We have reached the half-way mark of our Lenten journey, and soon Holy Week will be drawing near.
This year, St. Philip’s Holy Week will begin with a Palm Sunday, April 9th, 11:00 am, visit from Bishop Don Phillips, Bishop of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. Bishop Phillips will be preaching during the service, while we as a parish participate in the litany and procession of palms. After the service we will spend some time together over coffee and dessert.
Monday of Holy Week, April 10, 2017, will be the second last of Reverend Donald’s lectures on Eucharistic Eating. This week we will be looking at the concepts of death and sacrifice in our eating, and how they relate to the Eucharist.
On Thursday, April 13th, 7:00 pm, we will celebrate the institution of the Lord’s Supper during our Maundy Thursday Eucharist. Maundy Thursday is also the day when we hear again Jesus’s new Commandment.
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35) NRSV
Following the service we will be stripping the altar as we prepare for Good Friday.
Friday, April 14th, 11:00 pm we are holding our Good Friday Service. This is a solemn service where we will take time to contemplate and reflect on the death of Jesus Christ.
Sunday, April 16th, 11:00 am, is our Easter Sunday Celebration. We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. We will welcome new people into the family of God through the waters of Baptism. Following the Eucharist we will gather in the Memorial Hall to continue the Easter Feast.
We hope you will be able to join us. If you have any questions, feel free to call St. Philip’s at 204-237-3650, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To place our daily eating into the context of the Eucharist and to bring the Eucharist into our daily eating.
Thanksgiving (Eucharisto) is at the heart of Eucharistic eating.
Each lecture will move from the general idea of thanksgiving into the idea of thanksgiving in Holy Eucharist. Each of the potential ideas on any given week will be linked to thanksgiving.
The lectures will be held on Monday’s beginning on March 6, 2017. Lectures will begin at 7 pm and run until roughly 8:30 pm each week.
Week One – eucharistic eating
Small letters to indicate that the focus will be on the concept of thanksgiving more than on the Eucharistic Meal.
This week will also provide a general overview of the series.
Week Two – Hunger
How does hunger prevent thanksgiving (and perhaps vice versa)
Hunger and Pain
Hunger as a weapon
Agony of starvation
Hunger as time consuming
Homelessness & hunger
Week Three – Dining Together
speed of life
Eucharist as meal of community
Week Four – Fasting-Feasting
The need for fasting/feasting
Week Five – Sacrifice & Death
All eating involves death
vegetarianism and veganism
Food as medicine
Week Six – Eucharistic Eating
Historical Development of Eucharist
Salvation in the Eucharist.
Some of the ideas found in various weeks may also apprear in other weeks, but I haven’t included them for brevity’s sake. This outline will undoubtedly change over the next 10 weeks, as further reading brings clarity of confusion.
October 30 2016 Luke 19: 1-10 ZACCHAEUS CLIMBED THE SYCAMORE TREE Rev. Deacon Tanis Kolisnyk
19:1 He entered Jericho and was passing through it.
19:2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.
19:3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature.
19:4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.
19:5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”
19:6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.
19:7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.”
19:8 Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.”
19:9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham.
19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
May the Words of my mouth and meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight O Lord our Rock, our strength and our Redeemer. AMEN.
I was so excited when I saw the Gospel that I was assigned to preach on today. Zacchaeus has
always been a person in the bible that has intrigued me. He is a curious sort of guy, a complex
character. He was a chief tax-collector in Jericho, a descendant of Abraham and the biblical account
gives us an example of Jesus’ personal, earthly mission to bring salvation to the lost.
We have to remember that tax collectors were despised as traitors. They worked for the Roman
Empire, not for their Jewish community, so this is context of the readings today. The people thought of
him as corrupt. I found out in one of my Church History texts that in Jericho at that time in history the
lucrative production and export of balsam was centered in Jericho, so you can imagine that tax
collection would have carried both importance and wealth.
So here is this short, wealth guy, who decided to climb a Sycamore tree to see Jesus in the midst
of the crowd. I wondered why the tree specifics were named in the Gospel reading, and I know nothing
about Sycamores – so a bit of snooping told me that they grow to 20 m tall and they have a considerable
spread with a dense round crown of branches. So this tree was probably fairly substantial to hold a
person. In the Bible, the sycamore is referred to seven times in the Old Testament and once in the New
Testament. Though it was not as common in Palestine, the sycamore was a very popular and valuable
fruit tree in Jericho and Canaan. In Kenya the Sycamore tree is considered sacred. It was often called
“Tree of Life”, or “Origin”. Another interesting fact, the Gikuyu Tribe of Kenya have been thought to
have been slaves in Egypt – when they fled the Pharaoh they fled North, while Moses and his people fled
So why name the Sycamore Tree in the gospel story? I think it is named because roots run deep
to sustain such a tree and this tree is rooted in history to the time of old testament and the people of
that time. Zacchaeus climbed a sacred tree to look upon Jesus Christ. He hung out on a limb to see
Jesus and he wanted Jesus to see him too.
Jesus called Zacchaeus by name. He made eye contact, and spoke to him face to face. He was
glad to see him – at least that is the tone I take from the Gospel today. This was not an interruption in
the Messiah’s schedule.
Jesus calls out to him – he has time for those who seek Him.
Getting that attention, oh yes, some of us are better at that than others, this is true.
We have 5 small grand kids all under 5, so you can imagine when we have a family get together there is
a lot of activity, noise, and if the grandkids are all talking at the same time, it is tough for me to give
them individual attention.
One of my grandsons, he is the loudest of them all and in the middle of the
age group, will take his little hands and put them on my face and say “Grandma…… “
This may happen in the midst of Lorne and I getting supper for 14 on the table – he will search us out
and basically say by his gesture “Listen to ME” not them. ME. Very sweet, very direct, and yes, I
stop what I am doing and I give him my total attention. He knows how to communicate in a busy
environment. – JUST LIKE ZACCHAEUS
LOOK at ME !!!- Zacchaeus did the same thing. Zacchaeus climbed a tree to get a
look at Jesus, but he also wanted Jesus to look at him. The Savior did look. He showed his Love by
acknowledging this short guy hanging out on a limb in the Sycamore tree. When Jesus reached the spot,
he looked up into the branches, addressed Zacchaeus by name, and told him to come down, for he
intended to visit his house. The crowd was shocked that Jesus, a Jew, would consider being a guest of a
tax collector – WHAT!!! You have got to be kidding!!! This thought was certainly being murmured
around the crowd.
Zacchaeus was curious….. that is a good trait, even if you are a tax collector.
Maybe, especially if you are a tax collector. I think that God has placed in the soul of every human being a desire to
connect to the Creator. Steve Andrews a baptist pastor says it very well:
Some fight it, ignore it, and deny it, but the Scripture is clear. Human beings
are spiritual beings and no amount of worldly success or possessions can satisfy
the deepest longing of the soul to know God.
The gospel indicates to us that God chose to associate with (and to save) this man whom He
knew to be an unworthy sinner. The others people were not pleased about this. They were angry,
because they did not see themselves as sinners, but as the righteous. Earlier this month we discussed
wealth and how it is not a sign of God’s favor. We talked about Jesus declaring that it is nearly
impossible for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.
This gospel brings balance – a story about another rich man who receives Jesus with joy, who promises to give half of his wealth to the poor and to restore
fourfold any amount to those he may have defrauded. It is not about wealth, it is not about worthiness,
it is about saying YES Lord – LOOK AT ME, Change my heart, and welcome me in – a sinner.
We need to see in this gospel message that Jesus came to save those who are unworthy, those who are sinners. Yes Jesus responds….. I see you. Come to me….. Yes I have time for you…. Even you.
Let us Pray:
In your Son you seek out and save the lost, O God,
and invite us to the banquet of your eternal home.
Visit your people with the joy of salvation.
Help us to be curious and rejoice in the riches of your forgiveness.
Help us to reach out and be a welcoming community, willing to share with others the fest of your love. Amen.
There are three events coming up at Saint Philip’s this November that you may be interested in.
The first two events take place on November 11th. These events start off with our Remembrance Day service at 11am. We are honoured that we get to share this day with the members of the St. Boniface-Norwood Legion Branch #43. There is a long history between Saint Philip’s and the Legion, and one which we strive to maintain. One thing to know about this Remembrance Day service is that you should arrive early if you need to sit, because the building fills to overflowing. Fortunately, as last year, there is televised overflow in our Memorial Hall. Continue reading →
This Sunday September 18th, St. Philip’s will be holding our annual fall BBQ. This BBQ marks the return to regular activities at the church. If you check out our post on last September’s happenings you’ll see many of the groups that call St. Philip’s home.
Doors are open at 10:00 am. The service begins at 11 am. Immediately following the service there is a BBQ on the front lawn. We should be ready to start eating at about 12:30 pm. Hot dogs, hamburger, and buns will be provided. We hope you can join us at 11:00 am for our celebration of Holy Eucharist, but if you can’t please feel to swing by and join us for the BBQ. We would also like to encourage people to bring potluck salads, beverages or desserts for the BBQ. However, if you are unable to do so, we still invite you to stop for the chance to meet your neighbours at St. Philip’s.
The Barbecue will go on rain or shine. If it is raining, we will eat inside in the Memorial Hall.
Fall at St. Philip’s
Our Fall Barbecue is just the beginning of our year. We will once again be holding our Rememberance Day service in support of the St. Boniface-Norwood Legion, on November 11. On November 11 we are also holding our annual Roast Beef Dinner. Two weeks later on the 25th of November we will be welcoming J.D. Huston as he performs his one man play, Screwtape, based on the works of C.S. Lewis. More details will be made available as we come closer to those dates.
