The chairs aren’t quite as full this morning—another day where the pleasures of lingering a little longer over coffee win out over a barnburner of a sermon and some awesome hymns, right? Not quite. This morning, and later today, about 40 or more members of our congregation will be working with Feed the Hungry to set-up, prepare, serve, and tear down a complimentary meal for nearly 600 guests at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Thanks to your generosity last month, we were able to contribute $2500 toward the food costs for today’s supper. Giving of our time, our talents, and our treasure is part of how we minister to a world beset by economic uncertainty and job losses. We work together with our partners at Feed the Hungry and our fellow volunteers to affirm our guests’ humanity, by greeting them, serving them a nutritious and tasty meal tableside, and providing them with a hospitality package at the end of the evening.
We know that it may be hard for some of our members to support yet another request for funds and assistance to people outside our congregation, while some of our own have themselves been affected by the very economic uncertainty we’ve been dealing with for the past 2½ years. We are called, in the words of the hymn and the Prayer of St. Francis:
Make me a channel of your peace,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive.
We ask God’s blessing on all who are being served at today’s Feed the Hungry dinner.
Perfect Cadence Woodwind Quintet & University of Calgary String Quartet
Welcome to our season opener! We bring together two of Calgary’s leading chamber groups to play a selection of Canadian and American works as well as Spohr’s great Nonet.
For the Caprices Fall event we will explore the inspiration of dance in fine art. And the macabre-’tis the season of ghosties & ghoulies and long legged beasties and things that go bump in the night! Artists will express this theme in a variety of mediums . We will also have live music, Tarot, Live painting, astrology, fashion and more! Art draws! admission $3
In our fast paced existence it is all too common to allow our schedules and exterior demands to control what we are doing, what we thinking and how we respond to life itself. When we get bounced around from thing to thing….we can be tempted to listen to everyone else’s wants and desires on our time…. and all but lose touch with ourselves. It is as if “we listen for guidance everywhere except from within” (Parker Palmer – Let Your Life Speak.)
It is a belief of our Christian faith that we have all been touched by God and blessed by God’s grace, present and active in our lives, and our response is meant to be open and ready to receive the Spirit of God speaking into our hearts and blessing our days. This is meant to be lifelong journey of learning and growth. But how to stay in touch with that blessing requires time and an intention to draw to the still and listen. Spiritual exercises help us to disconnect from the outer world, create inner peace, give us inner strength, help us to become more inspired or even name one’s purpose in life.
Weekly at St Stephen’s there are many opportunities to participate in cultivating our spiritual development through listening and learning. Look for the goldenrod handout in the narthex. Perhaps something found in St Stephen’s Spiritual Menu will entice you to embark on a new spiritual aspect of your faith journey, starting today.
The labyrinth will be open for its first date this fall on Sunday, October 23 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Come join us for a short talk on how to use a labyrinth in your prayer life and spend some time walking the path and exploring this wonderful method of prayer. St Stephen’s Church, 1121 14th Ave SW, Calgary. Please enter through the chapel door. All are welcome!