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Glancing through the internet a few months back I came upon the words of a small girl Emily, 8 years old., In her letter to God said: “Dear God, would you write more stories, we have already read the ones you have, and began again.”  Emily was tired of hearing the same old stories again and again.  Year after year we hear the same old story at Christmas, the same Bible passages are read, we sing the same carols, and eat food we eat every Christmas. We’ve done it all before. And as they say: “Been there, done that, and got the T-Shirt.”

At the first Christmas there was much that was already feeling old.  There was a new Lord, Augustus, but it was the same old idea of a great and powerful man holding sway over many subjects. He felt he was a new thing, a self-proclaimed ‘prince of peace’ but it was the same old idea wearing new clothes. Everything was old. Bethlehem was an old place, already over a thousand years old by the time Mary and Joseph arrive. They were Jews, following a code set out a thousand years earlier, and attentive to God’s word given centuries earlier.  They were surrounded by the old.  Been there. Done that. But the events we celebrate at Christmas are about something new. Prophecies, very old, are now coming to pass and a new thing is moving about. The eternal God reveals himself as a new born. Shepherds, spending another of a thousand nights with their sheep now spend that night with angels. An old stable, which has housed hundreds of animals, now holds there Son of David.

Another Lord?  No something different.  There are echoes of the past, but so much about this one will be new, as he says “Behold, I come to make all things new”. We need to remind ourselves of its newness for us today.  As much as Christmas involves nostalgia, past traditions, and a story that seems very time-worn, we need to remember that when it first occurred it was about something new breaking into the world.  God was being active and He was on the move.  The nativity is an affirmation of an active God who is still seeking to make the world new: the work of creation is not over. In fact, in us it is just beginning.

May we have a blessed celebration of this God who is breaking in and changing things and who seeks to continue His work of creation and salvation, to bring a new hope onto an old world.  And may we have the courage and grace to turn old ways and an old world into something new and to join God is His great works
May the blessings of Christmas be new in your hearts.


Advent Lessons & Carols Service

Sunday, 27 November 2016 at 7:00pm
followed by mulled wine and mince tart reception.

All Saints’ during
Advent and Christmas

November 27, Advent I
8 AM Holy Communion
9:15 AM Holy Eucharist
11 AM Choral Eucharist
2:30 PM Pro Coro in concert
Stayin Alive’

7 PM Service of Lessons & Carols for Advent

Wednesday, November 30
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist

Thursday, December 1
12:10 PM A celebration of
The 40th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women


Friday, December 2
7:30-9 AM Community Breakfast
7:30 PM Richard Eaton Singers in concert
In Dulci Jubilo

Saturday, December 3
7:30 PM Richard Eaton Singers in concert
In Dulci Jubilo

December 4, Advent II
8 AM Holy Communion 
9:15 AM Holy Eucharist
11 AM Choral Eucharist
7 PM Choral Evensong

Wednesday, December 7
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist
7 PM ‘The Messiah’ 
A presentation by the Dean


Thursday, December 8
12:10 PM - Holy Communion

Friday, December 9
7:30-9 AM Community Breakfast

December 11, Advent III
8 AM Holy Communion
9:15 AM Standing Stones Eucharist
11 AM Choral Eucharist
7 PM Taizé / Blue Christmas

Wednesday, December 14
11:00 AM General Hospital Service
5:30 PM Eucharist 
7 PM ‘The Gospel of Scrooge’
A presentation by the Dean

Thursday, December 15
12:10 PM Holy Eucharist  

Friday, December 16
7:30-9 AM Community Breakfast

December 18, Advent IV
8 AM Holy Communion
9:15 AM Holy Eucharist
11 AM Choral Eucharist
7:00 PM Pro Coro in concert

‘The Little Matchstick Girl’
Wednesday, December 21
5:00 - 9:00 Sharing Circle
5:30 Holy Eucharist
7 PM ‘Christmas Is Different Now’  
A presentation by the Dean


Thursday, December 22
12:10 PM Holy Eucharist

Friday, December 23
7:30-9 AM Community Breakfast

Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve
4:30 PM Children’s Easy Nativity & Eucharist
7:00 PM  Carols and Eucharist
11:00 PM  Choral Eucharist, with Brass Quintet


Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist 

Thursday, December 29
12:10 PM Holy Eucharist 

Friday, December 30
7:30-9 AM Community Breakfast

January 1, Christmas I
8 AM Holy Communion 
9:15 AM Holy Eucharist
11 AM Choral Eucharist

Morning Prayer
Monday to Friday 8:30 AM

The Cathedral Office will be closed
December 23 to 26, inclusive, and
from noon Friday, Dec 30 to January 2.
The office will re-open the morning of January 3.

