Advent 1, 2021 – Bulletin

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENTNovember 28, 2021.

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

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.00 A.M.

10.30 A.M.

MORNING PRAYER

HOLY COMMUNIONPaula is preaching

GODLY PLAY in the Worship Centre for children 3-6. Today’s story is ‘The Birth of John’ Luke 1:11-66.

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

ADVENT REFLECTION

We are beginning the season of Advent. Advent marks the beginning of the Church year.  It is an exciting time of year with its promises of hope, love, peace and joy.  It is a time of waiting and expectation. Advent gives us time to take a step back from the busy-ness that surrounds our lives and reflect on our journey with God.  During the season of Advent we are invited to pause and reflect on the fulfillment of the long awaited promise of a Messiah, one who will save us from our sins.  We await the advent or coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

Advent is a season within the life of the church, when Christians are intentional about remembering something that happened a long time ago; the birth of a little baby, the Son of God.  Advent is about a memory of someone who entered history as one of us and changed the course of our lives forever. Jesus, through his life, death and resurrection, gave us a future with God.  

During this brief Advent season, we are invited to focus on the coming of Jesus into our world in human form. During its four Sundays we journey with scriptures which reveal vivid images of trust, promise, and obedience.  We hear the prophetic words of Isaiah announcing righteous judgment and restoration for those who follow the way of the Lord. The chaos we have created through our disobedience will be restored to the perfect harmony which God intended for creation. “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6)   

During Advent, we also hear the voice of John the Baptist, calling us from the wilderness of our lives, to repentance .  We are invited to examine our lives, repent our sins and return to God.  As the people of God, we are invited into a new way of living life….expectantly waiting, believing, and hoping for what we cannot yet see.  John the Baptist points us towards Jesus, the Christ Child, the Son of the Most High God and invites us to open our hearts and minds and embrace Him as our Saviour.  Jesus, too, awaits our response to his call.  

What does all this mean for us?  On one level, expecting the Christ child means offering ourselves as the place of Christ’s new birth.  We offer ourselves as the place in which He can live.  We can nurture our lives as his followers, confident in his guidance through the Holy Spirit.  As we encounter Him in all we do, we can help bring about His will for not only our lives, but for the world. In so doing, we can shine as light in the midst of the darkness that surrounds us.

Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given…..his name shall be Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.  May the coming of the Christ Child illuminate your mind, bless your soul and fill your hearts with the love of God.  

Blessings, 
Rev. Paula+

PARISH LIFE NOTES.

Condolences. Please pray for Barb and Glenn as Glenn’s brother died this week.

THE MITTEN TREE ON THE LANDING will be ready from December 5th to January 9th to be dressed with adults and children’s mittens, toques and socks. Please help keep out the cold. All donations go to Soul’s Harbour Mission.

CANDLELIGHT SERVICES AT LUTHER COLLEGE HIGHSCHOOL are in person on Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m in the Merlis Belsher Heritage Center. We are offering 250 seats at each performance to safely and adequately meet the needs of our community. For seat reservation please check the website www.luthercollege.edu/high-school

GRAPE VINE.  Do you have a personal story of experiencing God’s grace? Would you share it  in the Grape Vine? Deadline for The Advent edition is Dec 14. You may send them to Lorna or to stmarysanglican@sasktel.net. For more information you may speak to Lorna.

2022 PLEDGES. To help Vestry make an accurate budget for next year, please fill out your 2022 Pledge Form on the church website before Sunday December 12th.

Right now, we are looking at a deficit budget of -$30,000 for 2022.  At our Vestry meeting on Nov. 23rd, we discussed ways and means for addressing this shortfall.  We will need to look at fundraising options.  We are also asking each family to consider: might you be able to increase your giving in 2022 by 5-10%?

We are already so grateful for the generosity of this parish.  You’ve been there for Ayen, so that she can get medical treatment.  You’ve been there for our ministry partners in this city.  And you already generously support St. Mary’s.  Thank you.  It takes all of us working together to keep St. Mary’s alive and thriving.

Anyone on Vestry would be happy to talk to you if you have questions about the budget or ideas about what we can do to help balance next year’s income and expenses.

