Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost | September 20, 2015 | 10:30 am
Welcome We acknowledge our presence on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. Welcome to St. James’, especially if you are a newcomer or visitor. Children of all ages are fully welcome at every liturgy. We hope that you will enjoy your visit here with us. Please help us to get to know you by introducing yourself to one of the clergy. VISION STATEMENT Discovering the beauty of holiness in our lives and neighbourhood, by living a Christ-centred sacramental life rooted in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. MISSION OBJECTIVES To be a beacon for all as a neighbourhood and destination church where we invite and welcome friends, family, and strangers into our midst; To deepen our life of prayer and formation in Christ; To develop relationships and fellowship in open, honest, and spiritual ways among parishioners, with our neighbours, and those in need; To pursue and practice justice and mercy for the imparting of the Kingdom of God within and beyond the Parish; To strive to maintain financial equilibrium, develop our reserves, and optimize the use of our assets to ensure the preservation of our sacred space and ministry from generation to generation, to the everlasting glory of God. ______________________________________________________________________ TODAY 8:00 am Morning Prayer, Church 8:30 am Low Mass, Church 10:30 am High Mass, Church 12:00 am Coffee Hour, Parish Hall 5:00 pm Evening Prayer, Blessed Sacrament Chapel _____________________________________________________________________ This booklet is printed on recycled paper. Discarded copies will be recycled.
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Before Mass If you require assistance at any time, please speak to one of the welcomers at the Church entrance (narthex). As a friendly reminder, please turn off all electronic devices that might disrupt worship. In the interest of security, please keep purses and other valuables with you at all times. Wireless hearing amplifiers are available. Washrooms can be accessed through the doors on the left hand side at the back of the Church on the opposite side to the entrance. Your family is welcome at St. Jamesâ€™. Children may remain in the Church during the service: there is a play area with toys and colouring books in the back of the Church.
The sacrament of reconciliation (confession) is available. Speak with a priest to make an appointment. The Mass booklet contains all the prayers and information required to participate in the Mass. The directions given in this booklet to stand, sit, and kneel are offered as guidelines to those who are able. The symbol + indicates when to make the sign of the Cross. It is also customary to make a discreet bow at the name of Jesus. You are encouraged to take the opportunity before Mass for silence, stillness, and prayer. Please refrain from talking before Mass begins. We adore you, most Holy Lord Jesus Christ here and in all your churches throughout all the world; and we bless you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world. St. Francis of Assisi
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A Reflection Following Jesus demands of you in the first place obedience to His Gospel. Yu must place yourself, alone and in community, under the scrutiny of the Word, and always be determining your conduct by it. Then you will find the truth to free you most radically, and a solidarity to make your community a living gift to others.
Obedience also demands of you that you listen to the other person; not only to what he is saying but to what he is. Then you will begin to live in such a way that you neither crush nor dominate nor entangle your brother but help him to be himself and lead him to freedom. Christ was thus obedient unto death so that we might be free men. He was the least among the dead that we might have life. -from Rule for a New Brother, Benedictine Priory - Regina Pacis, Great Britain: Anchor Press, 1973.
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Entrance Rite PRELUDE At the entrance of the clergy and servers all stand.
INTROIT I am the saving health of my people, saith the Lord God: out of whatsoever tribulation they shall pray to me, I will surely help them, and I will be their God for ever and ever. Psalm Hear my law, O my people: incline your ears unto the words of my mouth. Glory be . . . Salus populi (Mode VI)
KYRIE ELEISON All sing
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GLORIA IN EXCELSIS
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COLLECT OF THE DAY Celebrant All
The Lord be with you. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray. Almighty God, thou hast created the heavens and the earth, and ourselves in thine image. Teach us to discern thy hand in all thy works and to serve thee with reverence and thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Word OLD TESTAMENT READING Reader
A reading from the Book of Proverbs. A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from far away. She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all her household are clothed in crimson. She makes herself coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the city gates, taking his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchant with sashes. Strength
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and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates. Proverbs 31:10-31
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A cantor sings the antiphon first; the people repeat it thereafter.
Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and they meditate on his law day and night. Antiphon They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall prosper. It is not so with the wicked; they are like chaff which the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgement comes, nor the sinner in the council of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed. Antiphon Psalm 1
EPISTLE READING Sub-deacon
A reading from the Letter of James. Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish HIGH MASS | 9
ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 3:13-4:3, 7-8A
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A cantor begins the alleluia; all repeat it thereafter.
