Trinity Shared Ministry’s Annual Plant Sale

All Things Gardening
Saturday, May 18th

Trinity Shared Ministry’s Annual Plant Sale will be held in the basement (access from the back of the church) of St. James’ Catholic Church (located near the Fire Hall).  The doors will open at 8:45 am and stay open until 12:00 pm or we are sold out.  This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase perennials that are hardy for our area at very reasonable prices.  For sure, there will be white lilacs, purple Daphne bushes, basil, chives, lady’s mantle, and much, much more!  You could also find books on plants, gardening tools, and fancy plant pots.

Pray for Sri Lankans

Primate Fred Hiltz Has Issued A Call To Prayer

St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, Sri Lanka, before the attack on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. AntanO/Wikimedia Commons

~ by Fred Hiltz, Primate and Archbishop, on April 24, 2019

In the terrible aftermath of bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Day, I ask for your prayers for all affected by these hate crimes.  Let us remember the 359 persons who, as of this morning, are known to have died and for their grieving families.  Let us remember the hundreds more who were seriously injured and for yet more hundreds of people traumatized by what they witnessed.  Let us remember too, the first responders who placed themselves in harm’s way to help people across lines that distinguish people’s politics and religion.

Sir Lanka is a nation in shock – not only by what happened but by what appears to be a lack of action on the part of the government to alert worshippers and tourists to take precautionary measures when there had been warnings that the likelihood of such attacks was very real.  The reaction of Sri Lankans at home and dispersed throughout the world is a mix of dismay and outrage.  It is all very poignant given a presidential election in coming weeks.

The current Bishop of Colombo, Bishop Dhiloraj Canagasabey released a statement saying “the Church of Ceylon unreservedly condemns these cowardly and cruel acts of terrorism”.

The former Bishop of Colombo, Duleep de Chickera in a statement issued on Easter Day spoke of “a combustible atmosphere with a mix of surging nationalism and faith based identity politics”.  In the name of our common humanity he called for the condemnation of the crimes that have shattered the lives of so many people.  In supporting a National Day of Mourning, he spoke of the power of people’s movements “…to build social trust and assert that dialogue is the best method for resolving our differences. We will then rise to a new life.”

I ask your prayers for Bishop Canagasabey and Bishop de Chickera, and all leaders who comfort a nation in grief and chaos.

Pray for them as they bury the dead, tend the injured, and work with all those committed to restoring peace and order in the interests of the common good of all.

Such crimes as the world has seen in Sri Lanka sharpen the intent of our prayers throughout Easter, particularly as we pray “that isolated and persecuted churches may find fresh strength in the Easter gospel”.  (The Easter Litany, p 122, The Book of Alternative Services)

~ from The Anglican Church of Canada’s Website

Earth Day – Monday, April 22nd

Canadian Faith Leaders Issue Urgent Plea For Climate Action

This collective message by faith leaders from across Canada is clear: the global climate crisis has reached a critical stage and requires an urgent moral and spiritual response.  All three of our denominations are represented in a seven minute video collaboration that was coordinated by the Canadian Council of Churches, KAIROS, and Citizens for Public Justice.  Go to the KAIROS website to watch “For the Love of All Creation”.   The video highlights the need for urgent action by Canadians – and the Canadian government – on climate change.

Primate’s Easter Message

“Christ is risen!
Earth and heaven never more shall be the same.”

~ by Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate, on April 17, 2019

Last week I invited you to pray the Litany of Reconciliation offered daily within the ruins of the medieval cathedral in Coventry.  Lying completely open to the sky, the ruins are a powerful sign of an openness to the will of God “to hold heaven and earth in a single peace”. As you leave the ruins making your way down a set of steps, you see a massive window that fills the entire “west” end of the new cathedral, consecrated in 1962. It is clear glass but etched into it from top to bottom are angels and saints dancing before the Lord. Through that magnificent work, one’s eye is then drawn to the great tapestry of Christ in Glory. The work of artist Graham Sutherland, the tapestry is seventy-two feet in height. It fills the entire “east” end of the cathedral. Christ is seated.

“The highest place that heaven affords is his,
is his by right,
the King of kings and Lord of lords,
and heaven’s eternal light.”
(Hymn 491, Common Praise)

His feet bear the wounds of crucifixion. His hands are raised in a gesture of lifting the life of the world heavenward. He is “the ever Eastering Christ”, ever rising to make all things new.