PASTORAL EMERGENCY CONTACT. Revd. Paula Foster 

WEEKDAY WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tuesday to Friday

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

Sunday before Advent, 2021 – Bulletin

SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE ADVENT

November 21, 2021.

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

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.00 A.M.  

10.30 A.M.

MORNING PRAYER

HOLY COMMUNIONBeth is preaching

GODLY PLAY in the Worship Centre for children 3-6. Today’s story is ‘Daniel’ Daniel 6:4-23. 

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

PASTORAL EMERGENCY CONTACT. Revd. Paula Foster

A QUICK REMINDER TO EACH OF US. If you use the Montague Street entrance on Sunday mornings, please be observant of anyone who is new and welcome them. If needed, be willing to direct them upstairs to the sanctuary, show them where to hang their coats, where the washrooms are, and how to use the elevator, etc. The greeters are upstairs at the Sanctuary doors inviting people in, welcoming them and handing out brochures beginning at 10 AM Sunday mornings. 

Thank to everyone for making St. Mary’s an inviting welcoming Church community.

Advent Small Groups – The Prodigal Son

In Advent, we look back to the first coming of Jesus into our fallen world, and we look forward to his second coming to establish his Kingdom once and for all.  Advent, then, becomes a time where we contemplate our relationship with God, and our place in the Kingdom.  Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son, found in Luke’s Gospel, addresses these questions of relationship with God and place in God’s Kingdom.

This Advent Season, we welcome you to journey together with us in small groups through the Parable of the Prodigal Son.  What is God saying to us as Christians, and to us as his Church at St. Mary’s, in this Advent Season?

Because of the ongoing pressures of COVID-19 in our city, small groups will be meeting online over Zoom for three weeks beginning after the first Sunday of Advent, November 28th.

Schedule

  • 7 PM Monday — Hosts Nat and Mary
  • 7 PM Wednesday — Host Katherine
  • 7 PM Thursday — Host Henry
  • 7 PM Saturday — Host Beth

Please sign up for the day that works best for you here …

Advent Small Groups Sign-up

2022 Pledges Request

Vestry has begun the process of establishing St. Mary’s budget for 2022, and we need your help.  To make an accurate budget, we need you to let us know what your giving plan is for next year.  As in the past, you can submit your pledge online through the church website here:

We are asking that you fill out your pledge form by Sunday, December 12th.

Right now, Vestry is looking at a deficit of around -$25,000.00 in 2022.  

Here’s a link to the …

2022 Pledge Form

WEEKDAY WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tuesday to Friday

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

Remembrance, 2021 – Bulletin

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

November 14, 2021.

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

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.00 A.M.

10.30 A.M.

MORNING PRAYER

HOLY COMMUNIONPaula Foster preaching

GODLY PLAY in the Worship Centre for children 3-6. Today’s story is ‘Exile and Return’ Ezra 1:2-4. Leader: Heidi.

PARISH LIFE NOTES

FINANCIAL  APPEAL

The Vestry of St. Mary requests the congregation to help with diagnosis and treatment of Ayen, sister to Yar and sister in-law to Nathaniel. Ayen lives in a Ugandan camp with her six young children and husband. Ayen was living a normal life as a loving and caring mother until August 2021 when she experienced some dizziness and suddenly lost her eye sight. Ayen has tried to seek medical treatment through the financial  help of Yar and Nathaniel but things continued to worsen. Ayen is currently guided by a child to walk around because she cannot see. Based on the estimate provided, the medical intervention, diagnosis and treatment will cost $2,000. One St. Mary’s friend has already donated $300, and we appeal to the congregation to help raise the remaining balance of $1,700. Please submit your donation to the parish so that you can receive a tax receipt and make accounting manageable. Once the parish has received the donations, arrangements  be made with Yar and Nathaniel to send the moment to Ayen in a Ugandan refugee camp.  Your prayer and generous support will be greatly appreciated.

Attached is the photo for Ayen (in yellow) and her four children. The two sons appear a separate photo. Ayen has six children.

