Septuagesima 2023 – Holy Communion

SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY

February 5, 2023

Organ Prelude: Petite Piece – Cesar Franck (1822-1890)

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THE HYMN: # 323 Ye Holy Angels Bright

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Baptism of the Lord, 2023 – Holy Communion

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THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

January 8, 2023

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10:00 A.M. MORNING PRAYER (Prayer book pp. 6-15.)   (Psalm 87,93, Isaiah 49:1-13, Luke 3:15-22)

10:30 A.M.  HOLY COMMUNION (Prayer Book pp. 67- 85) 

ORGAN PRELUDE:   Bethlehem Lullaby – Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)

HYMNS

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Christmas Eve, 2022 – Bulletin

CHRISTMAS EVE December 24, 2022

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!

Christmas Services at St. Mary’s:

December 24th Christmas

December 25th Christmas Day

  • 10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer
  • 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion with Carols of Christmas

January 1, 2013 Octave Day of Christmas and Circumcision of Christ

  • 10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer
  • 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion with Carols of Christmas                               

January 6, 2023, Feast of the Epiphany

  • 6:00 p.m. Holy Communion with Carols of Christmas followed by pot luck supper and all-age Twelfth Night Party in the Parish Hall.

Parish Life Notes

The Rector’s Christmas Message is available > here <.

The Christmas Gift to the Rector made be made using the special Christmas offering envelopes or cheques made out to Rev. Claude Schroeder may be placed in the offering plate at our Christmas services.

2023 Envelopes Boxes of weekly and monthly donation envelopes are now available for pick up from the table on the landing. If you don’t see your name on a box and would like to become a regular donor, please tell Blair and he will make the appropriate arrangements. 

St. Mary’s Hand-dipped Beeswax Wax Candles make an excellent Christmas gift or stocking-stuffer. Available after worship today at a cost of $6.00 pair.

Advent 4, 2022 – Bulletin

THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT

December 18, 2022

GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST! GLORY BE TO HIM FOREVER

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

Parish Life Notes

Christmas Services at St. Mary’s:

  • December 24th Christmas Eve: 8.00 p.m. Holy Communion with Carols of Christmas
  • December 25th Christmas Day: 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion with Carols of Christmas

The Christmas Gift to the Rector made be made using the special Christmas offering envelopes or cheques made out to Rev. Claude Schroeder may be placed in the offering plate at our Christmas services.

2023 Envelopes Boxes of weekly and monthly donation envelopes are now available for pick up. Please grab yours from the table on the landing. If you don’t see your name on a box and would like to become a regular donor, please tell Blair and he will make the appropriate arrangements. 

St. Mary’s Hand-dipped Beeswax Wax Candles make an excellent Christmas gift or stocking-stuffer. Available after worship today at a cost of $6.00 pair.

Christmas Concert featuring local musicians and performing classical repertoire will be held at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, December 21 at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome and invited!

Update from Vestry

Vestry met on Sunday Nov. 27.  Topics for discussion included reporting in on the regular life of the parish, an update from the Refugee Sponsorship Committee, and the state of parish finances.  Here are some highlights:

  • Giving thanks for ongoing preparations for the St. Nicholas Day Festival, the Lessons and Carols service on Saturday Dec. 17th, and our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.  Thanks so much to everyone who has helped with the planning and preparation for these events!
  • Claude met with Bishop Helen in November to discuss parish life.
  • The Mapiou Deng Arok family will arrive in Regina on January 17th!  Since we were originally expecting them to arrive in October, we have had to continue paying rent on their home October through December.  We are grateful to the Diocese for approving this expense, as the house is a very good situation for the family, and has already been furnished.  We will arrange a greeting party for the family in the new year!
  • Vestry passed a motion that any proceeds from the St. Nicholas Day Festival will be divided as follows: 50% to St. Mary’s general revenue fund, 25% to CityKidz, and 25% to the Marian Centre.
  • Vestry also passed a motion that this year’s Christmas offering will be given to Claude and Hilary.

