Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3 (NRSV)
The prophet Jeremiah, from whose book the above quote is taken, knew what it was to live in uncertain times. Truth is, with a very small amount of research it becomes obvious that a great deal of human history has taken place in times that are uncertain. As humans we don’t like this. As humans (at least most of us), we prefer stability and predictability that we can build upon to create the kind of lives that make us happy, productive, contented members of society. And while most of us have had personal circumstances that have tested us, and challenged our sense of equilibrium from time to time, generally over the last number of decades we have been able to count on the world around us as a relatively predictable place, at least that is my impression.
In Jeremiah’s time, they lived under a constant threat of a Babylonian invasion, which of course, eventually did happen, and would take from the children of Israel their leaders, and their very way of life. Yet even through years of predicting this sad fate, as Jeremiah invited those around him to reflect on their lives and their faith, he concurrently offered God’s people hope, believing that despite everything that was taking place, health and healing were possible.
As I read the verse above I felt both a keen need and a desire to know “the great and hidden things that [I] have not known”. In point of fact, I have lived a life of wanting to know and understand more. I think perhaps that during these times of COVID-19, we all may be feeling the same as questions abound. When will this all end? When can we get back to normal? Is there a normal anymore? Just how will the next number of months play out before us, particularly as a faith community? Jeremiah reminds us that in the midst of all the uncertainty, we need to remember to call out to God. In the midst of looking for answers to both our personal and our global challenges, even with a variety of worries and concerns nipping at our heals, we would do well to continue to call out to God. And the answers, the “great hidden things”, what about those? A large part of our calling out to God, is opening ourselves to listening, in fact asking for help in listening, to hear God all around us speaking in ways that may at first be unexpected. As we dance with the many questions of our current situations both personal and communal, can we expand into that form of listening that is expectant, and hopeful, allowing the “unknown” to gradually break in upon us in a whole variety of ways and realizations? I think that we can. I think that we must as we give ourselves consciously to a way of being where despite uncertainties on many levels, we affirm God as the one who steadies our boat, and the one who will eventually bring us into that place of health and healing, that place for which all of our hearts long.
Welcome to the website for the congregation of St. Anne's (Byron), an active Anglican (Episcopal) congregation in the western part of London, Ontario. Reverend Canon Valerie Kenyon is our priest. We extend a warm welcome to all visitors, and those looking for a new church home, being blessed with visitors on a regular basis. Our church and parish hall are both wheelchair accessible.
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As you explore St. Anne’s website you will get a glimpse of the lives and activities of people who make up the family of God at St. Anne’s. There are many more whose names are not recorded here but whose memory is cherished, whose lives have shaped our lives and whose hard work and love of Christ built a foundation stronger than the foundation laid over a century and a half ago with field stones and mortar from surrounding farm land, a foundation that is held together by its cornerstone – Jesus Christ. We are not a perfect family; we are a real family who daily put our lives in the hands of a perfect God, who continually conforms us into Christ’s likeness.
Along with Anglicans around the globe, we at St. Anne’s hold the traditional faith of Christians through the ages. We look back with thanksgiving for blessings received and we look ahead with joy, wondering what new song we are to sing unto the Lord. (Psalm 144:9) The holy friendship we share with God and one another makes us a family and the ministry to which every person you see here and beyond these pages is called, leads us into joyful service of the community in which we live. Our work is simple, to worship God, build a relationship with His Son and love one another as Christ has loved us. (John 15:12)
To get the most out of this website, check our Events Calendar for the list of activites and then consider our other menu items such as Church Seasons. Look for updates and current news on our Outreach and Faith and Worship pages.
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