Trinity 19 Parish Life Notes (Oct 18, 2020)

THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – OCTOBER 18, 2020

8.30 a.m.     Holy Communion

10.30 a.m.  Morning Prayer with Hymns and Sermon

Godly Play in the Children’s Worship Centre (ages 3 – 6 years.) in the Children’s Worship Centre for children 3 – 6 years. Today’s story is ‘The Garden of Eden, the Fall, and the Promise’ Genesis 2:8 – 3:24. Leaders: Sandra and Myka.

Faith Quest (ages 7-13) Faith Quest kids (ages 7-13) continue the Armour of God rotation with a Let there be Science Workshop. Memory verse: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  Ephesians 6:10-11

7.00 p.m. Evening Prayer and Rector’s Class. The Means of Grace: Holy Communion.


PARISH LIFE NOTES

WELCOME SERVICE. Today we welcome Sophia as a candidate for Holy Baptism, and we pray for her and her parents, Ben and Oleksandra in this time of preparation.

 CONDOLENCES  to Beryl and family. Beryl’s daughter Margaret passed away last Saturday. A memorial service for family was held at St. Mary’s yesterday at 1.30 p.m. We will be having memorial prayers for Margaret at the end of today’s service. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

THE RECTOR’S CLASS. Join us this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for Evening Prayer and the Rector’s Class where we will explore the means of grace that God offers us in the Service of Holy Communion for ” the preservation of our souls and bodies unto eternal life.”

STATEMENTS AND ENVELOPES — If any parishioners would like a statement of giving to date in 2019 please let Blair know and he will be happy to email one to you. If anyone would like to change their envelope status (change weekly to monthly or vice versa, begin to use envelopes, discontinue using envelopes) or to begin or discontinue making donations by direct deposit, please be in touch with Blair.

NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH. Our thanks to Adam and Alanna who delivered who delivered 26 Thanksgiving Gifts and Cards prepared by family ministries to our neighbors around St. Mary’s yesterday morning! 

BISHOP’S ANNOUNCEMENT of the new Regina Parish… 

WORSHIP THIS WEEK AT ST MARY’S

Monday to Friday

8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
5.30 p.m. Evening Prayer

Trinity 18 Parish Life Notes (Oct 11, 2020)

10.30 a.m.  Morning Prayer with Hymns and Sermon
Faith Quest kids (ages 7-13) continue the Armour of God rotation with a Let there Be Art workshop. Leader: Clara D Shepherds: Ernie and Sally K Memory verse: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  Ephesians 6:10-11

Godly Play in the Children’s Worship Centre for children 3 – 6 years. Today’s story is ‘The Garden of Eden, the Fall, and the Promise’ Genesis 2:8 – 3:24. Leaders: 
Ginny L, Nicte R-L.


PARISH LIFE NOTES
Condolences to Elizabeth D and family. Elizabeth’s Dad, Deng Arok Deng, died on Saturday, Oct. 3. Please remember Elizabeth and family in your prayers. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. The family invites all South Sudanese, Sudanese and family friends to join them at Kiwanis Park, located at the junction of Elphinstone St and Regina Avenue for a memorial service on Saturday, at 2:00 p.m.  For your convenience comfort, pleased bring a chair.

Condolences to Randy M and family.  Randy’s Mother Marjorie, died on Wednesday, Oct.7. Please remember Randy, Eleanor, Anya and Zachary and the family in your prayers. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.


WORSHIP THIS WEEK AT ST MARY’S
Tuesday to Friday
8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
5.30 p.m. Evening Prayer

Trinity 17 Parish Life Notes

THE SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – OCTOBER 4, 2020


8.30 a.m. Holy Communion
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 ‘The Good Shepherd and the Lost Sheep’ Psalm 23:1-4, Luke 15:3-6. Leaders: Ginny L, Nicte R-L.


