April 12 – Duty Schedule & Service

Sunday – April 12
• 8:30 am – Communion BCP – Rev. Eric Phinney
• 10:30 am –-Family Service – Rev. Eric Phinney
• 2:00 pm – Korean Church Service

ON DUTY
Lay Reader Sharon Kierstead
Worship Leader Josh & Deja Peterson
Greeters David Kierstead & Mike Smith
Projector Isaac Kim
Sound System Mike Johnson/Chris Smith
Personal Prayer Team Ada Onuora
Prayer Chain Leader Sharon Kierstead
Altar Guild Bonnie Jones & Sharon Kierstead
Counters Les & Geri Cruickshank
Junior Church Karen Kelly
Youth Group Val Phinney

April 12, 2015
Second of Easter

Have you believed, Thomas, because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.
John 20:29

THE COLLECT

Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen,
have faith and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

THE WORD

Acts 4:32—35
Psalm 133
1 John 1:1 – 2:2
John 20:19-31

THIS WEEK’S MISSIONS’ & MINISTRIES’ PRAYER CORNER

UNMET COMMUNITY NEEDS
Christians Persecuted for their Religious Beliefs
Business, Commerce & Industry in NB

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Easter Sunday – Apr 5 – Service & Duty Schedule

NOTE:

Thursday, April 2 – *Pot Luck Supper*- 6:00 pm
In the Church Hall. Bring your favourite dish to share. This will be a Family meal to remember the Pass Over.
After the meal there will be a Maundy Thursday Communion Service.

Friday, April 3 at 10:30 am – Good Friday service

Sunday – April 5 ** EASTER SUNDAY **
• 8:30 am – Communion BCP – Rev Eric Phinney
• 10:30 am – Family Service – Rev Eric Phinney
• 2:00 pm – Korean Church Service

ON DUTY TODAY – April 05, 2014

Lay Reader Judith Senior
Worship Leader John & Cynthia Cudmore
Greeters Jennifer Blackwood & Linda Stilwell
Projector Isaac Kim
Sound System Mike Johnson or Chris Smith
Personal Prayer Team Ada Onuora
Prayer Chain Leader Sharon Kierstead
Altar Guild Jennifer Blackwood
Counters Gregor Hope & Jill Atkins
Junior Church Sue Henderson
Youth Group Val Phinney

The Resurrection of Our Lord

Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep feast. Corinthians 5: 7-8

COLLECT

Lord of life and power, through the mighty resurrection of your Son, You have overcome the old order of sin and death and have made all things new in Him.
May we, being dead to sin and alive to You in Jesus Christ, reign with Him in glory, who with You and the Holy Spirit is alive, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Word

Acts 10:34-43
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
John 20:1-18

THIS WEEK’S MISSIONS’ & MINISTRIES’ PRAYER CORNER

April’s Mission: Unmet Community Needs
Family & Friends as they Celebrate Easter
The Poor and Oppressed

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After Alpha then what

After Alpha is over I will be inviting you and others that Have recently completed the Alpha course. to a number of special sessions to go more in-depth. These include.

Bible Study – Meathods and Practice
We will be spending several weeks actually doing bible study, bring a bible or two, paper, coloured pencils, highlighters, notebook. After I am confident that everyone knows how to tackle the bible we will move on. This is a life discipline and if you have any questions in this area this section is for you.

Prayer – Different types and how it fits with you
There are many types of prayer for many different circumstances. Personal prayer for growth, Intercessional prayer for the needs of others, Healing prayer, Restorative prayer, Contemplative prayer. We will explore these together for a number of weeks. Hopefully you will find a place where you fit in the area of prayer.

Mission- The important things that Jesus actually tells us to do.. and how to do them
Mission is the stuff that we are called to do and be involved with after we are… and sometimes before we are believers. It is not optional stuff for special people…. it is normal stuff that is very clearly expected from everyone who would call them selves a christian. It is important to survey the landscape here. We will talk about this and try to help you find your place.

Worship and Community- Its better together
Believers are not called to go it alone. Small Groups, Church Meetings, Conferences, Mission Teams… are all part of how we are called to work out the Christian life. We also do this with an orientation toward God… this is called Worship. We will spend some time figuring out what this looks like in the age and community that we are in.

Difficult Questions that you still have- You still have unanswered questions…where and how to find help.
Exactly what it says. Got questions? So do I. We will talk about some of the big issues and show you how to avoid the minefields.

All of this will take place at a time and Place to be determined. I realize that not everyone is available on Monday Nights or Wednesday Nights. Perhaps you would like to offer your home for one of these short series. You don’t have to sign up for them all and you don’t have to host them all.

More soon.

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Palm Sunday – March 29 Service & Duty Service

NOTE:
Thursday, April 2 – *Pot Luck Supper*- 6:00 pm
In the Church Hall. Bring your favourite dish to share. This will be a Family meal to remember the Pass Over.
After the meal there will be a Maundy Thursday Communion Service.

Friday, April 3 at 10:30 am – Good Friday service
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Sunday –March 29 – Palm Sunday
• 8:30 am – Communion BCP – Rev. Eric Phinney
• 10:30 am –Family Service – Rev. Eric Phinney
• 2:00 pm – Korean Church Service

ON DUTY

Lay Reader David Henderson
Worship Leader John & Cynthia Cudmore
Greeters Abraham & Sarah Kim
Projector Isaac Kim
Sound System Mike Johnson or Chris Smith
Personal Prayer Team Ada Onuora
Prayer Chain Leader Sharon Kierstead
Altar Guild Joan Goucher
Counters Gregor Hope & Jill Atkins
Junior Church Family Service
Youth Group Family Service

March 29, 2015
Palm Sunday

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Dear Friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of our Lord’s paschal mystery.
On this day our Lord Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph. The people welcomed him with palms and shouts of praise,
but the path before him led to self-giving, suffering, and death. Today we greet him as our King, although we know his crown is thorns and his throne a cross.
We follow him this week from the glory of the palms to the glory of the resurrection by way of the dark road of suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life.

Palms Procession

Reader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.

Reader: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
People: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

GOSPEL: Matthew 21: 1-11
PSALMODY: Psalm 118: 19-29

Liturgy of the Passion

FIRST READING: Isaiah 50:4-9a
PSALMODY: Psalm 31:9-16
SECOND READING: Philippians 2:5-11
GOSPEL : Matthew 27:11–54

THIS WEEK’S MISSIONS’ & MINISTRIES’ PRAYER CORNER

IN THE VILLAGE
Those Killed in the Air Crash in the Alps
Saint John Presbyterian Korean Church

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March 22 – Service & Duty Schedule

NOTE: this Sunday is Bagel Sunday hosted by Madeleine Allard & Murray Carpenter

The Office will be closed on Tuesday, March 24 and will re-open on Thursday, March 26

Sunday –March 22
• 8:30 am – Communion BCP – Rodney Senior
• 9:30 – 10:30 am – Bagel Sunday – Please join us for a toasted bagel, a beverage, and conversation.
• 10:30 am –-Kids/Family Service – Sue Henderson, Sharon Kierstead, Karen Kelly

ON DUTY

Lay Reader Sue Henderson
Worship Leader Judith Senior
Greeters Don Hazen & Karen Kelly
Projector Isaac Kim
Sound System Mike Johnson or Chris Smith
Personal Prayer Team Ada Onuora
Prayer Chain Leader Sharon Kierstead
Altar Guild Joan Goucher
Counters Joan Goucher & Alice McLeod
Junior Church Kids/Family Service
Youth Group Kids/Family Service

March 22, 2015
Fifth in Lent

Anyone who serves me must follow me, says the Lord, and where I am, there shall my servant be also. John 12:26

THE COLLECT

Most merciful God, by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, you created humanity anew.
May the power of his victorious cross transform those who turn in faith to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

THE WORD

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-12
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33

THIS WEEK’S MISSIONS’ & MINISTRIES’ PRAYER CORNER

IN THE VILLAGE
Renforth Shores Community Life Project
The Clergy, Missions, and Missionary Workers

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Services Canceled today

Due to the wind and snow and freezing rain forecast the services are canceled, but here are the readings and a thought to ponder.

March 15, 2015
Fourth Sunday in Lent

FIRST READING: Numbers 21:4-9

4The Israelites had to go around the territory of Edom, so when they left Mount Hor, they headed south toward the Red Sea. But along the way, the people became so impatient 5that they complained against God and said to Moses, “Did you bring us out of Egypt, just to let us die in the desert? There’s no water out here, and we can’t stand this awful food!”
6Then the LORD sent poisonous snakes that bit and killed many of them.
7Some of the people went to Moses and admitted, “It was wrong of us to insult you and the LORD. Now please ask him to make these snakes go away.”
Moses prayed, 8and the LORD answered, “Make a snake out of bronze and place it on top of a pole. Anyone who gets bitten can look at the snake and won’t die.”
9Moses obeyed the LORD. And all of those who looked at the bronze snake lived, even though they had been bitten by the poisonous snakes.

