Swing into Summer Barbecue

Swing into Summer Barbecue

Next Sunday, June 12th, St. Philip’s will be holding our annual summer BBQ.

Doors are open at 10:00 am.  The service begins at 11 am. Immediately following the service there will be 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.

Swing BBQ
Swing into summer at the St. Philips BBQ

The Barbecue will go on rain or shine. If it is raining, we will eat inside in the Memorial Hall.

Joy

http://erb.kingdomnow.org/stanley-hauerwas-the-virtues-practices-of-slow-church-video/7/

To view this video you are going to need to click on the link at the top of the post.

The video starts off with Hauerwas stating that joy is found in the existence of others, and that in the existence of the others we realize and recognize God’s existence. “Joy names the sheer presence of God.” How when we gather do we look for the joy that is an indicator of God’s existence. These gatherings don’t have to be the Sunday morning service, or in a church at all, although we certainly hope that we will be aware of God’s existence at those times. Yet, if we want people to encounter the living God revealed in Jesus Christ, we must be able to make that existence visible in the joy that people encounter when they meet us.

Hauerwas describes worship as the enjoyment of God. Is the enjoyment of God the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of worship? How does the presence of others in your community affect how you worship and the enjoyment of God you find in worship?

Finally Hauerwas states that “joy is the great enemy of narcissism.” When worshipping, do we find that it is easy to get distracted from the enjoyment of God and rather think about ourselves?

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Roast Beef Dinner

November 11 is a major day here at St. Philip’s. In the morning we will be joining with the Norwood St. Boniface Legion as we commemorate Remembrance Day. We will be posting more details on that service as we approach the day. Then, in the evening, St. Philip’s hosts it’s annual Roast Beef Dinner. The Roast Beef Dinner is the highlight of the social calendar for St. Philip’s. This dinner is a great opportunity for people to come along and get to know the community that makes up St. Philip’s Anglican Church.

Roast Beef Dinner Menu:

Roast Beef

Baked Potatoes (with topping)

Roasted Root Vegetables

Coleslaw

Rolls

Dessert (The desserts will be a selection of homemade dainties, although there may be one or two pre-made treats to make sure everyone get enough.

Beverages

There will also be condiments such as horseradish and gravy to go along with the roast beef. If you are gluten-free, you will be happy to know that the gravy is being made with a gluten-free thickener, and we will have a supply of gluten-free rolls as well).

Tickets for the event are $20.00 for adults, and $8.00 for children under the age of 12. There will be one sitting for the dinner. This will be taking place at 5:30 pm. If you wish to reserve tickets for the dinner, please call the church at 204-237-3650(ext 2) or send us an email at stphilipsnorwood@shaw.ca

Site of the Roast Beef Dinner
This may look a little bare right now, but it will be full of people and activity and wonderful aromas on the night of the Roast Beef Dinner.

 

Church Growth Movement

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last post looking at Stanley Hauerwas and the idea of slow church.  This is the third post in the series. The first post was on prayer. The second was on practicing presence. In this video Hauerwas addresses a couple of aspects related to the Church Growth Movement, and how they work not only to keep us from true discipleships, but also how in the end they contribute to the decline of the church.

The main disagreement Hauerwas has with the Church Growth Movement is how it produces congregations that are homogeneous, particularly, in Hauerwas’s view as it relates to age. We could also add socio-economic and often ethnic background as well.

All of this is not to say that growth is a bad thing. After all, parishes are living organisms, and all organisms that don’t grow begin to die. However, the Church Growth Movement tends to view growth as that which is measured best in the number of people in attendance on Sundays and the amount of offering in the basket.

As a result, churches following the strategies of the Church Growth Movement place an emphasis on entertainment in the liturgy. Two things happen as a result of this. One the people no longer are participating in the worship, particularly the prayer life of the church. Two, when it comes to entertainment, television, and one might add movies and the internet, can do it much better than the church.

Questions for Church Growth Movement:

How do you find that the liturgy helps to prepare you for life once you leave the confines of the gathered community?  If your answer is that it doesn’t, what part of the liturgy should be strengthened? Or, conversely, if perhaps you haven’t given much thought to the liturgy, what new insights might come from thinking of it as preparation or training for life outside the confines of the parish family?

If as a parish St. Philip’s or whatever church family you are part of were to pursue growth in an organic fashion, how do you think this might effect the way in which we worship together?

Hauerwas uses the example of digging a ditch to spread the flow of water, as what is meant by liturgy. Are there ditches parishes could dig that would help the water of life given to us in and by Christ flow out to the rest of the world?

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.