Faith Quest (ages 7-13)
Faith Quest kids (ages 7-13) continue the Armour of God rotation with a Divine Diversions workshop.
Leader: Len G
Shepherd: Heidi D
Memory verse: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11

7.00 p.m. Evening Prayer and Rector’s Class: The Christian Understanding of Sin.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE


In the midst of intense transitions, we are seeking at St. Mary’s to find rhythms that will allow us to gather for worship that are full of grace, making adjustments as necessary.

In addition to week day Morning and Evening Prayer, with its emphasis on the contemplative praying of the Psalms and reading of Scripture, we have introduced week day celebrations of the Holy Communion on Holy Days, which are similarly quiet, but joyful. I look forward to being able to offer an additional Communion service during the week.

The main service this Sunday at 10.30 a.m. will be Morning Prayer with hymns and sermon, where the focus is on teaching, prayer, and praise, and which is shared with all parishioners via e mail.

For those earnestly desiring the Holy Communion, there will be a short said service at 8.30 a.m.

Claude +

WORSHIP GUIDELINES

  • When you enter the church please use the side aisles to go to your pew.
  • When you leave the church please go down the center aisle. We are asking those sitting in the pews on the north side of the church to exit first and go out the 15th Avenue door. Then those sitting in the pews on the south side of the church to exit and go out the Montague Street door.
  • If you would like to join in with singing you must wear a mask. The exception to this is for leaders of the service who are required to have an increased distance between themselves and the congregation.
  • Please go up the center aisle if you are going for communion. There is hand sanitizer at the front of the pews for you to use. Please return to your pew by the side aisles.

We realize there are many guidelines that have been put in place which we are required to follow in order to have an in person worship service. We pray it will not detract from your desire to be here and worship the Lord. We appreciate you helping us to follow these rules. May God bless you today and every day for His mercies are new every morning.

PARISH LIFE NOTES

THE RECTOR’S CLASS

Join us this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for Evening Prayer and the Rector’s Class where we will explore the Christian understanding of sin in our lives, and how we are to struggle against it.

FOREVER IN MOTION

Seniors Exercise Group has resumed on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s upper hall.

ST. CUTHBERT’S REGIONAL PRAYER GATHERING

This month’s gathering is Monday, October 5 at 6:30 pm at St. Mary’s, Regina. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, please contact Kate B.

VESTRY MEETING

will take place this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Hall.

HELP REQUESTED.

In order to conform to COVID protocols, we need one extra person each Sunday to assist with set up and sanitizing and also take down in both our Faith Quest and Worship Centre areas. Please click on this link below to sign up: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/8050d4ca4af2ea02-covid19/79947221

WORSHIP THIS WEEK AT ST MARY’S

Monday to Friday
8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
5.30 p.m. Evening Prayer

Trinity 16 Parish Life Notes

(Modified 2020-09-27: Added “An Act of Spiritual Reception”)

THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – SEPTEMBER 27, 2020

10.00 a.m.  Morning Prayer

10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion

Godly Play in the Children’s Worship Centre (ages 3 – 6 years.) Today’s story is ‘The Good Shepherd and the Lost Sheep’ Psalm 23:1-4, Luke 15:3-6. Leaders: Ginny L, Nicte R-L.

Faith Quest (ages 7-13) Faith Quest kids (ages 7-13) continue the Armour of God rotation with a Divine Diversions workshop. Leader: Len G Shepherd: Heidi D  Memory verse: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  Ephesians 6:10-11

7.00 p.m. Evening Prayer and Rector’s Class: Understanding Myself – A Human Being.


WORSHIP GUIDELINES. As we gather together to worship at St. Mary’s, please note the following:

When you enter  the church please use the side aisles to go to your pew.

When you leave the church please go down the center aisle.  We are asking those sitting in the pews on the north side of the church to exit first and go out the 15th Avenue door.  Then those sitting in the pews on the south side of the church to exit and go out the Montague Street door.

If you would like to join in with singing you must wear a mask.  The exception to this is for leaders of the service who are required to have an increased distance between themselves and the congregation.

