Trinity 6, 2021 – Sermon

(Modified 2021-07-11: Added audio recording)

St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, Trinity 6, July 11, 2021, Canon Claude Schroeder 

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“Speak the Truth to Power.”

It 1942, the African American Civil Rights Activist, Bayard Rustin, wrote in a letter that “the primary social function of a religious society is to ‘speak the truth to power’.”

So it was in 1955 that the Quakers, a pacifist religious society, published a pamphlet entitled, Speak Truth to Power: A Quaker Search for an Alternative to Violence.

This really marked the beginning of the wide-spread adoption and co-option of the phrase ”speak truth to power” in North America, not only by various religious societies, but by journalists, social activists, educators, and all manner of whistle-blowers.

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Trinity 5, 2021 – Bulletin

THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

JULY 4, 2021

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.30 A.M. HOLY COMMUNIONBeth preaching.

PARISH LIFE NOTES

ROGATION PROCESSION. Following the closing hymn, there will be a procession to St. Mary’s Garden, where we will offer prayers and ask God’s blessing on the land, the birds and animals, and the life of our parish.

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL APPEAL. Please see the attached letter from The Diocese of the People in British Columbia in regard to an emergency appeal for funds in the wake of the recent wildfire that swept through the village of Lytton.

ST. MARY’S OUTDOOR YARD SALE will take place on July 24th. We will start accepting items starting July 18th.  Household items, clothing, treasures, jewelry, toys, tools, books (no Encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest).  More information to come.  Volunteers of all ages welcome! Please call Clara with questions.  

WEEK DAY SERVICES. 8.30 A.M. Morning Prayer.  5.30 p.m. Evening Prayer

SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN COME TO ME! (Matthew 19.14) See photos below from the service of Holy Baptism which St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church which worships at St. Mary’s on Saturday mornings celebrated last Saturday!

Trinity 5, 2021 – Sermon

(Modified 2021-07-04: Added audio recording)

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So I think we can all agree that human beings are pretty messed-up.  I used to feel pretty smug about my identity markers.  I’m a girl – that’s definitely better than being a boy.  I’m Canadian, and that’s better than being American.  Like a lot of people I thought of us as America Lite, the kinder, politer version of America, with all the good things like democracy and human rights and diversity and much less of the bad stuff like prejudice and arrogance and hyper-nationalism.

And I was smug about having Christianity as my identity marker in terms of the world’s religions.  The worst thing people ever seemed to accuse us of was the Crusades, and since those ended 700 years ago I thought we were doing pretty well on the problematic waging-war-and-murdering-people-in-the-name-of-God front.

Feeling smug about your identity markers is mostly a young person’s game.  If we are not actively deluding ourselves, life soon disabuses us of our illusions about the rightness of our own tribe compared to everyone else.  Someone you trusted to tell the truth lies to you.  You find out an institution you belong to has been hurting people.  A political party you believe in gets caught up in a scandal, and won’t admit to being wrong.  The longer we live, the more times we are disillusioned by our tribe, and by our own behavior, the more we realize that all human beings are pretty messed up.  No one has a legitimate claim on virtue.

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Trinity 4, 2021 – Bulletin

THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
JUNE 27, 2021

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.30 A.M. HOLY COMMUNIONClaude Schroeder preaching.

LIVE AUDIO STREAMING during today’s service is available on the Order of Service page. Recorded audio will be added following worship.

GODLY PLAY for children 3-6 years via zoom at 1:30 pm. Today’s story is  ‘Jairus’ Daughter’ Matthew 9:18-26.

PARISH LIFE NOTES

PASTORAL MINISTRY OF ANOINTING WITH OIL AND LAYING ON OF HANDS WITH PRAYER FOR HEALING follows the celebration of the Holy Communion today.

GOSPEL IN THE GARDEN UPDATE. Thank you to all who donated plants, seeds, and bulbs for our Gospel in the Garden in the project. Soil will be delivered to the raised beds on Tuesday morning , to be followed by a planting bee. Please contact Yvonne if you can help and have plants to donate.

