WORSHIP SERVICE REVIEW 2018

JUNE 24, 2018

"Celebrating Summer" 

"Summer: breaking the rules, standing apart, ignoring your head and following your heart. From a writing by Joyce Rupp, Rev. Peggy led us into worship: May you breathe in the beauty of summer with its power of transformation. Seek and find spaces of repose during these summer months and allow these moments to refresh and restore the spirit within you. Be open to times of celebration and recreation that are so much a part of summer. Let your eyes see the wonders of summer's glorious colours. Feel the energy of summer rains penetrating thirsty gardens, golf courses, lawns and farmlands and may these rains quenth your innter thirst. Enjoy the unexpected and find suprise sof beauty ad happiness as you travel on summer roads. 

Soloist, Brittany Rae, accompanied by Brent, added her amazing voice to the service.

Following service, folks gathered to view the film, "Making of an Elder." Rev. Kelley and her team were responsible for popcorn before and during the film which was produced in 2015. With the interest shown by "Calgary Alliance for the Common Good" and the focus on reconciliation of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, and, along with all the other programs and special events held in Calgary this month, this film was not only informative but timely. Thank you for this, Rev. Kelley. 

JUNE 17, 2018

Honouring the Indigenous people of Canada, we were led in worship Sunday morning by Marie Williams. Along with Rev. Peggy, we participated in the protocol of the exchange of tobacco and richly toned fabric prior to an instruction in the performing of the smudging ceremony and opening prayer song by Marie. Dorothy Walker, accompanied by Verne Luchinski, sang her own song, “Time to Turn the Page” and Marie, in her teaching segment, stressed the importance of knowing and understanding the “words on the page” before we can ever turn it. A second song offered by Dorothy and Verne was entitled “Let It go.” Rev. Peggy’s words, written to a familiar tune, summed up our sentiments.

Life is sacred; life is precious. Life of each, a gift of grace.

God’s own beauty finds expression in each cherished human face.

JUNE 10, 2018

Today, we celebrated the 93rd anniversary of the union that brought five church families into one household, The United Church of Canada, in 1925: Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregationalist, Evangelical Brethern and Union churches. Rev. Peggy reflected on "Bring Faithful in a Time of Change. 

"Believing that the United Church is still relevant yet recognizing the closing churches, declining membership and a financially stressed top-heavy governance, the church once again stepped into the unknown. The 43rd General Council meeting in July will approve a new governance structure. The three council model: Communities of Faith, Regional Councils and a Denominational Council, roughly corresponding to the former Pastoral Charge, Conference and General Council will become official in January 2019." Quoting from Rev. Julia Kimmett's reflection at Conference, she said,"Creating something new, being something new, doing something new is in our nature - this United Church, a scant 93 years old. We are a restless folk, wanting to set the bar high, striving to be headlights, not tail-lights when it comes to doing what we believe is the just thing, treading where others fear to go - belieiving that the Spirit of God is always leading us to be bold and brave..." 

JUNE 3, 2018

"Environment Sunday" reminded us that "The World that environs us, that is around us, is also within us." (Wendell Berry)

Rev. Peggy's reflection invited us into a video displaying "God's Wondrous World" and then expanded into an examination of how plastic pollution is hurting this wondrous world. Again quoting Wendell Berry, she said, "When the outer world is diminished in its grandeur then the emotioal, iimaginative,intellectual and spiritual life of the human is diminished or extinguished." We are integral parts of the planet. "The universe is not just out there; it is in us." Her reflection had two parts divided by the singing of "I'm an Earth Being." (tune: Morning has broken) The second part of the reflection focused on Jesus' way of living - "called to be ever-expanding expressions of agapé love for all humans and, indeed, for the earth." On the practical side, Rev. Peggy identified a number of ways that we can begin to alleviate plastic pollution. 

* use re-usable cloth shopping bags * avoid bottled water *refuse single use packaging *use your own utensils rather than single use ones * seek out alternatives to plastic

Music ministry this morning featured the Sanctuary Choir with Kerry Duncan McCarney and Ian McDonald as soloists, directed by Brent with Garret on the piano. 

The Worship Folder for June 3, 2018 is found by scrolling to the bottom of the page. 

MAY 27, 2018 - "CONFIRMATION" 

Sunday morning, St. David's was a hub of activity long before the service began. Angel Voices practised as May's Sacred Service team made coffee in readiness for this very special service that confirmed Trent Burke, Rachelle Hardin, Abby Hunter, Stephanie Price and Claire Sharp. Rev. Peggy, Rev. Kelley and Alison presided over the service that was built around John 8: 12 - "Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." 

