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News, Links, and Prayers for This Week

July 30, 2011

(Romans 8:38-39)

There are 6 news items, 7 links, and 6 prayer requests this week.


July 1 to 21:
Thank you again you to Cyril and Norman for covering for me for Services and pastoral emergencies while I was on vacation.

July 4 to September 2:
This is the period of time that our Summer Office hours will be in operation: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Either Cyril or I will be at St. Paul’s on Wednesday mornings from 9:15 to 11:30, be we shall be tied up with Holy Eucharist until 10:15.

July 10:
Huge thanks to Kerry Peters for organizing what I hear to have been a well attended and extremely well stocked Stampede BBQ!

August 7:
An Enormous “Thank you” to Sian Roberts for organizing our upcoming Heritage Day celebration. For more information, please check out yesterday’s posting entitled “You’re Invited to Our Celebration of Cultural Diversity on Aug. 7!”

August 12:
At 7:30 p.m. on August 12, you are invited to come to St. Paul’s and watch the movie “Soul Surfer,” the true story of a young and talented surfer who loses her arm in a shark attack, and turns to Jesus to help her restructure her life and continue in the sport she loves. Because of the shark attack scene, it is not suitable for small children. The movie, popcorn, juice, and other refreshments are all FREE!  Our Parish Movie Matinees and Movie Nights are sponsored by our Christian Education Committee.

August 21:
On this Sunday, it will be our great joy to offer the Sacrament of Holy Baptism to Alexia De Ruyter and Erica Moore.


1. – to our website [The most recent additions on our “News and Events” page, in the “Announcements and Newsletters” section, are the July News Bulletin; July/August issue of Living Waters; and July and August Calendars. Please look for our August News Bulletin to be posted early next week.] (Thank you for our website, Paul Bourgeois!);

2. – to the July 27 Diocesan News Service emailing (this is sent out every other Wednesday);

3. – to national stories of interest, such as the articles entitled “Primate Prays for People of Norway” (this article contains a link to a “Prayer for the People of Norway and for All Victims of Violence and Terror” from the World Council of Churches); and “Anglicans Respond to the African Famine” (See yesterday’s posting on this blog, entitled “A Way to Help Those Suffering Famine in the Horn of Africa.”);

4. – to further national stories of interest;

5. and – to pdf and blog formats, respectively, of the social justice newsletter, “Many Hands,” by Deacon Sean Krausert from Canmore);

6. – to Sean’s “That Poverty Project” website (Sean writes the following words about this:

Starting on July 23rd for three months, I will start living in a tent without the comforts of home as a sign of solidarity with people without homes. Then, starting in November, for three months I will be living like millions of Canadians and billions of people around the world on a budget that doesn’t cover all of my needs . . . the working poor. And finally, for three months starting in March 2012, I will eating barely enough food to sustain myself . . . everyday receiving only the rations one would get from the World Food Programme if living in a refugee camp.

WHY???? To raise awareness about poverty issues, and to hopefully engage people to do more about these issues that affect at least half the people on Earth. We live in a world of abundance that CAN meet everyone’s needs . . . each of us working together need only do a little bit in order to MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE in the life of those in need. Please follow the project by going to the That Poverty Project website and sign-up to receive the blogs, join the Facebook page, follow Twitter, and watch the regular video blogs.); and

7. – to amazing pictures and video of the Alpine Ibex at the Cingino Dam in the Italian Alps (Thank you for these, Paul!).

Please keep emailing me stories, videos, and other items to which I can include links in this section, for the uplifting of our Parish family.


Remember: This part of the blog is for new prayers or prayer-emphases this week. The complete Prayer List is included on the back cover of the weekly Order of Service. If you are unable to attend on a Sunday, and would like to have these prayers emailed to you, please contact Laura Anne at

This week, we especially give You thanks for the improving health of Louise Mullaney, Peggy Pingot, Joanne Plant, Geoff Wilson, and Marlene Wright.

We pray for the Lord’s continuing healing touch on Louise and Joanne, as they recover from their knee surgeries; and on Maureen Good (the niece of Frances Pike).

We continue to pray for Jesus’ loving arms to surround our former Rector, Carmen Simmonds, and all Carmen’s family in their grief.

We commit into our Lord’s eternal keeping Harrison Burke, beloved son of Ron and Christine Burke, and twin brother of Peyton, who passed into eternal life in a tragic accident on July 25, and pray for all the family to be held close to our loving Saviour’s heart. (See today’s posting entitled “R.I.P., Harrison Burke”.)

We pray for comfort and strength for the people of Norway as they recover from last week’s murderous attacks.

And we pray for relief for all those in Somalia and other parts of Africa afflicted with famine; and we dedicate ourselves to being part of the answer to this prayer.

God bless you all, always.

Your Brother in Jesus,



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