Sunday, November 29, 2020

Service for Sunday, November 29, 2020: The First of Advent - Worshipping "In Place"


Today's Service is presented by

Rev. Dr. Robert Sears

and members of St. Cyprian's Parish,

Lacombe, AB

Readings for Sunday, November 29

Advent I

Isaiah 63: 16 - 64: 8

Psalm 80: 1-7

1 Corinthians 1: 3-9

The Gospel of Mark 13: 32-37

Thanks to Rev. Robert and volunteers for this week's service.

May it bless your day.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Service for Sunday, November 22, 2020: Celebrating the Reign of Christ while Worshipping "In Place"


This week's service is provided by the Parish of St. John's, Olds, Alberta.

Readings for Sunday, November 22, 2020

Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24

Psalm 95: 1-7a

Ephesians 1: 15-23

The Gospel of Matthew 25: 31-46

We give thanks for Rev. Dr. Robert Sears

and the parishioners of St. John's, Olds,

for providing this opportunity to worship.

Christ the King 

Our King is calling from the hungry furrows

Whilst we are cruising through aisles of plenty,

Our hoardings screen us from the man of sorrows,

Our soundtracks drown his murmur: 'I am thirsty'.

He stands in line to sign in as a stranger

And seek a welcome from the world he made,

We see him only as a threat, a danger,

He asks for clothes, we strip-search him instead.

And if he should fall sick then we take care

That he does not infect our private health,

We lock him in the prisons of our fear

Lest he unlock the prison of our wealth.

But still on Sunday we shall stand and sing

The praises of our hidden Lord and King.

-- The Feast of Christ the King,

a sonnet by Malcolm Guite*,

from Sounding the Seasons, Canterbury Press, 2012

*To hear the sonnet read aloud by the poet, click HERE and scroll down.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Music for Ordinary Time: Henry Purcell


Portrait of Henry Purcell
by John Closterman, 1695.
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Composer Henry Purcell was born sometime in 1659, possibly in early September, and died on this day -- November 21 -- in 1695.  He has the distinct reputation of being considered the greatest English composer of his time -- not equalled until several hundred years later, when Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughn Williams, William Walton and Benjamin Britten appeared in the twentieth century.

He served as an organist, and composed many pieces of liturgical chant, but also wrote for the theatre, including scores for The Fairy Queen (based on A Midsummer Night's Dream), Dido and Aeneas and The Tempest, as well as music for royal occasions -- and music for hymns we still sing today.

It's this music that's included in this reflection today...with links for your listening and viewing enjoyment.

First, from The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada -- hymns for which he wrote the tune, or for which the tune is attributed to him:

  • According to thy gracious word... - Tune: "Burford"; lyrics - James Montgomery, 1825;
  • For the Healing of the Nations - Tune: "Westminster Abbey"; lyrics - Fred Kaan, 1968;
  • Christ is made the sure foundation... - Tune: "Westminster Abbey" (see above); lyrics - John Mason Neale, 1851; 
  • Lord, teach us how to pray aright... - Tune: Walsall; lyrics - James Montgomery, 1819; and
  • Lord, when we bend before thy throne... - Tune: Walsall (see above); lyrics - Rev. J. D. Carlyle, 1802.
Next...some examples of his music performed "at diverse times and in sundry places"...

VOCES8 - Hear My Prayer, O Lord

An Evening Hymn - Featuring Voices of Music
with tenor Thomas Cooley

And for those who'd like "just the music, please"...

Pavan in B Flat
played by Voices of Music

May these pieces soothe you, comfort you, and bless your day.  😊

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Service for Sunday, November 15, 2020: Worshipping "In Place"

This week's Service is provided
St. Cyprian's Parish, Lacombe, Alberta


Readings for Sunday, November 15, 2020

Zephaniah 1: 7, 12-18

Psalm 90: 1-8

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11

The Gospel of Matthew 25: 14-30

Rev. Robert has provided these notes on the sermon this week:

The sermon suggests that we might be wrong about what we think about God. We might be mistaken about how much God loves us and what his expectations of us are. The parable of the talents highlights what it looks like to be woefully mistaken in just how important we are in God's eyes. We can learn from the one talent worker, more than we can from the other two. In fact, the one talent worker illustrates exactly how we shouldn't be.

Thank you to Rev. Dr. Robert Sears

and the volunteers from St. Cyprian's

for providing this at-home worship opportunity.

Source: Anglican Diocese of Calgary via Facebook

May this bless your day.

Friday, November 13, 2020

COVID Cancellation - Further Details


Details have arrived from the Anglican Diocese of Calgary...please click through and read the linked pdf file.  Thank you.

COVID-related Cancellation!

This just in from Rev. Robert:

The administration of Reserved Sacrament by Appointment, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 at St. Cyprian's Parish, Lacombe has been CANCELLED due to up-dated COVID-19 restrictions.

This is to be revisited monthly, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

A Service of Remembrance: November 11, 2020


This Service of Remembrance

is provided by both

St. Cyprian's Parish, Lacombe, AB


St. John's Parish, Olds, AB.

Thank you to Rev. Dr. Robert Sears

and to all who participated from both parishes.

May the lives of those we remember be for a blessing.