Sunday Reflection: ‘“Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart… For context, the section that appears before this parable in Luke’s Gospel is helpful, and we see that today’s reading forms the second part of a teaching that began in chapter 17: “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it” (Luke 17:22). Jesus’ teaching on the value of persisting in prayer is not to say that we should badger God until we get what we want, like the widow. Rather we are invited to consider that if even finite humans are capable of getting around to justice (even if for the wrong reasons), how much more is God ready to establish the justice of God’s kingdom? Today’s readings paint a picture of a God who has promised to establish a world where all live justly and in an intimate relationship with God. They encourage us to stand firm in our faith in that promise while continuing to pray for its fulfillment. Every Sunday, we pray, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done.”
What does it look like to persevere in praying for this in ways that are specific to your community? (Sermon that Works)
Rector’s Corner: Let me take this opportunity to welcome The Reverend April Stanley who will lead our worship services for this morning. Please extend your warm hospitality and kindness to April. Thank you!
Next Sunday, our worship services will observe All Saints and All Souls day. Prayer requests may be sent to the church email address, or you can leave a note to the prayer request box in our Sunday bulletin.
Sts. Simon and Jude: Apostles
Prayer: Almighty God, we thank you for the glorious company of the apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude. As they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so may we with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
2019 ADVENT CALENDAR: A Companion
Sign-up for a daily email in Advent with meditations from Archbishop Melissa and spiritual directors in the diocese.
Each day will include a selected image, hymn, or poem that evokes the actions of Advent: waiting, longing, anticipating, expecting, and preparing. The art is a means for awakening our imaginations to renew our journey through Advent once more.
Advent is usually the season to once again celebrate the coming birth of Jesus. Yet the scriptures and hymns also point us to the central event we are expecting in Advent: the future coming of Jesus Christ.
This is the time of fulfillment, the time of the kingdom in all its wholeness, the time of final judgement which brings justice and mercy to all.
This is the event we await in Advent. Sign-up for the daily email by visiting this website https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/diocesan-resources/2019-advent-calendar. It’s free to subscribe. Emails will begin December 1, 2019.
About the contributors: Archbishop Melissa Skelton will offer the meditations for each Sunday in Advent. Each meditation will include a question for reflection that you can mull over for the day. Over fifteen different spiritual directors from throughout the diocese will offer the weekday reflections. Spiritual directors are lay and ordained people who have trained and are skilled in the ministry of listening, especially listening for the movement of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the people they companion. Spiritual direction has a long and rich tradition in the Anglican church.
James Hannington 29 October, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, and His Companions Martyrs, 1885 — Commemoration 29 October
We remember James Hannington, the first Anglican bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, who was murdered with most of his company while trying to enter Uganda in 1885.
Hannington was raised in a wealthy Congregationalist family but in his youth conformed to the Church of England, went to Oxford, and chose to enter the ordained ministry. He combined two qualities which Victorians found especially attractive in their clergy — he was a first-class athlete as well as a priest with heartfelt religion. After five years in an English curacy, he volunteered his services to the Church Missionary Society for work in the Victoria Nyanza district. When the Society decided to organize this district into the diocese of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Hannington was their choice for first bishop. He was consecrated in June, 1884, and a year later was heading inland from Momba’sa with a large party of European and African Christians.
He hoped to open a more direct route to the people around Lake Victoria and, after two months on safari, decided to divide his party and proceed with a smaller group. Five days later, the bishop and his companions reached the eastern shore of Lake Victoria.
In the meantime, news of Hannington’s approach had reached Mwanga, the king of Buganda, who immediately ordered the European party to be seized. Hannington and his companions were ambushed, captured, and then subjected to privation and torture for over a week. On October 29, 1885, they were butchered. The bishop’s last words were: “Go, tell Mwanga I have purchased the road to Uganda with my blood.”