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Phone: 403-652-2271

602 3rd St SW

High River, AB T1V1B4

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Sunday Mornings @ 10:30am

The Second Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:18-15a; Mark 1:1-8

Advent 2

It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us,

memories of goodness and thus to open the doors of hope.

Pope Benedict XVI

Dear Friends

You are invited to join us this Sunday at 10:30. If you are away, or unwell, please join by Zoom.

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Please remember in your prayers:

The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury;

The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada;

The Most Rev. Gregory Kerr-Wilson, Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Calgary;

The Rt. Rev. Leopold Friday, Bishop of our Companion Diocese of the Windward Islands;

– This Sunday’s service; that the Holy Spirit will inspire our worship and bless us through God’s Word:

– The Prayer of Jabez: Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil so that I may not cause pain!” And God granted what he requested. (I Chron. 4:10)

– Those who are sick, suffering, fearful, or in need, and their caregivers, doctors, and nurses:

– To give thanks for those who have died in the peace of Christ, and pray for those who mourn:

– For the poor, the homeless, the disabled, and the needy in our communities, and those who help them:

– For peace within our country, and in the world, remembering particularly the Holy Land, Ukraine, and tensions in the Far East; we pray for areas of violence, unrest, and riots, asking for wise discernment in our leaders:

– For the victims of violence and natural disasters, particularly remembering those displaced, and those working to bring relief, such as firefighters and first responders:

– Refugees, remembering those fleeing wars, oppressive regimes and natural disasters:

– Our Indigenous brothers and sisters, and their leaders in our diocese and country:

– Our congregation of St. Benedict’s; that we may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. (c.f. Colossians 4:12).

 

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:

Holy Trinity, Rocky Mountain House, The Lay Ministers

St. Cuthbert & St. George, Sundre, Mr. Gerald Ingeveld, Lay, The Rev. John Gishler (Hon.)

Archdeacons and Regional Deans (BARDS)

In our Companion Diocese of the Windward Islands:

St. David and St. Paul on Grenada, The Rev. Fr. Edward Mark, Priest-in-Charge

 Prayer Requests: If you or a close family member are in special need of prayer, our team will be happy to pray for you; We will pray for a specific request for one month, or longer, based on updates. Please place confidential requests in the box located in the narthex or email Llizabet at llizabetc@gmail.com

Card Ministry: Diane has taken on our card ministry. If you know of a need in our parish for a card, please contact her at 403 652 5679.

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Advent Symbolism

Advent symbolizes the church’s present situation in these “last days” (Acts 2:17Hebrews 1:2) as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. The church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testament: in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis, they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people.

In this light, the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel perfectly represents the church’s cry  during the Advent season:

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the
 Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

While Israel would have sung the song in expectation of Christ’s first coming, the church now sings the song to commemorate the first coming and expects the second coming in the future.

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Coffee hour: Please sign up to help with coffee hour.  Donations are welcome!

This month:

December 17th – Community Carols Service at 7 pm at the High River United Church

December 24th -10:30 am Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

-7 pm Christmas Eve Eucharist

December 25th -10:30 am Christmas Morning Holy Communion

December 31st – 10:30 am Eucharist with Prayer for Healing

Rev. Haydn will be in the office this week on Wednesday and Friday from about 9:30 am to 2 pm.

Church office: 403 652 2271

Please contact the Wardens with any concerns and good news!

Rector: 403 999 4181. revhaydnschofield@gmail.com

Rector’s Warden: Liz Sutherland: 403 601 6952

People’s Warden: Pat Reid: 403 652 2021

Offerings by etransfer via treasurer@stbenshr.church

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