Burying Time Capsule

Burying Time Capsule
1859 - 150th Anniversary of Parish - 2009 (photo by Scott & Debbie Travers )

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ash Wednesday

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     Below Readings for Ash Wednesday comes from the Anglican Church of Canada's website www.thecommunity.anglican.ca


Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
JOEL 2:1-2, 12-17 OR ISAIAH 58:1-12; PSALM 103:8-18; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:20B-6:10; MATTHEW 6:1-6, 16-21
Almighty and everlasting God,
you despise nothing you have made
and forgive the sins of all who are penitent.
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts,
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our brokenness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
First Reading
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near – a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness spread upon the mountains a great and powerful army comes; their like has never been from of old, nor will be again after them in ages to come. Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord, your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Sanctify the congregation; assemble the aged; gather the children, even infants at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her canopy. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep. Let them say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and do not make your heritage a mockery, a byword among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”
JOEL 2:1-2, 12-17
Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practised righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgements, they delight to draw near to God. “Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.
ISAIAH 58:1-12
REFRAIN The Lord remembers that we are but dust.
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger and of great kindness.
He will not always accuse us, nor will he keep his anger for ever. R
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so is his mercy great upon those who fear him. R
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us.
As a father cares for his children, so does the Lord care for those who fear him. R
For he himself knows whereof we are made; he remembers that we are but dust.
Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field;
When the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.
But the merciful goodness of the Lord endures for ever on those who fear him, and his righteousness on children’s children;
On those who keep his covenant and remember his commandments and do them. R
PSALM 103:8-18
Second Reading
We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see – we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:20B-6:10
Jesus said, “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
MATTHEW 6:1-6, 16-21
Prayer over the Gifts
Merciful God,
turn us from sin to faithfulness.
Accept our offering,
and prepare us to celebrate
the death and resurrection of Christ our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you now and for ever.
Prayer After Communion
God of compassion,
through your Son Jesus Christ
you reconciled your people to yourself.
Following his example of prayer and fasting,
may w0e obey you with willing hearts
and serve one another in holy love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Why do we reflect on Scripture? Why do we study the Bible?

     Gone are the days when the only instrument about God and about what the Bible said came from the Parish Priest.  As Christians we each have a personal relationship with Christ our Saviour.  We each have the responsibility to grown in our faith by understanding what God and Jesus mean to us.  How can we live as informed and faithful Christians if we don't try to understand the writings of the Bible ( which is the book of instruction and inspiration given to us through God's grace )?  
     Bible Study is a life-long process  of discovery and reflection which enriches our perspective of the world and encourages us to make wise decisions.   The Christian life is meant to be full of God's grace, joy, love, provision and ethics.  One is never too old or too knowledgeable to benefit from God's Word - the Bible.
cf. Parish Bulletin, Feb. 3, 2013
Image cf. http://www.netbiblestudy.net/worship/

Monday, February 4, 2013

2013 Annual General Meeting

     We had a great Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday.  First the morning workship service was held at St. Peter's Church Alberton at 10:30am with Holy Eucharist.  It was a combined Parish service in advance of our annual meeting.  The service began with a slide show featuring us, the folks of our Parish participating in a variety of church events through-out the year - thanks Christine for putting this together!
     Following the service we went down to the Hall (in basement) for a potluck lunch with lots of goodies, from casseroles to sweats - we have lots of good cooks in our Parish!
     After lunch we held our annual meeting, chaired by Rev. Andrew chairing with myself as secretary, my regular job in the Parish.  Here's a photo of us hard work!!  - thanks Cyndi for the photo.
      Below is the cover from the 2012 Annual Report - this is my third year compiling the reports.  This year the cover features old photos of the Parish churches.  Last year I had winter scenes of the churches and the year before summer photos.  I'm looking forward to coming up with a creative cover for 2013's report.
Below is Rev. Andrews Annual Report - it sums up our year. 
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