St Mary Magdalene is an inclusive, open Christian community. Being the only church on Mayne Island, we welcome and celebrate people from all traditions, styles and practices.
WEEKLY SERVERS LIST
Each week, many people joyfully take on roles to assist in the liturgy of the worship service. These roles include Lay Liturgical Assistant, Readers, Prayers of the People and Usher. The rota of those roles is found here:
At St Mary Magdalene, we meet most Fridays throughout the year at 10:30 am to 11:30 am to discuss a wide variety of spiritual topics. (Please see the “events” tab on this website for the calendar postings of Spiritual Reflections). It is a discussion where there is no expectation that anyone has the “correct” answer; rather, we share and open ourselves to new ways of thinking about these topics.
People from all faith traditions and from no faith tradition are invited and we often have quite a lovely cross-section of the island community. Discussions have included such topics as ethics, death and views on life after death, forgiveness, hope, justice, mercy, wisdom and many more. Each week a different topic is chosen and we launch into our experience and thoughts about that particular one.
There is no need to prepare for these discussion sessions, and as it is a drop-in format, there is no commitment to attending for a specific number of times– come as you are able and interested!
Look here for a few of our recent Spiritual Reflections, to get an idea of the types of things we discuss:
To see when the next Spiritual Reflections will occur, check the Events pages.
RIDE TO CHURCH
If you require a ride to church on Sunday morning or know of someone who does, please contact Pat Gasston (250-539-5519, firstname.lastname@example.org) who will make arrangements for transportation.
The roles and responsibilities of our rector (priest), our wardens, Parish Council and its committees and our various other teams of volunteers are set out in the following document:
For Committee Contacts see the Contact page.
DONATIONS BY PRE-AUTHORIZED DEBIT (PAD)
Safe, easy way to make your offerings!
If you wish to make donations by Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) to St Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island, the Form to use is available here in Word format: PAD_Agreemt SMM
The forms can be handed to Mary Jane Tiller Weeks or to a church warden – see the Contact page.
Meeting minutes attached here:
FOR YOUR INFORMATION – September 10th, 2017
A warm St. Mary Magdalene welcome to The Venerable Reverend Dennis Hayden from Salt Spring Island who graciously agreed to lead us in worship this morning while Blair is on vacation. Please join us for coffee after the service to personally express your thanks to Dennis for his leadership.
BLAIR ON VACATION
Our rector, Blair, is on vacation and will return on September 21st. Next week, September 17th, will be a Morning Prayer Service led by Evan Mitchell with Jim Moore preaching. Should you need pastoral care during Blair’s absence, please contact Pat Gasston, the Rector’s Warden.
SPIRITUAL REFLECTION DISCUSSION GROUP
The Spiritual Reflection Discussion Group this meet again this coming Friday, September 15th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Church House. Please join us for informal discussions about interesting topics. This is not a Bible Study group. Each session is led by various members of the group, which is composed of members of the parish as well as members of the community, and focuses on a thought-provoking topic related to our lives. No prior knowledge required. Everyone is welcome.
Please remember the following people in your prayers this week: Wanda Forward, Lee Roberts, Ben Robertson, Laura Thornson, William Steele, Rob Willingham, Justin Travolini, Ollie Smith, and Bev McKenzie.
There are still lots of spaces for you to sign up to help with coffee time. A reminder that the task has been divided into three sections and you are now invited to sign up for a portion of the task only. Mary Crumblehulme has kindly offered to set up the coffee before the service every Sunday, so now we are looking for people to either provide something for the snack table or clean up at the end. Please lend a hand in this important part of our ministry.
RIDE TO CHURCH
If you require a ride to church on Sunday morning or know of someone who does, please contact Pat Gasston who will make arrangements for transportation.
It is evident that the Birthday List is not up to date as there are a number of people whose names have not been included. Please see Evan Mitchell to make sure that your name is on the list. Don’t be shy about asking that your name be included – after all, everyone has a birthday and we would NEVER tell your age!! Remembering those whose birthday falls in a particular month is a fun tradition at St. Mary Magdalene.
FLOWERS FOR THE SANCTUARY
If you would like to donate flowers to be placed in the sanctuary in memory of a loved one, please see Pat Gasston or any other member of the Altar Guild to have your name placed on the calendar for your chosen date.
