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News, Links, and Prayers for January 21 to February 3

January 21, 2012

We will all be changed by the Victory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(See 1 Corinthians 15:51-58)

There are 6 news items, 8 links, and 6 prayer requests for January 21 to February 3.


We are Still Seeking a Youth Ministry Leader and Sunday School Coordinator:

We are looking for a person with a passion for God and for sharing God’s love with young people. This ministry position would be part-time (13 to 20 hours per week), with compensation being provided, based on qualifications and experience. If you sense that the Lord may be leading you to become part of the ministry team of our Parish in this capacity, please talk with Fergus or John McIntyre (the chair of our Christian Education Committee). For more information, please click here.

Please Share Your Ideas for Adult Education in 2012:

You are invited to write on the list on the bulletin board by the kitchen the adult education topics you would like to study in 2012.

January 22:

In 2012, 10:00 a.m. Services on the fourth Sundays of the month will be Christ-centred, Creative, and Compact. Our first “Triple C” Service takes place tomorrow, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Please come and “check out” this different experience of worship at St. Paul’s. PLEASE NOTE: Sunday School will be available for our pre-High School-aged members.The Services this day will especially remember the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes place from January 18 to 25.

For more information, please click here.

January 25:

Our Wednesday 9:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist will continue the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity theme, using readings and prayers put together by the World Council of Churches for that day. Print copies of the Service booklet for our 9:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist on January 18, which began the observance of the Week of Prayer at St. Paul’s, are available on the resource table in the hall.  

January 29:

On January 29, very fittingly on the day of our Annual Meeting of Parishioners, we shall celebrate together our Patronal Festival, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.

At 11:30 a.m. on January 29, everyone is invited to our Annual Meeting of Parishioners (AGM). Your input is invaluable as we reflect on the year that is past, and seek the Lord’s guidance for the year that is to come. Lunch will be provided. There are openings in the following Parish Council (Vestry) positions: Community Connection, Hospitality, Outreach, and Youth. Please pray that these positions will be filled as Our Lord sees fit (and be open to possible nudging from him to be part of the answer to this prayer!). We are asking everyone who attends the Meeting to read this year’s Reports and the Minutes from last year’s Annual Meeting ahead of time. You can access the Reports by clicking here, and the Minutes by clicking here. Print versions of both are also available on a table in the Parish Hall. 

February 3:
Our next Christian Education Movie Night takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 3, with the movie “The Blind Side.” Please click here for details.


1. – to our website [The most recent additions on our “News and Events” page, in the “Announcements and Newsletters” section, are the January 15 News Bulletin; December/January issue of Living Waters; and December and January Calendars; (print copies of Living Waters, complete with calendars, are available on the magazine and handout rack or the memorial book table in the Hall). Please look for the print version of the February issue of Living Waters to be handed out after the February 3 Services, and the electronic version to be posted on our website a few days after this.] (Thank you for our website, Paul Bourgeois!);

2. – to the January 25 Diocesan News Service (from January 26 onwards);

3. – to national stories of interest, such as “Churches of Sudan Encounter More Hostility after South’s Independence” and “German Muslims Support Threatened Catholic Churches;”

4. – to further national stories of interest, such as “Classic Anglican Videos Available Online” and “Week of Prayer Helps Thaw ‘Ecumenical Winter’;”

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 (Sean invites everyone to sign “A Declaration to World Leaders.” You can access it by clicking here.For a summary of this project, see the July 30 “News, Links, and Prayers” posting);

7. – to an excellent posting about thankfulness, on a super blog (Thank you for this, Anne Lowry!); and

8. – to a video, embedded below, of Vance Perry’s singing “How Great Thou art” as a one man quartet (Thanks again, 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.    


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

Especially, this next 2 weeks:

We give thanks for the improving health of Pat Cardwell, Jean (my mother’s friend), Dennis Moore, Lynda Mountford, Louise Mullaney, and Norm Pemberton.

We pray for Our Lord’s healing touch upon Pat Cardwell, Wes Hollings, Kelly and her baby, Dennis Moore, Lynda Mountford, Louise Mullaney, Norm Pemberton, Olive and Wayne Ponting, and Derek Wood.

We pray for comfort for Eric and Joyce Brenton; Stephanie and Simon Evans; Margaret Anne and Norman Knowles; Bill Hellyer; and all the members of their families in their recent bereavements.

We lift up the people who are suffering in our own city, our country, and all the world. In particular, we pray for healing for all who are enduring famine in East Africa and violence in Nigeria and Syria. May all experience the light of the Lord’s love shining in their lives.

We pray for your peace to reign supreme in the concerns about the nuclear aspirations of Iran, the transition in North Korea, and the renewed dialogue between Israel and Palestine.

And we pray for our Annual Meeting of Parishioners, that all whom God would like to attend would come with hearts thankful for God’s goodness to us, and open to God’s leading for 2012 and beyond.

God bless you all, always.

Your Brother in Jesus,


“Come and see.”
(John 1:46b)

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