Welcome to Epiphany – Bienvenue à l’Epiphanie

Epiphany – an Anglican church in the Parish of Verdun and Ville-Emard
L’Epiphanie – une église anglicane à la Paroisse de Verdun et Ville-Emard

HAPPY NEW YEAR
Epiphany is open…

Sunday, January 1st – 10:00AM

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“Adopted”
Receive the Spirit of God

“For we observed his star at its rising”; and in seeing, the wise from the east sought after the new born King. So many had been called, however each would react differently in their own way. The shepherds, the Magi, left where they were to pursue and to come to know the new saviour, the Messiah. But Herod afraid for his own position, schemed and tried to manipulate others with a pretence that he was seeking to worship this new king. Through the new covenant we are called to follow the light of Christ, to journey to him with our gifts and in this, find our Joy. This new day of a new year, come seeking the Messiah, bearing gifts; gifts of love for God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength, while loving your neighbour as yourself.
Let us continue to walk together, finding the glory of God in the light of Christ.

Find happiness this year; visit one of our Community Events

December 25th, We’re open…
and celebrating the Lord’s Birthday

Join us at 10:00AM,

you can sleep in on Boxing day!

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Saturday Dec 24th. 7:00PM
“Behold”
Welcome the Good News with Epiphany

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Behold, the Good news of our Lord. Be encircled, allow the glory of the Lord to encompass you this Christmas eve. Be drawn as were the shepherds, to hear, watch and sing praises to the risen King this Saturday evening as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ; Messiah, Saviour of the world. Then gather with us for refreshments of fellowship.

Prepare the way of the Lord; visit one of our Community Events

Sunday Dec 18th. 10:00AM
A Few Lessons & Some Carols including
“WHEN JESUS WAS BORN”
by the Epiphany Sunday School Players!

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When Jesus was Born  Epiphany Sunday School Players.
The words of the prophets will confirm to us again, our Lord is born, laid in a manger, welcoming others who would confirm Jesus as King.
Come, hear, watch and sing praises to the risen King this Sunday with lessons and carols, then gather with us for a light lunch of fellowship.

Prepare the way of the Lord; visit one of our Community Events


Sunday Dec 11th. 10:00AM
Is 35:1–10; Ps 146:5-9; Js 5:7-10; Matt 11:2-1;
Is He the One!

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Imagine, your whole life and reason for being points to you as the prophet who would welcome the Messiah and yet, here you are, month after month in Herod’s prison because you stood up for the law of God. At times we too feel secluded as though we are in a prison, the whole world goes on about us and we begin to wonder if everything we know and have come to believe is true. We like John ask, Is He the One! In all our knowledge and hope, a wave of doubt passes over us. And so we ask, are you the one or is there someone else coming. Jesus responds with a few words that fulfills the prophet Isaiah, “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” Yes, the good news will be proclaimed to the poor. Be restored with the word of God, allow the good news to well up in you and proclaim Jesus as Lord, He is the one! Come prepare the way for the Lord and share the joy of Epiphany’s fellowship after the service.

Witness Joy; visit one of our Community Events


Sunday Dec 4th. 10:00AM
Is 11; Ps 72; Rom 15; Mt 3:1–12;
Confirmed in the Holy Spirit!

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John the Baptist identifies himself as the one spoken of by the prophet Isaiah; “a voice calling in the wilderness, prepare the way for the Lord”. We are called now especially during this second week of advent to an active waiting in preparedness. As John said to the Pharisees and Sadducees, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance and rely not on Abraham as your father”. Do we today rely on our heritage as Anglicans, or even our own baptism in the manner John speaks of; that is in expecting acts of our past to prepare us for the second coming of Christ. John baptized with water for the forgiveness of sins, in other words to ritually cleanse us in preparation for the baptism of the Holy Spirit in Christ. He said, “Jesus will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”. “Through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide, we might have hope.” Because the “God of hope will fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in him, being filled with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. This Advent seek a renewal in the gifts of the Holy Spirit as you prepare the way for the Lord, seeking peace in the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding. Come hear the word of God; seeking the Peace of Christ in the gifts of the Spirit. Then share in the Spirit
 of Peace with one another over sandwiches and coffee.

Witness Peace; visit one of our Community Events

Sunday Nov 27th. 10:00AM
Is 2:1-5; Ps 122; Rom 13:11-14; Matt 24:36-44
What About that Day!

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Advent, a time of expectation with a sense of Hope, Peace, Joy and of course Love. We wait and watch for Christ; for the coming celebration of his birth, but also we long for that day when Jesus will come again. “But about that day”, do we eagerly expect our Lord with excitement or are we shy in a grief of unpreparedness. These four weeks remind us where we need to be all the time, to be watchful, always ready, walking in full view, pulling to the light rather than the shadows that lead to a darkened spirit and soul. On the last day, the Lord will establish his kingdom above all others. He will call his own to him, those who are ready from watching and knowing, that “He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths… to walk in the light of the Lord”. Come hear the word of God; in Hope lean into the light of His teachings, and allow the peace of Christ to fill you with Joy to be a witness to the Love of Jesus.
Then share in the Spirit of Hope with one another over sandwiches and coffee.

Witness Hope; visit one of our Community Events

Sunday Nov 20th. 10:00AM
Jer 23; Lk 1; Col 1; Lk 23
The Reign of Christ

FullSizeRender.jpg“The days are coming, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.” These words of Jeremiah are confirmed by Zachariah, as he acknowledges his son John the baptist, the prophet of the Most High, the one to prepare the way for Jesus, the son of God, the King. Even the Romans signed off on Christ as “King of the Jews”. But amidst all of this, there are those who would rather scheme and raffle for simply his garment than accept the kingdom of God. Those who would scoff and scatter the sheep. The crowds wanted proof their way, not his. There was and is a lack of “spiritual wisdom and understanding”. Paul pleads, “God fill us with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives”. Our prayer, our collect reads, “restore all things in your well beloved son, grant those now divided by ignorance may be brought together under our Lord and King’s gentle rule”. “We are called to shine on those unaware, living in darkness; to guide their feet into the path of peace through the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their ambivalence.”
Gather with us this Sunday seeking spiritual wisdom and understanding as we acknowledge Christ as sovereign. Then share the Spirit with one another over sandwiches and coffee.