Please go up the center aisle if you are going for communion.  There is hand sanitizer at the front of the pews for you to use.  Please return to your pew by the side aisles.

We realize there are many guidelines that have been put in place which we are required to follow in order to have an in person worship service.  We pray it will not detract from your desire to be here and worship the Lord.  We appreciate you helping us to follow these rules.  May God bless you today and every day for His mercies are new every morning.

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL RECEPTION for THOSE UNABLE TO RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP p.584) teaches us if we repent of our sins, and believe that Jesus Christ suffered death upon the Cross and rose again for us, and giving thanks to Him for the forgiveness of our sins and all the benefits we receive thereby, we may partake of His Body and Blood to our soul’s health, even though we do not receive the sacrament with our mouths. The prayer following may be used at the Holy Communion for those with health concerns who do not receive the sacrament.

Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people gathered around every altar of your Church, and I embrace you with all the affections of my heart, soul, and mind. Come Lord Jesus, and dwell in my heart in the fullness of your strength; be my wisdom and guide me in right pathways; conform my life and actions to the image of your holiness; never permit me to be separated from you, and, in the power of your gracious might, rule over every hostile power that threatens or disturbs the growth of your kingdom, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

THE RECTOR’S CLASS: Understanding myself: A Human Being. Self understanding is a fundamental human task. Understanding who we are depends in part  on understanding how God has made us. Join us this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for Evening Prayer and the Rector’s Class where we will explore how it is that God has put us together with body,  heart, soul, and mind, and how God intended each to function in a healthy way, and how and why we find ourselves in a state of “dis-ease.”

HOLY DAY. September 29th  is The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels.  This is the day  the Church invites to consider the essential spiritual nature of  the struggle and conflict in which find ourselves, a struggle in which we are not alone, but supported and defended through the ministry of angels. Angels are not figments of our imagination, but very real and powerful spiritual entities and powers that are part of the structure and order of creation established by God for our salvation. Join us this Tuesday at 5.30 p.m. for shortened Evening Prayer and celebration of the Holy Communion.  

PARISH BIBLE STUDY on Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians begins this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  via Zoom and will run  for 8 weeks. All are welcome! Please contact Henry F to find out how to join in. 

BABY SHOWER. All ladies of St. Mary’s are invited to Karen M’s baby shower on Saturday October-3-2020 at 2:30 PM @ St Mary’s! Steve and Karen are expecting their baby in November, and Karen’s sister Christina will host the shower. Anyone interested in attending can contact Christina.

FOREVER IN MOTION Seniors Exercise Group has resumed on Tuesday mornings  at  10:30 am at St. Mary’s upper hall.  

HELP REQUESTED. In order to conform to COVID protocols, we need one extra person each Sunday to assist with set up and sanitizing and also take down in both our Faith Quest and Worship Centre areas. Please click on this link below to sign up:  https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/8050d4ca4af2ea02-covid19/79947221

REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP UPDATE. To date St. Mary’s has raised $34,862.29 of the $40,000 needed for the sponsorship for a refugee family of six (6) applicants and dependents.  We continue fundraising efforts through collection of cans and bottles. You may go to SARCAN and enter an account name St. Mary’s Anglican and password Cans for Sudan. We also accept donations through e-transfer to giving@stmarysregina.ca  Please include ‘South Sudanese Refugee Family Sponsorship” in the message. No password is required. Those who prefer to donate through cheque may send their financial support to St. Mary Anglican Church, 3337 – 15th Ave. Regina SK S4T 1T3, with a memo line “South Sudanese Family Sponsorship.”

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has our application and confirmed eligibility of our application. The refugee family will come to Regina after they pass the interviews, and medical screening, etc. which currently  has been suspended because of COVID.

Once the refugee family arrives in Regina, we will need volunteers to receive the family at the airport, search for rental apartments and arrange for moving in, donations of clothing, cooking utensils and furniture, and emotional and practical support as they settle in. Please contact Nathaniel if you are able to help.

