Monday, March 1, 2021

'Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah': For St. David's Day

St. David in stained glass
Castle Coch, Cardiff, Wales
Designer:  William Burges
Source: Wikipedia

Today is St. David's Day, a day to celebrate the life of  a man who was born in southwest Wales, and grew up to found a monastery in Pembrokeshire; his life was such that he was canonized, and became the Patron Saint of Wales.  The day is celebrated with great fanfare, parades, special foods (see the recipe below), recitations and, of course, singing -- for which the Welsh are reknowned.

In the Before-COVID Time, if Alison and Margaret found themselves leading worship in song at the Parish of St. Cyprian's on the Sunday closest to March 1, they would usually include a hymn in the repertoire to honour the day.  Remembering those times, with hopes for next year...your Editor offers this powerful rendition of one of the hymns that is used to mark this Feast of St. David, sung here in both English and Welsh by the congregation and choirs of Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church, Cardiff, Wales:

Collect for St. David

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in the heart of your servant David
kindled the flame of your love,
give us, your humble servants,
such faith and power of love,
that as we rejoice in his triumph,
we may profit by his example;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  AMEN.

Source: Book of Alternative Services,
Anglican Church of Canada, p. 438

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Making Welsh Cakes 
with Margaret John
Source: BBC/YouTube

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Service for Sunday, February 28, 2021: The Second Sunday in Lent - Worshipping "In Place"


Today's Service is presented by

Rev. Dr. Robert Sears

and members of St. John's Parish,

Olds, Alberta.

Readings for Sunday, February 28, 2021

Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16

Psalm 22: 23-31

Romans 4: 13-25

The Gospel of Mark 8: 31-38

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

May it bless your day.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Time for Spring Cleaning!


Spring Cleaning for the Soul: A Lenten Retreat in Daily Life

Three one-hour workshops: 

February 27, March 6 and March 13

Join Gael Hogan, Spiritual Director and Transformational Life Coach in Calgary, as she leads this Zoom retreat over three sessions, on February 27, March 6 and March 13, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Fee for each workshop is $10.00, payable after registration by e-transfer to  

Saturday, February 27: Unlocking the Doors to Forgiveness: Explore what forgiveness is and learn three powerful forgiveness practices.

Saturday, March 6: Turning Fear into Faith: Discover how the unknown creates fear in us and learn three tools for turning fear into strength, hope, gratitude and faith.

Saturday, March 13: Listening to the Still Small Voice: Deepening our Prayer: Learn the signals the Spirit is sending you for growth, to listen more deeply, and a powerful question to ask every day to draw you closer to God.

To register, click here.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Service for February 21, 2021: The First Sunday in Lent - Worshipping "In Place"


Today's service is provided by 
Rev. Dr. Robert Sears
members of the Parish of St. Cyprian's,
Lacombe, Alberta

"Lent Begins with Love"

Readings for Sunday, February 21, 2021

Genesis 9: 8-17

Psalm 25: 1-10

1 Peter 3: 18-22

The Gospel of Mark 1: 9-15

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

May it bless your day. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday 2021: The Lenten Journey Begins

A suggestion for a Lenten Journey from Dean Robert Willis of the Canterbury Cathedral,
in his Morning Prayer Service today.
May it be a blessing to you.


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine's Day!


A greeting shared from the Diocese of Calgary's FB Page

There is nothing more steadfast than the love of God.
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
~Psalm 90:14



With a bit of musical accompaniment

from Canadian singer-song-writer, Steve Bell...

Ash Wednesday Service


Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson will be leading an Ash Wednesday Service

on February 17, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

Access to the onlink link may be found on the Diocese's FB Page