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News, Links, and Prayers for October 7 to November 4

October 21, 2012

I once was lost, but now am found: was blind, but now I see.

There are 15 news items, 12 links, and 6 prayer paragraphs for October 7 to November 4.

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!

We Have a New Youth Facebook Page:

Everyone is invited to check out and “like” our new youth Facebook page. If you’re on Facebook, you can find our page by typing in “St. Paul’s Calgary Youth.” Aaron Havens, our OneBody South Coordinator (see the news item “We are Part of the OneBody South Youth Ministry Initiative” posted below), and I will be making sure that it has up-to-date unformation. Hopefully, our youth will add lots to it as well!

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 “Halloween Howler” Costume Party and Haunted House at St. Peter’s – see the October 31 News Item below.

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.

For the homily at our October 7 Services, please click here, here, and here.

For Thanksgiving reflections, please click here.

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 are having 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; a “Stewardship Gifting Survey;” and stewardship material on this blog and in print form on a Stewardship Table in the Hall.

Embedded below is the video we watched at our October 14 Services, “The Gift of Generosity:”

For the video entitled “We Give,” which we watched at our October 21 Services, please click here.

October 14 – We Celebrate Our Grandparents and Seniors:

Grandparents’ and Seniors’ Day occurred on October 14 this year at St. Paul’s. We shared the traditional Book of Common Prayer Liturgy at both Services (and sang this Liturgy 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. Many thanks to our Sunday School for writing and drawing on the heart-shaped “We Love Our Grandparents and Seniors” cards that you handed out to the older members of our Parish Family at the end of the 10:00 Service. If you missed out on receiving this, you can find these cards and other printed material from recent Services, on the magazine rack in the Hall. 

For the homily at our October 14 Services, please click here and here.

For Grandparents’ and Seniors’ Day reflections, please click here.

This was also the day on which we handed out envelopes with our Fall 2012 Stewardship Letters from Dan Brisbin (our Stewardship Co-coordinator) and me, and our 2013 Pledge Cards. We are invited to return our completed Pledge Cards and place them in the Offering Plate at our November 4 Services. 

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

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

World Food Day occurred on October 16. Our Gospel passage and the Prayers of the People reminded us of the need of so many in our world for healing from the brokenness of poverty and hunger. Also, my “Book Nook” display on October 21 had a healing theme, and three of the books in the display were on ways we can help end poverty and hunger. The main website for World Food Day can be accessed by clicking here.

As part of our seeking of healing together, those who would like to be part of a Grief Support Group this Fall were invited to meet together in the couch area after the 8:30 and 10:00 Services. Over a dozen came, and the healing energy of Our Lord was manifest in our midst. We plan to meet on the first and third Sundays of the month, at 12 noon. Our facilitators will get together to plan, and then we’ll post a starting date. 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. At the end of our 8:30 and 10:00 Services, Bill Hellyer modelled the willingness to risk vulnerability to help one another heal, by sharing his story of hurting, healing, and hope (thank you so much, Bill!). You can access Bill’s story by clicking here.  

October 21 was also the day on which we handed out our “Stewardship Gifting Survey,” designed to help us identify and develop the gifts of time and talents with which God has blessed us at St. Paul’s. Copies of this Survey have been included in the stewardship envelopes that were mailed out this week. If you picked your envelope up on October 14, and weren’t at the Services on October 21, you won’t have received a Survey. You can pick up copies of the Survey (one for every teen and adult in your household) mid-week, during Office hours (9 to noon, Monday to Friday), or on Sunday, October 28.

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 by noon on October 26, if you’d like a ride to or from Christ Church.  

October 28 – We Share BCP, Triple C, and Taize Worship:

On October 28, we shall continue our practice of worshipping God at our 8:30 Service using the language of the Book of Common Prayer.

Our 10:00 a.m. worship will be a Triple C Service. These Services, which usually occur on the fourth Sundays of the month, 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.

The joyful theme for both morning Services is being touched by and then touching others with the love of Jesus. Both Services will include a 7 1/2 minute video of Tony Campolo telling the unforgettable true story of Jesus’ love experienced in a “Party with Prostitutes” in Honolulu. At our Triple C Service, we’ll also watch an animated song of the boy who gave Jesus his five loaves and two fish to feed others, and saw it multiplied to feed a multitude. 

And at 7:30 p.m., we are gathering for Taize Worship, a time of contemplation and quiet meditation – the perfect way to end our day together. Many thanks to Margaret Anne Knowles for continuing to share these Services with us!

On October 31, OneBody South Youth Share a Howling Good Time Together:

OneBody South is having a “Halloween Howler” on October 31. Everyone is invited to wear a costume and meet at 6:30 at the front gate of Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way S.E.), to go to “Screamfest ’12.” You can check out the website for “Screamfest” by clicking on this link: http://www.screamfest.ca/. Aaron, our OneBody South Coordinator, says that the youth from St. Peter’s went last year, and really enjoyed it (it was a “scary fun” time). This activity is probably NOT suitable for our younger youth. Tickets will be $10 (St. Paul’s will subsidize the rest of the cost). Please let me know by calling the Office (403-256-1428) by 12 noon on Tuesday, October 30, if you’d like me to give you directions or a ride.

Embedded below is a video with more information on “Screamfest:”

November 4 – We “Fall Back” into Mountain Standard Time:

On November 4, we all get an extra hour of sleep, as our clocks get turned back an hour at 2 a.m. Please spread the word, so that no one has that bewildered look on their faces at our Sunday Services! 

November 4 – We Worship Together as Saints, and Baptize Three Dear Children of God:

We shall celebrate the Feast of All Saints’ on November 4. At our 10:00 Service, it will be our great joy to Baptize Amanda and Brielle de Vries and Kolten Pain; and renew our own Baptismal vows. 

This is also the day on which, we have the opportunity, as part of our living out of our Baptismal vows and Baptismal ministry, to return our Thanksgiving Sheets (see October 7 above), Pledge Cards (see October 14), and our Stewardship Gifting Survey (see October 21).

What an awesome day of celebrating our calling as the people of God it promises to be!

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 21 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! Dinah shares a reflection on this hymn on page 13 of 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!);  

11. http://www.slideshare.net/kaguilar427/happy-day – to a PowerPoint slideshow on being sensitive to God’s Presence in our lives (Thank you for this, Iona Shaw!); and, on the lighter side:

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

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 Verna Hewett, Louise Mullaney, Peggy Pingot, 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 of the families of Amanda and Brielle de Vries, Kolten Pain, and Pearly Thomson, whose children are receiving the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on November 4; and we pray for the Holy Spirit ever to be poured out upon them.

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 also 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), Verna Hewett, 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), Marlene Wright, 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 Tony Martin, 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; Paul (Tony’s son); and all their families and friends in their grief. In their recent bereavements, we also pray for comfort for the Eggertson-Gray, Fink-Lee, Hellyer, Hollings, Hubert, Lewis, McLeod, 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, Pakistan, 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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