St. Peter’s members and friends are invited to participate in multi-parish Advent Vespers on Wednesdays, November 30, December 7, 14 and 21, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 933 Smyth Road. Parishes will host a soup supper (6:00 pm), followed by Vespers (7:00 pm). St. Peter’s will host on December 7.
The Rev. Susan C. Johnson, national Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Lutheran, Anglican and Episcopal church leaders from Canada and the United States have prepared a series of Advent devotions to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The devotions, accompanied by a joint letter, reflect on the Lutheran World Federation’s Reformation themes:
- Advent 1: “Liberated by God’s Grace”, by The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
- Advent 2: “Creation – Not for Sale”, by The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate, Anglican Church of Canada
- Advent 3: “Salvation – Not for Sale”, by The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church
- Advent 4: “Human Beings – Not for Sale”, by The Rev. Susan C. Johnson, national Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Read the letter here:
Download the devotions here:
On the first Sunday in Advent the church celebrates the beginning of the new liturgical year. Four Sundays in Advent are a season of preparation. As a worshipping community, we prepare for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas and anticipate the second coming of Christ at the end of time. The liturgical colour for Advent is blue, symbolizing hope.
In the spirit of hope and new beginnings, Pastor Beglo will retire during Advent 2016. After serving St. Peter’s congregation for 27 years, he will preach his farewell sermon at 10:00 am Worship on November 27.
On December 4, Bishop Michael Pryse (Eastern Synod, ELCIC) will join St. Peter’s congregation for 10:00 am Worship to celebrate St. Peter’s ministry under the leadership of Pastor Beglo. Bishop Pryse will preach, the Service will include special music, and a farewell reception will follow Worship.
On December 11, the Sunday Church School will lead 10:00 am congregational Worship. In keeping with St. Peter’s tradition, they will don biblical costumes and prepare for the coming of the Christ Child through music, narrative and prayer.
On December 18, The Rev. Dr. Stanley Johnstone, St. Peter’s interim pastor, will preside at 10:00 am Worship.
Prayer for Advent
Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. (Revelation 22:13)
The festival of Christ the King, observed on November 20, 2016, draws the liturgical cycle of the church year to a conclusion. On this last Sunday of the church year our worship focusses on Christ as the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. The church affirms that the reign of God is cosmic. Christ the King has authority over all time and every place in the universe.
In 1989, on the festival of Christ the King, the Rev. Dr. Barton Beglo was installed as Pastor of St. Peter’s, Ottawa. In 2016, the festival will be observed as the first of three Sundays marking the conclusion of Pastor Beglo’s 27-year ministry at St. Peter’s.
In light of Pastor Beglo’s ecumenical work, contribution to the wider church, and national service to the Interfaith Committee on Canadian Military Chaplaincy, St. Peter’s ecumenical guest for the festival of Christ the King 2016 will be The Right Reverend Peter Coffin. His postings have included Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, eighth Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, and Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Armed Forces.
Prayer for Christ the King
O God of power and might, your Son shows us the way of service, and in him we inherit the riches of your grace. Give us the wisdom to know what is right and the strength to serve the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 53)
In partnership with the city of Ottawa, St. Peter’s congregation has adopted Bronson Park, located near the church, at the corner of Albert and Commissioner Streets. As part of St. Peter’s environmental stewardship initiative we planted a flowering tree in the park and have made a commitment to seasonal park clean-up.
Everyone is encouraged to help with the Fall 2016 Park Clean-up on Saturday, October 15, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Wear comfortable clothing. Disposable gloves, garbage bags and leaf bags will be provided. Optionally you could bring your own work/gardening gloves and a rake.
St. Peter’s is accredited as a greening congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). Bronson Park Clean-up is a neighbourhood outreach project, organized by St. Peter’s Care for Creation Committee. We believe that local action can make a global difference. Join the team for a light workout that will greatly benefit one small corner of planet earth!