Annual General Meeting, Sunday, 1 p.m.

“Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  I Peter 2:5

Western Wall

Come to worship tomorrow, stay for lunch, and be part of our AGM, if you can sign the book as a member, of course.

After worship, around noon, we will share lunch together in the John West Hall, and then, satisfied and giving thanks for God’s goodness, God’s faithfulness in Jesus Christ, we will move into our Annual General Meeting. Yes, it’s a business meeting, but it’s much more than that as we gather to consider the shape of our participation in Kingdom Business.

Hope to see you here. God bless.

Worship for Ash Wednesday, tonight, 7 p.m.

Ash Wednesday-Latin
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near — 2a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness!  (Joel 2:1-2)


Ash Wednesday worship at the Cathedral will be held this evening at 7 p.m.  Our worship will include the Imposition of Ashes and the Holy Eucharist.  All welcome.

Memento, homo, quia pulvis es,Ash Wednesday-cross
et in pulverim reverteris.
Remember, human, that you are dust,
and to dust you will return.

 

Return to the LORD, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.  (Joel 2:13)

Hiltz: Right-to-die ruling needs church’s serious attention

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate, The Anglican Church of Canada. Mississauga, ON, Canada.

The church remains “deeply committed to the ministry of accompanying people in their lifelong journey,” says the primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz in a statement on the Supreme Court ruling on doctor-assisted dying.   File photo: General Synod Communications

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, issued a statement Tuesday night on the Supreme Court’s ruling on physician-assisted dying in which he called on Anglicans to “exhibit an unwavering resolve to include those most affected by our deliberations” in conversations around end-of-life issues.

While acknowledging the diverse opinions Anglicans hold on these matters, Hiltz emphasized that the church must listen to those “suffering through intolerable physical pain, emotional anguish and spiritual turmoil” as it engages in conversations about physician-assisted dying.

“We recognize the need to walk in a particular way with those who are suffering debilitating illnesses. We recognize the need to offer people a listening ear and a pastoral heart as in the face of death they ponder the meaning and value of their lives,” he said, adding that the church also recognizes “the importance of a person’s right to dignity in life and death.”

Hiltz noted that both those who see this as “cause for “celebration” and those who see it as “cause for great concern” add important perspectives to the situation. But he said, “whatever one’s perspective, serious attention needs to be given to the court ruling’s intent and application” and conversations must include the church and the Canadian society at large.

Hiltz said Care in Dying, a report produced in 2000 and which the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada commended for study throughout the church, remains “a valuable” resource for parishes.

He noted that this document called for a renewal of “the church’s commitment to the provision of the best quality of palliative care in keeping with the dignity and sanctity of human life.” While the Supreme Court ruling has changed the legal situation, Hiltz sees these principles as being in line with those espoused in the Care in Dying report.

That  report also called the church to “sustain the commitment to care even when it is no longer possible to cure,” and suggests that cessation of treatment may be part of that care, but “does not support the idea that care can include an act or omission whose primary intention is to end a person’s life,” arguing that health care delivery should “reflect the desire of Canadians to be a community that sustains the dignity and worth of its members.”

Care in Dying also highlighted concerns over the possible abuse that might come with the legalization of euthanasia, namely that it “could present special risks for those in our society who are already vulnerable.”

The primate also noted that the church has “re-opened the conversation” by appointing a task force on physician-assisted suicide through the Faith, Worship and Ministry committee. The group includes legal and medical experts as well as ethicists and pastors who represent “a declared diversity of opinion over what constitutes appropriate end-of-life care,” and has been asked to “resource and guide us in these discussions.”

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last week to strike down the ban on assisted dying came after it was successfully argued that such a ban violated the rights of an individual suffering from a “grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring and intolerable suffering” to “life, liberty, and security of the person,” and was therefore unconstitutional.

– See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/hiltz-right-to-die-ruling-needs-church-s-serious-attention#sthash.Q9egUkgc.dpuf

Nel Henteleff, beloved sister, rest in peace

Nel, youngMay she rest in peace and rise in glory.

