April 15, 2018


The Weekly Bulletin of
St. Joseph of Nazareth Anglican Church
725 Provencher Blvd. Brossard, QC J4W 1Y5
450-671-6481 / stjofn@gmail.com

April 15, 2018

Welcome to St. Joseph’s this Sunday morning.

It finally seems that spring is making an attempt at showing up! It has been a long winter. For some, they may be in a “long winter” of struggle, disappointment, and worry. May you take some comfort in the example of nature…that winter does and will pass. This was captured in the words of the poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley: If winter comes can spring be far behind.

However, the most comforting words can be found in the Bible: …weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psalm 30: 5b)

You are invited to stay after the service for a time of refreshment and fellowship. May you have a truly blessed and comforting week.

This Week

Sunday – Today – 10:30 am ………… Holy Communion

Monday – April 16 – 1:30 pm ………… Women of Faith

Wednesday – April 18 – 9:30 am ………… Men’s Bible Study

Friday – April 20 – 10:30 am ………… S.H.E. Ladies

Saturday – April 21 – 11:00 am ………… Exercise Class

Sunday – April 22 – 10:30 am ………… Family Service

Please be reminded of next Sunday’s Family Service which will include the children of the Sunday School. We look forward to as many as possible to attend and support the whole family at St. Joseph’s.


Intercessions and Prayers

Prayer for Today
O God, Your Son made Himself known to His disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see Him in His redeeming work, Who is alive and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for the Worldwide Anglican Church
We pray for the Church of Ireland: the Most Reverend Richard Lionel Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

Provincial Prayer Care
We pray for the Diocese of Quebec: Bishop Bruce Myers.

Prayer for our Church Family
We come before You, Lord, with humility and a willingness to obey. Help us to truly seek You first, putting aside our own desires. May we learn the joy of serving others. May we pray more and criticize less. May we be encouragers and uplifters. Amen.

Prayer for the Diocese of Montreal
We pray for the retired clergy: the Reverend Paul Gibson and the Reverend Canon Bruce Glencross.

Prayer Team
For those who wish to pray with someone, a prayer team is available
after the Service in the left-hand corner of the Sanctuary.
Today’s team is Dulcy & Chris.


Food Box for HOPE
After many years of taking care of the food box and transporting donated food to HOPE, Doreen and Allan are “retiring”.
If anyone is interested in taking on this task,
please speak to the Pastor.
We give a heartfelt thank you to Doreen and Allan for all the years they dedicated to this work.


Something to think about…
Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries once wrote:
A few years back I photocopied the book of Philippians, cut it into sections and taped it over my local newspaper. It took up three columns of the first page. This proves that reading the book of Philippians takes about as long as reading our favourite parts of the newspaper or scanning articles on the internet.

I confess that this was an eye-opener. We read and read what we want and never give it a second thought. And yet, many Christians satisfy themselves with a couple of verses from a daily devotional or sometimes, neglecting a quiet time with God and reading the Bible only from time to time.

There was once a time when the only Bible that could be found in many homes was a black, dusty version written in long ago language. To add to this, the print was often so small that a magnifying glass was more necessary than reading glasses.

Not so today. We can buy hard-covered, paperbacked Bibles, Bibles with explanatory notes, large print Bibles, Bibles in today’s vernacular. We can even access the Bible on the internet. If you haven’t already, check out the following website. There you will find a multitude of versions, the ability to search in various ways. It is an uncomplicated site that makes the Bible easily accessible. The only thing we have to do is make the time.


Our Vision
To be a beacon of light and truth in our community
inviting all people to receive God’s promise of salvation through
Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Rector – Reverend Christopher Belle – 450-672-4549 / stjofn@gmail.com / padrebelle@gmail.com
Rector’s Warden – Diane Allen – 450-466-5112 / deedee-one@sympatico.ca
People’s Warden – Janice Candlish-Freeman – 514-235-7809 / janice.freeman@gmail.com