Monday, September 3, 2018

It's Time for our Annual Fall Dinner!



All are welcome to our
Annual Fall Feast!

What a way to kick off the City of Lacombe's
Harvest Festival Weekend!

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Menu:  Roast beef with all the trimmings!
Our Fantastic Table of Pies!

Cost: $15.00 per person

For tickets, please call Thelma: 403-506-4955

Tickets are limited so act quickly!

We'd hate to miss you!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Poetry in Ordinary Time -- for the Saints of July

In the Anglican tradition, the liturgical calendar includes Holy Days -- special days of observance that, if they fall on a Sunday, have prayers associated with them which may be used in a Sunday service.  (For the curious, see the section beginning on page 388 of the Book of Alternative Services.)

July has three such days -- the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle (July 3), that of St. Mary Magdalene (July 22) and that of St. James the Apostle (July 25).

In his book, Sounding the Seasons -- which I've been using to follow the church year -- priest and poet Malcolm Guite has a poem for two of these figures: Thomas and Mary, which I share now for your mid-summer reflections...

(NOTE: To hear the poet read his work aloud, click the title of each poem.)


Santo Tomas
Diego Valazquez, Spain
ca. 1619 - 1620


St. Thomas the Apostle

'We do not know...how can we know the way?'
Courageous master of the awkward question,
You spoke the words the others dared not say
And cut through their evasion and abstraction.
O doubting Thomas, father of my faith,
You put your finger on the nub of things:
We cannot love some disembodied wraith,
But flesh and blood must be our king of kings.
Your teaching is to touch, embrace, anoint,
Feel after him and find him in the flesh.
Because he loved your awkward counterpoint,
The Word has heard and granted you your wish.
O place my hands with yours, help me divine
The wounded God whose wounds are healing mine.



Appearance of Jesus Christ
to Maria Magdalena
Alexander Andreyevich, 1835

St. Mary Magdalene

Men called you light so as to load you down,
And burden you with their own weight of sin,
A woman forced to cover and contain
Those seven devils sent by Everyman.
But one man set you free and took your part,
One man knew and loved you to the core,
The broken alabaster of your heart
Revealed to him alone a hidden door,
Into a garden where the fountain sealed,
Could flow at last for him in healing tears,
Till, in another garden, he revealed
The perfect love that cast out all your fears,
And quickened you with love's own sway and swing,
As light and lovely as the news you bring.






Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Worship in the Great Outdoors!

July 26 through 29, Lacombe celebrates Lacombe Days -- and included in this is the popular Pancake Breakfast and Worship in the Park.

Rev. Dr. Sears and his family hope to be in Alberta for this event, and look forward to meeting many of the congregation there that morning, so he can introduce us to his family.

Here are the details!





Location: ME Global Athletic Park at 5644 56 Avenue
(near the High School)
Time:  Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Worship: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Admission?  FREE!
All welcome!

Wanna meet St. Cy's folks?
Look for people in blue tee-shirts that say "St. Cyprian's"!


NOTE: Those who go for breakfast may get a seat in the bleachers around the "worship field".  If you sleep in and show up for the service only, be sure to bring your own lawn chairs!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Poetry in Ordinary Time: Celebrating Baptism



Baptism

Love's hidden thread has drawn us to the font,
A wide womb floating on the breath of God,
Feathered with seraph wings, lit with the swift
Lightening of praise, with thunder over-spread,
And under-girded with an unheard song,
Calling through water, fire, darkness, pain,
Calling us to the life for which we long,
Yearning to bring us to our birth again.
Again the breath of God is on the waters
In whose reflecting face our candles shine,
Again he draws from death the sons and daughters
For whom he bid the elements combine.
As living stones around a font today,
Rejoice with those who roll the stone away.

-- Malcolm Guite


You can listen to the poet read his work aloud HERE.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Poetry in Ordinary Time: The Forerunner


John the Baptist in the Wilderness
Berner Nelkenmeister, 1495

Yesterday -- June 24 -- was the Feast Day of St. John, the Baptizer.  At this same time of year, we mark the longest day in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the south: a Solstice.

Here's how British priest and poet, Malcolm Guite, reflects on this day:

St. John's Eve

Midsummer night, and bonfires on the hill
Burn for the man who makes way for the Light:
'He must increase and I diminish still,
Until his sun illuminates my night.'
So John the Baptist pioneers our path,
Unfolds the essence of the life of prayer,
Unlatches the last doorway into faith,
And makes one inner space an everywhere.
Least of the new and greatest of the old,
Orpheus on the threshold with his lyre,
He sets himself aside, and cries, 'Behold
The One who stands amongst you comes with fire!'
So keep his fires burning through this night,
Beacons and gateways for the child of light.

-- Malcolm Guite, Sounding the Seasons


**You can hear this read aloud by the poet HERE.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Yard Sale Time!!



It's that time of year again!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Set up: 8 a.m.

Sale: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

In addition to treasures galore,
there'll be 

Home Baking
&
Coffee

Buy to eat on the spot, or take goodies home!


Now....parishioners...

Did you sign up to help?
"Set up" had several helpers listed
as of May 27

BUT

Shifts and "Take Down" could use some folks!

Can't be there to help?

Bring your gently used sale items to the church
on Thursday and/or Friday.

Please price your items if you can!

See you on Saturday!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Poetry and Music for the Trinity: Malcolm Guite and Steve Bell




Trinity Sunday

In the Beginning, not in time or space,
But in the quick before both space and time,
In Life, in Love, in co-inherent Grace,
In three in one and one in three, in rhyme,
In music, in the whole creation story,
In his own image, his imagination,
The Triune Poet makes for us his glory,
And makes us each the other's inspiration.
He calls us out of darkness, chaos, chance,
To improvise a music of our own,
To sing the chord that calls us to the dance,
Three notes resounding from a single tone,
To sing the End in whom we all begin'
Our God beyond, beside us, and within.

-- Malcolm Guite


Hear the poet read this aloud HERE.

And...you're invited to enjoy Steve Bell's rendition of The Lorica -- a celebration of the Trinity...