Paul Saison Gibson August 3, 1932 - January 14, 2022

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Paul Saison Gibson August 3, 1932 - January 14, 2022
A Funeral Service
   in Thanksgiving for the Lives of

      Paul Saison Gibson
August 3, 1932 – January 14, 2022
 Elizabeth A. Gibson (née Home)
April 25, 1936 - September 17, 2020

    Saturday, March 19th 2022 at 1 p.m.

              St. Cuthbert’s, Leaside
              1399 Bayview Avenue
            Toronto, Ontario M4G 3A6
A Funeral Service in Thanksgiving for the Lives of

                 Paul Saison Gibson
           August 3, 1932 – January 14, 2022
           Elizabeth A. Gibson (nee Home)
          April 25, 1936 - September 17, 2020
  Today’s service is taken from The Anglican Church of Canada’s
Book of Alternative Services and the hymns may be found in the blue
                   Common Praise (CP) hymnal.
 For those worshipping in-person face masks must be worn and we
    ask that you maintain social distancing as much as possible.
   In case of an Emergency requiring evacuation of the church, a
   Welcome Team member will direct you to the appropriate exit.

Prelude                                           Pavane by Poulenc
Sentences from Scripture (please stand)
I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord. Whoever has faith in
me shall have life, even though he die. And everyone who has life,
and is committed to me in faith, shall not die for ever. John 11.25–26

Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe
also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so,
would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when
I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you
to myself, that where I am you may be also.                John 14.1–3

I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor
depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.           Romans 8.38–39

Welcome                                           Janet Read-Hockin

The Gathering of the Community                        Michael Thompson

Celebrant      The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
               God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
               be with you all.
People         And also with you.
Trisagion – said three times
            Holy God,
            holy and mighty,
            holy immortal one,
            have mercy upon us.
Words of Remembrance                                     Nicolette Caccia
                                                          Harriet Rogers
Hymn CP 393                  Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Text: Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908), alt.
Music: Melody Welsh trad.; adapt. John Roberts of Henllan (1808-1876),
Caniadau y Cyssegr, 1839; harm. The English Hymnal, 1906.

     1    Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
          in light inaccessible hid from our eyes;
          most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
          almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

     2    Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
          nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
          thy justice like mountains high soaring above
          thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

     3    To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
          in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
          we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
          and wither and perish, but nought changeth thee.

     4    Great Source of all glory and wisdom and light,
          thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
          all laud we would render: O help us to see
          'tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.
The Collect
Celebrant     Let us pray.
              O God, the maker and redeemer of all, grant us,
              with your servants Elizabeth and Paul and all the
              faithful departed, the sure benefits of your Son’s
              saving passion and glorious resurrection; that in
              the last day, when you gather up all things in
              Christ, we may with them enjoy the fullness of
              your promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
              lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy
              Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
The Proclamation of the Word                         Eileen Scully
First Reading            Isaiah 55: 10-12
   For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and
do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it
bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to
the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that
which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
   For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the
mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all
the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Reader:       Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Church
People:       Thanks be to God
Psalm 121 (said together)
          I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
              from where is my help to come?
          My help comes from the Lord, *
              the maker of heaven and earth.
          He will not let your foot be moved *
              and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
            shall neither slumber nor sleep;
        The Lord himself watches over you; *
            the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
        So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
            nor the moon by night.
        The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; *
            it is he who shall keep you safe.
        The Lord shall watch over your going out and your
            coming in*
        from this time forth for evermore.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:*
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Second Reading      Revelation 21: 1-7
 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven
and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no
more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming
down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for
her wedding. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with
them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be
with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will
be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for
the first things have passed away.’ 5And the one who was
seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’
Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and
true.’ 6Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the
Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give
water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7Those who
conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and
they will be my children.
Reader:     Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Church
People:     Thanks be to God

Gradual CP 575 vs 1-2                 Let Streams of Living Justice
Text: William Whitla (1934- ) ©
Music: Gustav Theodore Holst (1874-1934), The Planets; harm. adapt. Hymns for
Church and School, 1964. © J. Curwen & Sons Ltd. (London). Used by
permission of G.Schirmer, Inc.

