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Phone: 403-652-2271

602 3rd St SW

High River, AB T1V1B4

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Sunday Mornings @ 10:30am


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Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Advent 3

Third Sunday in Advent

Every year we celebrate the holy season of Advent.

Every year we pray the beautiful prayers of longing and waiting,

and sing those lovely songs of hope and promise.

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 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)

– For peace within our country, and in the world, for victims of violence and natural disasters, and for areas of unrest and riots.  We ask for wise discernment in our leaders;

– The Holy Land, and for Ukraine and Russia – for the end to war;

– Those who are sick, suffering, isolated or in need.

– Those who have died and those who mourn;

– The poor, the homeless, and the needy in our communities;

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

– Refugees, remembering those fleeing regimes around the world.

– 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). We remember especially this week in our parish cycle:  Eugene Begert, and Bob and Jo-Anne Corbett.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:

St. Mark, Innisfail, The Rev. Ethel English (Hon.) The Rev. Inez Hannett (Hon.) The Rev. Gordon Ponifex. Ministry Development Team

In our Companion Diocese of the Windward Islands:

Grace Church, Riviere Doree with St. Paul and Christ-the King on St. Lucia, The Rev. Eleanor Glasgow, 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.

Advent Liturgy and Practice

To balance the two elements of remembrance and anticipation, the first two Sundays in Advent (through December 16th) look forward to Christ’s second coming, and the last two Sundays (December 17th – 24th) look backward to remember Christ’s first coming. Over the course of the four weeks, Scripture readings move from passages about Christ’s return in judgment to Old Testament passages about the expectation of the coming Messiah to New Testament passages about the announcements of Christ’s arrival by John the Baptist and the Angels.

While it is challenging to keep in mind amid holiday celebrations, shopping, lights and decorations, and joyful carols, Advent is intended to be a season of fasting, much like Lent, and there are a variety of ways that this time of mourning works itself out in the season. Reflection on the violence and evil in the world causes us to cry out to God to make things right—to put death’s dark shadows to flight. Our exile in the present makes us look forward to our future Exodus. And our own sinfulness and need for grace lead us to pray for the Holy Spirit to renew his work in conforming us into the image of Christ.

One catechism describes Advent spirituality beautifully: “When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: ‘He must increase, but I must decrease.’”

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 Coffee hour: Please sign up to help with coffee hour.  Donations of muffins and cookies are welcome!

This month:

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

****Christmas Services****

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

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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 9:30am to 2pm.

Church office: 403 652 2271 Email:  admin@stbenshr.church

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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St. Ben's Donation Information

To make a donation to St. Benedict’s, please use one of the following options.

  1. Deliver cash to the parish office at 602 3rd St SW High River, AB
  2. Make a cheque payable to St. Benedict’s Anglican Church and mail to 602 3rd St SW High River, AB T1V1B4 or deliver in person to the parish office at the same address.
  3. Send an e-transfer from your banking institute to treasurer@stbenshr.church. 

All donations are eligible for a tax deductible receipt and are gratefully appreciated.

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