This Sunday is my favourite in the Church year. I have always loved the story in Acts where the Holy Spirit descended on all the disciples gathered and they went out speaking in tongues and everyone thought they were drunk! It may be my adopted Irish roots, but I have a penchant for appreciating unruliness as a manifestation of God's life force in us.
First of all, here is the update for the Special Vestry Meeting for May 30. Parish Council has decided to postpone this meeting as there has been further communication with the Diocese with more things for us to consider. We would like very much to have a face to face meeting with as many people as feel comfortable to do so later in June. We will send all who aren't able to come with a Zoom link so that you can be part of the meeting. The overall purpose of the meeting has changed to be an update on the suggestions the Diocese is making and how we want to respond to them with a united voice and to explore our parish ministry going forward, which includes our desire to have a half-time priest. We also need to confirm when representatives from the Diocese can join us. So - your patience with all of this is greatly appreciated.
We need to allow two weeks notice before the meeting is scheduled.
Our Executive completed a comprehensive application to the Diocese to be able to hold Sunday morning services beginning on June 14. There is great care being taken to ensure that we observe all the health guidelines to inhibit the spread of any virus and we are confident that we are in a good position to be able to gather together again with physical distancing. There will be no Eucharist and no singing - but we can speak the words of the hymns to the music and enjoy each others' presence. Where two or three of us are gathered, God is there with us. And while we know he is always with us, somehow being together makes it easier for us to feel his presence.
I mentioned last week that we were having hydro-seeding done on the cleared acre of land that was once home to the great blackberry perserve. This was done on Monday so we hope to see green grass shoots soon. Photos below.
Thinking of those of us who are eager to be able to get out more and those of us afraid to do so - we are all under stress. The Psalms are perfect for times of trouble so I leave you with some of the verses from Psalm 25. The Prayer List is attached and you can visit www.vancouver.anglican.ca
for resources and online services.
Teach me your ways O Lord; make them known to me.
Teach me to live according to your truth, for you are my God, who saves me.
I always trust you.
Remember, O Lord, your kindness and constant love which you have shown me from long ago.
Forgive the sins and errors of my youth.
In your constant love and goodness, remember me, Lord!
I look to the Lord for help at all times, and he rescues me from danger.
Turn to me, Lord, and be merciful to me, because I am lonely and weak.
Relieve me of my worries and save me from all my troubles..
Consider my distress and suffering and forgive all my sins.
To you, O Lord, I offer my prayer; in you, my God, I trust.
Psalm 25: 4-7, 15-18, 1-2. Good News Bible
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church
16613 Bell Road, Surrey, BC V3S 1H7
We are grateful to worship and celebrate our Creator in the traditional, unceded territories
of the Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations of the Coast Salish Peoples.