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OCTOBER 18, 2020

Rev. Peggy McDonagh: "Beguiled by Beauty-- Beauty, Contemplation, and Radical Compassion." https://youtu.be/aFHCvM_QFqo

Hello my dear friends,

I hope the past week blessed your lives with some unexpected kindness, gratitude or surprise.    

For the next five weeks we will be “Beguiled by Beauty” in this new series.  Last week you should have received in the email a small video trailer of the series.   This is a contemplative series through which we will discover a new appreciation for beauty.   We might say, beauty, as God sees it, or beauty as the threshold into a divine way of seeing.

This Sunday the theme is ‘Beauty, Contemplation, and Radical Compassion.’  I am going to share with you some of Wendy Farley’s understanding of beauty, contemplation and radical compassion and how all three of these intertwine, enabling us to live lives that are richer, deeper, more faithful and loving.

During this series you will be invited into various moments of contemplation.   It is hoped that you will take these important moments so that you might find yourself nourished and refreshed as you begin a new week.

If you wish to have a conversation and reach out, you are certainly invited to call either Debbie Stockdale or myself.  I remind you of the Chat gatherings that take place on Mondays from 11 – noon and Wednesdays from 1 – 2. 

Remember to print the worship folder so you can follow along most easily. You will find it as a file attachment on the MINISTRIES/Worship Page. 


On Zoom, Sunday morning, October 18, 2020,  St. David's congregation was "Beguiled by Beauty."     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lynHxOEmwoE 

This video trailer introduced us to this timely series during the Time of COVID-19. On Sunday, Rev. Peggy's Reflection was entitled Beauty, Contemplation and Compassion which included the origin of the concept, the ancient writings of Pseudo-Dionysius who believed that "the beauty of creation beguiled God, that God fell in love with the cosmos, was charmed by all life's interrelatedness and held deep love and affection for all beings."

The text for Rev. Peggy's Reflection can be found by clicking on SERMONS above. Enjoy! 

COVID-19 has made a difference in our lives, for sure, but our St. David's community remains such an important part of our week. We last met as a congregation on March 15, 2020. Plans for returning continue to be a work in progress. Stay tuned!! If you have had a moment, we encourage to complete the survey received last week to help us with our planning for the future.  

ACTS MINISTRY STUDIES HAS BEGUN!! This Autumn, our group meets on Zoom, Monday Night Study at 7:00PM to 8:30PM (90 minutes) Online sessions run until November 23rd. Our Book is "Universal Christ" by Richard Rohr. If you have missed so far, check out MINISTRIES/ ADULTSPIRITUALDEVELOPMENT PAGE to find the Keynotes 45-01, 02, 03 and 04 and follow along. All you need to do is buy the book from Amazon.ca, Indigo or IBOOK. It will be your only cost for the series. 

Thursday Morning Bible Study 10:00AM to 11:00AM (60 minutes) Our focus is on Women of the Bible. Our first sessions dealt with women of the Old Testament. On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 we begin our study of women of the New testament. Classes run until the end of November. Invite new friends to join us via Zoom. If you have questions, contact Wayne at [email protected]

“Center of your heart is the center of the Universe.  Go to that center and radiate positive vibration for the well-being of humanity [and all created life].”                  - Amit Ray

‘Peace, Bliss, Beauty and Truth'

OCTOBER 18, 2020

REV. PEGGY MCDONAGH: https://youtu.be/aFHCvM_QFqo

OCTOBER 11, 2020:

REV. DEBBIE STOCKDALE: https://youtu.be/rv1_jpg2ik8

OCTOBER 4, 2020:

REV. PEGGY MCDONAGH:  https://youtu.be/NA-LfHnWUdA

SEPTEMBER 27, 2020

REV. PEGGY MCDONAGH: ""Make a Ripple -- Make a Difference"


SEPTEMBER 20, 2020:

REV. PEGGY MCDONAGH: "Glorious Diversity"


SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

Rev. Peggy McDonagh: "Seeing with the Eyes of God that See Us"


AUGUST 30, 2020

Rev. Peggy McDonagh: "The Saving Grace of a Positive Attitude"


AUGUST 23, 2020 -- Rev. Peggy McDonagh: "Spirit of Compassion"


AUGUST 16, 2020 -- Rev. Peggy McDonagh: "CREATION BLESSING" https://youtu.be/DwfgZndeftw

AUGUST 9, 2020 -- Guest Speaker: Brent Tucker https://youtu.be/qH6bFiXEkVs

AUGUST 2, 2020 -- YOUTUBE featuring Brent Tucker




Our St. David's YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6c124Hs_H8qK_-Jgkg6DPA 

  • Staying connected has become ever more important as we continue during this Time of COVID-19. Be safe, open your phone directories and make a call to someone who might just be waiting to hear from you and know that the St. David's community exists wherever we are - at home, in our community or in church.
  • If you know of someone who might like to receive one of our online worship services please feel free to forward it and remind people to send their email address to us so we can keep connected. Reflections for the Worship Services can be found by clicking on SERMONS at the top of this page. P.S. Since beginning this time of COVID-19 our email list has increased by almost 90 addresses. 
  • We still have openings for volunteers to join the ministries of St. David's. If you have an interest or special gift in stewardship, worship, pastoral care, music, adult spiritual development, etc. we have a place for you. Let Rev. Peggy, Rev. Debbie or Chantal, Office Administrator, know.


  • If you are unable to attend church but wish to contribute your offering to the life and work of St. David's, you may do so by clicking on the link at the top of the Home Page or contacting the office at 403 284 2276 for assistance.
  • PRAYER CONCERNS The prayer chain is committed to praying for you in times of crisis for a period of 30 days.  Please contact the office or one of the ministers.
  • Tapas has returned from Bangladesh and he and Margaret are finishing up their  quarantining. Margaret arrived on October 9 from Bangladesh. It was awesome to welcome Margaret and Tapas along with their extended family visitors to church on Sunday morning.