Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Looking Heavenward: Saint Stephen's, Salvage & Igor

Last Tuesday the chancel window of Saint Stephen's - Salvage - fell asunder as the winds of Igor swept through much of Newfoundland - leaving gushing water and craters where roads once were. Houses, building all took a beating, and some gave way to fierce winds, and unrelenting rains that overflowed gullies, ponds, rivers, and streams eroding the toil and creative landscaping of individuals across the Island.

Today, I received two separate phone calls from individuals who desire to help us replace the leaded glass window of Saint Stephen's, Salvage. All who worshiped at this church looked through this window over the past century and a half.

Those who called, and there have been others since, will help a lot, but there is other work to be completed as well to the chancel as we hope to restore the chancel and replace a window through which we look heavenward.

Letter from Bishop David Torraville - re: Igor's devastation

We often give to those far afield who have suffered devastation.
Igor brought devastation into our own backyard.
I received this today from Bishop David Torraville.

Dear Friends,
There has been a great deal of flood damage on the Bonavista and Burin Peninsula as well as in Gambo area. We are making an appeal to our congregations to support the people of these areas through the Diocesan Disaster Relief Fund. We will work with parishes and community agencies in the affected areas to ensure that the money is used most effectively. We would ask for individuals to make a special donation at worship in the next couple of weeks. Place your donation in an envelope clearly marked Diocesan Disaster Relief, with your name and envelope number. As well parishes might like to sponsor an event to raise money for the Fund. May we answer God’s call to service as we help our neighbors.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 25 / Sept 25 - 1 Oct

Jer 32:1-3a, 6-15 – Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 – 1 Tim 6:6-19 – Lk 16:19-31
Intro to the Readings

The first reading is all about the prophet Jeremiah buying a field. It is a sign of hope for God’s people.
Psalm 91 is a song of trust, it expresses confidence in the Lord.
The Apostle writes to Timothy about those things we should be content with, and of being faithful and fighting the good fight.
In the Gospel the Lord Jesus tells us a parable about a rich man. Listen and you will hear where the rich man put his hope and trust.

Set your hope in the King of kings and Lord of Lords.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 25 / Sept 18 - 24

Jer 8:18-9:1 – Psa 79:1-9 – 1 Tim 2:1-7 – Lk 16:1-13
Intro to the Readings

The first reading is more like a Psalm – Jeremiah asks is there no balm in Gilead. Is there no God?
Psalm 79 is a communal cry for salvation – for God to save the people.
The Apostle urges us to pray for all people, for those in authority, and to live quiet and peaceful lives.
In the Gospel the Lord tells a parable about a shrewd deceitful manager who made friends.

Let us cry out to God
As individuals, as a community let us receive the salvation of our God.
Let us pray for all people, especially those in authority.
As we live peacefully let us befriend those around us.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 23 / Sept 4 - 10

Jer 18:1-11 – Psa 139:1-5, 12-17 – Phlm 1-21 – Lk 14:25-33
Intro to the Readings
The Collect for today is one you might like to pray, and pray it in the singular – “Stir up, O Lord, the will of your faithful servant . . . .

To Jeremiah, to us, God speaks through the metaphor of clay – let God do something good in you.
With the Psalmist acknowledge that all God has created is wonderful – let God do something wonderful in you.
The Apostle Paul is thankful for the love of Philemon for all the saints – let us love one another.
From Saint Luke’s Gospel we will listen as the Lord Jesus challenges us to carry our cross and follow him – let us follow Jesus the Christ.