Reign of Christ
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Ministry & Mission at the Ascension
- Seating for Church: We have received an updated directive regarding protocols for regular church services:
- For gatherings of which all attendees aged 12 years old and over are fully vaccinated (or have an approved medical exemption) and have provided proof of the same, physical distancing is no longer required to be provided for, or maintained, between individuals who are seated. In these instances, churches may utilize all pews for worship services and attendees may feel free to sit wherever they choose and with whomever they choose. No registration is required.
- While in common areas, congregating should still be avoided. Physical distancing should still be practiced while in common areas. Attendees should be informed and reminded of, this practice.
- Masks remain mandatory upon entering the church and must remain on at all times.
- Advent Packages/Help Needed: Your Advent Packages are available for pick at the back of the church. If you are able to deliver any to family or friends, please feel free to do so. Many thanks to those who have offered to help with this.
- Counters Needed: We are looking for a few more people to join our counting teams. If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry, please contact church office at [email protected] or telephone 368-5693 to leave your information.
- On-Line Fall Fair Auction:
- Thank you to all who have donated items for our On-line Auction. We hope that this will be a fun and financially successful event for the Parish.
- Our Auction will run from Sunday, November 21 to Friday, November 26 on Facebook. Please search for Online Fall Fair Auction-Parish of the Ascension - this site is now available. No bids will be accepted on any items before Sunday, November 21.
- Successful bidders will be contacted on Friday night, November 26.
- Any perishable items can be dropped to the church side door on Saturday, November 27, between 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. If you cannot make this time, please be in touch with Lisa Fancey to make alternate arrangements.
- ALL items will be available for pickup on Saturday, November 27 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. at the church using the side door entrance. We ask that you meet us at the side entrance and respect all public health guidelines.
- Payments can be made by e-transfer to [email protected] and the password is church (please reference the On-Line Auction) or by cheque or cash upon pick up of items.
Thank you for your support of this fundraising event!
Christmas Hamper Project: Our parish will once again continue to help families in need this Christmas by providing Christmas Hampers. The hampers will include groceries for Christmas Dinner, as well as gifts for the children in the family.
- If you would like to provide one of these hampers by sponsoring a family, please contact Nickie Butler at [email protected] or the church office at [email protected]. One of the Hamper Team members will contact you with the details of the family with whom you have been matched.
- The Christmas Hamper tree, with the tags of items requested, will be set up in the church on November 28. Please feel free to take a tag. The deadline for donations is Sunday, December 12.
- If you would like to make a monetary donation for the Hamper Project, you may do so at the church website or via E-Transfer, using the following email address: [email protected] and the password is church (please reference hamper project). We thank you for your support.
- Please contact the office via email at [email protected] or at 368-5693 if you would like to receive a hamper.
Christmas Hamper Team – Karen Anthony, Nickie Butler, Kathy MacPherson.
- Confirmation: Today is the last day for Confirmation registration.. Please see Mrs. Kearley after the service to register. You may also register on our Website at ascensionnl.ca. Confirmation registration forms can be found under the CARE button at the top of the page. Thank you.
- Advent Project – St. Margaret’s Boat: This Advent we partnered with Daybreak Child and Parent Center to donate books for children ages 2 to 4. Feel free to write a note or place a card in the book if you wish. New books only, please. All items purchased can be placed in the boat that is located in the side foyer. Books collected will be presented to Maureen Bethel, acting Educational Director from Daybreak Parent Child Center, on December 12 at the 11 a.m. service. The children in this age group really enjoy interactive type books, diversity and multi-cultural, and any type of visually stimulating books.
- Community Supper: This week’s free hot take-out meal will be on Wednesday, November 24, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. The mobile truck will be parked at Motor Vehicle Registration parking lot, 149 Smallwood Drive. Covid protocols will be observed.
- Pre-Authorized Givings: If you would like to set up pre-authorized givings, please contact the church office at 368-5693 for direction.
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters: Volunteers Needed for the Between Generations Program: This program matches a mentor from the 55+ community with a young person in need of support and friendship. Mentors are enrolled for either our Community-Based 1:1 program or our In-School program, which is one lunch hour a week during the school year. You can help young people feel seen, heard, and valued. Share your wisdom and provide guidance and support drawing upon years of lived experience to help improve the lives of young people. Contact Program Coordinator Jacqueline Nixon at 368-5437 or [email protected] for more information.
- Theatre CBS: Theatre CBS Presents live on stage It’s A Wonderful World on Dec. 3, 4, 5 at The Royal Canadian Legion, 60 Legion Road, CBS. Tickets, seniors and students $20, adults $25, available at www.theatrecbs.com or by e-mail [email protected], Covid 19 Protocols are in place, and Vax Passes required.
- CLB Take Out Lunch: Each week the CLB offers take-out lunch specials on Friday. If you are interested in purchasing for your home or office group, please call 722-1737 to pre-order. Orders must be received by Thursday at 11 a.m. Free delivery for orders of five or more dinners.
