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News, Links, and Prayers for December 9 to January 6

December 9, 2012


There are 10 news items, 8 links, and 9 prayer paragraphs for December 9 to January 6.


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, and I will be making sure that it has up-to-date information. 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:

Please continue to pray for God to raise up the person God desires as a Children’s and Youth Ministry Coordinator 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:

At this year’s Annual Meeting, we shall be seeking Parish Council positions to help coordinate our Christian Education, Community Connection, Hospitality, Outreach, Stewardship, and Youth ministries. We shall also be seeking a Deputy People’s Warden and Treasurer. So there are lots of opportunities to serve! If you think that God may be laying it on your heart to share yourself in one of the ministries, please contact me or one of the people involved in them (the people who are presently serving in these ministries 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.

On the Evening of December 9, We are Sharing a Celtic Advent Service Together:

You are invited to a rich and deep experience of prayer and reflection in a Celtic Advent Service at 7:30 p.m. on December 9. Thank you, Norman Knowles, for putting this together.

Our Christmas Dinner and Pageant are Taking  Place on December 15:

Christmas Dinner Poster

Garfield-127-Christmas-Lights_mollyThis Saturday, December 15, We are Sharing a Garfield Christmas Dinner (lasagna). As the above sign says, there are a limited number of tickets (110) being sold (at $5 per person), so please contact the Office (403-256-1428) ASAP to make sure you don’t miss out!

Chrismas Around the WorldAfter the Dinner, we’ll be having our annual Chrismas Pageant. This year, the Sunday School is presenting “Christmas Around the World.” There will also be anthems by the Choir. And all of us will sing Christmas carols and songs. There is also room for several other offerings of music or word. Please contact me if you or your children have gifts, talents, music (for example, a recital piece), poetry readings, stories, or skits you would like to share. Please don’t hide your light under a bushel, but let it shine by sharing your gifts with the other members of our Parish family.

On December 16, We are Decorating Our Christmas Tree:

On the third Sunday of Advent, we shall decorate our Christmas Tree with Chrismons (white and gold symbols of Our Lord) between our 8:30 and 10:00 Services. Everyone is invited to make Chrismons to add to our tree. Patterns are available on an Advent Resources card table in the Hall.

On December 23, We are Sharing Two Services of Lessons and Carols:

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we shall share together the traditional King’s College Chapel Service of Lessons and Carols at our 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Services.

On December 24 and 25, We are Celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord:

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we have in store some of the very most precious Services of the entire year.

At 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, we have a Service of Holy Eucharist especially geared for young children and their families. This year, we’ll be able to share combine candlelight with safety at the Children’s Service by singing “Silent Night” by the light of electric candles.

At 7:30 and 10:30 (NOTE that the later Service is 30 minutes earlier than last year), we shall be sharing Services of Holy Eucharist by candlelight (not electric, but real wax candles with new non-drip covers!).

Chapel in Winter

Then at 10:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, we shall share a special Service on Holy Eucharist at the Midnapore Chapel.

On December 30, We Have One Service on the One Sunday in the Christmas Season:

At 10:00 a.m. on December 30 (there is no 8:30 Service), we have the opportunity to share Holy Eucharist together on the only Sunday in the Christmas Season (January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany).

On January 6, We Shall Join the Magi in Worship:

As mentioned above, on January 6, we shall be observing the Feast of the Epiphany at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.


1.– to our website [The most recent additions on our “News and Events” page, in the “Announcements and Newsletters” section, are my 2012 Advent Letter; a List of Advent and Christmas Services; the December 2 News Bulletin; the December/January issue of Living Waters; and the December and January Calendars.] (Thank you for our website, Paul Bourgeois!);

2. – to the Diocesan News Service bi-weekly Newsletter;

3. – to issues of “The Sower,” our monthly Diocesan Newspaper;

4. – to the Anglican Church of Canada’s national stories of interest, such as “Archbishop of Canterbury Writes Advent Letter to Primates” and “AIDS Challenge is About ‘Women’s Empowerment’;”

5. – to a PowerPoint presentation about the “nudges to love” tha God gives us in our lives (Thank you for this, Dinah Breu and Iona Shaw!);

6. – to an image with a challenging message about the connection between the decisions we make to exclude God and our experience of God’s seeming absence (Thank you for this, Bob Wright!);

7. – to the video embedded below, a rendition of “Whispering Hope” on a leaf flute (I’m not sure that this isn’t pulling our legs!) (Thanks again, Paul!);

and 8. – to the remarkable video embedded below, called “Shadowlands” (Thank you #3, 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.


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

In our prayers:

We thank the Lord for the improving health of Verna Hewett, Bob Plant, Art Trundle (Rhonda’s father), and Margaret Wheeler.

We share the joy of Eberechukiou Aneto, whose daughter, Victory, will be receiving the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on January 13.

And we especially thank God for the Good News of the Coming of Our Lord, the Light of the world, which it is our joyous privilege to proclaim in word and deed to the world.

A dear member of our Parish family, Margaret Anderson, is gravely ill in the Southwood Hospice. We pray for the Lord’s peace to fill Margaret and all her family, and for his Presence to uphold them, now and forever.

We also pray for Our Lord’s healing touch upon 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, Kevin Mark, Dennis Moore, Lynda Mountford, Nicola Peden’s father, Ken Penley (Linda Hubert’s father), Peggy Pingot, Bob Plant, Marlene Wright, and Barb Wysotzki.

In their recent bereavements, we pray for comfort for the family of Ben Filpula, and for the Blevins, Eggertson-Gray, Fink-Lee, ffolliott-Knowles, Hellyer, Hollings, Hubert, Lewis, Martin, McIntyre-Trundle, McLeod, Matthews, Mountford, Pike, Ponting, Roett, and Wood families.

We pray for all for whom this Advent and Christmas is a time of particular physical or emotional pain.

We pray for the ministries of CAWST and St. Edmund’s, and give thanks for the opportunity to join in their outreach through St. Paul’s as part of the Advent Conspiracy.

Last, we lift up all who are suffering in our own city, our country, and the other parts of the world. In particular, we pray for healing for all who are enduring famine in East Africa and violence in Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, 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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