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Pastoral Epistle – December 15, 2021

Posted on: December 24th, 2021 by St. Bede Anglican Church

Beloved Congregation,Greetings in Jesus!
Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”  Luke‬ ‭1:46, 47‭
The angel’s message to Mary was not an exciting one;  it was rather shocking and confusing.  Nevertheless, Mary knew that any news from God will always be good news.  However He leads us only for good.  We may not always understand or see the bigger picture of God’s plan. 
This Sunday, December 19th we will celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent and remember the Love of our Lord.  We celebrate God’s love with our Sunday School  this Sunday.  Do all you can to join in person. 
Our special services for the rest of the month:
Friday, December 24 – Christmas Eve service with carols and Holy Communion at 7.30 pm.
Saturday, December 25 – Christmas Service 10.30 am with Celebration of Baptism for Ivan Davis Anand
Sunday, December 26 – Songs and Testimony Service. – 10.30 am
Friday, December 31 – 11.00 pm Watch night service. We’ll ring in the New Year with Holy Communion. 
Sunday, January 2 – First Sunday of Epiphany 10.30 am with Baptism for Jacob 
Wednesday, Dec 29th : Fasting and Prayer @ 7:30pm 
Next Bible study will be on Wednesday, Jan 12th 2022.

Here is the Link to pre-register for our services: I encourage you to pre register for our Christmas eve, Christmas day and Watch Night Services.https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/the-church-of-st-bede-anglican-31078840607

If you are unable to join, you can use the link below to join virtually
https://zoom.us/j/97753965288?pwd=ZkJFd0JZZTRDSWRPN25YMVNZby9JZz09
Meeting ID: 977 5396 5288  
Passcode: 749549 
YouTube Stream link:  https://youtu.be/r2XzMMzVnLY or http://stbedesanglican.ca/worship-videos/
Blessings on those celebrating Birthdays and Anniversaries for this week and next.

Sunday sermon deck for Advent of Joy is attached.
Here are the details to send your tithes and offerings. 
Contributions: cw-stbede@toronto.anglican.ca
You can also contribute at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-bedes-churchMay our Lord richly reward your faithful giving.  
Flowers in memory:A Big Thank youto everyone who has contributed towards decorating the altar for the Advent Season. Ramya Moses has contributed in memory of her mom,  Irudhaya Mary Selvaraj, and  Sam’s father,  FIL-Moses Devachandran.

Anonymous contribution:   In memory of Blossom Yogasundaram who was called to rest in November 2021.  Adored by all during her many decades at St.Bede’s till she and her husband moved to Winnipeg.

Let us all continue praying fervently for God’s grace against the Covid variant. May the Lord protect you and your loved ones from this pestilence.  
Grace and Peace be with you. Pastor 
The Rev’d  Dr. Irwin Sikha

Cell : 416-908-5686

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