PSALMODY: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

1Shout praises to the LORD!
He is good to us, and his love never fails.
2Everyone the LORD has rescued from trouble
should praise him,
3everyone he has brought from the east and the west,
the north and the south.

17Some of you had foolishly committed a lot of sins
and were in terrible pain.
18The very thought of food was disgusting to you,
and you were almost dead.
19You were in serious trouble,
but you prayed to the LORD, and he rescued you.
20By the power of his own word, he healed you
and saved you from destruction.

21You should praise the LORD for his love
and for the wonderful things he does for all of us.
22You should celebrate by offering sacrifices
and singing joyful songs to tell what he has done.

SECOND READING: Ephesians 2:1-10

In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God. 2You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. He rules the world, and his spirit has power over everyone who doesn’t obey God. 3Once we were also ruled by the selfish desires of our bodies and minds. We had made God angry, and we were going to be punished like everyone else.
4-5But God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that he made us alive with Christ, and God’s wonderful kindness is what saves you. 6God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven. 7God did this so that in the future world he could show how truly good and kind he is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. 8You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. 9It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. 10God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That’s why he sent Christ to make us what we are.

GOSPEL: John 3:14-21

Jesus said:
14And the Son of Man must be lifted up, just as that metal snake was lifted up by Moses in the desert. 15Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life.
16God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. 17God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them! 18No one who has faith in God’s Son will be condemned. But everyone who doesn’t have faith in him has already been condemned for not having faith in God’s only Son.
19The light has come into the world, and people who do evil things are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light. 20People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light, because it clearly shows what they have done. 21But everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light, because they want others to know that God is really the one doing what they do.

there are two meanings here; 1 the son of man must be crucified (lifted up) and 2. the son of man must be worshiped.

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March 8 – Duty Schedule & Service

REMINDER
On Saturday night before going to bed set your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR. Sunday, March 8 is the beginning of Day Light Savings Time.

Sunday – March 8- Day Light Savings Time
• 8:30 am – Communion BCP – Rev Eric Phinney
• 10:30 am – Family Service – Rev Eric Phinney

ON DUTY

Lay Reader Judith Senior
Worship Leader Josh & Déjà Peterson
Greeters Abraham and Sarah Kim
Projector Isaac Kim
Sound System Mike Johnson or Chris Smith
Personal Prayer Team Ada Onuora
Prayer Chain Leader Sharon Kierstead
Altar Guild Joan Goucher
Counters Les and Geri Cruickshank
Junior Church Karen Kelly
Youth Group Val Phinney

March 8, 2015
Third in Lent

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

THE COLLECT

Father of mercy, alone we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves. When we are discouraged by our weakness,
strengthen us to follow Christ, our pattern and our hope; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen

THE WORD

Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22

SERMON TITLE

Buying and Selling, Giving and Receiving

THIS WEEK’S MISSIONS’ & MINISTRIES’ PRAYER CORNER

IN THE VILLAGE
Feed the Hungry – Outflow Ministry
The Elderly and Shut-Ins
Family & Friends of Joan Fitzgerald

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Joan M. Fitzgerald passed away at the Saint John Regional Hospital Sunday afternoon March 1st 2015. Joan is remembered fondly by her many friends in the old Village of Renforth, where she served as the Postmistress, Village clerk and General Store owner and manager for many years. Joan was an active member of the Parish of Renforth, where she continued to her life’s end to volunteer her skills, knowledge and wisdom. Joan was predeceased by her Father, JM Fitzgerald and Mother Jessie M (Tuson) Fitzgerald. There will be a reception and service to celebrate her life and mark her passing Friday March 6th at St. James the Less Church in Rothesay at 12:00 Noon.

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Time for supper

I was talking with Jayme from out flow yesterday. They are serving around 800 meals per week now in Saint John. Is it time for SJTL to restart out meal outreach? I have already talked to several people who are ready again to help. We need some volunteers and we need a convenor.

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So what can we do…..

Today is another day where we have been challenged by the weather in our Attendance at Church. The 8:30 service drew only three brave souls. We had a time of sharing in the entry way. Dropped off our offerings and went on our way. I expect a few more for the 10:30 but we will likely not be breaking any records. The weather prediction for today looks iffy at best and may be a real mess. I totally get it if people don’t turn up. But there are a few things that we can do… remotely, in our homes. Here is a list if you should decide to stay home today.

