Notes from the Clergy
In earlier times before the mass urbanization after the Industrial Revolution, this Sixth Sunday of Easter was often known as Rogation Sunday, with the three days following leading up to the Feast of the Ascension being called Rogation Days. Rogation comes from the Latin rogare to ask, and in the northern hemisphere these spring days were devoted particularly to prayer of intercession for all who work the land, and for God’s blessing of the crops. Various traditions became associated with this time, among them the practice of “beating the bounds,” walking the parish boundary while praying for the community and for a good harvest. Last year a group from St. James’ went out “beating the bounds” of our parish, praying for all who live and work within it; there was some surprise at how large our parish is.
Of course, even though we live in the urbanized Lower Mainland, we should offer our prayers for all engaged in the work of agriculture and in the provision of our food. However, these Rogation Days may be extended to prayer for the environment, and for all those who strive for a more careful stewardship of our amazing and vulnerable planet. You may care to include in your prayers the diocesan ministry Salal and Cedar:
A church plant/watershed discipleship community for Christians in and around Vancouver who:
• have a heart for creation
• feel most connected to God in ocean, forest, river and field
• are deeply concerned about global climate change
• want to bring their faith to work for ecological justice
• are environmental activists but keep their faith quiet
• believe racial justice, economic justice and environmental justice are connected
Rooted in the Anglican incarnational theology, we are part of a growing commitment to the Fifth Mark of Mission “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
Ecumenically we identify with the Watershed Discipleship Movement: communities that are asking, “what does it mean to be a follower of the Jesus Way here, among the land, water, creatures and people of a particular place?”
Salal and Cedar will be guiding our worship on Sunday, September 11, and there will be an exploring the parish event on Saturday, September 17. Details to follow.
For more information on Salal and Cedar, visit the Diocesan Ministries page on the DoNW website.