Phone: 403-652-2271

602 3rd St SW

High River, AB T1V1B4


Sunday Mornings @ 10:30am

First Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80: 1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

Advent 1

Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man.

Pope Francis

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 to bring about lasting peace:

– 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:

St. Cyprian, Lacombe. The Rev. Dr. Robert Sears

Church of the Epiphany, Rimbey, The Wardens

Companion Diocese Committee

In our Companion Diocese of the Windward Islands:

St. Patrick, Barrouallie (barrel-ee) with St. David, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, All Saints, and Mary Magdalene, on St. Vincent, The Rev. Alison Samuel, 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

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.

We are thinking of including families from our contact list, on a rotational basis, in our Sunday intercessions. If you don’t wish to be included please let Pat of Liz know.


What Is Advent? History and Meaning

Some people may know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas. This is part of the story, but there’s more to Advent.

The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which translates to the Greek word parousia. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1), his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (John 1:29), and his first miracle at Cana (John 2:1). During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration; originally, there was little connection between Advent and Christmas.

By the 6th century, however, Roman Christians had tied Advent to the coming of Christ. But the “coming” they had in mind was not Christ’s first coming in the manger in Bethlehem, but his second coming in the clouds as the judge of the world. The Advent season was not explicitly linked to Christ’s first coming at Christmas until the Middle Ages.


Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for the First Sunday in Advent.)


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

This week:

December 1st – Community Santa Claus Parade at 6:30 pm.  We will once again be hosting a Hot Chocolate stand. Come early with your family to watch the parade from our church yard.

December 3rd –Advent 1- Potluck breakfast at 9:15 am

Looking ahead:

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 – 10:30am 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

Please contact the Wardens with any concerns and good news!

Rector: 403 999 4181.

Rector’s Warden: Liz Sutherland: 403 601 6952

People’s Warden: Pat Reid: 403 652 2021

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I don’t always feel His presence.

But God’s promises do not depend upon my feelings;

they rest upon His integrity.

R.C. Sproul

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