St Barts Sunday Service

Sunday Online Service

The Day of Pentecost

The Reverend Canon David Clunie

Timothy Piper
Organist and Director of Music

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Greeting Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed.
May his grace and peace be with you. May he fill our hearts with joy.


Opening Hymn: 646Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers
Sung by the choir of St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, 2017

Spirit divine, attend our prayers, and make our hearts your home;
Descend with all your gracious powers: O Come, great Spirit, come!

Come as the light: to us reveal our emptiness and woe,
And lead us in those paths of life where all the righteous go.

Come as the fire and purge our hearts like sacrificial flame;
Let our whole life an offering be to our Redeemer’s name.

Come as the dove and spread your wings, the wings of peaceful love;
And let your church on earth become blest as the church above.

Collect of the Day

Almighty and everliving God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal, keep us in the unity of your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Reading: Acts 2:1-21    Reader: Jim Bradford

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’ But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved    

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

Psalm 104:25-35, 37

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, creatures both small and great.   Refrain

There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, which you have made for the sport of it. All of them look to you to give them their food in due season. You give it to them; they gather it, you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.  Refrain

You hide your face, and they are terrified, you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust. You send forth your Spirit, and they are created, and so you renew the face of the earth.  Refrain

May the glory of the Lord endure for ever, may the Lord rejoice in all his works. He looks at the earth and it trembles, he touches the mountains and they smoke.  Refrain

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live, I will praise my God while I have my being. May these words of mine please him; I will rejoice in the Lord. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Hallelujah!  Refrain

Gospel: John 20:19-23

When it was evening on that day, Easter Day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Judeans, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ 

Sermon    The Reverend Canon David Clunie

Hymn:  657   Loving Spirit
Sung by the choir of St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, May 2020

Loving Spirit, loving Spirit, you have chosen me to be,
You have drawn me to your wonder, you have set your sign on me.

Like a mother, you enfold me, hold my life within your own,
Feed me with your very body, form me of your flesh and bone.

Like a father, you protect me, teach me the discerning eye,
Hoist me up upon your shoulder, let me see the world from high.

Friend and lover, in your closeness I am known and held and blessed;
In your promise is my comfort, in your presence I may rest.

Prayers of the People   The Venerable Pamela Yarrow

The Prayers of the People this morning will begin with biddings and conclude with the Holy Spirit litany.

I ask your prayers for the church: that it would be strengthened in this time of crisis, praying especially for Anne, our Metropolitan, Linda, our Primate and for our parish clergy, David, Laurette, and Linda.

I ask your prayers for the Anglican Church of Melanesia, and for Leonard, Bishop.

I ask your prayers for the Diocese of Ottawa and for tonight’s consecration of Shane as Bishop of Ottawa; for the people of the Area Parish of the St. Lawrence, and their clergy, Patrick, Colin, and Deacon Richard and for the people of the Area Parish of South Carleton and their clergy Carolyn and Allan.

I ask your prayers for members of the Canadian Forces and the Governor General’s Foot Guards, as well as those serving in diplomatic missions and NGOs especially Jason.

I ask your prayers for those who lack food, water, work, or shelter.

I ask your prayers for victims of war, famine and disease, including COVID-19.

I ask your prayers for 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.

I ask your prayers for 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 Bartholomew’s community Simon, Harriott, Cathy, Marissa, Martha, Mary, Jan, Carol, Don, Fay, Christina, Hana and her family, Harriet and her family in Uganda, Michael and Kathleen; and in St Aidan’s community, Julie, Gary, Lisa, Shirley, Lindsay, Yandi, Janet and Jim; and well as others we mention aloud or in the silence of our hearts.Silence.

I ask your prayers for the recently departed and all who have died from this pandemic especially
Don Carrington, husband of Joyce. 
Rest eternal grant unto him O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon him.

I ask your prayers of thanksgiving for all the good things in this life.  Silence.

Let us pray now to God the Holy Spirit, saying, ‘Come, Holy Spirit, come.’

