St Bart's Sunday Service

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The Reverend Canon David Clunie

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Organ Prelude:  Es is ein Ros entsprungen (ending)      Johannes Brahms



Hymn:  100   Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

Comfort, comfort ye my people; speak ye peace: thus says your God.
Comfort those who sit in darkness bowed beneath oppression’s load;
Speak ye to Jerusalem of the peace that waits for them:
Tell her that her sins I cover, and her warfare now is over.

Hark! The herald’s voice is calling in the desert far and near,
Calling us to new repentance since the reign of God is here.
Oh, the warning call obey! Now prepare for Christ away;
Let the valleys rise to meet him and the hills bow down to greet him.

Make ye straight what long was crooked; make the rougher places plain.
Let your hearts be true and humble as befits Messiah’s reign.
For the glory of the Lord now o’er earth is shed abroad,
And all flesh shall see the token that God’s Word is never broken.

Collect for the Second Sunday of Advent
Almighty God, who sent your servant John the Baptist to prepare your people to welcome the Messiah, inspire us, the ministers and stewards of your truth, to turn our disobedient hearts to you, that when the Christ shall come again to be our judge, we may stand with confidence before his glory; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for Bible Sunday
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 Reading:  Isaiah 40: 1-11   read by Janet Uren

A Reading from the Book of Isaiah

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’  A voice says, ‘Cry out!’ And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’ All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever. Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of  good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’ See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.  Thanks be to God.

Gospel:  Mark 1:1-8

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

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'" John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

The Gospel of Christ.

Sermon   The Reverend Canon David Clunie

Music after the Sermon – Jesus, Remember Me (Taizé)55

 Prayers of the People for Advent 2020

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

I ask your prayers for the Anglican Communion: The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain
Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury – The Right Reverend Carlos López-Lozano
Bishop of Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church

I ask your prayers for the Diocese of Ottawa and the Anglican Church of Canada:
For Cornerstone/Le Pilier, one of our Diocesan Community Ministries,
and for their Acting Executive Director Martine Dore.
For the residents, staff, and Chaplains of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
For all vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

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 Tiang-Ang, Nadine, Viola, Leanne, , Ted, 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.

Advent Litany

O Wisdom, from the mouth of the Most High, you reign over all things to the ends of the earth: come and teach us how to live.   Lord Jesus, come soon!

O Lord, and head of the house of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and you gave the law on Sinai: come with outstretched arm and ransom us.   Lord Jesus, come soon!

O Branch of Jesse, standing as a sign among the nations,
all kings will keep silence before you and all peoples will summon you to their aid: come, set us free and delay no more.   Lord Jesus, come soon!

O Key of David and sceptre of the house of Israel, you open and none can shut; you shut and none can open: come and free the captives from prison.   Lord Jesus, come soon!

O Morning Star, splendour of the light eternal and bright Sun of righteousness: come and enlighten all who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.   Lord Jesus, come soon!
O King of the nations, you alone can fulfil their desires: Cornerstone, you make opposing nations one: come and save the creature you fashioned from clay.   Lord Jesus, come soon!

O Emmanuel, hope of the nations and their Saviour: come and save us, Lord our God.
Lord Jesus, come soon!

The Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymn:  103   On Jordan’s Bank, the Baptist’s Cry

On Jordan’s bank, the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh;
Awake and hearken, for He brings glad tidings of the King of kings.

Then cleansed be every breast from sin; make straight the way for God within.
Prepare we in our hearts a home where such a mighty guest may come.

All praise, eternal Son, to thee whose advent doth thy people free,
Whom with the Father we adore and Holy Ghost for evermore.

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 loving memory of loving memory of
 Art and Marion Newton. 


A Message of Thanks    Stephanie McWatt                          


Organ Postlude:  Trumpet Tune    Henry Purcell



In appreciation for this week’s online service:
The Reverend Canon David Clunie 
Music: Timothy Piper   Reader: Janet Uren
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. Hieronymous Bosch (c.1450–1516), Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, c.1489. Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid, Spain.
  2. Titian (1490–1576), Saint John the Baptist, c.1555. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.
  3. Raphael (1483–1520), Saint John the Baptist Preaching, 1505. The National Gallery, London, England.
  4. Giovanni di Paolo (c.1403–82), Saint John the Baptist Entering the Wilderness, c.1455. Art Institute of Chicago, IL.
  5. Pieter Brueghel the Elder (c.1526–69), The Preaching of Saint John the Baptist, 1566. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Turkey.
  6. Joachim Patinir (c.1480–1524), The Baptism of Christ, c.1515. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.
  7. Anton Raphael Mengs (1728–79), Saint John the Baptist Preaching in the Wilderness, c.1760s. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.


** 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 **

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