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News, Links, and Prayers for September 29 to October 27

October 13, 2012

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you,
there is no one who has left all for my sake …
who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age –
houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children.”
(Mark 10:29-30)

There are 12 news items, 11 links, and 6 prayer paragraphs for September 29 to October 27.

NEWS:

Our Nursery Ministry is Flourishing:

Thank You, Bianca Bolton, Rachael Brisbin, and Mackenzie Vollrath, for volunteering to serve in our Nursery Ministry this Fall. It’s great to see that a number of children are now receiving your loving care during our 10:00 Services!

Please Continue to Pray for God to Raise Up a Coordinator for Our Children’s and Youth Ministry:

After a three week period that included interviewing, prayer, and reflection, the person who applied to be our Children’s and Youth Ministry Coordinator and Christian Education Committee came to the conclusion that the Lord was not leading this person to give themselves in this ministry. Please continue to pray for God to raise up the person God does desire to help equip us to serve the young people of our Parish and community – and please be open to the possibility that this person is YOU! Here is a description of this ministry position:

We are looking for one or two people with a passion for God and for sharing God’s love with young people, to coordinate our Children’s and our Youth Ministries.  These two ministries, which could be combined into one, would be 13 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 either or both of these capacities, please contact either me or John McIntyre (our Christian Education Ministry Chairperson) at 403-256-1428 or 403-828-9283, respectively.

St. Paul’s Ministries Provide Opportunities to Use God’s Gifts to Serve:

During the month of September, we remembered that God gives each of us unique gifts, and that the ministries at St. Paul’s give us many wonderful opportunities to share them to bless our Parish, community, and the wider world. As we were remembering, we focussed on the fact that all ministry comes from receiving the love of Jesus for us, and allowing it to flow through us in service to others. We had presentations during the Services on the Sidespeoples’, Counters’, Nursery, Sunday School, Hospitality, and Community Connection ministries, and then after the Services, representatives of these ministries who were delighted to share information and answer questions. If you think that God may be laying it on your heart to serve in one of the ministries at St. Paul’s (or to begin a new ministry), please contact me or one of the people involved in the different ministries at St. Paul’s (these people are listed on the inside cover of each issue of Living Waters).

Thank you, Dinah Breu, for the following prayer for our Parish ministries. I invite us all to make it part of our daily prayers for St. Paul’s:

O Lord our God, our creator, we give you thanks for the many gifts you have given your people of the Parish of St. Paul and for the many wonderful ways in which these gifts are already being used to glorify you. We pray that you will continue to strengthen, encourage and uphold all those who share their time and talents in ministries of every kind. Our prayer is also that you, our Provider, will continue to build up these ministries, touch people’s hearts for service and fill up vacancies where needed. It is you alone, Lord, who supplies our every need. We pray this in the name of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

We are Part of the OneBody South Youth Ministry Initiative:

As a new youth ministry initiative this Fall, we have formed with St. Peter’s what we are calling “OneBody South” (Good Shepherd, St. Laurence’s, and St. Martin’s have formed ”OneBody West”), for combined activities for youth of Junior High and High School age.

Please talk to me if you would like further details, including a schedule of the OneBody South events that have been scheduled for the Fall through the Spring. Please also let me know if you would like to be on a steering committee to work with Aaron Havens, the OneBody South Coordinator, to plan OneBody events. Everyone is welcome to bring along their friends to all OneBody South activities. The next OneBody South event is a sharing in the Diocese-wide event called “The Gathering” (this used to be called “Manna”) – see the October 27 News Item below.

September 29 – We Help Install Our New Bishop at the Cathedral:

At 11:00 a.m. on September 29, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, it was our great joy to see the Rt. Rev’d Gregory Kerr-Wilson Installed as the ninth Bishop of Calgary. For more about this Service, and our new Bishop, please click here.

September 30 – We Observe the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels at St. Paul‘s, and Share Our First Triple C Service of the Fall:

To help us feel connected to the Installation of our new Bishop, our 8:30 and 10:00 Services had the same readings and St. Michael and All Angels’ focus as the Installation Service at the Cathedral on September 29.

