Sunday Reflection & Rector’s Corner

But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.  If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.  Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.  Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:27-31

 Allow yourself to be startled by how radical this familiar passage really is. Notice how much of our society would fall apart if every person followed these charges: lending without expecting anything in return, giving to anyone who begs from us. Reflect on how difficult it can sometimes be to love ourselves, let alone our enemies. It can be tempting to explain away such high expectations or commend ourselves for at least following them a bit better than our neighbors. Yet God does not love us because we are doing our best or because our best is good enough. God loves us, period. And part of reveling in that love is sitting in the discomfort of these deeply convicting words of Jesus.

·         Jesus’ charges here are not just toward kindness and affection; they are economic in character. How does our faith stand in opposition to the economic expectations of the world around us? How do we hold our spiritual and economic well-being together?

·         Part of our resistance to this passage may stem from our past experiences of others taking advantage of our     kindness, generous, or willingness to endure difficult circumstances. How do your culture and society deal with the threat of being taken advantage of, physically, emotionally, or economically? How does God ask us to respond to that danger? (From Sermon that Works)

Rector’s Corner

Tuesday Evening at St. Mike’s –our parish offers a weekly evening prayer and bible study at 6:00pm in the sanctuary. We invite parishioners, family and friends to come and join us for a spiritual journey as children of God. Just bring your bible.


For this week, Feb. 19th, please read: Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; and Luke 9:28-36

St. Mike’s 60th Anniversary: We are still seeking your ideas in preparation for St. Michael’s 60th founding anniversary. Our hope is get a few events started which would serve as build-up activities leading to the September 29, 2019 Parish Thanksgiving Day.

2019 Stewardship Day: Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Synod Office in Vancouver. This year’s title of the Stewardship Day is, “Celebrating Generous Communities – Practical tools for Encouraging Giving”.

World Day of Prayer:Friday, March 1st, 1:00 pm at St. Matthew’s R.C. Church, 16089 – 88th Ave., Surrey.This years’ service has been prepared by the women of Slovenia.  St. Michael’s will be one of the participants in the service which includes several churches of different denominations.

Bowling: Dave has been in contact with the owner of Scottsdale lanes, about costs in regards to using their lanes for some bowling. Two hours of bowling is $80.00 per lane with a max of 6 people. The owner said that he can give us two hours starting at 5pm till 7pm for $70.00 per lane with a maximum of 6 bowlers per lane, and free shoe rental.

There is also special needs equipment for anyone that needs it.

First Aid Training:Saturday, March 23rd from 9am at St. Helen’s.  It is an all-day training session including CPR. The cost is $85 but the price goes down to $80 if we get 10 or more to take the course.  It is a St. John’s Ambulance course.

 

 

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Sunday Reflection & Rector’s Corner

They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured…” Luke 6:18

 Unlike in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus does not preach the Beatitudes sitting on a mountainside above the crowds. Instead, Luke paints a picture of a Jesus among the crowds of people all striving to touch his body. Rather than separate and exalted, Jesus is quite literally reachable, in the midst of the yearning, struggling mass of humanity. It is from this posture that Jesus “looked up at his disciples” to teach them about the topsy-turvy Kingdom of God. Where we locate Jesus in relationship to us can tell us a lot about how comfortable we feel about reaching for him. As a preacher, Jesus stands first in solidarity with the poor, hungry, mourning, and excluded before teaching about the divine justice God promises to them and to those whose wealth and comfort have kept them separate.

·         Where have you located Jesus in your life? When have you experienced Jesus as beside you? When has Jesus felt unreachable?

·         How can you bring Jesus’ style of preaching into your own practice of spreading the Good News of the justice-seeking love of God? Whom might Jesus be standing among today? (From Sermon that Works)

Prayer: Living God, in Christ you make all things new.  Transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your glory, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.

(Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006) 

Rector’s Corner

Tuesday Evening at St. Mike’s –our parish offers a weekly evening prayer and bible study at 6:00pm in the sanctuary. We invite parishioners, family and friends to come and join us for a spiritual journey as children of God. Just bring your bible.

For this week, Feb. 19th, please read: Genesis 45:3-11, 15:

1 Corinthians 15: 35-38, 42-50: Luke 6:27-38

Annual Vestry Meeting: We are pleased to invite you to St. Michael’s Annual Vestry Meeting (AGM)to be held on Sunday, 24 Feb. 2019 after a Joint Worship Service at 9:30am. Registration will begin at 9:00am. Light lunch will be served. We respectfully request your early attendance in order that the program may commence on time. We continue to seek parishioners to serve in the leadership team of St. Michael’s. Please let the rector know if you wish to serve at parish council. Hope to see you all.

PLEASE NOTE: A.V.M packages have been emailed out. If you require a paper copy, please let Natasha know and she will print one for you. Paper copies will not be available unless requested.

St. Mike’s 60th Anniversary: We are still seeking your ideas in preparation for St. Michael’s 60th founding anniversary. Our hope is get a few events started which would serve as build-up activities leading to the September 29, 2019 Parish Thanksgiving Day.

Donation for Church Furnace: We would like to inform all parishioners of St. Michael’s that the furnace which supplies heat to the back room of the church building has passed its life. In consultation of a few technicians, the parish leadership has looked at the different options on how to deal with this problem. With the help of a parishioner, parish council has decided to replace it with a new furnace.  We ask for your financial contributions towards this capital expense. Please make your donations payable to St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Surrey, with a memo designated for the “Church Furnace”. A tax receipt would be issued to you by the end of this calendar year.  For all members and partners of St. Michael’s, we would like to thank you for your generous donations. May God continue to bless you with His grace.  Thank you.

Our Companion Diocese: Archbishop Melissa Skelton and some other people in our Diocese will be making a visit to our Companion Diocese of Northern Philippines departing February 17. Please pray for their safe journey.

2019 Stewardship Day: Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Synod Office in Vancouver. This year’s title of the Stewardship Day is, “Celebrating Generous Communities – Practical tools for Encouraging Giving”.

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Sunday Reflection & Notices

Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’  When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.” Luke 5:10-11

Each of the Gospels has its own way of telling how Jesus called his disciples.  In today’s reading from St. Luke’s Gospel we can see how Jesus used a miraculous catch of fish as the opportunity to call the first of those who came to be his disciples.
At some point early in his ministry Jesus established Capernaum as his home, on the NW corner of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Lake of Genneseret.
Jesus had become a familiar sight as he walked along the shore of that inland sea. Because of this Peter and those fishing with him could feel comfortable with him on that day when Jesus got into one of their boats and asked them to put out into deep water and let down their nets.
After having fished all night with no result it must have come as a shock to see the great net full of fish after Jesus had asked them to put down their nets.  Suddenly Peter was overcome with a feeling of unworthiness.  But Jesus recognized a potential within Peter that would be useful for the ministry that he was about to develop. Jesus challenged Peter and the others with the words, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”  And so they did!
When the boats were brought to shore not only Peter, but James and John, partners with Peter, left everything and followed Jesus.  Soon after that others began to follow them as disciples of Jesus.

Does hearing stories like this one in today’s Gospel help you to understand Jesus’ call to follow him? (Reflection from SSJE)

Tuesday Evening at St. Mike’s –our parish offers a weekly evening prayer and bible study at 6:00pm in the sanctuary. We invite parishioners, family and friends to come and join us for a spiritual journey as children of God. Just bring your bible.

Annual Vestry Meeting: We are pleased to invite you to St. Michael’s Annual Vestry Meeting (AGM)to be held on Sunday, 24 Feb. 2019 after a Joint Worship Service at 9:30am. Registration will begin at 9:00am. Light lunch will be served.

We respectfully request your early attendance in order that the program may commence on time.

