Sunday November 6

St James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth

November 6, 2016 Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect Eternal God, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning, grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING: Job 19:23-27a
23I wish that my words could be written down 24or chiseled into rock. 25I know that my Savior lives,
and at the end he will stand on this earth. 26My flesh may be destroyed, yet from this body I will see God.
27Yes, I will see him for myself, and I long for that moment.

PSALMODY: Psalm 17:1-9 (Said Responsively)
1I am innocent, LORD!
Won’t you listen as I pray and beg for help?

I am honest! Please hear my prayer.
2Only you can say that I am innocent,
because only your eyes can see the truth.

3You know my heart,
and even during the night you have tested me
and found me innocent.

I have made up my mind never to tell a lie.
4I don’t do like others.

I obey your teachings and am not cruel.
5I have followed you, without ever stumbling.

6I pray to you, God, because you will help me.
Listen and answer my prayer!

7Show your wonderful love.
Your mighty arm protects those who run to you
for safety from their enemies.

8Protect me as you would your very own eyes;
hide me in the shadow of your wings.

9Don’t let my brutal enemies
attack from all sides and kill me.

God of truth and justice, watch over your people in adversity, that we may know the wonders of your love and see the glory of your presence; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

SECOND READING: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
When our Lord Jesus returns, we will be gathered up to meet him. So I ask you, my friends, 2not to be easily upset or disturbed by people who claim that the Lord has already come. They may say that they heard this directly from the Holy Spirit, or from someone else, or even that they read it in one of our letters. 3But don’t be fooled! People will rebel against God. Then before the Lord returns, the wicked one who is doomed to be destroyed will appear. 4He will brag and oppose everything that is holy or sacred. He will even sit in God’s temple and claim to be God. 5Don’t you remember that I told you this while I was still with you? 6You already know what is holding this wicked one back until it is time for him to come. 7His mysterious power is already at work, but someone is holding him back. And the wicked one won’t appear until that someone is out of the way. 8Then he will appear, but the Lord Jesus will kill him simply by breathing on him. He will be completely destroyed by the LORD’S glorious return.
9When the wicked one appears, Satan will pretend to work all kinds of miracles, wonders, and signs. 10Lost people will be fooled by his evil deeds. They could be saved, but they will refuse to love the truth and accept it. 11So God will make sure that they are fooled into believing a lie. 12All of them will be punished, because they would rather do evil than believe the truth.
13My friends, the Lord loves you, and it is only natural for us to thank God for you. God chose you to be the first ones to be saved. His Spirit made you holy, and you put your faith in the truth. 14God used our preaching as his way of inviting you to share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15My friends, that’s why you must remain faithful and follow closely what we taught you in person and by our letters.
16God our Father loves us. He is kind and has given us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope. We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father 17will encourage you and help you always to do and say the right thing.

GOSPEL: Luke 20:27-38
27The Sadducees did not believe that people would rise to life after death. So some of them came to Jesus 28and said: Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and has no children, his brother should marry the widow. Their first son would then be thought of as the son of the dead brother. 29There were once seven brothers. The first one married, but died without having any children. 30The second one married his brother’s widow, and he also died without having any children. 31The same thing happened to the third one. Finally, all seven brothers married that woman and died without having any children. 32At last the woman died. 33When God raises people from death, whose wife will this woman be? All seven brothers had married her.
34Jesus answered: The people in this world get married. 35But in the future world no one who is worthy to rise from death will either marry 36or die. They will be like the angels and will be God’s children, because they have been raised to life. 37In the story about the burning bush, Moses clearly shows that people will live again. He said, “The Lord is the God worshiped by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” 38So the Lord isn’t the God of the dead, but of the living. This means that everyone is alive as far as God is concerned.

Sentence: Jesus Christ is the first born of the dead; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen see Revelation 1:5-6
Notices.
Donations for seafarers Christmas packages are now being requested. There is a list in the Narthex. Please sign up and let us know now what you would like to contribute. We will be purchasing what ever else is needed the week of December 4th – 10th Sunday after church on the 11th will be the packing day.

On Thursday Dec 8 St James the less church welcomes seniors in the area to:
an Advent Afternoon Tea. 2:00-4:00 Please talk with Sue, Sharon or Ada if you would like to help plan and run this event.
Goals:
Fellowship
Exchange of ideas and resources for personal needs.
A cup of tea and light snacks
Some entertainment
Some inspirational thoughts

We are looking for a volunteer to take the Remembrance Day Wreath to the Cenotaph service on the 11th. Please indicate to Eric if you are able to do that in remembrance of the members of this Parish lost in war.

