Sunday, September 25, 2022

Service for Sunday, September 25, 2022: Morning Prayer in Your "Jammies"


A Parable of Consequence

Today's online service of Morning Prayer is provided by Rev. Robert Sears on behalf of the Anglican Parish of St. Cyprian's, Lacombe, Alberta.
May it bless your day. 😊

Readings for Sunday, September 25, 2022
Jeremiah 32: 1-3a, 6-15
Psalm 91: 1-6, 14-16
1 Timothy 6: 6-19
The Gospel according to Luke 16: 19-31.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a thanksgiving service for Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 2 pm at St. Cyprian's Anglican church in Lacombe. All able to do so are welcome to attend.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Sundae Sunday is Coming!


Sunday, September 25, 2022

in the Parish of St. Cyprian's, Lacombe, Alberta

Welcome back everyone from summer travels with a build-your-own-sundae party after the 10:00 a.m. service.  

Remember that adults planning to over-indulge 
must be accompanied by a child!  

Service for Sunday, September 18, 2022: Morning Prayer in Your "Jammies"


Today's online Morning Prayer service is provided by Rev. Robert Sears on behalf of
the Anglican Parish of St. John's, Olds, Alberta.

Rev. Robert is offering a different format for these services for the next little while; may they continue to be a blessing to all who view them. 😊

Readings for Sunday, September 18, 2022
Jeremiah 8:18 - 9:1
Psalm 79: 1-9
1 Timothy 2: 1-7
The Gospel according to Luke 16: 1-13

Particular Prayers:

We pray for all those who have died especially Queen Elizabeth II with thanksgiving ...that God will receive her into his eternal mercy and for all who mourn especially the Royal Family in grief ...That they will be strengthened by God's Grace. We pray for King Charles lll and the transition of the monarchy.

We continue to pray for the people of Ukraine.

Creator of the universe, the light of your glory shines in the darkness of our lives. Make us attentive to your presence, prompt to serve you, and ever eager to follow in the steps of the one who is our true light, Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Reflection in Ordinary Time: Alexander McCall Smith

‘A Day in September’ is a poem, written by Alexander McCall Smith, to mark the the occasion of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. It was carried on the front page of the Sunday Times of Scotland, 11 September, 2022. I share it here with dual purpose: to honour the passing of our Queen, and to provide food for thought, reflection and prayer in light of our parish meeting with Archdeacon Pilar Gateman yesterday. Our discussion included the impact of COVID and aging on our rural parish (and its finances), and our concerns for the future.

A Day in September

When we lose from our accustomed world
Something that had been part of the map
By which we thought we might manage
To find a way along what seems like
An increasingly difficult path,
We know there is little point
In dwelling too long on the inevitability
That dictates that everything ends;
Yet knowing the way a story concludes
Doesn’t make the actual ending
Any easier, nor transform to any extent
The way in which the playwright
Writes the concluding act, the final lines.
Our picture of the world we inhabit
Is made up of the daily and the familiar,
Of places that form the background
Of our ordinary lives, always present,
Like certain people we assume
Will not really have to leave us,
And then suddenly are no longer there,
And we notice their loss, as if the lights
Have been suddenly dimmed,
Or a clock that was ticking
Has fallen silent, its hands
Stopping at an arbitrary
And unremarkable time:
A moment when most of us
Were doing nothing special,
Before we were told that something
We knew must happen, has happened.
It is at such times that reaching
The end of the final act, the point
At which the stage curtain must fall,
We realise what it is that we miss
In the normal way we lead our lives;
And we look for things that are permanent,
And not glibly imitated, nor for sale:
Duty and kindness, old-fashioned virtues
That we should never have dreamed
We did not need, but without which
The play in which we all are actors
Will not end well; we see these qualities,
And understand, with sudden shock,
How much we need one another,
How much we want to do better
With our bruised and suffering world,
How much we want love, not selfishness,
To be the note to which the orchestra tunes,
The note taken up by the chorus, and sung
Loud enough to drown out all the other noise.

Friday, September 9, 2022

A Special Guest on Sunday


This Sunday -- September 11, 2022 -- the Ven. Dr. Pilar Gateman, Executive Officer and Archdeacon of Calgary, will be visiting St. Cyprian's parish.  She is coming to meet with parishioners over lunch about various issues of concern to the parish, which could include the impact of COVID-19 on our parish -- on our parish family, on our ministries and the communities it serves -- and the challenges of rural parishes such as ours, in this day and age.

While she will be present for the service of Eucharist, Rev. Robert Sears will be celebrant as usual.  Rather, Archdeacon Gateman will be speaking to us and dialoguing with us over lunch after the service.

Assorted open-faced sandwiches, home-baked goods, coffee, teas and so forth will be served.

All interested and concerned parishioners are encouraged to attend.  Bring your questions and your manners! 😊

Honouring Queen Elizabeth II


From Rev. Robert:

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, died [yesterday] at the age of 96.

In keeping with tradition we will mark mark her death by tolling the bells...Friday, September 9th at 9:30 am MDT (the time of day that she died), 96 times (one for each year of her life). I'll be there before the appointed time.

You are invited to attend, and assist in the ringing.
The protocol is to have memorial services only after the official funeral, which will happen following a 10 day mourning period. And at that time a service can take place in the church and notice given to parishioners and the public.

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, bless, we pray, our new King Charles III, the Queen Consort, and all the Royal Family. Endue them with your Holy Spirit; enrich them with your heavenly grace; comfort them in their time of mourning; and bring them to your everlasting kingdom; throught Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.