What Do They Do In There?

Welcome to St. Barnabas!

Perhaps you have passed our church a few times and considered attending a service, but you wonder what will happen.

For a preview, it’s easy to find a free online copy of the 2019 ACNA Prayer Book:


We usually follow the Eucharist service that starts on page 105. You can read through the service ahead of time to get oriented.

Here’s a guide:

  1. Someone will hand you a leaflet as you enter. Hang onto this. The inside back cover has a step-by-step outline of the service, keyed to page numbers in the hymnal and Prayer Book.
  2. Sit anywhere you like.
  3. About 10 minutes before the service begins (i.e., around 9:50 am) the pianist leads us in four “warm-up” pre-service hymns from the Celebration Hymnal, copies of which are located at the ends of the pews. During the service, we switch to the 1940 Hymnal found in the rack in front of you.
  4. The service begins with a processional hymn (from the 1940 Hymnal) followed by an acclamation found inside the front cover of your leaflet.
  5. The service continues on page 106 of the Prayer Book (in the rack in front of you) with the Collect for Purity. The service then follows sequentially through the Prayer Book, with a few digressions.
  6. On page 108, the Prayer Book indicates that the “Lessons” for the day will be read. There is an Old Testament lesson, a Psalm, a New Testament lesson, and a Gospel lesson. They change from week to week but all are printed in your leaflet. We stand to recite the Psalm. We stand again to hear the Gospel lesson and, to make it extra special, we frame the Gospel lesson with a hymn, typically singing a couple of verses before and the remaining verses after the Gospel. The hymn number is in your leaflet.
  7. After the Gospel lesson comes the sermon hymn (usually announced but also listed in your leaflet) and the sermon.
  8. We return to the Prayer Book at page 109 for the Nicene Creed, then the Prayers of the People on pages 110-111. At the top of page 112, the priest adds prayers for members of the parish, then we continue with the Confession, Absolution, and Comfortable Words on pages 112-114.
  9. On page 114, the priest says, “Peace be with you,” and we respond, “and with your spirit.” Then there is a break while the priest prepares the bread and wine for the Eucharist. A collection is taken during this time and when it is brought to the front we sing: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”
  10. Now we are at page 115 for the Sursum Corda (“lift up your hearts”) and then we sing the Sanctus (“holy, holy, holy”). Bells are rung to mark this important moment.
  11. Next comes the Prayer of Consecration on pages 116-117. Bells are rung at additional important moments.
  12. Then we say together the Lord’s Prayer on page 118 and the Prayer of Humble Access on page 119, then we sing the Agnus Dei (“lamb of God”).
  13. Then comes the Eucharist, which is open to all baptized Christians. To protect health, the wafers are distributed using tongs, the wine is provided in individual cups. If you have limited mobility, we will bring the bread and wine to you.
  14. Next we have the post-communion prayer on page 121, then some brief announcements, then a blessing and a recessional hymn. Then a brief prayer and another hymn while the candles on the altar are extinguished.
  15. The final exchange is “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, alleluia, alleluia!” “Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia!”

It can be a bit complex working with two hymnals and a Prayer Book and a leaflet, but you’ll soon get the hang of it. The people sitting around you will be happy to help.

Don’t be shy! If you have been meaning to come to church, this is a good time to do it!

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“You have taken your first step into a larger world.”

That is what Obi-Wan Kenobi says to Luke Skywalker when he  introduces him to the “force” in the first Star Wars movie ( Episode IV, A New Hope). When that movie came out, many people noticed that there were strong overtones of Christianity. There is no “force,” of course, but Christians do claim to have glimpsed a larger world.

Consider: after years of broken New Years resolutions we may moderate our ideals to “realistic” levels both for ourselves and for others. We may become resigned to the expectation that the best we can do, personally and collectively, is to make a few things a little better, maybe, in the future.

Jesus challenges this world view. He says that there is a loving God who has made everything and who has made us to live with him forever. What we do has cosmic consequences. Our world is not limited to minor improvements. The time is coming when evil will be defeated, death will be destroyed, and those who follow Jesus, including those who have died, will enter a re-created world of eternal love, beauty, and bliss. A larger world, indeed. 

