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Sunday Online Service

The Reverend Canon David Clunie

Timothy Piper
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Welcome    The Reverend Canon David Clunie

Collect of the Day:  Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us with the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in holiness and righteousness all our days, through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Opening Hymn:  You Call Us, Lord, To Be

You call us, Lord, to be a people set apart,
to feel with thoughtful mind and think with tender heart.
Thus chosen, now, O Lord, we ask for faith in your unfailing grace
to make us equal to the task.

You call us, Lord, to care for self and neighbour too,
to take the risk and dare to show what love can do.
Thus chosen, now, O Lord, we ask for faith in your unfailing grace
to make us equal to the task.

You call us, Lord, to be good stewards of the earth;
to tend it as a place of blessedness and worth.
Thus, chosen now, O Lord, we ask for faith in your unfailing grace
to make us equal to the task.

You call us, Lord, to serve, to die that we may live,
to know we best receive when joyfully we give.
Thus, chosen now, O Lord, we ask for faith in your unfailing grace
to make us equal to the task.

First Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-1
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord God, you know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord." So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. Then he said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.' Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act," says the Lord. 

Psalm 130

Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.  Refrain.

If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, O Lord, who could stand? For there is forgiveness with you; therefore, you shall be feared. Refrain.

I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope. My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen, for the morning.  Refrain.

O Israel, wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy; with him there is plenteous redemption, and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.  Refrain.

Gospel:  John 11:1-45   abbreviated

Jesus has been avoiding the temple authorities in fear for his life. He receives word that his dear friend Lazarus is gravely ill. Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha and we are told Jesus loved the three of them, but he refuses to go to visit right away. Jesus said, "This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it."
Then two days later he decided to go to Bethany where Lazarus, Mary and Martha live. He said to his disciples, "Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him." When Jesus came near to their house Martha, greatly upset, went out to meet him while Mary stayed at the house.

Martha said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day."
Jesus said to Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
Martha said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world."
When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you."
 And when Mary heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Judeans who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him,
"Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Judeans who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep.

So the Judeans said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone."

Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"
So, they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me."
 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice,"Lazarus, come out!"  The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

Many of the Judeans therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.


The 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.

Canada Helps

The Prayers of the People

For the church including the parishes of St Bartholomew and Saint Aidan, that although we are physically separated, we might feel spiritually connected:
the Right Rev John Chapman, Bishop; the Very Rev Shane Parker, Bishop-Elect;
the Most Rev Anne Germond, Metropolitan; the Most Rev Linda Nicholls, Primate;
the Most Rev Mark Macdonald, National Indigenous Bishop;
the Rev Canon Linda Hill, the Rev Canon Laurette Glasgow, Archdeacon Pamela Yarrow;
for a sense of solidarity among the people of St Aidan’s and St Bartholomew’s during this time of social isolation - may we seek out ways to remain spiritually connected with God and each other, churches facing persecution; (including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China) as well as other religious minorities.

Anglican Communion:   for healthy relationships among member churches;
our companion partner, The Diocese of Jerusalem; the Diocese of Karanoja (Uganda).
Diocese of Ottawa:  for all diocesan ministries during the COVID-19 pandemic;
Church of the Resurrection, Ottawa, Reverend Michael Garner, Assistant Curate;
Christ Church, Bells Corners, the Venerable Kathryn Otley, the Reverend Michael Gibbons.
Anglican Church of Canada:   strengthen parishes across the country as they seek to serve God and their neighbours in this time of crisis.

In confidence we pray: Be merciful, O God.

For peace and justice in the world: The Middle East, the Holy Land, Syria, Libya, South Sudan, the Congo, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Yemen, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Venezuela;
for the protection of human rights throughout the world and for peaceful relationships between Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and people of all religions.

In confidence we pray: Be merciful, O God.

For our nation in its time of crisis:  for the nation’s medical system including hospitals,
physicians, nurses, medical workers and support staff, researchers, first responders and
long-term care facilities;  for all who work hard to provide Canadians with the necessities of life.
For families who shelter each other, for those working in essential businesses especiallyfrontline workers.
For our Queen and all those in authority under her, our federal, provincial and municipal Governments.
For the Governor General’s Foot Guards, Students and Staff of Ashbury College, Diplomats and NGO’s, especially Jason

In confidence we pray: Be merciful, O God.

For those in need and for all who suffer: We take a moment to remember those known to each of us alone, in our parish family at St Bart’s, Marissa, Cathy, Martha, Mary, Jan, Carol, Don, Fay, Christina, Hana & her family, and at St Aidan’s, Delmer, Peter, Terry and Sherron, Glenda, Katie H, Linda, Lee, Norma, Lois, Don and for those we have forgotten do thou O Lord remember.

For those affected by COVID-19, for its containment and the development of a vaccine and related treatments; for those suffering from hunger especially in Yemen and east Africa; those affected by natural disasters; refugees especially those from our two parishes in Kenya, Uganda and Lebanon; victims of slavery and human trafficking; for those who are homeless; those with addictions; those with mental illness; and all in need of God’s mercy:
In confidence we pray: Be merciful, O God.

For the recently departed: Mary Mahoney a long time and dearly loved member of St Bart’s, Jean Elizabeth Stewart, mother of Dave Stewart; Reverend Canon Robert McCord, father of the Reverend Alana McCord of the Parish of Epiphany, Ottawa.
Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon them.

For grace to use these Lenten days of social distancing to strengthen our faith in Christ.
In confidence we pray: Be merciful, O God.

We give thanks for the privilege of worshipping you this day.
We give thanks for signs of Christ’s presence: in the world; in ourselves; and in others.    
We give thanks for the blessings of food and shelter, and the love of friends and family.
We give thanks for all the blessings of this life.
In confidence we pray: Be merciful, O God.

We ask these things in the name of the One who leads us in the way of the cross,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Closing Hymn: Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness

Praise the one who breaks the darkness with a liberating light.
Praise the one who frees the prisoners, turning blindness into sight.
Praise the one who preached the gospel, healing every dread disease,
Calming storms and feeding thousands with the very bread of peace.

Praise the one who blessed the children with a strong yet gentle word.
Praise the one who drove out demons with a piercing two-edged sword.
Praise the one who brings cool water to the desert’s burning sand.
From this well comes living water, quenching thirst in every land.

Praise the one true love incarnate: Christ who suffered in our place.
Jesus died and rose for many that we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness, seeing what our God has done.
Praise the one redeeming glory, praise the One who makes us one.






- Chris Burn -

We are part of a crisis. It is a word for an unstable state of affairs with the possibility of highly undesirable results. Its root is in the Greek verb krinein, meaning to decide or choose. Krisis is the noun, which was adopted by the Romans to convey a judgement or critical stage. It first appeared in English in the 15th century from medical Latin to mean the turning point, for better or worse, of a disease or fever. It is strangely appropriate at present. Malcolm Guite has written that language is vulnerable to inflation. We are accustomed to this in our public institutions where excellence and inclusivity often compete as justification for all sorts of things. But not this crisis, true to us in the original medical and modern senses. There are, of course, many people who experience crises and come through unscathed, but others retain a permanent scar. For many bereft of routine, this crisis will be primarily psychological and for others it will be spiritual. Annually we enter a dark time in January after the Christmas celebrations are over and the natural world is cold and bleak. It can be daunting, and worse the further north we live. But there are bursts of warmth through the winter, giving us glimpses of the spring to come, this year especially. For weeks we have had sun-thaw and now the prolonged melting. There are analogies with our present crisis, although we have not yet reached the equivalent of a mid February thaw, but we will. For the time being we remain physically confined.  From Malcolm Guite:

These bleak and freezing seasons may mean grace
When they are memory. In time to come
When we speak truth, then they will have their place,
Telling the story of our journey home,
Through dark December and stark January
With all its disappointments, through the murk
And dreariness of frozen February,
When even breathing seemed unwelcome work.

Because through all of these we held together,
Because we shunned the impulse to let go,
Because we hunkered down through our dark weather,
And trusted to the soil beneath the snow,
Slowly, slowly turning a cold key,
Spring will unlock our hearts and set us free.

Because We Hunkered Down


- Previous Sunday Services: March 22

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