Update on Parish Finances.

As of November 30, we have a total income of $155,593.18 and year-to-date total expenses of $178,789.98, for a net operating loss of -$23,196.80. This is not good, but it is better than the -$34,000.00 deficit we were projecting in the summer.  This is largely due to the generous giving of parishioners, so thank you.

Vestry will be finalizing and voting on our 2023 budget in January.  We appreciate your prayers as we seek God’s wisdom and his will for St. Mary’s.  The budget will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting in February.

As the Churchwardens, Beth and Mary will be organizing our annual request for pledges from the congregation in January.  Gathering as much information as we can on your giving plans for the year helps the Vestry to create an honest and accurate budget for the church.  Look for a letter in the mail from Beth and Mary in the coming days, and please consider carefully what you can give to St. Mary’s in 2023. Pledge forms will be available online through the church website and paper forms will also be available.  We greatly appreciate your contribution to the planning process.

Giving Thanks

We give thanks to God for all the signs of life at St. Mary’s that point to the wonder of our life together as the Body of Christ.  We are thankful for Anya as she prepares for her confirmation.  We are thankful for the wonderful time we had welcoming friends and guests to St Mary’s for the St. Nicholas Day Festival, and for everyone who pitched in to make the day a success.  We are thankful for the continued health and safety of the Mapiou Deng Arok family as they look forward to their new life with us starting in January.  In a season that emphasizes preparation as we await the coming of our Saviour, we are grateful that we prepare and wait with you!  Thank you for making our church family the blessing that it is.

Beth,
On behalf of St. Mary’s Vestry

Worship This Week

Morning Prayer

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8:30 am
  • Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

Evening Prayer 

  • Wednesday at 5:30 pm. 

Advent 4, 2022 – Holy Communion

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THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT

December 18, 2022

Organ Prelude: Ricercar pro Tempore Adventus super Initium Cantilenae:  Ave Maria klare Ricercar for time of Advent, on the beginning of the song, “Hail Mary Pure” – Johann Kasper Ferdinand Fischer (1650-1746)

THE ADVENT ACCLAMATION

Leader:  When the LORD brought back the exiles of Zion,
People:   We thought we were dreaming.                                                                                                             

Leader: Then was our mouth filled with laughter;
People:  On our tongues, songs of joy.

Leader:  Bring back our exiles, O LORD!
People:  As streams in the south.                                                                                                                            

Leader: Those who are sowing in tears
People:  Will sing when they reap.

Leader: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost                                                                     People: Bring back our exiles, O LORD as streams in the south.

THE HYMN: # 106 There’s a Voice in the Wilderness

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Advent 3, 2022 – Holy Communion

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THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT

December 11, 2022

Organ Prelude: Mighty Creator of the Stars (Creator of the Stars of Night) – Marcel Dupre (1886-1971)

THE ADVENT ACCLAMATION

Leader:  When the LORD brought back the exiles of Zion,
People:   We thought we were dreaming.                                                                                                             

Leader: Then was our mouth filled with laughter;
People:  On our tongues, songs of joy.

Leader:  Bring back our exiles, O LORD!
People:  As streams in the south.                                                                                                                            

Leader: Those who are sowing in tears
People:  Will sing when they reap.

Leader: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost                                                                     People: Bring back our exiles, O LORD as streams in the south.

THE HYMN: # 108 Hark, a Herald Voice Is Sounding

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Advent 2, 2022 – Holy Communion

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THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT

December 4, 2022

Organ Prelude: Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen  Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming – Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) Arranged by Sam Ellson (1925-2012)

THE ADVENT ACCLAMATION

A voice cries: In the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord!
Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up
and every mountain and hill brought low.
The uneven ground shall become level
and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.
and all flesh shall see it together.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
In the wilderness prepare a way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

THE HYMN: # 100 Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

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