Week at a Glance, 17 – 23 June

Tuesday, June 18th
6:00pm ‘Prayers & Praises’ – Haliburton Place

Wednesday, June 19th
6:30-7:30pm Sparks – Parish Hall

Friday, June 21st
6:00-7:30pm Pathfinders & Rangers – Parish Hall

Sunday, June 23rd, First Sunday after Trinity
8:00am Holy Communion
10:30am Holy Communion
(Fr. Tom Henderson -celebrant & preacher; Fr. Curry away for a wedding in Fredericton, NB).

The Creed of St. Athanasius (commonly called) is one of the three great catholic creeds of the Universal Church. At one time it was appointed to be used thirteen times a year – once a month plus on Trinity Sunday. A wee bit awkward for liturgical use, perhaps, it is nonetheless (a) a complement to the Apostles’ & Nicene Creed, (b) scripturally grounded, and (c) a marvellously mystical way of thinking God – God as Trinity – in the dance of negative and positive theology. Think and feel! Believe and love! God’s self-relation is the ground of his relation to everything else. All is in God and God is all in Himself.

Week at a Glance, 10 – 16 June

Tuesday, June 11th
6:00pm ‘Prayers & Praises’ – Haliburton Place
7:00pm Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, June 13th
6:30-7:30pm Sparks – Parish Hall

Friday, June 14th
6:00-7:30pm Pathfinders & Rangers – Parish Hall

Saturday, June 15th
9:00am Encaenia Service
10:15am Graduation & Prize Day – KES

Sunday, June 16th, Trinity Sunday
8:00am Holy Communion
10:30am Holy Communion

Pentecost or Whitsunday celebrates the coming down of the Holy Spirit, the gift-promise of the Father and the Son, upon the disciples gathered in Jerusalem. The mission of the Spirit inaugurates the mission of what becomes the Christian Church. The readings all point to the universal and celebratory wonder of this event actuated through the diversity of gifts in the unity of the Holy Spirit, the bond of the divine and eternal love between the Father and the Son.

Week at a Glance, 3 – 9 June

Tuesday, June 4th
6:00pm ‘Prayers & Praises’ – Haliburton Place

Thursday, June 6th
3:15pm Service – Windsor Elms
6:30-8:00pm Sparks – Parish Hall

Friday, June 7th
6:00-7:30pm Pathfinders & Rangers – Parish Hall

Sunday, June 9th, Pentecost
8:00am Holy Communion
10:30am Holy Communion

The Ascension and the Session of Christ, his ascending to and his sitting on the right hand of the Father, are two of the creedal mysteries of the Christian Faith. Through these powerful and suggestive images we are reminded of the spiritual nature of our humanity. As the ancient fathers of the Church express it, the Ascension is “the exaltation of our humanity.” These doctrines speak to the spiritual understanding of our lives in faith.

Week at a Glance, 27 May – 2 June

Tuesday, May 28th
6:00pm ‘Prayers & Praises’ – Haliburton Place

Thursday, May 30th, Ascension Day
6:30-7:30pm Sparks – Parish Hall
7:00pm Holy Communion

Friday, May 31st
6:00-7:30pm Pathfinders & Rangers – Parish Hall

Sunday, June 2nd, The Sunday after Ascension Day
8:00am Holy Communion (followed by Men’s Club breakfast with Ladies invited)
10:30am Holy Communion

Seeing that we have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Rogation

Rogationtide brings us to the Ascension as the culmination or end of the Easter Season. It reminds us of two important themes that are quite radical in their extent. Rogation means asking, from the Latin, rogo, rogare. It appears in English in the word, interrogation. Rogation days are days of prayer, a kind of asking; an active acknowledgment or recognition that all and every good comes from God to us. Prayer places us and keeps us in the presence of God. This is the astounding truth and power of the Resurrection. Prayer and praise place us with God. Nothing stands in the way except our own hearts and wills.

The other theme that Rogation presents to us is the idea that redemption is cosmic in scope. The world is God’s world and participates in the redemptive love of God for the whole of his creation, including the natural world and world of human labour and endeavour.

The days of Rogation embrace the world in prayer. They remind us that wherever we are is a kind of holy land. How? By being the places in which we praise and honour God and pray to God.

To think on these things is the counter to our utilitarian exploitation of the natural world for our own immediate ends and the counter to our despair and anxiety about suffering and hardship. “In the world,” Jesus says, “you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Wherever we are is to be a place of prayer and praise. Whatever we do is to be a work of prayer and praise.

Fr. David Curry

Week at a Glance, 20 – 26 May

Tuesday, May 21st
6:00pm ‘Prayers & Praises’ – Haliburton Place
7:00pm Christ Church Book Club: In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong, by Amin Maalouf, and From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt against the West and the Remaking of Asia, by Pankaj Mishra.

Thursday, May 23rd
3:15pm Service – Windsor Elms
6:30-7:30pm Sparks – Parish Hall

Friday, May 24th
11:00am Holy Communion – Dykeland Lodge
6:00-7:30pm Pathfinders & Rangers – Parish Hall

Sunday, May 26th, The Fifth Sunday after Easter/Rogation Sunday
8:00am Holy Communion
10:30am Holy Communion