World Day of Prayer 2016

“Receive children. Receive me.”
Christian Women in Socialist Cuba

wdpThe National Flower of Cuba is the white butterfly jasmine. Cuban women have used the flower not only as an adornment for their hair, but also to transmit messages during liberation wars, and as a sign of their being Cuban. There can be no better emblem for the 2016 World Day of Prayer service written by the World Day of Prayer committee of Cuba. The service transmits their witness and experience of being Cuban and Christian, even when their faith meant isolation within the country they love.

With the triumph of the Revolution, a trade embargo by the United States brought Cuba economic isolation and material scarcity. Within Cuba a similar isolation formed around people of faith in the officially atheist state. Now the embargo is lifting, but uncertainty remains for the Cuban people. What can these women tell the rest of the world about how faith endures in a secular world, of material and social challenges, and of hope?

On March 4, 2016, Christians in more than 170 countries and in 2,000 communities across Canada will gather to learn about, pray for, and celebrate Cuba in solidarity with the women of Cuba through the World Day of Prayer. Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer 2016.

The local World Day of Prayer service will be hosted by St. John’s Anglican Cathedral (in conjunction with several other local churches and denominations) at 135 Anderson Ave., Winnipeg, MB, on Friday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. All donations for this event will go to the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada.

Ten Somali orphans reunited with their oldest brother — Welcome, neighbours!

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Dear friends,
You’ve been reading about them all week, you saw on the telly when they arrived the other night, now here’s an opportunity and a way to give. Please prayerfully consider an extra gift to Hospitality House as a concrete sign of our welcome to this newest family of orphans staying in the Cathedral house.
Thanks be to God always for the hard work and deep love of both Tom Denton and Karin Gordon without whom none of this would happen, and to all the other partners of HHRM.
God bless you,
Dean Paul N. Johnson
Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Please go here to donate.

Requiescat in pace – Robert Mason Sutton

“Well done, good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your master.”  Matthew 25:21, RSV

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He died a week after his last visit to his beloved Cathedral, on the Second Sunday of Christmas, January 3rd, when his wonderful daughter Elaine brought him to worship.  With her help, he came forward to receive the Holy Eucharist.  Years before, in 1926, his mother had been unable to attend the dedication of this fourth building, the third cathedral, because she had just given birth to our beloved Bob.

He loved this place, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist, and served this parish in some way most of his life, excepting only the war years when he was away.  More importantly for him still, he loved the church, the body of Christ, and, most of all, you could see it in his smile and in his eyes, he loved his Lord, and ours, Jesus Christ, crucified and risen forever.

We will miss you, Bob, very much, but we are glad to entrust you now to the Lord you loved and served your whole life.  May you rest in peace and rise in glory.

IMG_1820The Funeral Requiem for Bob will be held here, at St. John’s Cathedral, of course, on Saturday, February 20th, at 11 a.m. with a light lunch to follow.

 

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord. 

And let light perpetual shine upon him.

So be it.

 

ROBERT SUTTON

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ROBERT MASON SUTTON June 1, 1926 – January 11, 2016 On January 11, 2016, our dad, Bob Sutton, aged 89 years, left this world to be with his beloved wife Fran, sister Molly, brother Bert and loving parents, Lucy and Thomas. Dad’s loving smile and warm handshake will always be remembered. Longer obituary to follow. Cropo Funeral Chapel, 204-586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on January 12, 2016

Guest Book

  • My dear Uncle Bob was as fine a man as you could ever meet. Decency, warmth and love exuded from him and he was an example to all of us. Uncle Bob will alway be kept warm and close in our hearts.
    – Posted by: Joan Fife (niece) on: Jan 12, 2016

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Trinity Institute Webcast January 21-23, 2016

TI2016_eblast_art_1566x1039‘Listen for a Change’ – An annual theological conference

Racial justice is a matter of life or death; we can’t afford to stay silent and tacitly accept the (mostly) invisible systems that support inequalities, create suffering, and deny human dignity. Rather, we need to have an open dialogue—a process that starts with listening.

TI2016 recognizes that many of us avoid conversations about race because they’re difficult, uncomfortable, or could risk being perceived as prejudiced. The conversations in TI2016 will be learning opportunities: chances to talk skillfully in theological reflection groups about charged issues with people who might have differing perspectives, with less apprehension. These life-giving conversations will teach us more about the racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change.

In the words of theologian Gustavo Gutièrrez, “All injustice is a breach with God.” TI2016 brings action-oriented theologians and thought leaders together to provide better understanding, inspiration, and ideas you can use in your community to make a positive impact.

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Please see our poster and agenda. For further information click here.
To register, please download out our fillable registration form and send to office@stjohnscathedral.ca.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

wopThe annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated in Winnipeg from January 17-24, 2016. The theme and resources for 2016 were prepared by a group of representatives from different parts of Latvia. The theme “Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord” (cf. 1 Peter 2:9) highlights the relationship between baptism and proclamation, and the calling shared by all the baptized.

The 2016 Week of Prayer will begin with a City-wide Ecumenical Worship Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Saint John XXIII Roman Catholic Church, 3390 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg. All are cordially invited to participate in this opening celebration with church leaders and in the other various gatherings that will be held throughout the Week of Prayer. For more information on the opening service and the ecumenical choir being formed for the occasion, please see the poster on the church bulletin board. Please see the schedule for a listing of events throughout the city during the Week of Prayer.

