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Self-guided worship: May 3rd (Ante-communion II)

Details for May 3rd 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 (Howard Cyrus, Brian Carr). 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.

I am the good shepherd, says the Lord: I know my own and my own know me.

John 10:14

Opening Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns, CP 378

Crown him with many crowns,

The Lamb upon his throne.

Hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns

All music but its own!

Awake, my soul, and sing

of him who died for thee,

And hail him as thy matchless King

through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of life

who triumphed o’er the grave,

And rose victorious in the strife

for those he came to save.

His glories now we sing

who died and rose on high,

Who died eternal life to bring,

and lives that death may die.


Crown him the Lord of love;

behold his hands and side,

Rich wounds yet visible above,

in beauty glorified.

All hail, Redeemer, hail!

For thou hast died for me;

Thy praise shall never, never fail

throughout eternity.

Collect: (Rev. Pam Trondson)



Alleluia! Christ is risen.


The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!


May his grace and peace be with you.



May he fill our hearts with joy.



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. Amen.

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.



O God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do your will, and work in us that which is pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

A Reading from the Book of Acts: (Howard Cyrus)

Acts 2:42-47


They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.


The Word of the Lord.                              

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23: 

Psalm 23Read by Ritika L.
00:00 / 00:47

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.

He revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his name's sake.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;

for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;

you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.

Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

A Reading from the First Letter of Peter:  1 Peter 2:19-25 (Brian Carr)

For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly.  If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian 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 and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Till I am wholly Thine,

Until this earthly part of me

Glows with Thy fire divine.

Gospel:  John 10:1-10 (Read by Rev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon)

John 10:1-10Rev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon
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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 John.

People             Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Jesus said, "Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers." Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."


Deacon            The Gospel of Christ.

People             Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon: Rev. Roy Shepherd

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Ante-Communion II - Rev. Roy Shepherd

May 3rd, 2020

Hymn: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus! CP 374

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.

Apostles' Creed: (Rev. Pam Trondson)


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: (Rev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon)

Prayers of the PeopleRev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon
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Gathered in the care of the shepherd and guardian of our souls, let us pray to God who knows our every need saying: Alleluia! Hear our prayer.


For the Church: especially for Andrew our diocesan Bishop and Kevin our area bishop, Pam and Roy our priests and all who minister among us, that we may find our peace and security in Christ who leads us along the paths of life. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.


For this parish family, that we who are called by the Good Shepherd may have courage to follow and openness to welcome all others who hear the call. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.


For leaders and all who hold authority, that God will give them insight and courage as they develop plans to preserve the health and safety of society and to reopen the economy, so that all God's people may come in and go out securely and find safe pasture. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.


For all those working to defeat this virus: nurses, doctors, first responders, scientists, volunteers and all who seek to work for the betterment of all, that God will guide and strengthen them in the task they have undertaken. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.


For those who are hungry and unemployed, that God will lead them to the resources they need and open the hearts of many to assist them and that God will strengthen those who seek to help them. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.


For all those in need of healing in body, mind and spirit, especially those who have asked our prayers at this time……. that the Good Shepherd will anoint them with the healing balm of God's resurrecting power. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.


For those who have died, remembering especially John Nicholl, Audrey Taylor, and others known to us ……, that they may have life and dwell in the house of God forever, let us pray to the Lord. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.


Lifting our voices with all creation, with Mary, the God-bearer, and all the saints who have borne witness to the Risen Christ, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ. Blessed are you, O Lord our God, who soothes our head with oil and fills our cup with wine. Hear the prayers we offer for every need, and revive us with your Holy Spirit. Glory to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God, now and always and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Confession & Absolution: (Rev. Roy Shepherd)


Dear friends in Christ,

God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy;

he welcomes sinners and invites them to his table.

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.

People                And also with you.

Closing Prayer: (Rev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon)

Closing PrayerRev. Canon Jacquie Boutheon
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May we who are merely inconvenienced 

Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors 

Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home 

Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options. 

May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.

Cameron Wiggins Bell, on the website of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word

Benediction: (Rev. Roy Shepherd)


May the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever, and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.




Hymn: God of Grace and God of Glory, CP 577

God of grace and God of glory,

On your people pour your power;

Now fulfil your church’s story;

Bring its bud to glorious flower.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

For the facing of this hour,

For the facing of this hour.


Lo, the hosts of evil round us

Scorn your Christ, assail his ways.

Fears and doubts too long have bound us;

Free our hearts to work and praise.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

For the living of these days,

For the living of these days.


Set our feet on lofty places;

Gird our lives that they may be

Armoured with all Christlike graces

In the fight for liberty.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

Lest we fail ourselves and thee.

Lest we fail ourselves and thee.

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