And shine the light, visit one of our Community Events

Sunday Nov 13th. 10:00AM
Wisdom 3; Psalm 116; 1 Peter 1; John 6:37-40
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
A Time of Visitation

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A Time of Visitation; what can this mean for us. Visitation is from episkopé or Episcopalian. It implies to attend, to visit, to appoint, to have oversight; to inspect, judge and supervise. “The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God… In the time of their visitation they will shine forth.” (Wisdom 3) When Mary visited Elizabeth, Jesus and John Kicked in the womb. Weeping over Jerusalem Jesus said, “you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” Apostle Paul pleads, “conduct yourselves honourably among the Nations, so that, they may see your honourable deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation“. There is the initial day of visitation when we first accept Jesus. We continually visit and are encouraged as we spend time with Christ in preparation for our final day of visitation, the day we receive our inheritance of eternal life. Gather with us this Sunday as we remember those who in their time of need and faith reached out to God and for all who have been welcomed into peace on their day of visitation. let us attend, let us visit, let us share the cup this Sunday for the remembrance of Him, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Then visit with one another over sandwiches and coffee.

Enjoy a visit at one of our Community Events


Sunday Nov 6th. 10:00AM
Job 19:23-27a; Ps 17:1-8; 2 Thess 2; Luke 20:27-39
Life Restored
Guest Preacher: Tania Lesack

HeQi_035-medium.jpgThe resurrected life is about something far greater than our imagination can withhold – sharing in the life, light and love in the Kingdom of God. Behind Sunday’s Gospel story of the Sadducees’ argument with Jesus featuring a woman with seven husbands is a story from the Apocrypha – A story about a much-married beautiful heiress, a fortune waiting to be claimed, a perilous journey, a murderous demon, an angel in disguise and a magic fish.
Or is the link between the two stories a red herring?
Come out this Sunday to hear how Jesus wil restore our life in the resurrection. Then stay in the house of the Lord  in conversation with one another over sandwiches and coffee.

Go out and be restored at one of our Community Events


Sunday Oct 30th. 10:00AM
Habakkuk 1&2; Ps 119:137-144; 2 Thess 1; Luke 19:1-10
Out on a Limb

jesus-llama-a-zaqueo-e1352340062295 2.jpgZacchaeus, goes out on a limb to make restitution. He is an interesting contrast. Although a small man of physical stature, he is a rich man due to his position as chief publican, a tax collector of tax collectors. Zacchaeus climbs a sycamore tree, cultivated for figs and strong lumber. However this day its strength supports a man seeking a clear vision of Jesus. On the road to Jerusalem Christ gives sight to a blind man. And now, Zacchaeus although small and despised, does not forget the righteous decrees that stand forever; he receives understanding of what he must do to enter the kingdom of heaven. He begins to distinguish between the the wicked that surrounds the righteous and in this act he is called to serve and host Jesus in his home. His life is transformed with forgiveness and in this restoration according to the law, he commits half of what he has and almost five time of any theft he has committed. We are called to see through the muddiness in our lives and to realize the vision of the appointed time that Jesus Christ has indeed come.
Climb out on a limb this Sunday to see and hear how Jesus can restore your life. Then stay in the house of the Lord  in conversation with one another over sandwiches and coffee.

Go out on a limb at one of our Community Events


Sunday Oct 23rd. 10:00AM
Sirach 35:12-17; Ps 84:1-7; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14
Without Partiality

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Oh, that we could stand before all and serve them equally. “For the Lord is the judge, and with him there is no partiality”; that is favouritism. “Our Lord will not show partiality to the poor, the widow and the orphan; but will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged.” Because, “the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” (Sirach and James) Ahh, that everything we think and decide, all that stems from our judgement or decision, would be without partiality. That as we love, welcome, teach, show, share and even pray; that our actions would be without the adverb partially. Jesus speaks to partiality in describing the Pharisee’s contempt for the tax collector, he exalts himself in the presence of the Lord rather than humbles. However as Paul says, “in keeping the faith, our crown of righteousness is reserved for us, only by the righteous judge, our Lord.” So in all we do in the precious name of the Lord, let it be pure and holy, without partiality. Our Psalm sings, “Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise. Happy are those whose strength is in you.” Come, and find your happiness and strength in the house of the Lord this Sunday. Then stay for a while after in conversation with one another over sandwiches and coffee.

Participate without partiality at one of our Community Events

Sunday Oct 16th. 10:00AM
Jer 31:27-34; Ps 119:97-104; 2 Tim 3:14-4:5; Lk 18:1-8
A Firm Confidence

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Luke asks, “when the Son of Man comes, will Jesus find faith on the earth”. So, where are we in our faith. Does our faith create in us a firm confidence. Do we believe that we are indeed God’s people. And does God breath the word into our minds and on our hearts so that we too can be useful in teaching. It is through hearing the word of God that our time in prayer is encouraged. We are called by Jesus to be diligent in prayer as the persistent woman who wore down the ungodly uncaring judge. When we pour over scripture with prayer, our faith does develop a firm confidence. Through prayer, God will create in us a faith with an assertive assurance, a faith that exhibits to others a hopeful composure that God does exist and does answer prayer. Come and meditate on the sweet words of God, gain understanding and gain a firm confidence in your faith.
Then stay for a while after in conversation with one another over sandwiches and coffee.

Come and be thankful at one of our Community Events

Sunday Oct 9th. 10:00AM
Deut 26:1-11; Ps 100; Phil 4:4-9; John 6:25-35
Receive these symbols

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What do we mean when we say, “Receive the symbols of our labour and love which we offer you this day”. Do we literally “take some of the firstfruits of all that we produce from the soil of the land the Lord our God is giving us… and go to the place the Lord our God has chosen as a dwelling for his Name.” Are we in a place of thanksgiving and honour as we bring some of what we have been given back to God. We are called to “Worship the Lord with gladness; to come before him with joyful songs – For the Lord is good and his love and faithfulness endures through all generations.” Our Thanksgiving tradition stems from many roots. The Puritans prayed diligently before, during and upon arrival from their journey to the land they were called. Paul encourages us “in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, to present our requests to God” and in this, the peace of God continues beyond all understanding. But our greatest thanksgiving is in Jesus who declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty”. For Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep, and in this we have our thanksgiving in eternal life.
With Thanksgiving, gather with us this Sunday to present our gifts of thanksgiving and praise to our Lord and in this recieve the peace of Christ. Then stay for a while after in conversation with one another over sandwiches and coffee.

Come and be thankful at one of our Community Events

Sunday Oct 2nd. 10:00AM
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.
Revd Jean Wilcocks Preaching !!!

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We have all seen the little statuettes of St. Francis of Assisi. They exude a sense of peace and trust. The sermon for October 2nd. Is about St. Francis, his life and times, his teachings and what we can learn from them. I particularly love the story of St. Francis. Perhaps it is because I am a lover of all animals as he was. Perhaps it is because of his simple and deep faith in his Lord. Perhaps it is because he saw all people as equal regardless of their station in life or their financial situation or their physical appearance.
This morning I heard the Canada Geese fly over my home at the crack of dawn and the red maple in the front yard is turning to a brilliant crimson. These are all signs of nature and of the God who created them and us. They are signs that everything changes like the seasons but everything follows the will of our God.
We humans are the caretakers of nature and of animals and of each other. We may never take the vows of poverty of a Fransican friar, but we are reminded that like St. Francis we are indeed our brother’s keeper regardless of their situation.
Come out this Sunday to hear how we too can become a conduit and means of peace to others. And witness how in blessing others we receive the great peace in return. Then stay for a while after in conversation with one another over sandwiches and coffee.

