Hopefully this will be the last Sunday of lock-down (no in-person worship) of the Covid-19 Pandemic! Looking forward to seeing as many as possible next Sunday, June 13, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Jesus said, "For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light." Mark 4:22
Today is also the first Sunday together since the news of the mass grave found at the former site of the Kamloops Residential School with the remains of at least 215 children. Our prayers are with all their relations. We contemplate the devastation of the treatment of children on a day when the Scrpiture readings remind us that we are adopted children of God and that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are part of the family. The thought of these Dear Ones, cut off from their families of origin, provoke great sadness and grief.
This is the last Sunday in Easter before The Ascension. The Ascension is when Jesus physically left this earth and returned "to the right hand of God". It completes his mission objective - a very important Holy Day in the life of the Church. What can we learn from Ascension Day?
Thanks to Len Reimer, Lori Riel and Ebey Masillamanee, along with Laura Pauloski, the choir and the production team for this offering of worship in Jesus' name.
Christ's death and resurrection were the fulfillment of prophecies concerning the Messiah. His disciples did 'clue-in' to what Jesus had been telling them until after that first Easter when he appeared to them and to many others. The Ascension is what completes Jesus' ministry on earth - he still has things to teach his followers! Are you one of those who would be taught by Jesus? Follow this link and see what you think.
Read Isaiah 53 to better understand the Messiah, "We all like sheep have gone astray. Each has gone to his or her own way, and the Lord has laid upon him [Messiah Jesus] the iniquity of us all.
Journey with Jesus through Holy Week
This Sunday we reflect on Jesus' entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey with shouts of "Hosannah!" (which means 'save now'). The popular perception was that Messiah would throw off Roman rule and reign in power. His arrival on a donkey did not fit the popular expectation. What do you expect from Jesus? This is called Passion Sunday since the road from Ashes to Easter leads through profound suffering and death.
God is merciful and gives us 'second chances' - this is grace. The Good Shepherd leading us to green pastures, and sometimes we choose junk! Is there a part of your life that is crying for a 'reboot'?
The photo on left is from the service of Ordination of The Rt. Rev. John Stephens as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster. As such, he will serve alongside Archbishop Melissa Skelton until February 28, 2021 when Archbishop Melissa will retire.
If Jesus was without sin, why did he submit to John's "baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins"? (Matthew 3:15 records the exchange between John the Baptist and Jesus a bit differently than Mark. He puts it this way, [John had protested to baptizing Jesus saying, 'You should baptize me, not I you."] And Jesus responded, "Let it be so now' it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.)
Although the Christmas Pageant was part of this service, it is available through a private link and not available here.
We have edited-out the Christmas Pageant, and as a result, there is a 4 minute, 24 second gap which you will have to 'forward arrow' through. The gap begins at 19:10 and ends at 23:34 with the beginning of the Creed. the Pageant also took the place of Gospel and sermon.
Working for peace with justice means moving mountains, filling-in valleys - on a scale that is way beyond human effort. So we ponder the Prophet Isaiah, who 'forth-tells' of a time when the people of God will be re-created. The Gospel writer Mark, picks up the words of Isaiah and applies them to another prophet, John the Baptist, the herald of the Messiah. Know God? Know peace. No God? No peace. Consider these words...
The teaching today includes a video from The Bible Project www.thebibleproject.com - a word study on the Hebrew words used for 'hope'. How does hope differ from optimism? Have a look and consider this!
Christine Goater is our parish's nominee and Gail Revitt is the Bishop's nominee. They will be invested to the Order. Sharon Grove is also a Bishop's nominee and will be invested in her Parish of Holy Trinity, Vancouver. We will read her citation also.
Please welcome the Rev. Jim Fergusson to our Service of Holy Communion, please use the link below to view the service.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord's face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord give you peace forever.
As we return to in-person worship, we also celebrate Holy Communion - which is our touchstone, 'remembering' Jesus Christ as we are re-membered week to week.
We are currently in Phase ll and await word from our Archbishop Melissa Skelton when we can move to "Phase lll" when we can celebrate Holy Communion. We will keep you up-to-date through this website and you can call the church office, M-Th, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at 604-594-8822.
Simple things, like greeting one another on Sunday morning at Church and being able to pray together. Like having flowers on the Altar. We are slowly coming back together in a safe and orderly manner with a limit of 50 people. It is so strange to listen to the hymns and songs being sung (pre-recorded) and still not be able to sing!
Thanks to the Bartyuk family for organizing and reading the Scripture this morning!
The full service recording is now ready.
Beth has designed a button-blanket (style) wall hanging for the church (see detail in photo) which is patterened after St. Cuthbert's Cross. You can learn more about St. Cuthbert's Cross by visiting the website of Durham Cathedral, the home of The Crypt of St. Cuthbert https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/heritage/collections/st-cuthbert-treasures.
Find also our recorded service of the first time we have worshipped in-person (in-the-flesh) for 13 weeks. We are planning to layer a Zoom element to our on-line service and there will be more information on this later.
Watch this space also for a slide show of our St. Cuthbert's history.
Something new this week. You have the option of viewing the entire service (about 50 minutes) or the readings and sermon (about 20 minutes).
Even though our doors are pesently closed, our hearts are open to the life-giving Holy Trinity. We look forward to the very real possibility of opening our doors to in-person worship. Learn more through clicking on the link.
Talk about diversity! The day of Pentecost was a riot of colour and sounds and praises. Read about it yourself in the Bible - Acts chapter 2. This is exactly what this offering of worship at St. Cuthbert's is. We are glad that you can join us.
Watch for Barney! For young and old - Barney is our "Continuity Officer" and will show up 4 times throughout the service, in four different places. Send Pastor Paul an email and let me know where and when you spy Barney, named Barnabas, "the son of encouragment" [email protected] Barney is rocking the lockdown 'up-do'.
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23