Christmas Eve services ~ December 24
4:30 PM Children’s Easy Nativity and Eucharist
This service is geared towards families with young children who want to worship, sing carols, and be active. There is an easy pageant which any children who come can participate in. The mood of the service is light and fun, yet filled with beauty and holiness. It lasts a little under an hour.
7 PM Carols and Eucharist
For many people the chance to sing Christmas carols is a main reason for attending church on Christmas Eve and this Eucharist service has a particular focus on the carols and their Christmas messages.
11 PM Choral Eucharist with Brass Quintet
This is our main celebration and features a brass section, the Cathedral choir and Bishop Jane Alexander is the celebrant. A glorious, vibrant and holy celebration of the Lord’s birth.

Christmas Day service ~ December 25

10:30 AM Holy Eucharist
       This is a beautiful morning celebration of the Lord’s birth featuring carols and a celebration of the Eucharist.

at All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral beginning at 7 PM

Wednesday, December 7
The Messiah
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Messiah, Jesus the Christ. But what exactly is the Messiah? This complex figure in the Hebrew scriptures will be considered, looking at a wide variety of scriptural texts. There will be particular focus on the Advent and Christmas readings which are part of this tradition.

Wednesday December 14
The Gospel of Scrooge  

Dickens wrote the ‘A Christmas Carol’ deeply aware that his audience had a strong and thorough background in scripture and worship. Tonight we look at how this is a story of redemption, repentance, grace, forgiveness, and judgment deeply rooted in Christian faith.

Wednesday, December 21  
Christmas Is Different Now

We’re fifteen years into the 21st century. Like everything else, Christmas is changing and tonight we look at current trends and the possible future of Christmas.  It will be different but that might be a good thing.


This year, as a special Advent project, Vestry has decided that the parish needs a new Parish Directory, which would have photos and names and some information about the many households which make up this parish.
This will be done on-line and we will begin this work on

Sunday, November 27
following the services.

To participate, send your email to the parish office at
or give it to the clergy or wardens following a service
and you will be mailed a link to the on-line directory site
that has been chosen to host our parish Directory.
You will then be invited to send a picture of yourself or your family. The advantage of an on-line directory is that pictures can be edited and changes to one’s household can be done quickly and easily and so this Directory will never become out of date.
For those who are not on-line, your picture can either be taken after one of the services in  Advent or someone could come and visit you and take your photo.
A hard copy of the Directory will be made available before the Annual Meeting the first Sunday in February.


The 2017 Annual Meeting
will be held on
Sunday, February 5 at noon
following a joint service held at 10:30 AM.

The Annual Report will be made available
Sunday, January 29.
Those groups or committees wishing to have their report included should have their reports in by
Friday, January 20.


Advent is the time of promise; it is not yet the time of fulfillment. We are still in the midst of everything and in the logical inexorability and relentlessness of destiny… Space is still filled with the noise of destruction and annihilation, the shouts of self-assurance and arrogance, the weeping of despair and helplessness. But round about the horizon the eternal realities stand silent in their age-old longing. There shines on them already the first mild light of the radiant fulfillment to come. From afar sound the first notes as of pipes and voices, not yet discernible as a song or melody. It is all far off still, and only just announced and foretold. But it is happening, today.”
Alfred Delp, Advent of the Heart:
Seasonal Sermons and Prison Writings, 1941-1944

Some want to keep the work of the Gospel so disembodied that it does not get involved at all in the world it must save.  Christ is now in history.  Christ is in the womb of the people.  Christ is now bringing about the new Heaven and the new earth and work of Advent is involved in this vigilance and faith: to discover the fact that Christ is continually coming.  Advent is not just four weeks of preparation for Christmas. Advent is the Church’s life.   Advent is Christ’s presence as he uses his preachers, his priests, his catechists, his Catholic schools, all the effort meant to bring about God’s true reign, telling humanity that Isaiah’s prophecy is now fulfilled: Emmanuel — God with us!
Archbishop Oscar Romero

“She was so busy doing Christmas, there wasn’t time to experience Christmas.”  
Lori Copeland, Unwrapping Christmas

Taking "Christ" out of "Christmas" just reads "Mas" which is Spanish for "More." Seems Americans just want "mas," "mas," "mas." But when is more ever enough without Christ in it? More Christ?”
Kilburn Hall

‘But Gold was not all. The other kings bring Frank Innocence and Mirth.’
Darcourt was startled, then delighted. 'That is very fine, Yerko; is it your own?'
'No, it is in the story. I saw it in New York. The kings say, We bring you Gold, Frank Innocence, and Mirth.'
'Sancta simplicitas,' said Darcourt, raising his eyes to mine. 'If only there were more Mirth in the message He has left to us. We miss it sadly, in the world we have made. And Frank Innocence. Oh, Yerko, you dear man.'...”

Robertson Davies, The Rebel Angels

For us, I repeat, not for Himself. Before all time he was born of much nobler birth of the Father. He did not need to be born in time of a mother. Not for the angels, moreover, who because they had Him great did not need him as a little child.  For us, then, He was born, and given to us, because we needed Him.
Bernard of Clarivaux

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

Oren Arnold

Sunday, 11 December at 7 PM
Using the music of Taizé, this service is
a time for those who feel sorrow and pain at this time of the year. It is a time to gather, to pray, to worship and to let His grace work among us and heal us.


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