Narrative @ Noon Eucharist

Last week St. Philip’s began a new weekday Eucharist. Earlier in the year Rev. Donald started taking Wednesday Noon services for Holy Trinity. At the time we decided to put our mid-week service on hiatus. Starting earlier this week, that service is back. There are some differences though. First, we will now be meeting on Tuesdays rather than Wednesdays. Second, we moved the time from 1:00 pm to Noon. Third, and the biggest change, we will be using the Narrative Lectionary (NL) for our Scripture readings.

Creation Narrative
The Narrative begins with creation.

What is a lectionary? A lectionary is a collection of Bible readings  that are pre-selected for every week of the year. It has it’s strengths and weaknesses, but one of the best things, is that it keeps preachers from getting on hobby horses where they preach a few select passages over and over. When that happens a lot of the Biblical story gets left out. However, even with the lectionary there are still large parts of the Bible that get less noticed.

Narrative Lectionary:

What is the Narrative Lectionary? You can read more about it at the Working Preacher site, but in a nutshell, it’s a lectionary that is based on the narrative of the Biblical story. So, every year the readings begin in the early chapters of Genesis. One of the features of the Narrative Lectionary is that it lays a greater emphasis on the Old Testament readings. Another feature is that the Narrative Lectionary works on a four year cycle. The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) is on a three year cycle. In the RCL the Gospels of Mark and John share a year. In the Narrative Lectionary each Gospel gets a full year of focus. In addition, over the summer months, the Narrative Lectionary takes special care to focus on some of the lesser read Epistles and books of the Old Testament. As well, one month of the summer features a more topical theme for the lectionary.

This is not to say that one lectionary is better than the other. It does though, give us a chance to take a fresh look at Scripture. By using it on Tuesdays, it also means that people who happen to attend both Tuesdays and Sundays will get a chance to interact with more of the Biblical story throughout the year.


Fundraising For Friends


Fundraising for Pikangikum

The second fundraising opportunity is on Friday, May 15, 2015, at St. Paul Fort Garry. This is a pub night fundraiser and it is designed to benefit the Pikangikum water project. The link will take you to the Primates World Relief and Development page to give you more details on the catastrophic situation that this First Nations community lives under all year round. If you remember the hand-wringing that came with Winnipeg’s short boil water advisory this past winter, imagine living with that on a daily basis.  We need to find permanent solutions. This will require government action, but until that happens, we must not let the people living in Pikangikum continue to suffer.

Information for the event is below. We don’t have any video of the Narwhals on their own, the video above is of them backing Rev. Donald at the St. Philip’s pub night, last December.

St. Paul’s Fort Gary is presenting a “Support for Pikangikum Pub Night6.”

Friday, May 22

St. Paul’s Anglican Church

830 North Drive

Music Provided by the Narwhals

Doors open at 7 pm,

Entrance $5.00

If you have spaces on your schedule on the next two Fridays, here is a good way to fill them up. We hope a lot of people will come together for these two good events.

The next two Fridays present St. Philip’s the opportunity to help some of their friends with fundraising efforts. The first of these two fundraising events is on Friday, May 15, 2015. Our friends at St. Mark’s Anglican Church are holding a fundraising Chinese dinner at the Norwood Legion, 124 Marion Street.

St. Mark’s Chinese dinner fundraiser will be held at the Norwood Legion at 124 Marion Street this coming Friday, May 15. We hope everyone will attend this event with family and friends. There will be a door prize and a silent auction during the dinner.  Tickets are 15.00 per adult, children 5-12 are 10.00, and under 5 are free. See the office, Judy MacDonald, Lynn Webster or the Legion to pick up tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door, which opens at 5:00. Dinner will be at 5:30.

fundraising for platform
The chair lift platform
Full life picture fundraising
The chair lift that St. Mark’s is fundraising for. Shown from the ground up.


In the past several years, St. Mark’s has been taking on projects to make their building more accessible to people living with physical challenges. The most recent change made was an upgrade to the elevator chair that takes people from the main floor up to the church hall which is on the second floor.

Pancake Day is Coming

Although it seems that we’ve barely gotten through Christmas, Lent will soon be upon us. However, before Lent arrives there is that wonderful tradition known as Shrove Tuesday. Last year on Dining with Donald, Reverend Donald a little about the origins of Shrove Tuesday, and how pancakes became part of it.