1. Let streams of living justice flow down upon the earth;
   give freedom’s light to captives, let all the poor have worth.
   The hungry’s hands are pleading, the workers claim their rights,
   the mourners long for laughter, the blinded seek for sight.
   Make liberty a beacon, strike down the iron power;
   abolish ancient vengeance: proclaim your people’s hour.
2. For healing of the nations, for peace that will not end,
   for love that makes us lovers, God grant us grace to mend.
   Weave our varied gifts together; knit our lives as they are spun;
   on your loom of time enroll us till our thread of life is run.
   O great Weaver of our fabric, bind church and world in one;
   dye our texture with your radiance, light our colours with your

Gospel Reading          Matthew 28: 1-8                    Sherri Golisky
Gospeller     The Lord be with you.
People        And also with you.
Gospeller     The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
              according to Matthew
People        Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the
tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel
of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the
stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his
clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and
became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, ‘Do
not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was
crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.
Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his
disciples, “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is
going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” This is
my message for you.’ 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear
and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Gospeller    The Gospel of Christ
People       Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Gradual CP 575 v 3              Let Streams of Living Justice
3. Your city’s built to music; we are the stones you seek;
   your harmony is language: we are the words you speak.
   Our faith we find in service, our hope in other’s dreams,
   our love in hand of neighbour: our homeland brightly gleams.
   Inscribe our hearts with justice; your way – the path untried;
   your truth - the heart of stranger; your life – the Crucified.
Homily                                               Peter Wall
The Apostles’ Creed
Celebrant   Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say,
All         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.
The Prayers of the People                     Elizabeth Nikitin
In response to the words “God, our Creator”
the people respond “Hear our prayer”

Leader Let us Pray: Loving God, you have knit your people
       together in one communion, in the mystical body of
       your Son, Jesus Christ. Give to your people everywhere
       your light and your peace. God, our Creator
All    Hear our prayer.
Leader May all reborn into the way of Christ rise to newness
       of life, and may we with him pass through death into
       life. God, our Creator
All    Hear our prayer.
Leader Grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who
       walk as yet by faith, that your Holy Spirit may lead us
       in goodness and truth all our days. God, our Creator
All    Hear our prayer.
Leader Grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we
       may be cleansed from all our wrong doing and serve
       you with a quiet mind. God, our Creator
All    Hear our prayer.
Leader Grant to all who mourn a sure confidence in your
       loving care that casting all their sorrow on you, they
       may know the consolation of your love. We pray
       especially for Amanda, Harriet (Curtis), Felicity
       (Harry) and Leila (Mark) and all of Elizabeth and
       Paul’s family and friends who mourn. God, our Creator
All    Hear our prayer.
Leader Give courage and faith to those who are bereaved, that
       they may have strength to meet the days ahead in the
       comfort of a holy and certain hope, and in the joyful
       expectation of eternal life with those they love.
       God, our Creator
All    Hear our prayer.
Leader Grant us grace to entrust Elizabeth and Paul to your
       ever present love which sustained them in this life.
       Receive them into the arms of your mercy and
       remember according to the favour you bear for your
       people. God, our Creator
All    Hear our prayer.
Leader The following words are from Matthew 11: 28-30 (NLT)
       Then Jesus said: Come to me, all of you who are weary
       and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take
       my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am
       humble and gentle at heart and you will find rest for
       your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden
       I give you is light.
Offertory Hymn               Bounty Bread, Bestowing Riches
Text: © 2017 by Paul Gibson (1932– 2022)
      1 Bounty bread, bestowing riches
        on the hungry and distressed;
        kingdom bread, conferring status
        on the outcast and oppressed.
        Bread of love that binds together
        bread confronting human greed;
        bread of gift, beyond all owning,
        bread embracing human need.
      2 Jubilation wine of plenty,
        celebrating hope and joy;
        sacrificial wine transforming
        all that evil would destroy.
        Wine ecstatic, passing reason,
        wine, the logic of the Word.
        Bread and wine, the gospel’s table,
        mark the presence of the Lord.
The Celebration of the Eucharist
Celebrant     God of mercy, accept the worship we offer you
              this day. Increase, we pray, our faith, deepen our
              hope, and confirm us in your eternal love. We ask
              this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
People        Amen.
Celebrant    The Lord be with you.
People       And also with you.

