St Bart's Sunday Service

Sunday Online Service

The Reverend Canon David Clunie

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Prelude:  This is the Record of John (Part 1)    Orlando Gibbons

Dear Friends, we gather this day on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Nation.
May we always dwell on this land with respect and peace.



Opening Hymn:  102   Prepare the Way, O Zion

Prepare the way, O Zion, your Christ is drawing near!
Let every hill and valley a level way appear.
Greet one who comes in glory, foretold in sacred story.
Oh, blest is Christ that came in God’s most holy name.

He brings God’s rule, O Zion;; he comes from heaven above.
His rule is peace and freedom, and justice, truth, and love.
Lift high your praise resounding, for grace and joy abounding.
Oh, blest is Christ that came in God’s most holy name.

Fling wide your gates, O Zion; your Saviour’s rule embrace.
His tidings of salvation proclaim in every place.
All lands will bow before him, their voices will adore him.
Oh, blest is Christ that came in God’s most holy name.

Collect:  God of power and mercy, you call us once again to celebrate the coming of your Son.
Remove those things which hinder love of you, that when he comes, he may find us waiting in awe and wonder for him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Reading:  Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11   read by Rob Nelson

A Reading from the Book of Isaiah

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion-to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.  Thanks be to God.

Gospel:  John 1:6-8, 19-28

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, "I am not the Messiah." And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" He answered, "No." Then they said to him, "Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" He said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,'" as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, "Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?" John answered them, "I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal." This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

The Gospel of Christ.

Sermon   The Reverend Canon David Clunie

Music after the Sermon –This is the Record of John (Part 2)     Orlando Gibbons

Prayers of the People

We will begin with biddings and conclude with the Advent litany.

I ask your prayers for the Church.

I ask your prayers for the Anglican Communion:
Pray for the Falkland Islands- Extra-Provincial to Canterbury
The Right Reverend Timothy Thornton - Bishop to the Forces and Bishop to the Falkland Islands

I ask your prayers for the Diocese of Ottawa and the Anglican Church of Canada:

The Well, one of our Diocesan Community Ministries, and for their Executive Director Rachel Robinson.
In our Companion of Jerusalem and the Middle East, we pray for Redeemer Church, Amman, Jordan.

I ask your prayers for the world. For peace and justice in the middle East, Ethiopia, Sudan and a peaceful transition of power in our neighbours to the south.

I ask your prayers for those on the front lines of our Covid response,
Canadian Forces remembering especially members of the Governor General’s Foot Guards and those in diplomatic missions and NGOs, for our schools, Arch St Public School and Ashbury College, Long term care facilities especially the Garry Armstrong Home

I ask your prayers for those in need:  At St Bartholomew’s, Busy, Colt, Elizabeth, Sue, Margaret, Laurie, Harriott, Marissa, Mary, Don, Christina, Hana and her family, Harriet and her family in Africa, Michael and Kathleen; at St Aidan’s Chuck and Mimi, Steve, Reverend Olu, Ruth, Carmen, Erma, Lew, Joyce, Seare
and those we mention aloud or in the silence of our hearts

I ask you to remember those departed this life:
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.

The Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymn:  106   There’s a Voice in the Wilderness

There’s a voice in the wilderness crying, a call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway, a highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted, the lofty hills brought low;
Make straight all the crooked places where the Lord our God may go!

O Zion, give voice to good tidings, ascend to the heights and sing!
Proclaim to a desolate people the coming of their King.
The works of pride all perish, like flowers they shall decay;
The power and pomp of nations shall pass like a dream away.

But your word, O God, is faithful, your arm, O Lord, is strong;
You stand in the midst of nations, and you will right the wrong.
You will feed your flock like a shepherd, and fold the lambs to your breast;
In pastures of peace you’ll lead them, and give to the weary rest.

Offertory:  Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel for ever and ever.  All that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine. All things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee



Sanctuary Flowers
The flowers are given to the glory of God and in Celebration
of her ninth anniversary as a parishioner and of the seventh anniversary

of her confirmation, by Sue Revere





Postlude:  This is the Record of John (Part 3)    Orlando Gibbons



In appreciation for this week’s online service:
The Reverend Canon David Clunie 
Music: Timothy Piper  Reader: Rob Nelson
Prayers of the People: Stephanie McWatt
Web Service: Ruth Honeyman   Webmaster & Videographer: Kevin McQuinn
Video and Art Editor: Simon Honeyman  
Additional Photography: Kevin McQuinn, Pamela Mallon


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  1. Attr. James Fittler (1758–1835), “The Priests and Levites Question John the Baptist”, from the Bowyer Bible, 1795. Bolton Museum, Lancashire, England.
  2. Mattia Preti (1613–99), Saint John the Baptist Preaching, c.1665. Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA.
  3. Annibale Carrecci (1560–1609), Saint John the Baptist Bearing Witness, c.1600. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY.
  4. Leonardo da Vinci (1492–1519), Saint John the Baptist, c.1515. Louvre Museum, Paris, France.
  5. Alexander Ivanov (1806–58), The Apparition of Christ to the People, 1837–57. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.


** 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 **

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