20th Sunday after Pentecost
Week Commencing 26th October 2014
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Music This Week
Today's anthem appears in many manuscripts copied during the twenty years after Purcell’s death, suggesting that it was an especially popular piece around the British cathedrals. The majority of the work is for an alto/tenor/bass trio, and the chorus appears briefly twice. With no known date of composition we can only guess, though the indications are that it is maybe one of Purcell’s later works. The vocal writing in the opening section is quite simple, with the main triple-time theme passed between the three solo voices. The mood changes briefly at ‘I have sworn and am steadfastly purposed’, and there is graphic rising chromaticism for ‘I am troubled above measure’: the dancing triple metre returns for ‘Quicken me’, the ‘O’ of ‘O Lord’ neatly thrown between the upper and lower voices, and this material is repeated by the full chorus. ‘Let the freewill offerings’ is delightfully tuneful in its back-dotting, with ‘and teach me thy judgements’ equally charmingly treated. The light mood briefly disappears at ‘The ungodly have laid a snare for me’ but the lilting triple time returns for the melismatic ‘They are the very joy of my heart’ and leads into a final Alleluia.
In 2004, the Diocese of Ysabel, a PWRDF partner in the Solomon Islands, broke ground on a new farm on the island of Garanga. Over 18 months, they hacked 15 hectares of arable land out of the jungle. Since then, the farm has produced food for consumption and also food for sale (with proceeds going to childrens’ school fees). The Solomon Islands has an ideal climate for growing: no winter season, year-round production, regular rain and rich soil. Despite these benefits, the island nation is a food deficit country. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and President of PWRDF’s Board of Directors, visited the Garanga farm in 2012.
“This farm is about the land and it’s fruitfulness… The labourers are very faithful as they gather for worship every morning before they go to work.
The support of PWRDF is absolutely critical to the ongoing life of this project.”
More of Archbishop Fred’s thoughts are at http://FREDSAYS.CA
Flu Clinic at SJS Nov 9th
On Sunday November 9th during coffee hour (right after the 10am service) we will hold our annual flu clinic at St John’s.
Flower Dedications for Remembrance Sunday Nov 9th
Please contact the office by Wednesday, November 5th, if you would like to participate in the flower dedications.
Have you ever wondered where the scripture readings read at the Eucharist come from?
There is what is called the Revised Common Lectionary which was slowly developed in the years before Vatican II. You probably will remember that in the years before the council readings from the BCP were used, you would hear the same readings on the same Sunday year after year. For instance, you knew that it was such and such Sunday by the readings. But this is not the case now. Along with us, the lectionary is common to the Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and the United Church.
What is this Common Lectionary? It is a three year cycle starting at Advent Sunday and ending on the Feast of Christ the King and then starting again on Advent Sunday….
The cycle is: Year A Matthew, Year B Mark, Year C Luke. We will begin Year B this upcoming Advent Sunday.
Also along with the Gospel readings all the other readings change. The theory is that if one were to attend the Eucharist daily for three years, she/he would hear a large percentage of scripture. But let us remember this: no matter what or when the Gospel is read, in church or in private, the following is what it is all about. The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness.
Fr Michael Forshaw
Looking Ahead to Early 2015 – mark your calendars
* Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - Ash Wednesday
* Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Palm Sunday
* Thursday, April 2, 2015 – Maundy Thursday
* Friday, April 3, 2015 - Good Friday
* Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Holy Saturday
* Sunday, April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday
* Thursday, May 14, 2015 - AscensionDay
* Sunday, May 24, 2015 - Pentecost Sunday
* Sunday, May 31, 2015 - Trinity Sunday
* June 7, 2015 - Corpus Christi (transferred)
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