Our 10:00 a.m. Service was our first Triple C worship of the Fall. These Services, which usually occur on the fourth Sundays of the month (this one was the fifth), are Christ-centred, Creative, and Compact times together, in which we stretch ourselves and share worship in new and exciting ways. As is the case at our “regular” 10:00 a.m. Services, Nursery and Sunday School are both available.

On September 30, we had a Children’s Talk with Jacob’s Ladder; in the usual sermon time, two short videos to help us reflect on experiencing the Presence of God – heaven come down to earth; and just before the Dismissal, a funny video entitled “Goulash,” to encourage and challenge us to invite others to “come and see” our God present with us.

October 7 – We Give Thanks Together:

This year, Thanksgiving Day fell on October 8, which meant that Thanksgiving Sunday was the first Sunday of October. We gathered together to offer our thanks to our God of grace, bringing as an expression of our gratitude, fruit, vegetables, and non-perishable food items with which to decorate the Sanctuary. After the Services, the fruit and vegetables were delivererd to the Mustard Seed and the non-perishable food items donated to the Food Bank.

October 7 to November 4 – We Have a Special Stewardship Focus:

For five weeks this Fall, from October 7 (Thanksgiving Sunday) through November 4 (All Saints’ Sunday), we shall have a special Fall stewardship focus at St. Paul’s. Our theme this year is on stewardship as the outpouring of a thankful heart. Look for opportunities to reflect on the opportunities we have of sharing God’s love in the world, through times of prayer; letters from me and our Stewardship Co-coordinator, Dan Brisbin; short videos; and stewardship material on this blog and in print form on a Stewardship Table in the Hall.

October 14 – We Celebrate Our Grandparents and Seniors:

Grandparents’ and Seniors’ Day occurs on October 14 this year at St. Paul’s. Look for the traditional Book of Common Prayer Liturgy (which will be sung at the 10:00 Service) and traditional hymns, with special reflections, post-Service cake, and gifts for all our grandparents in the Faith at both 8:30 and 10:00 Services.

October 21 – We Commemorate St. Luke’s Day and Seek Healing Together:

Our October 21 Services will commemorate the Feast Day of St. Luke the Physician. As we have done in recent years, we shall include as part of our Services anointing with oil and special prayer for healing.  For material to encourage us to offer seven days of prayer before our St. Luke’s Day Services, please check out Link #10 below.

As part of our seeking of healing together, those who would like to be part of a Grief Support Group this Fall are invited to meet together in the couch area after the 8:30 and 10:00 Services. Jesus wept at the grief of his friends as they mourned the loss of their brother Lazarus. His heart goes out to us in our pain, and he walks with us through the darkest valley on feet pierced with nails from his love for us. At St. Paul’s, this Grief Support Group will be an opportunity for all those who are walking the dark path of grief to meet to share the love of Jesus with one another. If you would like to be part of such a group, but are unable to meet on October 21, please let me know.

October 24 and November 7 and 14 – We Walk in the Footsteps of St. Paul and St. John in an Adult Education DVD Study:

This Fall, everyone is invited to participate in this study with new DVD’s from acclaimed “Faith Lessons” DVD Series with Ray Vander Laan that we shared in Lent and Easter. Filmed on location in Caesarea, Sardis, Pergamum, Ephesus, and Laodicea, this Study follows the footsteps of St. Paul and St. John in the growing Early Church. You’ll discover the passion and commitment early Christians displayed as they held fast to their belief in Jesus in the face of fierce opposition and severe persecution. Please click here for more details.

October 27 – Our Youth are Invited to “The Gathering” at Christ Church, Elbow Park:

On Saturday, October 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., our youth are invited to join Youth Groups from around and outside of the city for games, food, and fun adventures at Christ Church, Elbow Park. This is the same event that used to be called Manna, which a number of our youth attended and enjoyed. See if you can spot our youth in the photos embedded above and below (the images will enlargen when you click on them). The invitation says, “Bring yourselves and a friend or two.” Please let me know if you’d like a ride to or from Christ Church.  

LINKS:

1. www.stpaulscalgary.ca – to our website [The most recent additions on our “News and Events” page, in the “Announcements and Newsletters” section, are the October 7 News Bulletin; October issue of Living Waters; and October Calendars (print copies of the October issue of Living Waters, complete with the October calendar, are also available on the magazine rack in the Hall).] (Thank you for our website, Paul Bourgeois!);

2. http://www.calgary.anglican.ca/news_weekly.html – to the Diocesan News Service bi-weekly Newsletter;

3. http://www.calgary.anglican.ca/news.html – to issues of “The Sower,” our monthly Diocesan Newspaper;

4. http://www.anglicanjournal.com/ – to the Anglican Church of Canada’s national stories of interest, such as “Film Tells Stories of Residential School Survivors” and “Middle East Christians are Endangered, Assembly Hears;”

5. http://secure.powertochange.org/p-656-asher-naomi-ministry.aspx – to the section of the “Power to Change” website through which donations can be made to Naomi Asher, a former member of our Parish family, who after our August 12 Service shared about her ministry among young people (information about Naomi and “Power to Change” is also available on a table in the Hall);

6. http://pyrenes.blogspot.ca/ – to a blog by Bob and Hilda Micholuk chronicling their journeying the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain (click on ”view comments” for their updates; I invite us to continue to lift up Bob and Hilda in special prayer throughout this most special time in their lives) (Thank you for this link, Marlene Wright!);

7. click the link here – to information about Bob and Joanne Plant’s grandson, Adam, who is playing for the West Kelowna Warriors (Thank you for this, Bob!);

8.http://prayfordaisy.com – to the website put together by the family of Daisy, a courageous young girl who is living with cancer (Thank you for this, Jennifer Fong!);

9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq3sM7-Cwmg – to the video embedded below of the Gaither Vocal Band singing “I Then Shall Live”:

(Thank you for this, Dinah Breu [look for more from Dinah on this in our October issue of Living Waters]);

10. http://www.christianhealingweek.org/ – to a website entitled “Christian Healing Week,” which has prayer material we are encouraged to offer to the Lord on the seven days before our St. Luke’s Day Services on Oct. 21 (Thank you for this, Nicola Peden!);  and, on the lighter side:

11. http://www.plainviewheritage.com/tmp/thepastorscat.html – to a story entitled “The Pastor’s Cat” (Thank you for this, Dad!).

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.

PRAYERS:

The following part of this posting is for new prayers or prayer-emphases. 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 the Office at office@stpaulscalgary.ca).

In our prayers:

We thank the Lord for the improving health of Louise Mullaney, Brian Tyson (my father), and Marlene Wright.

We share the joy of the family of Edwin William James Cowan (the Abletts’ grandson), who received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on September 23, and pray for the Holy Spirit ever to be poured out upon him.

And we especially thank God for the Good News of life and love which it is our privilege to share in word and deed with God’s world by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We pray for Our Lord’s healing touch upon Margaret Anderson, Lionel Chaddock (Catherine Curren’s uncle), Helen Cleveley (who is responsible for our soup label ministry), Dave Christopher (Doreen and Kerry Peters’ friend), Doug Irwin, Dorothy Lewis, Dennis Moore, Lynda Mountford, Nicola Peden’s father, Ken Penley (Linda Hubert’s father), Peggy Pingot, Art Trundle (Rhonda’s father), Brian Tyson (my father), and Barb Wysotzki.

We commit into God’s eternal keeping Jim Blevins, Cameron (the nephew of John McIntyre and Rhonda Trundle), Joan ffolliott (Margaret Anne Knowles’ mother), and Tom McLeod (Gordon’s father), who passed into eternal life recently. Rest eternal grant to these your beloved children, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. Amen. We stand in prayer with John and Martha; John, Rhonda, and Heather (Cameron’s mother); Margaret Anne and Norman; Gordon and Diana; and all their families in their grief. In their recent bereavements, we also pray for comfort for the Eggertson-Gray, Fink-Lee, Hellyer, Hollings, Hubert, Lewis, Matthews, Mountford, Pike, Ponting, Roett, and Wood families.

We lift up all who are suffering in our own city, our country, and the whole world. In particular, we pray for healing for all who are enduring famine in East Africa and violence in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Syria. And we ask for wisdom and strength for those who are working for peace and justice throughout the world. May all be sustained by the Lord of love.

God bless you all, always.

Your Brother in Jesus,

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