ye angels of his, ye that excel in strength:

that fulfil his commandments; ye servants that do his pleasure.


The Prayer over the Gifts

In the name of all of us gathered, near and far, we present these our gifts to God.  Let us pray:

                   Source of all life, the heaven and earth are yours, yet you have given us dominion over all things. Receive the symbols of our labour and love which we offer you this day, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

         All:     Amen.                                                                                                               



As we prepare to celebrate this Eucharist, we remember that we are the people of God. Near or far we are gathered together by the love of Christ. We remember that we are incorporated into the body of Christ. We join together in this celebration of our union in Christ.


                   Let us pray.

                   Thanks be to you,

         All:    Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given us, and all that you have borne for us. In our sharing in this Eucharist, in Church or at home, we ask you to come spiritually into our hearts. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.



The Great Thanksgiving (Supplementary Eucharistic Prayer 2)

                   The Lord be with you.

         All:    And also with you.

                   Lift up your hearts.

         All:    We lift them to the Lord.

                   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

         All:    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
we give you thanks and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
because in the fellowship of your saints
you have given us a glorious pledge
of the hope of our calling.
Therefore we join our voices with theirs
as earth and heaven unite
to proclaim the glory of your name.


Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Osanna in excelsis.

Benedictus qui venit
in nomine Domini.
Osanna in excelsis.


Holy, holy, holy
Lord God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.





                   Blessed are you, O Holy One:
when Hagar was driven into the wilderness you followed her and gave her hope.
When Joseph was sold into bondage, you turned malice to your peopleís good.

                   When you called Israel out of slavery,
you brought them through the wilderness into the promised land.
When your people were taken into exile
you wept with them by the river of Babylon and carried them home.

        All:     Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

                   At the right time you sent your Anointed One to stand with the poor,
the outcast, and the oppressed.
Jesus touched lepers, and the sick, and healed them.
He accepted water from a woman of Samaria and offered her the water of new life.
Christ knew the desolation of the cross
and opened the way for all humanity into the redemption of your reconciling love.

                   On the night he was betrayed, Jesus, at supper with his friends,
took bread, gave you thanks, broke the bread, gave it to them, and said,
'úTake and eat: this is my body which is given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.‚ÄĚ

                   After supper he took the cup of wine,
and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said,
'úDrink this, all of you: this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.‚ÄĚ

                   Loving and Holy One,
recalling Christís death and resurrection, we offer you these gifts,
longing for the bread of tomorrow and the wine of the age to come.    

                   Therefore we proclaim our hope.

        All:     Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life.

                   Lord Jesus, come in glory.     

                   Pour out your Spirit on these gifts
that through them you may sustain us in our hunger for your peace.
We hold before you all whose lives are marked by suffering,
our sisters and brothers.
When we are broken and cast aside, embrace us in your love.

        All:     Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

                   Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, O Source of all life, now and for ever.

         All:     Amen.


The Discipleís Prayer                                                                                                       

                   As Christ taught his friends, and longing for the new life of Godís reign,
let us pray:

         All:     Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done,    on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,    
now and forever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

                   Creator of all, you gave us golden fields of wheat,
whose many grains we have gathered and made into this one bread.

         All:     So may your Church be gathered
from the ends of the earth into your kingdom.

The Communion

                   The gifts of God for the people of God.

         All:     Thanks be to God.

Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace.


All are invited to receive communion. Please follow the Greetersí instructions. Receiving bread is considered full communion. Any not receiving communion are invited to receive a blessing, and to indicate that by holding their arms crossed on their chest.

If you are unable to come forward for communion please make this known to the Greeters and we will bring communion to you.

Gluten free wafers for communion are available. Please request them from the person who is distributing the bread.

Following the Communion there will be a pause for silence.


The Commissioning of the Community

                   One body are we.

         All:    For, though we are in many places, we spiritually share one bread.


Prayer after Communion

                   God of our hope, in this eucharist we find the source of all your blessings. Nourished in these holy mysteries may we, with our lives, give you continual thanks and praise. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

         All:     Amen.                                                                                                               


                        Let us go in peace to love and serve our loving God.

         All:    Thanks be to God. Amen.


Our coffee hour will take place on Zoom at 11:00 am.


Readings for October 18thÄď The 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 33:12-23 Moses seeks a deeper relationship with God, and God obliges.
Psalm 99 Godís power to be both just and merciful is celebrated.
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 The opening words of the oldest book in the New Testament are primarily those of thanksgiving.
Matthew 22:15-22 The Pharisees and the Herodians set a political trap for Jesus, but he is no fool in responding.



In thanksgiving for our 15th Wedding Anniversary, from Michael & Carol-Ann Zenger.





Every Sunday at 5:30pm - sung by a small ensemble of Choral Scholars

Evensong is a contemplative, musical and prayerful liturgy, ideally suited to the end of the week and the close of day, and to this current time when we have been asked to avoid congregational singing, but still long for the depth and beauty of a choral liturgy.

Register to attend at
Registration for each service opens Monday morning, and closes just before the service starts, so please do register to come.

Usual safety protocols apply: please don't attend if symptomatic. See for more information on church safety during the pandemic.

Full-sized choirs are unable to participate in services at the moment due to attendance limitations and physical distancing guidelines - we will expand to our full choirs as soon as it is safe and permitted to do so! In the meanwhile, watch for extra-liturgical projects from both choirs over the course of the Autumn.


The following people have asked for our prayers.
Please keep them in mind as you go through your week.



Coumba, Mady, Idriss

Hagos, Tsigay & family


Sohaila & Fawad




Philip & Lisa


Silvana Carr










David & Pat






R.I.P. Äď Glen Wakefield & Joyce Caldwell



The Anglican Church of St. John the Divine


Peopleís Warden:  Joan Huzar

Associate Warden:  Lorraine Gates
Envelope Secretary:  Jim Harlick

Rectorís Warden:  vacant

Associate Warden: Karen Coverett

Treasurer:  David Buckman

Parish Council
Susan Bansgrove, Carol Denton, Marguerite Heppell,
Penny Holt, Erin Kelly, Bill Williamson

Synod Delegates

Karen Coverett, Joel Hefty, Bill Huzar, Joan Huzar

Staff Supporting the Ministry of St. Johnís

Rector:  The Ven. Alastair McCollum
Associate Priest:  The Revíd Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest: The Revíd Bill Tarter

Deacon:  The Revíd Patrick Sibley

Curate: Stephanie Wood

Director of Music:  David Stratkauskas
Family Ministry Coordinator:  Ruth MacIntosh
Parish Administrator:  Carol-Ann Zenger

Honorary Assistants

The Revíd Derek Dunwoody / The Revíd Canon Andrew Gates
The Revíd Jane Reid

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