Sunday, Jan 23/2022 - Third Sunday after Epiphany (HC-BCP):

 

Dear Parishioners,

We had another adventure this week when we tried to record the service for tomorrow. There was a glitch on the recording device that we used and after completing what I thought was a good service with beautiful music by David and great reading by Bruce we had no video file at the end of it. We promise we will get the bugs worked out for next Sunday. In the meantime here is a link to a video that I have compiled for worship tomorrow. It is an abbreviated BCP Morning Prayer service with music by David and a sermon that I preached back in 2013 that I have chosen especially for this time. I pray that God blesses you through the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j42Mv9s0DLg

 

From the information in the news it sounds like we are on track to move back into Level 2 of the Provincial Covid Plan starting on January 31. If this occurs then we will resume in person services starting February 6th. I will send out an update as soon as I hear the official word. We will postpone the start of the Bible Study moving it to start on Feb. 1st all being well.

 

Our Annual General Meeting is planned to go ahead on Sunday February 13th. Please save the date. There is a rumor that we might have take-out lunches prepared for all who come to the AGM. We will be having two important presentations at the AGM so I really encourage as many of you to come as possible. Please save the date!

 

In Christ,

Jonathan

January 16, 2022 Service & Update:

Dear Parishioners,

I pray God will bless you this afternoon. David and Bruce and I met this morning to prepare a full length service for you. We had a few hiccups. First the heat in the church had not turned on so it was 7 degrees in the sanctuary when David arrived. Next once we had completed the whole service in the cold we realized that the video camera had not recorded any of it. So we decided to do a shortened service for the second take. The shortened service is about 20 minutes in length and the link is below (two songs, the gospel, sermon, and prayer). I pray this service will bless you!

God bless, stay safe and warm.

Here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJGQkrUFXV8

 

The Office will remain open for the regular hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:00am till 1pm if you wish to drop off your offering. Contact Lori for details on dropping them off with no contact.

Vestry will be held on Thursday on the Zoom platform and I will send out the coordinates early this week.

Please send your reports in for the Annual Report as soon as possible if you have not sent it in already. Please send it electronically to Lori in the Office.

Our Annual General Meeting will be on Sunday Feb. 13th following the 10:30 service (God willing) and the snow date for the AGM is February 27th.

Church of the Good Shepherd

Anglican Parish of Lancaster

668 Manawagonish Road

Saint John, NB E2M 3W5

506-635-8145

January 13, 2022: Parish Update

Dear Parishioners,

 

As you likely know the Provincial Government announced this afternoon that we are moving back to Level 3 Lockdown as of Friday at 11:59pm. This means that all in person worship services will be suspended for the next 16 days due to our hospital system in “crisis”. For the next 3 Sundays we will not be able to worship together in the church. We will however produce a worship service and put it on YouTube early Sunday afternoon. Please keep David Mitchell, Bruce and I in prayer as we switch to an online service in a matter of a few days.

 

I know this is frustrating and it is hard to go back a step but we must do all we can to support our government and our health care providers. Please pray for our hospital staff for strength, wisdom and endurance to meet the rising case numbers. Pray for God’s healing for all patients.

 

The Office will remain open for the regular hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:00am till 1pm if you wish to drop off your offering. Contact Lori for details on dropping them off with no contact.

 

I will send out another update on Sunday.

 

In Christ,

Jonathan

January 9, 2022: 1st Sunday after Epiphany - the Baptism of our Lord (HC-BCP)

Dear Parishioners,

 

Due to Covid 19 cases on the rise I have postponed the start of the new Bible Study, "Simply Jesus" until January 25th. Please note also that Jr. Youth Group will not resume until the government lifts the ban on gatherings for ages under 12 years old. The Handbell Choir is also on hold as is Shuffleboard until further notice. Please stay safe and be well in Christ.

 

Here is a link to today's service:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yf24x3-Drg

Announcements:

New Offering Envelopes:

Please pick up your offering envelopes for 2022 in the Narthex. If you don't have envelopes and would like some please speak to Lori in the office.

 

Annual Report: Please submit all reports for the Annual Report to Lori in the Office before January 15th.

