Holy Spirit Anglican Church, Whonnock/Maple Ridge, celebrated Canada Day for the first time in recent memory, with an early morning church service, via Zoom. The online liturgy was attended by the regional MP and MLA, worshippers from nearby parishes and across the country, and Holy Spirit parishioners. The Honourable Bob D'Eith, MLA, representing the provincial electoral district of Maple Ridge-Mission played the prelude music. Before politics, Bob worked as an entertainment lawyer and is also a founding member of two well-known BC bands, Rhymes with Orange and Mythos. The Honourable Marc Dalton, MP, representing the federal electoral district of Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge, addressed the online congregation, quoting scripture and offering a prayer. The two legislators also shared Canada Day reflections from their perspesctives as representatives to federal and provincial governments.
Mayor Mike Morden sent a message, which was read to those attending via Zoom. Participation by Murray Moerman of the Ridge Meadows Ministerial and Rev. Andrew Halliday of St Andrew's, Langley, reminded us of our connections to other faith groups locally and to the wider Anglican Communion. Vicar of Holy Spirit, the Rev. Miranda Sutherland preached the sermon, taking as her text, 1 John 4:7 “Beloved, Let us Love One Another”. Fabulous parish musician, Sanne, who is also the Principal Violinist of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, played the Royal and National Anthems and other Canadian music as we gave thanks for Canada, and prayed for our country’s future, its challenges and its responsibilities.