By water and word he makes of us an Easter People united with him in his death and resurrection. Through bread and wine he nourishes us with his very self. He sends us into the world to live his risen life, to defy every evil course of action bent on the destruction and death of the children of God and our common home, the earth itself.

Here we see that along with the deep personal yearning as St. Paul puts it “to know Christ and the power of his resurrection”, there is a cosmic dimension to the Resurrection – one in which the old order of sin and death is overcome and the new order of redemption and fullness of life for all is proclaimed.

From the moment my eyes were drawn to that great tapestry, to walking toward and taking my place beneath it, and then stepping back and gazing at it from afar, I thought of the words of a lovely modern Easter hymn written by Brian Wren.

“Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna!
Celebrate this day of days!
Christ is risen! Hush in wonder:
All creation is amazed.
In the desert all-surrounding,
See, a spreading tree has grown.
Healing leaves of grace abounding
Bring a taste of love unknown.

Christ is risen! Raise your spirits
From the caverns of despair.
Walk with gladness in the morning.
See what love can do and dare.
Drink the wine of resurrection,
Not a servant, but a friend.
Jesus is our strong companion.
Joy and peace shall never end.

Christ is risen! Earth and heaven
Nevermore shall be the same.
Break the bread of new creation
Where the world is still in pain.
Tell its grim, demonic chorus:
Christ is risen! Get you gone!
God the First and Last is with us,
Sing Hosanna, everyone!”

            (Hymn 223, Common Praise)

Let this be our song not for one day, but all fifty of the Great Festival of Easter.

~ from the Anglican Church of Canada’s website

Moderator’s Video Easter Message

Moderator Richard Bott reflects on Easter, the resurrection

The Right Rev. Dr. Richard Bott, 43rd Moderator of The United Church of Canada
Credit:
The United Church of Canada

Moderator Richard Bott reflects on Easter, the resurrection, as a trumpet call to the church, to the body of Christ, to all Jesus’ disciples, to fantastic actions that bring life—actions that challenge and actions that make deep change.

Watch and listen to this Easter message through this link or on YouTube.

Transcript of Videotaped Message

Christ is risen!
He is risen, indeed!
Alleluia!
Alleluia, amen!

Hello—I’m Richard Bott, Moderator of The United Church of Canada.

This is a day of joy, a day of celebration! Christ is risen!

With Paul, talking to the Romans, we “know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.”

In a world where death is present all the time; where there is war between nations or people somewhere all the time; where food is wasted at a horrendous rate while elsewhere people are starving; where climate change caused by us, caused by the corporations and economic systems that we have created, is killing off entire species, and threatens to do the same to humankind, the resurrection of Christ says, “No. Death has no dominion.”

The resurrection of Christ says, “Take heart. God’s love can do incredible things.”

But how, now? With a miracle?

Perhaps, but I believe that this time we are the miracle. We are the body of Christ that God is resurrecting. We are the body of Christ who must say with our very lives, “Death has no dominion.”

I think that Easter, the resurrection, is a trumpet call that calls to the church, to the body of Christ, to all Jesus’ disciples—to fantastic actions that bring life. Actions that challenge and actions that make deep change.

Actions that live life in the face of death.

Actions that say to the powers that be, “No! Death has no dominion. The resurrection not only of Christ—but of the Word—is now.

It’s Easter. It’s a day of incredible actions—God’s, and ours.

Christ is risen!
Christ is risen, indeed!
Alleluia!
Alleluia, amen!

Father, forgive

A Holy Week Message from the Primate
of the Anglican Church of Canada

~ by Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate, April 12, 2019

Last week the yearning of a lifetime in ministry was fulfilled.  I was in England and had the opportunity to visit Coventry Cathedral.  I had read of its history and used its famous Litany of Reconciliation many times throughout Lent and particularly in Holy Week.  I found myself within the remains of that great medieval cathedral bombed and burned on November 14, 1940.

In the aftermath of that terrible wartime strike, the Provost of the day Richard Howard wrote, “All night long the city burned and her cathedral with her, an emblem of the eternal truth that when men suffer, God suffers with them.  Yet the tower still stood, with its spire soaring to the sky, an emblem of God’s over-ruling majesty and love.”

The next morning as the whole cathedral lay open to the sky, the Provost and a number of cathedral parishioners climbed over the rubble. In the midst, they found two charred roof beams one lying over the other in the shape of a cross. Carefully Howard lashed them together and carried them to the sanctuary, setting them up in the sight of all to see.  I wonder if in his labour, he might have had in his mind and on his heart, those beautiful words of John Bowring’s great hymn.

