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Self-guided worship: April 26th (Ante-communion)

Details for April 26th 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 (Philip Isaacson, Bill Wilkins) and Beverley Baird for reading the Prayers of the People. A big thank you to Pastor Pam, Rev. Roy Shepherd and Deacon Jacquie for officiating the service.

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

Opening Message: (Rev. Roy Shepherd)

Good morning,

We wish to acknowledge the death this past week of two of our members, Audrey Taylor and John Nicholl.


Covid-19 makes it impossible to have any form of funeral or memorial service at this time.


A reflection on John Nicholl’s passing by Ron Clark will be found at the conclusion of our worship.

Our worship this morning will be especially familiar to the members of our fellowship who attend the 8:30 service.

Opening Hymn: Christ is Risen, Christ is Risen, CP 220

Christ is risen, Christ is risen,

Tell it with a joyful voice;

Christ has burst his three days’ prison;

Let the whole wide earth rejoice!

Death is conquered, we are free,

Christ has won the victory.


Come, ye sad and fearful-hearted,

With glad smile and radiant brow;

Lent’s long shadows have departed,

All his woes are over now,

And the Passion that he bore;

Sin and pain can vex no more.


Christ is risen, Christ is risen;

He hath opened heaven’s gate:

We are free from sin’s dark prison,

Risen to a holier state;

And a brighter Easter beam

On our longing eyes shall stream.

THE COLLECT FOR PURITY (Fr. Roy & people):

ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts be open, it all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


OUR Lord Jesus Christ said: Hear O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.


Lord, have mercy upon us, and write both these thy laws in ours hearts, we beseech thee.

The Collect of Purity: (Rev. Roy Shepherd)


Fr. Roy:               Lord, have mercy upon us.

People:               Christ, have mercy upon us.

Fr. Roy:               Lord, have mercy upon us.

Fr. Roy:               The Lord be with you;

People:               And with thy spirit.

Fr. Roy:               Let us pray.

COLLECT OF THE DAY (Fr. Roy & People):

O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm 116: 1-3, 10-17: (Read by Bill Wilkins)

Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17Read by Bill Wilkins
00:00 / 01:14

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I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.

The cords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of me; I came to grief and sorrow.

Then I called upon the name of the Lord: "O Lord, I pray you, save my life."

How shall I repay the Lord for all the good things he has done for me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord.

I will fulfil my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his servants.

O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds.

I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon the name of the Lord.

I will fulfil my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.

In the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.


A Reading from the first letter of Peter: (Read by Philip Isaacson)

1 Peter 1:17-23Read by Philip Isaacson
00:00 / 01:37

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If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God. Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel:  Luke 24:13-35 (Read by Rev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon)

Luke 24:13-35Rev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon
00:00 / 03:21

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Deacon           The Lord be with you.

People             And with thy spirit.

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

People             Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?" They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?" He asked them, "What things?" They replied, "The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him." Then he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?" Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?" That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.


Reader             The Gospel of Christ.

People             Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon: Rev. Pam Trondson


Hymn: Lord, the Light of Your Love is Shining, CP 460

Lord, the light of your love is shining,

In the midst of the darkness shining;

Jesus, Light of the World, shine upon us;

Set us free by the truth you now bring us,

Shine on me, shine on me.



Shine, Jesus, shine; fill this land with the Father’s glory,

Blaze, Spirit, blaze; set our hearts on fire.

Flow, river, flow; flood the nations with grace and mercy;

Send forth your word, Lord and let there be light.

Lord, I come to your awesome presence,

From the shadows into your radiance;

By the blood I may enter your brightness;

Search me, try me, consume all my darkness;

Shine on me, shine on me.


As we gaze on your kingly brightness

So our faces display your likeness;

Ever changing from glory to glory,

Mirrored here may our lives tell your story,

Shine on me, shine on me.


