Readings for Sunday 27th
March 2022 , Lent 4
First reading: Joshua 5.9-12
Second reading: 2 Corinthians 5.16-21.
Gospel: Luke 15.1-3, 11b-32
Welcome to Spring!!
This Sunday, in-person services continue, at 8.30 and 10.00 am. You must register to attend,
and the link for this is attached below. If you don’t have access to a computer you can always
call the office Monday to Friday, 9 – 1.00 pm, to reserve a spot.
Full Covid rules must still be obeyed in attendance, masks, hand sanitizing, social distancing,
etc., but some socializing is OK after the service.
The 10.00 am service will be live-streamed, and also recorded for the website, YouTube and
Here is the link for Sunday’s service: https://rsvp.church/r/w6txhKi3
Live Stream Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcWwJLntl1Y&authuser=0
However, Fr. Bill announced on Sunday that things will soon be eased even further, so beginning
on Palm/Passion Sunday, 10th April, you will no longer need to register, and social distancing
rules will relax. Masks, however, must still be worn.
For those who are not comfortable with this easing of the rules, the 8.30 am service will retain
social distancing, mask wearing and hand sanitizing. Registration will not be required.
Prayer and Pastoral Care
Please pray this week for
Pat; Lyall; Sean; Annie; Pat; Barb; John; Margaret, Phyllis; Dave and Marylynn; Nelson; Ruth;
Stephanie and Ron; Beth; Izzy; Brian; Liz and Charlotte; Clarion and Brenda plus Lester;
Precious; Laura; Vanessa; Bob; Stephanie; Alex; Nirupa and Jim; Simon; Sean, Mary, Pat;
Norma, Jim, Len, Lynda, Karen and Mary; Jamie and Cathie; Tony, Ralph, Diane, David, Anne,
Ron, Matt and Valerie.
And those known to each of you alone, and those who have no one to remember them this day.
Rest In Peace: all the people who died in the recent Chinese airline crash, and all those who
have lost their lives in the Ukrainian war. May their souls find rest eternal and rise in glory and
family and friends find strength, closure and in time, comfort in their grief.
Let Us Pray for
All the lives impacted by the illegal war in the Ukraine, the brave men and women fighting to
protect their homeland and way of life, the large number of displaced persons who are
traumatized and suffering multiple losses, those who are injured and suffering physical and
mental insults, those whose actions reflect propaganda induced ideologies. May there be
meaningful and honest dialogue so peace can return and rebuilding of lives begin. Pray also for
all those who are helping support displaced people and providing aid to meet the needs within
Let Us Pray for
All those who continue to provide Covid related care and guidance. As numbers fluctuate and
viral mutations continue let Covid-weary care providers and the public at large show the
resilience to manage this viral foe by following best public health recommended practices. May
all become comfortable accepting there are differing levels of risk tolerance and differing levels
Let Us Pray for
The ladies of our parish who will be attending the annual (delayed) winter get away weekend.
May they find rest and renewed fellowship and be safe and well in their travels.
A prayer for Ukraine
“Risen Christ, waiting in silence before you, we allow this ardent prayer to arise: May the fire of
weapons be extinguished in the land of Ukraine. Welcome in your love those who are dying
because of violence and war; console their families in their sorrow; support those who have had
to go into exile. In the face of incomprehensible suffering, we believe nevertheless that your
words of love and of peace will never pass away. You gave your life on the cross and you have
opened a future for us, even beyond death. And so we implore you: Give us peace. It is you who
are our hope.” (Br. Alois, Taize)
Please note that these reflection booklets are available.
- Both regular and large print of “Forward Day by Day” for March and April.
- The regular print of “Our Daily Bread” for March, April and May
Cycle of Prayer for March
Teach – Discipling
“To teach, baptize, and nurture new believers” and indeed all believers – by fostering Christian
development in new participants, long time members and everyone in between.
Lord, fill us with your welcoming spirit, that we may faithfully teach, baptize, and nurture those
who come to believe in you. Let your glory fill this place.
Let your glory fill this world!
We honour ministries in support of DISCIPLING: the Second Mark of Mission Music: Choirs, Musical solo
Knowledge: Christian Development – Bible and Book Studies, Education for Ministry,
Children and Youth: Sunday school, Huron Church camp, Youth activities exploration
Prayer: Prayer and Pastoral Care Team, Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (AFP)
World Day of Prayer, Devotional Booklet Resources, Touching Base Phone group.
Communicating: Communications Team, Photography, Call Networks.
Leadership: Wardens, Parish Council, Synod Reps, Deanery groups, Office and
Hospitality and Fellowship: Welcome Team, Greeters, Men’s group, Women’s group
Fun and Funds: Coffee house, Trivia, Auctions, Pig Roast & Turkey take out meal team, Garage
sale ( many on Covid hold temporarily).
Other: preserve St Alban memorabilia and artifacts, COVID Management team.
Outreach for March
Socks Share: Gathering new socks and underwear for all ages. Suggestions for socks are those
with some wool that last longer than white cotton. Donations will be blessed during our
Maundy Thursday service where we wash one another’s feet. They are then shared with Unity
Project, Youth Unlimited, St. Joseph’s House with CCLC and My Sisters Place.
In March 2020 we served 20 guests at our first Covid outdoor breakfast. This past Saturday, we
served 64. Never doubt that your generosity makes a real difference in the lives of those we
serve in our community, and the need continues to grow. Some guests are ready to return to
in-house dining as they miss the conversations and fellowship. Others would prefer take away
as they aren’t yet comfortable with the pandemic numbers. The team expects we’ll do a hybrid
arrangement to start, and with the changes we’ll be looking for more volunteers to work on the
breakfasts. We really value your feedback about the program and ideas on how to enhance
what we are doing. Thank you!
Our next breakfast is Saturday, April 2nd, from 9 until 10:30 am.
We are invited to join the Deanery study “Thank God it’s Lent”, the information
for which Fr. Bill has sent to the parish.
FR. Bill has also invited parish members to take part in a study/discussion series based on the
book “The Church Cracked Open”. This will continue each Wednesday morning, via Zoom.
Fr. Bill has sent the link to the parish, with details and the study schedule.
St. Jude’s Cookbook . Cookbooks are still available, and at $15.00 each they are a real bargain! Kathy will get you one if you visit the office. Not a lot left! And they would make a very acceptable Easter gift!!
Advance notice!! We are reviving an old social favourite, Trivia Night!! It will be on
Saturday May 14th at 7.00 PM. We will be making up tables of 6 players, $15.00 per player.
BYO snacks, coffee and tea available, and there will be the usual cash bar. This will be our first
social in two years!! So let’s have some fun. Mark your calendars!
Happy Birthday! This week to Dick Donaldson (20th March), Elizabeth Potter (21st),
Shirley Lawrence (25th) and Ben Ward (26th). Hope you all had/ have a happy day!!
The last word is, as restrictions ease, it makes sense to continue your good habits in taking care.