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The E-postle April 8, 2018

“The Parish of St. John the Apostle is called to be *          A Spirited Community at the heart of Port Moody *          transformed through the experience of the presence of Christ *          and sent out to share God’s Love” Upcoming Dates Thursday April 5         11:30 am, community lunch and Food Bank ministry, 7 pm, screening of “Indian Horse” at Landmark Cinemas 12, Guildford –  Note correct street address is 15051 101st Avenue, Surrey, BC Sunday April 8    8:30 presider the Rev. Michael Chin, 10 am presider the Rev. Clare Morgan Thursday April 19   7 pm, Anglican Church Women Meeting in the hall. Bring your baby items Sunday April 29      8 am onwards, Episcopal Visit and Confirmations with Bishop Melissa Skelton Monday May 7           1:30-3 pm, Seniors’ Tea in the parish hall Saturday May 12        Spring Tea Saturday May 26        Mission Conference for the Diocese of New Westminster window of St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Dallas Texas  Canonical Committee Update The draft of the parish profile has been reviewed by Bishop Melissa Skelton and is now undergoing revision.  With God’s help, it will be ready for job posting within the month.  The position of rector for the parish of St. John the Apostle will be distributed Canada-wide.  Then the Bishop’s Committee on Appointments will go through the applications to create a short-list for interviewing.  Two members of St. John’s Canonical Committee will sit in on the session to select candidates to interview.  Stewardship Reflection “Doubt no longer but believe” – John 20:27  When do you doubt what God is doing in your life?  What has God provided for you to touch and believe?  What can you share so that others may believe in God’s goodness? Many thanks to all who helped with the Holy Week and Easter celebrations at...

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Homily for Easter, April 1, 2018 – the Rev. Stephanie Shepard

Mark 1:1-8a St. John the Apostle, Port Moody “What do you mean He’s not here?” I speak to you in the name of the one, true, and living God, whom we name as the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of the world.  Amen. Most pastors are happy to see a full church without laying guilt on you about whether you show up on other Sundays of the year.  I am delighted you are hearing/reading this sermon, so I don’t want you to take this as a chastisement.  Rather an honest questioning:  Why did you come here this Easter?  What are you looking for? If you are hoping to find God kept safe for you inside a building, you might be a little disappointed. As an old church sign states, “Come to worship God:  He is risen, He is not here!”  So why do we bother to come together at all?  Why not stay home? We all have reasons.  It’s not just to show off Easter bonnets (nice hats).   It’s not just because tradition and respect are important.  And it’s not just to reconnect with old neighbours or sing a few favourite songs with our family to celebrate the season.  I think we are honestly seeking a spiritual experience here in this place: an assurance that there is a power for good that cuts through all the pain and fear and death of the world.  A love that embraces us and gives us courage to go on.  We don’t want to get tricked when we come to a service. Today is April Fools’ Day, but there is a difference between dipping Brussels Sprouts in chocolate for your kids (as Jimmy Kimmel suggests), and the cruel surprises that life throws at us.  We need some good news.  But if Easter is supposed to...

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Easter E-postle

The Easter E-postle April 1, 2018 “The Parish of St. John the Apostle is called to be *          A Spirited Community at the heart of Port Moody *          transformed through the experience of the presence of Christ *          and sent out to share God’s Love” Upcoming Dates HOLY Week   Maundy Thursday: supper 6 pm, worship 7 pm   Good Friday: stations of the cross 10 am, worship 11 am    Holy Saturday: nature walk, 1 pm at Noons Creek Hatchery EASTER April 1                        8:30 & 10 am, Easter Sunday services Tuesday April 3          10:30-noon, Bible Study in the hall Thursday April 5         11:30 am, community lunch and Food Bank ministry 7 pm, screening of “Indian Horse” at Landmark Cinemas 12, Guildford Sunday April 8  8:30 presider the Rev. Michael Chin, 10 am presider the Rev. Clare Morgan Thursday April 19       7 pm, Anglican Church Women Meeting in the hall Sunday April 29          8 am onwards, Episcopal Visit and Confirmations with Bishop Melissa Skelton Saturday May 26        Mission Conference for the Diocese of New Westminster     An Easter Message From Your Interim As a society, we are not good at coping with death and loss.  Each of us has personal griefs and sorrows, and we tend to carry them privately because there is enough darkness in the world without dumping our own on others.  Holy Week is a struggle because it brings our pain to the surface and invites us to share a collective experience that is painful.  It would be more fun to celebrate Easter without going through Good Friday.  But when Our Lord confronts evil on the cross and dies, He gathers up our loss and makes a new meaning of it.  As a community of faith, and as persons of faith, we are...