Celebrant   Lift up your hearts.
People      We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People      It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Celebrant   Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven
            and earth; we give you thanks and praise through
            Jesus Christ our Lord, whose victorious rising from
            the dead has given to us the hope of resurrection
            and the promise of eternal life.
            Therefore with angels and archangels and all who
            have served you in every age, we raise our voices
            to proclaim the glory of your name.
All         Holy, holy, holy Lord,
            God of power and might,
            heaven and earth are full of your glory.
            Hosanna in the highest.
            Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
            Hosanna in the highest.
Celebrant We give thanks to you, Lord our God, for the
          goodness and love you have made known to us in
          creation; in calling Israel to be your people; in your
          Word spoken through the prophets; and above all
          in the Word made flesh, Jesus your Son.
            For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate
            from the Virgin Mary, to be the Saviour and
            Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered
            us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before
            you. In him, you have brought us out of error into
            truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death
            into life.
            On the night he was handed over to suffering and
            death, a death he freely accepted, our Lord Jesus
            Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to
            you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and
            said, “Take, 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 many for
            the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do
            this for the remembrance of me.”
            Therefore, Father, according to his command,
All         we remember his death,
            we proclaim his resurrection,
            we await his coming in glory;
Celebrant   and we offer our sacrifice of praise and
            thanksgiving to you, Lord of all; presenting to you,
            from your creation, this bread and this wine.
            We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy
            Spirit upon these gifts, that they may be the
            sacrament of the body of Christ and his blood of
            the new covenant. Unite us to your Son in his
            sacrifice, that we, made acceptable in him, may be
            sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
            In the fullness of time, reconcile all things in
            Christ, and make them new, and bring us to that
            city of light where you dwell with all your beloved
            children through Jesus Christ our Lord, the
            firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church,
            and the author of our salvation; by whom, and with
            whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy
            Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, almighty
            Father, now and for ever.
People      Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Celebrant   As our Saviour taught us, 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 for ever. Amen.
The Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant     This is the bread that has come down from heaven.
All           Those who eat this bread will live for ever.
Celebrant     This is the table at which God is host and all are
              welcome guests. These are the gifts of God for the
              whole People of God.
People        Thanks be to God.
Agnus Dei
All           Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the
              world. Have mercy on us.
              Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the
              world. Have mercy on us.
              Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the
              world. Grant us peace.
The Communion
Instructions on receiving Holy Communion: Please follow the
direction of our Welcome Team members. Using the centre aisle,
please come forward, sanitizing your hands on the way, to the central
social distancing marker and receive the wafer of bread. Please move
to the marker on the left or right side, remove your mask just enough
to consume the wafer, replace your mask, sanitize your hands and
return to your pew. Gluten free wafers are available by request.

Hymn during Communion
Heavenly Message CP 269
Text: Paul Gibson (1932-2022)
Music: Melody Basque trad.; harm. Patrick Wedd (1948- ) ©

  1. Heavenly message, brought by an angel,
     coming to lift the hopes of the earth;
     bringing to Mary humble and lowly,
     God’s invitation to give the Christ birth.
Refrain Mary we hail you, full of God’s favour,
              blessed are you, and blessed your son;
              he will be called the child of the highest,
              Saviour of all, the holy one.
  2. Mary replied to Gabriel’s message,
     “I am the servant, maid of the Lord.
     Let it be done just as you have spoken.
     My soul rejoices in God’s saving word.”
  3. In the beginning, when God had spoken,
     through God’s own Word all things came to be;
     now by that Word, embodied through Mary,
     God’s glory blazes, that our eyes may see.
From the Falter of Breath CP 489
Text: John L. Bell (1949- ). © 1988 WGRG The Iona Community (Scotland). Used
by permission of G.I.A. Publications Inc., exclusive agent.
Music: Melody Scottish trad.; arr. George Black )1931- ) ©
1. From the falter of breath, through the silence of death,
   to the wonder that’s breaking beyond, God has woven a way,
   unapparent by day, for all those of whom heaven is fond.
2. From frustration and pain, through hope hard to sustain,
   to the wholeness here promised, there known,
        Christ has gone where we fear
   and has vowed to be near on the journey we make on our own.
3. From the dimming of light, through the darkness of night,
   to the glory of goodness above, God the Spirit is sent
   to ensure heaven’s intent is embraced and completed in love.
4. From today till we die, through all questioning why,
   to the place from which time and tide flow,
        angels tread on our dreams,
   and magnificent themes of heaven’s promise are echoed below

