Sunday, May 19, 2013

Introduction - Pentecost - 2013-05-20

Gen 11:1-9PS 104:25-35, 37bActs 2:1-21John 14:8-17

Intro to the Readings
Our first reading this day is a story about Babel and the languages upon the earth.
Psalm 104 is a delightful Psalm giving glory to God, and the sport of creation.
Our reading from Acts is about many languages and tongues as well. And it happened at 9 o’clock in the morning.
In the Gospel Philip and the Lord speak about being one with God. The Lord Jesus says the “Spirit of truth” will be given to the disciples.

Let us listen in our own tongue – receiving the Word of God – and the Spirit of God.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Introduction - Easter 7

Intro to the Readings
Acts 16:16-34PS 97Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21John 17:20-26

From Acts we listen as Paul is jailed. A woman is healed. The jailor is baptized and his whole household.
Psalm 97 declares God’s righteousness, and all the peoples see God’s glory. There is hope for the true-hearted.
From Revelation we listen to the last words of Holy Scripture. And an invitation to all is given - “Come.”
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
In the Gospel the Lord Jesus prays that all may one. That all who believe may be one in God the Father.

Let us listen.
Let us receive the invitation of the Spirit and the bride.
Let us be one in Christ.
Let me tell you about Abigail. She is a wife and mother.
Abigail is woman of faith, her circumstances are now she is caring for her husband whose health is failing.
She is struggling and finding it all overcoming and draining.
Abigail longs for the time when she can go to Church.
Why would she want to go to Church?
Something most of us take fore-granted, she is unable to do.
Being in the presence of God with God’s people is what she longs for.

I am reading Fr Julian Moreton’s account of his ministry as a missioner at Greenspond from 1850 to 1860.
He tells the account of a lumber man and his family who lived at Freshwater Bay – Gambo area.
This lumber and his family every Sunday observed the Sabbath. They ceased all work. Had their Sunday meals and said the Sunday services together from one Book of Common Prayer.
The lumber also had a Bible from which they read daily.
Fr Moreton says the pages of the Bible were well worn – a testimony to there usage.

Do you long for the Lord’s house like Abigail?
Are you faithful to the Sabbath like the lumber?
Is your Bible well worn?

Friday, May 10, 2013

What is the Parson Reading Now? - Life and Work in Newfoundland by Fr Julian Moreton

What is the Parson Reading Now?
Life and Work in Newfoundland by Fr Julian Moreton

Among my father's papers I came across a reprint of Fr Julian Moreton's book Life and Work in Newfoundland. This book was published in 1863. Fr Moreton was stationed at Greenspond from about 1850 to June of 1860. Gooseberry Island and Flat Island were among the communities he visited and ministered to.

Fr Moreton shares his experience of ministry in Newfoundland for his readers in England, and in particular for the supporter of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, which sponsored clergy and schoolmaster in Newfoundland at that time.

The book can be accessed at:       

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Introduction - Easter 6 C

Intro to the Readings

Acts 16:9-15PS 67Rev 21:10, 22-22:5John 14:23-29

The Collect for today is memorial – a rich and full Collect – expressing the hope and aspirations, beyond imagination, of those who believe.
As we listen to the reading from Acts we hear what Paul was about on the Sabbath day in Thyatira.
Psalm 67 is a song of thanksgiving – a song of thanksgiving for all peoples.
From Revelation listen as we see a the city of God and the river of the water of life – and all without a temple.
In the Gospel the Saviour speaks about those who love the Saviour and the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send.

As you receive the Body and the Blood which cleanse receive the Spirit, and love as the Father loves.