St Luke the Evangelist
(19th Sunday after Pentecost)
Week Commencing 19th October 2014
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St Luke the Evangelist
Today we celebrate the Feast of St Luke, Gospel writer, physician and evangelist. St Luke, an early convert of paganism to Christianity was a physician who was born in Antioch, Syria. Luke was a close companion of St. Paul, whom he accompanied in prison at Rome on two different occasions. St. Luke is the writer of the third Gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles, his account of events is considered first-hand history.
St Luke is often portrayed as painting portraits of Mary. According to tradition, Luke was believed to have painted portraits of both Mary and Jesus. Centuries later, it was proven that Luke did not paint such images but he is still considered the patron saint of artists because of this tradition.
St Luke is also portrayed with pen in hand because he recorded the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He is often shown with an ox, which is a symbol of sacrifice – the sacrifice Jesus made for the world. He is also the patron saint of physicians, surgeons, students and butchers.
The Reverend Trudi Shaw
It is a very great pleasure to welcome the Reverend Trudi Shaw as our guest preacher today at 10am. As many of you will know Trudi is a Vocational Deacon as well as the Anglican Chaplain at Vancouver General Hospital and St Jude's Anglican Home. I am truly grateful to her for her support and encouragement since my arrival and it’s a joy to have her with us today!
Week of Concern for World Hunger
It was Mother Theresa who said, "If you are not able to feed one hundred people, then just feed one". This week has been designated as a week of concern for world hunger. The statistics are appalling; it is said that 805 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about one in nine people on earth. Much of this hunger is caused by government corruption and greed! Would you be prepared to make a donation of $20 to the PWRDF programme to donate to their world feeding programme, please? Or perhaps just $1 for every scrap of food you discard? Donations may be put in the envelopes in the pew; please mark them 'PWRDF.'
The Great Bible Study
As of 2013, only 14 percent of Canadians read the Bible at least once a month. That’s half the percentage of the population (28 percent) who read the Bible monthly back in 1996. These numbers come despite the fact that, as of 2011, 67% of Canadians identified as Christian, according to Statistics Canada. That's a shocking figure, I’m sure you'll agree? They are not my figures. The Bible is not the easiest book to read, but it is the one from which we derive greatest benefit. If you would like to be better informad about the Bible why not join us on Tuedays? Why not make the effort? Ask me for further details.
Fr Michael Fuller
St John’s Shaughnessy Christmas Newsletter:
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.
The Posture of Prayer
I was asked recently why we are asked to kneel at certain times during the service. It seems my earlier explanation that it being a sign of our humility doesn’t cut it! The posture of prayer is important, particularly at the Eucharist.
Prayer is the practice of the presence of God. Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and claiming dependence upon God. Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the Father through the Son of God, Jesus our Lord.
Prayer takes on various forms and when we are in church we engage together in liturgical prayer. That’s different from when we pray on our own. It’s what we are doing together at specific times and represents specific things. For example, when it is suggested that we kneel at the confession at the beginning of the service, it is not so God can beat us up, but a realisation that we have been separated by thoughts, words, deeds and attitudes from God’s love and that we are turning from that and turning to God.
When we are invited to kneel for the Eucharistic Prayer we recognise that we have a great God who is revealed in the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist; it is Christ present, amongst us and within us! Why would we not kneel in awe and wonder?
Posture?? Whether you are standing, sitting, or lying down, the important thing is that your heart is bowed in submission to the lordship of Christ. Kneeling: this was the traditional posture for requesting favours from a ruler, and so it became the traditional posture for prayers of repentance or supplication. Standing: This posture is for submissive petitions or for intercessory or penitential prayer, as we see in Luke 18:10-13. Sitting, came about at the reformation when people had to sit and listen to long sermons and they just kept on sitting!
For me one of the important reasons for alternating between standing, kneeling and sitting (for the scriptures and sermon) is that it attempts to minimise the possibility of the congregation becoming yet more of an audience watching a performance. It is intended that we should all be active participants at the celebration of the Sacramental Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
Fr Michael Fuller
Questions you are Afraid to Ask! Altar ornaments
Today we take a look at the proper names for the altar ornaments used in our Liturgies.
Fair Linen: the cloth that covers the altar; has 5 crosses embroidered on it to represent the 5 wounds of Christ
Cross or Crucifix: the symbol of our salvation, is usually placed behind the altar or on the wall
Candles: originally used for light, now represent the Light of Christ. There can be 2, 4, or 6 used, and 7 when the Bishop is in attendance.
Tabernacle or Aumbry: holds the consecrated hosts (bread) for taking Holy Communion to the sick, and to have the Sacramental Presence of Christ in the church.
Some other items we can see in church
Warden Wands: can be carried by the church wardens as a symbol of their office
Font: vessel used for baptism
Ewer: vessel used to carry the baptismal water to be poured into the font
Pulpit: the place where the sermon or homily is preached from
Holy Oil Stocks: these vessels hold the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Chrism
Lectern: the place where the word of God is proclaimed
Processional Cross: the cross that is sometimes carried in front of the procession
Crozier: the Staff of Office carried by the Bishop as chief shepherd of the diocese
Again I must say that all these things are there to be functional and also to help us in our worship of God. While we are blessed with many beautiful things in our Parish we should ensure that works of art which are repugnant to faith, morals, and Christian piety, and which offend true religious sense either by depraved forms or through lack of artistic merit, or because of mediocrity or pretence, be kept well away from the house of God.
Next week: readings at the Eucharist. Are they picked at the whim of the preacher or is there a rational?
Fr Michael Forshaw
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)
A recent news report stated that 50,000 South Sudanese children may die unless they receive urgent life-saving food, and over the next few months, a million children will require treatment for acute malnutrition. 2.5 million people are predicted to be at crisis or emergency levels of food shortages from January to march 2015.
Many of those who are displaced by violence are small-scale farmers who depend on growing their own food in order to survive. Now living in refugee camps and host communities far from their farms, they are unable to plant their crops. Soon they won’t be able to feed their families.
With the funds raised by the October “Ride for Refuge”, the PWRDF will provide desperately needed food aid for internally displaced people in Mundry West County, South Sudan.
Pray for the unfortunate victims of violence and for those who work among them to alleviate the suffering.
PWRDF rep. for Saint John’s Shaughessy
St Jude’s Day
Tea with Bishop Melissa
Thursday, October 23rd 2pm
You are invited to join us for afternoon tea! Special guest: Bishop Melissa Skelton. RSVP Rev. Trudi Shaw, Chaplain firstname.lastname@example.org Or leave a message at reception 604 875 3200 ex 0.
Taizé Service for Healing Tonight at 7pm
Have you been to a Taizé service lately? Treat yourself tonight to a special service for healing.
Bach composed cantata "A Hallowe'en Carol"
Join Michael Dirk next Saturday, Oct 25th, 7:30pm
In Partnership with the St. Andrew's-Wesley Sacred Music Series and the Oculus Chamber Choir, the Royal Canadian College of Organists is pleased to present to you the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge (see ad following).
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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