Alleluia. O give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon his Name: tell the people what things he hath done. Alleluia. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. Alleluia. Confitemini Domino (Mode V)
HOLY GOSPEL Deacon People Deacon People
All stand and turn to face the book of the Gospels The Lord be with you. And with thy spirit. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark. Glory be to thee, O Lord. They went on from there and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again." But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them,
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"What were you arguing about on the way?" But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all." Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me." Mark 9:30-37
The Gospel of Christ. Praise be to thee, O Christ.
Be Seated Canon Douglas Williams (At the conclusion of the sermon, silence is kept)
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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Celebrant
In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
After each petition this response is said: Lord in thy mercy. Hear our prayer.
After the petition for the departed: + Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord. And may light perpetual shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
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CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION Deacon
Let us humbly confess our sins to almighty God.
Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things and judge of all people: We acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we from time to time most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy divine majesty. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him: have mercy upon you; + pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The ministers and people may greet one another in the name of the Lord in the customary way. You may choose not to shake hands at the Peace. A simple exchange of “Peace be with you” with eye contact and a nod, or a bow, is a good substitute. 14 | HIGH MASS
The Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist OFFERTORY & PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, yet shall thou refresh me, O Lord: thou shalt stretch forth thy right hand upon the furiousness of my enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. Si ambulavero (Mode I)
Stand The People sing the hymn while the Peopleâ€™s gifts of bread, wine and money are brought forward. 438 Blue Hymn Book (Common Praise) â€” O Jesus, I Have Promised O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end: be thou ever near me, my Master and my friend; I shall not fear the battle if thou art by my side, nor wander from the pathway if thou wilt be my guide. O let me feel thee near me! The world is ever near; I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear; my foes are ever near me, around me and within; but Jesus, draw thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin.
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O Jesus, thou hast promised to all who follow thee, that where thou art in glory there shall thy servant be; and, Jesus I have promised to serve thee to the end; O give me grace to follow, my Master and my friend. O let me see thy footmarks, and in them plant mine own; My hope to follow duly is in thy strength alone. O guide me, call me, draw me, uphold me to the end; and then in heaven receive me, my Savior and my Friend.
SURSUM CORDA & PROPER PREFACE
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It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto thee: O Lord holy, Father almighty, everlasting God: creator and preserver of all things. For thou art the fountain of light and life for all thy creation: thou hast made us in thine own image, and dost raise us to new life in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee and saying:
SANCTUS & BENEDICTUS Allll sing
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PRAYER OF CONSECRATION Celebrant
All glory be to thee, O Lord our God, who didst make us in thine own image; and, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption. He made there a full and perfect sacrifice for the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread; and, when he had given thanks to thee, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” + Likewise, after supper, he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you; for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many, for the remission of sins: Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.” + Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy people do celebrate and make, with these thy holy gifts which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; and looking for his coming again with power and great glory.
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And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us, and, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, to bless and sanctify these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be unto us the body and blood of thy dearly-beloved Son Jesus Christ. We praise thee, we bless thee, we thank thee and we pray to thee, Lord our God. And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, whereby we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies. Grant, we beseech thee, that all who partake of this holy communion may worthily receive the most precious body and blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, and be filled with thy grace + and heavenly benediction; and also that we and all thy whole Church may be made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord; By whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
BREAKING OF THE BREAD
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AGNUS DEI Allll sing
ECCE, AGNUS DEI & DOMINE, NON SUM DIGNUS Celebrant All
+Behold the Lamb of God, behold him that taketh away the sins of the world. O Lord I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof, but speak the word only and my soul shall be healed. All who are baptized and believe Christ present in this sacrament are invited to come forward for communion. Those who are unable to receive communion, or do not yet receive, are invited to come forward for a blessing. To indicate you wish a blessing, fold your arms rather than holding out your hand for the Sacrament. When coming forward to receive, please approach from the centre aisle only and follow the directions of the attendant standing at the head of the aisle. Please return to your seat via the side aisles. When you receive the Holy Bread consume it immediately. It is no longer permissible to intinct the Holy Bread in the Holy Wine. You may choose not to receive the Holy Wine from the chalice at this time. If so, once you have received the Holy Bread please remain kneeling and fold your arms to indicate that you do not wish to receive from the chalice.
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Sit or kneel 64 Blue Hymn Book (Common Praise) â€” Author of Life Divine Author of life divine, who hast a table spread, furnished with mystic wine and everlasting bread, preserve the life thyself hast given, and feed and train us up for heaven. Our needy souls sustain with fresh supplies of love, till all thy life we gain, and all thy fullness prove, and, strengthened by thy perfect grace, behold without a veil thy face.
