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 – December 18, 2016
SPIRITUAL REFLECTION DISCUSSION GROUP
The Spiritual Reflection Discussion Group will not meet again until sometime in January. We will keep you informed as to when the sessions begin again
Christmas Eve Service – December 24, 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Morning Service – December 25, 10:00 a.m.
New Year’s Day Service – January 1, 10:00 a.m.
THE SEASON OF ADVENT
Advent comes from the Latin word ‘adventus’ meaning ‘Coming.’ Advent begins the church year starting four Sundays before Christmas. The season of Advent has been set aside as a time of preparation since the 6th century. Advent is a time for preparing for Christ’s second coming, even as we remember and celebrate his first coming at Christmas. This is why the colour of the season of Lent is used, purple or blue, the colours also of Lent, of forgiveness and repentance. Traditions vary from church to church, but in the Anglican Church week three in Advent, we light the candle of Joy. Rose is the colour of this week rather than purple, so a rose candle is used. Some churches light this candle on the fourth Sunday.
If you would like to purchase a church calendar for 2017, please see Pat Gasston. Calendars are $5.00 each.
POINSETTIAS FOR THE SANCTUARY
Many thanks to the following people who purchased a poinsettia plant in memory of loved ones:
Name: In memory of:
Jeanne Lewis Jack Lewis and family
Maureen Pearl Family
Sally & Fred Sexsmith The Babb Family
The Moores Claudette
Evan & Jan Mitchell Bill & Phyllis Mitchell
Wilf & Gladys Maynard
Peggy Robertson Mary Cunning
Angela Pike Don
Janet & Alan Guy Family
Lena & Olaf Family
Pat Gasston Family & Friends
Mary Allen Glifford
Special thanks to Mike Van Giesen at Tru Value for the donation of flowers.
READINGS FOR NEXT WEEK
Readings for next Sunday, Christmas Day, December 25, 2016: Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97: Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-7; John 1:1-18
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