This Sunday in the Parish of Blandford

The Day of Pentecost

May 24

Public Services Cancelled – Called to Worship in our Own Homes – Sunday Bulletin – Scroll Down.

Parish of Blandford

Aspotogan Peninsula, Municipality of Chester, Nova Scotia

Striving to be a Christian Community

of Worship, Welcome and Care.

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Praying together at Home

May 31, 2020

Contact Information: Telephone: (902)228-2761, Email: ministry@parishofblandford.ca, Website: parishofblandford.ca

Rector: Reverend Louis Quennelle, Rector, Phone: (902)521-5169, E-mail: louisq@eastlink.ca

Our Wardens: All Saints: Malcolm Boutilier (902)228-2961, St. Cuthbert: Ken Miller, (902)204-1000, Saint Barnabas: Claudia Zinck (902)228-2091

Being a Parish & Being Church!

The COVID19 social distancing and self isolation measures prevent many of us from being together physically, but we are together in Christ and in our Journey of Faith through Lent. We continue to care for one another and help each other as we are able. If you know someone who is stuck in their home and can’t even go for a walk – call, say hello. It’s that simple. It’s caring. It’s love!

Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Anglican Church of Canada

Diocesan Prayer Partner: King’s College Chapel

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. James’, Armdale, Nova Scotia The Reverend Katie Taylor-Flynn; St. George’s, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Reverend Nicholas Hatt

The Rev. Canon Peter Harris, Honorary Assistant; St. Margaret of Scotland, Halifax, Nova ScotiaThe Reverend Canon Charles Bull and Michelle

Anglican/Lutheran Cycle of Prayer: ACC – Bishops Andrew Asbil, Peter Fenty, Riscylla Walsh-Shaw, Kevin Robertson, Jenny Andison, the clergy and people of the Diocese of Toronto; ELCIC – The Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute in Outlook Saskatchewan

The Day of Pentecost – Morning Prayer

Opening Prayers:

Lord, open our lips, And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed: O come, let us worship.

Christ our Passover: 1 Corinthians 5.7–8; Romans 6.9–11; 1 Corinthians 15.20–22 Alleluia! Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia!

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia!

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia!

Alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth: O come, let us worship

Collect: God of wind and flame, send your life-giving Spirit upon your people: give fire to our words, strength to our witness and boldness to our proclamation of your wondrous work in Christ; who, with you and the Spirit, lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen. Opening Prayers(1997) alt.

First Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'” ACTS 2:1-21

Psalm: O Lord, how manifold are your works! in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, creatures both small and great.

There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, which you have made for the sport of it. All of them look to you to give them their food in due season. You give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

You hide your face, and they are terrified; you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust. You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; may the Lord rejoice in all his works. He looks at the earth and it trembles; he touches the mountains and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will praise my God while I have my being. May these words of mine please him; I will rejoice in the Lord. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Hallelujah! PSALM 104:25-35, 37

Second Reading: A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS. No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. CORINTHIANS 12:3B-13

Gospel: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN. 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.” JOHN 20:19-23

Apostle’s Creed: 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.

We pray for our needs and the needs of the world

Filled with the Holy Spirit, let us offer prayers to God for the needs, concerns, and hopes of the whole human family saying, Alleluia! Hear our prayer.

For the Church: especially for Ron our archbishop, that in the power of the Spirit we may be signs of God’s love, joy, and peace. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.

For the family of the Parish iof Blandford, that grace to love in the truth that the Spirit of God will lead us to more perfect forgiveness and a greater understanding of who we are and of what God is asking of us. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.

For all who seek peace, that God will break the hatred in human hearts, end violence and establish a season of peace in places of conflict. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.

For all those who must make difficult decisions about safety and health, that in this uncertain time we may be driven, guided, and directed by God’s Spirit of love that always seeks the good and welfare of others. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.

For those for whom we ought to pray: those who suffer from hunger, who are refugees, who are alone and who are ill, especially those who suffer from the Covid 19 virus, that they may be helped through our efforts and comforted & strengthened by God’s life-giving Spirit. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.