 

"Simply Jesus" A New Bible Study Begins on Tuesday at 7pm on January 25th. This is a course offered by NT Wright, an Anglican Bishop and Scholar. Prepare to be immersed in the 1st Century A.D. context of the life, work, teachings, and actions of Jesus of Nazareth. This course runs for 14 weeks. It compliments the material found in his bestseller, "Simply Jesus". If you wish to order the book from your favorite bookseller to read alongside the course please do so.

 

Here is a link to the book on Amazon.ca

https://www.amazon.ca/Simply-Jesus-Vision-What-Matters/dp/0062084399

 

The Caring Closet at Hillcrest Baptist Church is in desperate need of winter clothing for Adults and Children. Donations can be dropped off to Hillcrest Church through the side door, Tues- Fri or can be brought into our church on Sundays or during office hours.

Christmas Caring Candle

LIFT has crafted votive candle holders which have been dubbed the Christmas Caring Candle. We invite you to take a candle, or two, and pass it along to someone in your life, be it a family member, friend, neighbour, or even someone you don’t know very well. As a symbol of fellowship and joy this holiday season, lets spread the light of Christmas all over our community.

 

Caring Cards

Our very talented ladies of Lift have crafted cards that we will be sending out as a quick hello to those we haven’t seen in a while, those who need a little uplift, and those who are enjoying one of life’s many celebrations. If you know of someone, parishioner, neighbour, friend please let us know and will be happy to mail them a card with a short note. 

 

Worship CDs Available: David Mitchell has compiled 21 songs recorded over the past year and a half, which have been used in our worship services. These songs include solos, duets and small ensemble numbers. They are available at the back of the church for a donation of any amount. Proceeds will go to our Shepherd's Cupboard.

 

Romero House: Volunteers are cooking food and delivering it to Romero House on Saturday at noon. Financial donations are much appreciated for this worthwhile ministry. Please put donations in an envelope marked “Romero House Project”.

 

The Shepherd's Cupboard: Is a ministry of our church that provides food to people who are in need. Please bring non-perishable food items to church with you. Toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene products are also appreciated.

 

Westside Food Bank: A donation box is located in the Narthex.

January 2, 2022:  Second Sunday after Christmas (HE-BAS)

Happy New Year! May you know God’s richest blessings in 2022!

Here is a link to this morning's service:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr3xuvkO4UI

 

Announcements:

New Offering Envelopes:

Please pick up your offering envelopes for 2022 in the Narthex. If you don't have envelopes and would like some please speak to Lori in the office.

Annual Report: Please submit all reports for the Annual Report to Lori in the Office before January 15th.

"Simply Jesus" A New Bible Study Begins on Tuesday at 7pm on January 11th. This is a course offered by NT Wright, an Anglican Bishop and Scholar. Prepare to be immersed in the 1st Century A.D. context of the life, work, teachings, and actions of Jesus of Nazareth. This course runs for 14 weeks. It compliments the material found in his bestseller, "Simply Jesus". If you wish to order the book from your favorite bookseller to read alongside the course please do so.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon.ca

https://www.amazon.ca/Simply-Jesus-Vision-What-Matters/dp/0062084399

 

The Caring Closet at Hillcrest Baptist Church is in desperate need of winter clothing for Adults and Children. Donations can be dropped off to Hillcrest Church through the side door, Tues- Fri or can be brought into our church on Sundays or during office hours.

 

Christmas Caring Candle

LIFT has crafted votive candle holders which have been dubbed the Christmas Caring Candle. We invite you to take a candle, or two, and pass it along to someone in your life, be it a family member, friend, neighbour, or even someone you don’t know very well. As a symbol of fellowship and joy this holiday season, lets spread the light of Christmas all over our community.

 

Caring Cards

Our very talented ladies of Lift have crafted cards that we will be sending out as a quick hello to those we haven’t seen in a while, those who need a little uplift, and those who are enjoying one of life’s many celebrations. If you know of someone, parishioner, neighbour, friend please let us know and will be happy to mail them a card with a short note.

