Trinity 25 – November 18, 2018

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Beth Christianson

Endings and Beginnings

We are fast approaching the end of one season in our church year and the beginning of another. In Trinity season, we have been working our way slowly through Mark’s gospel, following Jesus as he taught, healed the sick, raised the dead, and annoyed the Pharisees. Only today and next Sunday remain before Advent begins again, and today is in fact our last day in Mark’s gospel. Continue reading “Trinity 25 – November 18, 2018”

Remembrance Sunday – November 11, 2018

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Canon Claude Schroeder

Ordinarily, today we would have been attending to the cycle of readings appointed for Trinity XXIV in our church calendar.

But today is not an ordinary day.

Today is November 11, a day in our civic calendar that is given over to ceremonies and prayers in remembrance of the war dead.

We will be engaging in such a ceremony at the end of our service.

But this November 11 is also the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and so it seemed good and right that we should interrupt our cycle of readings, and attend to the readings assigned for services for peace.

I want to begin this morning by discharging my duty and responsibility to you on this Remembrance Sunday to announce and declare to you the good news that the war is over. Continue reading “Remembrance Sunday – November 11, 2018”

Trinity 3 – Jun 17, 2018

St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, Canon Claude Schroeder

Sermon on 2 Cor. 5.6-19, Mark 4. 26-34.

in his Gospel, St. Mark is concerned to present and defend Jesus’ universal call, to men and women everywhere, to follow Him. Throughout this Trinity season we are going to be reading through St. Mark’s Gospel in church on Sunday mornings. The question before us is this, “What does it mean to follow a crucified and risen Savior, who is Jesus Christ?”

Today we are in the 4th chapter of St. Mark, which is given over entirely to a number of parables, of which we heard two: the parable of the growing seed, and the parable of the mustard seed. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is what we get in the parables, a short picture story, which was Jesus’ preferred method of teaching. Continue reading “Trinity 3 – Jun 17, 2018”

Trinity 2 – June 10, 2018

St.Mary’s Anglican Church, Canon Claude Schroeder

Mark 3:20-35

I announced last Sunday that for the rest of this church calendar we are going to be reading through Mark’s Gospel in church on Sunday mornings. In his Gospel, St. Mark is concerned to present and defend Jesus’ universal call, to men and women everywhere, to follow Him. The question before us is this, “What does it mean to follow a crucified and risen Saviour, who is Jesus Christ?” We might also ask, “ls it worth it?” Continue reading “Trinity 2 – June 10, 2018”

Trinity 1 – June 3, 2018

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Canon Claude Schroeder

Mark 2:23-3:6

Today marks another shift in our plan for Sunday mornings at St. Mary’s. Having gone through the seasons and the Festivals of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Passiontide, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost, where we have rehearsed the mighty acts of God in the birth, baptism, miraculous manifestations, temptation, suffering, death, resurrection, ascension of the Lord, and the sending of the Holy Spirit, and having celebrated last Sunday the revelation of the worship of the Holy Trinity, we now embark on the season of Trinity, which will take us all the way to the end of current church calendar in November. Continue reading “Trinity 1 – June 3, 2018”

Trinity Sunday – May 27, 2018

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Canon Claude Schroeder

Lectionary: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17

It was the spring of 1996, 22 years ago, that I experienced my first theological crisis as an Anglican priest. The trauma of that event is still with me. I was serving a small rural community in Alberta’s Peace River Country, and was driving down the highway one afternoon with my eldest son, who was three at the time, strapped in the child seat in the back of the car.

It was dead quiet, and then it happened. All of a sudden a voice called to me, “Dad, who is God?” Continue reading “Trinity Sunday – May 27, 2018”

Easter 3 – April 22, 2018

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Canon Claude Schroeder.

Lectionary: Acts 4. 5-12, Psalm 23, 1 John 3. 16-24, John 10. 11-18

Well, the Easter lilies packed it in in this week. It’s always a little sad to see them go. But our celebration of Easter continues. Today on the Third Sunday after Easter we are still wanting to grapple with the implication of the Resurrection of Jesus for our lives on this earth.

The way in which the Christian faith sometimes gets presented, it’s as if the Resurrection of Jesus was all about life after death, about going to heaven to be with Jesus after you die. But what, if any thing does the Resurrection of Jesus have to say about life before death? Continue reading “Easter 3 – April 22, 2018”

Easter – April 1, 2018

St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church – Revd. Canon Claude Schroeder

Alleluia! Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

So runs the ancient Easter greeting, with which Christians throughout the ages have greeted one another during the Great 50 days of Easter , which starts today. And with these words I greet you all this happy morning!

Let’s try it. Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!

As far as Christian greetings go, it beats “Happy Easter” don’t you think? Continue reading “Easter – April 1, 2018”