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Readings for Sunday Oct 30

There were three sets of readings that we could have used for today. This is the one I have selected.

St James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth

Reformation Sunday / Day
October 30 / 31, 2016

FIRST READING: Jeremiah 31:31-34

​31The LORD said:
​The time will surely come when I will make a new agreement with the people of Israel and Judah. 32It will be different from the agreement I made with their ancestors when I led them out of Egypt. Although I was their God, they broke that agreement.
​33Here is the new agreement that I, the LORD, will make with the people of Israel:

“I will write my laws on their hearts and minds.
​I will be their God, and they will be my people.

​ 34″No longer will they have to teach one another to obey me. I, the LORD, promise that all of them will obey me, ordinary people and rulers alike. I will forgive their sins and forget the evil things they have done.”

PSALMODY: Psalm 46

1God is our mighty fortress,
​always ready to help in times of trouble.
2And so, we won’t be afraid!
Let the earth tremble
​and the mountains tumble into the deepest sea.
3Let the ocean roar and foam,
​and its raging waves shake the mountains.

4A river and its streams bring joy to the city,
​which is the sacred home of God Most High.
5God is in that city, and it won’t be shaken.
​He will help it at dawn.

6Nations rage! Kingdoms fall!
​But at the voice of God the earth itself melts.
7The LORD All-Powerful is with us.
​The God of Jacob is our fortress.

8Come! See the fearsome things
​the LORD has done on earth.
9God brings wars to an end all over the world.
He breaks the arrows, shatters the spears,
​and burns the shields.
10Our God says, “Calm down, and learn that I am God!
​All nations on earth will honor me.”
11The LORD All-Powerful is with us.
​The God of Jacob is our fortress.

SECOND READING: Romans 3:19-28

​19We know that everything in the Law was written for those who are under its power. The Law says these things to stop anyone from making excuses and to let God show that the whole world is guilty. 20God doesn’t accept people simply because they obey the Law. No, indeed! All the Law does is to point out our sin.
​21Now we see how God does make us acceptable to him. The Law and the Prophets tell how we become acceptable, and it isn’t by obeying the Law of Moses. 22God treats everyone alike. He accepts people only because they have faith in Jesus Christ. 23All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. 24But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. 25-26God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God. And God did this to show that in the past he was right to be patient and forgive sinners. This also shows that God is right when he accepts people who have faith in Jesus.
​27What is left for us to brag about? Not a thing! Is it because we obeyed some law? No! It is because of faith. 28We see that people are acceptable to God because they have faith, and not because they obey the Law.

GOSPEL: John 8:31-36

31Jesus told the people who had faith in him, “If you keep on obeying what I have said, you truly are my disciples. 32You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33They answered, “We are Abraham’s children! We have never been anyone’s slaves. How can you say we will be set free?”
34Jesus replied:
I tell you for certain that anyone who sins is a slave of sin! 35And slaves don’t stay in the family forever, though the Son will always remain in the family. 36If the Son gives you freedom, you are free!

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Sunday

Sentence: God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and he has entrusted us with the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19

Today at the Rectory: Pizza! We will be eating together and then doing a “Taster” of one of the “First Spiritual exercise” This is easy and an enjoyable experience! Then we will be taking some time in Spiritual conversation about what God is calling us to in our ministry together.

This Thursday Evening: Live well to the Finish! An expert panel on living life to the fullest right to the very end while navigating the mysteries and obstacles of aging and the healthcare systems. 7:00 This is for you and your friends. It is a ministry of this Church. Please come out and support it and help lead it. It would be great if we had some refreshments organized for this.

Alpha has begun at the Rectory; If you know someone who would like to explore the faith it is not too late to join us.

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Thanksgiving

Many thanks go out to Anne Ross and Kent and Bonnie Jones for taking the time and sharing their gifts of creativity with us in doing some seasonal decorating. Thanksgiving weekend often marks the change in season as we go from summer into a canvas of beautiful pastel colours that prepare us for the winter. Our minds are full of the memories of summer and special times with family and friends through our vacation time. School has begun and the preparation for winter is well underway. Lawnmowers are being put away and Snowblowers are being dragged out to be in position near the driveway. Flower beds are being put in condition for the winter, boats are out of the water and winterized. Tools are being shifted around in the garden shed. What do you do to get ready for the winter?

