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“Comfort, O comfort my people” [Isaiah 40:1]

On Sunday, I witnessed a spectacular parade of Christmas trees and decorations streaming into the church to be given away to our refugee families.  Friends, it was so beautiful to see.  You touch my heart with your spirit of generosity.  You’ve rustled up two additional Christmas trees, for a total of 3 (one each... Read More

“And on earth peace, good will towards all!” [Luke 1:14b]

Friends, a very beautiful thing is happening at St. George’s.  When looking around their house for furniture items that could be useful for our refugees, Susan and Wayne discovered an unused Christmas tree.  They’ve offered it for one of the two families.  Now, wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone were to step... Read More

1 Corinthians 11:24

“and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘this is my body…’” (1 Corinthians 11:24)   I met Miss Pearl at St. Mary’s Kerrisdale in Vancouver when I was at seminary.  Miss Pearl was then in her mid-nineties, whisper-quiet and bent-over, a life-long member of the parish.  She had never married, had no... Read More

“Holy, Holy, Holy!” Isaiah 6:3

Each Sunday we sing an ancient prayer that dates back to the earliest days of Christian worship; in fact, it dates back even further: back into Temple worship traditions that are hundreds of years older than Christianity itself. It is called the “Sanctus” (“Holy”) and the Benedictus (“Blessed”), and over the years... Read More

“Whatever you did for the least of these ..."

An absolutely enormous thank you to everyone for brining good clothes, shoes and household items for our refugee families. During the potluck lunch on Sunday, while we were sharing food and fellowship downstairs, a massive sharing of material goods was going on upstairs. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to... Read More

"Hold fast to what is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21)  

As I mentioned in my sermon on Sunday, this coming Friday and Saturday (October 13-14) is our Diocesan Synod.  There is a motion to allow the clergy and parishes of the Diocese to make their own decisions about offering blessings of same-sex couples.  This motion comes "from the floor" - that is, directly from... Read More

I have not stopped giving thanks for you - Ephesians 1:16

On Sunday, immediately after church, Michael and I hopped on a plane to attend Rev. Helen Dunn's installation as Vicar of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver.  Helen was previously the Assistant Priest at our own Cathedral, and she's taken a number of services at St. George's over the past few years.  She's also... Read More

Sharing the Common Cup: interesting facts about hygiene

Sharing the Common Cup: some interesting facts about hygiene   It would be very rare for a healthy person to get sick just from drinking out of the common cup. Actually, just entering the worship space is "more risky".  Furthermore: there is (basically) no risk whatsoever of getting HIV or AIDS from the common... Read More