This year, Shrove Tuesday falls on February 17th. As has been our custom for many years, St. Philip’s will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday by offering a pancake supper. Last year the Pancake Supper was a terrific evening, and we hope to make it even better this year. The supper is still in the planning stages, so you will need to keep your eyes tuned to this site for information as it becomes available.
Pancake DayLast 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 $6.00 per person and $15.00 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 on extension 2. Or, you can email us at

Also this year, Reverend Donald will be in the church on Tuesday from 11 am – 1 pm to meet with anyone who wishes to participate in making private confession.


Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Tonight St. Philip’s will be celebrating Christmas Eve. Our service will begin at 7:00 pm with a half hour of Carol singing, followed by our Christmas Eve Eucharist beginning at 7:30.  Tomorrow we will celebrate our Christmas Day Eucharist beginning at 11:00 am.

Roast Beef Dinner, St. Philip’s

Yesterday, after St. Philip’s had observed Remembrance Day, we held our annual Roast Beef Dinner. The roast beef dinner is one of the highlight events for our parish. The food is great, and you can read more about that over at Rev. Donald’s blog, Dining with Donald.

An event like this dinner can’t be accomplished without a lot of help. Much of this help came from within the parish, but we had other help as well. As we were planning we realized we didn’t have a big enough coffee maker. Fortunately, our friends at St. Margaret’s were able to lend us theirs. Thanks.

We served a lot of coffee.
We served a lot of coffee.

When it came to the kitchen, Christy Schmidt was in charge of the cooking and she did a terrific job making sure that everything was ready. On Monday she had great help from her husband Andy (our people’s warden), and mother-in-law Barb as there was a hole pile of slicing and dicing to do. Also, thanks to Bobbie Touga, Christy, and Rev. Donald for contributing desserts.

Of course, not only is there a lot of food that needs to be gotten ready, the tables and chairs have to be set up and made to look attractive. Thanks to Guy our caretaker for setting the tables up, and to Mike and Stephanie who did the necessary work to make them look great.

Roast Beef Dinner settings
Table setting for the Roast Beef Dinner

The food was fantastic. We enjoyed it so much that we were only able to get pictures of some of the items. Everyone was too busy eating most of the time. The gallery below contains pictures of only about half the menu.

On Tuesday Christy and Andy were joined by their friend Evan in the kitchen. He worked tirelessly to help get the meal ready. Areen and Marion got the desserts plated and ready to go. Gloria, who’s the Rector’s Warden was ticket taker.

Areen and Marion Roast Beef Dinner
Areen and Marion getting the desserts organized

When it came time to serve, the Guides under the leadership of Doreen and Laura Gooding made sure that there was plenty of food to go around, that people got coffee, and their tables were cleared at the appropriate time. At clean up, Stephen, Ryan and Ben, more friends of Andy and Christy pitched in to help us all get home at a reasonable time.

So, the food was well taken care of. However, the other measure of a good supper is whether or not everybody enjoyed themselves. On that account we would say the Roast Beef Dinner was a smashing success. The noise level in the room was at a dull roar all evening. The only thing that brought the conversation to a temporary halt was when Rev. Donald was calling out the table numbers for people to get their food.

Not only that, but not many people seemed to be in a hurry to leave. Sure there were a few who had to make an early exit, but generally people lingered over their food and conversations.

St. Philip’s has always had a good relationship with the local government representatives. Last night was no exception. It was a pleasure to meet our new city councillor, Matt Allard. Our local MP Shelly Glover continues to be a faithful friend and supporter of St. Philip’s, she was present last night, along with our previous city councillor Dan Vandal who has also been a faithful supporter and friend to the parish. In addition we had representatives from Premier Greg Selinger’s office along with retired city councillor Lillian Thomas.

Their were many other friends of the parish and supporters as well. It was great having the opportunity to meet the extended families of some of our parishioners. To all who came out, we thank you very much. We look forward to seeing you again at future dinners and other events. The pictures that follow were taken by David Cain, a parishioner and buildings and grounds supervisor for the parish. If anyone has been left out in the thanks, please forgive us, we appreciated the efforts of all.

Formation in the Church

On October 2nd, Rev. David Widdicombe will be offering a lecture at St. Margaret’s entitled Wars & Rumours of Wars: The City of God & The Restraint of Evil. This is the second talk Rev. Widdicombe has given on the subject. You can find the first under the sermons category on the St. Margaret’s website. One of the themes that was part of that first talk, was the need for Christians to undergo formation in their beliefs, so that they are able to deal with the consequences of their actions, and more importantly know the limits of their actions.