For those who have died, that they may find rest and peace in God’s presence for ever. For those who mourn them, often in isolation from family and friends, we pray. Alleluia! Hear our prayer.

Blessed are you, O God, who sends us the Spirit of truth. Hear the prayers we offer this day and let your Holy Spirit kindle in us the welcome fire of your love, that we who are many may be one body, serving the world in your name, through Jesus Christ the Risen One, in the power of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer of Offering: Giver of life, receive all we offer you this day. Let the Spirit you bestow on your Church continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray: 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.

Let us live in peace to love and serve the Lord in the Joy of the Resurrection. Alleluia! Thanks be to God! Alleluia! +

Our Life Continues in the Parish of Blandford

Trinity Sunday Drive-In Service of Worship: Morning Prayer: One of the ways that some communities of faith have found to gather to celebrate their faith and to worship is by holding drive-in services. (See this link for exemption from gathering in groups of 5 or less https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/what-it-means-for-nova-scotians/) The rainy weather this weekend has caused us to postpone our planned drive in service. So we are planning to hold a drive-in Morning Prayer & Rogation Blessing for our gardens for the season on Trinity Sunday, June 07 at 11AM in the Saint Cuthbert parking lot. Greeters will be on hand to direct parking so that physical distancing is respected, vehicle safety is ensured and visibility of the service to all is prioritized.

The time of the service has been moved to 11 AM in order that the sun have a little more time to warm things up or burn off any wisps of fog. The audio equipment cannot be set outdoors in rain or damp weather, so we will be watching the weather forecast during the week. If the forecast is for rain, we will cancel on Thursday or Friday and let you know then. If the weather is not good just on that morning, an email will be sent and our service cancellation telephone tree will be activated.

Once we are fairly certain the weather will cooperate (Thursday or Friday), we will send an official invitation with the information you will need. In case of cancellation and for all who cannot participate in the drive-in, the service will be available as usual in print at the rectory, by email and on line on our website. Hope to see many of you next week… and if not then very soon!

Future Services & Other Parish Events: All Parish Events are cancelled until the end of May. We continue to encourage each other to worship together in our own homes on Sunday Morning at 10 am .

Continued Parish Contact During COVID 19 Restrictions: Many of you do not have internet and so do not always get notification of news and changes with regard to our Parish community. We recognize this and are trying to correct it. Thank-you to Diane Langley & Hanni Taylor for agreeing to organize a Telephone tree which will specifically call to let people know of any news which is sent out by email or on our website during this time of restricted personal contact. A list of the people who we know do not have internet access has been compiled. If you know of anyone who should be on that list, please call and leave their name and number on the parish phone or email Rev. Louis. If their name is not on the list, it will be added on.

Bible Study & Reflection: Next Sunday’s Readings (Trinity Sunday): GENESIS 1:1-2:4A; PSALM 8; 2 CORINTHIANS 13:11-13; MATTHEW 28:16-20

Pastoral Presence during Uncertain Times: Rev. Louis is continuing to try to contact by phone especially those who have no internet access. If you know anyone who would like a telephone call from Rev. Louis, please contact him by e-mail or phone. Rev. Louis will in the parish this week on Thursday & Friday.

Our Lenten Offering: This year our Parish will make it’s special focus for Lent the Blandford Community Centre & Ocean Swells Community Centre. Donations will be divided equally between the two Centers. Please indicate “Our Lenten Offering” with your donation. Today is the last day we will officially be collecting for the community centers. Please be mindful that they will continue to need our support in the future

How you can continue to contribute to the parish at this time: Checkout our website (parishofblandford.ca) or contact Rev. Louis for different options available.


Food Bank Donations: For those of you wishing to continue to make donations to our local food bank (Chester) here is a list of the items that they are in most need of at this time- Pasta Sauce, Crackers, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Veggies, Rolled oats, Cereal, Hand Soap, Shampoo, Juices. They can be dropped off as you do your shopping at The Independent Store, Chester or at Jeff Hogue’s Auto, East River.