Wednesday, July 18, 2012

This Week at St. Margaret's - July 16th-22nd

July 16th, 2012  Office is closed.

July 17th, 2012
11:15am  Holy Communion at St. Joseph’s Hospital

July 22nd, 2012   8th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 am Holy Communion
10:30 am Holy Communion

Advance notice: Sunday September 30th is 'Back to Church Sunday' in the Diocese of Edmonton and in many other places around the world. The focus of 'Back to Church Sunday' is for ordinary Christian people to invite non-churchgoing friends and family members to join them for worship on that day. We will structure the services in such a way as to make them more accessible for people who are unfamiliar with them, and we hope to have a few members of the congregation share their own faith stories at sermon time.

Now is the time to think about your friends and family members and ask God to guide you about who you should invite to join us for worship on that Sunday. If everyone invited someone, and they all came, we would double the size of our congregation on that day! But the important number is not 'How many people came?' but 'How many members of our church stepped out in faith and courage and invited someone, whether that person came or not?' Be one of the ones who said 'Yes!' to God's call; invite someone to 'Come and see!'

'Unconditional? The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness' by Brian Zahnd. 
A St. Margaret's book study group: ten Tuesday evenings beginning September 25th If Christianity is to be a compelling and relevant voice in the 21st Century, it needs a fresh message - not a new innovation or novel interpretation, but a return to our roots. And what are our roots? To a certain extent that is what this book is about. If Christianity is not about forgiveness, it's about nothing at all. In this book readers will be confronted with the stark reality of how deeply we need to reach within to really show Christ-like forgiveness and mercy to those to whom we may feel least inclined to offer forgiveness or mercy. The author's primary motive in writing this book is to help recover the true beauty of Christianity as found in forgiveness. We are a church in need of a renovation, a renovation that the author is convinced can be achieved by a recovery of the beautiful Christian gospel of forgiveness. In a world where the ugliness of rage and retaliation are driving the storyline of the 21st century, the beauty of authentic Christian forgiveness is the compelling alternative. This book begins with the Holocaust as it explores what forgiveness means and how far it should go in the real world of murder, rape, child abuse, genocide, and other atrocities. It pushes the reader beyond the usual biblical exposition of the topic of forgiveness and challenges their thinking by juxtaposing absolutely bottom-line kinds of examples with the simple question: What would you do?

Call or email Tim to register for this group, or sign up on the table in the foyer.

You will need to order your copy of the book as soon as possible (it is easily available online from Amazon or Chapters Indigo). If you don't have Internet service contact Tim and he will order a copy for you.

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