Welcoming and loving strangers is a precious gift from the Lord, our God (Leviticus 19: 33-34). Your prayers, hospitality and generosity are highly appreciated.  

– Nathaniel

WORSHIP THIS WEEK AT ST MARY’S

Monday to Friday

  • 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
  • 5.30 p.m. Evening Prayer

Tuesday

  • 5.45 p.m. Holy Communion for St. Michael and All Angels.

Trinity 15 – Parish Life Notes

THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

10.00 a.m.  Morning Prayer

10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion

Godly Play in the Children’s Worship Centre (ages  3 – 6 years.) 

Orientation to the Worship Centre “Getting Ready To Be With God, Talking to God, Listening to God. Listening to One of God’s Stories: “The Light” John 8:12.

Faith Quest (ages 7-13) Faith Quest kids (ages 7-13) start the year with a King’s Theatre workshop in The Armour of God rotation.  Leader: Kate B.  Shepherd: Heidi D.     

Memory verse:  “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”  Ephesians 6:10-11.

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


WORSHIP GUIDELINES. If this is your first Sunday back, please review our guidelines. Please note that mask must be worn when singing!

 HELP REQUESTED. In order to conform to COVID protocols, we need one extra person each Sunday to assist with set up and sanitizing and also take down in both our Faith Quest and Worship Centre areas. Please click on this link below to sign up:  https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/8050d4ca4af2ea02-covid19/79947221

NOTE TO PARENTS: Children will not begin in the worship service in the nave, but are to proceed to their program area no earlier than 10.15 a.m. You will be required to answer questions and sign a declaration at  your child’s program area before they will be allowed to participate. Thank you for your cooperation.  There will be no FaithQuest lessons on Oct 4, November 1, Dec. 6 and 27.

THURSDAY MORNING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will not be meeting in person this fall in favor of telephone study pairings. Please speak to Judy P. if interested. 

RECTOR’S CLASS. Claude will be teaching a class after evening prayer on Sunday evenings for newcomers to St. Mary’s, adults preparing for baptism, and anyone interested in the topic! Tonight’s class: “Who is Jesus?”

PARISH BIBLE STUDY. Henry will be leading an eight week Bible study on Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians starting the end of September. Times and places (Zoom?) to be determined. Please contact Henry if interested. 

BABY SHOWER. All ladies of St. Mary’s are invited to Karen M’s baby shower on Saturday October-3-2020 at 2:30 PM @ St Mary’s! Steve and Karen are expecting their baby in November, and Karen’s sister Christina will host the shower. Anyone interested in attending can contact Christina.

HOLY DAY. On Monday there will be a celebration of the Holy Communion following shorted Evening Prayer beginning at 5.30 p.m.  in honour of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. The Lord is Glorious in His Saints: O come let us worship!

WORSHIP THIS WEEK AT ST MARY’S

Monday

  • 5.45 p.m. Holy Communion for St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist (Holy Day)

Monday to Friday

  • 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
  • 5.30 p.m. Evening Prayer

Trinity 14 – Parish Life Notes

 Dear St. Mary’s Family,

Last Sunday morning a congregation of 21 people were present for the Holy Communion at St. Mary’s, and another 11 were present for Evening Prayer that evening. Seven  people gathered on Tuesday evening to celebrate with me and receive a teaching on  The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and I was glad to be joined by someone most days last week for Morning Prayer. 

This is often the way it is in the Church, where two or three are gathered… But in fact, where two or three are gathered,  the whole Church is there, as we acknowledge in the Te Deum:

To thee all Angels cry aloud, the Heavens and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles praise thee;
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise thee;
The noble army of Martyrs praise thee;
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee,
The Father, of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true, and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.

