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)
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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 – May 28, 2017
Don’t forget that Thursday mornings are maintenance time at the church. There are all kinds of jobs to suit your taste from gardening to cleaning to fixing. Ed and Jeannine Merinuk oversee these tasks and could use a few more hands. If everyone took one or two turns over the next few months, it would make the work load lighter. Just turn up between 9:30 and noon on Thursday. Incidentally, this is a fair weather opportunity – so if it rains you can stay home.
SPIRITUAL REFLECTION DISCUSSION GROUP
The Spiritual Reflection Discussion Group this meet again this coming Friday, June 2nd in the Church House. Please join us for informal discussions about interesting topics. This is not a Bible Study group. Each session, which is led by various members of the group, focuses on a thought-provoking topic related to our lives. No prior knowledge required. Everyone is welcome.
Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday so be sure to wear something red to celebrate! Let’s have the congregation be a sea of red to symbolize the tongues of fire that rested on each of them who were filled with the Holy Spirit that day.
LAY PARTICIPATION ROSTER
The new LAY PARTICIPATION ROSTER – June 4 – October 1 is now posted in the Church House. The names listed are the people who have indicated they would like to volunteer to participate on Sunday mornings. You will notice that there are two blank spaces in the month for Readers and one blank space for Prayers of the People. If your name is not on the list and you would like to volunteer for either task, please add your name. If you have not been on the list before, please consider adding your name. Neither task is onerous.
If your name is not on the mailing list to receive the Diocesan Post from Victoria and you would like to receive this (almost) monthly newsletter which keeps everyone up to date on what is happening in all parts of the diocese, please contact Pat Gasston. There is no charge.
Have you decided what you will do to help out with the Church Fair on Saturday, July 15th? Remember, this is our major fund raising event for the whole year so we need all hands on deck. Even if you think you don’t have the time (or energy) to take on a large task, there are lots of small jobs that need to be done. Ask Pat Gasston for a suggestion as to how you can help us make this year’s fair the best yet!
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.
THIS WEEK’S THOUGHT TO PONDER
In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes my prayer was ‘Help me.’ Sometimes a prayer was ‘Thank you.’ What I’ve discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away. Iyanla Vanzant
READINGS FOR NEXT WEEK
Readings for next Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, June 4th: Acts 1: 1 – 11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1: 15 – 23; Luke 24: 44 – 53
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