Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020
1- Yesterday marked the birthday in the year 1515 of St Teresa of Avila, in Spain.She wrote:
2- Christ has no body on earth now but ours:
no hands but ours, no feet but ours.
Ours are the eyes
through which Christ’s compassion
is to look upon the world.
Ours are the feet
with which he is to go about doing good.
Ours are the
hands with which he is to bless others now.
3- Let us pray:
I give you my hands - to do your work.
I give you my feet - to go your way.I give you my eyes - to see as you do.
I give you my tongue - to speak your words.
I give you my mind - that you may think in me.
I give you my spirit - that you may pray in me.
Above all, I give you my heart that you may love, in me, your Father and all mankind.
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in me.
Friday, March 27, 2020
The Clergy and Parishes of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
March 25th, 2020
I write today on the Feast of the Annunciation to Mary. It is a day when we give thanks for the message brought by an angel to Mary that she had ”found favour with God” and that she would bear a son who would be called “Son of the Most High”… whose kingdom would have no end. It is an account both deeply comforting and deeply disturbing (at least for Mary). It required her active affirmation of God’s plan and the assuming of no little risk. The times were perilous and they would be even more dangerous for her. Yet she says yes - “Here am I the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Reflecting on Luke 1:26-38 today I wonder: To whom are we an angel (messenger) today, bringing a word from God? What is the word from God being spoken to us? What is the task we are being asked to undertake in our own perilous time? What new thing from God is coming to birth? Do we appreciate how much we are “favoured (loved) by God? We give thanks today for parents and children, for strength and wisdom for parents amid `the additional pressures on family life at this time.
We give thanks today for parents and children, for strength and wisdom for parents amid `the additional pressures on family life at this time. We give thanks for our own parents and those whom we have experienced as parents in our lives.
Since I wrote to you last Friday, a state of emergency has been declared in both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. There are some minor differences in the restrictions which this places on residents in both provinces but the most significant message is – Stay Home! Don’t go out except for necessary trips such as buying groceries. Even then it should be only one person in a household.
One of the consequences for parishes is that there are further restrictions on numbers of people permitted to gather. Gatherings are limited to a maximum of 5 persons in both provinces, and proper physical distancing must take place. Please take this into consideration if there is a necessity to gather. There have also been further restrictions on visitation to nursing homes and hospitals. Clergy may visit those who are at the end of life to bring the sacraments, although this may require advance conversations with heath authorities.
It is wonderful to read of the ways that parishes are responding to the restrictions on gathering by offering a variety of forms of worship. In some places this has been a variety of technological ways to come together ‘virtually’. In others worship leaders have shared printed resources and invited people to worship in their own homes, together in prayer but separate in location. On March 16th, 2020, I directed that there be no gatherings for public worship at least until April 3rd, 2020. This time frame was consistent with the decisions by both provincial governments to close the public school system until April 6th, 2020, and would give us time to plan for Holy Week and Easter.
It seems clear from comments made by government officials in the past few days that restrictions on gathering will continue past April 3rd, 2020. I am now requesting clergy and parish leaders to plan for a suspension of gatherings for worship for at least two months. This will mean that our observances of “the journey from the glory of the triumphal entry to the glory of the resurrection, by way of the dark road of suffering and death” will need to take unconventional forms. We continue to add resources to the Covid 19 section of the diocesan website to assist leaders in planning worship. If you have resources or suggestions, please send them to Canon Lisa Vaughn (email@example.com) I also want to recommend the resource booklet distributed at last year’s MORE Mission School for “finding God in the neighbourhood.”