WEEKDAY WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tuesday to Friday

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

All Saints, 2021 – Bulletin

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY

November 7, 2021

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

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.00 AM
10.30 AM

MORNING PRAYER.
HOLY COMMUNION. Nathaniel Deng Mayen preaching
GODLY PLAY in the Worship Centre for children 3-6. Today’s story is ‘Elisha and the Room’ 2 Kings 4:8-37. 

PARISH LIFE NOTES

WARM WELCOME to Revd. Paula Foster who is beginning her ministry today.

FINANCIAL  APPEAL

The Vestry of St. Mary requests the congregation to help with diagnosis and treatment of Ayen, sister to Yar and sister in-law to Nathaniel. Ayen lives in a Ugandan camp with her six young children and husband. Ayen was living a normal life as a loving and caring mother until August 2021 when she experienced some dizziness and suddenly lost her eye sight. Ayen has tried to seek medical treatment through the financial  help of Yar and Nathaniel but things continued to worsen. Ayen is currently guided by a child to walk around because she cannot see. Based on the estimate provided, the medical intervention, diagnosis and treatment will cost $2,000. One St. Mary’s friend has already donated $300, and we appeal to the congregation to help raise the remaining balance of $1,700. Please submit your donation to the parish so that you can receive a tax receipt and make accounting manageable. Once the parish has received the donations, arrangements  be made with Yar and Nathaniel to send the moment to Ayen in a Ugandan refugee camp.  Your prayer and generous support will be greatly appreciated.

Attached is the photo for Ayen (in yellow) and her four children. The two sons appear a separate photo. Ayen has six children.

WEEKDAY WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tuesday to Friday

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

Trinity 22, 2021 – Bulletin

TWENTIETH SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

OCTOBER 31, 2021.

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

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

  • 10.00 A.M.  MORNING PRAYER.
  • 10.30 A.M. HOLY COMMUNIONHenry preaching
  • 10.30 A.M. GODLY PLAY  in the Worship Centre for children 3-6. 

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

WARM WELCOME to Revd. Paula Foster who has begun worshipping with us in preparation for the beginning her ministry on All Saints Sunday, November 7.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT! We give thanks and praise to God and rejoice with Terrance and Kelsi, on the birth of their son Dante Lucien Reign, and brother to Aelyn on Wednesday morning. May God grant him many years!

CONSECRATION SERVICE. Dean Mike Sinclair has announced that the Consecration of Bishop Elect Helen Kennedy will take place on January 22, 2022 at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

REPORT FROM VESTRY

Vestry met on Tuesday, October 26th.  The following are highlights from the meeting.

  1. Financial update (January – September): 
Jan-SeptBudgeted Jan-Dec% of Budget
Donations$131,868.37$195,800.0067.3%
Total Income$147,137.40$201,507.0073.0%
Total Expenses$155,730.97$209,442.0074.4%
Net Income-$8,593.57-$10,951.0078.5%
  1. We are grateful to Jennifer for sharing her musical gifts and worshipping with us this month.  We are in conversation with Jennifer about coming on board as our new organist on a full time basis.  We will update the congregation on this as events progress.
  2. Kathy’s Kitchen, the food service business that rents our lower hall kitchen, has agreed to provide food for funeral teas at St. Mary’s in the future for $2.50 a plate.  This amount only covers Kathy’s costs, and so she will be joining in our ministry of hospitality to bereaved families by donating her time and talent for the enrichment of our community.  We are grateful to Kathy for agreeing to partner with St. Mary’s in this important ministry.
  3. Nathaniel has included in today’s Parish Life Notes a request for our assistance for Yar’s sister Ayen in Uganda.  Please join us in praying for Ayen and her family, that God would heal her body, and meet all their needs.  Please consider if you are able to offer financial assistance to Ayen in seeking medical attention in the city.
  4. Our children’s ministry at St. Mary’s is largely on hold right now because of the pandemic and changes in leadership.  Please pray for discernment for our children’s ministry going forward.  What is God calling us into for our kids?
  5. We are grateful to the Refugee sponsorship committee for all their hard work, and to the congregation for their generosity.  We have raised all the funds required by the Government of Canada to bring Deng and Elizabeth’s family to Canada!  Praise God!  We are now only waiting on the Government to finish processing their application.  
  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of our congregation who are experiencing ill health at this time.  Please pray with us for God’s healing and provision in their lives.  If you are looking for ways to help, please call Yvonne in the church office.
  7. Need for volunteers – Please consider if God is calling you to a new ministry at St. Mary’s.  As we discern what God has for our church going forward, we will need volunteers for our Children’s Ministry, for our Refugee Committee, and to help out with funerals.  If you would like to help with any of these ministries, please be in touch with the Wardens, Beth and Mary.
  8. We pray for a safe and happy sabbatical for Claude and Hilary, and we look forward to their return to us in May 2022.

