Sunday Worship Online for Advent & Christmas 2020
In light of the ongoing pandemic and the intensified efforts in the Province of Alberta, the City of Edmonton, and the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, the Vestry of St Matthias has decided that the better course of wisdom is for us to plan for an Advent and Christmas season in which we remain online only. This is a tough decision and it certainly brings home the sadness and loss of these times, and yet it also might -- I hope and pray -- afford us rich and meaningful reflections and connections through our shared faith, even if by online means only. We can and will continue to adapt to this! Just as the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah reminds the people of God when scattered in exile to "seek the welfare of the city" where they find themselves, and to "pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare" (Jeremiah 29:7), and just as Jesus reminds us that "the sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath" (Mark 2:27), so we will continue to care for our wider community by praying and reflecting in ways that put no one at unnecessary risk, and yet still connect us in the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love of Advent and in the celebration of Christmas as the sign of God-with-us, Emmanuel.
So, for the Sundays of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany on January 3rd, we will host Morning Prayer by Zoom at 10am. Zoom details have been communicated to our parishioners via email; if you would like to join, please be in touch in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ... subsequently, the Zoom services will be edited and posted on the front page of our website and on our facebook pages.
On Wednesday evenings in Advent we will gather by Zoom for "Advent Angles" on the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00pm, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23.
Though everything is coming from a different angle this year, may you and yours be renewed and inspired in your faith this season by the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love of Christ.