“In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o’er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.”

Having placed the cross he then proceeded to etch on the wall behind the altar the words “Father, forgive.”  We recognize them as the prayer of Jesus from his Cross. Space restricted Howard from quoting our Lord ’s prayer in its entirety, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) But as time would have it, the simplicity of “Father, forgive” would speak volumes reminding us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  We all stand in need of redemption.

Those charred roof beams lashed together in the form of a cross, and those words etched into the sanctuary wall, would inspire the writing of the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation.  The sentence with which it opens humbles us before God. In its read of the human condition, this Litany is as contemporary as the day it was first penned.  In its brevity, it is memorable. In its simplicity, it is powerful.  The sentence with which it closes is instructive as to how we ought to live.

The Litany is prayed every day at noon in Coventry Cathedral – sometimes within the ruins of the former cathedral, sometimes within the marvels of the modern one. It is prayed every Friday at noon in cathedrals and parishes around the world that are members of the Community of the Cross of Nails.

I invite you one and all, to pray this Litany at noon (or at some other perhaps more quiet time) on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week. It may be that you pray it alone, or in the company of others. Some of you will pray it in your church. Others of necessity will have to pray it in other places.  Try not to recite or rush your praying.  Make each confession with a pause for lament and contrition of heart before uttering the plea, “Father, forgive”.  Make each confession with a deep yearning to know more fully the reconciling love of God in Christ and our calling to be ambassadors of that love.

Praying this Litany, may our hearts and minds be made ready to approach the solemnities of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday with deep devotion to our Lord Jesus who “emptied himself…and being found in human form humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2: 7-8).

(Leader is in italics.  All is in bold type.)

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,
Father, Forgive
The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,
Father, Forgive

The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,

Father, Forgive

Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,

Father, Forgive

Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,

Father, Forgive

The lust which dishonours the bodies of men, women, and children,

Father, Forgiv
e
The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,

Father, Forgive

Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Amen.

~ from The Anglican Church of Canada’s website

 

Lenten Lecture Series at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Kamloops

Simply Living

Although the Lenten Lecture Series concludes today, it really is not over!  The Cathedral has captured each lecture in video format and posted it to its website.

The theme this year is Simply Living, in which presenters will connect experience, wisdom, and practice in a way that will inspire and encourage people of all faiths and convictions

March 7
Rob Baker
Living with Addiction

March 14
Michael Shapcott
Living with Hunger

March 21
Jane Gingrich
Living with a new child

March 28
LeAnn Blackert
Living with Your Own Wild Soul

April 4
Ken Gray
Living with Albinism

April 11
Barbara Andrews
Living A Reconciling Life

Bill C-262 – The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

Senate Visit

On March 19 and 20, representatives of the United, Presbyterian, and Anglican churches, Canadian Friends Service Committee and Mennonite Central Committee Canada visited with Canadian senators to discuss the urgent need to pass Bill C-262 (The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act) on a non-partisan basis.

Members of the delegation meet with Senator Murray Sinclair
Credit: Sara Stratton/The United Church of Canada

Leaders were encouraged by support for the bill from non-aligned and Independent Senators. There is a clear sense among many that this bill could help provide clarity and an orderly process to develop a new relationship based on the principles of mutuality, equity, and respect—those longed-for ideals of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples that have yet to come to fruition. Others expressed the need to learn more about the bill before making a decision about support, or expressed concern that the Declaration’s inclusion of free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) constitutes a de facto Indigenous veto on development projects.

~ taken from the April 10, 2019 issue of
Living Into Right Relations: Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice News
from The United Church of Canada
More information and other links will be found there.

Bill C-262 has been passed in the House of Commons and now is at the second reading stage in the Senate.  To read the proposed act, follow its progress, and read the speeches that have been made in both the House of Commons and the Senate go to the Parliament of Canada’s LEGISinfo site.  The full title is “An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples“.  This bill is one step towards following through with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

A video on Bill C-262 featuring ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson, Anglican National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald, and Dr. Beverly Jacobs provides information on the importance of passing this legislation.

Free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) is a piece of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that presents difficulties for some.  A factsheet produced by the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples and endorsed by Amnesty International Canada, Assembly of First Nations, BC Assembly of First Nations, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers), First Nations Summit, Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) / Cree Nation Government, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and Dr. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine (Expert Member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues) helps explain what this means.

All three of our denominations support Bill C-262.  Both the Mennonite Central Committee and KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives have developed a means for contacting senators to ask them to support Bill C-262.