Special recognition during the service was made of the contributions of our young women, Abby Hunter and Claire Sharp who will be furthering their education far away from St. David's - Abby to Nova Scotia and Claire to France. Both girls have made valuable contributions to the life and work at St. David's and will really be missed.  Bon Voyage to you.

The Angel Voices added their ministry in song, singing "An Irish Blessing" by J. Klimet. Stephen Ross was at the piano.

The service was concluded with "Eidelweiss Grace" as we set out to enjoy a beautiful spring day in the gardens of St. David's with our annual spring community barbeque.  

MAY 20, 2018 - "JAZZ WORSHIP"

  • Our worship focus this morning was on music - a jazz-filled, singalong, clapping, toe-tapping worship in song and word. The sanctuary choir, with guest soloists, Bethany Yon and Carsten Rubeling, along with Brent, Garrett and Alison had us clapping and singing along with familiar tunes. Rev. Peggy's reflection was built around readings from Ezra 3, 2 Chronicles 5, Exodus 15 and quotes from Leonard Bernstein and Martin Luther, all focusing on the importance of music in worship.  
  • Alison's musical offering of "Path of the Mystic" was written and performed by her. 

MAY 13, 2018

Rev. Kelley presided over the service on Sunday morning. This was the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Christian Family Sunday and Mother's Day service wrapped up together in one service. The Chamber Choir presented their ministry of song with "When at Creation's Dawn There was no Sound" (Clemens and Janzen) and "Rise up, my Love, My Fair One." (Willan) Postlude was "Prince of Denmark's March" (Clarke) performed by Claire Sharp on the organ. 

Scripture readings came from Proverbs and formed the basis for Rev. Kelley's reflection entitled "Celebrating Feminine Energy." With several of the Chamber Choir singers to assist her in the response, her message traced the involvement of women in worship. 

MAY 6, 2018

"HAVE YOU FILLED YOUR BUCKET?" was the question that we were asked during worship on Sunday morning. The children and youth of St. David's presented a drama written by Alison Demeter, expanding on an idea first published by Carol McLeod. The youth led us through the opening segments of the worship service then with the trio of Rev. Peggy, Alison and Rev. Kelley along with accompaniement on piano by Stephen Ross offering their message in song, the children brought the message alive through drama. Lots of costuming (complete with fish, kitten and puppy, and even a school bus) the children followed the narration by Lauren, Ian and Sasha as they showed how filling one's bucket with goodness is better than with negative things. Congratulations go to the back stage folk, to Alison, to Peggy, Kelley and Stephen and children who helped bring the story to life. 

APRIL 29, 2018

On this fifth Sunday of April, there were many hands and hearts involved in the planning and execution of the service. Special guests were Rebeca Galindo from Guatemala and Jan Townsend from Canmore. With the Men's Chorus, directed by Clare Beers and accompanied by Brent, offering their ministry in song and Rebeca telling us all about the Hearts and Hands program in Guatemala, we were able to look beyond the immediate. The rousing presentations of "Ride on, King Jesus, featuring Marissa Taylor, soloist, "I Want to Be Ready (arr. R. Kirshbaum) and "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" arranged by Garrett and featuring Trumpeter, Anthony Edmunds, left their mark on the congregation. Reinhard Sunnus added his flute to the music ministry.

Following the service, a light lunch was prepared for those who wished to listen to the group of St. Davidians who made the trip to Guatemala, March 21 to April 4, tell of their adventures building stoves in the Mayan communities out of San Andres. Be sure to take a look at the worship folder which is attached as a file at the bottom of this page. 

APRIL 22, 2018

Sunday morning, Rev. Kelley's focus was on Earth Day. To this end, she introduced "Enough", adapting a Readers' Theatre piece written by Carolyn Pogue and with Janice Rider, Mike and Diane Trew and incredible accompanying slides, the worship service helped to reawaken our awareness of the beauty of the earth. 

The Angel Voices provided their music ministry with Colleen Charter accompanying and with Laryssa Warne on the violin and David Dixon on the piano for the final hymn.  "For the Beauty of the Earth" by Pierpoint and Schram clearly contained a beautifully delivered message of appreciation of Earth.