The Financial Management and Development Team met by video conference yesterday. They have agreed to proposals to put before a special video meeting of Diocesan Council on Friday March 27th, 2020. These proposals are for additional ways that the Diocesan structure may support parishes at this time. We are fortunate that budget surpluses over the past few years and good management, have given us a pool of working capital which we may use at this time. While this provides us some security in the short term, I need to be open about the fact that if the restrictions on gathering continue for more than three months, more difficult decisions will need to be made. Clergy and Parish leadership should plan accordingly
These are strange and difficult times. Patterns and schedules are disrupted. We want to know when these changes to ‘normal’ life will end, even though there is no answer to this question at this time. Powerlessness can bring anxiety, it can also bring liberation. Be gentle with yourself. This is not a sprint this has become a marathon. Use some of the time, newly available in your calendar, to be quiet, to read and to pray. Be gentle with one another, we’re all feeling some extra stress at this time. We are making the best decisions that we can, knowing that tomorrow things will probably change. We are not alone.
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Most Reverend Ron Cutler
Archbishop of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Cemetery Clean up – St. Peter's parishioners have started a major cleanup under the pine trees at the entrance to the cemetery. In order to keep our cemetery beautiful the many broken limbs and branches need to be picked up and hauled away. If you can help, with an hour here or there, it would be very much appreciated. Robbie's wagon is waiting to be loaded. For more information, please call Verna @ 853-2701
Sun 26 May, 7.00 p.m. – Music Evening – The Gordon Memorial United Church will be hosting a music evening on Sunday May 26th at 7.00 p.m.
May 30, 7.00 p.m. – The Feast of the Ascension – Your prayers are requested for The Feast of the Ascension in the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, NS at 7.00 p.m. The Reverend Dorothy Miller, The Reverend Bonnie Skerritt and The Reverend Nichola Fish Cumine will be ordained priests and Benjamin Lee, Taunya Dawson and Douglas Beck will be ordained (Transitional) Deacons.
Tue 11 Jun, 11.30 a.m. – Olive Bryanton – An invitation to attend UCW to hear guest speaker Olive Bryanton followed by pot luck lunch.
Posted by Carter W. Jeffery at 4:58 PM
Annual Cemetery Clean-up.
Holy Trinity Alma Anglican Cemetery.
Thurs., May 16th, 6pm. NOTE DATE CHANGE.
Holy Trinity Alma Anglican Cemetery.
Thurs., May 16th, 6pm. NOTE DATE CHANGE.
Posted by Carter W. Jeffery at 4:53 PM
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Palm Sunday Services
14 Apr - St. Peter's Alberton, 9:30am
14 Apr - St. Luke's O'Leary, 11:15am
Upcoming Community Services
Sun 14 Apr - 4:00 p.m., Prime Time: All Anglicans and our friends are invited to St. Paul’s Church, Charlottetown to hear Archbishop Fred Hiltz speak about his 12 years as Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. A reception will follow.
Sun 14 Apr – Easter Memorial Donations – Anyone wishing to submit an Easter Memorial Donations for their loved ones then please feel free to put them in the collection plate or to Raigh Callbeck. A notice will be placed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday.
Sun 14 Apr, 10.30 p.m. – Preparation for Holy Week – If anyone is able to help get the St. Peter’s Hall ready for Holy Week we will be doing this after the church service this Sunday.
Thu 18 Apr - Phillips Residence, 1.30 p.m. All are welcome.
Thu 18 Apr – Maundy Thursday Service – Maundy Thursday Services are at 4.00 p.m. at St. Luke’s and 7.00 p.m. at St. Peter’s.
Fri 19 Apr – Good Friday Liturgy – The Good Friday Liturgy takes place at 11.00 a.m. at St. Peter’s and 2.00 p.m. at St. Luke’s.
Sat 20 Apr, 10.00 a.m. – Preparation for Easter – We would appreciate any help in decorating the church for Easter, We will be doing this on Saturday Apr 20 at 10.00 a.m. Many hands make light work and enjoys a friendly get together.
May 30 – Rev Dorothy Miller Ordained – Your prayers are requested for the Rev's. Dorothy Miller, Nicola Fish-Cumine and Bonnie Skerritt who will be ordained priests on the Feast of the Ascension (May 30, 2019) at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, NS.
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