Thought of the Week
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Relative Harmony in Concert
Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 pm
Go to the concert page for details.
Relative Harmony’s feel good folk songs bring out the toe-tapping, voice
raising, joyously smiling ‘folkie’ in everyone. Rick Avery and Judy
Greenhill, backbones of the children’s music scene for decades, formed
the band with their son Jonathan, and the result is pure musical
jubilation. It has a strong traditional Anglo/American, Celtic
influence, and features fiddle, piano, guitar and banjo. Their vocal
harmonies are uplifting and contagious, and it’s a good thing too,
because they revel in audience participation. Their recording, “Rolling
Home”, is a gem. Tickets $20 advance/$25 door. For reservations email email@example.com or phone 519-763-2494. Tickets also available after most services.
January 20 & 27 – Sunday Services: 8:00 am Holy Eucharist (BCP); 9:15 am Contemporary Family Eucharist; 11:00 am Choral Eucharist.
February – Sunday Services: 8:00 am Holy Eucharist (BCP); 9:15 am Contemporary Family Eucharist; 11:00 am Choral Eucharist
Incense will be used on February 3 at the 11:00 am service.
Prayer as Contemplation meets next on February 6 at 10:30 am. The text being used is “Radical Amazement” by Judy Cannato, Sorin Books. It considers how our theology needs to reflect our capacity for new knowledge.
Prayer as Resistance meets next on February 20 at 10:30 am. The text being used is “Sacred Resistance” by Ginger Gaines-Cirelli.
Congratulations to Owen Bloomfield, recipient of a grant from the Region of Waterloo Art Fund. It will be funding his writing of a set of pieces for flute.
Calling All Green Apostles – We are starting a new environmental committee that will initiate projects around the church. Our intention is to make the Church of the Apostles even more environmentally friendly. This committee will be looking for fresh ideas, and simple ways to help diminish our footprint on our beautiful earth. There will be a short meeting Sunday, January 27 after the 11:00 am service to determine interest and to set a meeting day and time. Hope to see you there.
Not only are we are adopting a bill, we are adopting a new name. What was Matt & Jimmy is now The Apostles Adopt A Bill. There is a new batch of bills on our board in the church hall. We hope you’ll love the new bite size amounts. Please help us achieve our new intentions for 2019!
There will be two study groups this season: Daytime group, which meets for a bag lunch on the second Thursday of the month at 11:00 am, will be exploring the prophets of Hebrew scripture and their relevance for today. The group begins on February 14. The second group will meet on Tuesday evenings during Lent at 7:00 pm, starting on March 12. Although open to everyone, it is also a training session for people who would be like to be licensed as lay readers. The sessions will be Liturgics (why do we do that in church); Hebrew Scriptures and their relevance for Christians in our era; Christian Bible as history or myth; Prayer as a response to baptism. For people to be licensed lay readers, there will be an interview with a diocesan staff person.
Food Drive – we continue ”Souper Sundays” month, when cans of soup are especially appreciated in addition to our special items for the month, high fibre cereal or instant oatmeal, and peanut or soy butter. We do ask that people donate only items named in the announcements or from the Donation Request List available at www.stmattjam.org, on the Community Partners page.
On February 3, we will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. At the service, we will bless a candle for each household in the parish. Incense will be used at the 11:00 am service. The candle decoration day will be Thursday, January 24 at 11:00 am. Sandwiches and bubbly will be supplied.
Prayer requests are to be sent to the office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 519-822-1061. Space will be made each Sunday for people to add extra prayers of their own.
People who would like to try their hand at bulletin design are invited to make photo/vector/watercolour sketches for the Holy Week and Easter covers. We cannot guarantee which ones we will use but the services will range from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday (the last supper), Good Friday, Easter Eve and Easter Day. Less literal and more metaphorical is the goal.
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