Clearwater United Church will hold a service of carols at 4 pm at the Catholic Church of St. James. The Church of St Paul will gather for a service of carols and communion at 7 pm. Come to hear and experience the mystery and miracle of the birth of Jesus.
The Church of Saint Paul will hold its annual Community Carol Sing on Sunday, December 22nd at 7 pm. Come to sing, ring bells, hear a story, and enjoy the fun of a community gathering. Refreshments will be served.
On Saturday, December 14th, the Voices United Community Choir presented the cantata, A New Birth, A New Beginning in Clearwater. When the admission donations and purchases of the DVD were added up, a donation of $500.05 was sent to the Wells Gray Search and Rescue Society.
The cantata was also presented in the foyer of the hospital in the afternoon on Sunday, December 15th so the residents of Forest View Extended Care and anyone staying in the hospital would be able to hear it.
The Choir now takes a break until next October when it gathers again to prepare another cantata to present to the community. All who love to sing are welcome to join.
The Church of St Paul continues a tradition of the Anglican folk in Barriere by holding an evening Cowboy Church service during Advent. This year, the service will be held December 15th at 7 pm with refreshments to follow.
The Voices United Community Choir will be presenting A New Birth, A New Beginning on Saturday, December 14th at 4 pm at the Clearwater Community Baptist Church. This cantata written in four part harmony by John Purifoy contains some cherished and familiar melodies as well as original music.
Admission is by donation. This year, these donations will be given to the Wells Gray Search and Rescue Society.
As we move into some of the busiest time of the year, take this opportunity to have an hour in which you can slow down and hear the Christmas story through music.
All three denominations now have on-line information about their responses to the disaster in the Philippines as well as information about how individuals may help. The Canadian government is matching individual donations received by many charities, including our three denominations, until December 8th.
To read more about these appeals, check out these links:
- Canadian Lutheran World Relief
- Emergency Response Fund of the United Church of Canada
- Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
In worship on November 10th, we will pause to remember our veterans as well as remind ourselves of the many gifts that come to us from the traditions of the United Church of Canada. Formed in 1925 as a union of the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist Churches in Canada, the United Church has a long history of blending faith and action, church and community.
On November 3rd, All Saints Sunday will be celebrated as we look at the Anglican tradition. With their commitment to the via media or “middle way” between Roman Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism, Anglicanism has much to contribute to the wider ecumenical church.
The prayer books of the Anglican communion will help shape our worship this day and help us to discover what is meant by “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi”. The hymns will be drawn primarily from the Anglican tradition, and I have it on good authority that they are quintessentially Anglican in nature. For this Sunday, the scripture readings will be those for All Saints Day, November 1st.
To do a bit of exploration of the history of the Anglican community in the Barriere area, see our new page about the Church of the Redeemer.
Knowing that frost was soon to come, members of Clearwater United picked the carrots that they have been growing in raised beds at the back of the church. They report that not only were the carrots bigger this year but there were also more of them. After they were topped, cleaned, and packaged, they were delivered to the Food Bank.
For the next three Sundays, Pastor Brian will be exploring the roots and gifts of the three denominations to which we relate as an Ecumenical Shared Ministry. He says, “I am not a historian but there will necessarily be a bit of history included in each sermon. It is my intention that each sermon will highlight those ways in which each denomination has been formed by their unique history and how they continue to form and shape our congregations. Lutherans, Anglicans, and Uniteds each have their own individual way of being faithful and that is part of their gift to an ESM. I hope you will find the series enlightening, inspiring and interesting.”
October 27 Lutheran Church
In the Lutheran Church, this is Reformation Sunday. As well as using the readings (Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Psalm 46; Romans 3: 19-28; John 8: 31-36) for Reformation Sunday, the hymns that have been selected have roots within the Lutheran Church with some of them having been written by Martin Luther. One tradition in some Lutheran churches is to wear red on this Sunday.