APRIL 15, 2018

The focus of service this morning reflected upon a recent city-wide organization to which St. David's has become a supporting member. Director of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good, (formerly Metro Alliance for the Common Good) Ryan Anderson and Pat Freyers, a member of St. David's, active in CACG, joined Rev. Kelley in sharing the hopes, dreams and aspirations of this group which has elected to focus on two issues: senior advocacy and reconciliation for indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. The title of their reflection was "CACG: Working Together for Calgary."  

APRIL 8, 2018

The high point of the Christian calendar was celebrated at St. David's with Palm Sunday service on March 25, 2018, Maundy Thursday Service on March 29, 2018, Good Friday Service on March 30 and a joyous Easter Sunday Service on April 1, 2018. 

Today, April 8, Rev. Kelley Warner based her reflections upon the Lectionary Readings for April 8. Psalm 133 inspired a sense of belonging to the Hebrew people, reminding them of their relationship to God and unity one with another. John 29:19-31 was the writer's version of the resurrection and the commissioning of the disciples to go out into the world to show Jesus' love. Thomas needed proof and Jesus honours his request. At this second appearance of Jesus, the apostles were emboldened and empowered to take love and service out into the people. Acts 4 reveals that from a handful of disciples, the followers of Jesus had reached 5000 in number. In spite of opposition, persecution and political threat, Chrristians felt the unifying power of peace. 

Music Ministry this morning was provided by Brent, Garrett and the Chamber Choir. 

We move into Second Sunday and week of Easter knowing that we are not alone. 

SEEDS OF MEDITATION

"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” Barack Obama

"There are resurrection themes in every society that has ever been studied, and it is because not just only do we fantasize about the possibility of resurrection and recovery, but it actually happens. And it happens a lot." Sherwin B. Nuland

MARCH 18, 2018

Our guest speaker Sunday morning, the Fifth Sunday of Lent, was Dr. Richard Christmas. Richard has often shared his words with us on previous occasions and this morning his focus was "The Problem with Pain." From his perspective working with Pets and People, he asked, "How do I reconcile a loving creator with physical pain? Richard see God as the source of healing and contends that pain helps us learn to avoid serious injury. He quipped, "Back pain is youth leaving your body!" His suggestions: Music and exercise can create relief, volunteering and distraction are good ideas, too. He concluded with a story about a scientist challenging God to create a human, but as the scientist scooped up some dirt in his hand, God said, "Use your own dirt!!" 

The Sanctuary Choir offered two selections in their ministry this morning - "Shines the Light" by S. Naus Dengler and L.Dengler and "Stay with Me, Lord Jesus, Stay," featuring Christy Brekke. Rev. Peggy's text to a familiar tune, drew closure to this service...

"Gracious Spirit, in these moments, bless our pain with gentle grace. We give thanks for treasured learning; love and hope, our hearts embrace. Painless days can brighten spirits; love and comfort set us free. When our minds are filled with calmness, renewing light in life we see". 

 

MARCH 11, 2018

On Rejoice Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, was presided over by Rev. Peggy. Her reflection, entitled "A Lenten Joy Breath" focussed on joy within community. Readings by Margie Oakander were from Isaiah 51:3, Romans 5:3-5, 1 Peter 1:6-9, Quotes by authors Jon Krakauer, "Into the Wild" and Nicholas Sparks, "A Walk to remember" and a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

The final verse of our hymn, text by Rev. Peggy, sets the theme of her reflection to music:

Praise the God of joy's creation,

Joy that lifts the heart to sing:

Joy that frees the soul from worries

Soaring, as a bird on wing.

Celebrate the joy of living,

Peace and love such joy may bring.

Music was provided by Stephen Ross on the piano, Reinhold Sunnus on the flute and Brent on the harpsichord.

Next Sunday, our guest speaker is Richard Christmas.

MARCH 4, 2018

Rev. Kelley presided over the Third Sunday of Lent Service and reflected on those things that nourish and things that distract from our connection to God. The Sanctuary Choir, accompanied by Garrett and directed by Brent, added to the reflective nature of the service. The value of the month is Adventure and it was ACTS' (Adult Spiritual Development Ministry) turn to light the candle and reflect on the value of "adventure" in our lives. Readings, offered by Pat Nyberg, included Matthew 4:1-11; Deuteronomy 8:3; Deuteronomy 6:16; Deuteronomy 6:13; and Luke 10:38 - 42. all of which were referred to by Rev. Kelley in her reflection.  

