Brenda Wallace
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January 26, 2020

Maybe you have watched me writing in my journal during the worship service Reflection. Yes, I am a compulsive journal writer and my journals are many!!.

Yesterday, at the conclusion of the Worship Service Reflection, I wrote: "Very meaningful. I'm so proud of our ministry." I was not involved in the preparation or presentation led by St. David's Adult Spiritual Development Ministry with the Rev. Dr. Wayne Holst presiding along with Rev. Deb Stockdale and, from the Monday Night Book Study, reader Bonnae McTavish, Darlene Heynen (reflections on our visit to the Avatamsaka Monasery), Cheryl Campbell (reflections on our visit to Baitun Nur Mosque) and Eldon Godfrey. Check out Sermons on the home page. I will try to recap the essence of their thoughts. 

On Saturday night, eager children arrived at St. David's with hearts set on performance with the Chameleon Drama Group. Mark April 19, 2020 on your calendar. 21 young people gathered from all over the city plan to work with Janice Rider and Deb. Charnuski. This is an amazing program. My grandson, Hugo, is really lucky to have such expert coaching. 

January 19, 2020

It's chinooking!!! On our trip south, references were often made by the folks that we met to our cold weather. We just commented that, yes, it was cold sometimes but that we counted time in chinooks. I often say that I pretend winter doesn't exist. Truly, it was a hard claim to live up to during the past week with our frigid temperatures but it just made today extra special. 

As we approach the final week of January, we are back to full programming at St. David's. Check out the newsletter for January 19, 2020 (attached as a file below) to read about those events that will keep us busy in the next few weeks. 

One of the highlights of the week past was the Taize worship experience which was hosted by St. David's on Friday evening. Community supper, consisting of a variety of soups, was shared at 5:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall. After supper, we adjourned to the sanctuary where we participated in a choir practice as we prepared for the service. In last week's worship folder (January 12, 2020) there was an insert providing details as to the origins of this very special worship experience. 

With guitar and cello accompaniement and the rich singing tones of our cantor (Rev. Clara King from St. George's Anglican Church) we were guided through a service of singing, prayer, scripture reading and silence. This international movement began in the 1940s in France and now has its chants and songs translated into some 38 languages as it is practised around the world. 

There is a Taizé service held every 2nd Friday night of the month in Calgary. Next celebration is being hosted by Holy Cross Anglican Church. We will be hosting the May service at St. David's. Maybe we will see you there. 

We have lost two faithful members of the St. David's congregation recently. On Christmas Eve day, Connie Hanwell, wife of Bob Hanwell, and mother of Sharon Hanwell, passed away after a lengthy illness. Connie and Bob for years were regular ushers and greeted us as we arrived for church. As well, Linda Hancock, passed away. She and her sister, Bertha, have contributed in many ways to the life and work of our church over the past many years. We will miss both Connie and Linda. 

Tomorrow night will find me at our Monday Night Book Study, meeting for Session #2 of our study of "Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century." Session #1 was held on a very cold night, yet we had 21 hardy souls in attendance. The same can be said for the Bible study group that gathered on Thursday morning when it was even colder for their planning session. If you would like to participate, we meet Monday night at 7pm and Thursday morning at 9:30. 

Rev. Peggy is on a well-deserved study break so this morning we were led by Mike and Diane Trew through the Third Sunday after Epiphany service. Next week, Wayne Holst and members of the Monday Night Book Study series on "Holy Envy" will be presiding over the service. Enjoy!

January 13, 2020

We are home from the south and it is brutally cold today. However, the sun is shining through my windows as I update the webpage. We are approaching the Third Sunday of the Epiphany Season and acttivities at church are many. The Prayer Shawl group are meeting this afternoon. Winter Monday Night Book Study commences tonight at 7. "Under the Rainbow" with Jennifer McTavish happens on Wednesday at 7. On Thursday morning ACTS Bible Study will begin at 9:30. On Friday we are celebrating the January Taizé Prayer at St. David's which for me will be a first time experience. P.S. Community Free Supper of Soup is served at 5:30, we'll have a choir practice at 6:15, Silence at 7 and the service at 7:30. 

A personal highlight of my week had to be leading the Children's program on Sunday morning. In our new curriculum, Pathways to Joy, I prepped Lesson #16 on Humility. The affirmation (a new one with each lesson) was "I know that the Spirit of the Universe will do great and small things through me. I found an awesome song to introduce the theme which highlighted the Value of the Month - "Encouragement." (To encourage we need humility). You might want to take a listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azwkBW4vrGA

As Canadians, we are in a state of mourning a,s across the country, people gather to remember the loss of life of many Canadians who were aboard Flight 572 when it was struck by at least one missile as it was taking off from Tehran, Iran. As followers of Jesus, we seek peace amidst the feelings of angst, anger and confusion. The Taizé service will give us an opportunity to "pray for the needs of others, for the world, for the poor, for those who strive to make the world more like the kingdom of God. God connects us with the wider body of Christ and all Cree-action." See Ministries/Worship for more information about Taize Prayer.

Sunday will bring us back for the third Sunday of the Season of Epiphany and as our worship folder said, "Throughout the season, we are examining the many ways we can "Arise and Shine" not only to make our individual lives more meaningful but to shed the Divine lights of hope and love on the challenges facing humanity and creation." As well, Sunday evening at 7 p.m., come to the peace offered by our Evening Compline Service. Have a great week. 

January 7, 2020

Good morning from Portland, Oregon. It is an overcast kind of morning. It rained yesterday, however our weather apps said there would be snow. Nope! Just rain. Four years ago when we were here at this time of year, there was lots of snow so we will enjoy the rain this year. 

We like to visit the Living Room Theatre when we are here (across the road from the Powell Book Store - huge!!!!) and this afternoon they are showing a documentary featuring an individual who videotaped 24/7 her news channel from the 1970s until her recent death. I'm listening to CNN and its take on Trump vs. Iran. 

I have tried to capture the gist of Rev. Peggy's reflection on Light and GPS by studying the Worship Folder (found on MINISTRIES/WORSHIP page). Personally, as the days lengthen, I celebrate the light. We have had a great holiday states' side but are on our way home now. We will see you on Sunday morning. Monday evening, Monday Night Book Study commences so many of us are reading or rereading "Future Faith" in preparation.