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News, Links, and Prayers for January 5 to February 3

January 12, 2013

You are my beloved child; with you I am well pleased.
(Luke 3:22)

There are 12 news items, 7 links, and 10 prayer paragraphs for January 5 to February 3.

NEWS:

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

At our Annual Meeting on January 27, 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 January 5, We Committed 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. On January 5, we spent a special afternoon celebrating Doug’s life together at St. Paul’s. At the Celebration Service, we were able to fulfill Doug’s wish to have “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes. A version of this hymn on the bagpipes is embedded below.

On January 6, We Joined the Magi in Worship:

On January 6, we observed the Feast of the Epiphany at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m., beginning the Season in which we focus on the revealing of Our Lord’s glory as the Light of the world.

For an excerpt from the Sermon at our Services, please click here

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

Movie - January 11

On Friday, January 11, eighteen people braved the cold and watched 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 were all free. We also had the extra added bonus of beginning our evening with Carol Burnett’s sketch “Went with the Wind,” courtesy of Betty Campbell. Huge thanks to John McIntyre, Betty, and all our Christian Education Committee, for once again hitting a home run with this great evening!

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

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, 23, and 30, We are Watching Videos to Help Us be “Grounded in God’s Love”:

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.

For an audio clip of Henri Nouwen, plus audio clips of Brennan Manning and Tony Campolo, please click here

On January 16, Our Youth are Serving at The Seed:

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Once a month, our youth serve 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 allowing the light of the Lord shine through you this Epiphany Season!

On January 19, the Men of the Parish are Sharing a Breakfast in Len Mountford’s Honour:

Men's Breakfast

The following message is from Kerry Peters:

This is the first Men’s Breakfast of the New Year and we will be dedicating it to Len Mountford. It would be great to have a really good turn out. The breakfast will be as English as we can make it but without black puddings!! The dress code for this function [if possible] is soccer strip. Len was an avid Stoke City fan. We will be making a donation from the breakfast to the Friends of Morales Orphanage in Mexico, a project dear to Len and Lynda’s heart. Come and enjoy!

On January 20, We are Celebrating the Week of Christian Unity at St. Paul’s:

The theme this year is Micah 6:8: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” We shall be joining with our brothers and sisters throughout the world by having our music, prayers, and other parts of the Liturgy at both 8:30 and 10:00 Services this day, share this focus.

On January 27, We are Commemorating the Conversion of Our Patron, St. Paul:

Our focus on January 27 will be the same as the Apostle Paul, who after being blinded by the light of the Lord on the Road to Damascus, had a life and ministry characterized by the vision of opening hearts and minds to God’s Grace. (Of course, this is also OUR Vision as a Parish, who bear his name as our Patron!) We shall focus on how grace is needed by all, offered to all, and to be shared with all.

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As part of our focus on grace shared, remembering that this is the Season in which the Holy Family fled as refugees into Egypt, Doreen and Kerry Peters will present a skit that especially remembers the challenges faced by refugees.

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

At 11:30 A.M. on January 27, We are Sharing Our Annual Meeting of Parishioners:

At 11:30 a.m. on January 27, everyone is invited to our Annual Meeting of Parishioners (AMP). 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.

As mentioned in the top of this posting, there are openings for the following Parish Council positions: Christian Education, Community Connection, Hospitality, Outreach, Stewardship, and Youth ministries. We shall also be seeking a Deputy People’s Warden and Treasurer. 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. After January 21, you will be able to access the Reports by clicking here, and the Minutes by clicking here. Print versions of both will also be handed out at our January 20 Services, and then be available on a table in the Parish Hall.

The exception to this is our 2013 Budget, which will not be available until January 24. This is because we found out on January 10 that Worley Parsons will be terminating its contract with us for parking at the end of February. This has required Parish Council to meet and put together a revised 2013 Budget to recommend at the Annual Meeting, which they will be doing on January 22.  

On February 3, We are Welcoming Our Bishop into Our Midst:

On February 3, we are delighted to welcome Bishop Greg in his first visit to St. Paul’s. We have a wonderfully full day planned! The Bishop will officiate at both 8:30 and 10:00 Services. At the 10:00 Service, he will be Confirming Zachary Brisbin. At some time on the 3rd (perhaps between the two Services?), the Bishop will also be dedicating our new sign. And after the 10:00 Service, the Bishop will be sharing lunch with us. It promises to be an awesome day! Please spread the word!

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 January 13 News Bulletin; the December/January issue of Living Waters; and the December and January Calendars. After January 21, our 2012 Annual Reports will be posted, and after January 24, our 2013 Proposed Budget.] (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 “Bishop Justin Welby Becomes Archbishop of Canterbury-elect” and “Appreciate the ‘Silent Conspiracy of Generous Dedication'”;

5. http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/news.cfm/2012/12/18/ACNS5277 – for information on how to subscribe to the re-launched Anglican World magazine;

6. http://www.jeffbridges.com/perception.html – to a powerful reminder to “stop and smell the roses” (or hear the music!), the true story of a “Perception” experiment featuring the outstanding musician Joshua Bell playing the violin in the Washington D.C. Subway  (Thank you for this, Dinah Breu!); actual footage of Bell playing in the Subway is embedded below.

and, on the lighter side: 7. http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/lXKDu6cdXLI?rel=0 – to an endearing video, embedded below, entitled “Jazz for Cows” [I can’t help but note the contrasting responses to music from the humans and cows in links 6 and 7. Our bovine fellow-creatures have something to teach us here, I think!] (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.

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:

it's a boyWe give thanks for the birth of Jason Raymond Gabriel Gosselin; and for Jason’s health, and the health of his Mom, Kristine. We celebrate the gift of life with them, Jason’s proud Grandma Sheila O’Shea, and all the family.

We thank the Lord for the improving health of Audrey Atkins, Josie Brown, Ken Brightman, Verna Hewett, Janice Scott, Rod Spence, Bob and Marlene Wright, and Barb Wysotzki.

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 making manifest Our Lord’s glory as the Light of the world, to us, in us, and through us, as we live his love in the world.

Doug Irwin and John Taylor went to be with the Lord on December 30 and January 8, respectively. We pray for comfort for Rosemarie, Brenda, and all the members of both families, in this time of need. Rest eternal grant to Doug and John, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

In their recent bereavements, we pray for comfort for the family of Margaret Anderson and Ben Filpula, and for the Eggertson-Gray, Fink-Lee, ffolliott-Knowles, Hellyer, Hollings, Lewis, Martin, Matthews, Mountford, and Ponting families.

We pray especially for Our Lord’s healing touch upon Andrew Ablett (David’s brother), Audrey Atkins, Ken Brightman, Lionel Chaddock (Catherine Curren’s uncle), Helen Cleveley (who is responsible for our soup label ministry), Dave Christopher (Doreen and Kerry Peters’ friend), Barb Eason, Verna Hewett, Dorothy Lewis, Kevin Mark, Dennis Moore, Lynda Mountford, Nicola Peden’s father, Ken Penley (Linda Hubert’s father), Peggy Pingot, Bob Plant, Janice Scott, Rod Spence (son of Chris and Dorothy), Bishop Gary Woolsey, Marlene Wright, and Barb Wysotzki; and for all those suffering from the flu.

We continue to 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 justice and respect for First Nations’ people, and all our brothers and sisters in Canada and throughout the world.     

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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