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 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.
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:
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.
Focus on one issue—you can always write another letter in support of something else.
Include relevant information.
Tell elected leaders what action you think should be taken.
Ask for a response
Make sure to sign your name.
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
Anglican Church of Canada
Rev. Susan C. Johnson,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
Anglican Church of Canada
As September approaches it is time for new events and for regular routines to return. We hope that everyone has had a restful summer that has allowed them time to recharge their batteries before the return of work or school and other weekly activities. Here at St. Philip’s we are in the planning stages for getting things off the ground. At the same time some of the groups that meet here at the church will be starting up their routines as well.
September Parish Happenings:
Earlier in the year, we put our Wednesday noon-hour Eucharist on hold. We will be starting it up again in the next few weeks with a couple of twists. The first is that it will be moved to Tuesday at Noon from Wednesday at One. The second is that we will be using the Narrative Lectionary, instead of the Revised Common Lectionary. This is to give our parish a chance to look at a different approach to the Lectionary. We will still be using the RCL for our Sunday services. Our first noon hour Eucharist will be on Tuesday, September 8. If you wish to attend, please enter through the yellow door off of Eugenie.
Sunday, September 13th, there will be a games night at St. Philip’s. Details of the evening can be found on the St. Philip’s Facebook page.
Sunday, September 20th, we will be holding our Fall BBQ. Our 11 am service will be Morning Prayer, and the BBQ will follow immediately. In addition to Morning Prayer, we will also be having a gospel sing as part of the service. The BBQ is a potluck. St. Philip’s provides the meat and buns and we encourage people to bring along a potluck dish to share. However, if you aren’t able to bring a dish, please do not let that stop you from coming to the BBQ.
Later in the month, or perhaps in early October, Reverend Donald will be starting a series on Tuesday evenings called Confirm not Conform. This is a course put out by Forward Movement. If you are an adult seeking confirmation, this course would be good for you. However, the course is designed to encourage anyone who may wish to take a refresher course on the basics of Christian thought to participate. It promises to be informative and fun.
September Tenant Happenings:
St. Philip’s has a few tenants, and we want to make sure that you know about what they are up to.
The Green Door Alcoholics Anonymous group still meets in the choir room, Sundays at 8:00 am. Entrance is through the Green Door.
The Theotokos of the Life-Giving Spring Orthodox Mission meets Saturdays at 5:00 pm and Sundays 9:30 am. You can find out more about them from their webpage. Entrance is through the Red Door off the parking lot.
Brownies, Sparks, Guides, and Venturers:
Throughout its history, Girl Guides of Canada has prepared girls to meet the challenges that they face in their lives head on. Whether it was girls learning to bandage wounds during the First World War or girls today working on their anti-bullying badge, Guiding continually evolves to reflect the needs and interests of contemporary girls and women. Today, Guiding’s innovative programming is helping the next generation of Canadian girls become confident, courageous and resourceful leaders. Come Join us at St. Philips Anglican Church. https://register.girlguides.ca/web/OnlineReg/Unit_Search/OnlineReg/UnitSearch.aspx
Adults (18+) call Gudrun Antosh for more information on joining this women’s organization (204-222-8245)
The Bolero Dance Theatre meets on Thursdays and Sunday evenings in the Memorial Hall. If you are interested in Spanish Dance, they are holding open auditions in late September. Entrance is through the Green Door.
Also on Thursday evenings, there is an Al-Anon meeting in the Lower hall. Entrance is through the Red Door off the parking lot.
Friday Evenings Celebrate Recovery meets. Entrance is through the Red Door off the parking lot.
We have a food cupboard here at St. Philip’s. It’s not much as such things go, but once in a while it enables us to help someone in need. Today someone came to our door in need of food. They told me (Rev. Donald) they couldn’t use canned goods because they had no can opener. I went up to see what I could do for them. Surveying what was on the shelf, almost all of it was in cans. I was about to go and tell them that I only had a couple of items when I looked on the top shelf, and what did I see? Two can openers.
That meant that I was able to give a much better variety of food to the people who had come asking. It also got me thinking about how the absence of such a little thing as a can opener can so limit the choices for people who struggle to meet their basic needs. Sometimes I find myself wondering about pop-top lids. I sometimes think that we want everything to be made easy for us. As if we find it to much work to use a can opener? Then I run into people like I met today and I realize that pop-top lids would help give them better choices for eating. It may still be a long way off from finding fresh food for everyone to eat, but it’s still closer than where many people are now. As the saying goes, “we might not be able to do everything, but we can all do something.”
I don’t know who left those can openers on the top of our food cupboard but I want to thank them for thinking about that little extra that might mean a lot to someone else. Maybe, the next time we’re thinking about making a donation to Winnipeg Harvest, we might want to add a can opener to our list.