Worship CDs Available: David Mitchell has compiled 21 songs recorded over the past year and a half, which have been used in our worship services. These songs include solos, duets and small ensemble numbers. They are available at the back of the church for a donation of any amount. Proceeds will go to our Shepherd's Cupboard.

 

Romero House: Volunteers are cooking food and delivering it to Romero House on Saturday at noon. Financial donations are much appreciated for this worthwhile ministry. Please put donations in an envelope marked “Romero House Project”.

 

The Shepherd's Cupboard: Is a ministry of our church that provides food to people who are in need. Please bring non-perishable food items to church with you. Toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene products are also appreciated.

Westside Food Bank: A donation box is located in the Narthex.

December 26, 2021 - First Sunday after Christmas (HC-BCP)

Dear Parishioners,

 

Happy Boxing Day!

 

As you know the new Covid regulations come into effect tomorrow night at midnight. The changes are as follows:

 

We are limited to 50% capacity and must practice physical distancing.

No singing or choirs are permitted, except for a soloist who is physically distanced 4 metres from the congregation.

The main change for parishioners is that we are going back to registering for the worship service at 10:30. Please register by calling the office or sending an e-mail to the church email address goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca. You will be able to register for the service on the following Sunday by signing up on a sheet in the Narthex.

 

Please pray for David Mitchell as he coordinates the music for the services.

 

God bless and have a good week.

 

Here is a link to this morning's service:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3yAC_O8zvQ

 

Announcements:

 

New Offering Envelopes:

Please pick up your offering envelopes for 2022 in the Narthex. If you don't have envelopes and would like some please speak to Lori in the office.

 

Annual Report: Please submit all reports for the Annual Report to Lori in the Office before January 15th.

 

"Simply Jesus" A New Bible Study Begins on Tuesday at 7pm on January 11th. This is a course offered by NT Wright, an Anglican Bishop and Scholar. Prepare to be immersed in the 1st Century A.D. context of the life, work, teachings, and actions of Jesus of Nazareth. This course runs for 14 weeks. It compliments the material found in his bestseller, "Simply Jesus". If you wish to order the book from your favorite bookseller to read alongside the course please do so.

 

Here is a link to the book on Amazon.ca

https://www.amazon.ca/Simply-Jesus-Vision-What-Matters/dp/0062084399

 

The Caring Closet at Hillcrest Baptist Church is in desperate need of winter clothing for Adults and Children. Donations can be dropped off to Hillcrest Church through the side door, Tues- Fri or can be brought into our church on Sundays or during office hours.

 

Christmas Caring Candle

LIFT has crafted votive candle holders which have been dubbed the Christmas Caring Candle. We invite you to take a candle, or two, and pass it along to someone in your life, be it a family member, friend, neighbour, or even someone you don’t know very well. As a symbol of fellowship and joy this holiday season, lets spread the light of Christmas all over our community.

 

Caring Cards

Our very talented ladies of Lift have crafted cards that we will be sending out as a quick hello to those we haven’t seen in a while, those who need a little uplift, and those who are enjoying one of life’s many celebrations. If you know of someone, parishioner, neighbour, friend please let us know and will be happy to mail them a card with a short note. 😊

 

Worship CDs Available: David Mitchell has compiled 21 songs recorded over the past year and a half, which have been used in our worship services. These songs include solos, duets and small ensemble numbers. They are available at the back of the church for a donation of any amount. Proceeds will go to our Shepherd's Cupboard.

 

Romero House: Volunteers are cooking food and delivering it to Romero House on Saturday at noon. Financial donations are much appreciated for this worthwhile ministry. Please put donations in an envelope marked “Romero House Project”.

 

The Shepherd's Cupboard: Is a ministry of our church that provides food to people who are in need. Please bring non-perishable food items to church with you. Toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene products are also appreciated.

 

Westside Food Bank: A donation box is located in the Narthex.

