Rector’s Update – March 26

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I pray your are all healthy and making the best of an extraordinary situation.  May our Lord continue to guide us and bring us hope. 

I have asked Marian to include a poster in this week’s notices that calls us to prayer.  The time for this special prayer is 2pm CDT on Tuesday, March 31.  Please join in with the rest of the country.

Please refer to the diocesan web page at www.rupertsland.ca for the latest communication/directives from our Bishop as well as a link to the Sunday service +Geoff leads from Anglican/Lutheran Centre.

The Primate has a call to prayer as well as other actions that can be found here https://www.anglican.ca/news/a-national-call-to-prayer-on-lent-5/30025949/?utm_source=Anglican+Church+of+Canada&utm_campaign=f0dce16a52-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_18_10_57&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6285aca377-f0dce16a52-243881989

Our Neighbourhood

Yesterday afternoon I went for a walk around the neighbourhood and later drove through River Heights and around the area of Assiniboine Park.  Perhaps because it was warmer and sunny there were many people out walking.  It was an encouraging and hopeful sight.  Perhaps in the midst of our situation there is some good that will come from it.

Daily Morning Prayer

I have started to record Morning Prayer and make it available on our web page.  I will make every effort to provide this Monday thru Saturday.  You will continue to receive a SG Morning Prayer for Sunday from Marion.  I am following the liturgy of the Church of England rather than the Anglican Church of Canada because if you want to read along with me everything is online, i.e. you don’t need to use books.  The text can be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer  You only need to ‘click’ on Morning Prayer (Contemporary).  If there are a few bugs in the beginning please be patient as they are sorted out. 

From ‘For All The Saints’

Charles Henry Brent 27 March Bishop of the Philippines, and of Western New York, 1929 — Commemoration 27 March

The modern ecumenical movement got under way in the early years of the twentieth century, when Christians began to seek the reconciliation of their divided churches. One of the great early leaders of this movement was Charles Henry Brent, a bishop in the Episcopal Church of the United States.

He was born and educated in Ontario, and ordained in the diocese of Toronto, but a lack of openings led him to move to the United States, where he served parishes in Buffalo and Boston. In the year 1901, at the age of thirty-nine, he was appointed bishop of the Philippines, which the Americans had just seized from Spain, and for seventeen years laboured to bring Christianity to the pagan tribes in the northern part of that country.  He also worked hard to end the opium traffic throughout Southeast Asia. After the First World War he returned to the continental United States as bishop of Western New York.

In the meantime Brent had also become fired with the passion for Christian unity. He believed that the divided churches would return to communion with one another only if they honestly discussed the theological issues and principles of church-government which kept them apart. His quiet energy in this cause eventually resulted in the first Faith and Order Conference, held under his presidency at Lausanne, Switzerland, in the year 1925. He died of a heart-attack at Lausanne four years later, but the Faith and Order movement continued and eventually helped to create the World Council of Churches

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I close this update with prayer…prayer for you and your family, friends and neighbours and then the whole world.  And then I pray that when we are free to leave our homes and gather in worship once again, for we surely will, we give thanks to our Lord who has never left us alone. 

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

In Christ

Simon+

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