Week Commencing 24 May 2015

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The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation. Not to make people with better morals but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, who would live in ever greater fidelity to the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the centre of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the centre of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love. This, my friend, is what it really means to be a Christian. -Brennan Manning 1934-2013

Important, yet informal, meeting.

Following the announcement of the resignation of Fr Michael, our Rector, we would like to invite you to a time together when we can talk this matter over before the ‘procedure’ to find a new Rector. We are hoping that everyone will be able to join us in the Trendell Lounge on Thursday June 18th at 7.30pm for about one hour. There will be a glass of wine and some nibbles!

Robyn & Louise, Wardens

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. If your child has not received instruction on the significance of receiving Communion please do not encourage them to put their hands out.

Jesus said, ‘In as much as you did it to the least of one of these, you did it to me…’

The situation in Nepal has gone from bad to worse. Have you made a donation yet to our brothers and sisters in their devastation?

All donations to PWRDF between April 25 and May 25, 2015 for the Nepal earthquake relief efforts will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Government of Canada into their Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, which will be used to provide humanitarian relief.

You can support our relief efforts in Nepal. You can donate online to PWRDF (go to http://canadahelps.org/ and enter PWRDF in the search box) or place your cheque in our offertory plate made out in favour of PWRDF.

Bible Study
Tuesday, May 26th 7pm here in the church

We continue to meet in the church every second Tuesday, and we welcome new faces. Please join us!

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. References, current first aid and a criminal record check are required. A small honourarium is available. If you know someone who would be an asset to St John’s, please ask them to apply.

Holiday Office Hours

Our administration will be severely reduced during the next four weeks As Janet takes a four week extend leave period. If you have something that needs attending to please send an email or leave a message on the Office telephone answering service and it will be attended to as soon as possible.

Hospitality Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in arriving early once every couple of months to set up for coffee hour? Are you able to bring some milk, cream, juice boxes and snacks/treats to share? Please contact the office if you are interested in more information about volunteering with hospitality.

Choral Evensong with Benediction
June 7th at 6:00pm

The next choral evensong will be celebrated on June the seventh at

6pm to honour the great feast of Corpus Christi; the Thanksgiving for the Institution of the Holy Eucharist. This Evensong will conclude with Solemn Benediction, in my mind a very lovely and holy service. If you're not familiar with this let me draw your attention to this website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benediction. I hope you will put this in your calendar as soon as possible and intend to be with us.

Gardening Initiative.

It has been suggested on several occasions that we might do some of the gardening ourselves. I’m delighted
to say that Terry & Catherine Warren have stepped forward to organise such an initiative. Would you like to assist? Please email them on tutshi@yahoo.com

The Dove Descending.

The dove descending breaks the air
With flame of incandescent terror
Of which the tongues declare
The one discharge from sin and error.
The only hope, or else despair
    Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre-
    To be redeemed from fire by fire.

Who then devised the torment?  Love.
Love is the unfamiliar Name
Behind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove.
    We only live, only suspire
    Consumed by either fire or fire.

-T.S.Eliot 1888-1956 from Little Gidding, Four Quartets


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This week ...

May 24 Newsletter (pdf) HERE 


May 24
(Wear Red!!!!)

8 am Holy Commuion
10 am Eucharist

Ezekiel 37.1-14
Psalm 104
Acts 2.1-21
John 15.6-27,16.4b-15


Last Sunday

May 17
  7th Sunday of Easter

8 am Holy Commuion
10 am Eucharist

Acts 1.15-17,21-26
   1 John 5.9-13

John 17.6-19

"Coming to birth" - (Fr M Fuller)

Motet - "O God, the King of Glory" - H Purcell


May 10 - "Become the Love of Christ" (Fr M Fuller) 

May 3 - "Fear Cast Out" - Fr M Fuller

April 26 -    "Love has not died" (Fr M Fuller))

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