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News, Links, and Prayers for November 19 to 29

November 19, 2011

“When did we see you … ?”
(Matthew 25:44)

There are 9 news items, 9 links, and 6 prayer requests for November 19 to 29.


November 11 and 13:

The above picture is from the front page of the November 11, 2010 National Post. Each of the dots creating this image represents one of the 107,156 Canadians killed in both World Wars, the Korean War, peacekeeping operations and the conflict in Afghanistan. Five more dots would be needed if this picture had been made on November 11, 2011. Deepest thanks to Doreen & Kerry Peters, Paul Bourgeois, Ken Brightman, Mike & Sian Roberts, and Kathleen Robinson for all you did at our November 11 and 13 gatherings to help us all remember at St. Paul’s.

November 19:

Our new building is becoming a teenager! At 6 p.m. TODAY, Saturday, November 19, everyone is invited to the celebration of its thirteenth 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, 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.:

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).

The November 5 posting entitled “Prayers, Links, and Prayers for November 5 to 14” included 2 videos by Sean to help you see why it’s so exciting to have him come and speak with us. Here is another one:

November 20, 11:30 a.m.:

At the end of the 10:00 Service, we shall reluctantly be saying “Farewell” to Mike and Sian Roberts, who are inexplicably abandoning our crisp, clear minus 20 degree weather for Ontario. We’ll sing “The Blessing Song” over Mike and Sian at the end of the Liturgy, and then have them as our guests of honour during our post-Service Coffee Time. We have been so blessed to have them as part of our Parish family, and we pray for blessing upon blessing upon them in their new home.

November 20, 12 Noon:

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 were included in my November 5 posting entitled Prayers, Links, and Prayers for November 5 to 14”. Another one, focussing on the topic of Session 1, is embedded below.

November 22:

PLEASE NOTE: The above image will enlarge if you click on it. Huge thanks to Iona for offering this talk and Q and A time! Please spread the word about it to family, friends, and neighbours!

November 26:

PLEASE NOTE: The above image will enlarge if you click on it. 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.  

November 27:

November 27 is Advent Sunday, the beginning of a new Church Year. Our focus for our Services will be hope. After the 10:00 Service, we  shall be holding our Christmas Craft & Bake Sale. Many thanks to Allison Pierce and all the others who are organising or bringing crafts or baked goods!

The above image will enlarge if you click on it.

December 7:

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, you are invited to a “Blue Christmas” Service of healing and hope at St. Paul’s. This quiet and gentle evening of worship ministers Our Lord’s love to all who are present. It is especially designed for those for whom Christmas this year is a time of sickness, sadness, grief, loneliness, or wistful remembering. Everyone is invited to come, particularly all who are facing a difficult Advent and Christmas.  


1. – to our website [The most recent additions on our “News and Events” page, in the “Announcements and Newsletters” section, are the November 13 News Bulletin; November issue of Living Waters; and November Calendar (print copies of the last two are available on the magazine and handout rack in the Hall).] (Thank you for our website, Paul Bourgeois!);

2. – to the November 16 Diocesan News Service;

3. – to national stories of interest, such as “ARC Dialogue Moves Forward”;

4. – to further national stories of interest, such as “Council of General Synod Highlights: Nov. 18”, “‘God Has a Plan For Us’”, and “Four Winners Chosen to Develop Marks Curriculum”;

5. and – to pdf and blog formats, respectively, of the social justice newsletter, “Many Hands,” by Deacon Sean Krausert from Canmore (Sean is our guest speaker on November 20 – see above for details);

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);

7. – to the official video of the song, “A Pittance of Time,” which is about the importance of honouring the sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives so that we might live in peace (Thank you for this, Barb Huntrods!);

8. [then type in as your email address stpaulscalgary, and type in as your password God’s Grace] – to access to the following documents with a Remembrance Day theme:
– “0012. ‘O Valiant Hearts’ & Prayers for Peace”
– “0013. Red Fridays”
– “0014. Practical Ways of Supporting the Troops”
– “0015. Litany for Peace in the World” (this is also available as the November 15 posting, “Prayer for Peace in the World“); and

9. – to the video embedded below, offered in honour of Irene Ulltott (whose life we celebrated at St. Paul’s together on Wednesday) and her exercising her artistic gifts into her mid-eighties:

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 especially commit into Our Lord’s eternal keeping our dear sister and brother, Irene Ullyott and Len Mountford, who passed into eternal life on November 12 and 15, respectively. Rest eternal grant to Irene and Len, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. Amen. We continue to pray for comfort and strength for both families in their bereavement.

We also pray for Our Lord’s healing touch upon Elton Hellyer, Kelly and her baby, Lynda Mountford, Ed Mullaney, Sheila Orr, Geoff Wilson, Derek Wood, and Marlene Wright. 

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. We pray for our hearts to be prepared to receive the message from the Lord this Sunday through the Rev’d Sean Krausert so that we might be empowered to love our neighbour.

We pray for healing for all who are suffering the ravages of violence in Africa and the Middle East, particularly the people of Syria as they seek a future of freedom, peace, and love.

We pray for wisdom and courage to act for the leaders of Greece, Italy, 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 Elton Hellyer, Lynda Mountford, Ed Mullaney, and Marlene Wright.

God bless you all, always.

Your Brother in Jesus,

Let there be peace on earth … 

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