St. Martin of Tours Anglican/Lutheran Church
St. Martin of Tours Anglican/Lutheran Church Jan.2012
Crossword Newsletter Inside this Issue To Observe a Holy Lent
Rev Anne: The Good & Beautiful God
Thomas Harding Workshop
Lenten Study Workshop : Ellen ClarkeKing
Pray One for Me
Church Parish Council Minutes
From Hierarchy to Community
News & Events
Inside This Issue
To Observe a Holy Lent.... …Resources for the Season >Online Meditations & Podcasts * "Solemnity and Surprise" This series is written and delivered by Sister Margaret Hayward, a member of the Community of the Sisters of the Church. She guides listeners through the important Biblical texts of Lent, and the ups, downs, and surprising emotions that come with this special season. Each podcast is less than 5 minutes in length. http://www.anglican.ca/podcasts/
* “A Framework for Freedom: Living a Rule of Life” The Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist invite you into the freedom of living a rule of life through short, daily reflections. http://ssje.org/lent/
>Diocesan Devotions Parishioners and clergy in the Tolmie Region have produced a Lenten Devotions booklet which is available from the St. Luke‘s website. The intent is that people will use the booklet, each day of Lent excluding Sundays, for a time of quiet Bible reading, and reflection on the day's passage, spending time with the thoughts of the author and with the Spirit of God. http://www.stlukesvictoria.ca/2012LentenDevotions.pdf >Books & Studies The Path to Your Door Our Lenten Book Study this year is on The Path to Your Door: Approaches to Christian Spirituality by Ellen Clark-King. Every Tuesday throughout Lent , from 9:30-12 noon, at the Church. Sessions will each address a chapter and be guided by a wonderful variety of leaders. Open to the public. Love Unknown Each year our Archbishop of Canterbury recommends a book for Lent. This year it is Love Unknown by Ruth Borrows, OCD (Continuum, 2012). Cont‘d
>Poetry to Pray With
Selections from Guerrillas of Grace by Ted Loder (San Diego, CA: LuraMedia, 1984)
Release me from the Dark Fury O Holy and Haunting Presence whose spirit moves quietly but surely in the sound and fury of the world and of my life, you know me as rushing water knows the rock and releases its beauty to reflect new light. Open me to the insistent abrasiveness of your grace, for I often trivialize love by abandoning the struggles which accompany its joys and rejecting the changes which lead to its fulfillments. Release me from the dark fury of assuming I am unloved when the day calls for sacrifice and the night for courage. Release me from the ominous fear of thinking some sin or failure of mine can separate me from you when life demands hard choices, and the battle, high risks. Release me from the dangerous illusions of independence when the human family summons me to the realities and promises of interdependence among races, sexes, nations. Release me from being possessed by riches I do not need and grievances that weary me when you call me to share my very self with neighbors and to reflect for the world the light of the kingdom within me.
Empty Me Gracious and Holy One; Creator of all things and of Emptiness, I come to you full of much that clutters and distracts, stifles and burdens me, and makes me a burden to others. Empty me now of gnawing dissatisfactions, of anxious imaginings, of fretful preoccupations, of nagging prejudices, of old scores to settle, and of the arrogance of being right. Empty me of the ways I unthinkingly think of myself as powerless, as a victim, as determined by sex, age, race as being less than I am, or as other than Yours. Empty me of the disguises and lies in which I hide myself from other people and from my responsibility for my neighbors and for the world. Hollow out in me a space in which I will find myself, find peace and a whole heart, a forgiving spirit and holiness, the springs of laughter, and the will to reach boldly for abundant life for myself and the whole human family.
by Ted Loder
Unlock the Door of My Heart Jesus said, "Your sins are forgiven; rise and walk." Forgiveness is an unlocked door to walk through into a wide-whoopee-open world. Forgiveness is a seed to water with new dreams and wild risks until it bears unexpected fruit. Forgiveness is an enemy-friend to be born out of, a quietness beneath the clamor. Forgiveness is a flower to smell, a wind at my back, a gull to scream with, a pain to laugh beneath, a burden that carries me. It is I becoming We becoming Yours. Forgiveness is a song to sing. O Lord, unlock the door of my heart.