We continue to seek parishioners to serve in the leadership team of St. Michael’s. Please let the rector know if you wish to serve at parish council. Hope to see you all.

Clericus Host:St. Michael’s will host the next clergy deanery meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13th, after the 11:30am Eucharist.

St. Mike’s 60th Anniversary: We are still seeking your ideas in preparation for St. Michael’s 60th founding anniversary. Our hope is get a few events started which would serve as build-up activities leading to the September 29, 2019 Parish Thanksgiving Day.

Donation for Church Furnace: We would like to inform all parishioners of St. Michael’s that the furnace which supplies heat to the back room of the church building has passed its life. In consultation of a few technicians, the parish leadership has looked at the different options on how to deal with this problem. With the help of a parishioner, parish council has decided to replace it with a new furnace.

We ask for your financial contributions towards this capital expense. Please make your donations payable to St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Surrey, with a memo designated for the “Church Furnace”. A tax receipt would be issued to you by the end of this calendar year. Thank you.

Our Companion Diocese: Archbishop Melissa Skelton and some other people in our Diocese will be making a visit to our Companion Diocese of Northern Philippines departing February 17. Please pray for their safe journey.

2019 Stewardship Day: Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Synod Office in Vancouver. This year’s title of the Stewardship Day is, “Celebrating Generous Communities – Practical tools for Encouraging Giving”.

ANGLICAN JOURNAL AND TOPIC SUBSCRIPTIONS

Following the receipt of the June (Summer) issues of the Anglican Journal and Topic members of parishes will no longer be automatically subscribed to the national and diocesan publications. In order to receive print copies, folks will need to subscribe. Subscribing is very simple and there are four easy to follow options.  Everything you need to know about subscribing is available on the diocesan website.  The print copies of the two periodicals will also include detailed information on how readers can subscribe.

DIOCESAN STEWARDSHIP DAY, MARCH 16

Celebrating Generous Communities – Practical tools for Encouraging Giving is the title of the Stewardship Day 2019 taking place March 16. You’ll learn about Capital Campaigns (St. Hilda); Annual Campaigns (St. Faith); A Culture of Stewardship (The Rev. Tellison Glover); constructing a Narrative Budget with members of the Parish of St. George, Maple Ridge and treasurer, Dawn Parrott. And, you’ll get to plan your Stewardship Campaign for 2019.

LENTEN RESOURCES 2019 – A Select Menu

This Lent, choose from a number of recommended resources to take the journey from Ash Wednesday to Holy Week (March 6 – April 14, 2019). Whether it’s a small group gathering or an individual study, online or in print, we hope there’s something here for you. Keep an eye on your inbox for emails from the Reverend Jessica Schaap, Missioner for Christian Formation with more information about these Lenten program “menu selections” and how you can order
resources.  https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/

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Sunday Reflection & Rector’s Corner

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation.” Luke 2:28-30

The chief title of today’s feast, “The Presentation,” comes from the ancient Jewish law that every firstborn son had to be dedicated to God’s service. But the Law of Moses allowed parents to redeem their child by offering something else in his stead. In Jesus’s case, Mary and Joseph offered the redemptive substitute which the law appointed for the first-born of poor parents, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Thus, paradoxically, the Redeemer himself was redeemed.

In celebrating the feast of the Presentation, the people of the Church become like Simeon, who cradled the infant Light of salvation in the crook of his arm and knew him to be as fragile as a candle-flame. In baptism, in meditating upon Scripture, and in the Eucharist Christians cradle the same Light and take responsibility for the life of Christ in our world. And yet the paradox continues. Even as they hold Christ in their hands, they may discover that they are really in the crook of Christ’s arms, being presented by him in the sanctuary of God’s joy and glory.

Prayer: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, for you have sent us your salvation. Inspire us by your Holy Spirit to recognize him who is the glory of Israel and the light for all nations, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Pastoral Concerns: Our brothers, Dave and Tony, have been home after staying in the hospital for a few days. Please continue to pray for their spiritual and physical healing.