ECUMENICAL CHOIR FOR CITY-WIDE CELEBRATION

An ecumenical choir is being formed to lead music at the forthcoming celebration on January 17th which will mark the opening of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. No audition is required. Anyone who can carry a tune and wishes to sing in the choir is welcome! Rehearsals will be held at Saint John XXIII Roman Catholic Church, 3390 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2016 and on Sunday, January 10, 2016. A short final rehearsal will be held immediately before the Ecumenical Worship Service on Sunday, January 17, 2016. For further information, you may call Michele Barr at 204-453-5016 or contact her via email: mbarr41@shaw.ca

My Journey, by Brian Ford

It occurred to me as I started writing, that if stewardship is about the use of resources, we are not the only ones who are stewards; actually, I’d say God is the Master Steward, but in God’s case the resources aren’t so much material or environmental, rather a vast resource of faithful servants through whom God enters our lives.

When I thinksteward about how God has acted in my life, what I see is that over much time God has employed a pretty diverse group of witnesses (certainly not all Anglicans), to shape my faith and ministry. Actually, I’m not even sure when this process began. Was it with my baptism when just under 3 months old? Was it when I was taken (i.e. “dragged”), to Sunday School as a child by my mother? Was it during Confirmation preparation? Just before the fateful day our rector asked if I felt any inclination toward going into ministry, to which I replied “no” while thinking “not in this lifetime”. Was it during my mid-teens when mom began going to a new parish where I was drawn into a youth group and participated for a couple of years. But what about faith? As I told our rector, the most interesting part of the services were actually his sermons, but when it came to saying the creed there were parts I didn’t believe, so those I just didn’t say.

In my later teens I dropped out of church; it wasn’t important and I had other interests. After high school I entered the photographic arts program at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. During that period of my life I met Liz (an Anglican), and Cathy (a Baptist), both nursing students and long-time friends, and more significantly evangelical Christians who were not shy about sharing their faith, nor about challenging me regarding my beliefs, or lack thereof. But it’s surprising how we can change when we’re challenged. I was challenged and surprised into faith, not by Liz or Cathy’s arguments about faith and God, though they were certainly part of the process, but by a very quiet, undeniable experience of God’s presence one night as I lay in my room. From that experience there was no going back. So, in a way that was the beginning, or was it?

Through Liz I met a number of Inuit patients at the Toronto Sanatorium, which led my venturing north to a summer job in Iqaluit. In my third year at Ryerson I met Luke (Canadian Reformed), and Wilbur (former director of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship). Both significantly influenced the growth of my understanding and faith as a new Christian. Luke led me to a greater understanding of Christ as a person of the Trinity; Wilbur introduced me to a number of Christian authors, particularly C. S. Lewis. After graduation, I went back to the Arctic looking for some form of Christian service (not to mention a livelihood). From there I met the bishop of the Arctic diocese, went to seminary on the prairies, met Mavis (a Lutheran), who became my spouse, encountered the charismatic movement (a group of Anglicans, Roman Catholics and Pentecostals), and entered life and ministry in a new culture and language. Eventually it even led to Rupert’s Land. Looking back, God certainly used a lot of resources along the way and looking at the present, it seems as though God has not stopped doing so, but that’s another story.live_love

Stewardship, A Way of Life — Rene Jamieson

Rene’s Reasons for Being a Member of the Cathedral

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God has a way of interfering in my life at the most opportune times. There was the time when God brought me back into the church by using my older son’s desire to be confirmed.  Another time God, knowing that I would need support, set me down in a parish where there were three women who had already walked the path I was about to walk. However, those are stories for another time; this story is about me and the Cathedral.

In 2001 the parish in which I had worshipped and served for 27 years decided to close.  We were few in number, many of us were aging, and it was felt that it was poor stewardship to continue to maintain two buildings (our parish hall was a block from the church).  At a special congregational meeting the consensus was to close our doors on June 2, 2002.  I decided that when that time came I would hang my spiritual hat in the south end of Winnipeg, in a parish where I had many friends. Then God interfered and set me on another course.

In September, 2001, the Cathedral hired me to work part-time for the Dean (my business card indicated that I was “Co-ordinator of Parish Ministries”, but it should have read “Dean’s Gopher/Other Duties as Assigned”).  My own priest suggested that I worship twice a month at the Cathedral, to get to know the people I would be serving. By the time my former parish closed I had fallen in love with the Cathedral, its congregation, its history, its worship style, everything about it, and my two Sundays a month became every Sunday of the month. I felt I had come home.

We are a beautiful blend of ethnicities, gender orientations, ages, income brackets, gifts and abilities.  At St. John’s the gifts and talents of parishioners are discerned and used to serve God and God’s people. I have never been part of a congregation so accepting, and so loving (I can’t think of another parish where one gets hugged just for showing up on a Sunday morning!).  We are open to possibilities. (Ours was the first parish in Canada to webcast the annual Trinity Institute conference, to appoint a Lutheran Dean, and one of our major ministries is to support the work of the second largest refugee staging program in Canada, Hospitality House.) There is genuine caring for one another in this parish; here, joys are doubled because everyone shares in them, troubles are halved because everyone helps to carry the burden.  We are a family!

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My grandmother used to say, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”  In my case, God not only laughs, He interferes, and changes those plans.  That, my friends, is how I wound up in a north end parish rather than a south end parish! Thanks be to God.