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Newcomer’s Course: Living the Christian Life at St. Paul’s
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Newcomer’s Course: Living the Christian Life at St. Paul’s
Rest for the Soul “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” […]
Pentecost: The Holy Spirit’s Gifts Last week I asked Harry what he wanted for Father’s Day. His response was one I had heard many times: something for everyday use that is beautiful. Even though I need a reminder every few months, slowly, this has become our gift giving philosophy: something that is beautiful and functional. […]
The Trinity Once upon a time, in the early centuries of the church, the doctrine of the Trinity was so hotly debated, that people in the marketplaces used to talk about it, and get into arguments over the nature and essence of God the Father, of Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The […]
Acts 17 – Paul in Athens This past weekend two conversations have been swirling around in my mind. The first is from an online discussion group for Anglican church clergy under 40. A discussion is underway about how the church responds to the spiritual but not religious group. Many of you are probably familiar with […]
John 14:6 The Way, the Truth, and the Life. When I was about six or seven years old, my sister and I had best friends who lived in the house beside ours. They were two little boys close in age and we played with them almost every day. We were a church going family and […]
A Journey to Recognition I remember as a teenager that I hated to wear my glasses. The vanity and self-consciousness of a sixteen year old meant I would walk around the halls of my highschool and the faces that passed were blurs. Even friends I couldn’t recognize if they were more than twenty feet away. […]
The facts are few and spare: the stone was removed, the linen wrappings were lying in the tomb, the headcloth was rolled up and in a separate place. That is all. These facts do not and cannot tell us in themselves that this is an event of resurrection. In the gospel today, John 20:1-18, I […]
In a series of writings called “Centuries of Meditations”, the great 17th century writer and mystic Thomas Traherne called the Cross the “abyss of wonders.” I think this image does two things. One, naming the cross as an abyss means we can never fully grasp or understand it. The abyss also suggests something to fall […]
The Lamb of God – John 1:29 “Behold the Lamb of God. Behold him who takes away the sin of the world.” This is the grand and strange statement that John the Baptist makes when he sees Jesus walking by. And Christians have been calling Jesus the Lamb of God since then. Many of us […]
Images of Resurrected Life One of my favourite television shows when I was in school was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In it a young woman has the mission to kill vampires and other nasty creatures that threaten the world, her community, friends and family. The show is a cult favourite and the figure of the […]
November 3, 2013 Who are the saints? Throughout the year, on many days of the month, the church celebrates people who have in their unique stories revealed God. They have done this in often memorable ways. Many are remembered for starting schools, hospitals, monasteries, and other communities, e.g. people like Benedict and his sister Scholastica […]
The Character of God: Luke 15:1-10 In last week’s gospel, Jesus was teaching about the high cost of discipleship, asking for careful thought and consideration of anyone who felt drawn to walk in his path. In essence, discipleship is a lifelong journey of putting one’s relationship with God first, humbly, patiently, faithfully. And yet, for […]
The salty gospel of Jesus: Luke 14:25-33 Some of you may know that before I became a priest, I worked in communications. Well it was that background that came to the fore as I was reading the gospel today. Particularly when I heard the shocking words: “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father […]
Mythbusters and Mary There is a popular cable tv show called Mythbusters. In each episode the show’s hosts test whether a popular belief or urban legend is true, plausible, or busted as false. For instance, they tested to see whether it was actually easy to shoot fish in a barrel (It turns out it’s not […]
Parables of Watchfulness How many of you have heard of the Iona Community? They are a group of people from different Christian traditions who live in a dispersed community with a centre on the remote island of Iona in Scotland. They have become known for their commitment to peace and social justice and for the […]
The following is a list of services for Holy Week and Easter. Please join us. All are welcome. 13 April 2014, Palm Sunday, 8am, 9:15am and 11am (starting at Nelson Park) 14 April 2014, Monday in Holy Week, 7pm: Holy Eucharist 15 April 2014, Tuesday in Holy Week, 7pm: Holy Eucharist 16 April 2014, Wednesday […]
Feel stuck every time you open the Bible? Tired of hearing verses taken out of context? This Lent you are invited to learn the steps that make for fruitful, thoughtful, and life-giving reading of the Bible. You will learn how to put the scriptures back into their context, ask relevant questions, and access some great […]
Please join us for Ash Wednesday services. Wednesday, March 5 (12Noon and 7pm). Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence of Lent. All are welcome. Bring a friend.
For well over a decade, the end of the calendar year has been an important time in the Labyrinth, and the cusp between 2013 and 2014 is no different. Please join us as a prelude to your celebrations elsewhere, as a refuge from the craziness of the night, or as a celebration of light amid […]
As Advent comes to a close and the Christmas Season begins, please note the following upcoming services: – 24 Dec., Christmas Eve: 5pm, – 24 Dec., Christmas Eve: 11pm (music starts at 10:30pm featuring a 4 piece horn ensemble) – 25 Dec., Christmas Day: Our Christmas Day service begins at 11am Please also feel free […]
History was made at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver when 300 delegates to a special Electoral Synod on Saturday, November 30, 2013, elected the first woman and also the first US citizen to be bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster and the first diocesan bishop in the province. Following the third ballot, at 2:20pm, Archbishop […]
“The Black Madonna – a Door into Spirit” Nov 15 and 16th, 2013 – Please register today The first time we encounter an image of the Black Madonna it can open a door in our hearts and minds. Mystery hovers about these images and makes us wonder about the ancient roots of the spiritual life. […]
Since the 10th century the Church has observed the 2nd of November as a day for remembering the souls of the departed: our family members, our friends, our mentors, our ancestors, our loved ones, all those who have given our lives meaning but whom we see no longer. At the Labyrinth we are planning a […]
A “Blessing of the Pets and Animals” will be held at St Paul’s on October 20 at 2pm. Please accept this as your invitation to attend. All 2 legged, four legged, no legged and multi-legged animals are most WELCOME! See you then!
New Church Office Hours Effective June 1, 2014, the Church Office is open to the public at the following times: Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
St. Paul’s 2nd Annual Community Day – On Saturday September 28th St. Paul’s will once again set up in front of the church and open our doors, and our hearts and minds to our surrounding community and people passing by. All are invited from 11:00 to 4:00 as we meet and greet, offer food and […]
The Rev. Jessica Schaap is beginning her tenure here at St Paul’s as Rector. Please join us Aug 1 (Thursday) at 11:15am as St Paul’s welcomes The Rev. Jessica Schaap at her first service with us. Jessica`s first Sunday with us will be Sunday, Aug 4 (8am and 10am services). We invite you all to […]
This Sunday, June 30, St. Paul’s will hold an 8am and combined 10am service to celebrate the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. The service will be followed by a BBQ in the gardens behind the Pendrellis Building. Please join us in celebration. Donations gratefully accepted at the BBQ to cover costs. Help in […]
Please find below a list of visiting clergy in the interim leading up to the Rev. Jessica Schaap’s arrival on Aug 1/13: June 27 (Thursday), 11:15am – The Rev Brian Heinrich June 30 (Sunday), 8am and 10pm – The Rev Brian Heinrich July 3 (Wednesday), 7pm – The Rev. Michael Fuller July 4 (Thursday), 11:15am […]
Effective August 1, St. Paul’s Anglican Church will be saying goodbye to our current “Priest in Charge” Shirley Stockdill and welcoming The Rev. Jessica Schaap as our new Rector. The Bishop has set the date of the Induction of The Reverend Jessica Schaap to St Paul’s for Tuesday, August 6th at 7:30 pm. St Paul’s […]