Thursday
Dec112014

2014/12/11 Christmas is for Everyone

As we get closer to Christmas, the busier things become, how many Christmas pageants and bake sales have you visited, how many hours have you given to Christmas gift shopping and over against that how many hours have you spent in quiet prayer as you prepare your heart to receive our Lord and Saviour?

Many of us in our homes or churches have a miniature stable with a statue of Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, as a reminder that at the heart of our Christmas celebrations is the birth of a child, described in our scriptures as the Saviour of the world.

His birth was far from ideal; in an area in turmoil and insecurity, his parents could only find an animal shed to take refuge and for the child to be delivered. Yet, it is when we strip the story back to this harsh reality that it reveals its deepest meaning. God is with us in every circumstance and situation. God’s eternal hope and promise prevail, even when earthly events prove difficult and daunting.

God is with us in every circumstance and situation is the simple message I hope you can share with others as you invite them to make Christ part of their Christmas celebrations.

This Christmas, invite a family member or friend to join you at church as you celebrate this wondrous act of God’s gracious love for us. Come, let us adore him!

 

May you and your family have a Blessed and Peaceful Christmas,

+David

Friday
Nov282014

2014/12/24 ADVENT Resources

New worship resources for Advent

By André Forget on November, 28 2014

 

 

For those seeking ways to engage Advent thoughtfully and intentionally this year, the Anglican Church of Canada and some of its partners will provide a number of resources to spark personal reflection.

Last year, the Anglican Church of Canada released a six-episode podcast produced by saint benedict’s table, an Anglican liturgical ministry in the diocese of Rupert’s Land. That tradition will continue this year with a seven-episode podcast starting in the week before the first Sunday of Advent (Nov. 30) and going through to Christmas. The podcast features a delegation from the Episcopal diocese of Cuba who participated in the justice camp hosted by the diocese of Edmonton in August. 

All seven members of the delegation provided reflections that were recorded in Spanish, and both Spanish- and English-language versions will be available at anglican.ca/advent. The podcast will be broadcast weekly, with the last two episodes being released on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is once again offering their modern take on the Advent calendar using Pinterest, a social media platform. Each day during Advent a new window will become available to open on their Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/iamepiscopalian/advent-calendar/) to reveal an Advent word, meditation or image to spark personal devotions.

The ecumenical justice organization KAIROS Canada has also produced a resource (available for free download from their website at www.kairoscanada.org) on the theme of reconciliation called “Building Reconciled Relationships.” The resource, which includes prayers, sermon notes and information on KAIROS’s work, encourages Christians to reflect on the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and to imagine what living reconciliation might look like.

- See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/new-worship-resources-for-advent