Epiphany 2 2020 Bulletin

THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY.

JANUARY 17, 2021

GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST! GLORY BE TO HIM FOREVER!

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.30  A.M. MORNING PRAYER WITH HYMNS AND SERMON. 
Claude Schroeder preaching.

GODLY PLAY for children 3-6 years via zoom. Today’s story is ‘The Boy Jesus in the Temple’ Luke 2:41-52.

FAITHQUEST: No lesson today. 

HOUSEHOLD FINANCES. Tax receipts along with a financial update, letter from the Churchwardens and pledge forms for 20201 will be mailed out to all parishioners this coming week.

TAX RECEIPTS. Please be on the lookout for your 2020 tax receipts. Please review them and if you notice anything that is incorrect or if you have any questions please contact Blair.

VESTRY MEETING to finalize budget for 2021 will be held via zoom, today at 7:00 p.m.

COVID UPDATE. Further direction to the Diocese from Bishop Rob is expected on January 18th

Baptism of the Lord, 2020 – Bulletin

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD.
JANUARY 10, 2020

GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST! GLORY BE TO HIM FOREVER!

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.30  A.M. MORNING PRAYER WITH HYMNS AND SERMON. 
Claude Schroeder preaching.

GODLY PLAY via Zoom. Today’s story is ‘Anna and Simeon’ Luke 2:25-38. 

FAITHQUEST via Zoom. Today’s Lesson: The Story of Jacob and Esau. 
From a human point of view, Jacob’s story is one of sin and redemption. This redemption happened because God chose to make himself known to Jacob (twice). From God’s point of view, it is the story of how God graciously works through his flawed children (like us) to fulfill his Covenant promise to raise up a kingdom of priests for the world.
Today’s Workshop: Let there be Magic!
Leader: Kate.


HOUSEHOLD FINANCES. Tax receipts along with a financial update, letter from the Churchwardens and pledge forms for 20201 will be mailed out to all parishioners in the next 2 weeks.

VESTRY MEETING to finalize budget for 2021 will be held via Zoom, next Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

COVID UPDATE. Further direction to the Diocese from Bishop Rob is expected on January 18th

Christmas 2 Bulletin

THE SECOND SUNDAY after CHRISTMAS

PARISH LIFE NOTES

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S:  10.30 a.m.  Morning Prayer, with Carols of Christmas and Sermon.  Henry preaching.

AUDIO RECORDING of the full service and sermon is available on the parish  website.

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD, that is the  ‘shining forth” of God in the person of Jesus Christ brings the celebration of Christmas to a climax and fulfillment. Join us next Wednesday, January 6th, at 7:00 p.m.  on “Zoom” for an evening of theological reflection and a special evening service from St. Mary’s that will include a “Blessing of the Waters”  in anticipation of the Baptism of the Lord next Sunday. Zoom link will be sent out next Tuesday.

A FROM THE FATHERS: AS FIRE COMES TO BE IN IRON. (Part 2)

So then, one might ask, “ How was God the Word not filled with bodily weakness?” We reply: as the fire does not share in the distinguishing marks of the iron. Iron is black and cold, but nonetheless when turned into fire it takes on the outward form of fire. The iron glows, yet the fire is not blackened. The iron is set ablaze, yet it does not cool the flame. So too with the human flesh of the Lord: it shares in the divinity, yet it does not impart its own weakness to the divinity…Are you puzzled how the easily corruptible nature can have incorruptibility through its communion with God? Realize that it’s a mystery. God is in flesh that he may kill the death that lurks therein. For as the harm caused by poisonous drugs can be overcome by antidotes when they are assimilated by the body, and as the darkness residing in a house is dissolved by the introduction of light, so too the death that dominates in human nature is obliterated by the presence of divinity. And as ice in water, for as long as it is night and dark, is stronger than the liquid that contains it, but the warming sun melts the ice by its ray, so too death rules until the advent of Christ, but when the saving grace of God appears,, and the sun of righteousness arsis, death is swallowed up by victory, unable to bear the visitation of true life. 

