26th Annual MADD Candlelight Vigil

A Time of Hope and Remembrance – 2018 Candlelight Vigil

Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 pm

St. Luke’s Anglican Church

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Remembrance Day

Please join us at the 10:00 am service for our time of remembrance and commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

At 4:30 we will gather again to participate in the Bells of Peace, an initiative of the Royal Canadian Legion, where “at the going down of the sun, communities across Canada will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells. The ringing of bells emulates the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end.” We will conclude with our Sunday evening service of Compline, immediately following the Bells of Peace ceremony.

All Hallows’ Eve

Though Satan breaks our dark glass into shards

Each shard still shines with Christ’s reflected light,

It glances from the eyes, kindles the words

Of all his unknown saints. The dark is bright

With quiet lives and steady lights undimmed,

The witness of the ones we shunned and shamed.

Plain in our sight and far beyond our seeing

He weaves them with us in the web of being

They stand beside us even as we grieve,

The lone and left behind whom no one claimed,

Unnumbered multitudes, he lifts above

The shadow of the gibbet and the grave,

To triumph where all saints are known and named;

The gathered glories of His wounded love.

Malcolm Guite

125th Anniversary Celebrations

Saturday, October 20:
For those of you attending the banquet this evening, please remember that it begins at 5:30 pm at Festival Hall (4214 – 58 St.).
Commemorative booklets will be available at the banquet. Suggested donation to offset printing costs is $5.00.
Sunday, October 21:
There is no 8:00 am or 7:00 pm service.
All are invited to join in the morning celebration which begins with a parade, or patronal procession, around the block starting at 9:45 am. We have banners to be carried, hymns to be sung, and bells to be rung. Please join us if you are able. Celebration of our service of Thanksgiving will begin around 10:00 when the procession arrives at St. Luke’s.
Our guest preacher will be The Rt. Rev. Derek Hoskin, Retired Bishop of Calgary. The service will include a rededication of the window that was destroyed in January’s break-in, as well as prayer and anointing for healing.
The service will be followed by a luncheon and open house.

125th Anniversary Celebration

St. Luke’s is celebrating 125 years of ministry and mission in Red Deer on the weekend of October 20-21 (the octave of the Feast of St. Luke). You are cordially invited to join us as we mark this milestone.

Saturday, October 20

Banquet: Roast Beef Dinner and Programme

Tickets: $30

Please contact the church office for ticket information (403) 346-3402

Sunday, October 21

9:45 am Patronal Parade

10:00 Service of Thanksgiving

Guest Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Derek Hoskin

– Retired Bishop of Calgary

Luncheon and Open House to follow.

The Day In Between

Jesus is crucified and dies on the first day; the day we call Good Friday. After his death, his body is taken down and, at the insistence of Joseph of Arimathea, is laid in a nearby tomb. It is the day of preparation. The Jews are preparing for the Sabbath that will begin at sundown and will last until sundown the next day. We know that some time after that Saturday sundown, when the third day begins, Jesus bursts out of the tomb: resurrected; alive. This third day, the Day of Resurrection, we call Easter.

What happens between the first day, Good Friday, and the third day, Easter? It is, as we know, a Sabbath day. The city would have been quiet as observant Jews followed the ancient practices of this day of rest. It would have been a sad and discouraging day for the disciples of Jesus as they really didn’t understand what was unfolding.

Perhaps they sat in silence, glancing at each other from time to time; replaying the events of the week in their minds. How could he go from being hailed as king, triumphantly entering Jerusalem just a few days back, to being executed as a criminal yesterday? Maybe they wondered if they were to blame. Had they missed something?

The answer to that question is yes. They had missed something, for Jesus had prophesised his own death, but they hadn’t been able to hear or understand him. And so, they sat entombed in the silence of the second day, believing that all had ended.

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God does not work according to our understanding. This silent second day was the Sabbath Day, and if we know anything about Jesus, it is that he is Lord of the Sabbath. He demonstrated time and time again that Sabbath was about being able to live in the fullness of the gift of life given to us by God. On the Sabbath he had fed his friends, healed invalids, restored sight to the blind, and this particular Sabbath Day, the silent second day, was to be one of ultimate restoration and healing.

According to the Creeds, the formulas that capture the essence of our belief and doctrine, it was in the silence of this Sabbath Day that Jesus descended to the dead. He went to the very gates of Hell itself, gates that could not prevail against him, and he stormed the place of the dead and set the captives free… In the silence of this Sabbath Day, he set us all free.

He turned the darkness of the tomb into the darkness of a womb so that new life would be God’s new Sabbath gift. The darkness of death became the dawn of new life.

On this second day, we wait in silence and expectation. We ponder the mystery of what God can do when we keep silent before Him.

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Reflections from a Hotel on the Outskirts of Rome: Holy Saturday 2017

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