Hey friends, here are updates and reminders for our church community
Below you'll find:
Letter from Howard
Sunday Lineup and Readings
Online Service & Coffee Hour
Thy Kingdom Come
Hello, my friends.
It’s a little over two months since the WHO declared the Coronavirus a pandemic. My, how the world has changed. People are meeting up virtually on the telephone or Zoom. We are praying together more often (see our web page for opportunities for prayer) and continuing to look for ways to keep ourselves physically apart without becoming socially isolated.
We get together with good reason; the rate of depression and anxiety worldwide has risen. So let’s continue to meet (virtually) as often as we can, and I encourage you to bring a friend, too. We’re washing our hands much more often, and even washing the food we bring into our homes from the grocery store. Our church bells are ringing our thanks to essential workers who risk infection to keep services working. And we’re getting more artistic as we prevent the spread of COVID-19 by using designer facemasks with fabric prints to suit just about every personality.
In some areas the Alberta government will now allow pubs and business to open, but not in Calgary or Brooks because of higher rates of infection in these areas. Guidelines for opening churches for worship have been set out, but many ministers and pastors in Banff and Canmore know we need to move very carefully. A letter (attached) from Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson directs that Anglican churches in the Diocese of Calgary will not yet open.
We have exciting opportunities for you join people all over the world in of prayer and celebration. For instance, we join millions of others participating in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Global Wave of Prayer: Thy Kingdom Come. I hope you will find ways to join in. Thy Kingdom Come starts on Ascenscion Day (Thursday May 21) with a special service at 7:00 pm and continues for 10 days, concluding with services on the Day of Pentecost (Sunday May 31). We will hear from others from all over the world.
This is a time of unprecedented opportunity for our churches to find ways to share the love of God with neighbours and friends. Seth and I look foward to being with you for our family services, Sunday morning, May 17 at 9 and 11 a.m. for our family services.
Sometimes our worries seem like they are going to crush us. Other times we experience a calm we can’t explain, but it doesn’t last. Is there something/someone bigger we can trust?
Still these questions may remain: If God knows our needs, why should we pray about them? What is the value of prayer?
Join us online this Tuesday at at 7:30pm. There's no pressure, no follow up, no charge. Just an evening to share your thoughts and feelings of spirituality and faith without judgement, as we explore the Christian faith.
Missed last week? Here are links to last week's talk and discussion guide.
Deeper than mindfulness, Soultime offers a style of meditation that touches your heart and soul, not just your mind. Soultime brings the tradition of Christian meditation up to date in a beautiful, modern, emotionally aware app.
Eamonn has kindly offered a limited supply of excellent and stylish masks to help us stay safe while we go out.
They are free, first come first serve.
If you'd like to secure a mask, please contact Eamonn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In a small church such as our, much of our operating budget comes from the weekly giving of our members and regular attenders. Your giving counts and is greatly appreciated. Please consider continuing to give to the work of God at St. George's by giving online.