December 9th, 2018 – Second Sunday in Advent

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Romans 15:4-13; Psalm 50:1-6; Luke 21:25-33


Some rise on eagles’ wings, this one is plain,
Plain English workmanship in solid oak.
Age gracefully it says, go with the grain.
You walk towards an always open book,
Open as every life to every light,
Open to shade and shadow, day and night,
The changeless witness of your changing pain.
Be still the Lectern says, stand here and read.
Here are your mysteries, your love and fear,
And, running through them all, the slender thread
Of God’s strange grace, red as these ribbons, red
As your own blood when reading reads you here
And pierces joint and marrow… So you stand,
The lectern still beneath your trembling hand.

The Lectern- (Malcolm Guite)


The investigation and true knowledge of the Scriptures requires a good life and pure soul and the virtue that is consonant with Christ, so that the mind, in following this path, may be enabled to reach and comprehend what it desires, as far as it is accessible to human nature to learn about the Word of God…The one who wishes to comprehend the mind of those who speak of God needs to begin by living the kind of life that washes and cleanses the soul and then go to the saints themselves, approaching them by imitation of their deeds, so that becoming aligned with them through a common way of life, he may come to understand the things that have been revealed to them by God.

( Athanasius of Alexandria)

December 2nd, 2018 – First Sunday in Advent

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever.  Amen

Psalm 85:4-7; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 21:1-13

Advent 2018

Advent – Christmas – Epiphany Worship

First Sunday in Advent – December 2

10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer
10.30 Holy Communion

Advent 2 – December 9

10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer
10.30 Holy Communion

Advent 3 – Dec 16

10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer
10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Advent 4 – December 23

10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer
10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Christmas Eve- December 24

7:00 p.m. Family Worship: “People Look East! ” Dramatized Service of Lessons and Carols followed by  “Christmas Cheer” in the Parish Hall.

9:00 p.m. Candle Lit Holy Communion and Carols of Christmas

Christmas Day – December 25

10.30 a.m. Holy Communion and Carols of Christmas

Sunday after Christmas – December 30

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

Feast of the Epiphany- January 6

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

Advent Table Prayers

Jesus said, I am the light of the world. Those who follow me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.

Amen. Come Lord Jesus, Come Quickly.

Lighting of the Advent Candles

Hymn of Praise: Even So Lord Jesus Come  

Even so, Lord Jesus come
Oh divine and glorious son
Though we live as Your body
Here on earth
Even so Lord Jesus come


Gracious Father, Sovereign Lord
Your creations one adored
By Your hand we receive Your majesty
Even so, Lord Jesus come 


Holy Spirit, breath of life
Light a path through darkest night
In Your care we confess our deepest sigh
Even so, Lord Jesus come

Gospel for the Day (see below)

The Prayers

Lord have mercy upon us, Christ have mercy upon us, Lord, Have mercy upon us 

Our Father…

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead,we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Daily Gospel

First Sunday in AdventLuke 21:25-36
MondayMatthew 8:5-13
TuesdayLuke 10:21-24
WednesdayMatthew 15:29-39
ThursdayMatthew 7:21-27
FridayMatthew 9:27-31
SaturdayMatthew 9:35-38; 10:1,5-8
Second Sunday in AdventLuke 3:1-6
MondayLuke 5:17-26
TuesdayMatthew 18:12-14
WednesdayMatthew 11:28-30
ThursdayMatthew 11:11-15
FridayMatthew 11:16-19
SaturdayMatthew 17:10-13
Third Sunday in AdventLuke 3:7-18
MondayMatthew 1:1-7,17
TuesdayMatthew 1:18-25
Wednesday (Ember Day)John 17:6-19
ThursdayLuke 1:26-38
FridayLuke 1:39-45
SaturdayLuke 1:46-56
Fourth Sunday in AdventLuke 1:39-55

Trinity 25 – November 18, 2018

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Beth Christianson

Endings and Beginnings

We are fast approaching the end of one season in our church year and the beginning of another. In Trinity season, we have been working our way slowly through Mark’s gospel, following Jesus as he taught, healed the sick, raised the dead, and annoyed the Pharisees. Only today and next Sunday remain before Advent begins again, and today is in fact our last day in Mark’s gospel. Continue reading “Trinity 25 – November 18, 2018”

November 18th, 2018 Twenty Fifth Sunday after Trinity

“Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 

O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life: Grant us, we beseech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as he is pure; that, when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth , ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

1 Samuel 1:4-20; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-25 ; Mark 13:1-8

This week’s sermon

Remembrance Sunday – November 11, 2018

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Canon Claude Schroeder

Ordinarily, today we would have been attending to the cycle of readings appointed for Trinity XXIV in our church calendar.

But today is not an ordinary day.

Today is November 11, a day in our civic calendar that is given over to ceremonies and prayers in remembrance of the war dead.

We will be engaging in such a ceremony at the end of our service.

But this November 11 is also the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and so it seemed good and right that we should interrupt our cycle of readings, and attend to the readings assigned for services for peace.

I want to begin this morning by discharging my duty and responsibility to you on this Remembrance Sunday to announce and declare to you the good news that the war is over. Continue reading “Remembrance Sunday – November 11, 2018”

November 11th 2018 – Remembrance Sunday

… In me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I haveconquered the world!

LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Micah 4:1-5; Psalm 85:7-13; Ephesians 2:13-18; John 16:23-33

This week’s sermon

October 28th, 2018 – Twenty- Second Sunday after Trinity

Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34:1-8; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

October 21st, 2018 – The Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist

ALMIGHTY God, who calledst Luke the Physician, whose praise is in the Gospel, to be an Evangelist, and Physician of the soul: May it please thee that, by the wholesome medicines of the doctrine delivered by him, all the diseases of our souls may be healed; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

2 Timothy 4-5; Psalm 43; Luke 24:44-53

This week’s bulletin: