Williams: What is Church

The video with this post features former Archbishop of Canterbury discussing “What is the Church.” For those unfamiliar with the way the Anglican Church is organized, the Archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual leader of Anglicans around the world. Unlike the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury has no formal power outside of his role in the Church of England. However, the Archbishop stands as a figure of unity for Anglicans. In this video, Williams answers the question what is the church. In doing so he gives a couple of comments that are worth further reflection.

Two Comments from Williams

The first comment in the video that this post will reflect on is: “Church is what happens when people are touched by Jesus.” Williams suggests that church is the inevitable by-product of coming into contact with Jesus. We who are part of the church are part of it because of this contact. The second is that our primary duty as part of the church is “to keep yourself alert to the call.” In other words, remember that encounter with Jesus. All other things flow from these two.

A couple of Questions:

Williams talks of people being brought together, often unexpectedly. What does this tell us about being the Church? What does this tell us about the basis of our commitment to each other? How does remembering that the church is an “event before an organization,” help or hinder us in being the Church? These are just a couple of questions that come to mind. Perhaps you have other questions after watching the video. Perhaps you disagree with Williams idea of the church. Feel free to use the contact form on our home page if you have any questions or comments regarding this video or any other post on our site.

I came across these videos thanks to an excellent site known as The Englewood Review of Books. This site and it’s sister site, Thrifty Christian Books are worth bookmarking if for no other reason than they will help you discover videos such as the one in this post. St. Philip’s has made use of this site in the past as they directed us to the Stanley Hauerwas videos which we posted a couple of years ago.

Holy Week Services

We are well into the season of Lent. It will only be a few more days until Holy Week begins. During Holy Week we trace the last few days of Jesus’s life. This is the most important week in the life of the church. We will be gathering together several times over the course of the week.

Holy Week Schedule:

Sunday, March 20:  Palm/Passion Sunday. Service at 11:00 am. There will be no Eucharist this Sunday.

Holy Week starts
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week

Thursday, March 24: Maundy Thursday. St. Philip’s will be joining with St. Mark’s and St. Mary Magdalene for a symbolic Seder Supper. This begins at 6:00 pm and is being help at St. Mary Madgalene Anglican Church, 3 St. Vital Road. Rev. Donald will be taking on the role of the father in the Seder Supper. Maundy Thursday also marks the institution of the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, and the act of Jesus washing his disciples feet.

Holy Week Footwashing.
Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus washing his disciples feet as an act of servant leadership for us all to follow.

Good Friday, March 25 : Good Friday Service, 11 am.

Good Friday, Holy Week
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

 

Easter Sunday, March 27: Easter Morning Eucharist, 11 am.

Holy Week Easter
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
Christ is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!

All are welcome to join us.

 

 

2016 Pancake Supper

It’s that time of year again. Lent is just around the corner. However, before that we will be enjoying the 2016 Pancake Supper. There will be a couple of changes for this year’s supper. The first is in whose putting it on. This year instead of simply being a St. Philip’s event, the Pancake Supper will be a joint effort by the three St. Mary’s Road Parishes. Those parishes are St. Mark’s, St. Mary Magdalene, and St. Philip’s. The second is the location of the supper. For 2016, we will be holding the Supper at the Norwood-St. Boniface Legion, Branch #43, which is located at 134 Marion Street.

2016 Bringing a new direction for the Pancake Supper

The reason for the change of locale brings us to the third big difference in this year’s Pancake Supper. This year, the funds raised through the supper will go to help support the Aulneau Renewal Centre’s new Family Sponsorship program. This is a new relatively new program from the centre. It recognizes that often the people who are in the greatest need of counseling services are unable to gain access to the services because of difficult financial situations. The Family Sponsorship Program will go a long way to helping to alleviate the stresses caused by a lack of funds. We hope that not only will the 2016 Pancake Supper raise funds to support this project, but it will help to raise awareness in the broader community of the availability of such a resource. Please consider taking the time on February 9th to come out, enjoy some pancakes, and help make much needed services available to people who need them.2016 Pancake supper1-page-001

Last year there were pancakes, sausages, syrup, whipped cream, and a berry compote on the menu. This year we hope to make the menu even bigger. Tickets are $7.00 per person and $17.50 per family.  We will be including gluten-free pancakes as part of the supper.

Tickets are available by calling 204-237-3650 and leaving a message. Or, you can email us at stphilipsnorwood@shaw.ca

 

Celebrate Recovery Merger

Celebrate Recovery

has merged with

Celebrate Recovery

@ Church of Christ,

one block away,

across the park.

We meet on Thursdays at 7pm at

170 St Mary Rd (door @ Parking).

See: www.stphilips-norwood.ca

St. Philip’s has been happy to be able to allow Celebrate Recovery to use our space for their meetings over the last few months. We hope that God continues to richly bless them and that lives continue to be transformed, as the two groups come together at Central Church of Christ.

Advent Through Christmas

Today marks the first Sunday in Advent. We at St. Philip’s will be marking this season and the following Christmas season with a variety of services and events. We wish to invite any who do not already have a place to gather in community over this time to join us for any or all of these events. Advent is a time for waiting. For many people this is an increasingly difficult thing to do, particularly as they feel challenged by the fast pace that accompanies the approach to Christmas. At St. Philip’s we intend to honour this waiting time.

Advent is also a time of preparation. While we prepare for Christmas, we also prepare for the coming of Christ’s kingdom in it’s fullness. The themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love are also characteristics of the coming kingdom that we can practice now. Come join us at St. Philip’s during Advent as we strive to together understand what these themes mean for our lives today.

St. Philips Advent wreath
Advent wreath at St. Philips.

Sunday, November 29, Advent 1

11:00 am Holy Eucharist. Reverend Donald is Preaching. The theme is hope.

Sunday, December 6, Advent 2

11:00 am Morning Prayer. Reverend Donald is at St. Mark’s so there will be a guest preacher. The theme is peace. Continue reading

Parish News

About the Nave of St. Philip's, advent, parishParish Happenings

There’s lots of things happening around the St. Philip’s parish in the next little while. Plus one or two items that are occurring at our neighbouring parish Saint Mark’s.

Saturday, November 21, 2015:

Snowflake Bazaar and Luncheon: This is taking place at St. Mark’s, 19 St. Mark’s Place, this coming Saturday. There is a lunch of Hot Soup, Buns, Dessert & Beverage. Cost is $7.00 per person, $3.00 Children under 12, or $16.00 Families. You can also purchase coffee and dainties only for $3.00. This is a good option if you want something lighter than lunch.

The Bazaar will feature, Jewellery, Jams, Jellies, Bake Table, Craft Table, New to You Table, and a silent auction. The bazaar is free to browse.

Thursday, November 26, 2015:

Service of Light: This service was formerly known as Blue Christmas, and is an opportunity for those who find the approaching holidays difficult, to spend some time in quietness and contemplation. The service begins at 7:00 pm.

As we prepare to enter into the season of Advent we all carry much burden in our hearts, be it from a loss of a loved one, a relationship that is not right or illness or stress – all of which is absolutely normal for us. Remembering pain and looking for hope is part of the Christmas story. Christmas is incarnation, God becoming flesh in the person Jesus Christ and in the promise that the future rests in God’s hands and all will be well. We invite you to join us for a time where we will soak in silence, listen to scripture, resonate with the music, light a memorial candle, and ask for healing or blessing all in the company of the Holy Spirit. Courtesy of the St. Mary Magdalene Facebook Page. 

Thursday, November 26 – Sunday, November 29, 2015:

Forum Art Institute, our parish neighbours across Tache Avenue are holding their Forum Art Fair. Visit their Facebook page for more details surrounding the event.

Wednesday, December 2 – Friday, December 4, 2015:

Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, the high school just up St. Mary’s from St. Philip’s is putting on the muscial “Beauty and the Beast Junior.”  You can visit the events calendar at their website for information on times and tickets. The show is being held at the Centre-Culturel Franco-Manitobain, 340 Provencher Boulevard.

Saturday, December 5, 2015:

One of our parishioners here at St. Philip’s also sings with the Assiniboine Show Chorus of the Sweet Adelines. They are holding their Christmas show, entitled “The Gift,” on Saturday, December 5, at 2 pm and 7 pm. Both Shows will be at Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford St. Ticket prices and more are in the poster linked below.

Poster

 Saturday, December 5, and Sunday December 6, 2015:

Bolero Dance Theatre, who rehearse in our parish building, are remounting their production of Cinderella. Rev Donald went and saw it last year, and highly recommends it as a great evening out by yourself, or with family and friends. Hop over to their website to order your tickets.

Saturday, December 19, 2015:

St. Philip’s will be hosting an evening of singing for the season. The details of this event are still being worked out, but we will post them as soon as they are available.

 

Confirm not Conform

Beginning on Tuesday, October 20th, at 7:00 pm, St. Philip’s will be offering Confirm not Conform. Confirm not Conform is a program for adult Christian formation put out by Forward Movement. If people are familiar at all with Forward Movement it is usually through their daily devotional series Forward Day by Day. 

Bible Study confirm not conformThe video at the top of the page includes comments from people who have been involved in Confirm not Conform.

Confirm not Conform

Confirm not Conform was inspired by observing parents bringing their children to confirmation class, and then either going for coffee or just sitting around and waiting for the children to be finished. In conversations with these parents, the designers of the Confirm not Conform program discovered that many of the parents either didn’t have a strong idea of what was going on in confirmation classes, or their own experiences in confirmation classes had not lead to a firm grounding in faith.

Out of these conversations the course was born. It can be used as an adult confirmation class, but one of the main focuses is to allow adults to refresh themselves on what they believe. Many adults feel that what they got out of confirmation class was a set of rules that they need to follow to behave as Christians. That’s conformity. Confirmation is re-affirming what we believe.  It comes from asking difficult questions. It comes from examining and evaluating our spiritual practices.

This series will be a chance for anyone interested to re-examine the basics of what they believe. It will be a safe place to ask questions, no matter how difficult. This is built into the program, as one of the first exercises in the classes is to lay down mutually agreed rules for any and all class interactions. Once these rules are agreed upon, everyone is expected to respect them.

Commitment

Two other things should be noted about this program. It is 18 weeks. The first part will run from October 20th until December 8th. The second part will pick up on January 12th, and run until March 29th. This is 19 weeks, because February 9th is Shrove Tuesday, when St. Philip’s hold it’s pancake supper. The second thing to note is that these sessions will involve the participants doing some work outside of the weekly meetings. As a result, if you sign up, you need to be willing to commit to the whole program. That way the burden of participation doesn’t fall on only a few people. We look forward to people joining us starting on the 20th.

Dennis Maione – Guest Preacher

This Sunday, Rev. Donald is at St. Mark’s. Our service will be Morning Prayer, and we will be having a guest preacher, Dennis Maione. Below the picture you will find a brief biography on Dennis. We invite you to come out and hear Dennis speak.

Dennis Maione

Dennis Maione keeps bumping up against cancer. First diagnosed with a colorectal tumour as a graduate student and young newly-wed, he thought his subsequent victory over the disease would set him up for a straight run at life. A decade later, however, he found out he carried a cancer gene. And a short while after that, fifteen years after his first diagnosis, the entrepreneur and father of three faced a recurrence of colon cancer, the second round exacting a higher toll than the first.

In illness, Dennis wrestled a strong enemy throughout protracted periods of doubt, confusion, and pain, but also with grace, wit, and humour. What I Learned From Cancer is the author’s first memoir and work of creative nonfiction, chronicling cancer, genetics, and medicine, but mostly hope. Insights into the soul of a cancer survivor abound throughout the book’s three parts: first, its compelling and often surprisingly funny narrative; second, its reflective essays, wherein lessons learned are presented as though to the author’s younger self encountering cancer for the first time; and third, its basic introduction to the disease we all hear of so often, structured as conversations with a doctor. The book introduces a rich array of characters: supportive community members, physicians good and bad, and an assortment of villains and heroes, many in the unlikeliest of places.

Dennis Maione fills his days with an eclectic mix of speaking and writing. He is an active advocate on behalf of patients navigating healthcare and sits on many volunteer committees to promote patient-centred healthcare. He believes that personal stories are the core of community building. In addition to being Reader in Residence for the Literacy Partners of Manitoba, he also teaches workshops in high schools: memoir workshops to English students and bioethics workshops to science students. He speaks about wellness and personal wholeness to cancer patients, care givers, medical people, and community groups.

In addition to promoting his most recent book, (2014, Prompters to Life), Dennis is currently writing a nonfiction book loosely based on his Italian family history, and is writing his first work of fiction, a thriller about fear and fearlessness. More information about Dennis and his many projects is available on his website, http://dennismaione.com. To purchase, inquire at your local book store or buy it online. Paper copies are available at http://prompterstolife.com/shoppers and the eBook is available at http://payhip.com/prompterstolife.

 

 

Pikangikum Letter

Much like the situation in Shoal Lake, this has been a disaster for the community of Pikangikum for many years.

A joint letter on the situation in Pikangikum

In an open letter, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald encourage Anglicans and Lutherans to write letters to the federal government expressing solidarity with the northern community of Pikangikum, Ont.

September 24, 2015

Dear Friends in Christ,

We wish to share with you our concerns regarding the water situation in Pikangikum and invite you to consider writing a letter to the Federal Government.

Through the 2016 National Youth Project, Lutheran and Anglican youth have been lifting up the Right to Water and walking in solidarity with the people of Pikangikum through our partnership with the Primate’s World Relief Development Fund (PWRDF) and the Pimatisiwin Nipi (Living Water) group. This has included raising funds to support providing potable water to homes in the community.

Writing letters to elected representatives is one way to express solidarity. It is also an opportunity to deepen understanding of our democratic processes. The government is elected to represent the people and hearing from one’s constituency is an essential element of decision making and democracy.

We have included a sample letter you may use as basis for crafting your own letter to your government officials. You may wish to write to the Honorable Bernard Valcourt, MP, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and/or to your own MP. (And a full list of list of Members of Parliament can be found at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members.)

Additional things to consider when you write your letter:

  1. Think about who should receive your letter. Writing to the minister responsible for an issue can be as effective as writing to the Prime Minister. Writing to your local Member of Parliament is always appropriate, as they are your direct representative.
  2. Focus on one issue—you can always write another letter in support of something else.
  3. Include relevant information.
  4. Tell elected leaders what action you think should be taken.
  5. Ask for a response
  6. Make sure to sign your name.
  7. Postage to Members of Parliament is free.

Don’t worry if you aren’t an expert. What matters is that you let them know this is something you care about and that you want to see them do something about it.

The mission of striving for justice and peace in all the earth is a life-long calling that we receive in our Baptism. We are inspired by the leadership in promoting the Right to Water that is being offered by youth through the National Youth Project. It is an important expression of the Full Communion partnership between Lutherans and Anglicans and a valuable contribution to the witness of the church.

Yours in Christ,

The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Primate
Anglican Church of Canada

Rev. Susan C. Johnson,
National Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
Anglican Church of Canada

Download this letter in PDF format.

Chili Cook-Off for Winnipeg Harvest

St. Philip’s is holding a Chili Cook-Off fundraiser on October 2nd, 2015. The cook-off will run from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Fall brings about cooler weather, so it’s a good time to be thinking about hot food. The idea for the Chili Cook-Off came from one our parishioners and we talked about it we also talked about the idea of using it as a fundraiser. Given that the event will take place just before Thanksgiving, a fundraiser for Winnipeg Harvest seems liked a natural fit. So, the St. Philip’s Chili Cook-Off was born.

Chili Cook-off
The St. Philip’s Chili Cook-Off will be offering plenty of hot chili for a cool fall day.

This contest will not just be for bragging rights. There will be judges, and their will be prizes. The judges for the event will be voting for first, second, and third place. As well, we will be offering a people’s choice award where everyone who attends will get a chance to say which chili they liked best. We’ve started a Facebook Event page for the cook-off and will be posting information about the judges and the prizes as the next two weeks roll along. We’ll have some cooks from St. Philip’s but we’re looking for others to join us. Here’s how you can do that. Continue reading