All posts by stephenmackay

Prayers in Response to Today’s Tragedy (Aug. 10, 2018)

If any of you, or someone you knows, needs pastoral support in response to today’s horrific events, please speak with me or a church elder that we may help give or get the support you need.

Below is a prayer I’ve written and pray with you. You are welcome to share this prayer with others.

Rev. Wendy

Creating, Redeeming, and Sustaining God:

Early this morning, people woke up,
not to the sound of chirping birds,
but to the sound of gunshots and sirens.

Early this morning, people checked their newsfeeds and turned on their radio,
not to witty posts or favourite tunes,
but to warnings to stay inside and avoid familiar streets.

Today, people were not lead through the still comfort of their daily routines…
Like seniors walking the Brookside mall…
friends and workers getting their morning Tim’s…
people traveling to work, looking forward to the fun of weekend activities.
But instead, people were shocked to find their neighbourhood in lockdown.

Today, two individuals on the northside woke up to a new day of possibilities,
But, within a short moment,
had a lifetime of possibilities to come… viciously ended.

Today, a perpetrator ran from the scene of evil he or she created.
But, courageous men and women ran towards such evil to deliver us to safety.

Today, honourable men and women gave their lives to protect and serve.
But for two of these good and faithful servants,
their first response became
their last response.

Today, an individual woke up,
and for reasons we will never comprehend, even when facts become available,
ended the lives of four individuals,
wounded many others,
and inflicted great suffering
on those who loved and befriended them.

Lord God, you are our first responder.
In you, we shall lack nothing.
Your response… your actions… are our lifeline.

As we face the devastation of today’s tragedy across the river,
We call on you to lead us beside still waters and restore our souls.
Lead us in right paths, to fullness of life once more.

Today, we feel our safe community has seen and walked through a dark valley.
But in the face of evil, we say #FrederictonStrong.
We will not fear evil.
You are with us.
You will comfort us and embrace us.
You will walk with us, hand in hand, in our suffering,
as we work through all our emotions and realities.
Goodness will prevail even in the face of incomprehensible violence and loss.

On your cross, you suffered with us and gave your life
for the redemption of this world.
And so, in the presence of danger and suffering,
we call on your healing powers.
We call on you to touch the physical wounds those injured
– and the mental scars to come –
with words of healing now and day-by-day.
We call on you to deliver strength to our first responders.
We call on you to guide the hands of the medical community
working to healing those injured.
We call on you to guide those who provide care to those who mourn.
We call on you to bless the police department with wisdom
as they do their investigative work.
We call on you for justice,
as well as restoration of safety and peace
in this community.

In the darkness, we trust that your light will shine through.
We believe:
The images of today’s violence that cannot be erased from their memory
will be coloured by the beauty of your healing words.
Death will not have the final word.
Good will obliterate evil.
Love is stronger than hate.
Those who mourn will be comforted.
And you will anoint this community
so that it overflows with joy and grace upon grace.

Not only shall goodness and mercy follow us,
but we too will do our part to protect and nurture life.
We will move forward in the belief that good will triumph over evil,
that hope, justice and peace can be achieved even in the face of adversity.
Where there is life, there is hope. And where there is hope, there is life.
Bless and bulletproof our spirits, and especially those of first responders,
so that we can strengthen our community.

Amen.

Announcements July 29, 2018

The Church Office will be closed July 26th to Aug 12th. In the event of an urgent matter, please contact Jeanne Kaye Speight, Clerk of Session.

Thank you to this week’s volunteers (July 29)

Offering Receivers: Brian Barnes, Paul Lawson, Jessie Sagawa, Volunteer Needed
Counters: John Astle, Brian Barnes, Paul Lawson
Scripture Reader: Calvin MacIntosh
Greeters: Doris & Willis Johnson
Lemonade on the Lawn: Volunteer Needed
Nursery/Supervision: Jordan Schriver, Jeanne Kaye Speight

Thank you to next week’s volunteers (Aug 5)

Offering Receivers: Carol & Andrew Ottens, Linda Pond, Brian Barnes
Counters: Linda Pond, Brian Barnes
Scripture Reader: Annette Stehouwer
Greeters: Carol & Andrew Ottens
Lemonade on the Lawn: Volunteer Needed
Nursery/Supervision: Elders

Thank you to our volunteers (Aug 12)

Offering Receivers: Linda Pond, Wanda Klingbell, Paul Lawson, Mary Hossack
Counters: Linda Pond, Paul Lawson
Scripture Reader: Eleanor Scott
Greeters: Lois Eldridge
Lemonade on the Lawn: Volunteer Needed
Nursery/Supervision: Elders

Update from the Interim Moderator re: The Call of Rev. Jon Van Den Berg:

The call documents for Rev. Van Den Berg have been received by his home Presbytery and are being reviewed by the appropriate ministry committee for recommendation to his Presbytery.  They’ve encountered some delays scheduling a Presbytery meeting to consider and approve the call due to it being summer, but we expect a meeting to be organized in the near future.  We are now aiming for a September 15 start date.