Tuesday Evening at St. Mike’s –our parish offers a weekly evening prayer and bible study at 6:00pm in the sanctuary. We invite parishioners, family and friends to come and join us for a spiritual journey as children of God. Just bring your bible.

Annual Vestry Meeting: We are pleased to invite you to St. Michael’s Annual Vestry Meeting (AGM)to be held on Sunday, 24 Feb. 2019 after a Joint Worship Service at 9:30am. Registration will begin at 9:00am. Light lunch will be served. We respectfully request your early attendance in order that the program may commence on time.  We continue to seek parishioners to serve in the leadership team of St. Michael’s. Please let the rector know if you wish to serve at parish council. Hope to see you all.

PLEASE NOTE: A.V.M packages will be emailed out two weeks (February 10), before the A.V.M. If you require a paper copy, please let Natasha know and she will print one for you.  Paper copies will not be available unless requested.

Clericus Host: St. Michael’s will host the next clergy deanery meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13th, after the 11:30am Eucharist.

St. Mike’s 60th Anniversary: We are still seeking your ideas in preparation for St. Michael’s 60th founding anniversary. Our hope is get a few events started which would serve as build-up activities leading to the September 29, 2019 Parish Thanksgiving Day.

Donation for Church Furnace: We would like to inform all parishioners of St. Michael’s that the furnace which supplies heat to the back room of the church building has passed its life. In consultation of a few technicians, the parish leadership has looked at the different options on how to deal with this problem. With the help of a parishioner, parish council has decided to replace it with a new furnace.

We ask for your financial contributions towards this capital expense. Please make your donations payable to St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Surrey, with a memo designated for the “Church Furnace”. A tax receipt would be issued to you by the end of this calendar year. Thank you.

Our Companion Diocese: Archbishop Melissa Skelton and some other people in our Diocese will be making a visit to our Companion Diocese of Northern Philippines departing February 17. Please pray for their safe journey.

2019 Stewardship Day: Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Synod Office in Vancouver. This year’s title of the Stewardship Day is, “Celebrating Generous Communities – Practical tools for Encouraging Giving”.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Reflection & Rector’s Corner

“Then Jesus began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:21 

After the baptism of Jesus, He began his mission in life which is to proclaim God’s “kingdom” is now here, he goes around telling others this news. What does it mean for us to now be living in this “kingdom”? How can those around us tell that our lives reflect this reality? A faithful steward not only has an intellectual understanding of this reality, but actually lives it out. 

What is to be done is “to bring good news to the poor, release the captives,” bring “recovery of sight to the blind,” free “the oppressed,” and proclaim “the Lord’s favor.” It announces what Jesus will do in his public, ministry; and it announces how he will do it. As followers of Jesus, we can also choose to be persons who embody such aims in our actual day to day activities. The beginning of the Galilean ministry can represent, therefore, not only the message of Luke’s Gospel, but the shape of our lives in faith.

 Prayer: God of all mercy, your Son proclaimed good news to the poor, release to the captives, and freedom to the oppressed:  anoint us with your Holy Spirit, so that all people may be free to praise you in Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Rector’s Corner: Why did Jesus go to the synagogue on the Sabbath day to worship?

In the Anglican Church, “Worship, whether in formal ritual, personal devotion or in the activity of our lives are oriented, in love, toward the one who first loved us, in an offering of praise, adoration and gratitude. In so doing, we open ourselves to the working of God’s transforming grace and become ever more fully who we are intended to be.”

Worship is the heart and pulse of the Christian Church. In worship we celebrate together God’s gracious gifts of creation and salvation, and are strengthened to live in response to God’s grace. Worship always involves actions, not merely words. “To consider worship is to consider music, art, and architecture, as well as liturgy and preaching.

