October 29, 2017; Trinity 20; Rev. Nathaniel

Death is that mystery which transcends human experience and knowledge. Nobody knows a particular instance they may announce their passing, “It is finished!” Let us hold to that thought for a moment because we will revisit it in our discussion about the life of Moses, Paul, Jesus and the Christian saints.

Imagine you are Moses who received the saddest news of your death, that you will not enjoy fruits of liberation: “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ’I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see I’t with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it” (Deut. 34: 4).

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The Feast of All Saints

From the Rector’s Desk…

The Feast of All Saints, which falls on Nov. 1 in our calendar,  has been observed in Eastern Christianity since the fourth century. It was established in the West when the Pantheon in Rome was consecrated in A.D. 609 and dedicated to the Blessèd Virgin Mary and all the martyrs.

There was a saying that made the round in the early church: “The Blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church” The Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, shows us how acutely aware the early Church was, under persecution, of the presence and prayers of those who had given their lives in witness to the gospel. (Revelation 6. 9-11) Over time, the Feast of All Saints became the occasion for commemorating and celebrating the witness of so many holy men and women whose manner of life truly conformed to the life of the Gospel, and in whom the power of Jesus’ Resurrection was extraordinarily manifest.

Why remember the saints? In a word, this belongs to the fullness of the catholic faith.

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What’s Your Perspective?

October 22, 2017 sermon
Beth Christianson
St. Mary the Virgin Church
Regina

Exodus 33:12-23
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22

It is a good thing to be reminded from time to time that not everyone whose opinion differs from yours is an enemy.  All things being equal, we have a lot of freedom to self-select the people we interact with most often, and it makes sense that we tend to gravitate toward people who agree with us, whose point of view is the same as ours, but you can start to get a sort of reinforcing harmonic situation going.  When that happens, you can lose depth of field, to use a photography term.  What’s distant from you becomes fuzzy and indistinct, and you can’t be sure what’s lurking there.  All that’s in focus is the people you’ve gravitated toward, who are all saying the same things you’re saying, all looking at the world from the same perspective.

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October 22 , 2017 The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

O GOD, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee; Mercifully grant, that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

MORNING PRAYER AT TEN THIRTY

(Book of Common Prayer ~ Common Praise)

Thank you to Beth for officiating and for preaching today in the Rector’s absence.

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October 1, 2017 Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

O LORD, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Service of Communion (BCP Online)

Prelude: Fugue in F Minor by W.F. Bach
Opening Hymn: #387 All Praise to Thee
Old Testament: Exodus 17:1—7
Psalm: 78:1—4, 12-16
The Epistle: Philippians 2:1-13
Hymn: #478 Almighty God, Thy Word Is Cast
Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32
Sermon
Offertory Hymn: #321 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Communion Hymn: # 84 Lord, Enthroned 1n’ Heavenly Splendour
Closing Hymn: # 375 At the Name of Jesus
Postlude: Flute Piece by William Hine

This Week at St Mary’s

Wednesday 10:30 am Mom and Tots Group
Thursday 9:30 am Woman’s Time Out Bible Study
Next Sunday 10:00 am Morning Prayer
10:30 am Holy Communion + Harvest Thanksgiving Lunch

Readings for next Sunday are as follows: Joel 2:21-27, Psalm126, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Matthew 6:25—33

Parish Life Notes

Correction to last Sundays baby news- Johanna, daughter to Starr and Andrew, was born on September 10th.

Join us for intercessory prayer for the parish, Wednesday, October 4 at 2:00 in the sanctuary. “Call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” Jer. 29:12

Harvest Thanksgiving Lunch next Sunday Oct. 8th following the Worship Service. For the lunch every family is invited to bring a salad to share.

Donations needed. Please feel free to bring veggies to decorate the church for Harvest Thanksgiving, and please have them at the church by 10:00 am on Saturday Oct 7th. For any question contact Gwyn.

From the organizers of the “Music to My Ears” evening, a hearty thank you to all who stepped up and worked so hard to produce a most memorable evening of music and fellowship in our beautiful worship home! Of course we are indebted as well to Eden Care companies, the RSO chamber players and Valerie Hall for choosing to bringtheir music to St. Mary’s and allowing us to enjoy it. Thank you everyone!

Worship Service at Wascana Rehabiliation Centre – will take place this Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1:30 pm. in the chapel. A team from St. Mary’s leads the service and porters residents to the chapel. We invite you to share in this outreach. Please call Rem for more information.

Courageous Grandparenting

COURAGEOUS GRANDPARENTING SMALL GROUP STUDY at St. Mary’s. Grandparents are an important spiritual influence for the next generation. Through a five session study we invite you to learn more about living out your Biblical role as grandparents. We will look into such topics as: Passing on your legacy; Understanding the culture our grandchildren are growing up in; The importance of the spoken blessing over your family; Untangling the digital world; and Stepping into all that God has for you as a grandparent.

Bring your bag lunch and join us in the lower church hall beginning Sunday, October @ 12 noon. Sessions will be held every other Sunday.

September 17, 2017 Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Scriptures

Genesis 50:15-21
Psalm 103
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

Hymns

381 Praise, My Soul
#399 Now Thank We All Our God
 #78 Deck Yourself, My Soul, With Gladness
 #388 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Sermon

“Are you envious because I am generous?”

Parish Life Notes

Condolences to Paula M whose mother Laura passed away on Thursday. Memorial service for Laura will take place at St. Mary’s at a later date. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

COURAGEOUS GRANDPARENTING SMALL GROUP STUDY at St. Mary’s

Grandparents are an important spiritual influence for the next generation. Through a five session study we invite you to learn more about living out your Biblical role as grandparents.  We will look into such topics as:  Passing on your legacy; Understanding the culture our grandchildren are growing up in; The importance of the spoken blessing over your family; Untangling the digital world; and Stepping into all that God has for you as a grandparent.

Bring your bag lunch and join us in the lower church hall beginning Sunday, October @ 12 noon.  Sessions will be held every other Sunday.

Women’s Time Out every Thursday morning from 9:30am -11:30am.We will be picking up where we left off in the spring on chapter 8 in the book “Becoming a Woman of Grace”.  We explore the many ways God’s grace has already enriched our lives and how we can know His grace more fully and extend it to others we meet in our day to day lives. Any ladies are always welcome to join us.  We are currently looking for someone who would be willing to babysit for us. For more information please contact Brenda G.

Breakfast and Community Clean- up   The Cathedral Area Community Association will hold their Annual Community Clean-up Saturday, September 23 from 8:30 am until noon. They will pick up any items discarded in the back alleys in the area. St. Mary’s will show hospitality to people from the cathedral area and from St. Mary’s by serving breakfast starting at 8:30 am in the lower hall at St. Mary’s. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve breakfast. If you would like to come for breakfast or volunteer to help with breakfast please sign the sign-up sheet on the landing or contact Sandra D.

 

Have you kept the date free?  THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 28th.

Where:  ST. MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH Time: 7.00 p.m. For:  MUSIC TO MY EARS – Together  with EDEN CARE COMMUNITIES  THE RSO CHAMBER PLAYERS,   AND VALERIE HALL, ORGANIST Meet and Greet afterward in the Upper HallDonations to St. Mary’s gratefully accepted

 

Community Cleanup & Breakfast

The Cathedral Area Community Association will hold their annual Community Clean-up Saturday, September 23 from 8:30 AM to noon. They will pick up any items discarded in the back alleys in the area. St. Mary’s will show hospitality to people from the Cathedral Area and from St. Mary’s by serving breakfast starting at 8:30  AM in the lower hall at St. Mary’s. Volunteers are needed to help with breakfast. Please sign the sign-up sheet on the landing or contact Sandra D.