St. Barnabas (Chester) Anglican Church The Church in the Marketplace Embracing the Community 10:30 AM Sunday, June 24, 2012 The Birth of St. John the Baptist 361 Danforth Ave., Toronto M4K 1P1 416-463-1344 www.stbarnabas-toronto.comLet us faithfully witness to the Risen Jesus, giving generously ofour lives and substance for the relief of the poor and the sharing of the Gospel, bringing encouragement to all.
(From the COLLECT for ST. BARNABAS) Welcome to St. Barnabas (Chester) Anglican Church. The Church in the Marketplace Embracing the Community 10:30 AM HOLY EUCHARIST Our 10:30 AM Worship Service begins on page 185 of the green Book of Alternative Services.Organ Prelude Two Vesper Voluntaries - Sir Edward ElgarThe Gathering of God’s PeopleOpening Hymn 283 + verse 2k “By all your saints still striving” (Ewing)GreetingCollect for Purity p. 185The Gloria p. 186Collect of the Day: Almighty God, you called John theBaptist to give witness to the coming of your Son and toprepare his way. Give your people the wisdom to see yourpurpose, and the openness to hear your will, that we toomay witness to Christ’s coming and so prepare his way;through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives andreigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.The Story of God’s PeopleA READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH 40: 1-11 Read by Sue Ann Elite1Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2Speaktenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served herterm, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from theLord’s hand double for all her sins. 3A voice cries out: “In the
wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in thedesert a highway for our God. 4Every valley shall be lifted up,and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven groundshall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5Then theglory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see ittogether, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”6 A voicesays, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people aregrass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. 7The grasswithers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blowsupon it; surely the people are grass. 8The grass withers, theflower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever. 9Getyou up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; liftup your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of goodtidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here isyour God!” 10See, the Lord God comes with might, and his armrules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompensebefore him. 11He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he willgather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, andgently lead the mother sheep.Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s People:Thanks be to God.PSALM 85: 7-13 (Please remain seated as we read the Psalm)7Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.8I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.9Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.10Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11Truth shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.12The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, and our land will yield its increase.13Righteousness shall go before him, and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS:13:14B–26 Read by Darryl Nakamoto14BOn the sabbath day Paul and his company went into thesynagogue and sat down. 15After the reading of the law and theprophets, the officials of the synagogue sent them a message,saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for thepeople, give it.” 16So Paul stood up and with a gesture began tospeak: “You Israelites, and others who fear God, listen. 17TheGod of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made thepeople great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and withuplifted arm he led them out of it. 18For about forty years he putup with them in the wilderness. 19After he had destroyedseven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land asan inheritance 20for about four hundred fifty years. After that hegave them judges until the time of the prophet Samuel. 21Thenthey asked for a king; and God gave them Saul son of Kish, aman of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years.22When he had removed him, he made David their king. In histestimony about him he said, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse,to be a man after my heart, who will carry out all my wishes.’23Of this man’s posterity God has brought to Israel a Saviour,Jesus, as he promised; 24before his coming John had alreadyproclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25And as John was finishing his work, he said, ‘What do yousuppose that I am? I am not he. No, but one is coming after me;I am not worthy to untie the thong of the sandals on his feet.’26My brothers, you descendants of Abraham’s family, and otherswho fear God, to us the message of this salvation has beensent.”Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s People:Thanks be to God.The GospelThe Lord be with you: And also with you.The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according toLuke 1: 57-80.Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.57Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore ason. 58Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord hadshown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59Onthe eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they weregoing to name him Zechariah after his father. 60But his mothersaid, “No; he is to be called John.” 61They said to her, “None ofyour relatives has this name.” 62Then they began motioning tohis father to find out what name he wanted to give him. 63Heasked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” Andall of them were amazed. 