We have wonderful news! The refugee family that we have been preparing to receive for a while now, is here! A family of 5 has arrived safely in Prince Albert and moved into the apartment that has been rented and prepared for them. Heartfelt thanks to the refugee committee who have worked hard to make everything ready in time, and also to everyone out there for their financial support, prayers and the giving of material items.
For over a year, congregations within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have been engaged in the ELCIC Reformation Challenge as one of the ways to mark the 2015-17 emphasis the church has been lifting up around the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The goal to sponsor 500 refugees has been achieved and we at Messiah are very happy to be a part of that achievement.
We welcome the Syrian family into our community – please remember them in your prayer as they start a new chapter in their lives.
First Sunday in Advent is ahead. The time for reflection and preparation for the coming of our Messiah has arrived. This Sunday, November 27, we begin our preparation with a very special service called “The Hanging of the Green.” We will decorate the church with various Christmas decorations and reflect on how they can remind us of the true message of Christmas. People in our congregation will read scripture readings and also tell the story behind different decorations that we see everywhere during the Christmas season. Children and youth will help decorate the church and everyone is invited to bring ornaments for the Christmas tree. All the hymns in the service are in some way a reminder of the message of each ornament or decoration.
This service marks a wonderful beginning to Advent and hopefully gives us the spiritual encouragement we need to begin our preparation for Christmas. All are welcome!
Reformation Sunday this year marks the beginning of the 500th celebration of the reformation. In the months to come we will join in the celebration by using special material from Reformation resource books in our worship services, Bible studies, Lenten services and much more.
We welcome you to worship service this Reformation Sunday, October 30. A new banner, made by a member of our congregation, will be blessed in the service. It will be a reminder of our celebration in the year to come.
Welcome to church!
This past summer Messiah youth joined 900 other youths from Lutheran and Anglican churches across Canada at a Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering in Prince Edward Island. Before the gathering we went on a three day bus trip in the Maritimes with other youth in our Saskatchewan synod and youth from the Manitoba/North Western Ontario synod. To cut a long story short, the trip was awesome!
This Sunday, October 23, the youth will share with our congregation some of the experience from the bus trip and the CLAY gathering. The theme of the service is the same one as the theme of the gathering: Not For Sale.
Join us in church this Sunday!