Last Sunday before Lent
Week Commencing February 7
GROWING A RULE OF LIFE
February 10th (Ash Wednesday) to March 16th
Longing for a deeper connection to God and the World? Longing for practical, everyday, real things you can do enter into the season of Lent? Start with a Rule of Life. On Wednesdays from 10am -11am (after our 9:30am Eucharist) we will work together to craft our personal Rule of Life, using a workbook, and video series provided by the Benedictine Order of SSJE (St. John the Evangelist) in Cambridge.
A Rule of Life is not a series of ‘RULES’ that we are bound to keep - and probably fail, nor is it like New Years’ Resolutions in which we often pick unrealistic expectations for ourselves and then fail.
“The word ‘rule’ derives from a Latin work, regula, which implies not so much a system of rules or laws, but rather a way of regulation and regularizing our lives so that we can stay on the path we have set out for ourselves.” (Living Intentionally: Monastic Wisdom for everyday living, by David Vryhof.
It’s a faithful, practical way to look our lives, to deepen our connection to God and each other, by examining how we want to live and going deeper into four areas:
* My Relationship with God and with the Church
* My Relationship with Others
* My Relationship with Myself
* My Relationship with my Resources.
The idea is to craft something we can live by, that honestly reflects our lives in the real world, and helps us to live in balance with God each other, ourselves and the World. Come and bring yourselves as we seek to find the rhythm and pattern in our lives, and grow deeper in our relationship with God and the word.
See Mother Elizabeth or the Parish office for more details, or to let us know you are coming. Come, share, eat and grow deeper in your faith. www.SSJE.org/growrule
This Week’s Gospel: Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)
Jesus has predicted his suffering, death and resurrection to his disciples; he has called on them to “take up their cross” (v. 23), has warned that those who hear the gospel but fail to trust in it will be condemned, and has promised that some present will see the kingdom of God. Now he and the inner circle of disciples ascend “the mountain” (v. 28). In Luke, Jesus always prays before an important event.
An aura of unnatural brightness is linked with mystical appearances in Exodus and Acts; “dazzling white” (v. 29) is a symbol of transcendence. In Jewish tradition, both “Moses and Elijah” (v. 30) were taken into heaven without dying. Jesus’ agenda is in accord with the Law and the prophets; he is doing God’s will. “Two men” also appear at the resurrection and at the ascension. Jesus’ “departure” (v. 31, exodos in Greek) is his journey to Jerusalem and his passage from this world. Peter clearly doesn’t understand; perhaps he thinks he is witnessing a super Feast of Tabernacles (“dwellings”, v. 33) – a time when the whole city was brightly illuminated. The “cloud” (v. 34) is a symbol of God’s presence; the words from it recall Jesus’ baptism, and add “listen to him!” (v. 35). Vv. 37-43a, the healing of an epileptic child, present three contrasts:
- from the mountain to the needy world;
- Jesus’ great power over evil (vs. the disciples’); and
- Jesus’ fidelity to God vs. general human infidelity.
The child is in miserable condition. In healing him, Jesus shows God’s “greatness” to “all” (v. 43). © 1996-2016
Annual Vestry Meeting
Sunday February 28th at 11:30am following the 10am service
This is to advise all those listed on the church roll (Members) that the Annual Vestry Meeting will be held in the church on Sunday, the 28th of February, commencing with light refreshments at 11:30 and the meeting proper beginning shortly after. All church members are reminded that it is their duty to attend this meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to receive the Financial Report for 2015, Reports from various officers and committees of the church and to elect those who will serve as wardens and Church Committee members for 2016. If you feel you could serve in some capacity in the church, please contact either Robyn Woodward or Louise Hadley and let them know your interest.
SJS Book Club Mondays at 7:30pm Christianity After Religion
Diana Butler Bass, one of contemporary Christianity’s leading trend-spotters, exposes how the failings of the church today are giving rise to a new “spiritual but not religious” movement. Using evidence from the latest national polls and from her own cutting-edge research, Bass, the visionary author of A People’s History of Christianity, continues the conversation began in books like Brian D. McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity and Harvey Cox’s The Future of Faith, examining the connections—and the divisions—between theology, practice, and community that Christians experience today. Bass’s clearly worded, powerful, and probing Christianity After Religion is required reading for anyone invested in the future of Christianity.
Join Robyn Woodward for a lively discussion Monday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30, February 15th to March 14th. Robyn has four extra copies of this book that will be available at coffee hour on Sunday. It is also available at the public library and from amazon.ca in any format.
Thomas Tallis (c. 1505–1585) was without doubt the greatest English composer of the middle of the 16th century. He served as a lay clerk at Canterbury Cathedral and then as Gentleman of the Chapel Royal during the reigns of four monarchs (Henry VIII , Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth). He was married in his late forties, but no children are known to have been born to the couple. “O nata lux de lumine” was published in the 1575 Cantiones Sacrae of Byrd and Tallis. The hymn “O nata lux de lumine” is almost certainly an Elizabethan piece, for Lauds. It is simple and, as the genre implies, chordal, but not without charm and nobility. It is free, however, of all the liturgical elements of a hymn, such as the quotation of a chant.
Michael Dirk Organ Recital 3pm Feb 14
The second concert of Ryerson’s Sundays at 3 organ recital series features a Valentine’s Day performance by organist Michael Dirk in a program that focuses on love – found, lost, celebrated – or unrequited. There’s even a silent movie to send you home with a smile. As Dirk explains, “What better way to spend the day than going to an organ concert with a bonus movie – right?” Highlights include the Sinfonia from JS Bach’s Wedding Cantata, Brahms’ Schmucke dich, Sweelinck’s Balleto del granduca, and Schumann’s Canon in b minor, plus works by Guilment and Rathgerber. All of these have a connection to the love theme, as Michael will explain throughout the performance. Improvised accompaniment to Charlie Chaplin’s silent movie Those Love Pangs closes the program on a wave of laughter.
Ryerson United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave. $10 - $15
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