June 4, 2023
LIVE AUDIO STREAMING during today’s service is available on the Order of Service page. Recorded audio will be added following worship.
GETTING READY FOR SUNDAY: PREVIEW OF THE READINGS.
THE LESSON: Revelation 4:1-11
After this I looked, and lo, in heaven an open door! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up hither, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and lo, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne! And he who sat there appeared like jasper and carnelian, and round the throne was a rainbow that looked like an emerald. Round the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clad in white garments, with golden crowns upon their heads. From the throne issue flashes of lightning, and voices and peals of thunder, and before the throne burn seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God; and before the throne there is as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And round the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all round and within, and day and night they never cease to sing, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing, “Worthy art thou, our Lord and God,to receive glory and honor and power, for thou didst create all things, and by thy will they existed and were created.”
THE HOLY GOSPEL: John 3:1- 15
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above. ’Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? ‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
PARISH LIFE NOTES
THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR are given to the Glory of God and with thanksgiving on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Baptism of Dante (June 5, 2022) by Terrance and Kelsi.
A WARM “ OFFICIAL” WELCOME TODAY to Mapiou and his wife Elizabeth and children, Arok, Ayak, and Arok who arrived safely in Regina from refugee camp in Kenya on January 18th, and have experienced their first Regina winter and are settling into their new home. “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” ( Ephesians 2.19). Please join us for ice- cream and refreshments on the lawn following the service.
A WARM WELCOME today to Revd Deacon Christine Burton, who begins a six month training internship at St. Mary’s under the guidance and direction of the Rector. Christine has come to gain knowledge and experience of the liturgical worship of The Anglican Church according to The Book of Common Prayer, St. Mary’s Children and Youth Ministries, and to serve and support the ministry and mission of our parish. Welcome, Christine!
NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS COMMUNITY KITCHEN begins Monday June 19, at 10.00 a.m. Free, fun, nutritious cooking for seniors. A great time to try new recipes and make new friends. Sponsored by the Government of Canada. Please call the church office at 306.522-6052 to register.
THE RECTOR will be out of town this week, returning on Saturday night. For pastoral emergencies, please call Revd Winna Martin.
FROM THE CATHEDRAL VILLAGE ARTS FESTIVAL: BEESWAX CANDLE DIPPING WORKSHOP AT ST. MARY’S.
FROM THE MOSAIC FESTIVAL: METIS PAVILION AT ST. MARY’S.
WORSHIP THIS WEEK:
Morning Prayer: Tues. Thurs, Fri. at 8:30; Wed. at 9:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer: Wednesday at 5.30 p.m.