This same theme is what Hauerwas is taking up in the video. For many of us, this would go far beyond our understanding of what formation is about. We recently started Confirmation classes at St. Philip’s and following the basic standards of  what is required, we won’t discuss these things. Now, are confirmands are younger, so it makes some sense that our topics might not be as deep. What both Rev. Widdicombe and Hauerwas would undoubtedly argue though, is that formation is something that needs to begin before confirmation and continue long after.

Half way through the video, Hauerwas talks about how the Marines are able to transform young lives through the practice of basic training. This often results in the production of young people who are unable to relate to the rest of society. To what extent should formation, our basic training as it were, seek to transform young lives? In what way could that transformation take place so that the young people come through the process in such a way as they have difficulty relating to the rest of society?

Formation for A Different Type of Society:

Now, that last question may seem a little odd. What I mean when I say that the formation process in the church should leave our young people having difficulty relating to the rest of society, is not some sort of withdrawal. Instead I mean that as the result of their formation in the church our young people should be able to offer a critique of our society, and offer an alternative vision of society, much as Augustine does in The City of God. This will mean we will have to think long and hard about issues of war and peace. This will mean, as Hauerwas states towards the end of the video that we will need to take the time to listen. We will need to redouble our efforts to practice presence, no matter how difficult that may be.

To do this we may have to scrap much of the way in which we approach formation. Too often we break it up into little segments that we feed people along the way. We may need to re-examine Sunday School  to see whether or not it actually helps of hinders formation.  Above all we need to take more time to listen to each other. We need more time in each others company. Not participating in programs, but in developing deep, thoughtful, and compassionate relationships.


Practicing Presence

Our second video from Stanley Hauerwas, connecting us to the theme  of Slow Church, is called “Practicing Presence.”  In this video we are challenged to learn what it means to allow ourselves to be friends with time. Hauerwas talks about our constant urge to do something for people who are suffering. This, according to him, allows us to show our caring without being present. Practicing presence means that we have to be able to let go of our desire to solve everyone’s problems. Instead we have to be able to sit with people who are suffering, knowing that we cannot relieve their suffering. As our society’s medical techniques have become more advanced, we have tended to practice presence less.

The video featured here was made to support the Memory Bridge. Memory Bridge is an organization and movement designed to help people with Alzheimer’s connect and remain connected to their various communities. In addition those involved in Memory Bridge learn much from people living with Alzheimer’s.

Questions about Practicing Presence

What does it mean to become a “Friend with Time?” Do the ways in which we organize our life as a church community help or hinder us from practicing presence for each other? How might the church, and specifically St. Philip’s find new ways of practicing presence in the broader community in which we are placed? What areas do you think we need to find ways to practice presence?

As with the first video, you can add your voices to the conversation by visiting the St. Philip’s Facebook page.

About St. Philip’s

The history of the Church of St. Philip’s begins at the turn of the 20th century.  At that time, there was no bridge over the Red River to the rest of the area now known as the City of Winnipeg.  In the year 1900, Mr & Mrs. W. H. McKinney approached the Venerable Archdeacon Fortin with a view to having services in Norwood. The result was that on May15th, 1900, Sunday School and Services were started in the McKinney home on the corner of Linden Avenue which is now Lyndale Drive and Marion Street. The Rev. E. Burch was assigned to the parish in the role of Curate.About the Nave of St. Philip's

On November 18th, 1900. the “Little Wooden Church” was opened on Eugenie Street by the Venerable Archdeacon Fortin, then Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Winnipeg. Thus began the life of St. Philip’s Church.(parish program from 100th anniversary service).

The current building was erected in 1904 and in 1959 the building was extended with the addition of the Memorial Hall.  Rev J.E. Bethel was the priest.  Over the years St. Philip’s has been faithfully served by many clergy and lay people alike.  Currently Rev. Donald McKenzie is Priest, and Rev. Tanis Kolisnyk is Deacon. Andrew Schmidt and Gloria Belliveau are Rector’s and People’s Warden, respectively.  Along with being Deacon, Rev. Tanis also serves as the Organist and Choir Leader for St. Philip’s.

In addition to serving a small but active church family, St. Philip’s also serves as home to several other groups. These include Sparks, Brownies, Guides, an Orthodox Church community, A Spanish dance troupe, an Alcoholics Anonymous, and an Al-Anon group.