--

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 6:23 NRSV)

 

Church of the Good Shepherd

Anglican Parish of Lancaster

668 Manawagonish Road

Saint John, NB E2M 3W5

506-635-8145

December 24, 2021 Christmas Eve Family Service (HE-BAS)

Dear Parishioners,

 

Merry Christmas! I pray that God will bless you and your family this Christmas. I pray that you will have times of joy and fellowship. May we rejoice at the gift of God to us this Day in becoming flesh and dwelling among us in Christ Jesus to show us light and to embrace us with His Love.

In Christ,

 

Jonathan

 

Here is a link to our 5pm service from tonight. The video will be available around 8pm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77HC1pD1qGQ

 

 

P.S. Offering envelopes for 2022 are now available for pick up in the Narthex.

December 20, 2021 Update!

Dear Parishioners,

 

We are looking for a few greeters for Christmas Eve both the 5pm and 11pm. Please let Jonathan or Lori know if you are willing to serve in this way.

 

Christmas Eve is around the corner. Our service times are 5pm and 11pm. No need to reserve seats. There will not be a service on Christmas Day but we will have our usual 10:30 service on Boxing Day.

 

In Christ,

Jonathan

Announcements:

 

Christmas Baskets

Thank-you to everyone who donated gifts and groceries and money to the Christmas Baskets this year. We will be able to bless 30 families with Christmas dinner and presents for the children.

 

The Caring Closet at Hillcrest Baptist Church is in desperate need of winter clothing for Adults and Children.  Starting Jan 10th donations can be dropped off to Hillcrest Church through the side door, Tues- Fri, but in the meantime they can be brought into our church on Sundays or during office hours and we will hold them until January 10th for them.

 

Christmas Caring Candle   

LIFT has crafted votive candle holders which have been dubbed the Christmas Caring Candle. We invite you to take a candle, or two, and pass it along to someone in your life, be it a family member, friend, neighbour, or even someone you don’t know very well. As a symbol of fellowship and joy this holiday season, lets spread the light of Christmas all over our community.

 

Caring Cards

Our very talented ladies of Lift have crafted cards that we will be sending out as a quick hello to those we haven’t seen in a while, those who need a little uplift, and those who are enjoying one of life’s many celebrations. If you know of someone, parishioner, neighbour, friend please let us know and will be happy to mail them a card with a short note. 

 

Worship CDs Available: David Mitchell has compiled 21 songs recorded over the past year and a half, which have been used in our worship services. These songs include solos, duets and small ensemble numbers. They are available at the back of the church for a donation of any amount. Proceeds will go to our Shepherd's Cupboard.

 

Romero House: Volunteers are cooking food and delivering it to Romero House on Saturday at noon. Financial donations are much appreciated for this worthwhile ministry. Please put donations in an envelope marked “Romero House Project”.

 

The Shepherd's Cupboard:  Is a ministry of our church that provides food to people who are in need. Please bring non-perishable food items to church with you. Toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene products are also appreciated.

 

Westside Food Bank: A donation box is located in the Narthex.

 

Annual Report: Please submit all reports for the Annual Report to Lori in the Office before January 15th.

 

 

Activities This Week:

 

Monday:

Tintinabula Hand Bell Choir at 6:45pm in the Small Hall. Call Lynn at 635-8474.

Westside Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting at 7:00pm.

 

Tuesday:

 

Wednesday:

Morning Prayer: on Wednesdays at 9:00am.

Saint John and District Senior’s Shuffleboard League: at 10:00am in the gym. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact Ngaire at 672-8666.

 

Jr Youth Group: On Break till January 12th at 6:30pm-8:00pm Ages 8-12 years. Come for games, crafts, building community, Bible stories, snacks and more. Join the Jr. Youth Group Facebook Group

Choir Practice: 7:00pm in the Small Hall.  New members are always welcome!

Westside Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting at 7:00pm.

Friday:

Christmas Eve Services:

5pm and 11pm

Prayer Group: on Friday at 10:00am in the Rector's Office. Everyone is welcome.

 

Saturday:

Westside Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting at 7:00pm.

 

Sunday:

Worship: Holy Eucharist at 10:30am.