Come and be with us at one of our Community Events


Sunday, September 25 – 10:00am
Jer 32; Ps 91; 1 Tim 6:6-19; Lk 16:19-31
The Chasm

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So says Father Abraham to the rich man; “And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place”. They speak to one another as long lost friends and yet the rich man, now devoid of his accumulations of wealth has found himself in a distant, far away place. 
Paul says, “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that,” however the competitive nature squeezes out a secure complacency from our being as we seek and search for more. We begin believing this is what we were called to do in life, to succeed, while not realizing we have created a hedge between us and our calling. This boundary creates the great divide, and in doing so redirects our flow of love and energy towards the riches of this world rather than the glory and peace found within the eternal kingdom of God. The temptations create a blindness, a blurring of the senses that makes us insensible to a beggar named Lazarus lying at our own gate. The true subjects of our life’s calling slowly fade into the shadows of our world, and through this a chasm  separates us from being touched with the soothing and refreshing life-giving water of our Lord.
Come out of the shadows into the light of Christ and see to whom you have been called to serve. Join us as we gather at the Lord’s Table, followed by the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with fresh sandwiches, tea and coffee.

Come and see at one of our Community Events


Sunday, September 18 – 10:00am
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Ps 79; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13
“A Time of Reckoning”

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Be reckoned to the message of reconciliation as ambassadors for Christ. Come, and serve our one master; and gather at the Lord’s Table, followed by the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with fresh sandwiches, tea and coffee.

Reckon one of our Community Events

 
Sunday, September 1 1 – 10:00am
Jer4:11-28; Ps 14; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-10
Amazing Grace, the Great Lost and Found
“Reconciled”

amazing grace web_2.jpgJeremiah prophesies the word of God, “For I have spoken, I have purposed”, God will not relent, abandon or mitigate his decision. However, God has proven to us that he has, and will change the course if we allow ourselves to come into the kingdom of God, “because the kingdom of God is within you” (Lk 17). And from Jeremiah, the potters story, “and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent”. God has mitigated with those who accept the new covenant in Jesus Christ. It is in this that we receive the gift of Mercy, that Amazing Grace; through “the Grace and Faith and Love that can only be found in Jesus.” As Paul accepted this Mercy despite all who he was, he moved into who he had been called to be; “as an example”, as one to “display the utmost patience”. We like Paul through Amazing Grace have been called to demonstrate the Kingdom of God to those who “says in his heart,  There is no God.” Accept today the Grace of the Kingdom of God. Reflecting on “the hour you first believed“, allow the peace within you to reach out to others beginning this Sunday morning.
Come, hear the sweet sound of Amazing Grace; and gather at Epiphany’s Table, followed by the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with fresh corn on the cob, sanwiches, tea and coffee.

Search the Lost and Found
at one of our Community Events


Sunday, September 4 – 10:00am
Jer 18:1-11; Ps 139; Philemon; Lk 14:25-33
Formed In HIs Hands

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Jeremiah sees the potter working at the wheel. However the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Likewise Onesimus (useful) the possession of Philemon had been reshaped in Paul’s ministry. Although Paul appeals to the master and the church to re-accept him, he creatively manipulates them to reconsider how their vessel could be used to carry the Gospel to the people. Are we open to being formed in God’s creative hands, moved within the ministries to which we have been called. Dave the Potter is a story of man who had many owners, but from each, he was taught and used for his creative skills in making clay vessels. Through commitment, Dave the Potter brought beauty, functionality and a message incised on his pots. Luke calls us to count the cost; to plan and prepare for our journey as he encourages us to place our possessions, gifts and talents into the hands of God; not to just relinquish, but to entrust them to be transformed for the kingdom of God. It is in handing our life to God that our reason for being comes back to us, reformed, reshaped with a means to fulfill. Realize the work God is doing in your life, place all you are and hope to be in God’s hands. Let yourself be shaped as seems best to him; restored as a useful and cherished vessel again in the house of the Lord, in the Kingdom of God.
Come, join our family of community; consign your life and allow the hands of God to form you and others through you. Gather at Epiphany’s Table, followed by the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with tea and coffee.

Experience the Hands of God at one of our Community Events


Sunday, August 28 – 10:00am
Jer 2:4-13; Ps 81; Heb 13:1-16; Lk 14:1-14
Worthless Idols Exchanged for Bread

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Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers; for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it”. So, “when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind, and you will be blessed”. Hebrews and Luke instructs the great turnaround that is possible in hospitality. Jeremiah cried out to the people who had exchanged the one true God for the gods of worthless idols. So many have “forsaken the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns”, broken lives that cannot hold water. Now, through the hospitality of Christ we can exchange worthless idols for the bread of life, “that living bread, Jesus Christ our Lord, which is given for the life of the world”. I love this image of Jesus in the bread line waiting for a morsel of sustenance. As we reach out to others, we will indeed find Jesus there too. And when the bread is shared as in the fellowship of a community meal, eyes will be opened and we together will all see Jesus among us.
Come, join our family of community; exchange certain elements of your life for the precious bread and water of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Allow the words of Jesus to sustain you and others through you. Partake in an Epiphany Eucharist followed by the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with tea and coffee.

Encourage others with words of healing at one of our Community Events


Sunday, August 21 – 10:00am
Jer 1:4-10; Ps 71; Heb 12:18-29; Lk 13:10-17
Straighten Up

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It is the sabbath, a day of rest and Jesus sets a woman free from her infirmity. From whatever burden or weight that cast her vision downward, she was lifted up. And as the woman arose, her being, her soul, her reason for life was made straight. All it took were just a few words to someone, to a stranger. Whether it be a physical or mental weakness, people can be set free from their infirmity. Jeremiah was appointed to speak to the nations as an inspired teacher of the word and presence of God. We too have been chosen before we were formed in the womb. God’s words have been placed in our mouth. The words of Christ can and will rebuild and plant anew. Jeremiah the great prophet needed reassurance to speak the word of God. We too need to be affirmed and inspired that in all our fear, shyness or feelings of inadequacy, we can stand again and reach out to others with the words of Christ; You are set free, Straighten up.
Come, join with us this sabbath; confirm your calling to proclaim the healing words of the Gospel. Allow the words of Jesus to comfort you and others through you. Come to know Jesus as he knew and chose you, even before you were formed. Then stay for the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with tea and coffee.