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Concluding Rite PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION Celebrant All
The Lord be with you. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray. Ruler of the universe, all creation yearns for its fulfilment in your Son. May we who have shared in holy things grow into maturity in him. This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Kneel The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.
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HYMN 577 Blue Hymn Book (Common Praise) â€” God of Grace and God of Glory God of grace and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power; now fulfil your church's story; bring its bud to glorious flower. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour, for the facing of this hour. Lo! the hosts of evil round us, scorn your Christ, assail his ways! Fears and doubts too long have bound us, free our hearts to work and praise. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days, for the living of these days. Cure your children's warring madness, bend our pride to your control; shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in goods and poor in soul. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we miss your kingdom's goal, lest we miss your kingdom's goal. Set our feet on lofty places; gird our lives that they may be armoured with all Christ-like graces, in the fight for liberty. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we fail ourselves and thee, lest we fail ourselves and thee.
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POSTLUDE Processional — William Mathias During the postlude you are encouraged to remain quietly in the nave, or to move to the Bishops’ Room to enjoy coffee hour conversation. For prayer requests please contact the Church Office or speak to one of the clergy.
Please notify the Parish Office (604-685-2532) when a parishioner/friend/family member is hospitalized or housebound. The Office will arrange visitation, Holy Communion or Anointing. If entering hospital, please inform the hospital on arrival that you (or the patient you are with) are Anglican and ask for the hospital’s Anglican chaplain.
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Please take this booklet away with you to aid in your own reflection, prayers, and for your information.
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The Thurible NOTES FROM THE CLERGY “Hear O Israel” is a cry often heard in the Old Testament especially at the beginning of the instruction to love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength. This call to hear also means to heed and to respond appropriately to God. But this is not a one way call for us only to hear God but that God will also listen, heed and respond to us. God told Moses that He heard the cries of his people and he responded with a plan to free his people. This mutual relationship between humanity and God is also the model of how we are to be in relationship with each other. This is actually the basic understanding of obedience; to hear the truth spoken in love by each community member. When we look at Jesus’ life we realize that he formed a discipleship of equals and declared by washing their feet that he was among them as one who serves. He set up a model of relationship as it is in the Kingdom of God; a relationship in which both leaders and members exercise both authority and obedience. Each person in the community has a claim on other members to listen and for the members to heed and
respond positively for what will be for the common good. This mutual listening is peer authority; where we each contribute to ministerial discernment but this does not mean we dismiss or ignore the decision that a community arrives at if our own position does not prevail. When we refuse to listen and consider, or refuse to enter into open dialogue to arrive at what is best for the common good, then we are disobedient. So both leaders and members exercise both authority and obedience together but with different responsibilities. For a leader there is a failure of authority if coercion is used. If a leader tries to force another to take a position against their own will, authority has failed. Jesus never coerced his disciples. Authority is to be practiced by empowering others or through persuasive powers. To live into the Kingdom of God through mutual authority and obedience leads us to freedom; freedom to choose, freedom to be creative, and freedom to love.
Inform. Inspire. Invite.
Today at St. James’
Relationships and Fellowship
From the Archbishop
Mass this Week
Mother Alexis Saunders
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TODAY AT ST. JAMES’ SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST MORNING PRAYER 8:00 am in the Church LOW MASS 8:30 am in the Church HIGH MASS 10:30 am in the Church COFFEE HOUR 12:00 pm in the Parish Hall EVENING PRAYER 5:00 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
OUR PARISH R.I.P. VALERIE VAUGHN We have just received information that former parishioner Valerie Vaughn (nee Woods) died on September 4th. Valerie and her husband, Frank, who died last December, were parishioners of St. James’ for many, many years until they moved to Saskatchewan to live with their daughter. Their gentle devotion to the church, and to each other, was inspirational. At Valerie’s request, there will be a memorial service for both herself and Frank at St. James’ sometime in November. DRAMATIC READING On Saturday Oct. 31st, at 2.00 pm as part of the Heart of the City Festival, St. James’ will present a dramatic reading of a radio play, The Man Born to be King, by Dorothy L. Sayers. Our production comes from a 18 | THE THURIBLE 28
