Fall has arrived, it seems, and with it schools and churches begin a new term. St. James’ is no exception! The choir is back, and this week Formation sessions begin with a new book study.
We shall have the Stewardship Program in November, preceded by our Dedication Festival on October 6 when we shall focus on what it is to be the Body of Christ together in this place. How do we sustain our Guilds and Ministries, to continue to offer our worship and witness day by day? I came across a quotation the other day which seems to reflect contemporary society’s approach to life in general, but maybe in the life of the church too: “we want to be connected without being encumbered.” If everyone has this attitude, then nothing will get done. Your church needs you! How might God be calling you to use your gifts in the life of the church and in God’s mission in the world?
Dr. Jason Brown, our sacristan and one of our servers, has been engaged over the past couple of years in discernment of a vocation to the priesthood. An important part of this has been conversation for the past six months with a discernment group in the parish. Jason is now ready to move onto the next stage in the process, which will be an extended placement in a different parish, St Mary’s, Kerrisdale. Today will be Jason’s last regular Sunday at St. James’ for the time being. We are grateful for his presence amongst us, and for his contribution to our life and ministry. We assure him of our good wishes and prayers as he and the wider church continue to seek God’s will for him.
I love this time of year, it’s still summery out, but there are those odd trees which have already donned their autumnal colours, while the others around them remain green. Oh Canada, how we love to talk about the weather and all things related to it. It makes for easy conversation, unlike other things, like […]
Have you read the interview with our new Primate Linda Nicholls in the Anglican Journal? In it Primate Nicholls speaks about change, challenges, strengths and finances. All things that we face at the parish level as well as in our own lives daily. Here is an excerpt from the online version which I encourage you […]
Hard to believe September is upon us. Soon I will be plagued once more on my commute by high schoolers heading to class instead of people heading to the PNE! Parents will breathe a sigh of relief as they no longer have to worry about occupying their young ones or finding sitters. Teachers will begin […]
Summer greetings to you all! It is good to be back. I was down on the Oregon coast and even made it to see the Redwoods in Northern California, all I’ll say is wow! Yes, I was rendered speechless! This week saw the end of the food drive for the Greater Vancouver Food bank and […]
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5.16-18) These verses set quite a challenge: how can we always be at prayer? The monastic pattern provides a brief service (office) of psalms and bible verses at different times to […]