FEBRUARY 25, 2018

Second Sunday of Lent - Rev. Peggy offered the second in the series of Lenten reflections on "Lent: The Practice of Wilderness Living." Today her focus was on "Engaging the Practice" durinng which she invited us to "Live in the moment, remembering that each of us can be a blessing to others. Learn to live awake!!" Readings this morning were from Mark 3:3-5, Romans 2: 3-5, the Gospel of Thomas: Saying 24, a quote by Theologian Paul Tillich and another, a quote by Brene Brown from Braving the Wilderness; The Quest For True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone.  

Drawing upon the readings, wilderness, she explained, is both physical and spiritual. It is a place to grow our soul, our inner landscape. We learn who we are as we confront our hidden shadows. She shared her own experiences of walking in the wilderness as she felt a need to deconstruct and reconstruct for the future, acknowledging how hard it is to leave the past behind. Change is difficult hence we prefer busyness. She was challenged and challenged us to soften our hearts to allow divine light within to shine through and be grateful for those who have allowed light to shine through to us. Jesus said that we are the Light of the World.

Wilderness living requires us to soften our hearts, eliminate the "junk" so we can address the "core." Seek peace and get rid of what is "rotten", leaving it behind. We learn that we are not alone. Divine grace awaits us! Let God's light illuminate all around us.

The Angel Voices' offering this morning was performed a cappella as it drew us into the wilderness of music and the dedicated Sound, Light and Projection team of George,  Barry and Tapas. Special guests this morning were the Whiddens from Medicine Hat.  NOTE: The Worship Folder is attached as a file at the bottom of this page. 

FEBRUARY 18, 2018

First Sunday of Lent - Rev. Peggy's Reflection this morning was entitled "Lent: The Practice of Wilderness Living." Emphasizing this important transition in the church year, our opening candle ceremony has changed. In the worship folder, we are advised that "As this Lenten season progresses over the next six weeks we will light the Lenten candles of promise. As the light increases and the darkness slowly dissipates, we know that we are not alone. God is with us always. We are connected all - one to another - every creature, every life. In a time of quiet we prepare our hearts for this day." 

The story of Jacob, found in Genesis, tells of how he wrestled in the wilderness during the days before he was to see his brother Esau for the first time in 20 years. "The man Jacob wrestles with in the wilderness is his very own self in the presence of God. He fights with his insecurities, the wrongs he had done and the belief that he was undeserving of God's love. ... In that desert place, Jacob awoke to the realization that he alone was responsible for his wrongdoing and that it had never been necessary for him to deceive his father and wrong his brother because he had always had his father's love and blessing. It took Jacob many years before he came to the revelation that he was worthy, good enough and was loved."

She invited us "to spend time in your wilderness each day during the week. Find a place  that becomes your regular place of quiet and breathe deeply. Live in the wilderness and let yourself be with whatever arises."

Music ministry was provided by the Sanctuary Choir with Garrett on piano and Brent directing. Readings this morning came from Genesis 32:24-28, Mark 1:12-13, Romans 7:18-19 and a quote by Sister Joan Chittister. 

FEBRUARY 11, 2018

Rev. Kelley presided over the "Transfiguration Sunday" service, focussing on the theme of "Daring to be Transformed." Eldon Godfrey, in his reading of 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and Mark 9:2-9, added his personal reflections on transformation as it has occurred in his life. Rev. Kelley announced that she would be leaving her Pastoral Care Ministry as of July 31, 2018, in order to concentrate on her Master's Thesis. Needless to say, we have kept her too busy to devote time to her writing so, sadly, she will be "daring to be tranformed" as she moves into the future. 

The Sacred Service team, led by Heather Chubb-Way, greeted, ushered and served communion during this very meaningful service. The Chamber Choir set a sombre tone to the service in their rendition of Missa Brevis Boreal - Kyrie by M. Emery and Missa Brevis Boreal - Agnus Dei. 

Following our morning after service gathering in the T.M. room we were ready to "dare to be transformed" as we set off for this seventh week of 2018. Special thanks go to David Rider who culinary skills provided us with delicious baking to go with our beverages.

FEBRUARY 4, 2018

Rev. Peggy's Reflection was on February's Value of the Month - "Daring." Readings came from Luke 8:42-48 and from quotes by R.E. Goodrich, W. Newton Clark, C.D Lousbrough, Oprah Winfrey and, of course, from Rev. Peggy who used the book entitled An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God had in Mind by Pastor Erwin Raphael McManus.

