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.
I think there are two very different values that Jesus is holding in holy tension: first, keeping the Sabbath- to be renewed and re-energized – and second, remembering that it’s not about the rule, it’s about loving God and loving your neighbour as yourself.From our Latest Sermon
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)
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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 – November 13, 2016
PLANNING FOR UPCOMING 150TH ANNIVERSARY
Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of this parish (not the actual building) as well as our country. Are you interested in helping with the planning for this celebration? MJ Tiller is looking for people to help plan for a Gala to be held late July 2017. Our first meeting will be held in the Church House on Thursday, November 17th at 12:00 noon. Please bring your lunch.
Parish Council will meet in the Church House on Thursday, November 17th at 1:30 p.m. Please have all agenda items to Janet Guy by Monday, November 14th.
SPIRITUAL REFLECTION DISCUSSION GROUP
The Spiritual Reflection Discussion Group will meet again on Friday morning, November 18th at 10:30 a.m. in the Church House. Please join us for interesting conversations about provocative topics. Andrew Smith is currently leading the discussions. A recent topic was “Prayer or Positive Thinking – Does either work for you? Part 2”. Two of the quotations used to stimulate discussion were: “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours” – Mark 11:24 (NLT); and “The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.” ― Roy T. Bennett. Everyone most welcome. No background knowledge required.
COFFEE TIME – WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
It has been observed that people are reluctant to sign up for looking after the coffee time because they do not bake. We are asking that you sign up to set out the coffee things and clean up only. Baking and/or packaged cookies will be available to set out with the coffee. Our fellowship time during coffee is going to be especially important during the coming months of transition when we have an interim priest presiding in our parish. The new sign-up sheet is now posted in the Church House.
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.
ARE YOU A BAKER?
To ensure a supply of baking for coffee time on Sunday morning, we are asking those of you who like to bake to consider donating some of your baking to keep in the freezer to be thawed for coffee time. Perhaps when you are baking you might bake an extra loaf or dozen cookies or ??? Just wrap them in foil, mark the date and place it in the freezer. There will also be a supply of packaged cookies for coffee time as well.
NEW TO YOU
St. Mary Magdalene W.A. will hold a fall New to You Sale on Thursday, November 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Set up will be on Wednesday, November 23rd. Come to the sale on Thursday to find some great bargains and enjoy a muffin and cup of coffee while you are here. No clothing donations required, please.
READINGS FOR NEXT WEEK
Readings for next Sunday, the twenty-seventh Sunday of Pentecost, November 20, 2016: Jeremiah 23:1 – 6; Psalm 46; Colossians 1:11 – 20; Luke 22:33 – 43
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
This past weekend I presided at a wedding at which the mother of the groom told me that although she had grown up in a South American- and very Catholic- country, and she had gone to a Catholic school, at 15 years of age, she had turned away from the church because her teachers told her it was a sin to question. That true faith required that the believer never waivered, never wondered, never questioned.
My eldest son had a similar experience, here in Canada. When, at age 8, he began to ask questions of his Sunday School teachers, he was told to “take it on faith”. He understood that phrase to mean, “don’t ask”. Take it on faith.
Today’s passage from the Letter to the Hebrews begins with a discourse that speaks to the implied question: “What is faith?” And the writer says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.
Like so many of our common phrases, it may trip off the tongue, but when we stop to try to explain it to ourselves or to someone else, I often find it more complex and layered than it first sounds. Read more