This may not come to fulfilment tomorrow, or this year. But the question right now is: whose side are you on? Are you not sure? Then come and join with us in learning more about Jesus and the larger world he offers. 

We meet for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. , come join us soon!

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Summer Worship

In Seattle we have just passed through record-breaking heat. In years gone by, preachers could have used this as a mild foretaste of the hellish flames awaiting the ungodly.

The modern Anglican style may be less colorful, but we should not lose sight of an important fact: all of us will live eternally (that is what we are made for) and we will live either with Jesus or without him.

We can’t earn our way to eternity with Jesus by being good people or by doing good deeds. It’s both easier and harder than that.

Easier because Jesus offers eternal life with him for free, harder because to accept that offer we need to acknowledge that we need Jesus, that we are not God.

Some strong impulse in all of us fights against that acknowledgement. That’s what the Church calls “original sin.”

One way forward is to join with other Christians on a weekly basis to hear God’s words in the Bible, confess our sins, and receive the bread and wine as Jesus instructed.

Now where could one do that?

St. Barnabas welcomes you at 10:00 am on Sundays.

Summer Worship - Hope Lutheran Church Port Coquitlam
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The Feast of St. Barnabas

June 11 is the day set aside by the Church to remember St. Barnabas. He is described in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. His name was Joseph. Barnabas or “son of consolation” was apparently a nickname. Acts 4: 36. He probably knew Jesus. After the Resurrection, to help the infant Church he sold a field he owned and donated the proceeds for. Acts 4:37. He was from Cyprus and he accompanied St. Paul on a missionary journey to that island. Acts 13:1-12. Barnabas and Paul continued to the mainland of Asia Minor (now Turkey) where they established churches in many towns, though often against opposition. At Lystra, Paul cured a man who had been lame from birth and the townspeople were convinced that “the gods have come down to us in human form!” They called Barnabas Zeus and Paul Hermes. It was with difficulty that Paul and Barnabas convinced the people not to sacrifice a bull to them. Acts 14:8-18. Barnabas is depicted in the Acts of the Apostles as consistently helpful and supportive of the Church.  He is a good model for Christians and a good patron saint for our church. Here is a prayer for the feast of St. Barnabas.

Grant, O God, that we may follow the example of your faithful servant Barnabas, who, seeking not his own renown but the well-being of your Church, gave generously of his life and substance for the relief of the poor, and went forth courageously in mission for the spread of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and everAmen.

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Ordinary Time

We have completed the great cycle of Lent, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost. Now the Church enters “Ordinary Time.” This does not imply that the time is undistinguished, only that we are now counting Sundays by their relationship to Pentecost (the Second Sunday after Pentecost, the Third Sunday after Pentecost, etc.). “First,” “Second,” “Third” and the like are “ordinal numbers” so we have “Ordinary Time,” which continues until Advent begins in the autumn.

Our worship during Lent and through Pentecost focused on the dramatic events at the crisis of Jesus’ life and death. Ordinary Time is an opportunity to step back a bit and look more generally at Jesus’ life and teachings. It’s a good time to come to church. (It’s always a good time to come to church.) It’s a season of growth and ministry. There are great themes of the “work of the church” in ministry and mission.

Ordinary Time is studded with interesting events. For example, June 11 is the feast day of our patron, St. Barnabas and June 29 celebrates the apostles Peter and Paul.

We continue to observe safety precautions (masks, distancing) but look forward to the progressive lifting of restrictions and more opportunities for fellowship.

Our Sunday services start around 9:45 with informal hymns. The more formal liturgy starts at 10:00 am.

Everyone is welcome!

Voices: Ordinary Time in the Liturgy
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It’s Here: Pentecost!

After Jesus’ resurrection, he was with his followers for 40 days, comforting and teaching them. Then he vanished from their sight after telling them to stay in Jerusalem until they were “baptized with the Holy Spirit.” They found out what that meant ten days later on the Jewish feast of Pentecost (commemorating the early summer harvest and the giving of the Law to Moses). They were filled with inspiration from God and began to proclaim the good news about Jesus, startling visitors to Jerusalem by addressing them in their own languages. Peter, the leader, gave a powerful speech that brought many new members to the infant Church. From this time, they were called “apostles” (people sent out with a mission). For more, see the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2.

Two thousand years later, we carry on the tradition of the early Church, devoting ourselves to “the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42.

Join us for a celebration of Pentecost tomorrow, May 23. We begin at 9:45 am with hymns.

6 Good Prayers for Pentecost Sunday - ConnectUS
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Alcuin of York (730-835)

Alcuin (pronounced aelkwin) was born about 730 near York into a noble family related to Willibrord, the first missionary to the Netherlands. He was educated at the cathedral school in York under Archbishop Egbert, a pupil of Bede. He thus inherited the best traditions of learning and zeal of the early English Church. After ordination as a deacon in 770, he became head of the York school. Following a meeting in 781 with the Emperor Charlemagne in Pavia (Italy), he was persuaded to become the Emperor’s “prime minister,” with special responsibility for the revival of education and learning in the Frankish dominions.

Alcuin was named Abbot of Tours in 796, where he died on May 19, 804, and was buried in the church of St. Martin.

Alcuin was a man of vast learning, personal charm, and integrity of character. In his direction of Charlemagne’s Palace School at Aachen, he was chiefly responsible for the preservation of the classical heritage of western civilization. Schools were revived in cathedrals and monasteries, and manuscripts of both pagan and Christian writings of antiquity were collated and copied.

Under the authority of Charlemagne, the liturgy was reformed, and service books gathered from Rome were edited and adapted. To this work we owe the preservation of many of the Collects that have come down to us, including the Collect for Purity at the beginning of the Holy Eucharist. (1)

A powerful quote, attributed to Alcuin, serves as a guide for the Christian life: “Remember to care for the soul more than the body, since the former remains, the latter perishes.”(2)

Join us this Sunday, in saying that ancient prayer “The Collect for Purity”. Our pre-service music begins at 9:50 am and the Liturgy for the Word and Eucharist begins at 10:00 every Sunday.

Alcuin of York

(1)Church Publishing. Lesser Feasts and Fasts (Kindle Locations 4719-4729). Church Publishing Inc.. Kindle Edition.

(2) Ellsberg, Robert (2016). Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses. Liturgical Press. ISBN978-0-8146-4745-5.

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What is the purpose of your life?

What Is Your Life About?

We are bombarded with messages encouraging us to indulge our impulses (and buy things!) to be happy.

That doesn’t work. Why? Because we are not made to indulge our impulses.

What are we made for? To love God and live with him forever.

Here is how to do that:

It gets better. We fall on our knees to worship God, but God says, “Rise up, my friend.”

O come, let us sing unto the Lord;

let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving

and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God

and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the depths of the earth,

and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down,

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

We can spend eternity worshipping and praising God and basking in his love.

Worship in the Church is practice for eternity. That’s what our lives can be about.

If you are looking for a way to worship God and learn more about him, you are welcome to join us.

We read from the Bible, confess our sins, sing hymns, and participate in the sacrament of bread and wine as Jesus taught us.

Our services begin at 10:00 am on Sundays.

IDEAS for the Sunday before Advent & Christ the King (Year A)
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Ascension Day

Today is the feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. We recall the conclusion of 40 days after Easter in which Our Lord Ascended to the Father. We prepare for the sending of the Holy Spirit ten days from today at the Feast of Pentecost.

The sermon is titled: “Divine Distancing” and we consider what Ascension means in the life of the faithful.

The service is at 6:30 pm tonight, May 13, 2021.

We are still wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Ascension Day Mass
The Ascension of Christ, ca. 1745-50 (Primary Title)
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Italian, 1727 – 1804 (Artist)

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We Are Open for Live – In Person Services!

While some churches are still operating remotely, St. Barnabas is back to live Sunday services.

We begin around 9:45 am with a pre-service hymn sing. The more formal part of the liturgy begins at 10:00 am.

We are using the 2019 ACNA Prayer Book, which retains familiar features of the 1928 book in contemporary language.

The liturgy includes readings from the Bible, prayers, a sermon, hymns, and celebration of the sacrament of bread and wine (Eucharist).

The liturgy is followed by a “coffee hour” opportunity for fellowship and conversation.

We wear masks and keep separated for safety, but look forward to dispensing with these things as the pandemic recedes.

You are welcome to join us! Look for the red doors.

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