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.
In the Catholic tradition when one is baptized they are given a “baptismal name.” The name is generally that of a Saint. These names serve as examples of holiness that point towards “the spiritual tradition and long history of the saints who have gone before [them] and whom the liturgy celebrates in the rhythms of the sanctoral cycle” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Article 3, section 2030). The name points the bearer to the greater tradition they are a part of and shows how the Lord has worked through others before them. Similarly, when Churches are blessed or dedicated they are given a name that points to an example of holiness.
The example of holiness the has been bestowed upon our building and community is St. Philip the Apostle. St. Philip was a resident of Bethsaida of Galilee. It was here that Jesus found and commanded Philip to, “follow him” (John 1:43). Philip then does an extraordinary thing; he shares the news of Christ to another, Nathanael (John 1:45-46). He does not understand Jesus’s message yet, and probably has had little time to converse with him, but he has seen the Christ. Philip could play things safe and let Jesus continue to meet and command people to follow him. However, Philip surprises us, and does not let doubt and his lack of knowledge keep him from sharing about Christ.
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 St. Philip’s will be celebrating the Ascension. The celebration of Ascension seems to be overlooked due to the events that precede and follow it. The deeply emotional journey of Holy Week that brings us to Easter and the thrilling event of the Pentecost are stories that deserve our attention. However, if we do not also celebrate the Ascension we will do harm to our understanding of these events.
Ascension helps us to complete the story of Easter. If we leave the story at Easter we leave Christ on earth and so also leave ourselves stranded there. The Catechism will help illuminate our situation, “Left to its own natural powers humanity does not have access to the “Father’s house”, to God’s life and happiness. Only Christ can open to man such access that we, his members, might have confidence that we too shall go where he, our Head and our Source, has preceded us” (Article 6, 661 of the Catechism). It is the Ascension that emphasizes that through our adoption in Christ we will reside with him in the kingdom of God.
It is this completed story of the Gospel that the apostles share during Pentecost and throughout their missionary journey. It is this complete Gospel we too must know and share. So come and let us join together this Ascension Sunday and give the Ascension the time and thought it requires.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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