Those wishing to make Memorial Donations are asked to send their donations to the Church Office. Please clearly mark that the gift is for flowers and include all names for the Memorial List that will be printed in the Christmas Bulletins.
Advent: A New Year Begins
Today marks the beginning of the Church year. We move into “Year B” of the Revised Common Lectionary, and will start hearing from the Gospel of St. Mark. Advent is a season of expectation and anticipation as we prepare anew for the coming of Jesus. Our liturgy shifts to one of gentle expectation, as each week we light another candle in the wreath and more parts of the crèche are added. At the 10am service, we drop the Gloria and replace it with the Magnificat (the Song of Mary). We will start singing the psalms to familiar hymn tunes and recite together the prayer after communion. Starting today, the priest will recite the Collect on behalf of the congregation, in addition to the prayer over the gifts. If you have any questions about these changes, please feel free to speak with Canon Catherine.
Seeking New Community Dinner Coordinator
Trish Warren is stepping down as Community Dinner Coordinator after many years of faithful service. A new Coordinator is needed for St. John_s to continue offering this important outreach ministry. Trish is very willing to mentor her successor going forward and has processes and procedures on hand to pass along. If you are interested in taking on this role, or think you know someone who would, please contact Trish at email@example.com or Canon Catherine at (613) 283-1261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 Offering Envelopes are now available at the back of the church. Please pick yours up this week to start using them in January.
The Mystery of the Incarnation: Tuesday Dec 12 & 19 – 12noon
Explore the story of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany through the four gospels. Compare and contrast the different perspectives. A light lunch of soup and bread will be served. For more information please speak with Canon Catherine.
Lessons & Carols for Christmas
Sun December 17, 4pm at St. John’s. Invite family and friends to this beautiful service where the timeless story of God’s creation and redemption of humanity in Christ Jesus is interwoven with carols and hymns.
Pint & A Passage: Tuesdays – 7pm
Dig into the Gospel passage for the upcoming Sunday at the new weekly bible study to be held at Café Whim (on Russell St. W. in the Davidson Courtyard). Bring your bible, an inquiring mind and a willingness to wrestle with the text and what it may be saying to us today.
Family New Year’s Eve: Sun Dec 31 6-8pm
Family friendly potluck at St. John’s with board games, crafts for the children, a photo booth, noisemakers and the “countdown” at the end of the evening.
I am pleased and excited to be back at the organ. I wish to thank St. John’s congregation for your support during my illness. Your prayers, cards, phone calls, Facebook messages, flowers, visits to the hospital and my home, plus the delicious food items that were dropped off were both appreciated and therapeutic. Thank you – Sterling.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped with the induction service on Wednesday evening. Thank you so much for your extravagant hospitality in hosting so many people. A new journey has begun! – Canon Catherine
TBA – Jan 2018