The Conversion of St Paul
Week Commencing 25 January 2015
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Annual Vestry Meeting, Thursday February 26th 6:30 for 7pm.
This is to advise all those listed on the church roll (Members) that the annual vestry meeting will be held in the church on Thursday, the 26th of February, commencing with light refreshments at 6:30 and the meeting proper beginning at 7pm with a short act of worship. All church members are reminded that it is their duty to attend this meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to receive the annual accounts for 2014, reports from various officers of the church and to elect those who will serve as wardens and Church Committee members for 2015. If you feel you could serve in some capacity in the church, please contact either Robyn or Louise and let them know your interest.
Next Sunday, February 1st: Choral Evensong at 7pm
The Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple
Next Sunday we celebrate the end of the Christmas/Epiphany season. Our liturgy directs us to the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. To mark this important festival we shall have an additional service: Choral Evensong - one of the finest services in the Anglican communion. I hope many will be in attendance, in addition to being at the Eucharist in the morning.
Anglicanism 101 What is the Communion of Saints we say we believe in when we recite the Creed?
Good question! In one of the prayers found in the BCP there is the following prayer: Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer….
Supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, many of us ask friends to pray for us. For example: we are going to have surgery so we ask our friend Marg, “Marg please pray for me. I am going to have hip surgery.”
Well it is the same with those saints who have gone before us. We are not praying to them. That is idolatry.
But what we are asking, just as we ask our friend Marg, is to pray to the Father through Jesus Christ. Some people have a favourite saint -their friend in heaven. I have a few myself and sometimes in my prayer time I will ask, for instance, Oscar Romero to pray for me through Jesus Christ to the Father.
This type of prayer is up to ones personal spirituality. You may wish to pray directly to God and that is OK. Again, please develop a prayer life. How, when, and where is up to you. Just pray.
Fr Michael Forshaw
Please note correction: We start this week!
Bible Study: the Book of Revelation
Tuesday, January 27th 7:30pm in my West End apartment
Tuesday, February 3rd 7pm here in the church
We will alternate the location every week, and will offer light refreshments and an interactive study.
I would be happy to also host a further session on Wednesdays in the church (with a light lunch) after the 11am Eucharist for those who do not wish to venture out in the evening. Let me know if you are interested.
Fr Michael Fuller
We are now in our second month of our Children's Ministry in its current form, and I would like to make it my practice to write a short note in our weekly newsletters to afford the congregation some small view of how Christ is drawing the children of our parish to Himself. I begin this series of notes with a few words introducing myself.
My wife Megan and I moved from Seattle, WA to Vancouver in 2007, so could study theology at Regent College, where I earned a Master's of Divinity degree in 2012. During my five years studying at Regent College, I spent four years working as an intern at different churches in the area. Also during this time, Megan and I were blessed with the birth of our first two children - Greta and Therese. Last year saw the birth of our third child, Hosea. Children's ministry has been a natural interest of mine as I spent seven years working as a preschool teacher before moving to Vancouver to study theology. I am delighted and humbled to be given the opportunity to work as children's minister at St John's, and I am excited to participate in Christ's ministry in this place.
Please watch this space for an introduction to my co-minister, Louisa, next week, as well as some explanatory notes on Godly Play in the weeks to follow.
Saints Timothy and Titus
On Jan. 26, the Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, close companions of the Apostle Paul and bishops of the Church in its earliest days. Both men received letters from St. Paul, which are included in the New Testament.
Ancient sources state that St. Timothy followed his mentor in dying as a martyr for the faith. In the year 93, during his leadership of the Church in Ephesus, he took a stand against the worship of idols and was consequently killed by a mob. Titus is credited with leading the Church of Crete well into his 90s, overturning paganism and promoting the faith through his prayers and preaching. Unlike St. Timothy, St. Titus was not martyred, but died peacefully in old age.
Music this Week: John Ireland
After an early death of his parents, John Ireland studied piano and organ at the Royal College of Music beginning at age 14, and later studied composition there with Charles Villiers Stanford. He eventually joined the faculty during which time Benjamin Britten was among his pupils. As a lifelong church musician, Ireland was not a particularly prolific composer of choral or organ works. His anthem Greater Love hath no man, however, has become a staple of cathedral and church choirs around the world due to its immediate accessibility, idiomatic organ writing, and its moving text drawn from Song of Solomon and John 15:13. Moving from intimately a cappella to soaring, richly accompanied choral unisons to festive eight-part blocks of grandiose resonance, Greater Love is an example of Ireland at his most sensitive and heroic.
Primates World Relief and Development Fund - PWRDF
Food for thought: A six year old boy was brought into the accident ward of a city hospital. Has record disclosed that he was one of seven children, three younger than he was, all supported by the mother. When the nurse brought him a cup of milk he took a few sips and then looked up a her. “How deep shall I drink?” He had been taught at home to save part of his cup of milk for the younger ones.
A searching question for the well fed, well clothed, well housed members of our churches. How deep shall we drink of the world’s privileges? How deep dare we drink, before we pause to consider the rest of earth’s family?
The above was taken from Every Day A Prayer by Magueritte Harmon.
If someone who is rich sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how can he have any love for God in his heart?
1 John 3:17
Doug Symons, PWRDF Rep. for SJS
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