twelve-part radio drama based on the life of Jesus. It was originally broadcast by the BBC beginning in October 1942 (during World War II). Today we will hear the first play in the cycle, Kings in Judea. The fact that Jesus and the other biblical characters spoke in contemporary colloquial English rather than using the formal words of the Bible was a source of controversy at the time. By setting the story of Christ's life in England in the twentieth century, Sayers brings a sense of immediacy and relevance to the biblical narrative. Please come. NEW PARISH COUNCIL OFFICERS APPOINTED St. James’ Trustees are pleased to announce effective immediately the appointments of Annie Grant as new Parish Council (PC) Chair and Doug Ibbott as our new PC Secretary, both to serve in these positions until the elections at our Annual Vestry meeting next February. We thank Doug and Annie for volunteering for these important parish leadership positions. We look forward to welcoming them both into their new positions at our critical upcoming Interim Process Special Parish Council Meeting to be held 10:00 am 2:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 26, to which all parishioners are invited. CHILDREN AND FAMILIES MINISTRY In this Interim Process year we are trying out a 7-hourper-week Children and Family Ministry position to maintain Sunday Mass support for children and their families, while also conserving youth worker budget funds for future year’s growth in our St. James' ministry to children and youth. We are pleased to welcome Louisa Farrell who will be joining our parish and working with children and their families during Sunday Masses starting in October. Having been involved with children's ministry for 12 years at St. Helen's and St. John's Shaughnessy, Louisa is a trained and certified Godly Play instructor with extensive church and public school experience
assisting regular and special needs children and in establishing Sunday service bible story learning opportunities for them. We look forward to Louisa's arrival at St. James’ and to her beginning her work with our children in October. NOVEMBER IS STEWARDSHIP MONTH Watch for special presentations between Sunday morning masses in November and a Celebration Luncheon on November 22nd following High Mass PHOTOS FOR ORDO CALENDAR You can help create the 2016 Ordo Calendar! The theme for 2016 is “Change & Renewal.” Please submit your photographs of anything and everything to do with change & renewal at St. James’ for next year’s Ordo Calendar. We are especially interested in photos from the Picnic in the Crypt, National Aboriginal Day, the Cake Walk, and the Pentecost Baptism.
You can email your digital images to the office at email@example.com . Be sure to include your name and contact information, as well as all the details of whom, when and where the photograph(s) was taken. INTERIM PROCESS SPECIAL MEETING Saturday, Sept. 26: All are Invited! As part of our Interim process, the Parish Council meeting scheduled for Saturday, September 26 will be a Special Open Meeting, to which all members of the Parish are invited and are encouraged to attend. The purpose of this meeting will be the opportunity to develop further the work of the August Leaders Retreat; renewing our vision in the light of our strengths and the challenges we face, and looking again at options for the Rectory and Crypt. The meeting will assemble from 10:00am (coffee available) for a 10:15 am start, and the meeting will adjourn by 2:00 pm at the latest. Mass will be celebrated at 11:45 am before a short lunch break. It is hoped that as many parishioners as possible will be able to attend this special meeting. For more information feel free to contact any one of the wardens.
FR. KEVIN ON LEAVE Fr. Kevin will be on leave from 5 – 23 September. We are delighted that Mother Alexis will be covering Masses on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are grateful to her for helping in this way, and for being willing to continue her association with St. James's. While Fr. Kevin is away please direct all enquiries in the first instance to the Parish Office. KIDS’ CORNER Vision: To help children and their parents find new ways to more fully participate in mass and aid in their spiritual formation. Topsy Turvy World From our Gospel reading, Mark, chapter 9 verse 35: Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." Do you know what “Topsy Turvy” means? It means that everything is the opposite of what people think it should be. Everything is backward or upside down. It means that things are confused and disorganized because everything is happening in the wrong order. Here is a poem that might help us to understand it a little bit better.
If Things Grew Down by Robert D. Hoeft If things grew down instead of up, A dog would grow into a pup. A cat would grow into a kitten, Your sweater would grow into a mitten. A cow would grow into a calf, A whole would grow into a half. Big would grow into something small, And small would grow into nothing at all! What a confusing world like that would be! That must have been how the disciples felt one day when Jesus was trying to teach them a lesson about who was the greatest in the Kingdom of God.