There are two words that came to mind this week in the midst of these uncertain and anxious times. The one was “stability” and the other was “sobriety.”  We need to maintain our stability, according to the words of St. Paul, “Therefore my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” ( 2 Corinthians 15. 58). And we also need to maintain our sobriety, as in “and grant O most merciful Father for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life.” ( The General Confession). The reference to sobriety here has to do not so much with not getting drunk on alcohol, as it does not being overwhelmed and overcome by our afflictive emotions, as in  anger, worry, fear, anxiety, etc.  A colleague said to me this weak, “I am so tired of angry and critical people!”

So what does it mean for us abound in the work of the Lord, and maintain our stability and sobriety? Our historic and traditional practice has been to pray the Morning and Evening Prayer.

Starting this week, Morning Prayer will be offered daily at 8.30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m. Those whose schedules allow it, are invited and encouraged to come. 

There are three special occasions in our calendar this week. On Monday we will celebrate Holy Cross Day with Holy Communion following a shortened Evening Prayer, and on Wednesday and Friday this week we will observe the “Autumn Ember Days” with a focus on praying for the Bishops , Priests, and Deacons of the Church on Wednesday, and praying for the Agriculture and Industries of our land on Friday.  

This Sunday we are having a short Family Service at 10.30 a.m. and weather permitting, we will walk down to the park and the end of Montague Street to visit, and if so desired to eat  bag lunch.

Starting next Sunday I will be offering a class following Evening Prayer, designed especially for our candidates preparing for Baptism, but which will be open to one and all. Then topic of our first class class: Who is Jesus Christ?

Blessings to you all for your Lord’s Day worship!

Claude


WORSHIP THIS WEEK AT ST MARY’S

Sunday10:30 AM Family Service
7:00 PM Evening Prayer
Monday to Friday8:30 AM Morning Prayer
5:30 PM Evening Prayer
Monday5:45 PM Holy Communion for Holy Cross Day

… And We’re Back!

Dear St. Mary’s Family,

Tomorrow (Sunday, September 6, 2020)  at 10.30 I will be celebrating the Holy Communion at St. Mary’s for the first time in six months, very much mindful of those who are unable to come. My sermon tomorrow will focus on the precious gift that is our Christian fellowship, and the responsibility that we all share in safeguarding that gift: Matthew 18. 15-20.

Sunday mornings are going to look, sound, and feel very different. Every other pew has been roped off to conform to the social distancing guidelines. Family groups may sit together. We are allowed to have as many as 60 people present in the service. Masks are encouraged but not mandatory, except when there is congregational singing. I will be standing at the chancel steps wearing a mask to administer the Holy Communion in one kind only (bread). We will not be sharing any food and drink following the service. For all these changes to the look, sound, and feel of things, the heart of the matter remains the same: Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2.2)  We need to take to heart that our fellowship and union with Christ and one another is fundamentally a spiritual, and not a human or psychological reality. Our various urges, feelings, wants, desires and experiences are not what bind us together, but rather the Word and Spirit of Jesus Christ that shows and proves itself in orderly, humble service to one another. As St. Paul wrote, and as we will hear tomorrow,  “Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.”           ( Romans 13. 8)

A service of Morning Prayer with hymns and sermon is still available for those unable to come on Sunday mornings.

Blessings on your Lord’s Day worship!

Claude +

WORSHIP  THIS  WEEK AT ST. MARY’S

Sunday10:00AM
10:30AM
7:00PM
Morning Prayer
Holy Communion
Evening Prayer
Tuesday – Friday8:30AMMorning Prayer
Tuesday5:30PMEvening Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

PARISH LIFE NOTES

St. Mary’s Children’s Program . “Kingdom. Grace and Judgment” – The  Parables of Jesus at 2820 Wascana St. from 10.30 until Noon.  Today’s Lesson:  Parable of the Great Banquet (Let there be Art. The children and you will  create two invitations. Leader: Kate B.

Updated “In Person Worship Guidelines” are available on St. Mary’s web-site.

Faithquest and Worship Centre will begin September 20th. Parents are asked to take their children to these programs before church and go and get them after church.  Children who attend Faith Quest and Worship Center are to stay in the area of their program and are not to come upstairs into the sanctuary.

