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Reflections, Images, and Videos from Our September 11 Services

September 13, 2016


We observed Holy Cross Sunday at St. Paul’s on September 11. The 4 videos embedded immediately below were shown on our screens before our 10 a.m. Service to prepare us for worship.


lemonade-640-dmEmbedded immediately below is the amazing video we watched as part of the Children’s Talk. Our Children’s Talk giver, Allison Pierce, used props of lemons, lemon juice, sugar, and lemonade, to build on the message of the video and encourage our children to have an attitude towards life that takes lemons and makes lemonade – an inner strength that Jesus will give to us when we seek him for it. (Allison encouraged us to think of Jesus as the sugar that transforms the bitterness of lemon juice into lemonade.) 


Embedded immediately below is the Gospel passage read at our 8:30 and 10 a.m. Services.


At our 10 a.m. Service, we had the great joy of Baptizing Amanda Sergon, pictured below wearing the white shawl she was given by our Prayer Shawl ministry, symbolizing her new life in Our Lord. Thanks to Jacquie Stoop (who’s soon to be Amanda’s mother-in-law) for these excellent photos! 




530157Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon this your servant the forgiveness of  sin, and have raised her to the new life of grace. Sustain her, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give her an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen. (BAS, p. 160)

Amanda: We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood. (BAS, p. 161)

We watched the following video about Baptism (minus the volume) before our 10 a.m. Service.

After our 10 a.m. Service, we shared the awesome Baptismal cake pictured below (plus great cakes from Amanda and Louis Helmy). Thank you, Robbie Coller, for baking it; and thank you, Allison Pierce, for taking the photo (before we devoured it)!



At the end of our 10 a.m. Service, we watched the following video.

back-to-church-sundayAfter the video, we reflected on how we’re called to be not only a welcoming church, but also an inviting church – to move past our comfort zones and rely on Our Lord Jesus to be the sugar in our lives to turn the lemons of fear of rejection and embarrassment to the lemonade of sharing Our Lord’s loving invitation with coworkers, neighbours, friends, and family to “come and see” his Presence with us at our Services on September 25, as part of Back to Church Sunday.


We left the Sanctuary after our 10 a.m. Service with the following video playing – a reprise of our second pre-Service video, united with Amanda in our resolve to “Go forth in the Name of Christ.”

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  1. I could not resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!

    • Thanks for visiting my blog, and sharing your encouraging words! I wish you well in your life’s endeavours.

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