FINANCIAL  APPEAL

 The Vestry of St. Mary requests the congregation to help with diagnosis and treatment of Ayen, sister to Yar and sister in-law to Nathaniel. Ayen lives in a Ugandan camp with her six young children and husband. Ayen was living a normal life as a loving and caring mother until August 2021 when she experienced some dizziness and suddenly lost her eye sight. Ayen has tried to seek medical treatment through the financial  help of Yar and Nathaniel but things continued to worsen. Ayen is currently guided by a child to walk around because she cannot see. Based on the estimate provided, the medical intervention, diagnosis and treatment will cost $2,000. One St. Mary’s friend has already donated $300, and we appeal to the congregation to help raise the remaining balance of $1,700. Please submit your donation to the parish and identify the gift with   “Ayen Appeal” so that you can receive a tax receipt and make accounting manageable. Once the parish has received the donations, arrangements  will be made with Yar and Nathaniel to send the money to Ayen in a Ugandan refugee camp.  Your prayer and generous support will be greatly appreciated. 

Attached is the photo for Ayen (in yellow) and her four children. The two sons appear a separate photo. Ayen has six children.

WEEKDAY WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tuesday to Friday:  

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

Trinity 21, 2021 – Bulletin

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

OCTOBER 24, 2021.

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

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

  • 10.00 A.M.  MORNING PRAYER.
  • 10.30 A.M. HOLY COMMUNIONBeth preaching
  • 10.30 A.M. GODLY PLAY  in the Worship Centre for children 3-6. 

RECORDED AUDIO of today’s service is available on the Order of Service page.

PARISH LIFE NOTES.

WARM WELCOME to Revd. Paula Foster who has begun worshipping with us in preparation for the beginning her ministry on All Saints Sunday, November 7.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS. Our parish has always been hospitable, loving, caring and welcoming to families and individuals from different walks of life. This community life is very practical in our refugee sponsorship plan. To continue to be such a hospitable and caring community, we need a group of volunteers to sit on the refugee and newcomer support committee. If you are interested in volunteering for the refugee and newcomer support committee, please talk to Nathaniel, Janice or Mary. We will have a meeting on Sunday October 31, 2021 after worship service in the worship centre to allow for physical distancing requirements. Thanks for considering this great opportunity to serve your community.

Update on the ongoing refugee sponsorship at St. Mary
1.       Mapiou (family of five members) —Current amount received  = $29,377.07.
2.       Dau (Family of one member)—current amount in account = $12,239.65.

VESTRY MEETING will takes place this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

NEXT SUNDAY will be Claude and Hilary’s final Sunday before leaving on sabbatical. We will be sending them off with our blessings and prayers at the end of the service. Henry will be preaching.

WEEKDAY WORSHIP THIS WEEK.

Tuesday to Friday:  Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m.

Trinity 20, 2021 – Bulletin

TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITYOCTOBER 17, 2021.

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

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

  • 10.00 A.M.  MORNING PRAYER
  • 10.30 A.M. HOLY COMMUNIONClaude Schroeder preaching
  • 10.30 A.M. GODLY PLAY  in the Worship Centre for children 3-6. 

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

STATEMENTS AND ENVELOPES— If any parishioners would like a statement of giving to date in 2021 please let me know and I 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 contact me. – Blair

PASTORAL LETTER AND GRAPEVINE NEWSLETTER was mailed out to all parishioners last week. Please call the office if for some reason you did not receive your copy.