NEL HENTELEFF April 14, 1927 – February 2, 2015 Death came quietly to Nel during her afternoon nap on Monday, February 2, 2015. Born in Amsterdam April 14, 1927, she came to Winnipeg in 1953 for a one year research lab position at the Medical College. There she met Paul. September 1, 1954 they entered a 60 year loving marriage. Grieving now are Paul; five children, Jacob (Cobber), Marke, Sybil, Harry, Alexandra and their spouses; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. One daughter, Saskia, died in 1990. Nel was a very active person. She loved raising her children and the many family activities. When the children were older gardening became a passion. She volunteered with a number of community organizations including Winnipeg Horticultural Society (president), Manitoba Regional Lily Society, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and St. Boniface Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. She was a lifelong learner (university courses) and a voracious reader.

Nel, middle agedShe stimulated her children to follow the example. Nel always pointed us in new and exciting directions; a camping trip across Canada with six children under the age of 12; then four years later “the Trip” – a camping trip for 22 months across Europe and North Africa. At Nel’s urging, Paul changed his career to become medical director of palliative care at St. Boniface Hospital, the highlight of his career. It was Nel’s idea to move to an acreage in 1981, “the Willows”, where they shared their passion for gardening and then again to move to Victoria Crescent (2001) to continue gardening on a smaller scale.

In 2011 Nel recognized the possible challenges in future independence and they moved to Fred Douglas Place (gardening was downsized to indoor bulbs!) The last year of life was challenging due to health problems and Neldrastic loss of mobility. Death came as a shock for us but as a peaceful release for Nel. She was particularly grateful through the years to Drs. Jack Hildes, P. Mehta, C. Bourque and P. Nemeth, physiotherapist Mary Eaton and, more recently, home care helpers Carmen, Muriel and Tess. We bid adieu to a radiant woman: wife, mother, grandmother. She asked bold questions and had demanding standards of behaviour. Her faith moved restlessly between worshipful adoration and theological discontent.

Nel’s funeral service, with Holy Communion at her request, will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue with The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, presider. In lieu of flowers, out of compassion for the hungry, and conscious of Nel’s experience of the 1944 – 45 “hunger winter” under the Nazi occupation of Holland, please donate to the Canadian Food Grains Bank or to Winnipeg Harvest.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on February 10, 2015

Nel Henteleff, Requiescat in Pace

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

NelOn Monday afternoon, 2 February 2015, our beloved sister Nel Henteleff died peacefully at home. Please pray for Paul and their children and their whole family in this time of sorrow, even as they and we give thanks for an amazing life well lived, and for the end of Nel’s suffering.

More details will follow, but the funeral date has been set for Saturday, February 14th at 2 p.m., here at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral.  Yes, that’s right, Valentine’s Day, and why not, since she was our sweetheart.

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves.  If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:7-8)

Good news from the Church of England

Thanks be to God!

Libby Lane, first female bishop, C of E

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-30974547

26 January 2015

The Church of England has consecrated its first female bishop during a ceremony at York Minster.

The Reverend Libby Lane, 48, has been ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in front of more than 1,000 people.

The Church formally adopted legislation last November to allow women bishops, following decades of argument over women’s ordination.

Archbishop of York John Sentamu, who led the service, said he had been “praying and working for this day”.

During the two-hour service Dr Sentamu and other bishops laid their hands on Mrs Lane and prayed. This was followed by lengthy applause.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Opening Service

Jesus said to her: ‘Give me a drink’

Sunday, 18 January 2015, 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral.
135 Anderson Avenue, just east of Main Street, toward the Red River,
on the north side of St. John’s Park.
Street parking, all sides of property.

Bishop Don will preach.WOPCU 2015
Dean Paul will preside.
Ecumenical leaders will participate.
Ecumenical Choir will lead us in song, with
organ, piano, percussion, trumpet, and flute.
Reception to follow in the John West Hall.

ALL WELCOME IN THE NAME OF CHRIST, WHO ALONE MAKES US ONE.