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Jesus and his disciples were walking along the road when Jesus heard them arguing among themselves. Jesus asked them, "What were you arguing about?" The disciples didn't answer because they were embarrassed. You see, they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. But they didn't have to say anything, because Jesus already knew. "So you want first place, do you?" Jesus said. "Then you must take the last place. If you want to be the greatest, then you must be a servant to all." Then Jesus called a small child over to him and put his arms around him. "If anyone welcomes a little child like this, he welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes my Father who sent me." The disciples must have thought, "What a Topsy Turvy world! If you want to be first, you have to go to the end of the line! If you want to be the greatest, you must become a servant! If you want to be important, you have to become like a little child!" The teachings of Jesus are very different from the way most people think today. We live in a world where people want to be first. They want wealth and power and influence. They think that adults are more important than children, but in God's Kingdom, the children are just as important as anyone. Aren't you glad they are? Dear Father, we thank you for your love for children. Help us to remember as we grow older, that to be great in your sight, we must come to you as a child. Amen. Adapted from www.sermons4kids.com
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RELATIONSHIPS & FELLOWSHIP RIDE FOR REFUGE OCTOBER 3 Be part of the St. Jamesâ€™ team! Join or support Ride for Refuge on October 3. Teams from across Canada will be riding to support The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) partner organization in Cairo, Egypt, Refuge Egypt (www.refuge-egypt.org). Refuge Egypt provides a range of supports to refugees from Syria and northern Africa, chiefly Sudan. PWRDF funding is directed to the Well Baby and Well Child clinics operated by Refuge Egypt. These clinics provide health care and promote healthy physical development and nutrition in refugee babies and children and their families. Team PWRDF Vancouver will be from our diocese, riding to support Refuge Egypt. Some members of the congregation have already signed up to join Peter Goodwin as team captain and riders from parishes across the diocese. Please come join us for this big and fun event while supporting a most vital cause. Riders can choose between distances of 10, 25, and 50 kilometres along routes in Richmond. New this year is a 5K walking route for those who would prefer to walk. PWRDF riders and walkers will be part of those participating to support a multitude of charitable organizations. For more information and to sign up or to donate in support the team please visit the following link on the Ride for Refuge website www.rideforrefuge.org/charity/pwrdf. You may also call or email Peter Goodwin for information, 604-929-6143, firstname.lastname@example.org
A CALL TO PRAYER AND ACTION: SYRIAN MIGRANT CRISIS “The Turkish policeman is us. Alan Kurdi is our child. We knew that in the first moment we saw their pictures in [today’s] papers. We knew that in our gut, and when our heart’s cry poured out through our eyes. Our senses involuntarily respond and urgently demand that we act individually and as a human community.” Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and Adele Finney, Executive Director of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) Sometimes I feel helpless…these problems seem overwhelming…what can I do to help? A question many of us ask ourselves, and yes, there are things we can do to help these regular folk undergoing great peril and suffering to claim a little safety and hope for a peaceful future.
The OC has approved a grant of $2,500.00 for this project and we would like St. James’ parishioners to match or exceed this amount. We do not want to detract from your regular giving but ask that you dedicate a few extra dollars to the Outreach Committee Refugee Fund. This can be designated through envelope giving or means of your choice to the church office. This project and process will fit together slowly like a jigsaw puzzle, each piece into place gradually until we can contribute proportionately to a larger picture of refuge and hope for our middle eastern neighbors experiencing great suffering. Let us pray and demonstrate the empathy demanded of us as Christians in acts of love and compassion consistent with our Anglo-Catholic tradition.
Thank you in advance for your prayerful considerations. We look forward to providing you with regular updates of developments and recommendations in The Thurible. In Christ, Doug The Outreach Committee met this week to discuss a proposal for the Diocese to consider. Ideally, we would Ibbott, OC Committee like to participate in a refugee family sponsorship but MVA FEDERAL ELECTION ASSEMBLY given that a financial commitment requires Wed., September 30, 2015, 7 pm approximately $10,000.00 per person (consider a Langara College, 100 W 49th Ave, Vancouver family of 3 or 4) for one year, many parishes like ours Each Metro Vancouver Alliance organization is being with modest budgets cannot undertake a full asked to send delegates who live in the new riding of sponsorship. Vancouver Granville. I will ask the St. James’ Office to The OC has contacted Rev. Michael McGee, Chair of give me a current membership list so I can check the the New Westminster Diocese Refugee Unit to addresses for our parishioners who may live in this propose a way for us to do our part to relieve this new riding. We are not inviting the general grievous situation. We have suggested becoming a membership yet. We want to fill the 250 seats with “satellite parish” to another parish in the Diocese who voters from the riding if possible. Pat McSherry, Cowill take on a full sponsorship. This could entail Chair, MVA Housing Campaign Action Team (CAT) supplementing the financial heavy lifting of the sponsoring parish and assisting with some of the GRATITUDE LIVE: UGM 75TH ANNIVERSARY services required by a settled family. They might Saturday, 26 Sept. 2015, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm require help finding a fridge, a school, an apartment or Glad Tidings Church, 3456 Fraser Street a teapot in the creation of a new home. This is all in Gratitude Live: A joyful evening of stories, music & the realm of possibility but we need to be prepared to community. Please join us as we celebrate 75 years of assist when the time comes for us to act. Rev. McGee feeding hope and changing lives. Free admission with will be providing a table of costs for us to prepare for RSVP by Sept. 18, 2015. Doors open at 7:00 pm, this eventuality. program starts at 7:30 pm, stand up reception to follow. To learn more about UGM, go to ugm.ca THE THURIBLE | 19 31
help ensure that those who are applying have a clear understanding of the commitment involved in the process before they begin. I am optimistic that we in the Diocese of New Westminster will be able to help.