ST. MARY’S OUTDOOR YARD SALE will take place on July 24th. We will start accepting items starting July 18th.  Household items, clothing, treasures, jewelry, toys, tools, books (no Encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest).  More information to come.  Volunteers of all ages welcome! Please call Clara with questions.  

ST. MARY’S ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH which worships at St. Mary’s on Saturday mornings celebrated Holy Baptism on Saturday.

Trinity 4, 2021 – Sermon

(Modified 2021-06-27: Added audio recording of sermon.)

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Trinity 4, June 27.2021 Revd. Canon Claude Schroeder

Sermon on Mark 5. 21-43

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“The moment is coming when, having done the ‘right’ thing all along, your round peg will not fit in the hole that’s next presented to you. The time is coming when you will be on the outside: a divorce, a bankruptcy, a felony, a betrayal, a cancer, an addiction, a death. Well, yes, death.” (Timothy Kimbrough)

I don’t think there is a person here doesn’t know what it’s like to find yourself on the outside, when the round peg that is your life doesn’t go into the square hole that is presented to you. Divorce, bankruptcy, crime, betrayal, cancer, and death, well yes death, sooner or later come calling.  

The sooner one realizes this, the better. “It is good”, writes the author of the Book of Lamentations,” for one to bear the yoke in youth, to sit alone in silence when the Lord has imposed it, to put one’s mouth to the dust (there may yet be hope), to give one’s cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults.” (Lamentations 3. 27-30). It’s why if at all possible, you should try have your nervous breakdown early in life, in your youth, and learn what it means to place your hope in God. It will hold you in good stead for when things really get difficult later in life.

Our Gospel lesson for today from St. Mark tells the story of three people, whose round peg did not fit the square hole that had been presented to them. 

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Trinity 3, 2021 – Bulletin

THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
JUNE 20, 2021

TODAY AT ST. MARY’S

10.30 A.M. HOLY COMMUNIONNathaniel preaching.

GODLY PLAY for children 3-6 years via zoom at 1:30 pm. Today’s story is  ‘Jairus’ Daughter’ Matthew 9:18-26.

PARISH LIFE NOTES

WEDDING BELLS. Congratulations and blessings to St. Mary’s parishioners Derek and Li who were united as husband and wife in a service of Holy Matrimony yesterday at St. Mary’s! See sermon attached.

GOSPEL IN THE GARDEN. This week raised beds for St. Mary’s Gospel in the Garden Project were put together. Many thanks to Terry for all his work. Top soil will be delivered this week. We will now be in need of vegetable seedlings, and flowers to fill the earth! Please contact Yvonne in the office if you can contribute!

ST. MARY’S OUTDOOR YARD SALE will take place on July 24th. We will start accepting items starting July 18th.  Household items, clothing, treasures, jewelry, toys, tools, books (no encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest).  More information to come.  Volunteers of all ages welcome! Please call Clara for questions.  

Derek and Li Wedding Sermon

St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, Wedding of Derek and Li, June 19, 2021

Sermon John 2. 1-11. The Revd. Canon Claude Schroeder

“This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested His glory; and his disciples believed in Him.” (John 2.11)

I guess that first thing that strikes us about our Gospel lesson today where at the wedding at Cana in Galilee, Jesus miraculously transformed something of the order of 180 gallons of water into wine, is that there was obviously no public health order in place forbidding the serving of beverages at religious ceremonies!

 “Wine”, according to the Scriptures, “makes glad the heart of man.” (Psalm 104.15). How natural that the wedding guests at Cana in Galilee were found to be drinking wine. Would you raise your glasses for a toast to the bride! Would you raise your glasses for a toast to the groom!

But then, as we heard, they ran out of wine. We all know what that means. When the wine runs out, the party is over, and it’s time to go home.

This for us is the real point of identification with our story today. These last 15 months of COVID the wine had been running out all over the place.  It’s been running out on our jobs, it’s been running out of on our friendships, it’s been running out on our marriages and families. When the wine runs out, the party is over, and it’s time to go home. And then, what? As many have been doing under COVID, we go and buy a puppy dog.

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