St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Beth Christianson
With the verses of our Gospel lesson today, we have come to the end of this extended side excursion through John chapter 6. Why, in the midst of a year where we are reading through Mark’s gospel, have we spent the whole month of August on this one chapter of John’s gospel? Continue reading “Trinity 13 – August 26, 2018”
St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, Canon Claude Schroeder
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”
St.Mary’s Anglican Church, Canon Claude Schroeder
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”
St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Canon Claude Schroeder
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”
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”
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”
St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Beth Christanson
Thomas the Pragmatist
Thomas gets a bad rap in the church, and I don’t think he deserves it. Imagine being stuck for two millennia with the moniker “Doubting Thomas!” i would like to suggest a name change for our poor friend. I wish to advocate for the name “Pragmatic Thomas.” Continue reading “Easter 1 – April 8, 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”
St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Rev’d Canon Claude Schroeder
We began our service this morning with the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem where the crowds, we are told, waved palm branches in the air.
But today isn’t really about the Palms. It’s about the Cross, which explains the our Palm Crosses. Although Good Friday marks the actual day Jesus was crucified, starting today and throughout this Holy Week, it is the Cross, and everything that led up to it, which is the subject of the Church’s worship, meditation and devotion.
What is the Cross? Continue reading “Palm Sunday – March 25, 2018”
St. Mary’s Anglican Church
Septuagesima – January 28, 2018
Canon Claude Schroeder
1 Corinthians 9:24; Matthew 20:1-16
Today we are shifting gears at St. Mary’s. Today marks the beginning of the season of pre-Lent in our liturgical calendar. We have the three Sundays of Septuagesima, Sexagesima, Quinquagesima. What fun these exotic sounding Latin names! Septuagesima, which stand for 70, Sexagesima which stands for 60, and Quinquagesima which stands for 50. We are symbolically counting down the days to the Great Fast and the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter. If we are honest, the thought of Lent is probably the last thing on any of our minds, and our hearts are not in it. That’s OK. We have the next three weeks to ready our minds, and prepare our hearts. Continue reading “Septuagesima – January 28, 2018”