The Church of St. John the Divine

The Reign of Christ & Stewardship Sunday  November 22, 2020

As people of God, we celebrate Christ in the heart of Victoria through joyful worship,
building inclusive community, and putting faith into action.

St. John’s acknowledges these ancestral lands of the Lekwungen speaking people.

We are an inclusive and affirming parish; the sacraments of the church (baptism, communion and marriage) are available to all people on equal terms. Christ welcomes you, and so do we.



Welcome to the Parish Church of St. John the Divine, Victoria. We are a community of faith in the Anglican Tradition, seeking to live lives of faith, hope and love as part of this community of Downtown Victoria. We are on a journey of learning to be a welcoming, inviting, inclusive and serving community which is open to all.

Our worship reflects our rootedness in the Anglican tradition, whilst drawing on liturgies that reflect the long history and heritage of our Christian faith. Please join in as you feel able, and enjoy the words, music and opportunity for prayer and to be a part of our community.


Worship in a time of COVID-19 : In these times when we must be careful in any gathering we have, appropriate protocols are in place. For the time being due to the instructions from the Provincial Health Officer we will be meeting virtually on Zoom. Please check our website on how to attend: or contact


We will continue to livestream the weekly service of Evensong.


We continue to share daily prayer online with a link on our website daily. 


Contacting Us: We are all learning ways to build community "at a distance." We are checking phone messages and answering emails. The main email for contact is: If you wish to receive prayer for yourself or for another, there will be members of our Healing Prayer group who will offer their prayers. Please contact: the church office at the above email address.


You are very welcome here. We don’t always get it right; please let us know when we do, and when we don’t. Please stay and be a part of our family, for however long you would like.

10:00 am Parish Eucharist

The congregation is invited to join in the responses and prayers marked in bold print.

Presider: The Venerable Alastair McCollum

Reader: Beryl Roundhill

Gospel: Stephanie Wood

Sermon: The Reverend Canon Kevin Arndt

Intercessor: Sarah Kell


Streaming Technician: Karen Coverett

Musician: David Stratkauskas (Director of Music)

Cantor: Soile Stratkauskas


The Gathering of the Community


Welcome to all who are gathering online.


Presider:    From wherever we are, near or far, we gather in the name of God. We gather in God’s love. There is no distance greater than God, there is no separation possible from the love of God. We gather with God our Loving Creator. We gather with Jesus our brother and redeemer. We gather with God, the Spirit of Love.  

         All:    Amen.

                   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.

         All:    And also with you.


Collect for Purity

                   Almighty God

         All:     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.



Lighting of the Family Candle

The Church Family Prayer

                        Loving God,

         All:    you have called us to be your family and to celebrate our life together in worship. We pray now, for all members of our family as we gather in our church buildings, our homes, and online. Through your spirit keep us united in love. Bless each of us with your beloved friendship. Teach us, gracious God, how to be your church in these times. Help us to know that we are your people, that we are your Family, always. Amen.


Gloria (sung by the cantor)

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 on 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 on 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.

The Collect of the Day

Silence is kept.

                        God of unbroken weakness,
you scorn our lust for power.
Keep us faithful to Jesus Christ,
crucified and victorious,
in whose authority we dare to speak your truth,
even in the face of injustice and death.

All:             Amen.         Propers Working Group (2016).




The Proclamation of the Word

                   Let us listen for the Word of God in Holy Scripture.

         All:     Amen.

The First Reading                                                                          Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.


Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.


                   I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.

                   Hear what the Spirit is saying.

         All:    Thanks be to God.


Psalm 100 (CP 349)

All people that on earth do dwell,
     sing to the Lord with cheerful voice,
him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell;
     come ye before him and rejoice.

Know that the Lord is God indeed;
     without our aid he did us make;
we are his folk, he doth us feed,
     and for his sheep he doth us take.

O enter then his gates with praise,
     approach with joy his courts unto;
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
     for it is seemly so to do.

For why, the Lord our God is good;
     his mercy is forever sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood,
     and shall from age to age endure.

                                                    Text: Psalm 100; Eng. para. attrib. William Kethe (1530?-1594?)

