Edmonton Food Bank Community Distribution @ St Matthias on Thursdays

Submitted by dgtadmin on Sat, 06/10/2017 - 19:42

Weekly on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 St Matthias operates as a community distribution location on behalf of the Edmonton Food Bank. This continues during COVID19 physical distancing, during which we are setting up and making the food boxes available for pickup at curbside.

Registration for food assistance must be done in advance via the Food Bank directly -- please either call the Food Bank client services line at 780.425.4190 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm, or visit the online order page so the Food Bank can assign you to your nearest distribution point -- and if that is at St Matthias, we'll see you here!

Easter Season Video Services from St Matthias

Submitted by dgtadmin on Sun, 04/19/2020 - 10:07

As we continue in this time of keeping of our physical distance, an invitation to join in prayer through these weekly Sunday Services of the Word from St Matthias, as well as Mid-Day Prayers and "Measures of Mercy" (hymns from the piano as played by our Music Director Evan Thomas).

Mid-Day Prayer | Measures of Mercy for Wednesday 27 May 2020

Ascension / Jerusalem Sunday | Children's Focus for Sunday 24 May 2020

Mid-Day Prayer | Measures of Mercy for Wednesday 20 May 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter | Children's Focus

Mid-Day Prayer | Measures of Mercy for Wednesday 13 May 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter | Children's Focus

Mid-Day Prayer | Measures of Mercy for Wednesday 06 May 2020

Fourth Sunday of Easter | Children's Focus

Mid-Day Prayer | Measures of Mercy for Wednesday 29 April 2020

Third Sunday of Easter | Children's Focus

Mid-Day Prayer | Measures of Mercy for Wednesday 22 April 2020

Second Sunday of Easter | Children's Focus

Happy Easter!

Submitted by dgtadmin on Sun, 04/12/2020 - 09:11
St Matthias Stained Glass Lilies

Happy Easter!

Christ is Risen -- Alleluia! // Christ is Risen Indeed -- Alleluia!

On this Easter Sunday morning may you be gladdened in spirit and deepened in faith as we celebrate the Day of Resurrection once again!

Though apart, it is by God's Holy Spirit that we are nonetheless knit together as Christ's one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church, both locally as the people of St Matthias, and globally as the church universal!

So: this is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!

You will find a video service for Easter Sunday from St Matthias here. The readings for today are: Jeremiah 31:1-6; Colossians 3:1-4; and Matthew 28:1-10. The Psalm is Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 from the BAS Psalter. The poem I read during the homily has been put into video form as a Work of the People Easter Benediction titled "Death Is Only The Beginning"

The Rev. Joanne Webster offers the Easter Morning Children's Talk, and our Sunday School Coordinator Tracey Ross has supplied some handy Easter resources that parents/caregivers can deploy together with the kids today: Illustrated Easter 2020

In the Joy of Easter!

david+

Holy Week Prayers & Hymns from St Matthias

Submitted by dgtadmin on Mon, 04/06/2020 - 16:59
"Suffering Servant" by Marcella Paliekara

Each day in Holy Week we will post a brief daily prayer and scripture reading as well as "Measures of Mercy" -- a 15-20 minute session of hymns on the piano by our Music Director Evan Thomas.

The accompanying image is titled "Suffering Servant", a painting by Marcella Paliekara.

Grace and Peace to you this Holy Week!

Easter Sunday | Children's Easter Sunday Talk

Good Friday Readings & Meditations in Song and Prayer | Children's Good Friday Talk

Prayers for Maundy Thursday in Holy Week | Measures of Mercy IV

Prayers for Wednesday in Holy Week | Measures of Mercy III

Prayers for Tuesday in Holy Week | Measures of Mercy II

Prayers for Monday in Holy Week | Measures of Mercy I

Palm Sunday | Children's Palm Sunday Talk

Morning Prayer by video from St Matthias

Submitted by dgtadmin on Sun, 03/15/2020 - 21:08
Psalm 51 and Prayer Beads

In lieu of gathering as a congregation at this time, you are invited to tune in to these weekly Video Morning Prayer services from the church each Sunday:

Palm Sunday: April 5, with a Children's Talk and a Letter to Our Sunday School Students.

Lent V: Sunday March 29, with a Children's Talk.

Lent IV: Sunday March 22

Lent III: Sunday March 15

Take good care and be well!

Grace and Peace,

david+

 

Services Cancelled for March due to COVID-19

Submitted by dgtadmin on Sat, 03/14/2020 - 14:39

Dear Parish Family,

I write from St Matthias with breaking news in light of a new advisory from Bishop Jane -- church services across the Diocese of Edmonton will be suspended from now through the end of March.

This decision, while a sad one, is of course the wisest course of action in light of the unfolding dynamics around COVID-19 and the need to participate in 'flattening the curve' and preventing the spread of the virus as much as possible. This latest decision comes on the heels of the Alberta government's advisory that gatherings of 50 people or more that include seniors be cancelled.

So, we will not be gathering at St Matthias for the next 3 Sundays (March 15, 22, 29). We will continue to communicate announcements and seek to offer prayers and reflections via email and the church website along the way.

In addition, should we learn that some of our number are self-isolating or in quarantine at home, one thing we might be able to do as a church family is have a group who are willing to serve as 'supply-drivers' to deliver essential supplies to those who are home-bound, dropping these for example on a porch or other outside location. If you would like to help in that way, please do let us know.

Please keep in touch with regard to any pastoral needs, concerns, and especially of course if you find yourself in need of support during this time.

Please keep these matters in your prayers! As Bishop Jane has reminded us in writing of the need to suspend our collective worship, the words of Psalm 46 offer encouragement to continue to trust God in the midst of this time of trouble:

God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
   though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

Amen.

be well,

david+