Friday, 23 March 2018 12:20

Faith & Worship

UPDATE: 

In person worship has been suspended as of April 3, 2021 due to the Provincewide shutdown.

We will continue to offer our virtual services for all who are more comfortable staying at home, or who perhaps just want to hear the hymns sung. Previous services and sermons are also available. Should you require entry to the church or hall, please contact a Warden.

Please continue to keep in touch and pray for one another as we navigate these challenging and uncertain times together. Please do not hesitate to be in touch as needed.

Continue to pray for all those impacted by the virus and its ripple effect on work and home lives.

Check out the Lenten activites available this year - lots to choose from!

Forward Movement - digital and print resources including daily reflections and bible readings

A Year in the Church, Advent Through Epiphany Including Candlemas with thanks to the Reverend Marty Levesque

Stations of the cross - Journey with Jesus from condemnation to the cross

Please note that at this time we will be offering one 9:30 am worship service on Sundays. Our worship services will alternate between both traditional and contemporary language services in the Anglican tradition. These services are either Holy Communion or Morning Prayer from the Book of Alternate Services or the Book of Common Prayer.

Additional resources are available if you want to learn more about our annual cycle of worship and how it recognizes certain biblical events, please visit the seasonal links under the Faith & Worship menu. Use our Contact Us form to make suggestions that would be helpful in our common faith journey.

Parking for services
We would like to remind everyone that there is additional parking available at Byron Northview School (entrance on Stephen Street).

Monastic Wisdom for Everyday
So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse. Recapture time as a gift and discover how to experience the joy of the present moment.

Whether you feel a sense of having too little time for all the demands of life, or whether you feel lonely amidst too much time, God is calling you to connection. God wants us to use our time not just wisely, but sacredly, in order to thrive. No matter what stage of life we are in, God’s invitation is that we be intentional in how we use our time in order to discover the abundance of life God desires for each of us.

Consider this six-week journey of reflection offered by SSJE Brothers - https://www.ssje.org/time/ .

Digital Resources from the Anglican Church of Canada

From Alpha to Omega – in a year! Let's read the Bible in one year.
Let's read it every day! The Bible is at the heart of our faith, so let's use THE BIBLE CHALLENGE as an outline: thebiblechallenge.org The website posts the scriptures daily and contains study guides for each book of the Bible.

Prayer...the world's greatest wireless connection...takes various forms at St. Anne's.
Reaching out in prayer Remember several years ago when Rev. Bill Harrison came and we wondered what Evangelism, Discipling, Outreach and Fundraising looked like at St. Anne’s? And didn't it feel good to realize that evangelism didn’t mean going door-to-door or standing on the street corner trying to convince others about God? We simply need to be ourselves and ask how we are going to share the good news of God’s healing love as part of our everyday activities.

Just as we each have our own way of sharing God's love with others, there are probably also many ways in which we pray. We pray in church and out of church, for our own concerns, our families and friends, and for the world and its troubles. James 5:16b (New Living Translation) says "The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results." Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said “In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities." The Archbishop has invited people to join him in prayer specifically between Ascension and Pentecost (May 30 - June 9, 2019). He is simply asking people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ. And there is no need to wait until next year so why not start now!

Loads of ideas are offered on the website www.thykingdomcome.global. Feel free to browse the site and consider the ideas that fit your life. A few of those ideas have been noted below, but the key is to simply start and make prayer a habit. \

  • as spring buds start to show on the trees, think of members of your own family tree and pray for them to discover or rediscover the new life offered by Jesus
  • use reminders to pray for five friends:
    • write their names on five small stones and put them on a desk, in a basket or bowl or in any convenient place. Hold the stone in your hand as you pray for the person;
    • tie five knots in a string and either wrap the string around your wrist or put in in a visible place;
    • put post-it notes up where you will see them regularly;
    • or add five names to your smartphone list of reminders;
    • use Scrabble letters to name someone; jumble the letters to give you a new first initial and start another name
  • go through a newspaper and pick out a few articles and pray for God's will to be done in those situations
  • pray the Lord's Prayer – slowly
  • when you go walking, pray for the people living in the houses or working in the businesses you pass. Ask God to show you what He sees and to know His heart for your community.

And as we are urged in 1 Timothy 2 (The Message) "The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live."

Bringing Holy Communion Into your Home
In Anglican church tradition, the rector may commission qualified laity to deliver the consecrated sacraments to those less mobile in hospitals or homes, Guidelines for such selection include the person being:

  • a practicing church member of St.Anne’s, distinguished in the Christian life, faith and morals
  • have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
  • demonstrating a deep reverence for and devotion to the Holy Eucharist
  • been prepared and commissioned by the rector for this ministry

Lay people at St. Anne's are actively involved in the worship service and this short list below reflects some of those roles.

  • Chancel Guild
  • Servers
  • Lay readers and lay communion assistants
  • Sidespersons

Interested in knowing more about these ministries? Send us your questions or contact information to find out more.

We believe that when we live the Gospel we find peace in our lives
We believe in the power of prayer
We believe that you, your children and all life are precious
We believe that we can help each other in times of grief, trouble or sorrow
We believe that in community we can work, laugh and offer each other joy.

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