O the depth of the goodness of God and his love for humanity! In response to his superabundant love for humanity we rebel against being his servants. We seek to know why God is among humans, though we should be adoring his goodness.

On the Holy Birth of Christ, St. Basil of Caesaria, (A.D.  329-379)

Sunday After Christmas 2020 Bulletin

PARISH LIFE NOTES

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S:  10.30 a.m.  Morning Prayer, with Carols of Christmas and Sermon.  Beth preaching.

AUDIO RECORDING of the full service and sermon will be available on the parish website.

DONATIONS  for 2020 by cheque or e-transfer need to be received in the church office by December 31. Christmas thank offering to the Rector may be made either by e –transfer or using the yellow church envelope.

A WORD FROM THE FATHERS: AS FIRE COMES TO BE IN IRON. (Part 1)

How did the splendor come to us all by means of one? How can divinity come to be in flesh? As fire comes to be in iron: not by a change of place, but by a sharing of itself. For fire does not go out of itself and into the iron; rather, while remaining in its place, it shares its own power with the iron. It is in no way diminished when it shares itself, and the whole of it fills whatever shares in it. So it is in this way that God the Word did not move out of Himself when the Word became flesh. Heaven was not deprived of what it contained, and earth received the heavenly one within it’s own embraces. Do not suppose that the divinity fell. For it did not move from one place to another as bodies do. Do not imagine that the divinity was altered when it was transferred into flesh. For the immortal is immutable.

On the Holy Birth of Christ, St. Basil of Caesaria, (A.D.  329-379)

Advent 4 – Bulletin

THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT

DECEMBER 20, 2020

PARISH LIFE NOTES

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing this that our joy may be complete. ( 1 John 1. 1-4)  

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S:  10.30 a.m.  Morning Prayer with Hymns and Sermon.  

Godly Play  for children 3-6 years via zoom. Today’s story is ‘The Magi Show the Way to Bethlehem’ Matthew 2: 1-12. 

AUDIO RECORDING of the full service and sermon will be available on the parish website.

ST. MARY’S FAMILY CHRISTMAS SERVICE! Join us “live” from St. Mary’s  on Christmas Eve at 7:00 p.m. for Christmas Eve Vigil and Service of Lesson and Carol  with the Blessing of the Creche. Our goal on this Holy Night of the celebration of our Savior’s Birth is to hold a “virtual gathering” and to “liturgize” together, that is to en-act the Word of God in Scripture, song, and prayer. The service will be conducted from the sanctuary at St. Mary’s, and will include readings by parishioners from their homes, musical accompaniment on the organ for the singing of the carols at home. Please join us at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81587105842?pwd=clUvb1lVYjNiblZKemZvcGZ0bngwUT09

Passcode, if needed, is 801954.

Please be on time, and ready yourself by hitting the “mute” button on your computer, turning off the lights in your home, and ready to light candles!  Printed order of service will be delivered to your homes, and available on the website as well.

CHRISTMAS CARE PACKAGE  will be delivered to parishioners homes next week, and will include church envelopes ( for those who have ordered them), a booklet of spiritual testimonies under COVID from St. Mary’s parishioners and  the Christmas Eve order of service.

GOD OF THE ADVENT PROMISE FROM BISHOP ROB AND LETTER TO THE DIOCESE are available here:


HAND-DIPPED BEESWAX CANDLES from St. Mary’s may be purchased for $5.00 a pair  by contacting Yvonne in the parish office. Parishioners can pick up their candles from the newly installed mailbox at the Montague St. entrance, and leave a cheque in the proper amount. Proceeds to Mary’s Refugee Fund. 

ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS CARDS. Additional sets of the Christmas cards made by Emma, Myka, Lucy, and Eli included in our Advent “Spiritual Care Package” may also be purchased from the office at cost of $5.00 in support of the St. Mary’s Refugee Fund.

