St Barts Sunday Service

Sunday Online Service

The Reverend Canon Linda Hill

Téa Mamaladze
Organist and Director of Music

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Prelude:   J.S. Bach, French Suite No.5 in G Major (BWV 816) – Allemande

Greeting:   Alleluia, Christ is risen. May his grace and peace be with you.


Collect of the Day

Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you, riches beyond imagination. Pour into our hearts such love toward you, that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 

Opening Hymn:  410   Creating God, Your Fingers Trace    Soloist:  Rodney Williamson

Creating God, your fingers trace the bold designs of farthest space;
let sun and moon and stars and light and what lies hidden praise your might.

Redeeming God, your arms embrace all now despised for creed or race;
let peace, descending like a dove, make known on earth your healing love.

Indwelling God, your gospel claims one family with a billion names;
let every life be touched by grace until we praise you face to face.

Acts 17:22-31    Reader:  Janet Talbot

Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, "Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, 'To an unknown God.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him - though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For 'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we too are his offspring.' Since we are God's offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."   

 Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

John 14:15-21 

Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them."

Reflection:  J.S. Bach, French Suite No.5 in G Major (BWV 816) – Sarabande

Sermon   The Reverend Canon Linda Hill

Prayers of the People    Read by Nancy Gover

In joy and hope let us pray to the source of all life, saying, “Hear us, Lord of glory!”

That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his holy and life-giving resurrection,
let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us, Lord of glory!

That isolated and persecuted churches may find fresh strength in the Easter gospel,
let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us, Lord of glory!

That the Church would be strengthened in this time of crisis, praying for Shane our Bishop-elect, and our Bishops, Anne and Linda Nicholls, our clergy, David Clunie, Laurette, Pamela and Linda. Our companion diocese of Jerusalem; the Anglican Church of Korea, Archbishop Moses. In the Diocese of Ottawa, we pray for St. Bede’s Nolan’s Corners, The Reverend Mary Ellen Berry, and all custodial staff including Clement and Darleen, let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us, Lord of glory!

That our risen Saviour may grant us humility to be subject to one another in Christian love,
let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us, Lord of glory!

That he would protect members of the Canadian Forces and the Governor General’s Foot Guards,
as well as those serving in diplomatic missions and NGOs especially Jason,
let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us, Lord of glory!

That he would strengthen our educational system, including Ashbury College and
Arch Street Public School, that all students, teachers, and staff would be protected and inspired,
let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us, Lord of glory!

That our risen Saviour would provide for those who lack food, water, work, or shelter,
let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us. Lord of glory!

That by Christ’s power, wars, famine, and disease, including COVID-19, may cease through all the earth, that peace and justice would be established,
let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us, Lord of glory!

That he would strengthen and protect Canada’s medical system including hospitals, long-term care facilities, including the Garry J. Armstrong Home, physicians, nurses, medical staff and support workers, researchers working on a vaccine, first responders and all who provide us with the necessities of life,
let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us, Lord of glory!

That the Lord Jesus may reveal the light of his presence to the sick, the weak and the dying, including all those affected by this pandemic, including those in retirement homes, as well as those in special need in St Bart’s community Harriott, Cathy, Marissa, Martha, Mary, Jan, Carol, Don, Fay, Christina, Hana and her family, Harriet and her family in Uganda, Kathleen, Michael and Natalie and in St Aidan’s communityMimi, Olu and his family in Nigeria, Carmen, Erma, Lew, Don and Joyce, Terry, Delmer, and others we mention aloud or in the silence of our hearts.…  SILENCE …… that they may be relieved and strengthened,
let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us, Lord of glory!

Let us pray for the recently departed including all who have died from this pandemic.
Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon them.

That the Lord Jesus may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people, that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection,
let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us, Lord of glory!

That we would render thanks for all the good things of this life,
let us pray to the Lord.  Hear us Lord of Glory.

Holy God, you have called us to follow in the way of your risen Son, and to care for our neighbour, not only with words of comfort, but with acts of love. Seeking to be true friends of all, we offer our prayers on behalf of the church and the world. In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer                                            

Sanctuary Flowers
The flowers today are given by St Aidan’s Altar Guild,
in thanksgiving for this sacred place of worship.


 Closing Hymn:  418   Draw the Circle Wide    Soloist: Rodney Williamson

Refrain:  Draw the circle wide, draw it wider still, let this be our song: no one stands alone.
Standing side by side, draw the circle wide.

God the still-point of the circle, round you all creation turns;
nothing lost, but held forever, in God's gracious arms.  Refrain.

Let our hearts touch far horizons, so encompass great and small;
let our loving know no borders, faithful to God's call.  Refrain: 

Let the dreams we dream be larger, than we've ever dreamed before;
let the dream of Christ be in us, open every door!  Refrain: 

Postlude:  J.S. Bach, French Suite No.5 in G Major (BWV 816) - Gavotte



In appreciation for this week’s online service:
The Reverend Canon Linda Hill
Director of Music: Téa Mamaladze   Soloist: Rodney Williamson   
Reader: Janet Talbot   Prayers: Nancy Gover  
St Aidan’s Altar Guild: Janet Talbot
Web Service: Ruth Honeyman   Videographer: Kevin McQuinn
Video and Art Editor: Simon Honeyman
The Reverend Canon 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.
    We thank our contributors on the PAR program for their monthly automated donations. If you would like to enroll on our monthly withdrawal plan, PAR, you may follow this link
    And thank you for those who have been mailing in their contributions or dropping them through the church mail slot. At this difficult time “Canada Helps” is another way to support us through a credit card payment. (They charge, we think, a reasonable, 3.75% to us) 


Canada Helps


Artist unknown. Wood engraving found in Camille Flammarion’s The Atmosphere: Popular Meteorology (1888). Colouring by Hugo Heikenwaelder, 1998 -
Jen Delyth, Doves (Peace on Earth), date unknown -
Christ the Redeemer
statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, lit up with the flags of countries affected by coronavirus, March 18, 2020 -
Sir James Thornhill (1675-1734), Paul Preaching in the Areopagus, 1729-31 - Leonard Porter (b.1963), St. Paul Preaching on the Areopagus, 2009 -
James He Qi (b. 1951), Peace, Be Still, 1998 - Artist unknown. Earliest known image of Jesus Christ, Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt. (c.mid-1st Century AD) -
S. Maurice, Draw the Circle Wide, c. 2010 – Additional photography: Kevin McQuinn


** Previous Sunday Services: March 22, March 29, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, April 19, April 26, May 3**

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