Good day St. Paul's,
To comply with provincial restrictions, we will continue to physically distance for Sunday services. Please maintain a one pew buffer between yourself and other parishioners and, if in the same row, please keep at least 2 metres from those from other households. Passing the peace will once again be done as visually passing of the peace from your seats but we will continue to serve communion as we were the last few weeks. Masking will also continue. Masks continue to be available for those without one.
Our 10AM Sunday service will also continue to be available online as a live-stream and Sunday's bulletin is attached here. To find our live-stream service, please visit our website and visit the Events tab and click on the “St. Paul’s Sunday Service” event to find links to our YouTube Channel.
As always, please read on for more announcements.
Office Administrator, St. Paul's Anglican Church - Edmonton
Community Corner for Sunday, September 26
- As we approach the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, please reflect on how you can make reconciliation part of your life. We each have an incomplete understanding of how to make a change. Consider this quote from Murray Sinclair: “This is not an aboriginal problem. This is a Canadian problem. Because at the same time that aboriginal people were being demeaned in the schools and their culture and language were being taken away from them and they were being told that they were inferior, they were pagans, that they were heathens and savages and that they were unworthy of being respected — that very same message was being given to the non-aboriginal children in the public schools as well." There are many possibilities for learning a more complete version of our shared history as Christians and Canadians. Please visit https://downiewenjack.ca/our-work/reconciliactions/ for further ideas.
- Michelle will be leading a book study in October around the book “21 Things You Might Not Know About the Indian Act.” She has copies available and would love to talk with you if you are curious. Time and dates TBD based on participants. Zoom is an option, as is in-person (all participants must be vaccinated, provide proof of a valid medical exemption, or present proof of negative test each session).
- There will be a screening of the movie “The Secret Path” after church on Sunday October 17. This movie was produced by Gord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip, who took to heart the compelling story of Chenie Wenjack. Please plan to join us, or watch the movie at https://secretpath.ca/#Home.
Sunday, September 26 Music
Below are titles with links to this Sunday's music selections. To access the song on YouTube, just click on the title:
Ancient of Days
Give Us Clean Hands
Mighty to Save
Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated
Liturgy: Holy Lord
Liturgy: The Lord's Prayer
Liturgy: Lamb of God
Lead Me to the Cross
No Longer Slaves
Block Party Postponed
Due to the Covid restrictions recently announced by the Province of Alberta, St. Paul's has decided to postpone the block party to later in the winter or the spring. We look forward to hosting this event at a future date without restrictions.
Kid’s Club is In-Session
Kids Club (previously "Children's Ministry" and "Sunday School”) is for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 6. We get together every Sunday morning during the service to talk together, learn stories from the Bible, and do crafts and activities. We also have a few fun events together throughout the year. If you are joining online, we start just after 10:00AM. Zoom Meeting ID: 813 4218 7480 Passcode: 490630
Youth is In-Session
Youth Group is for those in Grades 7 to 12. Led by our Youth Director, Abbi Harding, the youth meet most Sunday mornings during the service. There is a calendar already available for other activities that are planned for the upcoming year.
Support Wendell and Ratanak International – Ride for Refuge
As a team event, Wendell and his workplace have arranged for a group of cyclists to participate in Ride for Refuge on October 2. They will be raising funds for Ratanak International. Many at St. Paul’s are aware of the important work Ratanak is doing to free exploited Cambodians. If anyone would like to support this work, please visit Wendell’s team site and support any of the riders who have not yet achieved their fundraising targets: https://rideforrefuge.org/search?q=epcor+cycle+breakers
St. Paul’s is Recruiting Service Team Volunteers!!
If you are not currently part of a service team at St. Paul’s, it is a great way to get involved and get to know people. The service team members read the readings, take the offering, serve as greeters, and help with coffee cleanup the weeks they are scheduled (6-week rotation). We would love to add a person or two to a couple of the teams as we enter the new school year so if you would like to get involved in this way, please contact the office or talk to RJ any time you see him.