Encourage others with words of healing at one of our Community Events


Sunday, August 14 – 10:00am
Is 5:1-7; PS 80; Heb 11; Lk 12:49-56
Let Me Sing…

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Our lives are filled with song; but not all songs speak of happiness. Often, as in the Psalms and todays Isaiah text, we hear love songs with words of grief and separation. We sing words that call out with a hope for a better tomorrow, a time when when peace will come to our place and being.  “Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard”. Isaiah cries out to God about the kingdom of God and how separation and unsuitable fruit has crept into his home. We look for a crop of good grapes, but the yield is only bad fruit or wild grapes. Christ speaks to us about division in the kingdom, a separation that pulls us away from the rich vine of Jesus Christ. Through Mark, Jesus relates to his followers. He tells them about the man who planted a vineyard probably referring to the Isaiah text. He clarifies the message about the tenants, the stewards who rebelled against the man and even killed his son. And from John we hear again the message of Christ, that he will cut off any branch that does not bear fruit and even prune those that do bear fruit so they can bring good fruit, not wild. He knows that there will be division and even loss within families, but he pleads with us to remain in him as he also remains in us. “To bear fruit you must remain in the vine, grafted into the vine, the kingdom of God through Jesus Christ the Son.”
Come, sing a love song for your beloved and rekindle your love for Christ. Allow the words of Jesus to keep you grafted into the vine this Sunday. Then stay for the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with tea and coffee.

And, allow yourself to be grafted into one of our many Community Events


Sunday, August 7 – 10:00am
Gen 15:1-6; Ps 33: 12-22; Heb 11:1-16; Lk 12:32-40
We welcome special speaker Jason B. Crawford, Ph.D.,
They Desire a Better Country

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The patriarchs of the Jewish tradition, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Jacob, through faith in God, obeyed the promises made to them, they were tested, challenged and went through difficult times. What unites their struggles is their faith in God. They reached out beyond themselves to grasp something more excellent, more advantageous than what they had known. Like these patriarchs, we are taught that our faith in God is not simply a private and personal matter. That God’s work in us is not simply for us alone. That God seeks us out and includes each and every one of us in the Divine Work to bring about God’s Love, Justice and Peace in the world. We are all part of the God-story, the work God is doing in the world at this very moment. Therefore, faith in God has both individual and collective aspects. On the one hand, faith in God is to put our focus on God and to live in God’s grace and mercy. But on the other hand, faith in God also means to be ready and willing to see what new things God is doing in the world and to joyfully accept God’s invitation to participate in that work. For like Abraham and Sarah, faith was not merely an individual reality, God’s plan for them was also to bless generations of their offspring.  God did not just make a covenant with Abraham and Sarah, God also made a covenant with their descendants—an entire nation of people.

“But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.” 

Come and  grasp something more excellent, more advantageous this Sunday. Learn how the Divine Work can bring about God’s Love, Justice and Peace in the world.! Then stay for the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with tea and coffee.

And, participate in one of our many Community Events


Sunday, July 24 – 10:00am
Hosea 1:2-10; PS 85; Col 2:6-19; Lk 11:1-13
Have You No Shame…

MidNight Knocker.jpgLuke is audacious in bringing Jesus’ instructions to us about prayer. Not only are we told how to pray; with what words, and from what perspective but also to whom we must pray as a collective body of people in communion with one another. Luke through example encourages us to be persistent, to act with importunity, to have no shame. With his recount of the “Midnight Knocker” we are called to transform the unembarrassed boldness of Gomer, the promiscuous wife of Hosea into a boldness steeped in the dignity of faith. We are called to persist without embarrassment or be encumbered by the human fears that creep into our faith. We have been enlightened to seek and knock on the door, expecting Jesus to answer us with the gift of the Holy Spirit, knowing that we are his people, because we have been called “children of the living God”.
Come and shamelessly knock on the heart of Jesus this Sunday. Let the words of our Lord’s Prayer be peeled from your heart rather then through the memorization of rote. Learn how much more our Father in heaven is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! Then stay for the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with tea and coffee.

And shamelessly, participate in one of our many Community Events


Sunday, July 17 – 10:00am
Amos 8:1-12; Ps 52; Col 1:15-28; Lk 10:38-42
What Distracts Us!

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Amos declares the word of the Sovereign Lord, “I will send a famine through the land; not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the word of the Lord”. The world is hungering for peace, but so many have become distracted. Like Martha, they seemingly invite Christ into their house, but become preoccupied with preparations rather than simply sitting at the Lord’s feet to find and hear the word of God. For the world, the Gospel of Christ seems to be hidden like a mystery, yet has always been and is now available to them who seek hope and peace in Jesus Christ. Paul calls us to proclaim the good news; counselling and teaching everyone with all wisdom, to present to the world the word of God in its fullness. Oh, that the grieving world could say the Words of King David, “I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.”
Come and sit at the feet of Jesus with Epiphany this Sunday at 10:00am. Find and hear God’s word, “Only one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen what is better”. Don’t let the wisdom of God be taken away from you. Then stay for the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with tea and coffee.

Don’t be distracted, participate in one of our many Community Events


Sunday, July 10 – 10:00am
Amos 7:7-17; Ps 82; Col 1:1-14; Lk 10:25-37
The cause of my neighbour

Rembrandt-The_Good_Samaritan_2.jpgAhh, to be justified; can we defend the cause and show what is right simply by asking, who is our neighbour. Our Psalm is unambiguous; Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. We have the theory, but what is the timeline of our practical. Will we walk on by those left for dead; physically or spiritually, in the gutters of our communities? Or will we stop, and kneel with them, care for them and ensure through our own purse a long term rehabilitation and reconciliation. Sometimes by missing an opportunity we are all the more eager to jump in next time. But do we have a conscious deadline to acting, and sustaining in our givings, both the spirit lead physical and from our own purse to initiate and sustain the cause by others. The Samaritan not only gave of himself, but by example of deed and gift, he encouraged others, from the innkeeper to our present day mission facilities to care for those in ways that we individually may not be able. However we can support financially. Be encouraged to cross the street, to nurture through the spirit and to empower others to continue in your stead though your givings and offerings to God. Find your inner boldness, let your deadline be today to “Rescue the weak and the needy”.
Come worship with us this Sunday at 10:00am “being strengthened with endurance and patience while joyfully giving thanks” . Then stay for  the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with tea and coffee.