The Gospel                                                                                              Matthew 25:31-46

   Cantor:    Alleluia. Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord: Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven. Alleluia.

                        God is with you.

         All:    And also with you.

                   Here the Good news of Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

         All:    Glory to you, O Christ.

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’

The Gospel of Christ.

         All:     Praise to you, O Christ.



Following the address there will be a pause for silence.


Affirmation of Faith

                   With the whole church,

         All:    we affirm that we are made in God’s image,
befriended by Christ, empowered by the Spirit.

                   With people everywhere,

         All:    we affirm God’s goodness at the heart of humanity
planted more deeply than all that is wrong.

                   With all creation,

         All:    we celebrate the miracle and wonder of life;
the unfolding purposes of God,
forever at work in ourselves and the world.

                   Iona Abbey Worship Book

Prayers of the People

Please note that those who have asked for our prayers are listed at the end of the leaflet.

The Peace

                   The peace of Christ be with you.

         All:     And also with you.

All may offer their neighbour a sign of peace.


The Celebration of the Eucharist

Offertory Anthem                                                        Jesu Joy of our Desiring (J.S. Bach)

The Prayer over the Gifts

In the name of all of us gathered, near and far, we present these our gifts to God.  Let us pray:

                   Blessed be God whose grace abounds in creation.
Who has made us stewards and co-workers in the care of the earth,
who has give us time, talent, and treasure, to curate and to share,
who fills our lives with gifts and graces.
In our sharing of these holy gifts of the Eucharist
may we always be reminded that every good and perfect gift comes from you,
our loving Creator.

         All:     Blessed be God forever.



As we prepare to celebrate this Eucharist, we remember that we are the people of God. Near or far we are gathered together by the love of Christ. We remember that we are incorporated into the body of Christ. We join together in this celebration of our union in Christ.


                   Let us pray.

                   Thanks be to you,

         All:    Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given us, and all that you have borne for us. In our sharing in this Eucharist, in Church or at home, we ask you to come spiritually into our hearts. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly, day by day.


The Great Thanksgiving                                                Supplementary Eucharistic Prayer 2

                   God is with you.

         All:    And also with you.

                   Lift up your hearts.

         All:    We lift them to the Lord.

                   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

         All:    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
we give you thanks and praise
through Jesus Christ our lord.
You exalted him as Lord of all creation
that he might present to you
an eternal and universal kingdom:
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love and peace.

Therefore at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow
as heaven and earth proclaim the glory of your name.

Sanctus (sung by the cantor)

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.

Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord:
Hosanna in the highest.



                   Blessed are you, O Holy One:
when Hagar was driven into the wilderness
you followed her and gave her hope.
When Joseph was sold into bondage,
you turned malice to your people’s good.

                   When you called Israel out of slavery,
you brought them through the wilderness into the promised land.
When your people were taken into exile
you wept with them by the river of Babylon
and carried them home.

        All:     Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

                   At the right time you sent your Anointed One
to stand with the poor,
the outcast, and the oppressed.
Jesus touched lepers, and the sick, and healed them.
He accepted water from a woman of Samaria
and offered her the water of new life.
Christ knew the desolation of the cross
and opened the way for all humanity
into the redemption of your reconciling love.

                   On the night he was betrayed,
Jesus, at supper with his friends,
took bread, gave you thanks,
broke the bread, gave it to them, and said,
“Take and eat: this is my body which is given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.”

                   After supper he took the cup of wine,
and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said,
“Drink this, all of you: this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins.
Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

                   Loving and Holy One,
recalling Christ’s death and resurrection,
we offer you these gifts,
longing for the bread of tomorrow
and the wine of the age to come.        

                   Therefore we proclaim our hope.

        All:     Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life.

                   Lord Jesus, come in glory.     



                   Pour out your Spirit on these gifts
that through them you may sustain us
in our hunger for your peace.
We hold before you all whose lives are marked by suffering,
our sisters and brothers.
When we are broken and cast aside,
embrace us in your love.

        All:     Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

                   Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours,
O Source of all life, now and for ever.

         All:     Amen.


