Sunday Reflection

Reflection: Our calling is to listen to the voice of God, often hidden in everyday experience, and then follow God’s guidance, shaping our encounters with God in our own unique ways.

After encountering Jesus, Philip invites Philip to become part of the Jesus movement. “Come and see,” Philip tells his brother. Sharing good news is about inviting others to share in the joys we have experienced.

Good news is embodied in the person of Jesus – his words, deeds, and presence. Good news is embodied in us – our words, deeds, and presence. Our hospitality is the greatest testimony to the love of God and the welcoming spirit of our congregation.

God is constantly speaking, and occasionally to you. The church is challenged to be a place of listening, sharing, and supporting, fully committed to a whole person mission. When we experience God’s presence, our calling is to share the good news we’ve received.

(Bruce Epperly)

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Rector’s Corner

Rector’s Corner: Today, we read from the gospel Jesus’ inaugural public ministry. At the heart of this narrative is an invitation from Jesus to, “Follow me.” John 1: 43

A member of our congregation spoke to me about introducing something “new” in the parish. From what I gathered, the purpose of this new ministry is to open our parish to people who may have a different outlook about doing church.  At the same time, this could be an opportunity to attract new members to join St. Michael’s.

FYI: In the past, I have had the a few conversations with parishioners in regards to introducing something “new” in our parish ministry. I would like to reiterate that as your rector, I am very much open to new ministry initiatives. I am supportive to your ideas about growing the membership of our church. I also recognize that this is one, if not the most important task, that I should be doing as your priest.

Perhaps, you may want to dig up you files and re-visit the priest 2017 Annual Report to Vestry. I have lined up a few ministry initiatives with the hope that some, or many of you, would engage in this missionary work. I still need to hear from the congregation if there is any interest or enthusiasm around the suggestions that were put forward at Vestry.

If you think that none of the proposal generates membership grow, I am available to meet up with anyone of you at your convenience. I just hope that there would be some kind of commitment to participate in the implementation of such program. I also hope that you would devote your stewardship to grow our St. Michael’s.

What do you think should be the initial step in growing the membership of St. Michael’s? How would you participate to re-start, sustain and accomplished this mission? Or, is membership grow still a priority for our congregation?

Prayer Request: (3rd Week) During Advent, I sent out a note asking you to please assist us in updating our prayer list for Family and Friends. We would like to know if there is a possibility to do a mission (outreach) program. We would be grateful if you could let me know where they are and how are they doing. Please send me a short note in our church email address at saintmichaels@telus.net or use the prayer request form on this bulletin.

Annual Reports: All Ministry coordinators are requested to submit your 2017 Annual Reports on or before Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. This is in preparation for our Annual Vestry Meeting (or A.G.M.) on Feb. 25, 2018.

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Sunday Reflection & Rector’s Corner

Sunday Reflection: John’s vocation was to prepare the people for Christ, and in so doing, he summarizes and fulfills the whole old covenant, a purpose of which was to point forward to Jesus.

John’s preaching and baptizing “prepare the way of the Lord” and “gives knowledge of salvation to [God’s] people by the forgiveness of their sins.” John was not that light of which he preached, but he was testifying to that light, the “dawn from on high [that] shall break upon us.” Still, John’s baptism prepared the people by calling them to repentance—a full change of life in light of the coming one, “whose sandal strap [John was] not worthy to untie,” who would come to judge the whole world and deliver his people from the hands of their enemies.

But it is baptism in the name of Jesus that delivers what John only anticipated: God’s promises to make a new covenant where the people will be given a new heart with which to love and obey him, and where he would pour out his prophetic Spirit upon all flesh.

Some Christians are sometimes accused of living as though they “have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit,” or that there is little evidence of the Spirit’s renewing, creative and sanctifying presence in their lives, even though they were baptized into the name of the Trinity. How might we draw nearer as a Church and as individuals to the fullness of life in the Spirit given to us in our baptism?

What do we most need to hear the voice of the Lord saying to us to live into the fullness of God’s purposes for us?

Rector’s Corner: 2018 Offering Envelopes are now available. If you have not yet received yours, please pick up your assigned numbered envelope and continue supporting our stewardship ministry. If you want to start tithing or pledging to our church, please talk to Shelley Novak or any member of the church committee.

Prayer Request: (2nd Week) During Advent, I sent out a note asking you to please assist us in updating our prayer list for Family and Friends. We would like to know if there is a possibility to do a mission (outreach) program. We would be grateful if you could let me know where they are and how are they doing. Please send me a short note in our church email address at saintmichaels@telus.net or use the prayer request form on this bulletin.

Annual Reports: All Ministry coordinators are requested to submit your 2017 Annual Reports on or before Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. This is in preparation for our Annual Vestry Meeting (or A.G.M.) on Feb. 25, 2018.

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Sunday Reflection & Rector’s Corner

Sunday Reflection: Today in our church calendar, we read from the scriptures, Jesus Is Presented in the Temple. We are told that God is the one who gives Jesus his name. In giving Jesus his name, God is telling us something important about Jesus’ character and the role he will play in the story of God’s love.

It was apparently the custom in Jesus’ day that every firstborn shall be designated as holy to the Lord. The beginning of the story of Jesus is part of the larger, ongoing story of God’s love for God’s people. Jesus’ presentation also tells us how faithful and obedient his parents were to God’s will.

The second part of this narrative contains the revelation of God to Simeon what he was waiting for. This moment is what Simeon had waited for, prayed for, and looked for guided by the Holy Spirit. For Simeon this was all he needed. According to him, he could die now.