by Ted Loder
UPDATE FROM THE JOINT ECUMENICAL SHARED MINISTRY COMMITTEE (JESMC) St Martin of Tours is represented on this committee by Jacquie Jessup, Rob Brockley, George Westarp, Shelagh Huston, and Rev. Anne Privett. Gabriola United Church is represented by Nancy Hetherington Peirce, Rick Schultze, Betty Schultze, Jean Rhodes, Harold Jenner, and MJ Patterson. We have met as a group bi-weekly for the past month and a half, to write a Shared Ministry Plan. The group was divided into three small groups to work on the sub-topics of Mission & Ministry, Governance & Finance, and Administration. The small groups have met a few times using resources such as the Ecumenical Shared Ministries Handbook published in 2011 by the Ecumenical Ministries Task Force (The Anglican Church of Canada; The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; The Presbyterian Church in Canada; and the United Church of Canada) as well as the Shared Ministry Agreement between the Diocese of British Columbia and the Comox Nanaimo Presbytery (revised in 2005). Jacquie and Nancy are attending a Conference on Ecumenical Shared Ministry at Sorrento Centre March 2-4, 2012, and will report to the next JESMC meeting. The combined parts of the agreement as formulated by the small groups will be combined into a DRAFT Shared Ministry Plan which will be reviewed in March by representatives of the Diocese and the Presbytery, and then reviewed by the Parish Council (Anglican) and the Board (United). Once accepted by the Council and Board, the DRAFT Shared Ministry Plan will be taken to both congregations for review and discussion and decision. Then the next steps to initiate the Shared Ministry will be clarified and implemented. Submitted by Jacquie Jessup and Nancy Hetherington Peirce, Co-facilitators of the Joint Ecumenical Shared Ministry Committee (February 2012)
“…making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:3)
Stewardship from a Navel-Gazer’s Perspective I admit it – I‘m a navel-gazer. In fact, having more time to indulge in navel-gazing is one of the things I like best about being semi-retired. With its gorgeous and peaceful setting, Gabriola Island is definitely a navel-gazer‘s paradise. Unfortunately, the term is often used disparagingly to indicate a state of useless or excessive self-absorption. That‘s really a shame, since navel-gazing can also involve many useful activities such as reflection, contemplation, and meditation. While sometimes undoubtedly of the useless form, much of my navel-gazing is an attempt to filter out the distractions of everyday living in order to focus on the core issues that need to be addressed in my personal life. In other words, what‘s really important to me and in my relationship with God and with others? What are my goals and what do I have to do, or change, in order to achieve them? I think most of us would agree that St. Martin‘s has been engaged in a productive state of navelgazing for much of the past year. Through our discernment process last spring, we reflected on the best that St. Martin‘s has been and what we want to carry forward. We‘ve imagined what we want to look like in the future and have discussed things we can do, or continue to do, that will help us achieve our vision. In a workshop last June, we prioritized the major themes that were identified during the discernment process. We assigned the highest priority to having strong, collaborative leadership from a resident paid priest, followed closely by a desire to develop a closer relationship with Gabriola United Church (GUC). The productive navel -gazing continued into the fall, as our parishioners, and members of GUC, prioritized four different Shared Ministry models. The results clearly indicated that St. Martin‘s and GUC parishioners both favour a model in which we remain as two separate congregations and share a full-time resident minister/priest. Parishioners from both congregations also expressed a desire to work toward a combined Sunday worship model. A joint Shared Ministry committee is currently developing an Ecumenical Shared Ministry Plan between the two churches that will likely be voted on by both congregations within the next few months. St. Martin‘s has been blessed with a long history of strong, collaborative clergy leadership. However, except for the brief incumbency of Susan Hayward-Brown and the current temporary appointment of Anne Privett, virtually all of this leadership has been provided by retired clergy. We‘ve been incredibly fortunate to have benefited from the wonderful contributions from the likes of Donald Gordon, Terry Allen, Barbara Huston, and Linda St. Clair. On the other hand, it has probably dulled our sense of economic reality, since it has all been provided to us at a cost far below market value. In other words, we‘ve really been given a bit of a free ride. As a result, St. Martin‘s folks have seldom been challenged to develop and sustain a level of giving high enough to support a paid clergy position. There hasn‘t been a need to really stretch ourselves in our level of giving, since there hasn‘t been a demonstrated need to do so. However, throughout the discernment process, people have expressed a strong desire for a paid resident priest going forward, and that sharing a full-time priest with GUC is the best option. Obviously, the implementation of this exciting plan will present us with some real financial challenges. Based on preliminary estimates, St. Martin‘s total income must increase at least 25–35% by 2013 in order for us to pay for one-half of the cost of a full-time priest and our share of operating expenses in our anticipated agreement ministry with GUC. In absolute terms, that‘s an extra $10,000–15,000 per year above our current yearly giving of about $42,000 for a congregation with only 29 regular contributors – an average yearly increase of $345–517 per giver. Can we do it? Well, it certainly seems like a very ambitious goal given our small numbers and our current giving levels. At the very least, it will require some very serious navelgazing by each one of us at a very personal level. Cont‘d
What does navel-gazing have to do with finances, you say? Well, after agreeing on the type of clergy leadership we want, it‘s up to each of us to help pay for it. Clearly, each of us will need to contribute as generously as we can if this is going to work. It will be a big challenge, especially for a group comprised largely of retirees impacted by modest (or negative) investment returns and historically low interest rates. We‘ll each need to do some serious navel-gazing indeed. Here a few questions that you may wish to ponder:
1) In total, what proportion of my income do I currently designate for charitable giving? 2) Considering both my personal financial situation and the importance I assign to sharing a portion of my wealth with others, should I raise my current level of charitable giving? 3) How would I feel if the St. Martin’s church community no longer existed and Anglican/Lutheran worship traditions were no longer available on Gabriola Island? 4)
Does the amount I currently give to St. Martin’s relative to my support of other charitable causes accurately reflect the importance of St. Martin’s in my life?
