The E-Postle April 14, 2019

The E-Postle April 14, 2019

Palm/Passion Sunday


April 14, 2019

  “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

Sunday, Apr 14            8:30 & 10am – Palm Sunday worship

Thursday, Apr 18         6pm – simple supper + Maundy Thursday worship

Friday, Apr 19              11am – all-ages Stations of the Cross

12 noon – Good Friday worship

Saturday, Apr 20         Church grounds clean-up day

Sunday, Apr 21            8:30am – Easter Sunday Eucharist with hymns

10am – Easter Sunday choral Eucharist with after-service Easter Egg hunt

Saturday, May 11        ACW Spring Tea


Stewardship Reflection

What have we learned?


They shouted with praises, reaching the sky,

Pushing and shoving to see Jesus pass by.

Crying, ‘Hosanna, hosanna, glory to the King!

He comes to us today, great joy He doth bring.’


They threw down palm leaves, covering the way

Clearing the way for His entrance that day.

Raising joyful voices, as praises filled the air,

The day had come, God answered their prayer!


But in a short time they changed their chant,

From joyful noise, to a mob’s hate filled rant.

From Hosanna, hosanna , as when he was praised,

To crucify Him! Crucify Him, as their anger blazed!


In disbelief we might question why they turned?

But maybe the question is, “What have we learned?”


by Loyd C Taylor


Holy Week and Easter worship schedule

We invite you to join us in worship during Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday, and culminating in our festive Easter Day celebrations. There will be many ways to engage with Jesus’ journey from Jerusalem to the Cross to the tomb to new life, and what better way to do this than with your St. John’s parish family! Don’t forget to invite friends and family to be part of this very special time of the church year.


PALM SUNDAY, April 14, 8:30am & 10am

(8:30am will be a spoken service and 10am will have choir and children’s program).

We’ll be experiencing the roller coaster and drama of Jesus’ journey from the crowds welcoming him into Jerusalem with palm branches all the way to the agony of the cross. There will be beautiful prayers and palm crosses for everyone to take home.


MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 18, 6pm

We will remember together Jesus’ last supper with his disciples where he taught them about service, sacrifice, and love. We’ll begin in our downstairs hall with a simple supper of soups, cheese, olives and buns. (Sign-up sheets are posted at the usual place in the Parish Hall. For further details, please check in with Ruby at


During the meal, there will be Bible readings and reflection, followed by foot-washing for those who would like to participate. We’ll then move upstairs to the church for Eucharist and the solemn Stripping of the Altar. The church and chapel will be available for private prayer afterward.



11am Stations of the Cross – This will be an all-ages Good Friday Stations of the Cross from 11am-11:45am. We will pray together at each station, remembering the story of Jesus’ last days before he died, and reflecting on God’s great love for us in this journey. There will be time after the prayers to meditate on the stations on your own.


12 noon Good Friday worship – We recall Jesus’ death on the cross on this most holy day. There will be sacred music and prayers, and a time of Meditation on the Cross. The church and chapel will be available for private prayer afterward.


EASTER SUNDAY, April 21, 8:30am & 10am

This is the most important day of the church calendar, where we will be celebrating the miracle and joy of Jesus’ new life and resurrection, with lots of festive, beautiful music and prayers at both services! A coffee hour follows downstairs.


The 8:30am service will be a Eucharist with hymns and the 10am service will be a Choral Eucharist with children’s programming, as well as after the service a fun children’s egg hunt.


Easter Lilies

The Altar Guild will be decorating the church on Saturday April 20th. If you would like to help offset the cost of the Easter Lilies by donating $10.00, please phone Brenda Binns at 604 931 2482. You may collect your Easter Lily after the 10 a.m. service.


Increasing your contributions

At the Vestry meeting, the 2019 budget represented a deficit: our expenses would be 15% greater than our income.  To make up that deficit represented each family increasing their monthly giving by $20.  A request was made to translate that need into a percentage.  Our dedicated Treasurer, Cedric Miller has come up with the following:


We need to increase our income by 15%.  What that means to weekly giving is illustrated below.


Current Weekly Giving New Weekly Giving (+15%)
$20 $23
30 35
40 46
50 58
60 70


If you have any questions, please speak with wardens Geri or Ruby.


Welcome Post Project’s Coast Salish Cultural events – upcoming for 2019

Over the next few months there will be various events held at Noons Creek to enrich our journey to Truth, Justice and Reconciliation. The final celebration will be on National Aboriginal Day, June 21st, at Rocky Point where there will be a water blessing ceremony for the Burrard Inlet. We will hear different songs and witness the traditional ocean-going canoes from neighbouring First Nations. Share in a community Feast, and enjoy live entertainment and a Give Away.