EPISCOPAL ELECTION. Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson has announced that the Ven. Helen Kennedy was elected 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle at the electoral synod held Saturday, October 16.

WEEKDAY WORSHIP THIS WEEK.

  • Tuesday to Friday:  Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m.

Harvest Thanksgiving, 2021 – Bulletin

HARVEST THANKSGIVING OCTOBER 10, 2021.

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

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

  • 10.00 A.M.  MORNING PRAYER
  • 10.30 A.M. HOLY COMMUNIONNathaniel Deng Mayen preaching.
  • 10.30 A.M. GODLY PLAY  in the Worship Centre for children 3-6. Today’s story is “Ruth” (Ruth 1.16, 4.13, 16-17)

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

HARVEST THANKSGIVING! Final harvest of the parish garden took place this week. Tomatoes and green onions are available for pick up following the service.

CHIMNEY REPAIR was conducted this week, that included sealing cracks on the masonry. Our thanks to Terry for project management!

PARISH BIBLE STUDY on the Life of St. Peter led by Henry. Join us on Thursday evenings on zoom at 7:00 p.m. Contact Henry.

Legacy Grandparenting Summit 2021 – October 21st and 22nd 
A live conference being held in Alabama with a live simulcast site at Celebration Church, Regina. This two day event will inspire you to become a more intentional Christian Grandparent. Featured speakers will provide you with encouragement and a vision to have a tremendous impact on the spiritual direction of your grandchildren. For more information and to register please go to https://christiangrandparentingnetwork.ca or speak to Dave and Janice. Join us and catch the vision of becoming an intentional Christian grandparent.

STATEMENTS AND ENVELOPES— If any parishioners would like a statement of giving to date in 2021 please let me know and I 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 contact me. – Blair

PASTORAL LETTER AND GRAPEVINE NEWSLETTER was mailed out to all parishioners last week. Please call the office if for some reason you did not receive your copy.

ELECTION OF A NEW BISHOP will take place this Saturday over “ zoom.” Please remember this event in your prayers, especially for St. Mary’s clergy (Claude Schroeder, Nathaniel Deng Mayen) and lay delegates (Bob, Andrew, Ben).

WEEKDAY WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tuesday to Friday:  Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m.

Trinity 18, 2021 – Bulletin

THE EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITYOCTOBER 3, 2021.

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

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

  • 10.00 A.M.  MORNING PRAYER
  • 10.30 A.M. HOLY COMMUNIONClaude Schroeder preaching.
  • 10.30 A.M. GODLY PLAY  in the Worship Centre for children 3-6. Today’s story is “Moses’ Birth” Exodus 2.1-10.

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

CONGRATULATIONS AND BLESSINGS to Adam and Alanna on the birth of their third child, John Roy, baby brother to Heather and Lila. May God grant him many years!

PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER requires that everyone attending events at St. Mary’s to be properly “masked.”

STATEMENTS AND ENVELOPES— If any parishioners would like a statement of giving to date in 2021 please let me know and I 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 contact me. – Blair.

PASTORAL LETTER AND GRAPEVINE NEWSLETTER  will be distributed following the service today, and will be mailed out to all who are at home.

WEEKDAY WORSHIP THIS WEEK

  • Tuesday to Friday:  Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m.

Trinity 17, 2021 – Bulletin

THE SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
SEPTEMBER 26, 2021

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.00 A.M.  MORNING PRAYER

10.30 A.M.

  • HOLY COMMUNIONBeth preaching.
  • GODLY PLAY  in the Worship Centre for children 3-6. Today’s story is “Joseph’s Later Life” (Genesis 39.1;45.4-7).

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

PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER requires that everyone attending events at St. Mary’s to be properly “masked.”

STATEMENTS AND ENVELOPES. If any parishioners would like a statement of giving to date in 2021 please let me know and I 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 contact me. – Blair

PASTORAL LETTER AND GRAPEVINE NEWSLETTER  will be distributed next Sunday.

WEEKDAY WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tuesday to Friday:  Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m.