Getting into the Parish Centre with all of you to look around at the Special vestry was fantastic. I don’t know about you, but I could feel the energy in the air, and it was wonderful and uplifting to hear people talking so enthusiastically about how the space could potentially be used.
On Sunday after Mass, I really enjoyed the newcomers lunch and Joyce’s lasagne! Thank you Joyce, and thank you to all who attended and who helped prepare and pack away.
Two meals, one weekend, and I learned that there is continued energy for the gospel and for ministry at St. James’. Our community is growing and we continue to welcome and invite people to join us.
This week we held Open Church for the first time on Monday and it went well. We are currently offering hot drinks for those who visit us during the cold winter days. The stories they share are all different and provide insight into what it is like to live and work in the down town Eastside. Gradually we hear how we can continue to be part of the community and consider where the Spirit might be leading us? In light of the gospel what will our continued response be in the here and now?
I am sure there will be differences of opinion as to how the Parish Centre should be used and what we should do next in our ministries here. I am encouraged by the willingness I heard on the weekend to “live into the space.” I think the next few years at St. James’ will be exciting and hold a few surprises for us. We may have to take risks we didn’t expect, we may have to change in ways that don’t come easy to us, but I know we are up to the challenge and that with God all things are possible.
A week ago last Thursday a group of us went to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank to sort food and learn about the ways the Food Bank serves the people of Vancouver. We learned that 27,000 people rely on food from them each week and the warehouse where the food is received and sorted was […]
At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer […]
Happy New Year! It is good to be back here among you after a whirlwind trip to the UK. I passed along the good wishes, hugs and prayers to my grandmother who turned 90 while I was there; she happily received them and we had a wonderful celebration with the whole family. While away and […]
More visitors! First there were angels and shepherds, now strangers from distant lands: men on an expedition, seeking a new-born king. They have set out in faith, not knowing where the star will lead. After diversions here and there, not least Herod’s court in Jerusalem, they arrive in Bethlehem. Entering the stable they find Mary […]
First, thank you to all those who worked hard in so many ways to prepare for and deliver our Christmas worship, enabling us to give worthy thanks and praise to God for the coming amongst us of the Word made flesh, Emmanuel, God-with-us. It is with this confidence that God is indeed with us, reinforced, […]