Anglican Parish of Derby and Blackville
We are again being called upon to play a role in caring for each other by exercising extreme caution and by restricting our activities for the next sixteen days. (January 15-30)
The Church has not been closed, so it doesn’t need to be reopened. We have simply stopped worshiping in our buildings for a time to protect the health and well-being of our people and our communities. The Church does not require a building in order to be the Church.
What is required is love, compassion, and the presence of God.
As we follow the guidelines of this new level, may we look for ways to serve and care for each other. Fr. Gerry asks you to remember, and to remind others, that he can be contacted any time, day or night, if you need to pray, talk, or for any other purpose that he can assist with.
- We are invited to join with St. George’s, Moncton for Daily Worship Online Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/St-Georges-Anglican-Church-632045103662227 Sunday morning worship services is: 8:00 am, Holy Communion. For at least Sunday, January 16, the 10 am service will not be live-streamed. There are also the daily offices Monday – Friday of Morning Prayer at 8:30 am and Evening Prayer at 5:00 pm.
- If the Facebook streaming is not working – you can find them here – www.stgeorgesmoncton.ca/watch
- To follow along, the Online Book of Common Prayer (https://prayerbook.ca/bcp-online/ ) may be useful. You may either download and save a PDF copy of the entire book, or access web versions of each section. If you want to follow along with a Book of Common Prayer and Hymn book but do not have one, contact us and we will get one to you. The text of the service (when possible) will be posted in the comments section of the live-stream.
If you have any questions, needs or concerns during this period, please do not hesitate to be in contact.
Your prayers are asked for all who are in need, especially those in anxiety:
ALMIGHTY God, who art afflicted in the afflictions of thy people: Regard with thy tender compassion those in anxiety and distress; bear their sorrows and their cares; supply all their manifold needs; and help both them and us to put our whole trust and confidence in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
There are a lot of ideas about St. Valentine – and, sometimes we don’t get it right – but, what may be most important is that his life – like those of all the Saints – is that it points us to a life centered on loving God and because we know His great love for us, wanting to share that love with others. Here is an opportunity you and/or your children might like to take part in.
Each year, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) invites Canadian schools, individuals and organizations to make Valentines for Vets. VAC then distributes the valentines to Veterans in long-term care facilities across the country by February 14. You can learn more about it here (including where to send them) – https://www.veterans.gc.ca/…/valentines-for-veterans
Consider reminding our Veterans, that they are remembered in prayer and inviting your child/grandchild to pray for the person who will be receiving their Valentine – letting them know, that you don’t have to know someone personally to pray for them – we all need the prayers of others. If we don’t know someone’s needs, God does!