- Services During the Week:
- November 28, 2021, Advent 1: 11:00am - Holy Eucharist/BAS
Prayers of the People
Let us pray to the Lord, King of all things on earth and in heaven, saying: Lord, lead us as one into your everlasting kingdom: in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord, we thank you for the glimpses of your heavenly kingdom which you share with us, both through your word and through your Holy Spirit. We thank you for the glimpses of the kingdom when we work for others, seeing the divine spark in those we live amongst. And we thank you for the glimpses of the kingdom when we pray alone in our rooms. Help us to remember both faith and works as we travel on our path towards you. We remember before you today the challenges faced by our own parish, for the Vocational Diaconate and for those worshipping in Bangladesh. Lord, lead us as one into your everlasting kingdom: in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Creator God, woven as you are into the very fabric of the universe, committed to bringing harmony out of chaos, reassure us, we beseech you, with your presence amid our perplexities and fears, enduring with us, and speaking the calm words of a deeper, and more lasting, peace. Lord, lead us as one into your everlasting kingdom: in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord, in our dealings with our neighbours, grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood as to understand; and to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Lord, lead us as one into your everlasting kingdom: in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord, we bring before you all those who are suffering, whether in body, mind, or spirit, especially those on the Ascension Prayer Cycle. We remember our brothers and sisters in British Columbia and the devastation they are facing. We remember International Transgender Day of Remembrance for those who struggle and are abused due to being transgender. May they know and believe that you are the help of the helpless and the hope of those without hope; you are the saviour of those tossed by tempests on the open sea, and the safe harbour of those who weary from their voyage and seek salvation on another shore. Lord, lead us as one into your everlasting kingdom: in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord, we pray for those who have recently departed this life, especially those who are dear to us. Today we remember Martin Cutler. Bestow your love and peace upon them and us, receive us all into your heavenly kingdom, and make us children of light. Lord, lead us as one into your everlasting kingdom: in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Holy One, keep calling us into the world, equip each of us for the challenges we will face until we learn to worship in the most unlikely places, for you are the source of our song and the well from which we pray, wherever we are planted. By the power of your Spirit, we make our prayer with resurrection hope, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Ascension Prayer Cycle: Aden, Amelia, Amy, Angela, Ann, Annie, Aubrey, Audrey, Barbara, Bertha, Brenda, Brian, Brittany, Brandon, Callum, Carl, Cathy, Christina, Cindy, Claire, Clarence, Connie, David, Debra, Delilah, Dennis, Derrick, Don, Donna, Doreen, Dot, Douglas, Dulcie, Ed, Edie, Edgar, Elaine, Emily, Erin, Evelyn, Finnley, Frederick, Fred, Frank, Flo, Garrett, Gary, George, Gerald, Glenda, Gordon, Harry, Ike, Ina, Ingrid, Ira, Jack, Janet, Jason, Jennifer, Jenny, John, Josephine, Joan, Junior, Kent, Kevin, Kim, Laura, Leo, Leonie, Lori, Luke, Madeline, Marie, Marsha, Mark, Marion, Marylou, Maxine, Maxwell, Melvin, Michael, Michelle, Mike, Mona, Nancy, Oskar, Pam, Peter, Rachel, Randell, Rochelle, Rodney, Roland, Ruby, Ruth, Rita, Sadie, Sam, Sean, Shirley, Stephen, Susan, Tina, Todd, Tom, Valerie and Warwick
There are copies of the Bishop's Pastoral Letter regarding the International Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) available at the back of the church.
Almighty and everlasting God,
whose will it is to restore all things
in your well-beloved Son, our Lord and King,
grant that the peoples of the earth,
now divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together
under his gentle and loving rule;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. AMEN
A Reading from the Second Book of Samuel
Now these are the last words of David: The oracle of David, son of Jesse, the oracle of the man whom God exalted, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the favourite of the Strong One of Israel: The spirit of the Lord speaks through me, his word is upon my tongue. The God of Israel has spoken, the Rock of Israel has said to me: One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land. Is not my house like this with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. Will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire? But the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away; for they cannot be picked up with the hand; to touch them one uses an iron bar or the shaft of a spear. And they are entirely consumed in fire on the spot. 2 SAMUEL 23:1-7
Reader: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
Lord, remember David, and all the hardships he endured; How he swore an oath to the Lord and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: "I will not come under the roof of my house, nor climb up into my bed; I will not allow my eyes to sleep, nor let my eyelids slumber; Until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob." R
"The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; we found it in the fields of Jearim. Let us go to God's dwelling place; let us fall upon our knees before his footstool." R
Arise, O Lord, into your resting-place, you and the ark of your strength. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; let your faithful people sing with joy. For your servant David's sake, do not turn away the face of your anointed. R
The Lord has sworn an oath to David; in truth, he will not break it: "A son, the fruit of your body will I set upon your throne. If your children keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, their children will sit upon your throne for evermore." R PSALM 132:1-13
Reader: The Lord be with you
People: And also with you
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to John
People: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?" Pilate replied, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here." Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." JOHN 18:33-37
Reader: The Gospel of Christ
People: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Prayer over the Gifts
by your grace you have raised us up
and enthroned us with Christ in the heavenly realms.
Receive all we offer you this day,
and lead us in those good works
for which you have created us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. AMEN
Prayer after Communion
you have made us a royal priesthood
in the kingdom of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Make known his victory through us, we pray,
that all the world may see his light.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. AMEN
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