St. Stephen's - Confirmation and Mother's Day

This morning, at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Saskatoon, Bishop Chris Harper confirmed Rachel, Joshua, Kaiden, Nathan, Garen, Quinlyn, and Henry.

Bishop Chris talked to the children about his crosier, the importance of mothers and her first musical gift to each of them.

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Holy Week - St. John's Cathedral and Emmanuel

What an amazing and insightful Holy Week.  We started at the Cathedral, with the service of Foot Washing and then moved into the sadness that followed the stripping of the altar.  All the beauty that surrounds the altar and us, is taken away, gone and we were left with a bare wooden altar. 

We continued with our Good Friday service at Emmanuel and the Refinery.

 On Holy Saturday, we were back at the Cathedral and had the Easter Vigil with the sacred fire and our first Easter Communion.  After the church was in darkness, the illumination from the tapers our only light, and then the light shines through - we are once again in the surrounding beauty of the altar, the flowers, communion, and song. Easter Sunday was at the Cathedral for both services, of song, the Eucharist, Easter Alleluias, laughter, and many smiles.


The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist - Palm Sunday

Hosanna in the highest, the glorious day of Palm Sunday was spent at the Cathedral. We had two services of Blessing of Palms, and Holy Communion. At the second service, we had a joyous procession with smiles and song, and the children learned to make palm crosses in their classes. Fellowship and hot cross buns followed the worship time.

 All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper.


St. Matthew's Ham Supper - April 12

It was St. Matthew’s spring supper of Ham and Scalloped potatoes, and pie, glorious pie. Excellent musical entertainment by the German Concordia Band, (guess who one of the drummers are). It was an evening of great food, music and visiting and even a bit of dancing.

 Photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper

Borden, St. John's

This morning we were off to St. John’s Borden.  We had a young man Baptized on the same day his Great Grandmother was confirmed.  God is good. The service of Holy Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion, how can you not smile after all that?  To end the afternoon, we had a delicious potluck with fellowship and laughter.


All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper.

All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper.

Augustana Lutheran and St. Timothy’s, Saskatoon

This Sunday we worshiped in the Lutheran church of Augustana, which is a gathering place for Augustana Lutherans and St. Timothy Anglicans.  The church has some beautiful stain glass but the most amazing part was the singing.  The resounding voices sung with gusto to our Lord.

All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper.

St. Andrew's Humboldt - St. Bride's Watson

All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper.

It was a glorious morning of nice warm weather on the trip to Humboldt. We had a very beautiful service of Holy Communion with a procession and the help of many servers. After the service, there was a lunch put on by the church and some very good fellowship. We had about an hour break between services so Fr. Matteo took us around his town and the area in which he ministers. Our next service was at St. Bride’s in Watson, a lovely small town church, with great people: after a service of Holy Communion we had some tea and wonderful conversation.

Ash Wednesday - St. John's the Evangelist Cathedral

We started the evening with a lovely light dinner put on by the youth of the cathedral. Followed by a solemn, introspective service of the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion.  With it being the first day of Lent, and a time to start our self examination, I didn’t take any pictures. I listened to the readings, and remembered “I am dust and to dust I will return.” May we all have a blessed and holy Lent, filled with prayer, and self examination and patiently wait for the rising of our Lord and Saviour on Easter Morn.


Battleford - St. George

By the grace of God, we were able to get back out to St. George’s, the weather was not bad, extreme cold warnings, but we live in Saskatchewan.  The service was one of Holy Baptism and Communion; it is always exciting to see an adult make the choice of baptism. Wishing her, many blessings and a glorious adventure in the choice she made today.


All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper.

All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper.

Saskatoon - Emmanuel and the Refinery

As we entered the church, I first noticed the amount of natural light coming in and the way the rays shone across the back stained glass windows. We celebrated Holy Communion, enjoyed fellowship, and tasted the delights of a large table of goodies.

Installation of Reverend Canon Alex Parsons - February 17, 2019

The most noteworthy and exciting event of the past month, at St. Matthew’s, has got to be Sunday’s installation of the Reverend Canon Alex Parsons as our half-time priest.  It was a beautiful service, made even more beautiful by the feeling of family that pervaded the entire building.  Bishop Chris Harper’s homily was enlightening, spiritual and entertaining. The participation of many of our parishioners made it a special time for those honoured to assist.  The reception afterwards gave everyone a chance to chat and reconnect with those friends not seen regularly.  Thanks to everyone who made the afternoon so delightful.  The event will be remembered as a highlight of our church year.

All photographs courtesy of Carolyn Bell

Saskatoon - Holy Trinity

We got to stay in the city this Sunday, with the service at Holy Trinity, Saskatoon. The service started with Bishop Chris leading us in the hymn, “Ten Thousand Reasons”.  He taught the children, big and small about the crozier (shepherd’s staff, staff, as we found out it has many names). The service continued with Holy Communion, followed by fellowship, and some excellent homemade soup.

All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper



Saskatoon - All Saints

We got to stay in the city this Sunday, and went to All Saints, Saskatoon. Here we had a Candlemas service with procession using the BCP liturgy and incense.  It was wonderful to use the little purple book again. It was a service, which allowed us to use all our senses during worship. After service we had fellowship, snacks, and some Q&A time.

All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper

All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper

Watrous - All Saint's Anglican

January 20


We are on the road to All Saints Anglican in Watrous. This community is an Anglican/Lutheran share ministry.  We celebrated Holy Communion and the signing of the Lutheran Anglican Communion agreement, at All Saints Anglican Church. This was followed by a potluck lunch and fellowship at Our Redeemer Lutheran church, just down the block.  We ended the afternoon by attending the Potluck and Mingle, with the folks of Watrous. It was a very lovely day, and we had an uneventful drive home that night.

All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper




Lashburn - All Saints

Can you believe it! It’s already the new year and I wasn’t able to go to All Saints Lashburn. It was a service of Holy Communion with blessing of the new door. And cake!

Photographs courtesy of Bishop Chris


Lloydminster - St. John’s

Our next stop on our journey was to the Border City and St. John’s Lloydminster. Two services of Holy Communion, with fellowship and food after the service in the hall. St John’s is close to family, so we were able to have a quick visit with some of them.

All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper

All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper

Saskatoon - Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

We had two services at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral: the first was a family service.  At that very special service, we had Santa Claus leave a present at the manager; it was a very moving moment.  The second service was steeped with tradition: hymns, the procession, and the glorious moment when the church bells were ringing, right at midnight, to bring in Christmas morn.


All photographs are courtesy of Sarah Donnelly

All photographs are courtesy of Sarah Donnelly

Biggar - St. Paul Anglican

The adventure continues with a trip to St. Paul Anglican in Biggar; where we had a Confirmation service, and Holy Communion.  The church was packed. After the service and picture taking, it was potluck time.  The community of Biggar is a shared ministry between the Anglican and Lutheran churches.

All photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper