Thursday, February 19, 2015

LENTEN DISCIPLINES



Some of you may recognize the name, Ed Lawrence.  I have been a fan of his for decades.  Every Monday noon hour he answers all kinds of gardening questions on CBC radio.  I am sure that it has happened but I have rarely heard him stumped by a horticultural question.  His love of gardening, his expertise, and his patience in dealing with people who do some of the strangest things have always impressed me.  People rightly turn to him to help get things growing again.

If one accepts that Lent is a wonderful opportunity to amend our faith lives and get things growing again in our faith lives then the notion of seeking help with our Lenten disciplines is most a propos.  We can turn to prayer, fasting and almsgiving, the traditional modalities of Lent, but we should not be limited to them. 

Every year I invite people to take up the discipline of confession as a part of the Lenten journey.  While I may not be to Lenten practices what Ed Lawrence is to gardening I am aware of just how God’s grace is operative in the Lenten discipline of confession.  Not as a tit for tat transaction where one confesses and an absolution automatically follows.  But as a second opinion on the matter of how well we are doing at making the changes we need to make in order to receive the grace filled gift of God’s new life at Easter.

Another very helpful discipline is our Lenten booklets by Henri Nouwen, available again this year.  The internet also provides a wide variety of devotional opportunities during Lent.

Whatever media we choose I think we should approach Lent as a wonderful opportunity to amend our lives and hopefully find new life; and through God’s grace and love for us, find it more abundantly!"


Peace, François

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ash Wednesday, February 18 and Lenten Disciplines

"According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation. Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter. Every Sunday was seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ's resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate. Accordingly, Christians fasted from Monday to Saturday (6 days) during 6 weeks and from Wednesday to Saturday (4 days) in the preceding week, thus making up the number of 40 days.
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return".
(From Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Wednesday)

PLEASE JOIN US for our 
Ash Wednesday Services
February 18,  11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.



LENTEN DISCIPLINES

Some of you may recognize the name, Ed Lawrence.  I have been a fan of his for decades.  Every Monday noon hour he answers all kinds of gardening questions on CBC radio.  I am sure that it has happened but I have rarely heard him stumped by a horticultural question.  His love of gardening, his expertise, and his patience in dealing with people who do some of the strangest things have always impressed me.  People rightly turn to him to help get things growing again.

If one accepts that Lent is a wonderful opportunity to amend our faith lives and get things growing again in our faith lives then the notion of seeking help with our Lenten disciplines is most a propos.  We can turn to prayer, fasting and almsgiving, the traditional modalities of Lent, but we should not be limited to them. 

Every year I invite people to take up the discipline of confession as a part of the Lenten journey.  While I may not be to Lenten practices what Ed Lawrence is to gardening I am aware of just how God’s grace is operative in the Lenten discipline of confession.  Not as a tit for tat transaction where one confesses and an absolution automatically follows.  But as a second opinion on the matter of how well we are doing at making the changes we need to make in order to receive the grace filled gift of God’s new life at Easter.

Another very helpful discipline is our Lenten booklets by Henri Nouwen, available again this year.  The internet also provides a wide variety of devotional opportunities during Lent.

Whatever media we choose I think we should approach Lent as a wonderful opportunity to amend our lives and hopefully find new life; and through God’s grace and love for us, find it more abundantly!"


Peace, François

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!! All are Welcome!

Please join us for a feast of pancakes, sausages, fresh fruit and refreshments on Shrove Tuesday, February17th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

If you wish you may leave a freewill offering which will be donated to the Northern Clergy Families Fund to help isolated clergy spouses serving in the Northern Diocese.