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News, Links, and Prayers for This Week

October 18, 2011

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor …”
(Luke 4:18)

There are 6 news items, 6 links, and 5 prayer requests for this week.


October 19:

The DVD Study “Christianity and World Religions” continues on this date. This topic has hit a responsive chord, as so far, 17 people are participating in the Study, and several more are reading Hamilton’s book of the same name. For more information, please see the September 26 posting entitled “Adult Christian Ed in October: Christianity and World Religions.”

On October 19, the topic is Hinduism. Everyone is welcome to come. For a video snippet of Hamilton talking about Hinduism, please see the October 14 “News, Links, and Prayers” posting.

October 23:

This Sunday, October 23, our Bishop will be leading our worship at our 8:30 and 10:00 Services. Don’t miss this last opportunity to be with our Bishop at St. Paul’s before his retirement at the end of the year.

October 23 will also be Mike, Colleen, and Grace Gillingham’s last Sunday with us, before they return to Newfoundland (we’re delighted, however, to have Lucas staying with us till just before Christmas).

We thank the Lord for the blessing the Hoskins and Gillinghams have been to us at St. Paul’s, and pray for his loving-kindness to be lavished upon them, as they enter these new phases of their journeys. At the end of our 10:00 Service, we shall be sending them forth with our blessing (plus cake!).

At 7:30 p.m., everyone is invited back to St. Paul’s for “Celtic Stones,” a simple and profound Service to help us all know Our Lord as our Rock and our Redeemer. Deep thanks to our Assistant, Norman, for putting this together and leading it for us.

October 30:

Look for an Intergenerational Service of worship at 10:00 a.m. This family-friendly Service has a shorter Liturgy; more contemporary music; and a more developed Children’s Time instead of a sermon. Please invite your friends, especially those with young children, to come and share this special time with us.

November 4:

This is the date of our next Christian Education Movie Night. For details, please check out today’s posting, entitled You are Invited to Watch ‘Invictus’ on November 4.”

November 6:

This will be All Saints’ Sunday at St. Paul’s, a day on which we especially remember the communion of saints throughout the world and throughout time, of which we are a part; and Our Lord’s promise of eternal life. It will be our joy the offer the Sacrament of Holy Baptism to Evan Peters at 10:00.

November 11 and 13:

On the evening of Remembrance Day, we shall gather at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s to remember the cost of war. The evening will include poems, singing, readings, anecdotes, and memories.

Our 8:30 and 10:00 Services will continue this Remembrance Day focus.


1. – to our website [The most recent additions on our “News and Events” page, in the “Announcements and Newsletters” section, are the October 16 News Bulletin; October issue of Living Waters; and October Calendars (print copies of the latter two are available on the magazine rack in the Hall).] (Thank you for our website, Paul Bourgeois!);

2. – to the October 19 Diocesan News Service (look for this link to become active in the next couple of days);

3. – to national stories of interest, such as “Egypt Bans Religious Discrimination” and “Reflection: What Steve Jobs Can Teach the Church;”

4. – to further national stories of interest, such as the article entitled “Guide Gives Voice to Palestinian Christians;”

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

6. – to Sean’s “That Poverty Project” website and blog, respectively (for a summary of this project, see the July 30 “News, Links, and Prayers” posting);

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.


Please 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 email Laura Anne at

This week, we pray for Our Lord’s healing touch upon Ken Brightman, Dereck, Barb Eason, Andrew Fink, Maureen Good (Frances Pike’s niece), Elton Hellyer, Kelly and her baby, Mary Lee, Emma Lewis (Dorothy’s granddaughter), Ed Mullaney (who is preparing for surgery at the end of this month), Sheila Orr, and Marlene

We continue to unite in praying for the needs for safety and food to be met for all those in the Horn of Africa; and commit ourselves to share the gifts we have been given, so that we all may experience healing together.

We pray for wisdom and courage to act for the leaders of the world as they seek global economic recovery.

We pray for healing for all who are suffering the ravages of violence in Africa and the Middle East, particularly the people of Palestine, Israel, Libya, and Syria.

And we give thanks especially for the improving health of Ken Brightman, Barb Eason, Kevin (Sheila O’Shea’s nephew), Gail Lowry (Anne’s mother), and Sheila Orr.

God bless you all, always.

Your Brother in Jesus,

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