Small groups will meet weekly to study the Gospel Lesson for the upcoming Sunday. This year’s Lenten Gospel Lessons come from the Gospels of John and Matthew. The readings from John’s Gospel (Lent 2-5) are all stories of an individual person having a life-changing encounter with Jesus. How can we encounter Jesus in Regina in the 21st century? How would an encounter with Jesus alter our lives?
Mondays @ 7:00 pm
Leader: Carol M Host: Lorna C
Wednesdays @ 9:00 am
Leader: Claude S Host: At St. Mary’s
Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm
Leader: Henry F Hosts: Alan and Jacky S
Saturdays @ 7:00 pm
Leader: Katherine G Host: Ginny L
Sundays @ 7:00 pm
Leader and Host: Beth C
For families who are unable to make these dates and times work in your schedule, you are invited to sign up to be paired with another family to pray and study together at a time that is convenient for you. Speak to Heidi D or Karen J to be added to this list and receive the materials.
A group is being organized for our older youth which will meet at St. Mary’s on Friday evenings. Speak to Nathaniel for details.
“From a passionate and talented chef who also happens to be an Episcopalian priest comes this surprising and thought-provoking treatise on everything from prayer to poetry to puff pastry. In The Supper of the Lamb, Capon talks about festal and ferial cooking, emerging as an inspirational voice extolling the benefits and wonders of old-fashioned home cooking in a world of fast food and prepackaged cuisine.”
Saturday, January 25th. Family Dinner and a Movie. Next Saturday, starting at 5:00 pm, we will be having a salads pot luck and showing the film “Summer in the Forest,” the story of Jean Vanier and the L’Arche community in France. Salad greens and breads will be provided; bring salad toppings to share. Be creative! Ideas we are exploring: How do we use food to foster human community? How should Christians invite society’s outsiders into the community we are building (a.k.a. The Church)? All are welcome!
The theme chosen for the Book Club’s next gathering is “Sources of Delight.” Readers are encouraged to share a book that brings them joy and laughter. We will be meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 15th in the lounge at the church. All are welcome!
St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church plans to sponsor a South Sudanese refugee family of six, currently living in a Ugandan refugee camp. We have raised about $17,000, and we will continue to raise the remaining $18,000 to achieve the goal of raising $35,500 to support the refugee family once they arrive in Regina. You can support St. Mary’s Refugee Sponsorship Program by:
1. Sending your support through email transfer to (stmaryregina (at) gmail.com). Please include ‘South Sudanese Refugee Family Sponsorship” in the message. St. Mary already has automatic deposit set up for Interac electronic transfers. No password is required.
2. Contributing through Cheque for donations to St. Mary Anglican Church, 3337 – 15th Ave. Regina SK S4T 1T3, with a memo line “South Sudanese Family Sponsorship.”
3. Attending South Sudanese Fall Super (South Sudanese Food Fair) – a fundraiser to be held October 26 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in St. Mary’s upper hall. Meals will be prepared by South Sudanese people in Regina, in support of the family in the refugee camp. You can also place your order at the church office for pick on October 26, 2019.
5. Donating cans and bottles – St. Mary’s will collect cans and bottle to recycle. Regina residents may contact Amanda H, Elizabeth D or Nathaniel Deng M for a flyer about the recycling project, or more information on pick up of bottles and cans.
Welcoming and loving strangers is a precious gift from the Lord, our God (Leviticus 19: 33-34).
For more information about the sponsorship, contact Rev. Nathaniel Athian Deng M, chair of the Refugee Sponsorship Committee.
SPC members include Beverly K, Deng Mark A, Mary R, Janice K, Sandra D, Tom J, Amanda H and Nathaniel Deng M
St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, Regina, is sponsoring a South Sudanese family of five members, who currently live in a Ugandan refugee camp. In order to make this possible, we need to raise $9,000 more before the end of this year and extra $18,000 next year before the family arrives in Canada. We member and friends to support us through prayers and, if they can, through the following fundraising options:
(a) Direct Donations to St. Mary Anglican Church,with a memo line South Sudanese Family Sponsorship or other information to guide the accountant to direct the fund towards the sponsorship.
(b) Support South Sudanese Food Fair – to be held in St. Mary’s (3337 15th Avenue, Regina) upper hall on October 26, 2019 from 4:00 P.M.
(c) Recycling of Bottles and Cans: Amanda H and family are collecting bottles and cans in the neighborhood. We request Parish members to help in their neighborhood with cycling bottles and cans. Please contact Amanda H, Elizabeth D or Nathaniel for a flyer or to participate in recycling fundraiser.
Welcoming and loving strangers is a precious gift from the Lord, our God (Lev. 19: 33-34). For more information about the sponsorship, contact Rev. Nathaniel.
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)
Lord have mercy upon us, Christ have mercy upon us, Lord, Have mercy upon us
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.
The Christian life has often been compared to a pilgrimage, a dedicated journey to a place of encounter with God. The Church, through her liturgy, overshadowed by the power of God the Holy Spirit, seeks to open a door for the people of God to enter the Divine Presence.
The ancient liturgies of Holy Week are themselves the result of 4th and 5th century pilgrimages to the Holy Land. These traditional liturgies are the most unusual and vivid of the Christian year, and for the great majority of the world’s Christians mark a period of intense spiritual awareness and devotion.
We enter this time “not only with our hearts and minds, but with our feet as we make procession along with Jesus and his other disciples from Bethany to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, from the Upper Room to the Mount of Olives on Maundy Thursday, from the Judgment Hall to the hill of Calvary on Good Friday, to the tomb in the garden on Holy Saturday and finally to that moment in the heart and silence of God the Father when the Resurrection of his only begotten Son became a reality in time and place”. (G. Furry)
I extend a warm and fervent invitation to everyone as we come together as a parish family to celebrate the mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection, not as spectators, or as those remembering something that happened “long ago in a land far, far, away…”, but as participants
“Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast! (1 Cor. 5, 7)
I have put together four sessions that explore the fertile tradition and spirituality of a Trinitarian faith, navigating a pattern of corporate worship based on Isaiah 6:19 in tandem with the Christian calendar year, the Hebrew psalms, and the ancient prayers of the church. Join me for a time of story, song and teaching. It will be light-hearted, fun, and thoughtfully nourishing.