Creed: (Rev. Roy Shepherd)

Officiant: Let us confess the faith of our baptism:

Fr. Roy & People: 

I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And of all things visible and invisible:

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,

Begotten of the Father before all worlds; God, of God;

Light, of Light;

Very God, of very God;

Begotten, not made;

Being of one substance with the Father; Through whom all things were made:

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,

And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,

And was made man, 

And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

He suffered and was buried,

And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,

And ascended into heaven,

And sitteth at the right hand of the Father.

And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead:

Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, The Giver of Life,

Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,

Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified,

Who spake by the Prophets.

And I believe One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.

And I look for the Resurrection of the dead,

And the Life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the People: (Read by Beverley Baird)

Prayers of the PeopleBeverly Baird
00:00 / 03:44

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God our maker, you have walked the Emmaus Road with your faithful people in many generations, people facing challenges and uncertainty, people seeking your purpose and promise. Thank you for your faithfulness to us in all situations. Walk with us and with those for whom we pray for this day, that your grace and mercy may sustain our faith and hope. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For the church: Andrew our Bishop, Kevin, our area Bishop, Pam, our pastor and priest, Roy, our Honorary Assistant and Jacquie our Deacon, that we may more and more put on the mind of Christ and give ourselves into God's loving care and protection and the service of others. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray especially for the doctors, nurses, emergency workers, care professionals and the medical researchers who work tirelessly every day risking their lives for the sake of all of us, to stem the tide of this pandemic. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for children and young people who must think about the future in uncertain times. Give them hope rooted in the knowledge that their lives matter to you. Show them how to make a difference in the world, whatever threats and challenges they face as they grow. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our communities challenged by forces beyond their control: the pandemic, the economic crisis and political strife. Give courage to those facing these crises day by day and wisdom to those who lead us through them so that wellbeing may be restored and hope for the future prevail. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our congregation, for our life together and our future in mission. In a time when we cannot gather in person, sustain our fellowship and strengthen our prayer for one another so that you will find us faithful on our journey into the future. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for ourselves and for all those in need of our prayers ----------that we may all find courage and healing in the anxious days ahead. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died and those who mourn, especially the victims and their families in the horrendous tragedy in Nova Scotia and those known to us whom we remember at this time ---------- that they may now be in God's steadfast love that endures forever. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God our maker, hear our prayers, spoken and unspoken, and use us in these troubled times in ways we may not yet even imagine to respond to the challenges in our community and the world at large during this ongoing pandemic. Amen.

Confession & Absolution: (Rev. Pam Trondson)

CONFESSION (Pastor Pam):

Ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead the new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways: Draw near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God.

Pastor Pam & People:

ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men: We acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we from time to time most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ABSOLUTION (Pastor Pam):

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him: Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Comfortable Words: (Rev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon)

Comfortable WordsRev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon
00:00 / 01:07

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Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn to him.

COME unto me all that labour and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.

St Matthew 11. 28. 

God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

St John 3. 16.


Hear also what Saint Paul saith. 

This is a true saying, and worthy of all to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1. 15.


Hear also what Saint John saith.

If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins. 1 St John 2. 1, 2.


Deacon: Let us give thanks to God for all our blessings:


Deacon and people: 

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.

Peace, Gloria & Blessing: (Rev. Pam Trondson)

Pastor Pam: The peace of the Lord be always with you;

People: And with thy spirit 

Pastor Pam: Let us pray.

Pastor Pam and people:

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.


And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee. And although we are unworthy, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

GLORIA (Pastor Pam and people):

Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, good will towards all. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.



The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.

Hymn: God Whose Almighty Word, CP 560

God, whose almighty word

Chaos and darkness heard

And took their flight;

Hear us, we humbly pray,

And where the gospel day

Sheds not its glorious ray

Let there be light.

Saviour, who came to bring

On your redeeming wing

Healing and sight,

Health to the sick in mind,

Sight to the inwardly blind,

Now for all human kind

Let there be light.

Spirit of truth and love,

Life-giving holy Dove;

Speed on your flight!

Move on the water’s face

Bearing the lamp of grace,

And in earth’s darkest place

Let there be light.

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