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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Celebrating 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Canada Every year, Christians around the world are invited to celebrate a Week of Prayer for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship. The international resources for 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchampin Switzerland, a group of religious sisters from different church traditions brought together by a common vocation of prayer, communitylife and hospitality and by their commitment to Christian unity. The 2021 theme – Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit (John 15:5-9) – calls us to pray and to work for reconciliation and unity in thechurch, with our human family, and with all of creation. Drawing on the Gospel image … Continue reading

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Sunday reflection

“You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” It seems counter-intuitive that John would go to the wilderness to proclaim his message. Why not go to the city, where people live? The answer is that the wilderness … Continue reading

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Sunday reflection

“Arise, shine; for your light has come” The prophet Isaiah’s declaration is an invitation to wake from sleep, to gather in the holy places, to pay homage to the one true Gift: God’s desire to know and be known by us. “We … Continue reading

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Sunday Reflection

The Birth of Jesus Foretold, Luke 1:26-38: The Good News is that God has a place and plan for every person—even the ordinary person—especially the ordinary person. God calls Mary to be mother of the Lord, but calls every mother to … Continue reading

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Sunday Reflection

Lessons and Carols: The service of Lessons and Carols is one of the most widely anticipated and well-known events during Advent in the Anglican Church. This year, we will experience this event in a slightly different way. As you may be … Continue reading

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Sunday Reflection

The Gospel this Week: John the Baptist preached repentance and baptized the people, in preparation for the one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit. Mark 1:1-8. Mark begins with the appearance of John the Baptist in the desert. On this the Second Sunday … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Season of Advent!

Welcome to the Season of Advent!  “The first season of the church year, beginning with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continuing through the day before Christmas. The name is derived from a Latin word for “coming.” The season is a … Continue reading

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Sunday reflection & Vicar’s Corner

Sunday’s Reflection If we try to understand this passage as one where the “talents” are the actual talents, or spiritual gifts and skills we each possess, then we may begin to understand this passage differently. Let us frame it this way: … Continue reading

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All Saints Day

WELCOME FROM THE ARCHBISHOP: Welcome to the Tenth Investiture of New Members to the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster. In this liturgy we honour new people who have distinguished themselves in living out their baptismal identity and purpose in … Continue reading

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Sunday Reflection & Vicar’s Note

Jesus said to him, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall … Continue reading

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