Plant Sale and Bake Sale
St. Matthew – St. Aidan Anglican Church
1937 Lakehurst Road, Buckhorn
(across from the locks)
Saturday, May 28, 2016
9.00 a.m. to noon
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A great selection of perennials
tasty home baked goods
Archbishop Colin Johnson read this statement to Diocesan Council on May 19, recommending that the Diocese continue with four episcopal areas at this time and seeking its concurrence with his request for the election of a third suffragan bishop on Sept. 17. Council approved both requests.
by Archbishop Colin Johnson
Over the past six weeks, I have consulted with over 210 clergy in six parish hall meetings, and with numerous lay leaders in other settings, about the proposed changes in the episcopal areas and the advisability of continuing with four episcopal areas, each with an area bishop, or reducing the areas and hence number of bishops by one. I have also met with the regional deans, and the area bishops have met both with their regional deans and area councils to consider this.
The results indicated a spectrum of thinking (not atypical for Anglicans on any subject) but a number of common themes emerged.
Having listened, prayed and thought about this carefully, I recommend that the Diocese of Toronto continue for this time with four episcopal areas, each with an area bishop, and that Diocesan Council concur with my request for the election of a third suffragan bishop to succeed the retiring or translated bishops suffragan of Toronto.
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Anglican and Catholic theologians, meeting in Toronto, Canada this week, have agreed on the publication of their first Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) document on the theme “Towards a Church fully reconciled”. The volume, which is likely to be published in the autumn, uses the ‘Receptive Ecumenism’ approach to look at the limitations within each communion and see how one Church can help the other grow towards the fullness of faith.
The third Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) is holding its sixth annual meeting from May 11th to 19th, hosted by the Anglican sisters of St John the Divine in Toronto. The 18 members of the Commission have completed work on the first part of their mandate, exploring tensions between the local and Universal Church within the two communions, and are continuing discussions on a second volume, looking at how Anglicans and Catholics make difficult moral and ethical decisions.
To find out more about the meeting, Philippa Hitchen spoke with the two co-chairs, Archbishop David Moxon from New Zealand who heads Rome’s Anglican Centre and Catholic Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham in the UK.
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There have been several upgrades to the web-site. These will be of particular interest to members of the Parish Liturgy Group but the new information will be informative for anyone.
A few comments first:
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Also, you might like to know that in any post or on any page on the web-site, when you mouse-over a highlighted item and it changes colour, you can click on that link to get additional information. Here is an example. Put your mouse cursor over “example” and click. After reading that info, click your <back button> to go back to where you previously were on the web-site. It’s simple and clicking on those links gives you access to more complete or more detailed information.
Now about the upgrades:
The upgrades can be found along the menu bar near the top of the web-site.
Under Sunday Services there are now three items:
This all may sound complicated but really it flows naturally so just click on the menu tabs and explore. There are lots of things to explore on the web-site and these recent upgrades are some of them. You wont’ break anything. If you get lost, click “Home” and start over. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of any page or series of posts and you’ll find a whole bunch of useful links.
A couple other changes to the menu. Some items have been re-arranged. Now under “Welcome” you can see a special “welcome to you” message, find out about “who we are”, see contact info, and email us. Elsewhere on the menu bar under “more info”, items have been simplified and they’re self-explanatory.
So please check out the recent upgrades and other stuff. It’s really easy. Just explore and then you can show off your web-site skills to family, friends and neighbours!
Blessings to you!
Homily for Easter VII C, Mothers’ Day, John 17: 20-26 NRSV
Jesus said: “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. ‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’ “
First, I’d like to begin by saying “Happy Mothers’ Day” to all mothers present. “Happy Mothers’ Day” to you. And, I suppose, in these days of political correctness, I should almost make an apology to the fathers present among us for excluding them from this special greeting. I hope you do understand the rationale for your being excluded. Next, that makes me wonder about those women present today who may not happen to be a mother and who may therefore feel that they are being excluded.
And so, in order that all present today may feel included and be one of us, lets us remember that each of us has (or has had) a mother. That’s what we have in common among us. Let us each give thanks for our mothers by wishing them a Happy Mothers’ Day — or by doing so simply through fond and tender recollections of all that our mothers have done for us.
Happy Mothers’ Day to all!
Now that we have managed to deal with some potential barriers, let’s take a look at what Jesus had to say about all this in today’s gospel from John. The reference takes us back in the time-line. At the end of March this year, we celebrated Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus as the Risen Christ. Today, in the gospel reading, we’ve returned to just before his crucifixion.
