Phone: 403-652-2271

602 3rd St SW

High River, AB T1V1B4


Sunday Mornings @ 10:30am

Reign of Christ Sunday

Ezekiel 34:11-16; 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Advent 23

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:

St. John, Olds- The Rev. Dr. Robert Sears, The Rev. Inez Hannett (Hon.), Vocational Deacons

In our Companion Diocese of the Windward Islands:

St. Matthew, Biabou (bee-abou) with St. Sylvan, Stubbs and St. Mark, Greggs, on St. Vincent,  The Rev. Deacon Kenwick Lewis

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  caring 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.


“God Is Closer Than You Think” by John Ortberg

Reviewed by Paul Dumbrille

 In the book “God Is Closer Than You Think”, John Ortberg sets out seven general ways of experiencing God, or “pathways”, as he calls them, to God.

These include:

Worship pathway: where something deep inside finds release when praise and adoration are given voice. Music is helpful in this.

Contemplative pathway: where reflection comes naturally, and God feels most present when distractions and noises are removed, such as through meditation and centering prayer.

Serving pathway: where God’s presence is felt most tangibly when helping others, in praying while they are serving. This pathway attracts those engaging in mission related activities.

Relational pathway: where people find God’s presence through significant interpersonal relationships. They experience God in community and through others.

Intellectual pathway: where people draw closer to God through learning, studying helps these people experience God best in silence and in study.

Creation pathway: where people celebrate the deeply life-giving and God-breathed presence in nature or in the creativity of the arts.

Activist pathway: where people experience God in looking at and doing new things. They experience God in action.

How do you experience God? Are there pathways you wish to explore more fully? This book has something for everyone. 

You crown the year with your goodness, and you paths overflow with plenty.

May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing,

and the hills be clothed with joy.

May the meadows cover themselves with flocks,

and the valleys cloak themselves with grain;

let them shout for joy and sing.

Psalm 65:11-13

 (from: Anglican Fellowship of Prayer Newsletter. Vol. 31, No. 4. Autumn 2023)


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

Looking Ahead:

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

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

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 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.

Rector’s Warden: Liz Sutherland: 403 601 6952

People’s Warden: Pat Reid: 403 652 2021

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Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord.

The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth,

Being patient with it until it receives the early and late rains.

You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts,

For the coming of the Lord is near.

-James 5:7-8

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