From the Dean’s Desk…

Bishop Donald Phillips, Rupert’s Land

“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”    Romans 15:7

Welcome to St. John’s this weekend, Bishop Don, welcome home to your Cathedral, where together we work to nurture and equip one another as disciples of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for being with us on Saturday afternoon, joining us for lunch after a busy morning, and staying for that important planning session before moving on to yet another part of your busy Saturday.  And thank you most especially for leading us in worship on Sunday morning, for proclaiming the living Word, Jesus Christ, in the Gospel words of your sermon, and for presiding in liturgy and at the Table of Our Lord, as we gather around and partake of the Source of our being.

We know you’re busy, we know you’re on the road regularly, at a different parish many Sundays, for confirmations, for parish visits like this one, for anniversaries, for all manner of events related to your vocation of pastoral and administrative oversight.  So it’s good to have you here again, with us.  We miss you when you’re not here, but we understand, and we pray for you every Sunday, and in between.  We pray for Nancy too, and give thanks to God for her, that we are blessed often with her presence in our life together here at the Cathedral, for her contribution as part of the choir, and for her generous teaching offerings.  Please know that we appreciate both of you, giving thanks to God for your partnership in the Gospel from your first day until now.

For me personally it’s good to work with you, and I look forward to a long, healthy and fruitful partnership between Bishop and Dean.  I have to tell you, though, I didn’t realize that Anglicans love meetings even more than Lutherans, and that’s saying something!  But even these are good opportunities to feel alive within this expression of the Body of Christ which we call Rupert’s Land, and the Anglican Church of Canada.  So, yes, Diocesan Council, Diocesan Executive, Synod Planning Committee, all these are just fine, great ways of participating more broadly in our life together.  I also appreciate and enjoy our monthly breakfast meetings, and give thanks again for the good feeling of team ministry, satisfying and strengthening, like a hot breakfast on a cold morning.

God bless you, +Don, with joy in your vocation, with wisdom, patience, compassion, peace, and love in your daily ministry among us, with us, and to us.  God bless you, Nancy, with all those same gifts, amazing grace.

“May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant [us] to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together [we] may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”                   Rm. 15:5-6