Some of us may choose to increase our financial commitment to St. Martin‘s by increasing the portion of our income that we designate for charitable giving. This might be a relatively easy thing to do for some of us. For others, it may not be possible, or will require some serious re-thinking of life‘s priorities. If unable to increase total charitable giving, others may choose to re-adjust their current giving by allocating a higher portion to St. Martin‘s, at least over the short term. Over the long term, there can be some optimism that our shared ministry with GUC, and our increased visibility in the Gabriola community, will lead to growth in numbers. Navel-gazing may provide different answers for each of us. Maybe you have your own questions that are helpful to you in discerning an appropriate amount to contribute to St. Martin‘s ministry. Send me your questions and I‘d be delighted to share them with others. I urge you to not delay – begin your own navel-gazing now so that our financial situation is clarified as quickly as possible. Maybe our collective desire to share the cost of a resident, full-time minister/priest with GUC is an unrealistic goal. If so, we must recognize that reality very soon and withdraw from further discussions with GUC. I believe that it would be unethical for us to enter into a shared ministry agreement with GUC without a pretty clear indication that we can afford our share of the future costs. It would be unfair to GUC and to the new minister/priest. Finally, we all know that Christian stewardship includes more than just money. We must all be willing to continue giving generously of our time and talents if our shared ministry with GUC is to be a success and become a positive example of ecumenical relations on Gabriola Island. I‘m confident this will happen, as I‘ve never belonged to a church in which active participation has been so high. Rob Brockley Stewardship Chair email@example.com
GABRIOLA UNITED CHURCH Workshop February 11, 2012 2:30-5:30 pm Thomas Harding: Patterns of worship are not written in stone, but there are reasons why do we do what we do. Historical Overview Most of us don’t know why Justification – it is tradition or custom Always been this way Things don’t get written down Two ways to experience the risen Christ One is Scripture [Word] and the other is Breaking of Bread [Table/sacrament] Central acts of worship and they are EQUAL Historically this became out of balance Eucharist [Table] people were not worthy because God was wrathful and people were sinners and worship became attendance only Reformers wanted to restore “scripture” [Word] but did not restore TABLE Note: The printing press with its emphasis on the word and uniformity as well as the reformation of the 16th century occurred when church and state were relatively stable as was society. However the church often exists in a changing context. For example: the Missionary movement; Sunday School Movement; in relation to the world beyond the borders of Christendom. The Evangelical Revival emphasized the importance of personal and individual faith as distinct from mere religious conformity. The Tractarians and their successors rediscovered a vision of the church as the sacrament of God’s kingdom in terms that challenged the social disorders of their day. Even though the word has taken a greater role than table from time to time, both are necessary to worship. Cranmer – need three to communicate [have communion and/or share the word Wesley – converting ordinance – Bishop to ordain – Eucharist every Sunday but often there were not enough ordained to administer Liturgical continuity has always been maintained in tension with liturgical change and a reformation of the form and structure of the text. The Church must be open to liturgical change in order to maintain sensitivity to the impact of the gospel on the world and to permit the continuous development of a living theology BAS p 10 1928: Liturgical renewal – new prayer book 1925-32: new United Worship Book & revised again 1969 1959: new Anglican BCP & 1985 Book of Alternative Services 1958-78: new Lutheran worship book Today we recognize that the texts are a resource and framework to be used sensitively, creatively and appropriately to the context of worship. The purpose of Liturgy is to enable us to worship as a community. Change [even in the language used] is necessary to be relevant to the society in which we live. Liturgical reform is never finished with room for refinement in language, symbolism and theology. The Church today knows that “loving your neighbours as yourself” demands more than compliance with the civil law but a consciousness of the world in which we live. Today’s world is more complex and varied; people have different roles and functions today than during the Church in the Old and New Testament. The role of leadership in the church from then and to now has changed from domination to one of calling, encouraging getting support from the community of the people in all their work. There is also a desire for flexibility in worship and liturgy. Cont’d
The meaning of the word Eucharist in Greek is thanksgiving. Worship is a full diet of word and table [sacrament] Sacramental action/activity opens us to the work of the Holy Spirit. We are all celebrants in Christ and we meet the risen Christ in Eucharist Word and not just the scripture or the sermon encourage us to take action in the world
SHAPE of WORSHP GATHER [to bring us into community] Rubrics - may with a few shall instructions Greeting Call to worship Prayer and praise Common lectionary for consistency WORD [faith stories] Scripture Hebrew followed by Psalm and Epistle & Gospel [where we meet Jesus] Stand out of respect. The action of a procession adds to the drama Sermon Homily Reflection Proclamation – Adult conversation or children’s story which follows the theme of the scripture generally the Gospel Length today around 12 minutes Historically and/or denominationally longer Creed historically due to the inability to hear the priest the creed replaced the Eucharistic prayer as a means of handing on the faith of the Church More than a statement of faith Prayers of the People: the work of the Church is not only praise but to pray for the Church and the world. Important for those assembled to add their own petitions and thanksgivings to the prayers of the community. It is appropriate for a lay person to lead the prayers of the people. Prayers should be adapted with imagination to meet the needs of the local Church. Important to leave room for the Holy Spirit and use silence generously. The Peace is an encounter [we meet Christ in others], a reconciliation [make peace with others] and an anticipation [of the Eucharist to come] The style of greeting should be consistent with the sensibilities of the community Confession & Absolution may be used here only if not used before or during the Gathering or the Prayers of the People TABLE
EUCHARIST [Celebration of Eucharist]
Preparation of the Gifts - Offering a time to bring forth gifts of money/elements/food bank & ourselves and God’s creation Prayer over the Gifts focus on the bread & wine and the work of the people of God offering of the Church Great Thanksgiving prayer of blessing [on the model of the Jewish table prayers of blessing] praise and thanksgiving. Imagery expresses the meaning of Christ’s life, death & resurrection Four fold action: Taking Thanking Breaking Giving Three Elements: Bread Wine People Lord’s Prayer Breaking of Bread [fraction] share one loaf broken into many pieces expresses the unity of the Church – many members are made one body in Christ Prayer after Communion in which we ask to become in action what we have received in sacrament Cont’d
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Hymn Blessing from a period in the Middle Ages when few received communion Sent into the world to be the Church – Commissioning Fellowship COMMENTS: More often easier to negotiate with a terrorist than a liturgist We try to force theology onto Liturgy There is a common flow to all three communities [Anglican Lutheran United] for all services Eucharist or not Need ANCHOR POINTS – service music eg: Agnus Dei, Sanctus etc Music and colour reflects the seasons of the Church Year Important to remember the Holy Holes Silence Symbol Music Holy Spirit Praising God Liturgies need preparation [work] and participation [people’s role in service] Service requires participants: Presider/Celebrant, Musicians, Lectors/Readers Why Ordination? means Good Order – for Accountability of the larger Church it is a Role or Job Differences require flexibility in worship style Physical When to stand, sit or kneel Use of hand motions clapping, crossing lifting in praise Other Use of candles and/light Style and use of music
Communion/Eucharist: an action during which the spiritual presence of Christ is received by the faithful. Others view the elements of bread and wine in more sanctified terms, as instruments through which the spiritual presence of Christ is received. Anglican Thirty Nine Articles of Faith: XXVIII. Of the Lord's Supper. The Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another, but rather it is a Sacrament of our Redemption by Christ's death: insomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith, receive the same, the Bread which we break is a partaking of the Body of Christ; and likewise the Cup of Blessing is a partaking of the Blood of Christ. Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by Holy Writ; but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions. The Body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten, in the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiritual manner. And the mean whereby the Body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper, is Faith. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was not by Christ's ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshipped.