Advent 2, 2020 – Bulletin

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT

DECEMBER 6, 2020

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.30 a.m.  Morning Prayer, Great Litany with Hymns and Sermon.  Beth  preaching.


PARISH LIFE NOTES

AUDIO RECORDING of the full service and sermon will be available on the parish website.

ADVENT OUTREACH: Men’s socks, toques, large felt mitts and/or monetary donations. Items can be brought to St. Mary’s on or before Dec. 20 or dropped off at the home of Sandra and Ken.

HOLY BAPTISM. Please continue to support Cailen and Derek in prayer  as they  wait upon the Lord during the suspension of services at St. Mary’s.  

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who helped put together and deliver the Advent Care Packages last week end: to Emma, Myka, Luci and Eli for making the Christmas cards and putting packages together, and to Clara for helping wrap and deliver the packages; to Kate, Beth, Sandra, Sharon, and Nat for making deliveries; to Yvonne for making the beeswax candles, and Valerie for sending along the “Antiphons for Advent”

BEESWAX CANDLES.  For those parish households that did not receive any candles in their “Advent Spiritual Care Packages” that were delivered last week end (we ran out!), and would like to receive a pair of candles, please call Yvonne in the parish office and let her know. Additional pairs of candles may also be purchased at a cost of $5.00 in support of the St. Mary’s Refugee Fund. Please contact the office if interested.

ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS CARDS. Additional sets of the Christmas cards that were delivered last week end may also be purchased  from the office at cost of $5.00 in support of the St. Mary’s Refugee Fund.

ADVENT PARISH “ZOOM MEETINGS.” Join us next Sunday, December 13, at:

6:45 pm – Family Time hosted by Dave and Janice. Join us for a time to visit and play games.  All ages are welcome.  

8:30 pm – Fireside Chat and Compline hosted by Claude and Hilary. Join us for a chance to visit together and end your day with praying the Compline service.  All ages are welcome.

Please email Dave and Janice and we will send you the Zoom link.  People are welcome to join both events if they would like.

BLESSSED FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS!  Today we join our prayers to those of Blessed Nicholas, Bishop and Confessor of the Faith. Grant, Almighty God, that your church may be so inspired by the example of your servant Nicholas of Myra, that it may never cease to work for the welfare of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor, and the help of those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Sunday Next Before Advent – Bulletin

(Modified 2020-11-21: Corrected the days on the baptism prayer series)

NOVEMBER 22, 2020

Behold the Lamb

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.30 a.m.  Morning Prayer with Hymns and Sermon

  • Godly Play in the Children’s Worship Centre (ages 3 – 6 years.) . Today’s story is ‘Joseph’s Early Life’ Genesis 37:17-28. Leaders: Anya, Sandra.
  • Faith Quest (ages 7-13) continue the Beatitudes rotation with a Pray per View workshop. Leader: Heidi.

7.00 p.m.       Evening Prayer and Rector’s Class.


PARISH LIFE NOTES

SERMON AUDIO will be available on the parish website following the service.

CONGRATULATIONS  to Karen and Steve on the birth their son,  Gunnar Ole James,  born  on Monday, November 16th. May God grant him many years! 

MEAL TRAIN. If you would like to make a meal for Karen and Steve  please contact Sandra.

THE RECTOR’S CLASS. Join us this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for Evening Prayer and the Rector’s Class. Tonight’s topic: The Order of Service of Holy Baptsm for Adults.

MID -WEEK HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE FOR ADVENT continues this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. 

HOLY BAPTISM for Cailen and Derek has been rescheduled to a Vigil Service on Saturday night at St. Mary’s. If you are interested in coming out to this special service, please speak to Claude. Cailen and Derek will be formally welcomed as members of Christ’s Holy Catholic and the Family of God at St. Mary’s next Sunday morning.

