Trinity 9, 2021 – Bulletin

AUGUST 1, 2021



LIVE AUDIO STREAMING during today’s service is available on the Order of Service page. Recorded audio will be added following worship.

  • GOSPEL IN THE GARDEN for children 


Claude is vacation until Aug. 28. For any pastoral emergencies this week, please contact Archdeacon Catherine Harper.

GUEST MUSICIAN today is Wendy Hardman.

ST. MARY’S YARD SALE on July 24 raised over $2,300 towards the repayment of the roof repair on the parish hall. Many thanks to Clara, Janice, and Norma and their big team of volunteers!

St. James, 2021 – Bulletin

JULY 25, 2021



LIVE AUDIO STREAMING during today’s service is available on the Order of Service page. Recorded audio will be added following worship.

  • Claude Schroeder preaching.
  • GOSPEL IN THE GARDEN for children 


HOLY BAPTISM. Today we give thanks and praise to God for gift, the blessing, and the promise He gives us in our Baptism as we celebrate the Holy Baptism of Gunnar.

GUEST MUSICIAN. We rejoice and give thanks for Wendy Harman who is our guest musician at the piano today.

ST. MARY’S OUTDOOR YARD SALE. Big thanks to Clara, Norma, Janice, Sharon and the team of volunteers for the wonderful yard sale at St. Mary’s yesterday! See photos below! 

RECTOR’S VACATION. Claude is taking his annual vacation during the month of August. Revd Nathaniel Deng Mayen will presiding and preaching in his absence with support from Beth, Henry and John. Pastoral emergencies should be directed towards Archdeacon Catherine Harper at 306- 570-8837, from Aug 1-14, and Archdeacon Cheryl Toth at 306-591-5924 from Aug 14 – 28. 

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING. Following on from the theme of ‘change and renewal’  which the Vestry discerned at it’s last meeting, the Rector and Wardens set September 12 as the date for a congregational meeting to take place after the morning service to update and reflect together on matters of parish life. Please mark your calendars! 

BISHOP ROB’S FAREWELL BIKE TOUR. Please join us next Saturday at 11.15 a.m. as Bishop Rob visits St. Mary’s for farewell visit, blessing, and prayers.

St. James, 2021 – Morning Prayer with Holy Baptism

(Modified 2021-07-26: Added audio recording)


JULY 25, 2021
10.30 a.m.


Audio recording of full service (including sermon)

I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy:
and in thy fear I will worship toward thy holy temple.
Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies;
Make thy way straight before me,
that with a clear mind I may glorify thee forever,
One Divine Power worshipped in three persons:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.


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St. James, 2021 – Sermon

(Modified 2021-07-26: Added audio recording of this sermon)

St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, Feast of St. James, July 25, 2021
Revd. Canon Claude Schroeder

Audio recording of sermon

So today is very happy and joyful day for us at St. Mary’s. We have come to celebrate Gunnar’s baptism. It was just about two years ago that we celebrated Steve and Karen’s wedding at the church, where I recall praying that they would receive the gift and heritage of children and that they would see their children Christianly and virtuously brought up to thy praise and honour. So I would say prayers are being answered!

Now we have, gosh,  4 generations of Maupins, and 3 generations of Perssons in church today, with great- grandmother Irene, grand-parents Karen and Kelley, and Art and Marion, and great aunts, and aunts and uncles and cousins. This is really wonderful because the way in which the Word of God is handed on through the generations, always seeking to become flesh in us, as it did in Jesus Christ.

In the calendar that governs the worship of the church, today is a red-letter day, hence the colour of church and robes.  Red Letter days are days set aside to honor and celebrate the Saints of the Church, and today, July 25this the Feast of St. James the Apostle and Martyr. Ordinarily, on Sunday we come to church to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and his victory over Satan, sin, and death in the service of Holy Communion. And so when a Saint’s Day falls on a Sunday, it gets moved to the Monday. First things first.

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Trinity 7, 2021 – Bulletin


JULY 18, 2021


10.30 A.M.
HOLY COMMUNION Henry preaching
GOSPEL IN THE GARDEN for children 

LIVE AUDIO STREAMING during today’s service is available on the Order of Service page. Recorded audio will be added following worship.


GUEST MUSICIAN. We rejoice and gave thanks for Allison Luff who is our guest musician at the piano today.

ST. MARY’S OUTDOOR YARD SALE will take place on July 24th. We will start accepting items starting July 18th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   Household items, clothing, treasures, jewelry, toys, tools, books (no Encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest). Volunteers of all ages welcome! Please call Clara.

MESSAGE FROM THE VESTRY. On Tuesday, July 13 the St. Mary’s Vestry had its first in-person meeting since the beginning of the pandemic last year. All vestry members were present: Canon Claude Schroeder, Beth (Warden), Mary (Warden), Katherine, Alanna, Tom, Bob, Ben, Revd. Nathaniel Deng Mayen, and Andrew. At our meeting the Vestry discerned that we are in a time of renewal and change. 

  • Valerie has resigned as St. Mary’s Organist and Director of Music.  Rev. Claude is finding people to fill in for music during the summer.  Decisions on Music Ministry will be formulated in the fall.
  • Funeral Ministry – We need to review how this ministry will be conducted and find new volunteers.
  • Kate has resigned as FaithQuest Coordinator, after many years of excellent service to the parish.  Planning is needed regarding the future of FaithQuest.

The involvement and participation of the congregation will be important in all of the above ministries. A congregational meeting will be planned in September.

Church Finances as of June 30:

  • Year to date income is $98,894.59; (49% of Budget)  
  • Year to date expense are at $114,701.22; (54% of budget)
  • Net income is $-15,806.63. 
  • We have paid our fair share to the Diocese and our insurance and taxes for the year. We are all reminded to be vigilant and help to ensure that income levels remain where they should be. 