The Gospel of John is different than the other three. The other three, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, are the Synoptics. The Gospel of John is often referred to by scholars as the Fourth Gospel since it is notably different.
For example, in the Synoptics, it was in Gethsemane that Jesus offered his final prayers. Today and before this moment in this gospel reading, he offers the same prayers with his disciples while they were having their last supper together. This part of the Fourth Gospel is known as the Farewell Discourse.
Jesus has just shared a meal with his disciples. He has washed their feet. He has explained that he is leaving them. He then prays for himself. He prays for those at table with him. And he prays for those beyond the group of disciples. He prays that all may be one. In fact he says that three times that they all may be one… that others beyond the table may be one… that we all may be one.
Jesus is praying for inclusion not exclusion. Some people may interpret this passage about all being one as a call to convert the heathen so that they may see things as we do and therefore to become one with us. But that would be seeing things from a perspective of what divides rather than what brings together. Divisions are what separate nations, faiths, and people. Jesus goes beyond the system of divisions. He tells his followers to love one another and to be listening for the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
Michael Marsh, an Episcopal priest says it well:
If Jesus is praying for our oneness then he is also recognizing and rejecting the boundaries and differences that divide us. There are divisions within ourselves, our families, […], our nation. We live in a world full of divisions – male or female; rich or poor; gay or straight; [French or Anglo; Non-indigenous or Indigenous,] Christian or Muslim; conservative or liberal; educated or uneducated; young or old; heaven or earth; divine or human; sinner or saved; orthodox or heretic. We could go on and on listing the boundaries that we encounter and all too often establish or promote. They are not just divisions they have become oppositions. These divisions exist not only out there in the world but primarily and first in the human heart. We project onto the world our fragmented lives.
For every boundary we establish there is a human being. Ultimately, boundaries and differences are not about issues. They are about real people, with names, lives, joys, sorrows, concerns, and needs just like us. I think we sometimes forget or ignore this. It is easier to deal with an issue than a real person.
Whether or not we admit it the boundaries we establish and enforce are usually done in such a way as to favor us; to make us feel ok, to reassure us that we are right and in control, chosen and desired, seen and recognized, approved of and accepted. In order for me to win someone must lose, in order for me to be included someone must be excluded otherwise winning and being included mean nothing. The divisions of our lives in some way become self-perpetuating.
This is not what Jesus’ final prayer is about. His prayer is about loving one another. [To abridge the inscription on a popular tee-shirt:]
Being one has to do with breaking down barriers and divisions through love. That is the commandment Jesus calls out from the depths of his final prayer. He says to love God with all our heart, and all our soul and all our mind, and to love others as we are to love ourselves and as God loves each of us.
Being one is a radical call to love. It is a radical call to acceptance, to transcending artificial boundaries.
That is exactly what Mothers’ Day is all about especially for us in North American because Mothers’ Day here came about because of a proclamation shouted out by a woman whose name was Julia Ward Howe at the end of the American Civil War, one of the bloodiest wars of all history.
The words of her proclamation still cry out to us in concert with Jesus’ final prayer for us all to be one:
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!
Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be
taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach
them of charity, mercy and patience.
We women of one country will be too tender of those of another
country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From
the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says “Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance
Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons
of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a
great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women,
to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each
bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
but of God.
In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at
the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the
alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement
of international questions, the great and general interests of
Julia Ward Howe
It would seem that the North American version of Mothers’ Day came into being as an echo of Jesus’ own prayer for us all to be one.
And so, on that note, again, Happy Mothers’ Day to all.
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Read more background about the origin of Mothers’ Day from HuffPost Religion: Mother’s Day History Is Steeped In Radical, Religious Feminism
 Michael Marsh in his blog https://interruptingthesilence.com/2010/05/16/that-they-may-all-be-one-a-sermon-for-easter-7c-john-1720-26/
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— The Anglican Journal
As accounts of chaos and destruction emerge from firestorm-stricken Fort McMurray, Alta., Anglicans across Canada are responding with help including financial aid, practical assistance and prayers.
“We’ve had offers of prayers and support from across the country,” Bishop Fraser Lawton, of the diocese of Athabasca, said Wednesday, May 4. Parishes in the nearby towns of Lac la Biche, Athabasca and Boyle were all trying to reach out to evacuees and others affected by the disaster, he said.