Cross the street, participate in one of our many Community Events


Sunday, July 3 – 10:00am
2 Kgs 5:1-14; Gal 6:1-16; Lk 10:1-20
Jesus Sends out the Telemarketers…

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“After this, the Lord appointed some seventy others sending them ahead of him two by two to every town and place where he was about to go.” Perhaps due to the poor reception in Samaria, Jesus equips and sends out the first telemarketers to seek out and prepare the lay of the land. Through his appointed He tells us, “The harvest is plentiful”. He calls us to bring peace to the communities, to heal the sick and to witness, ’The kingdom of God has come near to you”. But what relevance can the healing of Naaman’s leprosy have for us today. From Matthew Jesus heals a man with leprosy; he chooses to heal him, and the man like Naaman is made clean, his flesh is restored. Paul tells us that if someone is caught in a sin, we who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. Leprosy, known as a disease of the flesh actually comes from deep inside the nervous system, but only shows itself later in life. By living and guiding in the Holy Spirit we are called to reach out, to “Carry each other’s burdens”. With this purpose, we are called to heal and restore lives lived according to the means of the flesh to a life formed in the new creation fulfilled in the Spirit.
Come worship with us this Sunday at 10:00am to “rejoice that your names are written in heaven” and stay for  the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with tea and coffee.

Community Events

Sunday, June 26 – 10:00am
2 Kings 2:1-14; Psalm 77; Galatians 5:13-25; Luke 9:51-62
Pursuing the Call

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Jesus has set his face to go to Jerusalem; his mind, vision, calling and vocation has been set and accepted, he is off to Jerusalem. There is nothing to hold him back, he has no place to lay his head, no place to call home; he has put his hand to the plow and his eyes, his whole purpose is set forward. Isaiah illustrates ones calling as “I set my face like flint”. Ezekiel quotes, “Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, harder than a flint have I made thy forehead; fear them not”. We have been called to resolutely set our faces to the calling of the new Jerusalem. We like Elisha, have received the mantle of Elijah, the power of God in the covering of our Lord. And this covering, this mantle inherited, comes in and from the Holy Spirit. Paul says, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit”. Accept and pursue the mantle of your calling with a face like flint.
come and think awhile of Him, that your hearts may burn within you and that your faces may be set like flints to live and die for Him who lived and died for you!” — C H. Spurgeon
Yes come, hear what the Spirit is saying to you the church this Sunday at 10:00am and stay for  the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with tea and coffee.

Community Events


Sunday, June 19 – 10:00am
1 Kings 19:1-15A; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39
Faith; to whom shall we go?

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Imagine, sailing across the lake, landing on shore and the greeting party is a naked man screaming in broken shackles. Our first thought is to recoil either from fear or for safety; especially with the occurrences in the world. But what about the person, labeled here as possessed? What must it feel like to be constantly reminded of your state of mind and bound in chains. However this man receives his freedom from torment and in this miraculous liberation, he is re-purposed; born again. He has been met with a knowing understanding and is delivered in order to “tell all over town how much Jesus had done for him”. With this peace, he receives a new calling. But what of the great Elijah, has he had a relapse of faith? From the summons of one person, Elijah backpedaled into the wilderness. Did he disregard the presence of God; provisions that know no limit, a boy raised from death, a sacrifice consumed for the glory of God and rain! But the Lord meets him and resets him with a whisper.
What has secluded us in chains or has pointed us into our wilderness. After all we have witnessed; can we still in faith accept that we are indeed children of God ready to “return home and tell how much God has done for us”.
Come, hear what the Spirit is saying to you the church this Sunday at 10:00am and stay for  the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with tea and coffee.

Community Events


Sunday, June 5 – 10:00am
1 Kings 17:8-24; Ps. 146; Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7:11-17
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But First… The great test of faith. Yes, go and do as agreed, but first do this. Elijah has been sent by God to the widow’s house in a region of drought. The widow has been directed by God to supply Elijah with food, however Elijah has to bring clarity to the widow’s offering. He asks for a jar of water in a parched land, and then adds, “Oh, and a small loaf of bread”. The widow is at the end of her rope, she has next to nothing, yet in addition to water, she is asked first for bread from what little remains. Regardless of her presence of mind, she gives in with the first fruits from what she has. And in doing so, is fulfilled until the coming of the rain, a symbol of God’s atoning glory of peace, forgiveness and life, a life restored from death. And again her life is restored when Elijah raises her son from a fatale illness. Although in hindsight, it was simply a loaf of bread, at the time it took great faith; for Elijah to ask and for the widow to respond. But from these expressions, faith was restored in the giver and the receiver in such a way that would encourage a change of heart in a kingdom. Let us be challenged by the Holy Spirit to give with faith, giving to God first, and by doing so allow ourselves to feel the glory of his restoring rain.
Come, hear what the Spirit is saying to you the church this Sunday at 10:00am and enjoy the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with sandwiches, tea and coffee.

Community Events


Sunday, May 29 – 10:00am
1 Kings 18:20-42; Psalm 96; Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10
“Choose an Authority”

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Sometimes it is clear when we are confronted by authority. There is no question or doubt. One has “but only speak the word” and our wish will be fulfilled. The centurion speaks, “let my servant be healed… for I also am a man set under authority”. The centurion knows what command to follow and in this exercises his own control. From 1 Kings we hear of two sovereignties, of Baal and of God; one proclaimed by King Ahab and the other manifested by the prophet Elijah. Each one puts the clout of their supremacy to the test. Of course Elijah’s God is the supreme authority. Not only is the sacrifice consumed but the waters are licked up as well. Elijah retired to the mountain, “there he bowed himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees;” ahh, thanks be to God. And with the sacrifice fully given and accepted, the Lord sends the rain again, to nourish and sustain and to remind his people again and again, who is their supreme authority. Paul reminds the Galatians, “why are you so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel, not that there is another gospel”. This Sunday, let us be reminded of the power and sovereignty of our one true Gospel.
Come, hear what the Spirit is saying to you the church this Sunday at 10:00am and enjoy the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with sandwiches, tea and coffee.

Trinity Sunday, May 22 – 10:00am
Prov. 8:1-4, 22-31, Ps. 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15
“Wisdom Revealed”

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We have been called to worship God, for “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth”. Jesus has told us through his disciples that the spirit of truth will come to us, and the spirit will guide us in all truth. Ahh, truth, how is the wisdom of truth revealed? Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? Wisdom’s call has been since the beginning, “it was created with the first of God’s works”. Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit we have the wisdom of God the father, in all things if we listen for her voice. We have been justified through faith, a faith that sustains us through and with the wisdom and glory of God. A “Wisdom Revealed” that strengthens and supports us in mind and body thereby producing perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Listen for her voice, allow the Wisdom of God to be revealed to you in all you do and say.
Come, hear what the Spirit is saying to you the church this Sunday at 10:00am and enjoy the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with sandwiches, tea and coffee.

Community Events


Sunday, May 15 – 10:00am
Acts 2:1-21; Ps. 104:25-37; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-27
The Day of Pentecost
“I will not leave you as orphans”

pentecost“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”. Jesus has promised us a comforter, an advocate in the Holy Spirit to guide, remind and teach us as though Jesus and the Father are one with us. In other words, we will not be alone; “Jesus will not leave us as orphans”. Paul says we have received the Holy Spirit due to our adoption as rightful heirs; heirs of the Kingdom of God. The Spirit will remind us of the Word of God, but not just for ourselves but for “all people” who would listen. On the day of Pentecost the apostles were filed with the Holy Spirit; they went out into the streets and spoke the word of God in languages understood by the nations who had come to Jerusalem to celebrate Pentekostos. The Spirit not only reminded them of the Word, but they articulated in the language of those who God had brought to hear. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with the Word of God and to speak in ways that will be understood by all who are ready to listen.
Come, hear what the Spirit is saying to you the church this Sunday at 10:00am and enjoy the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with sandwiches, tea and coffee.


Sunday, May 8 – 10:00am
Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm67; Acts 16:9-15; John 14:23-29
Jerusalem Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day
“As a Mother Comforts”

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From a distance Jesus looks at the great city that he is about to enter and he weeps with compassion, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling”. And from Isaiah we read, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” Today we cry out again for Jerusalem in prayer remembering how Christ cried also for Jerusalem and its children. And knowing he was on the way to the cross, Jesus prayed the intercession prayer for his disciples and for all believers, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message”. As we pray for Jerusalem and for others, let us remember through the example of Jesus, his care as a mother who gathers her children together, let us remember our mothers and all who have taken us under their wing in prayer and kindness, forever expressing the love of Jesus Christ.
Come and be mothered this Sunday at 10:00am and enjoy the loving embrace of Epiphany hospitality with sandwiches, tea and coffee.

Community Events


Sunday, May 1 – 10:00am
Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Rev. 21:10-22:5; John 14:23-29
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Jesus tells us, that he and the father will make their home with anyone who loves him and obeys his teaching. And further to this news, he says, the comforter, the advocate, the Holy Spirit will teach all things and remind us of God’s word. We will be shown things before they happen in order that we will believe when they are fulfilled. The comforter was with Paul as he journeyed throughout the world. The spirit in a vision redirected his journey through Asia that would bring him to preach the Gospel in Athens. The Holy Spirit moving in him and in other “worshippers of God” such as Lydia, brought Paul to the banks of a flowing river in Philippi, a place of prayer when a temple was not available. Through the word spoken by Paul; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit made their home within the household of Lydia. As the Lord opened her heart and through baptism, she could say, “come and stay at my home”.
Come and stay with us this Sunday at 10:00am and stay a little longer with us for our Epiphany hospitality with sandwiches, tea and coffee.

Community Events

Sunday, April 24 – 10:00am
Acts 11:1-18; Ps 148; Rev 21:1-6; John 13:31-35
“Two Places of Time”

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Our lectionary this weeks situates us in two places of time; a time of instruction with Jesus before the crucifixion and a time of spiritual guidance and refection beyond the day of Pentecost. Jesus mandates a new command, “to love one another”, and by this he says, “everyone will know that you are my disciples“. The command hits the road when we love one another with the love of Christ in order to bring the Gospel to all peoples. Just as the nations in that time were being converted to Judaism, so the world was also being prepared and called to a faith in eternal life through a conversion in acknowledging Jesus as Lord. The command to love in practice was revealed to Peter when he and his disciples were called to preach to the nations. To do this they would have to go and sit and eat where they would not have even considered before. Again three times, the message is impressed upon Peter, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean”. In understanding this, we as Peter come to know that God has indeed granted others the same gift, a gift that leads to eternal life through believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. So who are we stand in God’s way? Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and please feel welcome to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.


Sunday, April 17 – 10:00am
Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30
“My Sheep Hear My Voice”

2015-01-15 12.12.40.jpgIt was the festival of Dedication, a time to celebrate the rebuilding of the temple; and Jesus is walking in Solomon’s Portico. Perhaps enjoying the quiet time, preparing to hear the word of God. However Jesus is confronted by a crowd who pressure him to tell them plainly if he is indeed, the Messiah. Jesus speaks to them in a still small voice as Solomon would have done, speaking again in parables of wisdom that only his own would understand. Jesus knows those asking him this day have hearts as cold as the winter’s day. They are a contrast to his own sheep. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” They have learned to wait like Elijah, for the still small voice, the gentle whisper. It is in this wisdom rather than destruction and fire that the Lord speaks to his own. Jesus has come to speak peace from the word, not to lead a revolt. The days of battle are over, for Solomon the son of David and for Jesus Messiah, the Son of God. Wait on the Lord, hear the word calling your name to a place of quiet and peace. Like Tabitha, listen and hear, open your eyes, and be lifted up to proclaim the Glory of our Risen Lord.
Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and feel welcome to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.

Sunday, April 10 – 10:00am

Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19

“That they may regain their sight”

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And Peter says’ “I’m going fishing”. The others say, “We will go with you”. They return back to what they know, fishing. However, these professional fisherman “catch nothing”. That is until morning when a man from the beach calls out, “cast the net to the right side”. And they score in overtime, big time. The Lord meets them in their need with instruction, an already cooked breakfast and enough from their own catch to supplement and sustain them and others. Further to this testimony, Jesus asks through Peter if they love him. That is to love in a way that encourages loving friendships; relationships created with a balance of friendliness and with the sustaining salt of the Love of God. A calling for our fellow man that moved the disciple Ananias to approach a Roman who had a license to persecute the men and the women who followed the way of Jesus. A love that would allow Ananias to pursue, heal and nurture Saul to become the apostle Paul. Are we capable of these loving friendships that can open the eyes of those who are bent on persecuting the Jesus all around us. We are called to those who God has chosen to be instruments in bringing the name of Jesus before the people of all nations, Kings and the people of the church.
Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and feel welcome to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.

Community Events

Sunday, April 3 – 10:00am,
Acts 5:25-32; Ps. 118:14-29; Rev. 1:3-8; John 20:19-31
“We are witnesses to these things”

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We are indeed blessed as we gather to worship and to read scripture. We have been told so. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; Rev. 1:3. We are witnesses to this. The first few verses in Revelation are an introduction about what John is all about. He is at peace in the witness of Jesus Christ, and he lays this out for us before he writes the message he receives from the someone like a son of man. He needs only to mention a few lines of prophecy to reveal the truth spoken by the prophets that Jesus is the messiah. “Every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”, and from these few words, those who know scripture can recount the countless indications of who was, who is and who will be. However, not all believe simply from hearing the word of God. Some such as Thomas will not believe unless they touch the evidence of the resurrection. But the apostles when challenged by temple police stood firm in their conviction, “They must obey God rather than human authority. And in this they, we, are bold to be witnesses to these things, that Jesus now sits at the right hand of God, giving repentance and the forgiveness of sins, and in this we have eternal life.
Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and feel welcome to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.

Holy Week – Easter Day 
Sunday, March 27th – 10:00am,  Resurrection of the Lord

Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron
Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118: 1-2,14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18

Lift up your hearts…
The Lord is Risen, Arisen in our Hearts!

the-disciples-peter-and-john-running-to-the-sepulchre-on-the-morning-of-the-resurrection-eugene-burnandIn time, Peter’s heart would arise to know and proclaim, “Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all… ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead”. And Paul with hope in Christ would proclaim in fact, “Jesus the Christ has been raised from the dead, that through the resurrection of the dead, so all will be made alive in Christ”. However… This arising in their hearts was not immediate for these men. In our text from John and the synoptic Luke we know that it was Mary and the other woman who in attending to Jesus early in the morning discovered the empty sepulchre. They would tell the apostles but their words seemed as an idle tale. The apostles rushed to the tomb to find out for themselves. Finding the tomb empty, they left for home, amazed at what had happened. Yet Mary stayed weeping and in these precious extra moments, she would hear her name called and turn again to her teachers voice. The truth of the resurrection arose in her heart. And again she would go and announce to the apostles, and now she could say, “I have seen the Lord”. Has our Lord arisen in your hearts, Have you heard him calling your name, and in hearing his voice have you turned, acknowledging him as teacher, and will you run, run and tell the others, that the Lord is risen today!
Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and we welcome you to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality and refreshments.

Good Friday: March 25th – 1:00pm
This is Not the End!
The Cross becomes the Turning Point in our life…

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Sunday, March 20 – dimanche 20 mars
10:00am
Palm Sunday and the Passion of Christ

Holy Eucharist – Sainte Eucharistie
Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron

Isaiah 50:4-9A; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11;
Luke 22:14-23:56

“Take this and Divide it Among Yourselves”

jmLastSupper_3__40593.1407680379.1280.1280.jpgThis Palm Sunday, we will proclaim with rejoicing and singing praises that Jesus is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Jesus enters Jerusalem triumphantly, however as we work through the passion text, our Jesus, “an innocent man” will be hung on a cross.
The Gospel from Luke gives us hope and purpose. Jesus says, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes”. Jesus offers his cup of wine to the disciples, a cup that represents everything that he is physically and spiritually. Through them he asks us to divide, to distribute among ourselves the essence of what his cup means. Jesus knew that the disciples must take over for him embodied with the emotional and spiritual being of who Jesus the Christ is. Before they could share in the great thanksgiving feast, the perpetual Eucharist, they were required to receive the cup from Jesus.
So now, we have been called to distribute the cup among ourselves and in doing so, we can then participate in the perpetual bread and the wine of the new covenant in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and we welcome you to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.

Sunday, March 13 – dimanche 13 mars
10:00am
The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Holy Eucharist – Sainte Eucharistie
Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron

Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126, Philippians 3:4-14, John 12:1-8

“An Anointing and the Provision for a Journey”

Jesus feet being anointed_2_2.jpgOnly days before the Passover, Lazarus and his sisters prepared a great supper for Jesus in Bethany – “the house of obedience”. What obedience moved Mary to anoint the feet and head of Jesus with exorbitant nard? We anoint at ordinations, confirmations and baptisms as a sign of cleansing, acknowledging and setting apart as holy. And in preparation for death or the final journey, the prayerful anointing of oil becomes the final sacrament. Like Samuel who anointed Saul and David as kings, was Mary anointing Jesus as king, affirming him as the blessed one who has come in the name of the Lord. Jesus said, “She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial”. Was Mary following the ancient practice of “hodoiporion”, which is to prepare someone for a journey by providing a meal and anointing them with oil. Was this Mary’s way of preparing her King for the final journey, a “Viaticum”. Now as we continue with our own journey through Lent, with our foreheads anointed with ashes to show our mortality, and in partaking of the feast of Eucharist, can we ourselves be ceremonial cleansed with the holy anointing with oil. Paul says to the Philippians, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus”. Continue the preparation for our own journey, come and receive the provisions of the heavenly feast in the Eucharist and be anointed with oil.
Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and you are welcome to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.

Sunday, March 6 – dimanche 6 mars
10:00am
The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Holy Eucharist – Sainte Eucharistie
Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron

Josuha 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11B-32

“Seeing the New Creation”

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Our recent lenten lectionary readings have encouraged us to allow the spiritual nature of Jesus to transform our human nature. Through a time of repentance, a time of truly changing our thought process with a deliberate focus on Jesus, we begin to see and acknowledge Jesus as the Blessed one. And further to the physical and spiritual process of metanoeō, that is turning around our thinking, our scriptures this week invite us to see this change in others too. Joshua is told by God that the disgrace of Egypt has been rolled away. The Israelites camped at Gigal to celebrate the Passover, a feast of deliverance where they transitioned from eating manna to eating the crops from their new land and their inheritance. In rolling away the old, the Israelites become a new creation, the old had passed away. Apostle Paul proclaims this as a ministry of reconciliation. Our Gospel text, the parable of the prodigal son reveals the reconciliation in a young man who in his own time he would turn around; the young man would “come to himself”. This change which is so difficult to see at first in the human nature on the outside, can be seen from the inner spiritual nature as the old falls away and the new creation is born; born again. Allow the old self to be rolled away and allow the new creation to be welcomed home; watch, wait, and be prepared to celebrate with all whom God is calling home.
“Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed, but yet in love he sought me;
and on his shoulder gently laid, and home, rejoicing, brought me.

Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and you are welcome to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.

Sunday, February 28 – dimanche 28 février
10:00am
The Third Sunday of Lent

Holy Eucharist – Sainte Eucharistie
Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron

Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9

“An Extended Lease”

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Jesus tells us to recognize him as the “blessed one who comes in the name of the Lord”. And in this recognition there are steps of acknowledgement to be taken. He speaks through Luke 13 to repent; not to judge others in the severity of their sins but to look inwardly at our own lives in repentance; metanoeō, to change one’s mind and purpose. He further illustrates a turning around with the parable of the fig tree in the vineyard. Who are we in the vineyard? The vine of the community or the fig tree representing our gifts and spiritual fruit. Is this a time for a new lease on our presence in the community? I ask you to reflect, to dig and to search, to enrich yourself with the holy word of God. As we accept another year, let us prepare ourselves during lent, let us seek forgiveness and at the same find purpose in what we have been called as servants in the husbandry; the cultivation of this church and this community entrusted to us.
“Almighty God, Thy Word is cast like seed into the ground; now let the dew of heaven descend and righteous fruits abound. Let not the world’s deceitful cares the rising plant destroy, but let it yield a hundredfold the fruits of peace and joy”.
Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and you are welcome to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.

Sunday, February 21 – dimanche 21 février
10:00am
The Second Sunday of Lent

Holy Eucharist – Sainte Eucharistie
Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron

Blessed is the one who comes
in the name of the Lord.

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35

“Await the Lord’s Pleasure”

0-JesusPharisees.jpg“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” A phrase, a statement, a question that transcends time and scriptures. From the Psalms to the four Gospels; identifying, accepting and acknowledging these words can place us on either side of the house of the Lord. Do we have a rebellious spirit like the Pharisees, a questioning spirit as Abram or are we now being encouraged in the same manner as the Philippians by Paul. Now during this time of lent are we seeking to accept and recognize that Jesus is the one, the blessed one who comes in the name of the Lord. During this season of searching and discovering where we are in the “House of the Lord”, let us be drawn to allow our body, that is our human nature, to be transformed into the body of his glory, that is the spiritual nature of the glory of God. This Sunday as we “dwell in the house of the Lord”, let us seek God in his temple. Let us seek his face, and in his time, realize the Lord’s pleasure that is our promise in the new covenant of Jesus Christ.
Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and you are welcome to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.

Sunday, February  14 – dimanche 14 février
10:00am
The First Sunday of Lent

Holy Eucharist – Sainte Eucharistie
Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron

Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8B-13; Luke 4:1-13

Recieve All We Offer You This Day

Valentines Day and the first Sunday in Lent; what do they have coincidently in common. Both require a rendering of our hearts to our calling, our givings and our true love; our Lord. Lent is not so much about giving up, but in allowing our lives to take the centre stage with our love for God and others we are called to love. By rendering those things in our life which have drawn us away from our first love, our love and calling to God, we will see them fall away as though in fasting we have begun to hunger for the things of God. Jesus says, “We shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Jesus did not need to turn stones into living bread for the tempter. Jesus has proven that from what little we bring to him, the bread of life that is eternal he will multiply to the Glory of God. Render your hearts and render your gifts unto God and discover the blessing that comes from bringing your first fruits to the place, the place that the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his name.
Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and you are welcome to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.

Sunday, February  7 – dimanche 7 février
10:00am
The Transfiguration of Jesus

Holy Eucharist – Sainte Eucharistie
Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-3

The Unveiling

Our scriptures today speak of the transfiguration in a person when they are in the presence of God. But our scriptures also speak of a veil that separates the people from seeing the Glory of God and the righteous ministry of peace that come from being in the presence of God.
When moses came down from the mountain with the law written on tablets of stone, his face shone from being in the presence of the glory of the Lord. However due to the stubborn and closed hearts and minds of the people he had to cover up his face and hide the presence of God within him. There was a veil between the people and God. However with Jesus, the spirit of the lord transfigured him and he revealed the Glory of the Lord to his disciples. As tired as they were, their whole countenance was awake to see and accept the truth from the glory of the God that Jesus is truly the son of God. Paul tells us to act with great boldness with a new covenant ministry that brings righteousness and truth. It is this unveiled truth that will set us free to commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the spirit of the common good.
Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and you are welcome to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.

Sunday, January 31st – dimanche 31 janvier
10:00am
A Prophet in His Home Town

Holy Eucharist – Sainte Eucharistie
Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30

“Answer the call”

How often have we heard the word of the Lord, we hear the calling and yet with hesitation we answer with questions. Perhaps in doubt; perhaps because we are afraid like those who ushered Jesus from the temple to throw him off a cliff. Or, we simply ask because our hearts have become curious to know what the word of God has in store for us. Jeremiah, like Solomon and even Moses cried to the Lord that they were not ready to proclaim the prophetic message of their Lord. However as we read from 1 Corinthians; with a heart of love for God and our neighbour we begin to feel and understand our calling and the boldness to go and speak from a sincere love for God and our neighbour. Join us this Sunday to sing and praise in Hope, Faith and Love to God. Our Eucharist service begins at 10:00am and you are welcome to stay after for our famous Epiphany hospitality sandwiches and refreshments.

Sunday, January 24th – dimanche 24 janvier
10:00am
The Word of the Lord is Read

Holy Eucharist – Sainte Eucharistie
Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron

Nehemiah 8:1-10, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21

“And the Truth Shall Set You Free”

Has scripture been fulfilled in your hearing? Have you or do you know someone who has been set free from oppression and are now able to see clearly the path God has prepared for them? There are countless modern stories of people who have been captive, literally in prisons or by addictions, and yet, in hearing the scriptures have been set free. The scriptures are fulfilled every time Christ speaks through us about the good news that Jesus read in Isaiah from the scroll. Scripture was fulfilled in the hearing when the law of Moses, the word of God in the same manner was read by Ezra to the people of the new Jerusalem under the encouragement of Nehemiah. Even the Psalms cry out, “The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul”. We have been baptized in the one spirit and in the one body of Christ. As individual members, we have been released and given a new and clear vision; and called in our own uniqueness, designed by God to serve one another, with our appointed gifts of ministry?

Join us this Sunday at 10:00am for praise, worship and the celebration of the Eucharist. Hear what the spirit is saying, let the scriptures be fulfilled in your hearing.

Sunday, January 17th – dimanche 17 janvier
10:00am
The Wedding in Cana

Holy Eucharist – Sainte Eucharistie
Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron

Isaiah 11:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11

“Transformed through the Gifts of the Spirit”

Jesus is told,“They have no wine.” And He responds, “what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” We are often called by someone else, at a time that seems to be, not at our time. However with the same Spirit of the Lord which rested on Jesus, we too can be called to transform the ordinary basics of life into gifts that glorify God.
Water was turned to wine, the best wine revealed later in the day! And this is how it can be with our gifts when we allow the wisdom, understanding, counsel and knowledge of Christ to fulfill us in all we are and do. It allows us to see and hear with the righteousness and justice of Jesus rather than with our own means.
There is one Lord and one Spirit, but many gifts. What gifts of yours are being called to be transformed from water into wine, into the gifts of the Spirit for the glory of God.

This Sunday as we celebrate the gifts of the Spirit, join us at 10:00am for worship and praise in word, song and the celebration of the Eucharist.

Sunday, January 10th
Baptism of the Lord

Celebrant: The Rev. Dr. Donald Boisvert
Principal of the Montreal Diocesan Theological College

Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

“Beloved by God”

Jesus didn’t really need to be baptized, but he chose to. He was thereby fulfilling God’s will, so that God’s glory could shine. Is this how we choose to live our own faith? Do we also dare to let God’s glory shine?

Sunday, January 3rd
Epiphany of the Lord

Celebrant: Revd Brian Perron

Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

“Then you shall see and be radiant”

The wise men were guided by a great star in the sky. The shepherds were guided by the words of an angel and a great multitude of the heavenly host praising God. And from Isaiah we are promised and told; Lift up your eyes and look around; then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice. In preaching the news of the boundless riches of Christ, the apostle Paul encourages everyone to lift up their eyes to see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church, the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to us all. Celebrate Epiphany, be drawn into the light of Jesus Christ.

 

 

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