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Roderick Black, rector
Rectory: 328-3042

12 July 2018

Richmond this Sunday
July 15, 2018

  • Communion Service at Holy Trinity (9:00 AM) and at St. John’s (11:00 AM)
  • Readings: 2 Samuel 6: 1-5,12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1: 3-14; Mark 6: 14-29

Richmond this Wednesday
July 18, 2018

  • Evening Prayer at St. Mark's (7:00 PM)

Among those we hold up in prayer: Billie, Blaine, Cathy, Clara, Cole, Irene, James, Jason, Kate, Katherine, May Izabella, Nadine, Peter, Robert, Ronald, Ruby, Russel, Steven, Tammy

This coming week’s birthdays: Walter MacFarlane, Nancy Squires Anniversary: Glenn & Kathy Martin

Hunger does not take a summer holiday. Kindly remember the Food Bank when you shop. Next deliveries: Holy Trinity (16 July); St. John’s (23 July); St. Mark’s (30 July)

For pastoral matters contact the Ven Rod Black at the Rectory 328-3042.

Have you viewed the latest photos on the parish’s Facebook page? See  Today’s flashback recalls the days when the talented and pleasant Patrick King was summer musician at the Wednesday services.

Last night’s Evening Prayer drew the largest congregation in nine years of Wednesday services, mostly non-parishioners. There’s a bit of Surprise the World at work here but revivals of religion are not about numbers or pleasant country evenings. What are the symptoms of true revival?

Next Wednesday Archdeacon Wandlyn Snelgrove will return to St. Mark’s to preach at Evening Prayer, 7:00 PM, with Marjorie Burtt Hewson at the keyboard.

Tomorrow (Friday) Woodstock’s Dooryard Festival presents a free noontime recital at St. Paul’s Presbyterian church (Victoria Street), Woodstock, on the church’s notable Casavant Frères organ ca 1905. Guest musician is Bristol’s Alice Boyd, the organist at Fredericton’s Christ Church (Parish) Church. It starts at 12:10 PM.

Then on Saturday evening the Dooryard Festival presents a free organ recital by Christ Church Cathedral’s organist, David Drinkell. It’s at St. Luke’s church, 7:00 PM. St. Luke’s has a Casavant Frères organ installed in 1898 and thoroughly restored.   

On Sunday afternoon several parishioners and a former rector will be in the great choir singing Evening Prayer in the grand setting of Trinity Church (Saint John) at 3:30 PM.

Another happening of note is the revival of “Flower Sunday” by the congregation at Holy Trinity. Flower Sunday began in the 1850s – originally called Children’s Day – and spread among Protestant churches throughout North America. For Flower Sunday everyone – especially children – is encouraged to go into gardens, fields and the very roadside ditches to collect some flowery or green arrangement to adorn the worship of God. This year Flower Sunday at Holy Trinity (67 Orser Street, Hartland) is 29 July, 9:00 AM. All flowers welcome.

Safe Church progress ~

  • Courtesy of a kind donor, the Parish Centre now has a defibrillator, currently in the kitchen. You need only open it to hear recorded step-by-step instructions on use.
  • St. Mark’s waterless washroom is now labelled for all, including transgender. Bishop Hockin noticed the new signage last Wednesday, took a tour and seemed delighted.

One of the spiritual development opportunities of the summer is the NB Christian Ashram: It runs as a Christian summer camp at the beautiful Beulah Campground (Brown’s Flats) on the St John River, 9-15 August. Cindy Derksen would be pleased to share details.

Vestry have decided to transition to new hymnbooks for St. John’s, the same Common Praise (1998) books in use elsewhere in the parish. They would welcome donations towards hymnbooks as memorials for a loved one or as an expression of thanksgiving. Books with music cost $42.00 and words-only books cost $25.00. Please add the dedication information with your offering.

It’s time to be adding support for Camp Brookwood to our weekly offerings. We count on Brookwood’s ministry to children and youth. Brookwood counts on us.

About six months from now the Parish will again be sending items to Saint John for the Christmas gifts that the Seafarer's Mission give to the people who sail the ships that stop at Saint John. In preparation for this opportunity, why not pick up some 'extras' for these gifts to seafarers, such as the Canadian and New Brunswick souvenirs that are readily available over the summer; eg, postcards, lapel pins, magnets, key chains.

On the same theme, it’s also not too soon to be collecting small things for use in Operation Christmas Child. One seasonal idea is sun glasses and sun hats.

Fall Memorial services will be at St. John’s (16 September) and St. Mark’s (23 September) at 3:00 PM.

The parish has received a bequest under the will of the late Gladys Tracy. When writing your own will, do not leave money to a specific congregation as individual congregations are not incorporated. The way to handle it is to leave money to the parish for the purpose of supporting a particular congregation or house of worship, if that is what you want. For Camp Brookwood, you would leave money to the Diocesan Synod of Fredericton for the use of Camp Brookwood.

To add a name (with permission) to the parish prayer list, speak to Pat Margison (328-8146) or Wendell Parkinson (325-9519).

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Richmond Next Week
July 22-28, 2018

  • On Sunday, Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity (9:00 AM) and St. John’s (11:00 AM)

  • On Wednesday, Evening Prayer at St. Mark’s (7:00 PM)


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