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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Epiphany 4, 2023 – Bulletin

THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANYJanuary 29, 2023

GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST! GLORY 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

NOTE OF CONDOLENCE to the family of Jean Mountain who passed away this week. A family memorial service for Jean will be held at St. Mary’s on Wednesday afternoon.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory. 

ST. MARY’S VESTRY will meet today in the lounge following the service. Lunch will be provided.

MINISTRY REPORTS for inclusion in the annual reports should be submitted to the office by January 31.

HOLY DAY CELEBRATION. This Thursday, February 2, there will be a shortened evening prayer at 5.30 p.m.  followed by a service of Holy Communion for the celebration of  The Presentation of  Christ in the Temple, which serves as a liturgical hinge which connects the Christmas and Easter Cycle in our church calendar. On this the 40th day after our celebration of the Nativity of the Lord, we recall the day on which Jesus was presented in the Temple, when he was offered to the Father and shown to His people. As a sign of his coming among us, His mother was purified, as we now come to him for cleansing. In their old age Simeon and Anna recognized him as their Lord, as we today sing of his glory. In this eucharist, we celebrate both the joy of his coming and his searching judgement, looking back to the day of his birth and forward to the coming days of his passion.

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Morning Prayer

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

Evening Prayer 

  • Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. followed by potluck supper in the Upper Hall. 

Evening Prayer and Holy Communion for the Feast of the Presentation of Christ

  • Thursday at 5.30 p.m. 

Epiphany 3, 2022 – Sermon

Audio recording of this sermon

Date:  January 22, 2023
Scriptures:  Romans 12:16-21 and Matthew 8:1-13
Prepared by Henry Friesen

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts together, be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer.

​A couple of years ago now we all became aware of Zoom or a similar computer App that would allow us to have a conversation or a meeting with people right from our own home. The camera on the computer allowed the other person to see us and see the room we were sitting in. It was quite a new idea but of course with Covid restrictions in place, it caught on very quickly. I remember then that one day in the on-line news there was an example of such a conversation:  a man was sitting at his computer, talking to his boss or perhaps colleague about business matters related to his company’s plans and policies. It was obviously important work and necessary but suddenly in the background, a young child entered the room and said something like “Daddy I need help!” In that moment everything changed: for a while the man and even us who were watching this little video clip were interested in this new phenomena of communicating virtually and working from home and the next moment we were part of a small human drama in the life of a father and his child. Both aspects of that scenario were important but very different. It was important for the man to participate in his work but equally important to be a Dad to his child.

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Epiphany 3, 2023 – Bulletin

THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

January 22, 2023

GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST! GLORY 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

OUR RECTOR is in B.C. this week visiting family, and will return on Friday. Our officiant today is Nathaniel, and our preacher is Henry.

ST. MARY’S VESTRY will meet next Sunday in the lounge following the service. Lunch will be provided.

MINISTRY REPORTS for inclusion in the annual  reports should be submitted to the office by January 31

ST. MARY’S PRAYER CHAIN has for many years served our parish, whereby prayers for sickness or other life events are passed on through a chain asking God for healing. No matter how small our faith seems to be, God will meet the needs and solve problems that appear almost impossible in our lives. To send a prayer request contact Ann either by email or phone.

REFUGEE FAMILY UPDATE.The refugee family have safely arrived in Regina Wednesday January 18, 2023. St. Mary member Elizabeth met her brother Mapiou and sister-in-law Ahol and hugged them with great tears of joy because they have not met for almost eleven years. It was a wonderful family reunion. The children of Elizabeth,  who were born in Canada, came to the airport to meet their uncle for the first time with great joy and excitement. The family dream to live together was fulfilled. 

Thanks to all the members who have contributed their time and money to make this family reunion dream come true for Elizabeth and Mapiou and their families. Special gratitude to the members who furnished and set up the house, provided transportation from the airport to home, put up of the curtains, and provided assistance with food preparation for the first day: Dave and Janice, John, Kate, John and Roberta, Elizabeth, and Rev. Nathaniel. 

The refugee family will come to church on Sunday January 22, 2023. There will be a brief introduction of the new family during the announcement and a brief greet-and-meet time after service on Sunday. 