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Spring Walk with Cease Wyss

Spring Walk with Cease Wyss   Noons Creek Hatchery 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody, British Columbia V3H 2V7 Spring is here! Come join us for a walk in the woods with ethnobotanist and storyteller Cease Wyss. Learn traditional names and medicinal uses of local plants and trees. Listen to stories about this land and how the trees, these plants and wildlife are all of our relations. Cease Wyss is an ethnobotanist, media artist, educator and activist. She has been a media artist for over 25 year producing work nationally and internationally. Her work involves site-specific and culturally focused teaching with storytelling as her means of sharing knowledge. Cease has been involved as an Artist in Residence with various community centres and parks in Vancouver from the early 1990’s to date, and has created works through community engagement and dialogues. She is traditionally trained by Indigenous Elders. She continues to study and also teach medicinal plants with her community and programs all over Vancouver and the lower mainland. Cease continuously promotes sharing knowledge and culture, with diverse communities in the unceded territory of her people and beyond. Currently Cease is the Indigenous artist in residence at the Vancouver Public Library. Acknowledging that we are on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.   http://vancouver.carpediem.cd/events/6296519-spring-walk-with-cease-wyss-at-noons-creek-hatchery/


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The Palm Sunday E-postle – March 25, 2018

  original altar at Coventry Cathedral with cross salvaged from the WW2 bombing  “The Parish of St. John the Apostle is called to be *          A Spirited Community at the heart of Port Moody *          transformed through the experience of the presence of Christ *          and sent out to share God’s Love” Upcoming Dates Saturday March 24     9 am – 1 pm, Parish Council Retreat at deacon Anne’s home HOLY WEEK     Sunday March 25       8:30 & 10 am, Palm Sunday services Tuesday March 27      12:10 pm Chrism Mass at Christ Church Cathedral, followed by lunch Thursday March 29    6 pm supper, 7 pm Maundy Thursday worship Friday March 30         10 am Stations of the Cross, 11 am Good Friday worship Saturday March 31     1 pm, nature walk with Cease Wyss, Noons Creek Hatchery EASTER April 1     8:30 & 10 am, Easter Sunday services Thursday April 19       7 pm, Anglican Church Women Meeting in the hall Sunday April 29          8 am onwards, Episcopal Visit and Confirmations with Bishop Melissa Skelton Saturday May 26        Mission Conference for the Diocese of New Westminster The Triduum Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most significant festival of the Christian Calendar.  Many people may come to the Sunday services, but do you know the significance of the Triduum, or the “Three Days” leading up to Easter as an important part of the story to observe?  Maundy Thursday, from the Latin word maundatum or commandment, is the day Jesus gave the command to his disciples to love one another and instituted the sacrament of communion.  Good Friday is a solemn participation in the events of Jesus’ death on the cross and God’s sacrificial love for this earth.  Holy Saturday is a time of vigil as we wait for the...

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Homily for Lent 5, March 18, 2018 – the Rev. Stephanie Shepard

John 12:20-33 “Feeling Overwhelmed” May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, Our Rock and Our Redeemer.  Amen. The Grand Canyon is very old and very big.  Carved by the Colorado River over the course of 5-6 million years, the steep cliffs expose over 2 billion years of history in the strata of the rock.  The canyon is 446 km long, up to 29 km wide, and at its deepest point, 1857 m down.  The whole area is sacred to the aboriginal Pueblo Peoples, among them the Hopi, Yavapai, and Navajo or Dine.  But standing on the edge of a lookout, it is difficult to grasp the scope of its majesty and significance.  A recent venture by the Hopi Nation offers a wider perspective.  For $89 U.S. and a fair amount of courage, individuals can zip-line over the Grand Canyon at up to 80 km an hour and 300 meters above the river floor.  The YouTube videos taken with 360 degree cameras are amazing.  Would I have what it takes to let go the starting rope and soar into the void?   I imagine I would feel pretty overwhelmed by the immensity of it all. And yet, this is what Jesus does in John 12:20-33.  God’s plan for salvation is very old and very big.  But it is Jesus, now that he perceives the hour has come, who has the courage to take the leap.  How does he get there?  How do we? One of the reasons we can get to know Jesus better is that he endures the full range of human emotions.  He is angry at the way the worship at the Jerusalem Temple has degenerated into a business transaction.  He cries when he gets news that his...

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E-postle – March 18th, 2018

The E-postle-March 18, 2018 “The Parish of St. John the Apostle is called to be *          A Spirited Community at the heart of Port Moody *          transformed through the experience of the presence of Christ *          and sent out to share God’s Love” Upcoming Dates Thursday March 15-   7 pm, Anglican Church Women meeting in hall (NOTE new meeting time) Sunday March 18-      12:30 to 2:30 pm, Sexual Misconduct Policy workshop at St. Laurence Tuesday March 20-    10:30- noon, “Meeting Jesus in John”, join us in the hall to discuss the  Workbook 4-5 pm, Catechism Group Wed. March 21-         9:30 am onwards, Spring Clean-up of the church Saturday March 24-   Parish Council Retreat at deacon Anne’s home HOLY WEEK     Sunday March 25-      8:30 & 10 am, Palm Sunday services Tuesday March 27      12:10 pm Chrism Mass at Christ Church Cathedral, followed by lunch Thursday March 29    6 pm supper, 7 pm Maundy Thursday worship Friday March 30         10 am Stations of the Cross, 11 am Good Friday worship EASTER April 1-          8:30 & 10 am, Easter Sunday services Sunday April 29-         8:30 am onwards, Episcopal Visit and Confirmations with Bishop Melissa Skelton Saturday May 26-       Mission Conference for the Diocese of New Westminster Saying Farewell but not Goodbye to Karen Evans After 13 years in the parish office at St. John the Apostle, administrator Karen Evans is leaving her position to pursue a full-time vocation in foods ministry.  Starting April 4, 2018, Karen will be sous-chef at a new restaurant in Queensborough. She’s not afraid of long hours and hard work; she’s worked for the Church!  Karen’s love of feeding people showed itself through the Food Bank here at St. Johns as well as many parish events.  We will miss her personality in...