This is a great time to reflect on all that God has provided in the season of growing and recreation and for how he is preparing us for the long winter. Take a moment to utter a prayer. Maybe it is just in silence by yourself. Maybe it is around a family table. But do it. Give thanks for the provision. Give thanks for Family and Friends. Give thanks for our freedom to worship. Give thanks for our Nation. Give thanks for all our hard won freedoms and liberties.

If there are not special envelopes available for your special Thanksgiving offering (due to the book store being closed this week) please simply mark the outside of your regular envelope with the portion of your total offering that is over and above your regular giving as “Thanksgiving”

Eric
Rector of Renforth

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Prayer Walk and Cornboil

Here are the details. After a short (45 min) service.
Please organize your selves into groups as quickly as possible.

*Every person matters Young or old.
*Prayer is the “work” of the Church.
*We are praying “on site with insight”
*Ask God to prepare your heart to “listen” as well as to help you pray
*Prayer is a two way communication.

At approximately 11:15 we will depart in groups to the following places.
Places to pray.
1 Dorothy Buckley’s home overlooking the entire parish. (Max 6)
2 Walking through K-Park
3 Walking along Rothesay Road and along the Shore Road.
4 At the top of the Fox Farm Road. Entrance to the community.
5. Walking or Driving through some of the side streets as the spirit leads

What to Pray
Lord Reveal your heart for this place
Lord what have you already begun?
Lord show us where to join you

When to eat and share
Please return to the Rectory by 12:15 at the latest.
We have asked people to bring a salad or a dessert to share.
Eric will have corn and hot dogs ready to serve. We will eat and then share and note our impressions.
We should be done at about 1:30

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Prayer Walk/Drive

Prayer Walk 2016
This sunday is our annual prayer walk and corn boil. We will have a short (45min) service at 10:30 followed by a time to go into the community to pray in a number of designated locations. After the time of prayer you are invited to come back to the Rectory and enjoy some Corn and Hot Dogs. We are asking you to come and to bring a salad or dessert to share as well. Prayer is the work of the church and we hope that you will join us this sunday. Specific instructions and options will be given out during the service. Please call Eric if you have questions. Volunteers would be welcome to help with making tea and coffee and setting out the food.

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Education oppoutrnities

Our new ministry training school, Threshold School of Ministry, has an incredible group of instructors who want to see leaders trained and formed who can reach our communities and rapidly changing culture. This fall, we have the following courses scheduled:

HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY 1 (EARLY CHURCH TO REFORMATION)
October 17-18, 2016 with Peter Fitch, DMin.
You’ll look at and understand some of the major emphases and movements in spiritual formation in pre-Reformation Christian history; highlighting ideas and practices from monks, martyrs and mystics.
Course outline and registration

HERMENEUTICS
October 20-21, 2016 with Brian Metzger, MMin.
We will cover the principles for studying the Bible with the goal of hearing what the original author wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The student will be introduced to the important things interpreters and communities bring to the text. Special attention will be paid to the Biblical narrative contextualizing Biblical exegesis in the contemporary world as the revealed Word of God that shapes and informs contemporary life.
Course outline and registration

CHRISTIANITY AS A PIONEERING FAITH
October 24-25, 2016 with Cam Roxburgh, DMin.
Explore your understanding of pioneering mission and evangelism and ways in which the Church has responded to changing contexts through history, making links with key theological and Biblical ideas.
Course outline and registration

EVANGELISM IN A PLURALISTIC WORLD
October 27-28, 2016 with Merv Budd, MDiv
We will explore what it means to be Christian witnesses in the current Canadian cultural context. We will wrestle with what it means to be living in a post-Christendom, post-modern and pluralistic society. We will explore how we are to bear witness to our culture in this context and how we might engage with other worldviews and beliefs which are at odds with the Christian faith.
Course outline and registration

It’s not too late to register for one or more of these exciting opportunities to learn from our gifted practitioners. Click here to register. Course outlines and syllabi will be made available upon receipt of registration. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Wendy at (506) 642-2210, ext 221.

-Shawn

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Thankyou for attending and sharing

Thankyou so much for coming out last night to our discussion. Your input was valuable to me and also to Bishop David. It was valuable to me because it showed me the range of thinking and feeling for the parish, which is likely not much different for the Diocese. Some want and need more information. Some continue to struggle with what they will do either in the near future or in three years time. Some have worked out a way to deal with the issue. Some have remained silent.

David’s message to us was clear. He is the bishop of the whole diocese, the mission of Christ is the most important thing and we need to continue to listen to each other and process this. It has wide ranging effects that have not been fully considered.