Lenten Study Program 12
February 14th—March 27.(Tuesdays) from 10:00-12noon
A Lenten Study Program will be based on a new book by the Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King titled, The path to your door: Approaches to Christian Spirituality. This program will be held each Tuesday starting February 14 through to March 27. People are invited to come at 9:30 am for coffee and conversation and the program will begin at 10 am ending at noon at the United Church on South Road. February 14: We are pleased that Archdeacon Ellen Clark-King will start our program February 14 with an overview of her book on difference approaches to Christian spirituality. She writes that we have to find our own spiritual path and know that how we pray or what path we might take can change over time. She will be talking with us and giving some examples that we can experience as well. February 21: The second session is titled "The Word" and is based on the first chapter of the path to your door with an emphasis on the scriptural texts as an avenue to explore. Psalms, the Ignatian approach, Lectio divina and other resources will be tried and discussed. The Rev. Dr. Linda A. St.Clair will guide this session. February 28: The focus on the third week will be on the awakening of spirituality through silence. The challenge to be still and know I am God will be studied and experienced. Works ranging from Thomas Merton and Meister Eckhart to Zen Masters will be referenced. The Rev. Dr. Linda St. Clair will guide this session. " March 6: "Human creativity " writes Ellen, "enriches and enlivens our own spiritual journey." This session will give us the opportunity to look at our own creativity as an avenue to a closer relationship to the Divine. The Rev. Rohana Laing will be guiding this program. March 13: How the wilderness can help us focus on our spiritual journey as it has many others. This can be found in many forms in nature but also there is a wilderness in our cities as well. The Rev. Anne Privett will be the guide for this exploration. March 20: The mystery of how one approaches union with the Divine has been seen often through the experiences of mystics such as Evelyn Underhill, Teresa of Avila and Julian Norwich. The Rev. Dr. Adela Torcia will guide us through this approach. March 27: In our last session we will have an opportunity to consider a range of approaches and exercises that can expand our approaches and ways of praying, focusing and knowing how much support we have by expanding our prayer life in new ways. The Rev. Shelagh Huston will guide this last session. Please sign up in the Gabriola United Church Hall if you wish to buy Ellen Clarke-King’s book and/or if you wish to participate.
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Lenten Study Program February 14th—March 27 (Tuesdays)
Background of Presenters: The Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King was ordained a priest in England in 1994 and has a doctorate in theology and spirituality. She has served as a Spiritual Director for over ten years and is currently the Archdeacon of Burrard in the Diocese of New Westminster. Ellen has said that here is no "best" or "better" approach to either prayer or to God and being consciously in the presence of God is a worthy goal.
The Rev. Dr. Linda St.Clair is a retired Anglican priest and has served in Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver and as Director of Programs for the Diocese of New Westminster before retiring to Gabriola Island where she served as Priest in Charge of St. Martin’s and now as an honorary assistant. Her doctoral work focused on impact of social power and communication in small groups and large organizations. Changing traditional power based roles to empowering roles as servant leaders is still her focus.
The Rev. Rohana Laing holds degrees from both the Emily Carr University of Art and the Vancouver School of Theology. She is a United Church minister of the church here on Gabriola Isla and a creator of bright and colorful art in many forms including acrylic and batiks. She sees her art as "an expression of my belief that we are all One, all interconnected by the Spirit of life."
The Rev. Anne Privitt is a Curate at St. Paul Anglican Church in Nanaimo and the Priest in Charge of St. Martin, Gabriola Island. Anne graduated from Trinity College with a Masters of Divinity and has begun her ordained ministry here in British Columbia. How our "spiritual heart" impacts our self understanding and thus our institutions is her current concern.
The Rev. Dr. Adela Torchia is the rector of St. David and St. Paul Anglican Church in Powell River. Adela is also developing a home here on Gabiola Island. Her Doctoral work was in religion and ecology in a world religions context which included a review of the economic ethics of Gandhi. She sees the importance of our religious beliefs impacting positively our care for the earth.
The Rev. Shelagh Huston is a newly ordained Deacon in the Anglican Church and is currently serving in that role with both St. Paul, Nanaimo and St. Martin’s, Gabriola. She has been an advocate for social justice and has a background in economics and its impact on communities. Renewing the culture in a way that is liberating and respectful of creation is a focus in her life.