Please include Cailen and Derek in your prayers this week, using the prayers below:

Monday

God of power, you created us in your image and formed us in holiness and justice. When we sin against you, you do not abandon us, but in your wisdom choose to save us by the incarnation of your Son. We, your humble servants who are plagued by evil and the tyranny of the enemy need you to keep us far from the spirit of wickedness, falsehood, and greed.  Uphold Cailen and Derek  in the life of your kingdom, and open their hearts to understand your Gospel, so that, as children of the light, they may rejoice to be counted among your people, bearing witness to your truth, and practicing your commands of love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday

Lord Jesus Christ, when you climbed the mountain to preach, you turned your disciples from the paths of sin and revealed to them the blessings of your kingdom.  You help all who hear the word of the Gospel, strengthening us to resist the spirit of greed, of lust, and of pride.  May Cailen and Derek find the blessings of your kingdom in poverty and in hunger, in mercy and in purity of heart. May they work for peace, joyfully endure persecution, and so come to rejoice and be glad in the reward you have for them in heaven where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen. 

Wednesday

 Lord Jesus Christ, loving Redeemer of all, your name alone has the power to save, that name before which every knee shall bend in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth. Only you can free us from the snares and malice of Satan; only you can heal our weakness and blot out our sins. We pray for these your servantsCailen and Derrek who worship you as the true God. Look upon them, and enlighten their hearts. Give them discernment to know what pleases you and courage to live by your Gospel, that they may become the dwelling place of your Spirit; for you O Christ, hold them in your love, now and forever. Amen.

Thursday

Lord Jesus Christ, sent by the Father and anointed by the Spirit, when you read in the synagogue at Nazareth you fulfilled the words of the prophet Isaiah, proclaiming liberty to captives and announcing a season of forgiveness. You challenge us to trust in you alone, that our minds may be untroubled and our lives unshackled from worldly desire. Your enlivening Spirit enables us to grasp your promises and liberates us from a spirit of unbelief.  We pray for theseyour servantsCailen and Derek, who have opened their ears and hearts to your word. Deepen their faith in you that they may continually be amazed by the gracious words from your mouth and reveal the coming of your kingdom in this time and place. For you, O Christ, bring liberty and forgiveness to them and to all people, now and for ever. Amen.

Friday

God of infinite wisdom, you chose the apostle Paul to proclaim your Son to every nation. In the same way you have chosen each of us and enabled us to trust not in flesh and blood but in your call alone. We pray that these your servants Cailen and Derek  may follow in the footsteps of St Paul. Search their hearts and open their eyes to your truth that, freed from all deception, they may never look back but welcome the new world your risen Son is creating. May they count everything as losscompared with the unsurpassed worth of knowing Christ and being found in him who is their eternal reward for ever and ever. Amen.

Saturday

Creator and Redeemer of all, your love shines in every age, bringing truth and life.  We, whom you have called out of darkness into your marvellous light, out of sin into purity of heart, out of alienation into the embrace of a holy people, now call upon you with joyful expectation. Your great love has drawn these hearers to seek and find you. Look upon Cailen and Derek today and bring to fulfillment in them the plan of your grace, that they may know their calling in your royal priesthood, be radiant in the light of salvation,  and reveal your love in their lives. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday

God of Light, you cut away corruption and strengthen faith, you build up hope and foster love. You lead us into abundant life.  We, who are threatened by unbelief and hesitation in faith, by the love of money and lawless passions, by enmity and quarrelling, and by every manner of evil, call upon you now in humility and trust. Free your servants Cailen and Derek whom you have called, and empower them by your Holy Spirit to be holy and faithful in your sight. Create in them a spirit of reverence, of patience and hope, balance and purity, and of charity and peace. We ask this through Christ our ord. Amen.

WORSHIP THIS WEEK AT ST MARY’S

Monday to Friday  

8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer;
5.30 p.m. Evening Prayer ( except Thursday)

Thursday

7.00 p.m. Holy Communion