The Nursery will not be open at this time.    

In Person Worship Guidelines

(Modified September 26, 2020: Clarification of movement directions;wearing of masks; addition of apologetic afterword.)

Please note the following instructions before attending in person worship at St. Mary’s Anglican Church.  

  • You must practice self-screening.  If you, or any one in your household, are not feeling well or have been exposed to Covid-19 please stay at home.
  • Please observe social distancing of 2m upon entering the church and while inside the church building.  
  • Families from the same household need to sit together in a pew. Members of separate households are required to sit in every other pew.  Please remain in place once you are seated.
  • Every other pew will be roped off, please do not sit in these pews.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available inside both doors.  Please use the hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving the building.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze do this into your elbow.
  • Please follow the arrows indicating the direction to go when entering and leaving the sanctuary. 
    • Use the side aisles to go to your pew
    • Use the centre aisle to exit. We are asking those sitting in the pews on the north side of the church to exit first and go out the 15th Avenue door.  Then those sitting in the pews on the south side of the church to exit and go out the Montague Street door.
    • Please go up the center aisle if you are going for communion.  There is hand sanitizer at the front of the pews for you to use.  Please return to your pew by the side aisles.
  • There will be a booklet containing the service placed on the pew. There will be no prayer books or hymnals in the pews.
  • You are encouraged to wear a mask. A mask must be worn when singing.
    • If you would like to join in with singing you must wear a mask.  The exception to this is for leaders of the service who are required to have an increased distance between themselves and the congregation.
  • Beginning September 20th children are welcome to attend Faith Quest and Worship Center.  Parents are asked to take their children to these programs before church and go and get them after church.  Children who attend Faith Quest and Worship Center are to stay in the area of their program and are not to come upstairs into the sanctuary.
  • The nursery will not be open at this time.    
  • There will be no coffee or lemonade time.  Sharing of food is not permitted.
  • The offering plate will not be available.  Please continue to give your offering electronically or through the mail.
  • Please let the church office know if you will require the use of the elevator.  You will be required to wear a mask if you are using the elevator.
  • If you attend a service and subsequently develop any symptoms, please call the church office so that others who were also in attendance can monitor their symptoms.
  • A reminder that those with underlying medical conditions and those over 65 years of age are at a higher risk of experiencing worse symptoms than others from contracting the virus. 
  • Please do not go into upper hall or lower hall unless you are taking your children to Faith Quest or Worship Center.
  • Please use the washroom at home.  The washrooms by the Montague Street entrance will be available for emergencies only.
  • Sunday Morning Prayer Service and sermon will continue to be emailed out each week.

We realize there are many guidelines that have been put in place which we are required to follow in order to have an in person worship service.  We pray it will not detract from your desire to be here and worship the Lord.  We appreciate you helping us to follow these rules.  May God bless you today and every day for His mercies are new every morning.

From the Rector: Holy Week at St Mary’s


One of the ancient spiritual writers of the Church, St. Dionysius, wrote about the three liturgies that take place. The first is the liturgy that takes place before the altar  in heaven, as described for us in Chapters 4, 5. 7 and 8 of the Book of Revelation. The second is the liturgy is that which takes place on earth, which we celebrate before the altar St. Mary’s. (see photo above).  And third liturgy is the one that takes place in altar of our heart. 

The purpose of the liturgy that takes place on the earth is to unite the liturgy in heaven with our heart.  And so it is that in the Holy Communion we pray, 

Lift up your hearts!” “We lift them up unto the Lord!
Let us give thanks to the Lord! “It is meet and right so to do!
Therefore with angels and  archangels an all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name, evermore praising thee and saying, 
Holy, Holy, Holy…

Our purpose in the liturgy at the altar at St. Mary’s on Sunday morning, is that that we should “at all times and in all places give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father,  Almighty, Everlasting God, Creator and Preserver of all things”( BCP p. 78) in a ceaseless offering of our lives in thanksgiving and praise to God.