 

Church of the Good Shepherd

Anglican Parish of Lancaster

668 Manawagonish Road

Saint John, NB  E2M 3W5

506-635-8145

December 12, 2021: Third Sunday in Advent-Joy (HC-BCP)

Dear Parishioners,

 

What a wonderful treat the Cantata was in this morning's service. Thank-you to David and the Choir for their labor of love. If you missed this morning's service don't despair for it was recorded on two separate devices. Below is a link to the whole service and soon to come is a link to a video of just the Cantata.

 

Christmas Eve is around the corner. Our service times are 5pm and 11pm. No need to reserve seats. There will not be a service on Christmas Day but we will have our usual 10:30 service on Boxing Day.

 

In Christ,

Jonathan

 

Here is a link to the video of today's service. It should be visible by 6pm tonight.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90OWN5iUT7w

 

Announcements:

 

Christmas Baskets

Thank-you to everyone who donated gifts and groceries and money to the Christmas Baskets this year. We will be able to bless 30 families with Christmas dinner and presents for the children.

 

The Caring Closet at Hillcrest Baptist Church are not able to accept more winter clothing for Adults and Children until Jan 10th, but donations can be brought into our church on Sundays or during office hours until that time.

 

Christmas Caring Candle

LIFT has crafted votive candle holders which have been dubbed the Christmas Caring Candle. We invite you to take a candle, or two, and pass it along to someone in your life, be it a family member, friend, neighbour, or even someone you don’t know very well. As a symbol of fellowship and joy this holiday season, lets spread the light of Christmas all over our community.

 

Caring Cards

Our very talented ladies of Lift have crafted cards that we will be sending out as a quick hello to those we haven’t seen in a while, those who need a little uplift, and those who are enjoying one of life’s many celebrations. If you know of someone, parishioner, neighbour, friend please let us know and will be happy to mail them a card with a short note. 😊

 

Worship CDs Available: David Mitchell has compiled 21 songs recorded over the past year and a half, which have been used in our worship services. These songs include solos, duets and small ensemble numbers. They are available at the back of the church for a donation of any amount. Proceeds will go to our Shepherd's Cupboard.

 

Romero House: Volunteers are cooking food and delivering it to Romero House on Saturday at noon. Financial donations are much appreciated for this worthwhile ministry. Please put donations in an envelope marked “Romero House Project”.

 

The Shepherd's Cupboard: Is a ministry of our church that provides food to people who are in need. Please bring non-perishable food items to church with you. Toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene products are also appreciated.

 

Westside Food Bank: A donation box is located in the Narthex.

 

Annual Report: Please submit all reports for the Annual Report to Lori in the Office before January 15th.

 

Activities This Week:

 

Monday:

Tintinabula Hand Bell Choir at 6:45pm in the Small Hall. Call Lynn at 635-8474.

 

Westside Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting at 7:00pm.

 

Tuesday:

Vestry at 6:30pm

 

Wednesday:

Morning Prayer: on Wednesdays at 9:00am.

 

Saint John and District Senior’s Shuffleboard League: at 10:00am in the gym. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact Ngaire at 672-8666.

 

Jr Youth Group: at 6:30pm-8:00pm Ages 8-12 years. Come for games, crafts, building community, Bible stories, snacks and more. Join the Jr. Youth Group Facebook Group

 

Choir Practice: 7:00pm in the Small Hall. New members are always welcome!

 

Westside Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting at 7:00pm.

 

Friday:

Prayer Group: on Friday at 10:00am in the Rector's Office. Everyone is welcome.

 

Saturday:

Westside Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting at 7:00pm.

 

Sunday:

Worship: Holy Eucharist at 10:30am.

December 5, 2021: Second Sunday of Advent-Peace (HE-BAS)

 

One week today is our Christmas Cantata:

On December 12th, as part of our morning worship, the Church of the Good Shepherd Choir, under the direction of David Mitchell, will present FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS written by Mary McDonald and orchestrated by Michael Lawrence. This Cantata was composed for a world premiere on the main stage at Carnegie Hall in 2020. The preparation of this gorgeous 30 minute work has been a labour of love. Come to church on December 12 prepared to be uplifted and blessed.! And watch for a surprise from a well-known figure in our community and his friends.