1. Begin with a time of Quiet (Remember silence makes room for God)
2. Put on some worship music. CD, 96.1 FM or stream some over the internet, try Groove Shark
3. Read the scriptures for today, you can find them in the post below this one.
4. Here are my notes for my sermon on Mark 1 the Baptism and Temptation of Jesus

GOSPEL: Mark 1:9-15

9About that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10As soon as Jesus came out of the water, he saw the sky open and the Holy Spirit coming down to him like a dove. 11A voice from heaven said, “You are my own dear Son, and I am pleased with you.”

12Right away God’s Spirit made Jesus go into the desert. 13He stayed there for forty days while Satan tested him. Jesus was with the wild animals, but angels took care of him.

14After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and told the good news that comes from God. 15He said, “The time has come! God’s kingdom will soon be here. Turn back to God and believe the good news!”

God’s Pleasure

What is it that pleases God

illustration and introduction:

I come home and first I am greeted by Ella our Dog. she comes and meets us at the door carrying a cloth flower, a bone or some other toy. Her tail is wagging, she is genuinely glad to see me.

val has just cooked a creative delicious meal…. something new.

we have a guest that is visiting us arriving shortly

Tomorrow is a day off and I will be able to spend it in my shop working to create something new or fix something Old.

Because we are close to being empty nesters we have been able to get out to dinner or attend a basket ball or hockey game once a week…. we have not been able to do that for about 30 years.

I get a call from someone who needs something fixed or something done. I pack up a few tools and head out.

The afternoon is warm, here is a breeze and we have a couple of guests and their family. Val and I pick up a few things and head out on the boat for an afternoon and evening on the River. We cook, eat, swim and enjoy the sail and the time we can share with our friends.

This summer we took a family picture… and there was a moment that all 5 of my children were lined up together and I have to say I was pleased… just to see it.

These are some of the things that give me pleasure.

Each of us will have things that give us pleasure. It might be work it might be leisure.

God has some things too that give him pleasure. Here Mark records one such incident.

He says You are my own dear son and I am well pleased with you.

God looks a His son, Jesus and he is pleased… he takes pleasure.

And Jesus has not done anything yet

What is it that God takes pleasure in

1. That he exists. It is like an artisan who has created a wonderful piece. He Just steps back and admires it in its final form and completion.

2. That he took the step of baptism and presented himself before God ready and willing.

3. He knew of all the gifts given and of all the needs that would present.

And so the same thing can apply to us.

1. We are his creation he made us.

2. That we took some step to acknowledge him. To present out selves before him

•Baptism

•Confirmation

•Being born again

3. Acknowledging that we have been gifted and that there are works for us to do

The one thing that isn’t here is a long list of the things already accomplished.

Jesus hadn’t done anything and we don’t need to have done anything to receive gods pleasure

So what then are the next steps that please God

Jesus was lead by the spirit, into the desert, to be tempted, by the devil

When it comes to the things that we are called to, they may well be out of our comfort zones. But after all that is why he has given us supernatural gifts. That is why he goes ahead of us to prepare the way. That is why he has us go together. That is why he calls us to united fervent prayer. That is why he has sent his angels. That is why miracles sometimes happen.

If what we were called to do was easy then he wouldn’t have done any of that.

Today I think of Reed Fleming who I encountered in a coffee shop this week sitting with a couple of dear folks who were just in need of a listening ear and to be accompanied on their journeys. I think of Madeleine who just returned from Africa once again where she ministered to the wounded in the harshest of conditions. She returned exhausted, having given her all. I think of Those who went out last night… 250 souls to walk the uptown core to raise money for the homeless. Thanks Colin for calling this to our attention. And many others of you that are being led by the spirit of God into darker places than you would rather be. Thank you Lord that you call us to the uncomfortable places.

And finally you can make your offering. It is very difficult for the Church/Vestry to pay the bills when we have to skip Sundays, so I would really encourage you to make other arrangements. You could:

1. Sign up for PAT Pre Authorized Tithing. Download the form on this website and bring it into the office on a Tuesday or Thursday and we will set you up. That is what I do.

2. You can use PayPal There is a link on this site so you can sent funds to the Church and it will be credited to you as a donation.

3. You could just drop by with your envelope through the week and leave it at the office.

Thanks be to God who loved us and gave us His own Son, which pleased him and whose pleasure it is to love us.

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