15th Sunday after Pentecost
Week Commencing 21th September 2014
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This Week’s Gospel
Matthew 20. 1-16. The labourers in the vineyard.
The idea that the equality is fair is turned on its head by the righteousness of God's injustice in this parable; our society would reject that in the very concept of living or minimum hourly wage. Yet here, the employer ensures that no one should receive less than they need to live on for a day, especially if they had not had the opportunity to earn it. Thus there are overtones here of equal salvation being available to spiritual latecomers, indicating that no one is beyond God’s grace.
International Day of Prayer for Peace
Each year on 21 September the World Council of Churches calls churches and parishes to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace. The World Council of Churches invites us to offer prayers for peace. It is probably no exaggeration to say that the situation in our world and more specifically in the Middle East is a critical one, one that requires much prayer, especially as we are so distanced from these places of warfare.
A prayer that you might like to use:
Our Lord Jesus Christ said to his disciples, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you." Give peace O Lord to your church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts. Merciful God, accept our prayers and yearnings. You are our only strength, refuge and hope. In the name of Jesus - our liberator and redeemer. Amen
The response to our Guest Service Sunday last week was staggering! Well done! I know I have nagged you about being invitational, but as we saw this is one of the greatest ways of building our congregation. There were so many visitors and wonderfully most came from outside of the church! It was a great occasion, which I am hoping we will repeat again early in the New Year! In the meantime keep on inviting. Keep on asking and remember constant dripping wears the hardest stone!!
Our next Bible Study is Tuesday, the 23rd of September and is held on alternate weeks. This study group meets in my apartment in the West End at 7.30pm. I do have some limited car park passes and there is often street parking available. This is a very gentle interactive/participative study of Matthew’s Gospel, those attending usually bring some small snack e.g cheese, cold cuts, fruit or a bottle of wine to contribute to the refreshments. Anyone wishing to attend should let me know so that I can ensure they have the correct address etc. Please do not give my address to people you do not know, or who are with us for the first time.
Participants need not be members of St John’s.
Fr Michael Fuller
Music this Week
Felix Mendelssohn became famous for his stunningly lyrical music for orchestra and his biblical oratorios such as St Paul and Elijah, but it was sacred choral music that interested him most ever since his childhood years. His choral music is an essential, though - unfortunately - often neglected part of his legacy. Mendelssohn held the firm belief that sacred music should not just be used during church rituals, but should contribute to religious contemplation. 'Grant us peace' opens with bass solo, then moves to bass/soprano duet, and finally full chorus.
Harvest Thanksgiving October 12th
Please join us at 10am, and bring a donation of food to be taken to those in need. If you would like volunteer to decorate the sanctuary the day before, please contact the office or speak to Robyn or Louise.
Also this year we are also collecting donations of winter clothing (coats, boots, mittens, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags), toiletries and non-perishable food items to be donated to St Faith’s Angican Church for their Take a Bite Out of Winter event for the homeless on October 18th.
Congratulations to our Engaging Bishop!
Bishop Melissa Skelton has announced that she is engaged to be married. The Bishop's fiancé is Eric Stroo, a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. He is a counsellor practicing at various locations around the Seattle area. The couple has not yet selected a day or definite location for the wedding.
Blessing of the Animals Service
October 4th at 2pm
Please invite all your animal loving friends and neighbours to this special service where we honour St Francis. We are expecting horses from the Vancouver Police Department, as well as a large selection of parishioners’ beloved dogs. Other pets are also most welcome.
York House School
St John’s has a long association with York House School and I was delighted to meet with their new Head of School this week, Chantal Gionet, and also tour their now completed new facility, together with Laura Edwards. Please remember Chantal in your prayers and also all who teach and all who learn in York House School. The York House Choir will join us, together with members of the Alumni for our Advent Carol Service on November 30. Please place this date in your diary now. The service will be late afternoon and the time will be announced shortly.
Fr Michael Fuller
Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral
3:30pm Sept 28th
To celebrate our Cathedral's 125th Anniversary and to commemorate the Feast of St Michael & All Angels there will be a Choral Evensong with a Massed Choir from the Diocese at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard at Georgia. I do hope that many of us will join in this celebration, in addition to our own celebration of St Michael & All Angels at 10am here.
New Roof for our Administration Building
This past Monday the roofers arrived and got started on the new roof. Thank you Paul Bunnell for sharing this photo.
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