During this time of transition back to ‘normal’ after the restrictions of COVID, we are reminded that people have differing levels of comfort regarding attending services, wearing of masks etc.  We need to remember those who do not feel comfortable attending at this time and be accepting of each other regarding our journeys back to ‘normal’ interactions

Bishop Rob Hardwick has begun his  farewell bike tour through the Diocese, and will making a final visit to St. Mary’s for prayer and blessing at 11:15 AM on Saturday July 31.

SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP! On Thursday, July 15 Clara led a group of St. Mary’s youth  through the neighborhood to deliver flyers for our upcoming yard sale. Pictured left to right are: Zachary, Anya, Eli, Clara, Eva, Georgia, Myka, Liam, Emma, and Luci.

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what isoffered to you. The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10. 1,3-4,  8,  17-20)

NEXT SUNDAY: 10.30 a.m. Celebration of Holy Baptism of Gunnar.


How can we have the Holy Spirit?

The answer is, for each of us to love his wife: you who are married your wife, and I who am a monk, my monastic life.

I must love my solitude, and not get depressed, not get tired, I must stand vigil, and not think that God sent me here in order to save the whole world, not to think that it is my duty to joke with this or that person, but to look after my job: I must have my eye on Christ.

When you leave your house and get married, you leave behind your father, mother, brothers, relatives, and, instead of your parents, your brothers and relatives, you find a new family. And having left, don’t look behind you, as the Psalm of…the Virgin Mary says, “Do not think of anything from your former family*” For now you have a whole new world before you, which you must rejoice in, to partake of, to taste, to give life to. Therefore, all of us must give life to our family, to our love, to the divinity that we have wedded, as St. Hesychios says. “Then our flesh we will be filled with divinity and we become Christ.”
-Abbot Aimilianos of Simonopetra
*Hear, O daughter, consider, and incline your ear; forget your people and your father’s house;  and the king will desire your beauty. (Psalm 45:10-11)

Trinity 6, 2021 – Bulletin

JULY 11, 2021


10.30 A.M. HOLY COMMUNIONClaude Schroeder preaching.

LIVE AUDIO STREAMING during today’s service is available on the Order of Service page. Recorded audio will be added following worship.

GOSPEL IN THE GARDEN. Children will be invited to gather at St. Mary’s Garden to care, tend, and delight in that which has been planted in the soil of St. Mary’s raised beds, and then will care for, tend, and delight in that which has been planted the soil of their hearts: the seed that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


PROTOCOLS FOR WORSHIP. Today marks the beginning of the lifting of public health orders of the Provincial Government. With the blessing of Bishop Rob, today ‘social distancing’ and the ‘wearing of masks’ will no longer be required at worship, and food and beverages are allowed to be served. The Holy Communion, however, will continued to be shared in ‘one kind’ only. As we “feed on Him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving,”  ( BCP p. 84) we receive the fullness of the blessing of Christ’s self-sacrifice for us on the Cross.  In this time of transition, parishioners are encouraged to act in accordance with their conscience, wearing masks as desired, and participating in worship as they are able.

GUEST MUSICIAN. We rejoice and give thanks to Jeremy who is our guest musician at the piano today.

VESTRY MEETING will take place this Tuesday at St. Mary’s at 7:00 p.m. 

ST. MARY’S OUTDOOR YARD SALE will take place on July 24th. We will start accepting items starting July 18th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   Household items, clothing, treasures, jewelry, toys, tools, books (no Encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest). Volunteers of all ages welcome! Please call Clara.


Let your door stand open to receive Christ, unlock your soul to him, offer him a welcome in your mind, and then you will see the riches of simplicity, the treasurers of peace, and the joy of grace. Throw wide the gate of your heart, stand before the sun of the everlasting light that shines on every one. This true light shines on all, but if any close their windows they will deprive themselves of eternal light. If you shut the door of your mind, you shut out Christ. Though he can enter, he does not want to force his way in rudely, or compel us to admit him against our will.

Born of a virgin, he came forth from the womb as the light of the whole world in order to shine on all. His light is received by those who long for the splendor of perpetual light that night can never destroy. The sun of our daily experience is succeeded by the darkness of night, but the son of holiness never sets, because wisdom cannot give place to evil.

Blessed then is the person at whose door Christ stands and knocks. Our door is faith; if it is strong enough, the whole house is safe. This is the door by which Christ enters. So the Church says in the Song of Songs: “The voice of my brother is at the door.” Hear his knock, listen to him asking to enter, “Open to me, my sister, my betrothed, my dove, my perfect one, for my head is covered with dew, and my hair with the moisture of the night.”

When does God the Word most often knock at your door? When his “head is covered with the dew of night.” He visits in love those in trouble and temptation, to save them from being overwhelmed by their trials. His head is covered with dew or moisture when those who are his body are in distress. That is the time when you must keep watch so that when the bridegroom comes he may not find himself shut out, and make his departure. If you were to go to sleep, if your heart were not wide awake, he would not knock and go away; but if your heart is watchful, he knocks and asks you to open the door to him.

Our soul has a door; it has gates. “Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, eternal gates, and the King of glory will enter.” If you open the gates of your faith, the King of glory will enter your house in the triumphal procession in honor of his passion. Holiness, too, has its gates. We read in Scripture what the Lord Jesus said through his prophet: “Open me the gates of holiness.”

It is the soul that has its door, its gates. Christ comes to this door and knocks; he knocks at the gates. Open to him; he wants to enter, to find his bride waiting and watching.

From Commentary on Psalm 118, 12-14  by St.Ambrose (ca. 334-397)  Archbishop of Milan.