There will be more to come. In two weeks time the Delegates to Synod will meet meet in fredericton to do much the same thing that we did. Out of that will emerg some kind of way to process all of this. I urge your full participation as we go forward. Surely our parish is worth this effort.

David has Called us to remain in unity for the sake of the Gospel and I call you to that as well.

I would also commend to your reading the work that Chris Smith did in commenting on the report “This Holy Estate”. If you would like to read it then email me or Chris and we will send it to you. There will also be a copy in the church narthex.

Both documents are available below

marriage_canon_report_15sept22

copyofholyestatenotes

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Some Thoughts on changing the definition of Marriage

To the faithful Members of St. James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth

This Thursday we meet with Bishop David to talk about the implications of the actions of General Synod. General Synod has passed the 1st of 2 required readings of this motion. The motion redefines marriage by removing the traditional prescription of one man with one woman and restating it as simply two persons. The problem that I have with this action is that the definition that we have accepted for thousands of years has come through the scriptures not through synods. It has never been up to us to define or redefine marriage. It just is as the scriptures say that it is. By doing what they did General Synod has down graded its view of scripture. This is not a trivial thing. They have also in their so called debate preparation taken liberty with methods of bible study and with the nature of the Holy Spirit. I listened to several of our delegates talk about this at our recent clergy conference. The document that was given as the report of purposed change is also deeply flawed and offers no real theologically sound argument. In other words the whole thing was rigged and manipulated from the beginning. Perhaps a better thing would have been to simply remove the cannon on marriage altogether.

To some of you this will not be a big deal. So what? The Church is becoming more and more like society and generally in harmony with the laws of the land. Can’t we just all get along and be fine with it?

Wait a minute; I made a vow before my bishop and God and the gathered public at my ordination: Here is what it says: Will you be ready, with all faithful diligence, to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrines contrary to God’s Word; and to use both public and private monitions and exhortations, as well to the sick as to the whole, within your cures, as need require, and occasion shall be given? .. and I said: I will, the Lord being my helper.

And so I have to say here in my blog that I believe that General Synod has erred grievously in what they have done. I warn you as people of God to not accept this change in doctrine. Examine the word of God and your on conscience. I would be out of compliance with my ordination vows if I did not say this.

On the other hand… and there is another hand… how do we proceed? How do we proceed as Christ’s hands and feet, light and truth in the community that we are planted in. Should we advocate that we simply return to a “don’t ask, don’t tell” position. That will not work now and was also always sub christian in its values set. This is a real time to ask the very important question What would Jesus do? The world that we live in today is much more complex than the world that Jesus lived in, yet he still walks with us today in this world. The world we live in is much more sexualized and given over to human and individual rights and expressions. This stuff is enshrined in our laws and acceptable practices. You can be shocked by this or ignore it personally if you like, but as a community church that would not be an acceptable position.

I was briefly encouraged this spring when the house of bishops could not find support for the motions and the primate indicated that perhaps a legislative solution was not the answer here, but that direction did not come to any fruition. They were able to create a few more liberal bishops that would turn the vote. Was this sneaky and dirty politics? If only they would have struggled with the scriptures and talked with the rest of the Church around the world.

I believe that there is a way forward for us. It begins with prayer and it begins with Jesus. What do you think we should do? Bring your thoughts and your prayerful self to our meeting this Thursday.

Eric
Rector of Renforth

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Bulletin for September 4

St. James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth

September 4, 2016 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect: Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that richly bearing the fruit of good works, we may by you be richly rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15Today I am giving you a choice. You can choose life and success or death and disaster. 16-18I am commanding you to be loyal to the LORD, to live the way he has told you, and to obey his laws and teachings. You are about to cross the Jordan River and take the land that he is giving you. If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.
On the other hand, you might choose to disobey the LORD and reject him. So I’m warning you that if you bow down and worship other gods, you won’t have long to live.
19Right now I call the sky and the earth to be witnesses that I am offering you this choice. Will you choose for the LORD to make you prosperous and give you a long life? Or will he put you under a curse and kill you? Choose life! 20Be completely faithful to the LORD your God, love him, and do whatever he tells you. The LORD is the only one who can give life, and he will let you live a long time in the land that he promised to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

PSALMODY: Psalm 1 (Said Responsively)

1God blesses those people who refuse evil advice
and won’t follow sinners
or join in sneering at God.
2Instead, the Law of the LORD makes them happy,
and they think about it day and night.

3They are like trees growing beside a stream,
trees that produce fruit in season
and always have leaves.
Those people succeed in everything they do.