WE TOGETHER DIOCESAN CONFERENCE 2017
The annual diocesan conference will take place in Victoria on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th. This is the one time each year when the diocesan community comes together to share, learn, worship and pray together. Here’s What You’ll Experience: 18 informative and fun workshops, 3 inspiring keynote addresses, uplifting worship, renewed friendships and new friendships, and the presence of the Holy Spirit working in and through us as we gather. Regular Tickets $75 (includes Friday evening reception*, lunch, keynotes and three workshops); Friday Evening Only $30; Saturday Only $50. (* a cash-only wine bar will be available at the Friday evening wine and cheese reception). See the notice on the bulletin board in the Church House for more information. A conference schedule can be viewed online at bc.anglican.ca/events. Register now on-line or call the synod office.
THOUGHTS TO PONDER THIS WEEK
Beneath our clothes, our reputations, our pretensions, beneath our religion or lack of it, we are all vulnerable both to the storm without and to the storm within. Frederick Beuchner – Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale
READINGS FOR NEXT WEEK:
Readings for next Sunday, the fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost,
September 17th: Exodus 14: 19 – 31; Psalm 114; Romans 14: 1 – 12; Matthew 18: 21 – 35
CHURCH E-MAIL ADDRESS
If you wish to contact the office by e-mail, our new address is email@example.com.
You may have noticed that there are a few pot holes forming near the bottom of the new church driveway. You can help keep new holes from forming by NOT accelerating as you enter the driveway. While it seems natural to accelerate after braking to turn, this creates holes in the new surface. This is a particular problem in dry weather. Let’s all help by GENTLY stepping on the gas and SLOWLY driving up the driveway. Thanks.
LAY PARTICIPATION TODAY:
The following people have provided lay assistance for the service today: Celebrant – The Venerable Reverend Dennis Hayden, Liturgical Assistant – David Bergmark; Prayers of the People – Ron Weeks; Lay Readers – Jan Nicol-Mitchell and John Crocker; Usher – Janet Guy.
PARISH MEETING AND LUNCHEON
There will be a parish meeting and luncheon in the Church House after the service on Sunday, September 24th. A lunch of sandwiches and desserts will be provided by the Parish Council. Mark your calendar. See, there is such a thing as a free lunch!
Text: Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, St. Matthew 5:21-27
Prayer…O Lord, uphold me that I might uplift thee…And may the words of my mouth, and the meditations of all our hearts, be now and always acceptable in your sight…Oh Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer…Amen…
Have you heard the story about the three kids who were bragging one day about how good their fathers were – in their respective professions?…They were going on and on…One kid started out by saying, “my dad’s a lawyer – and he can talk for a good half an hour on any topic in the court room that you can give him…He’s a real whiz at what he does”…The next one pipes up and says, ‘oh that’s nothing – my dad’s a teacher –he can stand up in front of a class room and go on for forty minutes on a given topic”…Finally the last kid gets up and say’s I’ve got you all beat… He says, “my dad’s a minister …he can get up on Sunday, in front of the whole congregation and go on for an hour on any subject and say nothing at all”
In 1971, an obscure rock group had a song that hit the top 10 for a few weeks. It was called “Signs”. The chorus was:
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?
The song was all about the rules we impose on the world and on each other- whether you have to have a shirt and tie to be served, who can park where, what the fines would be for littering; yield signs, stop signs, all kinds of signs telling us what’s acceptable and what isn’t; what the rules are. This week’s Gospel is about keeping rules- and about when it’s right not to keep them.
Why do we have rules? I think they’re usually put in place either for a good reason-(like driving on the correct side of the road, and like not allowing children to play with matches), or they’re put in place to control others and maintain a position of power (like having rules about which drinking fountain a person could drink from, or limiting voting rights to just men, or earlier, to just men who owned land). You may recall the time when the law said that margarine had to be left uncoloured (so it was the original colour of margarine: white, not yellow, like butter). The dairy industry pushed for that law to protect their market. Read more
For those of you who have winced each time I’ve used a sports analogy to make a point, you may want to head over to Church House, now. But, as you heard in our reading from Hebrews this morning, the Epistle, itself, uses a sports analogy, so I feel I am on good ground to go there this morning. Incidentally, I won’t be mentioning a particular professional team, so Pat, you can relax. (The last time I mentioned her favourite team, they lost terribly). I’m not sure what that says about my preaching, but in the interests of parish unity, I won’t go there.
There weren’t a lot of believers in the early Church- they were outnumbered by all those around them, but they knew that they were surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses to faith and they felt uplifted by that fact.
In some ways, I think, there’s nothing more intimate and personal than faith. But I wonder if it isn’t also true that in some ways we believe because others believed before us? I’ve spoken before about the Anglican three-legged stool: scripture, tradition and reason. As you’ll recall, the second leg of the stool is tradition, which means the understanding and faith of all the great minds who’ve gone before us- the great cloud of witnesses. Their faith helps to form our faith, often in ways of which we may only be dimly aware. Read more