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Self-guided worship: April 19th (Easter II)

Details for April 19th worship

All hymns are from Common Praise (CP) and all hymn videos are courtesy of our organist Sam Tak Ho. We also thank all our readers (Audrey Shepherd, Isaac Luther, Deacon Jacquie) and Leonora Benjamin for reading the Prayers of the People. A big thank you to Pastor Pam and Rev. Roy Shepherd for officiating the service, and Deacon Jacquie for her sermon.

Please download or print the Word document OR use the text on this page to follow along with the service.

Opening Hymn: Alleluia, Sing to Jesus, CP 374

Printed text for this hymn is provided by Christian Corporate Licensing International, under CCLI License #11017184, CCLI Song# 802788. Words: Public Domain, by William C. Dix. Music: Public Domain, by Rowland Huw Prichard. (Tune: Hyfrydol)

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!

His the sceptre, his the throne;

Alleluia! His the triumph,

His the victory alone.

Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion

Thunder like a mighty flood;

Jesus, out of every nation

Hath redeemed us by his blood.


Alleluia! Not as orphans

Are we left in sorrow now;

Alleluia! He is near us,

Faith believes, nor questions how.

Though the cloud from sight received him

When the forty days were o’er,

Shall our hears forget his promise,

“I am with you evermore”?


Alleluia! Bread of heaven,

Thou on earth our food, our stay;

Alleluia! Here the sinful

Flee to thee from day to day;

Intercessor, Friend of sinners,

Earth’s Redeemer, plead for me,

Where the songs of all the sinless

Sweep across the crystal sea.

The Gathering of the Community: (Rev. Roy Shepherd)


Officiant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

People: And also with you.


Officiant: Let us pray.


Together: We thank you, O God, that you have again brought us together to praise you for your goodness and to ask your blessing. Give us grace to see your hand in the week that is past, and your purpose in the week to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Officiant: Dear friends in Christ, as we turn our hearts and minds to worship almighty God, let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with our neighbour.

People: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.


Officiant: Merciful God, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


People: Amen.


Officiant: The Lord is our light and our life.


People: O come, let us worship.

Hymn: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, CP 354

Printed text for this hymn is provided by Common Praise, Copyright 1998 by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, as found on

Words: Public Domain, by Robert Robinson. Music: Public Domain, from A Repository of Sacred Music: Part Second, Harrisburg, 1813.

Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious measure,
sung by flaming tongues above;
O the vast, the boundless treasure
of my God's unchanging love.


Here I make faith's affirmation:
thus far by thy help I've come,
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

A Reading from the Book of Acts: (Read by Isaac Luther)

Acts 2:14a, 22-32Read by Isaac Luther
00:00 / 02:10

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Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, "You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know - this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him, 'I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.' Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, 'He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.' This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses."

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 16: (Read by Rev. Pam Trondson)

Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; I have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord, my good above all other."

All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, upon those who are noble among the people.

But those who run after other gods shall have their troubles multiplied.

Their libations of blood I will not offer, nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.

O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; it is you who uphold my lot.

My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night.

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand I shall not fall. 

My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also shall rest in hope.

For you will not abandon me to the grave, nor let your holy one see the Pit. 

You will show me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore. 

1 Peter 1:3-9Read by Audrey Shepherd
00:00 / 01:31

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A Reading from the First Letter of Peter: (Read by Audrey Shepherd)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith - being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Hymn: Breathe on Me, Breath of God, CP 649

Breathe on me, breath of God, 
Fill me with life anew, 
That I may love what Thou dost love, 
And do what thou wouldst do. 

Breathe on me, breath of God, 
Until my heart is pure, 
Until with Thee I will one will, 
To do or to endure. 

Breathe on me, breath of God, 
Till I am wholly Thine, 
Until this earthly part of me 
Glows with Thy fire divine. 

Printed text for this hymn is provided by Christian Corporate Licensing International, under CCLI License #11017184, CCLI Song# 99481. Words: Public Domain, by Edwin Latch. Music: Public Domain, by Robert Jackson.

