The flowers in the heading are from Linda Bliss’ garden. She writes, “lupins and peonies–at last!”

Dear St. Stephen’s family and friends, 

Greetings in Christ. Yesterday was the National Indigenous Day of Prayer and National Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Canada. On Wednesday, the front cover of the Star Phoenix featured Michaela Carriere, who travelled to the Northwest territories to be on the tv series, Alone, which features 10 participants surviving on their own with minimal supplies. Michaela is the granddaughter of parishioner Evadne Merz! Michaela and Leo were married at St. Stephen’s and their photo is still on the bulletin board as you go into the sanctuary. Michaela said, “I really wanted to be on the show because I’ve grown up living on the land. I grew up in a trapper’s cabin in the Saskatchewan River Delta. My dad is a Cree-Métis, and all my ancestors lived that life growing up —fishing, hunting and trapping.” Congratulations Michaela! And to grandmother Evadne. Here is a prayer from the order of service for the National Indigenous Day of Prayer:

Creator, you saw the world and declared it good. The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass speaks to us. The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the sea speaks to us. The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrops on the flower speaks to us. But above all our heart soars for you to speak to us in your Son, our Brother, Jesus Christ. Amen.

A rainbow in the sky yesterday afternoon.

Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. -Psalm 9:10

The readings for our sermon tomorrow are: I Samuel 17:1, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49, Psalm 9, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 and Mark 4:35-41

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This afternoon, Saturday, June 22nd, the Rev Perry is hosting a College and Career group on the front lawn at church at 4 pm–all in this category are welcome to come and spend some time together, growing in faith and fellowship.
Tomorrow, Sunday, June 23rd, we will have cupcakes and fellowship after the 10:30 am service, as we celebrate the grade 12 grads at St. Stephen’s and pray for them as they move into the next chapter of their lives.Tomorrow you are invited to have your photo taken for the church photo directory board. Jen (neice to Julie A-S), will be at church before and after the 10:30 service. It just takes a few minutes and the photo(s) will be emailed to you. You may choose to purchase photos if you wish, any profit will be donated back to St. Stephen’s. One photo will be printed out to put on the photo board. The photo board is one way that we can grow as a caring community, knowing one another’s names. In the spirit of knowing each other’s names, I encourage everybody to wear their name tag tomorrow! If you don’t have one or can’t find yours, leave a note and we will make one up for you.

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Please note there will be NO book study on Thursday.We will reconvene next week, July 4th at 1:30.Our final English Language Conversation Circle will take place next Thursday also, at 7 pm, in my backyard. Thank you to Lynda , Lisa , Thyatira and Joanne for volunteering for these sessions through Saskatoon Open Door Society. It is so good for us to support this organization and their goal of creating a sense of welcome for newcomers to Saskatoon. We have been blessed by many relationships and friendships over the years and continue to find it to be an important ministry and a tangible way to live out Christ’s command to love our neighbours as ourselves.

Thursday BCP service continues at 4:30 pm weekly under the leadership of the Ven. Dan Hughes.

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Tuesday Evening Prayer on the Lawn continues weekly at 7 pm in the summer, under the leadership of the Rev. Perry.Welcome to the world, Sinobichi, daughter of Aham and Chinwende, and new baby sister. Sinobi was born on Friday at 3 am! Mom and baby are doing well, thanks be to God! Sinobichi means “from God’s heart,” and Rayna means “Song of the Lord.” Many blessings to the new arrival and to her family.

Please note that a service of Holy Baptism will take place on Saturday, June 29th, at 5 pm, for Loralei, daughter to the Rev. Perry and Andrea.  Potluck to follow. Please bring a dish to share. All are welcome!

We shared our final, “Won’t You be my Neighbour?”event last Tuesday. Thank you to all who came to these events, old and new! We had 21 new or newish participants and much rich conversation! We will hold more of the same events in the fall. Let us continue to grow as a Christ centred, Holy Spirit led, Caring community, that is outward focused.

The Rev. Marie Louise Ternier has produced another Diocesan newsletter to keep the churches the Diocese connected and up to date with unfolding news. Please click the link below to read. This is a new and excellent resource for our Diocese, particularly as we continue the process of preparing to elect a new Bishop. Please continue to pray for the church in the diocese of Saskatoon and for God’s guidance as we move forward.
The Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon June Newsletter CLICK HERE TO READ
Sent faithfully, with hope and love, in Christ,
Rev. Amy <><
I am your shepherd,
I give you everything that you need.
I bring you to good places where there is plenty to eat and drink;
I give you the kind of rest that restores and re-members your soul.
I guide you to paths of health and wholeness
Because that is who I AM.
Even as you walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
Fear no evil, for I AM with you.
I protect you.
I am so generous and good that there is enough for all of humanity.
My love for each of you never ceases.
There is more than enough.
Goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life;
We are together forever. You are never alone.-Paraphrase and poem based on Psalm 23, by Lacy Finn Borgo (author of our book study book).

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