The Church of St. John the Divine
The 20th Sunday after Pentecost October 18, 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. John’s 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 – the plans are available to download on the Website, and for those unable to attend in person our services are also livestreamed there: https://www.stjohnthedivine.bc.ca/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 don’t always get it right; please let us know when we do, and when we don’t. Please stay and be a part of our family, for however long you would like.
The congregation is invited to join in the responses and prayers marked in bold print.
Presider: The Reverend Canon Kevin Arndt
Reader: Judith Branion
Gospel: Stephanie Wood
Sermon: The Reverend Canon Kevin Arndt
Intercessor: Kit Pearson
Sacristan: Judith Branion
Greeters: Margaret Taylor, Karyn Lehmann
Safety Officer: Judith Reid
Verger: Douwe Bosma
Streaming Technician: Karen Coverett
Pianist: Emily Markwark (Sutton Organ Scholar)
Cantor: Alana Hayes (MacRae Choral Scholar)
Setting: Mass in the Dorian Mode – Barrie Cabena
Please stand as the clergy enter.
Welcome and Announcements
Presider: From wherever we are, near or far, we gather in the name of God. We gather in God’s 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.
The grace of our Lord
and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.
All: And also with you.
Collect for Purity
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
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)
Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, good will towards all. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
The Collect of the Day
Silence is kept.
God of the dispossessed, you teach us to hunger for justice even when the weak are shut out and the powerful turn over in their beds: in the heat of our anger and the bitterness of our complaints, give us courage to protest, the persistence to pray and the heart to love; through Jesus Christ, the true judge.
All: Amen. Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009)
The First Reading Exodus 33:12-23
Moses said to the LORD, ‘See, you have said to me, “Bring up this people”; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, “I know you by name, and you have also found favour in my sight.” Now if I have found favour in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find
favour in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.’ He said, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ And he said to him, ‘If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favour in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.’
The LORD said to Moses, ‘I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favour in my sight, and I know you by name.’ Moses said, ‘Show me your glory, I pray.’ And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, “The LORD”; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But’, he said, ‘you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.’ And the LORD continued, ‘See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.’
Hear what the Spirit is saying.
All: Thanks be to God.
The Lord is king; let the people tremble; he is enthroned upon the Cherubim; let the earth shake. The Lord is great in Zion; he is high above all peoples. Let them confess his name, which is great and awesome; he is the Holy One. “O mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.” Proclaim the great of the Lord our God and fall down before his footstool; he is the Holy One. Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among those who call upon his name, they called upon the Lord, and he answered them. He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them. “O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds.” Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God and worship him upon his holy hill; for the Lord our God is the Holy One.
The Gospel Matthew 22:15-22
Cantor: Alleluia. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for what is right; for they shall be satisfied. Alleluia.
God is with you.
All: And also with you.
Here the Good news of Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
All: Glory to you, O Christ.
Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
The Gospel of Christ.
All: Praise to you, O Christ.
Please be seated.
Following the sermon there will be a pause for silence.
Affirmation of Faith
With the whole church,
affirm that we are made in God’s image,
befriended by Christ, empowered by the Spirit.
With people everywhere,
affirm God’s goodness at the heart of humanity
planted more deeply than all that is wrong.
With all creation,
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
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 of Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.
All may offer their neighbour a sign of peace.
Offertory Anthem Come unto me, all ye that labour - Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Jesus said: 'Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I
am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke
is easy, and my burden
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:
Merciful God, as
grains of wheat scattered upon the hills were gathered together
to become one bread, so let your church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into your kingdom, for yours is the glory through Jesus Christ, now and
All: Amen. Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006) alt.
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.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.
Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of
Hosanna in the highest.
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 people’s good.
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!
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.
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,
“Take and eat: this is my body which is given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.”
supper he took the cup of wine,
and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said,
“Drink 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.”
and Holy One,
recalling Christ’s 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.
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!
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.
The Disciple’s Prayer
As Christ taught
his friends, and longing for the new life of God’s 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, who
summons the salmon from the depths of the seas
to yearn for the place of their origin.
may your Spirit stir in our hearts to return and find our home in you.
Liturgy of the Islands, 2018, Diocese of Islands and Inlets
The gifts of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us thy peace.
during communion: (CP 529)
In line with current Covid regulations the congregation is asked not to sing.
Words are provided for meditation on the text of the hymn; please sit as the cantor sings
1. God, my hope
on you is founded;
3. Daily does
the almighty Giver
2. Human pride
and earthly glory,
4. God’s great
goodness lasts forever,
5. Still from
earth to God eternal
Neander (1650-1680); tr. Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930), alt.
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Following the Communion there will be a pause for silence.
Please stand to pray.
One body are we.
All: For, though we are in many places, we spiritually share one bread.
Prayer after Communion
We give you thanks,
almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the
healing power of this gift of life. In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
All: Amen. Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006)
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.
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Moses, on Mount Nebo, views the great expanse of the promised land the Israelites will enter without him.
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 With words traditionally attributed to Moses, this psalm wrestles with a human dilemma: we desire to see our work come to fruition, yet we know that God’s timetable is not ours.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Paul shared not only the gospel but also himself, the latter a more difficult task and a more convincing argument.
Matthew 22:34-46 Jesus summarizes all teachings of the Law in two intertwined commandments. He also states that the Messiah’s identity is not through ancestry but through relationship with God.
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 stjohnthedivine.eventbrite.com
Registration for each service opens Monday morning, and closes just before the service starts, so please do register to come. Walk-ins are also very welcome, as long as attendance doesn’t exceed 30 people.
Usual safety protocols apply: please don't attend if symptomatic. See stjohnthedivine.bc.ca for more information on church safety during the pandemic.
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
David & Pat
R.I.P. Don Sabena
People’s Warden: Joan Huzar
Warden: Lorraine Gates
Rector’s Warden: vacant
Associate Warden: Karen Coverett
Treasurer: David Buckman
Karen Coverett, Joel Hefty, Bill Huzar, Joan Huzar
Staff Supporting the Ministry of St. John’s
Ven. Alastair McCollum
Deacon: The Rev’d Patrick Sibley
Curate: Stephanie Wood
Music: David Stratkauskas
The Rev’d Derek
Dunwoody / The Rev’d Canon Andrew Gates
1611 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2L5 Tel. 250-383-7169 / Fax 250-381-3573
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