Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Happy Birthday St. Faith’s

Happy Birthday St. Faith’s by The Rev’d Christine Wilson

On Sunday, Sept 17th, St. Faith's celebrated 70 years of ministry. 

We gathered for coffee and goodies at 8:00am and at 9:30am held a special worship service giving thanks to God for all our blessings.  The Venerable Andrew Pike presided at the Eucharist, and led the children in sprinkling the congregation with holy water. In the Narthex, The Rev’d Melanie Calabrigo guided the children in story and together they made cards of gratitude for special people in their lives.

The Venerable John Stephens, in his sermon, commended St. Faith’s for sharing our faith in prayer, praise and action, saying if there was but one word to choose to describe St. Faith’s, that word would be peace -- In the day’s gospel reading from John Jesus said “Peace be with you!” , words John said this parish has lived out in so many ways and he encouraged us to continue to invite the peace of Christ to grace us and lead us forward in the power of the spirit.  Click here to listen to John's sermon

After the service we gathered downstairs in the Hall for food and fellowship.  The children, young and young at heart, enjoyed cupcake decorating and were enchanted by our face painters and balloon artists.  A group of St. Faith’s faithfuls gathered photographs from over the years which Laurel Fahrni put together in a gorgeous slide show. 

One of the many highlights of the day was our rector, Richard, and our past two rectors Paula Porter Leggett and Andrew Pike, together – cutting the cake of course!


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Special Guests - Sunday, August 27th

On Sunday, August 27th St. Faith's welcomed as our guest presider and preacher, the Rev'd Randolph Bruce whose sermon on Exodus 1: 8- 2:10 portrayed God and we, as God's disciples, as 'midwives' birthing new life.  Sermon by the Rev'd Randolph Bruce

At the 10:00am service we were joined by Mr Jerry Dadap Jr., whose music has been described as Classical guitar artistry that soars.   Take a few moments and listen in bliss...

Prelude by Mr Jerry Danap Jr.
Communion reflection by Mr Jerry Danap Jr.
Postlude by Mr Jerry Danap Jr.

Friday, 27 January 2017

“Come and See” - Reflections on John 1: 35-52

Sunday Jan 15th 2017 10am Service at St Augustine’s 
by The Rev’d Christine Wilson

I was privileged to be invited to preach at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church on Sunday Jan 15th. Thanks to everyone at St. A’s for their warm welcome and generous hospitality.

John is the only one of the four gospels where Jesus’s call to discipleship takes the form of an invitation.  He entices the brothers to “come and see”, an invitation to come to know Jesus as God’s love made visible.

Here is audio of my sermon about the invitation into relationship Jesus offers us and how St. A’s is doing with this call to discipleship; in their shared, lived response to Jesus’ invitation to “Come and See”.

Click Here to Listen to Sermon

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing: The November Challenge for St Faith’s from  Rector, Richard Leggett -- updated

On Sunday, Oct 30th I issued an invitation to the members of the Parish to 'see' Jesus by

1) reading one chapter of Matthew's gospel each day from the 1st of November through the 28th to prepare for the Year of Matthew that begins on Sunday November 27th;

2) finding ten to twenty minutes each day to:

·   give thanks for all that God has done for us and for all people;

·   intercede with God for our world;

·   name before God our personal needs and concerns, and

·   pray the Lord's Prayer.

You can listen to my sermon "Seeing is Believing: Reflections on Luke 19:1-10" with its invitation by clicking here.

On Sunday Nov 6th I issued November Challenge Part II

 1.   What do you believe is the most urgent work God is doing in the world today?

2.   What role can you play in this urgent work?

3.   What gifts can you bring to this work?

4.   Who are your partners in this work?

5.   What one thing can you do in the next three weeks to join God in this work?  Is it a gift of your time or your talent or your treasure?



