Christ the King
(Reign of Christ)
Week Commencing 23rd November 2014
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The Feast of Christ the King.
This is a new celebration in the Church. The Feast of Christ the King was instituted in 1925 in the Universal Church. It connected the increasingly denial of Christ as king to the rise of secularism. At this time after the 1st World War and as the Depressins set in many Christians began to doubt Christ's authority and existence, as well as the Church's power to continue Christ's authority. Just as the Feast of Corpus Christi was instituted when devotion to the Eucharist was at a low point, the Feast of Christ the King was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning, when the feast was needed most.
Today we Welcome Bishop Melissa Skelton
It is a delight to be able to welcome our Bishop as the celebrant and preacher at the 10am service. This is a double celebration for us. Bishop Melissa will be the first woman to celebrate at St John’s and this will be the first time that she has visited us as a parish.
The next bible study will be on Tuesday, November 25th. Please contact Fr Michael Fuller for more information about this group.
Sir William Walton is a respected composer without a long list of renowned teachers. The Crown Imperial March was written on commission by the BBC for the coronation of Edward the VIII, but was premiered instead at the coronation of King George VI on May 12, 1937.
Denis Bédard was born in Quebec City in 1950, and came to Vancouver in 2001 where he taught Michael organ at UBC from 01-04. Laureate of the "Prix d'Europe" in 1975, and of the CBC Radio Talent Competition in 1978, since September 2001 has been organist and music director of Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver.
Benefit Concert with Michael Dirk, Nov 23rd
Tonight at 7pm in Surrey, our organist Michael Dirk will be joined by his wife Annabelle (percussion), best friend Robin (piper) and pianist Rev. James Kim to offer a benefit concert at Faith Lutheran Church where Michael grew up and first learned to play the organ. 7086 124 Street, Surrey, BC.
Admission by donation.
Anglicanism 101: The Shape of the Liturgy
Today we look at the second part of the Eucharist: The Liturgy of the Table. I think the best way to look at this part is to use the four fold action: Take, blessed, broke and gave.
Gifts of bread, wine, and money are placed on the altar. In a way they represent you and I. It was St Augustine who said, “There you are on the altar, there you are in the chalice.”
At this point the priest washes his/her hands. This is not a health issue but a liturgical action. Perhaps the words the priest says quietly best explains - Lord, wash away my iniquity, cleanse me from my sins.
This is the centre of the Eucharistic Celebration. The priest invokes the Holy Spirit so that our gifts of bread and wine may be for us the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Now the Great Thanksgiving (as it is called) is formalized and there are variations of this prayer. It is a prayer addressed to God the Father, an act of praise and thanksgiving for the whole work of creation and resemption.”
Next week: broke and gave.
Fr Michael Forshaw
PWRDF – Primates World Relief and Development Fund
Over the next few months I will be focusing on Food Security.
Food security exists when people have access, on an ongoing basis, to sufficient, safe and and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs for an active and healthy life. Unfortunately, this isn’t true for 870 million people in the world today.
A variety of factors lead people to become food insecure: poverty, war and civil conflict, environmental degradation, barriers to trade, insufficient agricultural development, low levels of education, social and gender inequality, poor health, and natural disasters. Unfortunately, the people who are most food insecure are rural farmers – the very people who we might expect to be able to feed themselves. Up to 80% of the world’s poorest people depend on farming for their livelihood, but they often struggle to earn adequate livelihoods.
A variety of strategies are needed to help people to become food secure, including helping them to increase food production by teaching better farming methods; assisting with the sale and marketing of food; and helping to reduce vulnerability to sudden price hikes or weather related challenges.
Improved livelihoods contributes to food security – when people have good jobs and are making a fair wage they are able to buy the food they need.
PWRDF representative for Saint John’s Shaughnessy
There will be a collecting box in the narthex, outer foyer, to receive your gift of dry food, toiletries and other useful goods that we can donate to the Food Bank to help the homeless and the needy. The most-needed items are: Protein meat/fish/beans; Natural peanut butter; Whole wheat pasta/rice; Pasta sauce; Canned fruit & vegetables; 100% Fruit juice ; Low-sugar cereal; and infant food & formula. Of your charity please give generously.
St John’s Shaughnessy Christmas Newsletter:
Welcome to St John’s
Please send in your photos and stories
We are planning an exciting newsletter, to be published just before Christmas, and want you to be a part of it. The theme is Welcome to St John’s! We invite everyone to submit stories about their time attending SJS. It will be an uplifting, inspiring newsletter about the rebirth of our parish. The deadline for this special, extended newsletter is December 1st; please keep your stories under 800 words. Feel free to contact the office if you have any questions. Parishioners who do not have a long history with St John’s are also welcome to participate.
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