REGARDING THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS from the Right Reverend Melissa Skelton, 9th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster
Again, we who live in privilege in the west have seen the horrifying results of civil wars in other parts of the world. The September 3, 2015, video and photographs from the Turkish beach saddened the entire world. The Kurdi family are in my daily prayers, as are all Syrian refugees and all others displaced by the horrors of war. The Anglican Diocese of New Westminster is a Sponsorship (Refugee) Agreement Holder. Even prior to the worldwide coverage of the current situation, a number of parishes were in the process (and remain in that process) of sponsoring refugee families. On the day of the publication of the photos from the Turkish beach a parish in the diocese was notified that they had been approved to move forward with their sponsorship of an Iraqi refugee family who are scheduled to arrive in Canada, September 22. It is parishes and groups of parishes working with the Diocesan Refugee Unit group and representatives of the diocesan legal team who sponsor refugees. The Chair of the Diocesan Refugee Unit, the Reverend Michael McGee has received numerous requests from individuals, and people representing parishes for information about refugee sponsorship. There has also been a marked increase in direct requests from refugees and refugee families through the diocesan website. The diocesan legal team encourages parishes and interested parties to make all applications through the Diocesan Refugee Unit. The Reverend McGee can then make the connections as necessary with an available member of the legal team. This will 18 | THE THURIBLE 32
I am moved and heartened by the response of the parishes of our diocese to this crisis, as well as other civic and community leaders, including Vancouver’s mayor, who has convened a Town Hall meeting tonight to discuss what the City of Vancouver can do to host refugees. I hope you will join with me in prayer for everyone involved in this crisis and I encourage parishes to contact the Diocesan Refugee Unit Chair, the Reverend Michael McGee through the diocesan website: http://vancouver.anglican.ca/
FROM THE ARCHBISHOP VOTE: AN ANGLICAN APPROACH FOR ELECTION 2015 From the Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz
Anglicans approach life in the world through a faith that is based on scripture, tradition, and reason. Time and again, God calls us through Holy Scripture and ancient and modern prophets to build a society based on justice and righteousness, a kingdom of compassion and justice. Anglican tradition is one of “walking with others,” learning about and respecting other beliefs and faiths. Anglican long-standing commitment to reason helps us hold opposing views in creative tension, finding the common good through prayerful discernment. Compassion and justice, tempered by reason, form the basis for three broad sub-themes for the coming federal election, designed to respond to the Gospel call: • To respond to human need by loving service;
• To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation; and • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the Earth. Bridging Divides We live in a country of abundance, yet not all benefit. Among the most vulnerable are the many who are homeless or living in precarious or unaffordable housing, children living in poverty with little hope for a brighter future, and young people who are underemployed and increasingly alienated from the political process. Their voice is not heard and their needs are not reflected adequately in election platforms. A compassionate and just society cares for the most vulnerable. Governments need to be encouraged to pursue concerted and collaborative approaches to bridge these divides—to end homelessness, to eliminate child poverty, and to give hope to future generations. Restoring Right Relations We live in a country that believes in democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. And yet, we find ourselves facing major challenges—in our relations with the First Peoples of this land, our care and responsibility for the environment, and the balance of rights and freedoms with safety and security in a diverse society. Responding to these challenges requires new conversations between government and people. Promoting Peace and Stability We live in a country that is an active member within a global system of relationships, including the privileged G7 group of countries. Canada’s voice can make a difference in promoting peace and stability and the growth and prosperity of our world. Words, however, have greater effect when they are matched with action. As partners with government, we encourage greater generosity in our international assistance, greater commitment and streamlined processes to welcome refugees, and continued efforts to find a meaningful approach to peace in the Middle East.