64Immediately his mouth was openedand his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God.65Fear came over all their neighbours, and all these things weretalked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. 66Allwho heard them pondered them and said, “What then willthis child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was withhim. 67Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spiritand spoke this prophecy: 68“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them.69He has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of hisservant David, 70as he spoke through the mouth of his holyprophets from of old, 71that we would be saved from ourenemies and from the hand of all who hate us. 72Thus he hasshown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and hasremembered his holy covenant, 73the oath that he swore to ourancestor Abraham, to grant us 74that we, being rescued from thehands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, 75inholiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76And you,child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you willgo before the Lord to prepare his ways, 77to give knowledge ofsalvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. 78By thetender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will breakupon us, 79to give light to those who sit in darkness and in theshadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” 80Thechild grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in thewilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.The Gospel of Christ. Praise be to thee, O Christ.HomilyAffirmation of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed p. 189Prayers of the People led by Joyce ConnellConfession & Absolution p. 191Sharing Christ’s PeaceWe Offer Our Gifts to GodOffertory Hymn 106 “There’s a voice in the wilderness”(Ascension)
Prayer over the Gifts: God of our salvation, accept all weoffer you this day, and free us to worship you without fear,in holiness and righteousness of life; through Jesus Christour Lord. Amen.The Eucharist: God’s Spirit Transforms Our GiftsEucharistic Prayer 1 p. 191The Lord’s Prayer p. 211Celebrant: We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.All: We, being many, are one body, for we all share in the one bread. “People of all ages and denominations who are baptized into Christare invited and encouraged to share in communion. If you will not be receiving bread and wine, we would be pleased if you would join us at the Lord’s Table for a blessing.”Prayer after Communion: We thank you, Lord, for your wordand your table which give us the knowledge of salvation.Your compassion has broken on us like the dawn;guide now our feet into the way of peace. We ask this in thename of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.Sharing God’s Love in the WorldDoxology p. 214AnnouncementsFinal Hymn 270 “Lamb of God, to thee we raise” (Monkland#398)DismissalOrgan Postlude Processional (from ‘Laudate Dominum’) - Peter Hurford
We welcome all who are new or visiting today. If we can serveyou or you wish to know more about the church, please fill out a visitors envelope, available in pews or at back of church.Today’s Liturgical Team:Celebrant & Homilist: The Rev. Dr. Harold ShepherdDeacon: The Rev. Grace Caldwell-HillOrganist: Neil HoultonCommunion Minister: Teresa JohnsonSidespeople: Team 1: Eleanor Morgan: Captain; EverodMiller, Vivian Rodney, Grantley Hinkson, Sheila Lightfoot,Lori Lightfoot, Tracey FergusonChancel Guild: Teresa JohnsonToday we remember in our Prayers:Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Toronto East DeaneryDeanery Cycle of Prayer, Church of the ResurrectionParish Cycle of Prayer, Our ServersSJAC, St. George Memorial, Oshawa & St. George-on-the-Hill
LIFE AND MINISTRY OF OUR COMMUNITYBible StudyBible study at St. Barnabas will resume on Monday, July 9th.All are welcome.Summer holidaysThe church office will be closed from Thursday, June 28ththrough Thursday, July 5th as Mary will be on vacation.However, members of the Leadership Team will be checkingregularly for urgent phone messages.This summer … music & baking!
Mark Saturday, July 7th on your calendars .... a bake sale,along with the first of the Saturday Summer Music concerts.The money raised will be used in support of the OrganRestoration Fund.Kids always welcome!Sunday school will resume in the fall. Meanwhile, children areinvited to make use of the quiet play area at the back of thechurch.Book Club in JulyThe Book Club will continue in the rector’s study on July 3rdwhen we will be discussing Girls Fall Down by MaggieHelwig. Following that, for Wednesday, August 1st, we’ll bereading Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James, and then onSeptember 5th, The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton.Community Forum-Responding to Hunger in Toronto on Tuesday, June 26th inMetro Hall, Room 308 from 1:30 to 4:00 PM. At thiscommunity forum, individuals from the University of Toronto,the City of Toronto and the Daily Bread Food Bank will reflecton findings from a study of food assistance in 5 Canadian cities,with a focus on Toronto.
WORSHIP SCHEDULEThursday, June 28th 12 noon Holy Eucharist In the chancelSunday July 1st Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 9:00 AM Quiet Eucharist 10:30 AM Holy EucharistReadings: 2 Samuel 1: 1, 17-27; Psalm 130 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15; Mark 5: 21-43
CLERGY The Rev. Dr. Harold ShepherdHONORARY ASSISTANT Fr. David Hoopes, OHCDEACON The Rev. Grace Caldwell-HillLEADERSHIP TEAM Gary Davenport, Jane Smith Lyn Inniss, Everod Miller, Jan BookerORGANIST & CHOIRMASTER Neil HoultonPARISH ADMINISTRATOR Mary Roycroft RanniORGANIST EMERITUS Dr. Eugene Gates