"We are living in a time in history that is desperately in need of churches as spiritual anchors for thousands of people adrift in the confusion of life. Unfortunately churches do not understand how to be that spiritual anchor in this modern era which is marked by growing dependence on an individualistic and ego-centric mindset."

McManus was quoted as saying, "We kept our traditions and lost our children." Rev. Peggy cautions that we must "see beyond its (the church) own walls and reevaluate how it is living or not living its faith in the world." His and Rev. Peggy's message of hope is that, "We have to dare to be alive, to serve, to love our neighbour, to be passionate about our faith... A flourishing church is a mixture of peopl who learn lessons from everyone and find answers to accomplish results. They dare to be an energetic and vibrant presence in the world as they risk for justice, meet the needs of others, value and respect each other, dream fresh dreams, seek peace and make bold tracks." Check out the photo images for the poem by Steve Maraboli. 

 The Sanctuary Choir, with soloist, Marian Whitman, offered two anthems this morning: "You are the Branches" and "Hallelujah" in which the congregation joined in for verse 5. In spite of the bitterness of the winter morning, the warmth inside our church was tangible. 

JANUARY 28, 2018

  •  Baptism Celebration Sunday: We had a worship service this morning honouring and celebrating the sacrament of baptism.  The children, Eddie, Iris, Hugo and Xavier, participated in the service along with their parents, sibling, godparents and grandparents. Following the service, of course, cake was served in the beautifully decorated Tatanga Mani Room (i.e. lots of balloons). Thank you to the Rev. Peggy, Alison, Angel Voices with Brent, Colleen, Miranda Johns on oboe and Claire Sharp on Violin, Abby, Yvonne, Claire, Rachelle, Tapas, Barry and January's Sacred Service team for making the service so special for our little ones. 

JANUARY 21, 2018

The "Contemplative Communion" service this morning was new and very special. As congregants moved to the stations, they had an opportunity to light a candle as a prayer of memory, thanks and/or healing. It was a time of ritual, quiet and prayer. The Sanctuary Choir added their gift of song with three anthems this morning, "Come, Share the Lord" by B.J.Leech, "Here is Love" by W. Rees and R. Lowry and "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" by S. DeFord. Thank you, Garrett, Brent and Sanctuary Choir. 

Rev. Peggy's "Words of Hope" were most fitting. The question she asked was, "How can hope be nurtured in these disturbing times?" She reminded us the both Hebrews and Christians find God in the messiness of life. "Hope requires conscious action. We need to strive to live with a positive mindset, showing kindness, compassion, acceptance and understanding... All of life can reconnect us to the devine." 

JANUARY 14, 2018

"The Spirituality of Southern Africa":We were privileged this morning to hear from Wayne Holst and several of the Spiritual Travellers reflecting on their trip last fall to South Africa. Doreen Bills, Bob Clare, Darlene and Frans Heynen, Ruth Cross, Dale Lamont and Joan Gray, as well as a written reflection and slides from Richard Christmas, gave us their stirring perspectives gained from their travels. 

Alison's reflection with Faith Quest children introduced the sacrament of Baptism. On January 28, there will be a worship service honouring and celebrating the sacrament and the children and youth are learning all about it as they will be participating. 

The Chamber Choir, directed by Garrett Krause, presented "Like as the Hart" by H. Howells and "The Lord is My Shepherd" by J. Rutter. 

The congregation joined together for a "Welcome Back" Lunch following the service. Thanks to Darlene and the crew that made sure there was enough baked sausages, macaroni and cheese and green salad to satisfy the diners and the clean up crew that "disappeared" tables, chairs and table clothes. St. Davidians surely enjoy eating together. 

JANUARY 7, 2018

This morning's service was presided over by Rev. Kelley with a focus on "Epiphany." The new value of the month "Inquisitiveness" is an invitation to be curious, to ask questions, do our research and be mindful of our lives as we approach the New Year. The Heynen January team launched into their month of sacred service. 

“The grandest form of delusion is misconstruing the obvious. Persons with an open, inquisitive, and intuitive mind can detect hidden clues that aggressive, narrow-minded, and impatient rationalists fail to perceive.” - Kilroy J. Oldster

The Sanctuary Choir with Garrett on piano added their message in song. The copy of the worship folder can be found by clicking on the file attachment at the bottom of this page.