Thought of the Week

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Relative Harmony in Concert
Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 pm Go to the concert page for details.

The theme for the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, observed from January 18 to January 25, comes to us from Indonesia: “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20).The Anglican Church of Canada in communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Episcopal Church USA have put together a liturgical resource for this annual ecumenical celebration. Click here to download the daily devotions.
 
The Canadian Council of Churches, along with several partners, has also created liturgies, backgrounders, bible studies and bulletin covers and children’s activities; available here.
 
Drawing on the traditional values of Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) and gotong royong (living in solidarity and by collaboration), Indonesian Christians invite us to be a united witness, and an agent of Christ’s healing grace in a broken world, by making specific commitments to justice, equality and unity.

Relative Harmony’s feel good folk songs bring out the toe-tapping, voice
raising, joyously smiling ‘folkie’ in everyone. Rick Avery and Judy
Greenhill, backbones of the children’s music scene for decades, formed
the band with their son Jonathan, and the result is pure musical
jubilation. It has a strong traditional Anglo/American, Celtic
influence, and features fiddle, piano, guitar and banjo. Their vocal
harmonies are uplifting and contagious, and it’s a good thing too,
because they revel in audience participation. Their recording, “Rolling
Home”, is a gem. Tickets $20 advance/$25 door. For reservations email
judy@relativeharmony.com or phone 519-763-2494. Tickets also available after most services.

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Announcements

January 20 & 27 – Sunday Services: 8:00 am Holy Eucharist (BCP); 9:15 am Contemporary Family Eucharist; 11:00 am Choral Eucharist.
February –  Sunday Services: 8:00 am Holy Eucharist (BCP); 9:15 am Contemporary Family Eucharist; 11:00 am Choral Eucharist
Incense will be used on February 3 at the 11:00 am service.

Prayer as Contemplation meets next on February 6 at 10:30 am. The text being used is “Radical Amazement” by Judy Cannato, Sorin Books. It considers how our theology needs to reflect our capacity for new knowledge.

Prayer as Resistance meets next on February 20 at 10:30 am. The text being used is “Sacred Resistance” by  Ginger Gaines-Cirelli.

Congratulations to Owen Bloomfield, recipient of a grant from the Region of Waterloo Art Fund. It will be funding his writing of a set of pieces for flute.

Calling All Green Apostles – We are starting  a new environmental committee that will initiate projects around the church. Our intention is to make the Church of the Apostles even more environmentally friendly. This committee will be looking for fresh ideas,  and simple ways to help diminish our footprint on our beautiful earth. There will be a short meeting Sunday, January 27 after the 11:00 am service to determine interest and to set a meeting day and time. Hope to see you there.

Not only are we are adopting a bill, we are adopting a new name.  What was Matt & Jimmy is now The Apostles Adopt A Bill.  There is a new batch of bills on our board in the church hall.  We hope you’ll love the new bite size amounts.  Please help us achieve our new intentions for 2019!

There will be two study groups this season: Daytime group, which meets for a bag lunch on the second Thursday of the month at 11:00 am, will be exploring the prophets of Hebrew scripture and their relevance for today. The group begins on February 14.  The second group will meet on Tuesday evenings during Lent at 7:00 pm, starting on March 12. Although open to everyone, it is also a training session for people who would be like to be licensed as lay readers. The sessions will be Liturgics (why do we do that in church); Hebrew Scriptures and their relevance for Christians in our era; Christian Bible as history or myth; Prayer as a response to baptism. For people to be licensed lay readers, there will be an interview with a diocesan staff person. 

Food Drive – we continue ”Souper Sundays” month, when cans of soup are especially appreciated in addition to our special items for the month, high fibre cereal or instant oatmeal, and peanut  or soy butter. We do ask that people donate only items named in the announcements or from the Donation Request List available at www.stmattjam.org, on the Community Partners page.

On February 3, we will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. At the service, we will bless a candle for each household in the parish. Incense will be used at the 11:00 am service. The candle decoration day will be Thursday, January  24 at 11:00 am. Sandwiches and bubbly will be supplied.

Prayer requests are to be sent to the office, stmattjam@gmail.com, 519-822-1061. Space will be made each Sunday for people to add extra prayers of their own.

People who would like to try their hand at bulletin design are invited to make photo/vector/watercolour sketches for the Holy Week and Easter covers. We cannot guarantee which ones we will use but the services will range from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday (the last supper), Good Friday, Easter Eve and Easter Day. Less literal and more metaphorical is the goal. 

Contact / Directions

  • 519-822-1061
  • stmattjam@gmail.com

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