Prayer after Communion
All        Dear God,
           present at all times and in all places as love and
           healing, thank you for all who have gathered for
           this time of memory, grief, and hope.
           Thank you for those gathered in one place, and
           for those who join from other places, all of our
           lives woven together by love, friendship, and
           time shared with us by Elizabeth and Paul.
           May we know your power to extend, to all who
           seek you, grace and goodness made known in
           the sharing of sacred food and drink, grace
           widened in this moment to encompass us all,
           both near and far.
           May we know you in the faces and voices of love
           and friendship; through Jesus Christ, redeemer
           of the world, Amen.
The Commendation
The Commendation Anthem (said together)
   Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints,
   where sorrow and pain are no more,
   neither sighing, but life everlasting.
   You only are immortal, the creator and maker of all;
   and we are mortal, formed of the earth,
   and to earth shall we return.
   For so did you ordain when you created me, saying,
   “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
   All of us go down to the dust;
   yet even at the grave we make our song:
   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
   Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints,
   where sorrow and pain are no more,
   neither sighing, but life everlasting.
The Commendation Prayer
Celebrant     Into your hands, O merciful Saviour,
              we commend your servants Elizabeth and Paul.
              Acknowledge, we pray, sheep of your own fold,
              lambs of your own flock,
              beloved children of your own redeeming.
              Receive them into the arms of your mercy,
              into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,
              and into the glorious company of all the redeemed.
Celebrant     Rest eternal grant unto Elizabeth and Paul, O Lord,
All           and let light perpetual shine upon them.
Celebrant     May their souls and the souls of all the departed
              through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
All           Amen
Celebrant     Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People        Thanks be to God.
Closing Hymn CP 266            Lord, Let Your Servant Go in Peace
Text: Song of Simeon (Luke 2.29-32); para. Paul Gibson (1932-2022) ©
Music: Melody and bass Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), alt.; harm. The English
Hymnal, 1906, alt.

        1. Lord, let your servant go in peace:
           your promises have been fulfilled;
           your saving power has been displayed
           before the face of all the world.

        2. My eyes have seen salvation’s dawn:
           The Sun of life ascending bright;
           Your peoples’s glory evermore,
           The nation’s everlasting light.

Postlude                          Romance, Op. 24, No. 9 by Sibelius

             Thank you for your prayers and presence.
We are deeply grateful for the blessing of being able to gather in-person
and are sorry that due to continuing limitations we are not able to host
a reception. We prayerfully hope that in the days ahead you will take a
moment to reach out to Elizabeth and Paul’s daughter, Amanda Rogers,
and her family to share a personal memory or moment of joy that
Elizabeth and Paul brought into your life. Please feel free to send your
remembrances to St. Cuthbert’s and we will forward them to Amanda.
                           Assisting with today’s Service
Representing the
Anglican Church of Canada                       The Most Reverend Linda Nicholls
Representing the
Diocese of Toronto                              The Right Reverend Andrew Asbil
Celebrant                                  The Venerable Dr. Michael Thompson
Preacher                                         The Very Reverend Peter Wall
Words of Remembrance                                                       Nicolette Caccia
                                                                            Harriet Rogers
Reader                                                The Reverend Dr. Eileen Scully
Gospeller                                               The Reverend Sherri Golisky
Intercessor                                                        Elizabeth Nikitin
St. Cuthbert’s Director of Music                                              Gary Forbes
St. Cuthbert’s Soloist                                                      Meghan Symon
St. Cuthbert’s Welcome Team                                   Ted and Lorna Krawchuk
                                                                  Kathi and Bob Davis
                                                                      Heather Conolly
St. Cuthbert’s Sexton                                Dave Matte
St. Cuthbert’s Parish Administrator              Pierina Mevius
St. Cuthbert’s Priest & Pastor The Rev. Canon Janet Read-Hockin
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