Lent is upon us, with Ash Wednesday this coming week. At our Masses that day the Imposition of Ashes gives us a stark reminder of both our mortality, and of our individual and corporate need of repentance and forgiveness: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return;” “Turn away from sin, and […]

FEB 24   This Sunday sees our Annual Vestry (my fourth!), where we review the year that is past, our various ministries of worship, mission, and service, and our financial affairs. We thank parish officers, guild members and volunteers for their contribution to St James’, and elect officers for the coming year. Doug Ibbott stands […]

It was an exhilarating experience a week ago to share with almost 200 people in the “Earth, Wind, Fire and Life” event organised by the St. James’ Music Series: Bob McDonald of CBC Radio’s “Quirks and Quarks” offered reflections on the beauty, wonder and complexity of Creation, to which the organist Jenny Vincent responded with […]

When preparing for our current Formation series on the Saints, I was drawn again to the New Jerusalem Bible translation of Ephesians 2.10:  “We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus for the good works which God has already designated to make up our way of life.” Yes, the Church honours particular men […]

Wow what a great week we’ve just had! 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 […]