St. James’ Church, 1908 (CoV Archives)
INTERIM PROCESS SPECIAL MEETING Saturday, Sept. 26 10 am - 2 pm As part of our Interim process, the Parish Council meeting scheduled for Saturday, September 26 will be a Special Open Meeting, to which all members of the Parish are invited and are encouraged to attend. All are Welcome!
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COMMEMORATION Saint Matthew Apostle and Evangelist September 21 Today we honour Saint Matthew, a disciple and apostle of Christ who is traditionally believed to be the author of the first Gospel in the New Testament. According to that Gospel, Matthew was a tax-gatherer when Jesus called him; the Gospels according to Mark and Luke agree, but say that the tax gatherer’s name was Levi. It is probably one and the same person, the disciple we call Matthew. In first century Judea, tax collectors were viewed as foul collaborators who extorted money from their own people in order to sustain the Roman occupation and enrich themselves. Matthew was an outcast in his own nation, so polluted by his job that he could not take part in the worship of Israel. The fact that Jesus consorted with the likes of Matthew, and even called him into his circle of disciples, was one of the things that scandalized his fellow Jews the most. With such a background it may be ironic that the Gospel according to Matthew is considered the most Jewish of the four versions in the New Testament. It takes the greatest pains to show that Jesus was faithful to his Jewish heritage and constantly cites Old Testament texts to prove that he did not come to abolish the law and the prophets, but to fulfill them. Matthew’s Gospel is also the work of a true literary artist who not only wrote well but also knew how to organize his materials to their best advantage. These qualities have made it, down through the centuries, the favourite version for many of the preachers, teachers, and reading public of the Church.
For All the Saints, Prayers and Readings for Saint’s Days, ABC, 1994
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COMMEMORATION St. Sergius Abbot of Holy Trinity, Moscow, Teacher of the Faith, 1392 September 25 Today we remember Sergius, a Russian monk of the fourteenth century who, even before his death in 1392, was regarded by the Russian people as their national saint. Sergius left home around the age of twenty and built a hermitage in the forest of Zagorsk just south of Moscow. He dedicated his little shelter â€” and his own life within its walls â€” to the Most Holy Trinity; here he learned to pray without ceasing, even while he helped out the peasants who lived nearby and showed hospitality to any strangers who passed by his hovel. In time word of his manner of life spread throughout the land, until contemporaries felt that his sanctity must be as great as the Russian forest itself. Disciples began to gather around him, and at first they lived in their own individual huts, each with a separate plot of ground for growing food. Sergius eventually brought them together to live as a community under one roof, but this reform caused some dissent and he went to live at another monastery. His exile was short, for the monks soon realized how great a loss they had inflicted on themselves and begged him to return. With Sergius as its abbot, Zagorsk became the focus of a religious and national revival among the Russian people. Tartar overlords had oppressed them for over a century, and as they began to fight for their freedom they found new strength in the Orthodox faith. Sergius gave this movement his blessing, and his spiritual power upheld the Russian princes in their resolve to lead their people into battle against the Tartar horde and finally break its hold on Russia. Sergius spent his final years travelling, always on foot, from one prince to another in an effort to keep them united. His journeys ended where they had begun, in the monastery of the Holy Trinity at Zagorsk, on this date in 1392. For All the Saints, Prayers and Readings for Saintâ€™s Days, ABC, 1994
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DAILY LECTIONARY DATE
MORNING PRAYER 9:00 AM
EVENING PRAYER 5:00PM
MON. SEPTEMBER 21
Pr 3:1-6 Ps 119:33-40 Mt 9:9-13
Ps 119:41-64 Is 8:11-20 Rom 10:1-15
Ps 19, 112 Job 28:12-28 Mt 13:44-52
TUES. SEPTEMBER 22
Ezra 6:1-8, 12-19 Ps 124 Lk 8:19-21
Ps 78:1-39 2 Kg 5:19-27 1 Cor 5:1-8
Ps 78:40-72 Est 5:1-14 Mt 5:27-37
WED. SEPTEMBER 23
Gal 2:10-20 Ps 34:1-8 Mt 16:24-27
Ps 119:97-120 2 Kg 6:1-23 1 Cor 5:9 – 6:8
Ps 81, 82 Est 6:1-14 Mt 5:38-48
THU. SEPTEMBER 24
Gal 4:4-7 Ps 132:6-10, 13-14 Lk 1:46-55
Ps 116, 117 2 Kg 9:1-16 1 Cor 6:12-20
Ps 85, 86 Est 7:1-10 Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
FRI. SEPTEMBER 25
Sir 39:1-9 Ps 34:1-8 Lk 12:33-37
Ps 88 2 Kg 9:17-37 1 Cor 7:1-9
Ps 91, 92 Est 8:1-8, 15-17 Mt 6:7-15
SAT. SEPTEMBER 26
Sir 51:13-22 Ps 78:1-6 Mt 13:44-52
Ps 87, 90 2 Kg 11:1-20a 1 Cor 7:10-24
Ps 136 Hos 1:1 – 2:1 Mt 6:19-24
SUN. SEPTEMBER 27
Gen 28:10-17 Ps 103:19-22 Rev 12:7-12 Jn 1:47-51
Ps 66, 67 2 Kg 17:1-18 Acts 9:36-43
Ps 19, 46 Hos 2:2-14 Lk 5:1-11
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OFFICE & MASS TIMES MON. SEPTEMBER 21 St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
12:10 pm in the Lady Chapel For all who work for Revenue Canada and the Canadian Border Services Agency.
