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Self-guided worship: July 19th (Ante-communion)

Ante-communion (Book of Alternative Services)

All hymns are from Common Praise (CP) unless otherwise indicated, and all hymn videos are courtesy of our organist Sam Tak Ho. We also thank all our readers (Brian Carr, Monica Francis) and Audrey Shepherd for leading the Prayers of the People. A big thank you to Pastor Pam, Rev. Roy and Deacon Jacquie for officiating the service. 

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My word shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55: 11

Opening Verse: (Rev. Roy Shepherd)

Opening Hymn: Be Thou My Vision (CP 505)

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

Naught be all else to me save that thou art,

Thou my best thought by day or by night,

Waking or sleeping thy presence my light.


Be thou my wisdom, thou my true word;

I ever with thee, thou with me Lord;

Thou my great Father, I thy true Son,

Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.


Be thou my battle-shield, sword for the fight;

Be thou my dignity, thou my delight,

Thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tower;

Raise thou me heavenward, O power of my power.


High King of heaven, after victory won,

May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

Still be my vision, O ruler of all.

Gloria & Collect of the Day: (Rev. Roy Shepherd)


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

be with you all.



And also with you.


Almighty God,



to you all hearts are open,

all desires known, 

and from you no secrets are hidden. 

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, 

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord.


Celebrant           Glory to God in the highest,


and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.



Celebrant           Let us pray:


Almighty God, your Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence. Give us pure hearts and constant wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN.

A Reading from the Book of Genesis: (read by Brian Carr)

Genesis 28:10-19a

Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, "I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place - and I did not know it!" And he was afraid, and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven." So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel.

The Word of the Lord.                              

Thanks be to God.

Hymn: Nearer my God to Thee (CP 538)

Though, like the wanderer, the sun gone down,

Darkness be over me, my rest a stone,

Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer my God to thee,

Nearer my God to thee, nearer to thee!


There let the way appear, steps unto heaven;

All that thou sendest me, in mercy given;

Angels to beckon me nearer my God to thee,

Nearer my God to thee, nearer to thee!


Then with my waking thoughts bright with thy praise,

Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise,

So by my woes to be nearer my God to thee,

Nearer my God to thee, nearer to thee!

A Reading from Psalm 139: (Monica Francis)

Psalm 139:1-18, 22-23read by Monica Francis
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Psalm 139:1-18, 22-23

Lord, your hand will hold me fast.

Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

You trace my journeys and my resting places and are acquainted with all my ways.

Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

You press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

Where can I go then from your Spirit? where can I flee from your presence?

If I climb up to heaven, you are there; if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there your hand will lead me and your right hand hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night,"

Darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day;

darkness and light to you are both alike.

For you yourself created my inmost parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I will thank you because I am marvellously made; your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

My body was not hidden from you, while I was being made in secret

and woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book;

they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them.

How deep I find your thoughts, O God! how great is the sum of them!

If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand;

to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.

Search me out, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my restless thoughts.

See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, AMEN.

Hymn: Rejoice, the Lord Is King (CP 379)

Rejoice, the Lord is King!

Your Lord and King adore!

Rejoice, give thanks and sing

And triumph evermore.

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice:

Rejoice; again I say, rejoice!


His kingdom cannot fail;

He rules o’er earth and heaven;

The keys of death and hell

Are to our Jesus given.

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice:

Rejoice; again I say, rejoice!


Rejoice in glorious hope;

Jesus, the judge shall come

And take his servants up

To their eternal home.

We soon shall hear the archangel voice;

The trump of God shall sound, Rejoice!

Gospel:  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 (read by Rev. Canon Jacquie Bouthéon)

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43Rev. Canon Jacquie Bouthéon
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Deacon           The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

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

People             Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?' He answered, 'An enemy has done this.' The slaves said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' But he replied, 'No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'" Then Jesus left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field." He answered, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!"


Deacon            The Gospel of Christ.

People             Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon: Pastor Pam Trondson

Song: Rend Collective - Build Your Kingdom Here

Apostles Creed: (Rev. Roy Shepherd)


Let us confess the faith of our baptism, 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.

Prayers of the People: (led by Audrey Shepherd)


We come to you in prayer, Father, at a time when we are shaken and confused by forces we are finding it hard to control or understand. We ask you to be close to us as we say: Lord our protector  Hear our prayer.


We pray for all who are consecrated to your service in ordained ministry, especially Linda, Andrew, Kevin, Pam, Roy and Jacquie.

We pray for the whole royal priesthood of believers – all of us – baptized in the name of Jesus to live joyfully in every circumstance.

Lord our protector   Hear our prayer.


We pray for the world. Hatred, inequality and disease make us fearful, and we need your everlasting arms upholding us. Give to those men and women elected to lead the governments of the nations firm resolve to serve their people fairly and strength to make wise decisions.

Lord our protector   Hear our prayer.


We pray for the sick, those touched by the pandemic raging around the world and the many others suffering from diseases of all kinds.

We pray for the medical personnel, the caregivers and the families who are lending their skill and strength to the sick without concern for themselves.

We honour them, Lord, as they do your work in our society.

Lord our protector   Hear our prayer.


We pray for the families of all whose journey of life has ended, those dear to us and others known only to you. We believe Jesus’ promise that he prepares a place for us in Heaven, and we thank you.

Lord our protector   Hear our prayer.


Holy God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, mighty in power and compassionate in your love for your creation, help us to rest in you. You are our vision, our hope, our soul’s shelter. We praise your blessed name.


Prayers of the Peopleled by Audrey Shepherd
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Confession & Absolution, Peace, Closing Prayer, Doxology,  Blessing: (Rev. Pam Trondson)


Dear friends in Christ, God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy; he welcomes sinners and invites them to his presence. Let us confess our sins, confident in God’s forgiveness.

Silence is kept.



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.


Almighty God have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.






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



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 those who 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.


The Peace

Celebrant          The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All                       And also with you.

Closing Prayer:

O God, accept our praise and thanksgiving. Help us in all we do to offer ourselves as a true and living sacrifice; through Jesus Christ the Lord. AMEN.


Celebrant          Glory to God,

All                       whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from

                            generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.


The peace of God, which passes all understanding, 

Keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God

And of his son Jesus Christ; and the blessing of God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you and those you love, now and always.




Following the closing hymn, please see the opportunity to provide feedback.

Closing Hymn: You Are Salt for the Earth (CP 502)

You are salt for the earth, O people;

Salt for the kingdom of God!

Share the flavour of life, O people;

Life in the kingdom of God!



Bring forth the kingdom of mercy,

Bring forth the kingdom of peace;

Bring forth the kingdom of justice,

Bring forth the city of God!


You are a seed of the Word, O people;

Bring forth the kingdom of God!

Seeds of mercy and seeds of justice

Grow in the kingdom of God!  REFRAIN


We are a blest and a pilgrim people,

Bound for the kingdom of God!

Love our journey and love our homeland!

Love is the Kingdom of God!  REFRAIN

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