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Phone: 403-652-2271

602 3rd St SW

High River, AB T1V1B4

Sundays

Sunday Mornings @ 10:30am

Advent 2- the Hope of Jesus

Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 40 2 Corinthians 1:1-20 Matthew 12:22-32

Advent 2

Dear Friends 

We hope you can join us in worship and the Holy Eucharist, BAS service, at 10:30 am this Sunday. With winter weather here, and the challenges that go with it we plan to resume Zoom coverage  this week.  If you are unwell please join in on Zoom as you are able.

Zoom Service at 10:30 AM

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Meeting ID: 580 558 8254         Passcode: Fellowship

Announcements:

Santa Claus Parade: This Friday Dec 2- many thanks to those who have donated cookies and come to help with this outreach. Parade starts at 6:30 pm, so we will be handing out hot chocolate and cookies from 6 pm onwards at the beginning of the parade route.

Potluck Breakfast: This Sunday December 4th. At 9 am. Why not invite a friend out for breakfast?

Food Bank: a bin is in the front foyer for collecting items for the local foodbank. Let us support this important ministry for those in need in our community.

Coffee Hour: There is a signup sheet in the Hall if you are able to help out after service. Cookies and/or other items for the freezer for Sundays are welcome.

Prayer Chain: confidential requests are welcome, and updates are appreciated and are of great encouragement.  Contact Elaine at  emm.pelican@gmail.com

Memorial Plaque: we are accepting donations toward a second memorial plaque to remember past parishioners of our church.

Please remember in your prayers:

– the clergy and people of our Diocese

– those who are sick, suffering, fearful or in need, and their caregivers, especially doctors and nurses

– for peace within our country, and in the world, remembering areas of war, unrest and riots, and so many refugees. We ask for wise discernment in our leaders.

– for the victims of violence and natural disasters and those who suffer from the emotional and physical wounds from conflict

– for those who mourn

– our Indigenous brothers and sisters, remembering their hurt and grief at this time;

– those who are persecuted and oppressed for their faith in Jesus Christ

 

Christmas Services

December 18- Advent Lessons and Carols– 10:30 am

December 24- Christmas Eve Eucharist– 7 pm

December 25- Christmas Morning Eucharist– 10:30 am

A Diocesan Missional Minute

The liminal space of Advent asks much of us. It is an existential tension between darkness and light, waiting and receiving, not having and having. We are asked to step into a memory we have never had as modern Christians – that time before the plan of salvation was incarnate in the Son of God; and we are asked to step into a miracle we can hardly fathom – the birth of a child, heralded by an angel and crowned as king, an outcast even before he was born. Advent is full of dichotomy.

As we travel through this short season we journey with the very sun. In the Northern Hemisphere we note the amount of light in the day lessens dramatically, the air around us cools, nature responds with starkness where once there was lush green. Change is so perceptible that it surprises us, no matter how many times we have experienced this season of waiting.

In such a time of change, we might look for what is constant, what is comfort. We seek the ideas, patterns, and moments that anchor us, that remind us that we have been here before and we will move through this again. We take stock of what roots us in our lives.

Many of us look to family at this time of year. Some of us focus on what is to come. In Church we learn of the story of our salvation, and the plans in place to bring everything into its completion. Through all of this we rely on the promise God made to God’s people, a promise of abundance so spectacular that it can only come from an extravagant, generous God. A God who will lend us a piece of Their divinity in the humanity of flesh like ours. We are rooted in abundance. We are people of Advent Hope.

What tensions do you experience in Advent and how do you reconcile them? In what ways do you experience abundance even when the skies are heavy and the nights are long?

Check out “From the Prayer Chair” by Rev Haydn

Rev Haydn will have office hours this coming week on Wednesday and Friday from approximately 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Helen is in the office from 10-12 on Wednesdays.

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 C

People’s warden: Pat Reid: 403 652 2021

Church office: 403-652-2271     Email: stbenedicts@telus.net

Offerings by e-transfer via stbenedictstreasurer@telus.net 

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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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