Saturday April 20 – Stakw: Water is Life Project

Opening Reception and BBQ, 12-3pm, Noons Creek

Join us as we embark on the Welcome Post Project’s second year of Coast Salish Cultural events. This year’s project is about Water and the significance of water in Coast Salish culture and the way of life for all of our relations.


Introduction to Centering Prayer Program

This program offers the opportunity to explore a deep reflective practice of silent prayer based on the rich wisdom teaching of the Christian contemplative tradition. Hosted by Ridge Meadows Centering Prayer Group at #156 – 19639 Meadows Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows, V3Y 2T5


This will be a Saturday workshop on April 27th, 10 am to 3pm. Continuing sessions will be held every Wednesday in May from 7pm to 8.30pm. For further information check out the flyer online at  or contact Christine Kesans at 604-944-7447 or


House of Bishops Call to Prayer

The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada met recently and has put forward a prayer request for our upcoming national General Synod.  General Synod 2019 will bring three important issues before the Church:  The proposed revision of the marriage canon; a primatial election; and indigenous self-determination, in addition to other areas of our common life together as Anglicans.

Please join the bishops in prayer and view the full communication at; for further news on the national church please visit


General Synod Volunteers

The Diocese of New Westminster is very excited to host the 42nd General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada July 9 to 16, 2019, at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, and are looking for people to join the General Synod volunteer team.

They are seeking people who are:

  • outgoing and friendly,
  • have experience in welcoming or greeting at church, or in other frequent capacities,
  • and are interested in witnessing the wider Church in action.


Volunteers will be assigned in shifts to participate in areas such as meeting participants at the airport, on-site registration, providing local information and directions, etc.

Please see for more information.


PWRDF response to Cyclone

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is responding to two ACT Alliance emergency appeals for Cyclone Idai relief with an initial pledge of $30,000 for Mozambique and $20,000 for Zimbabwe. Cyclone Idai has caused loss of life, destruction of property and displacement in the two countries as well as neighbouring Malawi.

More than 215 people have been killed by the storm according to official figures in the three countries. Still hundreds more are missing and more than 1.5 million people have been affected, according to the Red Cross and government officials. The president of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, fears the number of dead in Mozambique may be as high as 1,000 people.

Please see for more information on ways to contribute to these relief efforts.


Proteins needed for St. John’s Food Bank

Protein-rich foods are often the most expensive items for families to purchase when grocery shopping. People on limited budgets often cannot afford them and make do with stodgy foods to fill stomachs. Please help those who need them by donating the following to St. John’s Food Bank in April:

  • tinned salmon, tuna, chicken, beef (not all can eat pork products)
  • shelf stable nut butters
  • dried or tinned beans and peas
  • powdered or shelf-stable milks
  • meaty stews or soups
  • cans of vegetables

Bring your offerings on Sunday, arrange with the office to drop off during the week, or give some money to this ministry towards the purchase of fresh products.


Prayer Cycle

The Anglican Church of Canada – the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate, and the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop.

The Diocese of New Westminster – the Most Rev. Melissa Skelton, Archbishop, and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon.


This week:

*        The Deanery of Kingsway – The Reverend Wilmer Toyoken, Regional Dean

*        Our partner Diocese of Northern Philippines, Bishop Brent Alawas, and especially the people of our twin church at St. John the Evangelist Mission, Balugan;

*       The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada – National Bishop Susan Johnson, BC Synod Bishop Greg Mohr;

*       The brothers and sisters who share our worship space: The Port Moody Korean Presbyterian Church and the Polish Evangelical Church.


Readings for April 14, 2019 – The Sunday of the Passion with the Liturgy of the Palms

Luke 19:28–40 (Liturgy of the Palms); Isaiah 50:4–9a; Psalm 31:9–16; Philippians 2:5–11; Luke 23:1–49


Readings for April 21, 2019 – Easter Day

Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18


Important Contact Information

Rector – The Rev. Vivian Lam – or 604-936-7762

Office Administrator – Jennifer Green – or 604-936-7762

Rector’s Warden- Geri Grigg –

People’s Warden – Ruby Ng –

Treasurer – Cedric Miller –

Envelope Secretary – Sheila de Vaal –

Parish Council – Adelaine Miller, Secretary –

Altar Guild – Brenda Binns –

St. John Prayer Circle – Sue Elliott –

Pastoral Visiting Ministry – Joanne Walton/Alma Oldenburg –

Anglican Church Women (ACW) – Sue Hall – 604-936-0176 or

Children’s Ministry /Godly Play – Christina Anchor –

Prayer Shawls – Rosa Weisensel –

Bible Study – Lynne Milner –

Food Bank – Lynne Milner –



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