LENTEN STUDY 2012 A seven week study of THE PATH TO YOUR DOOR: Approaches to Christian Spirituality by Ellen Clark-King
Week 1 February 14: INTRODUCTION by Ellen Clark-King started our study with an overview of her book on different approaches to Christian Spirituality. She writes that we have to find our own spiritual path and know that how we pray or what path we might take can change over time. She gave examples that we could experience. She said the book was about spiritual direction and journey with seven themes The Word, Silence, Creation and Creativity; Wilderness, Body, Desire, Mystery. SESSION OVERVIEW Q: Christian spirituality – what is it? No one right spiritual path Need to explore what works for us Differences and commonalities Ground spirituality in real lives which show diversity Dorothy Day - pray & do Anthony of Hippo – intellect & spirit “Enid” [ordinary modern person] God is welcoming with arms open Inward & outward – done with others Companions on the journey May involve change and could be unique Response to Trinity [Spirit God Christ] Discussion about someone who’s life has spoken to us or encourages us to live a spiritual live. Themes: genuine, humble, empowering, generous, enthusiastic, loving, unconditional Q: How do we fit spiritual practice into our lives? Find own practice Professional Christians Imaginative ways to be spiritual Pray as we can not as we can’t Something you want to do – not a duty Drawn not driven to Be yourself Prayer walk with senses – present in God’s creation What we say and do are not the same Pray so we can be open to God and other people Can’t change God’s mind or tell him what he already knows Not to change God but to change us Prayer is risky and can change who we are Out of comfort into insecurity Open to God’s priorities but not to forget we are a child of God Possible focus: “Lord Have Mercy” or the Lord’s Prayer [part of who we are as Christians] Ignatius examination: At the end of day celebrate and acknowledge challenges The Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King was ordained a priest in England in 1994 and has a doctorate in theology and spirituality. She has served as a Spiritual Director for over ten years & is currently the Arch-deacon of Burrard in the Diocese of New Westminster. Ellen has said that here is no "best" or "better" approach to either prayer or to God & being consciously in the presence of God is a worthy goal.
Week 2 February 21: The second session is titled "The Word" and is based on the first chapter of the path to your door with an emphasis on the scriptural texts as an avenue to explore. Psalms, the Ignatian approach, Lectio divina and other resources will be tried and discussed. The Rev. Dr. Linda A. St.Clair will guide this session. SESSION OVERVIEW A look at two bible passages Genesis & John “In the beginning was the word” A closer look at the Lord’s Prayer and reflection on what is being said Praying with the Psalms some are uplifting and others more somber both dark and light Lectio Divina which provides a structure for response to a bible reading which makes scripture a living word for today by concentrating on what word or phrase speaks more strongly to you and then thinking about the meaning. Jesus Prayer [Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner] and to use this prayer either by repeating it over and over or by saying it in the gaps in the busyness of the day Kataphatic [embracing imagery and words as a way to grow in understanding of God] Spirituality which emphasizes our relationship to God and finding new ways of speaking to and of God. Words are a way to begin our journey with God The Rev. Dr. Linda St.Clair is a retired Anglican priest and has served in Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver and as Director of Programs for the Diocese of New Westminster before retiring to Gabriola Island where she served as Priest in Charge of St. Martin’s and now as an honorary assis-tant. Her doctoral work focused on impact of social power and communication in small groups and large organizations. Changing traditional power based roles to empowering roles as servant leaders is still her focus.
Archiving Our Church History with Photographs and Pictures What would you save if your house were on fire? Many people answer, “My family photos.” Family photos are precious. Our church is a family, too, and so it’s imperative that we archive our church family photos not only for our own records but for the benefit of future generations of Anglicans and Lutherans on Gabriola. In this age of digital photography, we can store our church photos quite easily on the computer. Old photos can be scanned so the original photo can be returned to the owner but the scanned image is stored on the computer. Do you have any old photos or pictures of St. Martin’s of Tours which we can copy so they can be added to our church archives? Please contact me if you do at: hplowright @shaw.ca or 250-247-2037
Plan is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries. Founded in 1937, it is one of the worldâ€™s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, they only have one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Through programs in 68 countries, they give children, families and communities the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty and build sustainable solutions for improving their own lives. Each year, their work impacts the lives of children and families in 58,000 communities.Join us and plan to change the world. In January 2012, Nicki & George Westarp while visiting their daughter in Haiti, made arrangements to meet with one of the children that St. Martin of Tours, Gabriola sponsors. They were escorted by officials of the Plan in Haiti on their visit. They took small presents and although they thought the child was 14 and some gifts were not quite appropriate, they were very much appreciated. The Westarps went to see the boy [age 16] at both his school and his home which was in a in a small community outside of Port Au Prince. We thank Nicki and George for making this visit on behalf of St. Martinâ€™s. THE PLAN sign up sheet to help cover the cost of sponsoring our two children [$37 per month per child] is now posted on the bulletin board in the church hall. Please be generous and help us to sponsor these children.
Please join us in changing the world.
Jean Gardy Foster PLAN Child
Mother of Jean
The local office of PLAN is situated in Croix des Bouquets, outside of Port au Prince.
