On Sunday, April 2, 2023, Bishop John Stephens visited his Parish of St. John the Evangelist, North Vancouver for Palm Sunday, the first liturgy of Holy Week, 2023.
As the weather around the Lower Mainland was very unsettled (from bright sunshine to hail to sleet to snow) the Liturgy of the Palms was celebrated in the narthex prior to the Procession in.
The Archdeacon for Deacons of the Diocese of New Westminster, the Venerable Peggy Trendell-Jensen was Deacon of the Word and Table, leaving her home parish of St. Clement, Lynn Valley for this Sunday's worship. The Palm Sunday liturgy can be quite an undertaking for deacons, what with proclaiming the Gospel during the Liturgy of the Palms (Matthew 21: 1-11) and the reading of the Passion of Christ according to Matthew's Gospel (Matthew 27: 11-54). Archdeacon Trendell-Jensen was certainly up to the task.
The music led by a sextet of women's voices under the leadership of Choir Director, Christie Smith and accompanied by organist/pianist Galina Martyniouk was excellent as usual. This very fine choral ensemble is well worth the trip to St. John's, NV. There was a guest musician, a skilled violinist, Roxana Whethem.
Rector of the parish, the Reverend Patrick Blaney, the congregation and the lay leadership always create a warm, welcoming environment for worship.
As is customary, Bishop John preached and presided at the Eucharist. His sermon posted on the diocesan website; video, audio and text is linked here.