Last week, I had a great experience one evening at the retirement home that is just across the street from my house in Evanston. Earlier in the day, I received a call from Brad Baillod asking for directions up into my neck of the woods, as he was going to be playing at one of the several seniors residences/nursing homes near where I live. Since he was going to be next door, I decided that I couldn’t miss this opportunity to hear Brad and his fellow musicians in action, so I gathered up the kids and we walked the short distance from my place to the Evanston Summit Retirement Residence. This is an independent living facility, and part of a network that also includes extended care facilities. Often they bring in groups from the outside to entertain their residents, and Brad and his crew certainly did not disappoint. Opening with John Denver’s Country Roads, and continuing with a wide swath of country hits like Ghost Riders in the Sky, they also had the Stampede Mascot, and Stampede Royalty, with line dancing, keeping the folks at Evanston Summit entertained for several hours. They finally closed it out with a rousing rendition of “Happy Trails.”
Of course, some of you may remember Brad and Lance at our Stampede Breakfasts. What you may not know is that Brad does a lot of this kind of thing all year. It’s part of the Promotions Committee of the Calgary Stampede throughout the year. About 10 years ago, they decided to take the Stampede back to the people who gave it to us, and play at various retirement homes in the city. I was curious to see him in action, this provided me with the opportunity to see him in my own neighbourhood. It also got me reflecting on the real impact that each of us have on the community around us. We may not do the same types of things that Brad may do, but beyond what we do in and for the church community at St. Matthew’s, each of us has something that we do outside of work and church to make our world a better place.
The author of 1 Peter called people who follow Christ collectively as a “royal priesthood,” that ministry isn’t just limited to people like me with titles like “Reverend” and wear funny-looking collars around our necks. The reality is that God calls ALL of us to make a difference in our lives, where we are. The goal of our faith isn’t to come to church, but rather to let the church be where we are energized and renewed for service in the community and world around us.
So here’s a challenge for you. Think of all the things that you personally do in your community, to make our society a better place for all people. You may not think it to be much, but it is far more valuable and important than you know. Have you thought of it as something that God has called you to do? Maybe you should, because after all you are a royal priesthood, you make a world of difference.
Yours in Christ,
Upcoming Events and Announcements
- World Communion Sunday
- This Sunday (October 1st) is the sacrament of Communion as part of the World Communion Sunday, a cross-denominational celebration of the core sacrament of our faith. Please see the attached order of worship for more details!
- Thanksgiving Sunday – October 8th
- Shakespeare at St. Matt’s – Much Ado About Nothing
- Wayne Valleau returns with his considerable teaching ministry here at St. Matthew’s to offer the first of a three-part series of how Shakespeare explores the sixth of the seven deadly sins: Jealousy.
- The first of the plays Wayne will be exploring is the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, and then will follow up in the New Year with Othello and The Winter’s Tale.
- The seminars will be held starting at 10am on Monday, October 16th in the Narthex.
- This seminar is in partnership with CALL (Calgary and Area Lifelong Learners), and is open to anyone, regardless of one’s background or familiarity with the material. For more information, please contact Wayne Valleau at email@example.com
- Evolution of the Bible – Part 1: Hebrew Scriptures
- Starting Monday October 16th at 7:30pm, Rev. John Crowdis will be leading a five-week seminar as an introduction to insights on how the Bible that we know today developed over time. Using the work of scholars over history, this course delves into the timeline, structure, and development of the Bible, as well as how that information helps us to interpret it for people thousands of years after the first words were penned. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. In particular, this course investigates Hebrew Scripture, commonly called the Old Testament.
- As a seminar format, you are welcome to come an learn about the history of the Biblical texts themselves, how they developed into their current form, as well as a discussion on what constitutes “canon” and how that can both help and hinder our reading of these ancient texts.
- As with Wayne’s Shakespeare explorations, this seminar is in partnership with CALL (Calgary and Area Lifelong Learners), and is open to anyone, regardless of one’s background or familiarity with the material. For more information, please contact John at the church or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thrift Shop – Volunteers Needed!
- Matthew’s Thrift Shop re-opened on Wednesday, September 6th. The regular hours are Wednesdays from 10am to 3:30pm and Saturdays from 11am to 2pm.
- We are in need of volunteers to help in the shop. If you are interested and able to help, please call the church office at 403-249-1721 or email at email@example.com
Our regular Office Hours are Monday through Fridays from 9am to 3pm.
Of those hours, Wendy is in the office on Mondays from 11am to 3pm, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 3pm. John is in the office from Mondays through Thursdays from at least 9am until 3pm or later, although he may be out on Pastoral Visits or meetings as time demands.