Ash Wednesday and Lent GPS

By Sr. Constance Joanna, Companions Coordinator Sisters of St. John the Divine (posted with our thanks for her article)
Last week the Toronto Star ran a story about a 21-year old man who drove his SUV into the streetcar tunnel in downtown Toronto. It took eight people to get him out with a special crane that ran on tracks, and the incident diverted streetcar traffic for several hours during the morning rush hour.
But why did he do do such a thing the police asked? “I was just following my GPS” he said!
I think Ash Wednesday – and Lent as a whole – is about exactly that – following our GPS, or recalibrating when we have gotten off track. Continue reading Ash Wednesday and Lent GPS

Anglican Nuts and Bolts – Christmas Message

Christmas Message from the December 24 bulletin

Christmas is a story about all of us receiving that which we most want and need; Love – deep, strong, unconditional love.

The gift at Christmas isn’t just the gift of a baby to Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the Wise Men. It isn’t just a story about Joseph and Mary being entrusted by God with the awesome responsibility of caring for God’s Son.
The Christmas story is about how God so loved – and loves – us, that he asks us to be partners in loving the world.

Let us take the time, the opportunity and the caring to re-kindle friendships and close ties with those with whom we have lost touch, with those who need our love and support and our caring. God calls us to respond in love to all people. Mary and Joseph made a loving home for the Word, for Jesus. Will we?

Anglican Nuts and Bolts – Baptismal Font

     February 2016
        On February 10, the season of Lent will begin. As we are reminded every year, Lent is a penitential season. A time for us to say sorry for those things we regret. It is also a time of preparation which we should use to get ready to celebrate Christ’s resurrection at Easter. Given the large number of baptisms which happen during the Easter season, I thought it might be a good idea to discuss an often forgotten fixture in church, the baptismal font. Continue reading Anglican Nuts and Bolts – Baptismal Font

Anglican Nuts and Bolts – Pews and Kneelers

Pews and Kneelers, By Father Nico – January 2016
On a typical Sunday morning in an Anglican Church, the people in attendance will go through a routine of sitting and standing. The reason for the changes in posture is because each kind of body language we use in worship expresses a different aspect of our relationship with God. When one stands in church, one is showing respect. When one sits, one is being open to listening to whatever God might have to say. When one kneels, one is expressing penitence or adoration. Continue reading Anglican Nuts and Bolts – Pews and Kneelers

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Trinity Sunday

It seems the day most Anglican priests dread to preach is the Sunday following Pentecost. Quite often in multi-clergy parishes, it is a given that the curate (recently ordained priest who is learning the ropes) will preach that day. And the topic of the homily will (or at least should) be something related to the Holy Trinity. Continue reading Anglican Nuts and Bolts

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            The Lectionary
Now that we are in the Easter Season, it might be a good time to explore a unique feature of our lectionary (the various readings we use in church on Sundays) during this phase of Church Year). More often than not, we are used to hearing three readings on Sunday. We usually expect the first to be from the Old Testament, the second from the New Testament letters, and the third from one of the four Gospels. Yet during the Easter Season, the first reading often comes from the Acts of the Apostles, which is in the New Testament. Continue reading Anglican Nuts and Bolts