School and school rooms of Jean's school where we picked him up in the PLAN vehicle
Medical building by PLAN in the new community built for earthquake victims
Jean, his mother and Nicki with communication worker who apparently wrote down our entire conversation
Local PLAN representative and Johnny Altime, the regional representative who picked us up and spent all day with us, speaking fluent French and English
separate cholera medical building
A new community about 10km from Port au Prince
Church launches Pray One For Me website
Pray One for Me Posted On : February 22, 2012 10:27 AM | Posted By : Webmaster ACNS: http://www.aco.org/acns/news.cfm/2012/2/22/ACNS5044 Related Categories: England Prayer is in the news; banned from council agendas and, according to one opinion poll, ignored by many of those calling themselves "Christian". Yet in time of trouble, crisis, and thanksgiving many of us do 'say a prayer'. Research conducted for the charity Tearfund in 2007 concluded that as many as 20 million adults in the UK (42% of the population) pray. But for those who find it difficult, the Church of England launches a new website, www.prayoneforme.org, where anyone can post their prayer requests and know that they will be prayed. "You can pray about anything," says the Revd Alison Roche, vicar of St Christopher's parish in Leicester. "Some people think God's only concerned with the really big things in life. But some people pray for car parking spaces. God is concerned about the big things in life like disasters and relationships breaking up and the very small things. In a relationship with a human being you would communicate on different levels. It's the same with God. So go for it". Prayoneforme.org, launching on Ash Wednesday (22nd February), will be supported by church groups and prayer communities across the Church of England. They will pray the prayers. The site will be open throughout the year. The site builds on the success of a similar one the Church of England has run during Lent for the last two years. Family and friends, healing, guidance, thanksgiving and world events where topics for which people regularly asked for prayers. The new site and its supporting page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/prayoneforme) will also have short profiles about some of the people and groups who will be praying the prayers. It will also link to information for those wanting to know more about praying for themselves. Anglican Communion News Service
About Pray One for Me Submitted by Phyllis Reeve
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St. Martin of Tours Parish Council St. Martin’s Parish Council February 14, 2012 7 pm at United Church Hall Present: Angela, Vic, Jacquie, Hilary, Corinne Regrets: Anne, Shelagh, David, Linda Welcome: Chair Round Robin Catch up Opening Prayer: Corinne Approval of Agenda additional items Minutes of the Meeting on January 24, 2012 - errors or omissions
M/S Corinne/Angela M/S Angela/Hilary
Warden’s Report Angela/Vic Musician’s Contract ready for signature Angela will follow through on this. We wish Anne well on her Continuing Education Leave and trust she will be well rested when she returns. Clergy Report None Correspondence: Letter from Rev. Anne Privett re her time off for Continuing Education Letter from Salvation Army thanking St. Martin’s [aka Diane Parks] for providing 10 toiletry bags Treasurer’s Report December 2011 M/S Corinne/ Hilary January 2012 M/S Corinne/Hilary 2012 Budget Tabled to Sunday for Revisions made at this meeting Business Arising from Minutes 1. Letter from and to GUC with regard to increase in Rent Anne Tabled 2. Musician’s Contact Needs signatures Angela 3. AGM Reports & Nominations Hilary Rob Brockley has agreed to stand for election Pam Hodgkins will be asked Need to find a new accountant for next AGM 2013 Anne Drozd will not continue. 4. Policy & Procedures Manual Anne Tabled New Business None Committee Reports Altar Guild No report Rose Communications: Note: the Hilary Note: the Church Bulletin Board will be the responsibility of this committee to add or remove items. Fellowship/Fundraising No report Jacquie Liaison No report Vic Outreach No report Diane Pastoral Care Hilary Care Givers Support Group Angela We welcomed Patsy Ludwick to our meeting. She explained some of the things that PHC is doing as it pertained to us. She will liaise with our group and PHC. The rest of the meeting was full of helpful talk and sharing of experiences. We know that whatever we say remains confidential. As someone said, we always feel good afterwards, as we know we can unburden ourselves and the rest of the group understands exactly. Shared Ministry [AC/UC] Jacquie [IN CAMERA] Discussion of Committee’s Proposed Agreements and regarding shared expenses. MOTION: That the Church of St. Martin authorize Jacquie Jessup’s attendance of the Ecumenical Shared Ministry Conference on Mar 2-4, 2012 at Sorrento BC and that we pay $150 to cover registration and travel M/S Corinne/Angela Stewardship David Rob Brockley will chair this committee Worship Jacquie Plans for the Lent/Easter Season are underway & new roster will be ready in March Announcements and Reminders Adjournment: 8:45 pm Closing Prayer: Angela
Next Meeting of the Old & New Council: March 27, 2012 at 7 pm United Church [Opening: Jacquie Closing: Anne]
Archbishop Douglas Hambidge, retired bishop of New Westminster, says the Marks-of-Mission-driven church must abandon the corporate model. Photo: Saskia Rowley Fielder
From hierarchy to community BY DOUGLAS HAMBIDGE ( ANGLICAN JORNAL )
From where I sit now, the church looks very different than it did when I used to sit in the sanctuary. And as I move around in different parishes and dioceses, I now have the sense that we still function as a business model. There is a CEO—the parish priest or bishop. The parish council or diocesan council is the board of directors, while the rest of us are the shareholders. We are only distantly involved in the decision-making; we make our regular contributions and receive directions from the boardroom. Once a year, we're invited to a shareholders' meeting—we call it the annual vestry meeting, or simply the AGM, where we pass formal resolutions about the minutes of a previous meeting, nitpick every line in the proposed budget and ask polite questions about what was done with the money we contributed. Then we resume our seats in our pews for another year. Of course that is an exaggeration, but some of it is not far off the mark. The fact is, we are not a business. We are business-like in that we do our work carefully and in an organized way, but we are so much more than a business. The church is essentially a community. Laity, clergy and bishops have a wide variety of ministries and responsibilities, but there is an interdependence that underlies all we do. Paul speaks of the church as a body, with every part contributing to the well-being of the whole. That is the sort of community that, I believe, is the very nature of who we are. Is it possible to change? To turn away from the top-down, boardroom-to-rank-and-file approach? When I spent time in villages of the First Nations along the north coast of B.C., I caught a glimpse of what could be. There, the people of the community would gather over a meal to talk about their life as a community; they would discuss the issues facing them and the options that were before them; they offered ideas and suggestions. It was quite clear that nobody was a spectator, no one was passive. Might it be possible, I wondered, for the rest of the church to function in the same way? In the diocese of New Westminster I saw something similar at work. The diocesan council still had its work to do; parish councils were not in any way displaced; but the people of the faith community were given opportunities to wrestle with questions such as: ―What do we believe God is calling this faith community to do in the next one, two or three years?‖ and ―What has God entrusted to this faith community, and what are we doing with it?‖ Through this kind of discussion, the sense that we are a community began to grow. As ideas were shared—by clergy, councillors and people in the pews—so grew the sense that we belong to one another. We were no longer isolated shareholders, no longer mere contributors to mission. We were not absorbers of mission and ministry, but participants in these. What an exciting church that is! And if the church is to live by the Marks of Mission, this is the model we need to follow. Suggested by Rev Linda St. Clair ―Douglas ordained me and with humor points out that I was the last one he ordained and left for Africa the next day to head up a theological school for two years....All that aside, I think he has an interesting perspective in this article worth exploring. ―
Speakersâ€™ Corner News and Views from Around the Parish
The Prodigal God
By Timothy Keller.
