TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
November 19, 2023
THE FATHER IS MY HOPE; THE SON IS MY REFUGE;
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY PROTECTIOR.
ALL HOLY TRINITY, GLORY TO THEE!
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: Colossians 1:3-12
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—so among yourselves, from the day you heard and understood the grace of God in truth, as you learned it from Ep′aphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
THE HOLY GOSPEL: Matthew 9:18-26
While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, ‘My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.’ And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.’ Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute-players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, ‘Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.
PARISH LIFE NOTES
WELCOMING OF CONFIRMATION CANDIDATE. Today we welcome Carter as he begins the process of re-examining and confirming the vows that were made at his baptism, in preparation for seeking the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the laying on of hands with prayer.
STEWARDSHIP LETTER FROM THE CHURCHWARDENS AND PLEDGE FORMS have been distributed to all members of the parish. Please prayerfully consider your support for our parish for this coming year.
THANK YOU to our St. Mary’s family for all the love, support, prayers, and food you have given to our family after the loss of Norma. We really appreciate everything and have felt so held through it all. Please call Bill if you ever need a coffee buddy! Bill, Margaret, Eleanor, Randy, Anya, and Zachary.
THE SENIORS’ COMMUNITY KITCHEN meets on Monday, November 20th at 10 a.m. in the Upper Hall.
THE GRAPEVINE Do you remember a time when you experienced the presence of God and His blessings? Sharing our faith experiences blesses others and gives God the Glory. Would you share your experience /story with us at St. Mary’s? The Grapevine is being printed in December; please think about submitting your story. We will need your stories by December 4th, please send them to Lorna. For more information call Lorna.
GETTING READY FOR ST. NICHOLAS! Teamleaders for our Nicholas Christmas Outreach are looking for volunteers to join the effort! Help is needed in the follow areas:
- Christmas Crafts/ Decorations for Christmas Market: Andrew
- Baked Goods for Christmas Market: Brenda
- Serving Drinks and Baking at Christmas Café: Clara
- Prepare and organize children’s activities: Heidi
- Prepare and serve at Outdoor Bonfire and Food Grill: Lyndon
Help spread the word by inviting friends and neighbours!
THANK YOU to St Mary’s congregation for your generous donations to the Samaritan’s purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox project. We are sending 13 boxes full of treasures, and we pray that they will help 13 special children understand more of how much God loves them.
PRAYER CHAIN. Do you have a special need for prayer for a situation in your life? St. Mary’s has a prayer chain consisting of dedicated parishioners who believe in the power of Jesus and who will pray for you. To initiate prayer, please call Ann.
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
- Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:30
- Wednesday at 9:00a.m.
- Wednesday at 5.30 p.m.