Friday, 29 January 2016

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Welcome to St. Stephen’s Anglican Parish Blog for Sunday, 31 January 2016.

Let’s choose to be humble and kind to each other this week.
31 January 2016
The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

      8:00 am           St. Stephen’s, Chester             Holy Communion
  9:15 am          St. George’s East River            Holy Eucharist
11:00 am          St. Stephen’s, Chester             Holy Eucharist

Readings: Jeremiah 1: 4-10; Psalm 71: 1-6;
1 Corinthians 13: 1-13; Luke 4: 21-30

'INVITED' SERIES - There is still time to register for this great series
starting on Tuesday, 2 Feb 6:30 - 8:30 pm in Tuck Hall.  Call 902.275.3804

COMMITTEE REPORTS – Committee Chairpersons should submit their committee report to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

CHESTER COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE CLINIC – on Mon, 8 Feb 1:00-3:00 pm and 5:00-8:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Chester. 

FOOD BANK – Cereals and juices are always welcome.



The Candlemas Candle Lighting Memorial Service

Wednesday, 3 February at 7:00 pm.

This service commemorates the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (40 days after his birth) and the recognition of the child by the aged Simeon and Anna as God’s salvation
for all people – the Light of the world.  Candles will be lit for those who have been buried from this Parish, and for any others whose loved ones wish to remember them.  It is
also a time at which the candles we use in church and any candles you may wish to bring from home will be blessed.  The Gospel reading for the service is the origin of the Nunc Dimittis,  much-loved canticle from the Book of Common Prayer Evening Prayer service.



MUSICAL FRIENDS  -  (Vintage Voices, Band, Tuneful Tots) on Mon, 2 Feb, from 1:00 - 4:30 pm 
BIBLE TALK - on Wed, 3 Feb, from 10:30 - 12:00 pm in the Tyler Grant Room.  All Welcome!   
CHOIR PRACTICE - on Thurs, 4 Feb, 7:30 pm in Tuck Hall.



Wednesday, 3 February 2016

7:00 pm           St. Stephen’s, Chester       Memorial Prayer Service and Blessing of Candles

Sunday, 7 February, 2016

     8:00 am       St. Stephen’s, Chester           Holy Communion
9:15 am       St. George’s, East River         Holy Eucharist
11:00 am      St. Stephen’s, Chester            Holy Eucharist

Readings: Exodus 34: 29-25; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12 4:2;
Luke 9: 81-36



 O Faithful God, as your people, we cherish our memories and our history as a sacred gift. We ask you to guide us in our time of transition. Bless and direct the parochial committee as it carries out the work of finding a new rector, that through your Holy Spirit they may make wise decisions on behalf of the parish. Lead all parishioners in Your wisdom, that we might be receptive to change and growth. Give us Your grace to redirect our hearts that we may be willing to offer ourselves in joyful service. Do not allow fear, ignorance or pride to limit the work of your Spirit, nor allow tradition to prevent the creativity within us from bearing fruit. Open our hearts to the call of the Gospel. Give us courage and renewed hope, that we may meet the challenge of being the church of our time. We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.


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