Liturgical unity is expressed by our faithfulness to an authentic core shaped by our invitation into the life of the Holy Trinity, the witness of the Holy Scriptures and the historic faith as expressed in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.

The resurrected Christ whom we worship, and through whom by the power of the Holy Spirit we know the grace of the Triune God, transcends and indeed is beyond all churches. Baptism and Eucharist, the sacraments of Christ’s death and resurrection, were given by God for all the world.

The great narratives of Christ’s birth, death, resurrection and sending of the Spirit, and our Baptism into him, provide the central meanings of the trans-cultural times of the Church’s year: especially Lent/Easter/Pentecost, and Advent/Christmas and Epiphany.

In all of these, there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one Eucharist.  (Introduction: On Christian Worship, Anglican Church of Canada) 

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Sunday Reflection & Rector’s Corner

On Marriage in the Church

(An Anglican Exploration of Marriage in Church and Society)

  1. The Anglican Church of Canada affirms, according to our Lord’s teaching as found in Holy Scripture and expressed in the Form of Solemnization of Matrimony in the Book of Common Prayer, that marriage is a lifelong union in faithful love, and that marriage vows are a commitment to this union, for better or for worse, to the exclusion of all others on either side. This union is established by God’s grace when two duly qualified persons enter into a covenant of marriage in which they declare their intention of fulfilling its purposes and exchange vows to be faithful to one another until they are separated by death. The purposes of marriage are mutual fellowship, support, and comfort, and the procreation (if it may be) and nurture of children, and the creation of a relationship in which sexuality may serve personal fulfilment in a community of faithful love. This covenant is made in the sight of God and in the presence of witnesses and of an authorized minister.
  2. The Church affirms in like manner the goodness of the union of man and woman in marriage, this being of God’s creation. Marriage also is exalted as a sign of the redeeming purpose of God to unite all things in Christ, the purpose made known in the reunion of divided humanity in the Church. Cf. Gen. 1:27–31 2. Eph. 5:31f. 3. Eph. 1:9f. 4. Eph. 2:11–16.

The changing of water to wine is Jesus’ first public act in John, the inaugural “sign” of God’s presence in the world through him.Present at the wedding are Jesus, his disciples, and Mary.

This miracle is subdued and quiet. It is not some flashy show of divine power. Only a few people know what actually happened. Faith is the purpose of the miracle, as it is in all the miracles in John’s Gospel. Faith is the reason John wrote the book (20:31). Faith is why we pray. Christians are called to participate in the transformation and renewal of society. We should communicate that faith through Jesus Christ. Good works are by-products of faith. Faith is not a matter of coercion but of wonder at the miracle of Christ. It is an overwhelming gift in which the Giver Himself resides.

God is responsive to people’s needs. God’s heart is larger than the stone jars.  In Christ, the very nature of glory is being redefined. It is glory with a silent purpose and aim, to create and maintain faith in Christ Jesus who responds to human need in ways that seem hidden and mysterious, but whose deeds are open to the eyes of faith.

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Upcoming Events

St. Michael’s Annual Vestry Meeting 2019: Our parish hereby invites you to the Annual Vestry Meeting (AGM) to be held on Sunday, 24 Feb. 2019, beginning at 9:00am for registration and coffee, in the Church building. A Joint Worship Service will begin at 9:30am. All Ministry Coordinators are requested to submit their reports on or before Sunday, 27 Jan. 2019 via email to saintmichaels@telus.net. Hope to see you all.  If you think you are called to serve in the leadership team of our church, please let your rector know. We are seeking members of our congregation to offer their stewardship to our church. Hope to see you all.

Parish Council meets next Sunday, 12noon, at St. Michael’s House. Parishioners are invited to observe the proceedings of the meeting.

Prayer Service for Healing will be offered by our parish at Zion Manor on Sunday, Jan. 27th, at 3:00pm. Everyone invited to come to the service.

Evening Prayer and bible Study resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary. Just come and bring your bible.

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