Being Anglican and Metis

Being Anglican and Metis

Rev. Donald MacKenzie asked me to reflect on what it means to me to be Anglican and Metis. Please know that my response is my own personal view. Other Metis Anglicans will also have a story that will reflect their own journey.

Firstly let me say that when we gather as a Church, we often begin by acknowledging the Land. When we gather as a people of faith and start in this way, it reminds me to be conscious of our setting and our linkages to one another. Indigenous, Settler or New-comer, we come together here in this place and time. We give thanks for the relationship to each other and God the Creator.

The Metis flag.

We come together here on Treaty 1 + 2 territory on the traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, and Oji-Cree peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land and their hospitality which allows us to live, work, worship and serve God the Creator here.

In my adult years, I became involved with my Metis Nation here in Manitoba, embracing Metis culture, working towards positive changes supporting my community and learning from Elders. I am a busy Anglican Deacon, working full-time in my vocational work at the University of Winnipeg and also serving in community, Continue reading

Holy Week, Bishop’s Visit, Baptism

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.

Holy Week, Empty tune.
The Angel with the women at the empty tomb.

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 stphilipsnorwood@shaw.ca

Eucharistic Eating

Eucharistic Eating (Lecture Series)

Purpose of the Series

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.

Eucharist - The Cup remembering

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

fraternal meals 

family dining

speed of life

Food Courts

Eucharist as meal of community

Week Four – Fasting-Feasting

Food moralism

The need for fasting/feasting

Week Five – Sacrifice & Death

All eating involves death

vegetarianism and veganism

Food as medicine

Christ’s sacrifice

Week Six – Eucharistic Eating

Historical Development of Eucharist

Shared Meal

Salvation in the Eucharist.

Presence

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.

Thoughts, comments, and questions welcomed.

An Example of Holiness – St. Philip

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.

St. Philip, dragon slayer
Like Saint George, Saint Philip is said to have slain a dragon. This and other heroic deeds were later additions to his life story.

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November Events Saint Philip’s

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

Kyle Mason Don Amero Visit

Lasting and healthy change is difficult to achieve because there are so many forces that work to keep change from happening. The societal, cultural, and/or personal forces must be resisted by the person or organization that decides the change they desire is necessary. However, most of the time it is not enough to simply make this decision and put forward this effort by oneself.  Support is often needed in these times of change so that the forces trying to stop it do not become overwhelming. St. Philips will be hosting two people who try to, Kyle Mason and Don Amero, at our 11am service on July 17th. These individuals have devoted themselves to be supporters of lasting and healthy change within their communities.

Kyle Mason North End Family Centre
The North End Family Centre, where Kyle Mason serves as director.

Kyle Mason

Before they arrive it would be good for us to get to know a bit about these men so they do not spend their whole time simply explaining who they are. Kyle Mason will be sharing a message with us when he visits on July 17th. Kyle Mason is Winnipeg born and was raised in the North End by a single parent family. As Kyle grew he noticed that it was not just his family that struggled with poverty but many throughout his community. During this tough time in his life Kyle Mason was able to find support and community from a local church youth group. Having a supportive community during a difficult time obviously stuck with Kyle as when he moved back to the community he knew exactly how he wanted to help it out.

Kyle Mason decided to help his community by starting the North End Family Centre. It is within this organization that Kyle, his staff, volunteers, and everyone who comes to the centre work on creating a loving and safe community. This community was formed by the North End Family Centre’s ability to hear the community they wished to serve. Kyle explains, “We listen to the people that we serve. We ask what they want and what they need and move to do that. And when the community feels like they have real input, which they do, they respond.” The response Kyle refers to is that despite only having a starting location 1000 square feet they were receiving up to 1400 visits a month. This response allowed the North End Family Centre to expand to their new location so they might serve more people and help support this ever growing community.

Don Amero

Don Amero, the Juno nominated man who will be providing the music to our service on July 17th, grew up in the North End community like Kyle Mason. Don Amero also is filled with the desire to give back to his community. With this desire in mind Don works in his local community; a good example of this is last year where Don took the responsibility on to help mentor some middle school kids at Niji Mahkwa. It is here the students collaborated with Don Amero to make a song about missing and murdered indigenous women titled, Never Alone.

Don also sees his community in a broader sense and has toured the country with country music star Brett Kissell last year. They toured through many indigenous communities to do their part to support the reconciliation conversation that was spreading throughout the country. Don Amero has this to say about reconciliation, “Reconciliation is relationship, and I think that what Brett and I want to do is be a living example of two guys from different hoods, different places, different backgrounds coming together to do something really great for people.”

The relationships these two men have formed with their communities is an inspiring story we will hear more of on July 17th. We hope many will come out to be inspired by their stories and song so that we can all figure out how we can help support change in our country, city, neighbours, and selves.

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.

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.

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