TUES. SEPTEMBER 22 Bl. Emilie Tavernier-Gamelin, Founder, Sisters of Providence, 1851
5:30 pm in the Lady Chapel
WED. SEPTEMBER 23 St. Pio of Pietrekina (Padre Pio), Priest, 1968
12:10 pm in the Lady Chapel
THU. SEPTEMBER 24 Our Lady of Walsingham, 1061
9:30 am in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
For the ministries of the Sisters of Providence, and for all who serve at St Paulâ€™s Hospital, the designated hospital for our parish.
For the work of nurses, healthcare workers, physicians, and others in the healing professions.
For all expectant mothers and fathers. FRI. SEPTEMBER 25 St. Sergius, Abbot in Moscow, Teacher of the Faith
12:10 pm in the Lady Chapel
SAT. SEPTEMBER 26 Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, 1626
For Christian spiritual writers, spiritual directors, and retreat leaders.
SUN. SEPTEMBER 27
8:00 am 8:30 am 10:30 am 5:00 pm
For the ministry of the Patriarch, clergy, and members of the Russian Orthodox Church .
Morning Prayer Low Mass, with anointing High Mass, with anointing Evening Prayer
Public prayer is offered Monday - Saturday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel accessed on East Cordova Street through the Chapel Walkway: Morning Prayer 9.00 am. Evening Prayer 5.00 pm. Please be on time since the gate may be closed once prayers have begun. On Sundays: Morning Prayer 8.00 am. in the Church. Evening Prayer: 5.00 pm. in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, please check the weekly bulletin for exceptions.
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Interim Priest-in-Charge: Father Kevin Hunt email@example.com 778-984-3208 (on leave until September 24, 2015)
Office Managers: Linda Adams: Mon – Wed, 9:00 am-4:00 pm Deanna Ferguson: Thu – Sat, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Street Outreach: Father Matthew Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org 604-685-7522 (non-emergency #) Days off: Monday & Saturday Deacon: The Revd Joyce Locht email@example.com 604-614-9915 Honorary Assistant: Sister Mary Christian Cross, Deacon
CLERGY AVAILABILITY Clergy may be contacted through the Office: 604-685-2532. Parish Office hours are: Mon. to Sat. 9 am to 4 pm. You may need to leave a message if we are engaged in a pastoral matter and we will promptly return urgent calls. We seek to be available to all in any circumstances and encourage you to contact us and request an opportunity for a pastoral appointment. For pastoral care and support you may also contact our Pastoral Care Ministry Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org | Joyce Locht 604-614-9915
Organist & Choirmaster: Gerald Harder Assistant Organist: PJ Janson Custodial Staff: Art Cuthbertson: Mon-Thu, 9:00 am-2:00 pm 604-329-7567 Darren Campbell: Sat, 7:00 am-1:00 pm, Sun, 7-10 am
PARISH COUNCIL Chair: vacant Secretary: vacant
PARISH OFFICERS Bishop’s Warden: Brian Rocksborough-Smith 604-291-9852 email@example.com People’s Warden: Reece Wrightman 604-872-4129 firstname.lastname@example.org Associate Warden: Betty Carlson 604-522-4412 email@example.com Trustee: Leslie Arnovick Trustee: Jerry Adams Trustee: Pat McSherry Treasurer: vacant Envelope Secretary: Philip Green Parish Privacy Officer & Vestry Clerk: Linda Adams Archivist: Paul Stanwood St. James’ Anglican Church Diocese of New Westminster Anglican Church of Canada 303 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1L4 T: 604-685-2532 | Fax: 604-685-7605 E: firstname.lastname@example.org | Web: www.stjames.bc.ca