A Christmas Message (on this Eleventh Day of the Feast, in case you missed it earlier…)
From Bishop Geoffrey Woodcroft
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. Heb 1.1-2
“In these last days”, the Hebrews author describes God who dwells among us, and more that, God speaking directly to us in Jesus Christ.
We gather at Christmas to hear God speak through texts, carols and shared experience. Each of us embrace traditions of family and friends, in some way to tell the story of God’s saving acts. The traditions we employ and enjoy, carefully passed through generations, help us to hear the Christmas message proclaimed especially for they for whom this is the first time hearing it.
In everything from the Christmas table runners and puddings to Christmas music in shopping malls God speaks, offering opportunity for wonderment, questioning and welcoming. We set an extra place at the table, do that little bit extra for others, make time and space for others to give thanks, all a reckoning of God with us.
Our world travels in uncertain times, even the Christian Church presents uncertainty about what is next in the divine call we receive, but we also have the experience of seeking Christ in all persons, loving our neighbours as ourselves. We the Church, who have not only sought, but also discovered Christ in our neighbours, are compelled to be overflowing with infectious joy. If ever there was a need for infectious joy it is right now; every generation gets to say that.
May you be awestruck, joy filled and thankful.
Blessed are you Sovereign God, creator of all; to you be glory and praise for ever! You founded the earth in the beginning and the heavens are the work of your hands. As we rejoice in the gift of your presence among us, let the light of your love shine in our hearts and your praises ever be on our lips, Holy and undivided Trinity. Amen.
Yours in Christ,
Ordination of Deacons Service
Wednesday, January 18, 7pm
St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg
God willing and people consenting, The Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Woodcroft, Bishop of Rupert’s Land, is pleased to announce the ordination of Chris Barnes and Beverley Markwart to be deacons in Christ’s Holy Catholic Church on the Feast of the Confession of St Peter the Apostle. Your prayers and presence are requested.
Community Hymn Singing at Epiphany Indigenous Anglican Church
Last Sunday of every month, 7-8:30pmEpiphany Indigenous Anglican Church, 370 McKenzie St, Winnipeg
Epiphany Indigenous Anglican Church invites you to a night of Community Hymn Singing on the last Sunday of every month. We will be singing advent hymns sprinkled with Christmas carols. We would love to have you with us. If you have a guitar, come and play along with the musicians.