The Disciple’s Prayer                                                                                                       

                   As Christ taught his friends, and longing for the new life of God’s reign,
let us pray:

         All:     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 forever. Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

                   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.



The Communion

                   The gifts of God for the people of God.

         All:     Thanks be to God.

Agnus Dei (sung by the cantor)                                                                                       

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. 

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. 
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us thy peace. 




Hymn during communion (CP 48) Picardy

                   Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
       and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded,
       for, with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to us approacheth,
       our full homage to demand.

                   King of kings, yet born of Mary,
       as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
       in the body and the blood,
he will give to all the faithful
       his own self for heavenly food.

                   Rank on rank the host of heaven
       spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
       from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish
       as the darkness clears away.

                   At his feet the six-wingèd seraph,
       cherubim with sleepless eye
veil their faces to the presence,
       as the ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, alleluia,
       alleluia, Lord most high!”

                                                                                                                        Text: The Liturgy of St. James; tr. Gerard Moultrie (1829-1885).

Following the Communion there will be a pause for silence.


The Commissioning of the Community

                   One body are we.

         All:    For, though we are in many places, we spiritually share one bread.

Prayer after Communion

                   Gracious God, in this meal you have drawn us to your heart,
and nourished us at your table with food and drink, the body and blood of Christ.
Now send us forth to be your people in the world,
and to proclaim your truth this day and evermore,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.

         All:     Amen.                                                                   Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), alt.





                        Let us go in peace to love and serve our loving God.

         All:    Thanks be to God. Amen.



Please join us for our Zoom Coffee Hour.



Readings for November 29th – The 1st Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 64:1-9 Written after the return from exile, the prophet’s cry is on behalf of everyone who yearns for God’s powerful presence.  
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 The people lament God’s absence but show faith in the power of God to  
rescue them.   
1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Paul celebrates the rich testimony of the Corinthian church’s faith in Christ and gives assurance of God’s strengthening for future needs.   
Mark 13:24-37 With image and parable, Jesus teaches that we are to live in expectation of  
God’s reign. 





Every Sunday – sung by a small ensemble of Choral Scholars

Evensong is a contemplative, musical and prayerful liturgy, ideally suited to the end of the week and the close of day, and to this current time when we have been asked to avoid congregational singing, but still long for the depth and beauty of a choral liturgy.


Evensong will be livestreamed on the church Facebook page and available via the website


The following people have asked for our prayers.
Please keep them in mind as you go through your week.

·        Hagos, Tsigay & family

·        Anne

·        Harriet

·        Philip & Lisa

·        Rhoda

·        Silvana Carr

·        Carolyn

·        Nicholas

·        Patrick

·        Alan

·        Derek

·        John

·        Linda

·        Helen

·        David & Pat

·        Gary

·        Liz

·        Lorraine




The Anglican Church of St. John the Divine

·         Stewards

o   People’s Warden:  Joan Huzar

o   Associate Warden:  Lorraine Gates
Envelope Secretary:  Jim Harlick

o   Rector’s Warden: Michael King

o   Associate Warden: Karen Coverett

o   Treasurer:  David Buckman

·         Parish Council

o   Susan Bansgrove, Carol Denton, Marguerite Heppell,
Penny Holt, Erin Kelly

·         Synod Delegates

o   Karen Coverett, Joel Hefty, Bill Huzar, Joan Huzar


·         Staff Supporting the Ministry of St. John’s

o   Rector:  The Ven. Alastair McCollum

o   Associate Priest:  The Rev’d Canon Kevin Arndt

o   Associate Priest: The Rev’d Bill Tarter

o   Deacon:  The Rev’d Patrick Sibley

o   Curate: Stephanie Wood

o   Director of Music:  David Stratkauskas

o   Family Ministry Coordinator:  Ruth MacIntosh

o   Parish Administrator:  Carol-Ann Zenger

·         Honorary Assistants

·         The Rev’d Derek Dunwoody

·         The Rev’d Canon Andrew Gates

·         The Rev’d Jane Reid

Contact Us

1611 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC  V8W  2L5      

Tel. 250-383-7169 / Fax 250-381-3573 or for urgent calls only, use 778-678-6873