Summer Concert – Phyllis Knox, Soprano, Heather Fyffe, Piano, and Margaret Isaacs, Clarinet, will present:

“Summer’s Cup – The Beauty of Song on a Summer’s Afternoon” featuring the music of Purcell, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and English Folk Songs on Sunday afternoon, August 5th, 2:30 pm at Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.  The three performers come together to treat Fredericton to a concert of sweet summer song from around the world.  Admission to the concert is by free will offering with reception to follow in the Church Hall.

Camp Sponsorship – Funds are available to defray costs for any children/ youth of Saint Andrew’s Church attending any Christian camp this summer.  Please submit a receipt of payment or a copy of the registration form, by July 31st, for the camp you plan to attend.  Amounts are dependent the number of requests received.

Youth Event – Pizza and Nerf Games: July 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 at the church.

College and Career BBQ – Sunday, July 29th at Jordan and Candace’s place.

Presbyterian College – Information on upcoming fall programs being offered can be found below, on the bulletin board by the hall, or by visiting the college’s website.

Pulpit Supply:

  • July 29 – Marlene Philips
  • August 5 – Jeanne Kaye Speight
  • August 12 – Andrew Speight
  • August 19 – Jacqueline Cleland
  • August 26 – Rev. Dr. Basil Lowery
  • September 2 – Marlene Phillips
  • September 9 – Andrew Speight

Announcements July 22, 2018

Thank you to this week’s volunteers (July 22)

Offering Receivers: Bob & Marg Leonard, Helen & Ron Bagnell
Counters: John Astle, Rebecca Jonah
Scripture Reader: Ron Bagnell
Greeters: Bob & Marg Leonard
Lemonade on the Lawn: Carol & Murray McEachen
Nursery/Supervision: Elders

Thank you to next week’s volunteers (July 29)

Offering Receivers: Brian Barnes, Paul Lawson, Jessie Sagawa, Volunteer Needed
Counters: John Astle, Brian Barnes, Paul Lawson
Scripture Reader: Volunteer Needed
Greeters: Doris & Willis Johnson
Lemonade on the Lawn: Volunteer Needed
Nursery/Supervision: Jordan Schriver, Jeanne Kaye Speight

Update from the Interim Moderator re: The Call of Rev. Jon Van Den Berg:

The call documents for Rev. Van Den Berg have been received by his home Presbytery and are being reviewed by the appropriate ministry committee for recommendation to his Presbytery.  They’ve encountered some delays scheduling a Presbytery meeting to consider and approve the call due to it being summer, but we expect a meeting to be organized in the near future.  We are now aiming for a September 15 start date. 

Camp Sponsorship – Funds are available to defray costs for any children/ youth of Saint Andrew’s Church attending any Christian camp this summer.  Please submit a receipt of payment or a copy of the registration form, by July 31st, for the camp you plan to attend.  Amounts are dependent the number of requests received.

Summer Concert at Saint Andrew’s – Phyllis Knox, Soprano, Heather Fyffe, Piano, and Margaret Isaacs, Clarinet, will present “Summer’s Cup – The Beauty of Song on a Summer’s Afternoon” featuring the music of Purcell, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and English Folk Songs on Sunday afternoon, August 5th, 2:30 pm.  The three performers come together to treat Fredericton to a concert of sweet summer song from around the world.  Admission to the concert is by free will offering with reception to follow in the Church Hall.

Youth event – Pizza and Nerf Games: Saturday, July 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 at the church. Please let Jordan know if you are interested.

College and Career BBQ – Sunday, July 29th at Jordan and Candace’s place in Maugerville. Drives can be arranged and diets accommodated. Please let Jordan know if you are interested.

Presbyterian College – Information on upcoming fall programs being offered can be found on the bulletin board by the hall, by clicking the image below, or by visiting the college’s website at www.presbyteriancollege.ca

Noon Hour Recital of Guitar and Cello Music: Wednesday July 25, 12:10pm-12:50pm at Saint Anne’s Chapel of Ease.  Steven Peacock, guitar, and Emily Kennedy, cello, will present a recital of enjoyable music for guitar and cello.  Admission by freewill donation to support the music program at Christ Church Parish Church.