Gospel: John 20: 19-31 (Read by Rev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon)

John 20:19-31Rev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon
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Deacon           The Word of the Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

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

People             Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, 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." But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.


Reader             The Gospel of Christ.

People             Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon: Rev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon


Easter II - Rev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon

April 19th, 2020

John 20: 19-31

Doubt & FaithRev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon
00:00 / 08:02


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Creed: (Rev. Roy Shepherd)

Officiant: Let us confess our faith as we say


I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Intercessions: (Read by Leonora Benjamin)

Prayers of the PeopleLeonora Benjamin
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Loving God, your children turn to you in prayer, confident that you are with us and with all people in every moment. be with us now in our supplications, as we say: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For the church, remembering especially Linda our Primate, Andrew and Kevin our bishops, Pam and Roy our priests, Jacquie our deacon and all who minister here. Help us to be confident Lord, that though apart from each other within these walls, we are still together through your spirit.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Generous God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old, that we may look after one another in these challenging days, especially those among us who are vulnerable or who are isolated. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring healing to all those who are sick, especially those stricken with the Coronavirus, be with their families. May those who have died be raised from death to eternal joy with Christ, and may their souls rest in peace. Bring comfort to all who mourn. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Strengthen and protect all medical professionals and all who work in our medical facilities, and for all those in our country who work in so many fields of life for the sake of us all. Bless them and keep them safe, strengthen them and guide them with your abundant goodness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them every spiritual, moral, intellectual, and social resource they need to act for the good of the people entrusted to their care. Let them be courageous, competent, collaborative, and compassionate as they ponder what course to take, and give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future disasters such as this COVID 19 pandemic. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it here on earth. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Dear heavenly father, give courage, patience, and ingenuity to everyone whose job or business is endangered by these times of concern and uncertainty. Help us to support one another, to patronize, as we can, local small businesses in our community. Give lending institutions, landlords, and creditors a spirit of generosity and compassion, so that suffering is not made worse by evictions, foreclosures, fines, and bankruptcies. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Most gentle and gracious Father, we pray for families with children in these difficult days. Some have only one parent. Some are already stressed by things ranging from drugs to physical abuse, from illness of body, mind, and spirit to financial insecurity. Let your Spirit be with them in times of stress and difficulty, and give us eyes to see and hearts to respond as helpfully and often as we can. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Dear God of love, we know that there are many other needs which continue to be urgent. We ask the Spirit’s help in remembering them before you. And, for the sake of your dear Son, we pray that you may heed all our prayers and graciously answer them in accordance with your will, to your glory and for the welfare of your people. All these supplications we make in the name and through the power of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Closing Prayers: (Rev. Pam Trondson)

Officiant: We are the body of Christ; in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life. The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People: And also with you.

Officiant: Let us pray.

Together: Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all you have done for us. We thank you for the splendour of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life and for the mystery of love. 

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side. We thank you for setting us tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us. We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone. 

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom. Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

Officiant: Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith and receive the fullness of Christ's blessing, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


People: Amen. 


Officiant: Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray as our Saviour taught us,


Together:  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.

Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

Now and for ever. Amen.


Officiant: Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia.


People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia.


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


People: Amen.

Closing Hymn: What a Friend We have in Jesus, CP532

What a friend we have in Jesus, 
All our sins and griefs to bear! 
What a privilege to carry 
Everything to God in prayer! 
O what peace we often forfeit, 
O what needless pain we bear- 
All because we do not carry 
Everything to God in prayer. 

Have we trials and temptations? 
Is there trouble anywhere? 
We should never be discouraged: 
Take it to the Lord in prayer! 
Can we find a friend so faithful, 
Who will all our sorrows share? 
Jesus knows our every weakness- 
Take it to the Lord in prayer! 

Are we weak and heavy-laden, 
Cumbered with a load of care? 
Jesus only is our refuge, 
Take it to the Lord in prayer! 
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? 
Take it to the Lord in prayer! 
In His arms He'll take and shield thee, 
thou wilt find a solace there. 

Printed text for this hymn is provided by Common Praise, Copyright 1998 by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, as found on

Words: Public Domain, by Joseph M. Scriven. Music: Public Domain, by Charles C. Converse.

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