img_0623img_0563 img_0616 img_0659 img_0666 img_0632 img_0623 img_0599 img_0571The mission of St. Saviour, Wabamun, together with the parish of St. Aidan and St. Hilda, Rexboro, gathered rural community for morning prayer and toe-tappin’ music in celebration of God’s creation and His guiding light.

A cowgirl at heart, the Rev. Coleen Lynch wore her favourite hat and matching red boots to offer Cowboy Church at Jubilee Hall during the Wabamun Dragonfly Festival.

Bishop Jane joined Coleen and the Rev. Mike Lynch to head-up the pass bright and early, tugging on her blue t-shirt to flip pancakes with Team Jesus before the service.

Coleen started an Anglican version of Cowboy Church several years ago as a “user-friendly way for people to try God in a rural worship setting.” Her musical posse offers the morning prayer service in November during the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR), and at the start of summer as part of the Dragonfly Festival.

On the morning of Sunday, June 26, 70 people sang praise to the Lord for helping them see the long trail ahead. The previous day, many members of the congregation lined Wabamun’s Main Street for the festival parade. Team Jesus walked alongside a dragonfly-decorated Rocky the Mission Truck, handing out bottles of water to spectators.

During her sermon, Coleen reminded folk that sometimes all it takes to be a blessing in someone’s life – “to change hearts and minds” – is to offer a smile and a kind word.

Since its dedication in September, 2014, the Mission of St. Saviour has lived the Gospel by being a friendly presence in the community. On Mondays, Coleen invites one and all to “Come and Ask” questions about God and faith at the mission office, centrally located in the Marketplace building on Main Street. Next month, the parish will celebrate St. Benedict’s feast day – serving up scripture and Eggs Benedict for breakfast.