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Pentecost Sunday: The Blessing of the Animals  

For the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, The Rev. Jason Francis Meyers is calling his sermon “Bring the Fire.” “Do you hear what I hear? The polarization of our politics and the silos of our communication channels mean that we often do not hear what others hear. In the season of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit comes with unquenchable urgency to charge the disciples of Jesus with a mission: bring down the walls of apathy and cynicism so the people can hear the language of God again.”  

For the prelude, the Silver Band will play Serenity by Eric Ball, Inside and Out by Danny Wilks, and Shall We Gather, arranged by Leonard Ballantine. The Offertory will be ’Mid All the Traffic, also arranged by Ballantine. The postlude will be Deep River, arranged by William Broughton. During the service, the band will play As the Deer by Martin Nystrom, arranged by James Wright; Come Beautiful Christ by Richard Phillips; and Be Still for the Presence of the Lord by David J. Evans, arranged by Andrew Blyth. The hymns are No.226 (For the Beauty of the Earth), No.198 (Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us), and No.196 (Wind, Who Makes All Winds That Blow). Sunday’s guest carillonneur is Jonathan Lehrer from Vancouver. The final piece of his recital (which begins at 10:15 a.m.) will be “Barcarolle” from Serenade No. 1 by Ronald Barnes.  

The Bible readings are Genesis 11:1-9 (the Tower of Babel), Acts 2:1-21 (the coming of the Holy Spirit), and John 14:9-17 (Jesus the way to the Father, and the promise of the Holy Spirit).

Please join the newly ordained Rev. Jason Francis Meyers as he offers his first sermon to the Metropolitan community as the Minister for Congregational Care.  

Do you know the Band music for the Picnic will include marches, show tunes and even a little jazz. You will hear some of the band’s favourites from this year ranging from “The Haselmere Suite” by Peter Graham, and Neal Hefti’s “Duet”, to Mary Poppins and Willy Wonka, and perhaps even “John Williams Epic Themes”. Hope to see you all there!