Friday, 28 October 2016

Sharing the Harvest

For the second year, St Faith’s and St. Augustine’s organized “Sharing the Harvest”.  On Thanksgiving Sunday, members of the churches in the Deanery of Granville brought donations of fresh produce to decorate their Altars and included non-perishable food items as part of their offertory which was supplemented by donations from UBC Farms, Safeway, Terra Breads and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Then on Monday Oct. 10th over 80 people by St. Augustine’s for coffee, sandwiches and conversation while volunteers assisted them to fill shopping bags with food. 
I am so grateful to everyone who worked to make “Sharing the Harvest” a success again this year.  Thank you for your offerings of food, time and care for our brothers and sisters in our community.
The Rev'd Christine Wilson  

Kitchen Goddesses

Sunday, 18 September 2016

St. Faith’s New Book of Remembrance: May Their Memory Be A Blessing

For many years entries in our Memorial Book were faithfully made by calligraphers connected with St. Faith’s. However, in the past number of years it became more difficult to find anyone with that skill, and sadly the loss of many of our more recent parishioners has not been recorded and therefore their names are not available for display on the anniversary of their death. 

As we accumulated the data for our recently installed Memorial Garden plaques (which show year of interment) we realized that with a little more effort we could gather the names of all our parishioners who died after 1970*, regardless of where they may have been buried, and have a book that will allow us to remember more than those whose ashes are in the Garden.  By switching to a computer printed version with names and date of death we can be assured that this Book of Remembrance may easily be maintained.

The new Book of Remembrance was installed and blessed on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 on Founder’s Day as St. Faith’s celebrated 69 years of ministry in this neighbourhood.

Gatherer of All Good Memories
here in this sacred place of St. Faith’s
we have come to celebrate a history,
to gather the memories of many decades.

You have sown the deep seeds of faith
and kept alive a parish
through the fidelity of those who prayed here,
and the generousity of those who served here.

While our world is weary and worn with pain,
may we take hope and find courage
in what we celebrate:
the strong faith of our ancestors,
the friendship of our neighbours and relatives,
the generous leadership of pastors,
the goodness of each one willing to reach out
and be there in a time of need.

We thank you, Gracious God, for our faith,
and for this place of worship and community,
which has nourished many souls.

May this book of Remembrance be a constant reminder of those who have come before us.
May we be filled with hope, knowing that the people of St. Faith’s
believe in your constant Presence,
accept your Grace
share your Love,
and celebrate your Life with one Another.

Blessed are you, O God of the faithful.
Blessed are you, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Blog Post by Gillian McIntyre

* The Memorial Garden was established in 1971. 
   Prior to this records are less accurate.

Portions of the Blessing are taken from “Out of the Ordinary” © 2000 by Joyce Rupp.  Used by permission of Ave Maria Press.  All rights reserved.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

St. Hildegard's Sanctuary

St. Hildegard's Sanctuary will be resuming regular services on September 11, 2016. We meet weekly on Sunday evenings at 6:00pm, at St. Faith’s Anglican Church, 7284 Cypress Street, in Vancouver.

St. Hildegard’s Sanctuary is an inclusive, arts-based, contemplative Christian community. We engage creativity to respond to and connect with the Holy, one another, and the broader community. During services, stations are set up around our worship space that have creative/kinaesthetic elements, with varying possibilities to paint, write, play with sand or water, light candles, offer prayers, and always there is time and space for reflection. We seek the Creator for hope, healing, rest, and sustenance, we remember Jesus, share bread and wine, and extend the invitational love of God. Whether you call St. Hildegard’s home - or simply want to visit with us - all are welcome! And you do not have to self-identify as an artist to join us. Come as a beloved creation of God!

On Sunday, September 18 we will be celebrating the feast of St. Hildegard - and we are delighted to welcome some very special guest artists:

Carl Leggo is a Poet and Professor and Papa. Carl is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia.

Celeste Snowber is a dancer, writer, poet, and educator. Celeste is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.

Allen Desnoyers is a musician and composer and playwright. Allen is the Artistic Director of the Canadiana Musical Theatre Company, creator of the Rosebud Opera House, and co-founder of Vancouver's Pacific Theatre.

We hope you can join us… all are welcome.