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E-POSTLE FOR MARCH 11, 2018 – LENT 4

The E-postle March 11, 2018 “The Parish of St. John the Apostle is called to be *          A Spirited Community at the heart of Port Moody *          transformed through the experience of the presence of Christ *          and sent out to share God’s Love” For God so loved the world that God sent the beloved Son  -John 3:16 Upcoming Dates Sunday March 11- 12ish, Lunar New Year Lunch at Lougheed Wonton Restaurant, Take 2 Thursday March 15- 7 pm, Anglican Church Women meeting in hall (NOTE new meeting time) Sunday March 18- 12:30 to 2:30 pm, Sexual Misconduct Policy workshop at St. Laurence Wednesday March 21- 9:30 am onwards, Spring Clean-up of the church Saturday March 24- Parish Council Retreat at deacon Anne’s home HOLY WEEK     Sunday March 25- 8:30 & 10 am,Palm Sunday services                         Tuesday March 27, 11 am Chrism Mass at Christ Church Cathedral Thursday March 29- 6 pm supper, 7 pm Maundy Thursday worship Friday March 30- 10 am Stations of the Cross, 11 am Good Friday worship EASTER            Sunday April 1- 8:30 & 10 am, Easter Sunday services Sunday April 29- Episcopal Visit and Confirmations with Bishop Melissa Skelton Parish Profile for Perusal The first draft of the parish profile to advertise for a new priest is ready to be submitted to Bishop Melissa.  Check your inbox for a preview.  Paper copies available by request at the parish office if you cannot open the document.  Any revisions will be based on diocesan feedback. Anglican Church Women A.C.W. Meeting: Thursday March 15th at 7pm in the church hall. The A.C.W. ladies are organizing a ‘Spring Cleaning’ of the church on Wednesday March 21st at 9.30 am. If anyone feels inclined to shake up a little dust or sweep clean with a new broom, you would be...

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PARISH PROFILE

The Canonical Committee has now prepared the first draft of the St. John the Apostle parish profile, which is provided on the link below.  It will be submitted to our Diocesan Bishop Melissa Skelton for her review prior to being finalized and used in the process of advertising for a new priest for the parish. You are invited to read this document and consider whether it describes the parish’s present situation and future goals.  It will not be edited exhaustively before it goes to the bishop, but the Canonical Committee does want to know if there are substantial gaps or areas that might misrepresent the parish to a potential applicant. The accompanying document is the result of many hours of hard work, information gathering, and reflection from your Canonical Committee whom you tasked with this responsibility.  Please support the process by taking the time to read it.  If you cannot open the PDF attachment, you may contact the parish office to arrange to pick up a paper copy. the Rev. Stephanie Shepard Interim Priest-in-Charge, St. John the Apostle Port Moody, Regional Dean, Tri-Cities North Burnaby Parish Profile – St John the Apostle, Port Moody


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Homily for Lent 3, March 4, 2018 – The Rev. Stephanie Shepard

John 2:13-22 St. John the Apostle “Turning Tables” I speak as a sinner to sinners, and as one who is loved to the beloved of God, through the mercy of God. Amen. It started out as just a regular day.  The doors opened, the members entered and began browsing the goods on display.  The sales people stood by, ready to help with the financial transactions for purchase.  Just business as usual.  And then someone came in and started turning the tables.  And the institution changed. In Jerusalem, it was a young rabbi from Nazareth named Jesus.  We hear the story this morning from the second chapter of John’s gospel. In Edmonton, it was a young mother named Sarah.  We heard the story on the news this week.  Sarah was deeply disturbed by recent events in the United States, especially mass shootings involving semi-automatic weapons. She started an online petition calling on Mountain Equipment Co-op, an organization to which she belongs, to immediately stop the sale of all Vista Outdoor Brands.  She had discovered that Vista is the owner of Savage Arms, one of the leading providers of semi-automatic weapons in the U.S., derives 40% of the company’s profits from the sale of weapons, and has deep financial ties to the National Rifle Association.   The petition quickly gained signatures from across Canada.  M.E.C. had to decide how to respond. On one hand, an institution has a responsibility to its shareholders.  Some welcomed the opportunity to take a political stance on this issue of gun control.  Others were concerned that certain members, especially those who hunted or shot for sport, would react negatively and take their business elsewhere.  The more astute commented that other major corporations with ties to armaments were not being targeted, and Vista Outdoors was being singled out by...

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