God is still with us, God is still responding to human needs and human cries and the groans of this world. For Simeon, those eyes on that boy Jesus were consolation for Israel, while for Anna Jesus was the redemption of Israel, a sight for consolation for centuries of captivity, exile, and silent tears.

But not all are gifted with certain eyes. Not all are excited about the sight for certain eyes. Presently, our times are in need of you and I to proclaim redemption and bring back to eyes to focus that Jesus came for all of us to save and restore this beautiful creation of God.

 

Rector’s Corner: I just want to say Thank you to each and every member of our parish family for making our advent and Christmas observance a blessing to all you. Your continued commitment and faithfulness to our parish life provide stability and vitality to our mission. May God continue to bless you in the New Year!

Prayer Request: During Advent, I sent out a note asking you to please assist us in updating our prayer list for Family and Friends. We would like to know if there is a possibility to do a mission (outreach) program. We would be grateful if you could let me know where they are and how are they doing. Please send me a short note in our church email address at saintmichaels@telus.net or use the prayer request form on this bulletin.

Annual Reports: All Ministry coordinators are requested to submit your 2017 Annual Reports on or before Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. This is in preparation for our Annual Vestry Meeting (or A.G.M.) on Feb. 25, 2018.

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Sunday Reflection

As we mark once more the mystery of the Word made flesh, let us join together with the songs of angels and saints and make this creation ring with our carols and hymns of praise.

While I was pondering with the theme of my message, I came to a renewal of spiritual appreciation that we should “Give thanks to the one whose power has made us the children of God.” Our salvation is an initiative God has planned for each and everyone of us. I also believe that God’s infinite goodness brings JOY to our lives. JOY has a much deeper meaning for it is a quality which originates in the heart and by the power of the Spirit. JOY is eternal. JOY is what Christians have.

Give Thanks! These powerful words mean so much to me when I see you extend your stewardship to our faithful community to fulfill its mission. I am so grateful for all that you do to keep our parish congregation faithful to its calling and assisting me carry out the various ministry of our church.

Embracing an active participation in our Savior’s birth can profoundly change your perspective! May God continue to bless you and your loved ones.

Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful Christmas season. May God bless you with a loving soul this new year.

Christmas Special Events

Dec. 24thChristmas Eve Service: 7:00pm – Carol Singing

7:30- Holy Communion and Candle Lighting Service.

Dec. 25th – 10:00am – Christmas Morning Eucharist.

We encourage everyone to bring your family and loved ones to our Services.

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Christmas Message from Fr. Louie

“Give thanks to the one whose power has made us the children of God”

John 1

As we mark once more the mystery of the Word made flesh, let us join together with the songs of angels and saints and make this creation ring with our carols and hymns of praise.

While I was pondering with the theme of my message, I came to a renewal of spiritual appreciation that we should “Give thanks to the one whose power has made us the children of God.” Our salvation is an initiative God has planned for each and everyone of us. I also believe that God’s infinite goodness brings JOY to our lives. JOY has a much deeper meaning for it is a quality which originates in the heart and by the power of the Spirit. JOY is eternal. JOY is what Christians have.

I would like to invite you to express a deep appreciation to our loving God for making us His children through Jesus Christ. Let us give thanks to God through prayers, hymns of praise and by encouraging one another.

Give Thanks! These powerful words mean so much to me when I see you extend your stewardship to our faithful community to fulfill its mission. I am so grateful for all that you do to keep our parish congregation faithful to its calling and assisting me carry out the various ministry of our church.

Embracing an active participation in our Savior’s birth can profoundly change your perspective! May God continue to bless you and your loved ones.

Prayer: O God our Father, whose Word has come among us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem, may the light of faith illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds; through him who is Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful Christmas season. May God bless you with a loving soul this new year.

 

The Venerable Louie Engnan
Rector

Saint Michael’s Anglican Parish
Archdeacon of Fraser
Diocese of New Westminster
Anglican Church of Canada

December 17, 2017

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Sunday Reflection

Welcome to St. Michael’s Christmas Pageant! Christmas is a very special time for children. Today, our special gift to you is a journey back in time to the very first Christmas when God gave us the best gift of all.

Christmas is about the story we know well — It all started with a girl named Mary who was engaged to a man named Joseph. Along with the lambs, the kings, and angels. But as I continue to reflect this third week in advent, could we just ask ourselves and know more about who is sitting around you as you watch the Christmas Pageant retold. Also, I think that it is about gathering together around the manger and praying for ourselves, our loved ones and our church family.

Perhaps its time to remember again that love and faith can create miracles. We remember each other, far away or down the street. Brought together shoulder to shoulder in the dark, away from the noise of our daily lives; we remember our similarities far outnumber our differences, and that each of us belong to this church family.

I hope we can all find time to remember the people who’ve come before us, surround us today, and those we have yet to meet. The love and care of family, baptized in the community of Jesus, bonded in love and memory, and witness to miracles. That is my wish for all of us as we celebrate together and once more witness our children re-tell the story of Jesus to all of us.

Thank you! I just wanted to say thank you to each and every member of our parish congregation. I may not be able to say these powerful words personally to all of you in the next week or so. I deeply appreciate all that you do to keep our congregation faithful to its calling and assisting me carry out the various ministry of our church. Embracing an active participation in Our Savior’s birth can profoundly change your perspective! May God continue to bless you and your family. Merry Christmas!  Fr. Louie and Family.

 

 

 

 

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