Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Week Commencing 5 July 2015
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Today’s Gospel St Mark 6:7-13
Though the apostles were conscious themselves of great weakness, and expected no wordly advantage, yet, in obedience to their Master, and in dependence upon His strength, they went out. They did not amuse people with piffling matters, but told them they must repent of their sins, and turn to God. The servants of Christ may hope to turn many from darkness unto God, and to heal souls by the power of the Holy Ghost. How will we share the Gospel story this week?
In this respect I am reminded of some wrods of Soren Kierkegaard, the 19th century theologian and philosopher:
It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it. In everyone there is latent the highest possibility, one must follow it. If God does not wish it then let God prevent it, but one must not hinder oneself. Trusting to God I have dared, but I was not successful; in that is to be found peace, calm and confidence in God. I have not dared: that is a woeful thought, a torment in eternity.
St Benedict of Nursia
Benedict of Nursia (c. 480 – 543 or 547) is a Christian saint, honoured by the Christian Churches as the father of monasticism and is also the patron Saint of Europe and students. Benedict founded twelve communities for monks at Subacio in Italy to the east of Rome, before moving to Monte Casino in the mountains of Southern Italy. The Order of St Benedict is of later origin and, moreover, not an "order" as commonly understood but merely a confederation of autonomous congregations. Benedict's main achievement is his “Rule" containing precepts for his monks. It has a unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness and this persuaded most religious communities founded throughout the Middle Ages to adopt it. As a result, his Rule became one of the most influential religious rules in Western Christendom. For this reason, Benedict is often called the founder of western monasticism. We shall celebrate his feast day on the 12th July with an additional service of Choral Evensong at 7pm. Please would you try and be with us at this special and for me, very significant, occasion.
Isn't it great that the holiday season is upon us? Time for refreshment and relaxation; time to be holy on holiday. Don't forget, however that is time to draw closer to God. There are Anglican churches all over the world and I suspect there will never be one too far from where you are. If you're going to some exotic place or even Powell River I can give you the address of the nearest church, where you can go and worship with the local community. If there is not an Anglican church near there will be either a Roman Catholic, United or Free Church in the vicinity. As the writer of the letter to the Hebrews said, "Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together as is the custom of some!”
Farewell my friends!
When asked how I would like to make my time at St John’s I declined a parish dinner in favour of thanking God for the wonderful time we have spent together! I hope you would agree with that? Thursday, July 30th has been set aside for this. I hope you will be able to attend? It will be in the evening at 7pm followed by "seasonal libations.” I hope you can join us and if you can please let the parish office know. Do not bother to call if you can’t come!
Fr Michael Fuller
Bible Study – last class of the summer
Tuesday, July 7th, 7pm here in the church
Everyone is welcome to join us for our last bible study with Fr Michael!
House-sitter available this summer
A regular member of St John’s is seeking long-term house-sitting positions this summer. He is willing to take care of your pets and garden, no charge, and is a tidy non-smoker. Please contact Fr Michael for more information.
I would like to thank those who were generous enough to transfer their giving to the 'Pre-Authorised Donation’ program; this is very helpful. If you have given it more thought and would like to join there are forms around the church. Please complete (the amount you fill in is a monthly donation) and hand to Paul Bunnell or myself. For those who have joined the scheme you will find cards at the church entrance which you can place in the offertory plate as it passes you, indicating that you give by PAD.
Hospitality Volunteers Needed – singles may be paired up
Are you interested in arriving early once every couple of months to help set up for coffee hour? Are you able to bring some milk, cream, juice boxes and snacks/treats to share? If you are single we can pair you up with another single to work together and make this volunteer position more fun. Please contact the office if you are interested in more information about volunteering with hospitality, or any other positions.
Children at Communion
Children who have not yet received instructions on how to receive communion will receive a blessing, and those who have received instructions will receive bread. Chalice administrants only offer wine to adults.
Infant and Toddler care on Sundays
We are looking for someone to help care for our youngest parishioners on Sundays from 9:45am to 11:45am. This position would best suit an energetic high school or university student who enjoys spending time with young children and is looking for more experience and references for his/her resume. Five references, current first aid and a criminal record check are required. A small honorarium is available. If you know someone who would be an asset to St John’s, please ask them to apply.
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