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News, Links, and Prayers for December 29 to January 16

December 30, 2012

Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
(Colossians 3:14)

There are 14 news items, 6 links, and 9 prayer paragraphs for December 29 to January 16.


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.

Our Christmas Dinner and Pageant “Filled” Us to Overflowing with God’s Blessings:

Christmas Dinner Poster

Chrismas Around the WorldSaturday, December 15, We shared a delicious Garfield Christmas Dinner (lasagna), and then an excellent Chrismas Pageant. This year, the Sunday School presented “Christmas Around the World.” There were also anthems by the Choir, solos and duets, plus readings. And all of us will sang Christmas carols and songs. It was a great time of being literally “filled” with God’s blessings.

For photos of this wonderful evening, and thanks to those who helped put it together, please click here.

On December 16, We Decorated Our Christmas Tree:


On December 16, the Third Sunday of Advent, we decorated our Christmas Tree with Chrismons (white and gold symbols of Our Lord) between our 8:30 and 10:00 Services. Above is a photo of our tree as it appears this year. A special “Thank you” to Ruth Clark for making the new Chrismon featured in the second picture. Both images will elargen if you click on them. For more information about Chrismons, please check out the Advent Resources’ Table in the Hall, or go to Gmail and type in as your email address stpaulscalgary, and as your password God’s Grace; then go to “Drive” and open up the document entitled “History of Chrismons.” 

On December 19, Our Youth Served at The Seed:


Once a month, our youth served dinner at The Mustard Seed. The next time they’re scheduled to serve is Wednesday, January 16. For more information, please talk with me or with Aaron Havens, our OneBody South Coordinator; or check out our Youth Group’s Facebook page (“St. Paul’s Calgary Youth”). Thank you, members of our Youth Group (and adult drivers), for reaching out like this with the love of Our Lord whose birth we celebrate this Christmas!

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

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

For more information about our Lessons and Carols Services, please click here.

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

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

At 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, we had a Service of Holy Eucharist especially geared for young children and their families. This year, I read the lovely story, Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale. For the first time, we were able to enjoy sing “Silent Night” by candlelight at the Children’s Service, through the safety of electric candles!

At 7:30 and 10:30, we shared Services of Holy Eucharist by candlelight (not electric, but real wax candles with new non-drip covers!).

For more information about our Christmas Eve Services, please click here.

Chapel in Winter

Then at 10:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, we shared a traditional Book of Common Prayer Service of Holy Eucharist at our beautiful 127 year old Midnapore Chapel.

For more information about our Christmas Day Service, please click here.

On December 28, We Committed Margaret Anderson into Our Lord’s Eternal Keeping:

Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson, who since April 2011 has been a dear member of our Parish family, passed into eternal life on December 19. The Service celebrating her life took place at 10:00 a.m. on December 28, at McInnis and Holloway’s Fish Creek Chapel.

For more information, please click here.

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).

days-of-angelsAt this Service, we shall continue our “tradition” at St. Paul’s of singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” complete with cards explaining what each of the twelve gifts represent.

Also, in place of a sermon, I’m going to read for us “The Hornbill” a Christmas reflection by master storyteller Walter Wangerin, Jr.

On January 5, We are Committing Doug Irwin into Our Lord’s Eternal Care:

Doug IrwinOn December 29, our dear brother Doug Irwin slipped peacefully into eternal rest at the Southwood Hospice, where he had only just today been admitted. Doug, as you may know, showed incredible strength, living with physical trials that would stop lesser men in their tracks many times over, and doing so with a gentle grace that exuded the love of Our Lord. It was an honour and inspiring to know him. We shall gather together to celebrate Doug’s life at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, at St. Paul’s. Everyone is invited.

On January 6, We are Joining 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.

On January 11, We are Sharing Our First Movie Night of 2013:

Movie - January 11

At 7:30 p.m., on Friday, January 11, you are invited to come and watch a movie to warm the heart, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” As the above image (which will enlargen if you click on it) says, the movie, the food, and the beverages are all free, so please plan to join us, and bring your family and friends!

On January 13, We are Celebrating the Baptism of the Lord and Offering the Sacrament of Holy Baptism to Victory Aneto:

It is most appropriate that we should mark the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord with the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, and this year we are overjoyed to be able to Baptize Victory Aneto and Rowan Mack. We rejoice with Eberechukiou, Graham and Heather, and all the members of the families and their friends, and pray for God’s blessings to be poured out without measure upon Victory and Rowan, and upon them all.  

On January 16, We Shall Watch the First Video in the “Grounded in God’s Love” Series:

Do you know in the very core of your being that you are beloved of God? Is this belovedness the centre from which all your actions in life flow? Is God’s love the soil in which your roots are planted, so that its nutrients can bring forth fruit in your life? This January, we are reminding ourselves that all we do in 2013 needs to come from who we are, by beginning the year with a video series that is designed to help ground us in God’s love.

On three consecutive Wednesday evenings in January, we’ll watch presentations on God’s love by the following three master Christian communicators: on January 16, Henri Nouwen, speaking on “The Life of the Beloved;” on January 23, Brennan Manning, speaking on “The Abba Experience;” and on January 30, Tony Campolo, speaking on how “Love Changes Everything.” All videos will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown on the screen in the Sanctuary. There is no charge, and popcorn will be provided!

Everyone is invited! 

To give a little taste of what is in store, the first few minutes of Henri Nouwen’s talk on January 16 are embedded below.


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 30 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 “Reflections on the Newtown Shootings” and “Archbishop of Canterbury Writes Advent Letter to Primates”;

5. – to the video, embedded below, of a surprise encounter with live Christmas music at the mall (Thank you for this, Dinah Breu and Bill Hellyer!);

and, on the lighter side: 6. – to the video, embedded below, entitled “Digital Nativity” (Thanks again, Paul – it’s a very fitting submission for you as our Communications Coordinator on Parish Council to make!).

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 Andrew Ablett, Verna Hewett, Bob Plant, Art Trundle (Rhonda’s father), and Margaret Wheeler.

We give thanks for the awesome privilege of offering the Sacrament of Holy Baptism to Victory Aneto and Rowan Mack on January 13, sharing the joy of Eberechukiou, Graham and Heather, and all in these families and their friends.

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.

Two dear members of our Parish family, Margaret Anderson and Doug Irwin, went to be with the Lord on December 19 and 30, respectively. We pray for comfort for Margaret’s daughters, Adrienne and Alison, and for Rosemarie and all Doug’s family, in this time of need. Rest eternal grant to Margaret and Doug, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

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 especially for Our Lord’s healing touch upon Andrew Ablett (David’s brother), Audrey Atkins, 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, Dorothy Lewis, Kevin Mark, Dennis Moore, Lynda Mountford, Nicola Peden’s father, Ken Penley (Linda Hubert’s father), Peggy Pingot, Bob Plant, Rod Spence (son of Chris and Dorothy), Bishop Gary Woolsey, Bob and Marlene Wright, and Barb Wysotzki; and for all those suffering from the flu.

Xms-Peace-on-EarthWe pray for all for whom this Advent and Christmas is a time of particular physical or emotional pain. We especially pray for the people of Newtown, Connecticut, after the devastation of the shooting deaths of 28 people, 20 of whom were precious elementary school aged children.   

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 One whose coming in our lives brings peace on earth.

God bless you all, always.

Your Brother in Jesus,

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