Come, Holy Spirit, creator, and renew the face of the earth.  Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Come, Holy Spirit, counselor, and touch our lips that we may proclaim your word.
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Come, Holy Spirit, power from on high: make us agents of peace and ministers of wholeness.
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Come, Holy Spirit, breath of God, give life to the dry bones of this exiled age, and make us a living people, holy and free.  Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Come, Holy Spirit, wisdom and truth: strengthen us in the risk of faith. 
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray,

The Lord’s Prayer                                            
Closing Hymn: 656   She Comes Sailing on the Wind
Sung by the Christ Church Cathedral Girls’ Choir, 2007

She comes sailing on the wind, her wings flashing in the sun, on a journey just begun, she flies on.
And in the passage of her flight, her song rings out through the night, full of laughter, full of light, she flies on.

Silent waters rocking on the morning of our birth, like an empty cradle waiting to be filled,
And from the heart of God the Spirit moved upon the earth, like a mother breathing life into her child.


Many were the dreamers whose eyes were given sight when the Spirit filled their dreams with life and form.
Deserts turned to gardens, broken hearts found new delight, and then down the ages still she flew on.


To a gentle girl in Galilee a gentle breeze she came, a whisper softly calling in the dark;
The promise of a child of peace whose reign would never end, Mary sang the Spirit song within her heart.


Flying to the river, she waited circling high above the child now grown so full of grace.
As he rose up from the water, she swept down from the sky, and she carried him away in her embrace.


Long after the deep darkness that fell upon the world, after dawn returned in flame of rising sun,
The Spirit touched the earth again, again her wings unfurled, bringing life in wind and fire as she flew on.


Sanctuary Flowers
Whitsuntide flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory
of Catherine Curfoot-Mollington, born June 1st, 1915,
by her son Mark and dear friend Sue Henderson.


Dismissal   May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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In appreciation for this week’s online service:
The Reverend Canon David Clunie
The Venerable Pamela Yarrow
Reader: Jim Bradford,  Music: Timothy Piper,  Altar Guild: Pamela Mallon
Web Service:  Ruth Honeyman, Webmaster & Videographer:  Kevin McQuinn
Video and Art Editor:  Simon Honeyman  
Additional Photography:  Pamela Mallon & Kevin McQuinn
Custodian:  Clement Olomoi


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  1. Johann Michael Rottmayr (1656–1730), Taube des Heiligen Geistes (Dove of the Holy Spirit), 1714. Fresco at the Karlskirche in Vienna, Austria.
  2. Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680), Throne of St Peter with Holy Spirit window, c. 1660. St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.
  3. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, detail of Holy Spirit window.
  4. Titian (1488/90–1576), The Descent of the Holy Spirit, 1545. Santa Maria della Salute, Venice.
  5. Workshop of Willem Vrelant (d. 1481), “Pentecost” illumination on dyed vellum from Black Book of Hours, c. 1475–1480. Morgan Library & Museum, New York City
  6. Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), Pentecost, c. 1510. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
  7. Artist unknown, “Pentecost” from Hunterian Psalter, c. 1170. Glasgow University Library, Glasgow.
  8. Fray Juan Bautista Maino (1581–1649), Pentecost, 1615–1620. Museo del Prado, Madrid.
  9. Artist unknown, Pentecost mosaic. Image courtesy of Holger Schué, Pixabay.
  10. James He Qi (b.1950), Holy Spirit Coming, 1998.
  11. El Greco (1541–1614), Pentecost, c. 1600. Museo del Prado, Madrid.
  12. Emil Nolde (1867–1956), Pfingsten (Pentecost), 1909. Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.
  13. Tadao Tanaka (1903–1995), Pentecost, 1963.
  14. Jacques Blanchard (1600–1638), La Descente du Saint-Esprit (Descent of the Holy Spirit), 1634. Chapelle des Fonds Baptismaux, Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Paris.
  15. P. Solomon Raj (b. 1921), Pentecost, 1980s.
  16. Artist unknown, Pentecost woodcarving, 1508–1519. Choirstalls, Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, France.
  17. Duccio di Buoninsegna (c. 1255–c.1319), Maestà - The Descent of the Holy Spirit, 1308–1311. Originally altarpiece at Siena Cathedral, now part of collection at Museo dell’Opera de Duomo, Florence.
  18. Sado Watanabe (1913–1996), Pentecost, 1975.
  19. Keiko Miura (b. 1935), Pentecost, 2004. Stained glass, All Pilgrims Christian Church, Seattle.
  20. Nalini Jayasuriya (d.2014), The Great Commission, 2002.
  21. Illumination - from a "Bohemian Master” - 1400 - 1425 - Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest


** Previous Sunday Services: March 22, March 29, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24 **

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