Pulpit Supply:

  • July 22 – Rev. Dr. Phil Lee
  • July 29 – Marlene Phillips
  • August 5 – Jeanne Kaye Speight
  • August 12 – Andrew Speight

 

 

Announcements July 8, 2018

Thank you to this week’s volunteers (July 8)

Offering Receivers: Andrew & Carol Ottens, Colleen & Tony Watson
Counters: John Astle, Vickie MacLeod
Scripture Reader: Jeanne Kaye Speight
Greeters: Wanda Klingbell, Hollie Craig
Lemonade on the Lawn: Volunteer Needed
Nursery/Supervision: Sonya Burrill, Stephen MacKay

Next week’s volunteers (July 15)

Offering Receivers: Marg & Bob Leonard, Jessie Sagawa, Stephen MacKay
Counters: John Astle, Brian Barnes
Scripture Reader:  Rose Carolyn Smith
Greeters: Marg & Bob Leonard
Lemonade on the Lawn: Volunteer Needed
Nursery/Supervision: Jacqueline Howie Cleland, Jordan Schriver

Nursery/Childcare will be provided during the summer months.  All children up to those finishing grade 3 are invited to go to the nursery for supervision.

Lemonade on the Lawn – Please see sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.

Thank You! – Sincere thanks from the Alkreiz family for the most generous donation of $1,000 by a Saint Andrew’s family toward renovation of their recently purchased mobile home at 62 Evergreen Street. A cheque for $1,130 was presented to Majed early this week, being the $1,000 plus other donations to the Refugee Sponsorship Fund that were gratefully received over the past month. Thanks also to the donor of a lawn mower. Majed is working every evening and weekend. Progress is most impressive, with drywall, windows, closets, trim and interior doors installed throughout. The city of Fredericton building permit for an estimated $19,400 in renovations is for interior work plus exterior insulation and siding but does not include roof modifications and shingling. Majed will be taking the first week of July as “vacation” from Colpitts to work continuously. He would be most pleased to receive visits and any support from people of Saint Andrew’s.

Strawberry Social and BBQ – Wednesday, July 11 at Nashwaaksis United Church from 4 – 6:30 pm.

Yard Sale, Supper & Auction – Saturday, July 21 beginning at 8am at Knox Presbyterian Church, Harvey.

Pulpit Supply:

  • July 8 – Rev. Bob Jones
  • July 15 – Jeanne Kaye Speight
  • July 22 – Rev. Dr. Phil Lee
  • July 29 – Marlene Phillips

 

Announcements July 1, 2018

Thank you to this week’s volunteers (July 1)

Offering Receivers: Andrew Ottens, Brian Barnes, Helen & Ron Bagnell
Counters: John Astle, Helen McKinnon Bagnell & Ron Bagnell
Scripture Reader: Andrew Speight
Greeters: Volunteers Needed
Lemonade on the Lawn: Volunteer Needed
Nursery/Supervision: Elders

Next week’s volunteers (July 8)

Offering Receivers: Andrew & Carol Ottens, Colleen & Tony Watson
Counters: John Astle, Vickie MacLeod
Scripture Reader: Jeanne Kaye Speight
Greeters: Wanda Klingbell, Hollie Craig
Lemonade on the Lawn: Volunteer Needed
Nursery/Supervision: Elders

Nursery/Childcare will be provided during the summer months.  All children up to those finishing grade 3 are invited to go to the nursery for supervision.

Please join us as we celebrate July birthdays. Whether it is a milestone or not we have reason to celebrate and thank God for the beautiful gift of life.  Of course we have cake but let’s not let cake be the focus, it is the people we wish to celebrate!

  • Daniel Taylor
  • Greg Black
  • Doris Stairs
  • Diane Seely
  • Tony Watson
  • Nathaniel Speight
  • Hugh Astle
  • Ed Peterson
  • Gwendolyn Burrill
  • Angela Black
  • George Seely
  • Leslie Storey
  • Kaleb Wilson
  • Will Johnson
  • Isabel Richford
  • Gerald McCully

Lemonade on the Lawn – Pease see sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.

Thank You! – Sincere thanks from the Alkreiz family for the most generous donation of $1,000 by a Saint Andrew’s family toward renovation of their recently purchased mobile home at 62 Evergreen Street. A cheque for $1,130 was presented to Majed early this week, being the $1,000 plus other donations to the Refugee Sponsorship Fund that were gratefully received over the past month. Thanks also to the donor of a lawn mower. Majed is working every evening and weekend. Progress is most impressive, with drywall, windows, closets, trim and interior doors installed throughout. The city of Fredericton building permit for an estimated $19,400 in renovations is for interior work plus exterior insulation and siding but does not include roof modifications and shingling. Majed will be taking the first week of July as “vacation” from Colpitts to work continuously. He would be most pleased to receive visits and any support from people of Saint Andrew’s.

Noon Hour Recital – featuring Dianne Roxborough Brown, piano & Julie Grant, flute. Wed. July 4, 12:10pm-12:50pm at Christ Church Parish Church.  Admission by freewill donation to support the music programs at Christ Church Parish Church.

Pulpit Supply:

  • July 1 – Andrew Speight
  • July 8 – Rev. Bob Jones
  • July 15 – Jeanne Kaye Speight
  • July 22 – Rev. Dr. Phil Lee
  • July 29 – Marlene Phillips