THE TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
NOVEMBER 15, 2020
Godly Play in the Children’s Worship Centre (ages 3 – 6 years.) Today’s story is “Birth of Isaac” Genesis: 15:4-6; 21:1-3. Leaders: Myka, Sandra
Faith Quest (ages 7-13) continue the Beatitudes rotation .
7.00 p.m. Evening Prayer and Rector’s Class.
Celebration of Holy Baptism. In the midst of the fear, distress, and anxiety of our times…joy! On November 8 we celebrated the ‘birth from above’, by water and the Spirit, of Sophia. Ben and Olekesandra write, We just wanted to thank everyone for their warm welcome of Sophia. We’ve received many kind words and gifts and we feel very blessed to be part of the St. Mary’s family.
|“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” ( 2 Cor. 3.18)|
WORSHIP PROTOCOLS. In conformity to the Public Health Order of the Provincial Government, the wearing of masks is now mandatory in all public spaces, including churches. Permission has been given for officiants and preachers at the Divine Service to be unmasked while maintaining 3 m. distance from the congregation.
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: Prayer.
MID -WEEK COMMUNION SERVICE FOR ADVENT/ THE NATIVITY FAST will begin Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m.
HOLY BAPTISM for Cailen and Derek will take place on The First Sunday in Advent, November 29th, at 10.30 a.m.
ADVENT is the season of preparation for the celebration of the Birth of our Crucified Risen Lord in the full expectation of “His Again Coming in Glory to Judge the Living and the Dead.” ( Nicene Creed). This preparation consists of prayer, repentance, fasting and alms-giving. The Holy Elder, St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (A.D. 397- 407) writes,
“Let us imitate the saints who neither became oppressed by their afflictions nor became filled with conceit by leisure. Many of us suffer this now, and resemble nimble ships’ bilges that are crowded by waves on all sides and capsize. For many times poverty attacked us suddenly, submerged us, and brought us to the ocean bed; and the wealth that came to us puffed us up again, and hurled us into the worst possible conceit. This is why I plead with you to pay no heed to things and for every one of us to direct our souls toward salvation. If our soul is rightly steered, then whatever danger falls upon us—whether famine, or disease, or slander, or plundering of property, or any other such thing—will be bearable and light, by the commandment of the Master and through hope in Him. Likewise, when the soul does not stand well before God, then, even if wealth flows abundantly, and has children, and enjoys immeasurable goods, this person will experience much faintheartedness and many cares. Therefore, let us not seek wealth; let us not avoid poverty. However, above all these, let each one take care of his soul and make it pursue the economy of the future life as well as cause it to depart from the present life to the next.”
Packages for “Advent for the Home Church” will be delivered during the week of November 22nd!
WORSHIP THIS WEEK AT ST MARY’S
Monday to Friday
8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
5.30 p.m. Evening Prayer
7.00 p.m. Holy Communion