4That isn’t true of those who are evil,
because they are like straw blown by the wind.
5Sinners won’t have an excuse on the day of judgment,
and they won’t have a place with the people of God.
6The LORD protects everyone who follows him,
but the wicked follow a road that leads to ruin.

Giver of life, save us from the desert of faithlessness and nourish us with the living water of your word, that we may bring forth fruit that will last, in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

SECOND READING: Philemon 1-21
1From Paul, who is in jail for serving Christ Jesus, and from Timothy, who is like a brother because of our faith.
Philemon, you work with us and are very dear to us. This letter is to you 2and to the church that meets in your home. It is also to our dear friend Apphia and to Archippus, who serves the Lord as we do.
3I pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!
4Philemon, each time I mention you in my prayers, I thank God. 5I hear about your faith in our Lord Jesus and about your love for all of God’s people. 6As you share your faith with others, I pray that they may come to know all the blessings Christ has given us. 7My friend, your love has made me happy and has greatly encouraged me. It has also cheered the hearts of God’s people.
8Christ gives me the courage to tell you what to do. 9But I would rather ask you to do it simply because of love. Yes, as someone in jail for Christ, 10I beg you to help Onesimus! He is like a son to me because I led him to Christ here in jail. 11Before this, he was useless to you, but now he is useful both to you and to me.
12Sending Onesimus back to you makes me very sad. 13I would like to keep him here with me, where he could take your place in helping me while I am here in prison for preaching the good news. 14But I won’t do anything unless you agree to it first. I want your act of kindness to come from your heart, and not be something you feel forced to do.
15Perhaps Onesimus was taken from you for a little while so that you could have him back for good, 16but not as a slave. Onesimus is much more than a slave. To me he is a dear friend, but to you he is even more, both as a person and as a follower of the Lord.
17If you consider me a friend because of Christ, then welcome Onesimus as you would welcome me. 18If he has cheated you or owes you anything, charge it to my account. 19With my own hand I write: I, PAUL, WILL PAY YOU BACK. But don’t forget that you owe me your life. 20My dear friend and follower of Christ our Lord, please cheer me up by doing this for me.
21I am sure you will do all I have asked, and even more.

GOSPEL: Luke 14:25-33
25Large crowds were walking along with Jesus, when he turned and said:
26You cannot be my disciple, unless you love me more than you love your father and mother, your wife and children, and your brothers and sisters. You cannot come with me unless you love me more than you love your own life.
27You cannot be my disciple unless you carry your own cross and come with me.
28Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. What is the first thing you will do? Won’t you sit down and figure out how much it will cost and if you have enough money to pay for it? 29Otherwise, you will start building the tower, but not be able to finish. Then everyone who sees what is happening will laugh at you. 30They will say, “You started building, but could not finish the job.”
31What will a king do if he has only ten thousand soldiers to defend himself against a king who is about to attack him with twenty thousand soldiers? Before he goes out to battle, won’t he first sit down and decide if he can win? 32If he thinks he won’t be able to defend himself, he will send messengers and ask for peace while the other king is still a long way off. 33So then, you cannot be my disciple unless you give away everything you own.

Sentence: Let your countenance shine upon your servant and teach me your statutes. Psalm 119:135
Notices and other Important things.

Time with Bishop David this Thursday evening at 7 in the Church. If you are concerned at all with the decision of the Anglican Church of Canada to begin the process of changing the Definition of Marriage from “one man and one woman” to “one person to another person” Than you really need to be here to help us all process the way forward. There are some resources on the Narthex table that may help. I was with the clergy of the diocese and Bp David for most of this past week. It was an encouraging time.

Annual Parish Prayer walk Sept 25th (Bridgetown service at 9:30) and Corn boil on the Rectory Lawn. We have done this several times now and always with real results (Renforth Wharf Days, Health Wellness and Safety ministry to Seniors) We will combine this with Bridgetown at 9:30 and follow it up with a Corn-boil on the lawn to discuss our impressions from God after our time of prayer. We will have a short service at 10:30 and then be sent out to pray.

The Blessing of the Animals at the zoo will take place on October 9th That is also Thanksgiving Sunday but it will be a fun afternoon to bring kids to. 2:00

Alpha will begin the following week Oct 16th on Sunday Evenings Sign up in the Narthex for yourself and friends. Val and I will host the first group, if there are more then 10 we will look for another host family. We will come together for the weekend on the Holy Spirit. The new Alpha Film series will be used. “Alpha as you have never seen it before”

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