Parable of the Prodigal Son: According to Keller both the life of sensual pleasure of the younger son and the religious life of ethical strictness of the older son, fail to give the human heart what it is seeking. Isak Dinesen believes that there is something beyond these two alternatives which are spiritual dead ends. Jesus shows us that there is another way: through Him. To enter that way and to live at life based on His salvation, will bring us to salvation. We can have a foretaste of that future salvation: in prayer, in service to others, in the changes in our inner nature through the gospel, and through the healed relation that Christ can give us now. Submitted by Anon
Speakers Corner Continued
Looking for a home.......
Looking for a home....... Are we there yet? Next stop.... Gabriola United Church. Uncertainty and fear Caused by past fruitlessness, Insidiously infiltrates our minds. Negative emotions are too ready To prevent reason From clearly envisioning Or accepting a beneficial solution. Time passes.... Allowing for growth Of knowledge About each others. Beliefs Hopes and desires Relationships develop. Individuals work together. Friendship and respect Result while working, Concentrating on feeding The less fortunate. Committees meet, discussing The religious relationship Creating a respectful, understanding Of the needs and desires of each congregation. Services together Foster friendships And learning Presentations supply information Skilfully, diplomatically Delivered and conducted. Similarities in worship noted. It feels so right! Peace of mind Trust the Lord Pray! Pray! Are we home yet! More time More Prayer, more knowledge More love, more faith Trust in the Lord Trust in each other. Submitted by Anon.
A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!" His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means? The son replied, "I do know!" "Okay," said his father. "What does the Bible mean?" "That's easy, Daddy..." the young boy replied excitedly," It stands for 'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.' ======= There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country. "Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk. "Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady. ======== "Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord," and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning." ======== A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses." When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation." ======== There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets." ======== While driving in Pennsylvania , a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign... "Energy efficient vehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust."
April 1: Palm Sunday The Sixth Sunday in Lent ,The Sunday of the Passion with the Liturgy of the Palms: Rev. Linda St Clair presiding April 5: Maundy Thursday: This liturgy commemorates a) the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the last supper, b) the new commandment to love symbolised in the washing of feet, and c) the betrayal and beginning of Christ's passion and death. April 6: Good Friday, The Celebration of Christ's Passion April 8 : Easter Sunday, Resurrection Sunday and Baptism
Forgetter Be Forgotten My forgetter's getting better, But my rememberer is broke To you that may seem funny But, to me, that is no joke or when I'm 'here' I'm wondering If I really should be 'there' And, when I try to think it through, I haven't got a prayer! Oft times I walk into a room, Say 'what am I here for?' I wrack my brain, but all in vain! A zero, is my score. At times I put something away Where it is safe, but, Gee! The person it is safest from Is, generally, me! When shopping I may see someone, Say 'Hi' and have a chat, Then, when the person walks away I ask myself, 'who the heck was that? Yes, my forgetter's getting better While my rememberer is broke, And it's driving me plumb crazy And that isn't any joke.
1. Esperanza PWRDF staff Jose Jarate and Simon Chambers were in Mexico in February. . Yesterday I flew from Toronto to El Paso, Texas with Jose Zarate, PWRDF‘s Canadian Indigenous Communities and Latin America-Caribbean Development Program Coordinator (yes, Jose does have the longest job title in the organization, if not in the world!) After some flight delays, we arrived at our hotel to be greeted by Padre Gollo, a Catholic priest who works with the Paso del Norte Human Rights Centre in Ciudad Juarez. For those of you who don‘t know, El Paso and Ciudad Juarez (Juarez City) are basically the same city. The US/Mexican border just runs through the middle of the combined metropolis. Juarez also has the dubious honor of being one of the most dangerous cities in the world due to incredibly high levels of violence, murder, assassination, and torture. According to Padre Oscar, the founder and head of the Centre, over 2600 people have been murdered in Juarez since 2008. Now back to the regularly scheduled blog entry. Padre Gollo drove Jose and I over the bridge from the US to Mexico, passing run down buildings on both sides of the border. He told us about the economic woes of El Paso and of the protection rackets in Juarez that have driven small business owners to close up shop. We arrived at the parish of Jesus Obrero shortly after 4:30, and were led straight into the church, just in time for a mass to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Centre. As we were introduced to the various priests and staff from the Centre who would be participating in the service, I looked down the centre aisle of the church. It was lined with saw dust and had pieces of paper with years written on them (starting with 2002), candles, pottery, and other symbols of the work of the Centre. Each of the groups who were participating in the service carried a symbol of its own, which were added to the timeline at the year where they started working with the Centre. Our symbol was a globe, to represent international solidarity, which we placed in the year 2006. The service itself focused on the Road to Emmaus reading, recalling Jesus‘ accompaniment of the disciples who were hurt and confused after their friend and teacher had been killed by the Roman government. The passage represents the work of the Centre very well! Instead of a traditional sermon, each of the groups got up and explained their symbol (a task which Jose took on for us, as I don‘t speak any Spanish. He spoke very well of our work and our solidarity with the people of Juarez.) After the groups had had a chance to speak, Padre Oscar invited the families who have been helped by the Centre to speak. For me, this was the most powerful part of the service. I didn‘t need to be able to understand what the people were saying to feel their pain, and to know how the Centre had helped them. One of my few words of Spanish is ―gracias‖, and I heard that from every family who spoke. They are all so thankful for the work of the Centre. This mass could easily have been one about pain and frustration, but it wasn‘t. Instead, it was about a new Spanish word for me: esperanza- hope. Each of the families who was there was a symbol of hope, of the determination to make Mexico a place of safety, dignity, respect, and love. The Paso del Norte Human Rights Centre stands as a beacon to that hope for the community in Juarez, and it was a privilege to stand with them yesterday at their anniversary service. Today we visit the Centre itself to learn more about their work, to meet the staff, volunteers, and some of the families who come to the Centre. Tonight we drive to Ciudad Chihuahua to begin the second phase of our Mexican trip. Throughout the trip, I will keep the Centre‘s message of esperanza, of hope, close to my heart. View more stories on:Field Blog