But what are we to do in this time when our liturgy before the altar at St. Mary’s has been silenced?

This is where we need to undertake the difficult work of entering more deeply within our own hearts, to find and serve at the altar of our hearts, and to  find the Lord there. 

Now that Holy Week is upon us, “ Let us dust off the altar of our heart, place the Gospel back in the centre, take what is given to us in this life( both good and bad) and offer it to God in thanksgiving ( Eucharist). When we do so, we will find that we will receive Christ Himself in return, and every encounter with Christ is  Pascha, a passing over from death to life.” ( Abbot Sergius Bowyer)

In support of this collective spiritual effort of ours at St. Mary’s this week, I am attaching a table of lessons and psalms for Holy Week from The Book of Common Prayer, which will serve as our spiritual  guide. 

I have also attached an Evening Service for Light and Peace for parents to celebrate with their children, in conjunction with the video of the service which was taped at St. Mary’s yesterday afternoon, and can be found here:  https://youtu.be/jLIp8gK9xwA 

In addition you can also expect to receive by e-mail the following Holy Week services for you to celebrate in the safety of your home, and in spiritual communion with your family at St. Mary’s:

  • Palm Sunday: Liturgy of the Palms and Morning prayer with Hymns and Sermon ( Beth Christianson preaching)
  • Maundy Thursday: Evening Prayer with Hymns and sermon ( Gene Packwood preaching)
  • Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion with Hymns and sermon ( Nathaniel Deng Mayen preaching)
  • Easter Sunday: Morning Prayer with Hymns and Sermon (Claude Schroeder preaching)   

These services will also be posted on our web-site.

Families will also receive “Stations of the Cross” Service which may be used at home, or as part of a prayer walk on Good Friday.

Finally, sanitized palm crosses are available for you to pick up at 15 th Avenue entrance of St. Mary’s  today and tomorrow  as you make your way home perhaps from a trip to the grocery store.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors, and the King of Glory shall come in

Who is the King of Glory? It is the Lord strong and mighty, even the Lord mighty in battle. 

Psalm 24. 7,8

With every prayer for a rich and blessed Holy Week,

Yours faithfully,

Claude +

A Word from the Rector

Dear Beloved People of St.Mary’s,

Some of you will perhaps recognize the figure of the man in civilian dress standing  to the right of centre of a group of uniformed British Army chaplains. It is C.S. Lewis, celebrated author of children’s stories, and most celebrated Anglican lay theologian of the 20th century.

In a lecture he gave to his students at Oxford University during World War II, Lewis said, “The war creates no absolutely new situation, it simply aggravates the permanent human  situation so that we can no longer ignore it. Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice. Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself. If men has postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would never have begun. We are mistaken when we compare thewar with “normal life.” Life has never been normal.”

Replace “the war” with “the corona-virus” and you have some sobering words for us to take to heart in the midst of what we regard as an abnormal situation and our longing for and our wondering how long  before things return to normal…As far as our calling as Christians is concerned, nothing has changed. We must go about our business.

                                     “My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” 
                                     Your face, Lord, I will seek. (Psalm 27:9.)

On a practical front, please note the following:

  1. Public services of worship at St. Mary’s have been suspended until further notice.
  2. A phoning committee has been struck and will be contacting you to touch base either today or tomorrow.
  3. I have prepared an order of service for Morning Prayer with Sermon which I will be sending out tomorrow. I encourage you all to  create a beautiful space and read and pray through the service at home, knowing that though “spacially-distanced” from another, we have communion with Christ and with one another through  His Word and Holy Spirit.
  4. Pending the resolution of some technical issues, I may be able “live stream” the service on the St. Mary’s U-Tube channel on Sunday morning.
  5. I will be checking messages on the office answering machine at 306-522-6052 daily. Please call me at home for emergencies.
  6. You may also call Janice K, Churchwarden.

With love and prayer.
Yours faithfully,

Claude +