A huge thank you to Fr. Robert Polz, RC Archdiocese of Winnipeg,
and the Rev. Deacon Michele Barr, ELCIC, for planning and leadership.

Money and the Church

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, THE REV. LAURA MARIE PIOTROWICZ

“I’m a priest serving a 6-point parish in the Diocese of Brandon. I consider church to be a verb, and I’m passionate about PWRDF, eco-theology, and social justice. I love travel, reading, canoeing, camping, gardening and cooking, playing with my dogs, and drinking good coffee.”  Ed. Note:  I’m pretty sure she also loves St. John’s Cathedral in Winnipeg.

From The Community, a conversation site of The Anglican Church of Canada:

The start of a new year often gets people thinking about money: budgets, financial planning, spending habits. We do it Budget, money in a jarpersonally, we do it in the church (God bless the treasurers preparing for Annual Meetings!); we look at ways we can (hopefully) balance the bottom line. It’s not usually fun, but it needs to be done.

So, especially in the time of budget setting and financial planning, I would challenge the whole church to be aware of its finances. Not to suggest that we all become financial wizards, but to at least have a working knowledge of our parish budgets. How much money do we bring in? What are our expenses? Do our expenditures reflect the values of the people?

Of course, discussing money makes many people uncomfortable. It can feel awkward, it goes against our cultural norm of greed and want. And we don’t need to broadcast who gives how much; but we do need a broad understanding.

And perhaps we need to be reminded that talking about money is not a strange thing. We all do it in our homes, many of us do it in our work, why not do it in the church?

Despite the discomfort, though, we should remember that money is not separate from our faith; it is a part of the journey. Jesus talked about money – a lot; the only thing he spoke of more was the kingdoms of heaven and hell. The bible references finances some 2300 times.

And how we spend our money shows where we put our priorities.

For many of us, our biggest expenses are housing, food, clothing. We want to be safe, warm, dry; we want to have good nutritious food in our bellies, we want to have adequate clothes on our backs. But how we meet those needs, and how we spend the rest of our money, is our decision. We can choose to be thrifty, we can choose to be extravagant. We can opt to carry large debts, we can opt to have large savings accounts. We can carefully follow a budget, we can carelessly lose track of where our money goes.

What we do with our money says a lot about who we are, and what our priorities are. But as the church, we are challenged to see the ministry opportunity in how we spend our money. Money ought not be simply an instrument with which to buy things, but an instrument through which we respond to God’s grace and love through our own generosity. That generosity should not be determined because someone else told us to give, but because (through our prayers) God had invited us to take part in God’s great works.

We, God’s chosen people, are encouraged to give, to tithe if we are able. While 10% is a lot, a friend of mine once said “God has given us EVERYTHING, in profound abundance. And God wants us to keep 90% of it.”

So as you consider your personal budget for the year, please also consider the budget in your place of worship and ministry. However you give, whatever you give, this needs to be talked about: not with the clergy, not with the treasurer, but with God. God has invited us all to be co-creators in God’s work, through the church. Please pray on how you will respond to that invitation in your own context!

The Baptism of Our Lord… So what’s that all about anyhow?

Genesis 1:1-5 & Mark 1:4-11
St. John’s Anglican Cathedral
Winnipeg, Manitoba

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

CREATION - Darkness covered the face of the deep-2

CHAOS AND DARKNESS EVERYWHERE, ALL EXISTENCE DEFINED AS ‘FORMLESS VOID’. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT TO ME THAT SOUNDS A WHOLE LOT LIKE MUCH OF THE NEWS THESE DAYS: THE TERROR OF BLOODY MURDER IN GOD’S NAME IN PARIS…

Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good…

CREATION - Let there be light - ii

GOD IS AT WORK IN THE CHAOS, IN THE DARKNESS, IN THE FORMLESS VOID OF OUR OWN EMOTIONAL STORMS, WORKING AGAINST THE DEEP DARKNESS OF DESPAIR IN OUR OWN LIVES AND IN THE WORLD.

HOW?  IN WATER AND THE WORD…

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

Baptism of Jesus, water and light

THANKS BE TO GOD!