2. Half a Million People Receive Help through PWRDF/CIDA Joint Effort Between August 2008 and December 2011, PWRDF programs in Bangladesh, Burundi, Mozambique, and Tanzania were funded in conjunction with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Working with local partner organizations in each country, the $4,956,000 program reached over 557,000 people during the three years of the project. Partners‘ programs focused on health care, environmental sustainability, and promoting good governance, including the construction of health clinics, working with farmers to promote chemical-free farming techniques, and a focus on enhancing the role of women in local communities. Over the next few weeks, PWRDF will be highlighting several of the stories of success from this program. Josephine Kabanga is a farmer, a widow, and the mother of six children. She had been living as a refugee in Tanzania, but returned home to Burundi where she received training as part of the PWRDF-CIDA program, implemented by the Anglican Diocese of Bujumbura. Here is her story: When I came back from the refugee camp in Tanzania, I did not have anything. My husband‟s family had taken back our land. I had to start from scratch. I was living in my mother‟s house that had a small plot of land, but we did not use it for agriculture. In the refugee camp we didn‟t have much to do. I didn‟t even know how to work the land and grow vegetables and fruits. Through the program I learned so much. I have planted „lenga-lenga‟ [amaranth], onions, and egg plant. I have also planted bananas, papayas and an avocado tree. I have a goat and my children can have milk from it every day. We don‟t go hungry anymore. I sell lengalenga in the market and bring home 6,000 Burundian francs a day. Some days even more. Before, I could not even make 1,000 Burundian francs a week. We had our first papayas from our trees and next year I will have my first bunch of bananas. My life has changed. And I am sure it will continue to change even more.
3. A Growing Balcony Simon Chambers Elide Barthole is lucky to still be living in her home in Carrefour, Haiti. Over half the homes in her community were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. Elide‘s home looks somewhat unique, however, among those houses still standing in the area: it has no open land around it, but her balcony is surrounded by greenery. Elide‘ is one of 80 households in Carrefour that are part of an urban agriculture project PWRDF is supporting through CEDDIEC, the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti‘s development organization. In this program, 300 households around the Port-au-Prince area receive seeds, compost, agriculture training, and insecticides. Households are chosen for the program based on the size of the household and having at least one child suffering from malnutrition living in the household. Preference is given to vulnerable households (those headed by a single woman for example). Elide spends about an hour a day working with the plants on her balcony. In the 3m X 6m area, she is growing tomato, eggplant, basil, capsicum peppers, chili peppers, congo beans, parsley, lemon grass, and lettuce. She makes her own fertilizer by mixing sand and charcoal, and gathered the various containers she uses to grow her vegetables from Port-au-Prince. She has already started to harvest basil from the garden, which she shares with her neighbours to use in making tea.
4. 50 leaders Weekend - justgeneration.ca At the recent 50 Leaders weekend at the Sorrento Centre the Saturday evening prayer time was an activity called ―Spiritual Practices‖. The room set up with a number of prayer stations and participants were invited to attend as many of the stations as they wished. The activities varied from writing a letter to God (a real letter with pen and paper!), to lighting a candle for someone who needed some extra support, to creative expression with pastels and paper, and many more This session had a half an hour on the agenda but the participants took well over an hour engaging in the different forms of prayer. It was an amazing experience seeing them delve into things so deeply. The following prayer was created at a station with a laptop that had the traditional form of the Lord‘s Prayer on the screen. Participants were invited to adapt the prayer as they wished. Over the hour+ that we spent together this prayer shifted into many different forms (it was actually really amazing to go back and read it again and again).This was the final version. Our loving creator, rock of our salvation, Holy be Your beautiful name, Your dwelling place come, Your love be known By everyone on earth. Give us today the things we need, and forgive us our faults, more than we forgive those who offend us, and journey with us away from temptation, and protect us from harm. For blessed is the space, and the capacity and the delight, beyond earthly time. Amen.
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Caregivers Meeting Meets at 2pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Gabriola United Church For more information call Angela
World Day of Prayer 2012 World Day of Prayer 2012from Malaysia, “ Let Justice Prevail” All are welcome to join this year’s host, Gabriola United Church at 1:00pm on Friday March 2nd Malaysia is a good model of racial integration with its multiracial, multicultural and multi-religious community living in harmony with one another. This year's theme "Let Justice Prevail" was chosen prayerfully by a committee of Malaysian lay women.
Interim Priest: Rev. Anne Privett ph# 250-247-8648 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Wardens: Angela Nutter, Vic Wiebe Prayer Wheel: Phyllis Reeve
Rev Anne’s Schedule: Feb 25-29 St. Martin of Tours March 1-9 St. Paul’s Nanaimo March 10-15 St. martin of Tours March 16- St. Paul’s Nanaimo
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