2023 Pledge forms have been mailed out. To assist the Vestry in budgeting for the next year, you are asked to please fill out the form and return it to the church office or by placing it in the collection plate. Alternatively, you may submit your pledge immediately on our website.

2023 Envelopes. Boxes of weekly and monthly donation envelopes are now available for pick up on the table on the landing. If you don’t see your name on a box and would like to become a receive church envelopes, please tell Blair and he will make the appropriate arrangements. Giving via direct debit is also available.  (See instructions here.)

Worship This Week

Morning Prayer

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

Evening Prayer 

  • Wednesday at 5:30 pm. followed by potluck supper in the Upper Hall. 

Epiphany 2, 2023 – Bulletin

THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

January 15, 2023

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

Flowers on the Altar today are given to the Glory of God and thanksgiving for the birth of Margot Gudrun, daughter of Nicholas and Taleah, and grand-daughter of Claude and Hilary.

Refugee Family Update. 
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has comfirmed the arrival of the refugee family in Regina on January 18, 2023 at 13:47 (1:47 pm). We thank God for the protection throughout this journey and pray for the safe journey from Uganda to Regina of the refugee family: Mapiou Deng Arok, Ahou Bol Thon, Arok Mapiou, Ayak Mapiou, and Arok Deng.  Please let Nathaniel know if you are planning on going to the Regina International Airport to welcome the refugee family. We will meet at their new apartment at 12:00 for a short prayer, finalize transportation arrangements, and write up some welcoming signs before we head to the airport to welcome the refugee family. 

2023 Pledge forms have been mailed out. To assist the Vestry in budgeting for the next year, you are asked to please fill out the form and return it to the church office or by placing it in the collection plate. Alternatively, you may submit your pledge immediately on our website.

2023 Envelopes. Boxes of weekly and monthly donation envelopes are now available for pick up on the table on the landing. If you don’t see your name on a box and would like to become a receive church envelopes, please tell Blair and he will make the appropriate arrangements. Giving via direct debit is also available.  (See instructions here.)

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. followed by potluck supper in the Upper Hall. 

Baptism of the Lord, 2023 – Bulletin

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORDJanuary 8, 2023

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!

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)

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

St. Mary’s Epiphany Service and Party was held on Friday night, with Holy Communion, Pot Luck, and Arrival of the Wise-Men!

Refugee Family Update.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has comfirmed the arrival of the refugee family in Regina on January 18, 2023 at 13:47 (1:47 pm). Please note the change in time and date from the previous date and time communicated to the congregation. The IRCC has revised the flight schedule and sent this new update today Friday January 6, 2023 so I am writing to confirm the new information.

We thank God for the protection throughout this journey and pray for the safe journey from Uganda to Regina of the refugee family: Mapiou Deng Arok, Ahou Bol Thon, Arok Mapiou, Ayak Mapiou, and Arok Deng.  

Please let Nathaniel know if you are planning on going to the Regina International Airport to welcome the refugee family. We will meet at their new apartment at 12:00 for a short prayer, finalize transportation arrangements, and write up some welcoming signs before we head to the airport to welcome the refugee family. The family are five so we need at least two cars to transport them home. My car will take the three children and one adult, but we need one other space from a different car for one adult. 

Note from Clara. 
Dear St Mary’s Church, Thank you for your continuous prayers for our journey as well as the online services reminding us of home.  Myka, Eli, Lucy and I are currently spending Christmas and New Year’s in Costa Rica with friends while Emma has decided to return to Guatemala for a few months. we have been keeping healthy and plan on heading to Colombia in February. Thank you again for all your blessings and we look forward to attending church in person when we return this summer. Love, Clara and family.

2023 Pledge forms have been mailed out. In order to assist the Vestry in budgeting for the next year, you are asked to please fill out the form and return it to the church office or by placing it in the collection plate. Alternatively, you may submit your pledge immediately on our website.

2023 Envelopes. Boxes of weekly and monthly donation envelopes are now available for pick up on the table on the landing. If you don’t see your name on a box and would like to become a receive church envelopes, please tell Blair and he will make the appropriate arrangements. Giving via direct debit is also available.  (See instructions here.)

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. followed by pot luck supper in the Upper Hall.