In Christ,

Jonathan

Here is a link to the video of today's service. It should be visible by 7pm tonight.

https://youtu.be/UNyZS5aCdWc

 

Announcements:

Christmas Baskets

Once again our parish will endeavour to bring Christmas cheer to thirty dis-advantaged families. The “Givings Tree” is now in the Narthex. It is covered with two different kinds of tags: grocery items needed for the Christmas dinners and gifts/toys/clothes for children. (Please do not wrap gifts.) We appreciate financial donations, to help toward the purchase of turkeys and perishable groceries. White Gift Sunday will be on December 12, when we dedicate the gifts. Christmas Baskets will be packed on Thursday evening December 16 and picked up or delivered on Saturday morning December 18. Volunteers are greatly appreciated for either packing and/or delivery. Speak to Terry Ricketts for more information (643-1722) or Lori at the church office (635-8145).

 

The Caring Closet at Hillcrest Baptist Church is in desperate need of winter clothing for Adults and Children. Donations can be dropped off to Hillcrest Church through the side door, Tues- Fri or can be brought into our church on Sundays or during office hours.

 

Christmas Caring Candle

LIFT has crafted votive candle holders which have been dubbed the Christmas Caring Candle. We invite you to take a candle, or two, and pass it along to someone in your life, be it a family member, friend, neighbour, or even someone you don’t know very well. As a symbol of fellowship and joy this holiday season, lets spread the light of Christmas all over our community!

 

Caring Cards

Our very talented ladies of Lift have crafted cards that we will be sending out as a quick hello to those we haven’t seen in a while, those who need a little uplift, and those who are enjoying one of life’s many celebrations. If you know of someone, parishioner, neighbour, friend please let us know and will be happy to mail them a card with a short note.

Our Youth Group is collecting personal items for the Seafarer’s Mission. Any donations of personal hygiene items, snacks (candy/mints), magazines, puzzle books and pens, socks, hats, gloves etc. would be much appreciated. The youth group will be making up individual bags and delivering them to the Seafarer’s Mission. Please bring all donations in by December 12th – our boat will be set up in the Narthex for any donations.

Worship CDs Available: David Mitchell has compiled 21 songs recorded over the past year and a half, which have been used in our worship services. These songs include solos, duets and small ensemble numbers. They are available at the back of the church for a donation of any amount. Proceeds will go to our Shepherd's Cupboard.

Romero House: Volunteers are cooking food and delivering it to Romero House on Saturday at noon. Financial donations are much appreciated for this worthwhile ministry. Please put donations in an envelope marked “Romero House Project”.

 

The Shepherd's Cupboard: Is a ministry of our church that provides food to people who are in need. Please bring non-perishable food items to church with you. Toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene products are also appreciated.

Westside Food Bank: A donation box is located in the Narthex.

Activities This Week:

 

Monday:

Tintinabula Hand Bell Choir at 6:45pm in the Small Hall. Call Lynn at 635-8474.

Westside Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting at 7:00pm.

 

Tuesday:

Learn The Bible In 24 Hours Bible Study: at 7:00pm. We meet in the Small Hall. You can also participate online through Zoom.

Time: Dec 7, 2021 07:00 PM America/Moncton

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85621270781?pwd=dzNaZEh3b245NWw2Q3JOS29KbDl6dz09

Meeting ID: 856 2127 0781

Passcode: 232656

 

Wednesday:

Morning Prayer: on Wednesdays at 9:00am.

Saint John and District Senior’s Shuffleboard League: at 10:00am in the gym. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact Ngaire at 672-8666.

Jr Youth Group: at 6:30pm-8:00pm Ages 8-12 years. Come for games, crafts, building community, Bible stories, snacks and more. Join the Jr. Youth Group Facebook Group

Choir Practice: 7:00pm in the Small Hall. New members are always welcome!

Westside Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting at 7:00pm.

 

Friday:

Prayer Group: on Friday at 10:00am in the Rector's Office. Everyone is welcome.

 

Saturday:

Westside Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting at 7:00pm.

 

Sunday:

Worship: Holy Eucharist at 10:30am.