Outdoor Service

Outdoor Service – As announced in the Newsletter, our annual Outdoor Service and picnic/barbecue will be held at the home of Bruce and Lisa Sneesby, on Sunday, 18 June, starting at the usual time of 10:30.  Since Bruce and Lisa live a considerable distance out of town, we will carpool from the church.  If you wish to carpool, please meet at the church that morning by 9:45.  Please bring lawnchairs, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent.  The food will be provided.  In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the church, and a notice will be sent out by e-mail.  The elders will then pass on the information to any regular attenders in their districts who don’t have e-mail.

Ascension Day

The Christian Year – This Thursday is Ascension Day, the festival commemorating Jesus’ return or “ascension” to heaven, and his enthronement there.  Acts 1.1-11 gives us the most detailed account of Jesus’ ascension, but it is mentioned also in many other places in the New Testament, often very briefly, such as in today’s reading from the Letters (1 Peter 3.22).

According to the first chapter of Acts, the ascension took place 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection.  For this reason, the 40th day of the Easter Season — the Thursday after the 6th Sunday of Easter — is designated “Ascension Day”.  Since it occurs on a weekday, it can be celebrated on either the Sunday before or after.

The ascension reminds us that the story of Jesus is not over — that he still is alive today, and that he will come back from heaven at the time of God’s choosing.  The ascension also reminds us that Jesus is physically absent from the world for the time being; and that in his absence, the Holy Spirit has been given to his followers to take his place.  According to the book of Acts, the giving of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ disciples took place at Pentecost, ten days after Jesus’ ascension.

The symbolic color for Ascension Day is white, signifying joy and celebration.

Concert

Concert – St Mary’s Anglican Church is sponsoring a concert by champion fiddler Scott Woods and his band this Wednesday May 17th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Glesby Center. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $10 for children

Mission Awareness Sunday

May 7 is Mission Awareness Sunday, so designated by the General Assembly of our church.  As the name implies, the purpose is to increase our awareness of the church’s mission, both within Canada and beyond our borders.  Today’s service is being led by members of our local WMS (Women’s Missionary Society) group, using worship resources written for this Sunday by Joel Sherbino.  Joel is a former mission worker, now serving as minister of the congregation in Paris, Ont.  He also serves as part-time mission liaison between our national church and the Presbyterian Church in Malawi, and was recently featured in one of our weekly “Mission Moments”.  Many thanks to the members of our WMS group who are leading today’s service!