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News, Links, and Prayers for November 5 to 14

November 5, 2011

There are 6 news items, 8 links, and 6 prayer requests for November 5 to 14.


November 4:
The movie “Invictus” was wonderfully inspiring. Enormous “Thanks” to John McIntyre and our Christian Education Committee (and also to Julie Wilson, who suggested it as our movie) for such a tremendous evening!

Here’s a liitle glimpse of why we were all so stirred by this true story. Embedded below is the real-life Captain of South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup-winning team, Francois Pienaar, reflecting on Nelson Mandela:

November 6: 

This Sunday, November 6, we shall be celebrating together the Feast of All Saints’, a day on which we especially remember our communion with our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world and throughout time; and his promise of eternal life.

It will be our joy the offer the Sacrament of Holy Baptism to Evan Peters at 10:00. We are all invited to continue the celebration after the Service as Dennis, Twyla, Frances Pike, and Evelyn Hart host us all for coffee and goodies!

November 9:

The DVD Study “Christianity and World Religions” continues on this date. So far 17 people are participating in the Study, and we’d love to have even more! We look at a different world religion each week, so there’s no need to worry about feeling out-of-place if you haven’t been at the earlier sessions. Copies of Adam Hamilton’s book, Christianity and World Religions, are also available for a cost of $10. If you’d like one, please let me know. For more information, please see the September 26 posting entitled Adult Christian Ed in October: Christianity and World Religions.”  

On November 9, the topic is Judaism. Everyone is welcome to come. A video snippet of Hamilton talking about Judaism is embedded below:

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 (part of which is its  brutalizing of children, as is demonstrated in the “game” the children are playing in the picture below). The evening will include poems, singing, readings, anecdotes, and memories. Many thanks to Kerry Peters for putting this together!

Our 8:30 and 10:00 Services will continue this Remembrance Day focus, with more special sharing by members of the congregation.

November 19:

Our new building is becoming a teenager! At 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, everyone is invited to the celebration of its 13th birthday. There will be food, wine, fun, and fellowship, so please invite a friend and come out and enjoy! Many thanks to Kerry Peters for organizing this as well! For a poster about this Birthday Party, please check out my November 8 posting entitled “A Birthday Party Invitation.”

November 20:

The Reign of Christ is the ending and climax of the Church Year, where we remember the sovereign majesty of our Lord. For the last several years, we have had as a major part of our focus on this day our calling to further his reign by reaching out to our world with his love. We have invited guest speakers to come and share with us ways we can make a difference.

This year, we are delighted to welcome the Rev’d Sean Krausert, a Deacon at St. Michael’s, Canmore, who is in the midst of a nine month project to raise awareness of poverty, and what we can do to help eliminate it. Sean will be preaching a sermon entitled “As Christ and As If Christ – Loving Thy Neighbour” at both our 8:30 and 10:00 Services. Our connection with Sean goes back over a year. His “Global We” newsletters were sent out as part of our Parish emailings. Then last Christmas Eve, we shared his children’s book, Munchie’s Best Day Ever, at our 5:00 p.m. Service. And this blog regularly features links to Sean’s blogs and websites in the weekly “News, Links, and Prayers” postings (they are included again in this posting as links #5 and 6 below).

Here are 2 videos by Sean to help you see why it’s so exciting to have him come and speak with us:

At 12 noon on November 20 (and 10:30 a.m. on November 23), we shall be starting our Advent Adult Christian Education Study, “The Journey.” In this Study, we’ll take a journey with United Methodist Pastor Adam Hamilton (author of our “Christianity and World Religions” Study) from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus. This five-session DVD study was filmed on location in the Holy Land, retracing the path of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Please look for more information about “The Journey” in our November issue of Living Waters, and my November 8 posting on this blog, entitled “You are Invited to Share an Advent Journey at St. Paul’s.”

Two video snippets to whet our appetite for the Study are included below.


November 26:
You are invited to an Advent Quiet Day at St. Paul’s, from 10:00 to 3:00 p.m. – a day set apart for stillness, to allow the Lord to work in our hearts to help prepare them for his coming. Lunch will be provided.


1. – to our website [The most recent additions on our “News and Events” page, in the “Announcements and Newsletters” section, are the November 6 News Bulletin; November issue of Living Waters; and November Calendar (print copies of these will be handed out at our Services this Sunday).] (Thank you for our website, Paul Bourgeois!);

2. – to the November 2 Diocesan News Service;

3. – to national stories of interest, such as International Day of Prayer” and “UK to Allow Religious Gay Partnership Ceremonies;”

4. – to further national stories of interest, such as “Meet the New General Secretary” and “Faith Leaders Call for Climate Justice;”

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 and blog, respectively (for a summary of this project, see the July 30 “News, Links, and Prayers” posting); and, on the lighter side,

7. – to a video, embedded below, of the people of the small village of Quinhagak, Alaska giving the “Hallelujah Chorus” a fun new twist (Thank you for this, Joanne Plant!);

and 8. [then type in as your email address stpaulscalgary, and type in as your password God’s Grace] – to a collection of interesting church signs (Thank you for this, Dinah Breu!).

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.


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 Elton Hellyer, Kelly and her baby, Len and Lynda Mountford, Ed Mullaney, Sheila Orr, Geoff Wilson, Derek Wood, and Marlene Wright.

We continue to pray for comfort for the families and friends of Pamela Pearce and Gladys Stones, and Armed Forces’ members Janick Gilbert and Byron Greff, who passed into eternal life recently.

We pray for the people who are suffering in Turkey from the recent earthquake activity, and in Thailand from the recent flooding; and in the Horn of Africa from famine. And we commit ourselves to share the gifts we have been given, so that we all may experience healing together.

We pray for healing for all who are suffering the ravages of violence in Africa and the Middle East, particularly the people of Libya as they walk forth together into a future filled with possibilities for freedom, peace, and love.

We pray for wisdom and courage to act for the leaders of Greece, and all the countries of the world as they seek to help facilitate global economic recovery.

And we give thanks especially for the improving health of Kelly and her baby, Len and Lynda Mountford, Ed Mullaney, Bob Plant, and Geoff Wilson.

God bless you all, always.

Your Brother in Jesus,

“If you work my words into your life,
you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock.
Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—
but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.”
(Matthew 7:24-25)

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  1. Dear Bill:

    I am standing with you in prayer, asking for Elton’s calcium level to come down to normal.

    Our loving Lord Jesus, please work through these medications Elton is receiving, and even above and beyond them through the power of your Holy Spirit, to bring about healing in every part of Elton’s being. In your precious Name I pray. Amen.

    May Our Lord hold you both close to his loving heart, now and always.

    Your Brother in Jesus,

  2. Bill permalink

    Just an update for Elton…

    PLEASE pray specifically that her Calcium level comes down to normal, this is currently a threat to her life… I believe that with the new medications and Christ’s Healing Hand it will come down


    Bill <

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