“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany 

By Father Jonathan Turtle

Here is a question for you: What comes to mind when you think of the word “evangelism”? Perhaps you think that’s not very Anglican—doesn’t that have something to do with those Evangelicals? Maybe you think of a missionary in the jungle somewhere or a man standing on a busy street corner with a bull-horn and placard.

I came across a description of evangelism this week that I think is rather good. It is from William Temple, once Archbishop of Canterbury. He said, “to evangelize is to so present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit that men and women shall come to put their faith in God through Him, to accept Him as their Saviour and to serve Him as their King in the fellowship of His church.” Presenting Jesus. In the power of the Holy Spirit. So that people put their faith in God through him and enter into life in the church. Continue reading Evangelism

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