On Wednesday afternoon, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) announced it would provide financial help, in as-yet unspecified amounts, to the dioceses of both Athabasca, in which Fort McMurray falls, and Edmonton, which has been offering assistance. It is also accepting donations toward relief efforts.
“PWRDF will respond through local Anglican channels as the needs become evident in the next few days,” PWRDF said in a prepared statement.
Also Wednesday, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, sent out a call to prayer for the people of the stricken city.
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Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada’s Lost Promise and One Girl’s Dream
By Charlie Angus
University of Regina Press, 2015
Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada’s Lost Promise and One Girl’s Dream follows the arc of historic political decisions, and traces those decisions to today’s epic, life-and-death struggle for Indigenous children, particularly in Treaty 9 area, northern Ontario.
Author Charlie Angus—New Democrat Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay—draws a line from early 20th century, grossly-low education transfer payments for Aboriginal students in residential schools to a shortfall of $1.54 billion in First Nations education dollars between 1996 and 2008.
Today, 89 First Nations across Canada have drinking water advisories, 43 of them in Ontario. As with education, provision of clean water suffers from a lack of jurisdictional coherence. The Ontario Clean Water Act of 2000, a response to the deaths in Walkerton, Ont., does not cover reserves in the province.
Aboriginal children on reserve experience poverty unknown to most Canadians—mouldy and cold classrooms, substandard and dangerous housing, illness from poor sanitation, and power system failures.
Daily we hear of child and youth suicide: 100 attempts in Attawapiskat (population 2,000) since September 2015—38 of those in March and April of this year. Yet, Angus chooses to focus the book on the vision and courage of Aboriginal youth who struggle for equity, fairness and respect.
In January 2008, a Students Helping Students campaign was launched to stand up to Canada’s “educational apartheid.” Attawapiskat’s need for a school was dire.
Within a few weeks, national media picked up the story, and two northern Ontario schools joined the campaign, followed by schools in Toronto. A YouTube video (a new platform in 2008) made by David Fraser, an Indigenous Grade 5 student, went viral with 35,000 hits. Teachers’ federations and school boards across Canada wrote letters to then Minister of Indian Affairs, Chuck Strahl.
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On 20 April, the parish invited members of the local community to be guests for a community spaghetti dinner. Over seventy people accepted the invitation and enjoyed spaghetti with wonderfully delicious sauces — either meat or vegan. Caesar salad and crusty bread rounded out the meal. And then there were the desserts — all home-made.
The meal was carefully prepared by local chefs Doris and Sue and Peggy with the assistance of their capable crew. “The trick to making a really great sauce,” Doris confided, “is using all fresh ingredients and letting the sauce simmer gently for a long time.” Everyone commended the chefs for their fantastic sauce.
An added feature for the evening was dinner music performed on piano by our favourite Archdeacon, David Peasgood.
There was no charge for enjoying the dinner but many people wished to support the work of the parish through a free-will offering. This was not expected but was gratefully appreciated. Thank you and blessings to you.
There were several new faces in the crowd in addition to local residents who often attend parish functions. Among new faces, were people who have recently moved to the Buckhorn area. “Great to see you! And welcome to a great little community.”
As with the many other events undertaken by the parish, this dinner would not be possible without the support of many parishioners who contributed to its success in many ways from advertising, setting up, serving coffee and tea, doing the dishes, and with cleaning up. Thanks to each person who helped! And, special thanks to Doris, Sue, and Peggy.
It was a really fun evening.
Friday 8th April 2016
Following media reports, the Archbishop of Canterbury has released the following personal statement.
A PERSONAL STATEMENT BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY JUSTIN WELBY
In the last month I have discovered that my biological father is not Gavin Welby but, in fact, the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne.
This comes as a complete surprise.
My mother (Jane Williams) and father (Gavin Welby) were both alcoholics. My mother has been in recovery since 1968, and has not touched alcohol for over 48 years. I am enormously proud of her. My father (Gavin Welby) died as a result of the alcohol and smoking in 1977 when I was 21.
As a result of my parents’ addictions my early life was messy, although I had the blessing and gift of a wonderful education, and was cared for deeply by my grandmother, my mother once she was in recovery, and my father (Gavin Welby) as far as he was able.
I have had a life of great blessing and wonderful support, especially from Caroline and our children, as well as a great many wonderful friends and family.
read full statement… [a humble testimony and model of faithfulness]
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watch also the Archbishop’s opening address to the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) in Lusaka, Zambia
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