THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
December 10, 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: Romans 15.4- 12
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise thee among the Gentiles, and sing to thy name”; and again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”; and again, “Praise the Lord, all Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him”; and further Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, he who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
THE HOLY GOSPEL: Luke 21. 25-33
And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees; as soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all has taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
PARISH LIFE NOTES
Bible Study on the readings for next Sunday follows the celebration of the Holy Communion on Wednesday at 10.00 a.m.
Boxes of weekly and monthly donation envelopes will be available soon. If you would like to change how you give, please send Blair a note, and he will make the appropriate arrangements. Weekly and Monthly envelopes are available as well as electronic donations through e-transfer and Pre-Authorized Debit Agreements.
Lessons and Carols for Christmas: this Saturday, December 16th at 7 p.m. Please invite your friends and neighbours!
Christmas Offering. The specially marked yellow Christmas offering envelopes are available for you to contribute to the Christmas gift to the Rector. Cheques should be made out to Revd. Claude Schroeder.
Birthday invitation. Katherine and I would like to extend an invitation to our St Mary’s family for our joint birthday gathering at Malty National (a brewery on 1130 15th Ave, Regina, SK) on December 16th between 1:00-5:00. It’s a come-as-you-can-at-any-time event that’s friendly to all ages.
Please come for a visit with one another, stay for a spell, maybe play a game or grab a drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available) and have a snack. We also would like to request no gift-giving, as we would like our gift to be able to spend some quality time with y’all.
Attached below are a link to the location and an image of the restaurant front for reference.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Lyndon and Katherine
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Morning Prayer: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:30; Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
Holy Communion: Wednesday at 10.00 a.m.
Evening Prayer: Wednesday at 5.30 p.m.