Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen
TODAY AT ST. MARY’S
Our Advent collect in the Book of Common Prayer speaks of casting off darkness and putting on light — as we keep our eyes on Christ, who came to us first in great humility, and will be returning in glory. We will be exploring this theme of turning from the dark into the light during the introits of our Advent services. We will begin each Sunday morning in the darkened church, reminding us that the world, in rejecting God, fell into darkness. Next, we will hear the proclamation of the light that Christ brought into our darkness, to banish sin and death. The bell is our calling, to wake up from sleep, and follow Christ by casting off our sinful nature and putting his nature, the armour of light. Our introit, “The Advent Prose” chanted to a haunting melody, consists of verses from Isaiah and are a plea from the prophets, the patriarchs, the whole church, who together await the Messiah. The imagery unites things heavenly and earthly as the heavens prepare for the Saviour to descend and the earth prepares to welcome him. As rain comes from the sky and quenches the earth, onto to evaporate, so too the Messiah will descend to save his people and ascend into heavenly glory. We recall past sins and seek forgiveness, as we await the birth of Christ for our redemption and the whole of creation. Continue reading “December 3rd, 2017 – First Sunday in Advent”
STIR up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Continue reading “November 26th, 2017 – Sunday next before Advent”
O GOD, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness: Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
TODAY AT ST. MARY’S
The Father is my hope; the Son is my refuge, the Holy Spirit is my Protector,
All Holy Trinity, Glory to Thee!
Prayer on Entering the Church
I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear I will worship toward thy holy temple. Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before me, that with a clear mind I may glorify thee forever, One Divine Power worshipped in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
TODAY AT ST. MARY’S
“The Father is my hope; the Son is my refuge, the Holy Spirit is my Protector, All Holy Trinity, Glory to Thee!” Continue reading “November 12th, 2017 – Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity”
O ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou hast prepared for them that unfeignedly love thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Almighty and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that thou wouldest have done; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Opening Hymn: # 380 O Worship the King
O GOD, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee; Mercifully grant, that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MORNING PRAYER AT TEN THIRTY
(Book of Common Prayer ~ Common Praise)
Thank you to Beth for officiating and for preaching today in the Rector’s absence.
O LORD, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prelude: Fugue in F Minor by W.F. Bach
Opening Hymn: #387 All Praise to Thee
Old Testament: Exodus 17:1—7
Psalm: 78:1—4, 12-16
The Epistle: Philippians 2:1-13
Hymn: #478 Almighty God, Thy Word Is Cast
Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32
Offertory Hymn: #321 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Communion Hymn: # 84 Lord, Enthroned 1n’ Heavenly Splendour
Closing Hymn: # 375 At the Name of Jesus
Postlude: Flute Piece by William Hine
This Week at St Mary’s
Wednesday 10:30 am Mom and Tots Group
Thursday 9:30 am Woman’s Time Out Bible Study
Next Sunday 10:00 am Morning Prayer
10:30 am Holy Communion + Harvest Thanksgiving Lunch
Readings for next Sunday are as follows: Joel 2:21-27, Psalm126, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Matthew 6:25—33
Parish Life Notes
Correction to last Sundays baby news- Johanna, daughter to Starr and Andrew, was born on September 10th.
Join us for intercessory prayer for the parish, Wednesday, October 4 at 2:00 in the sanctuary. “Call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” Jer. 29:12
Harvest Thanksgiving Lunch next Sunday Oct. 8th following the Worship Service. For the lunch every family is invited to bring a salad to share.
Donations needed. Please feel free to bring veggies to decorate the church for Harvest Thanksgiving, and please have them at the church by 10:00 am on Saturday Oct 7th. For any question contact Gwyn.
From the organizers of the “Music to My Ears” evening, a hearty thank you to all who stepped up and worked so hard to produce a most memorable evening of music and fellowship in our beautiful worship home! Of course we are indebted as well to Eden Care companies, the RSO chamber players and Valerie Hall for choosing to bringtheir music to St. Mary’s and allowing us to enjoy it. Thank you everyone!
Worship Service at Wascana Rehabiliation Centre – will take place this Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1:30 pm. in the chapel. A team from St. Mary’s leads the service and porters residents to the chapel. We invite you to share in this outreach. Please call Rem for more information.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Parish Life Notes
Condolences to Paula M whose mother Laura passed away on Thursday. Memorial service for Laura will take place at St. Mary’s at a later date. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
COURAGEOUS GRANDPARENTING SMALL GROUP STUDY at St. Mary’s
Grandparents are an important spiritual influence for the next generation. Through a five session study we invite you to learn more about living out your Biblical role as grandparents. We will look into such topics as: Passing on your legacy; Understanding the culture our grandchildren are growing up in; The importance of the spoken blessing over your family; Untangling the digital world; and Stepping into all that God has for you as a grandparent.
Bring your bag lunch and join us in the lower church hall beginning Sunday, October @ 12 noon. Sessions will be held every other Sunday.
Women’s Time Out every Thursday morning from 9:30am -11:30am.We will be picking up where we left off in the spring on chapter 8 in the book “Becoming a Woman of Grace”. We explore the many ways God’s grace has already enriched our lives and how we can know His grace more fully and extend it to others we meet in our day to day lives. Any ladies are always welcome to join us. We are currently looking for someone who would be willing to babysit for us. For more information please contact Brenda G.
Breakfast and Community Clean- up The Cathedral Area Community Association will hold their Annual Community Clean-up Saturday, September 23 from 8:30 am until noon. They will pick up any items discarded in the back alleys in the area. St. Mary’s will show hospitality to people from the cathedral area and from St. Mary’s by serving breakfast starting at 8:30 am in the lower hall at St. Mary’s. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve breakfast. If you would like to come for breakfast or volunteer to help with breakfast please sign the sign-up sheet on the landing or contact Sandra D.
Have you kept the date free? THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 28th.
Where: ST. MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH Time: 7.00 p.m. For: MUSIC TO MY EARS – Together with EDEN CARE COMMUNITIES THE RSO CHAMBER PLAYERS, AND VALERIE HALL, ORGANIST Meet and Greet afterward in the Upper Hall– Donations to St. Mary’s gratefully accepted